Monthly Archives: June 2015

My good fortune doesn’t end here

My good fortune doesn’t end here

My good fortune doesn’t end here

Legend has it that if a ladybug lands on you, good fortune will follow. Now that mine is getting ready to take flight, I can’t help but wonder: What happens to me now?

In a little more than two months, my oldest child will be leaving for college. I am simultaneously excited and anxious. And, even though she’ll always have a place in my home, I’m slowly but surely coming to terms with the fact that her days as a full-time inhabitant between these four walls are quickly coming to a close.

Her father and I have done our best to train her up in the way we want her to go. So, on an inate level, I know she’ll be fine. But during those quiet moments, when I think about a future that doesn’t include having her physically here with me every day, I wonder if I will be.

We’ve never spent more than a single week apart since the day she took her first breath over 18 years ago. When she leaves, it truly will be a different world for us. Will I cry? Will I miss her? Will I pray for her? The answer is a resounding yes, yes and absolutely yes!

More than anything though, I will support her in her future endeavors because I’m her mom and that’s what I do. And, I’ll hold close to my heart all the great memories we’ve made together, like this photo shoot with the fabulous Stacy Pierce of Stacy Pierce Photography.

I thank God for the privilege of helping my little ladybug spread her wings. I feel fortunate indeed.

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When conventional meets carefree

When conventional meets carefree

When conventional meets carefree

I did it!

A few posts back, I talked about hot fashion trends this season; one being tulle skirts. I expressed my skepticism about being able to integrate such a non-conventional piece into my wardrobe, but I committed to keeping an open mind to it. And, I’m glad I did.

I saw this little cutie a couple of weeks ago and even though I had no idea what I would do with it, I bought it anyway. Although I don’t necessarily agree, my style has been called conservative by some. For me, conservative is equivalent to boring and I try never to be that.

Really, though, I think my style is about me liking what I like; conventionally clean lines and structure. Staple pieces like statement necklaces, collared shirts, pencil skirts and tapered jackets give me life!

When styling an outfit, though, I have one rule I try always to adhere to. And, that’s to pair a staple or conventional piece with something a little more fanciful and carefree. That’s why I chose this black, collared shirt to wear with my new tulle skirt and I have to say, I really liked the results.

What about you? What styling standards do you abide by when putting together your signature look? Leave me a comment below and tell me about it.

SHIRT: White House Black Market | TULLE SKIRT:  Windsor | SHOES: Chanel | PURSE: Coach | NECKLACE: BCBG | CUFF BRACELET: An oldie but goodie

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The secret to finding a better fitting dress

The secret to finding a better fitting dress

The secret to finding a better fitting dress

This shift dress I picked up at Nordstrom a few years back has become a must-have during the late spring and summer months when the heat and humidity in Florida make being outside for any length of time downright brutal.

This particular style of dress is cool and comfortable and the simple lines make glamming it up or toning it down an absolute breeze. And, with temps in the low 90s, I’ll take one any way I can get it!

I have a classic “pear” body type; smaller on the top and larger on the bottom and ironically, I’ve always avoided wearing these types of dresses because they just never looked quite right on me.

I’ve got “junk in the trunk,” and this style of dress was frustrating for me because it wasn’t very accommodating in the hip area. I thought curvy girls weren’t meant to wear dresses like this.

Then, I discovered the secret to getting a better fit: buy a size or two larger. The initial shot to my ego quickly dissipated when I saw how effortlessly the material fell into place. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s never to put too much stock into sizes. None are altogether true or absolute. What matters most is how you feel. Let me know if you agree by leaving a comment below.

SHIFT DRESS: An oldie but goodie bought at Nordstrom | BRACELET: Coach | SHOES: Gianna Bini Shoes | NECKLACE: Old | WATCH: Coach

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