The big debate… Gray or Grey?

FullSizeRender_6When we talk about the color gray, I often go back and forth with which way to spell it, so what else did I do but look it up. Apparently, both are correct but the spelling gray is primarily used in America and grey is used in the UK.

The only exceptions to these rules are:

1. Proper nouns such as a last name; Earl Grey and Zane Grey would not be spelled Gray and L.H. Gray must be always be spelled Gray.

2. Greyhound as in the dog breed.

3. Food irradiation (quantity of radiation energy absorbed by the food as it passes through the radiation field during processing). 1 Gray = 0.001 kGy = 1 joule of energy absorbed per kilogram of food irradiated.

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grAy is how it’s spelled in America
grEy is how it’s spelled in England

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In honor of the great debate, we thought we would introduce you to what’s gray in our closet. Susie is wearing a beautiful gray dress with a black belt for an accessory, and Michelle is wearing the combination of black and white, which we all know makes gray.

Gray is a color that goes with so much. It makes the perfect backdrop for a jaw dropping, steal the show accessory like a necklace or statement belt. So, when you are searching for the perfect outfit to wear that stand out accessory, choose gray, you can never go wrong with it.

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Embrace the Choker

Fall trends change like the wind. One huge trend you will see this fall is the presence of the choker necklace. They are a great accessory to any outfit. Most chokers are seen with an open neckline to allow the necklace to steal the show.

Today, Michelle’s outfit isn’t off the charts awesome, so she spiced it up with this black lace choker.

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The Choker necklace definitely has a very colorful history! Oh, if those necklaces could talk!! They go all the way back to ancient civilizations such as the Sumer empire in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. Women in these civilizations wore chokers to protect them and give them power. These women put jewelry on parts of the body they felt needed protection–the throat, head, arms and ankles–and believed it infused them with special powers.

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The choker has come and gone in fashion history since that time. During the Victorian era a then again in the 19th century. Alexandra of Denmark also known as the Princess of Wales was on the British throne as the wife of King Edward VII from 1901 to 1910.  During her reigns, she became an influential figure in fashion and popularized one of her favorite pieces of jewelry, the choker necklace. She had a scar on her neck, and supposedly loved to wear the choker necklaces because they hid her scar. That makes sense to us!!!

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This choker is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and was made in Austria between 1840 and 1870.  Who wouldn’t wear that gorgeous piece of jewelry!!!

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In the 90’s the choker made a comeback with several different looks. If you are young enough you might remember wearing the tattoo chokers or even the hemp and puka shell chokers.

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In March, Vogue magazine published an article online telling readers how to “rock” a choker like the singer Rihanna and included a gallery of 10 modern-day examples, ranging in price from $9 to $1,375.

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You might want to check your jewelry stash from the past and see what you have!!

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If you are not comfortable with the snugness of the choker you can always opt for its cousin the collar necklace. There is once again a wide array of style options available for us to choose from!  So embrace the choker and give it a try, and then share your pictures of your chokers!! We would love to see them!!

 

The Blue Hue Can Calm You!!

The world around us is full of color!  The colors we choose to wear and  use to decorate our homes have significance and meaning and also influence our emotions.

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Blue is one of the colors which really appeals to many people!  Actually, it is the color that most people claim as their favorite color.  Did you know that 53%  of the flags around the world include the color blue? How about the blue jeans which are worn all over the world? That being said there are many different shades of blue and they all represent different things!  For Example:

Dark Blue: Symbolizes integrity, knowledge, power, and seriousness

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Blue:  It Symbolizes  Peace, tranquility, cold, calm, stability, harmony, unity, trust, truth, confidence, conservatism, security, cleanliness, order, loyalty, sky, water, technology,  and depression.

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Can you believe that blue also serves as an appetite suppressant!! Say what?? I may need to surround myself with blue at mealtime!!!

HIMY3734FullSizeRender_3One can also see the connection between the color blue and hard times or sadness in the phrases : singing the blues and feeling blue.

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Turquoise blue  symbolizes calmness and a peacefulness.

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Teal blue symbolizes sophistication and class.

FullSizeRender_1Aquamarine symbolizes water-the color of the oceans and seas!

Lighter turquoise has a feminine appeal especially in the turquoise jewelry!! So beautiful!!

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So the next time you find yourself needing to calm down or just in need of some tranquility, break out the blue hue!!!

We’ve got spirit!

Friday nights lights means a school day filled with Cavalier Spirit!! We’ve got spirit, yes we do, we’ve got spirit, how about you? Our school colors are red and blue, and Fridays are the best days to find a sea of those colors in the hallways. If you aren’t a Cavalier, we hope you will find something in your life to be spirited about! Whether it be sports, music, professional achievements, family, or some other endeavor, find what creates passion and excitement in your soul!!FullSizeRender(1)

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It is easy to keep the spirit when one is winning or achieving success in that area. However, it becomes a challenge to keep that fire burning when lady luck turns her favor to another team or person. Are we loyal when the success is not there , do we jump ship and find something else or just become apathetic? (BTW- the grass is not always greener on the other side of that proverbial fence).FullSizeRender_2FullSizeRender_2(1)

We hope your FriYAY is as spirited as ours. And if you aren’t busy tonight, come out to watch the Cavaliers play!! FullSizeRender_4

 

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Keep on Keeping On!

Sometimes our everyday lives are so very stressful. Trying to juggle the responsibilities that we all have, trying to keep up, trying to do our best when we are feeling our least competent.   Work, kids, spouse, church,  relationships,  meals, exercise, the list goes on and on……..    The days when we are struggling to stay afloat….. Those days when we struggle to see God’s love  and goodness in our lives….. How do we stay up on it all?   How do we deal with the stress?

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With the start of school again, our lives have sped back up, and we  like many of you  are working frantically to keep those balls in the air.  Tonight, a certain Bible verse stood out among others.

 

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God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.  (Psalm 46:1-3)

 

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The realization that no matter how hectic or crazy our days get, that our God is there for us. The realization that His promise to take care of us and be there for us is never to be doubted!  He is ALWAYS there even when we are too busy and caught up in the world to notice.  He is our foundation, and will never leave us.FullSizeRender_4FullSizeRender_5FullSizeRender_6FullSizeRender_7

Let’s face it, when our problems feel big we need to be reminded that our God is bigger. . Sometimes we need to remember that no one else’s life is like yours so don’t compare your life to anyone else’s. God will do different things in your life than He will in someone else’s. Be happy for your friends, build one another up. And by all means, don’t forget to laugh at yourself! Laughter can make any day feel a little less crazy and stressful!! Smile…. it just feels good!

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It also helps to remember that God rested on the 7th day after a busy week of creating everything. ! He deliberately took the time to slow down and be still. Jesus did the same  even when he had more messages to preach and more people to heal,  he went apart from the crowds and rested a while (Matt. 14:13; Mark 6:31). “He knew it wasn’t wise to accelerate through life with our gas gauge registering on “weary” all the time.”

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When was the last time we practiced this, “I have calmed and quieted my soul”? (Ps. 131:2) When we are racing down the highway of life, we need to throw up a STOP sign and seek  a spot to be alone.- a spot to turn away from  the distractions/noise/the world  that keep us from listening to God’s voice. Then  we can let him let Him speak to us.  We can actually let Him refresh our  hearts and minds with the strength to live life well for His glory. Even if you do not believe, stopping and being still will give you the opportunity to recharge and find your moment of peace and clarity.  Our wish for all of us is that we will conquer the stress and worry  from the fast-paced world around us!!

 

Who Said You’ll Never Be Royal?

 

Whether you call it bright, cobalt, or royal blue – the result is a color which mixes perfectly and seamlessly with the ever popular fall colors, black, grey, and camel. Royal blue is one of the most versatile of the colors which bring pop to an outfit!FullSizeRender_9

The versatility and the awesome pop that royal blue brings make it a perfect transition color!  Michelle has chosen a very feminine scalloped royal top that has all sorts of detail. FullSizeRender

The criss-cross back and 3/4 length sleeve give it a little bit of summer mixed with a little bit of fall. She has paired her royal with orange which is another great transition color into fall.

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Susie has chosen to wear a powerful, blue  short sleeved sheath dress for work with a  lightweight cardigan in royal blue and white. The cardigan tones down this bright color, and is a great transitional outfit between summer and fall. She can even remove the cardigan and wear it out for dinner on the town. Her shoes are still open but are a blue suede.  This combination is sure to get the job done.

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We would not recommend a closed royal blue shoe for an outfit that is entirely royal blue, but would instead opt for the combination that Michelle is wearing. The nude or patterned shoe in neutral colors helps to soften the color. In her case, it also ties the blue and the khaki together.FullSizeRender_2

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You can wear it as a whole outfit or if you’re uncomfortable with all that color, wear it in small doses by mixing it with print patterns or other colors. You can also choose to wear  cobalt blue accessories to add a bright pop of chic color to your outfit.

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No matter, how you choose to wear it, the awesome thing is that you can indeed be royalty this fall and winter!!   Does that mean we can all wear crowns or tiaras?

Have a great day, Your Royal Highness!!!

Turning a Corner!

As the season changes we find ourselves reluctant to turn a corner in fashion because of the temperatures in the South. How can we wear our cute fall clothing and sweat to death? There are some small changes we can make along and along that will carry us into fall without making us glisten (pretty sweat).

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Here are a few tips to help you Southern Ladies transition easier into Fall.

 

  • Pair your slacks with a lightweight long sleeve top in a light color! Michelle has paired her slim legged slacks with a stylish lightweight top in a pastel color. The longer sleeve and the textured slacks are a great transitional look!

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  • Swap your sandals out for either ankle boots or a more closed shoe! Michelle’s black shoes are just the ticket! Susie chose an open-toed maroon bootie to set the tone for her fall style!

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  • You can also choose to wear a fall color palette. Susie chose to pair a black  sleeveless  maxi dress with a maroon open cut overtop. It is extremely comfortable and not so hot during the hot, humid days of August.

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  • Switching your jewelry colors out to a  fall color and maybe a heavier material  is also a transitional fashion strategy.

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We hope that you have enjoyed our tips for how to set the tone for your transitional fall wardrobe. We have some other tips to share with you later!!  Remember to visit your closet, look at what you already own, and  use those items to adjust your outfits so that you are making use of what you already have and not breaking the bank. Trust us when we say that you have a closet full of opportunity just waiting in your bedroom to help you create some awesome fresh looks for the transition from summer to fall.  Please feel free to ask questions- we love to help out!!!

 

Part II

As  Labor Day approaches, we all begin hearing an age old fashion rule begin making the internal voice loop in our heads!

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I am sure that most of us have heard the dictum that you shouldn’t wear white before Memorial Day and after Labor Day!    

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“According to Darling Magazine, “The origins of this ‘rule’ stems back to the late 1800s.” Making it a pretty old rule. Darling Magazine reported that, “From a practical perspective, white is the most suitable color as it reflects the most light… In the late 1800s, however, white symbolized the class division – the rich wore white and enjoyed those three months of summer, while the work clad laborers continued on. The end of summer marked the shift back to work, the end of the vacation season, and the start of the working year, so to speak.”

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“Therefore, wearing white after Labor Day became a fashion faux pas, because the higher classes adopted wearing white through summer and decided that wearing white after Labor Day – which is seen as the end of summer – was unacceptable.”- Bustle

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Well, ladies, Monday, September 5th is Labor Day, and although the rule has been disregarded in some parts of the world, it is still a hard rule for us as Southern women to break! We have seen progress in this area but change is slow and sometimes hard to wear!

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For example, Susie considers herself to be a fashion forward woman of a certain age, but prior to Memorial Day this year, she chose to wear white jeans with an outfit. Luck would have it that it was also a Wednesday which meant dinner at the church! She spent her entire night praying that the older ladies would not notice her infraction of the rule and point it out to her. Needless to say, the pants were noticed and commented upon! Ahh, the fashion dramas of the southern ladies!

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However,  the last time I checked, we are all grown, intelligent women who want to plot the course for our own destinies! So, let’s just toss this pesky rule out the door for once and all! Let’s inject the fresh and crisp white into the grey days after summer passes!

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If you are not comfortable with pure white, there are several shades of near white which can be paired with white and other colors  to provide a stylish and neutral look to what sometimes becomes dark and drab.

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Many people wonder about the differences between the colors, white, cream and off-white. Here is an explanation about the three shades that I found helpful.

  • White: Optical white is a blindingly bright white. A pair of white jeans is usually optical white.
  • Off-white: This is a dirty white like the color of bone. It’s as if optical white was mixed with a spot of grey. It’s a cold color and tends to look good on people who can wear light grey close to the face.
  • Cream: The color of pearls, ivory and liquid whipping cream. This tone is warmer and richer than white and off-white. It contains a hint of yellow and looks good on people who wear warm colors well.

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I look forward to seeing lots of stylish women wearing white and off-white this fall and winter!!

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Black and White is Red Hot!

This summer has been a long, hot, humid experience!! Each day, the moisture and heat honestly feel like a heavy blanket threatening to cover you and overwhelm each of us! All southern women  know the hardships of dealing with the monster that robs women who have straight hair of the chance of any curls and unleashes the beast in the hair of women with the curls.  We struggle to just glisten but the reality is that on some days we glisten so much, it might be said that we well you know the word—–sweat… I know bless our hearts!! It is a daily struggle, and it is very real!!

When we have to choose our outfits on those days, it seems like we turn to the classic and crisp combination of black nd white as a fashion option in response to the heat! We decided to provide you with some shots of the black and white ensembles which we chose to wear this week!

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We are honored to include my beautiful and talented daughter-in-law in this post!! she doesn’t get to join us in the blog often, but we love it when she can make an appearance!!

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Even though our black and white choices varied from casual to dressy and from stripes to dots,  they all have the classic and timeless look that black and white always deliver!!

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We hope that each of you finds a way to avoid the heat and humidity while the dog days of summer pass by and the cooler weather of fall seem so very far away!!!  Stay cool and stylish, sweet friends!!!!

 

 

Let the Rat Race Begin!!

Today was one of those days when there just wasn’t enough time to get it all done! Michelle and I work together at a small private, Christian school, and tomorrow is the first day of school for our precious students!  So, today was spent taking care of a multitude of last minute details for opening day!   You know, the small details  which mean the difference between a successful day and a terrible one!!! Worksheets, Rosters, Books………To put it simply-The race is on!!!

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The Darling Details in fashion are just as important as the ones  we listed above! Accessories are the details added to your outfit that make everything in your wardrobe look better- like the icing on a cake!! Your accessories can transform your outfit from a boring one to one that sings!!!  Michelle’s accessories bring added energy to her casual skirt and top! Her cross shoulder fringe purse is the perfect zing to make it sing! Her bracelets bring in one of the colors in her scarf and help to tie it all together!! It’s an arm party!!FullSizeRender_2

Michelle has chosen a very simple necklace and opted to bring in the pop with her scarf while adding color to her white top! Her sunnies add an instant Glam!!!

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Susie’s navy blue dress is very simple in style!  She upped the chicness level by pairing the dress with some silver shoes and some sweet pink polish!! IMG_7593

Her necklace ties the blue and silver together with the three strands of varying blue hues! She has chosen a simple, structured leather navy and silver bracelet and a blue ring to continue the monochromatic trend in her outfit. Her  pink purse is where she brings in her pop of color to match her nails!  The white sunnies are just for fun!!

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Small details make this navy blue sing a happy song!

Wish us luck as the race begins, and we do our very best to inspire and educate the leaders of tomorrow!!!  On your mark, get set, go!!!!!