Summer Brights

I don’t always wear my heart on my sleeve but I do wear my thoughts on my tee.

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Live the Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of

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I always dreamed of being a writer.  Besides blog posts and columns, I write poetry, essays and short stories.   I keep looking for new ways to make my dreams come true.

What dreams do you have?  Are you working on making them come true?

I’m participating in Share-in-Style this week with the ever lovely Sacramento.  She inspires me with her style AND with the thoughtful posts she sometimes shares.  Our Share-in-Style prompt is “Summer” and nothing says summer to me more than summer brights.  I found this midi/maxi skirt at Goody’s and fell in love with it’s versatility.  I wore it here as a midi skirt.  Halfway through the day, I pulled it down into a maxi.  I love the versatility of the wide waistband that can be folded or not for differing lengths.  I like this style so much I have also bought one in black and one in a gray and black stripe.  What says “summer” to you?

Live your lemonade life,

Debbie

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A Girlfriend Getaway

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Serendipity means, “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.”

Serendipity also means that when my hairstylist best friend asked the lady she was doing color on where she worked, it led to us discovering a place we’d never heard of before.  Before the appointment was over, we had reservations at Snug Hollow Farm Bed and Breakfast for lunch!

All this wonderful serendipity lead to a flavorful, home cooked vegetarian lunch on the screened porch…

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…and relaxing walks around the grounds…

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There were beautiful flowers all around…growing outside…and arranged in vases inside.  All in all it was a beautiful day that happened by chance.

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It makes you wonder.  What is serendipity going to gift you with next?

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What I’m wearing:  White top, retail on sale.  Pink shrug, Burlington Coat Factory.  Denim shorts, Walmart…I told you I was a “mart” girl!  Vintage pink flower pin.

Live your lemonade life!

Debbie

Link Love:  Share-in-Style:  Flowers.  Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.

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Girls Day Out

My best friend and I were planning a day out.  Our first question after deciding where we were going was “WHAT ARE WE GOING TO WEAR?!?”

I need to build an outfit and I want it to be girly.  I start with a pink scarf.

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Add some over-the-top earrings…

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Big girls can still like “Hello Kitty”, right?

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With all this color noise, I need to turn down the volume with some neutrals.  Part of our day will involve a walk, so I want to be comfortable and casual.  I add a white top and denim shorts.  Pile on a bold ring to match the earrings and a pink flower vintage pin and I’m good to go.

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What I’m wearing:  Scarf, local store.  White top, Belk’s on sale.  Denim shorts. Walmart.  Belt, Eddie Bauer Outlet.  Earrings, retail store.  Ring, local store.  Purse, Burke’s.  Flip-flops, local store.  Vintage flower pin.

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I’ll post next time about our girl’s day out and show you the final version of what I ended up wearing.  We had an unusual day in a place we just discovered!

Until next time…live your lemonade life!

Debbie

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Love and Danger

Pink signifies love, romance and friendship.  Red signifies danger, energy and passion.  Put them together and you get a a dangerous friendship, an energizing romance, a passionate love…or maybe just a brilliant color combination.

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Red and pink together remind me of Molly Ringwald’s red hair and pink dress in Pretty in Pink.  It’s a cute, fun and girly combination.

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One of the easiest ways to get dressed is to go with one of your favorite color combinations.  What are some of yours?

Live Your (Colorful) Lemonade life,

Debbie

Walmart Statement Necklace: Are You a “Mart” Girl?

Some people would not be caught dead at Walmart.  I’m not one of those people.

I am just as comfortable at Walmart as I am at Louis Vuitton or at a thrift store.  I love the whole idea of high-low.  Give me a thrift store skirt and a top from Walmart paired with a designer anything and I’m happy.

My mom and I were picking up some things at Walmart a couple of weeks ago and she found a display of ten dollar statement necklaces.  We each picked out our favorites and I came away with this pastel stone and crystal vintage inspired number.

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My favorite “Mart” store is Target but it’s quite a ways from where I live.  Walmart and Kmart, however, are close by.  And who doesn’t like picking up something “fun” when you’re in the middle of picking up the week’s groceries.

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What I’m wearing:  Dress, Maurice’s.  Grey cardigan, thrifted.  Silver shoes, Shoe Show.  Vintage earrings, my grandma’s.  And of course…Statement necklace, Walmart.

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Live your lemonade life,

Debbie

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Pixie Haircut: Going Out of My Comfort Zone

I’ve always been a long hair girl.  I like ponytails.  Long straight strands.  Easy beach waves.  No short hair for me.

And then I discovered the pixie.  The first short hair style I ever fell in love with.

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I took to my new hairstyle so easily and happily, it got me to wondering (just like the woman in the Prego commercial), what else have I been missing?

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I think we often get stuck in a style rut.  I’ve often heard that whatever style was popular when you were a teen is the style you favor for the rest of your life.  We limit ourselves with our narrow views of what we should look like or how we should dress.  We say, “Oh, I could never wear that!”  or “That hairstyle would make my face look too big.”  Or we lock ourselves in by saying, “I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl,” or “It’s vintage all the way for me!”

The truth is we can have multiple style selves.  We can be a “t-shirt and jeans girl on Monday, wear a vintage dress on Tuesday and dress in a mod, graphic print on Wednesday.  All this exploration is not without purpose.  It shows us we have more options than we realize.  It increases our confidence as we branch out from our comfort zone.

And we just might find out that we are more than what we first thought.

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic.” ~ Author Unknown.

Rethink Everything.

Live your lemonade life,

Debbie

Always Remember

I haven’t wandered very far from where I grew up.  Even so, sometimes I forget who I wanted to be when I was 13.  And sometimes I forget to be thankful for all I’ve been blessed with in my life.

I thought of these words to help me remember.

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Better minds than mine have said it before and said it better.  It’s just a thought I had today to keep me grounded.  And on the right path.

Who did you want to be?  Are you becoming that person?  Are you on the right path?

Do you remember your roots?  Are you thankful for the good things that’s already come into your life?  Do you honor the memory of those who’ve come before you?

Do I?

Let’s live our Lemonade Lives with authenticity and thankfulness.

Until next time,

Debbie