THE COLORS OF NATURE

I’m still being influenced by the color of nature.
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A few weeks ago I woke up with my daily agenda of dusting, vacuuming and grocery shopping.

But when I looked out my window at the near by mountains full of fall colors . . .

I quickly changed my mind . . .

I simply grabbed my hiking shoes and drove myself up there and spent the day

Breathing . . .
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Listening . . .
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And

Enjoying Nature.
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It was clearly a good choice.
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After looking over some pictures from that day, my choice of attire has been greatly influenced by the color of nature.
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(outfit: dress-Ann Taylor, white button down shirt-Madewell, cardigan-Jcrew, scarf-boutique from England,)

Linking up with Patti for Visible Monday, wonder if anyone else has been influenced by the colors of nature.

A THOUGHT FOR THURSDAY

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It’s really this simple . . .

EVERY DAY . . .

OF EVERY HOUR . . .

OF EVERY MINUTE . . .

YOU CAN CHOOSE TO MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY.

WE LITERALLY HOLD IN OUR HANDS THE ABILITY TO SPREAD HAPPINESS TO MORE PEOPLE THAN YOU CAN EVER IMAGINE.

LET’S GO SPREAD SOME TODAY!

Share a smile . . . say Hello . . . Give a hug to someone in need . . . Send a card or email . . . And Be Happy!

MENSWEAR

Sometimes there’s trends that simply need to be embraced . . .
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The latest trend of menswear didn’t interest me until . . .

I spotted these . . .
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Seriously ???

They are the most comfy, versatile in color, and just a little edgy.

I actually bought these shoes with all intentions of wearing them with my skinny jeans . . .

But this hat . . .
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paired with this midi skirt seemed to take right over, giving it a relaxed and on-the-go look.
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(also perfect for travel)

But don’t be fooled, I still have that feminine side and love my heels.
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With a change of shoes, a simple tee and blazer . . .
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You get a whole different look.
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Are you embracing any trends this season?

Linking up with Patti for visible Monday to see the latest in trends.

outfit detail:
skirt:banana republic
black and white stripe top: jcrew
menswear shoes: DSW
printed tee: anthropologie
Blazer: banana republic
Red heels: enzo angelino

NATURE INSPIRED

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I said this yesterday, but I can’t seem to get enough of nature inspiration.
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I mean when you live in a place as breathtaking as this . . .
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It just seems natural to want to be part of it . . .
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And become one with nature.
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(outfit details: dress: anthroplogie (old) cardigan: banana republic, hat: vintage, shoes:Jones New York (DSW)
When Adrienne (therichlifeonabudget) and Jill (everythingjustso) chose for their monthly HIWM for October to be your favorite color, I instantly knew I would share the colors of Fall. There’s plenty of fun and exciting favorite colors being presented over on their sites so head on over and check them out.

And the ever stylish Mis Papelicos is featuring her ‘share-in-style’ Fall styles over at her site.

And, we can’t forget to join Judith for her monthly ‘Hat Attack’.

Alice, over at happinessatmidlife is now having a fun Thursday Link up party as well.

Have a wonderful Day my friends.

TAKING THE COLORS OF NATURE INTO MY HOME AND WARDROBE

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I can’t think of a better place to be inspired than the natural beauty of the outdoors.

With the vibrant colors of fall graciously greeting me right out my front porch . . .
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I couldn’t resist adding those colors in my home as well.

Cutting fresh flowers from my garden and bringing them indoors each morning just adds so much color and happiness to my kitchen . . . along with some fresh picked tomatoes.
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The blue sky behind the maple leaves inspired me to add some blue to my tablescape this year,

I gladly brought out my vintage blue and white vase, arranged a flower display inside . . .
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added a blue and white teapot . . .
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then used my rich-vibrant fall colored table runners (layered two different ones), some placemats with matching napkins and my fall colored dishes with blue goblets as an added accent.
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And what better way to find outfit inspiration than to pull these colors right out of your closet.
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Do you find yourself pulling from nature as well?

Now all I need to do is start cooking a fun meal and invite some friends over.

Linking up with Jann for SYC (share your cup Thursday).

As always thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful fall day.

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT FALL

*SUNFLOWERS

*PUMPKINS

*FRESH CRISP APPLES

*THE SCENT OF PUMKIN AND SPICE

*THE RICH COLORS OF NATURE

*NEW FALL FASHIONS

*INCORPORATING ALL THESE INTO MY HOME DECOR

When the first day of fall finally arrives, whether it feels crisp and cool outside, or if you’re having weather like us and it’s still in the high 80’s, I celebrate by getting my sunflowers out . . .
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gathering pumpkins . . .
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I’m still a sucker for the traditional orange, especially paired with my fun blue bench . . .
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But I also love the look of the white and green pumpkins, so fresh and natural looking.
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I mixed them together on my porch, along with a sunflower throw and pot . . .
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And now my outside entrance is ready to welcome in this incredible season.
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A fun tradition I enjoy on the first day of fall is to bake a bunch of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins . . .
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place a few on fall paper plates . . .

wrap them in cellophane, make a homemade fall tag. . .

and then deliver to some friends.

It makes your kitchen smell just like fall and brings lots of smiles to others.

But if you don’t want to bake . . .
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I found the most delicious new candle from bath and body . . . YUM!

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

HIKING ATTIRE MADE EASY

As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I thought I would share how you can pack easily and stress free for a hiking trip.

In my younger years, I would seriously gear up, meaning I would run out and purchase all the state of the art equipment for the activity I was going to be involved in. Well, I’m much wiser (and older) now.

Therefore, I have learned that all you really need for a fun, enjoyable, and safe hiking trip are:
*sunscreen
*a hat
*sunglasses
*good sturdy shoes . . . Ok, let’s talk about this one. You do not need to buy those super expensive ‘hiking boots’ that you will only wear once in a great moon. You can and seriously should just wear a pair of comfy, sturdy, workout shoes. The pair you wear daily to run in or walk or work out in. The pair your feet already love.
*clothes that breath well and are comfy to hike in
*a lightweight backpack to carry water and snacks (for me a camera), and I usually throw in a jacket incase the weather changes

Since this is a kind of trip that fashion isn’t a concern, have some fun with it.

For example:
On our first day of hiking I chose a panama style hat which is breathable and lightweight . . .
I paired it with a simple grey tee, olive linen shorts and a pair of my nike free runs.
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The second day we actually hiked in Zions National Park, which can be quite hot in the afternoon and I knew we were going to hike Angels Landing which is a straight up hike for several miles.
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Therefore I chose to wear some really lightweight, breathable workout attire, but notice I’m just wearing a pair of New Balance running shoes (see, my feet already love these).
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And for the last day . . . well I was nice to hubby and we golfed first and then just took an easy hike.
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So I kind of dressed for the part (I’m really not much of a golfer).
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So, my friends, no need to run out and buy anything for a hiking trip, just grab a pair of running shoes, some shorts you have laying around in a drawer or some workout attire, your sunglasses, a hat, and off you go.

Linking up with Patti for the fun Visible Monday.
As always, thanks for dropping by. Have a most wonderful day!