Favorite Things

Hello lovelies!!!

Do you remember that song from The Sound of Music 🎶 These Are a Few of my Favorite Things🎵?

Well that inspired this post. I figured it was about time I shared a bit of my favorite things. I hope you enjoy and are inspired to share some of your favorite things as well. With that said, let’s get started…

I am an avid reader. But I think you already know that about me. I adore mysteries especially Diane Vallere’s fashionable mystery series (there are many!!) And novels by Sarah Jio, Lisa Wingate, Karen Kingsbury and Michelle Moran to name a few.

I also enjoy crochet. I taught myself to crochet using a child’s book from the library. Lol! My current passion in crochet is the mandala that has become ever so popular. I haven’t hooked one…yet…

I love nature & taking long walks or hikes in the woods (especially in the crisp fall air). It is one of my happy places and where I feel close to God because He created the earth & all of the creatures in it.

Another one of my favorite places is near water. If I can hear it, my heart is content. A rippling brook or waves crashing. It soothes my soul.

I also enjoy my yoga practice. It is wonderful for flexibility, relieving stress, & getting in touch with your body. It also boosts your self confidence. I practice daily with Sarah Beth Yoga. I have learned how to shut out the noise of life and how to let go of negativity during my practices. It helps me feel well rounded as a person.

I also have some activities I would like to learn such as swing dancing, macrame, how to grow healthy succulents, and glamping with my girl friends.

I hope you enjoyed my little post. What are some of your favorite things? Please share in the comment section below.

Love,

Debra💋

Inside Chanel

Hello lovely,

Today was a holiday here in the US so this morning I lounged in bed catching up on some of my favorite you tubers.

I feel especially inspired by Inside Chanel. It was a quick video about the iconic jacket that was immediately embraced by the public upon it’s release.

Chanel was definately WAY ahead of her time and designed clothing that women could actually move in. What a visionary! No wonder the public, no… the world, flocked to her unrestrictive frocks.

Just take a look Inside Chanel…The Jacket

A Chanel jacket is one piece I would definately invest in. Or perhaps a good copy.

How about you? As always leave your comments below.

Love,

Debra

The Timeless Dior

Hey doll!!

Have you ever noticed how some designers become overnight success stories then seem to fade out of the spotlight? Kinda like those one hit wonders from the 80s.

One name in fashion has stood the test of time. No matter the original creative genious of Christian Dior or the latest  couturiers. The designs of the house of Dior remain rooted in the Dior tradition.

During the war years resources were scarce. There were limitations on food items and gas,  as well as fabrics and trims for clothing. Even silk stickings were rationed. Women “made due” by refashioning their clothing and drawing  lines up the back of their calves in place of stockings.

All this changed one Victory was declared. Dior saw this as a way to reward women who had been working men’s jobs in factories while their sweethearts and husbands fought the war. Excessive yards of fabric were used and The New Look was born. Gone were the days of rationing.  This new look would highlight a woman’s assets. Busts and waistlines were accentuated.

Classic Dior

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The New Look of post World War II

 

The original Dior was something of a mystery. A brilliant designer who was surprisingly shy. Perhaps so, but he sure knew how to dress a lady.

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How could one feel anything but feminine in one of his beautiful confections?

How could one feel anything but feminine in one of his beautiful confections?

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A gown from the 1960s.

 

Women were well dressed and elegance reigned in each of Dior’s classic beauties.

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So much love went into each of this pieces like this sleek dress (above) from the 40’s with an unexpected, draped waistline. This silhouette just proves that a “lady” can still be sexy.

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Layer upon layer of frothy fabrics wrap a petite waistline.

 

A Look Into the Future

No one can deny the wow factor that John Galliano brought to Dior. It’s as if he channeled the great designer himself to bring Dior’s glamorous style to the modern woman.

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A voluminous gown in cream and gold with subtle shots of black. Trè elegant!

When John Galliano resided as head designer in the House of Dior, he brought many unexpected surprises.

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But one thing remained, a desire to create beautiful clothes women would adore.

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This gown is superb! I can almost imagine how dreamy it would feel on. It is one of my favorites. I love the cowl neckline on a dress.

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The artist, John Galliano, posing with one of his tributes to Christian Dior.

 

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The First Queen 

The first female designer, Maria Grazia Chiuri, now reigns in the House. Stepping right up to the challenge,  she has proved that a woman can do Dior.

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A design from a collection made especially for the Japanese.

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Dior will ways be embellished in embroidery, petals, and all things delicate.  It is just the way of couture.

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Elegance will never go out of style and neither will Dior.

So tell me, do you love Dior? Or perhaps you favor another designer… Let’s hear your voice by leaving me a comment below.

Love,

Debra💋

Photo credits: Pinterest

Blooming Dahlia

Hello beautiful!!

Have you ever crafted an inspiration board? Then you know it’s all about gathering items to create a theme. Today I’d like to share some boards inspired by a lovely dusty peach called Blooming Dahlia. The color experts at Pantone named it the Spring color of 2018.

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I love this color because it reminds me of the gentleness of sunset, the beauty of a seashell….it is wistful and warming.

This color looks lovely with cream, dusty rose, mint, teal and turquoise like shown below.

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Fashion follows trend setters like Pantone. The true beauty of this color is that it works well with all skin types.

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This flowing tunic top by Suzanne Betro can be worn from spring through winter. In summer, wear with cropped pants & beaded sandals. In fall, toss it on with jeans and brown booties. For the holidays wear it with winter white slacks, rose gold heels and faux fur. Shop this look here: Zulily

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Blooming Dahlia looks amazing used in accessories too like these delicate leather  earrings by Unruly Earring Bar. Shop here Unruly Earring Bar

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Blooming Dahlia looks lovely in home decor as well. Wouldn’t it be smashing on a focal wall?!

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These frilly curtains add an air of wistfulness to a guest room.

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Dragonflies grace this beautiful area rug by Liora Mann. This would look delightful in a sunroom or on a patio. Order yours here: Rugs Direct

Blooming Dahlia is by far one of my favorite colors.

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Do you like Blooming Dahlia? How would you use this color? Please share in the comments section below.

Love,

Debra

All photos were found online via  Pinterest, Rugs Direct, Unruly Earring Bar and Zulily. The ruffled lily photo is my own.

Messy Hair, Don’t Care

Hello my loves!

For as long as I can remember I have always admired women with curly, wavy or tousled hair. There’s a certain kind of freedom from tossled locks. I suppose that could be my wanna be bohemian coming out in me. There’s a restless spirit inside me that I choose to free by wearing my hair a little tousled.

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I remember as far back as middle school (because this is when I took notice of my own appearance) that I always loved the girl with not so perfectly feathered bangs. My idea of beauty was not exactly like everyone else.

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In the summer I wore my hair long & loose. And even better yet was real beach waves! I felt so glamorous with my mermaid hair flowing down my back after a day splashing in the water.

My inspiration for my look comes from a few key women. Most noticeably Meg Ryan. Who can begin to describe her gorgeous wild hair…

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I remember thinking how cool it was that an adult had messy hair. In reality I don’t think Meg is that much older than me.

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And then is the ravishing Michelle Pfeiffer. Selina Kyle, Catwoman, from the Batman Returns movie, was my girl crush. Those tousled locks were purr-fection. Me-ow!

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Even tamed waves fabulously frame her beautiful face.

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More recently my focus shifted to Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw.  Who didn’t want to be a writer and live fashionably? Always the trend setter, Carrie kept you enthralled with her sense of style,  including her notorious waves.

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Sorry for the chest exposure. Even still, how lovely…

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I choose this look because I want to be uniquely me. Sometimes I feel as though I may be pushing the envelope, but I know who I am and how I see myself. I may work as a receptionist, but I am anything but boring!

Is there someone you admire for their sense of style? Post in the comments below.

All photos were found on Pinterest with the exception of my own.

Modest Swimwear

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Hello lovely,

Do you detest putting on a swimsuit as much as I do? Being a Christian, and a role model for my teenaged niece, makes finding  modest swim wear a challenge. I know I am not the only woman out there who feels this way.

So where do we begin the search? I went to my old reliable friend Pinterest and found some really pretty suits that give you great coverage.

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This first suit is a one piece that is slightly ruched  in the mid section  which helps camoflauge. This beautiful Lake Blue beauty can be found here Rosegal

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This next suit is actually a one piece. I truly love the deep red wrapped tie top that floats away from the body.  You can see more here Liligal

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You didn’t think I could post without one boho item did you? Digging the higher waist on the bottoms on this two piece bikini and that fabulous print. Shop here Vivimarks

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This gorgeous lily printed suit with fluttery sleeves is spot on for the trendy girl.  And you thought one piece suits were for ” little old ladies”. Grab yours here Iyasson

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Vintage meets modern in this beautiful scallope trimmed black and white confection. Dreamy! Find it here Iyasson

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Glammed up tiers on a one piece. You could wear a long flowy skirt and sandals with this and be ready for a dinner date  and romantic walk on a moonlit beach. So elegant.  Find your treasured pearl here Island Trends

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Dainty floral tankini that’s flirty but never vulgar.  This top could be paired with your favorite jeans and worn to shop as well.  More bang for your buck! Check out here Mob Fashion Boutique

As you can see you don’t have to be afraid to go to the beach or the pool anymore. There are so many nice choices in modest swimwear. Find your style today!

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All photos were found on Pinterest.

Love,

Debra

Beaches

Hello there beautiful!!

A new post is coming soon, but in the meantime here are some lovely things to dream about.

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Just looking at beach waves soothes my soul. I can feel their ebb and flow. And hear their crashes and whispers.

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I love shades of blue. All of them are so soothing. Blue reminds me of the ocean.

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This gorgeous dress above belongs to my dear friend Janice at Racked Vintage

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Mermaid hair above found on Style Craze.

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Sadly I can’t remember where I found this lovely photo. The details of this Victorian style blouse are stunning.

Check out this gorgeous embellished gown worn by Angela from Runway Done My Way. Have you seen her wonderful videos?! No?! Runway Done My Way

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Justa Google search for the very fine images of the beach and ocean.

I hope this post gives you comfort. I enjoyed putting together a little vacation for the mind.

Blessings lovelies! 💋

Photo sources: Google, Pinterest,  and Instagram.