Cozy & Chic Bedroom Tips

Dear Diary,

Looking for a great Valentine’s gift for yourself or a significant other? How about a cozy and luxurious bed Make-Over?!

The average adult gets approximately 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you are spending 1/3 of your day in bed, shouldn’t it be the most relaxing place in your whole house?

Who can resist spending a comfy evening inside, or sleeping in on a lazy, rainy Saturday morning in a super luxurious bed? Here are 3 simple tips to makeover your sleeping space.

1. Update your comforter! Your comforter alone can set the tone of your entire room. Choose something simple that makes a statement.

2. Overfill your throw pillows. A new comforter set usually comes with 2 matching shams. I suggest adding some drama and excitement by picking out at least 3 throw pillows.

Mix and match different colors and textures to add depth and a touch of luxury.

If all else fails you will have the perfect supply for a spontaneous pillow fight!

3. Reposition your bed. Instead of placing your bed against a bare wall, try new angles to make it the center of attention.

With just a few small updates the entire look and feel of your room can change and increase the cozy vibes of your #1 spot to rest and recharge. So treat yourself or someone you love to a bed makeover today!

~Yours Truly~

Savoring πŸ’‹

February Fashion Challenge

Dear Diary,

It’s the start of a new month and February 1st, was National Wear Red Day!

On “National Wear Red Day” the American Heart Association (AHA) aims to raise awareness about heart disease in women. I was surprised to learn that currently, heart disease is the #1 killer in women, and disease rates in younger women are increasing each year!

I love the idea of setting aside 1 day each year to wear red and raise awareness, but if disease rates are increasing, is 1 day really enough?

I think it’s time to place an even greater emphasis on raising awareness, especially among younger women so I decided to create a February Fashion Challenge.

The Goal of the challenge is to wear something with either red or pink each day in the month of February. The colors will act as a daily reminder to take extra special care of your heart, and may encourage others to do the same.

Feel free to join me and comment below with fun ways to add some red or pink into your outfit of the day.

~Yours Truly~

Savoring πŸ’‹

Color Trends: Red Pear

Dear Diary,

Did you know that each season has a new color palette, and distinctive themes that define the fashion trends we see emerging all around us?

Once I learned this secret of fashion week, I found new ways to stay on trend without the pressure to run out and buy all new clothes.

I love to start each season by checking out the Pantone Color palette, wardrobe themes, and trending fabrics. Then I dig through my enormous closet to see what items I can piece together for a runway look without breaking the bank account.

One color that really stands out to me this winter is Red Pear. The color is a deep, rich shade of red that looks luxurious in many different textures.

I’m feeling the dark and moody vibe of the Victorian era in this color.

Still not convinced you can pull it off? Here is a snap of 5 items in the lucious Red Pear for those dark and moody winter days you want to make a statement.

Being trendy this winter can be as easy as wearing a pair of warm, fuzzy, fur-lined gloves, or velvet pants.

Now go check out your closet for all the “Red Pear” apparel and let me know what you found!

Yours Truly

~Savoring πŸ’‹

Am I A Shoe or A Hat?

Dear Diary,

Have you ever let the world’s opinion of you, change the way you see yourself?

From close friends and family members, to co-workers, and teachers, everyone has an opinion these days on who, and what they think others should be.

“You’re a shoe, you’re a shoe,” you have been told all your life, so it must be true right?! To gain and keep their acceptance and favor you must be a shoe!

This concept is best illustrated in an episode from the ever so popular 90’s sitcom Friends. Rachel is in the middle of the kitchen, in her wedding dress, on the phone with her father finally having that lightening bolt moment…

Rachel: Daddy! Daddy listen to me! It’s like all my life everyone’s told me, “You’re a shoe! You’re a shoe! You’re a shoe!” Well, what if I don’t want to be a shoe? What if I wanna be a purse or a hat? No, I don’t want you to Buy me a hat, I’m saying I AM a hat. It’s a metaphor Daddy!

It’s easy to give into the pressure of what others want you to be, but dangerous to listen to opinions of those who are secretly still very unsure of themselves.

More often then not, it is those who exhibit the most confidence, that are actually the most insecure and unsure.

There is only One who really knows your true purpose, and that is the One who created you.

You will never find your true purpose in life if you give into the pressure to be a shoe because another person convinced you of such.

God’s favor and blessing comes when we choose to be the person he created us to be, not who our friends and family members say we should be.

You should not let outside expectations or pressures keep you from following the passions in your heart. You were created with special gifts for a very specific reason.

Each one of us is on our own unique journey that is different from anyone else on this earth.

Inner peace comes when you discover you don’t have to be a shoe, you really can be a hat, a purse, or even a scarf. Why not try all of them on and see what fits best? Let me know how it goes!

~Truly Yours~

Savoring πŸ’‹

7 Strategies for Singles through the Holidays

Dear Diary,

Last week I shared some of the difficulties of being single through the long Holiday season. Today, I’m ready to share my 7 strategies to make the most of your single status. From new traditions to creative cards, tis’ the season to enjoy your freedom.

1. Invest in yourself – With all the money you are saving by not having to buy a gift for your significant other or extended family, you can spend some extra time and money taking care of you. Go crazy even, and let the inner child within shine. Buy that Giant Unicorn you have always wanted.

2. Make your Bestie your Designated “party date.” – Can’t decide between that new Tinder catch, or an ex you are still friends with as your plus 1? Switch it up this year and take your bestie as your designated party date. You might have even more fun, snap some great bff pics, and add to the list of inside jokes, not to mention you will also have a wingman!

3. Create a New Tradition – What would the holidays be without the family, personal, and cultural traditions that make it feel like the holidays? Starting this year, you decide what activities, and rituals you want to practice. Take yourself to see the Nutcracker, or host a Hot Chocolate party.

4. Meet New People – Challenge yourself to sit next to someone new at every event you attend. It’s a great way to expand your network. Find a common interest and who knows you might just walk away with a new running buddy, or crafting partner.

5. Fly Away – Take a spontaneous solo trip. Want to visit the sandy white beaches in the Bahamas, or spend some time in an old English pub? Go for it. Who knows maybe prince charming is waiting for you on the other side of the world!

6. Eat New Years Grapes – Anxious about who you are going to kiss to ring in the New Year when the ball drops? Why not forget the whole idea of a New Year’s kiss eat grapes as the clock strikes midnight like they do in Spain.

7. Make a Fun Christmas Card – Now is your chance to be as creative as possible when you send out your Holiday cards. Make it fun like my friend Marissa, pose in matching jammies with your pups!

There you have it, just a few fun ideas to live it up during the Holidays and celebrate your single status.

~Yours Truly~

Savoring πŸ’‹

Shoes As Self-expression

Dear Diary,

It’s Christmas morning and my dreams have come true! I am the proud new owner of lots of new shoes!!!

From beautiful blue Ugg boots with ribbons, to Kate Spade high heels with bows, and even gold Nikes! I have new shoes for every occasion and adventure!

I believe shoes are a great tool for self- expression and a way to speak without using words. When I wear red heels, I am usually feeling confident and powerful. When I wear my running shoes, I am feeling ambitious and energetic. When I wear slippers, I know it’s time to relax and reflect.

Each and every pair of shoes comes with a special memory or story. When I receive shoes as a gift, I am reminded of the giver, each time I put them on. When I get a pair of shoes on sale, I think about how happy I was to get an awesome discount.

Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? Can you think of a memorable time when your shoes were an outward expression of inward feelings?

It’s Christmas so choose your best shoes and make a great new memory!

~Truly Yours~

Savoring πŸ’‹

Tis the Season for Red Shoes

Dear Diary,

Today I went to a Holiday party at Greenbriar Hills Country Club. I love being festive and was thrilled for the opportunity to show off my new red wedges with bows on top.

Greenbriar Hills Country Club in Kirkwood is a fabulous place to host a party.

Every room in the private club had festive decorations that made for a warm and inviting atmosphere. I couldn’t think of a better location for family and friends to gather together and celebrate.

There was also a wide variety of treats, light refreshments, and drinks to enjoy. My favorite dessert… Gingerbread cookies, which were sweet with a hint of spice!

Back to the shoes, I knew I would be on my feet most of the afternoon which is one reason I chose a wedge instead of a stiletto.

The wedges gave me just the right amount of height as I am only 5’4′. The stylish shoes also complemented the colors of my dress, and the decor! The comfort level was superb for walking around the room and socializing with the guests.

Tis’ the Season to find a fun, stylish, chic, but comfortable pair of red shoes, then wear them as much as you dare!

~Truly Yours~

Savoring πŸ’‹