Affordable Party Dresses

Dear Diary,

Last night, I went to a fabulous Holiday Party in a stunning, off the shoulder, navy blue, velvet dress from Forever 21.

The dress was perfect for a cozy evening inside, sharing drinks and appetizers with friends.

My best kept secret is that I only paid $1 for the eye catching cocktail dress. That’s right, it was just $1!!!

Forever 21 already has great prices as their dresses range from about $17.90 to $48 depending on the style.

I like to have a lot of variety in my wardrobe therefore, finding a great price means I can buy more then just one dress.

Another party favorite from Forever 21 is this gold dress that has just the right amount of sparkle.

Why let the decorations be the center of attention when you can turn heads when you walk into the room, with a glittering, figure flattering dress that cost less then your host gift!

So what is my secret?!?! It’s
Plato’s Closet. A St. Louis boutique with Brand name, gently used clothing.

Occasionally, I even find dresses that are brand new with the tags still on, like this lovely dress from MODA International that was originally $80.


I purchased this dress for only $9 at Plato’s Closet!! Most of the dresses at Plato’s range from $9 to $15 depending on the brand.

When you sign up to be on their e-mail list, you will be notified of great sales on already discounted clothing.

One of the amazing sales of 2018 was $1 dress day, and I made sure to stock up on some fun holiday styles.


There you have it, three fun holiday dresses at unbelievable prices!

~Truly Yours~

Savoring 💋

See’s Chocolate

Dear Diary,

Yesterday, I received a very special gift from a very special friend. My friend handed me a red wrapped box, and with a twinkle in his eye he whispered, “Even as an adult, you can still enjoy the magic of Christmas as if you were a child.”

As soon as he had gone, I tore open the red wrapping to find a beautiful 1lb box of assorted Chocolates.

I love receiving gifts and as a Chocolate lover, I couldn’t be more excited at the delicious box of sweets before my eyes!

I had never tasted chocolate made by See’s Candies before. I was in for a special treat. The box held a wide assortment of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, soft centers, and nuts and chews.

Each chocolate held a surprise of delicious flavors for my taste buds to savor.

See’s kitchen uses only the finest ingredients which means the quality of these special American-made candies is superb.

The Chocolates were so delicious I could not eat just one. I really did feel the magic of Christmas today, and I am so proud to have See’s Chocolates as a new holiday tradition.

~Yours Truly~

Savoring 💋

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater

Dear Diary,

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Everyone is excited for Christmas and hosting wonderful Holiday parties. I’m going to an Ugly Christmas Sweater party this weekend and need the perfect outfit!

There are plenty of options to choose from in the Ugly Sweater department, but wanting to stand out a little I decided to add some DIY crafting for the perfect touch of gaudy.

I found an Ugly Sweater making kit at my local Walgreens for $7.99 with all the bells and whistles.

The kit had all types of fun accessories from stick on snowmen, to mini Christmas bows, and even Mardi Gras beads!!!

My next stop was Target, they have a huge array of fun Christmas sweaters with popular phrases to choose from. I couldn’t decide on just one, so I purchased two for twice the fun!

Looking for any opportunity to have a party, I included the kids and invited some of their friends over to help with the crafting.

Everyone had a blast and I have my perfect outfit for an Ugly Sweater evening of fun!

~Yours Truly~

Savoring 💋

Chic Boots for Winter

Dear Diary,

Can you think of anything more stylish then a fabulous pair of knee high black boots? Black boots are the perfect compliment to any outfit during the cold winter months!

If you are looking for a chic look to wear into the office, try a pair of leather boots with a sophisticated dress.

For a day at the office, I chose to wear a classic black, and white wool dress with a leather stripe near the waist line. The black boots accentuate the leather stripe in the dress and instantly add an edgier feel.

Black boots offer style, comfort, and warmth! I get cold so easily, a pair of boots over warm socks or stockings, adds an extra layer of protection against frigid temperatures.

For an evening out on the town, I wore a cozy pair of black boots with faux suede fabric, and a bright blue lacey dress! To make the most of their striking appearance, I made sure to pair the boots with a dress that had just the right pop of eye-catching color.

Black boots are Sharp enough for the office, Simple enough for casual attire, Warm enough for winter, and Stunning for an evening out on the town! Add a pair to your wardrobe today as the key to maintaining an exciting aesthetic that will turn heads wherever you go.

~Yours Truly~

Savoring 💋

Monday Motivation- Yield to Chance

Dear Diary,

It’s Monday, the beginning of a new week. Today, I found myself in desperate need of some motivation to set the tone for success. I looked through my pile of books and discovered I had yet to read Beyond the Label.

The author, Maureen Chiquet, just happens to be the former Global CEO of Chanel!! She is also a Saint Louis native, like myself.

In the book, she shares her thoughts on the different labels we grow up with, and how those labels shape the development of self concepts we form and adhere to throughout life.

As a girl from the MidWest, I found it easy to relate to some of the labels Chiquet faced, questioned, analyzed, and challenged on her own life journey.

Essentially, we share the same goal, to break free of labels and create a successful, satisfying, and deeply fulfilling life in a complex and ever changing world.

As I was reading her chapter on “Yielding to Chance,” Chiquet shared a quote on decision making that gave me a fresh perspective on moving forward.

“Sometimes, you have to take that first step without a fully formulated plan, follow your intuition, and be ready to go with the flow, just like plunging into oncoming traffic at L’Etoile.”

In life, there are times we can and should make short-term and long-term plans for our future.

Then there are times when we should just take ONE STEP forward, a risk, a plunge into the traffic, without knowing the whole plan, and watch as things fall right into place. Happy Reading!

~Yours Truly~

Savoring 💋

Boot Season

Dear Dairy,

It’s officially boot season!! I must confess, I have developed quite a collection of boots over the years and it has been well worth the investment.

Boots go well with everything from your favorite Jean skirt, to pants, and dresses.

If you don’t know where to start, for a well-rounded Fall/Winter boot wardrobe, owning both a pair of tall brown/taupe and a pair of tall black boots is ideal.

I would suggest starting with a pair of taupe since it is a very neutral color that can pair well with black.

I would also suggest choosing a pair that is comfortable, and weathers well. You want to feel free to enjoy playing in the leaves, a walk in the park, or even playing in the snow without worry of a scratch or nick.

Now is the time to stock up on boots and find new ways to style them.

~Yours Truly~

Savoring 💋

A Leap Of Faith

Dear Diary,

Thanksgiving week is over and my 1st priority this past weekend was getting back to my regular workout schedule.

Working out sets the tone for my day, it immediately puts me in a great mood and makes me feel as if I’ve done something for myself.

I like to try a lot of different athletic activities to stay engaged and challenge my body in new ways. Today at the track, I decided to jump some hurdles.

This was a very new challenge for me as I have never actually been trained in track and field events.

I believe we are supposed to put our fears aside and face new challenges head on, to grow and break free of the self defeating thoughts that sometimes hold us back from truly living life to the fullest.

Often times we get stuck in a repetitive day to day cycle, repeating habits that are comfortable and familiar, then wonder why nothing is changing.

To see change, you have to be willing to break outside of your comfort zone and everything that is familiar. Take a leap of Faith.

You never know what will be on the other side of each new experience unless you dare to jump into the unknown.

I loved jumping hurtles today. I took a leap of faith, and when my feet hit the ground on the other side, I knew I was one step closer to a stronger, healthier, and happier version of myself.

In what way do you need to take a leap of faith to experience change?

~Yours Truly~

Savoring 💋