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Shake Your Booties

30 Sep



Fall is all about the Booties.  Like em or not, they’re here to stay…at least for this year and through next year.  Booties take a bit getting used to.  Do you get them with skinny heels, chunky heels, wedges?  Do you wear them with jeans, with a dress, with leggings?  Do you wear them tucked into your jeans or rolled up?  Some many decisions.  So many choices.

Speaking of Booties…it reminds me of a story.  Patrick was at a friend’s birthday party.  I believe he was 6.  The parents were kind enough to pick up my sweet son for the party and bring him home, because Kevin and I had an event to go to and my father was babysitting.  A few days after the party I received a call from the boy’s father.  Let’s call him “Al”.

Al – Hi Terry.

Terry – Hi Al.

Al – I need to bring something to your attention.  My wife said not to bother you, but I know you would want to know this.  When we were getting out of the car at the party, Patrick turned to my son (I’m not using names to protect the innocent) and said, “Your mom should shake her booty”.

Silence by me.

Terry – Don’t worry Al, the buck stops here.  I will handle this immediately and thank you for bringing Patrick’s inappropriate behavior to my attention.

Al – I knew calling you was the right thing to do.

Did I mention Patrick was 6?  He is currently a sophomore at Miami of Ohio and an honors student and on the Dean’s list.


Like son, like mother.  Never met a noodle we didn’t like!

Back to real Booties!



Taupe booties will be my standard for the fall.  I will angle towards chunky heels, because they’re better for walking about.  If I were to be out “clubbing” or out for many social occasions (which I will not be, but if I were), then I like a spikier heel.  The higher the heel the closer to God. 🙂

Perfect Booties



I would wear every pair of those booties.  Every single pair!



Photo by Merrick White

Ways to wear your Booties:  Tucked; Rolled; Cuffed; Layered with socks and leggings; With Tights; Socks; Dress; with a skirt.  These are options.  Not all options will work for all.  I, for one, will not wear with socks, though will pair them with leggings.  I will wear with a dress, but only with peep-toe booties.  Probably not with a skirt, but fall is young!  Again, whatever you feel comfortable wearing, you should wear!

Bootie Looks I Love – I’m posting a lot of pictures here to give you many ideas, so you can’t say, “I would love to wear booties, but what do I wear them with?”  This is what I do, I peruse pictures, find looks I like and copy them.  Done and done!


This look, I love, love, love.

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Army jacket… future blog post.  Will be my new “uniform” this fall.  With my cheetah booties.  Booyah!

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Cuffing Jeans the Right way with booties

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For me, no socks.  That means your booties need to be broken in.  If they aren’t, you should use mole skin to line the problem areas and use blister block, to help keep those blisters at bay.  You can get mole skin and blister block in the foot care section of your drug store.

Ways to wear your jeans with Booties and Socks

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Each of these looks seem polished.

Song of the Day: Situation by Yaz

Blue eyed dressed for every situation
Moving through the doorway of a nation
Pick me up and shake the doubt
Baby I can’t do without

Move out, don’t mess around
Move out, you bring me down
Move out, how you get about
Don’t make a sound just move out



MerMerPalooza – A brief recap

Cubs Rooftop

Open Bar (no hard liquor) and all you can eat food.

Picture perfect day.  72 and sunny

Great friends

Cubs lost

I received this text from Meredith the day after:


Best. Day. Ever.









Best. Day. Ever!

Have a great weekend!  I’m having lunch today with one of my very favorite people!  The Best. Day. Ever. continues!







Who am I kidding… I have a “squad”.


This is highly accurate.



White Hot Summer

8 Jul



We are in the midst of summer and it’s turning into a White Hot Summer.  White is the new Black.  I’ve been asked why I don’t provide links to the clothing I feature.  It’s because I’m not necessarily promoting these actual outfits, but I’m using them as a guideline.  Look in your own closet…Yes, shop in your own closet, and find looks that you yourself can emulate.  I’ve been doing it for years.  Of course feathering in some Etcetera and Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s internet shopping sprees, but working the new in with the old.  My favorite summer trends are loose, shift dresses and the off-the-shoulder and the cold-shoulder dresses and tops.

Here are some of my favorite white summer looks.



Shorts are a tad short, unless you are under 20, but love the bag and love the blouse-y blouse!


Metallic accessories are the perfect way to dress up your whites.


Also loving the brown purse with the white dress.



Classic.  Oldey but goody.



I’m especially loving the loose summer dresses.



Another loose summer dress.  You cannot go wrong with this look.  Of course, the hat is an all-day decision.  Bear that in mind when you pop a fedora on your head.



Love, love, love.


Off the shoulder is my absolute favorite summer trend!  Now is the time to buy as summer clothes are now on sale.


An off the shoulder loose summer shift dress.  Win-win.


White pant suit.  Yes, you can wear white after Labor Day (sorry, Kathy P).


White skinny jeans with white off the shoulder top and nude pumps.


Short in front.  Long in the back.


Love this paired with the gladiator lace up sandals.


More of the same.






perfect for work.


Love, love, love.  But perhaps not “age-appropriate”.


Loose white pants with white sandals.


More age appropriate!


With just a touch of blue.



love the Tiffany colored bracelet.


You can find a whole array of Little White Dresses at Nordstrom.

India Hicks Carmen Clutch

The India Hicks Carmen Clutch.  🙂

Basic Rules for Wearing White


With the modern day emphasis on style being more of an individualized concept than of people blindly following advice without knowing the original basis, you might feel there are no hard-and-fast rules to follow when it comes to fashion. Still, if you’re more of a traditionalist, are afraid of showing up wearing the wrong thing or just like sticking to style guidelines (even if others say they’re outdated), you can follow these “rules”:

  • Don’t wear a white dress to a wedding: This is one that most fashionistas seem to agree on. The only woman who should wear a white dress to a wedding is the bride. It’s fine if your ensemble has white in it, but head-to-toe white for anyone but the lady exchanging vows is generally seen as a no-no.
  • Wear off-white in cool weather: If you just love white and the way it complements your complexion, but you’re still afraid to wear it during the winter, choose off-white, cream and beige clothing instead. Even die-hard fashion traditionalists usually O.K. winter white.
  • Warmer climates usually have more leeway: If you live in a tropical environment, white clothing probably seems necessary, even in winter, especially if your days are full of 80 degree weather. You can probably pull off cute summer dresses in light colors year-round and no one in such a hot climate will bat an eye.
  • Wear the right shoes: Heavy black pumps paired with lightweight white dresses can be an odd combination. If you wear a white dress in the spring or summer, better options include natural toned or white sandals. If you choose to wear white in fall and winter, brown shoes still look better than black (and for sticklers to the rules, white shoes should be avoided after Labor Day).
  • Avoid white clothes in city environments: For anyone who lives in a bustling city and relies mainly on public transportation, wearing white clothes is akin to courting disaster. Between subways, taxis, dirty seats and puddles, it would be a miracle for a white dress or slacks to make it through the day unscathed. This is one of the main reasons you see so many metropolitan women sticking to black ensembles – not only are they slimming, they don’t show dirt as much.


Song of the Day:  Whenever I see Your Smiling Face by James Taylor… because I was lucky enough to be at  the James Taylor and Jackson Browne last week at Wrigley Field… and Even more lucky to be with my daughter Meredith at the concert!


Whenever I see your smiling face, I have to smile myself because I love you, yes, I do.
And when you give me that pretty little pout, it turns me inside out.
There’s something about you, baby, I don’t know.


Coming off a truly fantastic holiday weekend and looking forward to a great weekend with two of our favorites!


What I’m reading:

The Calendar Girl Series – by Audrey Carlan.  There are 12 books in all.  This was recommended to me as a “fun summer read”.  Because it’s a 12-book “series”, I felt obligated to finish it.  Thankfully each book can be read in about an hour.

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – I’m reading this because I saw the movie and Loved it!

Living with the Devil – by Lori Hart and Cindy Mulligan.  Loved this book so much I blogged about it yesterday.

Movies I’m recommending:

Finding Dory. 🙂  Even better when you see it at the iPic with 1/2 priced wine night.

Me Before You.  Loved it so much I bought the book.  I love, love, love this movie.

What else is new?  I had my first shot of Fireball.  And had my last shot of Fireball. 🙂

Have a fun and festive summer weekend!




Pretty much.


The happiest of meals!


It’s like they’re not even trying! 🙂


Indi-Pendence Sale

30 Jun



I’m not sure this is worthy of a blog, but 30% off India Hicks bags?  Yeah, that’s a blog!  Especially since I didn’t know these items could go on sale! 🙂 🙂 🙂  Plus, because we are Giving Together, I will be donating 20% of all my proceeds from this July 1-4 sale to the Les Turner ALS Foundation.

To celebrate Indi-Pendence Day, we’re having an extraordinary summer sale…
30% off our smoking hot summer bags.


From Left:  Riviera Tote: Mayfair; Riviera Basket; Eleuthera

Starts: July 1st at 12:00 AM PST
Ends: July 4th at 11:59 PM PST

I am obsessed with totes & these beauties are some of my favorites! Perfect for that day at the beach or a trip to the farmer’s market. To purchase go to

Mayfair $139.60


Tassel and scarf not included, but are available.  🙂

Eleuthra $96.90 – Available in Stone and Navy


Navy Eleuthra Bag – Wipe-able, washable, durable, with a flash of fluorescent orange inside, to remind us we are all forever young at heart.

Riviera Tote $101.50 – Available in Palm, Rapeseed and Poppy


Riviera Basket $171.50 – Available in Palm, Rapeseed and Poppy



Because it’s good to Give and good to Receive… 20% of all of my proceeds from the July 1-4 sale, will be donated to the Les Turner ALS Foundation.

One Day there will be a cure named after Lou Gehrig, rather than a disease.

Happy Shopping!








Shameless Plug…

10 Jun





So, here’s my pitch. I just joined a luxury lifestyle brand. If you’ve ever heard of India Hicks, you know she is the icon of simple sophistication. (Former Ralph Lauren model, British Royalty, Designer. She’s had her own home line of home accessories and a store in Harbour Island. And an entire scent line with Crabtree & Evelyn.) India has launched her own brand and I am thrilled to be a Style Ambassador!  I am about to embark to live an Extraordinary life.  Continue to, that is. 🙂


The India Hicks exclusive collections of gifts, beauty and accessories are inspired by India Hick’s British heritage, her island life, and some madcap daydreams. And that is just the start. As an Ambassador, I organize events called Get Togethers, with friends old and new. I have a Tribe (team) of other savvy, smart and awesome Ambassadors who do the same thing. Together we are creating an extraordinary experience for our clients, just as India envisioned! Interested in hosting a Get Together? Interested in Joining my Tribe?  Message me to learn more! 🙂


Host a trunk show and earn free and discounted items!




As you can probably tell, I’m very excited about this new chapter and addition in my life. India Hicks will work perfectly with my other “Lifestyle” lines.  HPN Global, where I help people find locations for meetings and events, actually pays my bills and hotels have always been my first love…plus it’s where I met my first husband.  🙂  I am also still affiliated with and represent Etcetera clothing, my clothing line of choice for 13 years, but do so as an associate with someone else. Maureen actually does the “heavy lifting”… literally and figuratively.   Works well for me, since I don’t like actual “heavy lifting”. J. Hilburn, sadly, had to fall to the wayside and not because I don’t love the line and didn’t love selling it, but sometimes when “dressing men”  (and not dressing down men, as I would never do such a thing), you get caught up in drama, or their drama and ain’t Nobody got time for that. At least I don’t, so I allow my friend, Lisa, who handles drama better than I, to help my male customers and deal with the drama. 😉  I didn’t want to do an entire blog about India Hicks, but did want to make this “announcement”, because I’m so excited and love, love, love this line. Hope you love it too. 🙂

Wish me luck!

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I could seriously give this to about 78 people.



I own every single thing in this picture.  Yikes!  Embarrassment of riches!


Beetle Mania!


This bag is called The Duchess and is, hands down, my #1 favorite thing, along with the Siren Flamingo scarf,  that India Hicks sells!



Song of the Day:  Extraordinary, by Liz Phair. The constant underlying theme with India Hicks is Live an Extraordinary Life.



It’s been 4 weeks since Patrick has been home for the summer.  Feels like 2 days.  I’m afraid I’ll blink my eyes and it will be late August and he’ll be going back to school…so each and every day I have vowed to make today the Best. Day. Ever… and I have already been working on my sun tan and have my new sassy summer hair style.  I am ready. Most. Extraordinary. Summer. Ever!






Yes, yes I have!

blah blah blah

My favorite three words!



Get a Room… and May I Recommend Room 750 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach

6 May

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A funny thing happened on the way to planning Spring Break 2016… While we usually stay at the same hotel year after year, a family vote indicated none of us wanted to return there, so we had a dilemma.  Where to stay? We already had tickets flying into Orange County, CA…because I am a creature of habit, once I get to know a place, I tend to always return.   I like to go places where I know how to get around, especially in and out of an airport and where not everyone will know my name.  We like to fly under the radar.  So, we knew we were going to Orange County, as we already had our airline tickets, but needed to figure out where we were going to stay.  After Much deliberation (actually not much at all) the kids and I decided to stay at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, CA.  Something to mention, all the pools at the hotel were going to be under renovation, but they had a private beach, so we were going to have to make do with that.  We were going to take one for the team!


The resort looked just like this… except, no pools!  But just like this. 🙂

We’ve been home about 6 weeks since spring break and I wasn’t going to blog about this trip or this hotel.  Yes I do tend to blog and mention things in my life, however there is quite a bit about my life that will never be mentioned in this blog, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or the Wall Street Journal.  Room 750 was going to fall under that category.  But after noodling this over, I do feel that the kindness and generosity extended to my family, deserves a nice little shout out.  Or since I was just called”a celebrity blogger” :)…I can blog about it!  For the record I am about the farthest thing from a “celebrity blogger”.

St. Regis

Because of the kindness of a very, very dear friend, @LSULeslie and her partner in crime, Kate, with the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, unbeknownst to us, we had some very special accommodations waiting for us upon our arrival.  I need to mention I had absolutely No idea that these fabulous ladies had been working behind the scenes planning our arrival.  It appears we were not going to be able to fly under the radar.  And what they had planned was much more than just a special room.  Suite is a better word…Or how about The Presidential Suite at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, complete with our own Butler?  Room 750!  Two bedrooms, powder room, full bathroom for the kid’s room, living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom with sitting area and a master bath to top all master baths!  A great bar set up, fabulous sound system, our own facsimile machine (:) ), about 40 towels per person, and that’s just to mention a few of my favorite things about Room 750.  I must have said this 100 times that week, but I could totally live in that room…I mean suite.  Of course, it goes for $8000/night and it’s 3000 sq. ft.  Of course I could live there. Kate Middleton would be happy there.  And we were there for a week. We paid for a regular room, booked as regular guests, asked for no special treatment or courtesies, but because of these 2 very special ladies, and the kindness of a few others, we received an “upgrade” to beat all other upgrades!


Cheers to Leslie and Cheers to Kate!

Here are a few pictures from Room 750, the Presidential Suite at the St. Regis Monarch Beach… otherwise known as my Happy Place!  3000 sq. ft of Happy!

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Room with a view, or a Presidential Suite with a view.


Our very own terrace… and this is only part of it!


This is the other part of it.



Our living room…and the fireplace doubled as a dance stage!  We did not take this photo.


Powder room


Kids room with their own private balcony, which also had a beautiful view of the ocean.


Kid’s bathroom…. and not lacking on towels!


Dining room, with our lovely amenity basket and a bottle of Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay!


Kitchen… chock full of enough plates, cups, glasses and serving pieces to accommodate 40 guests.  We had 3 guests one evening and 1 another.  That is all…


Cutest little bar… stocked bar. Cheers!



Master bedroom, with balcony access, sitting area and fireplace.  Oh that’s right…. Access to the balcony from 2 doors!


One of the showers in the master bath.


The second shower, because every master bath needs 2 separate showers, with duo shower heads in each.  And one being a steam shower.


The lovely double vanity with the best hotel bathroom amenities I have ever used!


Our private beach which we would take our own beach shuttle to and from every day.  A girl could get used to this!


Our morning French-Press Coffee, with fresh squeezed orange juice, pastries and fresh fruit, brought to us by our own Butler.  Yes, our own Butler.  Actually a Butleress, Giuliana.  And this lovely little spread was sent to us every day, complimentary!



Yes, we would leave the comfort of our room… every now and then!  The bartender at the beach club, who was used to seeing us in our bathing suits with no make-up, saw Mer and said, “Look at you with the lippy lip”.  Lippy lip.  🙂

Speaking of that bartender, when he got to know us (we may have been partaking in a few adult beverages) and asked for our room number (for billing purposes only) and I said, 750, he did a double take and asked,

“Isn’t that the Presidential Suite”.


He said, “Makes for a nice weekend”.

We said, “we are here all week”.

He replied, “Nice”!

Yup, nice it was!  We shall file that away under “Understatement”.  Truly, everything about this resort was Fantastic.  The food, beverages, dirty martini, service, amenities, pillows, towels…absolutely everything was perfect.  Admittedly, the resort was under renovation, but the hotel didn’t miss a step.  5-Star accommodations and service every single day.



Let me give a quick shout out to Javier’s in Newport Beach, which has always been one of my favorites.  I’m mentioning them in this blog because they feature Cakebread Chardonnay (in my Top 3 of Chardonnays) on their menu and it was only $52/bottle.  It was like they were paying Us to drink it.  It can be $49 in the liquor store and for a restaurant to serve if for $52/bottle…meant we were getting 2 bottles!  #ThriftyDrinkers


World’s prettiest sunset!


Because the final picture taken in our suite, had to be with us in our bathrobes… Paddy cheated and put it on over his clothes.  Mer and I did not!  This is the picture of 3 very happy people!


Then this happened…:(  Truly as I was penning this blog, I received an email, though I already knew of the transition.  My beloved St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort was going to be managed by KSL Resorts, so a St. Regis it would no longer be.  I believe this had been in the works during our stay, which is why the Presidential Suite was available for us for an entire week.  They say timing is everything…and may I say, we had the Time of our lives!

Someone asked how do we even begin to thank someone for doing something so special for us?  Well…let’s just say a pair of Kendra Scott earrings (my new obsession) and a fabulous Palm Tree clutch!  At least I think it’s fabulous.  Different color schemes for each of course. Oh… and a 6.5-Gallon of Garrett’s Popcorn, the  Chicago Blend of caramel corn and cheesy corn, sent to the GM who helped make sure all these plans would fall into place and we weren’t kicked out when we decided to extend our stay. We realize this was a once in a lifetime courtesy and the stars had to align for all of this to fall into place and we are so happy and grateful that everything worked to give us the best week of our lives!






My very favorite quote about our temporary living arrangements:   “I cannot even be jealous of you guys.  I’m really happy for you”. We are too. 🙂

Song of the Day:  Cake by the Ocean, by DNCE, because this brings back happy memories of our trip.  Not because of the raunchy lyrics of this song (I mean, really), but because we heard it every where we went!

Waste time with a masterpiece, don’t waste time with a masterpiece (huh!)
You should be rolling with me, you should be rolling with me (ah)
You’re a real life fantasy, you’re a real life fantasy (huh!)
But you’re moving so carefully; let’s start living dangerously


Since I’ve last blogged…really blogged, Patrick came home for the weekend and we went to the greatest NHL game, ever!  Hawks won 6-3, which means we got to sing and twirl our towels to Chelsea Dagger, 6 times!  Sadly the Hawks lost the series, but we had a fantastic time!  Yes, I’m wearing a Blackhawks jersey.  When at the United Center…


And I went to the NFL Draft, actually Draft Town.  Never met a draft I didn’t like. (TOB).






A LAP and an NKO siting!  Perfect party planners and keeper of the picnic table!  Cheers to these fine ladies!




Yes, I’m aware this weekend is the Kentucky Derby, so if you want to hone up on Derby life, please read last year’s blog,

A horse walked into a bar.  That line never gets old!

Today Arlington Race Track opens…and this blogger may be attending!  And I have a fun wedding on Saturday.  Not mine, but a fun wedding, nonetheless.  Yes…Best. Weekend. Ever!

T-7 days till Patrick is home for the summer.  Cannot wait!  🙂 🙂 🙂

going to miami




Yep…Best. Weekend. Ever!



This… is the story of my life!

you're not rich

True…very, very true.

Calling in sick to a place you don’t work

22 Apr



Because I’m still sad about the passing of Prince, #WhenDovesCry, I thought a fun, zippy post to make people laugh, would be a good way to jump start the weekend.   Prince’s music brings back fond and happy memories of people, times and places.  I will always love his music.  Back to this blog. :)The premise of this video is a young man calls in sick (possibly to a Target), to a place where he does not work.  #Brilliant

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This video is about 3 minutes long.  It’s worth the 3 minutes of your life to get a little laugh.  Those who say, “I’m too busy”, “Gimme a break”, or “I have more time than money and I have no time”… watch the video.  It’s worth it.  It’s funny, clever and full of life lessons. You’re welcome.

I hope you enjoyed it as much as Mer and I.

Song of the Day: Well, since Prince doesn’t allow his music to be played on YouTube, I am unable to link in a Prince song, so I am going to say the Song of the Day, is 1999, one of my favorites, and hoping you have it where you can listen to it. 🙂

I was dreamin’ when I wrote this, forgive me if it goes astray
But when I woke up this mornin’, could’ve sworn it was judgment day
The sky was all purple, there were people runnin’ everywhere
Tryin’ to run from the destruction, you know I didn’t even care

So excited that my little Prince is home this weekend…not for the summer, but for a quick weekend.  And I will be posting about Mom’s weekend, next week.   Best. Time. Ever.

Moms weekend

We are drinking the Kool-aid at Miami!  #ReallyKoolaid  #WeAreNotOfDrinkingAge



Happy double-digits birthday to my sweet nephew, Joey!  #10!  Have a swinging great time!


Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999!




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Fashion Advice of the Day

8 Apr
Never leave the house in sweats

Never leave the house in sweats

Never leave the house in sweats.  A girl must be prepared to meet a dashing stranger or a bitter enemy!

I have nothing more to add to this.  I mean, what’s more to say?

Song of the Day: Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry

Well we know I’m going away
And how I wish – I wish it weren’t so
So take this wine and drink with me
And let’s delay our misery


Darling you are Fabulous, so have a fabulous Friday!



wouldn't life be perfect

We were just instructed Not to wear sweatpants… but I guess if they were sexy?


I'm kind of a big deal

It’s important to keep reminding people of this.

hooray it's today

Hooray, it’s today!