The Bar Business

So I was walking through Homegoods the other day trying to kill time before picking my littlest one up from pre-school, and I found this amazing lucite bar cart. It was all see-through and squatty and kind of bubble-y looking and I loved it.

But for $300 at Christmas time, it was more appropriately put on my Christmas list and NOT my shopping list. Boo!

But it quickly became the inspiration for a hot chocolate-fueled frenzy of bar cart searching the following evening. Not only did I find an even more perfect bar cart, I realized that $300 in the world of bar carts is pretty reasonable after all. Who knew?

If any of you remember my absolute addiction to all things Mad Men (see here… and here…and here), you may understand my retro bar cart obsession a little better.

So, this is the bar cart I landed on and my $300 obsession is now a healthy $1700 obsession… leave it to me to inadvertently pick the most expensive item on the page every. single. time.

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With that said, my bar cart search also led me to another little bar-specific covet: an agate bottle opener. How sweet and petite is this little opener at Anthropologie?

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Playing the Blues

Ok, so I’ve curated lots of cool blue items while on my search for the perfect deep blue, velvet sofa – some of which might make excellent gifts for your loved ones, BTW.

I’m not sure blue ever goes out per se. Luckily, for those of us that adore all things blue, it seems there’s a trendy shade in the lineup of popular pantones pretty much every year.

But I’m particularly into a jewel-toned sapphire hue, which looks even richer when paired with the hot metal of the moment – gold.

 

What a girl wants

Is it too early to think about Christmas Wish Lists? Judging by the fact that all the department stores have been decked out since the day after Halloween, I’d say wish (or perhaps shop) away!

Clearly, this list is for the mostly casual girl that likes a little sparkle and a nice, red lip from time to time. Hmmm, I wonder who I was channeling when I put this together.

Take a look at some of these can’t fail items, if you need inspiration for your own list  (I’m sorry, I do not comprehend this concept) or if you are shopping for some special chick(s) this year. (Shop them on my Polyvore page.)

Anything I’m missing? What’s at the top of your list? Let me know in the comments below!

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Where are your family values now?

Blog friends,

I know this is supposed to be a fashion and lifestyle blog, and 99.9% of the time, it is. But I’m still reeling from the Presidential election, if you want to know the truth.

I’ll warn you right now that this is going to get political – read it or delete it – but know that I am saddened, scared, embarrassed and humiliated by the fact that a buffoon is going to occupy the Oval Office.

On Election Day, I watched outspoken and conservative political activist, Ana Navarro on The View. I can’t say I agree with her politics most of the time, but her disdain for the then-candidate for the Republican Party was definitely in line with my own political views.

Navarro expressed concern for the depths at which our country sunk over the election. She went on to say that she was a Republican when Donald Trump was a Democrat; she was a Republican when Donald Trump was an Independent, and she’s a Republican today. She said that Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party that she knows and loves. She also stated that she supports the values of strong faith, family unity and inclusiveness that Conservatives stand for.

I applaud her for sticking to her guns and not falling in lockstep with other Republicans, who have supported and will continue to support Donald Trump’s twisted Presidency simply because today he says he’s a Republican.

I do, however, take issue with the fact that she thinks conservatives own the market on values of strong faith, family unity and inclusiveness.

Conservatives have done an excellent job of painting Progressives into a Godless- ivory tower-free love-angry-feminist-anything goes corner. And If this election has taught me anything, it’s that the conservative rhetoric about family unity and “family values” is just that. Just talk. I say this because hate, bigotry, sexual assault, misogyny, sexism and hypocrisy are not examples of family values, inclusiveness or strong faith, but it sure as hell just won the White House.

By putting Donald Trump in the White House, the electorate and nearly half the citizens of the United States who voted have said all of those qualities are acceptable. And not only are they acceptable, they are qualities that are tolerated in the next leader of the free world. Sadly, we hold higher standards for our morning T.V. hosts than we do for the Oval Office.

I sat at a table with five successful and upstanding women citizens of my community on Friday afternoon. I am fortunate enough to call them dear friends. They are strong and professional women, who have advanced degrees, who raise families, who serve on boards for organizations that help those less fortunate, care for stray animals or advance women’s rights. These are women who volunteer their time as Girl Scout leaders, teach Sunday school, head up the PTO and attend church services regularly.

We talk of raising our children as citizens of the world, who have been allowed only to borrow this planet with the hope that they use their talents to do inspiring work, encourage tolerance and spread goodwill among ALL men, not just the ones that look like us and worship the same way.

And guess what? None of us are conservatives or Republicans, yet we still have family unity, our own family values and insist on inclusiveness. Whatever faith we hold dear, it allows us to be accepting of people who find spiritual comfort and strength in something different.

What are family values exactly anyway? The Webster’s Dictionary definition of family values is: values held to be traditionally learned or reinforced within a family, such as those of high moral standards and discipline.

So how does “within a family” apply to an entire party of people and not another?

It’s the hypocrisy that makes me question the true adherence to the notions of “family values,” “a strong faith” and “inclusiveness.”

In my opinion, going to church every Sunday does not make you righteous or prove you possess strong faith.

Withholding medical care for women does not make you pro-life; especially if you support the state’s right to put people to death.

Denying LGBTQ people the same Constitutional Rights because it isn’t “morally” acceptable is not inclusiveness. Religious moral beliefs are not how we legislate in this country thanks to our founding fathers, who specifically set it up that way.

Wearing all your flag pins at once and carrying a copy of the Constitution in your pocket does not make you a patriot. Your party won’t hold hearings to confirm the sitting President’s Supreme Court nomination as permitted to him under Article 2 of that Constitution you hold so dear.

Denying immigrants who are fleeing rape, murder, slavery and starvation in war-torn nations a safe place in our society is not inclusiveness, nor is it humane (Especially after they’ve endured 18-24 months of exhaustive vetting by six governmental agencies.)

Spending billions on war sold to the American people with erroneous intelligence instead of spending on education, veterans benefits and embassy security personnel is not “fiscal conservatism,” it’s criminal.

So the next time some Trump-ster implies that their party cornered the market on strong faith, family values and inclusiveness or patriotism and fiscal conservatism, I’d like to remind them that just saying it, and saying it loud doesn’t mean it’s true.

And if you are trolling this blog, go ahead and comment. You’ll only provide confirmation of the aforementioned for the rest of us.

 

 

 

 

Daily Covet: Marley Lilly Plaid Tote

I swear Christmas comes earlier every year. Luckily, I’ve started my shopping a bit earlier this year so that I’m not totally over Christmas by the time the actual holiday rolls around.

I received an email from my friend and Mommy Wisdom owner with her holiday boutique shopping hours. Like a good friend and person in need of holiday gifts for what seems like 100 teachers, I put the dates in my calendar and perused the flyer.

The boutique flyer featured the most adorable tote bag with REAL LEATHER handles and accents for a very reasonable price. I instantly fell in love and requested the name of the vendor that sells them.

So today, this wool tote is on my “want list.” It never ceases to amaze me how much stuff I can find for myself while shopping for others!

And if you are in need of personalized stationary, cute headbands for working out, monogrammed totes and much more, please see mommywisdom.net. There are some great gifts for just about everyone on your list!

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Photo credit Marleylilly.com

 

Daily Covet: Kate Spade Coin Purse

Having been a tween/teen in the 80’s, I know my way around a mix tape.

In the words of Miranda Lambert, “record the country countdown cause I couldn’t buy it yet” rings so true. While my tastes trended more towards 80’s pop artists like Cyndi Lauper, Spandau Ballet, Til Tuesday and U2, I was one of those kids taping Casey Kasem’s Top 40 every week so that I could hear my favorite songs on demand.

When I saw this fun coin purse from Kate Spade, I was instantly smitten. Printed with “Mix it Up,” it takes me back to the days of scrunchies, lavender eyeshadow and going to Pretty In Pink theater.

How fun it would be to pull that little reminder of 80’s nostalgia out of my handbag every day. Luckily, it’s just big enough to tuck my favorite No. 7 lipstick in too!

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Daily Covet: AG Jodi Leatherette Jeans

I tend to be somewhat of a denim collector. I love classic styles as much as the newest silhouette in denim every season. Some of my jeans are of the expensive designer persuasion and others are cheap and trendy, “throwaway fashion” versions from Target. Truth be told however, I double heart love Target jeans too!

But today, I am not coveting inexpensive knockoffs. I am all in for these AG Jodi “leatherette” jeans. They aren’t leather, they aren’t quite faux leather but they do have that sortof appearance from afar. I would guess they are most similar to the “coated” jeans of yesteryear.

They do have that biker chick shine like leather, which can either be dressed up with strappy sandals or down with your favorite sneaks. Myself, I would most likely pair them with cozy blanket coats and some cool menswear-inspired Derbys.

The best part about leatherette though…. no specialty leather cleaning necessary. Wash on cold, baby. Super high style and super low maintenance. What’s better than that?