Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hudson House Style - Fall #3 Cont'd

Hudson House Fashions
Yesterday I introduced these great knit pants with a grey top.  You can find it HERE!

I also promised to show them with other options.

I added this lovely gold satiny blouse.  It changes up the look from the grey and demonstrates the versatility of the pants.

I also added a pair of brown wedges that have been in my closet for years.

This chiffon lined blouse is so basic and can be worn with everything I will be showing you in this series.  It would make a perfect outfit for parties on the porch or in a nice restaurant.

 For those days or evenings when another layer is called for, this black jacket is perfect.  The grey detail is perfect with the pants.  You will remember it from the first post HERE.

I even got my friend and hostess, Sarah to model it with her jeans and cute shirt.  It is such a versatile jacket and she looks snazzy.

Great details.

Finally, look how cute these pants are with this lovely grey tunic sweater.  Also, notice the lovely detail on the sleeves.  You will see this again.

Next Monday, I'll show you the third pair of pants and again how to mix and match.

Links to previous posts in series:

The Fashion Boutique of Hudson House is located at 3118 Gilbert Drive in Shreveport, La. The Boutique has dressed women in Shreveport for over 20 years and continues to offer unique clothing and accessories.




Sunday, November 11, 2018

Hudson House Style - Fall #3

Hudson House Fashions

My #1 wardrobe planning advice is to never buy anything that cannot be worn at least three different ways.

#2 is to always dress for success!

This does not always mean a power suit, thankfully.

What it does mean is to dress yourself appropriately in all situations.

Consider your audience - your location - your goal

My audience, location and goal these days are very simple and somewhat limited since being retired.  I don't see a lot of people during the day as a rule except for two or three weekly activities.

My goal is usually to be dressed appropriately for my daily trek to the gym, an occasional trip to the store, a night out and church activities, with a special event thrown in.

With the following posts, I want to offer some practical suggestions for
mixing and matching for FALL.  This might mean daily outings or a trip to see the fall leaves, or a night at the symphony.  Or just being comfortably attired while at home.  And I will base all the outfits on print, knit pants from Hudson's and a few inter-changeable tops.

Also, how do we dress for success when the seasons are changing and we go from 36 degrees to 80 in one day?  Or in our case this week, from 62 to 29?

In post #1 I showed these bright colored pants.

Every top that I will be showing in the following posts can be worn with them as well.  And, remember I promised to show you this great black jacket in other ways too.

So, let's get started.

I love these wide-legged pants.  They are the most comfortable things you can put on.  In fact, Jan, at Hudson's says she actually sleeps in these knit pants because they feel amazing.

As you can see, I am wearing a black shell under this beautiful grey satiny blouse worn as an open jacket.  Wearing layers is the secret for this time of year.  It is such a great look.

Remember, you want to make your items versatile, so if your temps are still hot, just wear a neutral top without the jacket.  Or button up the blouse and wear it by itself.  And if really cool, add a jacket over the blouse.

Look at the gorgeous detail of the back of this top.  You will be seeing it again.

Because the weather was absolutely gorgeous this afternoon, I pulled out my favorite yellow sandals to brighten up the outfit.  It didn't hurt that my friend had recently planted yellow pansies for the fall.

Tomorrow, I will show you some other ideas to change up these great pants.

Would you wear these print pants?

What is in your closet that you could wear with them?

Link to previous posts:

The Fashion Boutique of Hudson House is located at 3118 Gilbert Drive in Shreveport, La. The Boutique has dressed women in Shreveport for over 20 years and continues to offer unique clothing and accessories.



Linking to:
Amaze Me Monday

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Saturday 9: The Middle

Linking up with 

The Middle

Saturday 9: The Middle (2018)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

I had never heard this song before today and found it rather sad.  Although I agree there must be compromise in every relationship, I don't agree that those compromising must always meet in the middle.  A healthy relationship is never, always 50/50.
1) This song is about compromise. When did you recently give in a little and meet someone halfway?

I cannot recall any halfway compromise.  
I have never actually measured a compromise of either side.  I simply call it doing what is necessary to live harmoniously.  I might give in on a particular issue and he another but to say it is meeting halfway I'm not sure is correct.

2) She sings that the floors are wet. Are there any floors in your home that could use a good scrub today? If you answered "yes," will those floors get cleaned this weekend?

All of my floors were cleaned on Friday.

3) She also sings that the cabinets are bare. What's currently on your shopping list?

I need to get a veggie and fruit tray tomorrow to take when we make a road trip south on Saturday.  We are having a surprise party for someone but I can't tell you who.  It's a surprise!

4) You may be familiar with this song from Target's TV commercials. Do you often shop at Target?

No, I rarely go to Target although when I do it is for a specific item. I just don't do a lot of shopping anywhere.

5) The lead vocal is handled by Maren Morris, a Grammy winner for "My Church," which is all about singing with the car radio. What's the last song you sang along with?

I sang a few words of a song I heard on Alexa this morning.  I've lost my singing voice, so don't enjoy hearing myself these days.  This makes me very sad because singing was such an important part of my life.

6) This past April, Maren married singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd and they have performed onstage together. Who is the last person you sang along with? 

That would be my husband who still has a beautiful bass voice and sings in our church choir.  We will both sometimes sing along while listening to music in the car.  We used to sing duets in church and I miss that.

7) This song was composed by brothers Kyle and Michael Trewartha. With their bleached hair and sunglasses, they look like a pair of surfer dudes -- which they are, having grown up in Huntington Beach, CA. Is there a body of water near your hometown?

Actually, the Red River is only about a mile from my house.  It is sometimes called the Red River of the South because there are other Red Rivers.  It used to be a tributary of the Mississippi River, but is now a tributary of the Atchafalaya River, in the southern part of Louisiana, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico.  It gets its name because of the "Red Beds" or sandstone, etc where the river originates. It is a beautiful river with trees and farms along both sides.

8) January 2018, when this song debuted, we had a total lunar eclipse. When things like that happen in the sky, do you go out of your way to watch?

No we don't go out of the way.

9) Random question -- They say we're all young at heart. In what way can you be childlike?

Sneaking a Snickers bar from the Halloween candy bag.
Giving unconditional love
My trust in my Heavenly Father

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wednesday Medley - WHAT? WHO?

It's Wednesday morning after a big mid-term election day.  Some of us are happy, some of us are sad.  Some are excited, some are scared.

As Christians, WHAT should we do?

We must remember that none of the newly elected politicians can impact who we are in Christ.  We have an inheritance that a tax-happy senator or greedy governor cannot take away from us.

God has ordained that we live under imperfect rulers because our trust is not to be in them.

Our God was God long before there were elections and governments.  And long after these newly elected folks are no longer in office, He will still be God.  So let us not worship the winners or despair over the losers, but look to the Almighty who holds all our tomorrows and who is the One who is really in charge and holds all things together.

So WHAT can we do?


Asking WHAT is fun for blog posts, but we need to also ask WHO!

Thank you Terri for hosting us today and giving us some fun questions to answer again this week.

It's all about - What, what, what???

What is your claim to fame?

My only possible claim to fame would the title of matriarch to this amazing bunch of folks that make up my family.

By the way, these pictures were taken because our Big Boy grandson, Jackson played for the Western Michigan Broncos in the Cotton Bowl on New Years Day, 2017. 

What is something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

I have no idea.  I guess the answer to this would be how "old-fashioned" you want to go.  I fully embrace all the newfangled methods of doing things and much prefer to buy my butter than churning it and drinking Soy Milk instead for getting milk fresh from the udders.

When it comes to worship, I do prefer the way we did it "back in the day" with hymns, choirs, organs, sermons with some emotion, and lots of fellowship; however, I don't want to have the windows open and have to use a funeral fan.

I still occasionally send paper cards in the mail and enjoy receiving them.

I no longer make my clothes, but much prefer buying them already done.

I suppose, there really isn't much "old-fashioned way" left in my life.

What did you think you would grow out of but haven’t?

Being a perfect angel!

What is the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?

Oh heavens, we don't have that much time or cyber space for me to list the dumb things.  Thankfully, most of what I did has turned out OK simply because the Lord has used my foolishness to protect me and others, and to bring about good to honor His name.  He does that, you know.

If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?

I love my name, Elizabeth Claire and wouldn't want to change it at all.  But, if I had to I guess I think I would choose my mother's name, Laura, or go with something cultural like Evangeline.

What is something random you can tell us about this week?

My random break down of this week:

Sunday - worshiped and prepared several future blog posts

Monday - gym, served as receptionist at the church all afternoon

Tuesday - gym, handbell rehearsal

Wednesday - gym, massage

Thursday - gym, hair appointment

Friday - gym, clean house

Saturday - go to sister's for a weekend party

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Hudson House Style - Fall #2

Hudson House Fashions

Before I start showing you all the mix & match ideas with the print pants as mentioned last week, I want to show this cool tee-shirt, tie-died dress/tunic.

Do you not love the rich colors in this top for fall?

Here, I have paired it with brown leggings, booties and a gorgeous multi-chain necklace.

The subtle colors in this Hudson's necklace are enhanced by the rich colors of the top that can be seen here.  

These colors actually remind me of a sunrise I saw recently.

I love the deep dip of the back of this top.

This versatile top can be worn for just about any occasion.  And it is so comfortable.

For a different look, I added blue pants and blue booties also from Hudson's.

Are these not the prettiest booties?  I love the gold details on the buckle and heels, and the sparkly straps around the ankle.  You won't believe the price of these, but hurry because sizes are limited.

There are so many color options to wear with this top that you could have a different look every time.

And, did I say how comfortable this top is?

The Fashion Boutique of Hudson House is located at 3118 Gilbert Drive in Shreveport, La. The Boutique has dressed women in Shreveport for over 20 years and continues to offer unique clothing and accessories.



Linking to:
Amaze Me Monday

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Saturday 9 - It Must Be Him

It Must Be Him

Saturday 9: It Must Be Him (1967)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is about a woman waiting impatiently for a phone call. Do you consider yourself patient?

It depends on the situation.  Sometimes I am able to be more patient than others.  But, to be real honest, I am not the patient person I would like to be.

2) Other women (most notably Shirley Bassey and Dottie West) have recorded this song. Harry James and Doc Severinson did instrumental versions. But there's no record of a male singing "Oh dear God! It must be her! Or I shall die!" Do you think that's because waiting for the phone to ring is more "a chick thing," and men simply don't do it?

Yes, I do think it is more a chick thing.

This is a picture of me from my college yearbook 1963.

3) This recording enjoyed a sudden surge of popularity after 20 years when it was included on the soundtrack of Moonstruck, the 1987 film that won Cher an Oscar. Have you seen Moonstruck?

If I did it wasn't memorable.

4) This week's featured artist, Vikki Carr, was born in El Paso, TX. El Paso can proudly proclaim itself one of America's safest cities. What can your hometown be proud of?

Sadly, there is not a lot of 
good going on in my city right now.  We have casinos draining the local economy, and a very high crime rate, not to mention corruption in high places.  However, we are a very pretty city right on the Red River, with beautiful older homes and churches on tree-lined streets.  We have the wonderful Norton's Art Gallery and Gardens and an amazing symphony.  But, we can be most proud of the people.  We are a very divergent community of some of the nicest people you will ever meet.

5) She was a staple on Jerry Lewis' Labor Day Telethon, raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by performing this song. Is your TV on right now? If so, what are you watching?

No, it is now 1:45 a.m. and I am listening to Vikki Carr music on YouTube as I type.

6) In 1971, Vikki fulfilled a dream of hers by establishing the Vikki Carr Scholarship Foundation. Every year the foundation awards Hispanic American students money to use toward higher education. She says it's her way of returning "the support and encouragement she received from others" early in her career. If you could establish a charitable foundation, what cause would you like it to benefit?

I would like to form a charitable foundation that would help children of families who pastor small churches to attend the college of their choice.  Being the daughter of a "country" preacher myself, I know that these families don't always have the funds to pay for college.  I would also want to provide a foundation that would help the widows of these pastors.  

7)  In 1967, when this song was popular, Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant. Today, one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States is the coronary artery bypass surgery. Have you had any surgeries?

Oh heavens yes, but you don't want to go into all that.  I will say that my husband has had a triple bypass and we are most grateful for the health breakthrough by Dr. Christiaan Barnard in 1967.

8)  Also in 1967, the RMS Queen Mary was retired after 31 years of service. Have you ever traveled by cruise ship? 

We have taken two cruises - Caribbean and Alaska.

9) Random question: Who is your oldest living relative?

That would be a 1st cousin who is in his late 80's.

This picture of cousins was taken in 1951 and Norman is the only guy in the group.  I am in the middle of the group on the 1st step with our much loved grandmother.  Notice my sister and I are wearing matching dresses that our mother made.

There aren't many of us 1st cousins left of the original 10 siblings.

Linking to:
Samantha at Saturday 9

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wednesday Medley - Happy Halloween!

Happy Birthday to me tomorrow!

In the meantime, it is fun playing along with blogging friends for
and thank you Terri for hosting on this Halloween Day.

It is all about Halloween!

How to 
How to Trick or Treat in the South

1. You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final person left, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

I would be the skeptic I think.

2. While watching scary movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered the whole time or the person who falls asleep?

I'm really not any of those.  I don't watch scary movies to begin with and when I did, I would have been the gasp-er.  I still do that when startled.

3. If you were dared to spend the night in a “haunted house”, would you do it?

Not at my age for sure, and truth be known, probably would have never taken anyone up on that dare.  I was never one to take up a dare.  When I was a child, we had an old, old house near us that was a hospital during the civil war.  It was rumored that ghosts from that time still haunted the place.  I didn't put much stock in the stories and loved exploring the house and grounds.

4. Favorite horror monster or villain?

I just don't have any favorites.  The only scary movies I really recall seeing was "Psycho,"  "The Birds," and "Sixth Sense."

5. Favorite horror or Halloween-themed song?

Bobby Pickett's "Monster Mash."

6. Tell us something random about your week.

Hubby and I have spent the past two afternoons taking pictures of clothes from Hudson House for future blog posts.  I am not a model and he is not a professional photographer, so it is always challenging for us.  But, I think we work together really well and we get it done.  I look forward to posting these in the weeks ahead.

Today, we were invited to a new friend's house to take pics.  We have gotten to know each other at the gym and she was so sweet to offer her lovely home and yard.  Here is just a preview of an outfit I will be showing with our hostess.  I even got her to model for us.

Thank you, Sarah for hosting us today.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Hudson House Style - FALL #1

Hudson House Fashions
I am happy to again bring you fashions and outfit ideas from Hudson House Boutique in Shreveport, Louisiana.

We are beginning to see signs of Fall in our area so it is time to think about how to put together some clothing items for the season.

Jan has stocked several nice print knit pants for Fall.  I will be showing several of them in the weeks to come.

For this outfit, I combined one of my own turtlenecks in a burnt orange with these colorful pants.  I also added a great lightweight black jacket from Hudson's.  This jacket is perfect for early fall weather, especially here in the south.

I love the details of this jacket.

  The brown cuff gives a nice contrast to the sleeve and is repeated across the shoulders.  The length is so nice with these knit pants.  I will be showing it with a totally different look in a few weeks.

 This is such a comfortable, casual outfit and perfect for introducing fall.

 We added this beautiful necklace as the only accessory.  It makes such a nice statement and is only $21. 

Another great option is this gorgeous scarf.  The colors and design are dynamic.

I wish you could see the embroidery and stitching details and actually touch this soft, cozy fabric.


The Fashion Boutique of Hudson House is located at 3118 Gilbert Drive in Shreveport, La. The Boutique has dressed women in Shreveport for over 20 years and continues to offer unique clothing and accessories.