The new Closet Outfit Planner is about to be released for the 2023 Spring season. I just ordered mine and I can’t wait to see all the outfits that are demonstrated by using 27 pieces to create 30 + different outfits. I love fashion and one of my favorites are separates. The Closet Outfit Planner is a guide that shows you specifically how to put separates together to create different looks.
How do you get the planner? You go to this link and it will take you straight to the Style By Color website. You can read all about the details. If you decide this is for you, you will choose which planner you would like as in which color code you would like. Each color code has it’s own planner with those specific colors that are best for your own beautiful you. If you aren’t sure of your color code you will see a link to take a quick quiz that will let you know your color code so you can choose which planner you need. I’m a soft, so I will be receiving the Soft Closet Outfit Planner. If you need any help in determining your color code, let me know. I’ve been trained and certified by Shari Braendel on how to determine your color code, body style and fashion style… plus so many other fun things that have to do with fashion and helping you feel the best you! FYI, there are 6 color codes and you will be one of these; Clear, Deep, Cool, Warm, Soft and Light. (No, this isn’t the color coding from the 80’s, this is something entirely different.)
Okay, I’ve talked long enough, you will want to click on over to check out the planner. The benefit of getting it early before February 18th is you will receive a free ticket to the Style Palooza, which is a 2 day online workshop. Last year it was packed full of so much informative information. I can’t wait for this years workshops.
By the way, did you know this years color of the year is Viva Magenta. Each year Pantone releases the color of the year and so you will be seeing this color a lot in the next few months.
In your planner you will find other beautiful colors that are perfect for your skin, hair and eye color!
We just got home from a trip to Florida. We flew from Texas to Florida on Southwest Airlines. The plane was packed going and returning home. On both flights we had a flight attendant crew that seemed like they enjoyed their job. The flight home was especially fun to watch the main flight attendant. She was on top of her game and she had a dry sense of humor. Every time she made an announcement, it made me giggle just a bit. As I watched, I had so many flashbacks of when I was little and dreamed of becoming an airline stewardess. When I was young they were called stewardesses. I still struggle to call them flight attendants. It might have been just to wear the fashions they wore back then.
I was always attracted to airplanes. When I was a sophmore in high school I found out that there was a flying club at my high school. I signed up and went to several meetings after school. The man in charge was an older man and he was so nice and kind. I was the only girl and I felt a bit out of place but, I loved each meeting. The plan was that we were going to get to fly an actual plane. It was going to cost quiet a bit to be that involved. Money for such a thing was not in my moms budget at all, so I eventually stopped attending the meeting. I explained to the director and he understood. He gave me a Piper jacket. I loved that jacket and wore it for several years.
I took french in high school simply because I envisioned myself flying to Paris regularly as a stewardess. I figured knowing french would be a plus when I would apply someday. Parlez-vous Francais?
The only thought about how I learned what a stewardess was is that I had a set of paper dolls that were stewardesses when I was young. The clothes were all so classy and pretty. I’m thinking I saw some movies that had airline stewardesses. I was six or seven when I announced to my parents that my dream was to be an airline stewardess. I later found out I had to be 21 to do my dream job. I patiently waited for 21 to arrive. When I was 17, I found out that Braniff Airlines accepted applicants at the age of 18. I was so excited when I read this. So, as soon as I turned 18, I applied. In those days (1977) they mailed an application and you fill it out and send it back. One day, I had a letter arrive from Braniff Airlines. I opened it and inside was an airline ticket and instructions of when to be in Dallas at their headquarters for a preliminary interview. I couldn’t believe it.
I called my uncle that lived in Dallas and asked if he would be able to pick me up at the airport and drive me to the interview. He was excited to do so. I was all set. The day came. I didn’t have a clue what to wear, so, I just wore what I normally wore to church. At this time I loved a certain style of dress by Gunne Sax. They had ruffles and some tied in the back with a bow and was usually made of a small floral print. So, I chose my favorite Gunne Sax dress which was blue with tiny flowers, a bow in the back and puffy sleeves with ruffles. It had a full skirt that was below my knees. I wore mary jane shoes with a heel. This was very 70’s. My mom took me to the airport that morning and I boarded the plane.
A middle aged man was sitting next to me and began asking me questions about myself. He asked me where I was going and I explained that I was going for an interview with Braniff Airlines to be a stewardess. He told me that sounded very impressive and then asked if I liked to fly. I then told him, I had never flown before. He started laughing and I think he laughed most of the way to Dallas. He did wish me luck when we got off the plane.
Since I hadn’t flown before I didn’t know what to think when my ears clogged up. I didn’t know the trick to yawn or hold your nose and blow to pop your ears. My ears hurt and I couldn’t hear hardly anything. When I arrived in Dallas, my Uncle was waiting for me. He drove me straight to the Braniff offices. As I talked with my Uncle, I could hardly hear anything he said. He dropped me off at the office where the interview was to take place. I went in and was told to wait in the waiting room. Several girls were waiting as well. They looked much older than me. I also noticed they were dressed much different than me. I remember seeing they were mostly in straight short dresses with heels. I was beginning to feel very much out of place. I sat there for probably about 30-45 minutes waiting for my name to be called. I was so nervous and I was praying for courage and strength to not be shy or nervous during the interview. After about 15 minutes, I felt in my heart that the Lord was speaking to me, “Beverly, this is not what I have for you.” It was as if all the sudden I knew I wasn’t supposed to be there and I for sure wasn’t supposed to be an airline stewardess. Then my name was called. I went in and the first thing they did was weigh me. I weighed 125. The lady weighing me said that I needed to lose some weight as the chart says I should weigh 123 or less. I all at the sudden felt like a fat country bumpkin from the sticks! Then I was directed into a room with a group of 6 other people. A man at a desk began asking questions and we had to answer when he called on us. I was struggling so bad to hear. I can’t remember the exact questions that were asked except the last one and he asked what my plans would be if I wasn’t chosen to work for Braniff. I said I would be a church secretary or a teacher in a Christian school. I have no idea where that came from, but, evidently I had been thinking about it. I felt everyone turn and look at me with puzzled looks. The funny thing is, I didn’t care as I knew that this was not what I was to be doing anyway. I knew in my heart that the Lord had allowed me to experience all of this so I could see first hand how the process worked. If I wouldn’t have been able to experience that, I probably would have regrets to this day of not going for my dream. I left the interview and got in my uncles car and we headed back to the airport. On the way, my ears popped. My uncle then told me what I was supposed to do when your ears clog on an airplane. A bit late, but I sure was glad they popped. All the way home I kept working on my ears so that would never happen again!
I received a letter from Braniff a couple weeks later that said I was not chosen (shock) and I could apply again at a later date. It didn’t bother me in the least as I knew that I was fortunate enough to get the experience of the interview and I also knew I heard the Lord tell me that this was not what He had for me. I never looked back with any regrets. Although, I did get my weight to 123 and kept that as my goal for a few years.
Now when I fly and watch the flight attendants, I always think how fun it looks from a distance, but I’m thankful for the life that the Lord had for me instead. My mind always goes back to that interview and how out of place I must have looked to everyone in that room and also how out of place I felt.
Since that time I have lived my life to where I seek God’s direction in everything I do. Sometimes I know right away when something isn’t right and sometimes I go through things to learn some important lessons. I always try to share the lessons I’ve learned to possibly help someone else.
Pray about everything and listen…..you will know. Wisdom and discernment are wonderful gifts. Ask the Lord for wisdom each and every day.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
My dream is to come to a New Year and weight loss is not on my goal list for the year. To be the person that doesn’t have this issue would be so nice. I’ve shared my weight loss goals a couple of times before. I got tickled when reading over my last one which was 2020. Okay, maybe I wasn’t tickled….I was amazed at what happened after I got all set up to lose my extra fluff. 2020 was a crazy year as you know. I will share the links at the bottom of this email to those stories of weight loss attempts in case you are interested.
As one of my favorite sayings goes….That’s so yesterday! Only the Lord knows what this year holds for each one of us. I believe that we are to live for today and not worry about tomorrow. It is a blessing if we have one more day and as a Believer it is a blessing to step into the presence of our Savior when our time is done on this earth. Let’s live each day to the fullest and as if it’s our last. That’s so easy to say and sometimes hard to do when we get tired and overwhelmed. You get the point, I’m sure.
This is the time of year with all the commercials about weight loss programs. Yes, I actually thought about trying some of them. I made a list of things that I have tried and failed. I would share that with you but we need to get straight to my plan. When I say tried……that means I ordered it, paid for it, got set up and even went to a couple of meetings etc., but…..I didn’t DO them. I went back to my ways after maybe 2 days. See, my problem is, I enjoy life and I love just living life like I don’t have any issues with fluff. Oh wait, I remember when I go clothes shopping or when I’m uncomfortable in my clothes or I want to do something that would require being on the slim side. Then I want to do something about it….then I get comfortable and forget about it all again. Oh, there is the dreaded pictures. That will make me say, I really do need to get busy…but, then you can hide from the camera for awhile and not think about it. The list goes on and on.
Instead of ordering another program, I said, “Beverly, you have read every book, every plan and every motivational program there is, you know what to do. The key is to DO SOMETHING!” So here I am. I’m ready to do something. 2023 has to be the year to get this done and over with. (those words sound so familiar) I thought at one time, why do I care? Just live and not worry about it all. The deal is, I do worry about it. First of all for my health and then I also know how much better I feel physically and mentally when I’m not carrying around extra fluff.
So, are you with me? If you are, great! I’m going to share my plan here today and then if you are interested send me an email that you are in with me and I will send out a regular email to our group with a devotional and tips to keep on keeping on. See, you are helping me to stay with it and hopefully, I am helping you. We got this. On my actual blog I will share updates here and there, but, to stay motivated and to get this done you need to be on the email list. I have some BIG plans for those of us participating. You don’t want to miss out if you are serious about getting to your goal!
Beverly’s TRANSFORMATION Weight Loss Plan
Commit to 6 weeks (6 weeks goes by so fast, doesn’t it? Think what can be accomplished in 6 weeks! 42 Days! A month and a 1/2. Piece of cake. I mean… piece of a carrot! 😉
Weigh on first day you begin, then put the scale away. We won’t weigh again until 6 weeks is up, then on to phase 2.
Take your measurements.
This is a good time to organize and clean out your pantry. All those candy stashes should be taken out. Anything that tempts you, get rid of.
Eliminate all sugar and flour products (for 6 weeks) It can be done. Just about everything has sugar in it. When purchasing items make sure sugar is listed as the 5th or more ingredient. If it’s in the first 5 ingredients, don’t use it.
Keep track of every solid thing you eat and record it.
Keep your calories to 1,200-1,500 calories/day. This will be fairly easy when you aren’t loading up on carbs. *I’m doing 1,200/day.
Drink 10 glasses of water/day.
Exercise. Find something that you can do and enjoy. I personally can’t think of one exercise I enjoy, but I will be doing walking as my main form of exercise. I am in serious need of building muscles. I lost a lot of muscle in 2020 and that’s not a good thing! So, I’m working on that area. I’ll share more as we go.
I love the idea of intermittent fasting. It’s really good for your body and I will be doing” IF.” 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. are my eating times. I realize some aren’t able to do that, so that choice is yours on that one. I will share more about it over the next 6 weeks.
How does that sound? Are you with me? If you want to be on my motivational email list, let me know. The first email is on setting your goal weight and setting up your journal for your new 6 week journey. I’m excited…..Let’s Do This!
Always remember, we are daughters of the King! He loves us just as we are. We are just trying to be healthy and fit in order to accomplish more for Him! (and our families)
If you have followed me for long you know about the Closet Outfit Planners that come out each season. Well, the new Winter planner is out now and it’s really nice! I have mine and its been fun to put outfits together by following the planner suggestions.
If you want to read more about it or even want to go ahead and order your planner, just click on this link here. The cost of $37.00 is great, too. I print mine off and put each page in a clear sleeve and put in a binder. I keep it in my closet to go through when I’m needing some inspiration. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me or leave a comment.
Tomorrow, I will be sharing my weight loss plan that I’m beginning for the new year! I was going to keep it to myself but a friend encouraged me to share so she and maybe others could join in. I will be forming a special email group for encouragement and hopefully inspiration. So watch for my next post! This is the year, ladies! Oh please let this be the year! 🙂
What a wonderful Christmas we had this year! I’m sitting here looking at the tree thinking how peaceful it all is still. I decorated the house the first part of November. I tend to decorate every nook and cranny, so I like to get started early, so I can enjoy it. The only draw back is celebrating Thanksgiving with Christmas decorations all around. I’ve just made up my mind that Thanksgiving and Christmas are so close together that I can celebrate both without feeling guilty. I decorate for fall at the beginning of September, so I have plenty of time to enjoy all the fall decor. On Thanksgiving Day, I did redecorate the dining table with all fall for our Thanksgiving meal. Then as I cleaned up, I replaced it with the Christmas decor. Usually right after Christmas I like to begin the take down. My Jim likes to keep it up until the first. He doesn’t know this but I begin taking things down in the guests rooms etc but leave the main trees up to enjoy until the first of the year. Which at this moment, I’m glad the tree is still up. I love the twinkle lights on the mantle garland and tree and all the quiet and peacefulness. I will say as soon as the first comes it is “Mission Christmas Put Away” in full speed. Here are just a few pics of a few of my favorite spots around the house this year. I have 6 trees up this year and various vignettes around the house of Christmas fun!
I’ve loved Christmas since I was a young girl! I love the twinkling lights, beautiful vibrant colors of red and green, people seem happier than usual, the music, the smells, I could go on and on….
I will stop now. I could go on and on with all the things that make me smile around the house. I hope you got a little bit of a smile. We will talk more tomorrow! After my blogging break, I have so much to share with you; I can’t wait!
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
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Fall is my favorite season for fashion! I love the colors, boots, cozy fashion and the list goes on and on. Don’t even get me started on fall decorating. Well, I will be sharing that soon, so be prepared. A girl just has to share don’t you think? Okay, back to the main point of this post….The Fall Closet Outfit Planner!
The Closet Outfit Planner is a PDF download that helps you build a capsule wardrobe with only 27 pieces. You will be given the keys to have 150 different outfits with those 27 pieces. If that isn’t enough, there are links to the actual articles that are shown in case you don’t have that item or a similar item already in your closet. Also, included in the planner is a section on body shape and how to dress for your particular body shape.
I’ve purchased mine for the past couple of years and it’s always so much fun to see the colors chosen for my color code and the items that are on trend for this season. I love putting outfits together and I’ll admit that a capsule wardrobe is a challenge for me, but, I always get my planner and see what I have in my closet that I hadn’t thought to put together and make a whole new outfit.
If you are not sure of your personal color code, I will share the link to take the free color analysis quiz to help you out. If you have any problems, let me know and I can help you. Free Color Analysis Quiz.
Trusting you are having a fabulous beginning of the fall season. I’m really rushing it, aren’t I?
Yes, the invitation came for our 45th High School Reunion!. It seems like just yesterday I wrote about the 40th. That was a fast 5 years! So, I decided to just share the link to what I wrote on my school memories. I went back to the post and updated by correcting a couple of typos. Those sneaky typos! Oh, and I added one more story from my jr. high memories. I didn’t share a certain story before as it was a bit embarrassing and I didn’t know how to share it. But, I managed this time.
I know everyone has crazy stories from their school days. I only share mine as to help someone see that kids go through so much more than we think they do and how we as adults treat them is so important. Of course, I’m partial to shy kids. You just can’t explain it clear enough of just how painful being shy is. But, I will say this, as hard as it was, I am thankful for my shyness. I honestly believe that my shyness more than likely, kept me safe. I will eventually share more in that area soon. I was an “at-risk” kiddo and I’m so very thankful for making it through without too many scars. Of course, I have stories to tell on how my shyness prevented me from things I’d probably regret today.
I’m trying so hard not to talk about how fast time flies. I find myself always saying, “I can’t believe it! It seems just like yesterday!” Nope, I’m not going to say it. Nope, I won’t say, “15 years!!! Seems like just yesterday when I nervously wrote my first post on my blog!” “Where has the time gone!”
Whew, I’m so glad I’m not saying that anymore! 😉
We can take a look back though and see what all has transpired over 15 years and then talk about what is coming up on the horizon.
The year was 2007, I was 48 and I was at a writer’s conference in Nashville. One of the workshops I was in mentioned how important it was to have an online presence such as a blog or website. I studied all the various details on what to do to get started blogging. I had no idea what I was doing or what I was going to write about or who would care what I wrote about.
If you have been following my blog, you know pretty much everything I’ve been up to. What I love, what I do, what I think…..I guess you could say, I’m an open book! One of the first lessons I learned in writing is, “write what you know!” There you go….I definitely write what I know. It’s easy when you love life and you love everything. If I think I can help someone in any area, I will do my best in sharing what I learned through the same or similar situation. Because trust me, in my 63 years, I’ve seen and heard it all… I think. At least I hope I have.
The question could next be, “Beverly, why do you want to write and share your life on your blog?” That’s a good question. I feel like I’m not here on this earth to just exist and live for myself. The Lord has blessed me so much and I’ve learned so many lessons and I have this calling that I’m also here to help others. I’ve done my best in ministry and volunteering etc. But, in writing about my life and my thoughts ,I always think there just may be someone out there who needs to hear what I’m sharing. I so hope I give hope to someone not to give up. I hope I can bring joy somehow to someones life who may have lost their joy, or even just a little smile for the day. I would love to think that I challenged someone to be a better, more kind and thoughtful person for the day. I would also hope to inspire someone to love their home and their family and most of all, to come to know Jesus and all of His grace and mercy like I do. I guess that is why I feel called to write and share.
Another question may be, “Beverly, what is the best and the worst of your blogging experience?” (I feel like I’m interviewing myself…oh wait, I am.) I’ll go with the least favorite part of blogging first. Probably the worst part is making time. I’m a procrastinator. I’ll have good intentions for the day and a squirrel runs by and off I go and a week later I remember, “oh, yea, I was going to write about….ooooppppsss, I forgot!” Another hard part is keeping up with social media in order to attract readers. I would like to think that I had 10,000 subscribers and they all leave comments after every post telling how their life is now changed by something I wrote. Ummmm….that’s never going to happen. It just doesn’t work that way on this end. Oh, when I get a notice that someone that I know and love unsubscribed from my blog…now that’s a killer. I have to remind myself that I don’t know what’s going on in anyones life and I can’t judge anything or feel like I did something wrong. I gave my blog to the Lord the first day I began and I still do. I pray before each post and I ask for wisdom and guidance. God is in charge of who does and who doesn’t read what I have to say and the outcome.
The best part of blogging is being able to share what’s on my heart. I am a quiet and reserved person…..I have lot’s of stuff going on in my head and it feels like it’s going to explode sometimes. I feel most comfortable writing and not talking. Discernment and exhortation are my main gifts according to a spiritual gifts test years ago. It’s hard to exhort when you don’t want to draw attention to yourself. I’m laughing as I write that, by the way. I have a lot of people in my life who love to talk and share and I couldn’t get a word in edgewise anyway. So, here I am writing away all those thoughts. I also love the people I’ve met. I have some dear friends that I’ve met through blogging and at blog conferences. I love designing a blog that looks like me…that represents who I am. It’s like a home that you invite someone in to visit and have a glass of iced tea while you visit. One of my favorite parts is when I get an email or a comment on my blog from someone that says they were encouraged by what I wrote and could relate to a certain situation as they went through the same thing. My main love language is, affirmation. Affirming words make me want to keep on going.
Well there you go; my thoughts on 15 years of blogging! Thank you for making 15 years of blogging worth it!
But seriously, think about it! 15 years! I was 48, 15 years ago! I loved being 48. 15 years doesn’t really sound that long ago. So much has happened and gone on in 15 years. I’m now 63. I want to love being 63, too! In 15 years, I’ll be 78……….oh, my goodness! I think I’ll stop right there. Will I be blogging at 78? I’m laughing at that one, too! Only the Lord knows…..we will see!
For now, let’s live one day at a time and make each and every day the best we possibly can. What can you do today that will make a difference in someones life? I have a feeling you know exactly what to do…….go do it!
This past weekend I took on a project to clean out, declutter and organize my closet. I also did the same in our bedroom, bathroom and my office which is connected to our bedroom. I either donated, found a new place or stored the unwanted items. It feels so good to get that done. I always envision our house lifting up a bit from the weight being taken out. I know, silly, but, it helps.
I had a couple of people say that I should blog about my closet. I thought, that would be crazy, who wants to see that and it’s not that amazing. I have collected photos of closets that look like boutiques with the glass cabinets for clothes and all the pull out drawers for jewelry and sunglasses, etc. Oh, also a large round bench in the middle with a chandelier over it. I love looking at closet designs and dreaming, but, you got to go with what you got, right?
Now remember, I love everything! If it’s shiny and glittery, I love it! If it’s feminine and modest, I love it! I am trying to be much more intentional on my purchases as I love to shop. I have a different closet where I keep my off season clothing and I also have a space where I’m hanging on to some things that I can’t let go of as I’m hoping to fit into them soon! I have a time limit and if I don’t, they have to go as I don’t have much room to hang on to too much. Yes, the struggle is real. I know the saying that if you can’t wear it now, get rid of it. I have gotten rid of plenty, but, there are a few things, that I just love and they keep me motivated to keep working on my plan. I’ll let you know how that goes.
I’ve had fun decorating my closet with books on fashion and beauty, jewelry, bags and wall art. I enjoy going in my closet as it is peaceful to me and I like seeing the things that make me smile. We painted the walls a hunter green color. I love all shades of green. We hung a chandelier in the center of the ceiling and replaced the long fluorescent lights with little crystal chandeliers.
So there you go, my closet! Out of all the fun and all the fashion and bling; none of it matters if you don’t portray a heart filled with the love of Christ. We are representatives of the One who created us, loves us and He is our only hope. I’m thankful that as a young teen I put my faith in Jesus and He gave me a new life. When we get dressed each day, putting on the full armor of God and heading out to be a light in the world is the most important of all. I think my armor has a little bling on it by the way. You may not like bling at all and that is fine. We are all different. The one thing we all have in common is that we are all in need of a Savior. I so hope you have had a life change from the King of Kings. If you have any questions about who Jesus is and wondering what I’m talking about, click here.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against ]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having belted your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having strapped on your feet the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:10-17
The 4th of July is always such a festive holiday. It’s a time to celebrate our country and our freedoms. I don’t take them lightly, especially in this day and time. I’m not going to write a post on all the insanity going on in our country. Instead, I want to share how grateful I am to have been born in the USA and living here in such a beautiful country. I have spent much time educating myself on just what all our country has gone through to be where we are today. It is pretty amazing to think about. Compared to other countries, we aren’t very old at all! When you look at all that people have gone through to make sure we are free in such a short time, you have to wonder just how we made it this far. I believe there is only one reason and that is because of God’s grace and mercy. I can’t imagine believing any other reason. May we always be seeking God for protection and praying for our leaders. Shall I mention, to make sure we vote for leaders who have a deep love for America and it’s freedoms. We should also be asking for discernment with all the many different viewpoints and issues going on each day. Much wisdom is needed each and every moment of our day.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
I enjoyed decorating my little tea room for the 4th of July. I call it “Beverly’s Tea Room.” It’s so much fun decorating the tea room on a regular basis with all the holidays and seasons. It is even more special to entertain family and friends. I’m still learning all the ropes on serving and the flow of serving others without making a mess of things. I have a few things on the calendar in the near future and I’ll share those with you as well.
Let’s have an I Love America Tea, shall we?
May you and your loved ones have a very special day!