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Brilliant Earring Storage Solution

Brilliant Earring Storage Solution Featured image description is in the body of the post

Brilliant Earring Storage Solution

Amore is the Italian word for love. Amore is also the online shop where I snagged this fabulous earring storage album that I talk about in the video. Before I go any further, I am not being compensated for this review which is purely my personal opinion.

If you decide to order this product I’d like to offer a few words of caution:

  1. It wasn’t obvious who the company was. The second point explains my rationale for placing my order
  2. The price of the album was cheap almost “too good to be true.” In view of this I figured:
    • The product was probably subpar
    • It would be coming from some distant land where it would take a month or so to receive
    • The option to pay by PayPal lessened the risks so I went for it
  3. It took a couple of weeks for my package to arrive. Unfortunately, I already shredded the address label and can’t remember where it was shipped from.
    • While there are legitimate companies who use Gmail accounts, typically I prefer an email address that matches the domain of the business. When I received my confirmation it was a Gmail address via Shopify.
  4. I ordered a red storage album and as you can see, received a pink one. While I could have sent the pink one back it was not a dealbreaker for me, so I kept it. Since the benefits of easy storage outweighed the risks this was a perfect option for me.
Brilliant Earring Storage Solution screenshot description is in the body of the post
Shipment Confirmation Screenshot
Earring Photo Album

Brilliant Earring Storage Solution Featured Image Description:

The photo is a frame from the video where I’m sitting at my dining table demonstrating the album. I’m wearing a black headwrap with gold threads and a decorative flower is over my left ear. With my black/gray v-neck sweater I have a black oblong scarf with gold threads tied around my neck.

Shipment Confirmation Screenshot Image Description:

The screenshot confirms the item I ordered and while the image is a pink album “red” is indicated per my selection. Text within the screenshot says “80% off 2019 New Year special price earring storage album.”

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Tempted to Trust


Style & Co Printed Wide-Leg Soft Pants
Have you ever had that gnawing feeling in the pit of your stomach? I’m experiencing it right now as I’m writing this post. You see, today the contractor was to come by to scoop me up so that we could get the paint/stain for my balcony which he was going to work on today. While he did come recommended I’m feeling uneasy and thinking that the postponing of today’s work due to overcast weather conditions is biding me some time to mull over next steps.

I’m living testimony that being a control freak is not an easy way to live. Trusting contractors, lawyers, automotive mechanics, sales professionals, doctors, or even airplane pilots does not come easy as my major expectation is simply ‘doing the right thing the first time, every time.’ Professionalism, providing an itemized listing of services to be performed, clear & consistent communication, following up & through, being on time & providing quality workmanship and fair pricing are very important non-negotiable qualities.

During times like this I really miss my ex-husband because he was a one-of-a-kind, extremely gifted, person in the area of home remodeling and construction. When I was in the process of buying my first home and he was with me on the walk-through he’d say things like “I can move this thermostat over here” or “I can knock out this wall and put in patio doors” or “I’ll take out this door to expand the size of the kitchen”. He was an expert in hanging drywall, custom built-ins, and beautiful crown molding but he also did siding, window installation, flooring, insulation, and painting. The thing I loved most about his work was his attention to detail. When the interior railing and balusters needed updating he took the entire thing down, sanded and repainted it to look like new. He did not cut corners; that just wasn’t his style. Oh well, what’s a new homeowner to do? I know, let’s talk clothing!!

The weekend prior to the big move I had to buy a new outfit to attend a brunch scheduled the day after move-in day. My cousin Charese and I made a day of it by buying new hair, going to lunch (I’m so ashamed of my lack of self-restraint I can’t even tell you what I ate), then it was off to Macy’s.

Surplice Knit Tank

We went up the escalators to the second floor to take in the lovely designer apparel. It felt as if I were in a dream, everywhere I turned there were sparkly embellishments on tops, skirts and sweaters. Oh, and let me not forget to mention the assorted fabric textures, colors, florals, and patterns. Every time something caught my eye another item would draw my attention. I finally settled on an INC International Concepts Paisley River (coral and gray) paisley rhinestone embellished maxi skirt, a DKNYC sleeveless draped asymmetrical hem coral top, an INC necklace trimmed white linen jacket and of course since I was already there I couldn’t leave without a pair of sexy BCBGeneration Tevos Platform wedges. I was so pumped to wear my new outfit on Sunday but by the end of the day Saturday I literally had no strength left and had to cancel my brunch attendance.

As excited as I was over my outfit the real reason for today’s post was so I could share a few of my more recent online finds. I probably mentioned previously that I find it so much easier doing online shopping as opposed to going to brick and mortar stores but as my recent experience demonstrates I can still manage in the physical store from time to time.

Bandolino Acherly Women's Sandals

So, while I was at Macy’s buying the brunch outfit I was eyeballing a few other pieces that I made note of to look up online. Wide legged linen pants, maxi dresses, and some cute tops were a few things that I began with to build my summer wardrobe. One of my favorite ensembles is pictured throughout this post and following is a description of the 6 pieces:

  1. Style & Co Printed Wide-Leg Soft Pants Macy’s

When I saw these pants in the store I loved the lightweight material and I never thought I’d say this in a million years but also the elastic waistband. The pants are so comfy and even when I have a ‘private summer’ (code for hot flash) I don’t feel the need to strip down. The other selling points for me are my favorite black & white color combination along with the ease of dressing them up or down.

  • Allover print is black with white brush strokes
  • Polyester/spandex
  • Mid-rise: waistband sits below natural waist
  • Relaxed fit through hips and thighs
  • Wide leg
  • No pockets

On The Edge Zippered Tote2.  Black Surplice Knit Tank Forever 21

Since I am a pear shape, in an effort to take the attention away from my hips, I look for necklines that draw the eye upward. As soon as I saw this surplice draped front tank top I envisioned myself wearing it with a pair of jeans, khakis or in this case the wide leg pants in today’s post. The material is very lightweight and per the aforementioned ‘private summers’ it’s very cool, comfortable and versatile as it can go from day to evening in a flash.

3.  Bandolino Acherly Women’s Sandals 6pm.com

These sassy flat black sandals with a hint of shimmering copper are so, so cute. The banded open toe has intricate beaded detailing that subtly sparkles when the light hits them just right. The back-zip ankle closure envelopes the foot in cozy comfort.

Tribal-Inspired Drop Earrings

4.  On The Edge Zippered Tote Forever 21

This large, black, fully lined, lightweight, faux leather tote, features zippered side trim on each side that allows you, depending on how you feel, to leave the sides open or zip close.

  • Open-top with magnetic snap closure
  • Double top shoulder straps
  • Interior zip & patch pockets
  • High polish hardware

Iconic Straw Fedora

5.  Tribal-Inspired Drop Earrings Forever 21

For a pop of color, I added a pair of silver turquoise, fish-hook back, drop earrings featuring a tribal-inspired design with a faux stone center. These earrings consist of a burnished finish and are 2 inches long by 1.5 inches wide.

6.  Iconic Straw Fedora Forever 21

I knew early in the season that a hat or two were in my future and this natural colored straw fedora with black band was calling my name. To finish this look I added a pair of aviator sunglasses and a silver cuff bracelet.

When I was working, my wardrobe contained mainly business attire that I’ve since retired with the exception of a few pieces for the occasional meeting. I’m in the process of reinventing my style for a more casual and relaxed chic look and this summer is going to be the beginning of major fun!!

Stay tuned for more updates.

Ciao

“I love things that age well – things that don’t date, that stand the test of time and that become living examples of the absolute best.” ~ Giorgio Armani

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The Black Blazer A Comfort In Time Of Crisis

Rebuilding Life In Confidence Boosting Apparel

The Black Blazer A Comfort In Time Of Crisis

“Always remember you are BRAVER than you believe, STRONGER than you seem, SMARTER than you think & twice as BEAUTIFUL as you’d ever imagined.” ~A.A. Milne

Make Doing Without, Do!

If a situation caused you to lose most of your worldly possessions what would you do? How would you cope? More importantly, how would you recover?

About 20 some years ago I was in such a predicament. Due to the seriousness of the situation, I immediately went into survival mode. I had three small children who were wholly dependent on me to get us through. When cornered I’ve always relied on 3 key things:

  1. My resourcefulness
  2. My ability to not only adapt to but thrive in just about any given situation
  3. My belief that there is always a way

During this particular situation, I had to look at the big picture, project out into the future and ask myself if I could honestly continue on the current path. Once I had the answer to this question the planning began and then the most critical piece was the execution. My plans may not have been perfect but as problems beyond my control arose I adjusted it accordingly.

When you’re in a difficult place, it sometimes seems like there is no way out. You can be so overwhelmed with feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy that you want to give up. This was the place where I eventually landed after getting me and my boys out of our difficulty. I managed to keep a few personal possessions but everything else (including some precious mementos) was gone.

Losing Everything Changes Everything

Things take on a whole new meaning when you’ve lost just about everything you worked so hard for. Some of the smallest, then, become the most important. A navy suit, my grandma gave me in the mid 80’s was one of the items I was able to keep and I still have it to this day. While it no longer fits, I treasure it as a small reminder of my grandma who bought it for my first real job interview.

One of the other items was a black blazer given to me at the women’s shelter. Anyone who has lots of resources can make themselves look like a “million bucks” but it takes creativity and a smidge of attitude to pull it off with very little.

Versatility is the thing I like most about the black blazer. Following are some of my favorite ways to wear it:

  • Wear it with black slacks, white button-down shirt, black pumps (I love wearing red pumps with this outfit) and subdued jewelry for a classic business look.
  • Wear it with blue jeans, white T-shirt, boots, a long necklace and scarf for a dressy/casual look.
  • Wear it with just about any dress, roll up the sleeves, add bracelets, necklace, earrings, and pumps for a chic look.

Your options when pairing a black blazer with anything are limitless. I wear mine buttoned, unbuttoned, sleeves up, sleeves down or any combination. I like to wear it with different colored tank tops (which can average anywhere between $5.00 on up), button-down shirts, T-shirts, sweaters, jeans, slacks, leggings, skirts, and dresses. 

Provided you have a well-fitting black blazer there is almost no way you can go wrong.

Have a wonderful day!