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Monday, December 11, 2017

Ideas for Holiday Decorating

Christmas is coming soon and I know that for the most part all of our homes are decorated. But I still love getting new ideas and seeing new projects that people put together. Also, we all know that I love lists! Victoria Magazine just published a list for holiday ideas and I just wanted to share a few....

1) Offer a warm welcome to visitors.....
Have your guest open the door to beautiful decor and fresh greenery. I will have to try this.

My kitchen

2) Follow a color palette that speaks to you....
For the last few years, I have really been drawn to red. And now since I have been collecting blue and white that color palette has been added to my Christmas decor. 

My office

3) Illuminate your environs
Christmas lights and candle light bring softness to our homes and space. 

My home

4) Honor cherished collections
Grouping family heirlooms and treasures together gives some families comfort and joy.

5) Display favorite ornaments
I love pulling out our favorite Barbie ornaments each year. I started collecting these when my daughter was one. She said that she will always treasure these. 

Our Barbie tree

I really loved these ideas and found some new ways of adding some more special ideas to our home for the next holiday season. If you would like to read the rest of the article you may see it here.


(photos Mrs. Shockley & Victoria Magazine)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Teacup Organizing

I really miss Martha Stewart being on cable T.V. I know that she has her Potluck Show with Snoop Dogg but what I miss is her old show with all the learning material that she shared. I learned so MUCH from those shows. At that time I was a young wife and new mother so the Martha Stewart Show was my cookbook, my sewing book, organizational book, I mean you name it!

I often find myself going to her website and looking for old vintage Martha Stewart shows on Youtube. There is a guy by the name of Joseph Patz who has a vintage Martha Stewart channel on Youtube if you are interested.

I was looking at my messy and unorganized cabinet recently. I stood and thought I need to organize this. What came to mind was Martha's episode called, "How to Display a Collection in a Cabinet."

I immediately started stacking my teacups in all my cabinets and it looked so orderly and wonderful that I had to share it.

Before the stacking....


Better, much better!

Here is a photo from Martha's cabinet.

Doesn't it look great? And what's so funny is that my cups are from the Martha Stewart Collection! I just love it. You can watch the video here if you are interested. Happy Organizing! 

(photos via Mrs. Shockley and Google)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Velvet World

My goodness! Has anyone else besides me seen all of the velvet accessories pop up? It's been a nice change to see. I love velvet and always have so to see it in the fall and winter collections has been glorious! I just wanted to share a few that are on my wish list.

From Ann Taylor, definitely on my wishlist!

Another beauty at Ann Taylor

The next pair are these velvet mules from Charming Charlie. I searched high and low for these but could not find them on the website. You may have to visit your local store. They are only $25!

I do hope that you enjoyed this post and these beautiful items. I want to see the Ann Taylor pouches in person so I may take a visit to my local store. I believe that these items are lovely. Even after the holidays I think that these would still be great to carry or wear. 


(photos via Ann Taylor, Google and Mrs. Shockley) 

Monday, December 4, 2017

My 600th Post!

I can't believe it! This is my 600th blog post! It is still quite amazing that I am made it this far. That I have "published" more than 500 entries. I can't believe it!

It has been quite a journey trying to come up with different posts every week. Sometimes I must admit I want to quit because you just don't know if you are truly inspiring anyone. 

Seeing other bloggers pages makes you feel like yours should match theirs but I fight that. I want mine to be my own and not mimic someone else. 

I love meeting all of my new "social media" friends. I have met some really nice bloggers and instagrammers. 

I have met some authors and I have been able to chat with them. It has been great opening up my world and meeting people on the other side of it. 

My kitchen at home

I do hope that I can continue with blogging. It is a great outlet and a great place to make elegant friends. 

(photos via Pinterest)

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Residence ~Inside the Private World of The White House

I always like to share books that I am reading. I also like to hear what everyone else is reading. When you find out what someone is reading it exposes their mind, will and emotions at that time. It some what explains where they are. For me I am have been so curious about the White House.

Ever since our visit last year (see here and here if you missed it) I have been wanting to see the inside of the historical home. I must admit I didn't know much about the home but now that I am getting older I am very curious about how it runs and who works there.

The book that I am reading is called The Residence ~ Inside the Private World of The White House. My husband and I spotted it in Barnes & Noble a few months ago. I opened it and began to read about Hillary Clinton. I was astonished and surprised about what I read. I just began the first chapter. The introduction was pretty long itself.

They talked about some of the presidents, JKF, Obama, Bush, etc. I found it very interesting to read from some of the staff that the Bushes were very personable and friendly and how there was a "separation" between the Obama's and the staff. Some of the staff said that they could "feel" it. It wasn't that the Obama's were rude. They were just very private people even in The White House.

My copy at home

Another story that I found interesting was how Hillary Clinton would move items and furniture between all the floors and would not tell the curators where she moved things. So it would take them months to find items that she moved. She would move lamps at 2 a.m. in the morning! 

I like to use postcards as bookmarks. I picked these up at the Library of Congress this past June. See here if you missed that post. 

As I stated before, I just began the first chapter and I am sure that I will learn much more about The White House. I look forward to reading about all stories, the home and the staff. 

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Why I Wear Glitter Shoes

When November arrives I always begin to pull out my glitter heels. Some people have given me a hard time in the past for wearing them. I don't know why but they do.

I think it is because they associate glitter heels with Christmas only. You are only allowed to wear them on Christmas Day and to parties only. Well, if you have not learned something about me yet then you will learn that I am not going to bow to what people believe that I should do.

I start to wear my glitter heels the second week of November like clock work every year. I love some of the reactions that I get from the little girls. Ohhhh, they love it! Especially when I am standing in line, they just smile at me. It is the best!

For the most part, women just stare at them and you can see a slight smile or glimmer in their eyes when I walk by. 

If you have a pair of glitter heels WEAR THEM! I wear mine to the office with a nice blouse, skirt and maybe a brooch or some pearls. You can make them really chic with the right outfit. 

Here is my collection so far. All of them are comfortable and most of them are from Payless!! I paid under $40 for each pair. 

I just want to encourage people to wear what you have and stop worrying about people. The truth is they are going to talk about you anyway. So just continue with your life and be elegant!

If you wish to read my past post about glitter heels, see here and here. Enjoy!

(photos via Pinterest and Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, November 27, 2017

Plans for the Holidays ~ 2017

My favorite time of the year is upon us and also my busy time. But it is always a joy scheduling my yearly holiday to-do's on my calendar. I look forward to putting up all my Christmas trees, picking up my poinsettias from Costco, booking my lunch at the Ayres Tea Room, going to the ballet with my daughter to see the Nutcracker and buying beautiful Christmas sweaters and accessories for the season. It is always a good time of the year....

To see previous post about my trees, read it here.

My new blue and white ornaments on my white Christmas tree.

See here to read about those. 

My poinsettia from Costco last year! Love!!!

See my post last year about it.

The Ayres Tea Room 

See my blog post here about that.

My daughter and I at the ballet to see the Nutcracker.

Read my post here about that. 

My glitter sweater and shoes from last year. I have found some new goodies for this season!
I will share those soon.

To read this blog post from last year click here.

If any of you have some yearly Christmas plans that you would like to share I would love to hear them. Just comment below.

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)