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Currently…3 Podcasts You Should Listen To

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Last year I got into listening to podcasts.  Mainly, true crime podcasts.  However, recently I’ve started to discover fictional series podcast’s stories.  I’m a big SciFi nerd, so I’ll begin in that area.

The first podcast I recommend is one called “Ostium.” Ostium follows one man on his quest to find an empty town named Ostium that no one else knows about.  When he arrives, the town is of course empty and locked. He finally gets in and he begins to explore. He finds a special wooden map table and each door in the city leads to a new location and a new time.  What is this place? Why is he here? Who are the others that he keeps seeing?  Add some danger, a romance and some intrigue and voila! Interested?  Check out this podcast.

The second podcast I want to tell you about is “Today’s Teenager.”  A good podcast that discusses relevant topics related to teenagers.  The host explains a teenagers point of view and gives the reasons behind them. Examples are given in a way parents and other adults can understand.  Topics include Teens and video games, how to talk with your teens, teen apathy, emotions and more.  If you have a teen in your life this is definitely one you have to check out.

The third podcast I would have you listen to is “The Earth Collective.”  At first listening to this podcast goes a little slow.  You are trying to figure out what you are listening to and why.  Humans have gone to the stars.  They have conquered and settled on other planets.  On one of those planets humans did amazingly well.  Then something happened.  The Darkness.  The civilization and population begin to decline.  The darkness took them, it was to be feared, stay away from the darkness.  To save themselves, humanity develops a way to stay in the light.  Now, all that humanity cares about is surviving the darkness by staying ahead of it. Constantly moving.  On what are house caravans and any means of motorized movement. One member of the caravan decided to make a broadcast about the history he knows and what their life is like now.  He uploads his broadcasts to the last satellite in orbit so maybe someday someone will find it.  The historian is beginning to figure things out.  Others may be listening in.  What happens to humans who can’t keep up? Mysterious things start to happen.  Conspiracy? Aliens? Afterlife?  Listen to find out.

What do you think? Interested in trying any of these?  Let me know what you think.  Do you have any podcasts you think I should listen to?

 

 

 

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5 Instagram’s to Follow Today

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Instagram is one of my favorite social medias.  I love to look at an image more than the written word.  Every so often, on my blog, I will post five Instagramers that I follow.  Check them out!  Then tell me one of your favorites below in the comments.

  1. @create.andlove, this account is run by Alexandra from Germany.  In her account she demonstrates all types of creative goodness in her Traveler’s Notebook.  Love to journal?  Get some great ideas at this site.
  2. @velvetmeadow, Velvet Meadow is an instagramer with a etsy shop.  She hails from Lithuania and does amazing embroidery.  Much of her embroidery is nature based.  I personally love her dandelion ones.  Check them out.  They are so beautiful.
  3. @Moira_fine_jewellery, Moira Fine Jewellery hails from the city of London.  They specialize in antique jewelry and custom work.  I love looking at all their jewels.  My personal favorite jewel piece is their target Art Deco rings.  Check out all their beautiful pieces!
  4. @paperprettyink, Confessions of a paper addict is an instagramer and etsy shop owner who specialty is the junk journal. Check out her amazingly stocked desk!  Using both vintage and modern paper to create an awesome journal. Her following is 55.2 followers.  Definitely one to check out.
  5. @vintage_egyptologist, the personal instagram of Dr. Colleen Darnell, who is an Egyptologist and vintage fashion lover. Her unique fashion is worth following alone, but add in her tutorials on Ancient Egypt and you’ve got a unique and fun account that has something for everyone.

Enjoy scrolling. Do you have any great Instagram accounts you follow?  Let me know in the comments below.

I  have another question.  Is it Instagramer or Instagrammer?  Do you know?  Let me know too!

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My Capsule Wardrobe, The Start

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So I went through my closet this past weekend.  I picked out a capsule wardrobe.  I combined all seasons together.  So I have long sleeves and sweaters but once I paired down they will be put away for the season.

Once I got my separate capsule wardrobe out from my regular clothes I realized not everything went together. I put this up to my weight gain of four dress sizes when I went on medication for my chronic migraines.  I needed clothes.  I needed anything that fit.  I needed anything that would cover my stomach.

I went from store to store in search of clothing that fit, that I liked and didn’t make me look like a grandma.  I remember my paternal grandmother.  When she was in her late 60’s she wore plus size clothing.  Frankly, it was awful.  She would wear these red and orange medallion pants with a stripped top.  Not because she was colorblind but she had difficultly finding clothing that fit and went together.  While the clothing industry has changed slightly, it is still difficult to find things.  Much of the plus size clothing I find is for office work.  I like to dress up, but don’t need a whole wardrobe of suits.  Much of the casual stuff is limited to tshirts and blue jeans.

Then take into consideration the time of year.  You have more choices in Fall and Winter than you do in Spring and Summer. Then where to shop, the type of stores.  When I mean the type of store I don’t mean plus size vs Misses size.  I mean teenager vs older woman vs career woman vs a little bit of everything.  Then take into account the sizes and the price point and you see there is really slim pickings.  Perhaps, the capsule wardrobe will help me with that.  I won’t feel like I have nothing to put on.

What do I wear now?  I buy things from LLBean Catalog, Eddie Bauer Catalog, Landsend Catalog, JJill, Chicos, Christopher and Banks, Dress Barn, Lane Bryant, Maurice’s and sometimes New York and Company.

Here is what I have chosen for my capsule wardrobe:

Blue Jeans (navy)

A button down shirt (Navy) short sleeve

Jean jacket ( Blue)

T-shirts short slv (Navy) (Black) (Grey) (Teal) (Green)

Cardigan (Navy) (Black) (Grey) (Teal) (Green)

Long Sleeve Tshirt (Navy)*(Grey)*

Blazer (Black)**

Dress Pants (Black)

V-neck light knit sweater (Black)*

Black Lace Shirt (Black)**

Casual Pants (Grey)

Tweed Skirt (Black)*

Spring Summer Dress (Green)

Leather Jacket (Brown)* **

Button down shirt (white)

Print shirt (Navy)

Print Skirt (Black)

*Winter item

**Need to purchase item

What do you think? Do you have a capsule wardrobe?  What is in it? Have you gotten rid of the other clothes or keeping them for a bit.  I’m keeping mine to see if I like this.  Let me know your story in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Quick Update

Just a quick note to let you all know I have gotten very ill before Christmas with Pneumonia.  It has been two weeks and I’m still hit hard.  I guess it takes over a month to get over. Please be patient with me as I try to get better and neglect my blog a bit.  I will still post on Instagram on occasion. Hopefully, I will start posting again in February.  Please be patient!

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5 Blogs I like

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Most bloggers have favorite blogs.  Why would we write our own if we didn’t love them?  There are so many blogs out there.  How do you find them all?  There isn’t one central clearing house of blogs, there are several.  I’m always finding new blogs.  So I thought I’d share 5 of the ones I read with you.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

  1.  The Londoner.  The Londoner is a award winning British lifestyle blog.  I have been following Rosie for several years.  She has beautiful photos, a fun upbeat style that is not too sugary, and some great articles.  She has also had some amazing collaborations too.  If you are looking for a fun new lifestyle blog check her out!  https://www.thelondoner.me/
  2. The Inspired Room. Another award winning blog, that has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens magazines.  I love looking at their decorating ideas, and suggestions for organization.  Quality photos and a friendly tone make this a great blog to read at the end of a long day. https://theinspiredroom.net/
  3. My Scandinavian Home. I love Scandinavian Design.  This blog written by a Londoner who now lives in Sweden.  See some great style on https://www.myscandinavianhome.com/
  4. The Monochrome Minimalist. A lifestyle blog with a concentration in fashion.  I love seeing what new wardrobe ideas are given. https://monochromeminimalistmm.com/
  5. Another great lifestyle blog by a Brit.  This time it’s https://lydiaelisemillen.com/  . Lydia has great style and amazing photos.  She also adds some of her personality to each post.  From Style to living to travel and beauty, Lydia does a wonderful job and I am so glad to have watched her build her blog.

I hope this gives you a few blogs to look at this week.  Let me know if you like them.  What are your favorite blogs?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Quick Ways to Help the Environment

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We are all so busy right?  We want to do a lot of things but never seem to have the time.  Once of these things is helping out the environment.   How can we be more sustainable without spending all of our time.  Below, find 5 quick ideas to help the planet be a better place.

  1. Use biodegradable poop bags for your dog.  Yes, they exist.   Keep plastic out of the landfills.
  2. Reuse gift bags.  We have all got them for birthdays and holidays.  Too nice to throw away right?  Cut off the address tag and reuse them.  You can give gifts in them, use them to carry things, cut them up for a decoration.
  3. Buy Bamboo when possible. Bamboo is durable and fast growing. It’s renewable and sustainable. It can also be used for a variety of things from interior design and clothing, do bowls, and utensils.
  4. Volunteer for a river or park clean up.  Spend a few hours one weekend a year to help get trash out of our water supply. It will not only help keep our drinking water clean, but also keep animals from eating garbage or getting trapped in trash,
  5. Support an animal.  Volunteer or donate items to  a shelter.  Adopt through a wildlife organization or zoo your favorite animal.  I’ve sponsored endangered species  before. It’s also a great gift for others!  Christmas is coming!

What quick ways do you know that help the environment.  Share them with me.

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Every Color Has A Story. Color Psychology.

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Color.  I love color.  Nothing makes me happier than looking at a wall of paint swatches, or bin of colored pencils.  Color makes me smile.  Color is a very influential in many aspects of our lives. It not just for looks either.  Color can illicit an emotional response. Marketers, artists and designers all know how color influences us.  Color creates associations.  We use colors in psychology, art and religion to denote status and attention. When you look at some religious art, why are some deities in blue?  I’ve never seen Christianity’s Virgin Mary in scarlet red. She always in blue and white. Color,  at it’s purest form make us feel, maybe more than anything. Red can be angry, but it can also be loving.  Blue calming but also cold.

How does color tell us this? It depends on our age, culture, and climate. Children often change their favorite color.  However, once we hit adulthood we often have a fixed favorite. For years my favorite color was black.  Since my thirties my favorite color has been charcoal grey.  A hard color to find in clothes, but more prevalent in design.

A pioneer in the science of color psychology was Carl Jung.  Jung not only investigated the meanings of color, but how they could be used as a psychological tool.  The meaning of color is most prevalent in marketing.  Color has power.  It helps us recognize brands without using words.  Almost everyone in the world recognizes the “Golden Arches” of McDonalds. Color catches your eye. It helps you to decide if an item is appealing. Sometimes color name influences buying choices too.  If a rose color was blood red instead of romantic red would it be as popular of a choice?

We live in a world of color.  What are the common feelings that they evoke?

Take Blue for instance.  Blue is calming.  It instills trust, a sense of duty, coolness, reflection, tradition, sadness, and coldness. Blue is used for Tiffany boxes, in traditional gift wrap and power suits.  There is also the expression “to have the blues”, meaning to be depressed.  All colors have a dual personality.  The good and the bad.

Green is all around us.  It is refreshing, zesty, growth, restorative, restful and safe.  It can mean ordinary or stagnant as well.  It’s not coincidence that many environmental companies use green in their logos.  It is the color of our environment.

Yellow is both sunny and scared.  Yellow is warmth, happy, honorable and open.  It can also be fearful, cowardly, and irrational.  What does it say to you?

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Orange as a color evokes the ideas of energy, stimulation, food, fun, and health.  It also is frustration, cautious, immature, and warning.

Red has so many meanings its hard to list them all.  Red is courageous, strong, warm, vigorous, energy, love and passion.  It is also danger, anger, pain, and defiant.  Want to learn more about other colors?  Wait for part two to learn about the other colors including purple, pink and others.

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