Welcome to Dressed for My Day! On this first day of August I’d like to invite you to our July edition of Coffee with Kay. Pour yourself a favorite beverage and sit a spell with me. I’ll spill the beans about what’s been going on in my life during the past month. And then I’d love for you to catch me up on your happenings in the comments section. Just click on the words “join the conversation” at the end of the post, located after the “Blessed for My Day” section. Let’s talk!
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This past month has flown by! And it had 31 days, to boot! I think when I’m busy time goes by more quickly. And it has certainly been a busy work month with several sponsored videos and blog posts, as well as the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to share. Of course the “sale of all sales” has finally ended, so you won’t have to hear about that for another eleven months or so. Ha! But it was indeed a good sale this year. I feel like Nordstrom really made a come-back after two years of sort of bland sales.
So I purchased a lot of fun fall fashion in the sale, and now I’m making a few final tough decisions before I make my last trip to Nordstrom with returns. To stay within my budget I do indeed need to let go of a few of those purchases. How about you? Did you find some good things in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? I’d love to hear what you purchased and kept or returned.
Books & Movies
My fitness goals definitely suffered this past month as my work hours went long. But I’m back on top of that today with a fast-paced walk. We did manage to get out to the Cincinnati Nature center for a hike during the month, too. Other than that it seems that James and I resorted to books and movies for our time-off escapes in July. We saw three movies and I read two of the books on which those movies were based.
We both enjoyed Top Gun: Maverick, but I found it intense in places. I prefer a movie that allows me to escape stress; that movie actually spiked my blood pressure in places. Ha!
But I thoroughly enjoyed Where the Crawdads Sing, based on the novel by Delia Owens. In fact I made a point to read Where the Crawdads Sing before seeing the movie, and I was glad I did. It was a very good book, and the movie, I’m glad to report, stuck very close to it.
Then when I learned that another movie I had seen previewed, Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, was also first a book, I decided to read it in preparation of viewing the movie, too. The book Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, written by Paul Gallico, was first published in 1958. So it feels a little dated and reads a bit archaic, but it was still a nice read. And reading the book did indeed make the movie all the more delightful. The producers changed the movie up quite a bit, but only, in my opinion, for the better. I would see it again in a heart beat! And James actually enjoyed it, too.
In fact, seeing Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris really made me think of you and what we talk about here at Dressed for My Day. The underlying message of the movie seemed to be about our need to feel seen, but also how important it is to be seen authentically and to see others as they really are, too. Just lovely!
Here at Home
In late June an online interior design service called Havenly reached out to me about partnering with them. Since I was in need of some advice on how to create a more welcoming entryway in our home, I decided to go for it. I’m so glad I did.
That area was basically a blank canvas still, after living here almost a year. After I did my style quiz I was paired with a stylist. Her name is Priscila. We scheduled when the design work would get started and I sent her all the details and images of things I liked, colors I wanted, measurements, etc. Then we actually got on a Facetime call and talked through things. She was in Mexico, but Priscila was delightful and easy to work with. And she has great taste! Here are the concept boards she first sent me for the project, which I titled, “Our Entryway with Joy,” because I want our home to look joyful.
I liked the feel of that center concept board the most, but wanted a blue chest of drawers as shown in the first one. So Priscila combined those two concept boards and delivered me this design element board.
I loved it! These are not just ideas; these are all real products that I could then order to create this space. I ordered everything except the ceiling light fixture. And of course, we had already established my budget, so it all fell within the amount I wanted to spend. But before I placed my order Priscila sent me a 3D imaging of my new space based on the dimensions I’d provided.
The scale is a little off, but that’s my fault for not being clear on some of the dimensions. But everything will fit just fine. Here’s the 3D rendering of the side view.
The only problem was that shortly after I placed my order I received notification that the rug had sold out. So I’ve ordered another one that I think will work even better. I was able to get a larger rug, too, once I figured out that I could order a flat weave rug with a lower pile height so that our front door can open over it smoothly.
Almost everything has come in from my order except the botanical prints, rug (should arrive tomorrow!) and the dresser, which is on backorder until mid September. So I’ll wait and show you the finished product when I get those key elements in. But I can tell you that I have been extremely happy with my experience with Havenly. And I recommend them without hesitation. In fact, I’ll probably use Havenly again when we get ready to tackle the living room (which we call the evening room) and our bedroom. You can use code KAYHARMS at Havenly to get 25% off a mini or full design package. I used the full design package and it was a great investment.
And Soon We’ll Be Welcoming…
I had hoped the entryway would be complete when we had company next, but it won’t be. Abigail and Andrew are coming later this week for a visit. Yay! And I’d rather have them here anytime than necessarily wait for the entryway to be ready. I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with the newlyweds.
By the way, we got the wedding photos in! I almost forgot!!! Well, we got them in online. We haven’t ordered anything yet. But I can share a few more with you here before I go. We think the photographer, Los Garcias, did an amazing job!
Abigail wore my mother’s sapphire earrings as her something blue. They both have September birthdays. And she wore the same pearls my mother and I wore in our weddings.
The bridesmaids were the loveliest group of young women. She’s known two of them since she was a young child, met one while she was in college and met the others in the past few years. Their dresses were from BHLDN, a bridal shop that is part of Anthropologie. They now have mother of the bride dresses, too.
The little flower girl is a friend of Abigail’s from her church. She wore a dress that I had hand sewed and smocked for Abigail when she was about three or four. When I saw the flower girl walking toward Abigail (she’s off camera to the right) wearing that dress, I suddenly saw my daughter at two extremes – as a small child and a grown woman. I had to pull out my hanky!
Is she darling or what?
Well, I guess I should share at least one photo with the groom! We do love our son-in-law!
Well I better stop and let you talk a bit. I’d love to hear what’s going on in your life right now. Thanks so much for joining me for coffee today. I’m bustling about today and tomorrow trying to get the house ready and work prepped so that we will all enjoy our guests’ visit. So I may not respond to your comments. But I am reading and enjoying them. Have a lovely day!
Blessed for My Day
When you live your day independent of the your Creator you are prone to have a sense of desperation when things go wrong. You must scurry to set things right when they go amiss. You may even need to reach into the lives of others in an attempt to control their thoughts and activities. My, how tiresome that kind of life must be.
But when you realize that this day, like all others, belongs to the Lord, you can trust that He is in control. That’s not to say that He works like a puppet master, dictating every movement and moment, pulling strings to achieve His desired results. However, God has made this day for His good purposes and He is at work in and around us for good. So rather than trying to manipulate results ourselves, we can trust Him. We can take joy in watching for evidence of His love and provision. And we can anticipate that He will give us the grace we need to navigate this and every day with strength and joy.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~ Psalm 118:24