Southern Style

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I am not going to lie; it is difficult being a southern girl living in the midwest when it comes to the weather.   The “frozen tundra” presents me with lots of wardrobe challenges throughout the year.  There are so many days I want to put on those fabulous stilettos but practicality sets in when I see slush and salt!  The weather predicts a moral compass for me to ponder for most months of the year! So, what’s a southern girl to wear in these conditions?

Even though I am told by the weatherman to bundle up and dress like the Michelin Man, I refuse to look like him! No, ma’am, that’s not going to happen!  When you visit me, you will find outfits I wear for work, playing with the kiddos, date nights with my hubby, special events, and going out with the girls, southern style! 

I have found a balance of not compromising my southern style yet realizing that after all these years, the weather is a factor and plays a part in wardrobe. There are plenty of days I fight the inside voice of that stinkin’ weatherman! Bless his heart!

I chose fashion over practicality. There have been times when that choice has almost landed me on my cutie patootie slipping on the ice with my heels.  You can only imagine what my husband wants to say to me. He is a native to the midwest, so he is used to the cold. He may warn me a few times, but he also knows I’ll always refuse the big bulky coat opting for the fabulous jacket and heels every time!  So, he shakes his head, goes with my flow and never says, “I told you so.”   

If I could, I would have an event every day.  To stand in my closet and create an outfit for an occasion is fun for me.   Look, I know who I am, I make no apologies… I love to dress up!  Lord only knows where I am going, but I am going somewhere, and  “somewhere” is usually less fancy than my attire.  Listen, sweet friend; I’d much rather be overdressed than underdressed any day of the week! 

At times, I do try to have a little rational thought process with some wise wardrobe choices. No matter what, there is an effort at trying to look my best and some thought behind planning my outfits. So, stay with me! I can’t wait to chit chat about all the fun we are going to have styling outfits for any occasion! 




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StriVectin- My skin care of choice

It’s time for some Self Care with StriVectin Skin Care!

I was given the opportunity to try these products for review and here’s my honest feedback after 7 weeks of use. Unless I absolutely love something, I do not promote it. I always think of the “Mom/BFF Test” and ask myself “Would I buy or recommend these products for my mom or friends? ” and the answer is YES… I will be buying these for my Mom, sister in law, and friends!”  Click the link here to get the discount code and cute cosmetic bag with 7 products free with the purchase of $125 + , I hope you enjoy some friends and family discount as well! 

Before we start, I’ll give you a  little background on my skin and why I found these products worked really well for me. First and foremost, I am over 40 and have not taken the greatest care of my skin over the years.  It’s only been the last ten that I truly got diligent and educated myself on the harmful effects of skin damage and the importance of using great products and necessary preventative maintenance.

Let me reminisce just a few seconds here… I remember the 80’s well.  Hawaiian Tropic Oil, little bikini, laying out every day on the pier in the Carolina sun, baking my body in the heat all for the ultimate golden tan.  Burning my fair skin, applying baby oil over my face, tanning beds with accelerators!  You name it, I was dedicated to getting that deep dark tan for just about any event!  Does any of this sound familiar to any of you?

I’m certainly paying the price today. A few years ago, I had skin cancer, my first basil cell carcinoma removed from my chest.  There’s a nice scar to remind me of those 80’s days and how I wish I would’ve…should’ve…Well, let’s stop there because we can’t turn back the hands of time so let’s focus on what is here and now, GREAT PRODUCTS that help improve the look and feel of your skin, repairing skin damage, and make you look younger!

Here’s some great information on the science behind the products!

For decades StriVectin has been at the forefront of clinical innovation. Our science has been the subject of published research papers and our technology has been awarded over 90 global patents.

NIA-114™ is our patented, optimized form of Niacin/Vitamin B3 clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier and supercharge the performance of other ingredients for visibly transformed, more youthful skin.

A high-functioning skin barrier is critical to maintaining strong, healthy-looking skin. Yet everyday skin’s outermost layer is susceptible to damage from environmental stressors, wear and tear, and the impact of biological aging, all of which weaken its essential protective abilities. NIA-114™ is clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier, helping to protect skin from external stressors and inhibit water loss.


My morning routine starts with cleansing and the Gel Cushion Cleanser is the perfect start and smells so wonderful too! It cleanses thoroughly, without leaving my skin dry and I love that it contains Hyaluronic Acid, marine extracts, and aloe vera to leave skin soft and smooth.


“LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! The 360* eye cream is incredible! I use it every morning and at night. and my eye area looks refreshed and tightened. I also love to keep it in the refrigerator! The bonus is the design of the applicator which is great for extra cooling straight from the fridge! 




The change in seasons and climate certainly affects my skin and I have had visible signs through the years. From dry skin to discoloration on my shoulders and chest.

“The red bumps on my chest and discoloration has dramatically changed after using the Neck Tightening cream.  The lines around my neck are much less visible” 

Also, try this Multi-Action Plumping Cream Mask  I use it twice a week for extra hydration. Drench skin in nourishing, superfruit-infused moisture. This creamy replenishing mask is powered by antioxidant-packed cloudberry and prickly pear extracts (two resilient adaptogens known to survive the harshest conditions) to help flood skin with intense moisture and promote lasting hydration. ” The plumping mask leaves my skin feeling like I just had a facial at the spa”

This Night Oil is my favorite of all the Strivectin products.  The first time I used this oil, I noticed how it didn’t make my face feel greasy. I also loved the scent and the fact that once again, a dual usage of Retinol is a bonus!

“I absolutely love how the S. T. A. R Retinol Night Oil! It leaves my skin feeling so soft and has helped with my dry patches on my cheeks.  I have used it every night for 7 weeks and it has not only smoothed my skin, I feel like I have a glow and I definitely see the fine lines are much less noticeable.”  


” Summer is here and…The Retinol Reimagined daytime moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is now my ONLY go-to for sunblock/moisturizer. I typically break out after using sunblock but haven’t had one tiny breakout after using this for the last 3 weeks” 



I have linked all the products and a link for you to pick some that may work best for your skin. Send me a message on what you think! I would love to hear from you!










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Southern Style

Come on in and sit right down! I am not going to lie; it is difficult being a southern girl living in the midwest when it comes to the weather.   The “frozen tundra” presents me with lots of wardrobe challenges throughout the year.  There are so many days I want to put on those…

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Memorial Day Sales

Hello Friends! Happy Memorial Day! We have been enjoying the weekend with family and friends and look forward to outdoor grilling and s’ mores with the kiddos tonight! For years, I have spent this weekend traveling back to the Carolina’s for tradition and sentimental reasons.  I met my husband Chad, 17 years ago, Memorial day…

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Living Room- Updating Your Bookshelves

Bookshelf Redo   Here are some ways to accessorize those bookshelves and give a new look for your home without spending a lot of money. Let’s start with the obvious…books! I’ve collected both Fashion and Home coffee table books for a long time now and have purchased a few new favorites to add to my collection. …

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