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4th of july easy dessert

We flew the flag. Cheat sheet - after the bbq, the kids loved this pretty July 4th dessert spread and I didn't need to toil in a hot kitchen all day preparing it. Store-bought star-shaped cookies and quick and easy mini pavlovas sit on big red and blue stars.  alternating blue and white napkins (I used smaller red ones for appetizers) and home-made napkin flowers set the scene. mini pavlovas - ok, so these are an Australian dessert but the…

my navy maxi dress – 3 ways

Brunch - dress: Michael Stars, cardigan: Merona by Target, bag: navy leather, sandals: Sigerson Morrison, bracelet: antique charm bracelet, necklaces: delicate gold chains of different lengths, earrings: crystal drop earrings. Date night - dress: Michael Stars, gold sandals: Steve Madden, clutch: gray leather, necklace: chain-link bib. This is where a bib necklace can really work. BBQ - dress: Michael Stars, jacket: GAP 1969 denim, scarf: H&M, clutch: Target, leather sandals: Franco Sarto, cuff: Venice Beach artisan, earrings: Banana Republic gold…

hallway heaven

To open up this long, skinny hallway I had all of the base boards and the molding around each doorway removed. Paneled doors were replaced with a mix of plain and frosted glass-paned ones. I swapped ornate brass handles for simple chrome levers, more recessed lighting was added, large scale (24" x 24") gray matte tiles replaced the squeaky old wood veneer floors, and some fun inexpensive canvases keep the color scheme from becoming too dreary. Hallway hell!  Do I…

brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous

I started trace with the intention of sharing the many things that inspire me daily. I love this quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve…