Chic Country Wedding Weekend – What I Wore, Gifts and Decor

Chic Country Wedding Weekend – What I Wore, Gifts and Decor

It’s Day 108 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project. Yesterday, Day 107, was spent traveling. The day before, Day 106, was the long awaited big day. It passed in a whirlwind of wedding activity. So, in the spirit of writing daily, I posted my outfit below on Facebook, which I recently learned is considered a micro blog. Who knew?  It was fun getting feedback from fellow Fashionistas, Maxxinistas and ladies who just love a pretty dress. This one was perfect for an outdoor country ceremony and barn reception.

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Floral, flirty, fun sheath dress. It was lightweight and perfect for sitting in sweltering heat and dancing inside. My bag was large enough to carry some flats for a quick change once in the barn.                                               I got SO many compliments on the strappy pink, orange and navy shoes, which I found months before the dress. All Calvin Klein. This outfit is a perfect example of why I like to shop a favorite designer. I know things will go well together. It also satisfies my inner Garanimals  girl!

Before I left for the ceremony, I gathered the gift I’d selected for the couple, along with the gift bag and card and snapped a picture to share. This pumpkin is one of my favorite wedding finds ever! I spotted it and snatched it up, having never seen one like it. Knowing the bride chose a barn for her special day, I hope this and the message/prayer I wrote for her and her husband on the bottom will touch their hearts and bless them every time they set it out. For me, the presentation of the gift is as important as the gift itself. I carefully choose something and try to individualize it, as well as wrapping it in a way that shows I was intentional and took time to pay attention to the details.

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Shabby chic sage green pumpkin with year the couple was established. LOVE IT & hope they do! The gift bag with sage lettering and pink and green flowers was perfect with the pumpkin (both from TJMaxx) and the pink tissue paper I always keep on hand. I always find a faith based card and searched a while for this one from Dayspring. It had the right message and color scheme! Love how the pinks, blue green, white and even the black are carried through both.

The bride understandably didn’t want cameras and phones taking pictures during the outdoor ceremony, so unfortunately I don’t have any of that. And with all the excitement  meeting folks, visiting with my in-laws’ family and friends I’ve heard about for years, and dancing of course all night of course, I neglected to go back outside and take any afterwards. I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to share some of those once they’re posted online…That said, the reception decor was dreamy. So reminiscent of Rachel Ashwell’s The Prairie. (I tried to paste the link here but couldn’t make it work. You can check it out at http://www.theprairiebyrachelashwell.com/wedding.) The final picture was also posted on Facebook as I traveled. From responses, it seems people really do love a wedding!

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The tin roof, the chandelier, the white hydrangeas, even the folding chairs were pretty.            County chic heaven.  
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Only one of so many lovely vignettes.
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Shabby Chic meets Rustic Farmhouse. Ahh. : )
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The Family of the Groom.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick for whom some weddings are as quintessentially beautiful, ethereal and Shabby Chic as can be, this one has me dreaming of the day when I’ll be able to plan one for my daughter (or son), who already love country music, cowboy boots, Shabby Chic and Prairie style. I hope it’s inspired you to dream too and has given you some savvy & chic ideas for what to wear, gift giving, and chic country wedding decor.

If you’re planning a wedding or shower, I’d love to hear about it and see pics!

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Youth, Young Love and Yellow

Youth, Young Love and Yellow

Yesterday was Day 105 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and though I technically didn’t miss blogging, because I apparently wasn’t fully signed on to our hotel internet, I lost what I’d written and was too zonked after midnight for a rewrite. That was the bad news. The good news is that the rehearsal dinner hosted by the parents of the groom (my sister and brother-in-law), last night was a spectacular, special time. In the background, a slide show of the bride and groom, from birth through their dating years up to this point, along with both of their families, played in the background. As it did, those two families came together to celebrate the couple. Youth and young love were on vibrant display.

I was proud of my hubby, who’d been asked to pray, when he shared how they should remember that their heavenly Father loves each of them, so they should love each other accordingly. Likewise, the bride’s sister and maid of honor, shared how they’ll need to look back on this season of being young and in love when the they’re older and remember the love they had for one another when they were just starting out.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach. Youth and young love weren’t the only things on vibrant display. My bright yellow embroidered dress and handbag made me feel youthful as well. White thong sandals and a lace shrug toned it down and kept me chilly in the air conditioning.                               All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx. 
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My sister-in-law and I created the Welcome Sign.                                                                                     She made it and then we mounted it into a distressed Shabby Chic style chalk board. 
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Beautiful, youthful bride in a vintage look halter dress.
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Lunch at a restaurant we don’t have in Ohio.                                                                                             Superfood spinach wrap with a bean patty, jalapeno hummus, avocado, and quinoa was yummy.                                                                               My hubby snapped a pic of me keeping cool in Calvin Klein blue. Bag breaks up the blue a bit.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Coach who understands the value of Positive Sentiment Override, it reminded me that I need to do the same with my husband. This mindset is one in which the positive things about the other person that made a you fall in love with them in the first place far outweigh any of the negatives. Marriage, dating, and relationships in general are often full of joy and grace when we’re young and “in love”. But what about when the mirror tells us we’re older and the shiny newness has worn off? At times we’re all guilty of showing little grace and no mercy. But this is when we need to recall how deeply we cared about, how easily we overlooked, how quick we were to forgive, how thankful we were that the Lord had given us the one our heart desired…

And that’s my prayer for this young couple. That they’ll remember that God loves their spouse and they should treat them as the same priceless treasure. That they’ll let the positives they felt when they were young and in love outshine any negatives that try to overshadow their love for one another. Not only when they’re older, but after the wedding – when the actual marriage begins.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Chick, how can you use Positive Sentiment Override to value your relationships with others, be it a spouse, significant other, or any loved one?

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Pink Collar Coach Does Dressed Up Daisy Dukes Shorts Romper for Dinner

Pink Collar Coach Does Dressed Up Daisy Dukes Shorts Romper for Dinner

Dinner for the family of the groom on Day 104 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Project was done well on so many levels. My sister and brother-in-law recently renovated the kitchen in their Alpharetta, Georgia home and it was a dreamy setting for out-of-town family members to celebrate with their son/the groom and to meet his bride if they hadn’t already. It was also a great backdrop for photos of two chic shorts rompers. Though on the short side, these are tasteful and dress up well for a casual dinner or date night.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach in Calvin Klein shorts romper with cold shoulder sleeves and wrap dress bodice. Though V-neck, there are snaps, which I love for modesty. Scrappy mules play off the side-tie belt, though it’s not visible here. 
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The Bride and Groom. She’s stunning in her navy spaghetti strap shorts romper with great down the middle of the bodice and the pockets. The scrappy leather sandals add to the chic boho vibe. (I couldn’t get the doggy out of the pic, hence the tip of a tail). 
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Me with the father of the groom. Though his wife looked gorgeous in a cold shoulder top,                 she was too modest to let me post any, so her hubby jumped in when mine took this pic.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who loves an excuse to dress up, even if the attire is shorts, I so enjoyed seeing everyone, however they were dressed. And I especially love that I’ll have some great pictures for all of us to look back on years from now (like the one of the groom’s parents on their wedding day peeking out on the right side of the counter in the top picture here). We’ll reminisce about the night and be able to see how the bride, the mother of the bride and I all dressed up Daisy Dukes for this fun family dinner.

~ Pink Collar Coach

Pink Collar Coach Feeling Fabulous After Finding the Right Fit

Pink Collar Coach Feeling Fabulous After Finding the Right Fit

Day 103 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has been purposeful indeed. As part of our trip to Georgia, it has been on the itinerary for us to make a stop at a store that specializes in bra fittings. My dear friend Kibby told me about it when she heard about our trip. Knowing as she does the struggles I’ve had with fitting my new body (post hysterectomy, hormone overload and a breast cancer scare), she was confident Livi Rae would be able to help. I’m so thankful she was right. And although it’s a little scary being so transparent online, I’m glad to be able to share my positive experience with you!

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Located in Kennesaw, Georgia. SO worth it if you’re in the Atlanta area..
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My favorite dressing room. The one with lots of pink of course. Each has a different theme but have beauty, comfort and function, along with inspiration, including crosses, in common. 

If you’re a Hyster Sister too, or just a woman who has had ever faced challenges with her body – and seriously, between aging, birth of children, hormonal issues, and medical challenges, who hasn’t in some form or another? – then, I’m here to tell you, there’s hope. Filled with a lot of anticipation and a little anxiety, I needn’t have worried. The ladies were all wonderful – professional and personable.

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Hard working women like this one make a stop at the store worth it and wonderful.

Refreshments are even provided. Great forethought considering it can take a while to find the right fit for the girls!

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One of the first things I saw upon entering. Lovely.

My personal fitter provided me with exceptional expertise, extra attention, and an experience I’ll never forget.

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Pink Collar Coach and Heather, Fitting Specialist Extraordinaire. 

Heather did more than fit me, she helped me to make peace with my new body, which was some fete considering my back is not quite 30″ and my bust size, well…I’m at peace with it but am not going to publicize it! Calvin Klein cold sholder, stretch skinny jeans and plaid shirt to ward off the cold! I like his clothes because they’re stylish and fit me!

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Pink Collar Coach with some of my purchases, including shapewear to address other areas.  : )                                                                                       The bras will have to be shipped after the backs are taken in. Calvin Klein bag and slides. 
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Gorgeous dresser. Had to get a pic with it. Feeling fabulous after finally finding the right fit!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Chick who is so happy to have found a place where it’s not about the cup or the width of the band, but about the woman wearing it, I hope you ladies will visit the website, and possibly the store. Then you too can feel truly fabulous about finding the right fit!

 

 

 

~Pink Collar Coach

Happy To Be In Love With My Best Friend on Our Happy Anniversary

Happy To Be In Love With My Best Friend on Our Happy Anniversary

Yesterday was Day 102 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and it was also my wedding anniversary.  After making a run to Kroger after Zumba last night to load up on necessities for a much-anticipated family wedding/vacation, I rushed home to give my  hubby his card and favorite fat-free treat. We hadn’t gotten any time together because he’d left the house at the crack of dawn to watch my stepsons’ first college golf match of the season and had just beat me home. Once we were both there, after a speedy but sincere exchange of “Happy Anniversary” and “I love you”, I headed upstairs to pack while he remained at his desk wrapping up some last-minute tasks before our trip. “Honey, shouldn’t you be packing?” I asked. “It’ll take me no time,” was his quick response. Doubtful, I let him be. After over a decade together, I know him well enough to let him believe he’d pack quickly.

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A vignette on a tallboy dresser in our bedbroom. I love seeing a wedding picture from our bed. Shabby Chic style frame from Sheffield Home, distressed urn with while ranuncula roses, all reminsiscent of those I carried in my bouquet were all found at TJMaxx over the years.                   The Simply Shabby Chic ceramic night light that now serves as a decorative piece lost it’s plug – still pretty. I inherited the green paint color. hope to paint the room in my signature soft white. 

By the time my hubby did join me in our bedroom, it was in a total state of disarray. I warned him before he entered and then shoved all of my stuff to my side of our king bed so he could pack on his side. Within a short period of time, the bed was covered with men’s and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories. And I thought the room was a mess before he started! Rather than celebrating our anniversary, we spent the evening trying on clothes and asking for each other’s opinions – on color, fit, style, etc. It was So.Much.Fun. There was a time when my husband didn’t really seek my opinion on his attire, but we’ve evolved and are so much more symbiotic – in a good way. I’m looking foward to being, not matchy-matchy – heaven forbid! – but coordinated with my spouse as we hang out with our family over the next few days.

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This hangs in my daughter’s room but is SO true of her mama. And my hubby. By the time I’ve decided what to wear, it looks like a clothing warehouse, albeit a nice one, exploded! The artwork and flowers are from TJMaxx. The shade and night light are Simply Shabby Chic- Target. 

By the time we’d made all our decisions and the bed was finally cleared off, we were both too exhausted to do anything but fall into it and go to sleep. I vaguely regreted not having a romantic evening or blogging but was so happy to fall asleep with my best friend holding my hand. I realized it was romantic. And I’d have some great pics for the blog as a result of our efforts.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who is so happy to be in love with my husband and celebrating my anniversary, I know why destroying our bedroom as we packed was such a good time. It was with my best friend.

~Pink Collar Coach

Bob Evans Brunch Down on the Farm Following Fitness

Bob Evans Brunch Down on the Farm Following Fitness

What a great way to celebrate Day 100 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project. Zumba and yummy brunch at Bob Evans. Dancing, having a meal together after praying, and then catching up on life with a friend who is more like a sister is a perfect way for me to spend Saturday mornings. Kibby and I have been doing this for five years now but are unfortunately experiencing turn over with our teachers. After our class recently moved to an earlier time (hence brunch instead of lunch like before), it is now being cancelled after next Saturday. Our instructor was made another offer to teach dance elsewhere and it was too good for her to refuse. Though we’re happy for her, it’s a total bummer that our class is going away. That’s the bad news.

The good news is, since we are experiencing similar turnover at the Y where I’ve subbed for a few years, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and get my certification as I mentioned in a previous post. This just makes me more determined. Hopefully I’ll be able to take over both classes. It’s a double win for me because the Y is going to pay 75-100% of my training cost, and if I begin teaching at the other gym, I’ll get a free membership (I’ve gone as Kibby’s guest all these years). Zumba certification is costly as are gym memberships, so if any of you are interested in teaching, you can find classes on line by googling Zumba Trainings near you. Being AED and CPR certified is also required. Local fires stations offer these trainings. I hope you find this info helpful.

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The wall mural makes us look as if we really are down on the farm!                                                     I’d just rummaged in my bag for my wallet to pay the bill, hence it and my umbrella sticking up! Kibby is gorgeous in her animal print and I’m in my Calvin Klein. We both know what we like! 
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Our server was awesome and captured the above picture, however he cut off our shoes.  These Calvin Klein gold braided wedge mules are oldies but goodies. They pair perfectly with the  Calvin Klein cork and its gold accents. An image consultant client bartered it for services.      That’s savvy!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who understands the value of women being in life with one another, it is SO worth it for me to add “Certified Zumba Instructor” to my Pink Collar Portfolio Career. It’s another tool in my Coach’s belt since many of my image consultations involve addressing the issues most of us have with our bodies. Being more knowledgeable about fitness will benefit the women I work with. Besides, I adore dancing and have always wanted to teach it, so this is a dream come true.  Even if that wasn’t the case, I would do it anyway because as much as dance feeds my soul, time with my Soul Sister does that in spades. Getting certified and teaching the class will ensure we have many more years of Brunch Down on the Farm (or Lunch at BWs) Following Fitness!

~Pink Collar Coach

Pink Collar Coach’s Outdoor Office

Pink Collar Coach’s Outdoor Office

Following a morning meeting, Day 97 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was the perfect day to work outdoors. In such a beautiful setting, it’s no surprise that I had a productive day working on the front matter (everything that comes before the story actually begins) for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. I finished my dedication page and even fashioned it into a poem, completed the epigraph page, and secured an endorsement from an award winning author. It along with one from a former Cincy Enquirer book reviewer have me that much closer to being able to submit everything I need to meet the January 2018 publication target.

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My back deck served as my office today. White wicker in weather resistant resin from Menards. was a Mother’s Day gift from my hubby a few years ago. We had to search high and low for white So happy I didn’t settle! Simply Shabby Chic pillows ($5 clearance at Target) are easily tucked away in wicker look storage container from Culver. The garden stool got a fresh coat of white spray paint this weekend to hide years’ worth of wear. Sisal rug was $20 at Walmart.                                                                      The pop of bright green in the birdbath was a $2.50 clearance score from my local grocer. It was filthy and broken. Cleaned up and repaired, it fills an empty corner with color.                                                                                                My Mac Air in it’s Hot Lips Pink Speck case from Best Buy makes it so Pink Collar Savvy & Chic.  
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My youngest stepson has an interest in and a talent for photography. When I asked him to snap a pic for me, he jumped right in and took several. Me, Pink Collar Coach in a lace top and A-line skirt, both Calvin Klein. 
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My love of pink is evident amidst the beautiful greenery of the woods that is our backyard:     Pink Calvin Klein sunglasses, Timex oversized watch, geraniums and petunias,                                  and even my low calorie drink! 

I’m very  blessed to have outdoor spaces like I do, but prior to me being intentional about making them extensions of our indoor space, they were underused. Now, most days, my youngest stepson can be found with his feet propped up on the wicker catching some rays (with lots of sunscreen of course). And last week, my hubby even suggested we have dinner on the deck when my oldest stepson stopped by.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who wants to inspire others to live their best lives, I  hope these pictures will cause you to want to get outside. You can create a functional oasis in your outdoor space too. It doesn’t require a ton of money, it just takes some imagination and intentionality. Now is a great time to pick up outdoor furniture on clearance at retailers and you can always visit garage and yard sales, flea markets, and second hand stores for treasures. Once you’ve scored or repurposed your finds, take your laptop, cell phone, notepad and pen or whatever you’re working on, and try to work on it surrounded by nature.  If you’re anything like me, whether paying household bills, filling out mounds of back to school paperwork, preparing the Sunday School lesson, or a report for the next staff meeting, you’ll enjoy the task more in your outdoor office.