STYLING A VINTAGE TEE WITH ATTITUDE

Apparently it’s one of the “no no’s” of the over 5o category . . .

Not to wear graphic tee’s . . .
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Well, as Patti from (notdeadyet) says, “too bad, so sad”.

Because sometimes it’s just a whole lot of fun to wear tees . . .
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especially one with some attitude . . .
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Although, I will say, there is something just not right about mickey with an attitude.
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So, how about you, my fellow friends, do you enjoy breaking those ridiculous rules once in a while?
Linking up with Patti for Visible Monday in hopes of seeing more breaking rule friends.
Also linking for shoe and tell.

SHOWERING A NEW MOMMA-TO-BE WITH A TEA PARTY

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When Tori (my daughter) came for a visit she asked me if I would help throw a tea party baby shower for her wonderful friend.
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Well, you know me and tea parties . . .

Since she’s expecting a little girl we easily decided on a pink, pastel, and gold theme.

First designing the invite . . .
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then adding the layers . . .
(here’s my little OCD or organization part of me)
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Cutting the edges of the invoice with crafting scissors gives the perfect blend of texture
*Glued them to the pink card stock
*layered on a soft pink velum with a pink ribbon
*then added on the “your invited” tag
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After the invites were mailed out, we began with the pink, pastels, and gold decorations.

First hanging a banner . . .
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And poms from the chandelier . . .
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The day before the shower I put together the flower arrangements by using two gold long stem vases and placing floral foam in the center, then I simply bought a few super market bundle of pastel flowers and started cutting and arranging.
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Then we added more pink and gold accessories . . .
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Like gold books, a glittered leaf, pink bubble gum, and individual potted flowers which we placed in pink and white treat containers (for the guest to take home).
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Pink Tea Pots . . .
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Once the table center piece is finished . . .
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We set the place settings, this time we used my gold rimmed white china layered with different pastel salad plates.
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And adding appetizers to match for the finishing touches.
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We had a crepe bar for our main course, thanks to Logan (my son-in-law) for being the best crepe chef around.

For a vignette, I chose to display the gift I was giving mom and baby.
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Lovely shower
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for this lovely momma to be.
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Baby Gracee is already truly blessed.

Linking up with Jann for share your cup Thursday

And Pamela at from my front porch to yours.

BEACHWEAR ATTIRE

For those of you who have been following for a while know when I travel, I do so lightly. On this last little get away to San Diego the weather was to be around 70 with a slight breeze so I packed just a few simple, casual, yet still somewhat stylish essentials.
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On my travel days I wore my boyfriend jeans paired with this fun textured blouse and very comfy sandals. Making it easy to walk through the airport and ready to hit the board walk when we arrived.
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Molly kind of did the same.
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On the days when we weren’t in swimwear I packed my linen pants, linen tee, and a lightweight cardigan. And who needs shoes when walking on the beach, right?
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Tori makes it really easy by packing a sundress that you can layer with a scarf or cardigan for the evening.
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A few hats, sunnies, and sandals and I’m basically set.
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How do you travel for a visit to the beach?

Linking up with MisPapelicos for share-in-style
And with Jess for her new Tuesday link up party.

FINDING A HAPPY PLACE

Molly’s (my granddaughter) favorite song is Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”. She instantly begins to clap and dance, which in turn makes all the adults around her do the exact same thing. I don’t think she really understands the meaning or the words yet but the tune alone sends the right message.

Last week this little girl truly found her “Happy Place”.
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We took a mini vacation to San Diego . . .

Where she taught us all what Happiness is.

Reminding us the joy of building sandcastles in the sand . . .
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The excitement and feel of the ocean water as it hits your toes for the first time . . .
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And pulls you toward it over and over again.
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The happiness of playing catch on the beach . . .

And pretending to surf . . .
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Of relaxing and people watching . . .
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And even being normal (can’t live without those phones).
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Bonding with Uncle Riley . . .
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Riding an old fashioned Merry-go-round . . .
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and watching grandma and parents be crazy on the roller coaster.
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Eating breakfast at beachfront cafe’s
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and ending with dinner at another.
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Even meeting up with dear friends . . .
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Yes, Tamera Beardsley, my friend I met from blogging and her husband, daughter Ellis and her fiancé Elliot drove down for an afternoon visit.

Gifting Tori and me with one of her handmade bracelets and making us feel truly crowned.
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I can easily see why Molly adores this song, clapping along because she knows what happiness is to her, clapping along because she knows happiness is the truth and clapping along because that’s what she wants to do.
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Thank you sweet girl for teaching us to clap along as well.

PARTY SKIRT MADE PRACTICAL

I don’t know about most of you but I have a difficult time purchasing an item which can be worn for only one type of occasion and place. When I first spotted this ‘party’ or ‘formal’ holiday skirt my mind started thinking of how I could possibly make it a practical skirt as well.
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This is what I came up with . . .
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For a more formal or dressy occasion I wear it with fishnets and high heels . . .
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A black pearl collared tee with a velvet jacket.
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And on the days when I want to make it practical . . .
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I pull on black tights and booties . . .
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And pair it with a simple tee and denim jacket.
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This is a great way to vouch for a fun purchase.

Do you ever think this way when you spot an item?

Linking up with Patti for her fun Visible Monday.

Also joining the fun shoe and tell link up party.

And Alice for TBT

BOOTIES FOR ALL SEASONS

When Adrienne at therichlifeonabudget and Jill at everythingjustso chose booties for March’s how I wear my series, I knew I could have some fun with this.

For starters, I love wearing booties. I find them easy to style, versatile, and comfortable. My only problem with booties is the many different styles available and disciplining myself from purchasing every pair I think I need.
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A stylish pair of booties can really make your outfit come alive. Like these high heel semi-cowboy booties.
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They were the perfect choice to pair with my black skinny jeans and tailored blazer.
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Yes, I think I just might have a little too much fun while wearing them.
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Or on the days when the weather begins to feel like spring, you can put on a pair of these.
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And add a little pattern and texture mixing while your at it.
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My collection of booties just keeps on growing but can you really blame us?
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Make sure you hop on over to Jill and Adrienne’s today to see all the fun array of booties.

Outfit details:
first outfit-
booties-bebe (old)
blazer-Ralph Lauren
black skinny jeans-Madewell

second outfit
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blazer-norsdstrom (old)
cropped pants-jcrew (last year)
lace tee-banana republic

Also linking up with Dawn Lucy @ fashionshoudbefun and Alice for TBT.

OAKWOOD HOMES PART 2- DREAMY BATHROOMS

As I mentioned last week in my post, which was all about the exquisite grotto style kitchen, today I’m thrilled to show and tell how Oakwood Homes presents their take on dreamy bathrooms.

One of the first rooms I visit when touring a model home is always the master bathroom.

Why?

Because to me it’s the room which says, “Relaxation”.

It should be the room to rewind, rejuvenate, and refresh.

I was in dream land as I walked through their bathroom portion of Oakwood Homes showroom.
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This model sets the mood for dreamy in my book.
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From the counter tops and storage . . .
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To the details in the tile work . . .
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And take a look at the sink.
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And the options of fixtures and faucets.
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But what about this walk in shower . . .
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Or the car-wash style shower.
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Oakwood homes definitely hits the mark on creating ‘dreamy’ style bathrooms.

If your in the market now or in the future for building a new home, drop on over to their showroom, located at 206 E. Winchester Street. You will find a friendly, knowledgable and creative staff ready to help design your dream home.
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Thank you, once again, Oakwood Homes, for the opportunity to tour and spend time with you.