10 Great Maxi Coats

One of my favorite styles for a Winter coat is back in full force for this Season,
the Maxi Coat.
In fact this classic, and stylish coat made the cut for Marie Claire Magazine  as one of the best Winter coats for 2015.
Here are some of my favorite picks and why I love a Maxi Coat.


I truly believe that the Maxi Coat is not only fabulous and flattering, they are an essential
item of clothing that every woman should have in her closet.
Even when they are not the "trend" of the season, this coat is timeless.
They can be worn with jeans or a classy dress, dress them up or down.
Wear them with boots, heels, or even keds.


A Maxi Coat is extremely versatile, they come in such a variety of fabrics,
so they fit the bill for virtually every climate and lifestyle.


If I could have two Maxi Coats one would definitely be in this color.
Such a soft, feminine hue and I suppose leaning toward the neutral side.

Of course, black is always a sensible choice, and always looks great on every age and shape.


I do have a fashion crush on neutral tones, and I will be purchasing a neutral Maxi coat  for myself this season.
I don't think a woman is ever too "mature," to have a fashion crush, do you?
In fact, I hope that I have them all the way into my 90's and that I am still wearing my pink lipstick too!


You know I am in love with grey, Ladies,  just look at this coat and oh these boots!
Such a slimming look.


This coat is too young for me, with it's texture, and I also feel it needs a very slim frame to carry off the look and handle the bulk.
But just notice the mix of neutrals and all of this scrumptious layering.
Dressing ourselves is much like dressing our homes.
We are the pallet and then we choose the colors, layer the design, adding to and taking away until we achieve the desired image.


I wanted to include accessories in this post too.  
Many of you live in very cold climates where hats, gloves and boots are more than just a
"look," they are a necessity.
I thought this was a great example on how to complement your wardrobe,
staying stylish, comfortable and warm.


Once again thinking of you my friends who have the bitter cold weather.
You need to stay cozy.


Do you have a Fashion Crush?

I am so excited to share with you in my upcoming Monday post, a very special interview with my dear friend Anita Rivera, a long time blogger and talented artist.
You probably know her from Castles Crowns and Cottages, and now you will find her
on Instagram.
Her artistic flair has been featured in one of our favorite magazines...

Have a beautiful and safe weekend, and always be good to you!


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Love Yourself

I just really want to reach out to all of the women today, and say I think that you are great!
You are amazing women, doing amazing things every single day of your lives.
You are the ladies that nurture the children, the husband, friends, parents and grandparents.

You are the volunteers, the worker bees,  the soldiers of society and you make the world go round.

I know that you are striving each, and every day to take care of everyone in your world.
That you are always putting someone's needs and cares above your own. 

Then you evaluate, critique and you put way too much pressure on yourself too.
So, stop and love yourself, accept yourself, forgive yourself and above all this-


Know that you are a star in the dark sky, and that your light shines brightly for those who love you, even if they don't tell you so.

There are many times our hearts long to hear those words of affirmation from our friends and family, but they never come.

But just because these words are not spoken, does not mean that they are not felt.
Know that you and you alone make a huge difference in many lives, without even knowing. 

However, and I do have to add this-why not make a difference in the lives of the women you love and who love you.
Reach out to them today and tell them that they matter to you and that you love them.
Can you imagine the difference this would make in all of our lives if each one of us did that today...

Then after you have made that call, sent that message, or wrote a note. 
Tell yourself "I love you too and you matter."

Leave me a message and let me know how you are sending love to yourself and some other woman today.

I will be sending a personal message back to each comment you leave here today.
You all are the best ever!


For More Posts On This Topics~

Aging With Style Part 1

Aging With Detours

Aging With Style During the Holidays

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Facebook You Came Through

Don't you just love a story with a happy ending, when everyone's wishes really do come true?
Well it happened to me, and it all took place just when I was about to step away from some
Social Media meanderings.
Just when I thought that, those happy endings only came true in Fairy Tales,
Facebook you came through.

In this day and age when we are put on hold for hours to even make a Doctor's appointment, it  is an awesome thing when Social Media comes through and actually amazes you with it's support.
I did have some trouble finding an email to contact FB for my particular issue, but when I did
they responded, then resolved.

But it was not only FB that came through it was YOU! 
My dear readers, and friends that responded when I sent my plea out for help on my 
Facebook Debacle Post.
You knew I was in a state of panic, when I sent out my 911 and you were here for me through emails, comments, and messages.

So, thank you!! 

The winner of the $25 gift card to TJ maxx is Melanie. 
Melanie please send me an email with your address and I will get the gift card in the mail.

Happy Wednesday to all.


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8 Real Fall Porches

I have been traveling to see family a bunch this past month, and during my trips I have taken photos of real homes, with real Fall Porches.
Cottage homes, brick homes, estate homes, homes from different eras.
They aren't over the top, but they are very pretty, and each one of them is a Fall Porch that anyone could create.

This porch caught my eye because the owners made such a great use of a flagstone addition. 
Notice that there is not an overhang, but they have created a very inviting and welcoming space.

I will always enjoy a home with a black front door, they just look so sharp.  
Pride of ownership shines here with pumpkins in flower pots, stems tied with bows and
urns with vines.

Sometime the simplicity of decorating makes the biggest statement of all.
A bountiful arrangement of very large pumpkins will take this home all the way through Thanksgiving.
I do think two wreaths on the front doors would have added the extra punch to tie it all together.
But, of course you know me, and my love of wreaths.

This home is in my daughter's neighborhood.
I like the way the homeowner's stayed with a black, yellow and orange theme.

I spied groups of three.  
The windows, pumpkins and mums.

Neutral Stucco Home with groupings of Fall essence.

I like the mums and pumpkins alongside the driveway, rather than inside the entryway.
They really caught my eye.

Last but certainly not least, my youngest daughter's home.
Her cottage style home, combined with blue shutters, turquoise chairs and youthful whimsy make this Fall Porch colorful and fun.

Please Join Me~

Ivy and Elephants

Creative Muster

Cozy Little House

Rustic and Refind

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8 Chocolate Cakes For The Holidays

Does chocolate soothe your soul,
Quiet your mind, and give you a general sense of well being?
Did I see some smiles...

Well, with the Facebook Debacle unresolved, I was a little on the uptight side, and we were totally out of chocolate.

Seemed the next best thing to do, was to dream of chocolate.
So, I have been distancing myself from the entire FB matter. and dreaming away on Pinterest.

                                  The Best Chocolate Cake ~ My baking Addiction

I found 8 irresistible chocolate cakes for you, and I to make for the upcoming Holidays.
I have included all of the links beneath each photo so you can just click on them and presto,
you will be taken to these talented bakers websites.

                                    Playing With Flour~ A Super Moist Chocolate Cake

I found this recipe from Playing With flour it is originally from Ina Garten's Cookbook, and is a relatively easy cake to make, very pretty topped with buttercream frosting too.

                                                          Nancy Creative

Oh goodness, I just had to share the love of The Best (Texas) Chocolate Sheet Cake.
I  made the vanilla version of this for Christmas one year and oh yes, it was a little
morsel of heaven.

                                            Best Chocolate Cake You'll Ever Have

Good Housekeeping presents one of the very best chocolate cakes ever as well,
a rich cake blended with buttermilk and butter.

                                                        Perfect Marble Cake~ I Am Baker

This cake is for the cake lover who is not totally into chocolate 100 percent, and wants just a smidgen of yellow cake mixed in with their chocolate.
Top this marble cake with chocolate buttercream frosting and bam, it's a delicious dish.

                                         Hot Chocolate Hits~ The Best Chocolate Cake

Maybe you are into a devilishly good cake, which is perfect for this time of the year, where
ghosts and witches roam the avenues.

                                       Life, Love And Sugar~ Best Chocolate Cake

This gorgeous ultra three layer chocolate cake is made with dark cocoa-so this is the ultimate in chocolate decadence.

                              The Domestic Rebel~ Damn Good Chocolate Bundt Cake

Leaving you with a real beauty of a bundt cake, totally drenched in chocolate Ganache and topped with chocolate chips.

All of this chocolate, made me feel much calmer.
One of the best parts was that I enjoyed it all, with absolutely zero guilt and no calories.

Have a lovely weekend, xoxo

Please Join Me~

Cozy Little House

Rustic & Refined

Natasha In Oz

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Woodland Wreath~ DIY

The Woodland wreath is a lovely wreath for your Fall decorating, it is also very natural and has a slight rustic and primitive feel. 
If you are searching for a craft that is hands on, and are eager to take a walk with Mother Nature this is the perfect craft for you to do this Fall.

This Woodland wreath also comes with a short Tale of a little grandson with sun kissed blonde hair, brown eyes and very busy hands.

The majority of the goodies on this wreath were collected by the grandson, and his Mimi as they spent several Fall afternoons on walk abouts in the warm afternoon sun in Sacramento. The two of them spent time outside while his Mommy, and new baby sister rested inside their home.

The little brown eyed grandson talked alot...
about fire trucks, garbage trucks, his friends and such.
He found many treasures, some of which did not end up on this wreath, but were still carefully gathered and placed in the paper bag.

After many afternoons of searching, walking, chatting and savouring these precious moments there were finally enough treasures to actually make a wreath.

A little high pitched voice rang throughout the house, proclaiming with excitement that 
all of the woodland treasures were now going to be hot glued onto the grapevine wreath.
Something the grandson had never done before.

A plan had been set in motion, and a new tool was about to be used.
If you have ever been around a young lad, you know that they enjoy gizmos, gadgets and using wires, mechanisms, pulls and gears.

Making a Woodland wreath is very messy.
Best to make them outside on a back patio, or in a garage.
The sweet grandson sat on the Mimi's lap, and together they glued their woodland finds onto grapevine the wreath.
Two Woodland Wreaths were made, one for the Mimi, and one for the boy.

This Mimi had a fantastic time with her grandson and you know, it was such a wonderful way to connect with him. 
It was the simplest of adventures, and the quality of time spent together was the main ingredient.
It really goes back to living a traditional, somewhat Old Fashioned life style, where lasting bonds, lessons learned, and meaningful relationships are built on quality time together with those you love.
It felt good to step away from the commercialism of life.

Supplies needed for Woodland Wreath~

Grapevine Wreath (any size)
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks,
Twine or burlap ribbon
Pine Cones
Magnolia seed pods
Sweet gum seed pods
Dried Camellia blossoms
Assorted pods

Directions For Woodland Wreath

Hot glue layers of pods, pine cones, blossoms, nuts and repeat until desired fullness.
Wrap twine or burlap around the wreath.

I wrapped my wreath in a garbage bag and squeezed it into my suitcase to bring home.
It survived, and only needed a few repairs...smile.


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An Extraordinary Day

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Our Home From Sticks-Tradition

My friend Stacey, over at Poofing The Pillows, wrote a thought provoking post asking us what it is that makes us proud of our homes. Pay her a little visit too-she is a sweetie.

Well, this really got me to thinking about what I wanted our new home to be a symbol of.
I had already been doing some pondering on what one word, would describe our home,
and what would make me proud to call our house our home.
Because at the end of every day a house is made of wood, brick, stone etc...
But a home is another story.

Houses, just like people, come in all sizes, shapes, ages, colors and styles.
But homes represent different things to different folks.

You may live in a mansion, bungalow, apartment, townhouse, houseboat or penthouse.
It really does not matter, because until you put your stamp on it, and claim this space 
as your own, you can fluff it and puff it, but until you really emotionally own it, it is still
just space.

From the moment we met with the architect, I told him I wanted my forever home to be an Old Home.  
I want my home to be synonymous with Tradition.
I want the walls and floors to wrap themselves around all who enter and offer gentle comfort.

A traditional  home for me is more than style.
It is where I toss a linen tablecloth on the dining room table and put out the good china every single Sunday.
I am goining back to the warm, fuzzy feelings of tradition.
Remember how most of us grew up with those traditions?

I want for my home to feel like I have stepped through a secret door into another era.
A place where the garden grows, and bluebirds sings.
Where I am hanging bright white sheets on the clothes line, and they are whipping in the wind, framed by an endless Texas blue sky sort of day.

A rich, and savory stew is simmering on the burner, while a fresh apple pie is cooling on the window sill.
I am going for the gusto of tradition, embracing the past, incorporating the Old Fashion way of living life, back into our lives.
I want my grandchildren to remember this home as the place where love grows gently.

I am going to have Cosmos, daisies and roses growing in my garden and vases brimming with those very flowers on my tables and desks.
Yes, I am I going to reignite the glory of the days gone by, when a home was a symbol of all the love, nurturing, and care that one could fill it with.

If Betty Crocker could do it, well so can I!
Even homemade bread made once a week.

You know how 50 is the new 40, etc...well I am proclaiming that Tradition is the new Trend!

This will be our forever home.

I am not moving anywhere again, and my heart is thankful to be able to spend the rest of my life right here.
Not far from family, with nature right out my backdoor.
This is our home, a home where love grows, and where I can be proud to say 
my home is a symbol of tradition.

If your walls could speak, what would you want them to say about your home?

Please Join Me~

Cozy Little House

Love Of Home

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