Category Archives: Fashion

Spring Fashion Challenge

I constantly review the Women’s Fashion board on Pinterest because it’s a great way to study new trends and classic styles. I also enjoy challenging myself to create a Pinterest outfit with items already in my closet or shopping for the same look at less cost.

Recently, I discovered a new virtual clothing company, Honey & Vine. This is the place to dress on trend and not brake the bank. The new arrivals for spring are fresh and flirty….I especially love the Sophia Maxi skirt!









Last week, my friend Kris bought this adorable maxi skirt; and I gave her a fashion challenge. Could she recreate this Pinterest look?









Kris not only succeeded in this challenge; she looks absolutely amazing and is ready for spring.

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The denim top, seven layer necklace and Wood you be Mine clutch may all be purchased at Honey & Vine! Come check out their fashions for your spring/summer wardrobe.

Happy Shopping!


To My Future SIL…..Words of Wisdom

1890636_10102055835491150_850088122_oI am happy to announce that next spring, I am finally getting a little sister. My brother proposed to the most wonderful woman, Rachel, and we can’t wait to welcome her into our crazy family.

Rachel is the founder of An Eventful Life. Her new blog feature is Wedding Wednesdays. She is looking for “words of wisdom from a Mrs. to a future Mrs.”. So, my neighborhood moms group came together to offer advice and display our wedding photos.



Modhousewife – June 5, 2004 


Wedding Advice: The week of the wedding, have a date night. Relax, eat some good food and DON’T talk about the wedding.

Marriage Advice: Always have date nights to reconnect has a couple….leave work and kids at the door. Plus, add an element of surprise;)




Jenni – August 6, 2005


Wedding Advice: Delegate!! And officially let go of anxieties and expectations the day before. What will be will be, and you want to remember all the fun and laughter that filled your day, even if the cake implodes! You don’t want to look back and think, “gosh, that was a very stressful day!!”

Marriage Advice: Let’s go with… Love is dynamic … The love you feel today will be different from the love feel 5, 10, 15 years from now. That’s ok! You choose to continue falling in love with the same person over and over as you grow and build a life together! Also, if you have kids, let dad be on bath and bedtime duty from the beginning. An awesome way for him to bond and build special rituals with your child(ren) and a nice nightly break for you!

Tricia – May 26, 2001

1622395_10202206520659077_1022624579_oMarriage Advice: Don’t do anything the first year of marriage that you don’t want to continue the rest of your marriage. Don’t set unrealistic expectations from the beginning.






Stacy – July 30, 2005
1798605_10152238462978396_1992377038_nWedding Advice: Get a king size bed!

Marriage Advice: Get a king size bed!






Jen – September 30, 2000

1794663_10203197503999791_243553310_nWedding Advice: DO NOT diet/take diet pills or supplements or do anything that will make you drastically lose weight the couple months before your wedding. Even with all the dress fittings, your weight is not consistent, partially due to stress. Combine the two & when it’s go-time and the dress does not fit you. The most important dress of your life is too big, you will regret it forever.

Also, your wedding day will go by in the blink of an eye. For all the months of preparation, it’s all over in a matter of hours. Tell yourself to mentally capture each moment like watching your sisters walk up the aisle instead of fussing with yourself before your big moment. Enjoy & actually LIVE the day because there’s not much you can change on the wedding day itself – if something is going to be a wreck that’s just going to happen anyway. It’s you & your hub’s day no matter what the flowers end up looking like.

Marriage Advice: Embrace each others’ differences. It actually took me a while to really understand that my dear husband (let’s call him DH) simply does not need nor want to surround himself with friends & people out all the time, like I am inclined to do. Conversely, he didn’t get why I wanted to go somewhere with ‘other people’ every weekend. The old marriage advice stands: do not think you can change your spouse once you are married. When I finally got that about DH, we both looked for ways to compromise so we both felt like our needs were met.

Diana – May 15, 2009

1898035_10203340942154843_761027233_nWedding Advice: Don’t party so late you miss your flight to Jamaica!

Marriage Advice: And to use that advice and carry it through, never stop having fun!!!!





Michelle – June 15, 2002

1596660_10203049781308049_1760567869_oWedding Advice: Hire the best photographer to capture the candid moments. The day will go so fast. Take a moment to sit back and take it all in. Watch your guest enjoying themselves and dance the night away.

Marriage Advice: Keep date nights and don’t go to bed angry (that advice was given to us by a couple married 55 yrs). So true.




Kat – September 20, 1997

1415229_10203178206317060_1716190749_oWedding Advice: Hire a photographer you really like, because I hate my wedding pictures!

Marriage Advice: Ask yourself, “Is it better to be right or be loved?” I’d like to add the caveat that it’s even better to be funny!





Jacinta – December 31, 2002

1972439_812540358761830_421934623_nWedding Advice: Enjoy yoursel! Don’t spend all of your time saying hello to every guest on your list (trust me, some of these people you won’t talk to in 10 years). So make the most of the night with your family and friends. Also, something won’t go right, but just let it go and have FUN!!!

Marriage advice: Get in the habit of giving each other compliments. I think men need them just as much as women; and we all need a cheerleader in life, be that person to your husband. Also, always say “I love you.” Three simple words, but a great habit! We say it before bed, before leaving the house, when we get off the phone, and now our kids say it too. It always adds perspective when you are angry or sad and hear those words.

Shelly – January 28, 2007


Wedding Advice: Relax, enjoy every moment, and be okay if everything does not go quite as planned. 
Marriage Advice: Always remember that love is more than a feeling. Love is a verb and requires action. 








Brett & Rachel,

I hope you both have fun reading all the wedding and marriage advice. Enjoy your engagement and the whole family is looking forward to the big day!

Love Your Big Sister

Palazzo Pants for Spring!

Another snow day and I am emerging myself in spring! Besides getting an early start on my spring cleaning, I am continuing my investigation on the hottest new trends for spring/summer 2014.

Look like you own the runway with Palazzo Pants! These wide-leg pants are lightweight and extremely comfortable. Best of all, these pants can we worn casual or dressy.

All major retailers are stocked with Palazzo Pants; and I found mine at my new favorite boutique ALTAR’D STATE.
















I paired my amazing Palazzo printed pants with a sequin tank and platform wedges. Add a jacket for when it gets chilly.
















Happy Shopping!

The Bird Is The Word!

During these dreadful days of winter, I like to think ahead to warm weather fashions. This spring/summer watch out for prints, especially bird prints.

This fully-lined tank dress was a deal at Charming Charlie for $29! I fell in love with the coral detail at the bottom of the dress…what an eye-catcher!

Trendy Beach/Day Look: Add a fedora and bold color sandals.
















Afternoon/Evening Look: Old Navy White Denim Jacket & Target Merona Meredith Espardrille Wedges.
















Happy Shopping!

One Old Navy Dress….Amazing Trendy Looks!

It may be extremely cold in the Midwest, but warm-weather fashions are in stores now. If you want a great place to buy trendy budget-friendly spring/summer dresses…’s Old Navy! Recently, I purchased this great Navy/White Striped Drop-Waist Dress for $29!









Other bloggers such as The Style Editrix also bought this hot little number; and created her own spin on this versatile and comfortable piece.









And here’s my interpretation:
















I paired this dress with three of my favorite accessories: Old Navy White Denim Jacket, Charming Charlie White Large Chain Necklace & Target Merona Penelope Espadrille Wedges.









Happy Shopping!

From Housewife….To Vixen!

To quote one of my favorite movies….”Cher’s main thrill in life is a makeover, okay. It gives her a sense of control in a world full of chaos.”

I love makeovers!!!!! I love showing women how to enhance their natural beauty by adding a little makeup, changing up hairstyles and switching up the closet.

My wonderful friend, Tricia, wanted a makeover for a special event…..and she had lots of confidence in me to make her over from head to toes.

1. Hair – This week, Tricia went from ponytail-length hair to slanted bob with incredible highlights. Thanks Nicole Marsh! Then I blew out and hot-ironed her hair for the event.











2. Manicure/Pedicure – OPI’s Lincoln Park in the Dark – Thanks Holly from The Village Spa!









3. Makeup -Tricia is a redhead, so her skin tone is light with a trace of pink. I chose colors from the pink and purple families for her makeup. I blended a mixture of BareEssentials (Primer, Concealer, Eyeshadows, Blush, and Mineral Veil), Clique (Mascara), Sephora – Givenchy (Lip Liner, Lipstick and Gloss – Illicit Raspberry Red) and Loreal’ Target (Black Liquid Eye Liner, Brown Eyebrow Pencil).

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4. Clothes/Accessories – Tricia found a great red halter dress from Macys; and she went with my choice of peep-toe black patent leather heels from DSW. She then paired the dress with rhinestone earrings and bracelet.












Now this housewife is a vixen ready for the ball!