Adding Elegance To a Floral Pencil Skirt Outfit

My youngest son found out last night that he got his first job! I’m so excited for him! It’s only part-time at a fast-food restaurant, but he is still in high school so he can’t take on too many additional projects. This is a huge accomplishment for him. He applied on his own and didn’t tell me until after he sent his application in. I took him to the interview and he thought he didn’t get it because he didn’t hear back from them right away. But he received an email last night asking him to come to orientation.

First jobs are always exciting in my opinion. He’ll feel that little streak of independence with something that is completely outside our family world. And then once that first paycheck comes in…..I’m sure it will feel like a million bucks to him!

My first job was at a Roy Rogers restaurant. Remember those? Maybe I’m dating myself. I had to wear a red polyester short-sleeve shirt, a denim overall dress, nude-colored nylons and – this is the best part – a cowboy hat.

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How To Style A Camo Bomber Jacket For The Office

I’ve lived in Virginia for 35 years and I love it. But I probably would not have come here had it not been for my dad, who retired in Virginia after a 20-year career in the Air Force.

As the oldest child, I got to experience my dad’s assignments all over the United States as well as overseas. The only place I did not go was to Vietnam during the war. We moved back to Guam to stay with family while he was there. I remember hearing his voice on cassette tapes that he would send to my mom. We would listen to them in a bedroom. I was so young that I don’t remember much of what he said, but I do remember trying to talk to him in the tape recorder. It was a real treat to hear his voice after not seeing him or knowing when he would return.

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Falling For Florals

Happy Labor Day! Today celebrates the hard work and achievements that American workers make to the strength, well-being and prosperity of our great nation. We have celebrated Labor Day since 1894 when Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. It’s a great tribute to our workforce and I am so honored and thankful that I have the opportunities I’ve had in my professional life and with this blog to forge my own career path and contribute to our country in my own small way.

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Fall Transition Outfit No. 2 and the American Dream

Last week, one of my neighbor’s kids knocked on my door in the middle of the afternoon. When I opened it, he said “We are selling lemonade and muffins. Do you want some?” I looked across my yard and sure enough, there was his brother and another neighbor’s daughter sitting at two tables loaded with goodies, an umbrella to keep the sun at bay and a few handwritten signs. I told him I needed to get some money and would be right over. Turns out, I wasn’t the only one who they queried. The kids took turns running up and down the street, knocking on doors, asking people to come outside and have some lemonade and muffins. They had all their earnings in a Mason jar. I loved that these little entrepreneurs were trying their hands at the American Dream. Maybe they will expand their operation next year to run all summer long. Continue reading “Fall Transition Outfit No. 2 and the American Dream”

Going Retro With A Gingham Dress

Do you remember the AMC television show, Mad Men? It was set in the 1960s ad world of Madison Avenue in New York City. The show ran from 2007 – 2015. I reserved every Sunday night from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. so I could watch Mad Men. I loved every bit of it from the characters to the storylines, set pieces and best of all, the authentic costumes. To me, the fit-and-flare dresses, pencil skirts, and sheath silhouettes celebrated women’s figures in a tasteful way. Continue reading “Going Retro With A Gingham Dress”

Pink and Polka Dots for Work

Most of my week is spent telecommuting for my part-time job, but every now and then I head to the office for a meeting. Because of a new project at work, this week has been especially busy and I’ve had a few meetings to attend. This means stepping up my daily outfit so that I look professional and appropriate when I visit the office.  Continue reading “Pink and Polka Dots for Work”

How To Wear A Leopard Shirt and Red Pants

One of my favorite colors is red. I’ve always known that it is an emotionally intense color, signifying  passion, danger, strength, power and love. If I had to pick a color to describe my life these last few years, I can think of no other color than red. My family has gone through many ups and downs. I met the love of my life. I’ve gained new relationships and have lost some as well. I left a successful career and embarked on a new calling. These are all pretty significant milestones in anyone’s life. I know I’m not the only one experiencing such events. I bet all of us have a little red in our lives! Continue reading “How To Wear A Leopard Shirt and Red Pants”

Adding Layers With A Denim Vest

When I first met my husband, “gardener” is not a word I would have used to describe him. Ever. To me, he was a city slicker with an affinity for the same cocktail, same local restaurants, and a love of celebrating anything and everything, He was definitely not someone who wanted to get dirt under his fingernails. Or so I thought. His garden has now taken over a good piece of our backyard and we enjoy fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and many other vegetables all summer long. This hidden layer beneath my husband’s urban exterior is a welcome surprise to me and adds another unique dimension to his personality. Continue reading “Adding Layers With A Denim Vest”

Throwback To The Past With A Ruffled Skirt

With four teens in the house, it’s hard not to think back to my teen years and wonder did I ever do that? I know I caused my parents angst because I remember paying for my foolish behavior. Car keys were taken away. Extra house chores were assigned. Phone use was limited. Now we are parenting four young men and we’re faced with some of the same challenges I gave my own parents.

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Casual Work Outfit

When I was in college, I worked part-time at a newspaper to help pay for my tuition and books but to also gain experience; I was planning to be a journalist when I graduated. One evening, my co-worker (who was also a college student) and I were manning the phones when Marjorie walked by, wished us goodnight and then left the building. Marjorie was my boss’s boss, and many of us college kids were in awe of her. With her tailored suits, sleek heels and chic, short haircut, she looked as if she could have stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine. She was the definition of sophistication and elegance. We all wanted to be like Marjorie.

I remember my friend sighing as she walked by that evening. Then she said, “When I get a real job, I’ll have a closet just like hers, and all of my clothes will have to be dry cleaned.”

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