5 Favorite Fashion Basics

What seems like eons ago now (early October), my friend Jessica from the blog, A Parent in America, asked me  and a few other fashion blogger friends to create a list of our 5 Favorite Fashion Basics.  Being the minimalist that I am that's pretty easy.  I love the basics! I adore how it simplifies my dressing routine and creates timeless looks. Check out my 5 picks! … [Read more...]

Pumpkins Scream in the Dead of Night


It should surprise no one that this is my favorite week in my most favorite month.  The annual viewing of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' has commenced.  Next up! The Shining!  I don't know about you but I have movies I view certain times of the year that go well beyond Christmas flicks. I threw this latest outfit together in five seconds.  I just grabbed the closest things in my closet, knowing it was 42 outside and I had a day of working from home and a laundry monster nipping at my heels.  The brown booties I snagged at Target a few weeks back were finally going to see some action and so was my cable knit sweater that I loved so much last year.  It is super soft and very warm.  No jacket needed! … [Read more...]

2015 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring AWD

Source: veamason I have always had a thing for dark blue cars.  I wanted a navy sedan years ago and ended up with desert sand beige. The Deep Crystal Blue on a Mazda CX-5 is a beautiful thing.  Much like the Soul Red 2014 version I reviewed last year ,  the Mazda colors have depth and the sleek lines on the car stand out making the Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring with AWD an attractive small crossover SUV.  … [Read more...]

Fall Reading

    I'm not one for crafts or going crazy with decorations but I do love to dive into books year round. For some reason maybe it has something to do with the start of the a new school year, I become obsessed with new books for the family every fall. Especially if the books have to do with fall. … [Read more...]

The Wooly Pully


We hit up the pumpkin patch on Sunday, bright and early.  It was BLUSTERY.  There is no other way to describe the low temps and winds whipping through the air.  I was all set with a cute cableknit sweater when H said, "I think you need something more."  Since the kids were already in the car I grabbed a sweater off the shelf that has seen a life very different from the one it keeps today. The Wooly Pully.   … [Read more...]

Join Me for a Day of Beauty

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Spending Saturday morning going through a long, involved, relaxing and necessary 'day of beauty' happens in haste or not at all now that the kids have their own lives budding and blossoming before our eyes.  Throw on a mask here, exfoliate over there, slap on some polish and don't forget to shave!  It's not my dream. It's just the reality. This Saturday will be a bit different. … [Read more...]

Ladylike Moto

I will totally admit it was harder than I thought to give up the gray last week.  And then not revert to black.  I love my basics, what can I say?  I was actually late meeting a friend for dinner on Thursday because I was trying to pry myself away from the black.  I showed up in white.  Sometimes I go to extremes. The pastels and gray post was more popular than I thought last week and I found more to love in Johanna's post Watercolor. Johanna and her blog, 101 Things I Love have co-hosted with me before on Whatcha Wearing Wednesday and her style is untouchable.  I love seeing what killer heels she pairs with yet another gorgeous clutch.  That's why I picked her as the Best of the Link Up!   … [Read more...]

Refresh & Renew Because I Have To


It's no longer a secret that I have been busy overhauling our house.  It was like "OVERHAUL OUR LIFE" in a way.  I cleaned out so much and found many unused products.  A few came in and made the cut and here are my favorite keepers that I have been using to refresh myself and feel renewed through this whole house overhaul process. … [Read more...]

Fresh Not Frumpy

We all have those times when life calls us away.  We pack our suitcase and carry on with care but often overlook what I call my "travel" outfit.  For me, I need it to be not just comfortable but also wear well and probably pull a second shift later in the day or during the time I am away.  Blazers and scarves are high on my list.  So are skinny jeans and a pair of flats. That's why this week's best look of the link up goes to Joanna from Coastal Closet for her "have style, will travel" look that exudes total comfort while maintaining a look that is effortlessly chic. … [Read more...]