I have something to tell you that might come as a shock to some of you. No, I am not pregnant, and I am not quitting blogging. But, for Joe and my children, my news is just as shocking as either of those two statements. It has been five years, but I finally took down my Christmas tree yesterday. Lol! Some of my newer readers might be surprised to know that I’ve had a Christmas tree up for so long, but you gurls that have been with me on this journey already knew of my tree issue.
I want to thank so many of you who commented about home decoration websites and bloggers. I have a feeling that my house is going to be turned upside down for a while since I am trying to declutter, and that requires me dragging everything out from hiding spots. We have a local store in town that takes donations and then gives them out to people in need. I have a feeling that they might get a delivery from my house regularly for a while. Some items might hit my Too Much Stuff Facebook group, so if you are interested in joining that page, request to join by clicking on the highlighted link.
Doesn’t my poor Champagne colored tree look sad sitting out on my back porch? What do you think, should I leave it there for the next five years? Lol!!!
I’ve been painting the inside of my house, and that got me to thinking about all of the different neutral colors. What I consider great neutrals for the walls in my home, isn’t the same colors that I would consider as neutrals for my clothing. Whites, creams, and grays are beautiful neutrals for clothing and the walls of your home. But, darker neutrals like Navy, burgundy, or black aren’t quite as home friendly. The darker neutrals make a great statement wall in your home, but I wouldn’t want all of my rooms painted in those colors.
Creams and grays are great neutral colors, but they can sometimes leave you washed out. White and black are great neutral colors also, but they are stark and harsh, and they can age your skin if they are up around your face. I love navy blue for most people, and I think that it is the perfect neutral color. Navy comes in a wide array of colors and can be paired with almost any color. Most of us tend to stick to “safe” color pairings, but Navy is a color that can go with nearly anything. Here is a recent post where I paired Navy with several different colors and showed it versatility.
Navy is a classic and timeless color. Navy looks great with silver or gold, and that makes picking jewelry easy since you can’t go wrong. You will see Navy as accent pieces in a lot of elegant homes because of its classic appeal. I love the blue and white vases from the Ming Dynasty, and you will find lots of home decor now with that same look, but a much more affordable price tag. There is a new jewelry website that I found that has a blue and white chinoiserie collection that is gorgeous. I ordered the “earring of the month“ to try this line out since I’ve never ordered from it before. I’ll let you know my thoughts once the earrings arrive.
I do wear gold jewelry most often with my Navy blue clothing, but I decided to show you how nice it looks with silver. (Ignore all of the dings and missing paint on my door, it is going to get painted also.) The AVI large silver hoops are my go-to when I am wearing silver jewelry. They are lightweight for such a nice statement piece, and they don’t make my ears hurt. The shorter necklace is the 18″ double link silver chain. This is a recent purchase for me, and I bought it because I was looking for a mid-length chain that I could layer with others, or wear by itself. I think this necklace would look great with a pendant attached to it also. Here is an easy link that will work for my necklaces so that you can easily add a pendant. The matching double link bracelet is 7″ with a .5 extender. The long metallic rope necklace is one from Loft, and you can grab it for $15 with the code WANT. There are some nice Kendra Scott items on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I’ll list those below.
The Navy cardigan that I am wearing in today’s photos is from Talbots. It is the Everyday Girlfriend Cardigan, and I like it because of its length. I like a longer cardigan, and especially one that will cover my rear. However, this cardigan has been on sale for quite a while, and I saw that XS is the only size available. The great thing about Navy is because it is the perfect neutral color; you have a LOT of choices available. Here are some of my favorite cardigans, and a lot of them are on sale, so be sure to check them out.
These scallop print pull-on pants are so cute, and they fit like a dream. I have found that I need to size down when I am wearing pants from Talbots, so instead of my usual size 10, these are a size 8. I love the cropped length of these pants, and I think that they will look great with a lot of other colors besides Navy. Just picture these pants with white, pink, yellow, green, and even red to see how much wear you will be able to get from them.
The Navy ribbed tank top did not come with the cardigan, and I thought about wearing a contrasting tank instead of the Navy. But, I wanted to emphasize how Navy looked softer than black against my complexion, so I went with the overall Navy look. This ribbed tank top is a perfect basic top for any time of the year. You can wear this in the summer without a cardigan or jacket, and then it can be layered for the rest of the seasons. I am wearing a size large in this tank because I wanted not to feel self-conscious if I wore it without a cardigan. Plus, ribbed items tend to run small, so I sized up, and I think that it fits me great.
These neutral cork heels are my favorite neutral shoes to wear with anything dressy. I bought these shoes a couple of years ago, and they are by G.I.L.I. which sells on Q.V.C., but they are no longer on the website. I did find some that are incredibly similar so that you can have the perfect neutral shoe also! Click on one of the photos to be taken to the website.
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To God Goes The Glory!
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
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