Your Uncensored Thoughts on Beauty

Every woman wants to be beautiful in her own way.  She may have smile lines around her eyes, or use a walker to move because she is elderly, but she still wants to be attractive in the way God created her.

What makes you feel beautiful?

When I asked women at my church this same question, the responses varied. Here is some of what they said:

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How Sketch Are Your Notes?

Taking visual notes: no art experience necessary

One of my first creative endeavors was building forts.  My sister and I would gather kitchen bar stools, couch cushions, our favorite striped blue blanket, Nana’s rainbow knit one too, and pretty soon, poof! …a fort of amazingness.  I didn’t realize at the time there was an art to fort building. I was not interested in building the perfect fort, just putting pieces together to get the job done.   Kitchen chairs were our staples – sometimes we added different blankets, pillows, or couch cushions.   These were precious times long before the inner critic inside of me would determine how “good” something I created turned out.  So what does a fort have to do with visual note taking? The same concepts that apply to fort building apply to note “building.” When taking visual notes you can ask yourself, what are my staples? Just like my kitchen chairs were often the starting place for my forts, I have staples – things I tend to lean into – when taking visual notes.  Here are three tips to help you find your note taking staples and develop new ones along the way:

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Workout to Workplace: Transitional Layering Made Simple

 If you, like me, are a woman on the go, you try to fit multiple activities in your morning, and often have to do a quick Clark Kent transformation in the Starbucks bathroom, or even the back seat of your minivan. With my crazy schedule and varying activities, I have had to get creative in coming up with “transitional outfits”. Here are a few tips to help you always feel that you are dressed appropriately.

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How To Pack for A Winter Weekend Getaway

how to pack for a winter getaway. winter travel capsule

Ever since my packing responsibilities jumped from 1 person to 5, whenever we go on a trip I like to play the “how many times can I wear these items without anyone noticing” game.  It’s a little competition I have with myself to pack as practically, fashionably, and as light as possible.  So, just for fun, I will be posting my daily outfits while we are on our career group ministry retreat in Tiana Lodge. Check next week to see the first outfit and follow how many times I can rotate my clothes on my new Style Blog: Gamine & Stripes. Continue reading

How to Style a Blanket Scarf

Source: Extra Petite

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Winter weather has hit us here in Nor Cal – the other day it was actually 30 degrees! I love scarves all year long, but in winter they are fantastically functional. My wardrobe leans towards a minimalistic style, so the simplest way to dress up jeans and a sweater is with a scarf. I don’t know about you, but I typically end up tying my scarves the same way every day, so I thought it was time to hit Pinterest and learn something new.  I love this big, cozy, voluminous blanket scarf and this short, simple video has great ideas on how to tie a one.  Enjoy!

Please share: What tutorials do you like on how to tie a scarf?

Heirloom Keepsake

Custom Locket made by Lori at

Fashion Friday
I wanted to take a short break from our Capsule Wardrobe Series to share a special piece of jewelry dear to my heart. This custom locket is a birthday present from my parent that will be treasured for many years for a variety of reasons.

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How to Create a Capsule for a Pear Shape

How to Create A Capsule Wardrobe for A Pear Shape.FASHION FRIDAY
Capsule Wardrobe Series
Pear shapes
are the most common figure. They consist of a delicate, petite upper half, and a feminine, curvaceous, lower half. Creating balance is easily done by combining light colored tops with dark bottoms. I used the Rule of Three to compile this mini-wardrobe. Notice the three bottoms, dark flares, mid-color boyfriend jeans, and colored pants in contrast to the light colored or patterned tops. See below for outfits from this capsule.

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How To Have A Wardrobe That’s On Fleek

How to dress for your body type.

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Capsule Wardrobe Series Part 3: Find Your Fit

Ever wonder why some women look good all the time no matter what they are wearing? They have learned the secret of dressing for their body. You don’t need expensive clothes or even a lot of clothes to look good.  When you know what works for your figure, you shave off hours of shopping – which equals more money in your pocket. The popular TV show, What Not To Wear, capitalized on women who had no clue what worked for them. We all got a good laugh, but also admired Stacy and Clinton’s magical transformations! Continue reading

How I Purged 75% of My Clothes: Capsule Wardrobe Series Part 2

Style It Your Way
Once you’ve defined your “Look”, you can tailor it to fit your lifestyle.

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How to Find Your Personal Style: Capsule Wardrobe Series Part 1

This Frenchi (Nordstrom) blazer is one of my favorites this season. I found it at Good Will for $10.00.

Fashion Friday:
For the next several weeks I will be sharing how to create your own capsule wardrobe by highlighting the steps I used to create my Fall 2015 Capsule. The term capsule wardrobe was coined by Susie Faux in the 70’s.  According to her, it is a small collection of essential items that don’t go out of fashion and are augmented by a few seasonal pieces. The goal is to have an outfit suitable for any occasion without having excessive amounts of clothes. This is achieved by selecting staple items in coordinating colors. It’s a mini wardrobe composed of super versatile pieces that you LOVE to wear. Continue reading