Tuesday, September 30

Airport styles

Traveling can be tricky sometimes.  If you're leaving a warm destination for a colder location, you arrive under dressed.  If you're leaving a colder climate for a warmer, (which is generally the case) you arrive bundled up and bulky.  I have never been a traveler to throw on sweats and go sans makeup and ponytail.  No.... you never know who you will run into in an airport and looking put together just feels better.   You also never know if your airport or plane is going to be cold or hot so a scarf to wrap up with or take of is a great accessory to travel with.  Comfy shoes to slip out of, or run between flights is a must too!  Are you a sweats and pony tail traveler, or are you like me and put yourself together?   I was once stopped in an airport with "three" carry on, just like I am here.  The security attendant made me show her that my bag would fit in my tote to prove it was a "two bag limit"!  I always make sure I can add my bag to the top of my tote to prove my point if need be!  I'm a rebel like that!!! Ha!





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Monday, September 29

Wisconsin Trails

Last you heard from me I was traveling to my nieces wedding in Minnesota.  It was a wonderful weekend and we had a fabulous time catching up with relatives from all over that traveled in for this celebration.  I have been going thru all the hundreds of photos I took and editing them.  Its a process, and you can't hurry it either!  I finally finished some of the pictures from our nature walk the morning of the wedding.  See here's the thing... the wedding was in Minneapolis at their family church the girls grew up in and attended school.  The reception was in a beautiful barn in the country in River Falls Wisconsin.  It was about a 30 minute drive from one location to the other so it wasn't bad at all.  We stayed in a hotel closer to the barn rather than closer to the church so when we partied late into the night we wouldn't have far to go!  

We had a few hours in the morning to kill prior to the wedding.  The weather was gorgeous and there was a river close by with a trail, and a launching spot for kayakers.   So about 6 of us decided to check it out.  This was the suspension bridge we first crossed to the trails.  

Looking over the edge of the bridge was a stream, and if you look close you will see the fisherman sitting at the edge in the second photo.

Further along and closer to the launch spot for the kayaks was a mini waterfall.

This is my brother.  I only have the one...  and he is enough!  He is very close to my middle son, and they have a wonderful relationship and banter quite well if I may say so!  

And this is my brother teaching my son what to look for if you're ever caught in the woods and need... well shall we say... nature calls and you need assistance.  He was pointing out that Trevor should alway look for  a plant with three leaves clustered together.  That's the safest!  Ummmm, yeah!  If you want poison ivy!  My brother is such a trickster! 

Trevor felt it was a safer bet to walk the trail with my sister in law after that so called learning experience! Ha, smart boy! 

We trekked down these stairs...see where the railing ends? 

Well here is the end of the railing... and more stairs.  Remember as far as we hiked down to get to the water we had to hike back up! 

I was practicing with my new lens and cannot believe I caught this bee in mid flight!  The best way to learn a new lens is lots of practice! 

I just loved all the colors and textures to the trail.  We missed the leaves turning by a week.  I bet it is beautiful right now. 

Tomorrow I am sharing what I wore to travel in!  It's pretty cute! 

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Friday, September 19

Weekend travels

Happy Friday peeps!  This week has been a busy one!  I booked my flight to Florida for a week in November for business and I added 4 days to the end to hop over to Palm Beach to visit Gayle.  Watch out girls weekend!!  Today I am headed to Minneapolis for the weekend for my nieces wedding.  Rachel and Gary have been dating for 5 years and it is such a wonderful love they have.  It will be a family reunion for sure.  I can't wait to catch up with my cousin from Boulder, and her brother and his new wife coming from Seattle.  We grew up together and it is fun for us to sit back and watch the younger generation of cousins get together and enjoy each others company.  Booking the flight to Florida, and traveling this weekend to the wedding completes two more things on my 50 x Fifty list!  See my progress here.  

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Wednesday, September 17

Weekly Favorites

Happy Wednesday!  This weeks favorites are a bit random, but favorites non the less.  I saw this bag on my instagram feed and loved it immediately.  I know, you're thinking its just an ordinary speedy.  The ends which are solid black leather pull out to take on a more trapeze look.  Talk about taking on another look, this Ann Taylor cape with the zipper sides makes wearing a cape not just for super heroes!   Now you know I love a good monogram and who doesn't need a shaker for their bar cart... this would make a perfect wedding gift too!   Another monogram love of mine is this Lulu Frost necklace.  You may have seen it a while back on my instagram.  There is something wonderful to just a lone initial don't you think?   

Now I know I shared fall lips and transitioning your makeup to fall here, but this rich creamy Laura Mercier lipstick is so pretty.  It is dark for sure, but with the right outfit it would be gorgeous.  Lastly, this bootie is a pretty strong contender for my wardrobe.  What color of bootie would you purchase?  Black or brown?  Leather or suede?  Black is versatile, but there is something softer to the light suede.  

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Monday, September 15

Fall Pieces to Buy Now

Are you someone who sees a new trend and jumps right to it? Or are you more likely to watch and wait to see how it goes over?  I am more of the latter, and always stays true to what really works for me regardless of the current trend or not.  Like I always say.... age appropriate my dears!!  

With that being said here are a few trends that you may or may not want to try.  But remember.... if you don't start working these into your wardrobe now you surely will fall behind the curve of trends. Hot colors generally always sell out by the time the weather is deeming them a necessity.  It will be nearly impossible to  find that perfect item you are wanting in a few months. 

Orange... Anything Orange 
Either you can wear it or you can't.  I can't!  But it makes a bold statement and you should start working it into your wardrobe with a few accessories now, and later when fall is fully in force you will be confident enough to sport this color in something larger like a skirt!  There are many hues to Orange so try on a few to see what works with your skin tone.... and remember, right now you may still be tan from summer so take that in to consideration.  Two months from now this may wash you right out.

The Midi Skirt
A style that has come back around for sure.  This skirt was in style in the 50's and 60's.  Not that I was wearing, heck I wasn't born or even old enough.  But think about watching reruns of say Leave it to Beaver, or Father Knows Best.  The mothers in these shows styled these midi skirts... and almost always had an apron on too!  Haha!  These days you wont find us in the kitchen in our midi skirts with an apron, but you will see them everywhere else.  Hitting at the mid calf, it gives you a polished look that is longer and demure.  To style this skirt now for transition time, try a crop top if you are brave enough to bare your midriff, or for me... I would pair it with a sleeveless tank tucked in with a chunky heel.  When fall rolls around balance this look out with a chunky sweater.  Which brings me to the next item you need.

Chunky Knits
It is not too early to start wearing knits.  Start wearing a few items now that are sleeveless for bare arms, and layer it when the weather gets colder.  Look for sweater dresses to oversized turtlenecks for this fall necessity.

Knee Boots
This throw back to the 60's trend is so hot.  You would be wise to invest in a pair of knee high boots now before we are in full swing of fall and every store has a shopping rush.  They were starting popularity last fall but expect them to be everywhere this year.  Want to transition them from summer to fall? Try them with a graphic-print dress and your ready to sieze the day!

Blanket Coats
These coats are bold with color and can add a dramatic statement to your outfit.  These shawl like coats are perfect when the temperatures are cooler. I don't know about your office but the AC can get pretty cold in mine. 

Nothing new to this other than they are everywhere and so many styles to choose from.  Pair these now with your shorts and casual knit dresses now.... and later  style them with a pair of wide leg pants!  You can't go wrong with a cute pair of sneakers.

So... what trend are you going to try this season?  I definitely will be shopping to add chunky sweaters and knee boots.   

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Friday, September 12

KC Blogger Meet Up Fall Workshop

If you are a Kansas City bloggers then this is for you!   The first ever KC Blogger Meetup workshop is coming up and there are only a few tickets left!!  It's about ways we can all beautify our blog.  Learn from our inspirational speakers - blog design, structuring your post, and photography styling, taking and posing. 

With only a few remaining spots left you will want to sign up soon.   No event would be complete without awesome swag bags (Valued more than the ticket price), awesome giveaways, and an inspirational speaker from a local brand you will know and love!
You can read more about it & purchase a ticket right here:

Let me know if you have any questions and if you have suggestions on topics... we would love to hear them also!    We hope to have more workshops on various topics coming up and look forward to seeing you there!

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Wednesday, September 10

Fall Favorites

The one good thing about the season changing is you get to spruce up your wardrobe.  There are a few things that I am planning on adding this season, starting with these below!!  Switching out my boyfriend jeans for a good clean slim cut is a must.  When you start adding layers and chunky sweaters, you don't want to feel sloppy and baggy in your jeans too.  This chunky sweater is just what I need for fall.  I love the large cable knit and the longer hem in back.  So, you know I love The Ropes Maine bracelets... this black and burgundy is gorgeous for fall.  I have my eye on that for sure!  There are some weekends I just don't want to put on jeans and run errands.  I also don't want to run around in sweats either.... this little knit dress is the perfect in-between.  Once the weather turns even cooler, add a pair of leggings and weekends here I come! 

I love drivers and have worn them for many years.  Last year I bought a pair of the leopard calf hair from C Wonder and they were the most comfortable, softest step shoes ever.  I mean ever.  I for sure want to add a new pair this year too.  And speaker of C Wonder.... aren't these loafers adorable?   A few more favorites of mine are graphic sweaters..... um yeah! and plaid, plaid, plaid!  Is it just me or are you loving plaid this year too?  What are some of your favorites you want to add this season? 


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