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Yesterday, Our beloved Mini-lop Chloe passed away.

Our hearts are hurting as she truly was a blessing in our lives,

the bunny we had always longed for and felt so wonderful that she

came into our lives 7 years ago, the summer after my mother’s passing.

She had quite a spunky and demanding personality, demanding attention

and causing trouble when my youngest at I would be sitting at the computer for

homeschooling.  She left us no choice but to pay attention to her and interrupted us daily.

I jokingly referred to her as DH ‘s Girlfriend as she immediately went crazy each night the

minute he came in the door, after all he was the one who gave her treats nightly.

She was technically our daughter Ashley’s second bunny but really belonged to us all.

Ashley loved how different she was from the dwarf rabbit she had before named Ruby because Chloe had such

big paws in comparison , but was so quite that you never knew where she was.

Ashley quite fondly nicknamed her “Ninja” .

Last year when our son got his first college apartment he began taking her back and forth with him and

we were limited to seeing her on his vacations.   We all agreed it really was great for them both.

She brought joy to not just him, but his friends who would knock on his door just to see her.

She loved hanging out under his bed, on his desk when he studied and even snuggled with him in

his bed, which is where she passed away.   He joked with me today that Ruby passed away all

alone in her cage , while Chloe passed away with him there in his Queen size bed, the definition of spoiled.

She may have left us physically, but make no mistake we will carry her in our hearts forever!

Thank you my dearest Chloe for all the joy you brought to us!


My Dear Readers , thanks to the fast shipping of Amazon 

and my realizing that I could actually use some heavy duty 

velcro that I had on hand, I was able to complete my purse renovations 

as soon as the straps were delivered today.  


This denim shade of blue purse was a cross body one that I had thrifted, 

so it was easy to just snip of the original handle and thread it through 

the rings and velcro  the guitar strap on.  

I think this definitely has the 70’s retro feel , 

I am dubbing this one, “Flower Power”  

Here is the link for this strap, but the blue one is sold out, it comes in pink or yellow. 


This one was a little tougher because this navy purse was the first purse 

I bought myself after years of carrying diaper bags…. Remember I had 

4 children 4.5 years apart each , so purses were not a part of my life for quite awhile. 

Of course, I have made up for that now!  

So after I cringed for a moment, I cut the strap and again used the rings on the purse . 

I have to say this one really warms my heart…this fun print has orange and reds in it.

Here is the link for this strap, Check out it’s name , I love that!  

PS I loaded this purse up with things I would typically carry to test the velcro and it was fine.

I really enjoyed my membership to Just FAb which bills itself as a shoe site where you pay $39.95 monthly for shoes, but I used it for purses, since I require better footwear for my 50 year old body, lol

I have plenty of purses now and found myself skipping a bunch of months,and got to thinking I should cancel and find something else to try.  

That lead to me to Jewel Bits, I chose this one as they advertised better quality pieces valuing $125 for as little as $33… While I don’t know about that based on what I got, I do think it is decent quality costume jewelry pieces and am pleased with my first month.  


It arrived in a box with cute pink bags for each piece..

They offer 3 different types and the great thing is that you can go to your

profile and change it up any time you’d like.  

The three types are

Boho Babe

Glam Gal

Classic Chick

In looking at the options and examples of jewelry I was drawn to the Classic Chick.


This is a long tassel necklace and if you read my blog at all,

you know I talk all the time about the importance of longer

necklaces in my style to create a vertical line to draw the eye.  

I  love this very soft teal color and will definitely find a way to wear this one.


I actually liked this one a lot , a modern take on pearls in a shorter bib necklace.  

Pearls always make me think of my mother and grandmother and I look forward to wearing this,. 

I may perhaps layer it with a strand of my mother’s pearls.  


Matching earrings.. Of course I don’t match necklace and earrings in sets to wear them, 

but I do like these and can see myself adding them to a gold necklace. 


And last , but certainly not least, in fact this is my favorite piece and I 

have actually worn it already.  

I like that it is delicate yet a wide enough bracelet that it stands well on it’s own 

on my arm and doesn’t need an arm party.  

I am looking forward to seeing what surprises are in next month’s box.  


I am grateful for a little bit cooler temperatures as the feel likes have been 100 or more and with our humidity, it is suffocating..

I am grateful that tomorrow I am going on a trip to Williamsburg Prime Outlets for a Girl’s Day Out! 

I am grateful to my daughter who is like a little elf , straightening up after I go to sleep since she is a night owl. 

I am grateful for only one more Sunday night dedicated to my son’s Summer league. I am looking forward to the two he starts in early September, the homeschool one on Wednesday and the Saturday one as well.  

I am grateful to my niece for telling me about a favorite Tropical Smoothie flavor that is on the kids menu , which I changed up a bit and it was fabulous!   

In case you are wondering it’s Orange Crush and it tastes like a dreamsicle. 

The original had Orange Juice , but here is how I made it. 

Vanilla Whey Protein Power

Almond/ Coconut Blend Milk

Greek Yogurt 

Mandarin Oranges 

Orange Extract

PS I made it first without Yogurt , but it was too sweet tasting from the vanilla whey powder, two large spoonfuls of yogurt fixed that right up!   Don’t ask me amounts cause I am a free spirit who just wings it , so I could never write a food blog, lol 

With all the 70s style coming back this Fall, 

this one is a perfect DIY type one that you can create yourself..

Unless of course you want to invest in the Valentino version that rocked the runways..

Valentino - Guitar Strap Rolling Rockstud Leather Shoulder Bag:

This baby runs close to $4000 !  

Embroidered Guitar Strap:

Guitar Straps - Are You Into Fendi or Valentino Style?:

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Guitar Straps - Are You Into Fendi or Valentino Style?:

I saw an article earlier that I can no longer find that showed how to just add carbider clips to the guitar straps.

So I hit up Amazon to see what they carried and picked out this one to give it a try.. New Blue Paisley Retro Vintage Hippie Acoustic Electric Guitar Strap…:

My son assured me I could find the clips at the dollar store, so I will check that out…

Stayed tuned when this arrives I will attaching it to a purse and reveal the results…

So , Dear Readers what do you thing of this Trend?  

For me it’s a no brainer because it definitely goes with my strong love of boho items.  


I am grateful for a fun summer cooking with my niece, but sad that today was our last day together.  

I am grateful that my son is home until this weekend when he heads back to college.  

I am grateful for the fun bowling league my youngest has done that was a “Get Your Gear League, which he now has two new balls and is tying to get the feel of them before the leagues start in Fall.  

I am grateful laughter and fun moments with my niece and children.  

I am grateful for dear friends who keep me sane. 

I am grateful for air conditioning as this darn heat wave is crazy hot!  

I am grateful that there are 37 days until my Cruise , it can’t come soon enough.  

I am grateful for the fun discover today that the Presidential Debate is going to be while I am on the cruise and technology free, I literally squealed and did a happy dance when my son looked up the date !  

I’ve quite often read about people who have a signature color in their 

style and have thought 

“There are too many colors to love, not for me? ” 

I’ve recently found mad love for a sweater and the more I thought 

about it the more I wonder if this just might become my signature color…


This all began brewing a few weeks back when I wore this outfit and received 

quite a few compliments .  

I had bought this sweater in 2014 when Pantone called “Radiant Orchid ” 

The color of the year, but I didn’t wear it much….

Radiant Orchid, 31 Purse, Over 40 fashion:

Then last September, a dear friend gifted me this 31 purse for 

my 50th birthday, and mad love for the color started forming….

Over 40 style, IsaacMizrahilive leather jacket, floral top:

I love the bright pop of color with the nod to the color in 

my print blouse….

Black & White Ouftif, Over 40 Fashion, leather leggings. .:

And another pop of color with a black and white outfit…

one dress 4 ways, Over 40 fashion blogger:

And don’t even get me started on how much I loved this look

with the brown, bookending it with my scarf…. 

Olive Pants, floral Top, Over 40 fashion, Spring Outfit, purple shoes:

How about a more subtle way to incorporate the fuchsia,

by just a touch of it in a pattern?  

Diane Gilman jean capris.  Goodwill find poncho, Over 40 Fashion blogger:

Then I noticed that I had other pieces that were in that shade,

beginning with this thrifted poncho……

Patterened Pants and Bright top,with white acesssories for Summer: :  over 40 fashion blogger:

a basic tank…

Summer in White Jeans:  Over 40 fashon blogger:

A sleeveless summer tunic

Maxi Dress, Love...Women Over 40 fashion blogger:

My fun loving maxi dress…


A wonderful summer shrug…

Fuscia Pants, Purple leather jacket, Floral top, Over 40 Fashion:

I even added pants in this color for Spring….

I think this is just one of those funny moments when life comes full circle…

After all, I had a guy in high school call me Pinky because he swore I 

wore shades of it every day…. He could pick out a spot in a print of purple 

and still insist it fit the nickname, he didn’t stop there he included my love 

for burgundy as well….

So my dear Readers do you have a color that seems to stand out in your wardrobe as one

you have throughout different categories such as shoes, purses , jewelry, tops, pants, toppers? 

Leave a comment, Chime in ?  


I am grateful that my rabbit is recovering nicely from her surgery and back to her cuddly spunky self. 

I am grateful that my children all spent a week together in my son’s Richmond apartment nursing the bunny back to health and making fun memories together.  

I am so grateful that my children love each other and enjoy spending time together.  

I am grateful that after a week of no kids, that my daughter and youngest come home today. 

I am grateful for time with my niece alone this past week…

I am grateful for cooking adventures with my niece, I tried Spaghetti squash for the first time!  

I am grateful for exercise and the empowering feeling of mastering control over this weight gain.  

I am grateful for the anticipation of the cruise and how much it has energized my exercise routine.

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