Monday, December 21, 2015

The Magic of Winter Solstice



Today is one of those special days that often gets lost in the hustle of the holidays, but it's nice to pause on what is the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It reminds me of the many lovely winter solstice celebrations that my son's piano teacher and her charming German husband Ewold held in their home. We were a part of these recitals for many years and what great memories. After the kid's pieces were played they served homemade stollen, punch and Evold would read a poem aloud. It was such a simple gathering yet heartfelt and made one feel these are the things that matter.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Thoughts on Festive Attire

I hope you are enjoying the holidays. It's been crazy. More posts with some fun things coming if I can find the time to get them written! I thought I'd share what I did clothes wise for holiday parties this year. It's always a dilemma for me...Do I buy new or use something already in the closet and likely not worn much. This year I cleaned out anything that didn't fit well, or look good, so I had nada. I had to hit the shops just days before a big event. Never the best idea. I did okay though.


My husband had his company holiday party aboard one of those Hornblower Yachts in San Francisco Bay last week. It was the most stormy night and wet, but I survived. I tell you I am not a fan of boats and especially in storms and at night, but I was a good wife, took the dramamine and bound myself with all sorts of compression bands and got through. I had one cocktail too.

  My photo from the party of the Bay Bridge. Does this tell you anything about my state? Lol.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Power of Thanks This Holiday Season

I'm way behind on posting this month. It's always a crazy time for us with both kid's birthdays and with Christmas coming. It's easy to get the feeling I am overwhelmed. I haven't ordered our Christmas cards yet and have no decent photo from the year I'd want to send out of any of us. I have a smattering of shopping done and thinking about what would make each person happy makes me worry I can't deliver. Then there is the whole baking thing. I have always baked with my boys and yet now I am not sure when we will find time between finals, college apps, and all. Yet there is the whole big question about how this holiday will be without my dear mother. It's something I almost cannot think about yet have to get through and help my dad with too.

Still, I have so much to be thankful for and there is nothing like the holiday season to bring that to the forefront. Today my wonderfully positive friend Aimee posted this article on having a grateful heart and I just loved it. The author was going through a hard time in his life, finding little to be thankful for and decided to begin by writing 365 thank you notes. One a day. The impact he made on so many changed his life as well. Maybe you've heard this. The book was called A Simple Act of Gratitude, but just this article alone was uplifting. So I am going to remember to make a point of thanking those in my life, my friends, my family and my community and also try to be thankful in my heart for what this season brings and not focus on getting through the holidays, but just enjoying each moment.


I'm thankful for the music my son brings into our lives and the school who taught him cello and his pals who gathered him on a cold night to raise funds for Syrian refugees.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

My Version of Black Friday II

I haven't done one of these style posts in a while, but I did a Black Friday version a year ago and I thought I'd revisit it. Black seems to be making a big comeback and as we decide to consume less, it also makes great sense. Black always looks chic and especially head to toe. I'm also charmed by the black that has been appearing in homes more and more. It looks fresh, chic and is glamorous paired with gold accents. I'm considering painting one of my walls in my dining room a charcoal black or maybe one of our baths...Here is some pics that will actually make you think black can be pretty...

And as for Black Friday I plan not to shop then. I hate the feeding frenzy of Black Friday and love that REI is closed to honor family time for it's employees and customers. I have already bought a few presents there as I want to support the kind of businesses who want to create a better working environment and a happier world. I know some people like shopping then, but how nice to instead take another day to enjoy being with your family and perhaps get outside together? Great idea I think. 

Carey Mulligan

Don't these look good? Coffee Crumble Cookies via Always With Butter blog. There are 50 more great Christmas cookies here at Huffington Post. I love trying a new holiday cookie each year to possibly add to my favorites.

 A darker take on the tree from DaniellaWitte.blogspot.se.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Brooklyn- A Wonderful Escape



Hope you are all having a lovely fall weekend. I just had to share this trailer from the best movie I have seen in a long time. Brooklyn is a beautifully crafted story of a young women's move from Ireland to America to find work and a new life in the early 1950's. Saoirse Ronan is wonderfully cast in this part as is each character in this story.



Based on the book by Irish writer, Colm Toibin, it's about homesickness, family, love, growing up and finding your own life. Besides the terrific acting and story, it's cinematically gorgeous transporting you back to Brooklyn and Ireland in the 50's. I was charmed by the colors, coats and clothes from that era that they perfectly replicated here.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Thoughts on Paris and a San Francisco Overnighter

I almost didn't publish this post. I wrote this last week and was all set to share when the Paris tragedy struck. It's hard to share fun times when so many are suffering. Paris is dear to me and so many others who have had the luck to enjoy it's charms. Somehow, an attack on Paris feels like an attack on us all. I feel so useless to help, but after reading many others posts, I have concluded one thing, that we cannot let these people put terror in our hearts.

 I find Martin Luther King's 'Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that,' quote so comforting in times like this. Hate only begets more hate and it's what these people want. I just hope that out of this sad tragedy an even stronger bond with France, Europe, and the sane people of this world will form. Our love for our fellow man shows so much during these situations and it gives hope. We can and will eventually overcome these terrorists. We have to believe that. There's too many good people on this planet. We will win. It's all we have. In the meantime, I'm keeping all those in Paris in my heart.

So now some fluff..
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Last week, I made a quick 24 hour escape up to San Francisco with two dear pals. It was a chance to get together before the holidays and check out some favorite spots in the city. Hitting some of the shops and gazing at the windows is always a treat even if it's a quick trip.


How fabulous is this? Wilkes Bashford is another SF institution. This dress! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Meeting Tish Jett in Los Gatos.. and Secrets of A Femme D'Un Certain Age!

Last week there was a fun little event in my town of Los Gatos. The pretty home store Bianco hosted French blogger and author, Tish Jett. She was here on her only California stop to sign her book, Forever Chic.

As luck would have it my pals Elizabeth of The Vintage Contessa and Jennifer of A Well Styled Life, informed me this was happening...In my own town! I didn't have a clue. We met up for lunch as well as this was a bit of a trek for the Contessa who resides in Orinda and Jennifer who lives in the East Bay. We didn't know Lisa of Amid Privilege, and Susan of Une Femme D'un Certain Age, were going to be there too. Really fun to meet these lovely bloggers as well! Wish we had a photo of us all.

 The Contessa and Jennifer. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Stuff about Stuff..Purging and Cleaning Out

This year my life has changed completely. My mom passed away early in the year and everything changed after that. My 98 year grandmother (dad's mom), who was living alone, fell just a few weeks later and had to be transitioned to a place with more care. A lot of this year has been helping dad clean out my grandmother's home filled with almost 100 years of possessions.

Losing my mom, helping grandma and dad, and turning 50 this year, has given me a different perspective on life. I'm seeing more clearly than ever, what really matters and what doesn't and how possesions can take over your life. 

We have spent so many hours, days, weekends cleaning and sorting through my grandma's things. Like most people of her age, she was greatly affected by the depression and learned not to waste a single thing. That translated to a lifetime of being smart with money, but also gave her a vice grip on just about everything she ever owned. Nothing was thrown out due to the fact it might one day be useable. While commendable and green in some part, living like that for 98 years can be close to hoarding.

My favorite hand colored photo of grandma in the 1930s.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Maxima Style -One Cool Queen and Inspiring Human

Like most Americans I have little knowledge of European royalty beyond Britain. However, I have taken note of Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, who has a fantastic sense of style and never fails to inspire with her unique and fun way with clothes and accessories. She is age 44 and only became queen in 2013, when her husband's mother, Queen Beatrix, decided to abdicate the throne to her eldest, Willem-Alexander. Maxima grew up in Argentina and was in finance before she met the King, who she thought was a regular guy when they first dated.


 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fall Shopping..

I know it's fall, but here in California it's summer still. Seriously, we are in the 90s again this week and it's too much. I have called it quits for the summer clothes and started looking for fall inspired things to wear.  I happened to run past Banana Republic in town and their windows just grabbed me. Burgundys, smoky neutrals and gold accents drew me in and I fell in love with all the autumn looks.

Banana seems to have a lot more modern shapes and styles since the designer from J Crew took over. Love the modern look! That said, some things need trying on as they may run big from their traditional sizes. The overall look is fresh.. Some of the best..


I love these Bridget T-strap shoes with edgy studs on the strap and would wear them with distressed jeans as well as dresses for fall.


This gold envelope clutch is a great size and I can see it becoming long time addition to the wardrobe for dressier evenings as well.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sisters of Los Angeles - Golden State Fun

Happy Tuesday..I'm so excited it's October. Finally we may get some cooler weather and I cannot wait to wear pants and boots without passing out in the afternoon from heat. I feel like this has been a particularly long summer.  I cannot remember the last time I wore socks except for sports! The evenings have been getting cooler and I love that especially.


While I was in Palm Springs I picked up this little gem. I'm crazy for totes because I use them constantly here for shopping, schlepping things to x-country meets, travel and even storage. I try to collect cute ones when I can. Somehow, I am better at remembering to bring them into the grocery store when I have a cool one.

This Golden State is perfect for all us Californians, or wanna-be Californians and is made by Sisters of Los Angeles. I bought this at the Trina Turk boutique in the Parker. So far I cannot find a Bay Area retailer nearby...Just their site. Also totally adorable are the 'Aloha State,' Lone Star State,' Sunshine State' and 'Empire State' versions. I can think of a few girlfriends who might love one of these as a gift, no?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Getaways- The Parker Palm Springs





The weekend before last I got away for a birthday and anniversary weekend with my husband to The Parker Palm Springs. I've always wanted to stay there and it did not disappoint! It's a gorgeous place with amazing gardens and the whole resort was decorated by Jonathan Adler, whom I love. Here's a little glimpse into this fabulous and fun spot some call the adult version of Disneyland!

The rooms have a 1970s vibe with hanging chairs and some terrific mid-century modern furniture, like our room above.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Loving Right Now..The Denim Dress


I just got back from a weekend at the pretty Parker Palm Springs. I've always wanted to visit this gem and finally got to see why it's one of a kind. I can't wait to share all about it in an upcoming post. When I was there I stopped at the Trina Turk flagship store in Palm Springs and picked up this little shift. I was desperate for something light to wear and this dress was so easy, cool and could transition from day dress/coverup, to night with ankle wrap sandals and some vintage earrings from the 60's like I brought with me. Plus it has pockets and that usually seals it for me. I bought mine at Trina, but it looks like Nordstrom has more inventory of it right now. It runs large, so I bought a 2 and I usually wear a 6. It falls straight and looks better a little short. (Top photo I am wearing it on the way out to dinner- below on the way to the pool.)


Monday, September 14, 2015

Inspiring Italians Show Grace at The U.S. Open

The refresh button was hit at the U.S. Open this week and I loved it.  How nice it was to see some new faces and a few Cinderella stories come true. Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta, were examples of grace in sports as the surprise ladies' final singles players, ranked 43rd and 26th in the world they beat the odds and won hearts.



Both women grew up in Puglia, Italy not far from each other, and were roommates in Rome as young teenagers working on their tennis. Sixteen years ago they won the French Open ladies doubles title...


Isn't this the best?

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Last Bits of Summer..




It's Labor Day weekend, our last hurrah before sweaters, crunchy leaves and don't even mention the pumpkin lattes like my sons have been doing! Let's keep the summer mindset people- at least for the next three days!!

I made this collage of some of my favorite summer images. I think I'm sad because summer means leisure time to me and I don't want it to go!

In that spirit, let us not speak of fall right now and squeeze a bit more summer in shall we??

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Home Glamour -The Elements of Style Book

Now that the kids are back in school I finally have some bigger chunks of time to actually work on things I've been meaning to get to. One of them is the house. Seems I always have plans to paint, update and purge things we really don't need anymore. In short, a lot to do! One thing that never fails to gets me inspired is home books and my latest favorite is this beauty...



Elements of Style- Designing A Home & A Life, by Erin Gates is filled with pretty photos and ideas that will get you motivated to brighten and modernize. I don't know about you, but now that I am finally have a chance to step back and look at the house, I realize there is so much we don't need and a lot of pieces we have just taken on from family, and also dragged with us from other homes. Some things that worked great in our other home never really worked here, but we kept anyway. I added a few new things when we moved here 5 years ago, then we went through our start-up years and we didn't do much else after that. Now that we once again are to add some home upgrades, I want to  focus on getting our home the way I really would like it. Up to it's potential is how I like to think of it...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I Am Woman Still Rocks My World- Women's Equality Day!



It's National Women's Equality Day which marks the day the 19th amendment was finally ratified in 1920, giving women the vote. So much suffering was endured by so many women to get us this right. Today, actually more women vote than men do, but we still have a long way to go for equal representation in congress, the senate and the supreme court.  Women hold just 20-25% of elected offices in the United States.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Living Gracefully

Today was a memorial for my 93 year old neighbor Grace who embodied her name in so many ways. The service at Mission Santa Clara was a tribute to a woman who spent much of her life giving of herself. 

She was like another grandma to my kids and I. She knew all the children in our little court and  remembered their birthdays with little cards with checks and a sweet note. On Halloween each neighborhood child got a brand new $2 bill she ordered from the mint! I loved to chat with her when I caught her running out to lunches or meetings for her beloved Catala Club, Art Docents, or Red Hat Society or visiting her dear sister. We liked to deliver her little bouquets from our yard and Christmas cookies and she sent us the kindest note throughout the year. 


What amazed me about Grace like others of her generation, was her positive outlook and gracious way with people. Ladies of her times made an effort to show up, give of their time, make others feel good, and always had a kind word, despite personal struggles and adversity. They put their families and friends before themselves and worked tirelessly to do for others less fortunate. I am inspired by Grace who lived with many illnesses in her later years, yet soldiered on never missing a commitment and nary a complaint. When I think of people I admire most it's these women who lived through wars, depressions, illnesses, and family losses, yet always made the best of things.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Scone Home



It's back to the old grind for those of us with school kids. We are trying to ease back in slowly.   Reentry is always tough, but we have made it to Thursday and I even had the energy to get some fresh strawberry scones out this morning. We have a senior (can hardly believe it) and an 8th grader now. Wish I could slow time though.


 I'm not really a morning person, so I have to work against my natural inclination to make a cappuccino and sit like zombie with the newspaper. I don't like cooking in the morning. After zoning out for a bit, I usually start checking on my guys who always oversleep their alarms and yell they better hop in the shower quick! These scones are good for to grabbing on the way out the door which we already needed a few mornings this first week of classes.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

How To Raise An Adult: The Parenting Book We All Need

I just finished this book and I found a few weeks ago at my favorite bookstore Keplers. I couldn't wait to share it here and it's the perfect timing for it.

 It's back-to-school time and for so many kids and parents it's back to stress, strain and pressure that accompanies life in the overachieving Bay Area and many other parts of the country. Do you want to raise kids that will get into Stanford or kids that are happy? Most of us would say happy, but are we walking the walk? With a college entrance system that is horribly broken, high schoolers jumping in front of trains, and parents who spend their days cultivating perfect people, we need to all take a step back. Thankfully some reason and common sense has entered the fray in the form of this brilliant book:



Friday, August 7, 2015

Gone Camping or Glamping...Pinecrest Lake Resort


I've been away friends...doing the camping thing. Some might call it glamping as I got to sleep on a cot and there was a spot to buy fantastic latte's in the morning. Yay! That said it was still dirty. You should see the laundry, but it was worth the beauty and communing with nature.


Books were read and hammocks were chilled in.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Stylish Summer Entertaining for the Slacker Hostess


 An alfresco breakfast earlier this summer.

 One of the things I love most about summer is how the indoor-outdoor living lends itself so well to more casual and easy entertaining. I find it easier than ever to have people over as there is less anxiety of how everyone will fit in the house, (and how the house looks!)

I'd consider myself a slacker hostess and that's why I rarely entertain outside of summer. It just seems a lot of work, the planning, the food, but in contrast, summer gatherings are no-brainer. Barbecues practically cook themselves once you've got your system down. I do the set-up and sides, my hubs does the grilling and drinks, we both clean-up and he mainly does the dishes. It works like a well-oiled machine once you've done it enough and feels easy. Just add a few stylish serving bits to good simple food and you actually might look like you know what your doing! They don't have to know this is all you can cook. ;)


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday Edition- Cool Books, Swatch Watches, Sales & More


Don't you love how I get my Saturday edition things out on Sunday basically? I don't think this bodes well for me doing specified posts on certain days, which I was thinking of attempting...There's so much I want to share and this summer I've had trouble finding time to sit and write!

 I'll try to share these fun links on the weekends going forward. I said try...The Virgo in me has to have things just so and heck I need to JUST DO IT! That's the new me, or one I aspire to be. Perfection is the enemy of good enough, right? Bear with this post, you may check out before it's over...

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Liberty Pop-In at Nordstrom San Francisco



It's been a crazy summer, but I made time last week to get to San Francisco to report on the Liberty Pop-In at Nordstrom in San Francisco.  My friend Jeanne and I appreciate all things British and especially Liberty, so we couldn't miss this special event.

Liberty of London, for those unfamiliar, is the most fabulous London department store. It's shaped like a wooden sailing ship and is the purveyor of all things beautiful and British. What makes it unique is their Liberty Art Fabrics line which is available in clothing, bags, home goods, scarves, china and much more. Liberty has had a huge revival lately and some of their iconic florals have been in Nike, J.Crew, and even the Vans shoes collections. This collaboration with Nordstrom is their latest.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Trina Turk's Desert Home Style

Everyone knows I am a big fan of native San Jose girl and California designer Trina Turk, so I was excited to see her Palm Spring's home featured last week on One King's Lane.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Wimbledon Chat 2015- The all white rule, royal box & Pimm's cups

I don't know why I get so excited about Wimbledon, but I am in my happy place when it's on. There is no other sporting event I get as excited about!

Looks like Serena will dominate this year again as she's been unstoppable.


 I loved the semi-sheer leopard print on her Nike dress.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New York City Tips - Hotels, Restaurants & Brooklyn

Our New York City trip was planned on the fly and was a success thanks to some recommendations from friends. One of the best tips I can give you is ask friends what they did, where they stayed, etc.


  We planned one or two places to tick off everyday and took in what we could getting to and from these spots. I think travel to a big city works best that way...Don't plan too much. Leave room for discoveries, wandering and getting lost a bit! 



Some tips for NYC:

Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Californian July Fourth

 Happy Fourth of July! I always love splashing a bit of red, white and blue about.

I've said it before this is truly my favorite part of the summer.
If I travel in summer, I always have to be home by the fourth. I've only ever missed it once.

I have so many good memories of my California childhood and many involve summer.
The older I get the more I appreciate the simple joys of those times!

Friday, July 3, 2015

modern summer pieces


It really feels like summer to me when we get to July Fourth weekend. I love having extra days off, watching Wimbledon, and eating cold watermelon and placing little American flags all about.  In a couple weeks all the fall pre-sales will begin, but I feel like I'm just getting my summer capsule wardrobe together. I've tried my best to shop my own closet and use what I already have in new ways. I am using my my 6 new purchases in different combos with things from several summers past and it's nice. I am also realizing what things just are done and I have little bag to drop them in to donate.

One thing I've noticed is adding a new accessory really makes everything look current and new. I'm wearing the same tops, white jeans and khakis I have for many several summers, but modern shoes and bags give it a fresh look! That's all you need sometimes. After my trip to NYC (more from my trip on the next post), I got a few new brands on my radar and I like the new look some of these pieces have. Just one can give your whole wardrobe a little lift.

Here's some chic bits I noticed many of the New York City girls were sporting similar things...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New York City Highlights Part I





We crammed a lot into our seven day trip. Considering everyone's different interests, I have to laugh as my husband is drawn to things that I consider 'tourist traps' like the NY Lobster boat cruise and myself who would like to go where real New Yorkers like to go, i.e the hidden spots. Add teen boys to this mix and you'll see we did a real variety of things.

 Here's the best of what we did...

Saturday, June 20, 2015

New York City Travel Notes



You've probably thought I've abandoned this blog, but I've just been on vacation and taking a little break from the computer which has been nice. We did a quick family trip to New York and it was perfect. A week away was inspiring, relaxing and refreshing! We had just enough days between school's release before my boys began some summer things so we took off for New York City for a week. My guys had never been to the East Coast except on layovers. I highly recommend going in early June as it was not filled with summer tourists yet and the weather was perfect! 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Little White Dresses and Summer Things...



Memorial weekend is here and I can hardly believe it. That means summer is..now!? It doesn't feel like it yet to me.  We've finally been having some cool and rainy spring weather here in Northern Cal and I am loving it after a very warm early part of the year. I've been busy with a few projects- one helping clean out my 98 year old grandma's house, and also having to remove a huge tree from my home. More on all that soon... Also planning a trip to NYC so if anyone has any favorite spots..please share!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Spring Beauty Favorites

Some of you may know I'm a bit of a cosmetic junkie who worked in the beauty industry for seven years. Because of that, and for the blog, I am always trying new beauty products. Some are meh and others are great finds. I'd like to try to share with you the gems and hope to publish a regular post of my latest obsessions.

 I am an almost 50 something, who was kind of a disaster skin-wise. I've had bouts with acne, rosacea, dryness, wrinkles, enlarged pores, dark spots and everything else. Right now, (knock wood), my skin is the best it's been in years. I feel like I've finally found a few products that really work, and  an IPL treatment at SkinSpirit helped too. (I wrote about that here.) I have my regular arsenal of Retin A and such, but I do try and switch things up. I'm forever reading up on what is new and I strive to look for products with less harmful, more natural ingredients.

So here's my current crushes I thought I'd share..

First, I'm in love with a fragrance that is so pretty, it's truly like spring in a bottle. This Tracey Reese Eau de Parfum, was a Christmas present from the husband.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Tomboy Style - The Book and One of My Favorite Blogs



I don't know how often you guys look at my sidebar, but I have a link with my favorite and most inspiring blogs called Birds of a Feather. One of the blogs I've followed for a long time is that of Lizzie Garrett Mettler who writes Tomboy Style. Tomboy Style is totally original and is inspired by images of the chic women past and some present who have a sportif (love that word), sort of a style. Along with the beautiful photos she shares are current companies that make classic sporty goods and also interviews with modern day gals with tomboy chic. It's always fresh and unique.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Discovering Ben's Garden and Pretty Trays

Hello! Today I want to share with you guys a sweet little company that has recently gotten on my radar and I am now obsessed with. It's called Ben's Garden and they specialize in beautiful glass decoupage trays that are beyond lovely and wonderful catchalls.


Friday, April 24, 2015

'Eating Rome' a Fantastic Trip Through the Eternal City




Life has been crazy busy, more than I can even share in one post, but this week I had to make time for a book I promised I would review. I began this lovely book on vacation and finished this week. It was a wonderful escape, engrossing and transporting which I really need right now.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Gardening as a Workout



We just got back from a little getaway. So much to catch up on like laundry, but yesterday morning I spent four hours working in my yard. After seeing the gorgeous gardens all over Santa Barbara I was motivated to get back there and clear things out. I could have worked out, but this was far better than a workout. I challenge anyone to give up working out one day a week and do a few hours in the yard. It's a fantastic workout for the legs, back, arms and core. Seriously.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

California Girl Carolyn Murphy's Style

I've admired Carolyn Murphy's homes, personal style, and green living ethic for a long time. 


This home was featured in old House & Garden. I really miss that magazine.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter, Passover and spring break. I love this whole spring break thing for the chance to take a breather, live in the moment and see all the beauty blossoming around us. I'm hoping that means some quality time with my kids and family this week. Just being together without having much to do is a gift. That means more time for games, movies, cooking and well, hanging out. I think I love that best of all.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Think Pink! Friday Edition!


I've had a lot of energy the past few days and it's been hard to sit on the computer. I feel the need to be busy with a project or something. When I get that itch, and I'm not sure what to do, I head to the closet. It's always very calming to declutter and purge and take stock.  I noticed I have added a lot of pink to the closet in the past year, in shoes and in clothing. Pink makes me happy and well why not have it in the house as well?