Shhh…. I have a personal stylist

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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.

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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.

Blessings,

Mimi

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

My Favorite Things Revisited

Good Morning! 

Today’s post is a revisit of My Favorite Things from last year. Coming up on Thursday, I’ll be posting My Favorite Things 2014.  

Mimi

Hey!

Today, I’m joining in with other bloggers for Melissa’s annual Favorite Things Link up Party  @ 320 Sycamore.  This party that she hosts is one of my favorites that I look forward to every year.  This year, I’m sharing some products that are favorites I discovered this year and some that I’ve enjoyed for many years.

1. Pacific Organic Soup: This soup line is delicious.  I just discovered it.  I haven’t tried all of them but the butternut squash and the tomato are yummy.

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2. Bookmarks magazine is a wonderful way to find new books and read reviews.  I particularly like the “Have You Read” section where readers send in their lists.

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3. Musee Bath Balls:  They’re made local and are all natural ingredients.  I particularly love “Man of Constant Sorrow”.  I have arthritis and it’s great for sore muscles and joints.

4. Paddywax Library Candles: This line carries candles named after several famous authors each with their own unique scent.  I like the tobacco flower and vanilla mix found in the Mark Twain candle.  The scent smells like what I would expect his library to smell like.

5. Wet N Wild  Fergie Nail Polish in Going Platinum: All bright and shiny and perfect for the holidays {and later}.

Wet n Wild Fergie Nail Color Going Platinum6. The Good Home Co. Beach Days Hand Soap smells wonderful –just like the beach. A little pricey but on cold winter days –lifts your spirits of warmer days to come.

7. A Lighted Seam Ripper with a magnifier is an awesome thing when you make the number of mistakes I do sewing and have difficulty seeing those tiny stitches clearly.

Mighty Bright - LED Lighted Seam Ripper with Magnifier8. Yoga Mat Sanuk Flip Flops: The bed of the flip flop is made from yoga mats so they’re super cushy.

Yoga Mat9. Popcorn Indiana’s Black and White Kettlecorn: I hesitate to suggest this popcorn treat.  You’ll love it and it’s not calorie free.  I buy mine at Sam’s but I’ve seen it at other locations even Dollar Tree.

Popcorn, Indiana Drizzled Black & White Kettlecorn10. Solar Shield Sunglasses: These glasses wrap around your regular glasses without being wobbly.

What are some of your favorite products?

Click on the favorite things image and you can visit Melissa’s site and the others who are participating.

favorite things 2013Blessings,

Mimi

“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name…who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  Psalm 103:1,5  NIV Bible

 

March 2014 Viewpoint

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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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Blog:

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.

Books:

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.

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Music:

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?

Blessings,

Mimi

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

 

 

 

Mistletoe Marketplace 2013

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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. : )

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

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These snowball trees would make excellent DIY projects.

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Decorations in the brunch tent

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Hanging open air terrariums in glass globes

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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.

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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?

Blessings,

Mimi

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

Mistletoe Marketplace 2011

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Mistletoe Marketplace was a blast!   I want to share with you  the decorations, but please, excuse the quality of my pictures, I only had my IPhone with me.

How about this entrance door to the Marketplace?    A-mazing!  I think the transformation of this standard commercial metal door is genius!  Makes you wonder what wonderful things await inside, doesn’t it?!
You’ve stepped inside and
into a magical place…  Don’t you love it?!

Decorations, also, lined the main hallway.

I think this ornament display is a great idea to copy!  How about above the fireplace instead of a wreath?  Can’t you see it?!
One of the main shopping corridors had these wreaths hanging from the ceiling.   Wouldn’t some of this look great added to a dining room chandelier?!

These mirrored obelisks were also down this hallway.

 

I loved these clusters of clear ornaments hung below the lights as you entered the brunch area.
The buffet table had these massive white flower arrangements with white spray painted and glittered branches sprouting out the top.    All silk flowers—– they fooled me at first glance!  Maybe, I was too focused on the cheese grits…. I was rather hungry…..shopping builds up an appetite!
The ceiling of the eating area had spray painted branches with mirrored garland.  The whole area was illuminated with blue lights and we were serenaded by a jazz band.  Ahhhh…

 

Our table decoration was a clever idea.

 

A magical wonderland for children
Mr. Rabbit is so handsome but he doesn’t look terribly rushed for an important date.  He must not know how much time is left before Christmas!
I look forward to seeing the decorations every year.  The Junior League transforms your basic warehouse into something spectacular!
I am now officially in the holiday mood!   How about you?
Blessings,Mimi

“In that day, the LORD Almighty will be a glorious  crown, a beautiful wreath
 for the remnant of his people. ”   Isaiah 28:5   The Holy Bible