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Crocheted my Hubby a Free-form Scarf

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Accessories, Crafting, Fashion | 0 comments

Hey Elegant Readers,

I have been getting back to crocheting and I decided to make my hubby a new artsy free-form scarf.  I had been dealing with a stomach virus last weekend and part of this week. But thankfully, Praise God I am feeling good. My hubby and I made some homemade chicken broth and let my tummy heal with the BRAT method (broth, rice, apple sauce and toast).

Even though I was not feeling 100 percent last weekend, I had to get outside because the snow was falling and it was pretty. This week the snow turned to ice and is now melting. That’s okay because I enjoy all the seasons that God created, especially fall and winter. I know that I am that 1 percent of people who enjoy snow.

JTwisdon enjoying the snow

To make the scarf, I used the TLC yarn in Fusion. I bought the yarn a while back,  but the Fusion color is quite rich and has sheen to it. The scarf is in the shape of a rectangular triangle. I used my imagination to create an unique scarf. I did not count stitches, it was purely freestyle. My mother taught me how to crochet. I will never forget the orange handbag she crochet for my Barbie doll.

My hubby didn’t know I could crochet and was really keeping up with my progress.

Oblong crochet scarf

I finished the scarf yesterday after spending about two weeks to finish it. Even though I wasn’t feeling well during most of the that time, I tried to spend a little time each day. My hubby really liked it that he modeled the creation for me. I am pretty critically and at first wanted it to be the same length but I didn’t count stitches and hubby kept telling me that he liked the scarf just the way it was so I kept it that way. I even stitched a hole for one end of the scarf to go through but decided to close it up because I decided to go a different creative route.

The scarf really looks good on him and I think this color reminds me of the marsala the pantone color of the year. I used the entire skein and this project gave me some ideas on what I would like to do next. I have some more yarn that I may make another scarf but this time I would count the stitches if I want it more uniform.

Hubby modeling the scarf

Hubby modeling the scarf

This was a great project because I haven’t crocheted in years. It made me feel good that my hubby really took the time to take an interest and wanted to wear one of my creations. Are you a crocheter? Are you a knitter? Let me know what yarn projects have been working on lately;

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Get a Trim, Toned Body

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Fitness | 0 comments

For a number of years, we have promised ourselves that we will work hard to get a trim, toned body. But every year, we find a new excuse and avoid it completely. This is not done. We are cheating ourselves. So, this year, let’s promise ourselves and keep the promise too. Here are some tips that will motivate you to be on track.

Git Fit!

Get a Trim, Toned Body

 Treadmill runs
Well, most of us underestimate the power of the treadmill. However, a ten-minute session on the treadmill can have its benefits. Do cardio or sculpt, but do it. Avoiding treadmill in the gym is a bad decision. Why? Because it helps you warm up and get ready for other exercises in the gym. However, if you are planning to buy a new one for your home, you can buy it at Overstock. Overstock is a reputed store and the prices offered by them are reasonable. However, Overstock coupons can help you get better deals on your purchased items. So, use coupons from ChameleonJohn and get the best deals.

Make a progress chart
If you have a gym membership, ask them about it. They can work on it and make a progress chart for you. At home, you will have to make one for yourself. Progress chart is one that has helped professionals too. So, you can be sure that if you make one and track it daily, your time and efforts will be paid off. Charts can even help you stay motivated. It is like your own fitness card. This chart should have subjects like flexibility, muscle conditioning and cardio.

Fit it into your schedule
To avoid making excuses, you should add it to your schedule. For example, if you know that 8-9 A.M. you have to exercise, don’t have any appointment for that hour. Don’t let anything stop you from exercising during that period.

Look out for toners
Well, at home, we do cannot buy too many things to depend on. So, look out for toners. There are a number of all-in-one toners that are available in the market. This toner works on inner things, butt, legs, back, abs, torso, and arms. Such toners are easy to use. However, you should follow the instructions that are noted on the cover and instruction manual.

Do it properly
Everything is worthless if you are not doing it properly. For example, if you know that you have to complete a cardio session of ten minutes, you should not: Stop in between, Slow down, or Leave it midway. If you have something of that sort in your mind, you will not get a trim, toned body by the end of the year.

Take care of your health
If you do not take care of yourself, you will fall sick regularly. This will affect your routine. So, stay healthy and achieve your goals.

Concluding, these tips should help you get a trim, toned body by the end of the year. Want to share an idea? Post it in the comments.

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All About The Modal Maxi

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Fashion | 2 comments

Hi Elegant Readers,

It has been snowing here in Missouri since last night and and continued throughout most of today. It is very beautiful outside. Watching it snow is so peaceful.

Designer Camilla Olson gave me the opportunity to try her newly designed Modal maxi dress, which retails for $130 on her website. The dress, designed, cut and sewn in the San Francisco Bay Area, is 95% Modal and 5% Spandex. The dress, available in Periwinkle, Soft Olive, Everglade, and Light Gray, is machine washable in cold water.

The maxi dress is super soft, smooth and oh so comfortable. The silhouette is simple and elegant; and works well for a variety of occasions.

I styled the dress three ways for this review.

 First of all, I wanted to show you the maxi in all its splendor, without any accessories.  The dress glides on the body. The waist is so detailed in its construction that it cinches me in and is very flattering. I have tights on underneath the dress because I did not want to show any lines. It is also winter and I have on wedge boots. I am muscular and the dress is very flattering on my shape. Please make sure you wear a brassiere that smooths you, proper undergarments is a must to me in all clothing.

On a cruise this dress can be rolled up and ready to go. When I went to the Caribbean this would of been perfect.

JT in the Modal Maxi Dress

JT in the Modal Maxi Dress

 Secondly, I styled the Modal Maxi Dress for a date night out with the hubby or maybe going to see a play or a concert.  Styling the dress with a Guiliana Rancic faux leather jacket, Coach purse and Poetic Justice wedge sandals with tights was a lot of fun and great to look edgy and feel comfortable at the same time.

Modal Maxi Dress Styled With Pink Faux Leather Jacket

Modal Maxi Dress Styled With Pink Faux Leather Jacket

Finally, I styled the dress with a play on colors. Loved it!

The Modal Maxi dress, paired with a Bob Mackie jacket and brown Vince Camuto wedge boots work well. The colors are different; but they compliment each other.

JT Modal Maxi and Bob Mackie Jacket

JT Modal Maxi and Bob Mackie Jacket

 A side view of the dress, so you cansee the side slit.

Side view

Side view of Modal Maxi Dress

I have enjoyed styling the Modal Maxi dress and will continue to style it in different ways because it works with so many of my jackets and blouses.

The dress works for all seasons and I can attest to it being a chameleon in my wardrobe.

Thank you Camilla for giving me the opportunity to have such a beautiful Maxi dress. These honest opinions are strictly my own.

Rockin the maxi!

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