Saturday, August 31, 2013


Countdown continues to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 Collections in New York, taking place September 5-12, 2013.  Video features "Huggin & Kissin" by Big Black Delta from the self-titled album out now.

Summer may be having it last hurrah and Fall is around the corner, but the fashion industry is making way for the Spring/Summer 2014 Collection.  In less than one week many of globe's most influential designers will be debuting their latest creations.

"Mercedes-Benz fashion Week in New York is internationally recognized as the world's stage to premier the latest developments in cutting-edge fashion to the global fashion industry," said Stephanie Zimmer Manager of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA.  "The excitement is building in anticipation of what will hit the runways from both the well-known designers and emerging talent showing this season."


By far my favorite Fashion Show Quip is Carrie from Sex in the City as she attempts to strut her stuff in front of hundreds.  Carrie goes on the catwalk and promptly face plants in her stiletto heels. Immediately Heidi Klum is sent to the catwalk, steps over Carrie and Stanford exclaims "Oh my God!  She's fashion roadkill!".   As Carrie mouths she's okay to Samantha she picks herself up, high-fives Heidi, laughs and flashes her brilliant smile!!!

New York Fashion Week September 5-12, 2013

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This Fall Green is the New Black in Handbags

Fall officially begins September 22 and is also referred to as 
Autumnal Equinox

It is the summer's great last heat,
It is the fall's first chill:  They meet
~ Sarah Morgan Bryant Piatt

In many regions of North America, the landscape silently explodes with vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange.

As leaves begin to drop off the trees so do we begin to shed our sandals and sundresses.  

With each new season comes the advent of the choice of a new bag.  

Can a new luxe bag punch up your fall favorites?

Take a look and see why this Fall green is the new black.

No matter which style you choose you'll instantly upgrade your look.

Which style bag do you favor?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Motivation Monday #6

When I found this inspiring quote I realized it perfectly summed up how the past week turned out for me. 

Last Monday I talked about the cha-cha and taking forward steps only to sometimes have to take a backward step.

My lifestyle change is a lot like that.  I am making changes to benefit my health and well-being.  Clean eating along with a fitness plan.

I realize that with change comes obstacles.  And obstacles are only there to urge me to re-think my choices and decisions.  

Ultimately that's what my new way of living is teaching me.  How to handle obstacles on my journey.  No matter what they are.


Week 2 Summary

This week I only worked out 3 days.  No excuses, just being lazy.  

As for my eating plan, again it went extremely well.  Making healthy choices is becoming easier.  Planning is a big part of that.  

I find that for me I do better if I eat the same meals with little variance.  I know that for some repetition is boring, but it's consistency that works for me.  
On that note I'll share what I eat every morning for Breakfast.

2 hard boiled eggs with salt, pepper and Mrs. Dash.  I boil up a dozen on Sunday and have them in the fridge waiting for me every morning.

1/2 - 3/4 cup oatmeal sweetened with 1 packet of Splenda.

That's it.  Believe it or not this keeps me full for about 4 hours, which works out great since it's time for me to eat again.

Yes, I did make time for my 2 cheat meals along with cocktails.  

Although I didn't lose any weight this week, I have been true to myself about staying on track with my clean eating plan.  No cheating for my regular meals at all!!!

Hence, the above quote...

I can't wait to see what this coming week brings to the game.

How was your week?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

postcards from paradise ~ through magnolia eyes

 magnolia looking up reaching for the sky

constitution in heart and soul

 climbing vines love  magnolia shade

cherub watches over the land we live on

vines hugging magnolia trunk


pictures of my beloved magnolia tree

i bought this as a tiny sapling

now it's branches seem like they can touch the clouds


linking up with recuerda mi corazon

postcards from paradise

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wednesday's Window

This is a picture of our Hoya (wax plant) plant in bloom.

It flowers in a cluster and can have up to 40 individual flowers packed together.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Motivation Monday #5

Thank goodness I love to do the cha-cha

Could it be this simple?  

Just a dance?

I am inspired by the simplicity of these few words.

With the above quote in mind, I am taking a step back to re-consider what Motivational Monday is becoming for me.  

Since I began a lifestyle of clean eating and fitness I would like to devote one post per week to this endeavour.

So Motivation Monday will still be a place for me to set the mood for the week, but also be a way for me to talk about my lifestyle goals and its ups and downs...aka the cha-cha.

I'm still deciding on the new name. 

hmmmmm...any ideas???


Week 1 went great for me.  

I was able to work out (at home) 4 days.

I followed my clean eating plan to the letter...I am so very proud of myself.  

I indulged in my 2 weekend cheat meals, which I am allowing myself.
Based on  A LOT of research (my own) I decided that long term success will only come if I know that I can still have my unclean, processed foods every once in awhile.

Overall I feel successful.  The biggest surprise to me was the fact that I was  not hungry.  I had not one craving.  

I'll share more about my food choices as the weeks progress.

I lost 4 pounds.  


Sunday, August 18, 2013

postcards from paradise

the view of our pool

water so calm and still

not for long once friends and family arrive

a peaceful moment before the fun and energy begin

the first little fish


beautiful sundays
postcards from paradise
with recuerda mi corazon

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Fabric ~ Five Sentence Fiction

Cut from the Same Cloth

I watch Gramma Sophie raise the sweat soaked cocktail to her red-stained clown lips, wondering to myself how she continues to have the desire or energy to replay this scene over and over.

Humming a melody she watches me through slit eyes, fear and excitement clouding her delicate features.

Gramma Sophie leans back in her chair, the hint of a smile on her lips savoring the knowledge that Earl has come back, just like she knew he would.

Winking at me she whispers, "Earl, you've always known this is my favorite song, shall we dance"?

I rake my fingers through my hair and wonder if she'll ever remember who I really am.


What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week I will post a one word inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word.
The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just use it for direction.
This week: FABRIC

Monday, August 12, 2013

Motivation Monday #4

As anyone who know me can attest, I am always trying a newfangled way to lose weight and get back in shape.  

Those who are in shape and eat clean already know there is no miracle diet.

Today I begin a journey of clean eating and fitness.

It's really quite simple.

Q:  What should we be eating?

A:  Real food.  That's it.  If it came out of the ground, or if it's from an animal that ate what came out of the ground, you're good to go.  But if a human processed it in between, either something was added, usually sugar, or something was removed, most likely fiber and micro nutrients like vitamins and minerals.

My Goal :  Slow down and focus on how to feel great from within using diet and exercise.

What are your thoughts about eating and fitness?  Any recipes or training tips you'd like to share?

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Old School Blogging ~ August

Well kids, we are changing things up here a bit this month and asking for pictures (and words, if you like) of your FRIDGE.  What is on that bad boy?  You got pictures?  Lists?  Kid art that is just TOO fabulous to toss?  Christmas cards from two years ago?  Birth announcements of kids that are eight years old now??  

 Now if you are one of those crazy people who keeps their fridge CLEAR, first of all I bow down to you, second of all, show us what is inside your fridge or even your purse or medicine cabinet instead.  SOMEthing that let's us know more about you!    ~  From The Miss Elaine-ous Life    ~

My fridge has vinyl panels and so I am unable to hang stuff up on it...much to my dismay.  SO, I decided to take some pictures of my bulletin board.  I pin up all sorts of things as the mood strikes me.  The bulletin board is currently sitting on the floor in my "Quiet" room.  Recently I moved my computer and desk to another room in the house.  Yay me!!!  Unfortunately the bulletin board still sits on the floor, oh well...

Pictures of My Loves

Memories from Christmas past, a hand-painted ornament by my love along with a Christmas picture.  My hanging Diva of Love

These are two of my hand-made Valentine's Day cards.  On our very first Valentine's Day he made me a card because he said he couldn't find one that said what he wanted to say.  So he created his own.  It was more special to me than a store bought card for obvious reasons.  This tradition has continued for the past seven Valentine's Days.  I've kept each card and rotate them out.

These are my lady friends.  I love each one.  Especially Marilyn Monroe, she was a healthy Size 12 in this photo...overweight and fat by our standards today.  Marilyn reminds me that sex appeal and attractiveness is all about confidence!!!

My Gramie was Polish and for as long as I can remember she referred to St. Anthony as her boy.  No matter what troubles crossed her path, whether her own or someone in the family, you could count on Gramie to pray to St. Anthony.  This belief has carried through the generations to my Mom, my siblings and my children.  It's all about faith.

Two Goddess Angels of Love and Queen-her-ship.  Also an origami elephant My Love made for me.

Quotes I love.  The quote on the index card reads "Sometimes divine revelation simply means adjusting your brain to hear what your heart already knows."

These are My St. Jude Kids.  I donate monthly to this wonderful cause and in return I receive a picture along with a synopsis of that child's medical treatment.  I call them My Kids and I love knowing that I can make a difference no matter how small. 

This picture was taken almost 3 years ago, I can hardly believe it.  We were at the Pumpkin Patch.

This has been so much fun and also a sentimental trip down memory lane. 

 Hopefully, now you know a little more about me.  

Thanks The Miss Elaine-ous Life for thinking outside the box.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Dog Days of Summer and Sandals

The dog days of Summer are finally here.  

While visiting, which I love, I stumbled across the Summer Sale.  There are so many goodies to choose from I decided to focus on their shoe selections.

Below are my favorites, all on sale.  These are priced to sell.  

Living in Florida I wear flip-flops or sandals on most days.  If only my pocketbook was a bit fatter I'd order them all.

I'm ordering the Dr. Scholl's sandal in stripes and Woven Wonder of the World Wedge.  

Which shoe strikes a chord with you?  

Monday, August 5, 2013

$100 Target Gift Card August Monthly Giveaway w Sparkles & Friends

It’s that time again! Time to make a reader very happy! And this one couldn’t come at a better time for those families getting their kids ready to head back to school! Or hey, maybe you just like Target? Either way, I’ve teamed with My Fashion Forward Blog, my lovely contributors, and some wonderful bloggy friends to bring you the chance to win a $100 gift card to everyone’s favorite bullseye, Target! The entries are easy and my cohostesses are so worth checking out so without further adieu let’s get winning!
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