Saturday, December 3, 2016

Packing for a Caribbean Cruise

I'm getting excited about our holiday cruise.  Here are the clothes, accessories and jewelry I'm thinking about packing (organized day-by-day):

Friday - fly to Ft. Lauderdale
  • white jeans
  • pink shirt, green cashmere sweater and scarf from Lilly Pulitzer
  • socks and slip-on shoes from Coach
  • swatch watch, gold earrings
  • fleece, gloves, hat
  • Random House tote
  • dinner:
    • green floral silk sheath from Anthropologie
    • kate spade flats 
    • gold/starfish earrings
    • white purse
Saturday - board cruise ship
  • white/blue print pants from Lilly Pulitzer
  • white cami and cobalt knit draped-neck, short-sleeve top from Alice + Olivia
  • coach sandals
  • swatch watch, hoop earrings
  • Random House tote
  • dinner:
    • blue/ivory Ralph Lauren floral silk sheath 
    • pink sweater
    • black leather cross-strap kitten-heel sandals from J. Jill
    • black clutch
Sunday - Half Moon Cay
  • tan shorts from Lands End
  • t shirt
  • bathing suit
  • slip-on shoes from Coach
  • Random house toate
  • dinner:
    • black silk sleeveless dupioni sheath dress from Talbots
    • pink pucci-print cardigan from Ann Taylor
    • black leather cross-strap kitten-heel sandals from J. Jill
    • black clutch
Monday - at sea
  • black/ivory printed pants
  • pink t shirt
  • slip-on shoes from Coach
  • white purse
  • dinner:
    • navy dress from Lilly Pulitzer
    • gold cardigan from Talbots
Tuesday - Grand Cayman
  • brown giraffe print skort from Lands End
  • pink tshirt 
  • slip-on shoes from Coach
  • dinner:
    • Lilly Pulitzer pink sheath dress
    • black sandals
    • black purse
Wednesday - Cozumel
  • navy shorts from Lands End
  • tshirt 
  • slip-on shoes from Coach
  • dinner:
    • green floral silk sheath from Anthropologie
    • kate spade flats 
    • gold/starfish earrings
    • white purse
Thursday - At Sea
  • black/ivory printed pants
  • bare shoulder top
  • dinner:
    • Calvin Klein denim dress
    • kate spade flats
Friday - Key West
  • J. McLaughlin denim dress
  • slip-on shoes from Coach
  • dinner:
    • black silk sleeveless dupioni sheath dress from Talbots
    • gold cardigan sweater
    • new shell necklace
    • black leather cross-strap kitten-heel sandals from J. Jill
    • black clutch
Saturday - disembark in Ft. Lauderdale
  • white jeans
  • j crew tshirt
  • green cashmere sweater and scarf from Lilly Pulitzer
  • socks, slip-on shoes from Coach
  • fleece, gloves, hat
  • Random House tote 
  1. 2 bathing suits
  2. 2 cover-ups
  3. work-out gear (for 4 days) and sneakers
  4. lingerie
  5. toiletries, make-up
  6. SUN BLOCK, sunglasses, sunhat
  7. PJs
  8. watch
  9. socks, underwear
  10. electronics, chargers for electronics
  11. books/reading materials
  12. writing materials
  13. umbrella
  14. tape
  15. charger
Need more inspiration? Here are my lists from 2 years ago and another from 4 years ago.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Law of the Garbage Truck

Got this one by email a while ago:

"One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital! 'This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'

"He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so...Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't. Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it! Have a blessed, garbage-free day! "

Saturday, September 24, 2016

7 Essential Money Questions

I bookmarked this New York Times article, 7 Essential Money Questions Sure to Start a Conversation, some time ago because as DH and I approach retirement, it seems like a reasonable idea to start exploring our financial goals. Here are the seven questions:

  1. What lessons about money did you learn from your parents?
  2. What does the word “money” conjure up for you?
  3. How many children would you like to have when you retire?
  4. How do you think your children feel about that (not just #3 but all financial decisions)?
  5. Tell me about your financial situation when you first met (for couples).
  6. What are the most important things in your life?
    1. How would you live your life differently if you were completely secure financially?
    2. What would you change if you knew you only had five to 10 years left to live? 
    3. What would you regret if you knew you would die tomorrow?
  7. What does the prospect of retirement look like to you?

    Friday, September 23, 2016

    Words Not Spoken

    Not too long ago, I read about a mom who taught her young children the sign language symbol for "I love you." This skill allowed her to communicate those words when her kids weren't close enough to hear her or when saying the words out loud might have proved to be unbearably embarrassing. If she was lucky, they would echo the sentiment by signing back.

    I wish I had thought to do this years ago. When my boys were little they were so snugly and full of affection it never occurred to me that there would be a time when they wouldn't be. But of course as they grew up, they began to resist my hugs and kisses, and on the rare case they did allow my caresses, didn't want to return them. Just recently, my older son, has begun to share a hug, kiss and "I love you" when he's home from college. Maybe the tide is changing back at last.

    Saturday, August 13, 2016

    Fashion Trends, Fall 2016

    Fall's Hot 5, according to InStyle:
    1. Cool-girl florals
    2. Animal print
    3. Evening for day
    4. Menswear motifs
    5. Military
    The Zoe Report's Top 12:
    1. Prim petals
    2. Sleek satin
    3. Luxe velvet
    4. Double breasted coats
    5. Romantic tiered lace
    6. Platform boots
    7. Shades of rust
    8. Bold checks
    9. Splashy sequins
    10. Fuzzy bags
    11. Lone shoulder
    12. Opulent prints
    17 Fall Fashion Trends from New York Magazine:
    1. Shearling
    2. 1980s excess
    3. Velvet
    4. Layered evening-wear
    5. Platform heels
    6. Capes
    7. Quilted coats
    8. Pearls
    9. Leopard
    10. Purple
    11. Military
    12. Tartan
    13. Padded shoulders
    14. Corsets
    15. Vinyl
    16. Micro bags
    17. Sequins
    The Fall Trend Guide from INTERMIX:
    1. Luxe layering (bold patterns, luxurious textures)
    2. Over the top (elaborate blouses with dramatic silhouettes)
    3. Leather affair (leggings, motos, accessories and more)
    4. Dress to impress (lace, cut-outs, studs, single shoulder)
    5. Borrowed from the boys (menswear softened with feminine flourishes)
    6. Decadence done up (mix and match velvet, lace, embroidery and sequins)
    Fall Trend Report from StyleWatch:
    1. Pretty edgy - Lots of pink with touches of leather, studs and black lace; it's all about capturing that good-girl-done-bad thing
    2. Luxe eclectic - Mixed prints, fun details and shots of shine
    3. Sporty cool - Sweatshirts and puffers collide with sleek skirts and heels
    4. Dark romance - velvet, edgy floral prints and lace inserts make a look that's mysterious and just a little vampy
    5. Girls club - masculine stripes, plaids and checks veer into lady territory on tailored, work-appropriate pieces
    6. The new boho - a grown-up hippie vibe with rich fabrics and sleek extras that lend polish and sophistication
    7. Military - classic colors, structured shops and chic naval details
    8. Shades of red and blue 
    Marie Claire's Complete Guide to Fall's Biggest Fashion Trends:
    1. Shearling
    2. Broken down denim
    3. The miniskirt suit
    4. The necktie
    5. #PutaTurtleneckUnderIt
    6. The fur collar
    7. Showing stitches (the Frankenstein-ing of fashion)
    8. The patent leather coat
    9. Velvet
    9 Trends from Real Simple:

    1. Saffron
    2. Updated Mary Janes
    3. High collar blouses
    4. Prairie dresses
    5. Tassel earrings
    6. Structured trousers
    7. Embellished handbag straps
    8. Bell-sleeve sweaters
    9. Lace dresses

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016

    July 4th Menu and Packing List



    • Dinner: hamburgers or chicken Caesar salad w/watermelon


    • Breakfast: oj, coffee, cereal/bananas, banana bread, granola bars
    • Lunch: FD pizza
    • Dinner (Dorflinger): sandwiches, potato/macaroni salad, coleslaw, brownies


    • Breakfast: oj, coffee, cereal/bananas, banana bread, granola bars
    • Lunch: chicken shish kebab, coleslaw, fruit
    • Dinner (fireworks): steak, potato/macaroni salad, caprese salad, vertical wine tasting, strawberries/blueberries/whipped cream plus patriotic cookies


    • Breakfast: oj, coffee, cereal/bananas, banana bread, granola bars
    • Lunch: sandwiches/power salad/leftovers
    • Dinner: pizza at home?

    Also: beer, soda, water, yogurt (check paper plates and other paper goods)

    Packing List
    • white jeans
    • white cotton pants
    • black/ivory side-zip pants
    • navy shorts
    • red t-shirt
    • navy sleeveless tie-neck top
    • navy/white striped linen tshirt
    • white sleeveless blouse
    • white elbow-length sleeve tshirt
    • navy J. Crew sweater
    • socks/undies
    • pajamas
    • sweatshirt
    • bathing suit/cover-up
    • running stuff/sneakers
    • leather flip flops
    • Coach slip-ons
    • blue/red belt
    • toiletries/make-up/hair accessories
    • blue/white earrings, red/gold earrings
    • phone charger
    • computer
    • book

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    3 Days in Clinton Corners

    Lots to do and see! But here are the things that struck me most:

    Clinton Vineyards (

    Things to Pack for Me:
    phone charger
    bathing suit/towel/cover-up
    outfits for 3 days
    sweatshirt w/hood

    hostess gift

    Things to Pack for J:
    bug spray
    ear stuff