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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Twas a white Atlanta?

Well howdy, everyone!  I had a blast this Christmas and I sincerely hope that you enjoyed yourself as much as I did or more.....though am not sure if that is humanly possible.  Yep, it was that much fun!  Now I know you are curious as to what made this Christmas so special so, let me tell you.

 It snowed here in Atlanta on Christmas day for
 the first time in 128 years!
Need I say more?

  For someone like me who loves photography and just enjoying the beauty of it all, it was fantastic and the "icing on the cake" to the perfect day!  Here are some gorgeous photographs that I collected from 

Friday, December 24, 2010

Quick And Easy Last Minute Centerpieces

When I was a little girl, I remember going into the back yard and cutting foliage to dress the table at Christmas time.  I was so happy that my mother trusted me to do such an important job since most of the time it was just before the guest arrived.  I would cut fresh pine which we had growing in abundance nearby and then I just went around the house collecting candles and little trinkets to help pull the look together.  The table always came together beautifully, (at least thats what mom said) and never once did we have to buy anything other than what was in the house already.  This is something that has stayed with me and I still make my own centerpieces every year.

This year, I found four centerpiece ideas that really impressed me.  I was so excited, I just had to share them with you. This apple Christmas centerpiece was featured on, it is sooooooooo budget friendly and easy to do.  And how fabulous looking is this! 

To make this, all you need is egg whites, granulated sugar and apples.
Coat each apple halfway in the egg white, sprinkle liberally with sugar and let dry.
Next, arrange the apples on a nice plate and attach a a banner if you prefer. (use tooth picks to keep the banner in place) Thats it, all done.

Here is two ultra easy but gorgeous centerpieces that was featured on Better Homes and Gardens.   We all have left over Christmas bulbs and decorations left somewhere in the house and that is all you need for this project.  Grab some Christmas bulbs and beads, put them in a container of your choice, add some beads and bam! You've got yourself a stylish arrangement.  I also like the second version, just add fresh leaves (artificial can work as well) and arrange the beads in between the bulbs wherever there are spaces.  And you're done!  Its so beautiful you will ask yourself "did I do that?"

Finally, this delectable centerpiece is an idea I have used with great success many times.  Just get a couple of glass vases and put candles in them. Next, you put cranberries, cherries, or nuts, around the candles.  Thats all there is to it, very elegant and very simple.

Well, there you have it, four great ideas for your table that you can do very quickly.  Let me know if you try any of them, I would love to hear how it all turned out.  Have a Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Fearless Holiday Fashion

We've all been there there, staring in the abyss, ahem.. I mean closet, wondering "what in the world am I going to wear?"  For most of us, its not the lack of clothes thats the problem, actually its quite the opposite.  Its the maze of clothes  that somehow fails to produce that stunning outfit that you so desperately need.  After the third trip to the closet, the majority of us admit defeat and set out to buy a new outfit.  After all, the family "get togethers" and party invitations are still coming out of the woodwork.

If this sounds familiar then this one's for you!  This little holiday fashion guide will have you putting multiple looks together in a snap. And here's the best part, it will be mostly from your own closet.  Yes, stuff that you own already.  Now I know some of you may be thinking that you want an outfit that no one has ever seen you in, trust me, I want the same thing. The good news is, you can totally have a brand new look by utilizing a few tricks and tips.  At the end of the day we can still look amazing while saving a buck or two. Not convinced? Check this out.

First, up is what I refer to as the FOUNDATION of any wardrobe. The little pencil black dress, boot cut black pants, black pencil skirt and basic black jacket. The simpler the pieces the better since they will work well with many things in your closet and is easy to transform into multiple looks. Now you may not have all four of these items in your closet but more than likely you have at least the skirt, pants or even both.  Here are a few ideas on how you can style this look.  Because you have very simple pieces here you can add really bold statement pieces for accessories, a belted cardigan, a scarf, and many different style blouses for different looks.  The options are many, the results fabulous!  

Make an entrance in dresses with simple silhouettes in rich colors and gorgeous winter white.  Forever a classic, always a winner!

Adding sparkle to any outfit is a breeze with fashion jewelry.  With so many options, there are no limit to what you can do.  Tip: Stack your bracelets or wear five or six necklaces together for a more dramatic look.

One of my favorite things to do to add instant drama to an outfit is belts!  Put one on over a cardigan, to pull the look together or just add a little sparkle with a belt in a different texture and color.  I love buying vintage belts much like some of the ones pictured here, one of my very favorite belts cost me a whopping $1.75 at a garage sale.  No kidding.  This season, adding a pop of color and style to your look could be as easy as putting on a belt.

Since "Tis the season to be jolly", kick it up a notch with the right shoes!  Dance the night away in stylish but comfortable wedge heels or bright and colorful flats. Don't have any of these? Get a basic a pump from your closet and add a metallic or sparkly clip-on earring for  instant holiday glam!

If you own four handbags or more, chances are you have a clutch or handbag in a metallic color or another color other than black.  If so, then you have an accessory thats perfect for this season.  A colorful or metallic handbag adds just the right touch to our Foundation pieces.

Makeup is the finishing touch to any look.  At the moment purple and the "smoky eye" is all the rage and I must admit, it is beautiful on lots of skin tones.  The smoky eye is also a technique that is a little more dramatic, makes the eyes stand out and is perfect for the   holidays.  

Try a new hairstyle this season.  Deconstructed chignons and loose carefree pin-ups are a very popular trend right now and the look is tres chic!

Over the years I have become a lover of vintage jewelry and clothing.  The quality, fit and nostalgia of these pieces really never disappoints.  Whether you are a seasoned vintage shopper or not, this is always a good option during the holidays.  Why, well for starters you will rarely see someone else in the same dress and the outfit will cost you less than half of what you normally pay for a new outfit.  Tip: Mix with modern accessories, makeup and hairstyles to add fresh perspective and modernize your look. 

Well, I sincerely hope this post inspires and motivates you to consider sprucing up the clothes you already own for the holidays, its time to have "all of the pleasure and none of the guilt!"

Check out these links for fashionable and very budget friendly clothes and accessories.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

(Repost) And The Award goes to............

Imagine my surprise when I came across an email from NewEnglandMomma of informing me that I had just won The Stylish Blog Award!  It Is my very first blog award so I am thrilled!  It feels good to get a pat on the back, yes indeed.  A heart felt thank you to NewEnglandMomma for selecting my blog, you rock!

Rules for accepting this award are:
1. Thank & link back to the person who awarded you this.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pay it forward to 15 recently discovered great bloggers.
4. Contact those bloggers and tell them about their Blog Award.

And Now I have to share 7 things about myself so here goes

1.  I am hopelessly addicted to lemon meringue pie
2.  I was born and raised the the Bahamas

3.  Believe that one should never stop learning

4.  I am honest, loyal and adventurous

5.  I am a Gentle spirit but a warrior in Christ!

6.  I am Passionate about Animals, Nature and Art

7.  I  love my family, my friends and my life