Ideas That Say Happy Valentine’s Day!

When Cupid shot his dart, he shot it at your heart. ~ Buddy Holly

Hearts. Flowers. Chocolate.  Cherubs. Candy. Cards. What do you think of when you want to say Happy Valentine’s Day? Here are a few ideas to help remind her that you are still sweethearts and always will be…

Valentine’s Vases

Valentine's Vases

You can never go wrong with an antique vase filled with their favorite flowers. And, if their favorite flowers are not grown locally, a beautiful antique vase overflowing with grocery store bouquets will still melt her heart.

Splashes of Red Make a Sweet Fashion Statement

Round Hand Bag


Red Hat and Scarf

Pink Tassel Necklace

Pink Bead Bracelet

Red Hat

Say I LOVE YOU All Around Your Home

Red Accessories

A touch of red in your picture frames, candle holders and lamp shade.

Parasol and Flowers

A pretty antique platter to add to your love story.

Rose Petal Pillows

Have her rest her beautiful face on rose petals.

Mixed Textiles for a Pretty Valentine's

Animal print mixed with red or pink make a striking arrangement.

Love is in the Air

Love blooms everywhere.

Sweet Hearts for Breakfast

Breakfast served with hearts will start her day off  perfectly. Add her favorite muffins with the date you first met written on top and you’ll recapture her heart.

Red Wine Glasses

Share a sip of wine in beautiful glasses.

Resting Cherub

A golden cherub at peace in her sleep… Share that you want her to always rest in the fact that you love her.

Red Velvet Says Happy Valentine's

An extra chair for Christmas, Valentine’s, Patriotic Holidays… The red velvet seat can be used all year long.

Be My Valentine

Vintage Valentine’s are all the rage. Ask him/her to be yours always and forever with something different.


Happy Valentine’s Day from CoziNest and Daphne Antique Galleria!

Hockey Sweater Fashion

On a recent trip to Toronto, Canada, I learned that in the early days of hockey, jerseys were called sweaters, because they were actually sweaters. Commentators will still refer to them today as sweaters because of this.  007 and I visited the Hockey Hall of Fame where I found lots of hockey sweater fashion. Because I sometimes struggle with what to wear to sporting events, I thought some of you might like some ideas, too. I want to look supportive of my team, cute, and stylish. Here are a few ideas I came up with for sporting hockey team colors that look cute!
This post has affiliate links. I will earn a small commission if you purchase. I have personally chosen the colors and outfits that I love from Soft Surroundings – the perfect brand for ladies my age who want to live comfortably, yet stylish!
If your team is the USA…
usa hockey sweater
you might wear something like this:


from: Soft Surroundings

Toronto Maple Leafs
If you cheer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, you would look smashing in this…

P Silk Convertible Shirt & Cmi – $119.95

from: Soft Surroundings


If black and blue are your team colors, consider something like this:

Samantha Shirt – $89.95

from: Soft Surroundings



If like 007, you love the Penguins, then this would be adorable:

Women Effortless Knit Dress – $94.95

from: Soft Surroundings


Montreal Maroons

If your team colors are similar to the old Montreal Maroons, then you might choose these colorful and comfortable jeans:


from: Soft Surroundings

1922 Champs
And finally, if you are the champions of days gone by, you might want to wear this beautiful, camel-colored sweater!


from: Soft Surroundings

As I was writing this post, I couldn’t get the song, “If I were a Carpenter” out of my head. So here’s a verse for those who love the game of hockey, the players and a little romance at the same time.



If I were a hockey player
And you were a lady
Would you wear my sweater anyway?
Would you keep it past my heyday?
If my greatness is underplayed
Would you still find me
sexy upon the blades?
Followin’ behind me?
Save my love through loneliness
Save my love through sorrows
I’ve given you my onliness
Give me your tomorrows.

7 Fall Fashion Tips from Fabulous After 40

Deborah Boland is an influential style blogger and certified image consultant with The Association of International Image Consultants International. As a Leading Style Expert for women over 40, and editor of  Fabulous after 40, it is an honor to feature her here on Fashion Friday.

September can be a difficult fashion month here in the South. It are still hot enough to live in linen shorts and cotton t-shirts, but that is just not that fabulous! Here are 7 Fall fashion tips Deborah shared with me recently to help you transition into cooler days:

Fall Fashion Tips from Deborah

Suede as Transition into Fall

1. Suede used to be just for Fall but now it’s a year-round fabric. A suede wedge makes a great transitional shoe between Summer and Fall.

Leopard Print with Green

2. Many women pair black with leopard print, which works, but a more exciting combination is to wear it with a gorgeous green.

Don't Fear Fringe

3. Don’t be afraid of fringe. A little goes a long way and will give you a hip, free-spirit vibe.

All Black with a Pop of Color

4. There’s nothing more slimming than all black with a pop of color to add energy and life!

Wrap Coat

5. One of the coziest coats of Fall is a wrap coat. Gray with burgundy is a rich, sophisticated combination.

Leather Leggings for Ladies Over 40

6. Leather leggings are a great wardrobe staple. They go with everything and look fab with animal prints.

Long Vests with Leggings

7. A long vest is a great accessory with leggings or skinny jeans. Wear it over all black to create a long lean line.

I’ve styled at least 7 outfits from my own closet for the next week just from her tips.  I’ll be wearing my skinny jeans with my suede wedges, a lightweight gray poncho over a burgundy monochromatic outfit and my animal print flats with a green silk blouse and black skinny jeans –  just to name a few. I can’t wait to sport my leather-trimmed, skinny black pants with a leopard print tunic and I’ve corralled all my long vests into one place to grab for last-minute-out-the-door outfits. My daring fringe day will include a beige poncho with fringe down the sides that I found recently at Chico’s. I just hope I can make it out the door in that one. The kitties love playing with fringe. 

You can find lots more fun and fashionable photos on Deborah’s Instagram page. A great big thank-you to Deborah for sharing her expertise with us today.

Fashion Question of the Week: Do you wear white after Labor Day?


Shop Soft Surroundings Now!

Linking with these utterly fabulous parties:

Celebrate Your Story,  Mommy MomentsRustic and Refined,  Coastal Charm,

Cooking and Crafting with J&JThe Scoop,  Inspire Me Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays

Inspire Me Monday,  Tickle My TastebudsWow Us Wednesday, Christian Bloggers Community

Full Plate ThursdayWork it WednesdayCreative Spark,  Home Matters, Idea Box,

Poofing the Pillows,  Sweet Inspiration,  DIY Sunday ShowcaseGet Your DIY On,

Share it One More Time,

Is Birmingham Fashion Week to Become Fashion Roadkill?

Picture the scene with Carrie Bradshaw on Sex in the City. She walks confidently down the runway and falls on her face.  Her friend Stanley then exclaims from the audience, “Oh no! She’s fashion roadkill!”

Could that be what Birmingham Fashion Week has become? Fashion Roadkill?

Birmingham Runway

Every year that it’s been in “The Ham,” I’ve wanted to go, but for one reason or another I’ve had to miss. Not this year! For the first time in 6 years I was able to go on the opening night. My mom and I had terrific seats right next to the runway on the second row. We sat directly across from Heidi Elnora who is one of the co-founders of the event. I can’t even begin to express what a fantastic time we had. I was unable to attend the other nights which I’m sure were just as fabulous as the one we attended.

Birmingham Fashion Week with Mom

Giftwrap Dress

On Sunday, I couldn’t wait to read online who had won the competitions and see pictures of the designs I’d missed. I was so very disappointed to read that this year – my first one – may actually be the last year for Birmingham Fashion Week. I had no idea that the whole show is put on by volunteers. Six years in a row of hard work and dedication by volunteers!

Tara Gray

Emcee, Tara Gray

Birmingham Fashion Week Founders

Founders of Birmingham Fashion Week – Jeana Lee Thompson and Heidi Elnora

The one night that I was able to attend offered everything that I expected in a professional fashion show. Birmingham, please WAKE UP!!! Charleston, SC has a great fashion week. (I was there!) Atlanta has a great fashion week. Chicago, Dallas, Miami and Kansas City all offer a peak into the creative side of their cities. Isn’t that what is so fabulous about Fashion Week, after all?

Jeanna Lee

Jeana Lee Thompson, co-founder of BFW

Fashion is how we express our personalities. Fashion makes us feel good and confident about ourselves. Fashion sets different cultures apart. Fashion can portray religious beliefs and it can rebel. It can make us scratch our heads or laugh out loud. But all in all, where would society across the world be without it? Designers keep our closets from looking like a surplus store. I mean yes, uniforms have their place, but how do we people-watch if everybody is wearing brown? I mean really!!!

Sunglasses can make an outfit.

small print skirt and crop top

So how do we keep Fashion Week in Birmingham? I’m asking you to reach out. Comment on their Facebook Page. Find out what’s needed. Share this post! Selfishly, I’m asking for your help! I only got to go once! These ladies have worked TOO hard to bring something of its calibre to our city to see it end so soon.

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.
~Napoleon Hill

Miss United States Teen Alabama

My best friend from elementary school and I used to play house. Guess where our inspiration came from? The JCPenney catalog. We would pick out our clothes, shoes, jewelry – heck, we even picked out our husbands from the men’s department models! I’m chuckling out loud at that memory!

White Crop Top with Peach Skirt

cream lace crop top and skirt


Playing house was a LONG time ago, and fashion has changed so much since then. Young girls don’t wear “smock tops” with bell bottoms and platform shoes anymore. Models are finally beginning to look more like Main Street, USA and not solely Size 2’s.  Fashion is becoming  more inclusive and progressive and I don’t know about you, but I strongly feel that Birmingham NEEDS something like this!

Hi-lo Layers from Birmingham Fashion Week

I was completely blown away by the beauty of the special guest model of the show, Madeline Stuart. This young girl told her mom, Roseanne, from a young age that she wanted to be a fashion model. A lot of mom’s might have ignored her and directed her down a different path. But no, a runway was where she was born to walk – even with Down Syndrome.

Madeline Stuart


Madeline Stuart at Birmingham Fashion Week

Madeline's Coat

With this being Labor Day weekend, I have to end with one more thing. The creativity and hard work of seamstresses, designers and textile manufacturers is a vital force of the American economy. (For those designers who have their fabrics made in the USA.) Why not spend this one weekend of the year supporting and paying tribute to those who work behind the scenes? It is truly a worthwhile and fun event for our city.

Skirt made of spoons

The photo above and all those below were part of the Rising Design Star Competition. All Rising Star Designers used materials like wrapping paper, coffee filters, and my favorite (above)… plastic spoons.

goldmini hoodie veil japanese peacock feathers stripedtattoos swimsuit lattice dress youngdesigner1 garbagebags coffeefilters cellophane black and silver aluminum triangles

Let’s please don’t let this become fashion roadkill in Birmingham! Please support Birmingham Fashion Week. Ladies, let’s bombard them with helpful hands. I may not be able to sew fabric, but I can certainly sew goodwill toward such a great event for our city!

white a-line small print skirt and crop top
model and designer Is Birmingham Fashion Week Becoming Fashion Roadkill


Linking with these utterly fabulous parties:

Celebrate Your Story,  Mommy MomentsRustic and Refined,  Coastal Charm,

Cooking and Crafting with J&JThe Scoop,  Inspire Me Tuesday, Tasty Tuesdays

Inspire Me Monday,  Tickle My TastebudsWow Us Wednesday, Christian Bloggers Community

Full Plate ThursdayWork it WednesdayCreative Spark,  Home Matters, Idea Box,

Poofing the Pillows,  Sweet Inspiration,  DIY Sunday ShowcaseGet Your DIY On,

Share it One More Time,

Fashion for Tiger and Tide Fans Galore!

Rah-Rah-Rah Sis Boom Bah! There’s no time to hem and haw! College football season is here at last! In Alabama, we’ll be adding War Damn Eagle and Roll Tide Roll to our Boom Bah! If you’ve not done your shopping for that first game, check out this southern-born-and-bred site for the latest in game day attire. They had me at Bourbon… The boots are a bonus!

Bourbon & Boots

This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links for which I may receive a commission. However, all opinions are my own. I am a fan of this company in addition to my beloved Tigers for three reasons.

  1. They are uniquely southern, and
  2. They ever so politely opened the door for me to write about fashion for college football fans! And…
  3. I LOVE their accessories!

You know how I love fashion! And…No matter what color your shaker is, these are some dadgum cute accessories! And, men, I even have a couple of things to highlight for you! Spoiler alert! You will have to get your own bourbon!

College Town Accessories

Auburn Tigers

Auburn Map Pendant

These map pendants and cufflinks are my very favorite of all the choices. They are unique and stylish, but also something I would wear any day of the week. Not just on game day.

Auburn Map Pendant

AU Cufflinks

Fashion for Tiger and Tide Fans Galore*6DBw8&subid=&offerid=434157.1&type=10&tmpid=21614&

Bourbon & Boots Auburn Bracelet


Do you know where the battle cry “War Eagle” started? Legend has it that  “an old Civil War soldier sat in the stands with an eagle he had found in battle. During the game the eagle broke free and soared over the field, inspiring fans in attendance to chant “War Eagle!”’*6DBw8&subid=&offerid=434157.1&type=10&tmpid=21614&

Bourbon and Boots Auburn Collection Earrings

The winner of the 1985 Heisman, Bo Jackson made 45 touchdowns during his tenure at Auburn.*6DBw8&subid=&offerid=434157.1&type=10&tmpid=21614&

Bourbon & Boots Auburn Watch

Did you realize that “John Heisman, the legendary coach for which the award is named, once coached at Auburn for five seasons from 1895-99.”*6DBw8&subid=&offerid=434157.1&type=10&tmpid=21614&

Bourbon & Boots Auburn Hair Accessories

“In 12 seasons as the head coach from 1981-92, Pat Dye won nearly 70 percent of the games he coached, including six victories in nine career bowl appearances.”*6DBw8&subid=&offerid=434157.1&type=10&tmpid=21614&

Bourbon & Boots Auburn Infinity Scarf

“No coach, not even Dye, maintained a longer tenure at Auburn than Ralph “Shug” Jordan, who coached the team for 25 seasons from 1951-75. In that time Jordan led Auburn to 12 bowl games (appearing in a bowl game was much more difficult during that time), and he won 175 of the 265 games he coached at Auburn.” ~ Saturday Dow South

Crimson Tide

Tuscaloosa Map Pendant

Bourbon & Boots Tuscaloosa Map Pendant

Tuscaloosa Cufflinks

Tuscaloosa cufflinks*6DBw8&subid=&offerid=434157.1&type=10&tmpid=21614&

Bourbon & Boots Tuscaloosa Bracelet

“Coach Bryant never really liked the elephant as a mascot. He thought they were slow and stupid. Because of this, it wasn’t officially recognized as a mascot until 1978.” ~ Southern Living*6DBw8&subid=&offerid=434157.1&type=10&tmpid=21614&

Bourbon & Boots Tuscaloosa Earrings

“The Crimson Tide was originally referred to as “The Thin Red Line,” back when the University began its football program in 1892.” ~ Southern Living*6DBw8&subid=&offerid=434157.1&type=10&tmpid=21614&

Bourbon & Boots Alabama Infinity Scarf

“Not only has Alabama generated 115 different first-team All-Americans, the Tide have produced 24 members of the College Football Hall of Fame, including four head coaches.” ~ Saturday Down South*6DBw8&subid=&offerid=434157.1&type=10&tmpid=21614&

Bourbon & Boots Alabama Watch

“Legend has it Bear Bryant got his nickname around the year 1927 by wrestling a muzzled bear from a local traveling carnival. The story goes he did it to impress a girl and for the money — one dollar per minute — but the bear’s owner left town without paying.” ~

After you fill your cart with all of your favorites, be sure to visit the Bourbon and Boots blog. You will surely find yourself in the 10 Signs You Might be from Alabama article. Here’s a snippet:

Truly the Heart of Dixie, from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains until it drops off into the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama is 52,000 square miles of fascinating.

Now you know why I love Bourbon and Boots!

Patchwork Trend for Ladies Over 40

Do you remember the song, Patches? It was written by Clarence Carter. The song tells the story of how a young boy raised on a farm was so “raggedy, folks used to call [him], Patches.”

I was born and raised down in Alabama
On a farm way back up in the woods
I was so raggedy, folks used call me, “Patches”
Papa used to tease me ’bout it
Of course deep down inside he was hurt
‘Cause he’d done all he could

Now, these same “raggedy patches” are all the rage in fashion. I absolutely love the look! But, I wonder if women over 40 can wear them without looking ridiculous? Here are a few looks that I will be trying.
Calvin Klein Patchwork Jeggings
These Calvin Klein Patchwork Leggings can be found at Belk. They are simple, long and sleek, and would look fabulous with a long top that sits just at the hip bone.
Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 12.05.42 PM
Another Belk find, this Coach Patchwork Wristlet is a great little shopping bag. It’s stylish, small and easy to carry when you’re out for a day of trying on clothes.
Tory Burch Patchwork Satchel
For a larger bag, I am in total infatuation with this Tory Burch Patchwork Satchel! The colors are neutral enough that I would carry this through the Fall.
INC Patchwork Skirt
Macy’s has this adorable INC Patchwork Denim Midi. I’m loving the idea of this with a white t-shirt and short black blazer for fall.
Clever Carriage Patchwork Wrap
And look what I found on Home Shopping Network! Black and white goes with everything and this is so versatile, it would never go out of style! I’ll go ahead and warn you, it’s a bit pricey for a scarf, in my opinion. But, since it would become a staple you could wear over and over again, it is worth the price!
Sole Diva Patchwork Boots
You certainly won’t look raggedy in these patchwork boots from SimplyBe! I love that the patches are on the ankle and the toe is one solid color. This is patchwork simply stated! I would wear these with skinny jeans and an oversized top.
One hint for the patchwork trend for those of us who have reached a certain age: Rock it! But only one item at a time. Less is definitely more, don’t you think? Otherwise we might just look a little raggedy!
What will you try with this new runway trend?