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Style Elements for the Chameleon

olivia-palermo-vogue-21jul14-rex_b_592x888Finding a style is a process of trying things out and seeing if they fit with how you feel about where you are in your everyday life, what makes you feel good, what will give you confidence.  Not everyone is about heels all the time, and there a few among us with either the bodies or wallets of the Victoria Secret models.  I think we all look for role models for being advocates of fashion at any age.  Diane Keaton and Annette Bening are two of my favourites. 

MV5BMTc4ODQ1ODM5Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTU2NDk3OQ@@._V1_SX100_CR0,0,100,100_AL_I watched recently a movie with Annette Bening called The Face of Love.  What a beautiful woman! She has eyes that crinkle when she smiles, and while I could be wrong, she does not appear to have had ‘work’ done to her face to prevent the progress of aging.  What I enjoyed throughout the movie was noticing the elements she wove into her look: her scarves, her boat-necked tops, her rings.  Oh, her rings, I love observing how some women can effortlessly pull off wearing silver rings on the middle finger of a hand, and know how to tie a scarf so it flows just so, and never seems to droop or become misshapen. 68e417d1baf184234585f38673e8990cThe layering of necklaces also intrigue me.  Knowing how one necklace will compliment another, and having that eye for detail for getting it right is something that I really admire.  If any of you have pictures you would like to share on your own personalized looks, I would love to post them with your comments on Stonecrop Sister!


Hair is another feature that creates a person’s signature style. Whether you decide you look best with hair that is short, mid-length or long, or decide to pull it back and to show off the clean lines of your face and neck, your choice du jour can become the one element that pulls your look together for that day.

Who can forget Keri Russell’s hair in Felicity?  It was her trademark style and many of us wanted those beautiful flowing tresses that seemed so effortless.  I enjoy people watching and am always on the look out for how a woman does their hair.  It can make or break a look.

Signature Fashion pieces can be the key to bringing some snap to your look for the day! I love this purse, and these Hermes Sandals are on my if-I-win-the-lottery wish list.  Simple and elegant, they are timeless in their design.  Enjoy the hunt for that perfect mid-summer outfit!


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Summer Days


Ferry to summer Cabin

Hi Everyone,

I have two blissful weeks off from my day job, and I must say, I am looking forward to sitting back and enjoying some time off.  Last night my daughter, her friend and I caught a ferry to head to our summer cabin.  On Saturday, I had the day to myself, and did a bit of errand shopping, laundry, and packing.  It was a beautiful ferry trip over with one of those red-tinged cloud skylines as the sun was setting.  We arrived before midnight, and it was lovely to climb into bed with the sound of waves rhythmically moving in with the tide, and the wild geese that populate the bay having one last conversation before shutting down the party for the night.

I woke a few hours later.  I have the most dreadful insomnia lately.  When it happens on a night when I know I have to be up by 5:45, it can be frustrating watching the minutes tick by, knowing it is getting closer to the time I must get up to begin my work day.   But knowing I could just go with the flow and not have  to worry about an early rise, I instead was able to listen to the silence: the tide had gone out, the geese were asleep except for one lone partier who would honk forlornly but receive no answering cry in return.  I eventually went back to sleep without having to get up and wander around and make toast at 3:30 am.

Today, I have been trying to decompress and get into that mindspace where my automatic thoughts do not veer towards difficult encounters that happened at work this week or thinking about what awaits me when I return.  When I am at the cabin, I like to park myself in a chair and do large tapestries of needlepoint.  I am working on a Jill Gordon design from a book I purchased years ago.  Here is a picture of my progress. IMG_0609


51V72FoO2-L._AA160_I have picked up a paperback of Diana Gabaldon’s The Outlander as it has been years since I read this book and I am excited to hear about the TV series that will soon debut on the Starz cable network on August 9.




Tomorrow I hope to go kayaking if the weather holds.  The girls went out today after lunch.  There were a lot of kayak enthusiasts out on the bay today.  Not much wind, and a changeover.IMG_0607


Then we might drive to Coombs to visit the market place with the goats on the roof.  There is a wonderful Italian restaurant called Cuckoo that has a shaded alfresco outdoor courtyard and really great fresh pizza, pasta, and fish dishes.  I always feel I’m in a bit of Europe heaven when I sit out back and enjoy the first glass of wine under the big shade umbrellas.

Please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know how your summer is going.


Here are a few more pictures of our first day of down time.




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What Inspires You?

Emma Watson - United Nations spokesperson for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. You go Girl!

Emma Watson – United Nations spokesperson for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. You go Girl!

How has everyone’s week been?  Almost Friday, and I am looking forward to some time off.

What has inspired you to think good thoughts this week? I am so grateful for this blog because it has become The Pause in my rumination of life, and takes me to a place that always brings me joy, and sense of seeing things with fresh eyes.  I find that as I make the focused effort to sit at a keyboard and reflect about what is around me, I am never disappointed with the images and the actions of people and events that create a positive vibe in the world we share.

I find people that are stretching themselves and giving of their time and effort to help others.  I find Art uplifts me, even if it is photos of Damian Lewis posing with a beautiful brunette.  The beauty of the moment is intriguing.

Oh, and then there is the fashion.  I do love women wearing pretty things.  What is not to love?

Take a look at what I found that tickles my fancy!



Damian Lewis and Eliza Cummings.  Damian is Yum.

Damian Lewis and Eliza Cummings. Damian is Yum.

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Ulyana Sergeenko dress with Christian Louboutin shoes

Kate! thank you, finally you look tired.  We're grateful.

Kate! thank you, finally you look tired. We’re grateful.

Keira Knightley visits South Sudan on the third anniversary of its independence to see first hand the plight of its people who are struggling to survive the famine.

Keira Knightley visits South Sudan on the third anniversary of its independence to see first hand the plight of its people who are struggling to survive the famine.

Oh to catch a flight and go wander the streets of Tunisia.

Oh to catch a flight and go wander the streets of Tunisia.



Chanel Dress, Prada Shoes.  Oh I want to put on the dress.

Chanel Dress, Prada Shoes. Oh I want to put on the dress.

Ksenia Solovieva, editor, what a beautiful woman, wow!

Ksenia Solovieva, editor, what a beautiful woman, wow!

And finally, thank you Brazil, for the most wonderful World Cup!

And finally, thank you Brazil, for the most wonderful World Cup!

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Neighbourhoods are Stories

IMG_9742I love the feel of neighbourhoods in the summer on a warm summer evening.  They are the stories in progress.  Flip flops, puppies, ice cream cones, hoses, sun umbrellas, coronas, community, patio seating, flowers on deck, bikini tops, young lovers, old lovers, little ones soaking wet, littles ones wailing, beach spades and buckets, waters lapping at the shore.  My coffee house is right over there, and my church is magnificent against the evening sky.  My favourite beach restaurant The Cabin has martinis on special tonight, who can resist stopping in to linger over a cool frosty glass that tastes of fruit?  Not me, but then I’m a Crowley, enough said.

Could you ever in your wildest imagination pick a more perfect picture than these ladies representing Stonecrop Sisters?  They’re gorgeous, and when I came upon them, I had to capture their image, their moment of enjoying life with a bit of ice cream and a pause on a bench at the seaside.   I told them they reminded me of my sisters, (miss you Marie and Carolyn!) and how I picture us in a few years time, should we be so lucky.

Here’s a few more of my neighbourhood.  Take some time to appreciate your community.  It will uplift you in the most unexpected way.


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Eye Spy…

My weekly Eye Spy features those great little moments in life that capture the beauty of what is around us.  I hope you have a few of these each day as well.

Curiosity and appreciation for the small things in life can be very rewarding. These are a few pictures I took this afternoon of my backyard, and this evening at the beach.  A beautiful evening to play Eye Spy.

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Beauty and Fashion Essentials for Travel and the Office


Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana

It is often nice to be able to freshen up throughout the day at the  office with products that are guaranteed to transport you to a smiling place, if only for a few minutes of break time. As well, if you are travelling, here are some suggestions for essential beauty products that will help to ease your journey.

  • After a few hours of meetings and conference calls in a dry office environment, my lips are ready for relief. Try Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Lip Balm.  It is SPF 20 as well, which is an added bonus for Summer.
  • Put a little colour back into your afternoon with Dolce & Gabbana Makeup Glow Bronzing Powder in Deep Bronze.
  • Freshen up your senses with Diptyque Geranium Odorata Eau de Toilette Roll On.
  • Dolce and Gabbana’s scent and size is a winner for any travel I may do where I want to bring some scent along.
  • Lancôme’s Vernis In Love Tropiques in Nuit d’Azur packs a punch with this vibrant electrifying Blue.  Go for it, getting noticed is never a bad thing.
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Samba is the perfect summer shade of pink-red-coral.  A Can’t-Resist factor makes it a travel and office essential.
  • For a quick fruit spritz mid-afternoon or enroute to your favourite destination, try Jo Malone’s fruity fresh scent. Guaranteed to make you smile.

While I believe that Fall is my favourite time of year, summer gives me a chance to wear all types of great clothing, whether it is a simple baseball tee and white shorts, or a cute floral full skirt in the office, to an evening look of sophisticated colour, the choices are wonderful at this time of year. Here are a few looks that appeal.  I hope you enjoy them.


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Chic Heat Relief with Bamboo Sheets

The Coolness of Bamboo

The Coolness of Bamboo

Are you looking for a suggestion on how to cope with nights sweats that result from pregnancy or menopause, or maybe just because you are a hot sleeper?  I was in a bedding and bath store about a year ago, needing new sheets, and the sales person suggested trying bamboo sheets.  They were a bit more expensive but after trying them, I am a convert.

First of all, they feel cooler.  I thought it was in my head, that they were placebo sheets, and I was trying to trick myself into believing that they were living up to their claims.  But I am definitely able to report that these sheets are so great at keeping my body just a smidge bit more comfortable at night.

Secondly, they are soft and feel luxurious to the touch.  I love crawling into bed at night, feeling that initial Ahhhh-ness when the comforting, cool cloth enfolds me.  It settles around me, keeps me warm and yet the pillow is cool long after one would expect with a regular cotton blend.  And bamboo sheets are available in a variety of colours, and true to my nature, this appeals to the fashionista in me!

And finally, when I am experiencing sweats at night, I find the sheets are great at drawing the moisture away, and this helps in preventing the freezing-cold shivery symptoms that quickly follow feeling like I’ve been stuck at the top of a broken rollar coaster in Vegas at the height of summer. God this is a fun time of life, isn’t it?

I have not yet tried bamboo P.J.’s because frankly, after the first ten minutes in bed, it is game on for the night with sweats bearing down once an hour.  I do not intend to invest in clothing that will have no shot at sticking to my body.  At some point however, this shall end, and my first shopping trip is going to be Victoria Secret for nightgowns and PJ’s, and to the latest shop that sells Bamboo robes.


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