Beyoncé’s status secured

How was your day, Mom?

He asks me that every day as he climbs into the car at the end of the school day. He cares, he really cares that son of mine.

After a long busy 12 hour night shift in the NICU, the mad drive home in go-to-work rush hour traffic followed by staying awake for just a couple hours more in order to take him to school and then enjoying the decadent pleasure of a 2 hour nap before picking him up from school, I can tell him with all the confidence that my day so far is pretty good. In fact, I tell him that it is great because I woke up like this.

I don’t get it, Mom.

Epic bed head, no makeup…I’m flawless, son.

I still don’t get it.

Fair warning to Queen Bey, Blue Ivy will someday soon be a teenager and she just might not see you as flawless anymore as our teenaged children often do. Enjoy these times now, Bey.

For now I am humbled and Beyoncé is indeed flawless.

because it’s the code

Bro code…girl code…what happens in Vegas code…

So then it would follow that there is a bridesmaids code?

There totally should be.

Mother and half my daughters thought so.

Don’t judge the bitch resting face…bridesmaid code people. I look hot!

Besides, sisters prove thatI I can break out a smile…aren’t they incredibly lovely? They are.

So, you want all the details of our night of bridesmaids-bachelorette debauchery in Seattle?

Well, the pregame view was good.

The street views were even better.

complete with rainbows…

and so many unicorn things!

I could tell you so much more about our night of debauchery in Seattle.

I could but the code you know…I must respect the code.

Trust me, it was a good night of bachelorette debauchery and shenanigans. You manage to drink Unicorn Tears and get the piano bar guy to sing Milkshake you know it is a good night.


Oh, and when you get the piano bar guys at Keys on Main to give a shout out to the flower girls not there, you know it was all good.

That’s all because it’s the code, the bridesmaid code.

you should try it in heels

Rent aficionados will recognize the title as a line from Tango: Maureen.

Love that song!

But not as much as I love I’ll Cover You, Reprise, Angel’s Funeral. Someone promise me that Jesse L. Martin will come and sing this at my memorial. Please. Bring the rest of the cast too, please.

Sorry off topic – a little.

My sister’s wedding day is almost here!

Meanwhile, first world problems and all, I have a problem.

I have never really mastered walking in heels…gracefully. Pretty much not ever. Oh, and I haven’t really worn or walked in heels since I broke my foot two years ago. Sure I could wear flats. No big deal. But…cute dress…need cute shoes.


First world problems here.

As superfluous as this might seem to most people, it is a big deal to me. Such a big deal that I actually Googled ‘how to walk in high heels” and yes, I am practicing.

Practicing a lot.

A helluva a lot.

Zelda, however, is not impressed.

Time to practice some more.

Botox and fillers and bangs…oh my!

Here is where I confess that I am mildly amused when I see younger women whose faces are paralyzed. I swear I’m not judging. I regularly have Hollie color and hide the suddenly large patch of gray on the top of my head because I’m absolutely not ready for that bullshit. Honestly I’m still believing that redheads don’t turn gray as they age but rather fade to a rosy gold, then to a glorious white. So yeah, Hollie colors my hair making me ginger-er and I certainly have no place to judge women younger than me whose faces don’t move.

But every once in a while I see a lovely woman, my age, older, younger, whatever whose beautiful face is frozen and filled in such a way that I have to stop myself from crying out…


Perhaps that’s I why I believe (for now) that Botox is not for me. Plus the fact those vertical lines above my nose, permanently etched because of literally decades of squinting because I haz special eyes would need to be filled rather than Botoxed. Oh, and needles and my face? Um, no. My luck my sensitive skin would react in such a way that I could not literally show my face for days; or worse, I would look like I suffered a stroke.

Because it is me, that would totally happen.

Still, vanity sometimes gets the best of me like when I think about the fact that as my lovely sister gets married next Saturday, I will be 20-25 years older than the rest of the wedding party.


Of course no one cares, or at least they shouldn’t because it quite literally is all about the beautiful bride, my sister, and her handsome, adoring groom.

OMG! I can’t wait!!!

Perhaps I should thank the lady I saw in Starbucks today whose lovely face was frozen and filled in such a way that it was truly frightening. She saved my face…today.

For me, bangs are my Botox.

fixed again #4

After last month’s Stitch Fix, I could not wait to see what I might find in this month’s Stitch Fix box.

I requested Suzanne as my stylist again since her picks last month were so perfect. I also specifically asked for a little black dress for my sister Ange’s bachelorette party in August. With a quick peek I could see that she was listening and looking at my Pinterest boards.

But first, let’s see what else is in the box. First up, Skies Are Blue Abiga Lace Detail Knit Tank:

Ignore the dirty mirror, okay? Thanks. From the front it appears to be a simple tank. Comfortable and light enough for a hot summer day.

The main interest and detail is in the back. Very pretty. I like it a lot. But I have already a couple of navy tops so…returned.

Next is Brixon Ivy Coco Swiss Dot Lattice Detail Blouse:

Out of the box this blouse and camisole is adorable but…

It’s a little too tight in the chest which is kind of disappointing for an average sized bust kind of girl. So…returned.

Next is Skies Are Blue Karla Textured Short which I am wearing in the above photo.

Cute detailing the front but the material was just too much polyester which seemed to call attention to assets that I’d much rather not call attention to…returned.

Next out of the box is Bay to Baubles Staten Pendant Necklace

Very pretty. But I already have a similar piece…returned.

But saving my specific request for last, out of the box is Kut From The Kloth Lanee Lace Dress.

Suzanne was right. This dress is very similar to the LBDs that I had pinned recently. On the hanger, I just loved all the details of this dress. I told Suzanne that I needed a LBD suitable for an evening on the town in Seattle with a wedding party that is twenty years younger than me. I wasn’t looking to dress like my grandmother but at the same time Idid not want something that would definitely look better on my 32 and 28 year old younger sisters.

This is perfect, Suzanne! Thank you! I knew that you would come through…kept!

After four Stitch Fix boxes, I am kind of hooked. I’m seeing fashion finds that I don’t always find in and around the Central Valley and that I might not consider even trying on. I get to try on in my own home and style it what is already in my wardrobe thanks to the style cards included. It’s fun. It’s convenient and it’s affordable. I can’t wait to see what the next Fix brings me.

Stitch Fix is the first fashion retailer to blend expert styling, proprietary technology and unique product to deliver a shopping experience that is truly personalized for you. Simply fill out the Stitch Fix Style Profile and our personal stylists will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. You can buy what you like and return the rest!

Fill out your Style Profile
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Pick the date you’d like to receive your shipment
We’ll send you a selection of five clothing items and accessories handpicked by personal stylists on the date you choose. At the time your stylist selects your items, you will be charged a $20 styling fee. That $20 will be applied toward anything you keep from your shipment.

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We encourage you to try on everything our personal stylists have picked for you because you just never know what will look great on! Create new outfits by pairing what’s in your shipment with the items that are already in your closet.

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