Laughter Is Good Medicine

A great blog post from


“I love to laugh. Life can be hard, and sometimes a good laugh makes a bad day a bit better!  When I run across something that I find particularly funny, I like to keep it to pull out for future reference. I even have several Pinterest boards dedicated to things that I find humorous! If you want to check them out, they are Makes Me LaughYou Tube Faves, and Southern Born & Southern Bred.


My husband forwarded the following piece to me yesterday, and I laugh out loud every time I read it! The differences between men and women can be so humorous, as this little piece so cleverly describes. Reading this won’t necessarily make you more savvy, but I hope it gives you a chuckle as you go into the weekend!


Men Are Just Simpler People


What do you expect from such simple creatures?  Your last name stays put.  The garage is all yours.  Wedding plans take care of themselves.  Chocolate is just another snack.  You can be President.  You can never be pregnant.  You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.  You can wear NO shirt to a water park.  Car mechanics tell you the truth.  The world is your urinal.  You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.  You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.  Same work, more pay.  Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.  People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them.  New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet.  One mood all the time.  Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.  You know stuff about tanks.  A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.  You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.  If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.  Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.  You almost never have strap problems in public.  You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.  Everything on your face stays its original color.  The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.  You only have to shave your face and neck.  You can play with toys all your life.  One wallet and one pair of shoes — one color for all seasons.  You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.  You can “do” your nails with a pocket knife.  You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.  You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives.  On December 24. In 25 minutes.  No wonder men are happier.



If Laura, Kate, and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate, and Sarah.  If Mike, Dave, and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba, and Wildman.



When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave, and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50.  None of them will have anything smaller, and none will actually admit they want change back. When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.



A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.  A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.



A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.  The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337.  A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.



A woman has the last word in any argument.  Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.



A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.  A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.



A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t.  A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.



A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.  A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.



Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.  Women somehow deteriorate during the night.



Ah, children.  A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.  A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.



A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!”


Warhol & Dior

BLOG-dior warholIn his fall 2013 collection for Christian Dior, creative director Raf Simons used the early drawings of Andy Warhol from the 1950s as a reoccurring graphic throughout the show. And this was not the Warhol of the Campbell soup can, but a more refined version whose drawings reveal a softer side of the artist that were a part of Warhol’s early commercial work. Spidery shoe illustrations were embroidered and embossed on bags, and Warhol portraits of women were details on dresses.  Some of the most interesting pieces used Warhol’s drawings in piecemeal, a flower here, and an eye there. This is a side of Warhol that many probably didn’t know existed as his style changed in the ‘60s to the more familiar pop images.


The craftsmanship of the Dior ateliers paired with Warhol’s work make these pieces works of art in and of themselves. I am mad for the gold shoe that showed up on the classic Lady Dior handbag. The whole collection could make a girl swoon. And, I predict these gems will become collector’s items one day, and although not for sale yet, I suggest keeping an eye out for them because these pieces are destined to be picked up by serious fashionistas the minute they hit retail stores!


Alabama’s NBC 13 B-Metro Shoot

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How great and ready for spring do these ladies look? I styled the anchors of Alabama’s 13 and Daytime Alabama for their latest shoot for B-Metro. All clothing and shoes can be found at Gus Mayer at the Summit. Which outfit is your favorite?


Styling at Saks

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It seems like the only bottom to wear this spring is the legging or skinny jean!! Its just the IT for spring and makes a perfect match for boots as well as heels or flats. And the one we love the most is the stretch leather VINCE legging from Saks Fifth Ave. While they might be a tad pricey ($1150) they are more than worth it—as in shine and fit in one piece. We paired it with that rockin’ brilliant blue silk top which looks so fresh this season and of course beautiful black boots (BCBG)  that can be worn all year round.

On the flip side of the skinny leg pant (J Brand, $150), is a neutral one that we have also paired with leather as we just can’t get enough of it!! The cream, zip back peplum top(PJK, $358) is just perfect for spring especially with a beautiful and brightly colored abstract big scarf(Bindya, $150). Remember peplum should ALWAYS be worn with the skinny pant or jean. It’s absolutely de rigueur!!! So happy Spring and lets all hope the weather catches up with the calendar!!!


30 of the Best Pontytails in History

I LOVE this article on the 30 best ponytails in history from NY Magazine! Which one is your favorite?


 Ponytail blog




Mix It But Don’t Match It!

On a clear, almost warm late winter afternoon, spring seems like just a day away. It’s time to shop. Time to claim the best of warm weather gear while the goods are fresh and abundant. Time to kick that box top free and delve into all that holds promise for the days ahead. And so I took my team out on this glorious day and skipped over to our favorite J. Crew store to see what is in for spring.

What a glorious cacophony of color, prints, and patterns! We love J. Crew this season specifically for their use of color and pattern on everything from clothing to accessories. Their line from Liberty of London is just short of genius as Liberty prints are particularly perfect for now. Those small and tiny florals become almost a no-pattern, pattern, more about the combination of color than the pattern itself. We paired the super bright Liberty shirt with a long stripe shirt and inverted stripe tee. Can’t have too many stripes this season and pairing them with florals—of any size—is de rigueur!


This season anything goes and the more mixing and less matching the better.


We love this polka dot dress for two reasons: shape and color. While it’s a shift, it has a slight swing to its shape, making it particularly fresh, especially with the short, tapered sleeves. The color and pattern are perfect: dots are hot but very new on a beige background instead of the more predictable choice of white. The new neutral and black combo begs for an avalanche of gold bangles and sparkly, flea market inspired jewelry. The point is to pile it all on – layer necklaces and bracelets and then add more color with a bright cardigan and printed shoes—and we love these leopard pumps!


J. Crew has mastered the category of affordable big costume jewelry. The lacquered pieces work beautifully with the estate jewelry knock offs like charm bracelets and the extra big links. The rhinestone necklaces are collector items and are pure fun in a bottle! Add a big watch and some hoop earrings and you are ready to go anywhere!


We also love the idea of mixing tone on tone textures and metallics. Pairing a white eyelet collared shirt with a crisp white jean and topping the outfit off with a metallic shoe and accessories is the perfect way to do this! Don’t forget to add color, though. Pick up a great bright bag and throw on your favorite bright necklace and bangles to add the perfect splash for spring!


What do you like best from these looks? What are you buying for spring? I would love to know!


JCrew Prints outfits blog


Outfits 1:

Floral shirt, $150
Striped tee, $45
Striped maxi skirt, $75
Metallic belt, $34.50


Scarf, $65
Floral blazer, $225
V-neck tee, $32.50
Red jeans, $125
Pave heart charm bracelet, $125
Aqua bracelet, $65
Navy bracelet, $39.50


Outfit 2:

Polka dot dress, $168
Pink striped cardigan, $198
Neon crystal necklace, $128
Green petal necklace, $125
Pave heart charm bracelet, $125
Frog bracelet, $98
Leopard pumps, $350


Outfit 3:

Collard tee, $118
White jean, $125
Necklace, $128
Frog bracelet, $98
Navy bracelet, $39.50
Metallic Sperry, $98
Bag, Furla, $845


Excerpt from “How to Think More About Sex” by Alain de Botton

imgresWe are unlikely to be able to get a grip on this notorious subject if we don’t first allow ourselves to acknowledge just how tempting and exhilarating adultery can be, especially after a few years of marriage and a couple of children. Before we can begin to call it “wrong,” we have to concede that it is also very often—for a time, at least—profoundly thrilling.

Let’s go even further and venture that (contrary to all public verdicts on adultery), the real fault might consist in the obverse—that is, in the lack of any wish whatsoever to stray. This might be considered not only weird but wrong in the deepest sense of the word, because it is irrational and against nature. A blanket refusal to entertain adulterous possibilities would seem to represent a colossal failure of the imagination, a spoilt imperturbability in the face of the tragically brief span we have been allotted on this earth, a heedless disregard for the glorious fleshly reality of our bodies. … Wouldn’t the rejection of these temptations be itself tantamount to a sort of betrayal? Would it really be possible to trust anyone who never showed any interest at all in being unfaithful?

Too many people start off in relationships by putting the moral emphasis in the wrong place, smugly mocking the urge to stray as if it were something disgusting and unthinkable. But in truth, it is the ability to stay that is both wondrous and worthy of honor, though it is too often simply taken for granted and deemed the normal state of affairs. That a couple should be willing to watch their lives go by from within the cage of marriage, without acting on outside sexual impulses, is a miracle of civilization and kindness for which they ought both to feel grateful on a daily basis.

There is nothing normal or particularly pleasant about sexual renunciation. Fidelity deserves to be considered an achievement and constantly praised—ideally with some medals and the sounding of a public gong—rather than discounted as an unremarkable norm whose undermining by an affair should provoke spousal rage. A loyal marriage ought at all times to retain within it an awareness of the immense forbearance and generosity that the two parties are mutually showing in managing not to sleep around (and, for that matter, in refraining from killing each other). If one partner should happen to slip, the other might forgo fury in favor of a certain bemused amazement at the stretches of fidelity and calm that the two of them have otherwise succeeded in maintaining against such great odds.

Ultimately, sex gives us problems within marriage because it gives us problems everywhere. Unfortunately, our own private dilemmas around sex in marriage or otherwise are commonly aggravated by the idea that we belong to a liberated age—and ought by now, as a result, to be finding sex a straightforward and untroubling matter.

But despite our best efforts to clean it of its peculiarities, sex will never be simple in the ways we might like it to be. It can die out halfway through a marriage; it refuses to sit neatly on top of love, as it should. Tame it though we may try, sex has a recurring tendency to wreak havoc across our conjugal lives. Sex remains in absurd, and perhaps irreconcilable, conflict with some of our highest commitments and values. Perhaps ultimately we should accept that sex is inherently rather odd instead of blaming ourselves for not responding in more normal ways to its confusing impulses. This is not to say that we cannot take steps to grow wiser about sex. We should simply realize that we will never entirely surmount the difficulties it throws our way.

From Harper’s Bazaar




I have been thinking about the upcoming Holiday season and how to update my make up regime without having to completely change my look OR buy all new makeup. It’s a real conundrum.  How to incorporate something new or a holiday-ishness into our look inexpensively and conveniently and stylishly.

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I went into one of my favorite stores, Fred Segal on Melrose, for a look around. Fred Segal was the first stores in the country to provide a “make-up bar”; a series of small counters with open stock that allowed you to use and test makeup without the need of a sales person.  They are progressive and very cutting edge when it comes to makeup and some of their stylists are the best in the business.


As I was tooling around noticing how busy the department was and all of the new lines I had never heard of, I was stopped by one of the makeup artists. She asked if I wanted a free make over and before I answered, was ushered to her line of wares. I thought to myself, this is exactly what I didn’t want to do. Not only did I not have the hour it would take, but I really didn’t want to fall in love with a brand new range of goodies. I could see myself “being sold” on everything she introduced to me. So rather than fall in line, I gave her a challenge. I asked her  to pick out two new products that would change my look; I would buy from her but it would only be two purchases. She looked at me somewhat shocked but then quickly recovered and realized two was better than none and that if she passed the test I might likely come back for more. Trust, as she figured out, was what hung in the balance.

I got lucky with Fiona. She studied my face for a few minute and then went busily about looking through her stock for two specific products. When she had retrieved what she wanted, she came back over to me and handed me two pencils, both looking almost identical to each other. I guess I seemed surprised because she said to me “small changes can make huge differences”–and man, was she right!

One of the pencils was dark brown and she proceeded to show me that I using the wrong shade of brown for my brows, that a darker shade creates a better frame. I couldn’t believe it but she was right. She also told me that the brow is the most o

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verlooked element of a women’s face and that if done properly can dramatically affect a look. When she finished, I was dumbfounded—and thrilled.

The second pencil was also brown but a lighter shade and it was a lip pencil. Now, I have used lip pencils for years, though most of the time I am driving or multi-tasking and don’t think much about it. In this case she applied under eye cream to my lips, then powder, then both again. After that she used the lip pencil like she was drawing on a blank canvas and colored in the lines. After she applied a like shade of lipstick, I looked in the mirror and again, was dumbfounded—and thrilled.

In only 15 minutes she had changed my look with only two products and I spent less than $50.00. She had met my challenge and done all that I asked. In the days since then, I cannot tell you how many people have asked if I cut my hair or done something differently. And I am a happy girl heading into the holiday season!!




Great Reminders for 2013!!

Top Five Regrets Of The Dying
(Reproduced from

For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people have had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honor at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.


Bronnie Ware is a writer and songwriter from Australia.
Her blog has a loyal and ever-increasing following and
has been quoted in several respectable international
publications. Based on this article, Bronnie has now
released a full-length book, also titled ‘The Top Five
Regrets of the Dying’. For more information about this or
to read more of Bronnie’s work, please visit her blog at

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The Meaning of Christmas

There are few things as beautiful as a newly lite Christmas tree. Every year I get lost in the second stage of putting up a Christmas, after the lights go on but before ornaments. It’s not that I don’t like ornaments because I do. I have collected them for 20 years and have absolutely breath taking and adorable ones. But an evergreen tree standing in my house with just lights always reminds me of why we have a tree and the point of presents and some of our other Christian traditions. I have to constantly test my children on these topics as its too easy to forget and always bears repeating. Focusing on the meaning of our traditions also eases the material headache and eventual hangover of this overly commercial holiday.

Here’s a quick list worth sharing:

Evergreen trees: they point to the star and heaven
Presents: mimicking the three kings gifts to baby Jesus, gold, myrrh and frankincense
Candy canes: pure white stick symbolizes virgin birth; hard candy symbolizes solid rock, the foundation of the church; shape symbolizes both “J” for Jesus and the staff of the “Good Shepard”
Wreath: Circular shape represents eternal life; plants in the symbolic circular shapes symbolize strength of life overcoming the forces of winter; also a symbol of God’s unity and everlasting love for us
Red and green colors: came from the ancient Druids who wore Holly. Holly is considered sacred because they remained green and red due to their magical properties.

12 Days of Christmas:

A partridge in a pear tree: Jesus
Two turtle doves: The Old and New Testaments
Three French hens: The three kinds bearing gifts
Four calling birds: The four Gospels
Five gold rings: The Torah or Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament
Six geese a-laying: The six days of creation
Seven swans a-swimming: Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
Eight maids a-milking: The eight Beatitudes
Nine ladies dancing: Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
Ten lords a-leaping: The Ten Commandments
Eleven pipers piping: The eleven faithful Apostles
Twelve drummers drumming: The twelve points of the Apostle’s Creed