It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Master Bedroom

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas Series – Master Bedroom

Day 218 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has been an unusual Sunday for me in that I spent the entire day working on professional tasks, however, because I’d taken pictures earlier in the week that depict how it’s beginning to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in the master bedroom, I’m happy to be able to post. I’m still like a child myself when it comes to Christmas, and my tall, handsome, sweet hubby reminds me of the cutest little boy. Our room is a beautiful, romantic space and serves as a sanctuary from the world. Filling it with little touches that remind us it’s Christmas makes it an even more inviting retreat. Between all of my pink Shabby Chic and vintage inspired touches and his traditional red and green (not visible in my photo of course!), it really does look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in our bedroom.

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Our huge four-poster with all  it’s sumptuous Simply Shabby Chic bedding. A perfect spot to hang green & pink His and Her stockings. Sunlight streaming in makes it hard to see His…My nightstand holds a tiny frosted pale green tree with pink pom-pom ornaments; his is green.
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You may recognize this Simply Shabby Chic Santa. He’s not like Elf on the Shelf getting moved around; He’s actually a triplet! After searching for years, I scooped up three at Target last year. The candle holder is one of my faves – pink and rhinestone bling!                                                        The runner is a treasured piece from my beloved Aunt Bertie. Can’t recall life w/o it on a dresser.
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This busy corner makes me happy. A pic of my hubby and me on our big day, a Shabby Chic inspired mannequin decked out in Christmas finery in the form of pins from Simply Shabby Chic stockings. More Christmas Houses in pastel colors & my side of the bed reflected in the mirror.
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Another candle holder with bling that complements this bottle brush tree encased in a dome. One of my sisters-in-law embroidered the handkerchief with my name as a wedding gift. I framed it in a shadow box, which are a recurring theme in our room, as are roses evidenced in this Shabby Chic inspired painting on wood. I got it at the grocery store soon after I got my own place after being homeless.

Still, the day itself really has been unusual. No church. No Joel Osteen sermon. Just getting work I’d normally do on a weekday done today so I can spend the bulk of tomorrow with a soul sister for her birthday. But something that wasn’t unusual is the tender love and care my husband showed me today. Every day he does something that reminds me how blessed I am. When I went through my rock bottom stage, my prayer was that God would give me a godly husband. Boy did He deliver! If you’re familiar with the Bible story of Ruth and Boaz, you know, like me, she’d lost everything. But then Boaz, who was a man of means and also a distant relative, let her glean from his fields. Essentially, he told his workers to leave extra wheat on the ground for her to pick up when they were done. Eventually they married. Ruth referred to him as her kinsman-redeemer, which is a picture of Christ.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose wife, I too, feel as though I was grafted into my husband’s family. He’s more than my hubby. He’s kin. And he’s redeemed me in so many ways…Not only am I happy to be in love with my best friend, I’m happy that it’s beginnning to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in our master bedroom.

Whether you’re married or single, I hope you’re inspired to bring your own Savvy & Chic Christmas style into your bedroom too. Sweet sugarplum dreams…

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas – The Tree Has Been Trimmed!

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like A Savvy & Chic Christmas – The Tree Has Been Trimmed!

I can honestly say Day 210 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has been one of my all-time favorites because not only is it beginning to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in the living room with the tree trimmed – my hubby and I did it together! We’ve been married for seven years and each prior holiday season has had us disagreeing on how to decorate the house overall with the tree being one of the biggest bones of contention. Not so this year. I suspect it has a little to do with the fact that our twenty-five, twenty-two, twenty, fourteen and twelve-year-olds have either grown up and/or are growing away. As bittersweet as that is, it has brought my husband and I closer together. Last night, at our tree trimming gathering, no one but four-year-old Izzy (daughter of my oldest step-son) showed much interest in hanging ornaments. So, this morning, for the first time, we worked side by side, listening to Christmas carols, and did it in tandem. It really does look a lot like Christmas in the living room now that the tree is trimmed and it’s beyond beautiful, not just because of the way it looks but because of the heavenly time we spent in harmony.

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Our tree trimmed with all of my Simply Shabby Chic, Shiny Brite and vintage inspired pink and pastel ornaments. They are sharing space with my hubby’s traditional red and whimsical ones.
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Even prettier after the sun went down. Of course the NFL game is lending its own glow!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose cygnet (a baby swan), I have to admit, the children aren’t the only ones who are growing up. Anyone who has had to listen to me lament the conflict over the years knows it not being an issue this year is HUGE. It’s nothing short of a miracle. If you’re a regular reader, you know Joel Osteen’s message often lines up with my life. Today, it was about all of us having two sides and how the positive one can be prevalent most of the time, but how every once in a while, the negative one can rear it’s ugly head. That has certainly been true for me regarding Christmas decorating. But this morning, after I read my devotion, I prayed and decided I wasn’t going to let the ugly me rule the day. And I’m so thankful that I surrendered to Him and for how it turned out. Joyous, peaceful and romantic too. The Lord heard me and honored me BIG time. He never ceases to amaze me! I never would have imagined instead of  it beginning to look a lot like a Savvy & Chic Christmas in the living room and tree trimming being a heartache He would turn it into a a holiday miracle.

How about you? Is there something or someone at the holidays that causes you heartache? In your personal life? Professionally? Be Savvy & Chic by surrendering your attitude about it to God. I’m proof that He can surprise you when you do…

Be savvy & chic,

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

 

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