Sunday, April 27, 2014

Life's Little Game Changers

I was lead to this book today.

Now, I will admit initially it was Gabrielle's lip color that made me take a second look at the book and actually pick it up. But I know full well there are no accident's in life. I walked into Barnes and Nobles looking for a book my acupuncturist suggest I read. Apparently, I am not dealing with the stress in my life in an optimal way. They didn't have the book she suggested, but I now know I was meant to find this book. Just as I am meant to share it with all of you.


 


We all experience bumps in the road or hiccups in our lives.  An important person to me describes these challenging times as pushes from Angels.  When they push us they say "Oh this is going hurt." But they push us because they know when we come out on the other side we are so much better for the lesson in life. I am at one of those places.  It seems that my inability to deal with stress is causing some health issues.  If you have ever experienced occipital neuralgia you understand my pain. This condition is a game changer.




Over the Easter holiday I started experienced electric volts of pain in my jaw. I assumed the clenching of my teeth (which is how I deal with stress) caused damage to a crown, and exposed a nerve.  Over the weekend, the pain spread to my throat, the muscles in my neck, the side of my head and even my hair hurt.

First thing Monday morning I showed up at my dentist office - Do not pass go do not collect $200 dollars. As luck would have it, there was a cancellation and they were able to fit me in.  I learned there was nothing wrong with my teeth but that I was experiencing TMD, neuralgia and a variety of other large words.  He fit my mouth for a custom bite guard, told me to take Ibuprofen and sent me on my way.  (It takes about two weeks to get my mouth guard)

During the week I attended a two-day workshop for my job and thought possibly being away from the office might help relax things; however by Thursday the electric volts of pain turned into feeling like I was being hit in the head with a baseball bat. It is the kind of pain that stops you in your tracks and involuntarily moan, flinch and make funny faces.   The pain reliever helps to dull the pain, which is always with me; however as the medication wears off the waves of being hit in the head happen as often as minutes apart from each other. By Friday morning I was in tears. I was in so much pain. I thought about going to the emergency room, but my high deductible stopped me in my tracks. Thoughts of my friend's four-year old daughter who is battling  Neuroblastoma Cancer ran though my mind. I can't even begin to wrap my brain about what her tiny little body has endured.  Thoughts of Teeja made me suck it up, pop my Ibuprofen and head to work.




Friday after work, my friend Suzannah invited me over to her home for a much needed girls night. I was so uncomfortable I was not sure how much fun I would be. But the minute I arrived I was glad.  She baked the most delicious homemade sour dough bread, served it with some incredibly creamy brie and we washed it down with a lovely cabernet sauvignon. When a person is going through a crisis if that doesn't say love than I don't know what does!  I didn't mention that my friend is the most phenomenal massage therapist EVER, and while our evening was really supposed to be about relaxing (for both of us) she worked her magic on my ailments.  Thank you Suzannah!

http://www.angelpresence.net/  





The next morning bright and early I had an appointment with my acupuncturist.  She is another special person in my life. I have so much respect for her I would not even know where to begin. I will share with you what ever your ailment anxiety to pain management acupuncture is amazing! These are all tools in my arsenal to get better, and I will. There is nothing like blinding pain to motivate a person to change.

http://www.balancingpointacupuncture.com/  

https://www.facebook.com/BalancingPointAcupuncture


Today my journey lead me to this incredible book.

Gabrielle shares,

"Over the last several years, our collective negativity and fear have adversely affected the economy, the environment, and the health of all beings on this planet. Due to new technology, global warming, financial-crises, violent crimes, political turmoil and planetary shifts, we've become more sensitive to the energy around us and the pace of life."

YES, YES and YES! We all know these things to be true, but she is the first person to actually tell me how to deal with it.  I have had a variety of sources confirm that I need to speak my truth. The funny thing is I knew they were all correct but as a people pleaser, you might as well ask me to put a round peg in a square hole.

I have started to shift my thoughts and perceptions, which will help me as I go into the battle ground at work tomorrow. I am incredibly to my mom, and my friends for helping me during this challenging time in my life. I leave you with this - Happiness is a choice you make!



                                                                 Be Well, 
                                                                           Laurie

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Liebster Award







How exciting! I have been nominated for a virtual blogging award!   I must admit it was one of the nicest things to happen to me this week. Thank you to Ms. Tasniah Talukdar of What I did on Wednesday for making my week special by nominating Zen and the Art of Style for this lovely award.

You may check out What I did on Wednesday at:



For those of you not familiar with this award, here is the back ground information, the nominee chooses 11 different bloggers for the award.  (Must be a blog with less than 200 followers), and gives them questions to answer. These 11 chosen bloggers then again nominate further 11 bloggers and give them questions to answer and so on.


My questions to answer are:

1.) How many siblings do you have?  I have one sibling.

2.) Sweet or salty popcorn? Totally salty with lots of butter!

3.) New York or London? Really how can a girl chose between two lovely cities? Both!

4.) If you had £10to spend for the rest of your life what would you spend it on? Hmm… if I had around $16 bucks I would spend it on something that had glitter.

5.) Who is your favorite blogger? 101 Cookbooks a recipe journal 
http://www.101cookbooks.com/ I have followed her blog for years.  She is an artist who paints pictures with beautiful words and photos.  She makes the reader feel as if we are sitting in her kitchen, sharing a cup of tea and watching her prepare some incredible food. 

6.) What is your ultimate dream?  I want to live in an ocean community along the Florida Gulf Coast, continuing to craft insightful blogs, writing books and helping people feel loved.

7.) Any plans for your future ? Vacation to Sarasota, Florida this summer

8.) Who is your role model?  All of my favorite parts of friends and loved ones. It is easy to be inspired by them.

9.) What makes you happy? Creating something beautiful, spending time with family and when I take the time to get off the crazy train of life and slow it down to the pace that is most comfortable for me.

10.)Favorite Season ?  Any that do not involve snow, sleet or ice

11.) Why did you start blogging? I started blogging because I needed a creative outlet from my day job. I enjoy taking an idea and sharing with other.  My blog is my happy place and I continue to improve it with each posting. 




I chose the following blogs to take on this challenge!




1. Sea of Shoes

2. Smitten Kitchen

3. Alix Hamilton.

4. A Cup of Joe

5. The Londoner

6. Delightfully Tacky

7. Milk Bubble Tea

8. Apartment Therapy on Main

9. The Inspired Room

10. Makeup by Tiffany D

11. Sprinkle of Glitter





Questions


1. Why did you start blogging?

2. Favorite day of the week?

3. What is it about your blogging topic that excites you?

4. One thing you can’t live without?

5. What is your perfect Saturday?

6. One place you have never been that you would like to explore?

7. Your favorite travel destinations

8. One book you recommend everyone should read?

9. Something that changed your life in a positive way?

10. What is your favorite blog?

11. What are your hobbies?



I look forward getting to know more about all of you, and thank you once again to Tasniah Talukdar for selecting my blog! Happy Blogging!






Sunday, April 20, 2014

Accessories

Lets talk accessories today. One of the easiest, cost-efficient ways to update your wardrobe is your nails! YES!  I consider nail polish an accessory. Today's nail product market makes it easy to be a quick change artist. I like the fact that a new bottle of polish can totally change a girls mood, from drab to fab in an instant.




It is fun to check out different boutique lines. Paris Sparkles is one of my favorites. I am a firm believer in that a little glitter can make any day a little extra special. The formula is grown up glitter, not globby, it goes on smooth, and the color lasts.







Savage reminds me of a perfect day at the beach. I love to wear it on my tootsies. It conjures visions of mermaids on the beach. When your nails are polished it makes a statement to the world - that you take care of yourself, have an attention to detail and look polished. I can't tell you how many times I have had a man complement my hands when my nails are polished. And before you poo poo the cost of going to a salon please note I paint my own nails.  Look how fun this party in a bottle looks! Paris Sparkles has a fantastic array of colors. There is something to please every color palette.








For more information regarding Paris Sparkles, please visit them on etsy and facebook.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/parissparkles 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paris-Sparkles-Nail-Polish/125260284262148

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cute Shoes

I put this look together simply so I could wear a certain pair of super cute sandals. I have been in a bit of a shoe rut lately., and decided to make more of an effort to wear some of the cute shoes that are in my closet.

The stores are in that in-between season where they are trying to sell their winter items. Manufacturers do not seem to understand the needs of warm weather states are different than the rest of the country. Even though we are warm we are forced to wait for their season. So looking for inspiration in my closet I remembered these Cinderella slippers.




 I didn't lie, I told you they were sassy! These sandals were actually a gift, and they make me smile. The lace up is a little unexpected for work but the kitten heel allows me to pull it off in my office.



These shoes make me feel a little glamorous....Paired with a circle skirt I feel a bit like Sophia Loren -
Hey what ever gets a girl though the day, that is all I am saying. 










 I had a blast with my baubles today.  I decided bracelets were just what I needed to finish the look.  The starfish bracelet is so pretty! It is a treasure from one of my favorite beach boutiques in Venice, Florida. It gently reminds me that my vacation to the beach is just around the corner, and that one day my dream of living by the beach - will happen. The sea glass blue beads are a fun pop of color against this neutral palette.









Blouse - Banana Republic
Shrug - Target
Skirt - Steinmart
Shoes - gift - Dillards
Starfish bracelet - Seaside Chic Venice Florida
 http://www.shopseasidechic.com/

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Daytime award banquet

I had a daytime award banquet to attend for work. I decided to go with a navy and black sheath style dress. A cool and classic look for the event. The dress features a sort of cap sleeve, and left me with a dilemma......  Jacket or sans jacket?




 I whipped through my closet, tried on several jackets and after much debate I selected a simple short sleeve black jacket. For some reason I decided I just needed a jacket, kind of like a security blanket. I have had this jacket so long I don't remember where I acquired it.




I like the cut of it because it is slightly nipped in at the waist. And is flattering to the waistline.






 
 

 



The funny thing about the jacket debate in my head is the day turned out to be really warm and I ended up being hot.  So I didn't wear the jacket. LOL!  Better to be prepared.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Baby it's hot outside

Ohhh Baby it's hot outside!  I had to pull out the summer dresses! This little faux wrap dress is a favorite. The colors make me feel like a day at the beach. And the cute shoes make me feel happy...just like the song.

























Dress - Steinmart
White Shrug - Target
Shoes - I have had them so long I don't remember














Style inspiration

Style Inspiration  can come from all different places, and can hit you when you least expect it. Today I take my cue from a co-worker.  One day she came in looking like a spring bouquet wearing the color pink! And I remembered a bright pink blouse back in the recesses of my closet.


 




Pink and black are fun to wear together. Pink gives black some personality. It brightens the look and kicks it into gear. Black is often seen as mysterious so bright pink throws everyone for a loop. It also gave me an opportunity to change up my baubles. Sometimes I am guilty of wearing my favorite pieces so it is good to have an excuse to mix things up.  The same thing happens with my shoes. We tend to be creatures of habit and wear what is comfortable. I decided to change it up with my sandals today.











Blouse - Steinmart
Skirt - Steinmart
Shrug - New York and Company
Shoes - DSW
Bracelets - Steinmart




Hello Old Friend - the LBD


Spring has left the building hello summer in April.  While the rest of the country is experiencing the worst winter in decades, in Arizona the thermostat has been turned up with no chance of rain in sight. At a complete loss as to what on earth to wear to work today, and feeling like I have NOTHING TO WEAR, I once again turn to my best friend - The Little Black Dress!










 This little black dress has nine lives and has seen me through everything from cocktail parties, social functions, fat days to even a wedding, with a quick change of accessories this dress has been worth its weight in gold for the $15.00 I paid for it on clearance.    



 A seaglass blue shrug lightens the look, cool as a cucumber. The same color cami under the dress makes the neckline office appropriate, and what girl doesn't need a little bling around her neck to finish the look.



 





Dress - New York and Company
Shrug - Target
Necklace - Swarovski jewelry




Saturday, April 12, 2014

Color kick

The warm Arizona weather has me on a color kick. I just can't seem to resist! It's fun to play with color, pattern and texture. Even in a conservative office, a girl can sport some color. It's just a matter of knowing your parameters in the dress code arena.








Feeling a bit nautical in the desert. I have grown to love this turquoise denim jacket. It was a clearance purchase. I don't worry as much about wearability when I get a good deal on an item. But I am finding a variety of great ways to wear it. Today I decided to mix my blues.





One piece of advice from my grandmother. She used to say if you buy pieces that are classic, and well constructed they will last forever. My grandmother's words of wisdom follow me when I go shopping. For example, I purchased this skirt more than 10 years ago from Gap! It is timeless, comfortable and still going strong.





The key to crazy weather is all in the layers. In the afternoon when it warms up, the jacket comes off and I still have an easy comfortable look.











I love my baubles, this bracelet is from the cutest little boutique in Venice Beach, Florida.  It is called Seaside Chic.  If you are ever in the neighborhood check it out, because they have fantastic baubles!




















Turquoise Jacket - Chicos (Clearance)
Royal knit top - Ann Taylor Loft - (Clearance)
Skirt - Gap
Shoes - DSW (Clearance)


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring color on a casual Friday




It is casual Friday and Spring makes me want to put my staple black wardrobe in the back of the closet and bust out some color. What a better way to do this than to sport orange.






Orange is this seasons "it" color and it is fun to wear. Orange is a bold color, and I decided to go with it right down to my shoes. You kind of have to know a girl means business when her shoes are bright orange.


 For me casual Friday is all about fun jewelry. I love these earring!












Orange gingham blouse - New York and Company
Cotton and Lycra blend causal slacks - Loft
Earrings -  Francesca's
Shoes - Banana Republic