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PostHeaderIcon SHOPPING IN YOUR CLOSET

By Vernalee
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I had a fabulous shopping experience last week.
My finds were terrific.
Guess where I went?
No, I did not go to Macy’s or Saks Fifth Avenue at Legacy Village or Beachwood Place. Waking up to see the Eiffel Tower out of my Hilton Hotel window and walking the streets of Paris cruising from one boutique to another would have been great. It is on my bucket list!
But I was in none of those places.
Instead and not as exciting as Paris or NYC, I walked into my guest room and went shopping in my closet.
That’s right!
It was there that I found a number of items with price tags on them.
I am serious!
Where did these items come from? The answer is simple.
I went shopping some time ago, bought some items that I liked, put them in the closet, and forgot that they were there. That’s right.
Unbelievable!
How many folks can tell the same story? Hush!
Yet, I don’t know how many times that I have said, “I don’t have anything to wear!” What about you? Shame … on you and me!
What I realized is that my closet was not organized so I didn’t know exactly what I had. Oh my!
It didn’t surprise me that surveys stipulate that the average woman spends over $3500.00 a year and some change on clothing.
However, I am here to testify that my recent shopping experience was within arms reach as I did an archival dig in my closet.
I found what I wanted within the comfort of my home.
Take it from me! So before you go to the store, go to your closet first.
A new outfit and accessories probably await you.
Afterwards, here’s what you need to do:
* Team up with your tailor.
* Repair and Renew.
* Accessorize outside your jewelry box.
* Get crafty.
* Mix and Match it up.
* Strategically reposition and organize your clothing.
Now because I took a few steps, walked into the next room, and pulled out a few hangers that were already there, I have about 10 – 12 new outfits. Groovy!
I am thrilled. I have new glamorous outfits to sport a new look with no money spent!.
I am also rethinking my look and style. It’s time for a makeover since I got up off my rear end to move beyond my comfort zone of wearing the same things over and over.
To my fan club, you will be seeing me in a flash of more colors than my standard traditional black. While searching, I also found colorful scarves and attachments that I didn’t know I had! I plan to add a little spice to my life by accessorizing with vibrant sun bright colors … and more.
You go girl!
Time and energy are my only hurdles because I have 3 more closets to go! Then I’m off to search through my jewelry boxes.
Vintage jewelry, anyone?
Join me … but do so in your own closets … not mine!
Photo credit: www.pininterest.com

PostHeaderIcon WHAT TYPE OF SHOPPER ARE YOU?

By Vernalee
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Want to go shopping anyone?
When you go to the stores, be prepared.
Have a plan.
Smart shopping requires research, skills, and time.
My daughter Phoebe and I tend to go to a particular shop, purchase the items we desire, and go home.
My nieces, however are shopping divas with a skill set that can rival the best.
They are the “shop till you drop” ladies.
They can dig up a pricey Saks Fifth Avenue designer suit at a bargain warehouse for such a ridiculous price that it is laudable. I kid you not!
I marvel at their skills!
Their finds leave you speechless!
I don’t know if they have telescopic vision, but they know where all the sales are (near and far; on line and off) including the moment of their occurrence. Finding the “blue light” specials is their specialty as they emerge into one or several of the smart shoppers categories below:
1. The Bargain Hunter – Gets the best price.
2. The Impulse Buyer – Acts quickly to snag a deal.
3. The Loyalist – Uses rewards to save big.
4. The Researcher – Compares every offer.
5. The Negotiator – Always haggles.
6. The Shopper on a mission – Plans strategically.
To my nieces, I am recommending that you set up a personal shopping business.
You will make a mint!
Sometimes, I wonder who is the best shopper – Beverly, Sharon, Stefe, or Stacy.
It’s too close to call. They are all … just that good!
Here’s my advice girls –
To get you started, I’ll prepare your business plan and develop the necessary business particulars.
Use your skills and talents to shop for others and make big money doing the one thing that you love – shopping!
Cha Ching!
Photo credit: www.essence.com; Illustration by Aimee Camilien; Source: Essence Magazine

PostHeaderIcon 23 THINGS THAT EVERY MAN SHOULD HAVE IN HIS CLOSET

By Vernalee

As women, nothing is more pleasing to our eyes than a good looking man who walks and talks with an air of confidence.
Yes, it is correct that we women are men watchers!
Just for the record – Watching the other sex is not a trait exclusive for men.
So for the many guys in my reading audience, this one is for you!
Here’s the list of 23 things that men should have in their closet:
1. A no-nonsense navy suit.
2. A gray suit.
3. The only tie you’ll ever need.
4. A white dress suit.
5. A chambray shirt.
6. A blue dress shirt.
7. A polo shirt.
8. An oxford cloth button down.
9. A clean white T-shirt.
10. Raw denim jeans that get better with age.
11. Chinos that fit just right.
12. Two really good belts.
13. Long lasting loafers.
14. A respectable pair of white sneakers.
15. Chukka boots you want to chuck away.
16. Boots that can handle a hike.
17. Black dress shoes.
18. A packable down jacket.
19. A bad pea coat.
20. A less serious sport coat.
21. A cashmere sweater.
22. Sunglasses that go with everything.
23. A stainless steel watch.
Now that the outline has been provided, achieving that tailored list may send you to the store.
Either way, hats off (since hats were not on the list) to a good look.
Photo credit and source: www.msn.com

PostHeaderIcon HATS OFF TO ELEGANCE

By Vernalee
Mrs. Elaine Saunders - D.C. www.washingtonpost.com
Elegance never goes out of style.
It dresses up a person with class.
Hats contribute to that form of elegance.
Hats add a look of distinction.
They are in a class all by themselves.
I remember the days that you would rarely see a woman in the southern churches without a hat. My Mother, aunts and women of her generation wore hats, matching shoes and purses to church. Sometimes, they added gloves to round out their look. How chic! There is a lady in my hometown named Molly. I have never seen her without her signature hats. Her husband, Jessie jokingly says that she owns hundreds in every style and color. Hats make a woman look distinguished, sophisticated, and all dressed up. Although I am not a hat wearer, I love the look!
I love the elegance!
It complete the look with class.
Photo reprint: www.washingtonpost.com – Mrs. Elaine Saunders, District of Columbia

PostHeaderIcon BEING A WOMAN COSTS BUT IT’S WORTH EVERY PENNY!

By Vernalee

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Diverse group of women putting on makeup


Ladies, listen up!
Have you ever calculated how much money it takes to maintain our beauty regimen? Without adding in any of the bells and whistles, a basic package for us averages several thousands dollars yearly.
By basic, I am referring to the routine maintenance of our hair regimen (shampoos, styles, and color); nail care (manicures and polishing); and pedicures. No wonder our pockets are occasionally near empty!
The “bells and whistle” regimen which includes the extras and the extravagant care are much more pricey.
Cha Ching!
I love my new look – eyelashes that costed $250.00 plus the cost of bi-monthly refills.
Many said that was too much.
Oh well!
I’m only just beginning.
Facials, bikini waxes, makeup, waxing, massages, eyebrow shaping and lash implantation, among other cosmetics enhancements add up.
It is a time consuming process to have these services performed as well. Conserve your energy as you count your hours to find the required time.
And of course, unless you are a do it “yourselfer,” the cost for these cosmetics services and products must be factored into your budget.
For a woman to be pretty, Madame Noire Magazine reports that celebrities Beyonce and Kim Kardashian spend one million a year on their beauty care.
Haters, don’t get mad!
They make millions and can spend it however they choose.
It’s all relative!
Now, for us working girls, take a look.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the money spent on selective beauty services covers a wide spectrum.
For example, check out these prices.
* Blowouts, Haircuts And Hair Cuts can range from $40 – $215;
* Brow Shaping & Eyelash Extensions, $25 – $140;
* Chemical Peels, $20 – $600;
* Vitamin C + E serums, $162;
* Ultherapy, $ 1,000 – $5,000;
* Cleaning Serums and SPF 30 Sunscreen, $42 -$45;
* Kybella Injections, $1,200 – $2,000;
* Décolleté Cream, $285.
Did I mention makeup?
Foundation, eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick, and moisturizers add up.
Carol’s Daughter, Maybelline, Fashion Fair, Loreal, Lady Clairol, Covergirl, Black Opal, … are all familiar brands that we have in our cabinets and carry in our purses.
When all is said and done, if you care about your personal appearance and how you look, though it may be costly, it is money well spent.
First, you want to look good for yourself!
Rave reviews from your better half: significant other are welcomed.
When you look good, you feel good.
The confidence booster is priceless.
Alright, let me interject this.
We know that beauty is only skin deep. The Temptations put that phrase in words years ago.
Forget those lyrics for now!
When we want to feel and look beautiful, nothing beats that aroma.
Now, let me spray a mist of my expensive $215.00 Flowerbomb Eau De Parfum. It was a gift; thank you very much!
I want to smell sweet!
The fragrance rounds out my appearance and makes me smell as rich as I feel.
I love to pamper myself and be pampered. I’m worth it!
Aren’t you?
Photo credit: www.gettyimages.com

PostHeaderIcon WHAT EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW AND HAVE

By Vernalee
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Recently, I received an email from one of my sister girls containing this famous Maya Angelou piece.
After digesting this itemized list, admittedly I fall short on a few categories.
At least, now I have a roadmap!
It’s time to go to work on my shortcomings.
Nobody can say it like Dr. Angelou! I share her words with you!
Enjoy and achieve!
A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE … by Maya Angelou

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a youth she’s content to leave behind….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to retelling it in her old age….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
one friend who always makes her laugh… and one who lets her cry…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal that will
make her guests feel honored…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a feeling of control over her destiny…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to fall in love without losing herself..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to quit a job, break up with a lover and confront a friend without ruining the friendship…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
when to try harder… and WHEN TO WALK AWAY…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that she can’t change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that her childhood may not have been perfect…but it’s over…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
what she would and wouldn’t do for love or more…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW….
how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW..
whom she can trust, whom she can’t, and why she shouldn’t take it personally…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
where to go…be it to her best friend’s kitchen table or a charming Inn in the woods when her soul needs soothing…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
What she can and can’t accomplish in a day, a month…and a year…

After this read, may I ask, “What do you have and what are you lacking?”
Don’t answer.
Let’s get busy; let’s do it together!
Photo credit: www.nndb.com

PostHeaderIcon ARE YOU STUCK … ON YOU?

By Vernalee
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Are narcissistic people flowing around in your universe? You know who I’m talking about. I am sure that you know several. I do!
They are those folks who are totally self–absorbed and tend to see themselves as perfect. They are never wrong so apologies are not in their vocabularies. Why apologize when you are always right? Arrogance, extreme selfishness, conceited behavior, boastfulness, and pretentiousness regularly enter their space. Their behavior is often characterized as being grandiose, larger than life, flamboyant, and extravagant. Lest not forget that they are highly egotistical folks with an exaggerated sense of self-importance. Exploitation of others is common.
You probably need no help to identify them, but here are some of the basic
Characteristics of narcissistic folks:
They –

* Believe that they are better than others.
* Fantasize about power, success or attractiveness.
* Exaggerate achievements or talents.
* Expect constant praise and admiration.
* Believe that they are special and acts accordingly.
* Fail to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings.
* Expect others to automatically go along with their ideas and plans.
* Take advantage of others.
* Express disdain for those that they feel are inferior to them.
* Are jealous of others.
* Believe that others are jealous of them.
* Have trouble maintaining healthy relationships – personal and professional.
* Set unrealistic goals.
* Are easily hurt and easily feel rejected.
* Have fragile self-esteem.
* Have the appearance of being toughminded or unemotional.
* Are so in love with themselves that they cannot truly love anyone else.
Alright, before you start your list of those that you know who fit the mold, let me share with you the interesting story of Narcissus.
According to Greek mythology, Narcissus was a beautiful, proud young man. When he saw his reflection in a pool of water for the first time, he became so enamored that he was unable to stop gazing at his own image. He couldn’t take his eyes off of himself. Sounds familiar?
Stuck on himself, Narcissus was unable to leave his image at the water’s edge and eventually wasted away. It’s too bad that his self-absorption turned him into the Narcissus flower.
Oh my! Here’s my parting poetic thought. “If you are stuck on yourself, remove the glue. The world doesn’t revolve around you!
Photo credit: www.mythman.com; Source: www.thenarcissiticlife.com

PostHeaderIcon ON/OFF – PEOPLE ARE NOT GLOVES

By Vernalee
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As we cruise toward Valentine’s Day, LOVE is our theme.
Love is here to stay; definitely!
The symbolism is bountiful.
When we love, we must be careful of our steps. We have to make sure that we love with dignity and respect. Using people is not one of those ingredients. Speaking of usury, there’s an old expression that compares the essence of love to an article of clothing; namely gloves.
Caution.
Check this out.
You can’t use people like gloves; taking them off and putting them on when it is advantageous.
In other words, when you need them, they are the best thing that ever walked the earth. When you don’t need them, they can be useless/disregarded and thrown out like trash.
As you know, gloves are accessories. They can cover up blemishes that you don’t want others to see. They protect the hands, keep them warm, shield the spread of germs; and are disposable. They can be taken off and put on at the wearer’s discretion.
People are vastly different. Though they can warm, protect, shield, and cover inadequacies, they shouldn’t be treated as disposable objects. You shouldn’t turn them on or off like a light switch.
Certainly, mistreatment does not equate to love.
Remember this – people can get sick and tired of being used. Some may be or have been strung out on you. In fact, they resembled a yo-yo. Once your yo-yo, their string has lost its gravity.
Oh my … You now cannot rewind the wrath from the people that you have “used.” In fact, since you had the “upper hand,” you abused and “used” them so much that you “used them up.” Many tried to tell you to curtail your usury of convenience. Now, it’s too late; you learned the hard way! Look! They have taken their gloves off! You will undoubtedly received back what you have given!
It has come to past – You will reap what you sowed!
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PostHeaderIcon WHAT TYPE OF SHOPPER ARE YOU?

By Vernalee
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Yesterday, I talked about shopping in your closet. However, when you go to the stores, be prepared. Have a plan. Smart shopping requires research, skills, and time. My daughter Phoebe and I tend to go to a particular shop, purchase the items we desire, and go home. My nieces, however are shopping divas with a skill set that can rival the best. They are the “shop till you drop” ladies. They can dig up a pricey Saks Fifth Avenue designer suit at a bargain warehouse for such a ridiculous price that it is laudable. I kid you not! Their finds leave you speechless! I don’t know if they have telescopic vision, but they know where all the sales are (near and far; on line and off) including the moment of their occurrence. Finding the “blue light” specials is their specialty as they emerge into one or several of the smart shoppers categories below:
1. The Bargain Hunter – Gets the best price.
2. The Impulse Buyer – Acts quickly to snag a deal.
3. The Loyalist – Uses rewards to save big.
4. The Researcher – Compares every offer.
5. The Negotiator – Always haggles.
6. The Shopper on a mission – Plans strategically.
To my nieces, I am recommending that you set up a personal shopping business. You will make a mint! Sometimes, I wonder who is the best shopper – Beverly, Sharon, Stefe, or Stacy. It’s too close to call. They are all … just that good!
Here’s my advice girls –
To get you started, I’ll prepare your business plan and develop the necessary business particulars. Use your skills and talents to shop for others and make big money doing the one thing that you love – shopping! Cha Ching!
Photo credit: www.essence.com; Illustration by Aimee Camilien; Source: Essence Magazine

PostHeaderIcon SHOPPING IN YOUR CLOSET

By Vernalee
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I had a fabulous shopping experience last week. My finds were terrific. Guess where I went? No, I did not go to Macy’s or Saks Fifth Avenue at Lagacy Village or Beachwood Place. Waking up to see the Eifffel Tower out of my Hilton Hotel window and walking the streets of Paris cruising from one boutique to another would have been great. It is on my bucket list!
Instead and not as exciting as the previously mentioned places, I walked into my guest room and went shopping in my closet. That’s right! It was there that I found a number of items with price tags on them. Really! Where did these items come from? The answer is simple. I went shopping some time ago, bought some items that I liked, put them in the closet, and forgot that they were there. Unbelievable! How many women can tell the same story? Hush! Yet, I don’t know how many times that I have said, “I don’t have anything to wear!” How about you? Shame … on you and me!
What I realized is that my closet was not organized so I didn’t know exactly what I had. Oh my!
It doesn’t surprise me that the average woman spends over $3500.00 a year and some change on clothing.
However, I am here to testify that a shopping experience is within arms reach with an archival dig and better organizational skills.
A whole new outfit awaits you when you shop in your closet. Take it from me! So before you go to the store, go to your closet first. Afterwards, here’s what you need to do:
* Team up with your tailor.
* Repair and Renew.
* Accessorize outside your jewelry box.
* Get crafty.
* Mix and Match it up.
* Strategically reposition and organize your clothing.
Now because I took a few steps, walked into the next room, and pulled out a few hangers that were already there, I have about 10 – 12 new outfits. Groovy! I am thrilled. I have new glamorous outfits to sport a new look with no money spent!. I am also rethinking my look and style. It’s time for a makeover since I got up off my rear end to move beyond my comfort zone of wearing the same things over and over. To my fan club, you will be seeing me in a flash of more colors than my standard traditional black. While searching, I also found colorful scarves and attachments that I didn’t know I had! I plan to add a little spice to my life by accessorizing with vibrant sun bright colors … and more. You go girl!
Time and energy are my only hurdles because I have 3 more closets to go! Then I’m off to search through my jewelry boxes. Vintage jewelry, anyone? Join me … but do so in your own closets … not mine!
Photo credit: www.pininterest.com

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