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Sensational Seasonal Sparkle

Beauteous Bling

Crystal and Chain Cuff Bracelet
Crystal and Chain Cuff

As if on cue this morning the birdies were happily chirping which leads me to believe that they must have set their clocks one hour ahead. I’m usually pretty grouchy when the time changes to daylight saving time because I hate losing an hour. I think today was an exception because I’m feeling much better health-wise and am able to enjoy this seasonal change.

It should come as no surprise then as a carry-over from yesterday I am in the most wonderful mood. Yeah it’s a tad bit chilly but the sky is blue with these puffy white clouds, the sun is out and the snow has just about completely melted. It’s a true Sparkling Sunday!!

On Friday I happened to catch the tail end of “The fashion guy,” Lawrence Zarian’s spot on Live with Kelly and Michael where he talked about the top 5 absolute spring must-haves for women. Drum roll please….

  1. Great Scarf in Pink or Coral
  2. Statement Necklace
  3. Cuff Bracelet
  4. Metallic Clutch
  5. Bold Cocktail Ring

Lawrence who was promoting his book 10 Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe had each of these items on hand to adorn Kelly Ripa. Kelly then put on her best model face and strutted across the stage as if it were her personal runway.

Calvin Klein Tie Dye Print Scarf Scarves
Calvin Klein Tie Dye Print Scarf Scarves

I do like these accessories although I would add a pair of sunglasses to complete the look. Aviator sunglasses can work with just about any face type however you still need to look for the appropriate size to suit you.

The pictures throughout today’s post with the exception of the cuff bracelet which is mine are items I found at various online retailers. While I do not advocate running out and buying anything because someone says it’s a ‘must-have’ these are just ideas to get your creative juices flowing. In all reality you may already possess these or like items that you can integrate into your spring wardrobe.

Electric Scarab Collar Statement Necklace
Electric Scarab Collar

The crystal and chain cuff bracelet that I acquired from is striking. It’s a gun-metal 1-3/4 inches wide cuff. When placed in front of you it has alternating rows of ¼ in wide chain, smaller chain, tiny crystals, medium and larger crystals, tiny crystals, smaller chain and one more ¼ in wide chain.

Calvin Klein Tie Dye Print Scarf – from is a very pretty bright coral with slight fraying at the ends. It measures 75 inches long by 19 inches wide and is 100% rayon.

IRELAND Silver Clutch

Electric Scarab Collar Necklace – I found at is described as “glimmering, high-shine jewels accent a shiny curb-link chain, punctuated with opaque neon stones for a shock of bright color.” The color of the 7 smallish stones appears to be coral and would go perfectly well with the tie dye scarf or a completely different color. The necklace is 20 inches long with a 2 inch extender and lobster clasp closure. Materials are plated base metal, leatherette and glass.

The IRELAND silver clutch is a vision of sparkly with a magnetic snap flap closure. I found this clutch on

Rebecca Minkoff Pavé ID Ring Silvertone w/Clear Crystals
Rebecca Minkoff Pavé ID Ring Silvertone w/Clear Crystals

Rebecca Minkoff Pavé ID Ring from is made with my favorite Swarovski® crystals. This ring is a silver-tone stainless steel ring. I do like this ring although with size 5 fingers it probably wouldn’t work on me. It’s a bold statement ring that is 1-3/4 inches long, ¾ wide and ¼ high and of course this probably goes without saying but it sparkles.

AJ Morgan Mission Sunglasses
AJ Morgan Mission Sunglasses

The AJ Morgan Mission Sunglasses with their slim metal frame and the double bridge aviator design the teardrop shaped gradient tinted lenses appear to be a peach color and would round out these accessories rather nicely.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” ~Anne Bradstreet

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Shoe Lovin’ Saturdays: Weigh in #6




My oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine heading my way

Nina Keiko Lime Colored Beaded Clutch
#1 – Nina Keiko

For those of you who remember this wonderful Disney song I apologize if it’s now going to be stuck in your head but if misery loves company what about pure unadulterated joy? Uh oh, now I’ve Got the Joy In My Heart and I must stop this before I start singing Pharrell Williams’ HAPPY and yes, I had to go there. In case you haven’t heard Happy you absolutely MUST take a listen click HAPPY. This song will have you clapping your hands, snapping your fingers and just make you want to dance.

So how is it that I can be so deliriously happy on such a chilly overcast day? Allow me to fill you in.

The Stars are Aligned

Orion, my favorite constellation, (probably because it’s the only one aside from the dippers, that I could find when I could still see), also happens to be the name of my little grandson. Orion is here with me today and will be spending the night with Gigi (my self-appointed grandma nickname). I never thought anything could top the births of my own children until this little guy arrived last year. He has stolen my heart and being that I’m no stranger to little children I am still constantly amazed at everything this little boy does.

Breckelles Blush Colored dOrsay Flats from
#2 – Breckelles 
Alternate ModCloth

Orion is the cutest, sweetest most precious grand baby in the whole world. When he was born he was completely bald and as his hair began to grow in it was bright red. Today, his head is covered in these long, curly, ringlets and he has the longest eyelashes and sweetest smile this side of the Mississippi. Even when he cries it’s cute!!

Spring Forward

Aaaaaahhhh, Spring Forward, the mere words had me breaking out in song. I know, I know, it’s only March and in this neck of the woods a blizzard or two wouldn’t be unusual but I’m feeling like we’ve finally turned the corner and it won’t be too long before we can send old man winter packing, bid Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) a fond farewell, and embrace a long-awaited rebirth of longer days and flowering blooms.

Michael Antonio Driver-BR Women's Shoes
#3 – Michael Antonio Driver-BR Women’s Shoes

I long for lush green trees, the cheerful sound of birds singing, flowers, warmer weather, the smell of fresh-cut grass and the overall awakening of life. To be outdoors soaking up the sun and enjoying a cup of hot coffee on the balcony in the morning hours is where I want to spend my daily devotions.

1st Milestone

The scale told me I was 157 this morning – music to my ears as this means I met my first goal. The hard work is beginning to pay off in great dividends. For the first time in my life I have energy and I feel more clear-headed. My asthma still bothers me first thing in the morning but it’s nowhere near as bad as it was about 1 month ago and as long as I stay on target it will continue to improve.

157 Pounds March 8, 2014
157 Pounds March 8, 2014
157 Pounds March 8, 2014
157 Pounds March 8, 2014

157.7 was my first goal and I vowed last week that I’d get here by weeks’ end. Here’s todays’ total numbers:

  • Weight:          minus 9 pounds
  • Thighs:           minus 5.5 inches
  • Arms:              minus 1 inch
  • Bust:               minus 0.5 inches
  • Waist:             minus 2 inches
  • Hips:               minus 1.5 inches

My main personal colors for the upcoming spring and summer 2014 are coral and turquoise. Last year I began incorporating more of these two colors into my wardrobe and I wanted to continue the trend this year because of their loveliness.

Brights Out Bright Yellow Handbag
#4 – Brights Out Bright Yellow Handbag

Coral reminds me of a beautiful sunset sky over the ocean with a mixture of reds, oranges, and yellows. The warm tropical color of coral evokes the sound of waves gently lapping the sands on the beach. You can almost hear the calming caws of the last of the sea gulls as they soar overhead to their resting place for the evening. This is such a mellow color that both calms and incites happiness inside me.

Alternatively, turquoise is soothingly cool and I can envision myself against the railing on a yacht in a flowing gauzy white dress with the wind blowing my hair from my upturned face. On a steamy, hot summer day sitting next to a fountain and feeling the spray of the water softly caressing my face also reminds me of turquoise.

Chinese Laundry Kalifornia Pink and Brown Ankle Strap Sandals from
#5- Chinese Laundry Kalifornia Pink and Brown Ankle Strap Sandals

I do not have a lot of clothing in these two colors however I have some jewelry, shoes, scarves and handbags that I’m going to have fun with. One other color I really like but will not be making too must use of this year is mint or lime.

The topic of mint brings me to one of my favorite newly acquired items that I got from This lime colored beaded clutch (picture #1) is so cute and roomy at 11 inches wide and 5 & ½ inches high. The silver detailing, chain and magnetic snap closure really make it pop. This will go real nice with my lime colored sleeveless top and a couple other printed ones that contain various shades of green.

CORMACK - handbags's satchels & handheld bags for sale at
#6 – CORMACK – handbags satchels & handheld bags

The blush colored d’Orsay flats (picture #2) are from ModCloth and I’ve been eyed them for several weeks before snapping them up. Because of their neutral color these shoes will go with just about anything although I can’t wait to pair them with some coral.

The remaining pics 3 through 5 are sandals and handbags I found online.

  • #3 – Michael Antonio Driver: Natural colored gladiator-type 1/2 inch heel sandals with zipper at the heel and braided strap to go between the big and second toe.
  • #4 – Brights Out Bright Yellow Handbag: “This colorful structured tote bag has a lightly textured exterior with gold hardware, plus an interior separated into five sections for all the room you could ever want. Carry from twin tote handles with a 5″ drop, or clip on the adjustable shoulder strap. Purse measures 14″ wide, 10″ tall, and 5.5” deep. 100% Polyurethan”e
  • #5 – Chinese Laundry Kalifornia Pink and Brown Ankle Strap Sandal: “A strip of shiny gold rounds the edge of a pointed peep toe with a neon pink snakeskin-textured toe strap nearby, while a chic brown ankle strap secures with golden closures. A 4″ heel zipper offers up even more sparkle with a gold pull above a 1.5″ stacked wood wedge heel. Smooth insole. Non-skid rubber sole.”
  • #6 – CORMACK – handbags: Mini bag in medium blue with gold accents including a decorative lock & key. This satchel has a double handle and shoulder strap with top zipper closure. Measurements are 10.7 inches wide, 8.3 inches high and 5.2 inches deep.

Have a fantabulous weekend!!

“All of us have wonders hidden in our breasts, only needing circumstances to evoke them.” ~Charles Dickens

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WOTM Featuring Fatmatta Wurie

Fatmatta Wurie of Maono Ya Chini featured image description is in the body of the post.

WOTM Featuring Fatmatta Wurie

“I want to change the face of Information Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired community. And once I do that, it is nothing to change the views and ideas of society.” ~Fatmatta Wurie

Maono Ya Chini

Maono Ya Chini is a blog created by Fatmatta Wurie, a young woman, who was one of the first bloggers I interacted with when I began blogging. Sharing a mutual understanding of sight loss, brought Fatmatta and me together. A college student majoring in Information Technology (IT), when she received her diagnosis she was embarking on young adulthood. 

When I first saw the words Maono Ya Chini, which means low vision in Swahili, I really liked their exotic sound. At the same time, I admired Fatmatta’s personal story and her approach to handling sight loss. “Seeing life through different eyes,” the tagline of Maono Ya Chini, seems to be the path Fatmatta has chosen to pursue her dreams.

Like many others who lose sight, Fatmatta went from grief to acceptance and finally the desire to help others. Her diagnosis of hereditary macular dystrophy caused her to make significant adjustments in her life.

Diseases of the eye affecting the macula, impact central vision which interferes with a person’s ability to perform daily activities. Activities like identifying faces, grocery shopping, reading newspapers, menus, ATMs, currency, and watching TV, are just a few. Safety concerns like falling risks, disorientation, medication-related errors, crossing the street, cooking, and bathing are real issues. Issues seldom considered until one has to face the prospect of living with vision loss. Add to it coping with the emotional impact of losing sight and independence it is a truly life-altering experience.

After researching her diagnosis and following up with a retina specialist Fatmatta found that she had Stargardt disease. Imagine receiving this type of news as a 19-years-old, at the beginning of your professional career.

“Being an Information Technology student, I am immediately drawn to being innovative, inventive, imaginative and creative.” ~Fatmatta Wurie

It’s impressive that is it’s only been three years since her diagnosis and Fatmatta yet is an advocate. She’s volunteering and connected with other people experiencing vision loss to build a community of like-minded go-getters.

On her blog, Fatmatta shares lots of low vision and disability awareness resource information. She also documents personal thoughts from her journaling and re-blogs articles of interest. Due to the demanding nature of being a full-time college student and blogging she manages her time well.

Fatmatta you are an inspiration and I am hopeful that you will indeed change the world!! Your youthful zeal and enthusiasm are contagious. Keep up the good work my friend.

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Budget Friendly Brother

Sibling Rivalry

It was nice growing up with someone like you – someone to lean on, someone to count on… someone to tell on!  ~Author Unknown

My brother, Robert, and I are so different I sometimes wonder if there was a mix up at the hospital before our mother brought him home. Weighing in at almost 3 pounds, he was a preemie who was quite fortunate he survived since the technology that allows such tiny babies to survive today, was not present in the early sixties.

For three years life was good and then the interloper a.k.a. little brother arrives. I have to admit that he was a cute little squirt and when I wasn’t beating him up, I was very protective of him. No one else was allowed to touch my baby brother.

I’m not quite sure when the animosity started. Possibly it had something to do with him being the favorite or since he was a natural extrovert and therefore very popular maybe I was envious. I can tell you one of the things that drove me nuts about him was his miserly ways. Even when we went to our local newsstand to buy candy I would share mine while he hoarded his until mine was all gone the brat!!

Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring – quite often the hard way.  ~Pamela Dugdale

Having very little when growing up in the same household, it’s understandable that my brother and I had an appreciation for stretching a dollar. My loathing of numbers could be the thing that set us apart because by comparison, my brother makes Scrooge look like a spendthrift. I mean, it can be embarrassing shopping with him because he does not believe in paying full price for anything and I pity the sales representative who is on the opposite end of the haggling process.

To give you an example, about a month or so ago he inadvertently bought the wrong cookies that were on sale for $2.00. What’s he do? He takes them back, exchanges them for the correct cookies and when the clerk tells him an additional 20 cents is owed, my brother explains that he bought the originals on sale and that he should be given the sale price for the exchange. The situation reminded me of that hilarious Indiana Jones scene where Indiana’s opponent brought a knife to a gun fight. End result, my brother won and didn’t have to part with 20 cents. It took about 20 minutes but he felt it was 20 minutes well spent.

If it were me in the same scenario, I would have told the guy keep the cookies, just give me my money back. I don’t have the strength to make a federal case over 20 cents.

I may not completely agree with Robert’s methodology when it comes to money but I have taken some of his advice and have fared well. So today I want to focus on a few money saving tips:

  • Membership Warehouse Clubs – A few years ago my ex-husband bought me this fabulous full length suede faux fur-lined coat at Sam’s or Costco for $40. It was absolutely gorgeous and talk about warmth. I never owned a winter coat prior to or since that has been able to withstand the frigid Pittsburgh winters. You can come across some great finds in these type stores that you may not necessarily find at the average retailer.
  • Keep Your Receipt – This is something I’ve seen work first-hand by a good friend of mine. She’ll buy something on sale and hang onto the receipt. She checks back within a few days or a week and if the price has come down she takes the receipt back to the and usually the store will give her the difference. Sometimes this doesn’t work depending on the store’s policy but when they won’t give her the difference she returns the items and buys it at the lower price. As my grandmother used to say “there’s more than one way to skin a cat” sometimes all it takes is a little ingenuity.
  • Punch Up Your Wardrobe – If you’ve already built your classic wardrobe you’re already ahead of the game and will only need, if you so desire, to add a few complementary pieces. For example, let’s say you have a pencil skirt, LBD (little black dress), white button down shirt, khakis, black pants, black blazer, jeans, assorted tee shirts and camisoles/tank tops. You might want to add a cute trendy top, shoes or a handbag to make your outfit pop. Earlier this year I said I was not buying any new clothes since my goal is to fit into my existing clothes. So what I’ve done is added a couple different styles and colors of shoes and jewelry to punch things up a bit.
  • Handbags – There are so many different types, sizes and colors from which to choose it will literally make your head spin. But this is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make your ensemble pop. Not too long ago I got this really cute fake leather bag that one of my friends was gaga over. Of course she wanted to know where I got it and was floored when I told her it only cost $13.
Khaki Colored Stylish Laconic Women's Tote Bag from
Stylish Laconic Women’s Tote Bag

The thing is, you can spend a boat load of money on clothing and look nice but it takes a little finesse to spend less and look just as nice. My motto is “I wear what I like and like what I wear.”

I invite you to leave a note below with questions or comments or if you prefer you can send an email directly to me at

Have an awesome day!!

“God wisely designed the human body so that we can neither pat our own backs nor kick ourselves too easily.” ~Author Unknown