Weekly Favorites

September 30, 2014
Happy Wednesday... and Happy October!!  This week I am loving the feel of fall.  The evenings are beginning to get cool, and the nights are dipping lower.  With all the cooler temps and the leaves beginning to change colors it has me dreaming of sweaters and scarves!  I love this longer boyfriend cardigan (or grampa sweater as some people call them) because they layer so well with leggings and skinny jeans... and the pink sleeves?? well hello johnny!!!  This has got to find a way in my closet.  This chunky cable sweater looks exactly like what I am after although the cowl neck may be a bit bulky, so it will have to be tried on before I can say for sure its for me, but cute anyway huh?  Buffalo plaid anything is a must!  

My scarf collection keeps growing and that's okay with me.  Don't you find it is the easiest way to take an ordinary tee, blazer, or sweater and dress it up?  Sometimes when I throw an outfit together and it's just missing that pow, I dig thru my scarves first to see what will go!  Generally that is all I needed! For over a year now I have been silently admiring Daniel Wellington watches.  I admit, I loved the way they looked on a girls arm, but did not think I would wear one.  Sure enough, I now love how it looks after seeing so many on girls and want one of these... or both!!  Would you wear one?  Or do you think its too manly?  This gold rimmed bowl is too pretty to pass up, even if I don't know what I would do with it yet!   I have mentioned before here how to transition your makeup from summer to fall and adding  tinted moisturizer is also a great transitional beauty product.  Adding  moisture to your face as well as a little bit if color is what makes this so good!  

What are your favorites right now?  Leave me a comment, I would love to hear them!

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Airport styles

September 30, 2014
Traveling can be tricky sometimes.  If you're leaving a warm destination for a colder location, you arrive under dressed.  If you're leaving a colder climate for a warmer, (which is generally the case) you arrive bundled up and bulky.  I have never been a traveler to throw on sweats and go sans makeup and ponytail.  No.... you never know who you will run into in an airport and looking put together just feels better.   You also never know if your airport or plane is going to be cold or hot so a scarf to wrap up with or take of is a great accessory to travel with.  Comfy shoes to slip out of, or run between flights is a must too!  Are you a sweats and pony tail traveler, or are you like me and put yourself together?   I was once stopped in an airport with "three" carry on, just like I am here.  The security attendant made me show her that my bag would fit in my tote to prove it was a "two bag limit"!  I always make sure I can add my bag to the top of my tote to prove my point if need be!  I'm a rebel like that!!! Ha!

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Wisconsin Trails

September 29, 2014
Last you heard from me I was traveling to my nieces wedding in Minnesota.  It was a wonderful weekend and we had a fabulous time catching up with relatives from all over that traveled in for this celebration.  I have been going thru all the hundreds of photos I took and editing them.  Its a process, and you can't hurry it either!  I finally finished some of the pictures from our nature walk the morning of the wedding.  See here's the thing... the wedding was in Minneapolis at their family church the girls grew up in and attended school.  The reception was in a beautiful barn in the country in River Falls Wisconsin.  It was about a 30 minute drive from one location to the other so it wasn't bad at all.  We stayed in a hotel closer to the barn rather than closer to the church so when we partied late into the night we wouldn't have far to go!  

We had a few hours in the morning to kill prior to the wedding.  The weather was gorgeous and there was a river close by with a trail, and a launching spot for kayakers.   So about 6 of us decided to check it out.  This was the suspension bridge we first crossed to the trails.  


Looking over the edge of the bridge was a stream, and if you look close you will see the fisherman sitting at the edge in the second photo.




Further along and closer to the launch spot for the kayaks was a mini waterfall.



This is my brother.  I only have the one...  and he is enough!  He is very close to my middle son, and they have a wonderful relationship and banter quite well if I may say so!  


And this is my brother teaching my son what to look for if you're ever caught in the woods and need... well shall we say... nature calls and you need assistance.  He was pointing out that Trevor should alway look for  a plant with three leaves clustered together.  That's the safest!  Ummmm, yeah!  If you want poison ivy!  My brother is such a trickster! 


Trevor felt it was a safer bet to walk the trail with my sister in law after that so called learning experience! Ha, smart boy! 



We trekked down these stairs...see where the railing ends? 


Well here is the end of the railing... and more stairs.  Remember as far as we hiked down to get to the water we had to hike back up! 


I was practicing with my new lens and cannot believe I caught this bee in mid flight!  The best way to learn a new lens is lots of practice! 


I just loved all the colors and textures to the trail.  We missed the leaves turning by a week.  I bet it is beautiful right now. 


Tomorrow I am sharing what I wore to travel in!  It's pretty cute! 

Weekend travels

September 19, 2014
Happy Friday peeps!  This week has been a busy one!  I booked my flight to Florida for a week in November for business and I added 4 days to the end to hop over to Palm Beach to visit Gayle.  Watch out girls weekend!!  Today I am headed to Minneapolis for the weekend for my nieces wedding.  Rachel and Gary have been dating for 5 years and it is such a wonderful love they have.  It will be a family reunion for sure.  I can't wait to catch up with my cousin from Boulder, and her brother and his new wife coming from Seattle.  We grew up together and it is fun for us to sit back and watch the younger generation of cousins get together and enjoy each others company.  Booking the flight to Florida, and traveling this weekend to the wedding completes two more things on my 50 x Fifty list!  See my progress here.  

Do you have anything fun planned for your weekend?  If you want to see what I am up to over the weekend and catch all the wedding fun then be sure to follow me on instagram!  





Weekly Favorites

September 17, 2014


Happy Wednesday!  This weeks favorites are a bit random, but favorites non the less.  I saw this bag on my instagram feed and loved it immediately.  I know, you're thinking its just an ordinary speedy.  The ends which are solid black leather pull out to take on a more trapeze look.  Talk about taking on another look, this Ann Taylor cape with the zipper sides makes wearing a cape not just for super heroes!   Now you know I love a good monogram and who doesn't need a shaker for their bar cart... this would make a perfect wedding gift too!   Another monogram love of mine is this Lulu Frost necklace.  You may have seen it a while back on my instagram.  There is something wonderful to just a lone initial don't you think?   

Now I know I shared fall lips and transitioning your makeup to fall here, but this rich creamy Laura Mercier lipstick is so pretty.  It is dark for sure, but with the right outfit it would be gorgeous.  Lastly, this bootie is a pretty strong contender for my wardrobe.  What color of bootie would you purchase?  Black or brown?  Leather or suede?  Black is versatile, but there is something softer to the light suede.  

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Fall Pieces to Buy Now

September 15, 2014

Are you someone who sees a new trend and jumps right to it? Or are you more likely to watch and wait to see how it goes over?  I am more of the latter, and always stays true to what really works for me regardless of the current trend or not.  Like I always say.... age appropriate my dears!!  

With that being said here are a few trends that you may or may not want to try.  But remember.... if you don't start working these into your wardrobe now you surely will fall behind the curve of trends. Hot colors generally always sell out by the time the weather is deeming them a necessity.  It will be nearly impossible to  find that perfect item you are wanting in a few months. 




Orange... Anything Orange 
Either you can wear it or you can't.  I can't!  But it makes a bold statement and you should start working it into your wardrobe with a few accessories now, and later when fall is fully in force you will be confident enough to sport this color in something larger like a skirt!  There are many hues to Orange so try on a few to see what works with your skin tone.... and remember, right now you may still be tan from summer so take that in to consideration.  Two months from now this may wash you right out.





The Midi Skirt
A style that has come back around for sure.  This skirt was in style in the 50's and 60's.  Not that I was wearing, heck I wasn't born or even old enough.  But think about watching reruns of say Leave it to Beaver, or Father Knows Best.  The mothers in these shows styled these midi skirts... and almost always had an apron on too!  Haha!  These days you wont find us in the kitchen in our midi skirts with an apron, but you will see them everywhere else.  Hitting at the mid calf, it gives you a polished look that is longer and demure.  To style this skirt now for transition time, try a crop top if you are brave enough to bare your midriff, or for me... I would pair it with a sleeveless tank tucked in with a chunky heel.  When fall rolls around balance this look out with a chunky sweater.  Which brings me to the next item you need.







Chunky Knits
It is not too early to start wearing knits.  Start wearing a few items now that are sleeveless for bare arms, and layer it when the weather gets colder.  Look for sweater dresses to oversized turtlenecks for this fall necessity.

Knee Boots
This throw back to the 60's trend is so hot.  You would be wise to invest in a pair of knee high boots now before we are in full swing of fall and every store has a shopping rush.  They were starting popularity last fall but expect them to be everywhere this year.  Want to transition them from summer to fall? Try them with a graphic-print dress and your ready to sieze the day!





Blanket Coats
These coats are bold with color and can add a dramatic statement to your outfit.  These shawl like coats are perfect when the temperatures are cooler. I don't know about your office but the AC can get pretty cold in mine. 





Sneakers
Nothing new to this other than they are everywhere and so many styles to choose from.  Pair these now with your shorts and casual knit dresses now.... and later  style them with a pair of wide leg pants!  You can't go wrong with a cute pair of sneakers.

So... what trend are you going to try this season?  I definitely will be shopping to add chunky sweaters and knee boots.   




KC Blogger Meet Up Fall Workshop

September 12, 2014

If you are a Kansas City bloggers then this is for you!   The first ever KC Blogger Meetup workshop is coming up and there are only a few tickets left!!  It's about ways we can all beautify our blog.  Learn from our inspirational speakers - blog design, structuring your post, and photography styling, taking and posing. 

With only a few remaining spots left you will want to sign up soon.   No event would be complete without awesome swag bags (Valued more than the ticket price), awesome giveaways, and an inspirational speaker from a local brand you will know and love!
 
You can read more about it & purchase a ticket right here:
 

Let me know if you have any questions and if you have suggestions on topics... we would love to hear them also!    We hope to have more workshops on various topics coming up and look forward to seeing you there!

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Fall Favorites

September 10, 2014

The one good thing about the season changing is you get to spruce up your wardrobe.  There are a few things that I am planning on adding this season, starting with these below!!  Switching out my boyfriend jeans for a good clean slim cut is a must.  When you start adding layers and chunky sweaters, you don't want to feel sloppy and baggy in your jeans too.  This chunky sweater is just what I need for fall.  I love the large cable knit and the longer hem in back.  So, you know I love The Ropes Maine bracelets... this black and burgundy is gorgeous for fall.  I have my eye on that for sure!  There are some weekends I just don't want to put on jeans and run errands.  I also don't want to run around in sweats either.... this little knit dress is the perfect in-between.  Once the weather turns even cooler, add a pair of leggings and weekends here I come! 

I love drivers and have worn them for many years.  Last year I bought a pair of the leopard calf hair from C Wonder and they were the most comfortable, softest step shoes ever.  I mean ever.  I for sure want to add a new pair this year too.  And speaker of C Wonder.... aren't these loafers adorable?   A few more favorites of mine are graphic sweaters..... um yeah! and plaid, plaid, plaid!  Is it just me or are you loving plaid this year too?  What are some of your favorites you want to add this season? 

 

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How to transition your make up from summer to fall

September 09, 2014

I almost hate to say it.... But fall is here my friends!  It's a mixed emotion for some.  Sure, I love summer and all the fun it brings, but Fall.... that's a whole new level of fun! Crisp air and cool morning, leaves changing to the most beautiful colors of yellow, red, and orange.  Pumpkins and chunky sweaters!  The list could go on and on.  Today I want to share with you how to transition your makeup from summer to fall seamlessly.    
  Lets start at the top and work our way down.
Summer time is perfect for bright blonde hair, and if you are a brunette, your hair most likely lightened or even took an a bit of red... but for fall its time to tone that down sister!  Add a few low lights if your blonde, and for brunettes give your hair an all over color treatment matching your natural color to bring the faded or red tones back to normal and add a few highlights.  Maybe even consider a healthy trim... say over an inch!?  Trimming off the dry ends will give your hair bounce that it may be lacking due to all the sun, water, and chemicals your hair may have been exposed to over the course of the summer.  You will feel fresh for fall!       

 Gilded to Matte lids  Summer time is the time to let your lids shine and glisten with golden shimmery lids.  For fall try out a new brown and accent your eye with a bold cranberry.  My favorites are  Chanel Duo,   Bare Minerals, and Dior 5 color palette.  






Trading in your BB Cream for a creamy foundation  Summertime we opt for lighter coverage while still protecting our complexion.  For fall and cooler temperatures our completion starts longing for moisture in the dryer air.    Switch to a creamy foundation to hydrate your skin while still covering up any imperfections and dry patches.      

 Sun kissed to  Contouring   A bronzer in the summer is the perfect way to get that fresh sun kissed look that adds a shine to high lite your face.  For fall contour is the answer.  Switch up your bronzer for a more matte finish rather than a glistening glow and focus on contouring the face.   





 Pink lips to Creamy and Matte lips It's time to move the bright pinks and poppy hues lipsticks to the back of the drawer to make room for the shades of fall.  Swap out your colors for a few creamy, matted lips.  Try to stay away from anything with too much glisten or sparkle.  Fall lips are all about more muted.  Some of my picks: ChanelMac, and YSL.  

 




 So spill the beans... will you be switching up your makeup?



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Dorm Room Essentials

September 08, 2014
School is officially back in session.  Your home is quiet and empty.... well for some at least!  If you're one of those that sent your daughter, sister, or maybe a niece off to college, right about now she is making new friends, hustling to class, and learning to live away from home for the first time.  Scary times for some, and others adapt like it's no biggie!  Sending her a care package with a few thoughtful gifts would brighten her day and let her know... hey you may be gone but not forgotten!! I always love receiving unexpected packages in the mail.  My mom recently came across a stack of letters I wrote to her when I was at summer camp and almost every single letter I asked her to send me candy! See... it started early for me! Here is a roundup of a essentials she will be happy to receive and her dorm mates will be jealous!





BKR ~ Scarf ~ Tote ~ Planner ~ Pen, stationary, punch ~ Converse ~ Starbucks 



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Weekly Favorites

September 03, 2014
Happy Wednesday!  It's already hump day and that means I am sharing my weekly favorites today! Lets get right to it shall we? OK!!  I am loving tassel right now and these earrings are great.  Long and colorful, they would for sure dress up any outfit.  So... there is no need to go into great length to discuss these leopard slip ons other than I want them!  I mean seriously how cute are they? 

 I am a sucker for almost anything pink I love cuffs so when the two collide its even better.  This cuff is for sure a great piece for fall.   My love and hunt for a great cross body for me is still alive and active and this ostrich one is a top pick for me.  Keep a look out for a full post on this fabulous bag designer too very soon!! Last but surely not least.... fall means dark toes for me and I cannot wait!  What are you most looking forward to now that fall is here? Don't tell me the pumpkin spiced latte... it made its comeback early this year I heard!!  




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Wedding Wear

September 02, 2014
Happy Tuesday back after a long weekend.  How was your Labor Day weekend spent?  At home or the lake?  Maybe you spent it doing projects around the house.... oh wait that was me!  I hung wallpaper in my guest bath, cleaned up the garage, and started sorting thru all the tons of books I have saved from when the boys were little.  I have been procrastinating sorting thru them because I wanted to keep them all.  But now I see that is a bit ridiculous.  After all... we are talking hundreds of books.  I would like to donate the ones I sort out as soon as I get to that point. That's a whole other weekend project!! All and all it was a great long weekend and even better this is a 4 day week ahead!  Moving on....

I have a my nieces wedding to attend in a few weeks and I 'm not sure what to wear.  It is in Minnesota in late September, and in the afternoon.  The weather will be in the mid 70's for a high and the reception is in a beautiful old barn that will go late into the evening, so I 'm sure it could be cool.  So this is where I need your input.... what style should I opt for?  Do I go for sleek and all black, or maybe a floral little number?  I really like the tailored dress, but it's a bit stuffy  I think even with a pashmina.  The pattern is fun and even has a sleeves, and I really like the bow, but a bow seems young!  So what look would you suggest?



I will definitely have a wrap for the evening so sleeveless doesn't bother me, but the time of year and location it may be better suited for a small sleeve.  What would you wear? 


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