Black Friday Christmas/Home Decor Double Score

Black Friday Christmas/Home Decor Double Score

I’m Day 194 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project fell on Black Friday, so being the Maxxinista I am, it naturally yielded a Christmas/home decor score. I hadn’t really intended to brave the crowds today, however, when my hubby abandoned me to golf, the thought of sitting around the house all day after being in sick for nearly a week didn’t appeal. Also, because I haven’t been able to start teaching my Zumba class or complete some coaching projects, I need to be a good stewart of my resources. Good thing for me I a gift card! My strategy for Christmas shopping at TJ Maxx, Home Goods or Marshall’s is to leave no stone unturned. I scour the entire home decor department including the clearance aisles, end caps and check out area in search of Shabby Chic decorating items that help me create the timeworn vintage feel I love for the holidays. When I spy a Christmas item that will work year round for home decor, like I did today, I’m thrilled to have double scored!

I’ve always been drawn to hearts, probably because I’m a romantic at heart. I lost a heart mirror I loved when I became homeless in 2006, and am always subconsciously on the lookout to replace it. In addition to that, Sacred Hearts are a recurring theme in Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic decor, and while I’m not Catholic, I love how the Sacred Heart devotion uses Jesus Christ’s physical heart to represent His divine love for us. Another version of the heart, with wings, can symbolize the soul, the seat of the emotions, sincerity, charity, mercy, and truthfulness, all of which speak to me on a profound level. At my core. They are a little Boho, but still in the Shabby Chic world. Finally, I just think they’re beautiful and am happy to sprinkle them, like love, throughout my home. When I spotted these two heart ornaments, I wasn’t sure where they would land in my home decor scheme, but I knew they weren’t meant merely for my Christmas tree(s). I purchased them for a song and knew instantaneously where they belonged when I walked in the front door.

Shabby Chic inspired winged hearts – $3! The wing detail is different on each side. They now hang in the opening between my living and dining room/office and are visible from my favorite side of the sofa and my work surface. Clear tacks are one of my go-tos. So Shabby Chic, but not for everyone… I prefer over nails.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose holiday decor shopper, I’m able to maximize my money (and minimize buyer’s remorse) because I have a solid sense of my interior decorating style. I’m not easily sucked into the latest greatest fads (though I did purchase a galvanized farmhouse shelving unit from Fixer Upper’s Joanna and Chip Gaines’ new line only to return it promptly – so popular but not so not me!). Knowing what I really like helps me stay focused and to stick to a budget. I find many things interesting, but for someone else. By not squandering on items that will lose their appeal over time, I’m able to afford the special pieces I’m meant to take home. And I’m seldom disappointed when I unpack my holiday decor items. Instead, I look so forward to seeing them on display during the season. That’s what makes today’s finds even more fun. It may have been Black Friday, but I didn’t break the bank. Rather, I did score a set of special heart Christmas/home decor pieces that will bring me joy throughout the year.

What about you? How can you be a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic shopper this holiday season? Have you defined your style? Your budget? Are you on the lookout for pieces that can be used beyond the holidays? I’d love to hear if about your Christmas/home or office decor scores!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach



Being Homeless Once Gives Me a Heart for Houston

Being Homeless Once Gives Me a Heart for Houston

Day 117 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has me thinking about kindness. In the literal wake of Hurricane Harvey and the devastation it has wrought on the Houston, Texas area, I’m taken back to eleven years ago when I was made homeless by some very unkind acts. Most of you know I have a wasband. And what I’m about to share is no secret to many of you who know me personally. But to those who don’t, or with whom I’ve not shared it, I was made homeless when my abusive marriage came to an end. I won’t go into the details, but to say it was devastating can’t begin to describe what I experienced.

With only the clothes on my back, and I’m talking Sunday church clothes that consisted of a camisole, lightweight cardigan, flimsy skirt, flats, and undergarments – I was forced out of my home, in February, never to return. If you’ve read any of my posts, you know I’m a total nest featherer and so can probably imagine the extent to which I’d poured my heart and soul into the house we’d lived in for eight years. At thirty-six, everything I’d ever cherished, collected, earned, made, purchased, been given, had handed down, or inherited was in that house.

As much as the loss of the material possessions was incomprehensible then – imagine having NOTHING at all to function or even survive, like clothes, food, toiletries, medicine,   etc. And that was just the first few days. Later, even after you’re in a shelter or if you’re blessed, a home – someone else’s or your own –  it’s dishes, kitchen utensils, office supplies, small and large appliances, tools. You name it, you need it. I’ve come such a long way from then, but I still feel it, even now. Every once in a while I’ll think of something I once had and realize it was a casualty of what I call “the dastardly deed”. In fact, I just remembered a wall pocket I loved and lost today.

Still, those things mean NOTHING compared to the memories and recollections they evoked. My Aunt Bertie (Birdy to me) and Daddy were the most important people in my WORLD. They died when I was 20 and 30 respectively. I don’t have a single picture of either of them. That’s a hole in my heart that won’t get filled until I see them again in heaven.

The dastardly deed also caused me not to know where my children were for nearly six weeks. Talking about all of the other ways I didn’t have what I needed for them when we were reunited doesn’t bear thinking about or I’ll start crying and won’t be able to write. To this day, when they children need family photos for projects, I can’t produce any. The other stuff is physical, which is brutal. But never can the toll taken by the emotional turmoil be minimized.

All of that to say, to an extent, I get what they’re going through in Houston. My heart is tuned into their heartache. It was only the grace of God and the kindness of a few that got me through my ordeal.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Chick who still feels a little trepidation sharing my story in such a public way, I was compelled to do it anyway. I don’t have a huge following or large social media platform, but I do have this tiny spot in the blogosphere and want to use it to do good. To be kind. If you’re like me, you may feel overwhelmed and inadequate to make a difference for those in Houston. The bad news is, the needs are so great that any contributions we make will only help a little. The good news is, we all have the power to pray for the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. That will help more than we’ll ever know this side of heaven. As far as I know, it’s the best way for us to be kind.

This little Shabby Chic inspired sign sits in my living room as a daily reminder.

Be savvy, chic & kind,

~Pink Collar Coach




Pink Collar Savvy & Chic HGTV Star Joanna Gaines Slams the Rumors

Pink Collar Savvy & Chic HGTV Star Joanna Gaines Slams the Rumors

Joanna Gaines dressed in Shabby Chic style. Dreamy. Photo from pop

Day 81 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic  on Purpose Project was a rollercoaster ride. With a lot of important personal and professional phone and face-to-face meetings on my agenda, I didn’t expect the ugly rumor weed to rear its ugly head in the middle of my day with all kinds of allegations about a woman who exemplifies everything Pink Collar Savvy & Chic.  If you’ve ever read one of my posts on a Tuesday night, it’s usually written as I watch Joanna Gaines and her husband Chip on HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper. 

My love affair with interior design began when I was a little girl and it lead me to earn my first degree in that field. Then, straight out of college, I worked as a designer for one of Cincinnati’s then premier design firms. I landed some A-list clients and loved that part of the job but hated selling things, which caused me to return to school for my teaching degree. Even so over the last twenty-five years, I’ve always done freelance work and then launched Pink Collar Savvy & Chic, which includes interior design consultation services.

All that to say, Joanna Gaines is a girl after my own heart. Add the fact that she’s a faith-filled woman of God and that makes her my Sister in Christ. Receiving an email full of rumors that she was  fired for breaking her contract, had been hiding things from Chip about her dealings and was making statements about HGTV holding her back didn’t ring true to me. Still, the email caused me to do some research, all of which seemed to indicate that there might be some truth to the rumors.

That is until I came upon the article below from The Christian Post. In it, Joanna Gaines refuted all of the rumors in this and other articles written by the same online newspaper about this trending topic.

Source: ‘Fixer Upper’ Star Joanna Gaines Slams Rumors of Her Leaving the Show for New Career

The designer is requesting help from fans to stop the rumor by way of sharing the posts containing the truth via social media. And I’m a HUGE fan.

I’ve been one since I watched the pilot episode back in October of 2013. If I remember correctly, it came on about 1AM. I was up because I’d just had a hysterectomy and was on  what was supposed to be a six-week medical leave. Due to complications, it turned into nine weeks. Watching that episode may have been the first time I was able to focus on something other than my constant pain. And everything I’ve seen and read of Joanna Gaines, including her book, The Magnolia Story has inspired me – as a woman of God, wife, mom, creative spirit, designer, blogger. She even sports a plaid shirt with such style that she’s got me wearing them! That fact alone speaks to how influential she’s been in my my life. Joanna is multiracial with Lebanese, German and Korean in the mix. As a dark-haired, dark-eyed girl who is a bit of a melting pot myself, I LOVE how she owns her unique beauty and sense of style. And whether you have any interest in design or not, it’s pretty hard not to notice the phenomena she (and Chip) are. Just check online, media, bookstores, furniture retailers, etc.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick, I hope you’ll join me in helping another one to by reading/liking/sharing/reposting this blog post and/or the above link. We’ve all been a victim of rumors ourselves at one time or another. Let’s spread the truth to slam the ones about our Savvy & Chic Soul Sister. I’d appreciate it and know she will too. Thank you!

~Pink Collar    Coach