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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fashion For The Ages ~ Make & Wear Pom Pom Earrings

This summer it is all about the statement earring. Pom pom earrings are particularly popular.

This post will show how to create both clip and pierced styles.

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But first, I’ll let you in on a little secret. In regards to trends I have reached an age where I now always ask myself “Am I too old?” This is based on a fear of looking like mutton dressed as lamb (a way of describing an older woman who is dressed in a style that is much more suitable for a younger woman).

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I always strive to be kind so therefore I am not going to present a real life example of mutton crimes but instead bring you the “Absolutely Fabulous” characters of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone. Rainie - So Fabulous & also So Funny, they had it all                                                                                                                                                      More:

These “ladies” are well known for falling into the undesirable mutton/lamb category.

GRS says:  Look at her, with the pink stockings and that rock chk skirt...LOVE her as Edina Monsoon.:

   However, I think in terms of statement earrings you can wear them at any age.  

You just need to feel comfortable to be confident.

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  There are numerous tutorials on how to create pom~pom earrings on Pinterest.  

I read thru a few and got a general idea of the tools and supplies needed. They included jewelry pliers and clamps, jump rings, ear wires/clips and other jewelry findings. Most of these things I already had on hand.

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You’ll also need some pom poms. I actually found ours attached to a scarf from a thrift store. But you can also make your own pom poms from yarn, or purchase them at sites such as HERE and HERE.

For the shorter style:

I simply pushed a long jewelry pin through the poms, added a few separators and decorative beads. The end of the pin was crimped into a circle that an “O” ring was attached to.

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The “O” ring was then joined to the pre made ear wire and clamped closed.

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For the longer style:

The same steps were used to create each individual pom.

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The only difference is that each “O” ring was attached to the jewelry finding at the bottom of each pom to join it to the next.

The row of poms was then attached to a clip earring base.

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The longer, shoulder grazing, style was preferred by Lou who does not have pierced ears.

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I preferred the shorter style as I am not as eager to draw attention to my neck but would rather have the focus be on my jawline.

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Each set of earrings took about 40 minutes to create and cost under $10. Lou, the fashion genius, styled both looks for the photo shoot.

We hope you have enjoyed this edition of Fashion For The Ages.

Laura +Lou

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ Childhood Home Merrywood

The childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was recently listed for sale by Sotherby’s.

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This brick and limestone Georgian gem was originally built in 1919. The estate is located just northwest of Washington D.C. and just a few miles away from George Washington's “Mount Vernon”.

The home is 23,000 square feet and includes 9 bedrooms, 11 full bathrooms and both an indoor and outdoor pool.

The original estate, with it’s 46 acres, was purchased in the mid 1930's by Hugh D. Auchincloss II, heir of Standard Oil, and the step-father of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Janet Norton Lee Bouvier divorced Jackie’s father, John Vernou Bouvier III (shown below), in 1940 and married Auchincloss in 1942 when Jackie was thirteen.

Jackie spent many of her teen years swimming, horseback riding and playing tennis on the Merrywood estate grounds.

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The blended family was shown at Merrywood in 1945. On the top row are Jackie and her step brother Hugh “Yusha” D Auchincloss III, whom Jackie would remain close to all of her life.  Step sister Nina Auchincloss and Caroline “Lee” Bouvier, on the right, are in the second row. In the front row Jackie’s mother, Janet, is shown holding baby half- sister, Janet Auchincloss, who is next to step-brother Tommy Auchincloss and Jackie’s stepfather Hugh D Auchincloss Jr. 

A half brother, James “Jamie” Lee Auchincloss  would join the family in 1947. The children posed for a picture on Christmas Day at Merrywood a few years later. Shown left to right, Lee, Jackie, Janet, Nina, Yusha, Jamie and Tommy.

It would be Jackie’s stepfather who would help her secure a job at the Washington Times-Herald. Her position of "Inquiring Camera Girl"and similar social circles found her attending a dinner party in May of 1952 hosted by journalist Charles Leffingwell Bartlett. It was here that she would meet John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy.

Bouvier and Kennedy were married on September 12, 1953 in Rhode Island. Her step father walked her down the aisle.

When a young Jackie Bouvier married future-president John F Kennedy in 1953, her step-father Hugh D. Auchincloss Jr walked her down the aisle

The lavish reception for 1,200 people was held at her stepfather’s estate at Hammersmith Farm in Newport.

Both Merrywood and Hammersmith Farm estates would serve as fundraising headquarters for Kennedy's campaign for President. 

Society teas and political fundraising luncheons were held at Merrywood.

In addition, John Kennedy, joined by his young family, would recover from two back operations and write portions of his Pulitzer prize winning book “Profile of Courage” at Merrywood.

Author Gore Vidal also spent time at Merrywood.

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Hugh Auchincloss’s second wife, Nina Gore, was Gore Vidal’s mother. I know it gets a bit confusing so here is a chart to assist with the family tree.

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Merrywood inspired parts of Gore’s novel “Washington, D.C.”.

Vidal also joined the inner Kennedy circle thru his once removed link to Jackie.

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Then of course came the sad end of Camelot and its various courts. Due to ever increasing financial costs Merrywood was sold to Wyatt and Nan Dickerson in 1964. Mrs. Dickerson was the first female member of the Washington TV news corps.

Their son, John, is shown in front of the home.

The estate was most recently purchased by AOL founder Steve Case.

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Case is asking a staggering $49.5 million for the home and 7 acre grounds.

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The home has all of its original moldings still intact.

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The most recent interior designs were completed by famed master Barry Dixon.

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The lovely gardens are influenced by the 19th- and 20th-century landscape architect Beatrix Ferrand.

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The backyard overlooks the banks of the Potomac River.

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There is also a video of the property featuring several rooms, not shown above, to include the wonderful kitchen.

Happy historical house dreaming,


Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Long In Between

Are we there yet?

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How many of you have heard this favorite summertime mantra yet?

In between the beginning of something and the glorious end there is the in between.

It can be a short in between, an easy in between, a hard in between and sometimes a long in between.

I think as a rule we generally all prefer the good in betweens.

Like the classic car trip…

Although my personal memories of such adventures more closely mirror this:

There’s also finally the lovely marriage after a long in between engagement.

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Perhaps followed by what some women consider the longest most joyful nine months of their life.

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In which the in between ends with the arrival of…

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Yes, even the best in betweens can be the worst.

I’ve been desperately waiting on new flooring for a few years now.

But in order for that to happen… this had to happen. (I decided not to share the toilet on the porch. #stayclassy )

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Dreamland: No cooking for a week ~woohoo! 

Reality: I had no access to a kitchen while simultaneously raising a teenage boy with a hallow leg who needs to be fed constantly and find myself making sandwiches near the toilet and washing dishes in a bathtub.

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Dreamland: No more broken tiles ~ yippee!

Reality: EVERY SINGLE SURFACE inside Storybook Cottage is now covered by a thick layer of white dust. I’ve used up an entire economy sized box of swiffer dusters and lost count of the numerous loads of laundry.

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Dreamland: It’s finally the end of that gross carpet ~yahoo!

Reality: the removal of the carpet and padding also exposed a good three inches of unpainted bead board/majorly chipped baseboard and they no longer make the paint, which has also faded/yellowed over the course of 3 years since it was originally done and so now everything must also be painted. 

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Sometimes the best you can do is just get through the day.

It also helps when you’re reading about your friend Karianne who thought her home renovation would take mere weeks and instead finds herself trying to do the dishes in HER bathroom months later and thru a series of mishaps becomes covered in spaghetti sauce while surrounded by shards of broken dishes.

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So slowly, dustpan in one hand and paintbrush in the other I am trying to find the beauty in this current in between.

I just know that I am so close to something amazing.

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May you find beauty in the in between,


Colossians 1:11  May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience;