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 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

Pink, Red and Pops of Purple – More Than The Colors in My Dress

Pink, Red and Pops of Purple – More Than The Colors in My Dress

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Pink Collar Coach in Calvin Klein wrap style dress with pink, reds, and pops of purple. Black cami keeps the V-neck from plunging too far. The handbag and pumps are also Calvin Klein. I don’t often wear red lipstick, but Maybelline’s On Fire Red has enough of a pink undertone to make it doable for me. If it looks as if I’m looking up, I am. My tall hubby was the photographer! All of other makeup is Maybelline as well – my go-to. Silver Moroccan pouf is one of my recent all-time best scores from Home Goods while the Aubusson needlepoint rug is a decade old TJMaxx find. Simply Shabby Chic sofa slipcover and pillows.

Day 94 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project provided an opportunity to be with family and to make new friends. Following the christening ceremony for our family’s newest member, we left church and went to celebrate at the parents’ home. There I had the pleasure of meeting a relative on the husband’s side who’s returned to town to access her support system. This amazing young woman, who I’ll call Cee, is dealing with an incredible challenge, yet from the short time I spent with her, though her body is under attack, I found her spirit to be indomitable.

I’m humbled and in awe that God continues to put women in my way. Many of them are fighting valiant emotional, physical, social and/or spiritual battles. My heart for them must show on my face because so often, even if perfect strangers, they share their stories with me and then tell me how much I’ve encouraged them. I’m always blown away by this because I’m beyond blessed by each and every encounter. Today was no exception. My new friend taught me about strength, tenacity and pursuing your dreams despite a dire prognosis.

I shared my own breast cancer scare with her and showed her pictures of the battle scar from where I had a giant growth that presented as malignant but turned out to be benign removed. We then traded stories about the changes our health challenges and hormones have wreaked on our bodies, including the need for a better bra! When Cee told me her age and I let her know I am actually two years older, she exclaimed, “Girl, you look good!”. And so does she. Three weeks past her latest chemo session and with no hair, Cee radiates true beauty.

One of the reasons I’ve come to love blogging so much is not only does it make me more mindful of  capturing meaningful moments after the fact, it makes me more so in the actual moment. So, as my time with Cee drew to a close because my big fat blended family had to go, I thought about what I was wearing and knew I’d remember it because of meeting her. The pink will remind me of my passion for women, especially those fighting health challenges, including breast cancer scare because of my own scare; the red will make me recall her valor; and the pop of purple will say, “She deserves a purple heart for positivity during her fight!”

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who wants to maximize my unique God given strengths to coach, encourage and inspire women to live their best lives, all to His glory, I’m writing this blog and sending it to her as a first step in our relationship because what she said as she hugged me –  that she felt as if God had us meet – echoes my thoughts exactly. She’s a writer who writes plays about women! Wow. She’s so Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose! It just goes to show, when we live life on purpose, God puts special people in our path. Even if the original goal of the day was simply to post about wearing a dress with pink, red and pops of purple!

~Pink Collar Coach