“Orange is the happiest color” ~Frank Sinatra

Orange is a fiery color that pairs perfectly with this time of year. Nothing says warmth and autumn like the shades of orange. There are many hues of this beloved color of mine: amber, merigold, bronze, honey, etc.

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In the brightest shades, orange is very inviting, cheerful, and sunny. The deeper tones are exotic and spicy. Orange can transition from day to night, from cozy to sensual, from lighthearted fun to deep romance.

 

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Orange can be a little intimidating to wear to some ladies. We tend to think that certain colors do not complement our skin tone or coloring. I want to show you a few ways to bring this gorgeous color into your wardrobe without it being too overwhelming. Orange can be your new black! You can utilize orange accessories to add a touch of fall to any outfit. Check out a few of these fabulous finds…

 

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Orange and black can tend to look a little to Halloween-ish but orange paired with brown, tan tones or gold, white tones carries the sophistication to a different level.

 

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Of course, jewelry can be an easy way to add a happy splash of color to any outfit. Certain gemstones like citrine and carnelian have a way of channeling their lively colors to look like drips of straight sunshine.

 

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If wearing orange in any way scares you, not to worry. You can still add a touch of this radiant color to your life. These orange crinkle cookies are to die for. And, this little orange end table would make my girl, Joanna Gaines, burst with autumn joy!

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Happy Friday everyone! If you want to check out more of my orange picks, click here to see my “Orange is the new Black” Pinterest board.  

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Flashback Friday ~ Retro Style

The good ole retro days. The decades of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and even 80s. My mind associates these time periods with a more wholesome and less stressful day to day life. There wasn’t the craze of constantly being on your phone, updating your snapchat, or making sure to capture every moment in a picture for social media. A lot of great minds came from these decades, look what their inventions and technology have given us. I’m thankful for the new advancements in some regards but I wish I had the experience of hanging out with friends in a local diner, putting a nickel in the jukebox, and having a coke in a glass bottle.

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I also love the styles back then. The winged eye-liner, the red lips, the feminine clothes, maybe not the bouffant hair though. I love the big, chunky, gold jewelry and the statement rings.

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Even though we can’t go back in time to these glory days, we can still take time to not let the hectic life that is demanded of us totally crush our creative selves. Take time to call a friend instead of text, go do a fun project instead of pin a bunch of ideas on pinterest, and when you go on a corny skating date with your love ditch the stress of having to capture the perfect photo for Instagram and concentrate on creating a lasting memory instead. If you must take a photo, take a Polaroid. :o) 

 

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Filigree & Lace

My whole life I have been a girly girl. I love lacy, filigree, dainty, Victorian type pretties. I blame some of it on my mom, but in a loving and thankful way. We would have tea parties in vintage tea cups with lace doily napkins. I would dress up in old flower girl dresses with all the lace and sparkles attached and prance around with my lace parasol. My mom instilled in me that these heirlooms were meant to be used and enjoyed. If I spilled something or used the napkin she would tell me that it was ok, these little “dainties” could handle it. To this day I’ll pull out my cup and saucers and have a tea party for no reason at all, just to make myself smile.

 

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A few years ago when my husband and I visited France for our honeymoon, we visited a quaint little town famous for their lace marketplace. I came across this gentleman that made lace for a living. It was hard to capture the craft in action because his hands moved so fast. But you can get an idea of the intricate detail that went into creating such a tiny piece of lace trim.

 

 

Recently my love affair with lace has transferred over to filigree designs in jewelry. The feminine, soft, “lacy” motif is just what this girl loves! I am so thankful that vintage treasures are so sought after and popular during this day and age. It makes my quest for these types of beauties not so difficult. Also, these antique keepsakes were well made so you can enjoy them on a daily basis not just keep them locked up for only special occasions.  I have a few favorites here…

 

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Now if you are like me, a thirty-something professional, you can’t wear a full on lace dress like the southern belles at Cypress Gardens every day. However, here are a few day to day looks that are similar to what I gravitate to, just to keep my lace fix in check.

 

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Thank you so much for reading, if you want to check out more lacy, filigree beauties check out our Pinterest board (Click Here)

October Birthstone ~ Opal

My favorite month is upon us and with it brings one of nature’s most glorious gemstones that has a “play of color” phenomenon effect! I’m referring to opals!

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Opals are a freak of nature, literally. The “play of color” I mentioned earlier is what happens when light hits an opal and a colorful display of iridescent hues radiate from its core. This amazing occurrence leaves most of us mesmerized and wanting more. That is why some opals have a higher price tag than some diamonds.

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You have probably heard that opals are very fragile and can’t be enjoyed or worn often. Opals are delicate, but not as susceptible to breaking as you may think. They have about the same fragility as glass. So when you wear your prized opals just remember this comparison. Wearing them in earrings or in a necklace are a safe way to be able to enjoy them daily.

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90% of opals are found in Australia. But, thankfully, you don’t have to endure a 21-hour flight to get your birthstone or your favorite colorful miracle stone. Check out a few of these treasures…

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There are many, many different kinds of opals: black opal, jelly opal, agate opal, angel skin opal, white opal… just to name a few.

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Opals are just so easy to love! Happy Birthday October babies and lucky you for having such a celebrated birthstone. :o)