TGIF all!

“This Is Us” should be banned.  Yup, you read that right….banned. Why you ask? Because the sole purpose of NBC’s freshman dramedy is to make you break down sobbing after every episode.  The show makes you care about this fictional family so much you forget they aren’t real.  It’s the first show in a long time where I’ve liked all the characters.  The acting (especially Sterling K. Brown’s Randall!) is superb and Milo Ventimiglia’s character Jack makes me wish he was my husband.  Although I try not to cry, by the end of the episode I can’t hold back.  The story line between characters Randall and his dying biological father William has deeply resonated with me.  Watching them transports me back to the Fall of 1999 when my mom died. On the show,  Randall is able to spend time with his ailing father and say goodbye to him.  Unfortunately  my mother passed in her sleep so I didn’t have the opportunity to say goodbye.  Watching their relationship unfold brought up the regret I’ve harbored about not saying goodbye to my mother.  I’ve always felt some level of guilt about not being there when she passed.   I know this sounds corny but this story line has been cathartic for me in resolving that regret.  While I didn’t have the chance to say goodbye,  my mother knew I loved her unconditionally.  As much as I wanted to be there, I know she was thinking of her children and she carried  that love with her until the end.   Like William’s character on the show, my mother was severely ill too. I know  she hated being sick and so I’m able to take some comfort in knowing her passing ceased the suffering she had endured.  Watching Randall and William’s characters on “This Is Us” allows me to grieve openly and not feel bad for not “getting over” her death.  I allow myself to feel the lasting affects of my mom’s passing but it also lets me celebrate her too.  Remembering her doesn’t always mean tears.  My memories of my mother often make me smile, laugh and love her even more.  It’s in those moments I feel so privileged to have her as my mother.

So if you’re looking for a new TV show, I highly recommend you binge watch “This Is Us” with a big ole box of Kleenex. You gonna need it!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

Happy Monday all!

When did we skip February and end up in April?! It was an amazing 72 degrees here in Philly yesterday.  The onslaught of mild weather has me hoping that  Punxsutawney Phil was wrong and an early Spring is on its way!

Have a good day!

 

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Coat: Simply Be (here)
Sweater: Lands End (old,similar here)
Skirt: Jibri (old,similar here)
Shoes: old, similar here
Earrings: Baublebar (here)

TGIF all!

Today is my 45th birthday and I am  blessed to  see another year of life.  As I get older the phrase “time is not on my side” has begun to take on a whole new meaning for me.  We  have this one life to live and we should enjoy it every second of it.  Instead of focusing on things I cannot change I’m going to make an effort to live in the present. I will continue to be grateful for the life that I have and not take my loved ones for granted.    I plan to make the most of my time and enjoy every second of it!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Top: Forever 21(  here)
Jeans: ASOS Curve (here)
Jacket: ASOS Curve (old, similar here)
Tights: Lane Bryant (not available, similar here)
Shoes: BCGeneration (old, similar here)
Earrings: Baublebar (here)

 

Happy Hump Day all!

I had to share with you Lane Bryant’s upcoming collaboration with mega designer Prabal Gurung!  Prabal Gurung joins the list of high end designers such as Lela Rose, Christian Siriano and Sophie Theallet who have created exclusive collections for Lane Bryant customers.  These collaborations are monumental because they completely demolish the belief that high fashion isn’t for PS women.  I applaud Lane Bryant for pushing through the negativity surrounding PS fashion to provide us with these wonderful collaborations.

Below are a few of my personal favorites from the collection.  I’m completely obsessed with the striped wrap dress and navy blue trench coat.  The full collection will be available online and in select stores on February 27th.  I highly recommend you set your alarm clocks because these collections in the past have sold out in minutes!

Have a wonderful day!

 

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Roses are red

Violets are blue

Guess what? I LOVE ALL OF YOU!!!

Have a wonderful Valentine’s day and remember to treat yourself too!

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Sweater: old, similar here
Skirt: here
Jacket: here, I added the patches
Flats: no longer available, similar here
Clutch: here, budget friendly version here