Fetching Friday: Pretty Sights All In A Scroll

Today’s Fetching Friday shines the spotlight on pretty sights all in a scroll. I find a visual respite from the unpleasant beautifully works to clear out the cobwebs and reset mind and soul.



Luxe- Photography by Annie Schlechter


Richard Keith Langham


Janine Stone – House & Garden


Utah Valley Bride


Apt La Fayette


Brides- Photography by Rebecca Yale


Charlotte Moss – Flower Magazine


Victoria Magazine


Tucker & Marks


Life is a beautiful experiment best served when we open our eyes, ears and hearts to the pretty sights all around us.

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Never Forget the Attacks on 9/11

Shall we never forget the fateful attacks against our nation on Tuesday,  September 11, 2001 (9/11).

Has it really been 20 years?

I remember it like it was yesterday, and as time marches on my memories surrounding that day remain crystal clear.

Katie Couric relating to the viewers details too horrific to imagine, too grievous to ignore, too important to forget.

Shared phone calls of disbelief.

Telling Dave the Builder I knew the towers would collapse based on the knowledge of detonation practices learned from studying Las Vegas hotel implosions.

Discussions with other parents of how to explain the events of the day to our children in an honest yet measured manner as not to scare and upset their hearts and thoughts any further than the attacks in the name of pure evil this morning presented.

Twin Towers NYC

We revere 9/11 as a day of remembrance and reflection; a day Americans  come together in reverent thought, solemn moments of silence, ringing of bells of remembrance and prayers for comfort and strength.

Life as Americans knew it up to that point forever changed on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 8:46 a.m. EST.

never forget twin towers after being hit 9/11


7:59 a.m. EST– American Airlines Flight 11 departs from Boston’s Logan International Airport bound for Los Angeles with 11 crew members and 76 passengers on board.

Five al-Qaeda terrorists hijackers on board are excluded from the total numbers.

8:15 a.m. EST– United Airlines Flight 175 takes off from Logan International en route to LAX with 9 crew members and 51 passengers aboard.

Five al-Qaeda terrorists hijackers are excluded from the total numbers.

8:20 a.m. EST– American Airlines Flight 77, en route to Los Angeles, takes off from Dulles International in Washington, D.C. with a total of 59 innocents on board; 6 crew members and 53 passengers.

The 5 al-Qaeda terrorists hijackers are excluded from the total numbers.

8:42 a.m. EST– United Airlines Flight 93 departs Newark Liberty International with 7 crew members and 33 passengers on the flight.

Four al-Qaeda terrorists hijackers aboard this flight are excluded from the total numbers.

8:46 a.m. EST– American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

9:03 a.m. EST– United Flight 175 crashes into floors 77 through 85 of the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

9:37 a.m. EST– American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon.  The crash and the fire as a result of it take the lives of 59 passengers and crew and 125 people on the ground.

Pentagon during 9-11

9:42 a.m. EST– The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounds all flights.

9-11 from Jersey City


9:59 a.m. EST– Fifty-six minutes after impact the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses in a mere 10 seconds.  More than 800 people inside the South Tower and the surrounding area of the building perish.

10:03 a.m. EST– United Airlines Flight 93 crashes near Shanksville, Pennsylvania killing 40 people on board the aircraft.

The hijackers are not included in this number, and rightfully so.

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Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial

10:15 a.m. EST– The outer ring of the Pentagon collapses.

10:28 a.m. EST– The North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses killing more than 1,600 both in and around the tower.


Fear came to call not expecting bravery and resilience to answer back united we stand.

Our memories will forever be filled with the events of that horrific day in our history, and even though painful to remember we should choose to never forget the attacks on 9/11.


We are the United States of America.


We differ from one another on many points, views, and opinions, but when all is said and done we are one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Never forget.

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Gridiron Gatherings Tailgating Ideas and Recipes

Excitement drives this gridiron gatherings tailgating ideas and recipes post down the field of football season is here dreams.

Pregame good times celebrated at home or on location to roast, toast, grill and gab before the game is almost as exciting as the game itself.


The return of high school, college and NFL football is not without a bit of mask-proof of vaccination controversy this year, but at least the return of high school, college, and NFL football with fans welcomed to attend under stadium and state guidelines with safety in mind is happening.


LSU Sports

The football nation is gearing up for Friday night lights-Saturday gridiron gatherings-NFL Sunday soirees at stadiums and at home (yes, Virginia, there is an at-home option).


It is said that football is a religion, and the South the mother church of the football faithful.

Evidence of this is seen on any home game Saturday at Tiger Stadium.


Adjustments to how and where we tailgate accommodate campus and stadium requirements (hurricane cancellations and evacuations as well).

Safety first scores a touchdown in the personal comfort zone.


Now, we all know football means fall and fall as a theme opens up the field to easy and affordable statement making food, beverage, and decorating choices to build upon.


Hampton Bay Metal and Glass Outdoor Patio Lantern

Lighting sets a festive mood, especially at a late afternoon or evening tailgating event.


Outdoor candle lanterns paired with LED votives and pillars advance the tailgating area into chic dinner party territory, and why not!

Willstar 3 Pack Candle Lights Flameless Wax LED Pillar Candles Flickering Remote Control Lights

3 Pack Candle Lights Flameless Wax LED Pillar Candles with Remote Control 

You’re not locked into a particular theme other than casual yet elegant football tailgating finery.

You’ve got people to see, dishes to taste, and socializing to do.

Hit the remote and forget about it.


Shop flea markets and online swap shop sites for a new to you light fixture ready to become a lighting focal point to add to your tailgating area.


Give the fixture a good cleaning and perhaps a quick coat of spray paint, remove all the existing wiring, retrofit with LED pillar candles (easy peasy), and adorn with natural elements, string lights, mesh fabric in team colors, or a fall festive garland.

6ft. Pumpkin, Pinecone & Leaf Garland by Ashland®

6ft. Pumpkin, Pinecone & Leaf Garland by Ashland®

Planning these ultimate pregame meet, greet and eat get togethers is part of the game day experience- a social event that counts as a prime style occasion for decoristas to seize the design and decorating opportunity to show your personal style.



Women’s Casual Shoes (Tiger Design)

Tailgaters are known for bringing their A-game to the game day tailgating tablescape.


The Grove at Ole Miss – Au Courant Floral Creation

Decoristas know how to style and set space and table by taking advantage of the season’s offerings.

Late summer sees sunflowers, lush greenery, magnolia leaves, and seasonal fruits and vegetables ripe for the decorating picking.


Go Huskers!

Corn husk wreath around the cake stand, candles, or a platter of corn tamales- how cute!

corn husk wreath

Autumn Fall Harvest 23″ Corn Husk Wreath

Build on the for the fall of it all theme by decorating with fall festive pine cones, pumpkins, vines, branches, gourds and flowers.


I can’t think of a better tailgating table runner foundation than this synthetic grass table runner.

Juvale Synthetic Grass Table Runner

Juvale Synthetic Grass Table Runner


Go Vols!

Seasonal flowers, natural or spray painted branches, magnolia leaves or seasonal stems paired with vintage or in the style of vintage trophy or champagne bucket vases make impressive centerpiece presentations.


Silver Grand Trophy Cup

Fresh and festive flower bargains afford me the opportunity to load up on blooms of beauty.


Pick up a sunflower bouquets ($4.87 each) at Walmart.

Pop in eucalyptus stems in fall or team colors paired with gathered cotton team print fabric- fabulous!




Pack a plastic urn with magnolia leaves

Plastic urns are lightweight and easy to haul around game to game, and magnolia leaves a wonderfully inexpensive-natural-beautiful choice of centerpiece accent.


Mums and pumpkins, the unofficial official season and flower of fall and football, remind me of homecoming court corsages and crisp fall game day afternoons and evenings.

Cut out a pumpkin, add mums in team or seasonal colors, and voilà; fall is on the table.

Paired together as focal point centerpieces, mums and pumpkins naturally create the look of the season.


An easy DIY pumpkin centerpiece project is a couple bags of moss and an application of spray adhesive away from becoming a dazzling seasonal stunner.


Better Homes & Gardens

The DIY project from Better Homes & Gardens adds succulents cuttings to the moss, and although lovely, I prefer the natural simple elegance achieved with just the moss.

Sphagnum Moss

Sphagnum Moss

Faux pumpkins easily become decorative darlings when painted in team colors and paired with a vintage style football.


LSU Official-Size Vintage Football


Bargain bins, dollar, thrift, and big box stores and end of season clearance sales can be tailgating tabletop treasure troves.

Give the attic or storage closet a once over for football themed oldies but goodies to put to decorating use.


Leaktite 5 Gallon LSU College Bucket

Home Depot can’t seem to keep these 5 gal. LSU college buckets in stock at this time of year.

They transport well and qualify as a…

Centerpiece vase.

Trash can.

Pack, cart and store carryall.

Ultimate gift bag for the sports fan.


Faux Wood Charger

I lean towards selecting tablewares and serving pieces made from natural materials or with the look of for their durability and focal point factor.


You get a whole lotta bang for your buck as we are entering into the fall and holiday season where natural pieces and neutral colors complement and reign entertaining supreme.

Footed Teak Serving Board

Footed Teak Serving Board

Autumn Wooden Pumpkin Platter

Place & Time Autumn Wooden Pumpkin Platter

Bowl 6oz 4pk Set - Cherry Wood

Bowl 6oz 4pk Set – Cherry Wood


Wheat Copper Pastry Server and Serving Spoon

Picnic Time Kickoff Serving Tray

Picnic Time® Kickoff Cutting Board & Serving Tray

There’s a time and a place for paper and plastic, and tailgating is the time for paper plates, napkins, and plastic drinkware.


Stacking draws the eye and frees up valuable tabletop space.


Brown or white paper lunch bags filled with snacks like popcorn, crackers, chips, and pretzels mixes and placed in baskets or on trays conquers the issue of a more visually appetizing way to present snacks and goodies in individual servings.


Now let’s look at a few more tailgating ideas and recipes.

Show your football in the fall spirit with this in the spirit of fall spirit.

Delish shows us this easy recipe and serving presentation idea for Apple Pie Vodka.

Mainstays 23-Ounce Football Cooler Glasses, Set of 6

Mainstays 23-Ounce Football Cooler Glasses, Set of 6

Fellow tailgaters invited to join in the pregame ritual of gathering together over food and drink love to bring something to the tailgating table.

When our Callin’ Baton Rouge tailgating friends ask what can they bring my stock answer is fried chicken.

Pick up a basket, box or bucket of this tailgating food favorite and bring the delicious and the easy to the table.


Click on the link for the written instructions for Oven-Baked Texas Trash Bean Dip.

Lemony Spinach-Artichoke Dip Recipe

Lemony Spinach-Artichoke Dip Recipe

Pack up individual boxes for guests and serve along with individual dippin’ fixin’s such as crostini, chips, and/or crackers.


Lemony Spinach-Artichoke Dip Recipe


1 (14-oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 (8-oz.) container sour cream

1 cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons finely chopped onion

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 envelope dry vegetable soup mix

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 (10-oz.) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed

Assorted corn or tortilla chips


Stir together first 7 ingredients in a large bowl.

Drain thawed spinach well, pressing between paper towels; stir into artichoke mixture. Cover and chill 30 minutes or up to 2 days.

Serve with assorted corn or tortilla chips.

-Southern Living

Kevin Belton's Cookin' Louisiana

Kevin Belton’s Cookin’ Louisiana

Kevin Belton cooks Louisiana, and the parishes of The Pelican State love the taste of home.

Louisiana cooking hits the flavor button with its unique blends and mixes of spices, sauces, and syrups.

Bacon Popcorn Drizzled with Creole-Spiced Butter

Garden & Gun – Photo by Eugenia Uhl

Kevin Belton’s recipe for Bacon Popcorn Drizzled with Creole-Spiced Butter  is a marriage of unexpected flavor combinations resulting in a c’est si bon taste treat.



Back to the individual serving appetizers school of thought, after studying the staged image of the popcorn, loving the rustic, rusty, and fabulous decorative tin piece, it dawned on me how easy it would be to replicate the look with a new PVC ceiling tile.

Consider it a tailgating table investment piece, although the price per tile is under $20.


Milan 2 ft. x 2 ft. Glue Up PVC Ceiling Tile in Graphite Gold

Still love this option, too.

Caramel Peanut Popcorn Snack Mix

Southern Living – Photo by Greg Dupree

Rustic Hammered Copper Cauldron

Unique sets an impressive table.


Stromboli is a pizza inspired full meal appetizer of epic eats proportions, and this recipe for Stromboli from Julie’s Eats & Treats will score with the crowd.

LSU Gumbo.


LSU Gumbo Yearbook

LSU Game Day Gumbo.


Chicken and Sausage Gumbo


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Great Northern Bean and Chicken Soup


2 tablespoons butter

1 medium onion, chopped

1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced

3 stalks celery, diced

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon minced garlic

2 cans Great Northern beans

1½ cups cooked chicken, shredded

1 32 ounce box chicken broth

1 chicken bouillon cube

2 cups water


Melt the butter in Dutch oven (or just toss the butter in with the veggies like I do).  Add the sliced carrots, chopped celery and chopped onion.  Sauté until onions become translucent.

Add shredded chicken, beans, bay leaf, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir to incorporate all the flavor goodness together.  Add water, bouillon cube and chicken broth bringing to a boil.

Once a good bubbling boil is reached, reduce heat to low and allow soup to simmer for 45-60 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf and serve with crackers or cheesy corn cornbread.

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Baskets come in as handy dandy serving and displaying option crackers, breads, and cookies.

Pumpkin Rattan Basket by Ashland®

Pumpkin Rattan Basket by Ashland®

Large Willow Basket by Ashland®

Large Willow Basket by Ashland®




Sausage Pumpkin Soup


1 pound bulk pork sausage

1/3 cup chopped onion

2 cans (14-½ ounces each) chicken broth

1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin

½ cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

½ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk


In a large skillet, cook sausage and onion until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker.

Add the broth, pumpkin, syrup, pie spice, garlic powder and nutmeg.  Cover and cook on low until flavors are blended, 3-4 hours.  Stir in milk; heat through.

Serve with croutons, crackers 0r cornbread.

-Taste of Home


Philly Cheesesteak Recipe from Valerie’s Kitchen is gameday perfection.


What’s a tailgate without a good hamburger?


The seasoning trick begins with plenty of salt and pepper.


Cook the hamburger patties low and slow, throw in a handful or two of thinly sliced onions, perhaps some mushrooms, and go full-on flavor from there.




Have any of you tried a spoonful of Private Selection Hot Pepper Bacon Jam atop your hamburger patty?




Your taste buds will thank you.

Spiced Apple Hobo Pack-Blaine-Moats

Better Homes & Gardens – Photo by Blaine Moats

Apples and cinnamon and brown sugar, oh my!

The taste of fall and flavor suited to tailgating found in this recipe for Spiced Apple Hobo Packs.

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Inquiring Chef’s recipe for Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Bars is fourth quarter (dessert) on the board delicious.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Bars

This recipe for Moist Pumpkin Bread with Maple Glaze from Butternut Baker includes pumpkin, maple glaze made with real maple syrup, and a crunchy streusel so rich and so delicious it will become your new fall taste treat obsession.

Moist Pumpkin Bread with Maple Glaze

From pan to pack tote to platter, cookies, sweet breads, cakes, and brownies travel well and satisfy the sweet tooth of big kids who tailgate.


Dessert and coffee go together like football and tailgating.

tiger coffee mug

Make mine a cup of Community Coffee- a Louisiana tailgating tradition.


Distinctive and delicious tailgating ideas and recipes sets the pregame party in motion to score an entertaining touchdown.

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Wow and Woof Factor: National Dog Day

Happy National Dog Day!


Traditional Home -Better Homes & Gardens

For dog lovers every day is National Dog Day, and in these present trying days the unconditional love given to us by our beloved four-legged dog friends provides comfort and hope.

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive.”

—Gilda Radner 


I, like many other dog lovers, love the idea of a special day designed to celebrate dogs “decorating” designer rooms with the wow and the woof factor for National Dog Day.


Country Living

Dog owners know all too well the comforts of home include a wag of the tail and a welcoming bark- the language of I’m so glad you’re home.


2015 Charlottesville Idea House


Ideal Home

schnauzerBetter Homes and Gardens

Must love dogs interior designer approved.


Kelly Wearstler – Photo by Melanie Acevedo


Elsie Larson’s Bold And Colorful Nashville Home


House Beautiful

The dog days of summer refer to the hottest days of the season, but the dog days of interior design and decorating refer to the hottest four-legged accessories for the look of the season.


Carole Akins Furry Friends Dessert Plate

Carole Akins Furry Friends Dessert Plate


Our collections usually provide a window into the world of our memories- the souvenirs of precious times and proven joys.


blue foo dogs-set of 2

I know I enjoy a great must love dogs collection!


Staffordshire Spaniels @ Christie’s Interiors (Photography by Carol Dronsfield)

dog figurines

Fido is ready to take his place on the family gallery wall.


Elle Decor

After all, our pets are part of the family.

dog on stairs

Better Homes and Gardens


Designer Travis London – Architectural Digest



Logie Poodle Ceramic Statue Planter


Sun Sohovich Fine Art

Katrina Dog Shaped Liquor Whiskey Decanter

Alsten Pillow - Ralph Lauren Home

Houser Dog Wall Hook


Country Living

The Fido Files



Sous Chef.



Style Me Pretty

Home security system.



Constant source of entertainment.

westie on couch

Design Sponge

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves
you more than he loves himself.

—Josh Billings



“Some of our greatest historical and artistic treasures we place with curators in museums; others we take for walks.”

 —Roger Caras


Architectural Digest


“The dog is the perfect portrait subject.
He doesn’t pose.  He isn’t aware of the camera.”

– Patrick Demarchelier


Go for a walk with.

Throw a bone to.

Design and decorate your life around.

Consider adopting a rescue dog today on this National Dog Day.

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Stuff I Learned This Week

Silver linings, beautiful life lessons, deep thoughts, and discovering John Lennon did not coin the quote below makes up the stuff I learned this week.

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”

—Allen Saunders


American writer, journalist and cartoonist Allen Saunders is the author of the line “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”

This gem first appeared in a 1957 issue of the Reader’s Digest, and is mistakenly attributed to John Lennon who included the line in the lyrics of “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy).”

Heat and humidity go with life in Louisiana like gumbo and filé- thick and hot.

In the dead of a Louisiana summer you tend to run the central HVAC system in overtime.

Junk, funk and general debris can get into the evaporator coil inside the indoor unit causing the drain line to clog up.

If the water can’t drain properly, it can’t drain properly which means it puddles, flows, and drenches the carpet and padding.


You would know ours did just that late this past Friday night.

Dave the Builder/HVAC specialist is presently recuperating from a surgical procedure, leaving him unable to perform his unclog the drain HVAC magic.

My determination to DIY the issue while avoiding the dreaded double time charge for a weekend emergency plumbing/HVAC call left me defeated in deep water until Monday afternoon when the plumbers showed up and fixed the problem in less than fifteen minutes.

On a side note, the plumbers did observe Covid-19 guidelines by wearing masks and gloves.


I’ve extracted water, cleaned carpet, sprayed a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 2 cups water over the soaked areas to prevent mildew growth, plugged in and unplugged the 3 speed portable blower (love, love, love this little godsend of a tool), and cursed enough to send my soul to hell several times over.


To say it’s been a witch of a mess is an understatement, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.


In between waiting on carpet to dry and paying close attention to the local, state, and world news of late (speaking of a mess), I treated myself to a glass of peach iced tea and a movie.


The Enchanted Cottage starring Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young is a  love story set within a beautiful life lesson where a house (in this case a cottage) is central to the story.

TCM has the film available on their Watch Now option – link here.

A synopsis:

Filmed in black and white, the story revolves around a a cottage born out of the ruins of the main house of a countryside estate razed by a fire. Legend goes the original owner remodeled the wing to rent out as a honeymoon hideaway.

Current owner widow Abigail Minnett seeks a housekeeper for the cottage, and this is where Laura Pennington enters the picture.

Homely in appearance and in her world all alone, Laura is searching to belong and falls under the spell the cottage cast.

To this day Mrs. Minnett remains deeply saddened and affected by the death of her husband during World War I.


Feeling an instant kinship with Laura, she hires her, informing her she will work in the capacity of housekeeper for the engaged couple who have rented the cottage for a three month honeymoon stay.

Soon the couple, Oliver Bradford and fiancée Beatrice Alexander, arrive where Beatrice’s disappointed with the cottage’s simplicity.

Where Oliver sees quaint and cozy and Beatrice sees simplicity, Laura sees the beauty and the allure in the enchanted cottage, voicing her enthusiastic infatuation with the surroundings.

War, duty, and a severe injury to his face and arm stands between Oliver and Beatrice’s nuptials.  One year later after the accident, a telegram from a dejected Oliver arrives stating his intention to rent the cottage for an indefinite period of time.

He does not mention the accident, injuries, or even that the wedding has been called off.  Mrs. Minnett and Laura prepare the cottage expecting to greet the newlyweds, and quite shocked when Oliver arrives alone to the cottage, his face horribly disfigured and his arm disabled from an airplane crash.

Olive has grown angry, bitter, and consumed by self-pity however, he does favorably respond to Laura’s compassion and common sense.

Through the example and words of blind pianist John Hillgrove, the brother of the town’s doctor who lives next door to the estate, Oliver accepts his physical disabilities.


Growing closer to Laura with a renewed sense of life finds Oliver and Laura in a period of happiness.  Three weeks later, Oliver receives in a letter an ultimatum from his rather overbearing mother: move home or she will move in with him.

Wanting nothing to do with either option, Oliver hastily proposes to Laura and she says yes.

Soon after their wedding, Oliver and Laura invite John  Hillgrove to the cottage where they share with him they have experienced a physical transformation.


Laura reveals both she and Oliver believed their marriage a farce until a development on their wedding night.

As she began to voice her devotion to Oliver, the room suddenly filled with enchanted music and she saw Oliver as he was before the accident.


Oliver comes to quickly realize he is truly in love with Laura, seeing his new wife now as a beautiful woman.

Their mutual illusion is soon destroyed by the arrival of Oliver’s mother and stepfather.  Insensitive and clueless in nature, Oliver’s mother and stepfather see only the imperfections in Laura’s and Oliver’s physical appearances, strongly voicing their feelings shattering the love is blind illusion.

Mrs. Minnett speaks up to console the newlyweds by stating the obvious- their true and unblemished love sees past flaws and imperfections, and in doing so gives them a beauty restored by love and a gift of sight unlike any other.

Loves conquers all, folks.


Sadly, our beloved neighbor passed away last week from Covid-19.

The entire family, fully vaccinated, contracted breakthrough Covid-19 with two recovering and Mr. Don sadly falling victim to this horrific virus.

Keeping the tradition of bringing-sending food when someone dies is rooted in comfort, love, caring, and the purpose of trying to make life somewhat easier in the face of extremely uneasy periods.

This treasured note of thanks and written in neighborly love makes me both sad and happy.

stuff I learned this week


Thank you, friends, for allowing me to share, show and tell you about the stuff I learned this week.

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Day Into Night Vegas Outfits

This Day Into Night Vegas Outfits post has been in development for several weeks, way too long to indefinitely put it in a draft folder so proceed it is.

Hotel Grand openings, especially those on the Vegas strip, create buzz and inspire travel plans and all the fun details that go with the process.

When the date of the grand opening of Resorts World was announced, our let’s go to Vegas interest was piqued.

Should we trip to light fantastic?


Resorts World Las Vegas

Crowded Vegas is not a personal favorite, and the grand reveal of a new property tends to bring out the crowds.

We slowed our dice roll on booking, electing to let the lookie-loos come, see, and depart before hitting the select button.

cyd charisse meet me in las vegas

Boy, am I glad we waited.

COVID-19 Delta variant concerns, restrictions, mandates, and all the issues that go with cropped up, being all the reason needed for Dave the Builder and I, although fully vaccinated, to postpone any and all travel plans until we feel it safer and wiser to do so.

So here we find ourselves at present, stuck in the middle of flyover suburbia consumed in wanderlust with no trips booked for the foreseeable future.

Travel to Vegas vlogs, fashion blogs, shelter magazine features, and social media platform(s) of choice grant you a front row seat to the action, and serve the purpose as suitable alternative to keep me inspired and entertained.

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West Coast Bound- 1966

As a person who has always loved to travel and coordinate trips to the adult version of Disneyland otherwise known as Las Vegas, I love the pre trip planning and packing day into night Vegas outfits process.

Well, well, well.  Who do we have here?


Mr. & Mrs. Places In The Home – Mirage Las Vegas 1990

Why it’s a Vegas fashions through the decades pictorial show and tell.

Up first is a photo from February 1990 of Mr. & Mrs. Places In The Home at the newly opened Mirage.

I was decked out from head to toe in items from The Limited with the exception of the black faux mink coat that I absolutely loved.

Believe me when I tell you, it gets cold in the desert.

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My Mom with Robert Urich aka Dan Tanna – Desert Inn Las Vegas 1978

This next photo of my mother and Mr. Dan Tanna himself, the late Robert Urich, is from 1978.

My parents were staying at the Desert Inn, and while my dad was golfing my mother enjoyed a full day of filming with the Vega$ stars and crew.

She established a friendship with Anne Francis who was guest starring in the episode being shot.

Ms. Francis invited my mother to join her for lunch and to play the role of her assistant by helping with her make-up and mic pack fitting.

Robert Urich aka Dan Tanna was as super cool and super nice off-screen as he was on-screen.

Great show, great memories, great photo.

Doris Day Cary Grant That Touch of MinkCall me old-fashioned, old school, or just plain old in my way of thinking, but I love dressing up for travel by airplane.


Here is my standard leaving on a jet plane outfit.

The multi-colored torsade is an oldie but goodie piece, and the COACH Horse and Carriage bag I actually bought in Vegas on our March 2009 trip after seeing a woman carrying the bag and falling in love with the gold horse and carriage emblem.


From bag to feet, pink croc-embossed is my current fashion accessory material obsession.


Nigel Leather Shoulder Bag

Nigel Leather Shoulder Bag


Faux Pearl Decor Croc Embossed Mule Heels

Jewelry Travel Tip:

Jewelry can present a pesky problem when going through airport security.

Traveling to Vegas calls for stack bracelets set with a fashion watch, rings, a graduated necklace trio, and a pair of the bigger the better CZ hoop earrings – all metal, all fabulous, all prime for setting off the metal detector.

When we arrive at our local airport I don’t have one piece of jewelry on, but what I do have is two clear zipper storage bags full of my Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas picks in my carry-on bag.

Simply pull the clear storage bags out, place in the bin, and meet up and adorn arms, wrists, ears, and neck with your jewelry on the other side of security.

Luxe Linen-Stretch Straight-Leg Crops

Luxe Linen-Stretch Straight-Leg Crops

I’m seriously considering ordering these luxe linen stretch (love the stretch) straight leg crops for a late summer into early fall fashion show.

Journee Collection Womens Giada Mules

Journee Collection Womens Giada Mules

“When preparing to travel, lay out all of your clothes and all of your money.  Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”

—Susan Heller

To buy more clothes, of course.

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Time and Tru Women’s Roll Cuff Pullover
Pixie Straight-Leg Ankle Pants for Women
Ancient Coin Pendant Layered Necklace
Large Capacity Work Tote Bag
White Cubic Zirconia Rhodium Over Sterling Silver Ring 3.25ctw
August Steiner Women’s Quartz Diamond Markers Stainless Steel Watch
CAMTOP Canvas Weekender Bag Carry-on Tote with Shoe Compartment

Casual chic is the preferred style of the majority of today’s flying masses, and is the style choice I go with for the flight back home.


The Cotton Crop Pant
Ted Baker London Ingaah Textured Ring Bracelet Clutch
Bijoux Bar Collar Necklace with Drop Earrings
Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly Sandals

An average Vegas trip for us is for at least eight nights.

By the time our last day rolls around, casual chic is about all the fashion statement I can muster up.


I like the Twizzlers chew on this commercial with the guy sitting on the beach pondering “why can’t I wear white after Labor Day?”

What color, pattern, texture, or fabric you wear after Labor Day or any other day mirrors my belief about personal design styles.

It’s your thing, style or wear what you wanna style or wear.

Let the jewelry, bag, shoes, and accessories do the talking.


Day Into Night Vegas Outfits

Love Jersey T-shirt
Elis Pleated Leather Chain Handle Hobo
COACH Horse And Carriage Belt
Wide-Brim Felt Fedora
Street Style Sexy Red Lips Tongue Leopard Print Summer Cotton T-shirt
Erie 3/4 Sleeve Printed Tunic
Time and Tru Women’s Core Straight Leg Jean
Time and Tru Women’s Smocked Strap Tank Top
NYC Sterling Women’s Luxury Cubic Zirconia Emerald Cut Tennis Necklace 

Vegas is hot in many ways, including the day into night temperatures.


Locals offer the “it’s a dry heat” explanation to Vegas visitors, and there’s truth to it, but it’s also like a 2200 watt blow dryer set on high constantly blowing in your face type of heat.


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Ryegrass Womens Asymmetrical Neck 3/4 Sleeve Blouse 
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Journee Collection Womens Telulah Slip-On Shoe
Knotted Saddle Crossbody Bag – Universal Thread™

My dad shared a ton of stories and advice over the many years of his travel to Vegas career.

Friends would inquire about the spring into winter heat and how my dad dealt with it.

His stock answer?

It’s always a cool 68-72 degrees inside the casinos.

Backpack Purse, Leather Crossbody Phone Bag Small Shoulder Bag

Backpack Purse, Leather Crossbody Phone Bag Small Shoulder Bag

By a show of virtual hands, how many of you hate digging in a purse, bag, or tote for anything?

When you’re walking the Strip, checking out the hotels, casinos, shops, and attractions, a traditional purse can be a cumbersome tagalong.

Options are good, and this chic little number hits the 3-in-1 accessory must have jackpot.

"Day Pool time rates high on the priority list of things to do with Vegas visitors.


3D Floral Straps Scoop Back Swimsuit in Black

I’m one of those people who enjoys the desert sun and heat in small and shaded doses, so I SPF up and dress pool chic on a couple of days of our trip(s) for a quick trip down to the pool area to check out the scene and enjoy a refreshing tropical infused beverage poolside.

Polka Dot Frill Trim Split Thigh Dress

Polka Dot Frill Trim Split Thigh Dress

Fun themed earrings for an afternoon of pool time at the Flamingo.


Pave CZ Pink Flamingo Drop Earrings


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Amazonia Forest Linen-Blend Midi Dress


LC Lauren Conrad Woven Paper Fedora with Bow
Fabric Flower Hoop Earrings, Created for Macy’s
2-Pc. Set Pavé Bead & Imitation Pearl Cuff Bracelets, Created for Macy’s
Gold-Tone Green Palm Leaf Cuff Bracelet, Created for Macy’s

Eyelet Embroidery Zip Back Cami Dress

Eyelet Embroidery Zip Back Cami Dress

One of the most appealing aspects of our Vegas trips is the costume change hour- the hour (or two) spent in the hotel room in the late afternoon having a cup of coffee or glass of wine and selecting our day into night Vegas outfits.


Womens Off The Shoulder 34 Ruffle Sleeve Tie Blouse

Womens Off The Shoulder 3/4 Ruffle Sleeve Tie Blouse

Flounce Sleeve Embroidery Mesh Dress

Flounce Sleeve Embroidery Mesh Dress

Day turns to nighttime style easily with just a few outfit additions and subtractions.


Plus Dalmatian Shirred Waist Ruffle Hem Blouse
La Regale Mesh Metallic Foldover Clutch
Louis Vuitton Monogram Pochette Version 2
Pashmina Soft Shawl Wrap Scarf
Tribal Women’s Cami Top
Wrapped Wire Hoop Earrings
14K Gold Plated Sterling Silver CZ Inside Out Hoop Earrings
7 For All Mankind Cargo Jogger Pants
SARTO by Franco Sarto Obi Calf Hair Heeled Sandals
Nina60S Black Leopard Stones Pumps

Surplus Buckle Jumpsuit

Surplus Buckle Jumpsuit

A quick glitz and glamour change of jewelry, bag, and shoes perfectly elevates your day look into a hot Vegas after dark fashion statement.



Julia Jordan Sequined Color Block Jumpsuit

Night time is the right time for putting on the glitz.

Asymmetrical Neck Ruffle Trim Peplum Top

Asymmetrical Neck Ruffle Trim Peplum Top

No, it is not a fashion myth.


Horseshoe Neck Sheath Dress

Little black dresses (LBD) for under $40 do exist.


Gabby Skye Sleeveless Cutout Textured Knit Dress

Disco ball clutch bag divine.


Mini Rhinestone Covered Ball Design Clutch Bag

Sequins fabulously get a look where it needs to go, and for less than $20 this sequined sleeveless top gives you a great base piece to work with.

sequined sleeveless top

Sequined Sleeveless Top


GLiving Black Tassel Drop Earrings

 Crystal Straps Cami Tank Top in Black

Crystal Straps Cami Tank Top in Black

Knit Open Back Maxi Dress

Knit Open Back Maxi Dress

2 In 1 Faux Pearl Beaded Bucket Bag

2 In 1 Faux Pearl Beaded Bucket Bag


Layers of Falls Cami Top in Black
3D Posy Double-Layered Mesh Midi Skirt in Caramel

Minimalist Chain Ruched Bag

Minimalist Chain Ruched Bag


SHEIN Plus High Low Hem Belted Leopard Top

SHEIN Plus High Low Hem Belted Leopard Top


Vegas-jewelry-looksOne bad experience resulting in two pieces of diamond jewelry being stolen made me realize fashion jewelry is the way to go when traveling.

Ancient Coin Pendant Layered Necklace

Ancient Coin Pendant Layered Necklace

Different opinions weigh in on the Las Vegas at night jewelry situation with most agreeing the look to go for is chic.

Fabulous fakes give the look of real.


Nordstrom Rack

Walking is a part of the Vegas experience.

Hotels and attractions appear much closer than they actually are, and your feet will be the first to make you aware of the fact that you have greatly miscalculated the distance between properties, restaurants, shops, and attractions.

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Dave and I usually rent a car for the entirety of our trip, however, we do plenty of walking in the form of shopping, gambling, restaurant hopping, etc…

I’ve gone the super cute new strappy sandal route and the super chic new espadrille route before to my regret.

Las Vegas is not the place to break in new shoes, friends.

Trust me on this one!

Balance between comfort and style is achievable.

Check those end-of-summer sales and clearance events for super stylish, super affordable options.

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GC Shoes Womens Nylah Flat Sandals
Pop Womens Currency Flat Sandals
Ginnie Double-Band Slide Flat Sandals, Created for Macy’s
Avery Slip-On Sneaker
Pepa Clear Slide Sandals
Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly Sandals
Olivia Miller Womens Tyom-132 Wedge 

Heels in the evening for a show, dinner, or home base gaming is the preferred footwear choice.



Saks OFF Fifth

Several weeks before one of our Vegas trips I took a less than graceful trip over a DDR pad.

It was almost a total footwear disaster until I found three pairs of sequined flip flops on Amazon in red, gold, and black.

You’d think this choice would be an epic style fail, but I received more compliments on the bedazzled flip flops much to my delight.


Dry desert air is not kind to the skin.

I complain about the humidity at home, but miss it in regards to my skin when in Vegas.

Foot cream, moisturizer, and lip balm come in as beauty essentials, and this is the trio of products I depend on.


Who knows when the coast will be clear (COVID-19 speaking) for comfortable and safe travel.

Until it is, I’ll remain inspired, live vicariously through travel posts and fashion sights and sites, and ready to go at a moment’s notice.

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Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and Tell

In person return to campus activities are a go for now, and with that comes one of the best parts of the back to campus process- the decorating of the dorm room with decor pieces from the annual Places In The Home dorm room decor ideas show and tell.


Taking a basic dorm room and putting your personal style stamp on it  creates a home away from home cozy, comfy, and stylish haven to call your own.


LSU Residential Life

The objective is to introduce the creature comforts you find you relate to in a positive, cozy, and comfortable manner.

Decorate your dorm room, townhouse, condo, or apartment with aesthetically pleasing accents and accessories in tune with your taste and personal style.


Flashback to 1980 and my dorm room digs.

This flashback to 1980 photo of my dorm room digs is not the best quality, but it gives a general idea of the on-trend decor accents, colors, texture, and patterns of the day.

I forgot how much I loved the dark green ginger jar that was a gift with a purchase of Jungle Gardenia cologne, not to mention the plastic bamboo and rattan lamp in bright yellow.


Let’s begin this dorm room decor ideas show and tell with accents and accessories in stylish color, texture, pattern and affordable fashion thoughtfully chosen to assist in elevating your dorm room digs to the wow! this is gorgeous level.

Dorm Room Decor Ideas Show and Tell

Plush, glam and leopard love dorm accessories in shades of pink, gold and winter white trend to be favorites among the back to campus crowd.

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Flamingo Gold & White Table Lamp

Selecting just the right dorm room accents and accessories is meant to be a fun endeavor.

Fabric Wrapped Table Lamp with Dotted Animal Print, Brown and Black

Fabric Wrapped Table Lamp with Dotted Animal Print, Brown and Black

Space saving solutions need not be unattractive.

Porch & Den Lincoln Corner Desk

Porch & Den Lincoln Corner Desk

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Don’t confuse affordable with cheap.

Customer reviews tell the tale, and the majority of them for the Linon Peggy 2 Drawer Writing Desk come in as glowing.

Excellent value!


Easy to assemble.


Linon Peggy 2-Drawer Writing Desk, 30″ Tall, White

Let’s be clear- this stacking armless chair is dorm room decorating ideas chic

Stacking Clear Molded Designer Armless Chair

Stacking Clear Molded Designer Armless Chair

Mainstays Plush Velvet Office Chair, Pearl Blush

A soft and stylish rug such as this Khalhari Hand-Tufted Faux Fur Pink Area Rug is a great choice for creating a chic and comfy setting.

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Khalhari Hand-Tufted Faux Fur Pink Area Rug

PAC PINK Area Rug by Kavka Designs

PAC PINK Area Rug by Kavka Designs

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SAFAVIEH Handmade Casablanca Shag Vilma Moroccan Wool Rug – 5′ x 8′ 

Taylor & Olive Parralena Peach Geometric Shag Rug

Taylor & Olive Parralena Peach Geometric Shag Rug

Paris Light Canvas Art Print

Paris Light Canvas Art Print

A one for you, and one for your dorm mate pairing.

Cox 22" Metal/Glass LED Table Lamp, Light Coral (Set of 2) by JONATHAN Y

Cox 22″ Metal/Glass LED Table Lamp, Light Coral (Set of 2) by JONATHAN Y

Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table - Project 62™

Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table – Project 62™

Comfy and cozy is an essential design and decorating element in this dorm room decorating ideas show and tell.

Mosier Modern Glam Faux Fur Bean Bag - Christopher Knight Home

Mosier Modern Glam Faux Fur Bean Bag – Christopher Knight Home

Mainstays Faux Fur Saucer Chair, Multiple Colors

Mainstays Faux Fur Saucer Chair, Multiple Colors

Silver Orchid Gish Storage Ottoman

Silver Orchid Gish Storage Ottoman

Braided Seagrass Round Basket Natural - Opalhouse

Braided Seagrass Round Basket Natural – Opalhouse

The Curated Nomad Wit Moroccan-inspired Pouf Ottoman

The Curated Nomad Wit Moroccan-inspired Pouf Ottoman

Rainha Cushion Tufted Velvet College Headboard

Rainha Cushion Tufted Velvet College Headboard


Mandala Carved Faux Headboard

Mandala Carved Faux Headboard

Brooklyn 7-Pc. Cotton Bedding Sets

Brooklyn 7-Pc. Cotton Bedding Sets

Chenille Dot 2-Pc. TwinTwin XL Comforter Set

Chenille Dot 2-Pc. Twin XL Comforter Set

Whim by Martha Stewart Collection Novelty Print Twin Sheet Set

Whim by Martha Stewart Novelty Print Twin 2-Pc Sheet Set, 250 Thread Count 


Home Expressions Tropical Leaf Comforter Set

Nourison Jubilant JUB19 Pink Indoor Area Rug

Nourison Jubilant JUB19 Pink Indoor Area Rug

Vish 1 Drawer End Table with USB Port - miBasics

Vish 1 Drawer End Table with USB Port – miBasics

SAFAVIEH Lighting 28-inch Cream Foo Dog Table Lamp (Set of 2) - 14"x9"x28.5"

SAFAVIEH Lighting 28-inch Cream Foo Dog Table Lamp (Set of 2)

sandrapoliakov CALM WOMAN PORTRAIT Art Print

Calm Woman Portrait Art Print


Album Frame

Album Frame

Decorative planters make excellent catchalls for everything from makeup brushes to K-cup pods.

Grecian Bust Pot

Grecian Bust Pot


Style meets function in these super cute desk accessories and supplies.


Novogratz Dobby Matte Rose Desk Lamp


Desk Organization-Accessories-Supplies

 Gold "Hands" Bookend Set of 2

Danya B. Antique Gold “Hands” Bookend Set of 2


Mini Beast Super Duper Loud Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh 3-port Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank

Anker PowerCore+ 26800mAh 3-port Quick Charge 3.0 Power Bank

Super chic in a 70s vibe kind of way, the vintage inspired Elise Vanity and Stool Set of caged rattan is a custom made piece for college into postgraduate style days.

Elise Vanity And Stool Set

Elise Vanity and Stool Set

Cosmetique Wastebasket White - Allure Home Creations

Cosmetique Wastebasket White – Allure Home Creations

Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™

Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart by Simply Tidy™


CozyBlock Large Modern Cosmetic Organizer Portable Storage Drawer

Sonia Kashuk™ Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer - Clear

Sonia Kashuk™ Countertop Makeup Tray Organizer – Clear

Wild Sage™ Sadie Hooded Bath Robe

Wild Sage™ Sadie Hooded Bath Robe

Sweet Cheeks Bath Mat

Sweet Cheeks Bath Mat

Hover Image to Zoom 20.5 in. W Animal Laundry Hamper in White

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Montreux Iron and Leather Butterfly Chair

Montreux Iron and Leather Butterfly Chair

Better Homes & Gardens Pillow Lounge Chair, Brown Faux Leather Upholstery

Better Homes & Gardens Pillow Lounge Chair, Brown Faux Leather Upholstery

Channeled Sling Chair - Vegan Leather

Channeled Sling Chair – Vegan Leather

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Carbon Loft Stamper Cirque Bronze Metal Accent Drum Table

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Rustic Gray

Better Homes & Gardens 6-Cube Storage Organizer, Rustic Gray

DHP Flora Mid Century Daybed

DHP Flora Mid Century Daybed

Betseyville 20 X 20 Betseys Tiger Throw Pillow Raven Black

Betseyville 20 X 20 Betseys Tiger Throw Pillow Raven Black



Mainstays Parsons Office Living Room Desk, Espresso Finish

Mainstays Parsons Office Living Room Desk, Espresso Finish


Mesh Office Computer Chair with Lumbar Support & 360° Rolling Casters

Neutral Dot Abstract Canvas Art Print

Neutral Dot Abstract Canvas Art Print

Hand Table Lamp with USB

Hand Table Lamp with USB

Novogratz Globe Electric Haydel Light Blackened Steel Table Lamp

Novogratz Globe Electric Haydel Light Table Lamp


Joel Mod Ombre Geometric Area Rug

Gavin Modern Geometric Area Rug

Gavin Modern Geometric Area Rug

Mini Table Lamp with Angled Fabric Shade Red - Simple Designs

Mini Table Lamp with Angled Fabric Shade Red – Simple Designs

Hillside Side Table - Project 62

Hillside Side Table – Project 62


Gymax 2 Drawers Nightstand Side Table Storage Unit Metal Frame Dorm Room

Lamps Per Se 16.5- inch Robot Table Lamp (Set of 2)

Lamps Per Se 16.5- inch Robot Table Lamp (Set of 2)

Texture® Brand Trunk - Bronze

Texture® Brand Trunk – Bronze

mDesign Vertical Dresser Storage Tower with 4 Drawers

mDesign Vertical Dresser Storage Tower with 4 Drawers


Exto 6Ft. Extension Cord

Featuring dual cast-aluminum tamper-resistant grounded 3-prong sockets, along with white stainless-steel housing and cover that are powder coated for durability and reduced emissions, the Extō Extension Cord includes a 6 foot 16-gauge cotton-covered industrial power cord impervious to oil and water, rated to 1,560 watts.

Non-slip, non-marking polyurethane feet keep the Extō extension cord firmly in place on a desk, table or countertop, while 4 holes on the underside allow mounting to almost any surface.

NCAA LSU Tigers 12 State Map Wood Sign

NCAA LSU Tigers 12″ State Map Wood Sign

Reversible Microfiber Solid Comforter - Room Essentials™

Reversible Microfiber Solid Comforter – Room Essentials™

Printed Microfiber Sheet Set - Room Essentials

Printed Microfiber Sheet Set – Room Essentials

Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw

Oversized Supersoft Plush Throw

Arm & Hammer™ Odor Busterz™ 3-Pack Deodorizing Balls

Arm & Hammer™ Odor Busterz™ 3-Pack Deodorizing Balls

Rise & Shine 28 Bath Rug

Rise & Shine 28″ Bath Rug



Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

Keurig K-Mini Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker in Oasis

Dash Mini Maker Electric GriddleDash Mini Maker Electric Griddle

Keurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Imperial RedKeurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker, Imperial Red

YETI DuraCoat Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

YETI DuraCoat Rambler 20 oz Tumbler

Einstein Headphone Stand

Einstein Headphone Stand


Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II

Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with EXTRA BASS

Sony WF-XB700 Truly Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with EXTRA BASS


Anecdote Candle Vinyl Records Scented Candle

Wallet, and phone, and stuff.  Oh, my.

Acacia Wood Valet Tray

Acacia Wood Valet Tray

Marshall-3.2 Cubic-Foot Medium-Capacity Bar Fridge

Marshall MF3.2BLK-NA 3.2 Cubic-Foot Medium-Capacity Bar Fridge


Presto PopLite Hot Air Popcorn Popper

Share the corn, not the germs.


Dollar store runs result in disposable single serving popcorn bags, inexpensive treats, goodies and dorm room necessities.

The College Cookbook - by Weldon Owen (Paperback)

The College Cookbook – by Weldon Owen (Paperback)

Oster Precise Blend 200 Blender - Black

Oster Precise Blend 200 Blender – Black

Oster Single Burner Hot Plate

Oster Single Burner Hot Plate


Sunbeam 0.7 cu ft 700 Watt Microwave Oven - Black

Sunbeam 0.7 cu ft 700 Watt Microwave Oven – Black

Oster 2-Slice Toaster

Oster 2-Slice Toaster

I hope one or more of these selections from this dorm room decor ideas show and tell offers inspiration for your dorm room or apartment furnishing.

Love your style!

Show & Tell

Curling Up With A Good Summer Reading List

Summer is a prime time for curling up with a great book hot off a good summer reading list.


Reading evokes thought, enlightens the mind, enriches the soul, lifts the heart and takes one to treasured places and descriptive destinations in ways only the reader knows reading can.


Great for fun in the summer sun, porch sitting, or a cool peaceful spot in the shade, keeping company with a delightful-romantic-funny-mysterious selection from a good for summer reading list fills a few moments with imagination and inspiration while taking the reader on a literary summer vacation.

Such a Quiet Place - by Megan Miranda

Such a Quiet Place – by Megan Miranda

Suspense on a summer day will come your way with Such a Quiet Place, a tale of murder in Hollow’s Edge, a traditionally quiet and private neighborhood that is until the murder of Brandon and Fiona Truett.

Neighborhood resident Ruby Fletcher is convicted of the murder, and the fallout causes a ripple effect throughout the entire neighborhood.

With an overturned conviction, Ruby is back in Hollow’s Edge and the home she once shared with Harper Nash.  Now terrified by her former housemate, Harper is torn between fear and a sense of responsibility towards Ruby’s living situation.

Lies begin to surface in Hollow’s Edge about the night of the Truett’s murders.  Harper begins receiving threatening notes which leads her to know she must do everything she can to find the truth before the killer strikes again.

Shocking twists and turns keep the reader in suspense, and reading way past your bedtime.


It Happened One Summer – by Tessa Bailey

Piper Bellinger is a fashionable pseudo wild child with a loyal pack of  paparazzi constantly on her heels.  Too much champagne mixed with one wild and crazy Beverly Hills rooftop party lands Piper in jail much to her “what did I do?” angst and her stepfather’s chagrin.  Cut off from family and funds, Piper and her sister are sent to Westport, Washington to run their late father’s dive bar.

Enter sea captain Brendan, a tall drink of seawater who thinks she won’t last a week outside of Beverly Hills.  Determination drives her to strive to prove to her stepfather and the surly, sexy local she can, and will, make it.  In doing so, Piper reconnects with her past, begins to feel right at home in Westport, and crosses paths with Brendan in an opposites attract manner that captures her attention and her heart.

Tessa Bailey’s Schitt’s Creek-inspired rom-com brilliance combines romance and comedy with small beach-town coziness and tantalizing banter that immediately hooks and enchants the reader.


Goldenrod – by Maggie Smith

Powerful poems that celebrate both the beauty and messiness of life, Goldenrod pulls objects from everyday life-a hallway mirror, a rock found in her son’s pocket, a field of goldenrods at the side of the road to reveal the magic of the moment, the contours of daily life, and the beauty found in it all.

Honeysuckle Summer - (Sweet Magnolias Novel) by Sherryl Woods

Honeysuckle Summer – (Sweet Magnolias Novel) by Sherryl Woods

Courage is a beautiful thing, as Raylene Hammond finds out finding the courage to leave her abusive husband.  Despite being taken in by the Sweet Magnolias for safety and healing, trauma leaves her unable to leave the house.  When a terrible accident nearly occurs, due in part to her condition, Raylene realizes the time has come to seek help.

Support and encouragement from friends give Raylene the courage to set out on a journey to recovery.

Along the way, she meets an understanding  sheriff’s deputy, Carter Rollins, who becomes a supporter of her efforts. He’s even taken to bringing the outside world to her when she doesn’t feel ready to confront it.

A relationship between Raylene and Carter soon begins to bloom, and she must decide if she’s ready to move forward on this part of the journey or if it’s strictly a sweet summer romance.


Fox and I – by Catherine Raven

Catherine Raven receives her PhD in biology, and soon moves into an isolated cottage in Montana where she teaches remotely as well as leading field classes in Yellowstone National Park.

The only regular visitor Catherine has is a fox with whom she develops a friendship.

Pet owners get it, and can attest to the lessons in personal growth, coming to the realization we are never alone when we are connected to the natural world, and how loss can be transformed into meaning through nature, our surroundings, and relationships with animals.


Count the Ways – by Joyce Maynard

New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard pens a mesmerizing story of Eleanor and Cam from first meeting at a crafts fair in Vermont in the early 1970s to the joy of parenting three children, bitterness of tragedy, fallout from  infidelity, to truths through redemption.

Lessons in love, holding on and letting go of it fill the pages of Count the Ways is a beautiful, poignant, and deeply compassionate story of home, parenthood, love, and forgiveness.


Escape the routine of a summer day or evening by taking a break for one  with a great book selection from a good summer reading list.


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