Shhh…. I have a personal stylist


Last post, I promised to share with you this awesome clothing service I found.  Have you ever heard yourself say this?

I can’t find anything in the stores that I like and I don’t have the time and energy to shop for clothes.

If so, I’ve got the solution for you!  It’s called Stitch Fix.  Stitch Fix is an online women’s personal styling service. A stylist is assigned to you and, according to a questionnaire about your clothing tastes and budget, they choose 5 items tailored to your tastes to ship to you.  You set the shipping schedule which ranges from every few weeks to every other month. There is no sign up fee and you do not have to keep any of the items you don’t want.  The only catch is if you decide to not keep any of the items you pay a $20 styling fee…not too shabby to be treated like a celebrity! Also, they currently don’t serve clients over size 14 but they have plans to do so in the future.  I’ve received two shipments so far and I’ve been pleased with the quality and the items that I have been sent.

Here’s what I received in my very first box.  I was so excited!

I love these dark chocolate cords. They fit great and are super soft.  The blouse is really nice too.  I wouldn’t have necessarily tried it on.  I kept both of these items!

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This striped top was super soft but I don’t think it does anything for me.  I felt ugh in it and felt it accentuated areas I didn’t want accentuated.  This item went bye-bye.

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This sweater cardigan I almost kept but I had two others just like it, so I returned it.  I was worried people would start talking about me and all of my aztec print cardigans.

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The earrings were very pretty and lightweight but I felt the quality of them wasn’t worth the price so they were returned.

stitch fix earrings

I felt this first shipment was pretty spot on for the types of clothing I was looking for and bonus I only had to go as far as my front door to find them!  The company also includes a set of outfit cards as suggestions on how to wear your items, which I thought was helpful.  With each order I’ve received, I’ve been very impressed with their attention to detail and care.  If you’re interested, you can check them out by clicking on the referral link here.  I do receive a credit for referring you if you order.



“Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels.” Song of Songs 1:10 NIV Bible

March 2014 Viewpoint


During the month of March, I took a spring blogcation for a couple of weeks.  Spring fever hit hard this year and my daughter and I decided we needed a road trip and shopping to chase away the winter doldrums.  We spent several days in Atlanta and had a great time.

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The posts I did write this month were varied.  I shared my writing story and the struggle with not having the right picture when you need it.  I also shared my newest granddog, London.


I read more duds than treasures this month.  I would recommend these three.

The Lion in the Lei Shop by Kaye Starbird : Historical fiction.  This story is set in Oahu during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and is told through alternating viewpoints of a young woman and her daughter.  At first, I wasn’t sold on this book but I’ve found myself thinking about it.  The issues and events that the characters experienced are thought provoking and made for a wonderful book club discussion.

Bless Your Heart, Tramp by Celia Rivenbark:  I like her sassy writing style and find her stories about the South humorous.  I read this book to my daughter at night on our road trip.  We couldn’t help but laugh at this quote.

“…we understand that y’all is nature’s most perfect- and versatile- contraction.  As in “Do y’all want to keep y’alls forks for y’allses peach cobbler?”

And this one is oh so true…

“Northerners love to poke fun at how Southerners immediately start buying up all the bread at the grocery store at the first weather report mentioning the s-word.  We can’t help ourselves.  It is what our parents did and it is what their parents did, and their parents before them.  To a Southerner the threat of snow is profoundly unsettling and our minds turn only to bread and lots of it.”

Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg: This Bible study was about awakening to the wonders and nearness of God all around you.  For 6 weeks, we focused on the wonder of God in prayer, friendships, rest, His presence, divine expectation, and forgiveness.  Very good.



This month, I downloaded old jazz favorites from Al Jarreau, Chuck Mangione, and Bob James and David Sanborn.  I also added Sting’s album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles and a few tunes of Renaissance and to really make things interesting, I got the original Broadway cast recording of Annie.  What can I say — I like variety.

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Movies and TV:

My husband and I have enjoyed our Saturday nights watching Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart and always look forward to new episodes of Elementary, Castle, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. .   We saw Catching Fire which was awesome and Divergent was good but I was disappointed with Noah. The acting was decent, the biblical differences didn’t particularly bother me but I wanted so much more and the movie just lacked.

House and Yard:

Flowers and trees are blooming and the pine pollen is dusting everything yellow.  Projects in the house are progressing.  I’ve been busy with spray paint when the weather has permitted and I’ll be sharing some of those projects soon.

How about you?  What did you do in March?



“Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.”  Psalm 84:4 NIV Bible




Mistletoe Marketplace 2013


Yesterday, I spent the morning at Mistletoe Marketplace.  I look forward to this event every year.  I love seeing the decorations and doing a little shopping with a friend.  Usually, I take the opportunity to start some of my Christmas shopping but yesterday, I shopped for me.

The money raised from this event goes back into the community to fund projects for children like a Children’s Cancer Clinic and a summer camp for the under-served.   Over 150 vendors from across the country set up booths in our Trade Market Center.  The theme this year was “Be Merry” and the colors were bright pink, turquoise, lime green and bright blue.

I thought you might like to see a few pictures to get your holiday ideas flowing.  I saw many DIY possibilities. : )





Wooden beads painted black and strung together with vases lined with greenery leaves


These snowball trees would make excellent DIY projects.


Various vendor decorations and items for sale  IMG_1598 IMG_1599 IMG_1602 IMG_1603




Decorations in the brunch tent

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Hanging open air terrariums in glass globes


Decorations in one of the main aisles   IMG_1618

I apologize for the blurry shot but I wanted you to see the reindeer up close and this shot was the best of the bunch.


A toppled-over-on-purpose tree for another aisle

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Still need more inspiration?  See these past Mistletoe Marketplace posts here and here.

Are you ready for the holidays?  What do you like to do to get in the holiday spirit?



“They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”  Psalm 145:7 NIV Bible