Monthly Archives: April 2014

Where Do You Find Your Fashion?

I’m wondering if others, like me, find their fashion in unusual places.  Have you picked up a scarf, hat or some other item at a grocery store, health food store or one of those only one dollar stores?


I picked up this scarf at Dollar Tree.  I was in there to pick up party supplies when one thing led to another and I came home with this scarf.  They are also available in red with white stars and white with blue stars.  I figured it was just in time for Memorial Day and it will also be nice for the 4th.  It was a good length for a scarf but I immediately thought sash belt when I saw it.

OOTD collage

The “flag” purse was a one-of-a-kind thrift and the wooden animal necklace and earring set came from Namibia via a missionary friend.

When you comment, let me know where you have found your fashion.  There may be some places I’m missing!

Live your lemonade life,


Linking up with Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday and with the new #SECONDHANDFIRST Link-Up at The Citizen Rosebud. 

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream…for Smoothies

I have always had an interest in nutrition, herbs, essential oils and any kind of natural good health.  On one hand I believe in the benefits of eating well, but on the other hand I love, love, love chocolate.

The best idea I’ve come up with is to make healthy versions of these foods that I love to eat.  I have a couple of smoothie recipes that I rotate.  This week I want to share my favorite, which is the Cocoa Smoothie.  UMMM!  CHOCOLATE.



  •  Ingredients:
  • 2 cups soy milk
  • 1/8 cup cocoa
  • 6 packets Truvia
  • 3 cups ice

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until desired consistency.  This makes a huge 32 ounce smoothie that has only 180 calories.  Or split it with a friend for only 90 calories each!


Live your lemonade life,


Linking up at Full Time Mama for the Tuesday Recipe Link-up.  Check out the link for more recipes!

Watercolor Art, Watercolor Dress



I got into watercolors completely by accident.  I thought I was picking up a pack of acrylic paints and when I got home I realized I had water colors instead.

Sometimes you just need to go with the flow.  I used them as a base for my collage.

Taste, See, Feel Hear, Believe, 18

Whether you think you are creative or not, anyone can rip images out of magazines and copy or create some inspiring words.  Creating is an activity that puts you in the flow, taking you out of yourself and into the moment.

I wore my watercolor dress for Easter Sunday.  I also wore these…


I am thankful for my Aircast, as well as my walker and my wheelchair.  They’ve helped me be mobile and independent as I heal from my broken ankle.

I’m still not driving, so no trip to the beauty shop just yet.  Instead of trying to hide my roots, I decided why not just flaunt them.


I hope you and yours have had a wonderful day.  I wish everyone a beautiful and blessed Easter!


Live your lemonade life,


Linking up with the lovely personal style bloggers for Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.

Thrifty Girl Vintage Used to Live Here

My first blog was called Thrifty Girl Vintage.  My first foray into blogging was a joy and I think it shows in how happy I was in my photos.  It was a thrill to find this huge, encouraging community of personal style bloggers of all ages.  I kept my blog going for about a year and hit around 100 followers.  I took my blog down when my life took some unexpected turns.  Still, it was such a positive experience that I couldn’t stay gone forever.

Here are my first photos from Thrifty Girl Vintage.  I was heavier then…and blonder!  But what I like about this community is that whatever you’re size, age, size of your town or nationality…we are all welcome here.

The first photo of myself I shared on my blog was this headshot.


About the time i started my first blog, a 30 for 30 Remix was just about to begin. It sounded like a lot of fun and it would force me to jump in feet first, posting an outfit every day for 30 days. I took the plunge and added my blog’s name to Kendi’s list.  I was excited, but still I wondered…was I going to go through with it?

Day 1 came and I took photos on the porch.  Then I took photos in the yard.  Lastly, I tried photos indoors.  It took three tries, but I finally came up with something I didn’t mind posting online.  Looking back at it, I wonder why I decided to post my backside?!?



I am happy to say that I stayed with the 30 for 30 Remix and posted my outfits for the next 29 days.  It was a challenge, but it was a great way to jump in and get started.  I would advise any new blogger, just to plunge in and go with it.

I’m glad I did.

Live your lemonade life,


Favorite Looks

The combination of a broken ankle, an ugly but extremely useful boot, over an inch of roots and a lost remote for the camera has brought me to the conclusion that the best thing I can do right now is to post some of my past favorite looks.

I’ve been wishy washy with my blog as of late but I’ve finally made the decision to stick with a self-hosted WordPress blog at Bluehost.  I’ve also decided to start back from scratch.  No one loves a new beginning more than me!

So for the next few weeks…or at least until I can drive to the beauty shop…I’ll be posting some of my favorite outifts from the previous I Love My Lemonade Life Blog and from my first blog which was Thrifty Girl Vintage.

For this week…

collage collage2 SONY DSC

This dress is a vintage cotton dress and the pink daisy pin, which I pinned at the waist, is also vintage.  It is finds like these that have me considering opening an online vintage shop.  I am constantly running across interesting items because I love to thrift and many of these one of a kind pieces are not in my size.

It sort of makes sense to open a shop.  Got a full closet?  Check.  Trying to simplify? Always.  But still unable to give up thrifting?  Absolutely.  Hmmm.  Sounds like a vintage store could be the answer.  For every problem, there’s a positive if you just look for it, right?

Have any of you had success with selling vintage online?

Live your lemonade life,


I’m linking up this week with the lovely bloggers for Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.  Come check it out, or better yet, join in the fun!

Guest Post: Making Lemonade by Bella Q

In moving my blog address, I’ve basically had to start from scratch.  However, there were a few posts that were just too good to scratch such as this guest post from Bella Q. of The Citizen Rosebud.  Enjoy…

Making Lemonade

 “When Life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is the often cited proverb one says when one is dealing with challenging situations. The zestiest challenge for all of us seems to be figuring out when and how to flourish, whatever the circumstances.

 In an economy that’s bitten the dustbowl, and in a world that seems to be hurling pell mell towards oblivion, we can witness first hand the best and worst of human nature that often triggered by hardships. Let me ask you: are YOU making lemonade?

 Thirsty? Here’s my simple 5-Step recipe for making that proverbial, refreshing and uplifting lemonade. It’s just 5 basic ingredients, with nothing artificial added.

 1 Give Gratitude. Everyday be thankful for one specific thing.

 2 Live to Give. Do something nice without any expectation of a reward.

3 Take Pain to Gain. Do something that adds value to your life. Be willing to step outside your comfort zone.

 4 Take Action. When there’s a problem, or a need, take action. Do something about it. Nothing gives you a feeling of empowerment like direct and immediate action.

 5 Trade verbal griping, and instead seek solutions. In the parlance of my grandmother: “Complaining doesn’t fix things. Fixing things fixes things.” Troubleshoot. When there’s a problem, don’t discuss it in terms of a complaint, but approach it with an intent to solve the problem. Sometimes we waste a lot of steam just griping about something, when that energy is better and more effectively put good use by seeking out a solution.

I’m not going to promise you a rose garden. But you can definitely improve your own life and those around you by making this brand of lemonade. Perhaps it’s the half-full,half empty conundrum. Same glass, different outlooks. And it makes all the juicy difference in the world.

Life handed him a lemon,As Life sometimes will do.His friends looked on in pity,
Assuming he was through.
They came upon him later,
Reclining in the shade
In calm contentment, drinking
A glass of lemonade


Bella Q is +40 writer, blogger and a fashion fanatic. She has recently taken the pledge to SHOP SECONDHAND FIRST, and you can too. You can find her rabble rousing at:

Keep making lemonade,