Sweet 16 in Light Of Dayton Shooting

Sweet 16 in Light Of Dayton Shooting

It’s Day 35 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and while I’m still savoring my daughter’s Sweet 16 birthday yesterday, it’s in light of today’s Dayton shooting. Shortly after we finally wrapped up the special day right around midnight, the 250th shooting in the US occurred an hour later, just 45 minutes away. For a brief period I  worked a few exits north of Dayton for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and drove through it daily. And now that I’m the director of a homeless shelter for women and children whose executive director pastors a church the residents attend twice a week, this shooting felt very close to home personally and professionally. To fall asleep chatting with my birthday girl about the already fond memories made  –– we share a room at what I now think of as the Savvy & Chic sanctuary ––  and to wake up to the fearsome news that nowhere seems safe anymore shakes me to the core. So, after spending time praying for the situation, we continued the Sweet 16 celebration but did it in light of the Dayton shooting.

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Shabby Chic Sweet 16 sumptuous setting. DIY Simply Shabby Chic banner. All decor also Simply Shabby Chic from Target except for The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell table runner, which is from TJ Maxx. 

As if the above wasn’t bad enough, my new 16-year-old discovered the other mass shooting that occurred in El Paso, Texas not a day earlier. What kind of world do we live in where an innocent girl’s milestone birthday memories will be forever marred by back-to-back mass shootings? She and her brother are eighteen months apart, almost the same span as the sister murdered  in Dayton at the hands of her brother? Death is one of the Ds –– challenges not only women but that we all face. And while I blog about how to minimize barriers in order to maximize beauty and our best lives, the only suggestion I have for this one is that we put faith over fear and pray. For our country. For the families and loved ones of the victims. For my Sweet 16 year-old daughter in light of both of these shootings.

I pray you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and join me in praying for our land to be healed. God’s Word tells us, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV).  God bless you and bless the USA.

Be savvy &  chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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Shabby Chic & Sweet Sixteen!

Shabby Chic & Sweet Sixteen!

It’s Day 34 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and my daughter and I have had such a beautiful day –– Shabby Chic & Sweet 16! This morning I woke up at 5am and  assembled a Simply Shabby  Chic DIY banner proclaiming “Sweet 16” then proceeded to package all her presents in coordinating Simply Shabby Chic gift bags. Next I changed the table runner to one in robin’s egg blue from Rachel Ashwell’s The Prairie and spelled out Cami Liv with extra banner medallions. By that time she’d awoken and I loved on and prayed over her for a while before serving her requested Lucky Charms –– the marshmallows just happened to go along with the pastel theme –– and Sunny D in bed. Once she was settled with her breakfast, I proceeded to bake, frost and decorate her Bday cake with sprinkles in the soft rainbow shades and placed it atop my Simply Shabby Chic cake stand. The early morning and effort were so worth it because of the look on her face when she finally saw the Shabby Chic stage set for her Sweet Sixteen!

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Cami Liv – Sweet 16! We didn’t plan it, but she dressed in floral pink, blue and green!              All table decor Shabby Chic, Simply Shabby Chic and The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell –Purchased over time from Target and TJ Maxx since shortly after my daughter’s birth. 

Though I thought this milestone birthday should be celebrated with a big party, my daughter had other ideas in mind. These included  a shopping trip to Plato’s Closet –– a resale shop for teens –– and to Aveda, a salon that also sells face, hair and makeup products.  She wanted Subway for dinner and then to eat cake and watch LaLa Land again! To my delight, apart from the eating, she wanted to do all of this just with me…I selected a birthday card for her that states “Every perfect gift, is from above.” (James 1:17). Yes, her life is a gift. By wanting to spend such a special day just as mother and daughter, however, I feel like I was given one all over again.

Being divorced –– a D or challenge women face –– can make birthdays brutal. Next year I won’t see her at all. And this year could have been very expensive with everything she wanted to do. But by having lovely things on hand, I was able to create a sumptuous setting without breaking the bank and could use my resources for her shopping spree instead. By being Pink Collar Savvy & Chic I minimized the barriers and maximized beauty and our best lives. So blessed with lots of Shabby Chic and a very Sweet Sixteen!

Be savvy &  chic,

~Pink  Collar Coach

Pretty and Practical Picture Board

Pretty and Practical Picture Board

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.

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Shabby Chic picture board. It sits in my office and holds a collection of Shabby Chic images that came with the board as well as those culled from photo frames. Some might discard these, but I’m as delighted with them as the purchases themselves. 

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!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Shabby Chic Kitchen & Dining Decor Deals

Shabby Chic Kitchen & Dining Decor Deals

It’s Day 344 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and after days of blogging about nothing but my first book signing, I’m happy to do post on Shabby Chic kitchen and dining decor deals. After the sensational Seasons of Her Soul Coffee & Connect book signing yesterday, I came home briefly, changed and then headed out to a family birthday party. Exhausted from all the excitement, I knew I wouldn’t last long and drove separate from my hubby. He suggested I park in a church parking lot and then hop in his car due to limited spaces at the house. Hesitant, I grew more skeptical when he said he’d drive me back to my car whenever I wanted. Needless to say, he wasn’t ready to do that when I was, so I ended up walking about a mile uphill in the sweltering sun. If I wasn’t ready to crash before, I certainly was by the time I finally made it to my car! At any rate, I didn’t nap but blogged and eventually fell asleep watching HGTV. Today, after watching the Royal Wedding since I missed it due to the signing (I’m an Anglophile, so thank goodness for the Internet!) church, teaching Zumba and a lengthy heart-to-heart with my neighbor, I’m settling down for the American Idol Finale. Before I do, I thought writing a lighthearted post that wasn’t too taxing would be just the ticket. Recently, I scored some Shabby Chic kitchen and dining decor deals at Easter that fit the bill perfectly.

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Ruffled Linen Blend Table Runner – The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, Linen Apron – Shabby Chic, and Floral Apron – Simply Shabby Chic. TJ Maxx, Home Goods and Target respectively. I’ve actually had the floral apron for a while but just found the other items the night before Easter. They hang in the kitchen. 

Rachel Ashwell’s Simply Shabby Chic line for Target released around 2003 when my daughter, Liv, was born. I remember the ecstasy I felt when I discovered I could actually purchase authentic items from my design sheroe. At first, the shelves were filled with so many beautiful items I had to exercise serious restraint not to blow all the grocery money on them since I’d become a full-time homemaker after Liv’s birth. Soon, however, the supply dwindled down to mostly bedding and curtains with an occasional new or seasonal item thrown in. That being the case, when I went to Home Goods the night before Easter on a quest for something to freshen up the table to host our family gathering, I was elated to find aprons, napkins and table runners ala The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell and genuine Shabby Chic! Spoiled for choice of color – white, taupe, gray, blue – and styles – checked, ruffled, stitched, striped, all at reasonabel prices ranging $7.99 for a set of four dinner napkins to $12.99 for 100% linen table runners, of course I loaded up!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Shabby Chicophile, I’ve learned that these treasures aren’t always available. In fact, after Zumba today, I looked for any remaining and suspect others snatched them up knoiwng the same because I found none. Like me, they’re savvy and have owned their sense of style – in this case, Shabby Chic. They’re not about to let the real deal slip through their hands when it makes a rare appearance. Snatching them up doesn’t have to break the bank; when you pass on things that aren’t truly your style, you have the means to purchase what is. Like I did with my Shabby Chic kitchen and dining decor deals!

How are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about scoring your sense of style, whatever it is, decor deals for home or office?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach