Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New Mexico Stormy Night

I was writing some blogs for the rest of this week about living in the beige world and I glanced outside.  Out my kitchen window all I could see was a purple sky.  I tried to take some pics while the sky was gorgeous but my wall was to high.  So I jumped into my FJ Cruiser and drove about a mile from my house to the very top of a hill.  Its nights like this that remind me why I love New Mexico.  :)  Enjoy!!

Abby says HI!!!


Day #9- Beige World-Interview

Take from "Before You Put That On" by Lloyd Boston


  • What is your best-kept personal style secret?
    • "I spend money on classic pieces that are good quality and breathe new life into them each season by styling them with more of-the-moment accessories such as belts, shoes, etc"
  • What are the thee fashion essentials every well-dressed woman should own?
    • "The best quality black suit you can afford, a neutral-colored cashmere sweater, and a simple black dress."
  • What is the biggest mistake woman make when getting dressed?
    • "Wearing clothes that do not fit property.  Tailor! Tailor! Tailor!"

Just a snip of the whole interview.  I highly recommend you get this book if you love fashion.  I love Lloyd Boston and the ideas in this book are incredible .

Monday, August 1, 2011

July Roll Call

We lay safe in the night because of these brave men and women.  Please take a moment to honor their courage and bravery.  They gave the ultimate sacrifice.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of god" Matthew 5:9

Spalding County Sheriff's Department, Georgia
Sheriff James "Dee" D. Stewart
Spalding County Sheriff's Department, GA
EOW: Sunday, July 3, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Florida
Deputy Sheriff John Mecklenburg
Hernando County Sheriff's Office, FL
EOW: Sunday, July 3, 2011
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
Memphis Police Department, Tennessee
Patrolman II Timothy Warren
Memphis Police Department, TN
EOW: Sunday, July 3, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Sanford Police Department, North Carolina
Patrol Officer Elieser "Eli" Colonroche
Sanford Police Department, NC
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Cause of Death: Training accident
Beaumont Police Department, Texas
Police Officer Bryan Mitchell Hebert
Beaumont Police Department, TX
EOW: Friday, July 8, 2011
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Bismarck Police Department, North Dakota
Sergeant Steven Kenner
Bismarck Police Department, ND
EOW: Friday, July 8, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Alhambra Police Department, California
Police Officer Ryan Stringer
Alhambra Police Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, July 10, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Terre Haute Police Department, Indiana
Police Officer Brent Long
Terre Haute Police Department, IN
EOW: Monday, July 11, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Laurens County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina
Deputy Sheriff Roger Rice
Laurens County Sheriff's Office, SC
EOW: Thursday, July 14, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
Agent Luis E. Gomez-Crespo
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Friday, July 15, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Clayton County Sheriff's Office, Georgia
Deputy Sheriff Richard "Rick" Joseph Daly
Clayton County Sheriff's Office, GA
EOW: Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Converse County Sheriff's Office, Wyoming
Deputy Sheriff Bryan P. Gross
Converse County Sheriff's Office, WY
EOW: Thursday, July 28, 2011
Cause of Death: Drowned
Buena Park Police Department, California
Police Officer Daniel Ackerman
Buena Park Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, July 30, 2011
Cause of Death: Duty related illness
Winston-Salem Police Department, North Carolina
Police Officer Russell Willingham
Winston-Salem Police Department, NC
EOW: Saturday, July 30, 2011
Cause of Death: Automobile accident

Day #8- Beige World- Hello August!

Take from "Before You Put That On" by Lloyd Boston


"Remember the back to school shopping trips?  Why not approach the fall feeling as fresh as you did with your new "school clothes", sharpened pencils, and crisp, blank composition notebooks?  Think of it as getting geared up for business and going back to "cool".

"Do an evaluation and edit your fall clothes.  Remove "has-beens" from your closets and drawers.  Get yourself in order."

Affirmation:  In the spirit of back-to-school shopping excitement, I will edit my existing fall clothing each day and create fun outfits that make the coming season less of a downer.

Some updates I would like to do for this fall:

Aside from re-mixing my fall wardrobe I vow to make over my closet.  This could take a while....

Tootsie Wootsie
Reason to Skip Housework

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Day #7-Beige World

Take from "Before You Put That On" by Lloyd Boston


Swimsuit cover with style"
TOP: Tankini swimsuit top
BOTTOM:  Floor-length peasant skirt in a crinkled fabric, swimsuit bottoms
SHOES: Flat sandals that sparkle
ACCESSORIES: Colorful straw bag, festive dangling earrings
FLEX PIECE:  White button-down shirt in a cotton or linen

Some ideas for this combo:

skirt and flowery top

Dittle Dattle
Homemaker on a Dime
DIY Sweet Home Project

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I *heart* shoes!!

Day #5 of Beige World was adding a silk top to your wardrobe.  I haven't found the silk top yet but these shoes are super cute!  They are shiny like silk so I think that counts :)  

Day #6-Beige World

Take from "Before You Put That On" by Lloyd Boston


I shop everywhere.  I love thrift stores to high end boutiques.  Yesterday I went shopping with my BFF and here are my thrift store scores! Sorry in advance for the bad cell phone pics.  I can't find my camera :(

Loved the little detail around the neck.  $2.50!


I believe she who dies with the most cami's wins :) $3.00!

My fav score!  Not sure the brand but I fell in love with this jacket.  Loved the light color, chunky buttons and cute inside material. $6.99!

I have just started following some fashion blogs but here are a few of my favorite thrifty chicks!



Take a peak at these ladies blogs.  All of them are great!  None of these gals are living in a beige world :)


Friday, July 29, 2011

Day #5- Beige World

From "Before You Put That On"  Lloyd Boston

JULY 29TH- GO SILK- Silk blouses offer a dose of power, balanced with the perfect hint of femininity and frailness in its fabric.  Marry the top with pants or a skirt that has an obvious modernity.  

A silk blouse is now on my shopping list for this weekend :) But here are some great silk blouse outfits I found on pinterest.com

So relaxed and cute.

I love a gorgeous ribbon blouse. So chic!

Id love to wear this to the office!

Be Different, Act Normal

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day #4- Beige World

From "Before You Put That On", Lloyd Boston

JULY 28TH- Take an expert style cue from Naima Turner, A noted NY personal shopper/stylist.

In the book there is a brief interview with Naima Turner.  She stated that most women today shop for one of two reasons, 1- pleasure 2- necessity.  I love to shop.  I always watch for sales and browse thrift stores almost every weekend.  I love to sew and I am learning to tailor my clothing.  Like 90% of women in the US I am a weird size.  I am a plus size girl.  I have large "assets" but no tush.  I am also only 5'2".  Finding clothing to fit both areas can sometimes be frustrating but as I have gotten older I have embraced my "flaws".

I want to be the woman who shops out of pleasure :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Day #3- Beige World

from "Before You Put That On" by Lloyd Boston

July 27- Make the best use of candlelight. 

We have tons of candles around our house.  My favorite is a candelabra we have in the back yard over our dining area.  I agree with Lloyd, Candlelight is a girls best friend!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Day #2- Beige World

From "Before You Put that On" by Lloyd Boston

July 26th- Build an outfit around a crisp white shirt for a clean and stately look all day long.

I just took note that I need to add some white to my wardrobe.  I think in order to implement this idea today I will wear my new up-cycled capri's, a white cardigan and a fun colored cami.  Can't forget the fun colored heels too! Picture to follow this afternoon.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Day #1-Refusing to Live in the Beige World

From "Before You Put That On" by Llyod Boston

July 25th-  Add fresh flowers to your hair instead of a typical hair accessory and celebrate the warm weather, with all its romantic possibilities.     

I have actually started my hair for today and a fresh flower will not work.  I do think fresh flowers liven up your home tho.  I think on Mondays I will stop and get some fresh flowers on my way home from work.  :)

Its official.  Its in my calender.  Mondays, 04:30 PM, Weekly, Pick up fresh flowers

So long beige world!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Shut the Front Door!!

We have the most boring entry porch ever! When we first bought our house it looked like this (2008):

As of July 24, 2011 it looks like this:
Don't get excited. It didn't rain :(  The water is from my sprinklers :(

Our front door is towards the rear of our home.  This means you have to walk around the side of our home to get to the front door. 
Usually my flowers look amazing this time of year but importunately it has been so hot and dry in New Mexico I just gave up.  I have already pulled the dead flowers out and I am just calling it a year.  We liked the idea of lining our walk way with pots of flowers to made the long walk to the front door a pretty one.  :)  

Now.... for the most boring entry EVER!  Brace yourself... This will get ugly....

Are you ready?  

Cover the kids eyes please....

To jazz up this entry I want to paint my front door.  Now I have a HOA and need to be careful with my color choices.  Below are some of my ideas from pinterest.com.

I love this blue!  I was thinking about adding tile to my walk way.

I think a soft blue like this would help to add softness and brighten up the dark area.  What do you think?

Yellow would defiantly bring some life to the space.  

Aaahhh..... the drama of a beautiful red front door (Hubby already says no)

Hmmm... I do not think we have any purple front doors in my neighborhood.  I like to be different :)

Hubby hates green but I am posting it anyways :)  

I think a beautiful front door and entry area set the tone and mood for your home.  That is why I am on a mission to jazz mine up.  I refuse to live in a beige world!!! 

  • Paint the Front Door
  • Tile Entry Area
  • Clean All Pots
  • Replant Dead Shrubs
  • Add Flower Baskets Under Window
  • New Door Mat
  • New Light Fixture
  • Privacy Gates 
Now for some more inspiration from Pinterest.com
Must get these numbers!

Love the potted plants and symmetry
The faux bricks are super cute!!

So to wrap this blog post up.  What color door do you like??  What ideas do you have to jazz up my entry??

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