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Big purses = big confidence April 30 2015

Desperate times call for purposeful planning and with a week in my new position under my belt I find myself more confident than ever. Something happens to you the older you get. I might not fit the bill of a “perfect” physique with my flowering stretch marks on my once flat abs, but deep down I feel daring assertiveness that’s on the cusp of bursting out of my eyeballs! Despite...

Swapping out life's accessories April 28 2015

I’ve been binge watching my favorite shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime for the last year. First it was Breaking Bad and House of Cards, but now zombie-fighting Daryl Dixon and tea pouring Tom Branson have made me a taken woman most nights. This roundabout of genres has me bouncing from one rather messy era to an abundantly proper period, exhilarated by the possibilities of adventure. After each hour of...

Embarrassing moments during the holidays December 20 2014

I’ve always considered myself a little more on the happening side, keeping up with trends and usually owning the latest in technology within the first few months of a launch or eagerly diving into the newest trend in skin care. I’ll admit I don’t always know how to use my snappy new smart device and I tend to get so excited about facial skin massage that I accidentally exfoliate the...

Going from fall to winter: 3 steps to swapping out your accessories November 19 2014

  The shock of a severe temperature change is enough to extinguish my excitement for a new winter wardrobe. No matter where you live, the ebb and flow of Mother Nature is inevitable and often throws my body for a loop. Random breakouts and a sluggishness I can’t seem to shake, the first sign of cold weather leaves me desperately needing a serious pick me up. Instead of reverting to...

Plaid: The put your foot in your mouth fabric October 22 2014

The closest I can get to wearing plaid is carrying my bouclé designer handbag. I just have a hard time embracing the checkered phenomenon and yes I know it’s back in style, but I just can’t bring myself to jump on the bandwagon.   If I’m going to sport a woven textile, it’s going to be something of statement and the knobbly effect of the loopy yarn in my Iris...

Everything is temporary October 08 2014

  My father always told me everything was temporary and the more I live, the more I realize it’s true. I’ve moved a bit and wouldn’t necessarily call myself a jet setter, but I consider myself someone who easily adjusts to new surroundings. The less I resist the idea of steady permanence in my life, the more I seem to make of every fleeting moment.   This acceptance of short-term...

Life is Short... October 01 2014

I ran across this sign today:   Who am I to argue with such sage advice? Pink Tulips Calla Lily leather tote, here I come...  

Nothing beats fall... except maybe a new handbag September 25 2014

Don’t get me wrong, I love the newness of spring and the first warmth of the summer sun on my skin, but oh, autumn! The shedding of leaves on the trees never brings to mind the slow demise of the year but of harvest, and of course, a change in my wardrobe! Instead of turning inward in the face of a changing temperature, I bring my gaze outward in anticipation...

Who is Lily? September 16 2014

We call her Lily. She is real, with ups and downs, fantastic days and rock bottom moments – she is a complex, modern woman. Always thinking, always loving, always real, Lily is refined yet bold. She’s the girl that has a history and depth. Lovely, flirty, courageous, faithful, compassionate, intense, animated, funny and wise. The Pink Tulips woman has the raised eyebrow and a sly smile. There’s a bit of Lily...

To invest or not to invest; that is the question. June 02 2014

I read the most ridiculous article the other day about a study that found women use luxury products such as handbags to declare to other women that they are in a committed relationship with their significant other.   First of all, I find it completely sexist that the individuals in this study assumed the man in the relationship had anything to do with the purchasing of the designer handbag in...

Division is not a dirty word May 12 2014

I work from home and the office, which often makes it as though I’m seeing double. While I downsized in square footage when I moved, I certainly did not eliminate charm, cheap out on location, or scrimp on amenities. Always struggling with transition in my youth, I find as I grow older, the more flexible I become. Sure, my 3 doses of yin yoga classes a week contribute to being...

VIP – Very Important Panache April 04 2014

What is perfection really? Is it a measurement? A dollar amount? A certain color or picture of health? Personally, I think perfection is in the details. Some of my favorite things about life do not involve money, in fact, it’s mostly a feeling that brings about the memories of the crème de la crème of my youth – this is my idea of perfection. For example, my old teddy bear....
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