Black Friday

love is the new blackSo it’s Black Friday everyone!  Shopping craze has started and it’s in full motion.  It’s been said that the term “Black Friday” came from Philadelphia, sometime before the 60’s.  It was originally used to describe the madness and mayhem in regards to pedestrian and vehicle traffic that occurs on the day ater Thanksgiving.  Later on though, the term began to be used to refer to the point in time when retailers would start to turn a profit, meaning they were “in the black”.  Suffice it to say, Black Friday has become a “holiday” of shopping to many of us.  A day of deals, crowds and the beginning of Christmas shopping madness.

As such, I’ve decided to make this post all about the color BLACK!  Though, not really regarded as a “color”, it is my favorite hue to dress up in….  So elegant and classy and easy to match with any accessory of choice – black OR NOT.

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Beauty In All

I tend to look at everything with a romantic pair of glasses.  Why not overpower the negative and ugly with the power of beauty and positive energy?  There’s a huge amount of beauty in nature alone that so many of us will never see with our own eyes.  This is why I have put together a collection of images I have come across (all of these on Pinterest, by the way) just by doing a simple browse through the Animal category!  So sit back and enjoy each one of these beautiful images and feel the sense of elation and maybe a particular image might even bring a smile to your face!  Whatever……  I just hope these images show you that there is “beauty in all”….  

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The Power of Pink

pink15Growing up, my mom dressed me and my sister up in a lot of pastel pink dresses.  Since I was the prissy, more feminine one of the two daughters, I actually relished and loved all of the pink articles of clothing we wore.  As with everything that we learn while we get older, I recall steering away from wearing any pinks all through high school.  I think it was because the kids I hung out with in school thought that pink was a weak color and insinuated the term as such.  What do kids know, right?  Anyhow, at the time I never really gave it much thought, however, now as I reflect on my past; I guess I did conform to peer pressure at that point in my life. So as I became “my own” person in life; I started to add the pastel rose hues to my wardrobe again and though I don’t own a lot of pinks since my closet is full of blacks, whites and earth tones; I am a Proud Pink-Wearer… 

In this generation, negative connotations of the color pink has somewhat been pushed six foot under and I am so happy for that because we all should enjoy the colors of the world.  There isn’t even much pre-thought into the matter these days that even men are wearing the color pink.  

So my dear readers, this post is dedicated to the Power of Pink in all it’s blushing glory!  Enjoy!

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Back To Basics

So I apologize….   My blog has taken a back seat to an excuse.

The truth is, when I first started blogging, I was getting so much positive rah-rahs from friends and readers that I had an overwhelming feeling of “Oh my gosh, what if I wrote a blog postthat didn’t meet their expectations?!”  I was so consumed with the fear of doing such a bad job and disappointing my readers!  So, what did I do?

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Java Browns…

I love love love coffee…  Even a little cup of hot java can go a long way.  Do you drink coffee?  My husband doesn’t drink coffee, but the most amazing thing is he can make a perfect cup for me AND he loves the bean brewing aroma.  When you don’t have a chance to meet a friend for lunch, a short coffee visit works, doesn’t it?  Those coffee visits have become a huge part of my days because of my hectic schedule so as a result, I love coffee!!!

 

On top of the taste, the aroma….ooooooh….. but the color too!  So inspiring, the rustic coffee spills make a beautiful design as well.  What an inspiration those browns can be…

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Gray So Shiny and Warm

It’s been raining here and so gray….but that doesn’t stop me from just plainly feeling “gray”. Here I am looking through my colors of gray inspirations and it just lightens my heart to see, shiny silver, warm whites (starting to feel warmth around me)…..and the sadness of gray is gone! Yves St. Laurent was right when he said that fashion is life….

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Green with St. Patty

So, here it is….  St. Patrick’s Day and I just happen to have a collection of green inspiration!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to You All!

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The Beauty of Tumblr and Tumblr 101 (Part 1/2)

Yes, Tumblr has some of the most beautiful blogs out there.  It appeals to the visually-stimulated part in us.  In fact, Tumblr’s bloggers post and “reblog” some very beautifully-inspiring and shoppingly-motivating photos.  Inspiring because the photos ignite the simplest of emotions in me.  Some of them inspire me to dress up, some inspire me to get artsy and start a craft or a lifelong skill such as drawing, that I’d pushed aside because of life’s daily obligations. Some of these photos also ignite long lost memories of my childhood because there are photos posted from my past that I hadn’t seen in ages!  What Tumblr does for a lot of us is it gives us a digital option to save magazine clippings online!  🙂  Funny thing is, Tumblr also makes me want to shop more, which is why I said some of the blogs were “shoppingly-motivating”.  For some of us, that may not always be a good thing but it’s like having your girlfriends showing you photos of great fashion ideas or products!  What do you do when your friends show you some great stuff?  You go out and buy them!

Anyhow, enough of me telling you how great Tumblr is.  As promised, here my Tumblr 101 Setup Tutorial.  Let me preface this by saying that the following is written purely for the Tumblr newbie.  I won’t go into detail with some of the advanced setup processes, mainly not to overwhelm any beginner blogger.

So!  Let’s get started!

First of all, go to http://tumblr.com

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I’ll Tumblr For You

I first opened up my Tumblr Account about a year ago but never really did anything with it.  At the time, I didn’t really know how to get started, how to start posting entries or what the norm was.  So, I left my account unattended…..  Needless to say, I lost some precious time saving many visual images that inspired me.  I lost that time to save links to websites that had great information that I wanted to “collect” as well.  If I were to sum it up, Tumblr is ia visual time capsule of all things we want to save and share…

elleslookbook tumblr page

The photo above is a screenshot of Elle’s Lookbook on Tumblr.  If you take a look at the photo, you’ll notice the  photos I “blogged” (blogged is the term Tumblr bloggers use when they post photos, quotes, notes, etc to their Tumblr blogs). 

 

Now, if you click on a photo, it will either bring you back to the website that the photo was linked to OR it will bring you back to whomever reblogged the photo before I reblogged it to my Tumblr page.  I know, it all sounds too confusing but once you jump in, I tell ya, you will so enjoy it!  It is like having a collection of your favorite books!  For me, it’s a collection of photos that inspire me and photo links to websites that I want to go back to eventually.  Now, I didn’t think much about Tumblr until I started noticing people “liking” or taking interest in my posts.  Each day, I have new followers and they are reblogging my photos on their Tumblr pages because they find it “moved” them.  Originally, I loved Tumblr for the collecting factor, but now; I love it even more for the sharing power it has.  I love it when one of my photos is shared over and over again because someone found it interesting enought to “collect” as well!

I’ll be making a Tumblr tutorial post soon and I’ll show you all the tips and techniques.  It is really easy!  Don’t let it’s plain and empty pages when you first sign up intimidate you.  It is so simple, it’s crazy!  Until then, please visit me on Tumblr and you’ll get a glimpse of what I love and what I love to share…..

 

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