Remembering to Crown Ourselves

 I have recently been revisiting the idea of 
Crowning Ourselves
that I wrote about 

And to be quite honest
sometimes as much as I believe in the idea
some days are harder than others 
to truly want to 
Crown Myself.

but I also realize
it right in
 those junctures
when we have 
self doubt
disappointment in ourselves
that we need to dig deep down
our own inherent worth
Put On That Crown
head up
Carry On.

Most  of us  can feel good
on the really 
good days.

It's learning head up
  forward on the other days that 
is  so very important.

Because the better care 
we can take of our own selves
bigger the ripple effect 
will be on our world.

When we love and respect 

we can then love and respect 
so much easier and better.

So my message not only 
to you
but myself as well
is to remember to 
Crown Yourself
with loving self talk
Self Care

We all deserve to 
Wear Our Crowns

Here is to a beautiful new 
Crown Wearing Week!

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life

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End Of Summer Natural Home Styling

I could feel the end of summer 
in the morning light today
slipping ever closer to my beloved fall.

Every since my  childhood school days
it is fall that  always feels 
so filled with fresh  promises of new beginnings.

But before I drift off into Autumn's glow
I want to make sure 
I intentionally savor 
summer's last weeks.

For me one of the easiest ways to help savor 
whatever season is upon me
is to bring 
natural style elements into my decor.

Earlier this summer
it was a huge basket of green apples and lilies.

Last month it was stunning sunflowers 
making dramatic appearances.

This August I have kept my palette neutral
with just the addition of natural green elements
bringing a  color  punch to my textured creams
that keep the space feeling calm and open.

I am  still savoring  my found driftwood
topped with shells filled with limes.

Lighting my candles with coffee
every  morning
gives me time to enjoy these monochromatic elements
reflect on the morning light.

I have recently added this
three box succulent planter
to my  seasonal styling arsenal.

Handmade of blackened steel

You can find it

The size and dimension
make it a perfect piece for some of  my quick seasonal styling.

When I found these chartreuse miniature pears at 
Trader Joe's
I new that color would work perfectly into my
End of Summer Styling
this blackened steel piece
would highlight them ever so stylishly!

Raising  simple pears
to still life status!

This is a great example of a styling piece
that can quickly adapt for every season.
I already have some beautiful fall ideas in the woks!

Silver bowls are also a wonderfully easy way
to bring in natural seasonal elements 
into your rooms.

Adding limes to this gorgeous cake stand
enabled me to bring my pop of natural green
onto our bar.

Small orchids in miniature ceramic buckets
are another easy pop of 
late summer color.

In the backyard
a soapstone dish is topped with a shell
for a simple nod to our coastal lifestyle.

I added a flat of white flowers to 
my extra large ceramic bowl that I had a stand made to raise it to 
focal point status.
It brings a garden element up close for 
an entertaining focal point.

Driftwood was notched out and planted with succulents …

for an easy and durable
backyard living room  centerpiece.

Last week my white flowers were exhausted
I was wondering what to replace them with …
when ...
My husband brought home a huge bag of homegrown lemons
in an instant 
a newly revived centerpiece!

And lastly
my planting of  succulents in containers
the last two years
in the courtyard and back
are  all doing wonderfully.

The succulents are hearty garden players
when they out grow one space
I simply rework them into new arrangements.

This means most of my garden is already in place
not only for the
 end of summer styling
already poised to greet fall's arrival!

For me  seasonal home styling is always 
the best
when fluffing a new season
can be as simple as a trip to the market
a walk on the beach!

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life

Dressing My Curvy Middle Age Body

In an effort to make this space more of  a place
for sharing ideas 
Pro Aging
I thought today I would share some of my favorite
dressing tips for a curvy body type.

As someone who has had many body issues
in my past
that came with a host of eating disorders
that stole years from my life
in their intensity
I can say one of the many gifts of aging
is making peace with my body type
learning to celebrate my curves.

By this time in my life 
I know 
I'll never be as young as I am today
so it is time
to love the body I am in right now.
I don't want to waste any more time bemoaning 
my body flaws
I want to celebrate
my middle age self!

My first tip for dressing a curvy body
This is something I am working on continually.
When you feel sometimes 
that you are larger than life
there are always two options

one to turn inward with bad posture and try to look smaller
(which by the way never works)
or head up
 claim your size
with great posture and head held high!

Next to posture
great shape wear
is the best investment!
Money well spent on seamless shape wear 
is always the best way to start  building an outfit!

A long continuous line
with a skimming not tight cut
is always flattering
on almost all body types.

I have
raised my waist line 
with the tie top
as my natural waist line is in flux these days.

The long body line is also extended with
a higher shoe beneath this wonderful cut maxi.

I always choose
accessories that are in proportion
to my size.
Being larger enables me to go for
bold dramatic accessories.

An oversized bag is always in proportion
for me.

My top  ProAging 
tips for dressing
 my curvy middle age body

Great Shape Wear
Long lines
Raise the waistline
Accessory Proportions

I must admit
a loving photographer makes 
all of these tips 
look their very best!

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life

Saturday Quote

If  I've learned anything by now
it's that some days are all about focusing on the good before me
not what isn't here.

Some days it takes a truly concerted effort to do so
but there is always beauty to be found.

So here's to finding all the good
this second half has to offer
Every Day.

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life!

Moments of Clarity

It's funny how some moments in life
can make you stop in your tracks
see things in a different perspective.

After over ten years of ownership
we sold our beloved Airstream this weekend.

As much as we loved it
we used it so infrequently
we just couldn't on any level
 justify the cost.

So it now lives in a most beautiful part of Santa Monica
opening a brand new chapter  with it's new owner …

as Jeff and I close a chapter of our own.

The finality of closing our Airstream chapter
reiterates again
how our child rearing chapters are truly  closed.

And I realized this weekend
I have spent so much time pining over each child 
as they have  grown and flown
I have never truly looked forward …

to put together a vivid plan 
for this second half with Jeff and I.

Outfit details: vest-Stella Carakasi, pants-Antropologie, wrap-Ikea, accessories-Tamera Beardsley Design, Sunglasses-Celine

All of a sudden there is a lightness with the future possibilities.

Jeff and I have made it through some rocky times
as parenting can be hard on a marriage.
We have  come out the other end
still together
a whole future 
in front of us.

This weekend offered me some moments
of clarity
regarding my future.

It hit me that in 9 short years 
I will be 65.
In fifteen I will be 71.

Ages and numbers
I really haven't thought through at all.
it all seems to be going so very fast.

But I do know it is
my intent is
to live them fully and passionately.
So I will put even more focus on
health and longevity.

It's kind of a beautiful thing
to look towards a future
that is yet to be scripted …

Especially knowing I get to still  hold close
my loves ... 

while I reach out for
the best of what is to be.
I will make aging
my next chapters 
my Art.

I will head into growing older
courage, passion and graceful intent.

As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life

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