I Made It Even Better and On the Edge of the Week Link Up #7

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A few weeks ago, I was completely inspired by a post by Rachel of Garay Treasures when she published her Re-Purposed Old Jewelry Leaf Necklace Tutorial. While Rachel was re-furbishing a very old necklace, it struck me that I had a very new necklace that needed some help!

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In fact, it was my favorite long silver double tassel necklace that I had picked up last year from Cato Fashions. And when I say it was my favorite, I mean I wore it at least 3 times a week. And when all other necklaces failed to add fabulous to an outfit, I reached for this one.

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However, being a stay at home mom of 2 young boys and doing all of the things that we stay at home moms do all day, every day…this necklace fell victim to the lifestyle and eventually met its demise. It would get caught on everything and the tassels would pull off. And when I say everything, I mean it has caught and broken on grocery carts, trash cans, arms of chairs, arms of children, keys, purse clasps, railings, car seats, clothing, door handles, sink faucets…I could on. But every time a tassel would come loose (and it was usually only one tassel at a time), I would always find the tassel. There was even a time when I don’t recall catching it on anything and just noticed that a tassel was missing. I thought that was the end, but by some miracle I found the tassel on the floor of my car. I was elated. Until…finally…that dreadful day when a lost tassel was never recovered.

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I was very sad indeed…because it looked kind of silly with only one tassel. And did I mention that this was my very favorite necklace ever? Then I saw Rachel’s post. And I became determined to find replacement tassels to fix my necklace. However, woe is me, after much searching I could not find tassels that met my expectations. But I was not to be defeated in this endeavor. I would fix this necklace and I would restore it to favorite status and I would wear it again!

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You may now be wondering who rescued me from my failing travail. Why, it was Walmart! I was grocery shopping there and decided to check out their jewelry crafting section. I was defeated, to say the least, and had very low expectations that I would find the tassels of my dreams. And these expectations were met in grandiose fashion as I could find no tassels whatsoever. But…wait for it…I did find these Mother’s key pendants and I fell immediately in love with the concept! I have two children and there were two tassels on my necklace. (I am unable to find a direct link online to these pendants, but they were around $3 or $4 each.) So for less than $10, I was able to fix my favorite necklace and make it even better! Because now it is a fabulous necklace (just the right length and super versatile) with a very special meaning to me!

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I did not take any photos of the actual process of replacing the pendants because it was simply detaching the last remaining tassel and reattaching the keys using needle nosed pliers and extra jewelry rings.

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Here is what the tassels looked like (well, the only remaining tassel)…

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And you can see how I have worn it before here, here, and here.

And here is my new, better than before, favorite key necklace!

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Outfit #1 Details:
Tee: Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s (from a few years ago).
Skort: New York & Company (but I thrifted this from my local Salvation Army Family Store and it was new with tags on it!).
Scarf Belt: Gap (from many, many years ago).
Sneakers: Target (from last year).

Outfit #2 Details:
Dress: Target (from last year).
Jeans: Old Navy Eco-Friendly Cropped Flare Jeans
Sandals: Payless American Eagle Topaz Woven Footbed Sandals

Have you ever re-purposed jewelry? I have a drawer full of broken pieces and now I am on an “I Can Fix It!” kick. So we will see what new creations result! I think I am going to make a new single tassel necklace out of that remaining tassel.

And now…here are your favorite links from last week!

Veronica of Cid Style File was looking amazing and super chic in her Tribal Pattern jacket, distressed jeans, and fabulous lace up flats!

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And Grace of Color and Grace showed us What to Wear on Fridays Casual Chic Style. She looks amazing in her adorable graphic tee, cropped denim, and long vest. And do check out how amazing her Toms booties are!

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Made With Love By Mom-Tunic Take 2

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A few weeks ago, I published a post honoring the memory of my mother and showcasing my very special tunic that she made for me. (You can read that post here where I styled my tunic with boyfriend jeans and a kimono.) Many of you had suggested that I put this tunic into regular rotation as I previously had only worn it once or twice a year. So I took your suggestions to heart and here it is again. This time with a floral hanky hem skirt.

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Mom also made a matching scarf from the same fabric. But since it was too humid for a scarf, I used it as a sash around my waist instead. It gave the tunic some much needed shape as it was looking a bit frumpy over the long skirt. (First, I tried to wear the scarf in my hair as sort of a head wrap. I should have taken pictures of that debacle! I wish I were a headwear kind of girl, but alas, I am not!)

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In a previous post, I did mention that I am not big into handbags and purses and that you would rarely see me holding one in my pictures. I have since realized that handbags are the best props ever especially when I have no idea what the heck to do with my hands as I stand goofily around posing in solitude and snapping photos of myself. So you may see more purses going forward. But many will probably be on repeat. I love the casual summer vibe of this tote and the colors were perfect with this outfit.

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And check out these adorable lace up sandals that I recently scored for around $10! Aren’t they the perfect shoes?

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Also, I have been trying out some new stuff in an effort to get more comfortable in front of the camera. I suppose that is the best way. So I attempted some sitting poses. I think they are ridiculously goofy and forced and a tad bit too posed. But I am a work in progress. My photographs are a work in progress. My blog is a work in progress. My life is a work progress.

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So I am going to just sit here on the ground in my awkward pose and brainstorm some better ideas for blog posts and outfit poses!

Outfit details:
Tunic and sash: Made With Love By Mom
Skirt: Cato Fashions Floral Hanky Hem Skirt (currently on clearance for $9.99).
Sandals: Mossimo Supply Co. Lilac Gladiator Sandals from Target (the current price listed online is $22.99, but they were marked down for clearance when I bought them in my local Target and then were an additional 20% off with my Target Cartwheel App).
Tote: Merona for Target (from last year, but how adorable is this striped tote?)
Gold necklace: So old I can’t even pretend to remember where I procured it.
Leather tassel necklace: Cato Fashions (no longer available but similar here).
Gold tassel earrings: Kohl’s (no longer available, but similar here, here, and here).

I hope you enjoyed! And if anyone has any topic ideas or styling ideas that they would like for me to address in a post, please do mention it in the comments.

Always awkward on the edge,

Shelbee

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Do You Think I Have a Scarf Problem?

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Back in May, I wrote a post about scarves being my signature accessory (you can read that post here). A few weeks ago, I realized that “scarves are my thing” might be a bit of an understatement. It might actually be a problem. An obsession, perhaps. An addiction, maybe. Not only can I not pass by any scarf with a gorgeous, brilliant, interesting, or unique print…but I often feel this compulsion to seek them out. If you have been reading my blog, you know, however, that I like to find a great deal and then brag about it. So a few weeks ago, I headed to my local Salvation Army Family Store in search of some magnificent scarf that would satiate my scarf craving. And I left with 16. Problem? But they were all so pretty. And they were all between $.50 and $1.99. And I just couldn’t leave the pretty little things there. So I brought them all home, washed them with care, and took photos for you all to see. I do apologize…I did not press or steam them yet…so they are a little wrinkled and my presentation is far from fabulous. But none of this makes my thrift store scarf haul any less fabulous! Now I am looking forward to cooler weather so I can really show my scarf game! Enjoy…

1. This one is a larger square scarf with a tan and red paisley print. I am seeing so many possibilities with styling this one with its beautiful versatile colors and pattern.
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2. This one is also a larger scarf with an abstract print of deep red, plum, and mustard yellow on an olive background. I am super excited about the colors in this scarf as I have so much of all of these colors in my Fall wardrobe.
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3. This is a small square neckerchief style scarf. It has a brown and green floral print on an ivory background. The corner reads, ” Give love freely and recognize when you are loved. Memories are like the return of springtime flowers.” I just adore this little saying.
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4. This scarf is also a small square neckerchief with a geometric square pattern in various shades of blue and white. And I am realizing blue is one of “my” colors. So I snapped this one up!
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5. This scarf I almost put back because it was looking a tad bit worn…but then I decided it was just a very beloved scarf and I really loved the bright turquoise and floral pattern. Plus I don’t have any scarves in my collection that resemble this one. So I gave it a new home! This is a medium square.
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6. This one is also a medium sized scarf and I wasn’t thrilled with the stiff fabric, but I really loved the black border and the rich colors in the red intricate mandala pattern. It reminds me of the super popular adult coloring books.
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7. This green and navy checkered scarf is one of my favorites. It is a larger square and I love blue and green together. Also, it is made from a recycled sari. And it is not intended to be used as a scarf, rather it is supposed to be used as a gift wrap. But I like too much to use it that way plus I’m not giving it away!
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8. This turquoise and lime green scarf is also a small square neckerchief. The colors and pattern on this one just made me smile. It is perfect for early spring or even an Easter outfit. I can actually picture this scarf tied on the handle of a gorgeous white handbag!
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9. This small square neckerchief reminds me of a tablecloth or curtains from the 1970’s and I just fell for it right away. It is the perfect amount of vintage, retro, and ugly. I love it!
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10. I am super excited to style this neckerchief in the Fall. I love the leaf pattern and the black and red color combination sets the perfect autumn mood.
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11. I don’t always like geometric prints, but the variegated square print on this medium square neckerchief struck me as quite interesting. I’m not sure how I am going to style it yet, but I’m sure it will come to me!
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12. This taupe printed scarf is a larger square and has all of the colors I need for fall and winter. I love the rich tones in the print and combined on the neutral background, I’m sure it is going to be as versatile as the first scarf!
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13. This green and black paisley scarf is a long rectangle scarf perfect for Fall and Winter. Green is my absolute favorite color and this particular shade of green just left me swooning. I had been wanting a scarf exactly like this one, so I was thrilled when I found it!
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14. This scarf is a really large rectangular scarf, which I love. I hate when an oblong scarf is not wide enough to drape around my shoulders, but this one certainly is. And I love the rich autumnal colors and floral pattern. I think I am going to wear this one frequently in the cooler months.
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15. I am always a sucker for plaid and I only have a few lightweight plaid scarves (most of my plaid scarves are blanket scarves), so I was very excited to find this long lightweight scarf in a darker plaid. It reminds me of my 90’s grunge days and I am excited to style it that way again!
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16. And I did save the best for last. This scarf is just everything. It’s gigantic. It’s bright. It’s fun. And now it’s mine!
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I hope you enjoyed the very long presentation of my thrift store scarf haul. So, tell me, do you think I have a problem? But more importantly, tell me, which is your favorite? And how would you style it?

Acknowledging my problem (but not doing anything about it) on the edge,

Shelbee

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Crochet Vest Two Ways and On the Edge of the Week Link Up #6

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I picked up this adorable crochet vest on clearance last year from Cato Fashions, but then every time I put it on since it never looked quite right. But I think I have finally figured it out and I have styled it twice in the past two weeks.

The first outfit is the exact same outfit I had on when I purchased the vest and I loved how it looked so much the day I bought it that I wore it out of the store. At first I was unsure of pairing the ivory of the vest with white jeans, but then I liked it when it all came together.

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Outfit details:
Crochet Vest: Cato Fashions (from last year). This Crochet Waterfall Vest is very similar. And this Mixed Media Duster and this Crochet Fringe Duster Cardigan are equally adorable.
Tee: Old Navy (from last year). You can shop their other tees here.
Jeans: Not Your Daughter’s Jeans I purchased mine at Burlington Coat Factory on clearance last year.
Shoes: XOXO Shoes purchased from Burlington Coat Factory last year.
Necklace: I can’t remember where I purchased this crazy, gaudy necklace but I do remember that it was on super, duper clearance (because I would never spend a large amount of cash on something so ugly)!

The second outfit, I wanted to try a sort of bohemian look so I layered a lavender sundress over a longer ivory slip and then topped it off with the vest and matching crochet footbed sandals. I wore this on a hot day just to hang out my friend’s house with the kids. I was super comfortable and stayed rather cool even with the layers. However, I did make a trip to the store with the children in this outfit and I have to be honest, the vest was kind of pain in the arse for that purpose! It kept getting caught on stuff and my purse straps were getting all tangled up on the multitude of other straps on my shoulder. Next time I know not to wear this vest to do anything other than sit around! But then I get all wrinkled (as evidenced by my dress in some these photos)!

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Outfit Details:
Crochet Vest: Cato Fashions.
Dress: Old Navy (no longer available). But Old Navy has a fabulous assortment of adorable dresses. You can view their selection here.
Slip: Thrifted from my local Salvation Army Family Store.
Sandals: Payless (no longer available online).
Necklace: Cato Fashions. I cannot find a direct link to this necklace. But this Pearl Fringe Pendant Necklace is a cute alternative.

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But first, there was a tie again for most clicked links.

Katie of Hello Katie Girl styled a gorgeous pink tassel dress and then posed in front of a fabulous colorful wall in her post Cartoonish Color and Tassels. The images in this post are magnificent!

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Julia of When the Girls Rule showcased her favorite summer sweater with a classy and chic work look in her post My Perfect Summer Sweater. I love how she added interest with a striped shirt and leopard print pumps!

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Keeping it on the edge,

Shelbee

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I Literally Have Nothing to Say

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I have nothing to say…for real. I have been struggling for the past week for unique and interesting content and I think I have run out of ideas. Blank. Vacant. Writer’s block. Blogger’s block. Whatever you want to call…it’s gone. So today, I am just going to present with you a little something silly.

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If you have read previous posts of mine, you already know how uncomfortable I am posing for pictures…even when I am alone, taking the photos with my iPhone, a remote, and a tripod. You also will know that technology can piss me off like the dickens.

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Side note: That phrase “like the dickens” just gave me a chuckle. And I did have to look up the exact meaning to make sure I was using the phrase correctly. Dickens is a euphemism for the word devil and it means basically “a lot”. So, now I am content that my post about nothing may have taught you something. It did me!

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But now for the real meat of the silliness. This selfie photo session from a few weeks back caught me screaming at my phone! Normally, I would just delete these photos, but they were kind of funny. And if I can’t laugh at myself, then really what I have got in this world? The story: Sometimes, when I hit the remote button to snap the picture, it will kick into this crazy automatic mode where it just keeps going and takes about 4,758 pictures until I can actually reach the phone itself to make it stop. These next four pictures are just a sample of those 4,758 pictures which captured me walking towards the phone and cursing like a drunk sailor. All alone in my backyard. Screaming like a lunatic.

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Well, I hope you all got a little chuckle from this tiny, little moment of lunacy from my life. Maybe next time, I will have something to say!

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Outfit details:
Jeans: Old Navy Cropped Hi-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans.
Navy and White Striped Tank Top: Old Navy (from a year or two ago). (I was going to link similar options, but as I type this post the Old Navy website is refusing to respond. Yet another example of my issues with technology!)
Sweater: Fort Drum Exchange.
Sneakers: Converse Shoreline Slip On Sneaker in White Eyelet. These appear to be very difficult to find. I bought mine last year at Burlington Coat Factory.
Necklace: Target 35″ Blue Tassel Necklace in Silver.

How do you all beat writer’s block or blogger’s block? Where do you look to find inspiration when feeling uninspired? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated to get me out this dull place!

Sitting on the edge with nothing to say,

Shelbee

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Are You Irresistible?

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A few weeks ago, my friend Aimee sent me a link to the article 11 Secrets of Irresistible People with the message, “This reminds me of you…” So, of course, I was intrigued and wondering what in the world these 11 secrets were, I clicked the link and read on…

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As I read the qualities that supposedly make people irresistible, I was thinking, “Wow! Is this really how my friends perceive me?” Things like an irresistible person does not seek validation because their self-worth comes from within; they treat everyone with respect; and they are authentic and have integrity. I was flattered, honored, and shocked. I also suddenly felt a sense of pressure. Pressure to actually be all of these things. If this is the role where my friends place me…”the life of the party” and the one they turn to “for help, advice, and companionship”…well, then I have a pretty high standard to live up to.

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As I read through these 11 qualities, I began evaluating myself, my character, and asking myself, “Do I really focus on people more than anything else?” I have a selfish streak, for sure. “Do I really have all that much integrity?” I can certainly gossip with the best of them. “Do I really follow the Platinum Rule, treating others as they want to be treated?” Sometimes, I can be an in-your-face, confront-you-with-what-you-don’t-want-address, call-you-out-on-your-bullshit, tough-love kind of friend. Most people don’t like that. Or do they?

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As I delved deeper into self-examination, there were definitely a few of these 11 qualities where I could agree. I definitely smile…a lot. Even in the worst of moods, as I soon as I am dealing with the outside world, I feel that smiling comes naturally to me. And I have learned over the years that people really do respond in a much more positive way to a smiling person. And I really do like people as a general matter of fact, so I smile.

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I also do make an effort to look my best every day. I take the time to put myself together and be presentable. I do like the world to perceive me as a person who cares enough about myself to take some care and some pride in my appearance. Is this vain? Or is it just healthy? (I wrote an entire post about this topic which you can read here.)

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And I do approach life and its obstacles with the mindset that all things are temporary…the ideas that this, too, shall pass, and whatever will be, will be are consistent themes that have appeared over and over again throughout the course of my life. I suppose I find these beliefs necessary for survival and healthy living. Dwelling on the rot in this world really can do no good.

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By the end of reading this article, I really was absorbed in a serious session of self-exploration. And then I wondered, irresistible or not, maybe that’s what really makes me special. That I can be presented with an extraordinary compliment such as this and I need to figure out why. And in the end, I will do my best to rise to that challenge.

So I ask you this: Are you irresistible?

Feeling introspective on the edge,

Shelbee

Outfit details:
Tunic: Cato Fashions (I am unable to find a link to this exact tunic, but they have other really fun tops in this same cobalt blue here, here, and here.)
Pants: Cato Fashions (from last year). Other black and white printed pants here and here.
Shoes: Payless (from last year). Similar here, here, and here.
Necklace: 35″ Blue Tassel Necklace from Target.
Earrings: Fort Drum Exchange.

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On the Edge of the Week Link Up #5 and Tee Shirt Winner…

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Outfit details:
Shirt: Jennifer Lopez for Kohl’s (from last year, but this one is very similar).
Shorts: New York and Company Outlet. I am unable to find links to outlet items. Shop New York and Company shorts here.
Shoes: sole (sense)ability from Kohl’s (from last year, but similar here).
Belt: Thrifted and gifted to me by my friend, Amy.
Necklaces: Icelandic Rune Necklace-Wisdom-in Sterling Silver//Blue La Rue Stainless Steel Crystal 1 Inch Round Locket from Kohl’s (My locket holds the genuine birthstones of my family which my husband brought back from Afghanistan for me.)

This is going to be a super short post today…mostly because I ran behind on blogging duties due to internet lack of cooperation. So in fear that I will lose internet connection or just get that annoying little spinning circle that hangs on the screen and lets you do nothing, let’s get on with it!

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The winner of the “OOTD Loading…” Tee Shirt Giveaway from last week is:

Corina of Now THAT I Can Do, Momma!

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Congratulations, Corina! I will send you an email as well requesting your mailing information.

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You can read her Summertime Daisy & Link Up post here.

And Rachel of Garay Treasures.

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You can read her How I Style It: Nautical Style post here.


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GlobeIn Collaboration: Hydrate Box Review

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When I was first contacted by GlobeIn (via my MOMS Club) about a collaboration, I have to admit that I had never heard of the company and had to first conduct some research before considering the offer. But what I found totally impressed me and I was completely on board.

GlobeIn is a company dedicated to supporting artisans from around the world and especially those in third world countries. It is their mission to provide these artisans with a global audience so they can make a living producing their handcrafted goods. The end result of purchasing goods from GlobeIn is the reduction of poverty in these countries. In addition, all organizations that work with GlobeIn operate under fair trade principles.

If you shop the products offered, you will find amazing handcrafted items that make perfect gifts at reasonable prices. You can purchase individual pieces like this gorgeous Wood Travel Cutting Board handcrafted in India or this adorable Picnic Blanket hand made in Cambodia from soft checkered fabric and durable upcycled material.

GlobeIn also offers a monthly subscription for their Artisan Boxes. Each month they choose a theme and create a box filled with wonderful artisan items to make you feel connected with other cultures from around the world. I asked their marketing representative to choose whichever Artisan Box she wanted for me to review. And within a few days, I received their May theme Hydrate Box which emphasizes hydration and water as earth’s ultimate elixir.

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My Hydrate Box included these 5 amazing items:

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1. An adorable Upcycled Tote Bag from Ghana. I have used my tote to carry snacks and drinks with me and the kids to the Splash Park and it kept all of our goodies nice and cool. It is also crafted out of upcycled plastic so it contained any condensation from our drinks from leaking outside of the bag. It was super easy to wipe clean and hang over a chair to dry. It also zips into a small little rectangle making it so convenient to store or carry with me in the event that I may need a tote bag!

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2. A very cool Hand Blown Glass from Mexico. I have not decided yet if I am going to use the glass for drinking or as a vase. I have plenty of drinking glasses, so most likely this gorgeous hand blown glass is going to be used to display a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers! The glass is a nice size, too, holding up to 17 ounces of liquid.

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3. A 3.4 ounce tube of Conscious Coconut Oil. Each purchase of this coconut oil provides a meal for a child in addition to employing developmentally disabled adults in its production and packaging. I have used the oil as a moisturizer for my legs. Once the oily feeling wore off, my legs felt like silk! Read more about the production and uses of this fabulous product at the link above.

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4. A stick of Organic Lemongrass Lip Balm from Zambia. Made from all organic ingredients of beeswax, coconut oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil, lanolin, lemongrass oil, peppermint oil, rosemary oil, and vitamin E, it has seriously saved my lips from their usual chapping which happens all year long. I have been using it daily and I absolutely love it!

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5. The GlobeIn Signature Handwoven Basket from Mexico. I received a purple and tan basket with a very cute chevron pattern in the weave. The basket is a very generous size for countertop storage (I am currently housing my hair brushes in it). It measures 6 inches in diameter and 5 inches tall.

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I am so pleased that I agreed to this collaboration with GlobeIn. They offer wonderful products and support an amazing cause. For more information about the company, please visit their website here. Each item description provides you with a wealth of information about how that particular product is satisfying the mission of the company.

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And if you choose to sign up for a 3-month or 6-month subscription, GlobeIn is offering a discount to my readers. Just enter the code SHELBEE in the coupon code section at check out for $10 Off your subscription price!

If you are looking for fun, interesting, and unique gifts for someone and want to have a heartwarming story to share about the gift, then GlobeIn is definitely worth checking out, in my opinion!

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Outfit details:
Floral Tank Top: Old Navy (from a year or two ago). See their graphic and printed tanks and tees here.
Blue Tank Top: Target (from last year). I am unable to find a link to this tunic length tank top, but I am certain they still carry the same style.
Pants: Croft & Barrow Wide Leg Chambray Drawstring Pants from Kohl’s (from last year). I don’t see anything similar currently online.
Sandals: Old Navy Faux-Leather Double-Strap Sandals in Coral.
Necklace and Earrings: Cato Fashions (I recently bought this on clearance in the store, but it doesn’t seem to be available online. But you can check out there other long necklaces here).
Tote Bag: GlobeIn Upcycled Tote Bag.

I know many bloggers use subscription services for clothing purchases, but do any of you have subscriptions to artisan or gift box purchases like these? Would you consider such a monthly subscription or are you more likely to purchase individual artisan pieces? I would love to hear in the comments!

Feeling world traveled on the edge,

Shelbee

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Made With Love By Mom

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Ten years ago. July 10, 2006. Just after midnight. We said our final good-byes to my mother. She was just 57 years old. That is only 15 years older than I am as I write this post. She was diagnosed with colon cancer only 18 months previous to this day. And just 5 weeks earlier, her doctors told us she probably had at least 5 more years before the cancer would progress to where it took her life. And a very short 5 weeks later, we were standing beside her bed in a nursing home telling her good-bye.

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It was intense. It was sad. There were so many mixed emotions. I had been in this same spot 11 years earlier as I said my final farewells to my father. He was just 54 years old when the cancer took him. I was familiar with the feelings, but I was 11 years older this time and had become a mature adult since losing my father. But I think that made the feelings even more intense.

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We had already made plans with the funeral home that was located right next door to the nursing home. Just before midnight, a terrible thunderstorm began, making the events of the night that much more surreal. And just around the moment that my mother took her last breath (I can’t remember if it was just before or just after), we watched lightning strike the roof of the funeral home right outside of mom’s window. The roof went up in flames right before our eyes and the firetruck sirens were heard within minutes. I remember it like it was yesterday yet it feels like a million years ago. Sometimes, it feels so unreal, like things you read in books, things that don’t really happen to real people. But I can assure you that this is how it all happened.

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And now ten years have passed. My mother never met my husband. She never met my children. And they never met her. They can only know her from the stories that I tell. I know in my heart she would be driving me crazy if she were alive today. But that doesn’t take away the feeling of loss. So all I can do is to keep telling my stories. And that’s my intention with this post. To tell one story. A story that relates very specifically to my blog.

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When we were children, we could not afford the latest trending fashions. So my mother made many of our clothes. She was a pretty good seamstress which I could not appreciate as a child. All I knew was that my friends were wearing Gap and Benetton clothing and I was wearing hand-me-downs from my sisters that were “Made with Love by Mom” and they even had the tags to prove it! I wrote a little bit about our handmade clothing on my page More on Fashion & Style. There is even a photo of a “Made with Love by Mom” original on that page.

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As I got older and started discovering my own unique taste in clothes, I began to appreciate this skill of my mother’s. I also began to appreciate the value of one-of-a-kind clothing. I would beg my mother to help me make original pieces. I only learned very little about sewing myself and can barely sew a straight seam, so I relied on my mom to be my own personal seamstress. I would come up with the idea and she would make it happen. In fact, we did this with my prom dress. I had a picture in my head. She took me to buy the fabric. And together we created an adorable emerald green sequined dress that fit like a glove.

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Jump ahead a decade or so and I knew my mom’s time on earth was coming to an end. We began creating unique and one-of-a-kind pieces for my wardrobe again. This is when we created this ivory asymmetrical hem tunic. We also made a pair of mustard colored cropped pants to go with it, but they are much too big on me now. Of course, I still have them tucked away in box of keepsakes. I also still have a box of fabric and patterns for pieces that we were planning to create, but then she became too ill to sew and I had not learned enough to complete the pieces myself. But I cannot bring myself to do anything with all the stuff in that box. So it sits in my basement untouched.

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About once or twice a year, I pull out this tunic to wear. I have no idea why I don’t wear it more often. I love it every time I put it on. It is so comfortable and I think it is super flattering as well. What do you all think? Should I bring it into a more consistent rotation? It is definitely very versatile as I have styled it a different way every time I have worn it.

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This time I decided to wear a pair of boyfriend jeans, my new espadrilles that I got for next to nothing with my Old Navy rewards, my favorite tassel necklace, and my butterfly kimono (which I bought last year in memory of my husband’s grandmother who absolutely adored butterflies and any butterfly print. I know she would love this kimono and I think of her every time I wear it!) So two pieces of this outfit have significant sentimental value to me and deserved a post all their own! I miss both of these amazing ladies and wish they were here to read my little ole blog!

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Outfit details:
Tunic: Made with Love by My Mom
Kimono: Ross Dress For Less (from last year)
Jeans: White House Black Market (No longer available, but you can shop their jeans here).
Sandals: Old Navy Espadrille Ankle-Strap Sandals
Necklace: Cato Fashions (from last year, but you can shop their necklaces here).

And since the beginning of this post was so serious, I want to end with a little bit of silliness.

Here are some goofy outtakes during this super fun photo shoot with my dear friend, Amy!

I like to dance when I start feeling super uncomfortable in front of the camera. No matter who is taking the photos, Amy or my husband, they both think it’s hilarious to keep snapping away!

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We saw this adorable flamingo. And whenever you see a flamingo, you must have a picture with it. Straddling it…

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Then we went inside to use the restroom and there was an entire glass case filled with ducks!

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I had to take a picture of all the stuffed ducks especially for Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust. She and I share a mutual hatred/fear of living birds. But dead birds, I think we can both appreciate!** And that’s a story for another day!

**Please do not confuse that statement thinking we are cruel to animals. We are not. I am a lover of all living things. I would never purposely harm any animal. I just really do not like birds. They freak me out! But ironically, I really do love bird prints.

The gorgeous lady behind the camera/phone…

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Thank you, Amy, for being such a good sport!

Keeping it on the edge,

Shelbee

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On the Edge of the Week Link Up #4 and Tee Shirt Giveaway

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Today I am sharing with you a classic all-American summer look. Cut off distressed denim shorts, a plain white tee shirt, and footbed sandals. I feel like I stepped straight out of John Mellencamp’s 1980’s but with a modern twist. I just need a black moto jacket for cool summer nights and a pack of smokes! Ha. That’s where the modern vibe comes…no smokes! I am not going to go off on a smoking soap box. We all have our vices. No judgments coming from here.

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Outfit details:
Tee: Old Navy Swing Tee
Shorts: Target (Mossimo from last year)
Sandals: Minnetonka from Famous Footwear (from last year)
Belt:Walmart (from last year)
Necklace: Cato Fashions (no longer available)

And one last set of pictures of a photobomb from my littlest guy. This happens often!

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So now let’s just get on with it. It’s the Edge of the Week and time for a link up. And I also have a tiny little giveaway, too. I received this adorable graphic tee by Bellarose from my dear friend, Amy. But woe is me, it is too small! So I am going to give it away (with Amy’s okay, of course!). There is no size tag anywhere on it that I can see but I would say it fits a Medium-Large.

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But first, the most clicked link from last week was Julia of When Girls Rule.

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Julia wrote a brilliant post about body gratitude and learning to accept and love your body. Read her entire post Love One Part of Your Body here!

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Keeping it on the edge,

Shelbee

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