The Setting of the Sun

The Setting of the Sun

It’s Day 223 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to take pictures or post in 2018, so I’m using some photos from Myrtle Beach as inspiration to write briefly about the setting of the sun. While on vacation, as I lay in bed reading, I noticed God was in the midst of painting the sky my favorite shade. The hazy pink hue made me think I could catch the sun setting, so I grabbed my phone and captured this view before ever getting up. Then I stepped outside just in time to see the sun dip below the horizon. On one side it pierced the water with a brilliant shaft of orange light that stretched across rooftops and nearly reached our condo. On the other, it created a lovely pastel ombre effect of sky, sun, and surf that rippled gently to the sand. Close to weeping with the sheer beauty of it all, I sang a song of praise to the Master Creator of this masterpiece, for in all my forty-eight years, I have never seen such a magnificent setting of the sun.

Penthouse view of the approaching sunset from the master bedroom suite.
The setting of the sun.
The sun shaded by sky.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose writer, I’ve always been enamored with words. But I must confess, I had little interest taking photos, other than those of family gatherings or those related to image and interior design. Because of that I’ve not always been mindful of the natural beauty around me. Now I’m so thankful my desire to capture images to complement my writing has made me more mindful of my surroundings. Before, I would have noticed the sunset, but may not have been intentional about taking pictures of it. Seeing these, the experience will live on. Furthermore, I’ve found more times than not that rather than photos enhancing my words, they inspire them. I’m still a novice photographer, but I appreciate the opportunity to grow and develop, personally and professionally. Especially when it that causes me to bask in the setting of the sun.

How about you? How has being Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose with an interest or passtime caused you to discover a new passion, personal or professional development opportunity? What new skills would you like to gain or hone?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach



It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Boy’s Room

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Boy’s Room

It’s Day 196 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m excited to kick off an “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas” series, starting with a boy’s room, namely my son’s. After not using Santas in my Christmas decorating for years, it’s so much fun to deck the halls (and every room) with them now. And while I used to almost dread the profusion of red and green that clashed with my soft interiors every Christmas, I can truly say it’s now the most wonderful decorating time of the year!

So why was Santa excluded from my holiday celebration? For nearly a decade I attended churches that frowned on Santa because they felt Xmas was literally taking the Christ out of the holiday. Somewhere along the way I became a Christ follower as opposed to being religious. There is so much freedom in that! And I also learned that the birth of Christ and Christmas can coexist. In fact, I believe kind Saint Nick would have been the first to bow down and worship baby Jesus – The Reason for the Season. An ornament with Santa, hat in hand and on bended knee kneeling by the manger is one of my favorites. But I’m not blogging to try to convince or convert anyone to my way of thinking; just sharing my personal journey and how I came to peace with Santa sharing Jesus’ birthday in my home.

I’m a sucker for white Santas holding white bottle brush trees. Whenever possible, I have him positioned to proclaim the birth of Christ. The crown symbolizes Jesus as King of my heart.

And the red and green thing? Anyone who knows me they’ve never been my thing. So until the last decade or so, I stuck mostly with white, silver and gold decor. Then I began incorporating Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic pretty, pink and pastel take on Christmas into my interiors. Now I truly get into the decorating spirit! Again, the look is not for everyone, if you want to color outside the traditional red and green box (pun intended) and add some Savvy & Chic¬†style to your Christmas decor, I’ve got a few tips.

The Christmas house on the right was my first. Though dark, it was the first I’d ever seen and I fell in love, especially with the bottle brush trees. Like the burgundy house, the one on the left and the village in the middle all have touches of red. This makes them ideal for my son’s room. The burgundy tree in the background of the village ties in so well with the original house…
I didn’t have a tree for years. Now each room is graced with at least one, often many, in varying sizes. My son’s room gets decked out in green bottle brush trees that tie in with the ones on the Christmas houses. His room has blues, purples, and golds, so these are nice but still masculine.
Try as I might, I must confess as a new blogger and photographer, I couldn’t get the lighting right for this picture, even in natural daylight. It has me thinking maybe I want a camera for Christmas…Now I only use my iPhone. Still, you can see how all of the elements play well together. the whites, golds, and bottle brush trees are the common denominator. The lamp is an antique store find that I painted cream to match the shade. The Simply Shabby Chic green curtain with a subtle blue stripe has been in my son’s room since he was an infant.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Christmas decorating enthusiast, I hope this post has inspired you. If you want to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic with your decor, here’s what to look for:

Savvy Chic-ing Christmas 

  1. Santas in whites, creams and pastels. If carrying a bottle brush, this can be incorporated into the room’s overall scheme.
  2. Christmas houses with bottle brush trees. There are new ones out there or you can find vintage versions online at eBay, Etsy, or by doing a search.
  3. Bottle brush trees bedecked with ornaments. Here’s where I mix in the traditional colors with my Savvy & Chic palette to make the look cohesive.
  4. Shop TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Marshall’s, Target, Hobby Lobby and antique/flea market/secondhand/thrift stores.
  5. Use what you love and have fun!

Would love to see any pics if you decorate this way already or are trying something new.

Be savvy and chic,

~Pink Collar Coach