Fashion Magazines: Who are they kidding?

As I sit here killing time, I’m looking through the latest issue of Lucky magazine and am blown away by just how out of touch they are. I love fashion, especially purses, but as I went through the pages, all I saw was overpriced and not totally functional. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll pay a good price for a well made bag or clothes, but even with a business and a day job, I don’t have or should I say, I don’t want to spend what it takes to purchase these looks.
100_1761Once upon a time, looks and brands were attainable, but I’m thinking that most fashion magazines have lost touch with reality. Think about it, $300 for a sweatshirt??? I don’t care what the cute little design you put on it, it’s still a sweatshirt! Not to mention, if one is seriously into fashion, you KNOW that you can recreate a look for much less than what’s being shown. For me, it’s a game, but for the average, impressionable young woman, she thinks she HAS to have these brands and that is often what creates huge debt for the modern gal. Believe me, when I was in my twenties I racked up a monumental debt, believing that I had to have a certain brand to have the look, but now I know that there is another way and that being an original counts for something, in and of itself.

The adorable little summer set in the magazine photo, I’m sharing is beyond cute, but it’s also beyond attainable! The cost is just under $1000… I kid you not! For a top, skirt, and sneakers! For the same money, I likely have a year or more worth of clothes (very likely for me and my daughter). Attaining style, without going bankrupt is not just financially responsible, but when done well, environmentally responsible.

Through consignment and thrift stores, as well as eBay fashion can easily be attained on a dime… And if you have a little
skill with a sewing machine, the sky is the limit! For me, this has become a hobby that I adore! Creating my own style and look is what brings me joy. In the coming months, I’ll be sharing some of my quirky looks and ideas. Feel free to share your “on a dime” looks with me, as well.100_1795

These are some of the patterns, I’m planning on making. Simple, yes, but a bit of the Bohemian look I adore. It’s all about the color!

Well, my mornings start early and need to finish this post…

Have a wonderful week and spread some sunshine!

Bring on the Kindness!

Here we are sitting down for Thanksgiving with our family and friends… Can you believe another year is wrapping up and the holidays are upon us? The year has flown by and so much good has come of it! From job changes to reopening my résumé business, it’s been exciting and I’ve been blessed. The year has offered so many wonderful opportunities and I’m looking forward to the surprises of 2015!

I hope this year has been good to you and you’ve opened your eyes to all that the world has to offer, if you simply choose to see it. My greatest hope is for this site to give hope and a reason to smile with every visit.

Now, as we decorate our homes for the month ahead, let’s try to remember those that don’t have as much as we do. Open our hearts and homes to others to make lives better (both ours and theirs). Share kindness and spread joy.

There’s no better time to get out there with random acts of kindness and helping the elderly. The opportunities are limitless… I’m always looking for stories of kindness to share. Just send me a message and your story could be shared, as in the coming year, I’ll be sharing special people that get out there and make a difference. I want to see 2015 being a year of kindness… No act is too small.

Happy Thanksgiving and Bring on the Kindness!

Be an angel this season…

If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. ~Bob Hope

Three Cheers for a Guy and His Bag

006I’ve often wondered how guys do it… Carrying a small wallet. I’ve often tried to downsize my purse only to about have a meltdown, trying to figure out what to eliminate. So, REALLY, how do guys do it???

Some guys don’t have to worry about it because they’ve added a messenger to their ensemble and it makes their lives 100% easier. For business, it’s become a staple… I have to wonder if anyone carries briefcases anymore??? You rarely see them. They require a hand to hold them; so generally, the hands free messenger is a clear winner.

Once upon a time the idea of a man carrying a bag was mocked and sometimes it’s still the way it plays out (you will enjoy the included video link), but with lives on the go, it only makes sense. Even some of the guys I know joke about their bags, as their “man purse” (being big Hangover fans they wanted me to post that scene, but thought it might offend some with the language), but they are lost when they walk out of their homes without them.

So, here’s to the brave and extremely smart men that acknowledge that carrying a bag is useful… Even when they still tease us when we carry large (and VERY useful) bags in our day-to-day life. Cheers, gentlemen! You’re wise and likely quite successful (you’d have to be, just for “getting it”). Life moves too fast to not be ready for EVERY contingency, for men or women.

Stand tall, stand proud. You’re ready… For ANYTHING.

Have a great week and enjoy the clip…

Is Your Purse Prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse???

134796_4861590102648_920855694_oIf you were minding your own business and strolling down the street (or across the Georgia countryside) and you casually noticed that the zombie apocalypse had taken place, would you be able to take on the undead???  I understand that as a mom it can be hard to tell, with the moans, groans and grunts coming from our kids, but you will eventually see the difference in how your kids are NOW trying to suck the life out of you.

I’m not a “prepper” or a believer in the zombie apocalypse, just a HUGE fan of The Walking Dead and a gal that carries just about EVERYTHING imaginable in her purse (not to mention, that I’m into so very many things). I’m prepared for most disasters and have shown this during some odd adventures in my life (roofs blowing off or severe storms and packing customers in a cooler to protect them from a possible tornado). I don’t know how I do it, but have a knack for being in the middle of natural disasters (and the cause of a few), so being “prepared” has become a something I find wise to do.

From flash lights to a cool purple kubotan, band aids to candy and enough pens to write my way around the moon and back. There are other goodies in there, but those are for another day.  I’ve tried to downsize to a little purse, but I need my “tools” just in case! So a tiny bag is just not in the cards. Am I alone in this desire to always be prepared??? Hope not!

What do you carry? A little? A lot? More than any sane individual should????  Even being “prepared” you need to also realize that your shoulder can only take so much weight. Don’t hurt yourself. Ideally, your purse should weigh no more than 10% or your body weight or 10lbs (whichever is less) and even as much as I carry, I don’t break this rule… Neither should you.

So the next time you look in your bag, ask yourself, “Am I ready for the zombie apocalypse?” Or just ask yourself if you’re prepared to open a sealed package and see if you are… You NEVER know what emergency might happen. Just don’t hurt yourself. 🙂




Better Than Sex!

You’ve searched far and wide for the perfect one… There, hanging out with so many others, but your love is in the black leather and looking amazingly cool and sexy. You know how much you want to touch, running your hands all over the leather and fondling every inch… You can’t help, but play with the buttons, snaps and zippers.

Even better… The price. What is that??? Is that 75% off??? Oh my goodness! You’re heart is pounding and your palms are starting to sweat. Should you make the investment? Oh and it IS an investment. An investment in your wellbeing.

The warm “fuzzies” are happening and you’re thinking of all you can wear with it. Oh this is bliss and there’s nothing else you can say about the most perfect bag in the world. It doesn’t matter the designer, we all have our favorites. From Vera to Gucci, the sky is the limit and they each make you feel amazing.

There’s something so special about a new purse and how it makes you feel. The worst of days can often be cured by the purchase of that wonderful new bag and if you find a fabulous deal… Well that is just the icing on the cake. A cake you just can’t help, but try.

Find an amazing sale on a purse and it makes you feel as light as a feather and pretty as a picture. It truly is magic and magic you can control. Look at it as a sport or an art, it doesn’t matter, just search and find the most incredible deal and you will find a power that builds you up like no other.

The magic lies in the deal and the power is yours.

The perfect bag, at the perfect price.

Yes, sweetheart, it is truly better than sex.