Thursday, April 30, 2015

Welcome, May: My Dreams for a New "Year"


I'm a bull. Rather, I'm a Taurus. Yes, May is the month of my birth (smile).


Birthdays always seem like a start of a new year to me--at least in some sense. It's a time of reflection; of hopes and dreams...


This year, I hope to reach further, to connect more deeply, to experience more mindfully.


I dream of soaring higher, burning brighter, and having fun doing so. I wish to inspire, to teach, to mentor.


I want to be unafraid, empowered, and authentically myself.


I desire to take the "leap," live my dreams and make each day really count in this precious new year.

Poncho: Ralph Lauren (another lovely option)
Blouse: Nine & Co. (thrifted; similar)
Sweater: Dolce Vita (older)
Trousers: Drew (boutique purchase; love this similar option)
Hosiery: Simply Vera Wang
Heels: Michael Kors (now on sale)
Handbag: Coach (this one's nice, too)
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Beads: Vintage


Joy, grace and peace, T.

Linked on Thursday to:   Thursday Fashion Files * Spotlight Weekly Over 50 Feeling 40 * Let Your Light Shine Thursday * Happiness at Mid Life and on Friday to:  Style Elixir *Rachel the Hat * Favorite Fashion Friday and Fashion Should Be Fun

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What I Wore: Art Walk Luncheon



Last Saturday, I attended the local Fashion, Food & Fine Art benefit luncheon (part of Bowling Green's Art Walk 2015) with my lovely daughter-in-law, Amanda (See more about this event in this past blog post). Somewhat chilly, a bit of rain also fell that day...


As you can see, I was ready; sporting my rain boots. To keep warm, I also wore the jacket featured in this past post (went without it in these pics, so my outfit could be better seen).



After the luncheon, we normally like to walk our town's quaint Main Street Historic District; enjoying all the lovely art as a family.  Instead, we gathered back home to savor precious family time (with our beautiful son, daughter-in-law and grandson).


When evening came, we ordered take out from a fave local pub and enjoyed dinner in the dining room; using the china we recently inherited from Mark's mother. Later, Mark thanked me for thinking to use this cherished dinnerware for our casual family meal. Despite the rain and cold, it was such a perfect day!

Dress: Nautica (here's another fab option)
Scarf: Consigned (I ADORE this one!)
Boots: Hunter
Sunnies: Vera Bradley (similar here)
Handbag: Michael Kors 
Watch: Kate Spade (gifted)
Garnet Bracelet: c/o Anjolee
Lips: Clinique Red Red Red


What's a perfect day look like to you? Would adore hearing about it!

Joy & hugs, T.

This post will be linked (on Tuesday) to Style SessionsGaray Treasures and Confident Twosday.  On Wednesday, I'll link to The Pleated Poppy and Whatcha Wearing Wednesday

Sunday, April 26, 2015

On Care Packages Real & Symbolic


These pics were taken earlier today. Mark and I had driven into town; taking a few minutes on our Sunday afternoon to mail a sweet care package to our youngest son, who is attending graduate school in Boston.  Being so far away, he was unable to join us for a cherished family gathering we had, yesterday.


With Monday on the horizon, that got me to thinking... A care package was exactly what I needed, too (smile)...


So, here's the symbolic one I've assembled (for myself) to kick this new week off right:
  • I'm setting aside time to mindfully give thanks for the many gifts life has given me.
  • Holding nothing but positive thoughts, and countering negative one with beautiful memories of the weekend I've just savored. 
  • Finding ways to enjoy a good laugh (or six).
  • Treating my body to a 30-minute workout.
  • Gifting my soul with a long soak in a bubble bath.
  • Gracing my encounters with the joy of being more fully present.

Anorak: Old Navy (similar)
Sweater: Zara
Black Jeans: L.L. Bean Signature (another great option)
Heels: Michael Kors (on sale!)
Scarf: Handmade via Etsy Vendor
Handbag:  Vera Bradley (this one is adorable)
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Nails: OPI Passion


What goodies will your symbolic care package contain? Would love to hear about them!

Joy & grace, T.

BTW, I'm linking this post to Not Dead Yet Style (Sunday) and the Two Birds' Inspiration Monday (Monday).  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Daring to be Different...



I've adored tulle skirts for several years now.  Amazingly enough, I have yet to see anyone (here) in Bowling Green sporting one, though.  This somewhat surprises me as I live in a college town that exudes a wonderfully artistic, creatively expressive vibe.


 Not sure if I'm the first one here to sport a tulle skirt or not...



I can say I am the first one to do so in my somewhat conservative office (smile). Yup, this is what I wore to work last Friday.

Who knows? Maybe I'll have been the one to start the fad locally (LOL!). Even if no one else ever sports a tulle skirt, here, I will gleefully wear mine. It is one of many ways I creatively express my authentic self.


I've always felt "different" for a wide array of reasons (too many to talk about in a blog post--that's for sure). These days, I proudly embrace what makes me different. And, I'm not afraid to own it.


 Chambray Shirt: Fossil (similar)
Statement Necklace: Vintage Monet (antique shop purchase)
Tulle Skirt: eShakti (another lovely option)
Tights: Simply Vera Wang
Peep-toe Heels: Nine West (on sale!)
Men's Watch: Pulsar (gifted, but this one's similar)
Handbag: Coach (similar)
Sunnies: Vera Bradley


So, tell me... How have you dared to embrace being different?  Would love hearing about it!

Joy & peace, T.

Linked on Thursday to:   Thursday Fashion Files * Spotlight Weekly Over 50 Feeling 40 * Let Your Light Shine Thursday * Happiness at Mid Life and on Friday to:  Style Elixir *Rachel the Hat * Favorite Fashion Friday and Fashion Should Be Fun

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Old Town Style & Spontaneity...



These are the last of our Washington D.C. trip photos from the week before last (see others here and here).  These pics were actually taken in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.


Our little jaunt to Old Town was a bit spontaneous. We'd originally planned to spend the day in Georgetown.  


Truly, glad we changed our plans, though.  Old Town was quaint. We enjoyed scads of shop browsing, lots of historic sightseeing, a spot of tea sipping at a cafe patio, a bit of shopping, and a lovely dinner at a farm to table restaurant.


I'll readily admit that Mark and I are both avid planners.  Sometimes, that's a good thing...


What I'm learning, however, is there are also times it's best to simply be spontaneous! Our day in Old Town is the perfect example of this.

Wrap: TranquiliT
Scarf: Coach (gifted)
Top: Talbots (thrifted, but this one's similar)
Gray Jeans: Forever 21(majorly marked down!)
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Leather Sneakers: Converse (love these for summertime)
Pendant: Vintage Tiffany (Etsy)
Handbag: Kate Spade (gifted)
Watch: Kate Spade (gifted, but this one is similar)
Garnet Bracelet: c/o Anjolee


Share with me your thoughts on spontaneity! Would adore hearing them.

Joy & grace, T.

This post will be linked (on Tuesday) to Style SessionsGaray Treasures and Confident Twosday.  On Wednesday, I'll link to The Pleated Poppy and Whatcha Wearing Wednesday

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Style: Weekend Winery Adventure...


This past Saturday afternoon, Mark and I ventured off to a winery nestled deep into the countryside; about 40 miles from home. Located inside a rehabbed, historic building in the village of Gilboa, Ohio, the winery itself was enchanting. Their wine was fabulous, too!



After a spot of wine tasting (and the purchase of vino to take home), we enjoyed libations on their lovely patio, overlooking the Blanchard River. Afterwards, we walked the small village. Sadly, many of the historic buildings there are now vacant and in near ruin. On the edge of town, we stopped and snapped pics of the village's most notable character: the Gilboa Bull.



We enjoyed lovely weather on Saturday; with a soft mix of both sun and clouds, and temperatures in the low 70's. A maxi skirt, tee and flats served as a chic, yet comfy, way to enjoy our afternoon adventure.  My fave jean jacket added a needed touch of warmth.








T-shirt: JCrew (on sale!)
Jean Jacket: Piace Boutique (Another lovely option here)
Maxi Skirt: J.Jill (thrifted, but here's one I love)
Shoes: Zara (similar)
Handbag: Vintage Dooney and Bourke (antique shop purchase)
Sunnies: Vera Bradley
Brooch: Vintage (antique shop purchase)
Pearls: Vintage (antique shop purchase)
Watch: Michael Kors (gifted)
Bracelet: c/o Tidebuy


Share with me your thoughts on weekend winery wear. Would love hearing them!

Joy & hugs, T.

BTW, I'm linking this post to Not Dead Yet Style (Sunday) and the Two Birds' Inspiration Monday (Monday).