It seems like everyone else took a week off so I decided to join the pack.....:)

Did y'all have a nice Christmas.....I am trying to think of anything exciting I did since I last checked in!

Hmmmmm.....I went to the Ladisic Fine Homes party and per usual it was pretty epic!

You always have to dress WARM to this party because the back doors are all open with the bar on the covered area.....

Those doors stack all the way back....

I layered on every pearl necklace I had along with a black mock turtleneck and an OLD Banana Republic faux fur vest!

I was completely comfy and warm all night!

I had a beautiful lunch with this group of talented women.
Stacy Milburn [artist] , Andrea Costa [artist], Lauren Davenport [designer], Melisa Payne [artist], and Susan Kinsella [artist].

I am blessed to have so many supportive women in my life!

My sister had a party and these are our stockings that my Mom made for is probably 55 years old.  Mine is the blue one:)  

I've been friends with these girls for 20 years....[my sisters party]

On Christmas Eve day I went over to my good friend Maria's [in the picture above on the right] house to visit with her family.  We played one of my favorite games Jenga

I left before they cut into this little gem that her niece made.....thank goodness:)

Her sister put these little yummies together and I could have eaten the whole tray!  Just ham, cream cheese and pickled Okra.....who knew.  Who is sitting around thinking up these things?  I mean okra right?

I went directly to the store for these just in case I need a snack in the middle of the night....but got the wrong ones....

HOT!  Nope.

Went to see Cirque Du Soliel Volta with my was really good!

I started watching this show on Netflix and I am obsessed.  When people are asking me to go out at night I am thinking to myself "but wait....I want to watch TV".....I actually stayed up until 2 am the other morning watching it.  7's funny and dramatic.  Ur welcome.

If you aren't on Instagram I posted this on Christmas Day of my sister and I in 1964.  

Ha Ha.

So I'm not going to lie....Christmas was tough.  I did put on a happy face for people because I can't walk around all gloomy and loser-like.  Sometimes I walk into my house and expect to see him sitting in the office.....or at the front door when I pull into the driveway.  He would let Cami out and she would run to greet me.

It's been 4 months.  Legally it's still dragging on which causes it to drag on mentally.  You really can't move forward until all of that is settled. You start to doubt who you were as a wife who spent 30 years with someone. Of course there were tough me a marriage that does not experience highs and lows.  

But I always thought we would grow old together. Now when I see older couples shopping or out to dinner....I feel a small stab in my heart. 

I am a worker.....whether it's a job or a relationship I will do everything I can to be successful and keep things running smoothly.  Non confrontational.....a pleaser.....I will give in to my feelings at times because I don't want the other person to feel bad.  Not always a good thing I know.  I have often thought..... how would it feel to have someone care that way about me....meaning.... really be concerned about my happiness [in a relationship]. 

Anyway....blah blah blah.  Me and a million other woman in America:)

So here are a few parting pictures and words....

This little muffin has been a Godsend to me.  Dirty mouth and all:)

And exercise.  Seriously it helps me feel good about myself.

I saw these words somewhere.....

And this is for everyone one of you who have commented....emailed....texted and called with words of support.  There is kindness in the world and I have witnessed it this year.

Happy New Year to all of you.




OK....this post has nothing to do with Christmas but I had to return something to the mall [2 things I ordered from J Crew] and I wandered into Zara.  It has been closed for renovation for a couple of months.

Zara is famous for big style but small prices!  When you can get a cute top for a little more than you would pay at Target then I am all in!

Let's discuss some of the things I saw.....

I tried on this stretchy top and loved it!  For 39.00 it was a steal....

I do love how this would elevate some skinny jeans....throw on some black heels and you're there!

I also tried on this one  and thought the same thing.  

I would not wear it with baggy pants though.....skinny black pants would look so much better I think.  Again I think it was 39.00!

But how about this cutie?  It has a boho feel and I love when you can just throw on a white shirt and be done!

So this white shirt is perfect for me.  I am small on top so it would help balance things out if you know what I mean....wink wink!

Might not want to iron this puppy though....

This looks like something Coco Chanel designed!  I love the bow....although it might look better on somebody younger than me!

They only had this in small and I couldn't get it zipped [not sure what I was thinking to even attempt that!] but it was adorable!

I might have bought this headband if I had seen it!  How pretty right?

Call me crazy but I really liked this top.  Of course I would wear a cami underneath it....haha.

Pretty jeweled buttons.

I love a pretty top with fact I wear denim practically every is so easy to just figure out the top part of your outfit!

So listen I have noticed that Zara is made for small busted women....which is me.  And....sometime I am between sizes....depending on the fit.  But honestly y'all they really do have some cool stuff.

One thought....the store is so bright that I almost had to put on my sunglasses.  Like they needed to dim the lights for real.  I wonder if they did some study about that because frankly..... I hated it.

In other news I pulled into the bank drive through and they were doing construction so I was trying to miss a ladder and hit the curb.

All I heard was this loud hissing sound.....and I got that look of fear on my face as I hopped out and saw this.....Uh Huh.  Thankfully it was their fault and this sweet guy doing the construction changed the tire for me.

It could have been because I had just come from a Christmas lunch and I had on a mini skirt....hee haw.  Yeah #thisis67  Not going down without a fight.  Just saying.  [old Banana Republic jacket and scarf!]

Somebody asked me about my jeans on the last post.  They are AG and these are the fit

I went to a party last night with my neighbor and look at this spectacular charcuterie tray!  It was done by a local Atlanta company called CheeseMe.  Look them up on Instagram!

And I popped into my favorite Floral store called Pollen.

Everything. In. There.

Well everyone should be ready for Christmas by now!  I am trying to stay positive this season and my family and friends are checking on me daily to make sure I am OK.    I am.

Just know that you guys are definitely helping....every comment....every thought.....every suggestion.




Well it's that time of year when no one is reading blogs but the I'm still going to crank out a meager attempt of a before and after.....except when you get to the end and you are waiting for the big might leave you scratching your head.

What I mean is it's not quite finished but that is because it is out in Boulder and I can't just scoot over and get a few quick shots.

Here is where we started....I think you will remember this one [you can read about the plan here and here ].

I know we were all in agreement that this was not a bad bathroom and with maybe a new light fixture it and some magic zhushing she could be purdy.

So I put together a plan right here in Atlanta that Greg would implement in Boulder for me!  He's talented like that:)

Starting with the floors.....

That large hex tile is so pretty in person trust me!

The shower got a new look with the blue gray subway tile.

We had to tweak the counter top selection....but then the Thibaut wallpaper went up and everyone agreed it might be the star of the show!

I selected the Kohler Purist faucet in black.

And these beautiful Circa Lighting sconces....

These hammered cabinet knobs...

And here is where the story takes a dive....this is the most recent shot.

The vanity had just been painted so it looks a little green but actually it's a dark gray.

I turned the lights off so you could get a better idea of the cabinet color.  

It's sad..... not to see it all ready for it's closeup but that is the problem with long distance decorating right?

We need the mirror and a cool rug at the very least!  I'm working one it.....

Sunday I went to my friends house for our annual "secret santa" lunch.  Her table was beautiful....

We had a try on session with her new coat which was so pretty!

I wore my plaid J Crew shirt with an animal scarf which was a hit!  My shoes were Naturalizer and they are so comfy!

I'm off to Bach Fitness and today is leg day....ugh.

Thanks to everyone who gave me some good suggestions for what to watch next.  After this week of the "before Christmas craziness" I plan on relaxing next week and maybe do some binge watching!

Thanks for all of your comments and words of support :)

Sheriky freaky

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