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Transitional Style in Blue and Paisley

navy-and-paisley skirt

I’m back with another modest fashion post. This one features an outfit in blue and paisley for transitional style to bridge the seasons from summer into fall.

This is a simple outfit, but the look can be quite dressy. The flowing quality of the blouse and the length of the skirt lend itself to situations when personal style might need to elevated a bit. There is an easy elegance in this look. It was simple to put together, too.

The blouse featured in this outfit is a nice neutral navy. The material of the blouse has a crinkled texture and the silhouette is loose and flowy. The blouse is really more of a tunic style and looks really good as part of an outfit with a slimmer fitting bottom half.

I paired the blouse with an a-line knit maxi skirt with a subtle paisley pattern. Even thought the pattern is a very subdued gray, it has a nice impact. Although it is a patterned skirt, it feels like a neutral that can be styled with a lot of different looks. It’s a nice seasonal transitional piece that can be paired with a t-shirt or with a sweater to extend the season.

My favorite pair of denim colored espadrille wedge sandals round out the look. A few simple pieces of jewelry complete the outfit.

This outfit is a great transitional style for this time of year, with the warmer fall temperatures creeping into cooler days that will soon be turning into truly chilly weather.


What I Wore

Blouse: NY & Co. (thrifted—find similar here)
Skirt: Chris & Carol (similar)
Shoes: Clarks
Earrings: Amazon Collection



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6 Simple Ways to Celebrate Fall

6 simple ways to celebrate fall

Autumn is my favorite time of year. There’s just something about the cool crispness of the air, the crunch of fallen leaves under my feet, the hillsides around my home blanketed with riotous color, that makes my heart beat faster. The smell of woodsmoke and the taste of fresh apple cider calls to me and tells me it’s that time of year, a time of warm sweaters and cool mornings and hot cups of tea in the afternoon. The beauty of fall is singular among the seasons. How can everything be so beautiful when it is in the midst of dying? Come, come with me as I celebrate fall….

I know I’m not the only one who loves fall. There are so many wonderful ways to celebrate the season of autumn. I’ll share a few of my personal favorite ways to savor and celebrate all things autumn.

1.  Host a bonfire night


Woodsmoke on the cool crisp air of an autumn evening is one of the season’s most delightful pleasures. Build a fire pit in your backyard (it’s not hard) or find a state park or campground near you that has fire pits for use. Invite some friends over for the evening’s festivities. Set up some chairs and bring out your warmest blankets. Snuggle down and enjoy the company of your favorite people for an hour or two as you roast marshmallows and watch the sunset. I guarantee you’ll create some wonderful memories to treasure for many years to come.

2.   Go apple picking

Do you live near a pick your own apple orchard? I’m privileged to live in a rural area with many local orchards. (I also happen to be blessed to have a little orchard in my backyard.) Search out an orchard where you can pick your own apples. It’s worth the drive if you don’t have one locally. Spend an afternoon in the fresh air, plucking some red, shiny fruit off some old apple trees. Be sure you bite into one of those lovely fresh, crisp apples and enjoy the tart juiciness.

3.   Read a book under a tree


Wrap yourself in a warm sweater and relax with a good book under the canopy of a big tree. Savor the feeling of the colorful leaves falling to the ground around you.

4.   Bake a pumpkin pie

Pumpkin pie on rustic background

With the advent of pumpkin spice everything, the simple goodness of an old fashioned pumpkin pie is sometimes lost. It’s the original pumpkin flavor that never gets old. You may not want a pumpkin spice latte or a pumpkin donut, but who doesn’t love a homemade pumpkin pie? The cozy feeling of baking in the fall,and the spicy sweet smells filling the house, are matched only by the deliciousness of eating what you baked!

5.   Have a cup of fresh apple cider


In my opinion apple cider is the most delicious flavor of fall. If you can get a cup of the good stuff, the kind that hasn’t been pasteurized. It’s full of wonderful nutrients and it just tastes so yummy!

6.   Take a walk in the autumn woods

autumn walk

Take the time for a long walk in the woods this fall. Take deep breaths and savor the scents and sounds around you. Walking through the woods in autumn can be a wonderful opportunity for reflection and relaxation. Slow down and enjoy the beauty surrounding you.

Those are just a few of my favorite ways to celebrate fall. Do you have any favorite activities you enjoy this time of year? What do you do to savor the autumn season? Please share in the comments. I’d love to hear your ideas on how to celebrate fall.

Flip House Tour: A Before and After House Tour

My family has been busy working on an important project over the past three months. The following post details what that project is and how it has impacted our family. If you’re a fan of shows about how to renovate a flip house (as I know many of my regular readers are) I think you’re going to enjoy this glimpse into our recent family project.

Flip House Tour

We drove up to the house and got out of the car. Unlocking the door and pushing it open revealed a house that had suffered obvious neglect. It needed some TLC, and that was exactly why we were there. We had a vision for this house, and we were ready to get started making that vision a reality. The vision we had for the house was a part of a larger dream we had for our family.

First, I’ll share a little background on our family. As the homeschooling mother of eight children, I have proudly poured myself into raising my children for the past 21 years.  It’s been a privilege and a joy. My husband Gilbert is a master craftsman. He has worked as a carpenter, general contractor and home builder, and for the past 30 years, has successfully owned and operated his own cabinetmaking business. In that role, he has designed and built exquisitely crafted cabinetry in high-end residential homes in Northern New England. A testament to the quality of the work he does is the fact that he has never, in over 30 years of business, had a need to advertise. All his customers come by referrals. Some of his work has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens and Maine magazine.

I’ve always enjoyed watching TV shows about “house flipping.” I’ve often thought “We could do that!” With my husband’s experience and expertise, I knew renovating an existing home in need of repairs would be possible. As for myself, I have long had an interest in interior design. Having 10 years experience in graphic design, I have an eye for color and detail which I knew would lend itself well to home design. Recently, I took an online course called Flip Chick Academy. Taking the course gave me the inside scoop on just how all those people on the house flipping shows make it happen. The detailed training and advice I received through the course was invaluable in giving me a framework for starting that kind of business. Together, my husband and I would make a great team. The Flip Chick course challenged me to think beyond what I was doing in my everyday life and see the bigger picture of some of the things our family could do in the future. We decided to start Beacon Homes LLC with the intent to purchase and renovate homes in our area.

But, I’m a busy mom of eight; how would I juggle my responsibilities at home with this new venture? The answer was to get the whole family involved. We brought our children to our first flip house shortly after we bought it. When they walked in, they all turned up their noses a bit. It was dirty and needed some work. All they could see was what it was right then. Gilbert and I knew we needed to help them see what it could be in the future. So we enlisted their help. We cleared brush and planted grass. We painted and sanded and swept. We tried to make it as fun as possible for them, and we included plenty of incentives to get the jobs done. We also enlisted the help of some very talented professionals in the area to help us bring this project to life. As a family, through all the work and the play, the vision started to become a reality. They began to see what Gilbert and I had pictured in our own minds. The result was a beautiful, like new house that would soon become someone’s dream home.

Our family learned to work together to create something beautiful out of something that was at one time not so pretty. What we created will be a home to someone someday soon. Our hope is that this home we spent our summer beautifying will be a place of comfort and joy to another family. We know that the people who choose to live in this home will be very happy and content surrounded by this serene, peaceful space as they create memories and live their lives here in this lovely home. As a bonus, they will have the chance to be part of a warm and generous neighborhood of people who will welcome the new owners of this home with open arms.

It has been a privilege and an honor to work on this home, preparing it with careful attention to every detail. The loving care we’ve given this 6 bedroom, 2.5 bath house has transformed it into one that looks brand new. In this house, we have made a home we would be proud to live in ourselves. Our vision for this ugly duckling of a house was to make it into a beautiful swan of a home. We have certainly succeeded.

Flip House Tour-Living


Flip House Tour-Kitchen


Flip House Tour-mudroom


Flip House Tour-Powder Room


Flip House Tour-Mbath


Flip House Tour-Living


Flip House Tour-Backyard


Flip House Tour-front view


Fall Fab Fit Fun Unboxing 2017


It’s time for another Fab Fit Fun unboxing! This box is the fall 2017 box. It’s full of all kinds of fun goodies. This is one subscription box that always has something really great included in it. The variety of items in each box is excellent and the choices the curators make are very well done. I look forward to receiving this box each season.

The fall box is no exception. There is a nice selection of different kinds of items in this box. Although there are some things included in this box that don’t excite me, most of them are things I am looking forward to trying out.

If you like what you see here, you can get a Fall Fab Fit Fun box of your own by using this link. The cost of the box is $49 per box and a new box comes out four times a year. The estimated value of the items in each box is always well over $250, so it really is a huge bargain. Plus, it’s like getting a surprise gift four times a year!

How fun is that?

Without further ado, let check out what’s in the Fall Fab Fit Fun box….




Mer-Sea & Co. Scarf

This scarf is so luxuriously soft. When I took it out of the box, I was so excited. I love scarves, and the color of this one is beautiful. By far the best part of this scarf, though, is the soft texture. It’s cozy and snuggly and I can hardly wait for cooler weather to set in so I can start wearing it! (Retail value: $98)

Private Party Gym Bag

This cute bag features a denim style material and a fun saying on the front. It can make going to the gym more stylish and sassy! I don’t go to the gym—I do my workouts at home, but I can think of a bunch of other uses for this bag. (Retail value: $59)

IMM Living Coxet Wire Heart Ceramic Jewelry Holder

This pretty little holder is a great way to store some favorite jewelry pieces. It would look pretty on a vanity table or bathroom countertop. A handy and cute storage solution! (Retail value: $33)

Whish Beauty Renewing Mud Mask

This all natural beauty mask features ingredients like bentonite clay, aloe, and rosehip oil. It’s a naturally luxurious way to rejuvenate the skin. I’m looking forward to trying this one out. (Retail value: $48)

Mytagalongs Hot & Cold Gel Pack

An extremely versatile item, this hot and cold pack can be frozen or heated. It can be used to soothe any kind of ache or pain. (Retail value $15)

Trestique Matte Color & Shiny Balm Lip Crayon

A handy, 2-in-1 product, this lip crayon features creamy, lightweight lip color with a matte finish on one end, and a nourishing lip balm for added shine on the other. Mine came in the color Tuscan Wine, which is a deep burgundy red color. (Retail value: $28)

DPHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

I prefer to use all natural ingredients in my hair. I’ve made my own ACV rinse before, but this one is conveniently already mixed and ready to use. I’ll definitely be trying this one right away. (Retail value: $35)

The Jetset Diaries Cable Knit Beanie

This cozy little hat will be very handy as the weather turns cold. It’s soft and warm and oh-so-stylish. (Retail value: $49)

As you can see, there is a nice variety of things include in this box. As always, it will be fun to try each item and see how I like them. I’m excited to get started!

Want to try out Fab Fit Fun for yourself? Join in on the fun each season and get your own subscription! Just follow this referral link and get $10 off your first box. Try it—you’ll love it!

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