Charming and Meaningful

Just when I thought I needed to toss out all of my bits and pieces from broken jewelry, game pieces and odd keys, I met an artist who puts it all together into wearable art!

Margo Estruth of Charmed Vintage makes handmade soldered charm necklaces and bracelets with vintage objects.  I found Margo in Scottsdale at an art fair but she showcases her work on Etsy.

If someone you love is in the hospital, or facing the emotional challenges of recovering from life altering surgery, giving the gift of positivity is refreshing. Gather up some meaningful items and make a customized gift – it’ll outlast flowers and be a reminder of brighter days ahead.

How To Wear This Season’s Maxi Skirt

Test driving the Trend: Maxi Skirts

How to Wear Maxi Skirts

My typical fall wardrobe: Leggings, Huge Sweater and bright handbag held by bent elbow as a shield for my ostomy. Life is a battle, and fashionable gear is essential. More soon on the latest doctor bags and CAPES!!! Today, let’s talk about the Maxi Skirt. I have worn my black maxi dress down to a house dress then it was reduced to a nighty but I can’t give it up. I simply love the way it covers all and enjoy lifting the hem a bit when I descent the stairs.

I found my Matty M Black Maxi Skirt while scrounging at Nordstrom Rack ($88 down to $23.98!), but they are everywhere. Mine has a fold over waist line perfect for extra coverage over the pouch. Then I found this nifty video to show me how to wear it (the price range is the typical “Whaaaa? Who would ever pay that!?!?” but focus on the style suggestions. I definitely have a slew of floppy flowy tops chosen to craftily cover my ostomy. Swishy sheer tops and floppy sweaters should be dandy with my new Maxi Skirt.

Read on about Maxi Dresses and click to watch the slide show courtesy of Refinery 29

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The first step to wearing a maxi skirt is to pump yourself up—you can wear them (yes, even you shorties!), and they look awesome on you! Feeling better? Great. Now, comes the hard part—just how do you wear a maxi skirt? With the wrong blouse, shirt, or top, a maxi skirt can transform you into an Amish prairie-woman schoolteacher. But with the right styling tips, you can look effortlessly glamorous in this season’s hottest separate. So, we present six tips on how to wear maxi skirts. Here’s how to do it. By Connie Wang

Go Green in Style!

Want to brighten someone’s day? Deliver a simple dinner in a pleasing package. Presentation is everything, and what could be better than a vintage inspired tote? I recommend cooking up some soup and tossing in a fresh baguette. Nothing like soul soothing soup. Check out Pretty Green where the Pangea Bag offers a fresh appeal to green style. I am obsessed with vintage prints and love the quality of this bag. Great for shopping, as a travel carry-on or just keep your bits and pieces tidy in the car inside this funky tote. It has a water repellent lining too!