Monday, June 20, 2016


As I shared in last week's post I was recently in Europe...oh my do I like to be able to drop that little phrase anytime and anywhere possible...HA HA.  It was my impression that women there dress in a more classic and conservative manner.  Most people live in smaller homes with less closet space.  Thus they generally own less clothing while finding  more creative ways to maximize their wardrobe.  Scarves seem to play a central role in their accessory collection.

You would think based on the number of scarves that are in my closet(s) (shhh...the other person in my household does need to be reminded I might have one or two closets full of VERY  important belongings) that I wear multiple scarves per day.  I feel like I run in scarf cycles...since this is a blog and not a piece of literature, I can make up words and phrases like scarf cycle, correct?  I may wear scarves for days on end and then all of sudden seem to forget such an item exists and not wear a single one for weeks.

I think several keys to maximizing scarf cycles...(see I used this new phrase twice in one far...) is to think outside of the box.  Instead of a cardigan why not a scarf tied like this?

Bow tie belt anyone?

I have worn a long thin scarf in a bow...although even for me this is a bit oversized:

How about wearing 2 coordinating but different scarves together...AT THE SAME TIME (take a fashion risk now and then)

Tie a scarf on the shoulder of your handbag to add a pop of color or pattern or both.

If you have any helpful suggestions on scarf tying or a favorite scarf you find yourself always pulling out because it goes with pretty much anything and everything in your closet, please share in the comments section below.

For a small smile before I close .....

Saturday, June 18, 2016

CATCHING UP.........

So its been awhile hasn't it?  Yes its been way too long. I missed blogging and most of all,  I missed all of you.  So, lets play catch up:

My most exciting news is that my husband and I traveled to Italy in celebration of our 35th wedding anniversary.  Neither of us have ever traveled to Europe so needless to say,  this was a BIG BIG DEAL.  After consulting with several friends who are well traveled along with  a highly recommended /experienced travel agent, we booked our 10 day tour through Insight Travel,  "The Country Roads of Tuscany and Umbria".  Our first afternoon/evening and the following morning was spent in Rome.  We had an opportunity to walk around the city a bit on the day of our arrival.  The following morning was a private tour of the Vatican and then we were off to Tuscany for 6 days.  It was magical, that is all I can say.  We visited Umbria, Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, Perugia and ended in Venice.  Its impossible to pick a favorite place because each and every one was beautiful, charming and fascinating.  As everyone I have ever met or hope to meet has heard me say, its difficult to believe such a beautiful place exists in this world.  From the delicious food (gelato, pasta, pizza, seafood to highlight a few) to wine at a minimum of twice daily thank you very much, unbelievable architecture and art as well as the fabulous colors of the flowers, the layers of paint showing through on very old buildings colorful store windows with delicious desserts, scarves,  Italian pottery, etc one's senses came alive.  In closing, there is no more keeping this girl "down on the farm" ..I am already dreaming of my next trip abroad and it WILL HAPPEN!

I have a few fun new blogs for you to enjoy (as long as you promise to read mine):  I just discovered this fabulous read recently and am enjoying going back and looking at all of her posts...lots to enjoy and learn. I am not sure how I found this blog but LOVE her posts, they seriously make me laugh out loud, I want to be her BFF and hang out together.  Again, so so funny.  She tests products so we don't have to as well as sharing shopping hits and misses among many other vitally important topics.

New post up soon and I leave you with these words of wisdom: