It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Girl’s Room – Part 2

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Girl’s Room – Part 2

It’s Day 199 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and while I would have loved to spend the early part of the day making it look a lot more like Christmas in my teen girl’s room, the bulk of the day was spent trying to catch up on all the professional tasks that went by the wayside while I was sick. Working on a giveaway for those who sign up for my mailing list (I hope you will!) and on my book launch homework were among the things I accomplished. By the time I was able to turn my attention to more decorating in my daughter’s room, the sun had begun to fade. This turned out to be a positive as it tested my newbie photography skills. Using my iPhone, I tried some new things and am must confess I’m pleasantly surprised with the nostalgic look of the photos, which lend themselves to my Shabby Chic, vintage style. With the addition of a Shabby Chic inspired wreath fashioned from pastel ornaments and a small white table tree with a Simply Shabby Chic skirt, the room looks a lot like a girl’s room from a Christmas of yesteryear.

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A quintessentially Shabby Chic girl’s room with bohemian flair. The bedding, curtains, lamps, tree skirt and wall decor are from Target’s Simply Shabby Chic line. Most of the items are no longer available, except on eBay, so I’m glad I purchased them when I did. I found the chair at an antique store, painted it, and added a Simply Shabby Chic cushion.                                                         The tree will get a few ornaments next.

Speaking of nostalgia and yesteryear, anyone who reads my posts knows I’m divorced from my children’s father. For many of us in this situation, the holidays can be hard. Even in the age of starter marriages, prenuptial agreements and blended families, most of us didn’t set out to have children with someone we loved only to have them with us only part of the time. That means there was a Christmas years ago when the future seemed bright for our family together, but it wasn’t to be. Now I’d love to have my daughter go to sleep in this lovely room every night and wake up here every morning.  That said, I believe God allows us to go through things for a reason. Mine is so I can encourage and inspire other women facing this challenge or other personal ones, to try to minimize the negative aspects of the situation and to maximize the positives. For me that means decorating the room with all the love I have for her so that my daughter will feel this is home when she is here. Also, Izzy, my stepson’s daughter, loves it in here and plays with the toys visible in the Simply Shabby Chic laundry basket turned toy box.

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This photo looks like an old one from a time gone by. So sweet and sentimental.
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The Simply Shabby Chic chandelier lends a soft glow to the wreath. Though natural light is best for photos, there’s something ethereal about this one that spoke to me. My daughter’s American Girl doll, seated in a corner of the daybed, was a Christmas present when she was ten.  

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Christmas decorating enthusiast, I love making every space in my home, even those that are not always occupied, beautiful for the holidays. Because even though it sometimes feels as if we’re premature semi-empty nesters sometimes, my husband and I are always here. You see, I’m a nest featherer who was created to feather my families’ nest, whatever it looks like, whoever it holds. That includes my office and workspace. If you’re anything like me, rather than closing doors on empty rooms, I want to see them so I can remember and pray for the vacant occupant. And who’d rather look at an undecorated, uninviting room or workspace when you can make it look a lot like Christmas, for a girl, a boy, a co-worker, or just yourself?

Maybe you’re dealing with a D – a challenge. You’re divorced, separated, single, never married, widowed, etc. Perhaps you’re an empty nester. Or you work for Ebenezer Scrooge. How can you still be Savvy & Chic on Purpose with your space to make it look a lot like Christmas?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Boy’s Room

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Boy’s Room

It’s Day 196 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m excited to kick off an “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas” series, starting with a boy’s room, namely my son’s. After not using Santas in my Christmas decorating for years, it’s so much fun to deck the halls (and every room) with them now. And while I used to almost dread the profusion of red and green that clashed with my soft interiors every Christmas, I can truly say it’s now the most wonderful decorating time of the year!

So why was Santa excluded from my holiday celebration? For nearly a decade I attended churches that frowned on Santa because they felt Xmas was literally taking the Christ out of the holiday. Somewhere along the way I became a Christ follower as opposed to being religious. There is so much freedom in that! And I also learned that the birth of Christ and Christmas can coexist. In fact, I believe kind Saint Nick would have been the first to bow down and worship baby Jesus – The Reason for the Season. An ornament with Santa, hat in hand and on bended knee kneeling by the manger is one of my favorites. But I’m not blogging to try to convince or convert anyone to my way of thinking; just sharing my personal journey and how I came to peace with Santa sharing Jesus’ birthday in my home.

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I’m a sucker for white Santas holding white bottle brush trees. Whenever possible, I have him positioned to proclaim the birth of Christ. The crown symbolizes Jesus as King of my heart.

And the red and green thing? Anyone who knows me they’ve never been my thing. So until the last decade or so, I stuck mostly with white, silver and gold decor. Then I began incorporating Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic pretty, pink and pastel take on Christmas into my interiors. Now I truly get into the decorating spirit! Again, the look is not for everyone, if you want to color outside the traditional red and green box (pun intended) and add some Savvy & Chic style to your Christmas decor, I’ve got a few tips.

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The Christmas house on the right was my first. Though dark, it was the first I’d ever seen and I fell in love, especially with the bottle brush trees. Like the burgundy house, the one on the left and the village in the middle all have touches of red. This makes them ideal for my son’s room. The burgundy tree in the background of the village ties in so well with the original house…
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I didn’t have a tree for years. Now each room is graced with at least one, often many, in varying sizes. My son’s room gets decked out in green bottle brush trees that tie in with the ones on the Christmas houses. His room has blues, purples, and golds, so these are nice but still masculine.
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Try as I might, I must confess as a new blogger and photographer, I couldn’t get the lighting right for this picture, even in natural daylight. It has me thinking maybe I want a camera for Christmas…Now I only use my iPhone. Still, you can see how all of the elements play well together. the whites, golds, and bottle brush trees are the common denominator. The lamp is an antique store find that I painted cream to match the shade. The Simply Shabby Chic green curtain with a subtle blue stripe has been in my son’s room since he was an infant.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Christmas decorating enthusiast, I hope this post has inspired you. If you want to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic with your decor, here’s what to look for:

Savvy Chic-ing Christmas 

  1. Santas in whites, creams and pastels. If carrying a bottle brush, this can be incorporated into the room’s overall scheme.
  2. Christmas houses with bottle brush trees. There are new ones out there or you can find vintage versions online at eBay, Etsy, or by doing a search.
  3. Bottle brush trees bedecked with ornaments. Here’s where I mix in the traditional colors with my Savvy & Chic palette to make the look cohesive.
  4. Shop TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Marshall’s, Target, Hobby Lobby and antique/flea market/secondhand/thrift stores.
  5. Use what you love and have fun!

Would love to see any pics if you decorate this way already or are trying something new.

Be savvy and chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

 

A Daily Dose From The Smile Jar

A Daily Dose From The Smile Jar

It’s Day 137 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m so pleased with all of the progress I made today on preparations for Kick Up Your Assertiveness Quotient to Maximize Success workshop Saturday. I’m also feeling a bit pooped. In addition to the workshop, I made dents on homework from my book coach, coached an entrepreneur through a challenging situation, and made a great networking connection, H7 Evolve. The latter is holds a weekly Connect on Friday mornings, and I’m excited to attend bright and early tomorrow morning. That being the case, I’m going to keep this post short and simply introduce a feature I plan to add to my daily posts or it may be a micro-post in the form of a Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter share (once I figure that one out). It’s called “A Daily Dose From the Smile Jar”.

Back in December when my family had a crisis, upon hearing about it, one of my wonderful life coaches came in the very next day with a beautifully decorated Smile Jar.

This  tag was attached and had explanations written on both sides. This is the front.

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The back of the tag.

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Since I began blogging, I’ve wanted to incorporate more inspirational messages into the posts but it hadn’t occurred to me to use The Smile Jar. Last night, however, I finished a beautiful novel, The Prayer Box, by Lisa Wingate, which tells the story of a diminutive, woman of mixed heritage, who was overlooked here on earth but who made a tremendous impact by sending prayers up to heaven. This character resonated with me so! Today, when I saw the The Smile Jar, I knew I’d found my way to inspire and hopefully make a similar impact.

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan, I hope you’ll read and enjoy a Daily Dose From The Smile Jar starting tomorrow.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Selfie and Self-Reflection

Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Selfie and Self-Reflection

It’s Day 120 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m writing a brief post so I can return to self-reflecting. I’ve been blogging consecutively for four months now, and I’m still trying to figure out my voice and blogging style. I’m also researching how to post on the most appropriate sites to engage readers who are interested in the content I share.
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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who doesn’t take selfies and has never posted one, I’m posting this one because it captures the joy I felt immediately following this week’s image consultation. That joy comes from living out my purpose which is to maximize my unique God-given strengths to coach, encourage and inspire women – whether on the home front or in the workplace – to live their best personal and professional lives.

That being the case, I must confess that as a new blogger, sometimes I get discouraged when I feel my posts fall short. Then, out of the blue, someone will comment that I’m a good writer, or they’re reading the blog and it’s a daily treat, or that they enjoy my posts. Today, just when I needed it, I got a request for image coaching as a result of a post I shared and it reinforced that she’s the girl who needs to show up. On purpose. Even when I wonder if my blog will ever really take off. When I’ve touched a woman enough through blogging that she’d like to schedule time with me, well, I like that blogger to keep at it. And enough to post a selfie.

What about you? What are you self-reflecting on right now? Who do you want to show up as at home or work?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 



 

Deciding to Be Myself with Book Decisions

Deciding to Be Myself with Book Decisions

It’s Day 90 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and it’s been a busy one! I officially began working with my publisher to select the artwork for the front and back cover of Seasons of Her Soul. There are so many choices, and there’s a time frame involved to ensure the book releases by January as planned. That being the case, I could have gone with the first options that I liked, but knowing myself the way I do, I need to see all of the options in order to make an informed decision. If not, I’m the type of person who’d choose, then keep on looking until I found something I liked even better, which would make me regret my original choice. I’ve been known to play the “If I coulda woulda shoulda” game, and don’t want to do that when the stakes are so high.

The thing is, I know myself and what I like. For instance, when I went to purchase my first brand new car ever, I had my heart set on white but they didn’t have that color in town. The salesman told me he’d never lost one over color. “You’ll lose this one,” was my immediate response. So he drove a state over to pick up my beautiful white car. Eleven years later, I’ve still never seen one I like as much as the one I’m still driving. Set as I was on car color, that pales in comparison to how I want my novel to look. While explaining how time consuming looking at the options is to my hubby, he hit the nail on the head when said he knew it would be pink.

After several hours of viewing things that were almost it but not quite – the model wasn’t right, or the colors, or the decor, I felt a bit overwhelmed. Ready to take a break from it, I finally came upon some images where the woman truly resembles Lee, the novel’s heroin. She’s dressed the way I would have drawn her, has the right facial expressions, and her surroundings are Shabby Chic. I’m so close and know, if I follow my heart, I’ll find the image that matches what’s in my imagination.

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Saw this at TJ Maxx and snapped a quick picture. Confirmation that I need to be myself!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who really does know myself, I decided today to be myself, not only with the selection of my novel’s cover, but with every aspect of its publication. And in the moment I did, the beautiful vision I hold in my heart for the cover of Seasons of Her Soul began to come to life. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands.

What about you? In what situations do you need to decide to be yourself? When you do, you’ll experience true beauty.

~Pink Collar Coach