one door closes, another opens…

I may have set my style blogging aside, but that doesn’t mean I’m dead. In fact, I’m more alive and kickin’ than ever!

I finally bit the bullet, set my fears and insecurities aside, and went forth to fulfill my lifelong dream of writing.

Huzzah, huzzah, huzzah!

So if you were following this blog for me and not necessarily for my fashion, I’d like to invite you to come on over to my new home @

Explore, enjoy, and engage if you please. I’d sure love some company.


Blogging Besties :: All Good Things

The Blogging Besties series was the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. It’s based on the idea of “take one, pass it on,” but passing on an element from another blogger’s outfit.

At first, it was just Alex and Whitney, ping-ponging back and forth. Then they added a link up, which I faithfully participated in. In 2015 the link up was dropped, and the series expanded to include me, Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style and Maricel @ My Closet Catelogue, another loyal link-up participant (and one of my very best Blogging Besties).

For over 2 years now, we’ve gone round robin, passing on an element from the previous blogger’s outfit. It’s been a fun challenge that inspired us to be creative!

However, all good things must end, and sadly, Blogging Besties is ending today. Alex and Maricel have both decided to quit blogging, in order to pursue other endeavors. With the loss of half the participants, Whitney and I feel that it is an appropriate time to end the series.

These ladies have truly become some of my closest friends. Their prayers and encouragement helped me through an extremely difficult year, and I cannot thank them enough for that!

I’ve had the great pleasure of meeting Whitney in person, and I hope someday to meet Alex and Maricel face to face as well. Until then, we will keep in touch via email and Instagram.

Previous Editions of Blogging Besties

Common Threads Challenge :: Orphans

Hullo, and welcome to the Common Threads Challenge and my last batch of outfits!

If you haven’t already done so, hop on over to join our private Facebook group, post your outfits on IG and use the hashtag #commonthreadschallenge, or just link up using the blue froggy.

Many ways to participate and have fun! But let’s get on with the show…

The last week of October found me styling my pieces with closet orphans. These may not be the most inspired, but at least it put into rotation some items that deserved much love and attention.

For Monday, my black trousers and two-toned peep-toes elevated a casual loose-weave sweater from beach basic to work worthy. (Both the sweater and the shoes are the orphans in this ensemble.) And I swear I look a lot more svelte in motion than this static pic suggests. Black is slimming, after all.


On Tuesday, the black blazer gave new life to a silk top whose bejeweled neckline was all the rage when I started blogging several years ago but which may now be officially dated. I paired it with my fave palazzo pants and I like how the colors go, but I think this particular closet orphan is destined for the donation bin.


On Wednesday, the classic white button-up shares some of the limelight with wide-legged overalls. Not a very flattering silhouette, but oh so comfy just the same. However, don’t get too fixated on the overalls. These are not the orphans you are looking for. Actually, it’s the camel mules I’m wearing that needed much wardrobe love. I wear the black version all the time (see yesterday’s outfit, for example), but rarely these. And I must say they do help me look less farm girl and hopefully more urban sophisticate.


On Thursday, it was so hot and blustery and the Inland Empire winds were so intense that there was no way I was taking pics outdoors. Thank goodness my newly renovated sitting room has a fabulous wall that suffices as a backdrop (See that “artwork” on the wall? My husband made that out of picket fencing and different stains) for the Breton tee, styled here with two orphans: the denim A-line skirt and cream jacket. Now that I’m no longer on my vintage kick, perhaps both pieces will get more play now that I see how versatile they are.



So how did my pieces do with this week’s theme? Did you like this styling better than last week’s? Let me know by commenting below…

Blogging Besties :: Hot Pink

Blogging Besties is a weekly series featuring Whitney of Whitney à la mode, Alex of The Cheerful Closet, Maricel of ::My Closet Catelogue:: and Selah of A Bibliophile’s Style.  Each week, one of the bloggers will choose one component from the previous week’s outfit to pass on in a brand new look.  This “take one, pass it on” challenge is an inspiration to stretch your closet and your imagination!

Isn’t Alex always the epitome of office chic?!  And last week was no different!

From her outfit, Alex challenged me to pass on stripes, hot pink or a statement necklace.  I immediately knew that I wanted to style the hot pink coat that I purchased in Belgium now that it’s actually cool enough to wear it!  And in planning my outfit, I kind of forgot that stripes were an option as well.  I guessed I checked two boxes with this outfit!

I’m looking forward to styling this statement coat in a lot of different ways, but for it’s first outing I really wanted it to be European-chic so I stuck with basic black and white stripes and d’Orsay flats.

Selah, your choices for next week are a statement jacket, black and white, or pointed-toe flats.