Monday, November 30, 2009

Missionary Monday

I was aware that there were twin waterfalls in Twin Falls but I did not know there were twins... or triplets.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Missionary Monday

I am thankful for my missionary and his sense of humor.
I'm not sure who the statue is but let's call him Jerome shall we.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Fashion Friday

I love jackets. Leather jackets are my favorite. This bad boy is on my hot list because...
a. the deep red color which goes with my red devil eyes
b. the jean jacket cut
c. it satisfies my inner biker chick
I don't really want to drive or ride a motorcycle, I just want to look like I do. It looks really tough with skinny jeans, knee-high boots and a sparkly belt, but doesn't everything?
This jacket was acquired years ago in Quebec. Canada has some fine leather goods. The dark side...
I got some dark pieces put in one side of my hair to blend out the steel gray hair. So now I have a light side and a dark side. Just like my personality.
I have had a freakin giant cold sore this week. My lip reached another time zone. I looked like I had been punched in the lip and I felt like I wanted to punch someone in the lip. I had Lisa Rinna lips. Not cute. Why do people pump their lips with junk. I'm not a fan. Luckily, it is not so apparent in this picture. I hate cold sores. Hate.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Double Twos

Jenni is 22 today. She is student teaching this semester and will graduate in December.
She may be double twos but she is a triple threat. Brilliant, benevolent and beautiful.
We are doubly blessed to have her in our family.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Sock talk

I've gotten many questions about socks. Let's discuss shall we.
Luckily, I live in a climate that doesn't require the use of socks very often, but here goes.

Trouser socks are socks that hit anywhere between the ankle and knee.
Please wear these only with pants. I like the semi opaque patterned pairs. Brown tights look great with red shoes.

Here is another pair of trouser socks. These are black ribbed.

If you insist on wearing hose...I even despise the word...hose...these are genius. They are very sheer and you can wear them with open toe shoes. Brilliant.

Brown tights are a staple and you can wear solid tights with patterned shoes and patterned tights with solid shoes. I think patterned tights are tricky to wear if you are bigger than a size two. That said, try them with knee high boots just peeking out from a knee length skirt.

Grey is the new black and grey opaque tights are a favorite of mine.

I've paired all of these different colored socks with the same deep red shoes to show the subtle difference.

If you want a long lean leg line, than keep your shoes and tights the same color or keep your skirt the same color as the tights with a pop of color on your feet.

Tights and trouser socks work just as well with ballet flats as loafers.

A little inspiration from Lucky magazine. Floaty dress + tights + tough boots

sleek skirt + patterned tights + high heels

I'd like to point out that this models legs are a mile long.

As much as I love Sarah Palin, she was wearing the most hideous pair of sheer black hose on Oprah. She has great legs that would look amazing in black opaque tights.

So, if at all possible go with bare legs. But if you girls are living in a frozen tundra, invest in a pair of micro fiber opaque tights, and some cute herringbone patterned trouser socks.

My sister asked me to provide a public service announcement about white and cream hose...never. Please, I beg of you. Get your mom a pair of opaque tights for Christmas.

Thank you.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Missionary Monday

I love to see the temple... especially when my son is standing in front of it.
Here is Elder Jordan hugging Moroni. He loves the temple too.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fashion Friday

"I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing.
I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick.
I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner.
I believe in kissing; kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.
I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls.
I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.
~Audrey Hepburn"

Thank you Audrey. I couldn't have said it better myself. I believe. Excuse me while I go reapply my lipstick.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

We interrupt the fashion...

to bring you Ironman news. Tom competed in the Florida Ironman last Saturday.

He looks good for racing 11 hours and 57 minutes. He beat his goal and had a great race.

All the guys before race day.

Run Tom run!

We watched his race on-line and saw him transition from swim to bike and then come across the finish line. Tom is an Ironman.

You can watch it too.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Shoe Makeover

Kristen is a busy mom who requires shoes that can take her from one activity to the next. She is on her feet for long hours and needs a classic comfort shoe. She wants a black shoe that will work with everything.

Here are a few suggestions to help Kristen shed the frugly footwear.

This pair has a little silver buckle to up the style quotient. It has a gel insole.
I think that a black ballet flat is the ultimate classic shoe. I have owned a pair every decade of my life. Audrey Hepburn taught us all how to wear these beauties.

This is a suede version.

This lovely pair is a bit dressier. The beauty of ballet flats is that they work equally well with skirts, capris, and jeans.

This next pair are my number one choice. They are from the brand Fitzwell. I have never owned a pair. They have gel insoles. Hello comfort.

Kristen could stand all day in these pretty babies.

This pair is by a comfort brand Indigo. I like the silver hardware and slight heel. It is a little more casual. I think any of these shoes would help Kristen go from frugly to ferosh.
What do you think?

Monday, November 9, 2009


You know your shoes are frugly when...
a. two of your sisters nominate you for the frugly footwear festival
b. the style has an expiration date of 1992
c. even the pilgrim's don't want them back
Kristen, it is time to purge the ugly shoes. Recognizing the problem is the first step to recovery. She dedicated an entire post to these shoes. The extra effort makes Kristen a deserving recipient of new shoe love. I have a few ideas and a little Zappos gift card to help find the right pair. Leave your e-mail address to collect your prize.

The patterned socks are a nice touch.
Brigitta was a close runner-up with these slipper/shoes. She claims to only wear them around the house or for carpool. Save them for the house or better yet, toss them my friend. You are way too cute for these.

Thanks for playing.

Missionary Monday

Elder Jordy was very fortunate in his last area to get to have dinner with his cousins.
Don't these boys look alike. It's a good thing they are related.
He is one lucky missionary.
Surrounded by love.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fashion Friday

Today is the launch of the Frugly Fall Footwear Festival Freebie.
Did you watch Oprah this week? She did a shoe and handbag makeover show. It was fabulous.
I feel it is my duty to offer my services as the footwear fashion police. So here we go. It's easy, take a picture of your frugly (fr-freaking ugly) footwear. That's right I want to see your most frumpalicious shoes. The ones that make your feet look like a baked potato and give you cankles. Those with a private blog need not apply because how can I share the frugly? I'm still a bit sad that the person who won the traveling shoes contest has a private blog. I want to follow the fun. Oh well. It doesn't matter what size you are. There will be a fabulous prize. You know you want it. Send me your links by midnight Monday November 9th so I can pick a fashion loser I mean winner.

Here is a new formula too.
graphic tee + jeans + boots + boyfriend jacket I am enjoying this color combo of caramel, black and gray. It is a new one for me. I have noticed that much of my wardrobe is currently gray. Perhaps the reason for my fascination with having gray hair...

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

All the Tribal Ladies

Of course one costume is never enough for Halloween. These girls went all out creating their tribal lady outfits complete with braids and baskets.
They had people throw candy in their baskets.

Now I want to steal the silky, animal print caftan to wear around the house ala Mrs. Roper.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Are you familiar with the brand Royal Elastics? I have a soft spot for their cool athletic shoes. I call these my rainbow brights.
It was a little warm today and this was at noon.

Inside the cool house I can still show you how the streamlined athletic shoes can easily be worn with the fall formula.
embellished tee + cardi + jeans + cool sneaks

Peace out.

My short gray hair is meant to distract your attention from my jiggly triceps.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Missionary Monday

Elder Jordy is seeing a different side of Idaho. It is "crazy" for this city boy. He finds it all exciting...

"For example, the first guy I taught was missing a few teeth. The next guy I taught had just ripped his tooth out cuz it took him four months to get in with the dentist. This was the sixth one he ripped out by himself. I asked if he used pliers, and he said yes like it was no big deal. You gotta do what you gotta do I guess. Jerome is way different from anywhere I've been in my life."

and just so you know he has a spiritual side...

"I love this gospel. It makes me happy! Life is amazing."

This is where I wipe away a tear.