Maya Angelou

Back in college, which seems like another lifetime now, I had an amazing professor who took me under her wing. She saw something in me. She became a mentor and one of my favorite professors> She taught me to think differently. Her class, African American Literature was absolutely amazing. We read Zora, Toni, Langston, Alice, Frederick, Phyllis, Gwendolyn and Maya. Her story amazed me. The obstacles that she overcame and how she triumphed and became a woman to look up to in a time when many would and did shun her. She passed away today, and as a writer, she touched me all those years ago and she always stayed in my heart. I am saddened today and the world of literature is a bit darker for the loss of this amazing woman. May she rest in peace and inspire a whole new generation of writers for the world to look up to.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”
-Maya Angelou

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So, I know I will get a lot of flak for this post, but I am going to post anyway. I really must have been a bohemian in my past life… and a gypsie.. or maybe I am now.. who knows, anyway I really do feel strongly about my love for Birkenstocks and Espadrilles. I also love Caftans and Ikat print. For the coming summer, I am going to get in touch with my inner gypsie, or Tinker as my husband calls me and get myself a good solid collection of Birkenstocks that would make any Woodstockian jealous and start my serious collection of Caftans. I started a few years ago from a wonderful Etsian and I have to expand my collection. I love to be comfortable and cool and since the Farmer’s Almanac is saying this is going to be one of the hottest summers in recent memory, I don’t think that my plan is a bad one.

What do you think? Do you love any of these shoes?

There’s Beauty in Everyone!

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Birkenstock Love

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Espadrille Love

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More Valentine’s Decorations


And now it’s time for Valentine’s Day. I love decorating the house and having it feel warm and inviting for guests. I think that it is nice to celebrate the holidays especially when there are little children around and to make some special traditions. Tonight after I decorated my daughter came in and was really happy and was starting in awe at all the cute things. We are also not really into celebrating Valentine’s day except to go to the Chocolate Room after school and have some goodies and then come home and order in and just spend time together. I think traditions are important to have with children… just my two cents…

There’s Beauty in Everyone!


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Decorating for Winter




I am not a fan of January since it is the boring month. There are no holidays to decorate for, so since my daughter is past three and noticing lots of things now, I decided I would decorate for Winter. I kept my Christmas window up with some modifications and inside the house we have some snowflake and winter white accents happening. It makes the house cozy and the entrance way warm and it keeps me smiling through the dark days of January.

What do you think?

There’s Beauty in Everyone!

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New Year, New Subscription!

Julep Maven Subscription - first box free

So, I have spoken many times about the awesomeness of Julep Nail Polishes and their subscription boxes. This month, they are offering your first box for FREE! Yes! That is actually how I got started and hooked on them way back in the day, when I first joined the Maven club. I think you should look into the benefits of joining and check out their Style Quiz to see what colors are for you!

Did you know that the monthly Julep Maven subscription is one of the best beauty deals available anywhere? Each month, Julep Mavens get:

Over $40 of products for just $20—customized for your style each month and delivered to your door
Flexibility to try one of our five beauty styles each month or upgrade to get them all!
20% off and free shipping on other products at!
Exclusive access to the Secret Store each month!
First dibs on new products and promotions!
Not sure you want to be a Maven yet or know what style you are? Just take our style quiz and then use the code FREEBOX to get your first box free. You will be charged $3.99 for shipping and you are signing up for the monthly subscription service, however you can cancel at any time by simply contacting Julep Customer Service.

It’s a great deal if you want to just try it! Go ahead and let me know what you think!

There’s Beauty in Everyone!

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My Christmas Wish List

If I had an unlimited budget, well if my husband had an unlimited budget, I would ask for so many things for Christmas, being the shopaholic that I am, I have compiled my Ultimate Wish list… This is absolutely the biggest list I think I have ever compiled, but hey, it’s a WISH list, right?

I am really obsessed with the boho pj pants style and slouchy sweater lately and that is where it is at for me, so I am loving the Fall/Holiday Collections from Lane Bryant. I am all about the print pj peg pants and a snuggly sweater. I think it is really my go to Fall and now into Winter look. Any or all of these goodies would be welcomed gladly into my closet come December 25. Also, one would never say no to a snuggly robe and slippers. MMM.. I wear my slippers to DEATH each year, so usually one of my besties gets me a new pair, it’s sort of a tradition at this point :) I love my Ugg slippers, and they are an indulgence, but really, for a girl who is constantly in slippers, I use them well!

And what’s a wish list of mine without a few bags to hope for?

Christmas Clothes

I am a jewelry fanatic. I recently bought a three tiered bracelet display and it still doesn’t have enough room for all of my bracelets. I always want more bracelets, because, as my husband says, I am a gypsy, and I love all things sparkly and dangly and that make sweet noises together. Also, I am mildly obsessed with raw diamonds, and have been now for some time, and a great pair of every day raw diamond earrings would be a perfect addition to my jewelry wardrobe. Not to be greedy, but I would like a raw diamond pendant to match in rose gold to lay with my gold M that I was given for Mother’s Day, that I wear almost every day!


Because eye shadow is always a good thing to have and small items of beauty are great stocking stuffers, I listed some of my favorite palettes here. I am always trying to think of ways to keep my extremely curly hair off of my face, so jeweled and colored barrettes are really handy when it comes to doing the job well!

Bags and Beauty

What do you think of my pics for the Holidays?

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Happy Kwanzaa and a Happy New Year!

There’s Beauty in Everyone!

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Bags and Beauty

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