THE GO-TO-MOMMY ATTIRE (WITH A GENERATION GAP)

Last week I had my daughter come to visit and of course we had a mother-daughter shopping day. When I asked Tori what she was going to wear that day, her quick response was, “oh just my mommy go to outfit” so I decided that would be a great idea.

Well, as you can see, I must be getting older . . .

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I really like Tori’s version of a go-to mommy outfit. A pair of cute floral jeans, a soft tee layered with a light weight sweater, not to mention the fun fun pattern mixing. And then she smartly threw on a pair of sneakers.

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I look so grown up for the occasion, (haha) in my white skinny jeans, a grey tee layered with a longer patterned cardigan.  And my ever comfy silver pumps.

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Tori was perfectly dressed for her mommy version . . .

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and I was very comfortable sporty my mommy version as well.

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For those of you who do not live here, this is City Creek Shopping Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, it’s our favorite place to shop for the day.

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So, all my cute over 40 (and for me over 50) friends have you been caught by surprise at a generation gap in your go-to- attire?

P.S. don’t you worry, the very next day, I threw on the floral jeans and striped sweater and had a ball.

SOME BUNNY IS INVITED TO AN EASTER TEA

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My favorite way to welcome in Spring and celebrate Easter is to throw one of my Tea Parties. And let’s be honest here, spring time, with the awakening of fresh new grass, blossoms all over on the trees, bright colored tulips and daffodils springing forth from their sleep and the chirping of birds as your wake up call, that alone is reason enough to throw a tea party.

Each year I try to come up with a new theme for each tea party.  This year I decided to bring in the timeless tale of Peter Rabbit. I knew with cute Peter Rabbit, I could easily bring in all sorts of fresh garden displays and flowers.

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The next thing I get working on is the invitation. An invitation not only invites your guests, it also sets the tone for the entire party.  I actually enjoy making handmade invitations. I truly believe the person receiving them can feel the time and love you put into making these for them.

(for these invitations I began by creating this on my computer and then having them printed off)

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then I begin my assembiy line 1- painted doilies green to look like lettuce 2- brown card stock paper for layering 3- pattern paper for the next layer 4- trim the invites with scallop scissors 5-glue them together 6-ink the edges 7-wrap them with bakers twine 8- tie on tag.

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Now I begin thinking of ways I want to create little displays related to the theme.

Like this antique bird cage  . . . I simply placed my Complete Edition of Peter Rabbit Tales inside, along with a miniature tea set, and some garland on top.

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And this display of my Rabbit vase with maple branches (in bloom) and my Peter Rabbit pop up story book.

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A few little bunny’s resting on top of the piano is also a fun little display.

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And of course, a banner for the window. I actually bought these cupcake holders for the tea but when I took them out I immediately knew they were NOT going to be for a cupcake, they were just too darn cute. So they became my banner . . . I painted burlap the blue then cute it into pendants and used doilies and cupcake holders and lots of ribbon.

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Then I go to work on the really fun stuff . . .

Setting the table.

I was only a little excited, OK, actually hestatic when my mother decided to hand over my grandmother’s china, I knew it would make the perfect place setting for this theme. (It’s actually going to be the perfect setting for a lot of themes).

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I wanted the table to appear as a wonderful garden, one that Peter Rabbit would want to wonder in, and stay a while.

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My tablescape consisted of fresh potted tulips and ranunculus. I added in a few bunny candle holders and my garden bunnies.

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For each guest I sprayed painted ( I know, I love that spray paint) vases I bought at a thrift store in a soft pink or mint green, then placed a fresh tulip in each vase.  I made the little tag, ‘bloom where you are planted’ and tied it onto the vase.  Then I hung the chocolate Lindurf carrot from each vase. This was their little party favor to take home.

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I wanted my friends to be greeted with spring and garden at the front door so I decided to dress “Betty” up for the occassion as my greeter. Don’t you just love her cute little tea cup and garden-gloved belt?

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Then I quickly wrote a greeting on a chalkboard and placed it on an easel next to Betty.  This way my guest knew to just walk on in and make themselves at home.

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Two of the cutest guest, just couldn’t resist adding this photo.

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The last thing on my list is to create and write out my menu.  I decided to begin with my wonderful and refreshing strawberry soup and fruit kabobs.

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The garden salad of spring mix, kiwis, strawberries, avocados, and almonds with a greek yogurt-honey lime dressing came next . . .

Followed by parmesan-chive scones ( I used a flower cookie cutter), chicken salad stuffed croissants, and asparagus wraps.

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The dessert was a carrot cake parfait (sorry no pictures- hubby kind of ate the last one before I snapped the photo).

As you can see, Spring time is the perfect season to gather some friends around your table for a few hours of laughter and a time to renew your friendships.  As one of my friends stated ” it’s just so nice to be reminded of the many beautiful things in this world, thanks for feeding my heart”. 

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And that’s exactly the reason I throw a tea – to have my heart fed by all my lovely and wonderful friends.

So blessed that they have planted so many seeds in my heart through the years.

And to all my blogging friends, I thank you for blooming here and planting the seeds that are making it fun and worthwhile to blog.

As always thank you kindly for dropping by, have a wonderful day.

WHAT TO WEAR TO AN EASTER TEA

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An Easter Tea Party is one of the most fun ways to welcome in Spring. 

It’s one full of blossoms, of flowers, and friendships, both old and new.

As we prepared for our annual Easter-Spring Tea we not only outline a garden type menu, set a garden table, send out invitations, and craft away, we also closet shop for the fun Easter-Spring attire for this occasion.

This year we began by dressing “Betty” for the occasion, she along with our chalkboard greeted our friends at the door.

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I decided, once again, to skirt it. Although I did try to match “Betty” by adding a touch of floral with a simply tying on a floral belt around my cardigan.

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It didn’t take my long to realize that something essential was missing.

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Of course, the much needed Tea Party Hat.

Now I was ready to party the afternoon away.

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This is how Miss Molly dressed for the occasion.

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(can you believe she is wearing my dress, now 51 years old)

And the three of us just having some fun afterwards.

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As always my friends, thanks for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day.  

Don’t worry . . . I will be posting all the fun Easter Tea Party details including invitation ideas, table setting ideas and menu in the next few days.

Joining me and all the other fun gal’s at Patti’s for visible Monday.

After donning the Easter Bonnet it’s also fitting to hop on over and join the link up for Judith’s monthly hat attack.

SKIRTING IT

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This season I was bound and determined to find the perfect pleated skirt.

One that was classy and stylish yet functional and fun.

One that I could pair with several different shoes.

One that could be versatile.

One that could take me ‘skirting’ around town in all different ways.

I think I may have found the ‘perfect’ one (at least for me).

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So far I have worn it with my navy patent leather shoes, bringing out the navy undertones.

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I have dressed it up with lace and pearls.

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I have had some fun by pairing it a floral linen tee, some denim and leather sandals.

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And, sadly when mother nature decided to bring some winter back, I threw on a comfy sweater and my booties.

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Yep, I’m thinking this little number is going to be a whole lot of fun this season.

What about you, have you invested in a pleated skirt lately? Or better yet, what kind of skirt would you or are you thinking about investing in?

As always my friends, thanks for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day.

 

skirt (on sale) floral tee and sweater: jcrew 

denim jacket: gap

slik bouse: banana republic

lace shawl/vest: a local boutique (dear lizzies)

While I’m talking about skirt, head over to Jill’s at everythingjustso or Adrienne’s at therichlifeonabudget for their monthly HIWM. This month they featured skirts and let me tell you, there are some amazing skirting issues worth seeing.

WEEKEND WEAR IN WHITE

Since Spring has officially arrived (at least by calendar) I’ve decided to switch out my denim jeans and go for the white this weekend.

My favorite combination with white jeans is to wear some grey mixed with a bit of denim blue.

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For this look I wore some cropped jeans and some funky wedged sneakers.

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(jcrew crop jean, grey and white stripe shirt: banana republic, denim jacket: jcrew Shoes: calvin Klein DSW)

For this look I decided to dress it up a bit. I’m wearing longer skinnies, which by the way, took me forever to find a pair I felt were comfortable, but I wanted a new pair this year with a tighter fit at the ankles. And, yes, I’m wearing those silver pumps again.  I tell you, they go with everything.

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(white skinnies: Joe’s, denim shirt: jcrew, sweater: necklace vintage)

For this look, it’s truly Saturday fun day. What’s a weekend without sneakers, right? Same skinnies but this time with just a simple grey and white tee and a light weight sweatshirt to throw on when it gets chilly. And some mint converse (these little things are definitely going to get some wear this year).

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(mint converse: DSW, sweatshirt: jcrew stripe tee: anthroplogie (old)).

So, have you got your white’s out of storage yet? If so I would love to hear what you pair them with.

As always my friends, thanks for dropping by.  Have a wonderful weekend.

 

LOOKING BACK OVER 21 YEARS

 

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Was it any surprise when I asked my son if I could throw him a party for his 21st Birthday and his quick response was, NO.

I mean, come on this is the mom who loves throwing parties (and I’m quite good at it). But then again this is the kid who at age 7 asked me how much I would be spending on throwing his birthday party and then proceeded to think for a minute and quickly responded with, “forget the stupid party, just buy me more gifts”. Smart kiddo.

I don’t believe he’s really had a big party since he was six years old, he just doesn’t care for being center of attention.  

But that doesn’t mean he isn’t a whole lot of fun, in fact the kid has more friends and loves life more than any other person I know.

Since he refused to let me throw him a big 21st birthday party, I at least wanted to throw him a blog post . . .

So here’s 21 fun facts about this wonderful young man.

* His first word spoken was ball and believe me, we heard it often.  

* He loved every kind of ball and activity associated with this round object.

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* He believed at a young age that being Number #1 was very important.

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* His competitive drive started I think before he was born.

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* He has always been very independent (this photo is his first day of kindergarten). I can still remember him telling me, with that crazy grin on his face, that no, I didn’t need to walk him into class, duh he was in kindergarten now.

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* At age three in preschool they had to bring something they liked to collect, he wanted to bring his friends. (What a wonderful thing to collect). I believe he is still adding to this collection.

* He developed a great imagination and gift for story telling at a young age, always telling great stories to his teachers (most of them completely untrue but they sure believed every word he said), like the time his kindergarten teacher believed his story of having center row tickets to the super bowl game, yea right.

* He is not afraid to stand alone and make a difference.

* He has always been willing to give unconditiionally of his time, talents, and money.

* His favorite thing to do with his mom when he was 4 and I would pick him up from preschool was to go buy “happy meals” and find homeless people to hand them out to. 

* He taught me at a young age how to love others unjudgmentally.

* He knows the meaning of obedience . . .

* and determination . . .

* and self worth.

* He knew how to get involved in school and make a difference.

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* No matter what kind of team he played on, he knew how to be a leader and give 100%.

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* He knew how to follow a dream . . 

* He knows the importance of being spiritual . . .

* He knows the importance of family . . .

* He knows the importance of always being the best you can be . . . and then still trying to be a little bit better.

* On this, his 21st Birthday he chose to spend it with his best friend, his dad, by picking up one of those balls and heading out for a round of 18 holes of golf.

Yes, I feel truly blessed to have been chosen to be his mother.

 

 

PLAYING WITH THE BASICS

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With the coming of spring weather, which means some sunshine but still a bit chilly, I’ve been playing a lot with these three basics:

SOME KHAKI, SOME WHITE, AND SOME BRIGHT

For me, it’s been my khaki capri’s, my basic white button down, and my bright blazer.

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I’ve paired them with Silver heels . . .

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and accessorized with chunky silver and gold pearl.

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and I’ve also paired them with some leopard sandals . . .

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and accessorized with lots of gold for whole different feel.

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And then I really have fun days and pair them with my vans . . .

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and panama hat instead of jewelry . . .

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for just an all around casual look.

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Isn’t it fun to play with the basics once in awhile? 

As always my friends, thanks for dropping by.  Have a wonderful day . . . hopefully playing with some basics.

Join me over at Patti’s for visible Monday.

 

For those of you who asked:
pants- jcrew
blazer- gap
white button down- madewell
hat- anthropologie
silver pumps- banana republic (on sale right now)
vans- van
sandals- sam edelman(nordstrom)