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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

4th Of July Freestyle

Happy 4th!  Hope you're spending the day relaxing and celebrating.  We used to have a huge party every year, but now that our town banned fireworks, it's calmed down a bit.  Later tonight we'll visit my brother's boat and watch the big show on the water.

Even though it's a holiday, fashion never takes a day off, and The Blended Blog is kicking off our Freestyle Summer Style series.  Hope you'll link up with us below!


I love my Old Navy swing dresses, and their swing tops are pretty great too.  This one actually has sparkly stars, although they didn't photograph that way.  I've also collected about six neckerchief's and I think they add some fun to any outfit.

I used Wikibuy to order these Steve Madden sandals from Nordstrom, and they're my new favorite!  It was my first time using Wikibuy, and it was so easy.  They help you find the best price and coupon code, and will also alert you when items you have viewed go on sale.  It was fun to shop their site and I'll be returning again.


**I received product from Wikibuy in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.**

And now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us this summer, and follow along with the #theblendedblogstyle.  Have a great 4th of July!




Monday, July 2, 2018

TBB Asks: Vacations

Another month has flown by, and it's time to link up with my Blended Blog babes for TBB Asks.  Today it's all about vacations - one of my favorite subjects!

1/ Yes and yes!  Soon we'll be headed to our yearly vacation spot in Manzanita, Oregon.  And then in August I'm off to visit one of my favorite Canadian's to see what life is like in her world.


2/ If I'm headed somewhere new, I like to pack it all in.  Usually I plan months ahead of time because I'm worried we might miss something good.

3/ Any month is good for me.  Can I just vacation in all the months?

4/ So far that's been a big NO.  But I'm intrigued by the Alaska Inside Passage cruises, and since they leave from Seattle, one may be in our future.

5/ When we're vacationing at the beach, my husband and I like to get up early and go for a long walk, then come back and make breakfast before everyone else gets up.  Most of our big life decisions have been discussed on morning beach walks.


6/ My surprise trip to Paris.

7/ I'm a notorious over packer.  Plus I like to take everything out of my suitcase and hang it up when I get to where I'm going.  So that's packing, unpacking, packing, and unpacking a ridiculous amount of stuff.  Must work on this!

8/ Depends on the vacation.  If it's just the hubby and I, we like to stay in a hotel.  But if there are kids/family involved, a condo or house work better.  We've had very good luck with VRBO.

9/ Everything!  Probably should work on that too.

10/ Warm.  Although a ski vacation would be fun some year, or that cruise to Alaska.  But for the most part, I want sunshine and heat.  And probably a beach. 



Link up with us below and share all your vacation plans!



Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Style Perspectives: Nautical Looks

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Welcome to another edition of  TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured! 

Today we're talking about nautical looks, which to me means red, white and blue.  

July 4th is the unofficial first day of summer in Seattle.  I've lived here for forty years, and you never know what you're going to get, weather wise.  Sometimes it's cool and showery, and sometimes it's warm and sunny.  Bet ya can't guess which one I prefer? 

Thusly, it's wise to have two outfits ready to go.  For the sunny option...



And the not so sunny...



I've noticed that I have a serious lack of red in my closet...hmmm...might need to head over to the newly launched Loft Outlet.com and see what they have.  There is a Loft Outlet about fifteen minutes from my house, and here's my experience with them:  Loft makes clothes specifically for the outlet, so there's no crossover with the regular store.  Sizing is the same, but so are the prices.  To be honest, I don't know what makes it an "outlet", and I'm interested to see what the new website looks like.

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge 



And now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle. 


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Style Perspectives: Paris In Shorts

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Welcome to another edition of  TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!  

Today it's all about the shorts, but honestly, they're still missing in action at my house.  We get an occasional warm day here and there, but for the most part it's too cold for bare legs.

In about a month, this is what you'll find me in most days:  a graphic tee, denim shorts, and sandals.  I'm in love with this Paris t shirt from JCrew Factory.  The fabric is a little thicker and holds its shape really well.  



But can we talk about shorts?  I need some help today from my fashionista friends.  We've previously established that I'm tall, and my legs are fairly long.  WHY do the cute shorts, with all the pretty patterns and colors, only come in short lengths?  On a really good day I can get away with 5", but honestly, 6" or even 7" is better for me.  I'm loving all the patterned shorts, but they're so SHORT.  And when you get to longer lengths, they look like something my grandma would have worn.  Has anybody seen longer patterned shorts?

While I'm asking for advice, how about leg/body makeup?   Varicose veins run in my family, and I've noticed that mine have gotten worse.  I already use self tanner, but a friend suggested leg makeup to cover the worst ones.   Any suggestions for a good brand?  And how do you apply it?  All over or just on the necessary areas?

Help, friends!

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge 



And now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle.  

Monday, June 11, 2018

Summers Of The Past: Fireflies


Today I'm at The Blended Blog where we're talking about Summer memories.  I hope you'll hop over and link up with us.

One of my most cherished memories from my childhood in North Carolina was catching fireflies on warm summer nights.  Living in Seattle, my boys have never had this experience, which makes me kind of sad.  I wrote about it a few years ago, and thought I'd share it again today...

Today I saw a fascinating story on CBS News about fireflies.  Every summer, in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, there is a two week period where thousands of synchronous fireflies gather in swarms for their yearly mating ritual.  The beautiful spectacle draws people from all around to see the forest lit up with lightning bugs.  

I was immediately transported back to my childhood in North Carolina.  On random nights during summer, mom would give us an early bath, and then,wearing our pajamas and carrying a glass jar, we would spend an hour or so in the backyard catching fireflies.  It was magical, and one of the most vivid memories of my youth.  Capturing them wasn't an easy task - they lit up for a brief moment, and then disappeared again into the inky night. I remember being so thrilled when I actually managed to catch one.

Once our jars were full, mom would let us watch them blinking for a while.  But then it was time to open the lid and set them free - so that we could catch them another night.

When I was in the fifth grade, my father was transferred to Seattle.  Fireflies prefer warm, humid regions, and they aren't found on the west coast.  I haven't seen the magic of a firefly since I was eleven.

Looking back, I think we've given our boys a pretty good childhood, and there aren't many things they've missed out on.

Except fireflies.  I wish they had memories of fireflies.




Link up with us below and share your summer memories.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Style Perspectives: Summer Skirts

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Welcome to another edition of  TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!  

Today we're talking about summer skirts.  I love wearing dresses and skirts as soon as the weather warms up and I can actually get out my sandals.  I was even thinking about doing a "30 days of summer dresses" hashtag on IG, but maybe that's too many.  15 days?  A week?  Thoughts?

Back to the skirts.  A good maxi skirt is perfect for summer events or a date night out.  I bought this Chelsea and Theodore maxi with every intention of keeping it.  I loved the colors and the twirl factor.  The only problem?  It weighed approximately 50 pounds and had so much volume I was pretty sure I'd trip and kill myself.  Had to be returned, but not before a picture.



Apparently I'm into color this summer, and I can't wait to wear this J Crew skirt.  I will tell you that it's a little shorter than it looks online (or maybe that's just me, being the jolly green giant), but the colors are brighter.



For a dressier occasion, pencil skirts are perfect.  I call this the "Deena Aritzia Special", and oh is it comfy!  Like wearing sweatpants, but even better.



What are your go to skirts this summer?

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge 



Monday, June 4, 2018

TBB Asks: Summer Lovin'

Is anybody else in a blogging slump?  Not sure what it is, but I cannot seem to get my act together.  Some days I think I should probably give it up - but then I miss you all too much, so here I am.

Thank goodness for my friends at The Blended Blog who keep me motivated.  It's time for another TBB Asks, and I hope you're planning to link up with us!



1/ While I love to ride bikes, I'm a disaster on anything with wheels (don't even ask about mopeds - yikes).  A nice walk is probably safer for me.

2/ Hot dogs.  I don't eat them the rest of the year, but give me a grilled hot dog at a picnic or BBQ.  Yum!

3/ Pool.  Lakes are scary because I can't see the bottom.

4/ Please don't stop reading - but I'm not a huge fan of ice cream.  I guess chocolate chip mint is my favorite though.

5/ Definitely a cone - that's the best part!


6/ Flip Flops.  How do you keep slides on your feet?



7/ Jean shorts.

8/ Watermelon.  Have you tried yellow watermelon?  So good!

9/ On the cob, with my hot dog.

10/ "Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.  Takes me back to those relaxing summer days before kids and responsibilities.

11/ Anything outside.  After months and months of cold and rain, I can't wait to be out of the house.

12/ Strawberries.  And strawberry shortcake, with my hot dog and corn on the cob!



13/ Tankini.  One pieces are never long enough, and my days in a bikini are long gone.  I like to shop at Bare Necessities because their tops come in bra sizes.

14/ I can't pick!  I love to wear dresses and skirts as soon as the weather warms up enough for sandals.

15/ Warm.  It's the only time of the year where I'm not freezing all the time.

Be sure to link up below, and come back next week to share your summers of the past.





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