Summer Sweaters

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Sweaters are always so fabulous!

the scoop

I love summer sweaters. The feel of all cotton is so comfortable and the look is casual. They are perfect for throwing on over a tank top or tee in the cool evenings. I also wear them with skirts, shorts or even over a swim suit. 

Here are links to some pretty summer sweaters all on sale!

Also sharing links to some fun shoes and bags!

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my look

This free people sweater is from last season but it gets a lot of use still. I love it so much I have it is a soft white too. Here I am wearing it over a lace bralette and pairing it with a really old pair of boot cut jeans. I have had the jeans now 12 or 13 years. They are Lucky Brand which is still one of my favorite brands next to 7 For All Mankind. I am wearing a pair of two tone sandals that have orange and tan leather straps. I have so much orange in my closet these shoes go with almost everything I own. For a bag I am carrying my thrift shop find from a couple of years ago. It was in new condition and so cute! For jewelry I am wearing a Mexican Fire Opal, hands down my favorite necklace.


After a week of no Internet while we were setting up our house in the city I am back in the mountains escaping the 100 degree temps. We finally got the Internet connected just before I left so next time I'm down there I will be able to keep with my posts. I can't believe I missed two posts, a rare thing indeed!

Now I am getting our house in the mountains ready for house guests. My son and grandson are coming to visit for a week and we have so much planned. My grandson and I are big on snake hunting, rock collecting and making root beer floats! He is a real outdoors type just like me. We may even do some huckleberry picking. I know we will spend time at the lake swimming and sandcastle building too. My son and I will do some trail running and wine tasting. We always have such a good time together, he is so much like me it is crazy. We plan on doing a lot of cooking too.

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Be You, Do You

Be You, do You

True that!

the scoop

So after a short break, which to me seemed like a long break, I am back. So much came crashing down over the last week and a half I actually thought I would quit blogging. The death of a sibling, a close family member going through a difficult divorce and a beloved senior pet being sick seemed like a heavy load all in one week. But after thinking about all the work and years I have put into this blog and how much I truly enjoy it, I decided I would get back at it. Plus, you all, dear readers, have been so supportive and kind. You helped lift me up and carried me through. How can I ever thank you?

Now things are back on track and life is humming along. My good friends are coming over for lunch this week and life is looking brighter. I love having my friends over. I am making such a fun lunch with finger sandwiches, three kinds: pimento cheese, cucumber and watercress and for those who like more traditional flavors a chicken sandwich. For sides I am making my grandmothers cornbread salad and hearts of romaine drizzled with French dressing and crumbled blue cheese. We will drink Iced Tea and for dessert I made a pineapple upside down cake. I also got some Macaroons and Snickerdoodles from the bakery to serve.


I was playing around with an app called canva and found this layout. I loved the caption, be you, do you. It is a good reminder to always do what makes you feel good. If others don't like it, then that's their problem. Anyway, I thought it was a fun layout.

my outfit

This is an older paisley top with lace trim that always makes me think of summertime. I am wearing wide leg jeans with front patch pockets and pair tan mules. I pulled my hem through a belt loop to accentuate my waist. I'm carrying a navy fringe clutch to complete this look. White tassel earrings, a white beaded bracelet and a silver cuff were my jewelry choices. 

I'm linking up some fun options for you to create your own look. 

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must read blog

I know I am giving you a lot of links today but there is so much blog goodness out there I have to share. If you are not already reading Brenda Kinsel's blog you must stop by! Brenda a leader in the field of image consulting who believes deeply in the hidden power of clothes to express a person’s essence. She is the owner of Inside Out—A Style and Wardrobe Consulting Company based in the San Francisco Bay Area where she has been matching people’s clothes to their personalities, passions and lifestyles for over thirty years. She is a best selling author and speaker and her talents go on forever! I love her blog so much and enjoy her wonderful wit! Today I was honored that she used one of my style tips in her post. Please do go read here!

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Red Hot Summer Style

The Outfit

I love red so much for summer and in this outfit I added skinny raw hem jeans and wedge sandals. Nothing really too original. To make it all pop I added a leopard bag. Big hoop earrings and a watch and that was it. This was before I started wearing my watch on my right wrist (see post here). The top is an off the shoulder in a light weight fabric so it hangs nicely. Everything is a few seasons old and still standing the test of time trend wise. 

What's Happening

Where is the summer going? We have been so busy I don't feel like I've been able to enjoy the full summer season. And now we have fires all over the northwest so we can barely go outside without choking from the smoke. This is fairly normal for this time of year here in Idaho. But it will last until September at least so summer spent outdoors is about over. 

We finally visited our new Starbucks. It is on the second story and has a balcony that wraps around two sides. It is really nice! 

These pictures make me see how much I need a hair cut, I am really liking it shorter these days. Luckily I have an appointment in couple of weeks. 

I'm really excited because I have some new fall items arriving soon to style and share with you. I don't see any real new trends yet but the soft cozy and comfortable look will be big. Lots of warm cardigans, soft jeans and cute booties look to be the norm. I love the fall most of all the seasons and fall clothes are so fun.


I wanted to share with you a new group board on my Pinterest! I love Pinterest as many of us do but it seems as in many things, it is more represented by the young and fabulous in the fashion and style genre. I am moving to make a change and created a group board titled Style Wise. Check it out here. It was just created and needs some more inspiration so if you are a fashion and style blogger and would like to be a contributor let me know via I would love to have more Style Wise women help me show brands and society our value and relevance!


On this past Saturday's edition of "Move It Or Lose It" segment, I talked about breaking up with exercise. It was a fun post and well received. Check it out if you haven't already!


I didn't shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale this year, I wasn't seeing anything really new. I did find some amaing things at the Rack so I added links to my finds. An amazing white shirt with fringe tail, my favorite jeans both on sale as well as a camo jacket and a pale pink and cream shearling jacket also both deeply discouted to my Boutique and Chatter page here. So check it out and all the other noise on my blog. 

I've been bringing in new clients for blog designing and so enjoying the process. So if you are thinking about starting a blog and need a designer give me a holler! I've had many clients that already have blogs but want my phase two and three services. More details are on my Services page here.

I think I am going to offer a free course on starting up your own blog so if you have interest let me know and I'll put you on my list for the first course. More details to come.

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