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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Stripes And Plaid And More Sweaters

Happy Wednesday and welcome to Fall Fashion Frenzy with The Blended Blog. Go there to link up with us, and then head to hostess Shelley's blog to see her Stripes and Plaid look.

Guys, I need help.  My long cardigan habit might possibly be out of control.  I don't need another one, and I swear I'm done buying them.  BUT...then I see one that's so perfect...and it looks super warm...and I talk myself into maybe just one more.

And bonus, this one is plaid.  Which just happened to be the theme for the week, so clearly I needed to add it to my closet.  It's really thick and honestly feels more like a sweater coat.  There's a red one too, but I finally showed some restraint and left that one in my cart.

I think by now we all know how to pattern mix, and stripes and plaid is one of my favorites.  I do wish I'd done a half tuck with the striped shirt for better proportions.  I found the bone colored booties at Marshall's, although this is probably the last time I'll wear them until spring.  Torrential downpours and light colored shoes don't go together so well.

If I'm being honest, I'm having a hard time with pictures lately.  I took these at my mom's, and when I got home and uploaded them, I picked them apart, at length.  Why are we so hard on ourselves?  Why can't I extend the same grace to myself that I do to everyone else?  And then I remembered a quote from Stacy London's book that I marked a few weeks ago:
One ingredient to feeling beautiful is to STEP AWAY from the mirror.  You need to see yourself reflected in other people's eyes - people who love you, are rooting for you, are proud of you.  Discover what it is you love again outside of style, having nothing to do with what you look like.  What are your goals?  What do you want to achieve?  Sometimes the best way to reconnect with an essential sense of self-esteem is to put down the lip gloss, step away from the jeans, and turn your back on the mirror.  Your self-esteem can't come from how you look alone.  Feel kind, successful, and accomplished.  The whole package IS beauty.
I love this, and it really resonates with me right now.  Definitely a lot to think about. Time to go back to gratitude and quit worrying about the mirror.

Be sure to hop around and see what my friends at TBB are wearing this week!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Gratitude In Pictures

Happy Monday, friends!  How was your weekend?  The sun was out, so I finally gave in and did some yard work.  Have I mentioned how much I hate weeding?  As soon as I'm rich and famous, I'm hiring a gardener.  Right after the personal chef.

Today I'm linking up with The Blended Blog to share some gratitude, in pictures.  Last year I wrote about being thankful for the "who's" in my life, and I still feel that way today.

This guy tells me I'm pretty every day, even after 36 years together.  He puts up with my crazy, and I put up with his.

I'm so thankful that I get to be mom to this kid.  He grew up way too fast, but it's amazing to watch him go out in the world and succeed.

Same goes for this goofball.  I haven't seen him in almost two months, but he'll be home on Friday for a whole week and I can't wait.

My family drives me nutso most days, but they're always around when I need them most.

And friends.  Ya gotta have friends, the kind that lift you up, see you, and love you anyway.

Head over to The Blended Blog to link up your gratitude posts, and see you back here on Wednesday for Fashion Frenzy - plaids and stripes!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Follow Love

It's Friday, which means we're feeling the love and featuring some of our favorites over at The Blended Blog.  I thought I'd join in and share a few blogs you might not be following...but should be.  I've been fortunate enough to meet these ladies in real life, and they're amazing.  Introducing...

Amy from Your Favorite Chapter may truly be the kindest person on the planet.  She is uplifting and encouraging and always knows the right thing to say.  You are guaranteed to feel wonderful about yourself and the world around you after spending a little time with Amy.  She lives in Michigan, but I had the pleasure of meeting her at FierceCon.  Her blog is about food, fitness, fashion and inspiration, and I love that her son takes most of her outfit photos.

I was so excited to meet Bo from Bo's Bodacious Blog when I traveled to Deena's world in August.  Bo joined us for brunch and flower picking, and then met up with us again for farmer's marketing and a photo shoot.  She is interesting, smart, and so much fun.  I love her sense of style and dedication to running - even in freezing weather!

Lauren is a local Seattleite who blogs at Dit-Elle.  She's also a talented photographer, and I've had the pleasure of attending several local events with her.  Her blog features her casual, funky style, which I love, but could never pull off.  Lauren takes all her own pictures with a tripod and shutter release, and shares some of her secrets.  Her adorable daughter Maya makes lots of cameos, and she's a natural just like her mama.

Have a favorite blogger I should be following?  Leave me a comment!  Have a great weekend and be sure to come back and link up with us on Monday - it's all about the gratitude!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Casual Thanksgiving With Eva Trends

Disclosure:  The top in this post was provided to me.  All thoughts about it are my own.

Happy Wednesday and welcome to Fall Fashion Frenzy with The Blended Blog. Go there to link up with us, and then head to hostess Alison's blog to see her Thanksgiving looks.

I used to get dressed up for Thanksgiving dinner, but then I realized that the day should and could be so much more comfortable.  I need room for all the yummy goodness!  When I saw this red Jeune Fall Sweater from Eva Trends I knew it would be perfect for the holidays.  Clearly it has lots of room for expanding waistlines, and it's warm and cozy.

The sides have cute buttons, and the fringe adds a bit of fun.  As you can see, I didn't get the yard work done last weekend.  The rain, rain, rain, came down, down, down, and I don't garden in the rain.  Maybe all the wet weather will drown the weeds.  It hasn't happened yet, but a girl can dream.

If you haven't visited Eva Trends yet, go take a look.  They have a huge variety of unique styles and I'm really pleased with the quality.  Many of their items are "one size", and they are a generous "one size", so keep that in mind when ordering.  Don't forget to use code LL10 to get 10% off your purchase.

Be sure to hop around and visit my TBB Style SIsters to see what they're wearing this week.

Monday, November 5, 2018

TBB Asks - Giving Thanks

Happy Monday!  I'm really excited for this month's TBB Asks, since it's all about giving thanks.  It seems like each year, Thanksgiving in the US gets less and less attention.  I love Christmas, but not yet.  At the store on Saturday, there was a greeter dressed like Santa.  On November 3rd.   For now, let's focus on giving thanks!

1/ Yep, although in the past I haven't been very consistent.  A few months ago I bought the 5 Minute Journal, and I've remembered to use it every day.  

2/ Always.  My husband is the only one in the family that can cook.  Or...maybe everyone else pretends they can't cook.  Hmmm...

3/ Mashed potatoes.  I rarely eat them anymore, so I always get my fill on Thanksgiving.  Pretty sure that's my plate up there - mashed potatoes, gravy and carrots.

4/ Sunshine.  After a week of rain and wind, the sun came out on Sunday and it immediately lifted my spirits.

5/ Most definitely yes!  I rarely make one anymore though.  The pies at Costco are delicious and cost less than all the ingredients.

6/ No.  My husband has most of his recipes in his head.  And I've got my grandma's old handwritten favorites that I cherish.

7/ Neither.  We do a turkey in the smoker every year - it's SO good!

8/ Of course!  Although, with the size of my family, there isn't a whole lot left.

9/ Can I say the washer and dryer?  My mother in law used to tell me stories about hand washing diapers, and I can't even imagine. I'm so grateful for my laundry room.

10/ Home cooked if my hubby makes them.  Otherwise, I'd rather eat out.

Be sure to hop over to The Blended Blog and link up your thankful posts.  Let's show Thanksgiving some love!

Friday, November 2, 2018

They See Me

Last month I was lucky enough to spend several weekends with two groups of amazing women.  Next week I'll talk about FierceCon, but today I want to share my trip to South Carolina with these beauties, my friends from The Blended Blog.

This meet up was in the planning stages for a year, but as the day approached, Hurricane Michael appeared.  After a very sketchy day of travel (delayed flights, tarmac trouble, planes on fire, planes running out of fuel, unexpected four hour car drives, and lost luggage), we arrived in Savannah.  Every moment of the horrible day disappeared when I realized these ladies had waited for me at the airport - for hours - rather than head to our rental house.  Pretty sure I shed a tear as I came around the corner and saw their lovely faces.  These are my friends, these are my sisters...and they see me.

They see ME.

The last few years have been rough.  50 isn't for sissies.  I've lost people I dearly love, had some health stuff, and sent my baby to live five hours away.  There's wrinkles and no metabolism and aging parents and empty nesting and lots of days where I just feel OLD.

Listen, life is good.  I'm still happy when each birthday rolls around, because honestly, the alternative is worse.  I have a husband who loves me unconditionally, two boys that make me proud every day, and we've built a life I wouldn't change.  But lately I can't seem to get out of my own way.

And then these women appear in front of me, and they don't care about any of that, because they see me.

They're kind, and they're loving.  We laugh and shop and talk like we've known each other our whole lives.  And just when I start to get in my own way, when I start to feel like I don't belong, because maybe I'm too old, I'm too boring, I'm too whatever...they pull me back in, because they see me.

They see right into the very core, past my wrinkles and extra pounds, the loss and the worry and the not feeling good enough.  Past all the crap and straight to the heart.  They're the best sort of friends, and the kind we all need.

They see me.  And I see them too.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Yes To Long Cardigans With Eva Trends

Disclosure:  The sweater in this post was provided to me.  All thoughts about it are my own.

Happy Wednesday and welcome to Fall Fashion Frenzy with The Blended Blog. Today I'm the hostess with the mostest over at TBB, so I hope you'll stop by and check out some other long cardigan looks from earlier this year.

Last fall I fell in love with long cardigans, and I've been adding to my collection ever since.  While I'll never give up my short cardi's, for now they're in the archives, and long sweaters are front and center.

When Eva Trends asked me to share a few of their items on the blog, I was immediately drawn to this Frizzy Stripes Cardigan.  I love the color blocking and the length.  It's a nice, thick weight, which will be perfect as the temps continue to drop.

The back is just as cute as the front.  When I turned around, I realized what I'll be doing this weekend - yard work!  Eeeks.  Fun story about this Japanese Maple.  It was a wedding present to the people who built and lived in our house before we did, and they transplanted it each time they moved.  The family decided to leave it here when we moved in, and even though our house is newer, the tree is over 50 years old.  I love it year round, but especially in the fall.

Enough about my yard, back to Eva Trends.  I had a blast looking through their website.  Their clothes are unique and funky and a whole lot of fun.  If you're searching for something colorful or different, you're sure to find it at Eva Trends.  And use the code LL10 for 10% off your entire order. 

Be sure to hop around and check out my TBB Style Sisters to see what they're wearing this week. 

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