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    Everyone Needs a Break Sometimes

    I have been so incredibly blessed with all of the amazing things I’ve been able to do since starting this blog five years ago. What began as a fashion and beauty blog transformed into a blog about living with the cancer of my late husband that then transformed again into a blog about being a grieving widow that continued to evolve into me learning to live life to the fullest. Now, I want to take everything I’ve learned over the years of living and learning and help others learn to do the same. This Monday I will be traveling to Palm Springs, California to participate in two weeks of training…

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    Going Wild with Chico’s Animal Prints Fall 2019

    This is a sponsored post by Chico’s, but all opinions are my own. Hey there, tiger… is it just me, or are things getting a little more wild up in here this fall? It’s been raining like crazy today, so I decided to take a little stroll around the mall. Oh. My. Goodness. Is this a mall or a zoo? Leopard print, snake skin, zebra print, giraffe print– animal prints galore! With so many bold prints, I understand that it can be a little scary to step away from the usual basics and dive into something a little bit more unusual, but never fear! With a little help from Chico’s,…

  • Fashion,  New Trends,  Over 40s fashion tips,  Petite fashion tips,  what to wear

    Styling Stripes With Stripes This Fall

    Bold patterns to match a bold personality? Um, yes please! That’s one of the reasons I love fashion. You get to express yourself through the unique outfits you wear. There are times when fashion can be very touchy. Wearing the wrong shoes could potentially ruin a very cute outfit, for example. But there are other ‘rules’ of fashion many feel like they need to know. Keeping up with these latest fashion do’s and don’ts can definitely be exhausting. The good thing about this list is that 1. It’s an unofficial list which means 2. It pretty much stays the same for each person and 3. Your list can be completely…

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    How Over 40s Petite Women Wear Hollister This Fall?

    Even though Hollister Co. may be traditionally known as just a teen apparel company, us adults all over the world are not excluded from visiting and shopping at this optimistic and inviting retailer. You may ask, how so exactly? This brand wants all shoppers to express their own personal style and individuality, which means anyone at ANY age can rock the brand. Yes, that is right! Whether you are a teen shopper or not, you are welcome as an over 40’s or petite woman. When was the last time you bought something at Hollister… that wasn’t for your kid? Hollister is always in the know about the latest trends, including…

  • Grace and Natalie Channel Retro Pin Up Looks
    Fashion,  New Trends,  Over 40s fashion tips,  Wear Colors,  what to wear

    How To Channel Vintage Pinup Vibes at Work

    Everyone remembers the iconic scene in Grease when plain Jane Sandy trades in her ponytail and poodle skirts for red lipstick and a leather catsuit that electrifies Danny so much they feel the need to burst into song and dance. Good gravy, I only wish an outfit I wore would have that effect on people! But, there is a way to get as close as you can…  This edgy style was most popular amongst the rebellious young women of the 1950s, divided into a variety of subculture groups dubbed as greasers, rockabilly, and pin-up looks. While there are a few subtle differences between these three looks, they are all rooted…

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    Fashion,  Over 40s fashion tips,  School,  what to wear

    Back to School Outfits for Teachers

    As a former teacher trust me when I say, I know how stressful it can get. I’m not saying it wasn’t fun and so fulfilling to see my students grow and learn (it definitely was!). But there are days when you can get a little more than stressed. Since it’s a new school year (yay!) and you know days like this are going to happen sooner or later, maybe it’s time to get into some new routines of your own. Changing certain things up can help ease the stress that’s bound to happen. A simple, yet effective, thing you can do is fashion related! I know you might be thinking…

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    What Does Business Casual Mean In Today’s Workplace?

    Throughout history what has been the ‘normal’ women’s clothing style has changed significantly. In the 1800’s it was scandalous to show your ankles. As society changed and evolved, so did fashion. The norm for womens fashion became more form fitting and shorter in length. Before long we had entered a time when women wore pants and shorts. While we have come a long way there are still certain unspoken social rules we follow, fashion and otherwise. Certain things are only appropriate in the right situations. It’s not like you’d wear your Sunday best just to go grocery shopping or your bathing suit out for a fancy dinner… At least I…

  • Beauty,  New Trends,  Product Reviews

    Two New Beauty Gadgets I Love

    2019 is no question the year of skincare. While we once fell head over heels everytime a new eyeshadow pallet hit the scene or gossiped with all our friends about some new miracle hide-all foundation, this year it’s all about how to achieve that flawless, baby smooth, #WokeUpLikeThis, dewy make-up free skin. In addition to all the ooey-gooey goodness of clay masks, oils, creams, and soaps, we can’t forget about all of the excellent skincare tools the beauty world has to offer. While on my continuing mission to maintain and improve my skin, especially as I get older, I knew I needed to jump on board and try out a…

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    What to Do This Labor Day Weekend In Michigan

    Labor Day weekend is often thought of as the last hurrah of summer– *tear*– so let’s be sure to enjoy our three day weekend to its absolute fullest! Of course, you all know how much I LOVE to travel to exciting new exotic destinations for another stamp on my passport, but I think we all take for granted how many amazing things are going on right in our own backyards. I’m always on the hunt for the next big thing not only in fashion, but in travel as well. New York and LA have held the crown as the glittering American cities we all long to visit and live in,…

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    Be a Boss Lady With Banana Republic

    Being a boss lady, like with anything else in life, is not as straightforward as we make it out to be. Yes, a big part of it is being a strong woman who kicks butt at work, but it’s also a lot of small things that add up. One of the most important parts, in my opinion, of being a boss lady is the way you view yourself. If you are always convinced that you’re going to fail, there is a big chance you might. I get it, being positive and always seeing life as being glass half-full can be challenging. Sometimes we need a little boost to get us…

  • Being the best of me,  Life Style,  Living in America

    Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

    Today celebrates the anniversary of the day the United States adopted the 19th Amendment in 1920, the amendment that allowed Women to vote in elections. While women have come a long, long way since then, it’s important to know our fight towards equality is not over.  Celebrating today is especially important to me because when I was a little girl growing up in rural China, girls were not valued the way boys were valued. I remember one time when my mother had gotten us a little bit of food since we often went without it, she gave more to my brother because he was seen as the more important one…

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