Be Like a Firework…

It’s that time of year again! The Fourth of July is right around the corner, can you believe it? Summer has arrived. Here in Virginia, I haven’t seen our firework stands opened yet, so it hasn’t quite hit me yet that summer is officially here.

Admittedly, the Fourth is not my favorite holiday.  But I thought that I would discuss style associated with it.  Yes, red, white and blue…stars and stripes and flags, oh my!!!

Over on my blog at Fredericksburg Parent, I talk about different ways to do “patriotic” that might not be the usual flag tshirt and whatnot. I tried to use what I had in my closet and tried to make up outfits that use versatile pieces.

Even my husband was kind of in the spirit when we did this little Fourth of July inspired photo shoot, except, he didn’t have any red on.  He’s the white and blue to my red.  LOL.  Maybe he should have grabbed a red tie? I don’t even know. Or, I could have worn a red dress and stood next to him! Next time.

Are you ready for the Fourth of July? Have any fun plans? Going to any parties or BBQ’s? Did you remember to invite me?!? That’s ok.  I ain’t mad at ya.


Head on over to Fredericksburg Parent and check out my post.  It’s the least you can do since you forgot to invite me to the party.  😉 Lol.



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Style and Adventure

Yes, I love heels, dresses, jewelry and all things girly, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy being outdoors. Now, hang on, let me clarify…I do not enjoy camping in tents, and I do not enjoy truly roughing it.  I don’t enjoy being isolated in the wilderness with bears and giant mosquitoes and sweating so much that I could cry. But I do love finding a balance between the extremes.


I really do love nature, history, exploring and adventuring but in a more controlled sort of way. Granted, these days, our adventures are limited, but we try to make the best out of what’s around us.  I’ve always tried to foster in my kids a love of nature and a sense of wonder and awe at the world around us.


Luckily, for us, we live in an area that’s full of history, beauty and nature. This is one of our favorite spots here in Fredericksburg, VA.  It’s Chatham Manor, and it’s the perfect balance of history, nature, and adventure.  This fish pond will keep my kids busy for hours.  And it’s just so peaceful!



I get asked a lot what my kids do while Matt is taking my pictures for the blog.  In the past, Matt has always given them his phone to do Pokémon, which was usually followed with fighting and complaining. But this time, I gave them a container and told them to collect things that interest them.  No phones required.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against using phones when needed to entertain young kids.  But when you can, try thinking of another way, and you might be surprised! Look at the beautiful things that my kids found,  and even a snake skin!!!



A note about the snake skin, my son told me that I should make a belt out of it… he’s hilarious.  It’s funny that he thought of that and mentioned it to me, his stylish mama.  But in all seriousness, they collected their treasures for probably an hour.  They were so engrossed in their treasure hunt that Matt and I had time to take a few pictures and even just sit awhile and think. No phones required.


It’s really a win-win.  We have fun and, for me at least, I find peace and inspiration.  The colors, the textures… it’s all inspirational and a great way to find clarity in an often chaotic world.


So, I encourage you, my stylish friends, to get out there.  You can be stylish and explore.  Marvel at the snake skins and magnolia trees…and round green seed things that look like grapes but aren’t.  Walk down the path that has weird flying bug things without fear.  They weren’t mosquitoes, so rock on.


Stay tuned for more summer related posts coming up in the next few weeks.  I will be taking about the Fourth of July, summer accessories, vacation style, and travel.



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Let’s Hear it for the Men…

Yep, that’s right, it’s all about men this week  and I ain’t even mad about it. Seeing as Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, I thought that I would talk about Men’s style.  Who doesn’t love a well dressed man?!?!?

Now, don’t let my dashing, stylish husband fool you… he hasn’t always been willing to try new styles in regards to clothing.  That’s what I talk about this week over on my blog at Fredericksburg Parent, giving the men in our lives a little gentle nudge into the world of style.


That last picture, that’s from last fall maybe? And, since then, I’ve convinced my husband to grow his facial hair out, and I’m not sorry! Lol.  Love how much older it makes him look!

I recently took my husband’s style into my own hands and started buying him new things to try, all of which I talk about at Fredericksburg Parent, so please head on over there and check it out. He insisted he wouldn’t like shirts with buttons at the collar…well sir, I beg to differ.


I’m not sure that I love the sandals in that last photo, but I’m not sure what other choices there are for men’s sandals. Guess I  need to do more “research”.  Don’t tell my husband 😉


So, tell me, do you have a style reluctant man in your life? Do you want him to branch out and embrace new styles? Go on over and read my post at Fredericksburg Parent and hopefully I can give you some ideas.



And,  if any of you know some tips on getting your guy to throw away socks and boxers that have more holes in them then Swiss cheese… let me know, asap.  The struggle is real with that one.  #sorryhoney



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