Outfit of the Week

Happy first day of Fall to you.  Where has this year gone?  We've been having the most beautiful weather and the forecast says it's continuing.  Yay.

I've been furiously working on sorting my closet as I do with each season.  It's a favorite pastime of mine:)  I have a big fat juicy post coming up that answers questions like...Why did my clothes shrink in this closet and how to add elastic to everything.

A few weeks ago I was at one of my favorite 2nd hand stores here in Redlands.  I about fainted when I spotted these Gucci horse bit loafers.  I did my best to keep my cool but when I flipped them over to see the size I may have cried.  Size 7 perfect fit, $16.

I also found these vintage cotton canvas painters pants at the same place.  So Gucci loafers and some old mans pants make a perfect fall outfit for me.  If you don't have such vintage stores in your area but like the look here are some options...


Don't toss that stained white shirt yet

Before I start talking about stains can we all just take a moment and admire this outfit?

We all get them, they ruin our best blouses and tee shirts, grrrrr. But I've found out that they can be stopped before they start and also an effective way to remove them once they are in.

I'm talking about armpit staining.  If you are using an antiperspirant then that is what's causing the staining. Antiperspirant contain aluminum and that's the culprit. Aluminum in essence enters the pores in order to block the sweat from coming out of our body.  Well that doesn't sound healthy and the aluminum causes the yellow staining, it's not from our sweat.

So try switching to deodorant which doesn't contain aluminum but does contain antibacterials to combat the odor. These do not cause the yellowing pit stains.  Yay.

Once the stains are in though, a half and half paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide will remove the yellow.  Just apply it to the area and let it soak in for a bit and remove.  It worked for me but to be honest it was a fairly fresh stain.  I don't know if it will work on old washed and dried in stains.  But try it and report back.  xo


Overnight Oats

Overnight oats have been a favorite breakfast for over a year now. They are so easy and nutritious you just cannot go wrong with them.  Use the basic recipe as a template and then the sky is the limit when it comes to additions but these are my favorites.

So each night I take about 20 seconds and pour 1/2 cup oats into a bowl with 1/2 cup soymilk or any other milk you desire and stick them into the refrigerator, I don't even cover them.

In the morning I add my fruit and nuts.  Usually apples, berries and nuts.  Sometimes a little brown sugar and cinnamon, sometimes not.

Frozen fruit is good in a pinch too.  Frozen blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are so good!  I keep a wide variety of nuts on hand so walnuts, pecans, chia seeds, you name it goes in.

What's your favorite breakfast and if you make overnight oats, what do you add?  I'm thinking I'd like to do a pumpkin spice for the Fall.  xo


Simple Saturday

We are talking basic of basics here.  But you know what?  I never ever tire of them.  Give me jeans and a white tee any day of the week please.  I've yet to ever see a woman dressed in a white tee and jeans that did not look chic. It's just one of those classic looks that luckily for me fits my style.

Most days you'll find me in a version of this outfit right here.  I'll change the top, shoes and bag and get a whole different feel but Saturday is usually this.

Here are the basics of my outfit.

Classic Sunglasses

Classic Tee

Classic Jeans

Classic Boot

I've never been a big perfume fan bc of allergies but I cannot go a day without this Jo Malone Orange Blossom Scent.  It is intoxicating without being overwhelming. A spritz of this and my mood gets elevated.  I've never had that experience with a perfume before! Hands down the most lovely scent ever.

What are some of the classics that fit your style?   x


A fall outfit you probably already own

Hey there.  It's gettin to be fall and all I can say is jeans, yes glorious jeans.  It's too hot here to wear jeans in the summer so I'm always happy when I get to start wearing them again.  I am going to be posting a lot more fashion stuff because I'm entering the 60+ fashion demographic and I couldn't be more excited. There is a freedom in getting older and I hope to embrace that. You've been warned:)

This outfit perfectly bridges summer and fall.  You can never go wrong with chambray, jeans and some wicker.

I personally think this outfit is timeless.  It'd look fab on an 8 year old or an 80 year old.   In case you are in need of this classic outfit here's how to get the look...



How much do you love this fabric?  It's Osborne and Little Lomasi.  I have no idea where I saved this photo from but wow how gorgeous.

I ordered mine and cannot wait to get my hands on these jeans from Everlane.  40,000 people were on the waitlist. At $69 a pair for premium Japanese denim and made in this factory, I'm beyond thrilled to always support Everlane.  As soon as I get mine I'll post about them.  In case you want to try a pair for yourself you can use my code  HERE I will get credit if you purchase anything so if that bothers you just order directly through their website:)

Some of you were interested in the wallpaper at Palihouse.  I tracked it down and this is the manufacturer...Abnormals Anonymous.  I'm seriously in love with this one...

And as much I love living in this small house, THIS lovely makeover of a rental home gets me thinking...hmmm.

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday and love and prayers to Texas and Florida and to everyone else who needs them. xoxo


September Goals

Photo from September 2012

Good morning.  I have a list of goals for September that I'd like to share because making them public holds me to them in such a way that they will get done vs writing them down and forgetting about them.:)

1.  Get out into my garden, as it is a wreck.  Seriously.  It's been too hot to do anything but water for the past 2 months.  I have a ton of weeding to do.  Everything needs attention.  Trees need trimmed, bushes shaped, dead things need removed.

2.  I've been slacking on the inside too.  I have a lot I want to donate and that takes some letting go.  Letting go sounds so passive and easy but as we all know, it's HARD.

3.  Another thing I want to tackle is my wardrobe.  So many things are just not working any longer.  I don't know if it's the inside me or the outside me but things I used to love just aren't working and I have to address that.

4.  Since Larry has become vegan, I've been slowing cleaning out the pantry and refrigerator and I want to complete that this month.

5.  I want to get back into fitness.  This heat really puts a damper on working out.  So now that it is cooling I have no excuse.

What are your goals for this month?  Do share because maybe I need to add to my list!  xo



For the last few days we've had the pleasure of escaping to Palihouse Santa Monica.  If you are planning a stay in Southern California or live in California and want a mini vacay I would urge you to consider this hotel.  This isn't a sponsored or paid post btw. I just fell in love and want to share it.

Palihouse has been in operation since 1927, first as the Embassy Apartments and now as a hotel.  It is an excellent example of Moorish influenced Mediterranean Revival architecture. Situated in the middle of a beautiful Santa Monica neighborhood, which gives the traveler a peek into the everyday lives of locals, it is dripping with original details that are preserved to perfection. Just a couple of short blocks to world famous Santa Monica's Ocean Avenue, the Santa Monica Pier, world class shopping on the Promenade and pristine beaches.

I was mesmerized from the moment I walked into the beautiful front courtyard.  It is a design loving woman's dream come true. The gardens...I die.  The interior...I die again and again at every single turn.  It was like walking through a luxurious magazine layout.  You are immediately wrapped in a moody elegance and trapped somewhere between the past and present. There are a lot of images in this post but trust me when I say there could be dozens more.  It's impossible to take a bad photo of the place because it is just so chic. If you love old architecture, antiques, jaw dropping paint schemes and wallpaper that will leave you breathless then you will be right at home here. Enjoy.

I've already got a side savings account dedicated to my next visit. I love staying in small hotels like this because it reminds me that no matter the size of your house, you can live beautifully, it's all in the chic little touches.  Remind me to never leave out the period when I monogram anything! Plus those deep blues mixed with greens is so intoxicating.  So what do you think?  Is this your cup of tea?  What are your favorite details?    xo

Here are some ways to get the Palihouse look in your home...

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