Category Archives: Goals

Pink Slip

While a pink slip is nowhere to be found at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Sak’s Fifth Avenue Lingerie Department, it is unfortunately quite common in our society due to the downturn in our economy.

According to The New York Times:

“ No one is sure where the term “pink slip” originated, but it seems to be a holdover from the days when workers were paid in cash. Each week’s wages came in an envelope and anyone being laid off would find a notice — the reviled pink slip — in the envelope along with his final wages.” (FRANK J. PRIAL, Published: June 18, 1991)

Effective September 30, I am joining the ranks of those who have been laid off. I sort of knew it was coming. I’ve weighed the positives and negatives and have chosen to look at this as a very good thing, a welcome change and a chance to move in a more creative direction.

I think it’s time to update my look. I’ve made an appointment to get a haircut, and enlist some professional help in growing out my bangs. I think this cut might be worth exploring. Polished, yet it looks like it might be easy to style. Thanks for the inspiration January Jones!

Baby Needs New Shoes

Sniff, sniff. Baby needs a lot of things and a girl’s weekend shopping trip in DC or Charlotte is at the top of my list. It just isn’t in the cards right now, so sometimes the next best thing is to look at your clothes and shoes in a different light. Mixing them up, trying new combinations.

And that usually means its time to clean out my closet and organize. I have just gotten inspired from this:

The Glitter Guide: Style At Home: Krystal Of This Time Tomorrow. Take a look at the way her shoes are organized. For one thing they are up at eye level, which is way cool. And one shoe is facing front, the other facing back. You can see the toe and heel at the same time, it probably saves a little space too.

And I found this advice at www.kaboose.comA Clean Closet is a Happy Closet

“Organize your wardrobe by type, and then by color within type. For example, arrange your closet as follows: dresses, skirts, pants, blazers and jackets, sweaters, blouses, long-sleeve shirts, and short-sleeve shirts.

Organize items within each clothing type according to color, such as: black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.”

I know what I’ll be doing this weekend.

Closet cleaning and window shopping…

I love this dress, it’s timeless. Paired with this bag by Jimmy Choo, and neutral pumps, classic style.

New Year’s Resolution: Thinking Outside the Box, the Beach Box, that is

As I was stumbling the Internet the other day, I came across a blog, www.thenester.com.  The tagline is “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”

The gist of the current post, as with most New Year’s posts, is about setting goals. And the goals at The Nester are relative to house and home.

Which got me thinking.  I live in a 25 year old reverse-floor plan single family home. We’ve made three major renovations, but it’s still a REVERSE FLOOR PLAN. For those of you not familiar with this layout, a reverse floor plan is a house on pilings (typically 8 feet above ground), with a drive under or carport and (hopefully) an entry on the ground floor, bedrooms on the middle floor, and kitchen, living, dining and maybe an extra bedroom on the top floor. A lot of homes on the Outer Banks are built this way to take advantage of views of the ocean or sound from the upper floors.

No Water Views Here

As the trees grew in our back yard, our views of the ocean dwindled. We haven’t had a view of the water for at least 10 years. We love where we live, but we are over the stairs. We want our main living areas – the kitchen, living and master bedroom to share the same floor at ground level. But tearing down and starting over is a major expense and not in our foreseeable budget.

So we’re stuck in a mode of not doing anything, except basic maintenance. But the post at The Nester made me take pause and think about making some goals of my own. Here are a few of her ideas (I won’t list them all here, just the ones that spoke to me):

  •  What’s my favorite room in my house? Why?
  • How and where does my family hang out together?  What’s working for that room? What’s annoying in that room?
  • Is there something in my home I want to do but I’m afraid?  What if I take that risk?  What’s the worst that can happen?
  • Am I neglecting my home and not putting money into something that is needed?
  • Stop apologizing for your home.