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Friday, December 6, 2019

My Black Friday Purchases

Good Morning Everyone!

Sighing..... I have one more big dinner to cook for in a few weeks then I can relax. 

I hope you all had a great week. There was a lot going on in the office this week so I am glad that it is ending. 

I found some wonderful items during Black Friday. I never go out and honestly, I don't see the need to since you can order online and get the same deals. 

I told my friend, "if people are fighting over chicken sandwiches I sure don't want to go out on Black Friday"! 

So let's get into my favorite items so far....

Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor! I love Ann Taylor. Honestly, it is the best website to find great, elegant, and timeless pieces for your wardrobe. 

I simply adore these velvet slingbacks from Ann Taylor Loft. I have been wearing them all week and they are so comfy! You will NOT regret getting a pair. 

Even the bows add tons of elegance. 

I had to get them in both colors!

The next purchase that I made were these beautiful suede polka dot pumps from Ann Taylor.

The polka dots are gold!

I could not pass up this crystal flower sweater from Ann Taylor Loft. I believe it is sold out in regular sizes. The only size that is available is in the plus sizes.

I also could not pass up this chic emerald stole from Ann Taylor. The color is perfect and so is the feel. I love wearing this!

It looks great with my vintage clip earrings that I just ordered from eBay.

And lastly, I found this really affordable pink blush velvet sunglass case from H&M. I tried to locate it online but could not find it. Sorry!

I purchased more items and I have more pieces that I am stalking like this velvet kimono from Ann Taylor. 

Studded Velvet Kimono

Gorgeous, isn't it? I am trying to wait a bit longer. I am curious about some of your finds. Did you guys buy anything that you adore over Black Friday weekend?

My husband purchased an iRobot Roomba from QVC. We named him Alfred (Batman's butler). I do like it but it's a little weird seeing him clean the floor. I not quite sure how I feel about robots in the house but I guess that is where we are headed. 

Have a great weekend and I will be posting a video of all of these finds if you wish to see them. 

Thanks for reading!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley & Google)

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Christmas in my Office

Good Wednesday Morning Everyone,

My day designer is becoming more and more filled with tasks that I have to accomplish. As Christmas day is fast approaching, I began to check my Christmas lists to make sure that all is finished or close to it. 

I decorate any and everywhere I can. I always add a little Christmas cheer to my office. I have my Pandora radio playing my Frank Sinatra Christmas station very quietly. But most of my co-workers around me don't mind hearing a little Nat King Cole. 

Today I wanted to share the little holiday decor items that I have around my office. 

So we will start with my office door. We have nameplates and I always tape a faux poinsettia above my nameplate. I love it and enjoy walking up to it every morning. 

This is my magnet board under my nameplate. We use these to announce when we are out of the office, meetings, etc. I have a little photo of a poinsettia on mine. 

When you walk into my office you will see this. I have blue and white planters and ginger jars on the floor. I filled one with some faux poinsettias. Very festive!

I have this faux arrangement on one of my window sills in my office. I always exchange or change out the arrangements according to the season. This year I put faux pine, eucalyptus, and oranges in this arrangement. 

My Christmas cactus has started to bloom. This always adds a little more life to my office. 

This is another one of my faux arrangements. I added more faux pine, acorns, red flowers and greenery. It is very beautiful. Especially in the blue and white vase. 

Now my local grocery store had real pine this past weekend. I could not pass it up. I am really enjoying it on my desk this week. 

My supervisor gave us all these charming glass poinsettia trays a couple of years ago. I love using mine every year. I also brought in a Tis the Season candle this year. I don't light it (office policy) but I can still smell it in my office. It's delightful! 

And I cannot forget about my scarves. I love placing my scarves on my chair. Especially this beautiful faux fur stole in emerald. It's stunning and soft! 

I hope that you all have found some inspiration in this post. If you can't decorate your workspace then make the best of what you can do and what you have. You have a job and sometimes that is the best way to keep things in perspective! Have a great day!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, December 2, 2019

Satin Skirts

Good Morning Everyone,

And we made it! We made it through another Thanksgiving holiday. I hope everyone had a wonderful time with their families. 

We did. It was nice having my step-sons home and my brother and his wife were over also. It was very nice. 

In today's post, I wanted to share my recent scary purchase. I purchased a satin skirt. 

Now I have been seeing these everywhere. J.CrewAnn Taylor and H&M. In fact, that is where I made my purchase. 

I was so paranoid about making this purchase. I did try it on in the store and I am glad that I did. I would have never purchased it online. I have hips and these skirts look so slender. I didn't think it would fit me right but it did and it looks great!

Since this skirt is so dressy I wanted to keep my tops a little more casual. I wore this to the office about a week ago and I was very pleased with how it fit and how comfy it was. 

If you are thinking about making a satin skirt purchase I would recommend it. It would be a wonderful addition to any wardrobe. 

Enjoy your Monday!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

An Elegant Gold Purse Chain...

Good Morning Everyone and Happy Wednesday,

One day before turkey day! Yay! I am looking forward to spending time with my family this Thanksgiving. We are having just a few people over and my step-sons. It should be quiet and cozy.

Before I get into my find for today I just wanted to address something again. I know that my normal followers hate when I mention a porn site on my blog. It's just that it drives me nuts and I don't understand why these sick people are on my blog. I mean it will be one website and they will have over 50 views on my blog for one day and I am thinking okay, what are you looking at? So the recent porn visitor has been this disgusting website below.

Yes, I can see you are on my blog and I can see how many times you are on my blog. GO AWAY!! I think another reason why it drives me nuts is because I work for the Department of Justice and this is just a huge NO, NO to me. We see you and I am working on trying to get you blocked! GO AWAY!! 

Now on to our regularly scheduled program. A few months ago I shared the beautiful purse below on my Youtube channel.

This is called the Kedeiviel and is still available I might add. It comes with a strap but I really wanted a gold chain. 

So I went and searched on Amazon and found this gold purse chain for only $7.99 and thought I would give it a try. I love it but it was just a little too short for me. So I thought, "well at $7.99 and free shipping why not try this again". 

This is what it looks like on your shoulder. 

So I went back on their website and ordered another size. This one is PERFECT for me! I love the length and the quality is pretty good for $7.99!

Here is what this size looks like on my shoulder. 

Honestly, I could not be happier and I am glad that I took a chance and ordered another size. I will be able to use both of these chains on other purses if I wanted. 

I hope that you enjoyed this chic and affordable find. And I also want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend! Take care.

(photos via Google and Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, November 25, 2019

November Favorites

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We did! My daughter's friend invited her to go ice skating. It was a great night out. There were little shops around to buy hot apple cider and food. It was a great couple of hours watching her skate at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt and guess what was in walking distance? The Cakebake Shop!

So my husband wanted to walk over and have dinner there? Nice right? He loves the chicken velvet soup so that worked out for me. 

The restaurant now has all of the Christmas decor up and it is just as beautiful and elegant as ever!

So for our dinner choices this time I got the roasted salmon filet with Maille dijon sauce, roasted potatoes, and Haricot vets. For my cake selection, I got the incredibly moist red velvet cake with pink vanilla bean buttercream. It was all delicious!

It was a great evening.

Okay, let's get into my November favorites. I will start with this wonderful new tea that I found at the supermarket. 

It is called TeaWell Organic Matcha Green and I love it! As you can see it helps with antioxidant support, immune support, mental vitality and what I need digestion support! It has a wonderful earthy taste to it and tastes wonderful with a teaspoon of honey. And not to give to much t.m.i. it has been getting my juices flowing properly. 

And my new tea selection could not be complete without a new teapot. 

I found this beauty at Homegoods and they don't let you shop online yet. So if you have one nearby go and check it out. This teapot was only $14.99!

Fourth on my list, and it would not be complete without a favorite scent this month. I am loving the Tis the Season scent from Bath and Body Works. The combination of sweet apple, cinnamon, and cedarwood has been filling my hallways lately. I absolutely adore it!

As some of you may have heard my Christmas trees are up (I put up four in the house), and I can not get enough of them. I love my blue and white ornaments. I promise to post a video on my Youtube channel of the rest of my trees sometime soon. If you have not watched my video of our Barbie Ornament tree you may view it below. 

Sixth on my list has been these Thomas English muffins! I don't know what possessed me to get English muffins but I did and I love them! I bought a few into the office and I placed them in the toaster, spread some butter on them, and enjoy them at my desk with my blueberries and hot matcha green tea. That is how I start my morning when I get into the office! 

Seventh on my list and this list is getting quite long, are these bow mules that I ordered from Ann Taylor Factory. I talked about these on my blog a few weeks ago. See here if you missed it. They are so comfy and most of my co-workers love them! Don't miss out!

And last but certainly not least has been the Vince Guaraldi- Charlie Brown Christmas Songs! Now I know it may be a little soon for some but my daughter and I love listening to these on our way to school in the morning. 

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They are so classic, timeless and simple. For some reason, these songs put my soul at ease and bring about some peace which is what this country needs so much. 

Well, I hope that you all enjoyed my favorites for the month. I will be prepping this week for Thanksgiving and will be really busy. I hope to film a little of it. We will see.

Enjoy your Monday!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley & Google)

Friday, November 22, 2019

One Chore at a Time...

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope all is well with everyone. I just wanted to say thank you to all of my new readers! For those of you who don't know I was featured on author Jennifer L. Scott's A Homemaker's Presentation series. I was absolutely shocked that she asked me to be in it but also very humbled. 

It was great being featured in her video. Because of this I have obtained more followers so I just wanted to say HELLO to everyone and thank you for following my blog!

In today's blog post I wanted to talk about my recent struggle with chores! Yes CHORES! Now I have NEVER had an issue with housework and I mean NEVER! But for the last four months it has been a struggle and I finally found out why.

Since I moved out of my mother's house in 2002, I have always scheduled my housework for Saturday and half of Sunday. I have kept the same cleaning schedule for 17 years! Well in the last few months I have found myself not wanting to do any housework or limited housework on my Saturdays. I want a free weekend! 

I was beginning to feel guilty because I didn't want to do chores and it bothered me quite a bit. I love my home and love keeping it up so I thought, "why in the world do I feel like this". Now I am not trying to sound all spiritual but I prayed about it and then it came to me that I needed to switch up my schedule. 

I have had the same schedule for WAY to long and needed a change. So now, I have planned one chore a day each day and it has made it much easier on the weekends. So I now do certain chores throughout the week that I would never do. I have also added my daughter to it to teach her the home-keeping ways. 

To give everyone an example I now do loads of laundry. Like this past Tuesday, I washed my curtains. 

The next day, I washed my decorative pillows for our bed. Nice!

The following day I washed more items around the home. 

So now when Saturday comes along I no longer have a list of things to do maybe just 3 or 4. I can hear the Hallelujah chorus!

I can now sit down and watch a Hallmark movie, have a cup of tea or get some inspiration for the blog!

I am sharing this because I think it happens to the best of us. You get stuck in these routines and they almost become like jobs and then it dawns on you that you don't have to keep these militant routines. 

Days should be enjoyed as well as your home. With my step-sons gone and our daughter getting older I think that our house will become less messy anyway. So if you need to change your cleaning schedule, then change it! Give yourself permission. Lord knows I had to give myself the "okay" to do this. 

Brighter weekends ahead!

Thanks for reading!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Breakers

It's Wednesday already and today I will be volunteering at Dress for Success. I've got some clothes that I need to drop off. I am having one of my "massive purge" feelings. I love these but also hate them because it's usually a year later I began looking for whatever I got rid of and then I totally regret it. 

It takes a few weeks for me to move on and then I feel good about my closet being "lighter". Well the word is getting out in my office. How I adore elegance and beautiful things. Oh boy, I have some co-workers giving me the stare down but no matter I will keep moving forward.

One co-worker in particular shared how she went on a historical home tour in Rhode Island. It piqued my interest so she came to my office to tell me about it. Oh me, oh my. I now want to take a tour of the Breakers!

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(The Breakers)

I have never heard of these homes before and was very grateful that my co-worker shared her experience with me. I quickly hoped on the website and learned about all of the homes on this fabulous tour.

The Breakers were these massive homes that were considered to be "summer cottages" in the 1800's. Can you believe that these homes were considered to be summer cottages? Nuts!!!

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(the Chepstow Home)

The Preservation Society of Newport County has 10 homes listed on the website as apart of the tour. My friend said that you could buy a ticket to tour all of the homes and even see the gardens. Sounds like an elegant dream to me. 

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It should be no surprise that most of these homes have a connection to the Vanderbilts. I toured the Biltmore Estates in 2016 (see here if you missed it)

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I think taking a tour of the Green Animals Topiary Garden would be fun. I know our daughter would love to see this. 

I am thrilled to learn about more places that my family and I could possibly tour. Well, maybe just me. I have already thought about how I could add these to our time when we visit New York again. 

If you have visited the Breakers please let me know in the comments section below. I would love to hear about your experience and your time there. 

(photos via Google)