Wednesday, March 4, 2015

You're gonna want one..

I have long admired the work of  East Coast designers James Kiel Patrick and Sarah Vickers.
This weekend I took the plunge and ordered two of Sarah's
 'Vickers Bows' bracelets.
I placed my order over the weekend and it only took two days to arrive from Rhode Island to Texas.
(Free shipping for first class, by the way).

All KJP products are made in the USA and the American flag is proudly displayed on the box.

Normally, I am so excited when I receive a package I start ripping through the boxes, but KJP's packaging is so charming that you savor every single step - from the tiny box

(notice the map inside)

to the charming wrapping paper

 which is a map of Nantucket,

until you finally reach the prize.

the Southern Swift

 the Mr. Claybrooke.
Take a few minutes to go over and peruse the website to read their story and look at their unique merchandise.

Sarah is the author of one of my favorite blogs
'Classy Girls Wear Pearls'.
Warning: I will not be held responsible when your family goes hungry because you can't drag your carcass away for hours at a time!
I'll let you find out all about them on your own, but for all you romantics out there I will divulge this one tiny tidbit -
Sarah and Kiel are engaged.

Pink/Navy to brighten a dark, rainy day..

sweater: Brooks Brothers, vest: J.Jill, Pants: Talbot's weekender chinos, Ribbon belt: Talbot's
In spite of the spring merchandise behind me, it is waaayy too cold and rainy today for anything less than layers.

shoes: Bass Weejuns
I would love to brag on my colored/patterned sock collection, but I swear we have a ghost in our house that steals one out of every pair, so I only get to wear them about once.

 striped shirt: J. Crew boyfriend shirt, pearls: J. Crew

bracelet: Pussers at Marina Cay, British Virgin Islands
Here's to hoping that spring really is 'just around the corner.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Having the BEST job ever!

My name is Kathie....
(Hello, Kathie)
And I am a.....clothes whore.
Sad, but true. And it only seems to get worse with age.
So, what better way to feed my habit than to work in a clothing store. But not just any clothing store, mind you.
No siree.
When I moved to Texas I fell in love with a boutique called Runway Seven.
I first stumbled upon it when I was staying in Fort Worth for a few days and THEN (choir sings!)....
I found out there was one in my own 'hood. 
As a matter of fact I shopped there so often that the manager offered me a job.
I said yes.
And so, the love affair continues.

Because the only think I love more than shopping there is working there!

For the most part our things are what I'd call 'gypsy cowgirl' - something you could wear cowboy boots with, but can also slip on a pair of Tori Burch flats if you're not the cowboy boot wearin' type.

I have been here since October.
I love my boss.
I love my co-workers.
I love my customers (many have become friends).
The best part?
Besides the discount, you mean?
Well, how about minimal stress? NO drama?
(Two big things that can keep a person from having a happy/positive life). 
Between Runway Seven, Hillbilly Debutante, upcoming book signings and working on my next book, I'm a pretty busy girl.
But a happy one, too!
I've been writing a lot about living a positive and happy life.
What makes one happy, of course differs from person to person, but as for me, I have never equated making or having a lot of money with happiness.
Happiness to me is spending large amounts of time with family (especially grandchildren), having a home filled with things that I love (The Hillbilly Hacienda), a reliable car that gets me where I need to go (Clemontine, my 10 year old lemon yellow mini-cooper), wonderful friends and neighbors (that also happen to be family), a lazy dog that camps in front of the fireplace (Sally) and a God who loves me.
THAT, my friends - is what I call the perfect life.
What about you?
What is YOUR perfect life?

Monday, February 16, 2015

Today and Every Day, I'm Just Me

Living a Positive, Happy and (almost) Worry-Free Life
(Part II)
Today and everyday, I'm just me!

Okay, so it's also a title from a 1970's Charley Pride song, but anyway. 
Everyone wants to know 'how I do it' - how I am able to remain positive in this crazy world.

Well, I've found that the happiest people in the world are ones that stay true to themselves and I can definitely attest to that fact!

I am a very simple person.
I like what I like and I don't let anyone influence me.

For instance, I like old cars.
Especially old beat up Suburbans.

I drove this ol' beaute for 4 years. I named her Dixie and she was a 'star' in the earlier days of this blog.

And it was EXTREME fun to be all dressed up and drive her to a fun event where other people were driving Lexus or BMW's.
  The reaction of other people was just priceless!
You see - positive, confident people can laugh at themselves and don't mind if other people do, too!

I am also not afraid to let my creative juices flow for all the world to see------

and criticize.

While I loved the end result of decorating this house in Shabby Chic style I definitely received criticism over it but never dreamed of changing it.

Same thing about my work.
Some people like it. And some really, really don't.

Ouch, you'd think - right?

Water off a duck's back.

It used to hurt when I first started out, but then I reminded myself why I do what I do - because I enjoy it!

And I also don't want to be on my death-bed regretting that I was too afraid of criticism to step out and take a chance on the things I want to do.

According to palliative care worker and author Bronnie Ware, the biggest regret dying patients have is that they've lived their lives the way others thought they should - not the way they wanted.

I live every single day to not let that be me.

Til Next Time,



Friday, January 30, 2015

Conquer your Jealousy

This is the first installment of my series 'Living a Happy, Positive and (almost) Worry-Free Life'.
Let me preface this by saying I really don't have any 'secret formula' for living a good life. What works for me will probably sound utterly bizarre to you. But one thing I do know is that jealousy, if it's not the main thing that can kill your happiness, then it sure plays a close second.

 Jealousy ruins friendships, marriages and even worse - steals a persons joy.
While it's true that some competition is away of life, it should not rule every aspect of our life.
We all know women (and men) who's claws come out when they see someone they perceive more beautiful, more successful or more 'something' than they are.
It's such a dangerous trap. Don't fall into it!
 Because no matter how beautiful, successful, rich and wonderful you are there is always someone more beautiful, successful, rich and wonderful than you are!
Trying to be 'better' than everyone else or someone you see as your competition is exhausting! And it's a never-ending cycle, not to mention it's about as far from living a happy life as you can possibly get.
So, here is what happy people I know do to keep that ugly Green-Eyed Monster at bay.
Positive people only compete with themselves.
Every day I get up and I look for ways to be a better Mom, wife, friend, writer, Christian or better anything than I was the day before.
 Positive people don't 'keep up with the Joneses'.
 I do not care what kind of car, pool, house, clothes, et al my friends, family, colleagues acquire. I do however watch closely how they treat others because it determines if I am going to be friends with them, which brings me to my final point -
Positive people always try to look for the good in people - even if they have to dig a little deeper to find it -
Jealous people take pleasure in cutting people down in an effort to lift themselves up, which I think at the end of the day has the opposite effect.
The first rule in living a good, positive life is being happy with YOU. The good news is, is if you don't like you - then you have the power to change that!
There is so much more I could say on this but I think you get the point.
 I admit - I was pretty nervous to touch on this, but when asked about writing an article on living a happy life I would have been doing my readers a disservice to leave this out.
Til next time,