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Something Beautiful Every Day: Pink

ObjectIt makes me happy that someone would have PINK RIMS!

objectMy grandma’s old porch rocker.  Underneath the pink are layers of shades of green and a red even my mom doesn’t remember.pinkhairMy daughter and I bought pink wigs at Otakon 2015 and had a lot of fun with it!  I felt shy about posting this photo but I ended up deciding to use it because my daughter was excited for both of us to buy wigs and wear them AND she commented on how not many moms my age would be having fun with this and she liked that I would enjoy this with her.

My mom feels young at heart even though she is 86.  I feel young at heart no matter how the years pile on.  The truth is that age doesn’t matter.  It’s how you feel inside that matters.  And those of us who like to have fun  shouldn’t feel shy about showing who we are.  So wear your big hair, pink wigs, vintage clothes or whatever it is that makes you beam inside.

 Be Bold.  Be You.  Be Happy.

Live your Lemonade Life,

Debbie

P.S.  I could not stop playing with my hair!

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Sometimes I Just Want to be a Plain Jane

Some days I just want to be comfortable.

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Some days I just want to relax.

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Sometimes I just want to be a plain Jane.  How about you?

Live your lemonade life,

Debbie

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(Outfit details:  Top, thrifted.  Black heart earrings, Claire’s Boutique.  Socks, Burke’s Outlet.  Converse, Payless.  Pin on shoes, North Market, Columbus, Ohio.)

Copyright 2015.  All Rights Reserved.  Original photos and Text by Debbie Baker Burns.  If referring to any content on this blog, please link back.  Thank you for stopping by.

Thrifting Tips

I love thrift stores.  The wild variety of one of a kind items.  Knowing there is absolutely nothing in this store that you can’t afford.  It’s the great democracy of shopping.  Everyone has their own way of going about things.  Here’s mine.

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Don’t worry about getting there at just the right time.  I know when new merchandise goes on the floor at my favorite thrift store.  But if I have something else going on on Thursday mornings I don’t sweat it.  Even if I show up on Friday there will still be plenty of deals for me to find.  Thrifting shouldn’t be anything to stress over.

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Have plenty of cash in small bills.  Not all stores can break big bills.  It would be sad to leave that magenta disco dress just because all you have is a fifty.

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Wear slip on shoes.  If you are at a store that has a dressing room, and not all do, then slip on shoes will make trying on so much quicker.

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If there is no dressing room, there is no shame in slipping the clothes on over top of what you’re wearing.

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Above all enjoy yourself!  Where else can you have this much fun for under ten bucks?

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Until next time…

Debbie

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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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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

Flip Flops Mean Summertime in the South

Sweet tea, screened porches and flip flops are all signs of warm weather in the South.  I make a delicious brewed sweet tea, or so my friends say.  I have an old metal rocker that belonged to my grandmother sitting inside my screened porch.  Everything is perfect…almost.  The one dark spot is that although I have the requisite flip flops, my discolored, misshapen toenails were nowhere ready to see the light of day.

To the rescue came my best friend, Laronda.   Laronda has been a nail tech for years and she is excellent at what she does.

If you have less than stellar nails, see what a professional nail tech can do for you.  By the time Laronda was finished I had perfectly pretty normal looking nails.

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Thank you, Laronda, for making my southern summer complete!

Live your lemonade life,

Debbie