And Then There Is “LOVE”

 Simply Sunday Thoughts

 

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Love is the greatest gift that life has to offer.

 

LIVING IN A STATE OF HAPPINESS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT YOU DO FOR A LIVING, WHERE  WE LIVE, OR WHAT WE OWN. IT HAS TO DO WITH LOVING OURSELVES AND THE EXPERIENCE OF THE LIFE THAT WE ARE CREATING.

Because we are human, we all crave love and acceptance. 

Some people are able to show their needs and emotions more openly than others. But, that doesn’t mean that because a person is quiet, put together and appears to have life by the tail, they are not struggling physically or on the inside. We have no idea what people are dealing with in their personal lives. Life deals us each with a different hand and because one set of circumstances looks different from another, we must remember that we are only seeing the surface. What lies beneath is anybody’s guess. Each person has their own set of issues with which to deal.

No matter our age, we all hunger for a sense of belonging.

Some more than others, but we all have that innate desire to belong. It’s a feeling of safety, of being a part of something bigger than ourselves. Yes, it really is important to have the support of community, friends, and family around to help out when things get tough. And yes, it is important to be open to accepting their love and help.

Also, equally important is the ability to forgive ourselves for our perceived shortcomings and past mistakes.

The time for regret is passed, the time for love is now.

This is a time when we need to allow self-love to come into our lives. To see the child within us all and to forgive all that has gone before. By doing so we can start to change and evolve into the happy person that we so want to be, right inside our own lives.

May we all be surrounded by positive energy, confidence, hope, and love as we pursue the life of our dreams.

 Wishing you a peaceful day on this Simply Sunday!

Rosemary

 

ps: all thoughts and creative are my own

 

 

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What To Wear This Weekend

Weekend-Wear

Keep It Simple And Bring A Hat

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All right, ladies, it’s the weekend once again!

What’s your plans and what will you be wearing this weekend?

Myself, I like to keep my outfits simple.

One of my springtime favorites is to wear white jeans, a tee, mules and some sunnies. One, two, three and I’m ready to go!

Here’s an example of a simple, basic, outfit that works well for me all weekend long.

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Carb Cycling A Healthy Start To Fitness

Carb cycling Faster Way To Fat Loss

The First Step

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
                                                                                                              Laozi
                                                                                         Tao Te Ching

 

This ancient wisdom teaches that even the longest and most difficult ventures have a starting point.

Every accomplishment only begins with one first step.

 

Carbo cycling healthy start fitness

Step 1:

Making the decision

At the beginning of this year, while I was making out my list of intentions, another birthday rolled around in January. Was it any wonder that getting into the best physical shape possible was at the top of my list? Plus this is a year planned for travel and lots of exciting adventures.

As the new year began, I watched several friends and relatives making true lifestyle changes by carb cycling and intermittent fasting combined with exercise. They were working with Amanda Nighbert, Registered Dietitian | Creator of the Bariatric Back on Track program | Certified FWTFL Coach.

I decided to join the program.

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Ruana vs Poncho…Is There A Difference?

Ruana or Poncho?

 

I thought I was wearing a poncho, but everyone keeps complimenting me on my ruana.

Today the big chill has once again set in, and so it’s goodbye to thoughts of spring fashion.

Overnight temps dropped into the low 30’s. That’s cold for mid-March in north Florida. So, keeping warm is first priority this morning.

Never fear! I’ve got just the outfit for this bright, sunny, chilly day. My kids gifted me a new poncho from Tommy Bahama for my birthday, and I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet.

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Colored Denim Jacket and Everyday Blues

Colored Denim Jacket = Fashion Statement

Every day is a very good day, but that doesn’t mean that every day has to be a fancy day. Somedays are just made to be plain old denim wearing days. I personally love nothing more than blue jeans and a white tee. Now, if we add a pop of color, all the better!

Who doesn’t Love a Colored Denim Jacket? 

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Forever In Blue Jeans

“I’d Much Rather Be

Forever In Blue Jeans, Babe”

                                                                        Neil Diamond

 

Rosemary is wearing Boyfriend shirt on Distinctly Southern Style

It’s been a hot topic of conversation on the internet the past few weeks about an article which stated that women over 40 should NOT wear blue jeans.

“CRAZY,” I say!

We are the generation who made blue jeans our uniform. “Say what you want, do what you want but you will find me “Forever In Blue Jeans”!

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Atlantis A Mid-Winter Tropical Vacation

 

Need A Tropical Get-A-Way?

Atlantis Is A Fun Destination For A Winter Vacation!

Are the winter blues getting you down?

Feeling like you need to get away for some tropical sunshine? Well, look no further friends!

A trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas is the perfect antidote for what ails you! The perfect mid-winter tropical destination.

Recently we enjoyed a three-day family holiday and it was such a treat! Now, that we are right smack in the middle of February and thinking of spring break, I thought I it would be a good time to share some photos from Atlantis at Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

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Covered Perfectly: Shoulder Zip Tunic

Covered Perfectly

 

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May I have your attention ladies?

I’ve got some great news to share.

A couple of weeks ago I was approached by Paula Durban the founder of Covered Perfectly, a California based company whose purpose is to provide flattering, comfortable clothing for women over 40. 

First, let me say that I have been a long time admirer of Paula’s clothing line and so I was delighted when she asked me to review one of her tops.

Now let me tell you it was not an easy task choosing just one item from the vast selection of tops offered. Nevertheless, I chose the Shoulder Zip Tunic and I am so happy that I did.

Later in this post, I am going to share how I styled this one top for 5 different occasions.

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Southern Living and Cashmere

Southern Living Cashmere

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

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Southern Living or Southern Freezing?

What’s up with this photo?

No, I’m not headed out on an Alaskan vacation. You guessed it! Just running a few January errands and we’ve been hit with a week of winter weather here in northern Florida.

While a huge part of the country is reeling from unbelievable nasty winter weather, there are no complains here. But, we southerners do have the minor dilemma of how to dress when the weather is not coherent with our regular wardrobe. My answer – a warm cashmere topper in the back of my closet.

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