Creating Our Lives

Well, mes amies … how did your weekend go? Did you have time to take a look at your wardrobe and see if comfort still equaled elegance? I hope you did. I have to admit that this is something that I have been working on for the past several months. I happily hauled several bags of clothes off to either the battered women’s shelter, the homeless shelter, or to women in my Church who needed the clothes more than I did. In return, I “had” to get some new clothes. LOL! I then proceeded to only buy clothes that either:

1) I could foresee myself wearing 5 years from now (unless a miracle happened and I lost weight … and then, Quelle Horreur!!! I’d have to go shopping again!!).
2) They were good quality clothing. They would actually last 5 years. With that being said, I refuse to not get a bargain, so this didn’t mean that I’ve spent all my money on clothing either. More about that later … I have some great tips for you clothes horses, but that’s another day.
3) They were truly “me.” They accented my body type to its best advantage and they were colors that looked best on me.
and lastly,
4) They passed the “Do I LOVE it, not “just like it” test.

So … if you’re like me, you probably didn’t finish the challenge I gave you over the weekend. That’s okay. I still have drawers I haven’t gone through. So, let’s keep going, shall we? Only, now, let’s add the four (4) new challenges I’ve just given you to the mix.

If you did try my challenge and looked for comfort and elegance (you can even change that out to excellence if you can’t perceive yourself as elegant yet, but we’re going to work on that, I promise!), then I congratulate you, and I also hope that you’ll share your experiences. Please, when you can, share your triumphs, challenges, and stories. We can all learn from and help each other!

In the meantime, I’m giving you another Coco’s Pearl. It’s a graphic I created for the Graphic’s Fairy’s Brag Monday party that I always take part in. I used her “freely given” label at the bottom of the graphic to highlight Coco’s pearl. I hope that you’ll really take her wisdom to heart. Let’s go forth and create our lives!!

Bonjour mes amies, and have a wonderful week!!!

P.S. As always, please feel free to click on the picture and then right-click to save to your computer. No mass production, please. However, please feel free to share via Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus so that others can get their own copy and join us in our quest.

It’s All About the Head … or the Neck (as the case may be)

It’s been a bit of a tough week for me, and so I knew I needed to blog … not to vent, mind you. I’ll spare you that … but I needed to create my Freebie Friday printable for you and pour some humor into my life. Hopefully, it will offer you a chance to chuckle as well … and yes, I give you permission to laugh at me, I’m laughing at me while I write this.

As I said, it’s been a bit of a trying week. But, I’ve realized that it’s all about perspective. I was griping to a friend of mine about some of my troubles and then promptly moved into another stresser that just popped up, albeit a good one. As any good friend would do, she promptly said “Boo Hoo … it must be rough to have Google wanting to promote you on the internet, I’m sure that’s really terrible.” And … boom … it hit me. What the heck am I complaining about?

See … it’s all about perspective. I’m worrying over my house being perfect for a photographer that Google is sending to my home as they are highlighting me for the state of Indiana with one of their ad campaigns. Who freakin’ gets to do that? Me!!!! I can’t believe it’s happening to me. So, why am I stressing out?  I should be jumping up and down, thrilled beyond my wildest dreams … and GRATEFUL!!!!

Some people don’t even have a home right now thanks to Hurricane Katrina, and I’m freaking out about what is probably the chance of a lifetime, business-wise. So … as I thought about what I could use for inspiration for my Freebie Friday, I turned to Marie. We always think about the fun she had, fashion, wearing anything she wanted, escaping to Trianon to get away from the court politics, and we promptly forget the woman lost her head … literally. So, while this picture is not Marie, it is Marie-esque (do you like my made up word?). I hope you enjoy and get a laugh out of it.

As always, feel free to click on it and then right-click to save to your computer. You may only use it for personal use (print or as a wallpaper for your computer) but may not mass produce. Fee free to send anyone my way to get their own copy.

Have a wonderful weekend mes amies … and keep your perspective straight (and your heads on!).

“I WANT LUXURY!”

Over the past several months, as I’ve been investigating and researching vintage couture, I have been increasingly aware of how relevant many of the designs are, still to this day. It is mind boggling how truly beautiful and proportionate style can maintain its beauty, throughout the ages.

And, as my mind tends to wander from one idea to the next … I started asking myself … why do we become so attracted to fleeting styles, when often they aren’t something that we could see ourselves in 5, 10, or 20 years from now. I mean, I hope I’m not the only one who looks back at her school or younger pictures and thinks … “What was I thinking?” And, I have to admit, many a time my mother would say she couldn’t understand my fashion choices … to which I thought she just didn’t understand what was “au courant.” And, as much as I hate to admit it, she was right!


So, my mind bounced to the next thought … why do we accept less than the best when we look to fashion? Many would say, well, I can’t afford this, or I can’t afford that. But, one thing my grandmother did teach me was that you don’t have to have a lot of clothes, if the clothes you have are right for you. Once again, they fit your proportions well, they are made with good fabrics, and are well cared for. But, we tend to live in a very consumer driven society where the seasons and fashions change at the drop of a hat (pun intended). And, many of us feel that we have to have the latest, even if the latest isn’t really what works for us!


So, I’ve decided I’m going to go through my closet and ask myself the question … “Will I wear this 5 years from now?” If the answer is no, then what the heck is it doing in my closet? I’ve allowed myself to be influenced by a fashion blip on the fashion timeline, and I don’t want to do that anymore.


Once my son (who was 9 at the time) asked for a CD player for his very own. Now, this is the child who broke every one else’s CD player in the house. So, I told him he could either save up his money to get one, or, he could use an old one that only played the radio and casettes. He was immediately irate and emphatically yelled “I don’t want that … I WANT LUXURY.” Needless to say, I had the hardest time not cracking up!!


But, now I find myself thinking (in caps) I WANT LUXURY!! That doesn’t mean that I want the most expensive or fanciest clothes or accessories. But, I want ones that fit right, I want ones that feel wonderful to the touch, I want ones that make me feel beautiful!  So, in keeping with that thought, I created today’s “Freebie Friday” with just this idea in mind. I hope you enjoy!!

As always, this is for personal use, and not to be mass produced in any manner. However, you may always refer people to my blog for them to save their own copy. To save, click on the picture, and then right click to save to your computer.


And now, here comes my challenge … check your closet and ask yourself the same questions! You’re beautiful and worth having luxury!!


Have a wonderful weekend mes amies!!
Bonsoir,
Lorraine

Freebie Friday: To Hat or not to Hat?

I LOVE FALL. So, in order to get ready, I’m already looking at my sweaters longingly. I’m pulling out my scarves, and … of course, thinking about my hats. Hats? you might ask. I LOVE hats!!

I never thought of myself as a hat person, until I started looking at wedding dresses. Now, this was in the mid 80’s where everyone had a huge poof ball on the back of their heads. So, of course I wanted to have a huge poof ball on mine. But, as I started trying on veils, something just wasn’t right. I then, tried on a hat. Voila!! I couldn’t believe it … I was a hat person. So, instead of the traditional 80’s wedding dress and poof … I wore a vintage style dress with an 1890’s style hat. I loved my hat … it was my favorite part of the whole outfit.

So, now, I’m always excited when I see a beautiful hat. Over the years it has been difficult to find great hats. I don’t know why, but for some reason they went out with Jackie O. But, I’m on a personal mission to see the hat make a comeback. I think there is a hat for every woman, and a special place for her to wear that hat. So, I’ve created today’s Freebie Friday printable about hats. Have a peak:

Feel free to download your own personal copy. Again, it’s not for profit, only for personal use. You may not mass produce, but you are more than welcome to send anyone my way to download their own personal copy. Just click on the picture to get the full size, and you can then right click to save it to your computer.
So, what kind of hats do you like to wear? I have to admit I must have been born in the wrong time period, because I love cloche hats. I was able to find a gorgeous one at Charming Charlie’s this last winter. I now wear it all fall and winter long. If you’re aren’t sure what a cloche hat is, here’s a really cool picture of some:

This is actually a designer’s sketch from 1923.
So, do tell … what kind of hats do you wear? What are your favorite? I’d love to hear your comments.
And, as a suggestion, I’ve decided to have a “Mad Hatter” party with my girlfriends. as I said, I’m on a mission to get the hat back!! Maybe we’d be a kinder, gentler nation if we wore hats and returned to feeling like a lady when we wore one!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Bisou Bisou,
Lorraine