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!
It’s Day 311 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and when I received a sweet surprise package from my sister in law, Sue, it provided the perfect opportunity to fit a Florentine frame with a favorite family photo. Sue’s son got married last August and regular readers may recall how I excited I was about the wedding in Alpharetta, Georgia. With a gorgeous outdoor ceremony and a barn reception, it was country chic at its best. When Sue texted today to ask if I’d received the package I realized it had been sitting in the foyer with the label turned face down for over a week because I thought it was my hubby’s! I hadn’t been expecting anything, so receiving a box filled with photos, magazines, some sweet home decor, and a note absolutely Made. My. Day. And opening it wasn’t the only thing I finally got to do. Sometime last year I found a black 8×7 Florentine frame – not the standard size for family pictures – and have been waiting for the right one for it. With many of family members wearing black or navy in this photograph, the frame complemented the colors and was just the right fit!
I fell in love with Florentine frames about ten years ago when I first saw them on Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic website. As with so many other things, she informed my design style and taught me to keep an eye out for these Italian beauties. Over the years I’ve found frames in an assortment of colors, shapes and sizes, as well as three Florentine vanity trays at TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Home Goods. People always comment on them and they’ve become a consistent theme that runs throughout my home. Any time I pop a picture into one, it elevates the visual impact and makes what was already valued for its sentiment a treasure aesthetically, too.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose nest featherer, I’m delighted whenever I can add a small thing of beauty to enhance my home. Florentine frames add it in spades and are featured in practically every room. Sometime in the future I’ll do a post featuring my collection, but for now, I I hope you’ll enjoy this one piece as much as I do. It’s been a good day for me simply because I finally got to open a thoughtful package from my sister-in-law and was inspired to fit a favorite family photo that she sent into a Florentine frame (and to blog about it!).
Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about fitting your favorite photos into frames that elevate them and display how much you value the picture? Try doing this in your home or work space and you’ll find yourself surrounded by special memories – framed to last.
It’s Day 254 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and since I planned in advance not to blog on Valentine’s Day, I still had my hubby snap a pic of me yesterday – dressed in red for a romantic date night. Though I get lots of compliments whenever I wear it, red in not my color. Still, on Christmas and Valentine’s Day, I’ll break out the few pieces I have and apply my Maybelline “On Fire Red” lipstick to match. In this instance, the outfit was pretty but also practical for meeting a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Swan for a life coaching session. Afterward, the Valentine’s daytime look made for an easy transition to a romantic date night since I was already dressed in red.
My hubby generously offered to do whatever I wanted for date night. Initially, I thought I wanted to go out for dinner, but when I realized we had plenty of good stuff for a meal, I opted to stay in. I had fun having him serve as my photographer (he’s becoming quite meticulous about making sure my clothes are smoothed!) and just hanging out. After nearly twelve years, we’re still besties and enjoyed each others’ company – talking, rekindling the romance, eating, and watching the Olympics. He even indulged me and sat through ALL of the figure skating – an act of true love!
Today, we’ve had another great day working from home together. And amazingly, though we talked so much yesterday, we had to discipline ourselselves to be productive and not spend our time chatting away. We’re good for one another that way too, in that we push each other to be our best. I suppose that’s one of the definintions of love, romantic or otherwise – that you call for the best in the other person. How blessed I feel to have that with my Valentine – whethered I’m dressed in red for a romantic date night – or not!
With our busy personal and professional lives, changing clothes can be a dilemma (one of the Ds)! With little time to spare, how are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about transitioning from work wear to dressed for a date?
It’s Day 231 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I was delighted to get a friend fix. Yesterday, I put in a full day working on professional tasks so that I could take a long, leisurely lunch with one of my closest friends today. Balance is such an important part of self-care and for me it means spending time with Pink Collar Soul Sisters. My women’s networking event and her plans prevented us from hanging out last weekend. Now she’s heading out of town on vacation, which means we won’t see each other this weekend or next. That being the case, we strategically scheduled a lunch date to tide us over. By the grace of God, I’ve never been addicted to a substance (nor do I judge anyone who has), but there’s something euphoric about about a good friend fix.
I love that phase! Yesterday was the first time I heard it – when a life coach I used to supervise/now friend – emailed me saying she needed a Tammi fix. Those two little words filled my heart with joy and made me realize how much I miss her too since I moved on from my last director role and she ceased her work with the organization soon thereafter. I will forever more attribute “friend fix” to her and had to smile when I heard her name in a song soon after reading her email. People often comment about some friends being for a season and others for a reason. For a season, this life coach was a close to a right hand as I had in my director role. She was phenomenal and made my job infinitely better. In turn, she often commented on how much I encouraged her and did a great job equipping her to do the work. The reason we remained connected professionally is that we felt an affinity from the beginning and that has translated into being able to communicate freely about our personal lives and shared faith. A temporary season and eternal reason…
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Soul Sister, though I understand the importance of spending time with friends, sometimes it’s a challenge. The list of those I’ve been aiming to meet with since before the holidays are my best friend from high school without whom I wouldn’t have survived it (she’ll be thrilled about my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul!), a parent of one of my 6th grader students who was killed at age 21 in a car accident, bonding us together forever, a Kinder Care center director sister who is valiantly fighting melanoma and is a shero, a former co-worker and beloved sister in Christ who is now an empty nester, a few dear friends from my last job, the 3Gs (we began teaching in our 20s, 30s, and 40s – now we’re in our 40s, 50s, and 60s), and The Lattes (3 black + one white = coffee with leche/milk)! Considering the length of the list, I need to be very intentional about scheduling get togethers. Because as much as I need a friend fix, I know many of them could use a Tammi fix too.
How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about friend fixes? From which friends could you use a fix? Which could use a fix from you?
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach
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It’s Day 225 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and if you adhere to the Twelve Days of Christmas, like I do, yesterday was the last day, and boy did Santa AKA Hubby, hook a sister up! An original Maxxinista, my love affair with TJ Maxx is nearly thirty years strong. That being the case, my husband knows one way to this woman’s heart is a TJ Maxx gift card. And like St. Nick, he delivers every Christmas. So of course, while in Atlanta, my sister-in-law and I made a New Year’s Eve run to the TJ’s there. I’ve seldom ever left empty handed and found a wicker look storage container to house my outside decor and a pink yoga mat, but didn’t score anything special. Then yesterday, after spending the entire day catching up on professional to-dos and book tasks for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, to release next week, I took a look in my local TJ Maxx and put the gift card to good use on something I find truly special. Though my hubby didn’t pick it out for me, I still feel like Santa hooked this sister up!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Maxxinista, one of the ways I own my sense of style is purchasing things that truly speak to me. I don’t have to go out and buy an entire new wardrobe of clothes every season or according to the latest trends. Instead, I freshen up what I have by adding a few new pieces to the ones I already own and love. This fosters my fashion creativity and inspires me to re-imagine outfits. I already know I’ll pair the handbag with a sweater with the same pink for a meeting on Monday (will post a pic of course!). Purchasing an item I love also reminds me of my husband’s thoughtfulness and generosity every time I wear it. In fact, I’m wearing a sweater bought with a gift card he gave me several years ago and it always brings a smile to my face. In addition, buying something I will use longterm helps me to be a good steward of my resources, which is important to me. Furthermore, shopping stores, like TJ Maxx and Marshall’s that I know carry my brands saves time, money, and energy, all of which I try to use wisely.
My hubby is wise too: He not only buys TJ Maxx gift cards for me, but our daughter-in-law as well. One and done, baby. Santa really does know how to hook a sister up!
How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose with gift cards you may have received this Christmas? What special item could you be on the lookout for to freshen up your wardrobe or decor?
It’s Day 214 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and since I have a Christmas party tomorrow night, it’s time to wrap it up – the first gift of Christmas that is. Yesterday was a work whopper and I didn’t get to blog, so today, I’m killing two birds with one stone by getting out gorgeous gift bows, paper, and tags in preparation for wrapping a package for my writing group’s book exchange. We were to select a gently used but loved book someone else would enjoy reading. Mine is a modern day version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Jimmy Stewart – Oh, be still my heart!). In keeping with my Shabby Chic vintage take on Christmas decor, I use mostly white, classic silver and gold, and a profusion of pink. Pops of purple and light blue are thrown in for the guys in my life. In addition to leading the caroling, I’m singing some solos and still have to bake cookies. With all of that other prep on my plate, it really is time to wrap it up & get the first gift of Christmas done!
Shabby Chic may not be your style, but with a little effort you can coordinate your gift wrap with your Christmas decor.
Ways To Wow With Your Wrapping:
Choose bows, paper, and tag colors that coordinate with your ornaments, tree skirt and even the present (Ex. My pink and white skirt with paper in the same colors and a blue bow for the blue book).
Look for paper that complements your decor or theme (Ex. Though my palette isn’t traditional, Christmas trees and candy canes are).
Tie it together with common threads (i.e. Bling/glitter is featured in my bows, paper, and tags).
Shop early in the season for the best selection and after the season for the best prices and save items for reuse when you can (Ex. I seldom use all of my paper and carry it over to the next year and recycle nice bows and gift toppers).
Be Savvy & Chic by owing your style and doing what you love even if it’s not conventional. (Ex. I use silk and fabric flowers on gifts).
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose gift wrapping enthusiast, I’ve always loved gift paper and still drive people mad by painstakingly removing it from my presents. And there’s just something about a sweetly tied bow that makes me want to preserve it. It shows the person who wrapped the gift probably took a lot of effort and time to make it special. And you can make your wrapping special too. Even if you use burlap or cardboard boxes with pre-made bows instead of artfully tied ones, you’ve already put your special mark on it just by making or selecting the present for the person in the first place. So, whether you’re like me and haven’t wrapped a thing yet or are on your way to having it all tied up, it’s time to wrap it up – the first, or last gift of Christmas!
Hosting in your home? The office party? I hope you’re inspired to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose with your gift wrapping.