Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Pinterest Inspired Blouse & The Style Six


If you've been hanging around the blog for the last month, then you know how big a fan I am of puffed sleeves this season. You can check out two of my posts here and here.  Suffice is to say that I may have had a little "pinterest inspo" to boost my love for this style. Is it just me, or have you seen them everywhere, too?


The truth is, I had already shared the picture on the left in my first style post when a few days later, I was in TJ Maxx, and saw the green blouse on the right hanging on an aisle rack. I don't know about you and your TJ Maxx where you live, but when it comes to clothes, I only shop the aisle and not the "rows" of clothes. Our store is not the best I've been too, so I tend to stick to the newer items on the main aisles. 


The first thing I noticed were the ruffles at the shoulders. Love! And then, of course, I was sold on the Swiss dot pattern. The three quarter elastic sleeves give it a balloon look. Honestly, I really just love everything about this blouse.

On this particular day, it was a Sunday in late September and Wayne asked me, "Are you wearing white pants after Labor Day?" I asked, "Since when have you become the fashion police?" I was happy to find that there were three other girls in my Life Group class that morning that were still rocking their white jeans after Labor Day! 


I hope you are having a wonderful week so far!  It's Homecoming week for us at school and let's just say that NOTHING is as it should be due to Covid. I keep reminding Alise that she and her classmates are very fortunate to even be having a dance at all this year, but more on all the deets in a later post. 

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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Monday, October 05, 2020

Life Lately: All About Baby Girl

 I'm back from a few days of vacation from work - and the blog!  Wayne was actually off work for two weeks (so jealous!), so I took a few days off and we had a really nice, long weekend. We played hooky one day and decided to check on our friend, The Turning Angel, after she was vandalized this summer. I am happy to report she is doing well. We ate and shopped - alot! - and then before we drove home, we stopped for the best tamales and margaritas in Mississippi!!


Remember how I told you that Alise had to read, Lord of The Flies, over the summer? The same book I read my senior year of high school? Baby Girl made the highest grade in the class on the test! Then, her teacher, who she really likes, passed out her and two other classmates' test essay answers (anonymously) as an example to the class on how to write an answer to essay/discussion questions. I was so proud of her! My baby, the writer! Who knew? 


Alise has a Homecoming dress right off the sale rack! Y'all, I don't normally shop sale racks, but when I suggested to Alise that we look in Dillard's for a dress before buying one off the internet that she found (from China, probably! 🙄), she was game and found her dress on the sale rack. Guess how much I paid for the dress!! With tax, it was less than $35!!  Cha-ching! I was so proud of myself! And her, too! 😊 She tried on several and I think she finally came to the conclusion that straight dresses are just not in the cards for her body type. But when she put on this HC dress, I knew right then, that it was Alise. The dress was just her. She's happy, Mama's happy, so now it's time for shoes, jewelry, nails, and hair! 


Speaking of HOCO, Alise did not add her name to the list to run for court, which was fine by me. My heart just wasn't in to all the hoopla this year, especially with the Covid Cloud hanging over our heads, and I don't think Baby Girl was, either. Instead, we promised her the new iphone since her current phone is about to bite the dust and she was perfectly happy with that idea. Another teenager win! Several of her best friends got on court and she was very happy for them. I love that she is joyful when others succeed! 


In Covid news, Alise's school shut down on Friday for extensive cleaning of the cloud. Middle school and high school students are dropping like flies and I'm worried that we'll have to go back to virtual learning. We've already lost three weeks of our normal nine weeks due to beginning school so late and alot of parents are worried about grades. Alise has had only one test in Spanish and her geometry teacher has already resigned! Holding my breath that she can still make all A's this "nine weeks," but I don't see it happening. 


Wayne's best friend invited us to stay at his camp while he was hunting in Montana, so since Alise was out of school on Friday, we decided to spend the weekend in Texas. We had a wonderful family trip that was much needed! Wayne and Alise pig hunted and Alise actually shot a pig late one afternoon, but they weren't able to find it. She and I put some miles on the side-by-side terrain vehicle and I vowed that she would NEVER get behind the wheel of a car ever again!! This is my favorite picture of the trip! I took is Saturday morning when Alise and I got up early to catch the sunrise. She was actually fishing from the dock. It was a beautiful morning!

I am so thankful for these moments away with my family when I don't have to do a thing! Superior Grill margaritas and a Sadler's Lemon Ice Box Pie on the way there help immensely. The truth is, God has blessed us so much. Our family motto is "Family First" (after God, of course) and I can't think of two more precious people to spend my days on earth with. Life is short. Spend it with those you love. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

September 2020 Favorites With The Style Six

Thank you so much for the positive feedback about my August Favorites post, and more recently, my The Eye Is A Lamp post! Wow!  Thank you! 


I kid you not, when I sat down to do my morning devotional Monday, when the Eye post went live, the daily scripture was Ecclesiastes 1:8, "The eye never has enough of seeing." I'm like, "Lord, WHAT are you trying to teach me? What am I not seeing?" (This devotional was in Our Daily Bread, and not the New Morning Mercies that I reference alot here on the blog). I'm trying to have an open heart for whatever He has in store for me.


In the meantime, I'm joining my Style Six Sisters and sharing my September Favorites today. I'm throwing in a little beauty and a little fashion, too, so I hope you'll enjoy reading. 

Halloween Soaps// Y'all know that BBW is known for their seasonal hand soaps. I prefer the foaming soaps myself. Well, this year is not an exception and on a recent visit, I picked up these cute soaps for happies to dress up and give my "ghoul friends." Unfortunately, I couldn't find them on the website, so you might want to stop by your local store to check them out. I'll show you next month how I "styled" these to give away. 


Thrive Mascara// I could not WAIT to share this mascara with you this month! This product kept sliding up in my SM feeds and when it went on sale for 20% off, I decided to try it and I am so glad I did!

You girls now how much I love my Better Than Sex Mascara, but I hafta say that this Thrive brand is giving it a run for it's money! I'm loving it! It's a liquid extending lash mascara and it definitely lengthens my lashes and comes off easily with a cleansing cream.


Aerie Cool Leggings// I LOVE these leggings! And the fact that they are "cooling" makes them even better! I normally pick up a few pairs of black leggings each Fall because I wear the heck out of them. I purchased them in the store when they were on sale for $35, and unfortunately they are no longer on the website. The leggings are high waisted, and the support is definite (I sized up). They have already been on constant repeat this Fall. 


Podcast// I have another podcast to share, but it may not be suitable for everyone. If you've been keeping up with the Jeffrey Epstein case, then this one may interest you. I couldn't stop listening simply because I wanted to know how IN THE WORLD did this man get away with what he did?? I've come to the conclusion that if you have enough power and money, you can get away with just about anything. This man - and the other crazies like him - are the reasons I don't let my teenage daughter go to the mall or other places by herself. My heart breaks for those girls who will never get the justice they deserve. 


Pisa bracelets// Have you noticed all the Pisa bracelets this fall? I am in love thanks to Collins Tuohy! I made the mistake, I guess, of ordering one with Wayne's name on it first, because Alise got her panties in a wad and keeps reminding me that I need to order another with her name on it. You can get them in so many designs and styles, with just about any word or initials you prefer. I got mine from a seller on Etsy. I had a little pattern mixing going on the day of this pic!

Puffed Sleeved Blouse// I promised a few weeks ago to share with you my new favorite puffed sleeve blouse from Amazon! Y'all! This blouse is everything and comes in SO many colors! AND it's a tad over $20.  I'm seriously considering ordering it again in turquoise. 

                 

Puffed sleeves are very popular for Fall and the puckered shoulders and bell sleeves give it just the right amount of feminine touch. I probably should have ironed it before taking this picture, but y'all know I don't iron. 

                       

And since we're talking about puffed sleeves, I had to show you these!!  Absolutely LOVE them! I recently tried on a dress in Dillard's and although it didn't work for me, I absolutely loved these sleeves!! Look at that gathering & ruching! 

I am SO looking forward to October, Friends! We covered the pool this week so we like to say that summer is officially over for the Horton Family. Can't wait to wear tall boots and sweaters again! What are you looking forward to wearing this Fall?


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Monday, September 28, 2020

The Eye Is A Lamp

A few weeks ago, I had a very early eye doctor appointment. Very early for me means before 8:00. Before I left the house, I was running around trying to straighten up before the maid came, take care of Jack, get my own self dressed while my teenager sat lamenting in front of her vanity over her freshly cut, not-so-perfect curtain bangs. Unfortunately, there simply wasn't time to squeeze in my daily devotional before walking out the door, so I dropped the book in my tote and headed to my appointment.

After I had my temperature taken and got settled in, I opened my devotional, read the day's passage and Bible scripture, and got a God wink. The blessing was two-fold, though. First of all, I smiled, because I was reminded of Psalms 139, when David wrote (and I'm paraphrasing here) that God knows my comings and goings. He knew I would be right there in the eye doctor's reading,  “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,  but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! I was exactly where I needed to be for that verse. 


Physically, I have very poor eye sight. I am blind (darkness) without glasses or contacts. Much to my surprise, I have been diagnosed with cataracts, which are not quite bad enough for surgery. A few years from now, when I have the surgery (and my insurance will pay for it), it can potentially correct my "super near sightedness" and all I will need are "readers" for up close work and reading. I told my doctor that I cannot imagine a day of finally being able to see far away without glasses or contacts. I've been plagued with this disability since the 4th grade, so yes, I was the awkward kid with glasses and braces until I was a junior in high school.


Our eyes are the doorway to our souls and it's all about spiritual perception. When the doctor shines his hand held light in my eye, he's actually looking at the back of my eye, but that light is so bright that it feels like he is looking into my very being. Light helps us to see clearly, and the things that we perceive as good or evil can either illuminate our path or cause us to stumble. Matthew 6:22 is ultimately about the spiritual sight and moral vision of God's truth. Be careful little eyes what you see. 


Since that day, I've begun attending a new Bible class and our study is on Genesis. We've been discussing the days of creation and once again, the subject of light has come up. God has a way of drumming home a message, doesn't he? He created light and deserves our ultimate worship because He IS light. "His truth illuminates our lives, revealing who He is and who we really are." 


 As I type this post, I'm listening to Heart of Worship Radio on Pandora and I kid you not, the song, Go Light Your World, is playing. You 90's Contemporary Christian listeners will remember that one, right? Coincidence? Most certainly not.


May God's light shine in your heart today. Go light your world.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Fall Trends: Puffed Sleeves With The Style Six

Today's post is for all my 80's Dynasty fans!    

Puffed sleeves are making a comeback for Fall and this girl couldn't be happier!  

Question of the day: Who knows what came first: puffed sleeves or the infamous shoulder pads?         

CW Reboots Classic 1980s Soap Opera 'Dynasty'

Were you a fan of Dynasty with Joan Collins and Linda Evans? I preferred the show's spin off of The Colby's, myself. But, oh, the glitz and glamour of the 80s!

6 '80s-Inspired Fashions for the Dynasty Revival | Vogue

While Alise and I were doing a little back-to-school shopping, I saw this trend EVERYWHERE! I even saw a puffed sleeve t-shirt at Walmart! A t-shirt!

Here are a few ideas for puffed sleeves for the upcoming Fall season.

                 Puff-Sleeve Cropped Top

               Black puff sleeve square neck top | River Island

                 Working The Room Puff Sleeve Top - Hunter

           Dynasty 1x14 Fashion, Clothes, Style and Wardrobe worn on TV Shows ...

So what do you think? Is this a Fall trend that you can get behind? 

Can't wait to show you my latest puffed sleeve find in the coming weeks! That is, when I can convince myself to put a bra on again! 🙉 #keepingitreal


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