I recently had an old fashioned shoe shine in the Philadelphia airport! I actually had some time to kill and really needed to shine up my boots. I wish I had taken a before picture because it was well worth the $10 fee plus tip!
I still remember our last Christmas together. It was quiet and humble, just the two of us cuddling after dinner with friends and the fresh fallen snow made it extra special. Now she's an angel on top of the tree: a reminder to cherish each moment, even the little things.
slouchy grey cowl neck sweater on left: from Marshall's $19?
opaque black hose: idk
I needed a quick outfit for a party and I found some ideas on Pinterest.
The photo on the left is what I put together using a one shoulder dress that I had worn to another party and I wanted to wear it again but mix it up and make it more casual. I saw the picture on the right, re-pinned it and went shopping in my closet for a sweater that I could wear that would cover the top of the dress while leaving the sequin skirt exposed. Except for the fact that my middle section looks large and undefined, it was comfy and worked out great.
I think beaded skirts, dresses and blouses must be "in" this holiday season.
Last week the guy who runs my local gym was walking around with mini candy canes, offering them to patrons as they worked out. Two girls who were working with a trainer for the first time gladly obliged as their trainer looked on with disapproval. "It's a trap", I said and continued my run.
The next night he offered cookies, and the night after that, pizza!
"You're not giving in to any of this temptation? It's the Christmas season and there will be lots of this kind of celebrating going on!", He said.
"NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS BEING STRONGER FEELS",
and I continued on the elliptical…
I know these sound like cliches but I have to believe that there is a reason for this season in my life. So I keep these things in mind because it's time to rebuild my temple, become restored, renewed and be made whole again and I've got to run with endurance. That doesn't mean I won't give in to some italian fruit cake or chocolate covered peanut butter balls at a party, if I have to...but I'm trying to keep my focus.
“I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten”, Joel 2:25
When my nephew was just a little tike his mommy dressed him in a sharp chambray shirt, cuffed jeans (big enough to fit over the diaper bulge) and a fleece vest. My little sweetie pie wore that most Saturdays as he scooted about the house or out on the town (sometimes with his miniature hiking boots on). Who could blame him? Everybody has a favorite Saturday outfit: something comfy cozy, yet stylish and casual!
Well for me it's this!
I shot this picture as I was trying on the grey sweater at my favorite boutique, Le Mar Shalls, because the mirror is so much bigger than mine at home.
down vest: a gift from my nephews' mommy, Lands End
5 y.o. cashmere hoodie: TJMaxx
belt: Walmart ;-)
jeans: skinny from H&M
shoes and watch: Targee'
Okay, although they're very comfortable, the jeans look a little tight but in my defense, I am still working on reducing my weight, (47 so far, 13 more to go! can't do enough squats, lunges and leg presses to save my life!)
Bonus points on the vest from my sister (Christmas present 2 yrs ago)...it was snug then, now it needs to be taken in, but I love all the pockets and the brown color with my green sweater!
come to think of it, my short turkey drumstick thighs are actually quite embarrassing! I'll keep the outfit and change out the jeans until further notice!
I’m a graphic designer, instructor and a packrat, just like my grandma. I have hoarding tendencies but I love pretty things, good design and the simple life. This blog is a journal of the everyday things that inspire me and the 80 year old pile of bricks I call home.
While you're dreaming, take time to appreciate what's around you.
“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
– Philippians 4:12