When Hope Is Not Enough & My September Favorites

A few weeks back when I was visiting with family, I mentioned to my daughter-in-law that I was super annoyed that as I have gotten older, the pores on my face seem to be more visible. I had heard women complain of having big pores or visible pores all my life, but I had never really understood what that meant. As I've gotten older, I've noticed that I have pores on my face, too! lol I know that sounds … [Read more...]




How I Protect My Cashmere-Wool Scarves from Moths & Other Dastardly Bugs

As you know if you've been reading BNOTP for very long, this girl doesn't do cold weather. Not. A. Fan. However, over the years I've come to discover that winter isn't near so bad if you have the right gear, i.e., quality coats, Uggs, warm sweaters, Uggs, woolly scarves, Uggs, wool socks, Uggs--you get the idea. ;) Next to woolly Uggs, my other favorite cold-weather gear is soft, wool or cashmere … [Read more...]




How I Store Hermes Twilly and Dior Mitzah Scarves, Visible Storage for Easy Access

I'm busy working on a table for tomorrow's Tablescape Thursday, but I'm taking a quick break to share a little storage idea I recently came up with for storing small scarves like my Hermes Twillys and Dior Mitzah scarves.   In case you're not familiar with these little scarves, they are fun to collect because they can be used in a lot of different ways. One way that's quite popular is to use … [Read more...]




There’s a New Guy in Town! Love My New Air Fryer with 2 Baskets!

Welcome to the 609th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! There's a new guy in town! Do you see him there on my counter?   Each time I visit my son, daughter-in-love and grandchildren, Nancy cooks up the best meals in her Air Fryer. I've been hoping to add one to my kitchen and I finally did that this past week.   This is the one I chose. … [Read more...]




A Much-Needed Outing, Cozy Pumpkin Pillows and Buying My First Pair of Embroidered Sundance Jeans

It's been a minute since I've really felt like myself. Yesterday I committed to something that I wasn't sure I was really up to. I'm so glad I did because I think it was the best thing I could have done. I was trying to chase down some of these adorable cozy pumpkin pillows.  You may remember when I shared these in a recent post. I tried to resist them but it was futile. I love anything that even hints of … [Read more...]




How Teresa Protected the Vachetta Leather on her Beautiful LV Croisette Bag

Welcome to the 608th Metamorphosis Monday, a blog party sharing fabulous Before and Afters! Sorry, this week's Met Monday is going up a bit late. I'm still fighting a horrible sinus infection and pneumonia so not at my best right now. But enough of that, let's have a little travel adventure and some fashion fun for this week's Metamorphosis Monday! If you are a handbag lover, especially a Louis … [Read more...]




My Test Results are Back & I Would Love Your Recommendations for a Steamer

Thank you so much for all your caring comments yesterday. I can't tell you how much I appreciated reading those! They were very comforting when I was feeling my absolute worst. I wanted to give you a quick update to let you know I got some good news this morning when I logged on for my test results. Sometime during the night, the test results were posted to the online portal and thankfully, I do not have … [Read more...]




My August Favorites for Organizing, Cleaning, Fashion, Makeup, Better Sleep + Gifts Ideas

It's that time again, time to share all my favorites from the previous month--the things I really enjoyed and feel comfortable recommending. I rarely wear slides or backless sandals these days but I fell in love with the design of these. They reminded me so much of the turtles I saw on the beaches during a trip to Hawaii a couple of years ago. I've been wearing them outdoors here when the kiddos are … [Read more...]




Cozy Tops I’ve Purchased for Staying Comfortable and Warm This Fall and Winter

Partially as a joke, but mostly to memorialize a year that none of us will soon forget, I purchased this sweatshirt. It's pretty much how I feel about this year, except for the "spending more time with family" part. That part has been great! But the rest--definitely a "1 Star, Would Not Recommend" kind of year! ;) I purposely bought the hoodie above in a Large. I've never done that before--purchased a … [Read more...]




Parent Problems? Want Sweets? Need a Vacation? Just Call, Mimi!

When your children have children and you suddenly find yourself a grandmother, it's a bit of a shock. It's a good shock, but still a little surprising to realize there will soon be a little being in this world who can rightly call you, Grandma. As the time for my first grandchild's birth grew near, my daughter-in-law asked what I would like to be called. I had no clue, just knew I didn't want it to be … [Read more...]




Great End of Summer Sale & 2 New Pairs of Shoes for Less than 1/2 Price

Have you noticed how all the shops are gearing up for the arrival of fall-winter fashions? It's still very much summer here in the south so this is a great time to shop the summer clearance sales. Talbots is having their first-ever Cyber  Warehouse Sale and it's a good one! You can access the sale here: Talbot's Summer Sale.     What have I picked up so far? I couldn't resist these … [Read more...]




10 July Favorites: One for My Daughter-in-Law, Then I Had to Have One, Too!

I have to kick off this month's Monthly Favorite's post with a surprise purchase I wasn't expecting to make. Back in the spring of last year, I ordered this adorable bamboo bag below. Originally, I thought this bag design was inspired by the Cult Gaia bag that's been so popular the last few years but then I learned these bamboo arc bags have been around for many, many years. I guess Cult Gaia just brought … [Read more...]




2 Big Sales: Nordstrom and Talbots Are Doing It Again

Two of my favorite stores have huge sales going on right now. Nordstrom just kicked off their big Anniversary Sale that they only have once a year. The early access started yesterday and you'll find the sale here: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you're a Barefoot Dreams fan, def check out the barefoot dreams cardigan and throws linked below. Talbots also has a big sale going on with 40% off any 2 … [Read more...]




My Favorite Summer Bags and Many Are Currently On Sale or Clearance

I've always had a big love for handbags in woven natural materials like wicker, rattan, straw, and bamboo. Growing up in the south, I saw a lot of those bags being carried throughout my childhood into adulthood. Even today, wicker bags are still so popular, a classic style that I don't ever see going away. I have a small collection of wicker/rattan/bamboo bags and I'm always tempted to add another one … [Read more...]




I Love These Shorty Pajamas, But If You Sew, Is This Normal?

I always love tweaking things to make them a bit more functional or even just a little most pleasing to the eye. Since I've been staying home a little more than usual, I've found myself noticing even the smallest of things that could use some improvement. One of those recently was the nightclothes I sleep in each night. For winter, it's always heavy flannel PJs because I love the extra warmth and … [Read more...]




Only Hermes Can Make You Feel This Spoiled When Buying a Book

If you've been reading BNOTP for a while, you know I love collecting books about decorating and gardening. In the last few years, I've also purchased a few books on designer fashion, another topic I sometimes enjoy. I don't buy a lot of fashion books but recently I saw one online that I'd heard about. It sounded really cute so I decided to order it.   This book is a bit unusual because it's a … [Read more...]




June Favorites & A Miracle Cleaner That Saved My White Cabinet from Ruin

We're already halfway through July and I just realized I never shared my favorites from the month of June. These Lilly Pulitzer inspired masks are at the top of that list. When I'm out and about these days, it's mostly just for a stop by the grocery store or the bird store for more birdseed. Every single time I wear one of these, someone compliments them. I had to stop by my Endocrinologist's office … [Read more...]




A Fabulous Sale & A Surprise Find for 1/3 the Cost! Could It Be The Same?

Happy Weekend! This whole past month I have been working on tons of little mini-projects here around the house. Ever since I returned from Ohio, I've been deep into spring cleaning, actually more like spring clearing. I've been going through bathroom closets, replacing the old, warped, brown-stained wood shelving with bright-white, wide, flat melamine shelving. I've been clearing out drawers, … [Read more...]




Sharing Before These Sales End, A Little Christmas and Back-to-School Shopping

July is when I normally start picking up a few Christmas gifts here and there for family. I've bought a few sweaters for my grandsons recently. They came today and they were so nice, I decided to go ahead and create a post to share the sale before it ends or before the sizes are all gone. Unfortunately, these items sell out quickly. This sweater arrived today and I love it! I can't wait to give it to my … [Read more...]




You Asked and I Found ‘Em! Happy Summer & 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day! I hope you are having a great 4th! I had planned this weekend to work on a fun project but that got postponed when I couldn't get the item I needed from the Atlanta Ikea. When I drove down on Friday, there was a monstrous line coming out the door, going around the building and down the side of the building. I'm guessing there were at least 100 people (probably more) standing in … [Read more...]




A Great Sale & A Tactic for Getting the One You Missed

Have you ever come across a shirt or dress that you liked so much,  you didn't wait for it to go on sale for fear it would sell out? That's what happened to me with this beautiful shirt below. I loved how it looked so much, I bought it the day I came across it, not waiting for a sale. I wish I had taken the time to read the reviews because after it arrived, I discovered it ran quite large. I had ordered my … [Read more...]




How I Remove Dirt & Scuff Marks from the Corners of My Leather Handbags & Boots

Welcome to the 593rd Metamorphosis Monday! It has been Birthday Central here this past week. In just a 7 day period, we've celebrated my son's birthday, my youngest grandson's birthday and today is my daughter-in-law's birthday. For this week's Met Monday, I had hoped to share some of the decorations, including some info about how I made this balloon arch, but I couldn't get all the pictures ready in … [Read more...]




May Favorites: A New Book & A Beautiful Dress I Bought That’s Now $22.95!

Happy weekend! It's sooo pretty here and finally, the weather has warmed up. Hope you are seeing blue skies and sunshine today! Last month, for my Monthly favorites, I did a switcheroo and shared all my daughter-in-law's favorites. If you missed that post, you'll find it here: Nancy's April Favorite and the Ones I'm Buying for Myself.  This month I'm again sharing my favorites, a few items I've … [Read more...]




My Favorite Bag Organizer and One So Poorly Made, I Will Never Buy It Again

Welcome to the 592nd Metamorphosis Monday! A well-designed, well-made bag organizer or bag insert can be one of the best purchases you'll ever make to protect and support your favorite handbag, but a poorly designed or constructed organizer can actually do more harm than good, damaging or warping the shape of your bag. Today I'm sharing my favorite places to shop for bag organizers and one organizer I … [Read more...]




New Additions to My Summer Wardrobe and Big Changes at Lilly Pulitzer

Since I left Georgia with only cold-weather clothing in my suitcase, I've been gradually building a small summer wardrobe. It's given me a good excuse to do some spring/summer clothes shopping, so I'm not complaining. Over the past few weeks, I've purchased quite a few casual summer dresses. I love casual dresses for hot summer days! While shopping online, I was thrilled to discover that Lilly Pulitzer … [Read more...]




A New Bag for Walks-Hikes, Gifts for My Son and More Summer Wardrobe Updates

Welcome to the 588th Metamorphosis Monday! Pssst: I'm sharing some awesome deals I've scored on spring clothing the past few days at the end of this post, including some great shirts for the guys. So if that's of interest, check those out at the end of the post. A Bag for Walks and Hiking Whenever I visit my son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren, we always go hiking on the weekends and for walks … [Read more...]




If Ya Gotta Wear One, It Might As Well Be Pretty

Recently here in Ohio, the Governor made a strong recommendation that everyone wears a mask when shopping. Also, a business/shop (if they wish) can require that you wear a mask when shopping in their store. Regular masks have been impossible to purchase locally and online so I decided to look for something handmade (and hopefully pretty) online. I wanted something as cheerful and springy as possible. I … [Read more...]




Starting Over: Poor Planning & Building a Summer Wardrobe from Scratch

When it appeared the schools would be closing here in Ohio back in early March, I hurriedly packed my suitcase, loaded up my SUV with a bunch of my son's old, childhood toys and some other gifts I've been meaning to bring up, and I headed north. It was still very cold in Ohio, in fact, it was snowing the day I arrived. I didn't pack quite as many clothes as I normally do. I tossed in 2 coats: a favorite … [Read more...]




On the Hunt and I’ve Found a Keeper!

Welcome to the 584th Metamorphosis Monday! Back in March 2015, I wrote a post about my search for the perfect sleeping pillow. At that time, I had just ordered a new mattress/box springs for my bed and had foolishly tossed my old pillows thinking I should replace those, too. Unfortunately, the new pillows I purchased were super uncomfortable and I really regretted getting rid of my old ones. I found … [Read more...]




My Favorite Hairstyle and Anxiety at the Hair Salon

I've never enjoyed going to a hair salon, I find it a huge anxiety-producing experience, mostly because I rarely walk out with a haircut that I like. Many years ago I had a stylist that did cut my hair just as I liked, but the salon went out of business and I have no idea where she went or if she just retired. She was consistent and always cut my hair the same way without me having to do a full rundown of … [Read more...]




Updating My Spring Wardrobe & A Designer Inspired Purchase I Made

This morning I had a $25 Talbots Reward Certificate that was burning a hole in my pocket. lol The weather has been sunny and beautiful the last few days so I decided it was time to use that certificate and shop the awesome spring sale they have going right now. The sale gives you 30% off everything at the site, including all sale items. I also received an email with a code for 40% off any one item that's … [Read more...]




My February Favorites

Yay, for March! Once March arrives, I feel like spring can't be too far behind. I know many of you still have weeks of cold weather left (as we do here in Georgia) so you may find this post especially helpful since I'm sharing a lot of my fave winter pieces that have made winter a lot more tolerable, if not enjoyable. My go-to pants for the past few fall/winter seasons have been my Talbots straight-leg … [Read more...]




See The Christian Dior Exhibition For Yourself in This Exciting New Book!

Last summer I traveled to England for the first time. During that trip, I was fortunate to be in London at the same time Christian Dior Exhibition was taking place in the Victoria and Albert Museum.   The exhibition was an in-depth look at many of Christian Dior's designs spanning from 1947 to the present day.   It was a truly wonderful exhibition! If you missed that previous … [Read more...]




Birthday Shopping for Kids, Gift Ideas & Trying Another Tinted Foundation

I have fallen down a Toy rabbit hole lately. I haven't bought any kid's toys since well before Christmas when I was shopping for grandsons, but in the past few weeks, I've bought several. I thought I'd share what I've been purchasing in case you will need a birthday gift for a little one sometime soon or would like to start your Christmas shopping early. Also, I have a foundation question for you at the end … [Read more...]




January Favorites & My Absolute Favorite Cozy, Warm Shoes for Indoors

Definitely one of my most favorite purchases during the month of January was a new pair of Ugg boots. I love wearing Uggs inside, especially when I'm working at my desk because they keep my feet sooo warm. And if your feet are warm, that's half the battle to staying warm all over, at least it is for me. I had a pair of pink Uggs I purchased a year or so ago, but shortly after I purchased them, they began … [Read more...]




An Awesome President’s Day Sale & Some Great Transition Pieces Going Into Spring

I've been waiting for the end of season sales to kick in and they have! On top of that, there are some awesome President's Day sales going on right now. Wait until you see the discounts, I was shocked by how great they are, so many of the things I like are close to 75%  off! For example, this adorable polka dot shirt was $44.50 and now it's only $11.99! You'll find it on sale here: Polka Dot Shirt. I … [Read more...]




What Women Really Want for Valentine’s Day, Plus a Couple of Ideas for the Guys

Forget the flowers and the chocolates, I love a gift for Valentine's Day that truly lasts, not one that's consumable or will wilt within a few days. Today I'm sharing a few of my faves that I think any woman would love getting either from her sweetheart (or for herself) on Valentine's Day. I'm also sharing a couple of ideas for the guys because they deserve a special gift on Valentine's Day, too! For … [Read more...]




Tips On Using a Sweater Shaver & How I Almost Ruined My L.L. Bean Boots

Welcome to the 575th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Monday! I hope you had an awesome weekend! Before I get into my Met Monday post, I wanted to share a few thoughts I had this weekend about the sweater shaver I just purchased a few days ago. I know several of you have shared stories from the past where you used an electric shaver/pill-fuzz remover and ended up having the device cut your sweater. I used … [Read more...]




Fastest Way to Remove Fuzz and Pills from Winter Sweaters

Since we're deep into sweater weather where I live, I've been very tempted to try out one of the battery-operated sweater shavers, the kind that removes pills and fuzz from sweaters. I've been using a sweater comb and it does work just fine, but with the number of sweaters I have, and wear (I wear one almost every day) it can take a while to de-fuzz them all.   Recently, I ordered the sweater … [Read more...]




Compact Leather Cardholder Wallet in a Cute Bee, Deer and Fox Motif, Perfect for Smaller Handbags

I have two full-size wallets that I enjoy using, but occasionally when I'm carrying one of my smaller handbags and need to carry a few more things along with me that day, I'll downsize into a compact wallet/cardholder. I have one compact wallet in a pretty blue color but would like one in a more neutral color to go with my other smaller size bags. I was leaning toward buying a black Chanel cardholder, … [Read more...]




The Secret(s) to Keeping My Favorite Sweaters Looking New for Many Years

Welcome to the 574th Metamorphosis Monday! A few days ago I blogged about a unique company that specializes in making beautiful cashmere sweaters at affordable price points. I loved the story behind the company and ended up purchasing several of their sweaters. If you missed that previous post, you'll find it here: Two Hilarious Videos & Ordering Cashmere from a Company with a Sense of … [Read more...]




Two Hilarious Videos & Ordering Cashmere from a Company with a Sense of Humor

I can't remember where I first discovered Naadam, it may have been via an Instagram ad. Anyway, for some time now I've been looking for a really long cashmere sweater, the kind that's about the length of a coat. The only problem was, the ones I was finding were quite pricey...in the $400-600 range. Then I discovered Naadam's long cashmere sweater and the price was much better! Unfortunately, a lot of other … [Read more...]




How Do They Look & Which Way Is Your Favorite?

Welcome to the 572nd Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Monday! I hope your week is starting off great! Mine has started off with an interesting twist. Unfortunately, my car left me stranded last night at the grocery store. I think it's probably a dead battery. Apparently, my battery doesn't like really cold weather. It's used to sleeping inside a garage at night in Georgia and not outdoors in Ohio. lol I've … [Read more...]




December Favorites, Comfort Clothes for Everyday Life & 2 Wish-List Items On Sale

I'll be heading back home in the next few days. It has been a wonderful visit with a lot of this going on. I will miss these moments, snuggling and reading. The book we are reading, A Dark, Dark Tale, is a favorite of my youngest grandson, as it was with his dad. I love it, too. We love looking for the black cat on every page and it has the cutest surprise ending. (Book is available here: A Dark, Dark … [Read more...]




2020 Calendar Insert & Delightful Dashboards for an Agenda

Welcome to the 571st Metamorphosis Monday! Toward the end of 2017, after years of buying a new agenda/calendar at the start of each year, I decided to make a change for 2018. I decided to purchase an agenda cover that I could refill each year. Having just fallen hard for Louis Vuitton after seeing one of their amazing antique trunks in an LV store while vacationing in Maui, I decided to go with an LV … [Read more...]




Favorite After-Christmas Sales & Cozy Styles for the Upcoming Winter Months

Happy New Year to you! How was your Christmas? I can't believe 2020 is almost here! We still have three more months of cold weather to get through, maybe four months for some areas, so I've been checking out the after Christmas sales to see what's available to help make these next few cold months a bit more bearable. I love this cashmere cable knit sweater that's currently on sale. Navy is such a … [Read more...]




Christmas Gift Ideas & A Cuddly Splurge I Made for Christmas

This morning a good friend emailed to tell me about an awesome deal from L.L. Bean. I jumped on it quickly because it ends today and I knew the popular sizes would go fast. I bought this Anorak pullover in two colors: red/blue and the olive/teal shown below.   It was already on sale and after using the code, Gift20, it brought the price down to just $27! Everything right now is on sale at … [Read more...]




Transforming My Home, Table & Wardrobe This Cyber-Monday

Welcome to the 566th Metamorphosis Monday! Today is Cyber Monday! There are so many amazing deals going on right now, I had to share some of my favorites today. The ones I'm sharing will transform your home and your table for the holidays. Some will even give your wardrobe a holiday boost. Before we get into some of the amazing sales I've found, if you are starting to decorate for Christmas and will … [Read more...]




The Best of Black Friday Sales

I haven't done any Black Friday shopping until this evening but I'm finding some awesome deals! Here's what I'm loving so far! Noritake is offering 30-50% off sitewide! You'll find the sale here: Noritake: 30%-50% Off.   Tartan Bedding On Sale I'm often asked about the tartan bedding in my master bedroom. It's currently on sale 50% off here: Tartan Bedding. That's the most I've ever … [Read more...]




Super Heros in My Refrigerator

Welcome to the 565th Metamorphosis Monday! I spent the entire weekend cooking, decorating and cleaning, mostly cleaning. I went ahead and made the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup that I plan to serve on Thanksgiving Day. The squash smelled so good roasting in the oven!   While it roasted, I got the onion, butter, apple and sage cooking. Ummm, I love the smells of Thanksgiving and Christmas … [Read more...]




Affordable Gift Ideas, Beautiful Party Dresses & 2 Awesome Sales

There are some awesome sales going on right now! Before I get into some of the gifts I've been buying, if you are interested in hanging wreaths on your windows for Christmas this year, the is the best place I've found to purchase the type bows you saw me using in yesterday's post: 12 Pack of Red Velvet Bows. The price is excellent and reviews look great! When my bows ultimately need replacing, that's … [Read more...]




A Great Gift Idea & An Inexpensive Way to Try Several Hermes Perfumes

I love Hermes fragrances and wear them a lot. Though they aren't inexpensive, usually it only takes a couple of spritzes and you're good for the whole day. So a bottle will last a long, long time. Yesterday I came across a great gift idea that's also a wonderful way to sample several of Hermes' perfumes without committing to buying a large bottle. These would also make a great Christmas present. For this … [Read more...]




October Favorites & Some Would Make Great Gifts

It's time to share a few of my favorites from the month of October. Toiletry Travel Bag Last time I was in Ohio visiting family, I ordered this travel toiletry bag and immediately switched all my stuff into it during that trip. I was tired of having to search in multi bags and pockets in my suitcase to find the item I needed. I LOVE this bag and will never travel without it … [Read more...]




Updating my Autumn Wardrobe, What I’m Eyeing in the Sale

Welcome to the 561st Metamorphosis Monday! The weather here in Ohio has so been so pretty! The leaves are changing and everywhere you drive there are piles of golden and red leaves. I'll try to capture some photos for you soon and post those. Unfortunately, I think I'm trying to come down with a cold, I woke up with a very sore throat. I hope you are staying well and enjoying these beautiful autumn … [Read more...]




Touring Two Equestrian Homes and Dressing in Equestrian Style for Autumn

I've always had a love for equestrian style. I love it in home decor and I'm always drawn to it in fashion or clothing styles. You may remember when I shared one of my favorite books that features equestrian decor, collectibles, fashion, etc... in this previous post:  In the BNOTP Library: Equestrian Style.  Book below is available here: Equestrian Style.   Over the years I've also taken … [Read more...]




How I Clean My Travel Tote and Protecting It From Damage on Future Trips

When I traveled to England earlier this summer, I had an experience while going through security that sent me on a search. Whenever I fly domestically, or even sometimes when traveling via car, I use this blue and white bag as my travel tote. It holds everything I need and is the perfect size to be my "Personal Item" when flying. I decided to use it on an international trip for the first time when I … [Read more...]




Proof I Will Never Grow Up, As If You Needed It

Welcome to the 555th Metamorphosis Monday! Remember the dinosaur bookends I bought for my grandson's bedroom...   ...when my daughter-in-law and I completed a full makeover of their room?   Yup, I'm talking about the ones there behind the dinosaur eggs. lol   I loved them soooo much when we did the makeover...   ...I decided I had to have a set … [Read more...]




A Bit of Autumn Wardrobe Styling and It’s Almost Flannel Season!

Just popping in for a quick update for the fashion lovers. I'm starting to get super excited about shopping for a few new winter clothes. If you are following me on my new Instagram account, UnderMoonlightAndMagnolias, you probably saw this posting where I shared a new scarf I just purchased recently from Hermes. I paired it with a few old favorites that I'll definitely be wearing again this year. Pssst: … [Read more...]




The Only Place I Really Feel Comfortable Shopping for Pre-loved Designer Handbags

I had never purchased a pre-loved or pre-owned designer handbag until this past spring. Even pre-owned, designer bags can be a bit on the pricey side, so I was always leery I'd get a bag that wasn't as described, or worse, a fake! What finally prompted me to take the plunge was discovering a pre-loved site that gives you a full 30 days to decide if you like the bag enough to keep it. I had been toying … [Read more...]




August Favorites & Dressing Room Updates

I'm forever stealing lamps around here. When I added my home office, I stole several lamps from various rooms around the house to dress the office. Over the years I gradually replaced most of those, but I still had a few holes here and there. I also had one I just didn't like that much and had been hoping to replace. The lamp I wanted to replace was this one. This lamp used to be out on the porch, then … [Read more...]




Finally Got Up The Nerve to Do My Own Faux Nails!

My daughter-in-law, Nancy, always has the most beautiful, manicured fingernails. They are so pretty, she frequently gets compliments from friends and co-workers. That may not sound too surprising but it's actually quite an accomplishment because she does them herself with store-bought, faux KISS nails! The first time I complimented Nancy on her gorgeous nails and she told me she does them, I was in … [Read more...]




A Few of My Labor Day Sale Purchases, So Many Good Sales This Weekend!

I have been waiting for this weekend for so long! The Labor Day sales are always some of the best during the year. Williams Sonoma has these vintage-style Halloween plates on sale. Sooo cute! You'll find them here: Vintage Style Halloween Plates. Their autumn cookware is also on sale. I love this Staub Pumpkin Cocotte! It's reduced from $55 down to $29.95! Awesome deal for this piece! What a … [Read more...]




Easy Way to Protect Leather Handbags from Strap Indentations During Storage

Welcome to the 552nd Metamorphosis Monday! One of the joys in my life when my son married was gaining a wonderful daughter-in-law. With each passing year, Nancy and I grow closer. We were just talking last night about how awesome it is that we have such similar tastes in decorating, food, fashion and especially handbags! lol This past weekend my son was out of town for three days so it was just us and … [Read more...]




Buying Furniture for a Storybook Cottage & Fall Wardrobe Updates

So, ya know that storybook cottage I dream of finding one day? (Read more about it here: Storybook Cottage.)   I'm pretty sure it will have a chest like this inside someplace.   You may remember, my daughter-in-law and I just added this chest to my grandsons' bedroom. I'm obsessed with the color!   Here's a closer view of the color...just a perfect shade of … [Read more...]




July Favorites, Recent Purchases and What’s Currently in My Shopping Cart

As usual, I'm a bit behind in sharing my July Favorites and I have quite a few! Before I left for my long trek north to Ohio, I downloaded several books from Audible to my phone. I've listened to a lot of books similar to this one and rarely buy new ones since they all tend to say the same thing. The reviews convinced me that this one was worth a listen and didn't just rehash the same old stuff. After … [Read more...]




Beautiful Christian Dior Exhibition, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2019

Well before I left for my trip to England, Nicole, a personal shopper I follow on Instagram who often travels to England, posted a video highlighting the Christian Dior Exhibition taking place in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. I checked the dates of the exhibit and was disappointed to see it would be ending the day before our arrival in London. When we arrived in London, I was so happy to … [Read more...]




Do You Own a Barefoot Dreams Cardigan?

Thanks so much for all your comments and ideas on Monday's post, I appreciate them all so much! I spent the better part of yesterday doing this. Wow, what an all-over-body workout!   The two beds you see below in this photo, including the two riser sections...   ...are now inside my SUV. I loaded, unloaded and reloaded my SUV about 5 times yesterday, trying to find a way to fit … [Read more...]




Two New Dresses I Loved Wearing During My Time in England

I was only gone 10 days, but it feels like I was away for months! It's such a strange feeling, returning home and driving down the old familiar streets. One minute you're in London and just beginning to adapt to where everything is and finding your way around, then that very same afternoon you find yourself back home, and it feels like you've been away for ages. I'm always overjoyed to see home again. No … [Read more...]




The Best of the Best from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, 2019

Every year when the huge Nordstrom Anniversary Sale rolls around, I always wish I had a Nordstrom Card because cardholders get a full week's early access to the sale. I need to go ahead and open one because I hate missing out on early entry to the sale each year. I've been shopping the lookbook, stalking the goodies I want, and I've linked my favorites all below. If any of the links don't work, you'll … [Read more...]




Backyard Summer Fun, Favorite Summer Sandals & the Best Mosquito Repellent

A few weeks ago I shared some cute, white leather sandals I had purchased for around $45. They were so comfortable, I ended up buying them in a neutral/natural color, also.   I brought the neutral-colored pair along on my trip to Ohio and my daughter-in-law liked them so much, she ordered a pair, as well. She convinced me to also order the brown pair since I just recently purchased a bag in … [Read more...]




Dressing for the Cotswolds in July and Shopping the Summer Sale

In less than a month, I'll be heading off for a tour through the Cotswolds, my first ever trip to England. Laura, the friend and retired English/Lit college professor who put this trip together with the help of a professional travel agency, told me there are five BNOTP readers who will be joining in on this Literary Tour through the Cotswolds. I can't wait to meet everyone! I've been Googling the temps … [Read more...]




Getting a Wave or Wrinkle Out of a Silk Tie

Recently I purchased a couple of Hermes ties for my son for his birthday.   When he opened them a few days ago, one of the ties had an odd, little wave effect going on toward the bottom of the tie.   Each tie had been packaged in its own box, and the boxes had been standing up vertically in the bag. I guess this particular tie slipped down and sorta crumpled up a bit in the … [Read more...]




My Hermes Perfume Atomizer Collection & the Perfumes They Hold

I love perfume and wear it almost every day. It's amazing how a little spritz of your favorite scent can completely change your mood. If you're allergic to perfume or don't enjoy wearing it, you'll probably want to skip this post. I know some folks can't or don't wear perfume, but if you do love it and wear it, please continue reading and be sure to leave me a comment sharing your favorite scent. I love … [Read more...]




All My Cleaning Favorites Together in One Post!

Over the last couple of weeks, I've gotten several emails from BNOTP readers asking about a particular cleaning product I've shared in the past in a previous post. In today's post, I'm pulling them all together in one place, so this will be a great post to bookmark for future reference. These are my absolute favorites, the ones I use every day and always meet my high expectations. Hope you find this post … [Read more...]




I Have Love Handles! Plus, a Little Jungle Fever!

Welcome to the 539th Metamorphosis Monday! How has your Memorial Day weekend been going? Hope it has been a relaxing one spent with family and friends. A while back I shared a little problem I was trying to solve. Last summer when I carried this handbag for the first time, I worried about the canvas fabric handles becoming dirty. I tried covering the handles with a Hermes twilly, a popular method I've … [Read more...]




My Favorite Way to Sleep On a Hot Summer Night

During the wintertime, I love sleeping in flannel pajamas. I'm super cold-natured and can't stand being cold. But come summertime, I'm all about the sleep shirt. A couple of summers ago I discovered sleep shirts and found a style I really loved. The ones I like best are the ones that really look like an oversized shirt. I've never been a fan of nylon/polyester nightwear because I love how cotton feels … [Read more...]




How to Keep Handbag Handles Clean & Protected from Dirt, Stains and Lotion

Welcome to the 537th Metamorphosis Monday! A while back I shared a wicker bag I had purchased a year or two ago. I carried this bag quite a bit last summer and really enjoyed it, but I had one concern that I couldn't resolve.   The handles of the bag are a heavy-duty, stiff, canvas type fabric. They feel nice and sturdy but since they are fabric, I've been worried they would eventually … [Read more...]




New Tops for Summer: What I Purchased at the Sale

If you have children, either the two-legged or four-legged kind, I hope you are having a wonderful Mother's Day! Mine has been very quiet. I'll be seeing my son in a few weeks so I'm really looking forward to that. Yesterday I stopped into Talbots to return a dress I had ordered online that didn't work out for me. While there, I decided to shop their "top" sale and I ended up purchasing three tops during … [Read more...]




April Favorites, Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day and Some New Purchases

Get ready to have your heart melted just a little. lol Okay, maybe it's just my heart that melted over a few of the lovelies I'm sharing in today's post. I started out with plans to share gift ideas for Mother's Day, but I couldn't resist mixing in a few of the favorites I used and enjoyed during the month of April. Many of those would make great gifts, too! I have been drooling recently over the Laduree … [Read more...]




Shopping the Spring & Summer Sales Including a Handbag I’ve Wanted Forever

The days are longer and the temps are warmer, spring is really here now! This gorgeous spring weather has me in the mood for some new summer clothes. As I've been checking out all my favorite shops online this weekend, I've been taking note of some of the best sales, including a bag I've been wanting for ages. There are too many awesome to share them all but I've linked to several of them below. For … [Read more...]




A Tip From the Inventor: Car Handbag Holder Used with a Center-Open Console

About a month ago I shared an awesome product that solved an ongoing problem I've been dealing with forever: trying to keep my handbag out of the sun when I'm out running errands or on trips AND trying to keep it out of the floor whenever I have to stop suddenly.   This awesome car handbag holder (purchased HERE) has been working beautifully despite the fact it's really designed to work in a … [Read more...]




The Away Bigger Carry-On Bag: What Actually Fits Inside?

Welcome to the 534th Metamorphosis Monday! I'm back today as promised to share what fits inside this Away "Bigger Carry-on" bag that I purchased recently.   Here's how the Away bag looks when you open it up. The left side contains a zippered mesh pocket which is where I carried my laptop to Egypt and back when I purchased the aluminum version of the Away bag. You may recall, I returned … [Read more...]




An Away Bigger Carry-on Unboxing: What Color Did I Choose?

As mentioned in a previous post, I decided after much deliberation to go with another Away bag as my carry-on bag for future trips, only this time I went with the non-aluminum version since it's lighter and not prone to dings and dents. It arrived this past week and I couldn't wait to unbox it!   Here's what I found inside. The Away bag comes in a really nice storage bag that will come in … [Read more...]




March Favorites & a Genius Life Hack When You’ve Forgotten Your Readers

I'm late as usual in sharing my favorites for this past month. Spending a week out of town with family and working on taxes (ugh) has me a bit behind. My most favorite item for the month of March has to be this car handbag holder that I shared a few weeks back. It works exactly as I had hoped it would keeping my bag out of the sun and from flying off the seat into the floorboard if I have to brake … [Read more...]




A Pop of Color for the Office & Answering Your Questions About the Bucket-List Travel Map

Welcome to the 531st Metamorphosis Monday! Recently when I shared this adorable bow hat I had just ordered...   ...I received a few comments/emails about the travel map I have hanging just below the hats. Today I'm answering your questions about this map, how it works and an updated view.   I snapped this picture early this morning so the light is still really soft here in … [Read more...]




What I’m Eyeing for Spring & a 40% Off Spring Sale

Happy Weekend to you! I've been working in the yard most of the weekend, spreading the 25 bales of pine straw I had delivered this past week. Ugh. It's good exercise but Wow, does it get your allergies going! Well, that and the pollen. Are you suffering with spring allergies right now, too? Shopping for Spring Clothes If you are in spring clothes-shopping mode like I am, Talbots is having a big sale … [Read more...]




A Silver Jewelry Keeper Update & How to Find That Elusive, Much Sought-After Item

A while back I shared a new idea I had just discovered for storing silver jewelry. I needed a better method for storing mine because keeping it stored away in little tarnish-free bags also kept it out-of-sight and out-of-mind. As a result, I never wore it. This was the storage system/piece I purchased and today I thought I'd share exactly how I've decided to use it and something awesome I just recently … [Read more...]




This $16.99 Product Changed My Life! Seriously!

I am such a happy camper right now! For years I've had an ongoing issue for which I could never find a solution. It's been so annoying, I was seriously thinking I was going to have to invent a product to fix the problem myself. I even talked about it with a sales associate a few months ago, describing a product I was thinking about creating because I'm so tired of dealing with this issue! What am I … [Read more...]




The Cult Gaia Bamboo Arc Bag vs A Similar, More Affordable Bamboo Arc Bag

A year or so ago I was watching one of the Fashion YouTubers I follow and she shared a fascinating bag, the Cult Gaia Arc Bamboo bag. I love wicker bags and find I'm always drawn to bags with a unique design or style. So I found the idea of a bamboo bag in an arc design really interesting, but not quite enough to actually buy it since the cost of the bag was around $140+. The Cult Gaia bag wasn't a bag I … [Read more...]




My 5 Essentials for a Casual Summer Wardrobe

Spring officially starts next Wednesday, can you believe it?! It's been feeling like springtime here in Georgia now for a couple of weeks. This warmer weather has me so excited to do a bit a spring shopping to update my summer wardrobe. In today's post, I thought I'd share some of my favorites for summer, the 5 items that are pretty much my essentials for summer. I would love to hear your essentials, as … [Read more...]