Pack Light…

A Pendleton Weekender bag (sadly, no longer available…) found on Pinterest. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lord willing, I will be road-tripping by this time Friday. My brother and I, and one of our best friends are traveling several hours together, along with all of our luggage, pillows, a sound system, two microphone stands, a guitar, and a fiddle. Somehow, we’re going to fit all of this into a Toyota sedan. Hmm…

So, I have packing on my mind. More specifically, I have packingย light on my mind – even though I’ll be gone for over a week. Here’s my thought process at the moment:

Re-Wear

Pack skirts and pants that are easy to re-wear with a different top (jeans, casual black skirts, etc.). So, I plan to get 10 days of outfits out of only… 4 or 5?… skirts/pairs of pants.

Broomstick Skirts

These are AMAZING for traveling. Twist ’em up, tie ’em in a knot, and stuff ’em in the duffle bag. You don’t have to worry about wearing wrinkly clothes, if they’re supposed to be wrinkly! ๐Ÿ˜€

Minimal Shoe Options

I’m going for versatile footwear, so I’ll only have to take 2 or 3 pairs. Nude pumps can take me from the supermarket to church/a nice dinner, and a decent pair of tall boots will probably do the rest. I may, instead of tall boots, take my Converse shoes, since my trip will be a very “casual” trip. They’re definitely easier to pack. But, we’ll see…

Do you have any tips for smart packing?

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Pantone Colors for 2015!

Well, girls, here’s what Pantone’s given us to play with this spring:

 

How will you use these colors? There are so many fun options! A new outfit? New throw pillows? Probably an amazing pair of shoes…ย ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas Shopping

I think I’m about done with my Christmas shopping. I love getting to go gift shopping! But, even at the holidays, I try to shop smart. Here are some of the best places I found:

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  • K&G (They have great prices on fashion jewelry, men’s ties, etc., so it’s perfect for gift shopping.)

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  • Ross (This is an all-time favorite. Though they have lots of clothes, they also have quite a lot of fashion jewelry, purses, luggage, misc. electronics, and home items. The prices are awesome!)

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  • Burkes (I put this in the same category as Ross. I think I prefer Ross, but Dickson only has a Burke’s. ๐Ÿ™‚ Luke and I did find some deals here, though.)

Where do you like to shop for gifts?

Jewelry Cleaning

I may have posted about this in the past, but it’s worth re-hashing. ๐Ÿ™‚

A dear friend…ย it was Miss Connie (our bass player), as it so often is… gave me this great tip on cleaning jewelry. In fact, when I’ve stayed at their place, she has often cleaned my ring for me!

This method works really well, for an at-home job.

All you need is:

  • Mug
  • Water
  • Dish Soap/Detergent (I use Dawn)
  • Soft-Bristle Toothbrush

Heat the water and dish soap until boiling. This is can take a minute or less in the microwave…

Carefully drop the jewelry into the hot water mixture. Let it soak for a few minutes. Remove the jewelry (being careful not to burn yourself, if it’s still hot), and gently scrub with the toothbrush. Rinse, and let air dry.

Now the question… Where would y’all recommend taking jewelry for an occasional check-up/cleaning job? I’d like to find a trustworthy place that could do my ring, as well as Mama’s engagement ring, and other valuables.

 

 

Post-Its on the Mirror?

In the last post, I included a picture of my outfit… But, what you probably saw were the Post-It notes on my full-length mirror. Next to this, you may have also noted the measuring tape. “Why?”, you may ask. I’ll tell you. ๐Ÿ™‚ Every so often (not regularly enough, certainly), I take measurements, and track my fitness/weight progress. You could take all sorts of measurements… I do my waist (at the smallest point), bust, hip, and thighs, and jot down my current weight. I have also, in the past, included such information as the approximate number of calories I consumed that day. Simply scratching this all down on a little sticky-note, and pasting it on my mirror helps me to monitor my progress and stay motivated.

Red!

Fall and winter, Thanksgiving and Christmas… It calls something deep inside many of us to suddenly *need* the color red. So far this season, I’ve bought one bright red skirt and stared at a lot of red pumps… I haven’t broken down and bought any just yet…

How will you wear red this season?

Go for a cute, simple, casual, look, dressed up with classy red pumps and a matching purse. (found on Pinterest)

Talk about a great combination of girlie and casual! I love this. I may need to go find me a bright red scarf now… (found on Pinterest)

Here’s a bolder and dressier option. I could definitely go for this! (found on Pinterest)

Ah, gloves. They can add so much to an outfit! (found on Pinterest)

 

‘Tis the Season…

… for boiled custard, A Charlie Brown Christmas, holiday scents simmering on the stove, choir practice for caroling, and stealthy shopping for loved ones.

(by Frances Tipton Hunter… Found on Pinterest)

For that perfect seasonal scent in your house, simply fill a small pot with orange peels, cloves, cinnamon, and water. Keep it on a warm eye on the stove all season! Just refresh ingredients and water as needed.

 

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving/Christmas traditions?