Wednesday, November 24, 2021

I'm Home and Happy Thanksgiving

 


Hello dear readers!  I'm home from my travels to assist some ill family members and happy to report that they are doing better. I am always happy to see extended family but I am also always very happy to return home to The Mr., Cassie and Garden! This wasn't a picture taking trip so I have no pictures to show you from my travels. This trip consisted of helping with cooking, dishes, laundry and serving food and various other things that were needed. It was a challenging trip in many ways but all went well and I am now into holiday decorating which I will share with you soon as normal blogging will be resuming. 

I want to take this opportunity to wish each of you a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving. For those readers not in the USA, I wish you a lovely Thursday and end of the week! Among the many, many things for which I am thankful are you my wonderful readers who read my posts, leave comments and inspire me to keep writing! Styling life wouldn't be nearly as much fun without you!


Until Next Time,
Debbie


Monday, November 15, 2021

Away From Blog For A Few Days

 


Hello dear readers. I have been away from the blog for a few days and, unfortunately, will be away for a few more as I am going to help a couple of ill family members. 

Your prayers over the next days will be very much appreciated. The beautiful flowers you see above have bloomed in abundance the last few months and, finally, they got "bitten" by frost last night and are no more. I have enjoyed looking out my door at them so much over the Summer and Fall. But, I knew they couldn't last forever, especially as colder weather is here. 

Since we won't be in touch for a bit I will leave you with one of my favorite scriptures Philippians 4:13. This particular interpretation is from the Easy To Read version.

"Christ is the one who gives me the strength I need to do whatever I must do."

Wishing you all blessings. 
Until Next Time,
Debbie


Saturday, November 6, 2021

Autumn On A Tray Blog Tour

 



Hi everyone!  I'm excited today to be able to take part in an "Autumn On A Tray Blog Tour," hosted by Katherine of katherinescorner.com.  You are going to see lots of Autumn goodness today so I hope you enjoy! Be sure to read to the end of the post so I can direct you to your next stop on the tour! And if you hopped over from Christine's blog, then welcome!!


I decided to use a basket tray for my Autumn arrangement and borrowed the tobacco basket from the curio shelf in the corner of our dining room. I thought it would make the perfect tray to hold the cloth stuffed pumpkins, a couple of wooden pumpkins and, of course, this cute little squirrel. Doesn't he look like a well read little guy wearing those glasses?!


I really appreciate how the arrangement accents our table in the dining room. Even our cat, Garden, approves the styling!


I loved the fun and creativity of creating my "Autumn On A Tray!" Now, be sure to click on over to Rachelle at "My Hubbard Home"  so you can enjoy more Autumn goodness! And thanks so much for stopping by! Here's a quick peek at Rachelle's creative approach to Autumn On A Tray!






Until Next Time,
Debbie


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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Four Fantastic Tops To Wear For Fall

 


Hello everyone!  Sorry I have been away from the blog this week. After a wonderful Zoom "Meet and Greet" with readers last Saturday, this week has brought some illness in my family and, frankly, I just haven't felt like blogging. Prayers for "J" appreciated!


My goal today is to share some inspiration with you for styling tops for Fall. The tops I'm sharing are some of my recent thrifting finds from ThredUp and I am so pleased with all of these purchases! This beautiful flowery top with green background by Blair fits like it was made for me. The colors are perfect for Fall but also will work beautifully in Spring and Summer. To be honest, I don't always find Blair's sizing to be consistent but this size Medium fit perfectly as it should!


Everything I'm sharing with you today, except for one top, is by Blair via ThredUp. This is actually a corduroy jacket which I thought would be black with green buttons. Instead, the jacket itself is green but in a shade I like. And how fortuitous that it will match the flowered top with green background perfectly!


So, I am actually wearing two tops here. The undershirt is a sleeveless top by Blair that is in a color I have been looking for in local stores without much success. Why is it so hard to find brown sleeveless tops? I wanted this undertop specifically to wear under brown tops and sweaters that are V-neck and need something underneath. When I saw what I was looking for on ThredUp I jumped for it! The undershirt will also be fine as a stand alone top in the summer. The outer top with jewels down the neckline also caught my eye for Fall. I always love a little bling! This top brand is First Issue-A Liz Claiborne Company. The V-neck with the jewels was very deep and I actually sewed it up a little because I don't like tops so low. However, now that I have the brown undershirt I really don't need the sewing. We'll see if I remove the stitches or not! I think the brown top(s) will also go very well with the green corduroy jacket.

So, with the three tops I've shared plus the corduroy jacket, I could create three different outfits with either tan, brown, black or olive pants. Are you inspired? Sometimes buying just a few key pieces is all you need to create a variety of interesting outfits for Fall and beyond! Go check out your closets and see what you have on hand to mix and match with. And, if you need a few key pieces, do a little thrifting either online or at your local thrift stores!

So, this post will come to most of you on Friday, but also be sure to tune in on Saturday, November 6th, when I am joining in an "Autumn On A Tray" blog hop hosted by Katherine of katherinescorner.com.   There will be lots of Autumn goodness to enjoy so be sure to stop on by!

Until Next Time,
Debbie


Monday, October 25, 2021

Reminder About Zoom Meet and Greet and A Fall Hike

 


Hello everyone!  First off, just a quick reminder that it's not too late to let me know that you would like to join in on the "Zoom Meet and Greet" that will be happening THIS Saturday morning, October 30th at 10:00 a.m. ET. If you missed the info in my previous post, here are the details again. Sure hope to see you there!

Here's what you need to do if you wish to participate in the "Zoom Meet and Greet".  

Email me at debbiestyleslife@gmail.com and let me know you are interested in attending. I will also need to know your email address so I can send you an email with the Zoom link by October 30th.

Now, on to other topics.




The Mr. and I enjoyed a fun hike on The "Max" Trail, aka The Mountain to Sea Trail, last Friday and I thought I would share some photos. The colors were really pretty. 








As I've mentioned before, this trail is one of my favorite places to hike and we had such a pleasant day to hike. That made it all the more special. And those gorgeous Fall colors didn't hurt either!



You can see that I'm wearing a fleece coat and gloves. Pretty day though it was, it was still quite chilly so I felt toasty wearing this Patagonia coat. The coat had gotten buried in a closet and I "discovered" it the other day and it's just like having a new coat. Don't you love it when you discover things in your closet that you had forgotten about?!

I do hope that each of you dear readers is getting to enjoy some beautiful Fall colors and weather. Leave me a comment and let me know all about it! (Or anything else for that matter!) 

Until Next Time,
Debbie

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Daily Life Here Lately

 Daily This And That


Hello everyone! Cassie and I are happy to see you! Today's post is a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy it. I'm sharing some of my daily life here lately and I was lucky enough to have had some fun times. Hope you enjoy and be sure to let me know in the comments section what you enjoyed most. Cassie is certainly part of my everyday life, as is her fur sister, Garden. So, let's get started with daily life here lately! And be sure to hang in there to the end with this picture heavy post as there will be a fun announcement!


Hmmm...how would you like to have this in your living room?! (The skeleton, I mean, not the Steinway) This is what we saw a couple of weekends ago when we visited the "Parade of Homes" that is typically held in our area every October. Last year it wasn't held at all, of course, due to Covid. This year, some houses were only seen virtually while others were open to the public as long as you wore masks. The Mr. and I always enjoy viewing new homes, not to buy, but to get ideas for renovation and construction. We were pleased to see some beautiful interiors with few people around us and those that were, wearing masks. Obviously the new owners of this house had a sense of humor and wanted to give a nod to Halloween!


And I must admit that I fell in love with the textured wallpaper in the bathroom of one home we toured. I like the blue mirror, also.


You can see the blue of the wallpaper better in this pic. I also like the white half-wall against the wood floor. 


This image is of a master bath in one house and it was huge! The sizes of rooms in some of the houses we viewed were amazing! Most of the homes were not lived in yet, but a few were and the owners "staged" the home for lots of folks walking through. I honestly cannot imagine opening up my home for complete strangers to walk through but some folks are OK with that. 


We had an absolutely beautiful day for looking at houses and really enjoyed being out and about seeing the sights. Not only were the insides of these houses beautiful but the gardens outside were also beautiful. Not to mention having incredible views of the mountains!


And look what's back this year...the pumpkin patch at our church! It is just wonderful to see the pumpkins on the lawn once more and to interact with the community as they come by to purchase pumpkins. 


This sweet lady and I worked the pumpkin patch last Friday which was also the evening of our church's Fall Festival so our church grounds were really hopping!


This Dad and daughter were making a decision about a pumpkin. You'll notice I have covered faces in many photos for confidentiality. 


Behind the pumpkin patch the kids were having all sorts of fun creating huge bubbles as part of the Fall Festival. 


Isn't this bubble amazing?! BTW, many of today's photos were taken by The Mr. so he gets photo credit. 


And look what I found in the pumpkin patch! (wink) This little guy is the new grandson of one of the bell ringers at my church. I was so excited to get to hold him!


And since I'm sharing about church I'll also share Sunday morning's outdoor service. Since Covid, our church has begun having an outdoor service, an indoor service wearing masks and a livestream service for those watching from home. The Mr. and I have really been enjoying the outdoor service. Everyone brings a chair and we enjoy the beautiful outdoors while we worship. Our head pastor is a wonderful guitar player and singer and always shares beautiful music. Last Sunday we went to indoor service as a small bell ensemble was ringing and I directed. We had a young boy ringing with us who is learning how to ring bells. He is an elementary student and I'm so proud that he wants to ring!


The Mr. has been volunteering at "Brother Wolf" which is a rescue animal shelter in our area. We adopted both Cassie and Garden from Brother Wolf. They held a picnic for volunteers on Sunday afternoon at an outdoor park next to the river so we took advantage of taking a little stroll around the park before joining others at this outdoor event.


It was really chilly Sunday and although I was wearing a thick sweater I borrowed a coat from The Mr. and wore it over the sweater. 


This is the director with her dog. I enjoyed meeting so many nice people all who love and care about animals. There may be some volunteering in my future with Brother Wolf. 


I've been trying to make sure these little feet are walking frequently so I'll share a recent walk with you. 


If you follow my blog regularly, you know there are beautiful neighborhoods in which I enjoy taking walks. 


On a recent walk, I encountered these spooky fellows! Luckily, I was able to keep my distance so I didn't get too scared!


This neighborhood enjoys decorating for the holidays. I always try to drive through this neighborhood on Christmas Eve when the streets here are lined with beautiful luminaries. 


And I so enjoy the neighborhood's newly renovated rose garden which adds so much pleasure to my walking. 

So these are just a few of the fun adventures in my "daily life" here lately. I left out a lot, of course. I figured you wouldn't be interested in seeing my full laundry basket or dirty dishes in the kitchen sink! What's been happening in your daily life here lately? Hope you will leave a comment and let me know!

Now...on to the fun announcement!  

I will be hosting a "Meet and Greet" via Zoom for my blog readers on Saturday, October 30th, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET.  This will be a first for me and I'm hoping it will be a fun event where at least some of us can meet "face to face" and say hello to one another in person! (Or at least as close to in person as Zoom can be!)

Here's what you need to do if you wish to participate in the "Zoom Meet and Greet".  

Email me at debbiestyleslife@gmail.com and let me know you are interested in attending. I will also need to know your email address so I can send you an email with the Zoom link by October 30th. 

If you are not familiar with Zoom, it is very easy to use. You will, of course, need to use a device with a camera and sound. I will send a link to your email which will be highlighted in blue. On October 30th at 10:00 a.m. ET, you will click on the blue link and wait for me to allow you to enter the "meeting room."  Once you are on, you will be able to see me and speak to me and any others who are participating. Depending on the device you are using, you may need to create a Zoom account prior to the "Meet and Greet." A Zoom account is completely free for basic Zooming and requires only your email and a password which you come up with on your own. 

I have no idea how many folks will want to do this, but I'm excited for the opportunity to find out and to actually meet and speak with folks who read my blog. We'll see how this works out, OK? If you can't be there, no worries. We will continue to meet up on the blog! I only use the free basic Zoom which allows up to 100 participants and lasts for 40 minutes. So, the "Meet and Greet" will end at 10:40 a.m. ET. 

That's it folks! Have a great day!
Until Next Time,
Debbie





Wednesday, October 13, 2021

How To Style A Fall Top

 Burnt Orange Top For Fall


Hi everyone!  I think the first thing to do when styling a Fall top is to find a color and style that you love, then pair it with another great color, add some jewelry and voila!  I was so excited when I saw this top hanging on a rack at Hamrick's. It was one of those moments when you see an article of clothing and you just know it is meant for you! 


Now, I'm calling the color of this top burnt orange, but you may have another name for it and that's OK.  I simply adore the texture of the fabric and, especially, the slanting brown buttons on this tunic top by Southern Lady. This just gives that little extra "oomph" to the look of this top. I have another top with similar texture in a cream color and have enjoyed wearing it a lot so I know I will get lots of wear from this one.


Remember when I paired my animal print tunic with these olive pants?  Well, I just knew that the burnt orange would be a perfect match with the pants, as well. I had to see some stylings by other people on the blogs in order to understand the possibilities of matching colors with olive green and now I'm having fun finding new possibilities. I know this top will also look great with tan and dark brown pants, as well. 


Here's a closeup of the jewelry I chose to wear with this outfit. To me, gold goes perfectly with burnt orange and olive green. Both of these bracelets are stretchy and easy to wear and I so love the bracelet that has affirmations on it. It was a gift from when I was teaching and always serves to remind me to believe and achieve! 


So what am I hoping you will take away from today's post?  I hope that you will be encouraged to try color combinations that you might not think of pairing together. I hope that you will find textures and colors that you love and run with them. I hope that you will keep an eye out for clothing that just calls to you saying, "Yoo-hoo, I'm over here hanging on the rack just waiting for you to see me!" 

Hope you will take a moment to leave a comment because I love them all!  And be sure to keep an eye out for my next post when I will share some of my daily life here lately. I think it will be fun and there just might be a fun announcement for you! 

Until Next Time,
Debbie