Summer Sewing Class!

Lucy and I have taken sewing lessons for the past two summers. We can only squeeze in a couple of lessons, but it is such a fun and relaxing way to spend time together. We have the most fabulous sewing instructor, who I also now think of as our friend. She is blessed to work at this amazing little place named Sew to Speak.

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When you walk in the front door, you are greeted by this overwhelming fabric heaven.

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I could stand in this room for hours and gawk at all of this hand made cuteness.

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I am a passionate person, but I have only a small hand full of things that get me really excited. My savior, my kid, working out, vacations, and walking my dogs makes me giddy. Sewing with my daughter has become another passion for me. At the machine, I feel peaceful, which is rare for me. Not only am I a passionate girl, but I also have difficulty finding peace. I found peace here, with her. And when you find your peace, just go with it.

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I pray that when Lucy is out on her own someday, she will find a use for her new skill. Whether she creates dance costumes, gifts for loved ones, or has her own business, I hope that she puts this skill to use. And I pray that she looks back and remembers this time we spend together. No cell phones, no ipads, no distractions. Just us, our friends, and some pretty fabric. Perfect peace(:


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Summer Lace Dress!

Today I am sharing my favorite simple summer outfit idea. Dress + sandals + earrings = summer perfection! I picked up this lace dress last summer and have worn it so many times – both casually and more dressy. I have pretty much lived in dresses this summer.

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I am all about simple, yet chic, outfit ideas all of the time – but especially in the summer time! You can use this three pieces formula with any type of dress too! Do you have a favorite summer outfit formula? Please share!

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Dress//Maurices – Similar HERE. Earrings//Nickle and Suede. Cognac Sandals//Gap – Similar HERE. Bucket Bag//J Crew.


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Elegantees And The Charming Friday Link Up!

I recently read a post on Still Being Molly that discussed purchasing items through the fair trade system. I was not exactly sure what fair trade was, so I decided to do a bit of research. Fair trade is a movement in which the goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability. The movement focuses on commodities, or products, which are typically exported from developing countries to developed countries, including handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit, chocolate, flowers, and gold. The movement promotes sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers in developing countries. I love the idea of supporting small businesses, so this movement is right up my ally. I also love hand made items. Enter Elegantees.

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Elegantees is a company that manufactures and sells clothing made by women who have been victims of the sex traffic market in Nepal. Because this company teaches them a skill, and pays them well for their work, these women have sustainable incomes and can provide for themselves in a respectful manner. I ordered the Chelsea tee just to try it out, and I fell in love with this amazing top!

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I am a bit of a tee shirt snob. I am super picky about the fit and fabric of my tees. These tees receive two thumbs up from me! Run, don’t walk, and pick up one of these soft, well made, perfect fitting tees! You can use the code charminglucy to receive FREE shipping on your order! I have worn this peplum top four times since I received it two weeks ago. I love it so much that I ordered the long sleeve purple version for fall. I will be styling that later.

Now for a little bit about Elegantees, so you know what you are supporting. Nepal is a beautiful kingdom between China and India with mountains and countryside. It’s also one of the least developed countries in the world and ranks high for sex trafficking. Thankfully, The Nepali Rescue Project finds and returns over 20,000 victims of trafficking each year. Elegantees employs some of them and plays a key role in creating a bright,and free, future for these women!

The best way to reduce trafficking significantly is to reduce the vulnerability of these women. Empower them by teaching them a skill and helping them earn their own living. Poverty is the leading cause for many women and children to be pulled into it. The sewing center in Nepal is where they aim to employ hundreds of vulnerable. They are paid fairly, and it provides a meaningful way to live. Currently, there are less than 10 sewers on the “Kingdom Hope” sewing team. Elegantees aims to triple the size by fall 2015. Their efforts are making a difference.

Some of their designs are enjoyed by their seamstresses so much that they wear Elegantees themselves. They consider it a compliment.

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This is my failed attempt at a cute jumping photo. My husband and daughter take my blog photos, and they were less than amused by this. But I thought it was funny. And I am happy that I can still get off the ground;) Remember to use the code charminglucy to receive FREE shipping on your Elegantees order!

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Thanks for linking up with Jennie and I for Charming Friday! We are having a ball meeting you and reading your Charming posts!

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Summer Color Combo – Coral + Blue!

One of my favorite color combos this summer is blue and coral! My daughter bought this sleeveless top for me for Mother’s Day and I have loved styling it! I paired it here with denim shorts, but it looks great with white shorts and cropped pants too. It is one of my all-time favorite tops.

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These Old Navy shorts have been my go to pair this summer! They come in three shades of denim and are super soft and comfy!

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Top/Maurices (Sold Out) – Similar HERE. Shorts/Old Navy – HERE. Tote/Old Navy – HERE. Earrings/ Nickle and Suede – HERE.

This blue and coral top came in my last Stitch Fix box!

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I paired it with cobalt cropped pants earlier in the summer too!

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Have you tried this color combo for summer? I would love to hear some of your favorite summer color combinations! Have a blessed day today and thanks for taking the time to read my blog today(:


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Floral Kimonos!

I finally jumped on the kimono band wagon! I purchased this floral kimono in the spring and it has been hanging in my closet, calling my name for a few months now. I packed it for our Hawaii trip, and it was the perfect place to try this new trend! I paired mine with a hot pink tank and simple denim shorts for a casual look. The lighting is not fabulous, because our resort was lit by candlelight in the evenings.

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For the life of me, I can not remember where I bought this kimono! I think I am still on island time(: But, you can find a similar one HERE. I think I will add a long statement necklace next time, and I also plan to pair this kimono with a simple black dress.

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Right after I purchased this floral kimono, my friend Nora, of The Jacket Society, debuted her new floral fringed Rose Kimono in her shop. Norahas a BA in fashion design and merchandising and has worked in the fashion industry for years. She has the most fabulous, chic west coast style, and she wears everything well. Her line includes contemporary jackets and blazers, as well as scarves, shawls, and jewelry. I love that she is adding non-structured jackets to her line now too. This is not a sponsored post. I simply love Nora’s collection and want to share it with you! You can shop her entire collection HERE.

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Have you tried the kimono trend this summer? I would love to hear your style tips! Have a blessed day!


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Black and Cognac and Charming Friday Link Up!

Welcome Friday!! I hope you all had a fabulous summer week! We are still waiting for the rain to stop here in Ohio! Come on sun and heat!

Today’s post has a little something for everyone – fashion, beauty, and a link up! Remember to link up your favorite charming post with Charming Friday today! The link up is at the end of this post! Thanks for making our link up so much fun! Jennie and I are so blessed by you all!

We will start with the fashion part of the post! I love the simple, chic look of black and cognac. This color combo worked so well in the fall, that I decided to try it out for warm weather too! I have been searching for a pair of cognac wedges for several months. I really can’t walk in shoes with more than a 2.5 inch heel, and I had difficulty finding cute wedges with a lower heel. I finally scored these Clarks on Ebay, and they were exactly what I wanted! They are comfy too! I walked all over NYC in them!

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You could switch the wedges with flats or sandals for a bit more casual vibe. Have you tried this color combo for summer? I hope you have a day filled with blessings today!

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Dress/Old – Similar Version HERE. Belt/Loft – HERE. Bucket Bag/J Crew. Shoes/Clarks – Similar HERE. Earrings/Nickle and Suede. Necklace/AE.

I also have a summer beauty deal to share with you today! July birthday girls rejoice! Julep is offering a Welcome Box curated especially for you featuring a polish trio inspired by the July Birthstone Ruby and a fan favorite Gel Eye Glider as well. This stunning assortment valued at $58 can be yours free when you become a Julep Maven – you just pay $2.99 shipping.

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You are going to LOVE being a Maven! Now its time to link up your favorite charming post from this week! Thanks for being a part of Charming Friday!


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NYC Style And Travel Tips!

If you follow my blog, you know that Lucy and I visited NYC last month. I wanted to pass along a few packing tips in case you are headed to the city that never sleeps. We wore casual clothing almost all week. We did dress up for the Broadway show, and you will need more dressy attire for formal dining. Most of the time we wore casual shorts and knit dresses. I suggest packing a couple pairs of shorts and 2-3 blouses/tops that you can mix and match. Remember to bring a light sweater or jacket for evenings too.

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I highly suggest you bring a comfortable and supportive pair of walking shoes. Lucy and I both wore our Clarks Sea Breeze sandals all week. We walked almost everywhere we went, and they were the perfect shoe for most events. You can find them HERE in ten colors!

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We both carried cross body bags all week. Our hands were free to carry other purchases and I felt safe knowing that I had my valuables right next to me. I love this cross body option for traveling.

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Also, remember to bring hand sanitizer, hair ties, sunscreen, lip balm, sunnies, and cash. You will need cash for taxis and tipping. If you are driving into the city, bring a case of water, as bottled water is costly in the city.

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I would love to hear your NYC travel tips! We hope to return there soon!


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New York State of Mind!

Last month, I was blessed to travel to NYC with my daughter. She was accepted into the Rockette Summer Intensive Program after auditioning last winter. I have always dreamed of visiting New York, and I wanted to be a Rockette when I was young (and naive), so this was a dream come true for both of us. I wanted to share a few highlights of our trip with you all!

Lucy attended RSI at Radio City Music Hall all week. I know, pinch me. I dropped her off at the stage door early in the morning and she attended classes with the Rockettes for around 9 hours daily. The girls learned three numbers from the Christmas Spectacular and they had a performance at NYU at the end of the week.

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After classes were over for the day, we explored the city. One of our favorite places was Central Park. We walked most of the time, but really enjoyed a rickshaw ride that stopped where all of the fun movies were filmed.

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One evening we took the train to the new World Trade Center One. No words can describe the moving tribute that the people of NYC created for their fallen neighbors.

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Lucy and I took the tour of WTC One and the view from the top was spectacular.

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We stopped by Ladder Co. 10 near Wall Street to meet some local heroes.

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Lucy got to pick one Broadway show to attend. Of course, my Disney fanatic picked Aladdin. It was amazing and funny, the actors were insanely talented, We got to meet Aladdin and the Genie after the show. Aladdin (Adam Jacobs) was completely adorable (and very sweet) too!

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Lucy got to check out the Rockette costume room.

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Time Square was on Lucy’s to-do list. We loved the lights and the shopping, but we left when it got dark, because the crowd got a little nutty and too risque for a teen. It was great fun during the day though!

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We appreciated the gorgeous graffiti on some of the buildings in Little Italy.

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Several of Lucy’s dance team friends surprised us and came to NYC to watch her performance. We took them to China Town and bartered for new handbags and wallets.

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At the end of their performance, the girls posed for pictures with their instructors.

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I can honestly say that this week was one of the best weeks of my life. The only thing better than living your dream is watching the person you love the most in the world live hers. What a blessing(:

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Floral Prints And Denim!

Summer is the perfect time for bright floral prints! I recently wore this outfit to a girls day outing with Lucy and some of our friends.

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I purchased this fun floral top last year from J Crew Factory. It pairs perfectly with denim. But I love it with white and black bottoms too. While this exact top is sold out, they created a similar new version this summer. You can find it HERE.

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The smock waist denim skirt was also purchased last year. I am not sure I love it. It seems to wrinkle easily and I am not sure it is flattering for me. Opinions? Thoughts on how I should style it if I keep it? You can find a similar, printed version HERE. I love the red one!

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I will be back on Monday, sharing the highlights of my recent trip to NYC with my daughter. She was accepted into Rockette Summer Intensive, and we were blessed to spend the week together in New York! Be sure to stop back next week and see the style, tourist fun, and food highlights from the city that never sleeps!

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Be sure to link up your favorite post with Jennie, of A Pocketful of Polka Dots, and me today! We are having so much fun reading your Charming Friday links! Thanks for being a part of our Friday fun!

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Summer Jamberry Style Box!

With the sun staying out longer and the temperatures rising, it is the perfect time for bright and bold manicures! I am a huge fan of Jamberry nail wraps! they are non-toxic, simple to apply, and they don’t tear my nails off like the gel manicures. My wraps typically last around 7-8 days, but some of my friends can get ten days out of their wraps. Today I am sharing what I received in my June Style Box. This is not a sponsored post. I simply love Jamberry wraps and enjoying sharing them with you!

Summer is my favorite time of the year – hot weather, barbeques, and poolside pedicures! Inspired by the colors and designs of swimming pool ties, June’s designs are the perfect way to make a splash this summer!

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Included in this box was also a file and an orange stick, as well as a small pair of scissors to help you create the perfect mani/pedi for summer!

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June’s wraps were accompanied by a set of metallic tattoos to compliment your golden tan! Lucy loves these!

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The two wraps are aztec inspired designs, with coordinating shades of blues, teals, and coral. I wore them to NYC. Summer perfection! Have you tried Jamberry wraps? What is your favorite design for summer? Have a sunny day!!

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