Style Corner - Shoe of the Month, October 2017

In my world, my shoes and my cookies are in full blown technicolor...clearly I have my priorities straight!  ;-)

Hello Dear Readers.  A pair of leopard print loafers have been on my radar for awhile now.  I would periodically search the interwebs looking for the perfect pair but everything I found was either too expensive or just not my style.  Then low and behold I was perusing Boden one day and came across this pair that I absolutely loved.  I mean seriously, leopard print and tassels!  For me this combo was a complete stimulus overload and my hands started to shake and flutter in full blown jazz hands excitement!  Fortunately, I was able to steady my hands long enough to text a link to Dave with the hint that these shoes would make a most wonderful birthday present.  Then a few short weeks passed, my birthday came and Dave delivered.  (Thanks Darling!)  I've only had these shoes for a couple of weeks now but I have already worn them so many times.  That's the great thing about a good wardrobe staple they go with so many things and can give even the most basic outfit a serious punch up in style.  Just to give you some ideas of what these beauties will work with, here's a list of what I've worn them with so far:

Icon Inspirations - Ali MacGraw in Love Story

Hello Dear Readers.  It's been awhile since I wrote my first Icon Inspirations post featuring the great Audrey Hepburn but I enjoyed creating that post so much that it has been on my radar to create another.  For those of you that are new to the Icon Inspirations concept, I choose a fashionable icon and then use their personal style as inspiration in a room design.  In other words, a little love their style, live their style game of good clean fun!

Style Corner - Shoe of the Month, September 2017

Hello Dear Readers.  The moment I saw these embroidered mules in Who What Wear's Instagram feed, I just knew I had to make them the September shoe of the month. 

Charming Destinations - Saratoga Springs, New York

Yaddo Gardens in Saratoga Springs

Hello Dear Readers.  As I mentioned in my post on Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake, Dave and split our time on our recent vacation and spent the second half in Saratoga Springs, New York.  Neither one of us had been to Saratoga Springs before despite the fact that it is only a two and a half hour drive from our house.  Now that we are home, I must say this may have been our first visit but it definitely won't be our last.  It is truly such a beautiful location with a lot to let's get to it!

Style Corner - Shoe of the Month, August 2017

Ah, if only I could spend all my days relaxing on a front porch in dainty little heels enjoying the view.

I feel like every woman has a friend that is their style cheerleader...someone that encourages you to find your personal style and embrace it brazenly outloud (no, no, no wait a minute....all caps OUTLOUD!)  Someone that will gasp and brighten your day with a little sunshine when you just knock your outfit out of the park.  Someone that will stop by your desk at work daily, make you stand up, twirl and display your outfit and then announce to your surrounding co-workers that you resemble a tulip, the Statue of Liberty or porcelain china.  This friend is a style maven all their own but more importantly then that they have an aura that glows and inner beauty that shines just as bright as their outer beauty.  Having a friend like this is invaluable because you always have someone to bounce style ideas off of and someone that will tell you "Heck no!  Those shoes do not work with that!"  For me this is my friend, Cary.  Recently, Cary gifted me the blush bow heels above and I love them so much I just had to name them the August Shoe of the Month!

Charming Destinations - Watkins Glen/Seneca Lake, New York

Watkins Glen State Park

Last month Dave and I spent a few days on charming Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes of upstate New York.  The Finger Lakes are known for their beautiful country setting and vineyards aplenty.  As a lover of nature and a country girl at heart, I felt right at home here in the beauty and the glorious peace and quiet.  Seneca Lake is the biggest of the Finger Lakes with many towns and cozy hamlets along it's borders.

Creating Your Own Monogram

Ever since I can remember I've loved monograms and would want to put my monogram on anything and everything that was a possibility.  I think my love of the monogram started at infancy when my Mom's ever stylish friend, Carol, gave me my very own pewter cup monogrammed with my initials.  This is a cup that I still own, cherish and use to this day.  On the day Carol gave me the cup, I like to think that my few days old self glanced over at her, gave her a wink of appreciation and a nod as if to say "Ah yes, Carol you are my style spirit animal." 

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