Sunday, May 31, 2009

Inspiration: *Never Judge a Book by It's Cover*

My Inspiration post today is actually a link to a YouTube video that no longer allows embedding. I'm sure many of you have already seen this video, but I wanted to post it since it is really one of my favorites. It shows that you really should *Never Judge a Book by It's Cover*...beauty is only skin deep and if you merely judge by what you see on the outside, you may just miss out on something really special. It's what is in the heart, spirit, and soul that really matter anyways. It also shows that it is just never TOO late for your dreams to come true. Enjoy! Susan Boyle .

*Susan Boyle came in 2nd on the Britain's Got Talent competition, but I'm sure she already has agencies beating down her door to sign. I'm sure that we will hear much more from her in the future.

Have a Beautiful and Blessed week! :)

5.31.09

5.31.09
5.31.09 by FFM featuring J Crew

This is what I wore to church this morning, then I made a stop by Target for groceries and then Old Navy to get one of the free Flag Tees. My shoes are actually black patent and SO comfortable...they also look much better IRL than in the pic. My handbag is a black patent Liz Claiborne bag, and my earrings are gold with black and white pearl-like beads in a similar style...they are from Target and *go* with the bracelet. The blouse is tucked into the pants. I received numerous compliments on this outfit, including my husband who said this is one of his favorite looks on me. :) I was also asked where I got my pants when I was at ON.

Effortless Chic

Effortless Chic
Effortless Chic by FFM featuring J Crew

Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze
Summer Breeze by FFM featuring J Crew

Breeze and Stone

Breeze and Stone
Breeze and Stone by FFM featuring J Crew

Shades of Grey

Shades of Grey
Shades of Grey by FFM featuring Coach bags

Cashmere, Pearls, and Denim

Cashmere, Pearls, and Denim
Cashmere, Pearls, and Denim by FFM featuring J Crew

Earth Tones and Gold

Earth Tones and Gold
Earth Tones and Gold by FFM featuring Frye shoes

The earrings arrive Monday...can't wait to see them IRL. I'm sure they'll be pretty large, but that's ok with me. :) The skirt is very pretty IRL and really flattering on, too. My shoes are a similar style and color that I got on sale at Kohl's last year.

The Medallion Lattice Top

The Medallion Lattice Top
The Medallion Lattice Top by FFM featuring J Crew
The top is tucked in, and the pants are rolled. I am contemplating removing the side zip since I don't need it to put the shirt on

The Medallion Lattice Top *Look Two*
The Medallion Lattice Top *Look Two* by FFM featuring J Crew

Unfortunately my order from Anthro for the earrings was cancelled, but I did find a very similar pair at Target for $8


The Medallion Lattice Top *Look Three*
The Medallion Lattice Top *Look Three* by FFM featuring J Crew

Spring Chic

Spring Chic
Spring Chic by FFM featuring Fendi bags


Spring Chic *2*
Spring Chic *2* by FFM featuring BCBGirls shoes

Friday, May 29, 2009

My Unbelievable Encounter: Update

So I thought I would give an update to *My Unbelievable Encounter* post seen here . After numerous calls and many messages left, I finally got in touch with the officer who took my statement at the Supermarket. He told me my case had been turned over to the investigation department, and that I should speak to the lead detective to find out which investigator was handling my case. After two days of calling and leaving messages, I finally heard back from him...this was on the 20th day of May...remember now that the incident happened on May 1st. So he tells me that he hadn't ever received my file or statement...it had gotten *lost* somewhere, somehow between departments. Can you believe that??? Ridiculous, IMHO! Well, he tells me that he will be handing it over to one of his detectives who will be in touch with me. I didn't hear anything back all last week, so this past Monday I called and left another message on his voice mail, and finally heard from the investigator that is now handling the case. He came out yesterday to take pictures of the damage to my Expedition and listen to my account of the incident. He had been to the Liquor Store and found out the biker's first name, plus asked the woman who works there to take down his information the next time he's in, and also try to get his license plate number. This is good news...bad news is that the PD has *misplaced* the videotape that the Supermarket gave them of the guy walking past my car, so the detective is trying to get another copy from them, but says he has enough to charge him with my statement and seems very eager to *catch* him, which is really good. I will be getting an estimate of the damage that he caused so that it can be determined if he will get charged with a felony or a misdemeanor. The investigator also said that he can keep my personal information from the guy so that I don't have to worry about him coming after me. I am in the process of writing a detailed statement against him which the detective will pick up this coming Monday. He was headed back to the Liquor Store this afternoon to see if the clerk has any information for him and in hopes that the biker perhaps might be there. I'll post more as the case progresses. Thank you again for all your comments, kind words, and encouragement on the original post...I truly appreciate all of you! :)

5.29.09 *Another Fabulous Ebay Find*

5.29.09
5.29.09 by FFM featuring GAP pants


I'm working from home today, and I'm wearing my new *Joie De Vivre* tee that I found on Ebay last week. It's really cute IRL and the quality is good even though it's from the J.Crew Factory Store...actually better than some of the tees at the regular J.Crew stores right now. My pants are the Gap Curvy Cropped Pants in Gray Combo and my earrings are a similar pair to the one in the set, except that they have silver, gray, and black beads on them. :)

Letter From *Fabulous Julie* :)

Look Eleven
Look Eleven by For: J.N. featuring Diane von Furstenberg


Look Nine
Look Nine by For: J.N. featuring Gucci watches

Dear FFM,

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! The weather is getting warmer in DC, and I'm looking forward to returning to work after the long weekend, wearing some of the new, stylish sets you created for me!!

I can't thank you enough for all of your help. As I mentioned during my initial e-mail to you, I was in need of a complete, wardrobe overhaul. I was overweight and awkward during most of my teens and twenties, and because I was self conscious, I dressed in baggy clothes to hide myself. Although I have dropped 30 pounds, and kept it off for 10 years, my closet still reflected my unhappy past. My standard work uniform was an ill fitting pants suits paired with loafers. My casual wardrobe consisted of jeans, t shirts and flip flops!!! I knew I needed a change, but was simply overwhelmed. I discovered your work on Polyvore, when I was looking for ideas, and found your blog shortly thereafter. I fell in love with your effortlessly chic outfits, which I felt that even *I* could pull off :-) Equally important, I loved your optimism and philosophy towards life. I know I needed a patient, positive person to help me with my new look.

After almost six weeks of collaboration, I could *not* be happier with the results! I'm actually excited about clothes again, and it was so liberating to purge my wardrobe of blah, ill-fitting pieces, and fill it with stylish, versatile clothes that don't hide my body. I know I was a challenging client, because I didn't have an unlimited budget, and I needed EVERYTHING, from shoes and belts, to tanks, camisoles and (properly fitting) slacks. I was also picky about certain colors, and insisted on trying on an item before I would give it a thumbs up for inclusion in a set. I logged a lot of miles to the mile over the past few weeks :-) I can't thank you enough for your patience and enthusiasm! It was a pleasure to work with you, and I know I will call on Fabulous Florida Mommy guidance again in the late summer/early fall!! Please feel free to use me as a reference for any prospective clients!

Sincerely,
Julie

Look Three
Look Three by For: J.N. featuring Coach bags

Thank you for your kind words Julie! You are indeed *Fabulous*, and a pleasure to work with! :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

5.28.09 Plus My Fabulous Ebay Find That I Wore On Memorial Day

Happy Thursday Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day and are having a FABULOUS week! I am headed out early this morning to take my 3 year-old to Physical Therapy, then off to a playdate and running errands. I made a Polyvore set of what I'm wearing today...can't say enough about the Gap Curvy Cropped pants. I just absolutely love them...so comfortable and flattering. I also really like this Sunbleached Crinkle Flower tee from J.Crew...so comfy, and I love that it is Navy and Black...what a fabulous color combination...very chic! :) My bag is a similar style but is from Target, and my scarf is actually from J.Crew and has thin silver metallic stripes in it.

5.28.09
5.28.09 by FFM featuring Prada bags
I also wanted to show the set of what I wore on Memorial Day. I made a trip to Walmart and then we spent the rest of the day at home. My husband finished painting our living and dining rooms (he had worked on them all weekend) and they look fantastic! Isn't it amazing how a fresh coat of paint can really revive a room? The boys and I spent some time outside in the pool relaxing, and then I fixed BBQ for dinner...it was a really nice day. :)

Now for info on the set: I had stalked this cami last year and finally found it again on Ebay for a fantastic price last week. It's called the Brushtroke Floral Babydoll Cami and it's from J.Crew Fall 2007. This pic just doesn't do it justice, but I can't find another one online anywhere. I'm going to try and snap a better pic of it myself eventually. The fabric is 100% cotton and very substantial...not sheer at all! I really wish the current J.Crew pieces were still made like this. My cami size at J.Crew this year is a 0/2...this cami from '07 is a size 4 and fits nicely, although I had to shorten the straps just a bit. My cardigan is a similar one that I picked up at Target on sale last year, and my shoes are actually from Kohl's in a similar style that I also got on sale last year.
5.25.09
5.25.09 by FFM featuring Frye shoes



I hope you all have a beautiful and blessed day! :)

Monday, May 25, 2009

Inspiration: Memorial Day

MySpace Memorial Day Comments


What Heroes Gave
by Roger Robicheau

Each donned their uniform to be
Defenders of our liberty

Their mission sure, their spirits bright
Guard freedom’s home, be brave to fight

One final day each faced their call
Each gave their best enduring all

We’ll never know what they went through
But know they loved this country true

Deep down inside we should all feel
What heroes gave, their cost so real

We must stay thankful, grateful of
The gift of freedom through their love

Their loved ones bore the gravest pain
What we can’t know, some now sustain

To God I pray their pain will cease
And each will find long-lasting peace

Remember this from year to year
What heroes gave – shan’t disappear

We’ll never let their special day
Their time for honor slip away

These brave fought for a nation free
If not for them, where would we be?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

5.21.09

5.21.09
5.21.09 by FFM featuring J Crew

Took my son to therapy and then stopped by Target for more Huggable Hangers. :) The pants are SO much better IRL than in the online pic...I blogged about them earlier today and this is how I wore them. My tank is actually from Gap in the Oatmeal Heather color, and my shoes are from Target but similar to the pair in the set.

And the Award Goes To...

Me...YAY! This past week I was given two new blog awards. The first award was given to me by AppGal at Musings on the Mountain , Monogramgirl at A Nantucket State of Mind , and Drewablank at this, that...and what not ...thank you my Fabulous Friends! :)


Here are the instructions:
1. List seven things that make me awe-summm!!!
2. Pass the award on to seven bloggers, I read religiously.
3. Tag those 7 bloggers.
4. Don't forget to link the Queen that tagged us.
5. Copy the pic and put it into your sidebar.

So here are my 7 Awe-Summm things (which I am also interpreting as 7 random things about me):

1. I rowed on the girls' Crew Team in High School. It was also the first year our school even had a Crew team. Since there weren't many other high schools to compete against at that time, we rowed in Regattas against Yale, Harvard, Tulane, and Boston University, among many others. We also traveled to Miami, Tampa, and Georgia to compete.

2. I worked on a 4700 acre ranch in Montana in my early 20's.

3. I can hear the sonic boom of the Space Shuttle at my house.

4. I sang in numerous Talent Competitions in my childhood and teenage years, winning many ribbons and trophies.

5. I like watching British television on BBC America, especially Doctor Who, Absolutely Fabulous, and the original What Not To Wear with Trinny and Suzannah.

6. I absolutely LOVE 80's music.

7. I was a vegetarian for 15 years until I became pregnant with my first son and started craving meat...now I can't imagine not eating it. I LOVE me a big, juicy steak! :)

I read numerous blogs so I am tagging the ones I think haven't yet received this award but really deserve it, too. :)

Everything Fabulous

J.Crew Aficionada

The Outfit of the Day

A Modern Life

Deco Aurora

goldenmeans

My Delightful Obsessions


*My second award was given to me by Fritter Chicks and Crew Girl in Canada at My Delightful Obsessions .



The Rules of the award, as I am told, are as follows:

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.

2) Pass the award to other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Here are my recently discovered blogs:

Approprie : Stacie just started her blog a couple of days ago, and I know it will be FABULOUS! :)

Nikon Sniper

8 Hour Brunch : Jordan is also just starting to blog...way to go! :)

create the life you love .

Love Your Life and Your Look~Today . Heather just started her blog in March and does a FABULOUS job! :)

Ann Taylor Loft *Fabulous Find*

Last week I found a pair of Linen pants at Ann Taylor Loft that I am absolutely in love with. They are the Relaxed Linen Tie-Waist pants seen: Here . I ordered them in both Boardwalk Beige (a nice British Khaki) and also in the White, both in size 4. The pants are actually a Cotton/Linen blend so I don't think they will wrinkle as badly as 100% Linen pants will. The belt is removable and can be replaced with another belt, or worn without allowing you to wear your shirts untucked. The pants are very comfortable and flattering...I am really pleased with them. They also remind me a little of the new Linen Beach Pant currently offered in the new arrivals at J.Crew: Click Here . They are currently on sale for $19.99, and ATL is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders of $125+. I also found a code for $20 off a purchase of $80+: 104014978 at checkout which can also be combined with the free shipping. Here's a picture of the pants from the ATL website...of course they look much better IRL than online. :)

GAP Memorial Day Day Event and Indigo by Clarks $14.95 Sale at 6pm.com

GAP Memorial Day Event: 25% off a GAP purchase of $100 or more with code SUMMER at checkout. Valid now through May 25, 2009. You automatically get FREE SHIPPING if you spend $150+. Happy Shopping! :)

For anyone who enjoys Indigo by Clarks Footwear, the website 6pm.com has them on sale for $14.95 today: Click Here for the website homepage. Scroll down to the middle of the page to see the promotion.

June Catalog and New Arrivals Online

Good Morning! Just a quick note to let you know that the June Catalog and New Arrivals are online at JCrew.com...HAPPY SHOPPING! :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pants: My Personal Favorites

I want to start off by saying a big *THANK YOU* to all of my followers for continuing to visit, as well as leave comments on my blog. I know my posting has been sporadic for the past couple months, and I apologize for that. I have been dealing with several situations in my personal life, working, and trying to find the right balance for my roles as wife and mommy, home educator to my sons, as well as with work (even though I work from home the majority of the time), blogging, implementing my exercise regimen again, and all other aspects/areas of my daily life. My goal for the blog is to post at least 4-5 times per week...I think this is attainable while allowing me time to be sure that the other areas of my life are not neglected. I hope you will all continue to check in as well as comment. I love to hear what you have to say! :) Now onto the post!

As promised awhile ago...here is my post on my *Personal Favorite Pants*. I'll begin by saying that finding well-fitting pants is an ongoing struggle for me. My hip/thigh area is my biggest pet-peeve about my body and the area where I *carry* most of my weight. I am also fairly short waisted so the rise on pants is also an important factor for me. Pants that have an *original* fit can often feel as if I am wearing Steve Urkel pants, so I gravitate toward a lower rise trying to get them to sit lower on my hips. This being said...here are a few of my favorite picks for pants and cropped pants. :)

First are the Gap Perfect Trouser available now at the Gap website, and I have also seen them in the store, as well:
Click Here . They come in Gargoyle Taupe and Black. I have both colors which I purchased on sale last year, and I really like them a lot. I find the rise to be just about perfect, not too high/not too low, and the leg is wide, but not overly exaggerated. The thigh area is generous and the leg line flows straight down from there creating a flattering and slimming silhouette.



The next pair are actually cropped pants and also come from the Gap. They are the Curvy Cropped Pants and are also available on the Gap website as well as in the stores:
Click Here . These also come in Gray Combo and Brown Stripe. The Brown stripe pant is actually more of a seersucker like material and the stripe looks great with the J.Crew Corsage tee in Beechwood seen here . I just recently decided to try the Curvy fit at Gap and must say I am really impressed. They really address the smaller waist to fuller hip/thigh ratio that I think so many of us deal with. I am able to purchase my *normal* size in these pants and they fit my thighs without leaving a huge gap at the waist. The fabric is comfortable and the pants are well made. I think they are even worth full price, and I rarely pay full price for anything.



My last pick for this post is the J.Crew Premium Stretch Bistro Pant available at JCrew.com and also in stores:
Click Here . I haven't purchased these pants yet because I've been waiting for a significant markdown, but it seems as if that is taking forever...so frustrating. Anyways, I tried these pants on when they first arrived in the stores and absolutely adored them. The fit in the thigh and leg reminds me of the High Heel Flare, but the rise on the Bistro is much lower. I think they have a sort of retro and *Charlie's Angels* vibe to them. I also think they are very flattering...the flare on the leg helps to balance out the hip/thigh area creating a very flattering and lean silhouette. They are definitely still on my wishlist as a future purchase.

Do you own or have you tried any of these pants? What are your favorite brands and style of pants? Do you have any recommendations? Please share. :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

Shopping My Closet

I have been cleaning again...this time I'm working on my closet. I have to say that I absolutely LOVE cleaning closets...not sure why...maybe it's due to my love for clothing and all things fashion related. All I know is that I just really enjoy it. So on to the point of my post: as I said, I have been cleaning out my closet all weekend and will be *at it* again today. I invested in the velvet aka *Huggable Hangers* and absolutely LOVE them! Target sells the actual brand name Huggable Hangers by Joy Mangano: Click Here to purchase online ...they are also available in the stores. You can purchase a 5 pack for $4.99 as well as the boxed set as shown in the link. They are also available for purchase at HSN.com Click Here for the link, and Walmart also sells their own version in the store which cost around $4 for 6 hangers...definitely the best deal if you can find them in stock. I am now obsessed with these hangers! They work really well and create a lot more space in your closet PLUS your clothes don't slip off of them at all! The Huggable Hangers by Joy Mangano even come in little kid sizes if you want to redo your *littles* closets with them too. :) I would highly recommend them, especially if you have limited closet space in your home.

I organize my clothing 3 ways: by outfit, by color, or by oufit AND color. This time I went with option 3...outfit and color. I put all pieces of an outfit together (except the jewelry, shoes, and handbag) and hang them in my closet as a complete styled set. This time I have the outfits placed in my closet by color...Black, Grey, Navy, Brown, Bright Colors, etc. I am now in the process of continuing to create Polyvore sets for them in which I include my accessories, shoes, and handbags to reference for future wearing. :) Here are several of my own personal *Shopping My Closet* creations that I have worn or will be wearing in the future.


Look One:
Black, White, and Grey aka Shopping My Closet *Look One*
Black, White, and Grey aka Shopping My Closet *Look One* by FFM featuring J Crew Clothing
My capris are actually from Gap, and my white cardigan is from Old Navy. My scarf is a Black and Silver Metallic one that I recently found at J.Crew. My earrings are a similar pair that I found at Target...they have black, grey, and silver beads on them.

Look Two:
Shopping My Closet *Look Two*
Shopping My Closet *Look Two* by FFM featuring J Crew Clothing
My bag is a similar one from Charm and Luck. I would like to have the shoes but am waiting for them to go on sale.

Look Three:
Shopping My Closet *Look Three*
Shopping My Closet *Look Three* by FFM featuring J Crew Clothing
I'm considering the shoes...just waiting for a sale.

Look Four:
Laid-Back Lana aka Shopping My Closet *Look Four*
Laid-Back Lana aka Shopping My Closet *Look Four* by FFM featuring BCBGirls Shoes
The pants are rolled and the sweater is from several years ago in the same color and style as the one shown. I'm waiting for a sale on the shoes.

Look Five:
Summer Chic aka Shopping My Closet *Look Five*
Summer Chic aka Shopping My Closet *Look Five* by FFM featuring J Crew Clothing
The Clara cardigan is optional.


Look Six:
Shopping My Closet *Look Six*
Shopping My Closet *Look Six* by FFM featuring J Crew Clothing


Look Seven:
Shopping My Closet *Look Seven*
Shopping My Closet *Look Seven* by FFM featuring BCBGirls Shoes
My necklace is similar to the one shown. I would love to have the shoes...need them to go on sale. I do have a pair of Born sandals in a similar color that I will substitute for now.

Look Eight:
Shopping My Closet *Look Eight*
Shopping My Closet *Look Eight* by FFM featuring J Crew Clothing
My scarf and bag are similar to the ones shown in the set.

Tomorrow I will post my Favorite picks for pants that I promised awhile ago...sorry for the delays! I hope you all have a beautiful and blessed Monday! :)

Inspiration: To Believe

TO BELIEVE is to know that every day is a new beginning, to trust that miracles can happen, and that dreams really do come true.

TO BELIEVE is to see the angels dancing among the clouds, to know the wonder of a starlit sky and the wisdom of the man in the moon.

TO BELIEVE is to know the value of a nurturing heart, the innocence of a child's eyes, and the beauty of an aging hand, for it is through their teachings we learn to love.

TO BELIEVE is to find the strength and courage that lies within us, when it is time to pick up the pieces and begin again.

TO BELIEVE is to know that we are not alone, that life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it.

TO BELIEVE is to know that wonderful surprises are waiting to happen, and all our hopes and dreams are within our reach.

-Author Unknown

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Updates on The Beach Trip and The Drunk Biker

Hello everyone! I hope you have all been having a beautiful and blessed week! We arrived home from our *beach getaway* late Monday evening and this is the first chance I've had to spend any significant amount of time online, so I thought I would post a little bit of an update. :)

The Beach Trip:
Our stay at the beach condo was absolutely FABULOUS...the weather was gorgeous and the view was amazing! The boys had a fantastic time jumping in the waves and building sand castles...needless to say, they didn't want to leave. ;)

I was able to manage a little bit of time to myself each morning for a walk on the beach which I thoroughly enjoyed! After I got back from my walks, DH and I took the boys down to the beach to play in the waves for awhile. Then it was lunch, naps, and another trip to the water followed by showers, dinner, and *hanging out*.

Saturday evening we watched 8 Brides with their Grooms and Wedding Parties have their wedding photos taken on the beach....yes, I did say 8. It was definitely a beautiful place to get married and the weather was gorgeous...I'm sure the photos are fantastic. :) I do hope the dresses survive after being dragged through the sand and surf...I've always wondered about that. Does anyone have any firsthand experience?

Mother's Day was relaxing and enjoyable...I am truly blessed and thankful to have my boys. :) We had another day of playing in the waves and sand, a fantastic dinner, and then a beautiful walk on the beach to watch the Sunset over the horizon...absolutely fabulous!

Monday was another day of the same...morning walk, beach, lunch, naps, and then we packed up and hit the road to come back home. We arrived home late Monday evening, and I have been catching up on laundry, errands, messages, etc. ever since, but that's ok...the 3 day getaway was well worth it. I hope we get to stay longer next time. :)

The Drunk Biker:
The Police Department did get the video of the biker from the store on Tuesday the 5th. I left several messages last week for the officer who is assigned to my case, but never heard back from him. I called again today but he was at the firing range and is supposed to be back on duty tomorrow, so I will call back again then. I did get the opportunity to speak to the manager of the Supermarket, and she said the biker hasn't been back since the incident, but if he does show up they are going to try to get a Trespass warrant on him so that he can't come back on the property. We'll see...I'll continue to update as I find out more information.

Thank you to all for the Happy Mother's Day wishes, as well as all of your kind words, thoughts, and your prayers! I appreciate all of you! :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Inspiration: Discovery

DISCOVERY

Today I smiled and all at once, things didn't look so bad

Today I shared with someone else a bit of hope I had

Today I sang a little song while my heart grew light

And I walked a happy little mile without a cloud in sight

Today I worked with what I had not longing for anything more

And what seemed like only weeds were flowers at my door

Today I loved a little more complained a little less

And in the giving of myself I forgot my weariness.

~~ Author Unknown ~~


We are still at the beach today, but will be headed home later this afternoon. :) Have a beautiful and blessed week!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Have a Beautiful Weekend!

We are headed to the beach for the weekend...YAY!!! It will be so nice to *get away* for a few days, especially after all the things I've dealt with the past few weeks.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend, and for all you Fabulous Mommies out there...HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Inspiration: Keep Smiling

KEEP SMILING!

If at times you feel you want to cry
And life seems such a trial

Above the clouds there's a bright blue sky
So make your tears a smile.

As you travel on life's way
With its many ups and downs

Remember its quite true to say
One smile is worth a dozen frowns.

Among the worlds expensive things
A smile is very cheap

And when you give a smile away,
You get one back to keep.

Happiness comes at times to all
But sadness comes unbidden

And sometimes a few tears must fall
Among the laughter hidden.

So when friends have sadness on their face
And troubles round them piled

The world will seem a better place
And all because you smiled.

~~ Author Unknown ~~
Have a Beautiful and Blessed Week! :)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

My Unbelievable Encounter

First I want to say THANK YOU to everyone for your Happy Birthday wishes to me yesterday! You all truly made my day with your kind and thoughtful words...THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Now for my not so wonderful and totally UNBELIEVABLE birthday story. As most of you who have been following my blog for awhile already know...my 3 year-old son has Cerebral Palsy. Due to his disability, we have been issued a Handicap Placard by the State of Florida, which we are legally able to use while he is in the car with us. *We don't use it when we are alone...the tag is issued to him, and goes with him in whichever vehicle he rides in*. Bear with me...there is a reason why I'm telling you this.

Yesterday afternoon around 4:30pm I loaded all 4 boys into my Expedition in order to run up to the market to pick up a few items. We pulled into the Handicap spot in front of the store, and I got out to get the double stroller out of the back. As I was getting ready to put my 3 year-old in it, I heard some guy yell, "Hey Lady...you know you're in a Handicap spot?" I turn to see a big Biker guy with a bushy moustache and numerous tatoos down each arm. Now I have nothing against tatoos OR bikers. My father owns a motorcycle and loves riding...I know that most bikers are really good people, but it was obvious this man was an exception, and appeared to really have some sort of issue. I calmly answer him, "Yes, my son has a disability, and I have the Handicap tag and his ID card with me". Well, he yells to me, "BULL SH**", and acts as if he is going to come at me, but then realizes there are numerous people watching this take place, and walks off into the Liquor store (which is next to/adjoining the market) still cursing at me with horrible, horrible language.

I finish loading my 2 youngest into the stroller and we head into the store. At this point my oldest is very concerned that the guy is going to come after us. I assure him that we will be safe inside the store, and that I will call 911 if he continues to harass us. We remain at the front of the store in the produce section to keep an eye out and watch for him to leave. My son sees him come out of the liquor store, so we are both looking out the window at this point. Now, the man's Harley Davidson motorcycle is parked on the left side of the aisle, and my Expedition is on the right side of the aisle with the driver side facing towards us. He walks around the back of my car, up the passenger side , and then further down the row to his bike. He's by it for a minute, then walks back up the row toward my car, back down the passenger side, around the back of my car, and then walks back into the liquor store. After a minute or so he comes back out of the store, gets on his bike, and leaves...at this point I am pretty much shaken, but just thankful he is gone, and tell my son not to worry...we will pick up our groceries and go home for my birthday dinner.

After we checkout, we head out to the car to load everyone back in...that is when I see what he was truly up to...he had KEYED the entire passenger side of my car from the back bumper to the front bumper. Now this isn't a simple scratch...he GOUGED the car as deep as possible with his key, or whatever it was that he used to vandalize it. I was just in complete and utter SHOCK!!! I had done NOTHING to provoke this man, I was parked in the spot LEGALLY, he saw my tag hanging in the window, and STILL chose to accost my children and me, PLUS vandalized our property!!! WHAT KIND OF HUMAN BEING ACCOSTS A WOMAN WITH HER 4 YOUNG CHILDREN IN A SUPERMARKET PARKING LOT...AND IN BROAD DAYLIGHT FOR THAT MATTER????

So, I take the boys and we head into the Liquor Store to see if the clerk knows who the guy is. The only information she will give is that he comes in a couple times a day, and she suggests we come back to the parking lot in the next day or two to try and get his tag number. She also suggests I go next door to talk to the manager and ask him to see if they got the guy on videotape. The manager also dials the Police so that I can report it and request an officer to come to the store. I do and the officer arrives about 2o minutes later. He has me fill out an incident report, but says there isn't a lot of hope in getting the guy for it since we saw him from the other side of the car, and not actually *in the act*. Pretty absurd, since I was in the store to get away from him to begin with, so why in the world would I want to be close enough to him to watch him actually do it?

I think I was really in a state of shock until last evening when I had a chance to sit down and really think about it. Now I am just really thankful that my boys and I are safe, but at the same time I am really, really angry, as this whole occurrence is wrong on SO MANY LEVELS! The car being keyed is just a small factor...the fact that this man (clearly intoxicated) who attacked a woman and her children (one of whom has a disability) in the parking lot of a supermarket in broad daylight is allowed to be out driving the streets and a part of society is absolutely troubling, frustrating, and mind boggling, to say the least!!! My husband and I plan to call the Police Department to tell them we want to pursue this further and press charges against this man...hopefully he will be found so that we can do so. I will follow up with the store to see if they have found out anymore information about him, especially since he is a frequent customer to their liquor store, and the bag boy told me he has seen the guy cuss out and accost other store patrons, as well. He is obviously a *repeat* offender as far as that goes, and should be banned from their property. I personally believe he should be taken off the streets for being a menace to our community. Honestly...he had NO RIGHT to do what he did to me, my children, and our vehicle...it's just SO absolutely UNBELIEVABLE and ABSURD!!!

Please be careful when you are out and about! I would never have imagined this would happen in our small city...this goes to show that personal attacks can happen anytime, anywhere, and to anyone.



Friday, May 1, 2009

*Fall Into the Gap*: Items Worth Mentioning...Part II

As promised yesterday...here are a few more items from the Gap that I had the opportunity to see IRL and think are worth mentioning. *If you click on the name of the item in blue it will take you to the item's page on Gap.com.*

First is the
Supersoft V-Neck T which comes in numerous colors. I didn't get the chance to try this on, so I cannot comment as to sizing, but the tee appeared to be a substantial weight...definitely not ringspun, by any means. At $10 each I think they could make a great *basic* wardrobe piece. Next is the Pintucked Jacket which comes in Classic Sepia and New Off White. This jacket is really lovely IRL...the colors are pretty and the fabric is substantial. The colors of the jacket work well with numerous pants, shorts, and skirts currently being offered. I'm not sure how the Mandarin collar would look on me, but the jacket is definitely on my list to try out when it goes on sale.Then there is the Lightweight Woven Scarf. This particular one comes in Aran Cream and New Navy, but there are also Ombre and patterned ones, as well. I thought the scarves felt nice to the touch, and the colors are very pretty. I love to wear scarves and think they are a great way to *pull together* an oufit.
Last up is the Floral Pintucked Shirt . I must say that this shirt is so much better IRL than in the online pictures. The fabric and print are lovely, and it was in the sale section in both the Blue and Khaki floral. Now I really wish I had gotten one while in the store with the extra 25% off, because most sizes are sold out online. I think it's definitely worth checking out if you happen to be in a Gap store.

So that's it from the Gap for now...I'm sure there will be more to come in the future. :)

Are you planning to visit the Gap soon? Have you been recently? Did you find any items you feel are worth mentioning?