I was sharing with my daughter some of the messages you gurls left me about how I have helped you with your wardrobe. She gives the “eye roll” 🙄and continues about her business. When she was younger, she would not wear anything that would touch her body in any way. Her sweatshirts were down to her knees, and she would only wear stretchy pants. She looked slouchy most of the time, but she was happy, so I let her wear that horrible garb. One year, she came to me and asked for some clothing that fit her body. I was in shock, and I happily agreed to take her on a shopping excursion to buy some new clothing. From that day forward, she dressed cute and then… I seem to have a lot of “and then” moments in my life. She moved to Alaska, and it all started to change. First, it was the shoes that changed. She would still wear a dress and cute tops with jeans, but she changed to wearing a type of tall rubber insulated boot that almost ALL Alaskans wear called Xtra Tuffs. Then, came the warm and wooly clothing that was comfortable but not very form fitting. And now, we are all about fitness apparel and whatever we lay our hands on when we get out of bed. I am now the one who is doing the eye rolling thing. 🙄 If I can help you, ladies surely I can do something about this wardrobe…She was doing the “Tania” pose. Lol! I could have dealt with the outfit, but those shoes needed to go. I tried to talk her into some brown flat riding boots but she told me that because her back is still bothering her that she needed to wear these for support. I am not buying that bull larky but what can I do, she is a grown woman. This is not a Holiday look, but it is red, so does that count? I love wearing a poncho in the winter, and I seem to have ponchos on my mind. I wore one in yesterday’s blog post and then I have on another one today. The Buffalo Plaid trend is huge, and this is the same color palette, just a different style check. Lol! When I wore this in my Poncho Series back in 2015, I wore it with black leggings and ankle boots. So, today I decided to wear it with something different, like jeans. I like the large cowl neck and the small fringe along the hemline.
The Paula earrings are silver hoops with black fringe. These earrings are lightweight and easy to wear. I paired them with the Jazlyn bracelet from Plunder Design and a multi-strand black crystal necklace that I bought on the clearance rack at Cato Fashions several years ago. The necklace is quite striking, and it makes a statement. Some of you have asked for pictures of the back of my hair. As you can see, I don’t take a lot of time fixing it, but you can see the different layers in this photo. I am wearing skinny jeans and a pair of black knee boots from Bandolino. This pair of dress boots are a couple of years old, but I still find myself reaching for this pair all the time.
This is what life is all about — a hug that is given with so much feeling that you need to shut your eyes. I was lucky enough to be able to stay home with Ashleigh and Joseph when they were young, and now I am blessed to live next door to two of my grandchildren. I wish that I had all of my children and grandchildren all under one roof. I would want a BIG roof, but it would be wonderful. If you know of someone who would love to be able to stay at home with their children, and still earn a living, then send this article written about Jessica Edwards to them.in the article, Jessica says, “Much like a lasting marriage, any business can only be as successful as you make it. With careful nurturing and a little patience, it will only grow stronger with time. And just like marriage, working for yourself is an opportunity to grow, and learn about yourself in the process. Jessica feels that her marriage was strengthened by her ability to be her own boss, and not only because of the time freedom. The liberty to take control of her life and feel confident in herself has made her a better partner, and will one day add to her role as a stay at home mother.
Wouldn’t we all be happier if we could only capture that joyful moment when we were young brides slicing into our wedding cakes and freeze it for all time? If you can take that moment of happiness and bring it with you throughout all the seasons of your life, from newlywed to mother and grandparent, that is true joy. However you choose to define it, you have the power to create your own happiness.”
Why am I sharing R+F stories with you this month? Because I now know what a difference it can make in your life and I would hate for someone to look at me one day and say, “why didn’t you tell me about this?” Email me if you would like to talk and see if this is right for you or someone you know. firstname.lastname@example.org
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