Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pick 4...

This week's Pick 4, four things that make me smile, are from my favorites on etsy. Etsy is loaded with amazing crafty designers and savvy vintage hunters. I would much rather shop on Etsy then go to a boring department store like Macy's!

When I go out, I love to carry a clutch. It's so sleek. This one is a handmade leather cltuch by margeandrudy on etsy.

Way cooler to leave notes on such as, "Noah take out the trash" or "Blake do the dishes," instead of those darn sticky notes! Chalkboard tablet handmade by pegandawl on etsy.

I mean who doesn't want to look like a sexy librarian?! *Crickets* I'm in need of new glasses and these are perfect. Vintage frames from helloagainvintage on etsy.

Perfect for all of my frizzy hair! Floppy hat by beyondinfitknitty on etsy

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Meet the Parents...

Well not really. But it's a catchy title. I've known my in-laws for years! They were in town for a visit this past weekend and we went to a great sports bar/restaurant in Greensboro called Kickback Jack's. If you don't like sports, skip Kickback Jack's. Tons of plasma tvs from every angle showing college football. Sharing pics of what I wore.

Missoni for Target cosmetic bag wore as a clutch.

Lace ballet flats from the Gap.


Brooks Brother shirt, denim shorts (Kohls) and hoops (TJ Maxx). Having hair issues lately. This flip floppy weather in NC is wreaking havoc on my do.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Below is the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. My daughter has until next Monday to memorize this entire poem for her Honors English class. She will recite it to her teacher. She has the first stanza memorized. I haven't seen this poem since my college days when a friend, Bill, had to memorize this poem as a pledgee of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

IF by Rudyard Kipling

IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Smooth Operator...

Last night my husband and I went to see my favorite female vocal artist, Sade. This was my 3rd time seeing her perform live on stage. Last night she was completely amazing! She looked gorgeous! Classic Sade: red lipstick, sleek ponytail, big hoops, and sultry voice. As mentioned here I stated that my favorite Sade song is "Cherish the Day." Well, guess what her finale song was? It was "Cherish the Day!" Love her! Pics below of what I wore to the concert.

Gold cuff (Simply Meg's) and Gold sequin cluth (old Gap)

Hoops by Sydney Austin Designs.

Wedges (Aldo); Toenail polish (Bermuda shorts by Essie)

Blazer (J.Crew); tank (Gap). Channeling my inner Thelma Evans (Good Times) with my side afro puff. Daughter hates it! Ha!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

My Wedding Day Jewelry...

A few days ago as I was looking thru one of my jewelry boxes, I stumbled upon the jewelry set that I wore on my wedding day. I bought it 17 years ago from a store called Accessory Lady. I'm pretty sure they are no longer in business. Since I have grown a love for anything vintage, I immediately started to think when and with what I am going to wear this beautiful jewelry again. I had to tweek the necklace a bit because one of the strands came apart. Easy fix! I love the chunky clip on earrings. I'm not sure if I will wear the set together, since I really do not like to look "matchy matchy." To make the necklace look less Audrey Hepburnish, I will toughen it up by pairing the pearls with chains.

The perfect amount of sparkle. Chunky clip ons


Double strand necklace.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Hoop Earrings...

New Hoop Earrings now in my boutique.
The rose quartz hoops shown below are my new favorite.
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