A Mothers Love is eternal. She is always with you. She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she’s the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick, the fragrance of life itself. She’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well, she’s your breath in the air on a cold winters day. She’s the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of the rainbow, she is Christmas morning. Your mother lives inside your laughter. She’s the place you came from, your first home, and she’s the map you follow with every step you take. She’s your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space…Not even death. A Mothers Love Is Eternal.
It’s that time of year for me and maybe many of you as well. Time to store the sweaters and the coats and dress for the beaches and the boats…close shop and take off to some exotic destination or relaxing resort far away from day-to-day reality. And these colorful floral prints and patterns designed by Finland’s own Marimekko exclusively for Targets, definitely puts me in a jet-set state of mind.
Gingham Prints took over the runways at the Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion Week. And though gingham patterns seem to be in for a few seasons now, Designers like Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs and Victoria Beckham to name a few, debuted lines that have only gotten bolder…a bit more accenting, a bit more colorful and creative, as in ankle and floor length dresses, dresses with pockets and dresses that show off decolletage. Clearly I love what I see as I find these explosive combinations to be fun and exiting.
Maxi Gingham Dress
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Dress: Eliza J | Eyewear: Kate Spade | Jewelry: Kendra Scott
Happy Sunday Love’s, So at this point in my life; I’m all about living mindful and balanced…and it seems to work for me being a Type B Personality. Naturally I’m a busy-body…but within reason, however somehow I recently allowed myself to get swept into a whirlpool of life’s day-to-day and then SOME…thus is why I’ve been MIA. My to-do-list had taken on a life of its own and could potentially acquire a zip code. Such obligations had me feeling overwhelmed and out of control. I began to feel like an unraveling spool of yarn.
Living in such a fast pace society where the idea of the only way to succeed in life/work is to burn out…is bologna…it’s actually the exact opposite, new studies show that multitasking kills your performance and may even damage your brain, yet we feel unproductive when we’re not engaging multiple tasks all at once…always trying to beat the clock verses living in the moment…trying to hurry up and live instead of actually embracing time and living our best life.
In the midst of my whirlpool, I was functioning on adrenalin, and driven by an anxiousness to succeed in checking off far too many obligations and commitments, attention deficit had definitely kicked in…as I found myself constantly stressing about what I needed to do next, verses focusing on the task at hand. It wasn’t until I woke – literally woke – from a subtle nod at the stop-light; startled by the jerk and the sound of the front end of my car banging into the hitch of the pick up truck in front of me. Coming from “The Self Proclaimed Safest Driver On Earth” I couldn’t believe this was happening. Yet I was ever so grateful that the incident was no more serious than it was.
I realized for many, Society’s self-destructive addiction to chaotic living has become a way of life…yes addiction…you’re up until you’re down (continuing to take on more and more responsibility until you run yourself in physical and/or mental depletion). I’d fulfilled each and every obligation and the whirlpool subsided, yet I didn’t feel accomplished, I didn’t feel validated and I didn’t feel appreciated…what I felt was exhaustion…oh and pissed about my front-end.
After such an experience, what I know for sure is that I will never allow myself to get bombarded in this way again. Realizing some will be disappointed and maybe even upset with me, and I’m absolutely fine with that. We have to stop over-extending ourselves. Multitasking is not an art-form, nor is it healthy. And as cliché as it sounds we – literally – need to take time to smell the roses. There’s an abundance of life out there just waiting to be lived and it has nothing to do with money, power, success, cell phones, social media or people pleasing. We need to stop taking on the responsibilities of others to the point where those things that are important to us fall by the wayside. By no means is it selfish to say no…as self-care should always be the first care.
Instead of so many task, take on a new duty-a duty to sleep, breath deeply, slow down, listen to our inner voice and see the world as we did as children. And as a side-note; the only multitasking to be done should be by the clothes in our closets.
Alice and Olivia Chiffon Off-The-Shoulder
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Top: Alice and Olivia | Pants: Calvin Klein | Shoes: So Kate Loub’s | Jewelry: Kendra Scott
Featuring more than 200 playful, print-centric pieces that span outdoor decor, furniture and entertaining essentials, as well as beach and swim wear for women and girls. Standout items include the paddle board, inflatable, hammocks and swimsuits. The collection also features a number of firsts for Marimekko, including the bocce ball sets and parachutes. And best of all? Most pieces can be yours for under $50.