It’s Day 5 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’m feeling inspired to create because of this pretty and practical picture board. Anyone close to me or who’s ever checked out this blog probably knows I’m a longtime Maxxinista and self-proclaimed Shabby Chic-o-fie. I fell in love with TJ Maxx back in the 90s and didn’t think the love affair could go any better until recently when TJ’s, Marshall’s and HomeGoods all started selling authentic Shabby Chic, Rachel Ashwell and The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell items and made it even sweeter. She’s most influenced not only my decorating but home life style. So the fact that she expanded her retail market from Target to the TJ Maxx family makes her beautiful, comfortable and functional finds more accessible. And it makes my heart go pitter patter. Like this pretty and practical picture board.
If you have the time, I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and take a trip to these stores to check out the ever changing selection of Shabby Chic items. They don’t last long. Whether for your home or office, they beautify any space and elevate the functionality as well. Which is why I’m thrilled that my50th birthday is Monday and I often receive gift cards to my favorite treasure troves where I can discover more Shabby Chic finds like this pretty and practical picture board!
Pink Collar Savvy & Chic business cards with the final logo arrived in the mail yesterday and MADE.MY.DAY. Thanks so much to everyone who gave ideas, provided feedback and weighed in on the process. Collaboration is beautiful! If you have an creative and/or business idea, go for it. There’s so much support from other amazing women like you.
It’s Day 277 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and the preliminary version of the Swan logo for my holistic life coaching agency is looking savvy and chic. Receiving it yesterday meant I could wrap up an intense work week on high note before heading out to dance in my second Zumbathon two weekends in a row. The young man doing the design work for me isn’t a professional graphic artist, however, because I’m a new entrepreneur myself it feels good to give another creative an opportunity to stretch his wings. Based on feedback from you readers on the two swan images I’d narrowed it down to, he incorporated the crown and the pink flower. And she had to have a pink collar, of course! Making the S part of the agency name is a request I added – I believe it works…Requesting him to pick up the crown color in the font doesn’t! He placed the image on this dark background instead of my soft signature pink just so the design would stand out for my review. I’m pleased so far and would love your input on this preliminary version to get the Swan logo looking as savvy & chic as possible before I finalize it.
Before I get to my suggestions, here’s a question:
How obvious is it that the Swan is the capital S? Is the shading necessary? Remember, the business card will be light pink…
Here are my suggested tweaks for the designer:
Add some light pink detail to the feathers
Extend the feathers a bit
Remove black from beneath bill
Lower the collar so it sits where a woman’s necklace would/aligned with top of beak
Remove the green leaves and place white flowers with pink centers on either side of the rose (they’ll be very subtle against business card and stationery background)
Use a darker pink for the font lettering
Use a different font that has an ampersand sign with similar lines as the Swan/S
If shadowing of Swan/S is kept, use same darker pink as font lettering
Add a space between the ampersand and Chic
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose entrepreneur, I’m working hard to build not only my business but my brand. I want the logo to represent my agency’s mission: Life Coaching to facilitate The Swan Experience: Minimizing barriers; Maximizing women’s beauty and best lives – through total transformation. And it certainly needs to reflect the tagline: You’ve always been a Swan. My designer, my Swan Sister Kibby, who has contributed so much to this process, and those of you who have weighed in to get me to this point have been so helpful. Now I’m hopeful that you’ll chime in to get the logo design over the finish line and looking its Pink Collar Savvy & Chic best.
Will you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and take a moment to help a Swan Sister out? Any feedback on the question or suggested tweaks is appreciated. Thank you!
It’s Day 240 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I spent some time this evening in one of my favorite places on earth -Barnes and Noble – working on a book signing for Seasons of Her Soul. Some of you readers have asked about this and I’m pleased to let you know it should be a reality soon. I’m also in the process with LifeWay Christian Bookstore, one of the few brick and mortar booksellers still in operation here in the Cincinnati area. Being a debut novelist makes it challenging to break through giant brick and mortar stores like B&N, and even the ones that seem like little mom and pop ventures in comparison. But you know me – I’m all about minimizing barriers and maximizing beauty and women’s best personal and professional lives, so now that I know both of these support local authors, I’m going after it with a sledge hammer and won’t stop working until I’ve scheduled some Seasons of Her Soul book signings!
While there, I picked up one of my favorite sources of inspiration, Artful Blogging, and browsed through some other decorating magazines. Then I made my usual perusal of the Christian fiction section and was delighted to find an author I’ve never read. I’ve always devoured books and consume a healthy diet of authors with different styles as a way to feed my creativity. Trying new ones helps me broaden my horizons and hone my craft. Feeling as satisfied as could be because I was in a bookstore with a copy of Seasons of Her Soul, I couldn’t resist laying it on the coffee table along with these other delectable treats. Twas so sweet to imagine someone discovering it and plopping down in a comfy chair with a latte to savor it and my novel!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose debut novelist, I’m savoring this sweet season in my journey. I say that not to flaunt it, but to encourage you. While this evening was blissful, the work day was fraught with Ds brought on by one dastardly dude! But I’m determined not to be derailed. I’ve worked too hard to build a life I love, including becoming a published author. No hater or saboteur is going to knock that down. Barnes and Noble isn’t the only thing built of brick and mortar! In fact, I’ll even say I’m stronger and more sturdy because I’m built on the Firm Foundation, the Solid Rock. That will hold me in good stead as I continue working on book signings for Seasons of Her Soul!
What Pink Collar Ds or challenges are you facing that feel as impenetrable as a solid structure? Perhaps it’s that personal situation where you can’t make a breakthrough? Or maybe you feel like you’re hitting a brick wall in your professional life… How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose to minimize those barriers and to maximize your best life on the home-front and in the workplace?
It’s Day 226 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and one of the highlights of my work day was a Money is Emotional lunch meeting with the author of the book, The Financial Lifeguard, Christine Luken. Christine is a certified financial coach and is building her business in a way I want to emulate. She launched the book last year and it has done so well that she just finished the first draft of its sequel, Manage Money Like a Boss, with creatives and entrepreneurs – like me! – as the target audience. This Pink Collar Savvy & Chic author, coach and speaker is maximizing her first book, which is exactly what I hope to do with my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. Meeting with The Financial Lifeguard reinforced how female entrepreneurs must balance our desire to serve others with the need to produce sustainable income. Money really is emotional!
Though Christine’s book is non-fiction, and mine is fiction drawn from real life experiences, I hope to be able to use it as a platform to coach and speak around the Ds, like the domestic violence the main character, Lee, faces. And I’ve already started the preliminary writing process of laying out the story’s map – another highlight of my day but completed in the wee hours way before my actual work day began! Christine was excited to hear that as she is currently reading Seasons of Her Soul. It was encouraging to hear how it grabbed her from the very beginning, especially coming from an author with a successful nonfiction book under her belt and who doesn’t read contemporary fiction! I’m hopeful she’ll do a review and I plan to reciprocate by writing one on the signed copy she gifted me with today.
We also discussed collaborating to support each other’s work and to refer our clients. Christine specializes in one of the Ds – debt; and she encounters professional women who could use my holistic Swan Experience to minimize other barriers and to maximize their beauty and best personal and professional lives. Besides, good coaches don’t try to do it all but have a network of referral resources…Our conversation was so packed with helpful insights and inspiration that the time flew by so quickly I forgot to snap our pic!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose life coach, author, and speaker, it was so refreshing to meet with another one where there were no hidden agendas – and there was definitely no hating. We shared openly and were transparent about ups and downs and how we run our businesses in a way that allows us to make money doing what we love, maintains the dignity of our clients and glorifies the God we both serve. Considering how great the time was and the fact that each of us have some follow up steps, I’ve got a feeling this won’t be the last Money is Emotional, or Manage Life a Boss meeting I’ll have with The Financial Lifeguard.
Are you drowning in financial dire straights? The Financial Lifeguard can rescue you and restore your dignity. Please visit her website at http://www.Christineluken.com.
Also, if you are interested in previewing or purchasing the print or Kindle version of Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon at:
Somewhere along the line, Barnum decides his show needs to appeal to the “high brow” society crowd, so he enlists Phillip Carlise (Zac Efron) a socialite who is also a performer, as a partner. From the moment Phillip lays eyes on Ann (Zendaya), a trapeze artist, sparks fly, but the star-crossed couple struggles to come together due to the fact that she’s not only a “circus freak” but a black one at that! No spoiler alert needed here – I won’t give away what happens, but I will say a scene where the two dance and work the ropes to demonstrate the push and pull of their romance is pure magic. I’ve not seen many Zac Efron movies, but I predict Zendaya (her last name is Collins but she’s already known by her first name only) is going to surpass all the other Disney Channel stars that have gone before her…
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose creative, I believe you’ll enjoy this movie. This musical is about creativity, imagination, and making the impossible possible. If you like real life rags to riches stories about the underdogs who win because of their hard work and ingenuity, then this film is for you. Or maybe you just want to be entertained. It delivers that in spades. P.T. Barnum wanted a better world where people could forget about their cares, so without the aid of electronics and technology, he designed it. Considering that, he may very well have been The Greatest Showman.
It’s Day 132 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and as is the case on many Saturdays, I took on a small DIY project giving dark stemmed purple velvet pumpkins a spray of Shabby Chic color paint. As my friend Kibby recently brought out, though I have a degree in Interior Design and have worked as a designer, my passion is really decorating. Besides, in a world where flipping fixer uppers and renovating our homes is so popular, I’m old-school and still believe you don’t necessarily have to bust out walls or the budget to have a home that is beautiful, comfortable and functional.
In that spirit, I decided to show my home some approaching fall love by tackling this project and taking the Halloween out of the pumpkins and infusing them with Shabby Chic softness. I love being outside, so with a perfect day, I got busy spraying away. As seen below, the pumpkins have been transformed into fall decor that reflects my sense of style.
If you’re anything like me and just want to add some fall style to your home or office without expensive, time-consuming changes, then I hope you’ll take on this simple Shabby Chic-ing (or should I say Savvy Chic-ing?) project.
Simple Steps to Shabby Chic Dark Stemmed Velvet Pumpkins
Check the Halloween decor section at these stores for velvet pumpkins in purple, teal, brown, and even black with dark stems you can spray paint: TJMaxx, Marshall’s, Home Goods, Stein Mart, Tuesday Morning.
2. Determine what color you’d like for the stem. Ivory, cream, sage green, and taupe are great options that pair well with the velvet. Cover area where spraying, preferably outdoors or indoors with good ventilation. Use a mask if necessary.
3. Wrap pumpkin securely in a plastic grocery bag and tie the neck at base of stem. Insert straight pins around the stem to secure and to ensure no paint seepage.
4. Spray underside of stems first by turning the pumpkins on their sides. Then turn pumpkins upright to spray the tops and sides. Be sure to follow all directions on can for best coverage, including drying time.
5. Untie the bag once the stems are dry, then pull the bag away from the stem and allow the straight pins to remain in the bag to be discarded.
6. Decorate your home or office space for fall by creating beautiful vignettes using your Shabby-chiced velvet pumpkins and enjoy for Halloween and Thanksgiving.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who loves doing small things around my home, for my home, I know that I was created in the image of my heavenly Father who was an artist. He created color, and the animals and plants for cloth and fabric. His creativity and desire to make things beautiful runs through me and all creative souls. I feel a particular affinity for a Savvy & Chic Chick from the Old Testament of the Bible who is described as “a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple” (Acts 16:14). I can just imagine the other village women lining up at her stall to buy some of that purple cloth! I would have been there, asking for it in velvet of course! And if I only had black thread to work with, though I wouldn’t have had ivory spray paint, I’d have still found a way to make it Savvy Chic to suit my sense of style!
You were created with that same creativity running through you. How can you tap into it to make your home or office reflect that?