I Moved to…

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That’s right, I moved to Sin City! Well, actually I moved to SUN City…where you have to be at least 55 to live here. Shh, don’t tell anyone that I’m only 53. ;-)

So, the house we ended up buying? It’s pink!

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From the outside, other than the color, I loved it!

I especially love the backyard.

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In case you haven’t heard…stones are the new grass. Hahaha


Unlike the outside, the first words out of my mouth when I peaked in the back window to the inside were…”This place is a sh@*hole!!”

Exhibit A.

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Okay, this might not seem bad to you, but this is after they cleaned up some. I mean, shouldn’t you put your bag of Tootsie Pops away when your house is being shown? Plus, the entire house was FILTHY!!

Later on I found out that the owners were deceased and the niece was living here on and off over the past two years. She REALLY junked the place up. I heard it took three full days for her to get everything moved out!

Now, being the totally clueless couple that we are when it comes to home renovations, my husband and I had these BIG plans to get new cabinets, change out the floors and countertops, gut the bathrooms, paint the walls…etcetera, etcetera. You get the drill.

Well, those big dreams and our tiny budget were NOT one and the same so the only thing we had done was the painting. Oh! We had the carpets and tile floor cleaned, too. Jacob and Alex from Raysco did a stellar job on those! I would totally use them again. ( The pictures of the floor in the photos are before they were cleaned.)


As far as the paint goes? O…MG! What a difference a can of paint can make! I really had no idea! I knew I wanted to go with gray. In case you haven’t heard…gray is the new white.


Now, I knew I didn’t want a blue gray or a green gray or even a brown gray (greige) . I wanted a true gray and I found it! I also knew I wanted the cabinets to be dark.

Here are the colors I chose, test painted on the wall.

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The brand of paint is Dunn Edwards. The cabinet color (left) is called Celluloid. It reads black but is really a dark charcoal gray. The wall color (right) is called Industrial Age. I picked out both colors in a matter of five minutes…then the self doubt started setting in. The only people who believed in my ENTIRE vision were my husband and my oldest son, Michael. My MIL said that my wall color was too dark. I felt there was enough light in the space to support it.

Are you ready to see the before and afters? Prepare yourself…


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Now…the big reveal!

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I was sweating bullets over my color choices, but once I saw how everything turned out I loved it! Originally, I wanted to get new stainless appliances and change out the laminate counters but you know what? The new paint job made EVERYTHING look better! Thank goodness because there was no money left in the budget to do it.

The painter I used was David McMillan of McMillan and McMillan Painting. David is the third generation of McMillan painters here in Las Vegas. If you live in Vegas I HIGHLY recommend him. His crew is efficient and take pride in their work. When the job was done, they all took pictures of the cabinets with their cell phones! Did I mention this is the first time they had ever used this color on a cabinet. Most people choose dark brown or white.

#imnotmostpeople ;-)

Wait until you see the furniture I picked out. Can you say Ruby red couches? I can…















Hold Your Horses

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My new ‘requirement’ when thrifting, is that an item has to be something special or unique for me to buy it. This brand new Qimaner (a Chinese brand) tunic that I scored for $4.99 during one of Savers 50% off sales, fulfilled that requirement.


I’ve never been into horses all that much, although we had one when I was a little girl. I think I was 12 the last time I rode one.




I found this in the XXL section. It’s a TAD too big, but I thought I could make it work. After seeing these photos, I don’t think I can…so off to Buffalo Exchange it went.



Check out all the little details this tunic has.


A slit in the shoulder, plus the sleeves roll up with a button tab.




A black and a white button at the cuff.

To me, all these little details are signs of a quality garment. I couldn’t find this brand selling anywhere on line but one of my reader friends did.

I was super disappointed to find out that this sold on Chictopia  for $12.95.  So much for my ‘good quality’ theory. :-(

I finished off the look with this cool necklace I scored when I visited Sedona AZ.



These are my new favorite shoes from DSW. When I went back to purchase them in Nude, they were already sold out. :-(

The heel height is perfect.



I’m sad to say that this is my final photo taken by Sarah. I can’t thank her enough for giving my blog a more polished look.

I recently purchased a Canon Rebel camera and am going to give my husband another chance at being my photographer.

Wish me luck…

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez

The Difference in Pricing


A couple of months back, my friend Lisa and I did a Goodwill thrift tour where we hit up five different locations here in ABQ. Of course, we did it on a Monday when the entire store was 25% off.

Now, the one thing I don’t like about Goodwill is that they don’t put the price on their items. Well, unless it’s part of their GW Collection. Otherwise, it just has a colored barb on it with signs that say how much a particular group of items are, such as sleeveless tops, shorts or dresses etc.

Since I’m not ‘up’ on their pricing I didn’t notice that I was undercharged on an item until I got home and looked at my receipt. :-(  (I had purchased several items.)

Instead of getting charged for a dress, the (male) cashier charged me for a sleeveless top. Consequently, I only paid $1.94 for this INC dress from Macy’s that should have cost me between $6.00 and $7.00, I think.


Look! I’m actually outside…can you believe it???!!!


Remember these shoes?


These are the Sam Edelman silver sandals that I bought at Shoe Stop ABQ. Every shoe there is $29.99. Check out how much I recently found them selling for on line.

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I’ve really been scoring lately, I must say!

Talking about scoring…

I found this exact same dress selling at The Family Thrift Center. It had the original tags still on it. Check out how much they were asking.

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See how much prices vary at thrift stores for the same exact items?! Crazy!!


Love the beading…

mm_89That, along with the paisley pattern sold me on this dress even though it’s not my favorite color combination.



I paired it with this Hand Beaded in Hong Kong vintage bag I scored at Thrift Town for only $3.99…but it appears that I should have ‘paired it’ with some Spanx instead.

Are any of you struggling with your weight right now, or is it just me?

Sigh… :’-(




Photo Credit : Sarah Velez





Red, White and Striped


Okay, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m not a huge fan of the old red, white and blue.

I know, I know, I just wore it in my last post and guess what…I’m wearing it in a post next week too and of course I have to wear it today because the 4th of July is just around the corner. Just go with it…

Today’s look features a red and white striped Talbot’s jacket that I scored at Goodwill for $7.49. It’s brand new with the extra buttons still attached on the inside in a little bag.


Once again, not the most flattering pose. :-(  The jacket is made out of a sweatshirt like material. It’s super comfy. Do you recognize my super cute (according to all of you) Enzo Angiolini metallic flats? (Goodwill $7.49 )




I paired it with jewelry I just bought from White House Black Market… on sale of course, but that bracelet still set me back $20.00!

Today’s question is :

Is there a color combination you do or don’t like to wear?

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez

Product Review : Restful Sleep

How many of you have trouble sleeping? Ever since I hit ‘midlife’ getting to sleep and staying asleep has not been easy. So when the fine folks at Healthy Directions asked me to try out Dr. Xu’s Restful Sleep Natural Sleep Aid Supplement I was ALL IN!

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In the past, I have tried doctor prescribed sleeping pills but they acted like a diuretic. You can’t get any sleep with THAT side effect!

I like the fact that this product is all natural and made in the U.S.A.

Here is a small ‘snapshot’ about the product. Well, actually it’s a screenshot. ;-)

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Did you see the part about the spleen? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine belief, if your spleens chi (energy) is off, you are not going to get a good night’s sleep.

#whoknew     #nowwealldo

I wanted to take this for a full week so I could really see how effective it was. I have a lot on my mind right now. We just got back from house hunting in Vegas and are still waiting for an offer on our home here in New Mexico. I DEFINITELY have a restless mind!


Not only is my restless mind a problem when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, so is this…

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85lb Miss Oreo at my feet + 185lb husband at my side + Queen size bed = No room for me! :-(



As directed, I took two pills 30 minutes before bedtime with 4 oz of water. I took the pills at 10 pm each night.

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Here are the results:

Night 1 : Still awake at 1 am when Miss Oreo said she had to go outside and do her business. Finally fell asleep and woke up at 6:15 am.

Night 2 : Started feeling sleepy at 10: 30 pm. Yay! Miss Oreo woke me up at 1 am. I easily fell back to sleep. Woke up at 7 am.

Night 3 : Didn’t fall asleep until close to 1 am. Woke up at 6:15 am.

Night 4 : Took them at 9:30 pm because I was tired. Fell asleep quickly. Woke up at 2 am, but fell back to sleep easily. Woke up at 7 am.

Night 5 : Once again it started working within 30 minutes. That darn Miss Oreo woke me up at 1 am and 2 am but I easily fell back to sleep until 7 am.

Night 6 : Once again, started feeling sleepy within 30 minutes. If that darn dog wouldn’t keep waking me up in the middle of the night I would have stayed asleep! I slept until 7:20 am.

Night 7 : Ugh…this last night was another rough one. I was still awake at midnight, the dog got me up at 2 am (but I fell back to sleep easily) and I woke up at 6am.

After seeing these results I would have to say…

1. Miss Oreo needs to wake my husband up to go outside and do her business in the middle of the night! Why me, Miss Oreo…WHY ME????

2. For the most part, 4 nights out of 7, Restful Sleep worked for me. Yay!!!!


If you would like to try Restful Sleep for yourself, Healthy Directions is offering my readers a 20% discount off their first order! Click HERE and enter the discount code SAVEREST at checkout. 

The promotional code expires on 12/31/15 .

Disclosure: I was gifted a full size sample of Restful Sleep from Healthy Directions in exchange for my honest review.

Thank you to Healthy Directions and Brand Backer for sponsoring this post.

S/S 2015 Trend : The Quirky Print

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As promised, here is my final post on trends for Spring/Summer 2015. How did I know it was a trend? Well, check out this video from Sydne Summer…



Can I just say…I’m in love with that flamingo dress! While I was in Vegas I saw a couple of flamingo print scarves at Nordstrom Rack but couldn’t bring myself to spend the $12.95 they were asking. ;-)

Instead, I easily spent $6.99 for this Talbot’s pineapple shirt I scored at Savers during a thriftover. Hey, I pulled it for my client but it was too big for her. I couldn’t just leave it there…it’s a TREND for goodness sake!






I added a choker and beaded bracelet to complete the look.



What’s the quirkiest piece of clothing you own?

If you have something with flamingos on it, I’m totally jealous!

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez

Summer Colors

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Click HERE to read my latest post for Thrift Town and see what else I bought to go with these ‘like new’ Coldwater Creek espadrille wedges I scored there!

Looking Fabulous in Your 80’s

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Everyone, please meet Harriet…my EIGHTY-NINE year old super stylish mother-in-law!

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I’ve always admired her style, so while we were in Las Vegas visiting her and my father-in-law, I asked if I could interview and feature her on my blog and she agreed. :-)


Here we go!

Describe your style:

Elegant and Classic

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Where do you shop?

Talbot’s and the designer section at Kohls

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Do you ever pay full price?

Only on my birthday because I’m worth it!


Check out these $10.00 sunglasses she scored at the local VA Hospital!

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How do you feel about prints?

I love prints! Stripes are my favorite.

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She likes to mix prints too!

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She also buys multiples of clothing that she likes!

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How did you dress in high school?

When all the other girls were wearing cotton stockings I showed up to school wearing red knee high socks. Soon after, other girls started wearing them too. I guess you could say I’m a trendsetter.

What do you consider ‘old lady’ style?

I don’t like it when the 60 and 70 year olds wear the matching top and bottoms in old lady prints.

How old do you feel?

In my mind, I’m 72 because when we moved to Las Vegas I was 69. I’ve aged only a couple of years.

I hope when I’m eighty-something that I look just as stylish as Harriet!

Chico’s Zenergy Dress…Black and White Print

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I’m back today with yet another Chico’s Zenergy dress!


In case you missed it, here is my snakeprint one.

This one is also from Goodwill but I didn’t have a coupon. :-(




I found this dress selling on ebay too.

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$50.00!!!! They’re crazy! Remember, it sold new at Chico’s for $99.00. I was upset that I didn’t have a coupon and had to pay $12.99!



Once again I kept the accessories simple. So simple in fact, that I forgot to have Sarah take photos! But I remembered before I changed clothes…lol

Another $1.49 bracelet from Thrift Town…

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and a pair of sandals from DSW!

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As you can tell, I like to buy multiples of the same item, if I like it, in different colors.

So my question today is…

Do you buy multiples of the same item in different colors?

Photo Credit : Sarah Velez


Chico’s Zenergy Dress…Snake Print

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Did you know that until I started thrifting, I never owned anything from Chico’s? There are two reasons why.

1. I didn’t understand their sizing! They are sized from 0 – 3. I now know that I am anywhere from a 0 – 1.5 depending on the item.

2. I could never get anyone to wait on me in the store!



No worries though, I don’t hold a grudge. ;-)

Anyhow, from time to time Goodwill sends out coupons to their best customers.


Actually, all you have to do is sign up for their newsletters and you can get a coupon too.

#keepthatonthedownlow ;-)

This time around the coupon was for 50% off one item. The item I chose was this Chico’s Zenergy dress!


Man, this thing is super comfy!

I can see why it got a 4+ star rating out of 5.

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You’re probably wondering how much I paid, right?

Well first, let’s take a look at what it originally sold for and what one recently sold for on ebay, shall we?

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Let me just say “Thank You” to the less than stellar employees at my local Chico’s.

#seeitoldyouidontholdagrudge :-)


They saved me a ton of money! See that $99.00 price tag? That’s crazy, but had this dress been on sale I very well might have purchased it at the store because it really is that comfortable!

Instead, the fine folks at my local Goodwill emailed me the 50% off coupon and I only paid $6.49 for it!




I kept things super simple with this $1.49 bracelet from Thrift Town and…



these sandals that I purchased last summer from DSW in Vegas.

Have you ever been ignored in a store and consequently refused to shop there?


Photo Credit : Sarah Velez