Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A FASHION POST: PINK Is On My Radar For Fall



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 It was just a couple of weeks ago I told a very good friend of mine I want more pink in my life.

 Three days later I got the J.Crew catalog, and it was covered in PINK!!




 Then I got my House Beautiful magazine and it's cover was  in PINK!!!


To say I was happy to see that wardrobe and decor magazines will be featuring PINK for Fall is an understatement. I am usually wanting a color that is not on trend and hard to find so this was all a very welcomed sight for me!

Most people don't associate pink with Fall, but let's think outside the box a little and get adventurous!


With pink in mind I had already started sourcing some ideas for my Fall wardrobe. Let me show you some of the things I have found so far.

Since it is for Fall/Winter I started looking at some coats first. I am really crushing on this first coat. I actually had a coat very similar about 42 years ago. A classic always works.....

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On a more casual practical note, this would be great for when we go to the Beach...

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How about this darling boucle jacket? I have been looking for a boucle jacket at a good price point and this fits the bill. 

I wouldn't wear it with the dress, it looks a little matronly to me. However I would definitely wear this with a white t-shirt and a pair of great jeans and soft taupe or gray booties for Fall.......





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We have to have sweaters for the Fall and Winter months and I found two that I love from Boden, which is a catalog I love and always find things I like there.

Grace Button Sweater:

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This first sweater has some great detailing with it's side button closures. Anytime you can find an article of clothing with a special detail it makes the style value go up.


Grace Button Sweater WV094 Knitted Sweaters at Boden:
Notice how she has two buttons un-buttoned. A little more stylish and a fun way to wear it!! 

Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater WV016 Knitted Sweaters at Boden:
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I am really crushing on this sweater, it has the two colors I want to add to my Fall wardrobe, pink and yellow/saffron! This is a win-win in my book. I just might ask for an early birthday gift!!

Now let's get to the bottom of things!
(sorry I could not resist a little humor)

  
Twickenham 7/8 Pant WM418 Pants at Boden:    
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 As I said before whenever you find a special detail on clothing it brings the style value up a notch. I love the tuxedo stripe on these blush pink pants.

I can't do a fashion post without talking about a few accessories!

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I am in love with this little ballet flat and I am just about ready to click on the BUY button!! Classic and pretty, plus comfy!!


  Cleo Flat Point:
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Neutrals with pink! You can't go wrong with this classic shoe in this combination!!
Women's Foldover Clutch - Who What Wear ™ : Target:
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If you want to just wear a touch of pink with a neutral outfit or just jeans and a sweater in a neutral a simple clutch bag in a neutral and blush combo is the way to go.

All of the above pieces are pieces I actually would purchase and some of them I am really wanting enough to hit the BUY button.

On a side note:
Pink can tend to be a very feminine and sweet color to wear. I love pink, however I am very aware to not wear anything overly floral, ruffly or sweet at my age. There comes a point when wearing overly sweet clothing at a certain age will just AGE us, so pick classic lines and pieces when wearing pink.

Enjoy Wearing Pink For Fall/Winter!! 
 
 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

THE LIGHTING FORMULA

   


How Much and What Kind Of Lighting Do You Need?

 



Williams Chandelier - Overstock Shopping - Great Deals on Warehouse of Tiffany Chandeliers & Pendants
 

Lighting is the jewelry of the room!
When choosing lighting for a room it is somewhat  like when you choose jewelry for an outfit. 

You look at the style of how you are dressed, and add your jewelry according to the look, and feel you want to achieve when looking at your over all outfit.
 
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The same thing goes for a room. You need to first look at your basic furnishings, and decide what style, type and amount of lighting your room needs.
 
Every room needs a certain amount of lighting, and most rooms  are….


“Lighting poor.”
 
So how much lighting is enough?
 
Did you know that there is a formula on how to figure out how many watts of light your room needs?
 
THE FORMULA


I read about a little formula a long time ago that said  find your square footage (example 12ft X 16ft = 192sq.ft)
 
Then multiply your square footage by 1.5 .

(192 sq.ft. X 1.5 =288 watts) so that means your room will need 288 watts of lighting sources.

An average room should have approx. 4-5 lamps.

Once you have this figured out you are ready to start the process of figuring out the how much and what kind of lighting you will need in your room.
 
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FIRST
 
Look at your room and figure out where you will be placing your lighting sources. Are you going to have enough, or do you need to add some more?

There needs to be different types of lighting as well…..
 
Overhead/Chandelier
Wall
Table
Floor Lamps
Up-lights
 
.blue and white, bamboo shades, black lantern.
 
When choosing fixtures I like to start with the star of the room, and that is usually a chandelier of some kind.

It doesn’t matter what your style is, or what you gravitate towards, it is just a good idea to choose this main piece first because it will truly dictate the style, and feel of the rest of the room.
 
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Think of it as the necklace in an outfit. You will choose, your earrings, bracelets, shoes and purse according to the style of that necklace, and your base pieces in your outfit.

NEXT
 
If you are going to have sconces in the room I would suggest choosing those next.  These are like the earrings in your outfit.
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Notice we are choosing the more permanent lighting first. Once you purchase those, and pay an electrician to install them you most likely will not change them. These are your base pieces and usually the more expensive lighting fixtures.
 
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Once you have chosen the chandelier, and sconces you can add floor lamps, and table lamps that will work in the room. These are easily changed out, or replaced, that is why I would choose them last.
 
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In choosing your floor, and table lamps don’t miss the opportunity to add texture. Do you need more shine, or do you need rougher textures to add contrast in the room.

You can also use color and pattern in these fixtures to add to the overall interest in the room.
 
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Now you have the basics to choosing, style, type, and amount of lighting fixtures you need in your room.

HOMEWORK

1. Go into your room, figure out how much lighting you will actually need in your room by using the above formula.

2. If you are short on lighting sources, figure out where you need to add more.

3. Think of different types of lighting that you can use in the areas that need more lighting.

4. What style, texture, design or color would look best in each spot?

5. Do a little on-line window shopping to play with your new additions before making a final purchase.

6. Once you are solid with your over all design, then you get to do the really fun part......
 
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Have fun with this, and remember to always….
 
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

15 Minutes Of Effort = 3-4 Days of Joy & Smiles

 
  (spice rack re-purposed to use as a vase in my kitchen)

Sometimes we think we can only get pleasure in our homes out of things that take us a great deal of effort to accomplish.


There is a little Monday morning ritual that I do that brings me so much pleasure, and it seriously only takes me about 15 minutes to accomplish.

 (previous homes breakfast bar)

I call it Simple flowers!



 (Vintage French perfume lab vials. You can read the story behind these fun vials HERE!)



 ( this is the guest bathroom in our previous home)





(One simple pansy and fern on a tray set up for my coffee bar for guest)


Here is how I do my 15 min. little ritual......

First I go outside and pick some of my pretty white roses and fern. I then take the four little vases I have sitting in various spots in my home and add fresh water and line them up to receive their pretty blooms.


See nothing fancy going on here, just easy and simple.

 Each little vase gets some pretty blooms.

Each little vase gets placed in it's own special spot in my home. Now for the fun part, we get to enjoy them for at least 3-4 days!

I told you it was easy!!

Now for those of you who don't have roses, or any blooms in your yard. I bet you have some bushes with greenery on them!!

Good tip to remember!
My DIL taught me this years ago. ( Thanks Amy!) She kept it simple and easy, and yet it felt so special in her home. A sprig of greenery in a little vase can look so fresh!!

 Vintage blue bottles with a simple sprig of fern. This is a picture from our kitchen window in our previous home.

This is one of my all time favorite images found on Pinterest and it inspired my use of the little vintage blue bottles and fern in my previous homes kitchen window.



It doesn't have to be fern to be pretty!


 I am positive that ALL of you 
can do this!!

If you feel like you would like a little more inspiration just click on link below and go to my Pinterest board, appropriately called.....