summery things






I'd love to live in this dress all summer...





When I'm stuck, can't think and need to go somewhere I find almost instant inspiration here at le fashion.

I can't stop watching the video of this fabulous home. esp. the kitchen.

Do you ever wonder if you have enough to retire on?  I did.  This calculator helped me figure it out.

Stay cool honey.  x




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  1. That dress is lovely and yes I do worry about having enough to retire on but I don’t worry for long. I have to pick my worries at this point and I’m already retired so what will be will be,
    I’m careful and frugal, for the rest I live for today and not borrow worries from tomorrow, take care lovely lady,

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    1. Some days I’m better at that than others. :(
      Kathy

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  2. Wow I love that dress too!
    I watched the video of Lily’s beautiful home and was very impressed by the space and her personal touches. It feels like a real home to be lived in and not just staged.
    We got professional advice before I retired (my husband is still working ) I was surprised by a lot of the information we got but feel it was worth going to a financial planner. Paying off debts and the mortgage were the first things we did and then we started saving and Living below or within our means.
    Hope you are managing to stay cool! It was a scorcher here yesterday.

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  3. Oh my gosh, that’s exactly what I was just talking to two friends about. During the day I feel so confident then in the middle of the night I can break into a cold sweat doing the what if’s.

    Thank you, I’ll check both of these helpful sites out!
    Best,
    Kathy

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  4. I think I'm much like Laurie...already retired & certainly hoping I have enough, but my tastes are simple. I love a simple life in general & my happy place is outside on my property whenever the weather permits. I love gardening, as well as exploring my part of the creek for treasures you just can't buy. I do find a lot of interesting things.

    I watched the home tour & loved it. It is so tastefully done, but with the personal touches that make a house a home. I agree that it does seem to be lived in.

    A cool rainy day here in eastern PA, but no doubt the hot & muggy weather will eventually find us. God speed.

    Anita ~ the cabin on the creek
    ...all is grace!

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  5. I do like that dress. Lily's home is lovely - it has personality and a sense of the traditional/classic but with quirks. If that makes any sense! I'm at the point that I don't really worry about having enough to retire on, what will be will be and we'll live within those means - I do wish I could retire sooner than I can, though. I'd have been done a while ago, if I felt like I could (financially). The plan is that I will work no longer than 66, which is 4 more years.

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  6. I am so inspired by your posts!

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  7. Hi Janet! Thanks so much for the le fashion link. I am not much of a shopper but my 20 plus year old clothes are starting to fall apart!! Need some fresh ideas and that site is perfect! Love the house tour- so eclectic with awesome personal touches. Not sure if I will ever retire as I love my work so much- think I will stay until they force me leave- hopefully not until I am way into my 90s! Your posts are always so inspiring to me- thanks for taking the time

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  8. Oh that house! Especially the kitchen and bedrooms. Such color and imagination. I love both her dress and the one you posted ❤. I've been wearing more skirts and dresses these days, easy-breezy and hides more figure flaws!

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  9. I found several cute caftans at World Market the past couple of years. They are perfect for at home summer days.

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  10. I'm enjoying picturing you in that dress relaxing by some water because it has been wicked hot here in So. Cal. and I hope that you are taking gentle care of yourself.

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  11. So glad to have you back Janet🙂. I would love to see more pics of your garden, pretty please?? And I owe you a huge thank you for introducing me to Everlane, I have 2 pairs of the cheeky straights (best jean's ever!) and a couple of t-shirts and even a sweatshirt! I am hooked!

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  12. Love the video. What a gorgeous home. And she's so cute! Great dress.

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  13. I sent the calculator to my husband to talk about with- Thank you! Love her home! Way more things that I could handle in my home but some people can have all that stuff and make it look so good. I don't know how they do it!

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  14. Hi Janet
    We have been having some beautiful Summer weather here in New York after a rather rainy spring. I have been using a financial planner for well over 20 years, long before I retired. Not only do feel secure in my retirement but with his help I have been able to so many things I dreamed about, travel, having a horse, being able to move to a home I love. Also being able to help my kids and setting up a fund to help my grandchildren with college. all on a rather modest income. I actually do not remember how I first began to use him but for me it has worked out well. I enjoyed seeing the home from AD. I used to subscribe to it years ago but most of the homes were not ones I would actually want to live in. this one is quite personal and the young woman owner was charming. I have to admit though that lovely as it was I prefer the simplicity of your home.
    Darby

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  15. good morning AJJ! I'm late as usual. but I enjoyed this post.
    I think I could also spend all summer in that lovely easy dress.
    that AD home is beautiful yes. but like the commenter above I have to agree ... to this cozy minimalist it doesn't hold a candle to your exquisite little cottage! xo

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  16. I'd choose your cottage over that beautiful home any day!! 💖

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  17. Lovely home but too much stuff for me. I prefer small and simple, like yours.
    I'm not sure there is ever enough money for retirement. No debt is a good start though. 💰

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  18. I thought I wanted to retire and worked toward that goal....only to retire and after 2.5 months, I'm ready to find something to do. I think "working" gets a bad rap at times. Stress is a real thing but if you can find a "fun" job later in life I think it best to continue; keeping your mind active and meeting new people etc...yes you will be tired some days but I'll take tired over bored or doing piddling stuff just to stay busy. My mother in law is 88 and still works- she is so up all the latest and can use a cell phone like a teenager! My kind of woman! :-)

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  19. Janet,

    Like some of the others, I love your home. Your home is so beautiful and full of character. A house that big, though lovely, is a bit overwhelming to me.

    Hope you are doing okay.

    Sincerely,
    Debra of SENC

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  20. Janet, I have not been to visit for such a long time. Then when I do come by....I am so sorry your beautiful husband has passed. Broke my heart for you. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Bless you, xoxo, Susie

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  21. Keep writing as you can. We will read it!

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  22. Thank you for this lovely, simple post. I wish you peaceful and serene summer days, wearing the dress of your choice. May the beauty and warmth of summer heal your heart. I'm overjoyed to see you back and, as the other Karen said, "keep writing as you can. We will read it." Love and hugs, Janet. XO

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  23. GET THE DRESS! I got curious if the same print came in a longer length, that's when I discovered all their ankle length caftans are sold out [which I hope will be a message to management to double up stock on ankle length caftans]. Thank you so much for the link, gosh their prints are lovely! This blue print will be lovely on you, please model it for us after it arrives! xo xo xo

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  24. Keep writing,. :D Just wondering how it feels reading books at pool, it would be great if the view as a flowers around it. with BotanicalCart

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  25. Go well, Janet. Sending thoughts across the miles.

    I'm in South Africa on holiday and have just broken my wrist ... researching my mother's family history in her old back garden; put my foot down a pothole and - crash. Oh no!

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  26. dear Janet. Thanks for the summer sampler. I'm not particularly good with numbers (actually more of a dreamer) so I didn't dwell on the calculator. Love, love, LOVE the minimalist flip flop look. It reassured me because just this week on a steamy hot Tuesday in DC I chose an easy white shirt, black linen crops and very comfy walking shoes for my walk from the Metro to a quilt exhibit. The house - well, it simply didn't work for me. Yours does, each nook and cranny of it. Your garden, too. I find peace and ease in your spaces. In return for your 3 offerings, I have a single quote I just came upon. "It's not what you look at but what you see." Thoreau I think it fitting for you and those who love you and your posts as I do.

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  27. Janet, that home is lovely, but I would take yours any day. I crave simplicity these days. About retirement...during the 2008 meltdown, we hit the perfect storm of unemployment, a house that would NOT sell in a dead real estate market, and cancer for the 2nd time(me). Our four children were grown, thank goodness, and we had put them all through college debt-free. We lost everything and were virtually homeless.

    Through some miracles, we were able to pay cash (a bargain) for a foreclosed townhouse in our new large metro city and landed very shakily on our feet. We went from a 2,800 sq. ft. home to 950 sq ft. and you know what? I don't miss that big house at all. In fact, your home has always been such an inspiration for me. Living beautifully in a smaller space! Shortly after we found the townhouse, my husband found a good job,and we have been inching our way back every since!

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  28. Hi Janet,
    Oh yes!! I posted Lily’s Victoria secret models home way back I was head over heels over her home, and what about her kitchen? Wow!!
    As for retirement I’m certain you have had this planned out for years, way back when you posted about paying off your beautiful cottage. You always post thought provoking topics all while inspiring home, fashion and beauty.

    Xx
    Doré

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  29. I was so glad to see another post from you. Going to explore that home you recommended now. As for retirement, I am prepared and loving it. The best part of being our age is grandchildren. My 2 little boys are pure joy!!!

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