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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mornings at the Office

Getting up everyday and having a routine is very important to me. With routines I feel as though I have substance. I mentioned this on the blog before, see here and here if you wish to read them.

I always have flowers in the office. A great way to start your morning....

A small breakfast at my desk. Some pastry or bread and my small cup of peaches....

Big Lenox cloth napkins...

I have my own silverware of course....

I always have my water with fruit in it. See my blog post here about that.

After breakfast, I go to the kitchen and make my hot water, lemon and honey. I keep lemons in the office fridge. 

I answer some emails then I go and wash my dishes. I bring in my own dish liquid. This is a small container with my Ivory dish liquid in it. Why not enjoy my pretty dish liquid here to. 

After my routine, I began my day and enjoy all my office pretties around. I keep my lip balm and lip stick in this blue and white container that my mother in law gave to me. Very nice....

I have vintage pieces all around my office. I found this vase at a thrift store last year. 

I have an aloe vera plant that I keep by the window. It got so big that a few months ago I had to bring it home and separate it! I ended up give away four plants from it! Needless to say that my co-workers were very happy.

I keep a lot of my vases at the top of my cabinets. I do enjoy my daily routine in my office. Wherever you work make it your own. If you have a space bring in something personal to make it beautiful. Whatever that beauty is to you. Enjoy your routines!

(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Thilima Pump

Another quick post about a great shoe. I found this a few weeks ago while in DSW. I had a $10 off coupon and just could not let that go to waste! That's like throwing away free money. I can't do it.

I was walking around when I saw this shoe and just had to try it.....

It is lovely. It is called the Thilima Pump and it comes in 3 different colors. Click on the link to take a peek. The price is great and so are the reviews. Enjoy!!!!

(photo via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, August 18, 2017

13 Beautiful Virtues to Live By

Earlier last week I was reading another blog and she was discussing the "13 Virtues" of Benjamin Franklin. Apparently, he wrote these in 1726 when he was only 20 years old. These would be the principles that Mr. Franklin would adhere to and aid him in his path.

I was extremely impressed with these virtues and wanted to share them with anyone else who had no idea they existed.

1) Temperance- Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation

2) Silence- Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself ; avoid trifling conversation

3) Order- Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time

4) Resolution- Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve

5) Frugality- Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing

6) Industry- Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions

7) Sincerity- Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly

8) Justice- Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty

9) Moderation- Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve

10) Cleanliness- Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation  (wow!!!!)

11) Tranquility- Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable

12) Chastity- Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness,weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation 

13) Humility- Imitate Jesus and Socrates

I thought this was a wonderful list and just had to share it. These are beautiful beliefs to have in your mind when living and I thank Mr. Franklin for sharing these with us. 

(photos via Pinterest)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Aerin Rose Bubblebath

I wanted to do a quick post about a new beauty find. I always visit the Estee Lauder counter at Von Maur. For months I have been wanting to try the Aerin Rose Bodywash. Every time I visit I stop and literally "smell the roses". It smells just like a garden full of roses.

My bottle at home

Now the bottle says body wash but I use it as a daily bubble bath and it works great! The bubbles are wonderful and our bathroom smells like a garden! It is always a wonderful morning when I use this. Then I open the bathroom door and the smell then drifts into the bedroom so then I can smell it as I get ready for work. Just a wonderful morning ritual.....

(photo via Mrs. Shockley)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Refresher Spray

This was a great recent find during my outlet shopping with my mom, daughter and friend. This is called a "refresher" mist from Ninewest and the scent is called "Ocean Mist".

It has a very refreshing scent and is specially formulated to freshen and deodorize all footwear and handbags. It is an excellent way to keep your items feeling and smelling their best. 

Now I have searched high and low online for this but could not find it. I purchased it inside the store for only $6! I am very sorry that I could not find it. If you are interested, I would suggest calling your local outlet mall that has a Ninewest to see if they carry it in stock. Hope you find it!!! 

(photo via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, August 11, 2017

A Little Outlet Mall Shopping

This is a quick little post about my girl's day of shopping with my mom, daughter and good friend Brittany. We decided to head to the outlet mall near my city (I did this last year in February, see my blog post here if you missed it) do a little shopping and have some lunch.

It turned out to be a beautiful day and it was nice to hang out with my mom, daughter and friend for a day. My husband was not there to hold me back! But in all fairness I did not go overboard even though it could have been very easy to do so. I did however wanted to share what I picked up....

My mother stopped in Michael Kors and picked up a tote. It was very nice. We then did a quick pop-in Coach, sorry to say that it was very disappointing. But on we go....

I went into Ann Taylor and like always I find wonderful things....

I love the detail lace on the sleeves. I really regret not buying this!

Love the polka-dot eyeglass case

I loved this skirt as well but they did not have my size.

We then went and looked inside Banana Republic. These were the only things I saw....

The earrings above, this fabulous skirt, again they did not have my size!


This wonderful necklace that I had to buy!

Sorry I had the sku# but could not find it online.

We then paid a visit to Nine West. I loved these but did not buy them.

Or these....

I purchased these. I wanted something comfortable and chic to wear on the weekends. 

This are called the Eladiao flats. I could not find them online anywhere. 

I also picked up these. They are called the Adelineo pump and they are hard to find!

This was the only pair I could find!

I love the gold ribbon on the back and I only paid $20!

And last but certainly not least is my Kate Saffiano tote.

I love the color and the gold hardware. If you wish to purchase it you will find it here. But move quickly, I don't think it will be around too long. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and are able to find some of the beautiful things here.


(photos via Mrs. Shockley)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Retro Customs Worth Reviving

I love lists about beautiful things. I recently stumbled on this list from Veranda called 25 Things That Should Have Never Gone Out of Style.

It is a wonderful list if you enjoy manners, dignity and wholesomeness. I wanted to share some of my favorite things from this list.

1) Handwritten notes: 
YES! I talked about this on the blog back in 2015. See it here if you missed it.

2) Recipe cards: 
Having grandmas vintage recipe cards are keepsakes

3) Modesty:
REALLY, we do need it!

4) Dressing up:
Again, we do need it! There is nothing more satisfying to me than seeing someone dress to the nines and enjoying it.

5) Baby Books:
I have one for my daughter and she enjoys looking in it all the time. She finds it rewarding to know that I care enough to "keep up" with her life. I still take a photo of her on her first day of school and put it in our photo album. I want her to enjoy these for years to come.

6) Memorizing Phone Numbers:
I grew up in an age where cell phones were a luxury! We had pagers and that was pushing it but I remember every number that was on my pager.

7) Saying "Sir or Ma'am":
I still say this and we teach our children to do the same.

8) Privacy:
It can been tough trying to find the balance between sharing and keeping things private. But there are some things that you should keep behind closed doors and it should be common sense. But it is not anymore. See my blog post herehere, and here about keeping your life a mystery.

9) Printed photos:
I can't stress the act of keeping memories enough. I love looking at old photos in albums. I even print off my blog post and keep them in binders. Who knows maybe one day the computers will crash and I won't have my blog anymore. I want to be able to look back on this and smile and I want my grandchildren to see what I enjoy and be in my world for a moment.

10) Curves:
I have them and honestly who doesn't?

11) Calling someone:
My husband is very adamant about this. He would rather pick up the phone than text.

12) Doing math in your head:
Yeah, I have seen some young people who were my cashiers and couldn't do basic math in their head. It was really sad....

13) Knowing your neighbors by name:
Okay, this one I struggle a little with. We HAD some neighbors (they have since move out of the neighborhood). Our daughter's played together then I let our daughter go over for a sleepover. It took me awhile to let her do this but I did. This mother was such a trouble maker on Facebook (I was "friends" with her) that I knew it was going to be a bad idea. She asked my daughter, "if I was really like that"? I was completely "floored" by this but not surprised. She asked my husband some questions in the past so I knew that she was trying to find dirt on us. Since she was reading my blog and on my page she saw what I posted and just thought I was fake. But the joke was on her, we ended up finding out that they were lying to everyone and telling people that they bought the house that they were in but it turns out they were renting and things just weren't what they seem.  They have since moved and built in a neighborhood near us (going with our builder I might add) and I heard that she painted her house the same color as mine. Now who is not who they seem? Looks like I am the leader and she is the follower.

I have blocked her from my personal Facebook page and will continue to block her from all my social media outlets. She also stole a photo from my blog about some dinning room table ideas and presented it on her page as her own but what she didn't realize was that one of those photos belong to my friend so I knew that she stole it. She probably still sneaks on here and reads my blog but I try to not let stupid people like that ruin the opportunity for me to meet the other neighbors around us.

14) Paper Address Books:
They are useful just in case that phone shuts down.

15) Teaching Cursive:
This is a beautiful technique to have with you. There was someone whom I met recently that was surprised that I could write in cursive and said that they didn't learn that in school. How tragic? How do you sign your credit card slips? I wrote about cursive writing back in 2014 see it here.

16) Keeping a Diary:
I think this is a wonderful way to release some emotions and concerns. It is also a way to keep a record of victories and loses. I wrote about it last year see here if you missed it.

17) Drive in Moves:
I loved this as a kid and may have to consider trying this again....

18) Saying Please and Thank You:
There is no question for this. It's unbelievable to me how rude people really are....

19) Going visiting and having Sunday dinners:
We still have dinners every night as a family.

20) Not using Bad words:
There is nothing more classless then hearing a woman curse on the phone. I try to never use any of these words in private or in public.

21) Table Manners:
Yes, phones have made a mess of things if you ask me. Read my blog post here about that.

22) Hats:
I love seeing the old photos when hats and gloves were worn.

23) Having a real LIVE conversation:
It's nice to take some time and talk with people. I sometimes start a conversation with someone on the elevator just because I know that they are going to pull out that phone.

and last but certainly not least,

24) Holding the door for someone:
I do this always but I LOVE seeing men do it. I hope shivery isn't dead.

Well, I hope that you enjoy this list just as much as I did and read the original article from Veranda. They always have the best information on their website.

(photos via Pinterest, list via

Monday, August 7, 2017

Waterlily Sun

Whenever I visit my favorite store Von Maur the girls at the counter always have me try new products. This month it was Aerin Lauder's waterlily sun body cream. It is the perfect cream to use. I use it as my desk hand cream at work and it draws attention!

My bottle at work

Let me tell you I had some on my hands and I took a document to one of my co-workers. I then walked back to my desk and sat down. She then came all the way down to my office and said, "What in the world are you wearing?"  I told her and she said, "Wow, that is wonderful!"

It is very refreshing and feminine. I went back recently to try the Mediterranean Honeysuckle. I think I may have to buy that next! We will see. 

(photo via Mrs. Shockley)

Friday, August 4, 2017

My Berry Tart

I remember trying this recipe 2 years ago see here if you missed it. The only mishap I had was that I used pie crust instead of puff pastry. Well I fixed that and now I love making this easy, simple and delicious recipe.

This time I used berries and strawberries. I was inspired to try berries because one of my favorite restaurants Carrabba's  had this delicious dessert called the berry crostata. I LOVE IT! I mean really I do! They have not brought it back this summer so I decided to make my own.

Carrabba's berry crostata

I went to the grocery and picked up my fruit and rinsed it off. 

I followed the instructions for the puff pastry which was very easy and simple. You just have to let it sit out and thaw. After that you put flour on your parchment paper and place the pastry on top. 

Put your fruit in the center (as much as you want) and add 2 teaspoons of sugar, a dash of salt and fold the pastry around the fruit.

Cook for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Keep your eye on it and then you have this wonderful, crisp yet soft on the inside dessert. I eat my slice with some vanilla bean ice cream. It is heaven scent. I enjoy this dessert so much and I hope you will try it and enjoy it too!

Please let me know if you do!

(photos via Google and Mrs. Shockley)