Saturday, December 28, 2013

Sorry for the's some fashion.

I guess we all go through phases. 
 I sometimes will blog every week 
and then now,
it has been weeks since I posted anything.

I have had alot going on in my life and
sometimes my camera gets put on the 
back burner.  
At least I have been 
taking some outfit pictures,
 just haven't gotten
around to posting them. 
 But here they are...most are inspired by
photos I see on Pinterest.  :)

Whatever you wear, wear it with a smile!  :)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Tuxedo jacket and a khaki military type dress

 I have always liked the look of a
 tuxedo jacket.
They just seem to have a crisp,
 dressy feel to them.  
I paired mine with my white skinny jeans 
and black boots and belt.

I tried black jeans as well but thought the 
white looked better.
Need to try the same outfit with 
black heels next time to see if I 
like it better. 
Was in a boot mood this night,
so I didn't even think about heels.  

This was a dress I wore a few weeks ago.  
I have had it for years and never wore it.
It is very short.  I was able to find a
small mini skirt to wear underneath
to make it a bit longer.   
I was constantly pulling it down, but
it worked out pretty well.   
Thought it came together nicely.

The belt seemed to finish it off.
Seems to be what it was missing.
I bump into everything possible, so my poor legs stay bruised.  I need to learn better coordination.

Whatever you wear, wear it with a smile!  :)

Monday, October 21, 2013

My homemade Pretty Woman costume

I have wanted to put the Vivian 
from Pretty Woman costume together 
for at least 10 years. 
 It's my favorite movie. 

Well, I finally did it and loved it.

I made the dress from a mini skirt that
 I got on eBay and a plain white tank top from Walmart.  The hoop connecting them is a shower
curtain ring.  I cut the shirt like I thought it should look, then I sewed the hoop into it.  I cut a notch in the top of the skirt and put the ring through it.
The shower ring worked perfect because I 
can take the pieces back apart and wash them easily.

The jacket came from the Goodwill for $5.99.  I bought 2 but liked this one better.  

I love dressing up, so I have had the boots for about 5 or 6 years.  They worked great.  
The wig and hat I got on eBay.  
I just looked at a bunch of pictures 
of Julia Roberts as Vivian 
in the movie and tried to copy best I could.

Here it is without the jacket. 

 I guess the necklaces
were one of the hardest things. 
 I made all of them from string and chains.  
There were not alot of close up pics to
show what they really looked like.  I made the 
little black stick object from pipe cleaners.
  Not sure what it was even supposed to be...a stick man or a bird's foot?  
Anyway, it looked kinda like what she wore. 

She wore several black and silver bracelets.
There is a photo or 2 online that show
 them pretty good.   I wore 5 that looked similar 
to what she had on.

We went to a Halloween party, 
and the outfit was a hit.  
I was hoping people would realize who I was.  They did.  :)
 I won the overall best costume prize.  
The 5" heels about made me break my neck a couple of times
by the end of the night but...
it was much much fun!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Nature's colors for fashion inspiration

I took this sky photo a few days ago as the sun was going down at home.  
The clouds were just so amazing. 
After looking at it, I realized it made a good inspiration photo for my next outfit.

I'm really loving my white skinny jeans lately.  They are super comfy, and I love the crisp clean look of white.  

I paired them here with a pale blue oxford, black shoes and black belt.  It would have also looked good with brown, but I just got these shoes at a yard sale and was really wanting to wear them.  I wore silver jewelry.

Here is an inspiration photo that I found on Pinterest for another few accessories that could be considered.  

The old saying used to be that you
shouldn't wear white after Labor Day. 
 I don't follow this rule. I will wear it all winter.

Whatever you wear, wear it with a smile!  :)

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Revenge of the Nerds...

So I looked up the definition of  a nerd.  
It basically boils down to being 
overly intellectual and having an
inability to be stylish.

Or for me, 
it was my high school years.
I was voted
 "Most Intellectual"
 by my peers.
If this doesn't seal my nerd fate, 
I don't know what could. Besides that, I also had terrible fashion sense.

Anyway, at least I feel like I grew out of my
nerdness to some extent.  I like to believe
that I know how to be a little 
stylish.  Although 
 I don't always hit the mark.

I have been seeing these NERD sweaters in the fashion world and I loved them.

So as soon as I saw one at
Rue 21...I had to get it!

I paired it with my white skinny jeans and some black and silver accessories.  

I really like how it turned out.  And my inner nerd... that I try to keep hidden, was very happy too.

Whatever you wear, wear it with a smile.  :)

Monday, September 16, 2013

My Sunday afternoon at Reelfoot Lake

 I believe this weekend was the absolutely
most gorgeous weekend I have ever seen.
The fall temperatures were perfect and the 
sky was as blue as possible.

I decided to take a solo trip to Reelfoot Lake here in West Tennessee.  I haven't been there in a long time just to soak up the scenery and wildlife. 

After looking it up, my favorite bird was the Great Egret or Great White Heron.  I was able to capture some pretty cool pics of one that seemed to be posing for me.  

I love how his reflection shows in the water.
He sat here until a boat came by, then flew into the tree...

Then he came back to pose for me some more....

Landing gracefully...

I think he knows how beautiful he is...

Then there were the sunning turtles.  I love how they have their legs sticking up so they can soak up all the rays.

They also are reflecting in the water...and were soo cute...loved them.

The majestic cypress trees are so was hard to get them in a photo, but I managed to get these...

This next photo is just plain peaceful to me.  There is a bird standing on one leg on the bank.  I think it was a Great Blue Heron.

The weathered wood of the boardwalk even looked picture worthy as I was leaving...

Thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful day roaming the lake.  

Made for an extremely peaceful 
and refreshing Sunday.  Ahhh.   :)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The old and new dress...

Although I wouldn't qualify for the television show Hoarders...
I could probably fit into
the category of "clothesaholic".

My problem is that if something fits, I don't want to get rid of it.  There are really only 3 things that will get an item booted 
from my home.

1. It is just really really not my style
anymore.  Which isn't much 
because I can have a weird 
taste in clothes sometimes.

2. It doesn't fit at all.  Either too big
or too small.  If it is borderline,
I will keep it for a fat/skinny day.

3.  I has an unfixable hole or a stain

Most of my clothes do not fit these 3 problems, so my closet (that used to be a bedroom), is about to explode.

But I do use the clothes, it just may take me awhile.  I love to pull out something I have had for years and put an outfit together.
It just really makes my day.

The most recent item I dug out was this black tube dress that has blessed my closet for at least 15 years.  The little black dress does not
go out of style.  

I decided to add a new punch of color to the dress, so I added a fluorescent top underneath.  

I instantly fell in love with it!  
It was soo comfortable and we were going out, so it was the perfect dress.

I tried to angle them so they didn't look too bad, but my poor little legs have taken a beaten lately.  Between 4 wheeling, jet skiing and doing a little mechanic work, I have banged them on everything.  I guess a few red neck bruises don't hurt.  

Now, go get in your closet and try out some new ideas, you never know what you can come up with.  To me, style is when I am wearing something that makes me feel good.  The fashion world today is so all over the place that you can get away with just about anything.  

Just remember..

Whatever you wear, wear it with a smile!  :)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

My fashion attempt with the chambray shirt...

Fashion has escaped
me for several weeks now.  
So much has been going on this summer
with my dad and his surgery that 
I have just not been in the
mood to worry about what 
I am wearing.

Recently, the husband and I have 
been having a date night once a 
week, and it
has rekindled my inner fashionista.

I found these photos on Pinterest and loved 
the color combinations.  
I decided to see what I could do with them.

This is what I came up with...

The night was cool, so the sleeves worked
out great.  I liked the bright orange and
the turquoise together.  It is
not a combination I would
normally try but was glad I did.

Perfect going out to dinner outfit.  
Had salmon and asparagus at Sassafraz,
one of my fave restaurants.  It was delicous, as
usual.  And I didn't have to cook
or do the dishes.  Perfect.
 I was happy with the outfit and the dinner! 

Whatever you wear, wear it with a smile!  :)

Style inspiration...where does yours come from?

Sometimes it doesn't take much 
to spark my brain into 
thinking about style.  
 I saw this sea foam 
green and white combination...

instantly thought of a 
sea foam top that I have had 
for probably at least 7-8 years and 
never worn.

I love the top... just had never found the 
right combination that I wanted.
Pairing it with white was the 
look I had wanted.

Color combinations sometimes jump
out at me, but not as often as I would 
like.  I usually need to see the
colors in an outfit to put them together.

This photo also reminds me of the outfit... 
(and really makes me want cake)!

My goal is to try to watch for
 more style inspiration in unusual places.  
Pinterest is an inspirational
overload, surely I can figure out some
ideas from there.  

I found this photo after the fact,
but it has the basic colors of my outfit. 
I want to be able to use something 
like this for my style ideas. 
   I will work on that.

Whatever you wear, wear it with a smile!  :)

Monday, August 5, 2013

The STEAKburger

While in Memphis for all of my
dad's tests and surgery and such, 
I had the opportunity to go to a nice dinner with Eric.

J Alexanders 
was the restaurant of choice.
We had been years ago and
 remembered it was good, 
so we tried it again.

I got salmon of course 
because it is my fave.
It was awesome!
Eric ordered the steakburger.
I got a bite or 2 of his burger...
it was sooo good!  
It had so much steak flavor...I fell in love with this burger.

I knew that I had to try to 
make one at home.
I called my local butcher and asked
if he could grind up some steak
for me.  He was reluctant
because he said it would be 
expensive for the amount of
meat that you would get.
I was determined, so he agreed.
The New York Strip steaks
were on sale, so that is what I got.

I also bought a small pack of 
ground chuck to mix in, just so that
there would be a little 
more fat in the patties.

I cooked them over charcoal 
just until done.  One good thing
about them was that they
didn't shrink up very much 
because they were so lean.

They turned out nicely.  
They didn't have quite as much
of the steak flavor as the 
one at J Alexanders, 
but they were 

I used toasted onion buns, and I 
also grilled some purple
onions with the burgers.
Topped with homemade
pickles and homegrown tomatoes...
Pretty darn tasty!

Love what you eat and eat what you love!  :)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

My Brother....

56 years ago, my mom gave birth 
to my one and only brother.

His name was Dennis Mason Blessing.

He only lived to be 4 months old.

He died of crib death.  What is today known as SIDS.  Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

No one knows why it happens, but for some reason the child stops breathing in their sleep.

This had to be a tough, tough thing for my parents....or any parent to endure.

But they managed to go on...and unfortunately...have 4 girls boy.

I happened to be the last girl.   Luckily...I was a tomboy to the core.   Trucks, mud, mechanics...I was in.   About as big of a tomboy as I could be...

My parents gave us a great life, one that should be envied.  I never once wanted for anything, but I also worked for what I got.  
They taught me to work for what I wanted.

I sit here today, at 41...thinking that 
I really have so much to be thankful for...
2 wonderful parents that
 I would give my life for...
2 sisters, Penny and Sissy (Selina) that 
I am closer to than ever before...and 
a whole bunch of nieces and nephews, 
and great nieces and nephews. :)

I have a sister that has passed away, way before her time as well...Joni...she was one of the most precious people to ever walk 
the face of the Earth.  But she had 
the hereditary cholesterol problem that plagues
 many of us and she died at the
early age of 50.   :(

We love you Joni!

I don't know why this fell on my heart, but I thought about my brother today.  Maybe it is because my dad is going through a tough time, and I hate to see him down.   He is the toughest and most determined man I know, so I know he will be okay, but I wish I could give him part of my life and energy.

Who knows why life gives us what it does, 
but it is given to us for a reason.
We are meant to do the best we can with it
or give up, and I ain't gonna give up.

For some reason...
I didn't get the...want a kid gene, 
but I have
7 nieces and nephews and
9 great nieces and they got
it covered.  I am soo soo proud of each 
and every one of them!   :)

To my mom and dad...
thank you for making me who I am...
I hope I make you half
as proud to be
my parents,
as I am
to be your daughter...   :)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A tough few weeks...

This is a picture of me and my sweet daddy on the 4th of July.  I was grilling hamburgers, hot dogs and corn on the cob for us.  My husband and I had a couple of days vacation with him and my mom in Arkansas.   Good times.

After that, we went in for his scheduled heart valve replacement the next week.  I am writing a quick story of his hospital stay, more or less just to get it off my chest and out of my head.   

We went in on Wednesday to prepare for the surgery that would take place the next morning.
They wheeled him out of the room with me crying like a baby.  I am very tenderhearted when it comes to my mom and dad.  I was making him emotional, so I chose not to go to the surgery waiting area with him.  I would have made it harder on both of us.

We went to wait in the ICU waiting room and the doctor called after about 2 hours.  They did say they had a hard time starting his heart back, which was kinda scary, but other than that he was doing pretty good.  A rough Thursday, Friday, Saturday and early Sunday were spent in ICU.  He actually went through something that I had never heard of called ICU psychosis. After 36 hours of no sleep, he began to not know where he was and was trying to pull his IV out and such.  I told them that he HAD to have some sleep. They gave him a medication in his IV that allowed him to rest for 12 hours.  He was pretty much back to himself but sick to his stomach, hurting and tired after that.

It was still a rough road ahead.  At least he was in a room, but a blood clot in his leg called for an extra blood thinner, and he had a chest tube that refused to quit draining more than it should.  Also, not being used to a hospital stay, he was beyond ready to go home.  

We knew that the chest tube would have to almost quit draining and be out for about a day before he could go home.  By now we were on day 9.   Finally, the tube completely stopped draining, but the nurse read it wrong, and it stayed in another 8 hours.  Finally, Saturday afternoon, the chest tube (the thorn in his side according to dad) was removed!  Saturday night, I assured my parents that I will get them out on Sunday, or we would be in the news.  

The nurse practitioner came in Sunday morning.  I know she could see it in our eyes that we were on the edge of insanity.  She informed us that his potassium, which should be a 5 or under, was a 5.9...too high to go home.  Immediately, dad's blood pressure went through the roof.  I asked if we could recheck it because it was not very high.  She said they could give him some fluids and recheck it in the afternoon.  Still hope of going home.

In the meantime, mom and I realized that all he had wanted to eat was bananas, prunes, cantaloupe and chocolate Ensure.  All loaded with potassium.  I knew that it would be normal in the retest.  Sure enough, after waiting 6 more hours, it was a 4.1...perfect!  The papers were signed and we were on our way.  

I am writing this 5 days later.  Dad is still very very weak but a bit better each day.  I feel that any improvement is good thing.   We enjoyed each others company in the hospital, and hospital visits are inevitable, but I feel for the families and patients that are enduring it at this time.  May your stay be short and your recovery be shorter!

To health and happiness!  
Something that is so easy to take for granted.   

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bacon wrapped fresh corn....

So the saying is...
Everything is better with bacon...
I decided that I would
try the bacon wrapped around
some....fresh sweet CORN!




First...what you need is some
homegrown sweet corn.
Shuck it and wash it. will need some aluminum foil, bacon and season salt...

Wrap each cob in bacon.  It really takes 2 thin slices to wrap each one.

After wrapping, sprinkle with season salt on all sides and 
wrap tightly with the 

These will need to cook about 15-20 minutes, depending on the
doneness that you prefer.

I took the corn out of 
the foil at about
10 minutes and cooked
it on the flame for about 5 minutes so that the bacon would be crispy.  
You can use your judgement.

As usual.  I loved this!   

Love what you eat and eat what you love!   :)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The bacon cheeseburger...grilled is just plain better.

This past weekend was the last
week in June.  
Perfect grilling weather.  

I decided I wanted to make bacon
cheeseburgers on my charcoal 
grill.  I even decided to 
grill the bacon.  
It turned out great!

I tend to buy the in-between
meat for my burgers.
Too fat and they really shrink and 
make alot of smoke.  
Too lean and they are dry and 
don't have alot of flavor.

I topped them with the grilled bacon, white and yellow American cheese, lettuce, tomato, Miracle Whip, ketchup and pickles. 

You really can't go wrong with a 
grilled burger.  The only bad
thing about charcoal is
that it seems to be
ready to cook more stuff, just when 
all my food is done.
I try to keep a pack of
hot dogs ready for that situation.
After everything is cooked, throw 
them on the grill and you only 
have to turn them once.  They will
make a great lunch the next day!

Love what you eat and eat what you love!   :)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Bacon wrapped cheese stuffed jalapenos on the grill!

Hot peppers are really not my
I can't handle the heat.  
Don't like it, don't want it.  
That being said, if these are done
right, I absolutely love them!
The problem is that some peppers
are just hotter than
others.  I have read that 
even the weather can
affect the heat level of a pepper.

I have found the easiest way to make these is to cut the cap off
of the pepper and remove the 
gill and seeds with a skinny knife by
sticking it carefully inside the 
I tried to make sure I got as much
of the gill and seeds out of
these as possible.
It still came out to be a 
game of pepper roulette...some were hot...some were not.
But they were still super yummy!

Once you cut the lids off
and get the core out, stuff them with
your favorite cheese.  I used
super sharp cheddar. 
 Then wrap each with a slice of bacon
and use a skewer to stick through
 the cap to hold it in place
and hold the bacon on.
It helps to freeze them for about 15-20 minutes.  This keeps the cheese
from melting out 
while they are grilling.
Just grill them until the bacon is cooked.  I usually turn them a couple of times carefully while they are 
grilling.  I have done them over
charcoal and gas.  Both work 

Love what you eat and eat what you love!  :)