Thursday, November 15, 2012

Save on Clothes

"Insider Tips for Your Favorite Stores"

Must-Do-Steps

1. SIGN UP FOR SALES ALERTS:  Most retailers have regular email alerts that let you know about sales (in-store and online), discount codes, contest, and more.

2. GRAB COUPONS: Never check out (virtually or in person) without searching for a coupon or promo code to get a discount or free shipping.  

3. SCOUR ONLINE CLEARANCE RACKS:  Many retailers offer deeply discounted items in sale sections on their websites, which can be a lot easier to go through than store racks. And you may find stuff online that you won't see in the stores.

4. TRY EBAY:  If you're seeking a specific item (used or new) say a little black dress from your favorite designer in a size 12 you might find it on eBay.com for steal.

5. BE LOYAL:  If stores you shop have a free loyalty card, sign up to save. A good one: The Shop Your Way Rewards card nets you savings Sears Company.

6. BE A FOLLOWER:  Connect with your favorite retailers and brands on Social Media and you can get the first scoop on the latest sales, plus tips off to upcoming special promotions.

I hope this helps you find great savings on your clothes this season.




Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Coco Chanel



When people around the world think of France, they think of fashion. Coco Chanel was born there, and that’s where she started her career.

Coco Chanel’s real name was Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel. She claimed a birthday of 1893, with a birthplace of Auvergne. But, she was actually born on August 19, 1883 in Saumur. Her mother worked in a poorhouse, which was an institution where poor people were maintained with public funds, where Coco was born. Then, at the age of six her mother died leaving her and her five siblings in her father’s care. Coco survived her impoverished childhood and strict convent education. These difficulties of her early life inspired her to pursue an extraordinarily different lifestyle. First, she tried singing, which is how she got the nickname “Coco”, and then she tried out being a milliner (a person who makes or sells women’s hats.)

She opened her first shop in Paris of 1913 with the help of two men she met while singing. It is here where she sold hats and garments. Her simple hats became very popular and were sold to women of society. Soon, she expanded to couture making jewelry and clothing, also working with jersey fabric to make the Chanel Suit along with the Chanel Jacket. For the first time in women’s fashion, because of the jersey suit, women showed their bare ankles in the street. The suit was not just a trendy fashion, but it was a fashion that fit a woman’s lifestyle. “I make fashion women can live in, feel comfortable in and look younger in,” Chanel had said. Also, her unique sense of style led her to create a famous perfume, Chanel No.5, which was the first designer brand perfume.

But then in 1939, she had to close the doors of her salon during the war with Germany. But during the war, the designer Christian Dior became successful and that made Chanel determined to fight back. Chanel’s amazing comeback collection of couture debuted in 1953. She updated many of her older designs, making more modern ones that caught the eye of wealthy women and celebrities.

Coco Chanel really revolutionized women’s fashion in the 20th century, by completely redesigning the way women dressed. Back then, women dressed very conservatively, and were thought to be less than men. It was Chanel who took her ideas of fashion, and showed the world these fascinating designs, and told people that sometimes when you take a piece of men’s clothing and feminize it, it will have an amazing result. She exhibited her clothing to the women in France first, and then expanded to show the whole world, with her designs becoming very popular. Chanel changed the way women look at clothes, and because of her hard work and what she did to the women’s fashion world, it has effected us greatly today.


Monday, November 12, 2012

The Organizer: The Organizer: Fashion History Series (pt. 2)

The Organizer: The Organizer: Fashion History Series (pt. 2): The Organizer: Fashion History Series (pt. 2) : Flapper styles of short skirts, low waistlines, and bobbed hair characterized fashion in the...

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Organizer: Fashion History Series (pt. 2)

The Organizer: Fashion History Series (pt. 2): Flapper styles of short skirts, low waistlines, and bobbed hair characterized fashion in the late 1920s During the 1920s, clothing st...

Fashion History Series (pt. 2)


Flapper styles of short skirts, low waistlines, and bobbed hair characterized fashion in the late 1920s

During the 1920s, clothing styles officially entered the modern era of fashion design. During this decade, women began to liberate themselves from constricting clothes for the first time and openly embrace more comfortable styles like pants and short skirts. While popular fashions remained relatively conservative prior to 1925, short skirts, low waistlines, and revolutionary styles of the flapper era characterized the latter half of the decade. Dresses were made to fit close to the body in order to emphasize youthful elegance. Hems were cut to the knee, and waistlines disappeared almost entirely. Cloche hats without rims also became a key popular clothing item during this period.

The fashion styles of the flapper era lasted throughout the 1920s and into the early 1930s before the hardships of the Great Depression forced more conservative trends. During this time, skirts became longer and the natural waistline became a more important part of dresses as society began to move back toward a more traditionally feminine look. While some trends of the 1920s, such as cloche hats and bobbed hair, lasted slightly longer, the difficult times of the 1930s definitely called for more conservative wear.

The decade of the 1930s also saw the first true distinction between day and evening styles. During the affluent era of the 1920s, women could easily wear impractical clothing during the day without worry, so long as domestic servants took care of the chores. However, the hard times of the Depression caused many women to do more work at home themselves and necessitated more practical clothing for the daytime. Simple skirts and pared-down outfits allowed for ease of mobility in the daytime, while new fabrics such as metallic lamé became popular for more luxurious evening wear. The newly improved, synthetic fabric rayon became an important part of many designers’ fashions during the 1930s, and cotton also moved into more stylish clothing designs; however, silk remained the primary fabric of most fashion designers.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fashion History Series


Modern Era: 1920-1940

During the 1920s, clothing styles officially entered the modern era of fashion design. During this decade, women began to liberate themselves from constricting clothes for the first time and openly embrace more comfortable styles like pants and short skirts. While popular fashions remained relatively conservative prior to 1925, short skirts, low waistlines, and revolutionary styles of the flapper era characterized the latter half of the decade (Hall 1992). Dresses were made to fit close to the body in order to emphasize youthful elegance. Hems were cut to the knee, and waistlines disappeared almost entirely. Cloche hats without rims also became a key popular clothing item during this period (Pendergast 2004). 
The fashion styles of the flapper era lasted throughout the 1920s and into the early 1930s before the hardships of the Great Depression forced more conservative trends. During this time, skirts became longer and the natural waistline became a more important part of dresses as society began to move back toward a more traditionally feminine look (Hall 1992). While some trends of the 1920s, such as cloche hats and bobbed hair, lasted slightly longer, the difficult times of the 1930s definitely called for more conservative wear.
The decade of the 1930s also saw the first true distinction between day and evening styles. During the affluent era of the 1920s, women could easily wear impractical clothing during the day without worry, so long as domestic servants took care of the chores . However, the hard times of the Depression caused many women to do more work at home themselves and necessitated more practical clothing for the daytime. Simple skirts and pared-down outfits allowed for ease of mobility in the daytime, while new fabrics such as metallic lamé became popular for more luxurious evening wear. The newly improved, synthetic fabric rayon became an important part of many designers’ fashions during the 1930s, and cotton also moved into more stylish clothing designs; however, silk remained the primary fabric of most fashion designers.
Resource: Random History

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Organizer: The History of FASHION

The Organizer: The History of FASHION: Haute Couture Era: 1900-1920 Women’s fashion in the early 1900s highlighted the silhouette of the mature, full-figured body. Low bust...

The History of FASHION


Haute Couture Era: 1900-1920

Women’s fashion in the early 1900s highlighted the silhouette of the mature, full-figured body. Low busts and curvy hips were flaunted by the dress styles of the era.  In the early years of the first decade, skirts were long and full and often contained a small train, similar to what is commonly seen in today’s wedding gowns. However, as the decade drew to a close, skirts gradually grew shorter and began to reveal tantalizing glimpses of the ankle. The overall silhouette of dresses also changed slightly, moving toward a narrower, straighter line.

The early 1900s also marked the flowering of the haute couture movement in Paris. Parisian designers set the fashion tone for the rest of the Western world, and their designs were highly sought after by women of the upper classes. Quite frequently, horse races served as a debut for important new fashions, as well-known designers sent models to attend these races wearing their latest creations.

From 1910 until the start of the First World War in 1914, fashion continued to move toward slimmer, narrower silhouettes that emphasized flat busts and slim hips. Bustles and trains were removed from dresses, as fashion designers played with the length of skirts to reveal enticing new areas of skin. However, as the war began in 1914, attention and materials were drawn away from fashion design, and no significant fashion developments occurred again until peace was declared at the end of 1918. 

Resource For this Article:  Random History 

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Organizer: My Journey Day 12 "Why Is Love so Hard?"

The Organizer: My Journey Day 12 "Why Is Love so Hard?": I woke up this morning thinking what's today going to be like.  I wonder if today was the day I was going to be able to handle all the th...

My Journey Day 12 "Why Is Love so Hard?"

I woke up this morning thinking what's today going to be like.  I wonder if today was the day I was going to be able to handle all the things that came my way.  And, then I realized that I don't have to handle my day because it's already been handle for me.  God knew how this day was going to go and I don't have to make things happen myself because things are what they are.

So, then I started thinking about the conversation I had with a girlfriend about love.  I asked the question "Why is love so hard for some individuals and for others it's so very easy?"  And, as we started talking she said something that is so very true "it's only as hard as an individuals makes it."  And, in that moment I realize she was correct you choose to love or not to love someone or something.  Individuals really choose either to love or not to love because they want to take a risk of being happy with someone or being unhappy by there selves.  When I started to think on this subject I think about loving myself enough to always take a risk on loving others.  I don't ever want to give up on happiness for myself or with another individual.  I guess what I'm saying is when you lose something or someone important don't lose yourself in the process.  We can miss someone or something but we must make sure we are living a life full of joy and happiness because you can't get one hour of any day that has passed back so please live with a sense of purpose on purpose.

So, the question today is "Why is Love so Hard?" and the answer to that question is very simple.  "Love isn't Hard it's what You make It".  It can be romantic, friendship, partner to child, or family love it's just a choose and "Yes" it's risky but there's nothing better than being in love or loving someone or something to the fullest.  I wish individuals would stop thinking of love as a technical thing and started thinking of love as an experience that can for fill every part of your heart and life.  Please listen to me about this subject loving someone or something is really a great thing so if you can love someone do it and if you love something do it with know doubt.  Because if you do you will always wonder "what if" I had taken a risk on love where would I be...  People all I'm doing is telling you to live and love other individuals because you may find that love is a blessing.  I'm closing today's journal entry I hope it help you to think different when it comes to love and loving on different levels.

Until tomorrow.... Smooooocheeeesssss

My Journey day 11

Let's go to Brunch

Last night I got a call from my girlfriend Robin and she said where going to Charlotte for brunch at the Cheesecake Factory I'll be at you house by 8am. You see we had been planning to go to the Cheesecake Factory for over eight months but just hasn't done it yet. But, when you lose something or someone so suddenly you stop putting things off you started doing all the things you've been putting on the back burner. So, as my girlfriend is talking to me about our outing I realize that she's just making sure that I don't forget how to live even though my lost is so great and all I could say was thank you God a friend that always knows when I need a little pick me up.  I'm so happy to have a life with great friends to help me get through some of the worst days and nights of my life.

This morning we are on our way to the Cheesecake Factory and we have to stop in Columbia to pick up another friend (Nathalie) and head to Charlotte to enjoy a day of food, shopping and fun.  I don't think I could ask for more than that.  I can say this without any doubt in my mind life is to short not to take a risk on living it to the fullest.  God had a plan in mind when he created everyone of us and we would be selling ourselves very short if we didn't live a well balanced life to the fullest.  You may say that I don't really know what you are going through and you are correct but what I do know is that sitting around alone isn't going to make your life any better.  Go out and do something you've never done before and enjoy every moment without thinking or worrying about tomorrow.  Live for today and think for today because you aren't promise tomorrow.

I'll talk with you soon!!!!! Smoooooocheesssss

A little Information about Fashion


Fashion is something we deal with every day. Even people who say they don't care what they wear choose clothes every morning that say a lot about them and how they feel that day.  There's one thing for certain in the fashion world change will always come but it will always be something that's been hear before. As consumers we are constantly being bombarded with new fashion ideas from music, videos, books, and television that shape our though about what we wear and like.  Movies also have an impact on what individual will wear.

What or Who dictates your Fashion?

Musicians and other cultural icons have influenced what individuals are wearing, but so have political figures and royalty. Magazines report on what Michelle Obama is wearing and you have women looking for the same outfit so they can look like the First Lady.  Even individuals in the 1700s looked over fashion magazines to see the latest styles so they can see the trends. Women and dressmakers outside the French court relied on sketches to see what was going on. The famous French King Louis XIV said that fashion is a mirror. Even Louis himself was renowned for his style, which tended towards extravagant laces and velvet.

Clothes separate people into different categories...

Your clothes can reveal what group’s you are apart of.  When you are in high school, the groups have names: "goths, skaters, preps, nerds." Styles show who you are, but they also create stereotypes and distance between groups. For instance, a businessperson might look at a young girl or boy with green hair and multiple piercings as a freak and outsider. But to another person, they are strict conformist. They dress a certain way to deliver the message of rebellion and separation, but within that group, they are in uniform. Acceptance or rejection of a style is a reaction to the society we live in.  Fashion is a language which tells a story about the person/individual who's wearing it. "Clothes create a wordless means of communication that we all understand and follow in some way. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Journey to Total Peace Day 10

Today, I realize that you can't be a person who allow people to make major decision about your life. When you experience a big lost you have to understand that people are going to come around for different reason. Some are their to help you and others are there to hinder your progress you've got to be able to know the difference between them. See a lot of people want to tell you how to live and what you should be thinking about your knew life and really they don't know how your old life was. So, how is it that they can tell you how your knew life is going to work. What's amazing to me is how people you've never really spoken to want to now give you advice on how to heal. I need someone to tell me how that works. People want to tell you what to do when their lives are a hot mess. Can someone tell me how can a person like that give you advice on anything? Please let me know what you think about this. I don't have much to say today because I'm feeling pretty good where I'm at in my journey on this.

Until tomorrow Smooooooccchhesss

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Journey Day 7

This is day 7 and this was another hard day. I woke up this morning feeling sad and overwhelmed because I'm now doing everything. What I mean by that is now I'm running two businesses and building a whole knew business while running my household. Before their where two people keeping this lifestyle going now there's just me at least that's what I was thinking. This can make even the most organized person want to retreat an give up. And, this morning that's what I was going to do. Until my brother walk in my bedroom and saw that I was crying. You see my brother helps me run one of my business he's my field supervisor. Anyway he asked me was I alright and I just started crying and feeling sorry for myself. I pulled the comforter over my head an cried like a little child. He didn't tell me not to cry he said let it and that's what I did an then he wanted to know what happen to make me feel like I was feeling. I started to tell him and I started crying again. He got up off the bed and went to get me tissue to wipe my eyes and then he asked what did I need help with. At the time I forgot for a moment that I wasn't alone but he (my brother) let me know that I've always got someone willing to help if I will just ask. So, I told him what was the issue that I had to get payroll out for the people who worked for me and there wasn't enough money to pay everyone. And, he gave me the best advice that a big sister could ever get from her little brother. He said "You can't make something be there that's not there". Don't worry God knows what you need to take care of your employees and it's going to be there in time for you to pay everyone there checks. When he said it I would like to tell you I was totally sure it was true but that wasn't the case. I said yes you're right out of my mouth but my mind and heart was saying Lord what I'm I going to do. And the issue with that is God had already told me what he was going to do through my brother if I would just believe in Him and His word. But I let my brother leave for work an as soon as my brother left I got back in the bed an started my pitty party again. Then the phone rang an it was one of my girlfriends with a question about real estate. She didn't know I was having a bad day but God did. So she's talking to me about her situation an how it was going so wrong and then she said but God said He would never leave me or forsake me so I know everything is going to be alright and at that moment I got up and put on my workout clothes an went to the gym. You see what I learned this morning was if I'll do my part an believe, God will do His part an show up and show out. I was looking at the fact that I needed the money for payroll and God was saying just believe and I'll give you everything you need and more. And, just like my brother said God gave me more than enough.

So, I have to say that even when you don't know what to do God always has the right answer for you. Just believe and I promise you will receive. It may not be the way you want or though it was going to be but it will always be the way He (God) designed it to be. That should make you feel good right now. I don't know how you are feeling or what you are thinking but this I do know everything will be alright if you trust and believe in Him (God)... I can say that my day did started the way I wanted it to but it ended the way God designed it to. And all I can say is THANK YOU LORD FOR BLESSING ME!!! because He didn't have to but He did...

I know we have our own journeys to walk but don't try to walk it without God because you want get to very far. My day was full and I'm glad I got up to enjoy it. The good , bad and most of all the Blessed I've truly enjoyed it all. I hope you are enjoying this journey because when it ends you want to say it was totally worth it.

Until tomorrow Smooooooochesssss!!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Organizer: The Journey Continues (day 6)

The Organizer: The Journey Continues (day 6): Day 6 of the JOURNEY Well, today really started out bad I was feeling sorry for myself and didn't want to get up out of bed.  So, I cance...

The Journey Continues (day 6)

Day 6 of the JOURNEY

Well, today really started out bad I was feeling sorry for myself and didn't want to get up out of bed.  So, I cancel one of my early morning appointments so that I could just be in the moment.  I wanted to make sure that I wasn't just running around staying busy so that I wouldn't have to feel the pain of my lost.  And, once I laid there for another hour I figured out that it wasn't my pain I was afraid of it was myself.  I wanted a life where I could live and just be who I was meant to be.  Please don't misunderstand me I would have never wanted this to happen, but it did and I can't do anything about it other than keep my memories and believe that God always has a plan.  What I'm saying is that when you say something make sure you can handle it because God listen to what you're saying and He always wants to give you the desires of your heart.  So, make sure your heart is lined up with His..Okay!  

Once I got up and started my day I went to meet a colleague at the office to talk business.  And, we where talking about how life can turn upside down in a moments notice and it can leave you thinking what will I do next.  So I started to really think about that an I realize life doesn't stop because you stop it keeps right on going and if you don't wake up an join the living it will pass you right by without you ever knowing.  Then I took a look at what I still have an I decided to make lemonade.   I spoke with a few clients on the phone and took one out to view homes.  Once I really got started I wasn't feeling as if I was a victim of my situation I started to feel as if I was the master of my journey and let me tell you something there's know better feeling then to know that you are alive an making the rules for you journey with God's guidance.  So, as you can see if you stay down you will miss life but if you get up you will participate it the journey of a lifetime.  I know I am thanking God for a great family, wonderful friends and all the new relationship to come.  

Until tomorrow Smoooooochesssss!!!


Sunday, September 30, 2012

My Journey: Getting the Encouragement I Need

Today, I awoke to a call from my father. He called just to make sure that my day was started with a laugh. His first question was how are you doing this morning? And, when i told him he didn't say to me that I was going to get through this. No, he asked me did I want to talk about what I was going through. He didn't say it like that but in his own way that's what he said to me. And, he gave me a chance to express the way I was feeling and after I was finished he said to me now what are you going to do for the rest of the day. I said I'm going to church an then I'm going to get something to eat and he say to me then get up an get dress so you can be on time. Not one time did he say it's going to be alright. And, because he let me have my moment I got up and started my day with a feeling of total support and encouragement. What I'm saying is that he knew that all I needed was someone to hear what I was feeling and saying without an opinion. And, all I could think was before my Dad called me my day was going downhill fast, but then the call came in from my Dad an it help me just where I was at. You see if you will open up to the right encouragement you will get everything you need. That's when you have the right encouragement and the right people to encourage you to go just a little bit farther. This is where you will find that God has used someone to help you get through your day of PAIN...

So, I'm now at church listen to God talking to me through a man about how God can use others to encourage you. Thank God for this day because my Heavenly Father and my Natural Father help me change the direction of my day. How awesome is that? God Bless everyone who has taken the time to read my journey to my knew life without my life partner. I truly hope this helps you in some tape of way because it's sure helping me as I write my life journey..

Until next time Smoooooochess!!!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Organizer: The Journey Day 4

The Organizer: The Journey Day 4: Today, didn't started out as a good day it started out with me feel a little down but it did get better. I woke up thinking it's Saturday I'...

The Journey Day 4

Today, didn't started out as a good day it started out with me feel a little down but it did get better. I woke up thinking it's Saturday I'm going to see if he (my spouse) wants to go to breakfast. Once I turned over an there was know one there I realize that he was gone for good an there was nothing i could say or do. So, I just turn back to my side of the bed an laid in the dark. It wasn't a good feeling to realize that my life partner wasn't there to go to breakfast with me anymore. So, then I lost my taste for everything I didn't want food or drink I just wanted to pull my comforter over my head and cry. But, I didn't I pick myself up and got up to face another day without my partner and I went into the kitchen and fixed me breakfast. It wasn't the breakfast I had planned but it was breakfast never the less and that was the started of my day. It wasn't full of laughter and sugar plum but it was a knew day to work on getting better in my mind, body and spirit.

If you are where I'm at or maybe you are farther along are even just started and you're stuck just do this think about who's life will be changed if you don't get up and make the first step to getting in a better place. You may not know where that person maybe but know this they are out there looking for someone to just say hello or how are you today? I know you may say well that's me right now an it could be true. This is the real of the situation if you can't help someone else how do you think you're going to get help. If you freely give of yourself I can promise you that God will freely give to you whatever it is that you need for the day. I'm a living witness. Everyday my mind is changing on how to live my knew life. I ask the question I'm I doing the right thing today or I'm I messing up royally? Maybe or Maybe not but I still have to live so I keep moving. Is it easy "oh no" but it's getting better one day at a time. Even though I have lost someone so very important I know that I'm still hear and I have to live my life to the fullest know matter what everyone else thinks or say. It wasn't there lost it was mine.

You may say that I'm crazy this is a bunch of bull but its not it's my life. I'm not going to look at the glass half full. Because when you look at it half empty you're only bringing yourself down an that can't be healthy for you in anyway. God has given you a life to live now you have to do one of two things. Live or Die... Which one will you choose today? I choose to "LIVE" does it hurt? "YES" will it always hurt "NO" because when you have the almighty God you can rest in His arms and know everything is going to be alright. And, yes I can promise that everyday all day long. So be BLESSED and be STRONG because this to shall pass.

Until tomorrow Smoooooochesssss!!!!

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Organizer: The Journey Day 3

The Organizer: The Journey Day 3: While I'm going to started with a question someone asked me yesterday after they read my blog post. The question was "how can you promise th...

The Journey Day 3

While I'm going to started with a question someone asked me yesterday after they read my blog post. The question was "how can you promise that it will get better after you've lost someone or something?" an the best way I could assure her that it would getting better was this.

When my spouse passed away I was there watching everything thing that happened. I watched every stage of his passing and I was listening to every word he spoke. I looked in his eyes an I knew what was happening to both of us. It's now thirty days (today) later an I can say that the day he die I didn't think I would able to go any farther in this life. And, I can honestly say that today I am feeling better. I'm not saying that I don't have bad days because I do but I can say that today isn't as bad as yesterday was are last week was. So, yes I can say it's going to get better because I'm living through the stages of losing someone so very important to me and I can't get it back in the physical but I will always have the joy in my heart and mind. So when I'm feeling like I can't make it another day I hear HIS voice telling me you can do this. And, I get up an started doing something to make my life better and honoring his member. This is again why I can promise that it will get better you just have to take it one day at a time. The saying put one foot in front of the other an soon you will be living your knew life. I truly believe it because i have to practice it everyday now. This statement is what I'm living my knew life by.

People have told me to be strong and sometime I really wonder if they know what they are saying. You can say to someone that has just lost something so important to be strong because usually that person doesn't ever know how to be themselves at that moment. I believe this if you don't know what to say to someone just be quite. Because you aren't helping them you're harding them mentally. I can tell you this a great support team will truly help you get through the very hard days. Because when everyone has gone back to there everyday lives an you are all alone that when the real work starts and thats when your real support shows up (God and your really close friends). This is when you ask yourself "what do I do now?" I've asked myself this question so many time an the answer is always the same LIVE. SO, I'M SAYING TO YOU LIVE LIVE AND AGAIN I SAY LIVE! You have just begin you true journey..

Until tomorrow Smooooooochesss!!!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Organizer: The Journey of a New Chapter

The Organizer: The Journey of a New Chapter: Today, I wake up thinking what's so special about me. Why did God see fit to wake me up this morning? I don't know why but sense He did I'...

The Journey of a New Chapter

Today, I wake up thinking what's so special about me. Why did God see fit to wake me up this morning? I don't know why but sense He did I'm going to live this day as if it was my last day on earth. Yes, my husband die at the young age of 46 and I've spent the last 23 years with him and they where good years for the most part. So, what do I do now because one door has closed another one has open. I must pick myself up an go on because that is what my husband would tell me to do and that's what God is showing me I should be doing. And. that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to live a full and complete life where I know dream are possible and goals do come true. Why not the only thing that could happen is my life changes for the better.

Know two people are a like so theirs know two people that will ever grieve a like. My grief make me work and live like everyday is my last because you never know when it will be your last day on this earth. Someone else's grief my have locked up in the house crying. Regardless, both of us are grieving in our own way. If you are reading this blog then what I'm saying is for you. Losing someone or something isn't easy but it will get better I promise. Sometimes it may take one person years to get over the lost and it my take another only months or days. It doesn't make either one right or wrong it's the way an individual process there pain. This I know for a fact if you deal with what has happen to you, you can overcome it. This isn't just something I'm saying its something I'm living.

When you look over your life what does it look like to you? Is it the life you planned when you where a little boy or girl? What happen to all those dreams you had planned for yourself? Did you change so much that you forgot all about those dreams and goals you set for yourself? Or, did you take on someone else's dreams and goals? What I've learned in this process of grieving the pass month is that in being someone's spouse I forgot about being me an that should never happen to anyone. Now, I'm getting to know myself again an guess what I like who I was when my husband was alive, but I love who I am now that I'm by myself. It didn't take me long to feel the freedom and pleasure of being with me again. I realize something I was so busy been a wife and mother that i forgot to be me. Thank God for His favor, wisdom and understanding because it has helped me to be free of people and their thoughts on how I should grieve my lost. So, today I'm happy and free living my life like its my own. And I want you to started doing the same.

Hopefully when you read this you will understand yes I lost something very special an yet I'm still here (You could have lost your spouse, family member, job, house, car, etc. this journey can apply to them all). Please, take this nugget for today an work on it "get up and take a shower and walk outside an smell the fresh air you are going to make it through this trail. It can only defeat you if you let it.

My CHALLENGE to you today is: Change how you are looking at the situation and think of something positive that has come out of this lost.

Until next time remember today be the best you, you can be... Smoooochess!!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Organizer: This Life is my Life to Live

The Organizer: This Life is my Life to Live: I'm sitting in the chair thinking about life an how so many people never experience the fullness of being alive. When you have a life chang...

This Life is my Life to Live

I'm sitting in the chair thinking about life an how so many people never experience the fullness of being alive. When you have a life changing event happen in your life it can change what you think is important. For me it's family, friends and a wonderful relationship filled with love and happiness. I believe everyone has the right to be totally happy with themselves first and then with the people they bring into there circle of life. Ask yourself this question, "I'm I living the best life I can or I'm I just living others would have me live?" Which ever way you answer this question the answer will show you where you are and it will be up to you to make a change or stay in the place you are at. You can live a life free of others opinions an just live for yourself it's your choose. I have come to a place in my life where I need to live for me and not for others around me.

I've always made this statement, ""if life gives you lemons make lemonade but what if life is giving you lemonade?" What do you do with that? Now I know you pour a glass drink it an live the life you are mint to live. I've been blessed to live a life that most people wish they could and I've also lived a life that most could never understand but now I'm going to live a life taylor made just for me and that's the one God has always wanted me to live. It's going to be a journey and I hope you guys will join me on this journey of discovery. It will be full of happiness, advantage, love, tears of joy, travel and so much more. So, come an watch how my life will change in the next year an while my life journey is changing I hope yours will change also.

Smooches,

Living Life FREE

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Organizer: Style by Constantine Announces Partnership with Da...

The Organizer: Style by Constantine Announces Partnership with Da...: Michelle Forrester Style by Constantine PO Box 518 Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465 Style by Constantine Announces it's Partnership with David’s...

Style by Constantine Announces Partnership with David’s Bridal Charleston, SC.


Michelle Forrester
Style by Constantine
PO Box 518
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29465

Style by Constantine Announces it's Partnership with David’s Bridal of
Charleston, SC. Michelle Forrester, owner of Style by Constantine is elated to announce their collaboration with David’s Bridal. Forrester said that she was excited to align with a national brand which offers an array of services for brides and special event solutions.
Style by Constantine specializes in organizing people, places, and spaces. From image consulting, wardrobe styling, and event management, they pride themselves in turning chaos into order. So relieve yourself from the chaos of trying to manage and organize your life.

For additional information, please contact Michelle Forrester at Style by Constantine at 843-532-4785 or michelle@stylebyconstantine.
Check out our website at www.stylebyconstantine.com and
you can see use on Pinterest at
http://pinterest.com/styleconstant

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Organizer: High Fashion Organizing Solutions

The Organizer: High Fashion Organizing Solutions: "When Your Shoes, Purses and Accessories are within easy reach, It will be easy to dress to Impress" Jewelry Organizer :  Store your...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

High Fashion Organizing Solutions

"When Your Shoes, Purses and Accessories are within easy reach, It will be easy to dress to Impress"

  • Jewelry Organizer:  Store your earrings, bracelets, and necklaces in a jewelry organizer with a clear plastic pockets on the front.  This way you will be able to see everything you have an when you get ready to use an item you'll always know where all of your jewelry is.  One place one space is always the key to keeping up with your jewelry.

  • Stainless Steel Painting Tray:  A narrow bin works well for organizing small accessories inside a drawer.  You can get it at any hardware store.  If you want to get really creative you can spray paint it to suit your style this way it's a one of a kind piece made just for you. 

  • You Love Your Purses:  So let keep them in order.  If you find it to be to much trouble to rotate the contents of your purse from one to the other then it time for you to streamline the items you are carrying around.  Ladies, you know that it use to be stylist to have very small purse an now it looks like the bigger purses are taking over.  But if you are really honest with yourselves you don't really use half the things you have in them.  They are bigger and heavier than ever an your shoulder is crying for help.  So, listen to me just like when you get a little older you may downsize your home it's time too downsize your purses and it's contents.  I promise you shoulders will thank you an it will be much easier to rotate your purses.  

As with anything if you haven't use an item in more than 6 month give it to someone who will.  Donating is still a wonderful thing to do for you and others.

The Organizer: Shopping Tips For Department Stores

The Organizer: Shopping Tips For Department Stores: If it's A Big Ticket or Specific Item.. Become Friends with the Salespeople :  This will give you the connection to get phone ...

Shopping Tips For Department Stores

If it's A Big Ticket or Specific Item..



  • Become Friends with the Salespeople:  This will give you the connection to get phone calls, emails, and things being put aside for you just because the Salesperson knows what you like or may want.  By building this relationship you have the chance to sample things before they ever hit the stores floor.
  • Getting on the Different Stores Email List:  Being on the stores Email List you the chance to get notices of the store new items and any special they my be having on the things they want to get rid of.  So the Email List is another connection to the store and it's salespeople because you are the first people they think of.  
  • Attending Store Events:  It could be an opportunity for a mini-makeover or a shopping night out with the girls, when cosmetics counters bring in outside reps, participating shoppers are usually rewarded with extra deals and free samples.  The same is true when you volunteer for training day or night for the salespeople, because this is training for the staff to learn how to show off the stores inventory.
Department Stores offer promotions meant to buy store loyalty, such as generous gift sets and store wide rewards programs for credit card holders.  And, department stores always have help for your, because they want you to remember them when it's time for you to purchase items.  These are a few tips from Style by Constantine, LLC checkout their website at www.stylebyconstantine.com

Monday, August 13, 2012

Quiz: Finding A Scent for Your Home

"How To Find The Scent for You Home"

Quiz 

Fragrance to fit your design style...

Mostly Decorate with:
    A.  neutrals
    B.  bright colors
    C.  jewel tones
    D.  soft hues

My Style Aesthetic is:
     A.  clean & minimal
    B.  lively & natural 
   C.  global & eclectic
   D.  plush & relaxed

My Favorite Textiles are:
    A.  crisp white linens
   B.   tropical prints
  C.   ornate brocades
  D.  cashmere throws

I Love Furniture That is:
  A.  sleek & modern 
 B.  made of bamboo
C.  dark & rich
D.  traditional 

Results

Which one of these letters do you have the most of will tell you your style...

A's: Your scent is Cotton & Italian Mandarin
       Brighten your home with breezy cotton, citrus, honeydew, and sandalwood....

B's: Your scent is Pineapple & Mangosteen
        A tropical paradise with pineapple, mongosteen, creamy coconut, and passionflower....

C's: Your scent is Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice
       Warm your space with a spicy, sugary blend of pears, apples, cinnamon, and clove....

D's: Your scent is Lavender & Juniper Berry
        Relax in lush lavender with a touch of fresh juniper berry, eucalyptus, and rose....







Friday, August 10, 2012

The Organizer: Wedding & Event Trends Tips

The Organizer: Wedding & Event Trends Tips: Hot Event Trends 1. Color – Popping yellow, red, electric blue, etc. 2. Design – Retro classic pieces with pops of bright c...

Wedding & Event Trends Tips




Hot Event Trends
1. Color – Popping yellow, red, electric blue, etc.
2. Design – Retro classic pieces with pops of bright color and reflective surfaces.
3. Tabletop Centerpieces (Events) – Less heavy floral and more accessories and props.
4. Tabletop Centerpieces (Weddings) – Over the top, elaborate and grand floral.
5. Fabric Decor – Mix of patterns with a play on vintage, traditional fabrics with a modern twist.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Organizer: What Not To Do: Wedding Florals

The Organizer: What Not To Do: Wedding Florals: Flower Mistake 1: Not seeing the big picture "Couples tend to see the centerpieces and the table setting but do not visualize the who...

What Not To Do: Wedding Florals


Flower Mistake 1: Not seeing the big picture

"Couples tend to see the centerpieces and the table setting but do not visualize the whole reception room with their guests in it. For example, couples pay for a room with a wonderful view of the ocean or scenic surrounding and want tall, large centerpieces that will obstruct this view."
-- Faith Cass

Flower Mistake 2: Not trusting your florist

"Communicate your vision, likes, dislikes, and expectations but have a little flexibility and be comfortable with substitution. We want to make your wedding absolutely breathtaking. So relax, put trust in your vendors and remember why you hired that amazing talent!"
-- Alana Guglielmo

Flower Mistake 3: Not reusing ceremony arrangements

"Aisle flowers can become centerpieces and altar pieces can be moved to the buffet table. The ceremony usually only lasts about half an hour -- it's a shame to see so many flowers only being used for that amount of time when they could easily be incorporated into the reception decor!"
-- Paula Pritchard

Flower Mistake 4: Booking your florist last

"Couples should begin the process of booking vendors by speaking to one vendor from each category before booking anyone. This way they can get an idea of what things cost and perhaps they could budget better."
-- Douglas Koch

Flower Mistake 5: Refusing to compromise

"The biggest mistake is for a bride to have her heart set on specific flowers and not be flexible. A florist can do a much better job if the bride asks for an overall look, feel, and color scheme and let the florist create it."
-- Jana Stall

Flower Mistake 6: Ruling out pricey blooms

"Don't be scared of the expensive flowers. Flowers like cattleya orchids and peonies are more expensive, but they also cover more space and have a greater impact. One cattleya orchid can have a greater impact than a bouquet of roses."
-- Erin Drake

Flower Mistake 7: Not communicating with your florist

"Knowing what you like is just as important as knowing what you don't like. Bring lots of pictures -- it is the best way to help convey what you do and do not want your floral designs to look like."
-- Danielle Childress

Flower Mistake 8: Using only one color

"A lot of brides try to match the flowers to the bridesmaid dresses. A bridesmaid in a lavender gown with lavender flowers will make for very disappointing pictures. Flowers are a great place to choose an accent color -- for example, a lime green against a lavender gown will bring out the best in both colors and make for fabulous photos."
-- Linda Maggert

Flower Mistake 9: Choosing strongly scented flowers

"Choosing highly aromatic flowers for centerpieces may sound like an amazingly romantic idea, but it will drive your guests insane if they are prone to allergies. For highly aromatic arrangements -- stick to your bridal bouquet and the altar arrangements."
-- Katie Martin

Flower Mistake 10: Not taking care of your blooms

"Everyone loves hydrangeas, especially in bouquets. However, hydrangeas need to stay hydrated, and the average lifespan out of water in temperate conditions is about three hours. They might not even make it through your ceremony if you're out all day taking pictures."
-- Esther Galantowicz

Flower Mistake 11: Forgetting to budget for flowers

"Most brides find that flowers are an important part of their day but forget to include them in the planning from the start. When I have a budget and a theme, I am really able to advise them better right from the beginning."
-- Georgianne Vinicombe

Flower Mistake 12: Taking on too much DIY

"Brides [who try to DIY their flowers] will purchase dozens of glass vases for centerpieces, only to become overwhelmed. We receive many frantic calls, asking to take over the stress of these DIY projects, which oftentimes becomes more expensive than hiring a professional from the start."
-- Natalie E. Willett

Flower Mistake 13: Ordering your flowers too late

"Flowers come from South America, Holland, and all over the world, so it is very hard to contact farms across the world and have flowers arrive within one or two weeks. Leave at least a six-week window ahead of your wedding week to be able to line everything up. Your flowers will be cheaper if you can give us the time that we need to order."
-- Brenda Sterk

Flower Mistake 14: Choosing an oversized bouquet

"Brides often think: ‘The larger the better!' What they don't realize is that the larger the bouquet, the more it covers and fights with the overall design of their dress. Further, do you really want to carry something that is huge and heavy? Think about the size and comfort when it comes to your bouquet."
-- Shawn A. Rabideau

Flower Mistake 15: Overlooking the reception table linens

"What's underneath a centerpiece is as important as the arrangement itself. Linens don't just complement the look of your centerpieces; they complete them. From runners to underlays and overlays, the right ‘undergarments' can make flowers flourish on a table."
-- Candice Ryan