Cool by the Pool in Cute Coverups

Cool by the Pool in Cute Coverups

It’s Day 412 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and life has heated up to the degree that I needed some time girl time keeping cool by the pool in cute coverups.  The good news is, the life coaching side of things has been fairly consistent –– especially considering summer vacations, travel, etc. And the life clients I’m working with are truly minimizing their barriers around and maximizing their beauty (image coaching) and best lives (personal and professional). The bad news is, Consistency with my writing? –– not so much. I’m going days without posting, blogging or working on the sequel to my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. Even so, due to some Ds –– personal challenges that negatively impact our professional lives –– I’m facing right now, I’m in a perpetual research mode and am gathering great material for Hold on Her Heart! Given everything going on, when one of my closets Swan Soul Sisters, Kibby, suggested a weekday lounging poolside, I was quick to put work aside and go all in keeping cool by the pool in cute coverups!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, and my Swan Soul Sister, Kibby. I’m in a clearance Calvin Klein perforated teal mini dress cover up from a few seasons ago, straw sun visor and flip flops. All TJ Maxx.                                                                                       Kibby, such a natural beauty,  is tots adorbs in her hooded eyelet coverup and beaded sandals.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan, time with other females is essential to my emotional and spiritual well-being. Being able to share what’s going on in our lives –– the good, the bad and the ugly –– makes all the difference in the world. Whether we’re reminiscing about the past, pondering the present, or praying about our futures, my soul and spirit are revived by time spent with other Swans who share my faith and my fears.  Kibby does all of this in spades. In addition to all we have in common, her generosity ––– way beyond monetary –– knows few bounds and she blesses me more than I can say! Never mind the fact that we never actually swam…As long as the Earth spins around the sun, our lives will heat up with Ds. I just chose to minimize them by spending at least a few of mine maximizing beauty and my best life keeping cool by the pool in cute coverups!

Be savvy  & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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We Still Scream for Ice-cream!

We Still Scream for Ice-cream!

It’s Day 402 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and a recent outing with my teens confirms the fact that no matter how old we get, we still scream for ice-cream! Figuring out fun things to do with a thirteen and soon-to-be fifteen-year-old can be daunting. They’re both at the stage where screens hold more allure than almost anything except for hanging out with their friends instead of their mom. While that’s pretty normal, quality time with them is too important to let it fall by the wayside. Still, when I ask what they’d like to do, they fluctuate between being fairly non-responsive, resistant or downright refusing to go. But lo and behold, at the mention of a trip to The Cone –– a local family fun soft-serve ice cream stand shaped like a swirl cone, with pinball games –– and suddenly they’re all in! No matter that they’re no longer the babies who used to literally jump up and down pumping their fists in the air, or even that I’m now the almost fifty-year-old mom who has to watch my calorie, fat and sugar intake, we still scream for ice-cream!

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My Teenagers! How did this happen???
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Me, Mom –– Pink Collar Coach. Love the strawberry vanilla swirl – pink! : )                                     Print sundress, yellow handbag and flip flops all Calvin Klein acquired over time from TJ Maxx. The yellow shrug sweater was actually a clearance find at Macy’s. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose mom, I have to admit –– most days I wish I could turn back time to the days when things were simpler with my children. Back when everything I suggested was met with enthusiasm and being together was as good as it got. But you can’t go back and time doesn’t stand still. My babies are teens who will  quickly grow into young adults. Finding common ground isn’t as easy as it used to be but is so worth the effort. Over my daughter’s coffee flavored shake, which she couldn’t finish but ended up giving to her brother, his key lime freeze with a blueberry shell and my strawberry shortcake –– no calorie counting or weight watching there –– conversation and laughter flowed. Like the good old days…We’ve changed in so many ways both as individuals and as a unit, but I’m thankful that some things remain the same. Like the fact that we all still scream for ice cream!

What simple pleasures do you still enjoy? Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose  about making sure you make the time for them?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Fundraiser Fashion

Fundraiser Fashion

It’s Day 399 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I thought it would be fun to post about yesterday’s Fundraiser Fashion. Helping Angels of Peru, a non-profit organization that supports the poverty-stricken children of Cajamarca, Peru, held its inaugural fundraiser Sunday afternoon. My dear friend and Swan Sister, Angelin Kiplinger is the organization’s founder, and I had the pleasure of being seated at the table with her son, Juan. Of course, because we’re both moms who wear that particular heart on our sleeves, I knew of him but hadn’t met him in person. I found him to be as charming as he is handsome and enjoyed watching him strut his stuff in Peruvian garb during the fashion show. Then, later in the afternoon, I was delighted to become reacquainted with Claudia, a stunning Mary Kay rep who reminds me of the African singer, Sade, and my mother who favors the performer. I first met Claudia when she mistook me for being Hispanic at a Zumba for the Cure event last year. She approached me speaking rapid fire Spanish but quickly realized I only spoke halting Spanglish! Nevertheless, we hit it off but failed to exchange contact info. I was so glad to see her and loved her gorgeous fundraiser fashion!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, with Claudia. Love her floral off the shoulder maxi dress with bell sleeves! I’m in Calvin Klein –– of course. A floral wrap style dress – $30– cinched with a goal clasp and bone shoes. Because I’m a freeze cat, my black shrug came in handy for the chilly venue.                          All TJ Maxx, except for shoes which were $8 brand new at Goodwill! 
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Juan in traditional Peruvian dress attire. My sleeveless dress without the shrug.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Fashionista (I’m actually a Maxxinista), I absolutely adore a chance to dress up and purchased this dress awhile back specifically for this event. Getting to wear it while I sang two songs to inspire giving was a treat…Much as I enjoyed that, it was awesome to be able to admire all of the beautiful women throughout the evening. Such a special occasion spent learning about the needs of the children, filling them through investment of our time, talent and treasures. To celebrate that, the event ended with most of us on the dance floor sweating out our Fundraiser Fashion to fabulous salsa music!

With so many wonderful discount options, are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about maximizing them to minimize your spending –– even for fundraising or special events?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Decluttering a Closet to Deal with a D – Disorganized Dressing

Decluttering a Closet to Deal with a D – Disorganized Dressing

It’s Day 394 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and an image coaching session allowed me to support a Pink Collar Swan in decluttering a decluttering a closet to deal with a D –– disorganized dressing. One of my clients, Janet Kassalen, is a gifted author whose debut children’s book, Flip Flap Try, has a valuable lesson for adults trying to find their career fit. I was delighted to interview Janet (https://pinkcollarsavvyandchic.com/2017/09/27/pink-collar-author-interview-janet-kassalen-author-of-childrens-stories-with-a-grown-up-message-part-1-of-2 and https://pinkcollarsavvyandchic.com/2017/09/28/author-interview-janet-kassalen-author-of-childrens-stories-with-a-grown-up-message-part-2), a few months ago and to get to work with her around her image coaching needs.

Like many women, Janet felt her wardrobe lacked appropriate clothing for her professional and personal life ––– book events, playing in the orchestra, church, date nights, and for casual activities. After Janet completed a complimentary  image assessment, we devised a plan that included assessing her wardrobe, decluttering her closet and organizing her outfits. Today, during our two hour session, I was able to support Janet in minimizing this barrier and maximizing the best clothes in her closet resulting in beautiful options that work for her. Decluttering a closet to deal with a D –– disorganized dressing feels so rewarding!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, with Janet in a gorgeous Anthropologie belted dress & pants that are artistic & whimsical like her! I’m in a top & fly-away cardi w/ skinny jeans,  sandals, & handbag. All Calvin Klein acquired from TJ Maxx over time.  

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Life Coach who provides coaching around image as a part of my holistic approach, it was such a joy to watch Janet realize she already had a great wardrobe but just wasn’t putting pieces together effectively. By teaching her some tips about her body type, coordinates, separates, staples, color, pattern, and texture, she now understands how to build outfits that reflect her personal sense of style with confidence. All she needs now is a great pair of jeans and a new hair style. We’re working on that next week. In the meantime though, Janet expressed how pleased she already is with the way we decluttered her closet and dealt with the disorganized dressing D.

How about you? Have a cluttered closet that causes disorganized dressing? How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose to declutter it in order to deal with that particular D? If you need some support, please reach out for a complimentary image coaching assessment at pinkcollarcoach@outlook.com with Image Coaching in the Subject Line. Thank you!

Be savvy &  chic,

~ Pink Collar Coach

A Put-In-Bay Lesson for Independence Day – Don’t Give Up the Ship!

A Put-In-Bay Lesson for Independence Day – Don’t Give Up the Ship!

It’s Day 380 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and yesterday I learned a Put-In-Bay lesson that is so fitting for Independence Day –– Don’t Give Up the Ship! My husband loves history and though I wouldn’t say I love it, as a former school teacher, I do appreciate the wealth of it Put-In-Bay has to offer. Monday we’d stopped at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in the center of the island, –– it’s the third largest monument in the United States –– but the museum was closed. Still, before we ever read any of the placards describing the War of 1812 Battle of Lake Erie events that caused Oliver Perry to become a hero, my husband recounted the story for me. I won’t go into all of the details, only that Perry led the U.S. in a hard won victory ( 1 casualty for every 4 men who fought) over Great Britain after it seemed defeat was certain. The battle turned the tide of the war and ultimately led to over 200 years of still standing peace between the U.S., Great Britain and Canada and the existence of the longest undefended border between the U.S. and Canada. The Battle of Lake Erie victory is largely attributed to Perry bolstering the sagging morale of his navy fleet and militiamen by unfurling and hoisting a flag that read, Don’t Give Up the Ship! Not only that, the three countries learned arbitration vs. combat prevents loss of life and promotes peace. An over 200 year Put-In-Bay lesson that’s still relevant this Independence Day!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, on the cozy porch of our B&B. As a former teacher, I loved that our temporary home is located directly across the street from Middle Bass island’s only school.
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Outside our room’s window. Loved view of these lovely pink blooms through lace curtains.
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Inside the museum next to a replica of Perry’s  Victory & International Peace Memorial.         Colonel Commodore Oliver Perry’s face peeking out from a display on the right. 
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Put-In-Bay Marina with the monument in the background. The heat was sweltering, however, my cold shoulder top and favorite A-line skirt with floral flops kept me cool and comfortable.   handbag  strap made it practical to wear like a cross body, freeing me to hold my hubby’s hand. All Calvin Klein – TJ Maxx from last summer. 

 

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Pink Collar Coach under a pink painted sky over Lake Erie. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose patriot who is also a believer, it’s not lost on me that I got to visit this amazing destination as we celebrate our independence. While the The War of 1812 was fought after The American Revolutionary War had been won, the U.S. was still striving to establish itself as truly independent of Britain. Winning control of Lake Erie went a long way toward accomplishing that and in many ways set the stage for the U.S. to become a viable world power. But it came at a high cost –– in human lives on both sides. Not to mention the impact it had on Native Americans and African Americans who also fought but had yet to gain their freedom and independence…All that to day, as we celebrate our independence, let’s not take our hard won freedom for granted. Let us be mindful of it and thankful for it. In many ways our country is divided. A D or challenge. But it’s still great. And so very blessed by the God of our founding fathers. Furthermore, arbitration vs. fighting is still the best way to win…

This Fourth of July, let’s be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and minimize the division by maximizing this Put-In-Bay lesson for Independence Day: Don’t Give Up the Ship!

Be savvy &  chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – Happy Independence Day from Put-In-Bay!

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – Happy Independence Day from Put-In-Bay!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach outside the ferry in Put-in-Bay. I don’t wear a lot of red but am showing my patriotism by wearing a red, white and blue maxi with a little green and black. I originally wore it a few Christmases ago with a black shrug. Festive for the holiday and has nautical touches like the “straw” handbag with grommets & white patent leather that pairs well with  patent slides.  All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx purchased over the years…
Putting In Time at Put-In-Bay

Putting In Time at Put-In-Bay

It’s Day 378 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and my hubby surprised me with a road trip, so we’re putting in time at Put-In-Bay. After he told me about it yesterday following our breakfast with family, I packed my bags last night and jumped up early this morning to take care of some business before we headed out. We only stopped once to grab a bite and then I caught up on my sleep so I’d have stamina to enjoy the experience once we arrived. When he woke me up, we were at the marina. Lake Erie stretched as far as my eyes could see, filled with all kinds of boats, but it was the huge ferry pulling in to transport us from Port Clinton over to the island that made me smile. I’d never ridden one and was astonished that it carried not only passengers but vehicles, including a camper, across the water. The ride took about 20 minutes, then we disembarked to climb a steep incline while lugging our bags. Originally we’d planned to walk to the quaint B&B Greg had booked, but he quickly hailed a cab instead. We checked in and got settled in our room and spent the rest of the day walking the island with its gorgeous water views, attractions and far more golf carts and bikes zipping around than cars. Touring the monument to Colonel Perry from the War of 1812 was awesome because my history buff hubby told me all the details before we ever read them on the plaques. We dining on mussels, summer salad, Lake Erie Cookie Monster ice cream for me and Coffee ice-cream for my non-coffee drinking hubby and watched a stunning sunset over the water before heading back to our digs. It’s been a glorious day putting in some time in Put-In-Bay.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach on the Miller Ferry approaching Put-In-Bay. Lilac cold should top, khaki shorts, pink/lilac thong sandals, and a floral handbag that picks up the lilac. All purchased over last summer except for the handbag this spring. All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose entrepreneur who began focusing on operating my own business full-time last summer, this is the first time in over a decade I’ve been able to pick up and  travel spontaneously.  And if you’re anything like me, you understand the value of taking time to rest, relax, rejuvenate and reconnect  –– with your significant other –– and even your Creator. It restores the soul. When that happens, we return a better wife, mother, friend, entrepreneur, employee… For me, I’ll also incorporate what I’ve gleaned from this special time into my life coaching, writing, and speaking. That makes the short vacay well spent – putting it in at Put-In-Bay.

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about taking time to rest, relax and rejuvenate? Even if you can’t get away for an extended period, how about a brief road trip? You don’t have to travel far to reap far reaching benefits…

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach