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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Rompers For All

Happy Thursday!  Let's talk about rompers for fall, ya'll, even if you're tall.  Okay, I'm not from the south, and I'm no Dr. Seuss, but I like how that sounds.

In the past I've had trouble finding rompers/jumpsuits/pantsuits that worked for my height, but we've solved that problem over at Belong Lifestyle with a collection of fantastic one-pieces.


Like this adorable black romper, for instance.  It's soft and comfy, and somehow magically tall enough for my 5'9" body.  I've paired it with one of our fall kimonos (coming soon!) and sneakers.  But I could easily do booties and a cardigan, or even sandals and a statement necklace.  It's so versatile.


These gray romperalls are my very favorite in the collection.   They're roomy and slimming, all at the same time.  I can wear them to the store, then come home and take a nap without changing.  More magic.  

And if you're still thinking summer...because let's face it, summer's not over yet...the short rompers are adorable.  I love the drapey fabrics and the fun prints.

Casual in Camo Romper
Sassy Snake Print Romper
What do you think about rompers?  Yea or Nay?  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Don't Give Up On Me Yet

Hi!  I did it again.  How many times can a person disappear and expect everyone to be there when they get back?



I love writing.  I really, really do. But sometimes all the stuff that goes along with blogging gets a little overwhelming, and then I get out of the habit, and suddenly a month (or two) has gone by, and well...here we are.

Now summer is winding down, fall is coming, and I always feel a renewed sense of order and structure and purpose as this season arrives.  Let's see if I can get my act together.

Speaking of summer, how did it go so fast?  Mostly it was good.  Thomas was home, Conner's girlfriend was here which meant I got to know her better, and there were a few family trips and fun activities.  Losing Grandpa Ed was a sad time, but what a wonderful life he had.

Thomas left to go back to school yesterday, and after many years of talking about it, my nest is now really, truly empty.  When I think back to that first drop off three years ago, I can't believe how far we've come.  (I mean, I only cried for one day this time instead of two whole weeks).  He's gone from unsure teenager to an amazing young man who knows where he's headed and how to get there.

And I've grown a lot too.  It took a while, and a lot of tearful, painful soul searching, but I now know that I have so much left to do.  My purpose in life goes beyond being a wife and mom.


In May I joined Deena and Abbie at Salt & Light Lifestyle, which we've since re-branded as Belong Lifestyle.  Every day I wake up so excited to work with these two amazing women as we grow this supportive, uplifting community, with a little clothing sprinkled in for lovely measure.

I've also found a tribe of other midlife women, led by my beautiful friend Catherine.  At the Forever Fierce Revolution, I edit The Spark newsletter, and will be speaking at FierceCon 2019 this fall - something I never imagined myself doing before.

So clearly I still have a lot left to say, and this perfect space to say it.  Don't give up on me yet.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Fashion With Fashom

I'm a big fan of clothing boxes.  It's always fun to get a package in the mail with new things to try on.  I recently tried FASHOM, a personal styling service with affordable prices.  I love their hashtag #BetterAsIAm, and the fact that they donate $1 of each box sent to a rescue dog organization.


FASHOM is a little different than other boxes, in that you choose which pieces will be sent to you.  After signing up and filling out a style/sizing profile, your stylist sends you a preview of nine pieces to look over.  You pick the five that you'd like to try at home.

My first item was the Bloom floral swing dress above.  The material was very soft and flowy, and the pockets were a bonus.  However, I have several similar dresses, so this one went back.

I had high hopes for this next dress by Gilli, although I wasn't too sure about the color for me.  But then I tried it on and...holy boobs!  They were definitely center stage.  I'm sure my husband would have been a big fan, but it went back too.



I did love and keep this navy floral top from Chris & Carol.  The fabric is so soft, and it has a really cute sleeve detail. I'll be able to wear it into the fall under a cardigan or blazer.



This Mittoshop top also stayed in my closet.  It's such a fun color and print, and another one that will transition well to fall.


The last piece was also by Mittoshop, but I wasn't a fan.  Purple isn't a favorite color, and it was just a little too big.


All in all, I enjoyed my box from FASHOM.  The one mistake I made was in the selection process.  If you don't love the first round of items the stylist chooses, you can ask for new options.  I didn't take the time to do that, and it's an important step that will make your experience even better.

Customers are offered a 25% discount if three items are purchased, and 30% off for all five.  Most of the pieces in my box were in the $35-$40 range.  There is a $15 styling fee per box that is applied towards any purchases, but the first styling fee is waived.  And since it's not a subscription, you can request boxes as you wish.

Some of my friends are also trying out FASHOM.  Check out Carrie, Jill, Kellyann and Shelly to see the pieces they received!

This post was sponsored by FASHOM, but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Summertime Peach

Happy Thursday!  The weekend is in sight, and I'm definitely ready. 

In the spring I shared some elevated athleisure looks from Peach, and today I've got a few pieces to share from the Blue Crush Summer collection.


I love wearing dresses this time of year, and this Isla Dress in Pacific blue will be perfect all summer long.  It has a closer fitting base layer underneath, with a sheer stripe overlay.  It's breezy and comfortable, and the color is gorgeous!  Made of a polyester/spandex blend, it won't wrinkle in your suitcase.
I'm carrying the Contrast Caryall, which also doubles as a backpack.  It's lightweight and water resistant, perfect for gym clothes or beach essentials.


This is my favorite Peach outfit so far.  The pima cotton blend Reya Cropped Joggers feel like pajamas, and I love the length.  I paired them with sneakers, but sandals or heels would give them a dressier look.  And this La Paz Striped Sweatshirt is adorable!  It has drop sleeves and a boxier fit, so I recommend sizing down.  The V can be worn in the front or back, but I chose the front so I could showcase the criss-cross bralette from Salt & Light Lifestyle.  I'll be wearing it with everything this summer!

Have a great weekend, friends!

The items in this post were provided to me from Peach in exchange for sharing their brand.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

When You've Only Got A Hundred Years To Live


Last Saturday, the world lost a truly amazing human.  After a long, wonderful life, Grandpa Ed decided that his time here was done.  He would have been 101 years old in September, and while his mind was still sharp, and his sense of humor intact, his body was finally giving out.

After nearly five years of dialysis, he was exhausted.  He couldn't drive anymore, or golf, or head to the library.  And I think he was ready to see Grandma Mary and his son, Rick.

I will miss so many things about him.  His hugs.  His laugh.  The way he listened intently to what you had to say.  The way he loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and cared so much about each one of us.  Grandpa Ed was the sun of our family, and we circled around him like planets, trying to soak up everything we could.

I've learned so many things from him.  A few years ago I wrote about a few of his "lessons", and in honor of his life well lived, I'm sharing it again.


Family is important.

Grandpa Ed and Grandma Mary had four children.  When my mom was eight, grandpa was offered a job that required him to travel around the United States, staying in each town for several months at a time.  He didn't want to leave his wife and kids behind, but he needed the job.  So they sold their house, bought a 20 foot trailer, and took off as a family.  I can't imagine living in a small trailer with six people, traveling the country, for seven years.  I'm pretty sure I'd be heading back home after a few weeks.  But that's what they did.  And they never regretted it, because they were together.  



From those four kids, grandpa has eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, and we all love him madly. He makes time for each and every one of us, because family is important.



Stay active.

Did I mention Grandpa Ed is 96?  He still lives in his own home, drives, and his mind is as sharp as ever.  Every week he golfs 18 holes, and only in the last year has he used a golf cart because his hips hurt.  He walks around the block every day, and he's been known to pull his bike out when his car is in the shop.  When I asked if he wore a helmet, he just giggled.  Guess what he's getting for his birthday!  He says staying active has kept him alive this long, and I'm not going to argue with him. 


The simple things in life are usually the best things.

Last year my boys wanted to take grandpa to Pink's in downtown Los Angeles, because they are known for their fabulous hot dogs, and hot dogs are one of grandpa's favorite foods.  He was a little dubious about Pink's, but being the trooper he is, he was willing to drive an hour and wait in line another thirty minutes to try a dog, because the boys said it was worth it.  His verdict?  The ones at Costco are just as good, half the price, and way less trouble. Sometimes the simple things in life are the best things.


A positive attitude helps you get through anything.

Grandpa Ed's life certainly hasn't been perfect, and he's had his share of health troubles. He's survived prostate cancer, kidney cancer, colon cancer and melanoma.  Luckily everything was caught early when most treatable, but through every surgery and illness he maintains a positive attitude.  He tells me there's no point in being depressed about it - what will be, will be. Except when grandma died, I've never seen him sad - he just smiles and gets on with living.  

Life doesn't end when you get older.

When he was 80, grandpa took up painting and drawing as a hobby, and he's pretty good at it. He set up an art studio in his formal living room when grandma passed (I'm sure she haunts him over this - we were never even allowed in that room).  He goes to the senior center every week - always on the lookout for new friends.  Not a day goes by that he doesn't get up at 7am, get dressed in his signature jeans and polo shirt, and head out of the house.  Sure, there's an afternoon nap every day, but not until he's accomplished something.



Don't blink

Just like that you're six years old and you take a nap and you
Wake up and you're twenty-five and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife
Don't blink
You just might miss your babies growing like mine did
Turning into moms and dads next thing you know your "better half"
Of fifty years is there in bed
And you're praying God takes you instead
Trust me friend a hundred years goes faster than you think
So don't blink

-Kenny Chesney


Thursday, June 13, 2019

What I Wore - May


Oops - better late than never!  Last month I did a huge closet purge, and vowed to wear what I already have and limit my purchasing.

Which I mostly stuck to...sorta.

Here's a few highlights from May...


I've really been enjoying pattern mixing lately.  This knit blazer (similar) goes well with any other pattern.


I'm still on the hunt for a jumpsuit that will work with my height, but for now this one from Old Navy (similar) will have to do.  The mustard purse came in a recent Stitch Fix and I love the color!


Another blazer, and pumps!  Who am I?  I found a bunch of blazers during the closet purge, and I'm wearing them all to see which ones to consign.  This hot pink one might be for sale soon at Salt and Light.


Speaking of Salt and Light, this adorable floral midi dress isn't leaving my closet anytime soon.  It's still available in yellow, pink, and blue, and it's so comfortable, I feel like I'm wearing my pajamas.


I also discovered a lot of colored pants.  I bought this pair of pink jeans from Loft (similar) last year, and I love how they look with navy.


Did you see my review of Infinitely Loft, their new subscription service?  This navy lace dress was one of the first things they sent to me, and I'm kind of wishing I had kept it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Stop, To Move Forward

Raise your hand if you feel like you're always running.  Days are planned to the minute with work and activities and stuff to do.  If there's a hole in the agenda, it's immediately filled with something from the to do list.


It seems we've almost gotten addicted to the idea of being "busy".  I know I have.  A few years ago, I was feeling depressed and anxious.  There were many days when I didn't want to do anything.  I accomplished the most minimal of tasks, doing only what I had to do to get by.

Now, I'm feeling better and excited about the future.  And I want to seize every moment, to make up for the time I lost.  Which means I'm constantly working  to further my hopes and dreams.  Trying to be more organized, more productive, more everything.

But sometimes you have to stop for a minute, in order to keep moving forward.

Last weekend we had nothing on the calendar.  Not a single appointment, activity, or to-do was on the schedule.  I woke up on Saturday morning, worked out, showered and then thought...now what?  I immediately consulted "the list", trying to decide what to tackle first.

And then....I took a seat.  Maybe I just needed to stop for a bit.  

Which is what I did.  I read an entire book.  Got outside and took a few walks.  Watched shows that were piling up on the DVR.  I think I even took a nap.  I didn't meal plan, schedule plan, or plan anything, really.

At first I was restless and almost guilty.  Feeling bad about relaxing?  I really had gone too far.

By Sunday evening, I realized how wonderful it had been.  I felt rested and rejuvenated and ready to tackle the world.  

The rest of the summer is looking pretty busy, and I don't see another quiet weekend for a while.  But that's okay.  I stopped, and now it's time to move forward.

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