Pink Collar Coach’s Petite Retreat – Pt. 1

Pink Collar Coach’s Petite Retreat – Pt. 1

It’s Day 20 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and dealing with a D or challenge women face –– in the form of a disabled vehicle –– has made me even more thankful for my petite retreat. Although, upon seeing the place for the first time Friday night when she drove me home, one of my Swan Sisters, Sonya, pointed out that what I’ve always referred to as a tiny house isn’t actually that tiny…From the moment I saw the For Rent sign in the window of this 1905 shotgun, I knew I’d found the perfect spot to meet my personal and professional needs as a wife, mother, stepmom of a blended family with adult children, author, life coach, and entrepreneur. And this small –– relatively speaking –– space has delivered in spades! Having a peaceful place to parent and pursue creative endeavors –– like blogging (it serves as a studio) and working on Hold on Her Heart, the sequel to my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, has been instrumental in minimizing personal and professional challenges and maximizing beauty and my best life. Having this sanctuary is both a luxury and a sacrifice. But so worth it because my sanity has been saved by this petite retreat!

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View of front side entrance. Valance in transom window above door all pillows, rugs, and many accessories Simply Shabby Chic from Target or Shabby Chic – TJ Maxx, Home Goods.

 

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Front view from the street. The picket fence needs love and Liv and I plan to give it soon!

If you’re anything like me, at times going out into the world feels like entering the fray. Having a safe place, a sanctuary, that soothes your soul can provide much needed respite. That doesn’t necessarily mean going out and renting a house or apartment. It could be converting a garage or shed into a She Space. Or simply carving out a nook inside filled with things that speak specifically to you.

Whatever it looks like, I hope you’ll figure out what works for you and that your petite retreat will allow you to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic in order to minimize your challenges and maximize beauty and your best life, too.

Be savvy & chic, 

~Pink Collar Coach

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Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 5, 2019

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 5, 2019

Enjoy the simple things. Today, it’s my first Friday off in far too long. A cup of coffee (and a good book of course) on the front porch before the kiddos wake up after the Fourth of July festivities is heavenly and brings balance.

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Table scape makes for a lovely escape. Napkin and coffee mug Simply Shabby Chic from Target. Drinking glass turned vase and citronella candle Shabby Chic from TJ Maxx.               All time favorite vintage bowl, rimmed in pink – a flea market find. 

Hope you’ll take time today to enjoy the simple things and find some balance, too.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Fourth $4 Score

Fourth $4 Score

It’s Fourth of July and the perfect day for my $4 score. At the end of the school year, my 15-year-old and I went on a Goodwill quest for an 80s outfit for her to wear to her chior ensemble’s spring 80s themed concert. While an outfit for her was the focus, as I searched the skirts for one with 80s flair, instead I found a Calvin Klein size 4 with a flounce! The $4 price tag sealed the deal. Today I donned it with a striped top as my patriotic nod to the flag (red isn’t my color). It’s sprinkled on and off all day, so we skipped the pool and saw Spider Man Far From Home this afternoon. Now before we head out to the fireworks, though it’s dusk, I figured it was my last chance to capture a pic of my Fourth of July $4 score!

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One of the things I most enjoy about our tiny house is that it is big on outdoor space.           This pic was snapped in the backyard, complete with a postage stamp patio. White resin is all-weather and durable enough to survive the elements without cover. Simply Shabby Chic pillows and two Shabby Chic anti-fatigue mats, along with my favored fake flowers -–– purple roses out here–– make it a sublime setting to get some sun or a picture at sunset. Calvin Klein ruffled top and white thong sandals – TJ Maxx.  CK skirt – Goodwill.                     Decor TJ Maxx and Target.

My second hand designer fashion find at a thrift store is a reminder that beauty can often be found in unexpected places. As in my seating area in the middle of a concrete slab. Or in old fashioned pastimes like reading a Bible verse about liberty in Christ, catching a holiday matinee, walking down to the park for a concert –– with an insulated bag full of water bottles and Bomb Pops in tow –– and taking in the fireworks atop a Shabby Chic quilt. Then returning to savor homemade AW Root Beer and Cream Soda floats. All in all, an incredible Independence Day –– spent in my Fourth $4 score!

Hope you had HAPPY HOLIDAY! And that you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy Chic on Purpose and seek out beauty where you’d least expect it. Because I’ve found, whether it be freedom or fabulous fashion, what we seek, we’ll find.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Tiny House Tour – Hardworking Hallway – Part 1

Tiny House Tour – Hardworking Hallway – Part 1

It’s Day 3 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and though I’ve been leasing my tiny house for almost a year, I’m just getting around to organizing a hardworking hallway and am excited to share Part 1. Though I call it tiny, my house measures at about 1,000 square feet and lives much larger. Built in 1905, it’s a shotgun with half and full baths added. The latter is accessed through what appears to be an original hallway based on the built-in. After a futile search for a Shabby Chic laundry hamper for the space, I moved the one that had been hidden from behind the laundry screen in the kitchen here where it better serves the full bath. This strategic move and the fact that my landlord installed a shed to house the rake and shovel previously stashed here, motivated me to maximize the rest of the space, hence the baskets stacked beside it.  Until last week, I had the cabinet filled with Shabby Chic Christmas decor along with other seasonal items. But a recent haul from what I now refer to as “the big house” AKA my marital home, yielded a score of my four Shabby Chic storage baskets, now stacked beside the hamper. They, along with the ones on top, hold all of our extra bedding, curtains, and winter gloves, hats and scarves. The cabinet was decluttered and is now filled with items I plan to feature on the blog/use with my business. All in all, I’m so pleased with this hardworking hallway!

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Beadboard cabinet with small Simply Shabby Chic wicker baskets above larger below. Round Simply Shabby Chic laundry hamper to the side corals children’s clothes. The baskets are from Simply Shabby Chic’s 10 year anniversary and the laundry hamper was one of the original Simply Shabby Chic items sold.                                                                                                 All purchased years ago from Target. Though well-used for ages, many still have tags. 

Organizing this space took some sweat equity, but is so worth it. Whether limited in space or money, there’s a sense of achievement when maximizing what’s already there. That’s one of the lessons I’m learning from my experience “going tiny”. It’s not so much that I’m forced to pare down to fewer things, I feel blessed to get to reflect on the things I find to be the most beautiful, comfortable and functional –– basically ALL of my Shabby Chic stuff! Standing on its own without competing with all of the things at the big house, it really shines. Makes my tiny space a whole lot brighter.

I hope this post inspires you to organize and maximize a space at home and/or work to not only function better but to look beautiful. Maybe you’ll even be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and turn a hallway hardworking!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Tiny House Tour – Front Porch Pt. 1

Tiny House Tour – Front Porch Pt. 1

It’s Day 2 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m excited to begin a tiny house tour series starting with the front porch (pt.  1). Yesterday I read a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt in my old school planner that challenges to do something every day that scares me. So I dove back into blogging despite my fears that I’ve let mine sit stagnant too long, that I won’t have the discipline or time to get back to posting faithfully, and that I won’t be able to balance my personal and professional lives in a way to manage writing daily. But I did it scared and immediately the site’s stats spiked letting me know there are still readers out there watching and waiting for posts. Thank you for that! Today, my scary thing is to post a less than perfect pic of furniture that still needs to be cleaned after its move from the big house and of area rugs soiled from last week’s yard mowing. I took it last weekend just to document the outdoor space’s transformation and am now I’m so pleased that I already have it ready to share –– imperfections and all –– to kick off part 1 of this tiny house tour of the front porch!

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Peaceful porch embraces the beauty of imperfection. All-weather wicker topped with a Simply Shabby Chic quilt and quilt patterned plush pillows atop a pink and cream tasseled Shabby Chic area rug. Simply Shabby Rosalie pattern curtain in the background hangs in my office and makes the best serendipitous backdrop. Cement bird and vase flanking door, anti-fatigue door mat, citronella candles and beverage station turned planter, drinks dispenser and glasses all Shabby Chic as well. All items purchased at Target, TJ Maxx and Home Goods. 

Not only is the space picture perfect, it’s a perfectly pretty, comfortable, functional perch for me to curl up to rest, relax and rejuvenate after work. Finances won’t permit a vacation this year, but with such a lovely staycation spot, I don’t need another destination! This point was proven last week my my 15-year-old chatted, read and watched videos out here til almost 11pm on a Wednesday night! Loving your porch so much that you hate abandoning it to go inside on a work night is great problem to have!

Hopefully you’ve been inspired by this tiny house tour of the front porch, part 1,  and  will come back for part 2. I also hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and do something that scares you, too!

Be savvy   & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Little Laundry Luxury

Little Laundry Luxury

It’s Day 12 of being back to blogging and I’m missing my little laundry luxury. This fall I began renting a tiny house for personal and professional use. Thanks to a  surplus of decor and furnishings from my marital home as well as so many generous house warming gifts from family and friends, it’s  now equipped it with all the necessities to make it function fully for me, my Pink Collar Savvy & Chic business and my kiddos.  And I’ve barely spent a penny on it! The fact that a closet in the kitchen was plumbed for a stackable washer dryer made it an even better fit for our needs, however, a new unit was not in my budget. Thankfully, my dear friend, Julie, owns a plumbing company with her husband. They not only supplied a vintage unit, they delivered and installed it. It’s run perfectly up until recently, but sadly the washer has given out. While I decide whether to try and have it repaired before purchasing replacing it, I’m sure missing this little laundry luxury!

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Little Laundry Luxury -Stackable concealed behind a Shabby Chic-inspired screen – TJ Maxx. Shabby Chic apron (lt.) – Home Goods, Simply Shabby Chic apron (rt.) – Target.

Like so many things in life, it’s easy to take the little things for granted. I’m happy to say, however, this wasn’t the case with my stackable. Receiving it blessed me so much –– yes, because I needed it, but also because it was so aesthetically pleasing and Shabby Chic. My fifteen-year-old daughter loves it, too and actually wanted to do her laundry as well as her brother’s just because it was cute and a novelty to use.

As I figure out what to do, and how –– the tub and then throw it in the dryer ––  to do laundry, I believe the experience will make me even more mindful about all of the small things that simplify life by saving time and so much of my energy. It makes me think of the women throughout time who didn’t and/or still don’t know the convenience of throwing a load of in the washer and letting it do the work so they could get on with theirs. It may sound crazy, but this perspective makes me more grateful than ever for the stackable and for the loss of this little laundry luxury.

What about you? What little luxury do you appreciate? Or take for granted? On the home front or the workplace? I hope reading this post inspires you to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic about your personal or professional life’s little luxuries.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Go Big Boho And Stay Home

Go Big Boho And Stay Home

It’s Day 376 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’ve been trying some new outdoor floor mats that have my sweet hubby questioning my tastes (Those are a little much for me) but since I’m the only one who sits on the porch and deck all the time –– for work and pleasure –– I figure I should go big boho and stay home! It’s no surprise I fell in love with the look of bohemian inspired floor mates while pursuing Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic website http://www.shabbychic.com, but it wasn’t the design maven who introduced me to them. It was actually her designer daughter, Lily Ashwell, whose company, of the same name, is one of the brands in the  Shabby Chic family ––www.lilyashwell.com. Last summer, I reimagined my utilitarian laundry room using similar foam mats, and adore not only the look but functionality of the pieces. When my hubby questioned covering the floor drain back then, I simply cut around it. The foam feels great under your feet and is impervious to water, laundry detergent spills, etc. That being the case, when the mat outside the sliders on the deck deteriorated, the search began for something that would hold up to the heat and rain. The search ended once I found large scale bohemian inspired floor mats in colors that complement our decor. So despite some questioning looks from my better half, I’ve decided it’s my office space, so I should just go big boho and stay home.

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Front porch with gray, brown, red, and white boho foam mat by Nicole Miller – TJ Maxx. The red is a little bold, but in the same color family as pink, and the grays and browns pick up the Simply Shabby Chic pillow colors (from Target) the flower pot hues and deck stain.                                                                  All of the other decor is TJ Maxx as well. Resin wicker – Home Depot.
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The back deck patio dining set is about 25 years old & the cushions are original. Love the white, but the dark green cabana stripe is not my fave. The bohemian floor mat by Nicole Miller from TJ Maxx has the same saturated color & finally ties the two sides of the deck together. The Simply Shabby Chic pillow on the resin wicker has the same blue and medallion as the floor mat.
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Simply Shabby Chic pillow inspired blue and purple outdoor color scheme. Target.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Shabbychicophile, one of the things I enjoy most about this style of decorating is the curated feel. Pieces influenced by different countries –– England, France, Morocco –– and different design aesthetics –– English Country, French Country, bohemian, etc. blend together beautifully. The look is not for everyone and I’m OK with that. Personal style and taste are just that. Personal. I live fully in our home and work inside –– and outside –– it, too. Considering that I’m thankful even though my sweet husband may not appreciate my design choices, he gets me and knows they are an expression of my creative, nest-feathering side. Besides, he usually closes the window coverings to conserve energy and keep the house cool, so he doesn’t really have to look at the floor mats. Good thing since I’m committed to going big boho and staying home!

Like the look of big, bold bohemian inspired designs? Why not be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about incorporating them into your home or office?