Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

It's Halloween! While I am not dressing up, the small folk are. CMB and OPB both still get to wear their costumes to school. CMB is Athena, the goddess Athena and OPB is Harry Potter. For some reason, this year both costumes needed owls which is one of those interesting things. Both kids are influenced by their choices of books. OPB is currently working his way through the Harry Potter books and CMB is a huge Percy Jackson fan who wishes she could be Annabeth. Just an interesting note, these 2 are twins. Hard to believe isn't it? Actually she is in the 5th grade and he is in the 4th. It's a long story involving a late August birthday and a bit of developmental delay. Suffice it to say, she was ready and was not. It was a great decision for these two. Anyway, wishing you and yours a Happy and safe Halloween!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Now thst's Classy

You can always tell a classy company by how they conduct themselves as well as by their product. Brooks Brothers is promoting this great program for those in need. "Give a coat and share the warmth. Join us in our national coat drive for One Warm Coat by donating a gently worn coat at your local Brooks Brothers store through November 4th." I'm going to go through my closet and see what I can take in. What about you?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Monogramed Necklace

I've been wanting a gold monogramed necklace for ages but have been feeling frugal and not wanted to splurge as we come up to the Holiday season. Then I saw GroopDealz has one today for 38.50. It's 18K plated sterling silver which isn't as good as 14 or 24K but for the price, I'm tempted. I've never bought from GroopDealz before. Thoughts?

Monday, October 21, 2013

My New Favorite Jeans

Jeans are hard. Everyone has a favorite style and fit. I personally have a thing about affordable denim versus premium denim. I just have a hard time paying over $100 for jeans that I am going to wear to the barn and ball field. Now, I work full time in an office and wear dress slacks or a suit most days. Maybe I would feel differently if I wore jeans full time. Anyway, I picked up these Denizen by Levi's jeans at Target last week and I love them. I bought the "curvy boot" style and they fit me great. They are a mid rise fit and are slightly higher in the back so that they don't gap which is great. They cost $27.99 which is also great. The regular length is perfect for flats but I might go back and get a pair in long to wear with heels. I really like them and think they look great on which is what really matters!

Friday, October 18, 2013

For the Love of Bows

I love bows. As I enter my 40's though, I'm wearing them less. I still tie them on my daughters braids and indulge my son in his bow tie collection but I thought I was beyond wearing the bows myself until I saw the James Kiel Patrick Vickers Bow Collection Bracelet. I sense an obsession coming on. For my first purchase I chose "Mr. Clayborn", this cute fox print in green. The web site describes the bracelets as follows:

"Men have been making a splash with Bow-Ties for years by spicing up their conservative wear with a touch of color, fun, and whimsy. The Vickers' Bow collection was our solution to giving a girl a chance to. Each silk bow is hand-sewn in Rhode Island and fastened with a brass lobster claw and chain link to adjust the size.
Revering the construction of the classic hand-sewn bow-tie, the Vickers Bow borrows similar elements of a haberdasher’s superior bold fabrics, delicate craftsmanship and exquisite personality, tailored for the well dressed wrist."

I think they are super cute and can't wait for mine to come. I foresee it being a fixture on my wrist this winter!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Bo Pretty!

I really do like Bobbi Brown cosmetics. I've strayed from them recently as I have been using Bare Essentials mineral makeup more and more but this palette caught my eye on the Nordstrom's web site and I think it could be the perfect palette for fall. The web site describes it as follows:

Bobbi Brown’s limited-edition Hot Cocoa Palette is filled with richly hued eyeshadows and a luminous blush that embrace the colors and textures of fall.

Eyeshadow shades include:
- Cream
- Velvet Plum Metallic
- Chino
- Nude Beach Metallic
- Warm Sand
- Pink Dusk Metallic
- Sandy Pearl Sparkle
- Black Chocolate

Blush in Bellini

I think it is really pretty but makeup is very personal and I can never manage to buy it on line. I really have to see it and try it so that I can see how it interacts with my skin tones. This one is intriguing enough that I plan to make the trip to Nordstrom's this week. What do you think? Pretty?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sunshine Award!

The lovely blogger over at Suburban Charm nominated me for a Sunshine award! It's my very first very blogger award so thanks! She gave me the following 10 questions to answer. Here's my best shot.
  • Who is your biggest inspiration when it comes to decorating?
Ralph Lauren, I love the tartan, blue and white china look! Very classic
  • What clothing shop is your favorite?
It used to be J Crew but now it's Brooks Brothers
  •  What is your "comfort food"?
My mom's beef stew, so yummy!
  • What is your most cherished possession?
Besides my husband and kids? The pearls I got for high school graduation.
  • Current Lipstick color?
Aphrodite by Chantaille
  •  If your luggage got lost on a week long trip, what three things would you have to purchase in order to survive the week?
Clean underwear, tinted moisturizer and deodorant
  • Favorite tote bag to use?
Coach for work, Lands end for weekend!
  • Most recent "splurge" purchase?
I don't have a recent splurge, I've been very frugal but I need a new coat so that's coming!
  • What charity is most dear to your heart?
Planned Parenthood, every woman deserves access to preventive reproductive care 
  • Best piece of advice from a lesson you have learned in life?
Not to sweat the small stuff. I know it sounds trite but with three kids and a full time job it's very true!
Now, here are the rules for the game. It's kind of like a chain letter so hopefully I'm doing it right. She nominated 10 but I don't have that many bloggy friends so I'm only doing 5.
 1. Include the award logo in a post or on your blog.
2. Link to the person who nominated you.
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself and write 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
4. Nominate 5 bloggers to receive the award.
5. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Signature Tartan

It's been ages I know. I've been down on and off for almost 2 weeks with a horrid cold. I just start to feel better and wham, it's back. What I really need are 2 or 3 days of sleeping in and doing nothing but that's not very likely. This navy and burgundy tartan is Brooks Brothers new "Signature" Tartan. I really like it. They have a beautiful shawl in this pattern that I am lusting over as well as a man's shirt and ties.