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Showing posts from September, 2017

i am a bougie girl: Shoe Polish Is A Game-Changer

Earlier this week, I re-discovered shoe polish. These boots are five years old and were ready for the trash heap. They were covered in scuff marks on  the toes and the heels. Thanks to a 10 minute swabbing of shoe polish, these boots look almost brand new.

Hometown Nomad: Fresh Veggies

I walked by a booth at the Overland Park Farmer's Market and these beauties caught my eye. I started thinking about all of the different ways to prepare them. Perhaps, I could use them as a side dish or maybe the main course.
Too many choices to be sure. In the end, I strolled past without buying them.

Girl Rock Your Size: Magical Evening

Rock this top over a pair of dark blue boot cut jeans and a pair of chocolate brown mules.
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Divatosity: Large Red & White Checks

This is a very basic pattern which reminds me of tailgating picnics in early Fall. I can smell the meats on the grill and taste the tart apple cider on my tongue. 

i am a bougie girl: Relax...

Lately, I seem to be in a spiral of work, socializing, and creating. As a result, I have been guilty of not kicking back enough to enjoy the beginning fruits of my labor. The need to continue creating takes precedence over a night of relaxing. Though, I am getting better about turning off my laptop by 9 pm.

i am a bougie girl: All At Once...

My life has begun to take shape...all at once. I am not even done with this season of a comeback phase.  Each week, I write up a list of manageable objectives. Accomplishing these objectives brings me closer to the life that I am designing for myself. 
One of the biggest challenges in this comeback endeavor is to remember to enjoy my life as I am designing it.

i am a bougie girl: Creative Life Design

I first wore this dress as a bridesmaid in a dear friend's wedding back in 2014. I still cannot believe that it was 3 years ago. Life was so different for me back then. I had all of these plans but, little or no commitment to see them through. Also, for the first time in years, I felt self-conscious about my life plans. Probably, because they did not fit within the narrow scope  of what Midwestern society finds to be acceptable.

I was making plans to be a single mom by choice, trying to figure out how to cash flow a farm property and moving my career in a very unfamiliar direction. In other words, I was a 40 year old going through a major life crisis within a region of the country which expects everyone to be settled comfortably into their lives by age 30.

Within the past several months, I have solidified my commitment to design a life tailor made for me and not the expectations of an unseen Majority.

i am a bougie girl: On All Fronts

Taking my life to the next level has involved a lot of time, money, and a radical shift of my mindset.
Last year, I reached a point where I stopped settling for situations that were not contributing to my personal growth in the long run.  Now, I am living a high octane life on all fronts and much happier for it. 

Divatosity: Sheer Snowflake Fabric Swatch

I realize that it is WAY to early to be discussing snow...but, this fabric invokes the arrival of Winter in all of its majesty. Use it as a wrap over a long gown, a window covering, or as part of an art installation.

Hometown Nomad: Ganapati and Gauri Pooja

I stepped into their apartment and removed my shoes. My senses are distracted my the yummy aromas wafting from the dining room. Within minutes of my arrival, my hosts tell me the story of Ganapati and Gauri Pooja. 
The traditions surrounding this celebration can vary from family to family. I tried to listen with rapt attention but, my seasonal allergies started acting up. A dry cough began forming within my throat and gulping down water did not seem to help. However, I did manage to sample a variety of dishes before I politely left in anticipation of a long coughing spell.
The food was delicious and wonderfully fragrant. I silently cursed my impending allergy attack.

Girl Rock Your Size: Glitzy Wrap Of Gold

Sequinned wrap of gold can also act as a makeshift tunic. Add a pair leggings and or skinny jeans and it adds some casual glamour to the ensemble. 

i am a bougie girl: Barely Visible

A few weeks ago, I went to a local park and snapped photos. It was early on a Saturday morning and the sun was shining very brightly. Yet, the way in which the photo came out you would swear that it was taken at sunset.
This photo is a metaphor for the grittier parts of my comeback. Things have been going smoothly...except for all of the growth opportunities which have been coming my way lately. 
Last night, I was filled with an unexpected rush of fear and panic. I wanted so badly to pack up everything and start a brand new life. Alas, in 2017 that is not as easy as it once was. 
After some much needed rest and contemplation, I chalked up last night's anxiety as something akin to growing pains.

i am a bougie girl: Feel These Highlights

These highlights have given me a new lease on life. My inner diva came back out to play and she has no plans for returning back to the cave of despair. 

i am a bougie girl: Adventures In Being Makeup Free

Sometimes, I like not wearing makeup. Especially, on busy Saturday mornings filled with a million household chores and paperwork. This evening I am attending a wedding with a reception to follow. I will have to throw on long frock and get all glammed up for the festivities. But, for the next couple of hours I can luxuriate in my make up free existence.

Divatosity: Magical Sparkly Color Swatches

Sparkly fabric has magical properties. I can wear it as a wrap atop of a sedate black dress, cut it into a headscarf, and/or use it for window coverings.

Divatosity: Patterns On A Lamp

Patterns are found everywhere. I found this one on a family heirloom. 

Divatosity: Sailing Away From Summer

Summer 2017...why are you leaving so soon? Each day, the sun seems to slip from the sky earlier and earlier. The temperatures are slowly dropping as well. Every year, I mourn the end of time spent dining on patios, walking in the warm sunshine, and sipping cool refreshing drinks. 

i am a bougie girl: Take Thyself To The Public Library

So many library books to read and not enough long stretches of time to read them all.  The struggle is real and I would not have it any other way.