Packed and ready...

Long Sleeve Tee and Scarf - Express, Sweater - Thrifted (J Crew), Fur Vest - Yes Style, Jeans - Silver from Berlin Village Gift Barn (local store), Ring - Gift, Watch and Handbag - Michael Kors, Bracelets - Homespun Treasures (local store), Shoes - Aldo

Tomorrow morning I leave for LA, which means I will be blogging from the west coast the rest of the week! May your week be as sunny as mine (I hear it's going to be 75 degrees, oh joy)! 


Casual Lunch

Long Sleeve Tee - Old Navy, Sweatshirt and Earrings - Express, Fur Vest - Loft, Jeans - Silver from Berlin Village Gift Barn (local store), Scarf - Forever 21, Bracelets - Homespun Treasures (local store), Boots - Aldo

May your Friday be merry and bright! Yes, I'm still referencing Christmas. I'm also still listening to Christmas music! I can't seem to be done with it. Maybe next week...


All Neutrals

Shirt, Vest, Skirt and Earrings - Express, Watch - Michael Kors, Bracelets - Homespun Treasures (local store), Necklace - HRH Collections, Ring - Gift, Handbag - Gianni Binni from Dillards, Tights - Hue, Boots - Aldo.


One of the best...

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Dress, Earrings and Leggings - Express, Jacket - VS, Scarf - Homespun Treasures (local store), Boots - Aldo

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Cardigan and Jeans - Express, Fur Vest - Limited

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I got to spend part of my day with one of my best friends yesterday. Mim makes me laugh when I need a laugh, hugs me when I need a hug, and straightens me out when I need to be straightened out! She is the perfect description of what a best friend is supposed to be. Mim, you know how much I love you.

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...and me looking clueless and Mim looking fierce!

Happy hump day!!!



Denim Dress - Charlotte Russe, Plaid Shirt and Necklace - AE, Sweater - Gap, Belt - Michael Kors, Earrings - F21, Leggings - Express, Boots - Zigi Soho from DSW 

Spent part of my day at the dental office yesterday and my dentist told me I look festive. Yes, that is the look I was going for!
Have a great day!  


Gray Monday

Top and Skirt - Express, Necklace - Vanity, Earrings and Bracelet - Limited, Watch - Michael Kors, Rings - Homespun Treasures (local store), Handbag - Gianni Binni from Dillards, Tights - Hue, Shoes - J Lo Collection from Kohl's

This cashmere blend skirt is quite possibly one of the most comfortable things in my closet. It has just the right amount of stretch, it's a great length, and of course, I love anything in a stripe.

It's hard to believe I wore short sleeves a week ago, and then had all the snow this weekend. That's Ohio for you.

I hope your Monday rocks!!!


Snow, fur and (almost) no voice

Shirt, Earrings and Jacket - Express, Jeans - VS, Watch - Michael Kors, Bracelets - Homespun Treasures (local store), Boots - Aldo, Fur Collar - VS  (I bought a cardigan for a client that had this fur collar attached. She loved the cardigan but not the fur. Easy fix, I bought the fur and everybody was happy.)

 I wore this to do a presentation yesterday and had a very specific reason for wearing this outfit. I had lost my voice on Thursday and was still feeling the effects of it. The jacket gave me color and made me feel happy, the fur collar made me feel cozy, and as my niece pointed out, it takes away from what is wrong with you! Haha. Like my bleary eyes and a runny nose. Yesterday I dressed opposite my mood simply to get me in a better mood. It worked.

Happy Weekend!!!



Leather Dress - Threadsence, Jacket - Express (mine was from last year), Scarves - Forever 21, Watch - Michael Kors, Ring - Gift, Earrings - Express, Boots - Aldo

It's not how much you spend on clothes, it's how you wear them. ~ Kay Chung


JR style...

...and the girl behind the camera when I'm not using my remote and tri-pod.

Tee - Gabriel Brothers, Cardigan - Gap, Fur Vest, Shorts and Leggings - Justice, Boots - Payless Shoes

My mini me is always asking to layer like mom. So layer we did.

Enjoy :)


The power of red

Dress, Scarf and Jacket - Express, Necklace - Homespun Treasures (local store), Earrings - Premier, Watch and Handbag - Michael Kors, Shoes - Aldo, Glasses - Ted Baker (men's frames).


Changing my story, changing my world…not my normal post

Everyone is still talking about New year’s resolutions…I know I’m a bit late on the subject but I have been wanting to share this for awhile (in 2011, actually) but haven’t out of… A – Simply not taking time to write this  B. Fear of appearing “holier than thou” (that is not my intention) C. Fear that I would mess up and have to tell you (yep, it’s called accountability).

At the end of 2010 New Pointe Community Church (where I attend) challenged us to make a difference in the lives of the people around us and our world by giving above and beyond our tithes in 2011. I immediately knew what I had to do (as God had been preparing me in previous months). I was to give my clothing budget for the entire year (with the exception of making one purchase per month, or if I had gift or rewards cards). If you know me, God could not have asked me to make a greater sacrifice.

In 2011 I learned more about myself and my “stuff” than I have in a long time. I have never fought self-control like I did last year. I have never thought so long and hard before making a purchase. “Do I really need it?” “How many different ways can I wear this?” “Is this really what I want as my purchase of the month?” On and on the process went.

The blessings and rewards are too many to tell. I have never had so many gift cards and rewards cards in my life. I was blessed with gift cards from friends and clients as thank-you's or gifts, and they had no idea that I was doing this. I get store rewards cards from using my credit cards when I shop for clients (I’ve always considered this a perk of my job). I don’t think I’ve ever shopped as much for client’s as I did last year, therefore ending up with a ton of rewards cards, which resulted in “free” clothes. I had a client hand me $250 worth of rewards cards saying she just wants me to have them (she had no idea what she was giving me)! I had a store register keep telling the associate I owed nothing when I should have owed about $5 that wasn’t covered with the rewards card. I would find things (that I loved) on sale for $8 when I would only have a $10 rewards card. Trust me, I could go on and on.

So why did I do it? 1- Because God asked me to. 2- I needed/wanted to remind myself that there is something bigger and greater than myself to live for. 3- I wanted to change my story and my world.

What did I learn from this? 1- When you make a promise to your Heavenly Father you’re not likely to break it! 2- That life is not about me! 3- To celebrate every little blessing and “kiss” from Jesus every day. 4- That my closet held way more clothes and accessories than I thought. 5- I have more self-contol than before. 6- Contentment.

Below are my purchases of 2011. 

 Express Coat - Mostly because I needed a coat.
 Michael Kors belt from Macy's - The only thing I bought while I was in NYC. I know, I can't believe it either!
Express Blazer - Love white (you can wear with everything) and couldn't wait to wear it in the spring.
 Aldo Sandals - Had been dreaming of a pair of blue sandals.
 Michael Kors Watches - Loved the white one so much I bought the silver/gold one as well.
2 Dresses and a Jacket from Zara - I didn't shop for 3 months so I could shop for a few things while I was on vacation.
Sperry's - Love them? Hate them? I love them. Hubby hates them.
Michael Kors Handbag - Probably my favorite purchase of the year.
 Velvet Blazer from VS - This was my final purchase of the year.

Thanks for reading and here's to an amazing 2012!
Hugs, Rhoda