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Monday, December 30, 2019

December Favorites











































Good Monday Morning,

Wow, well that went fast! Thanksgiving and Christmas, I almost forgot about writing a post for the blog! Geez. 

Well, I hope that you all had a great Christmas. I did. It was a lot of WORK but we managed and got through it all even while spending time with family. Now time for the daily grind and getting back into the swing of things. 

I tell you what I can't wait until my daughter drives. Yes, of course, I am terrified but it will be nice to have my mornings back and put more responsibility on her to get herself to school. I have to have her there by 7:50 a.m.! Oh, I hate it but I try to take it in because, in the end, I will miss our drives to school in the morning.

Now let's dive right into my December favorites....

The picture above is of the nightly serum I have been using for about two months now and it's called the Clarins Double Serum. Now I know it is expensive but it is so worth the price! I have noticed such a change in my face. It's bright and I don't wear any foundation. It has 21 plant extracts in it and I only use it at night. Just two small pumps and I apply the serum to my face and neck. It's glorious and the smell is magnificent. 


The second love on my list is the HBO documentary about Ralph Lauren called Very Ralph. What a wonderful documentary. It was so well done and to be quite honest I should not expect anything less from the timeless man himself. If you have cable I would search for it and watch it. It is streaming for free on cable. Do watch it. You will be inspired. 





Third, on my list has been a beautiful Christmas movie that I have watched over and over. It is called Borrowed Hearts. I saw this movie years ago and it just popped in my mind over the holiday season. So I did a search on my Comcast cable and found it for free! I have watched it over 10 times! It is so well written and I think that Eric McCormack and Roma Downey did a wonderful job. Search for it if you can!

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Fourth on my list has been this wonderful sample that I received at the cosmetic show that I attended a few months ago. I was given a sample of Laura Mercier Rose Nourishing Oil. I have been using it everywhere! The light rose scent and nourishing oil has been heaven-sent for my heels. You are suppose to use it on your face but I have been using it all over! Forgive me but it is that good. 





Fifth on my list was my very first podiatrist visit! Yes, I made an appointment with a podiatrist. I have never been to one before but I noticed something going on with my toes and I wanted to get an expert opinion. Now I do not have my results back yet but do you guys remember when my foot was swollen? I mentioned it in one of my YouTube videos. Well, it turns out that I actually broke my foot!




Can you believe that? This is an actual screenshot of my doctor's laptop and my foot. I had a fracture that most people have to have surgery on. I couldn't believe it! My doctor said that it actually healed back in place perfectly! I prayed over my foot and once I heard that I prayed silently on the inside, thanking God! 



Sixth on my list have been my Ann Taylor slingbacks. I purchased these last month and have not regretted it! I hope that some of you were able to grab a pair. They are now 50% off!




It's been a great month and I am looking forward to new things this year. I have been writing in my new Day Designer about things I want to see come into fruition. I pray for wonderful things this year and new opportunities. Enjoy your Monday!





(photos via Mrs. Shockley & Google)



Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas Gifts










































Good Morning Everyone and Merry Christmas!

I hope you are all enjoying this holiday season with your families. I have been so busy the past few days but I wanted to take the time to wish all of my blog readers a very Merry Christmas and a big thank you!

Thank you for following my blog and for keeping in touch with me for all these years. Can you believe that I started this blog in 2014? I can't! I am closing in on 1,000 posts! Wow...

This blog has opened a lot of doors for me. For one it has allowed me to find wonderful and beautiful friends. Some of my best friends have been found through blogging. I love it, thank you.

In today's post, I wanted to share a few of my Christmas purchases for family. The photo above is of two scarfs that I picked up at H&M. They are for my husband's uncles. 



This is a jeweled sweater that I picked up last year (December 2018) during H&M's after Christmas sales. I purchased this for my father-in-law's wife. After Christmas is the perfect time to purchase Christmas gifts for the following year. I only paid $10 for this!

I keep all of my Christmas gifts in a large tub in my guest bedroom. I just continue to shop throughout the year so it's not a mad dash at the end to purchase gifts.


I love these beautiful gift tags that I found at T.J. Maxx.




I found this beautiful pink blush outfit with matching tights at T.J. Maxx for my husband's cousin. She just had a baby last year. I thought the plush ballerina unicorn would be a nice touch. I only paid $12 for the outfit and only $8 for the unicorn. 





My husband's grandmother loves soft large blankets. She's almost 90 now and I wanted to keep that going. I found this last year for only $12. I hope she loves it!





Dinnerware can be a wonderful gift so I could not pass up these beautiful, large poinsettia plates from T.J. Maxx. I purchased them last year in December for only $4 each! I am giving them to my husband's aunt. She is the first lady at her church. I figured that she might be able to use them there. 









My mother in law is always hard to buy for but this year we found this North Face vest for only $50 and this Michael Kors wallet for only $20! My mother in law is a bit of a fashionista. She pays attention to the trends and has very good taste.





I had to wrap her gift in my blue and white wrapping paper.






I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and thank you again for taking this journey with me. 

Merry Christmas!














(photos via Mrs. Shockley)









Friday, December 20, 2019

Inspired by Pink and Green




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Happy Friday,

Let the countdown begin to the Christmas festivities! I for one am looking forward to next week. This week has been a busy one so far and I am looking forward to spending time with family and not going to the office!

I know it's Christmas time but can I share this beautiful apartment decorated by Danielle D. Rollins? I would really love to have this stunning petite fringe sofa. I believe it is from Society Social. Perfect isn't it?


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I am loving the pink and green color scheme. Even the pops of blue and white are lovely. I have been on the look out for new bedding for ummm years now! I can't seem to find something that I love. So seeing inspiration like this helps me to broaden my horizons a little more. 


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Can we talk about the closet? I love the space and the windows!!! Oh gosh I would LOVE to have windows in my closet. The opportunity to add more texture and color to your closet.... would love it!

If you want to see more from this apartment, you may read it here. I hope you all have a great weekend and I may post once next week and take the rest of the time off. We will see. 

Enjoy!


(photos via House Beautiful.com)






Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Holiday Etiquette- Quick Reminders





Hello Everyone,

With Christmas being next week, I thought I would share these tips from etiquette expert Myka Meier, founder of the Beaumont Etiquette program.

We are all either going to be a host or guest so these tips are wonderful to read and to put into your mental rolodex for the holiday season. 

I shared these last year on the blog. Andrea from The Glampad, interviewed the lovely etiquette coach last year and provided a series of lessons on her blog.  


Inspiring & Dreamy

For the host...


When guests RSVP, ask them if they have any food allergies or dietary restrictions. Make sure there are plenty of dishes to accommodate anyone’s dietary needs.
For larger holiday dinner parties, it’s okay to set your place settings and table decor at least one day in advance of your party. By setting the table in advance, you can focus on food preparation on the day of the event.
Ensure that your table’s d├ęcor, including flowers and candles, do not block the view across the table and therefore make conversation between guests difficult.
Try to prepare as many dishes as you can ahead of your guest arrivals. This way you are able to entertain as they arrive and not rushing in and out of the kitchen to check on the meal. We suggest having some light hors d’oeuvres and drinks to serve when guests arrive, as they’ll be hungry when they arrive and it may take time to get all the food on the table.
If you have family or friends who can help out, delegate responsibilities to them. For example, have one person responsible for greeting guests, one for taking coats, and one for making sure all guests have a full drink in hand.
The host or hostess should always sit closest to the kitchen in order to be able to access it quickly should a guest need anything.
Be sure to turn off the TV during the meal and put on seasonal music instead. This will help everyone enjoy both the food and the company all the more.
Be over prepared. Thanksgiving tends to be an over indulgent holiday. Plan for plenty of food and drinks if possible, so that if someone wants a second helping you can graciously serve it to them.
If you wish to say a prayer or toast do so before you begin the meal, and make sure the host or hostess initiates it.


For the guest:
One should arrive at an event at someone’s home between the time listed on the invitation and 20 minutes after. Do not arrive early as the host or hostess is most likely putting last minute touches on various elements of the party. When you arrive, offer to help the host or hostess in any way you can.
If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, do notify your host or hostess when you RSVP.
It’s likely your host or hostess has spent hours if not days preparing. Show respect, enthusiasm, and mirror their effort by dressing in the spirit of the holiday!
Before you take a seat at the dining table, ask if seats are assigned. There may be a seating chart that the host or hostess has organized.



Honest Questions:
Are hostess gifts always required?
It is always appropriate to bring a gift to someone’s home. The host may tell you not to bring anything, but they won’t refuse your thoughtful gesture once you arrive at their home. A hostess gift can be a small item, such as a candle, home-baked goods or a set of decorative cocktail napkins.
What should you do when someone gives you a gift and you don’t have anything for them in return?
If this situation happens you should not draw attention to the fact that you don’t have a gift for them. Instead focus on showing the person who has gifted you a present gratitude. If you felt the need or desire to you can always send a gift to them at a later date.
And these are just a few of the many questions on the blog post. If you wish to read the post you may view it here.
I hope that you all have found these tips useful. I know I have and will continue to return to this blog post for many seasons to come. 
Have a great Wednesday!




(tips and information Andrea, The Glampad.com)

photos via Pinterest 



Monday, December 16, 2019

Christmas Party Choices





Good Morning Everyone,

I hope you all had a great weekend. Did everyone finish their Christmas shopping? I did!!! I was finished in November. Glad that part is over. 

Now, this week is our office Open House and Christmas Luncheon. So I am trying to figure out what to wear. The weather is expected to change. We are getting snow... yay, and colder temperatures!

So below are a few items that I have put together...




I am thinking about wearing this for our office luncheon. I wanted something sparkly, chic and comfy. My crystal flower sweater looks great with my black skirt, vintage earrings, gold bracelet, and slingbacks








Next is our Open House and the outfit below is what I am thinking...




I just got this beautiful studded velvet kimono from Ann Taylor. Now in the photo online it looks pink but it is gray. I am pairing this with my gray Banana Republic dress, emerald green vintage earrings, hummingbird brooch, and slingbacks. 













Now throughout the week, I am considering the following...



For Monday, I am thinking of my pearl sweater from H&M, vintage clip earrings, gold bracelet, and red velvet slingbacks.

I will pair this with a black tulle skirt.  













On Tuesday, I am thinking about wearing my red boat-neck sweater from H&M, vintage poinsettia brooch, pink crystal earrings and crystal bow pink heels from Ann Taylor. 






I will pair this with a tulle skirt as well. I am looking forward to this week being over honestly. I know that sounds bad but sometimes the office functions can be hard. Some of our support staff can be pretty nasty and classless at these functions. Just not good spirits to be around. I try to stay away from them and volunteer as much as possible but honestly, it's getting a little old. 

I hope you all have a great week and share a description of some of your office outfits below if you can!




(photos via Mrs. Shockley)








Friday, December 13, 2019

Junk and More Junk









Good Morning Everyone,

Sighing...

For the last few days, I have been trying to figure out where all these horrible websites have been coming from on my blog. 

Well, it turns out that there are a lot of us that get hit with these unwanted visitors. They are called "spam referrals". Great... something else I have to guard myself against. 

Since Blogger is such a huge platform, it is a perfect place to send spam to people like me. I am still talking with individuals at work about what I can do. 

For right now, I will encourage you all to NOT visit these sites. They may take information from your phone and who knows what else. 



So for right now, I am going to enjoy these beautiful photos that I found on Pinterest, get ready to start wrapping presents this weekend and enjoy Christmas with my family. 

Oh and I forgot to mention this. My daughter and I could not get tickets to our normal Nutcracker show this year! They only had it for 3 days! Hamilton is here and booked the theatre for the entire month of December. Luckily, I received an email from the Indianapolis Ballet letting me know that they were having one more show this past weekend. 

It was only going to be part 2 of the Nutcracker but I could not resist! This show was at Newfields and was so much cheaper! Lauren and I loved the show and there was hardly anyone there!

What a dream!

I hope you all enjoy your weekend and remember to stay away from the spam! I wish these people would use their talents to solve world problems! Geez!




(photos via Pinterest)






Monday, December 9, 2019

Christmas Supplies I Am Using








































Good Morning Everyone,

Only a few weeks left before Christmas! I went and finished my Christmas Eve dinner shopping this weekend. I got everything except for the items you have to buy last minute. 

My Christmas present shopping is complete and now it is time to check my Christmas supplies. Above is a photo of all of the gift wrapping that I possess. I save the blue and white wrapping paper for individuals who I know will appreciate it!

My daughter loves the weiner dog wrapping paper. I found that last year at T.J. Maxx as well as the others. The blue and white wrapping paper was purchased at The Enchanted Home last year. I just recently got into wrapping paper a few years ago. 

I believe that present presentation is so important. So I am trying to build my Christmas supplies inventory. 




These are the two ribbon rolls that I am using right now. I may visit T.J. Maxx this week to see if they have any new designs!



This is Christmas tissue paper that I purchased after Christmas last year and got it for 50% off!




The same with these gift bags. I found these at Target after Christmas for 50% off.






These are my favorites. Love the elk one!





I couldn't resist these either. Don't you just love the Nutcracker one?




And I always have little bags for gift cards and tags. I think I need some new tags. These are a little difficult to use. Another reason to pay T.J. Maxx a visit this week. 

Maybe this post provided some inspiration for you if you are not into present presentation. It says a lot when you put extra effort to make someone's gift special (on the outside). Have a great Monday!








(photos via Mrs. Shockley)











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)