Monday, July 30, 2012

Miscellany Monday - Olympic Fashions

After having to take our badly infected computer to the doctor this morning, I am finally getting my Miscellany Monday posting done.  I'll just tell you that this computer is feeling so much better and is loving being relieved of all the bugs and foreign invasions.

Let's talk Olympic Fashions!

The athletes' parade during Friday's opening ceremony might as well have been a catwalk show, with some of fashion's biggest names — Armani, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney — designing the team uniforms.
Many in the fashion industry are already calling this the most stylish Olympics ever.

The American team may have gotten a barrage of bad press for its made-in-China Ralph Lauren uniforms, but the preppy designs were still some of the most stylish in the arena: clean-cut navy blazers, crisp white trousers, skirts, and shoes, accessorized with navy berets and blue, red and white striped scarves.
In the past, tennis players could only wear white.  Well, this year, they are allowing some color, so Venus Williams showed up to the Olympics with red, white and blue strands in her long, flowing braids, a beautiful blend of patriotism, fashion and individuality.

Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini has caught some eye with this Pucci-esque number (although I'm sure her sporty bod and cute hair cut don't hurt either).

Who can talk about anything London without considering the fashion icon!
The Duchess of Cambridge's, pastel blue satin coat dress made her the chicest ice princess at Buckingham Palace, and the Opening Ceremony.

 Prince William’s wife later dazzled onlookers Monday as she met Prime Minister David Cameron and dozens of British artists on the fringe of the London Olympics.
The Duchess getting up close and personal with some of the events in this stylish dress.
And this how a Duchess dresses for an equestrian event at the Olympics.

I thought it would be interesting to see how Vogue model Kate Moss would dress for the Olympics.

And this has absolutely nothing to do with fashion, but those cyclist's thighs sure caught my eye.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What I Love Wednesday - Eyes

Today I found a new meme I'd like to join up with - Krystina for What I Love Wednesday.  Visit Krystina and the other bloggers who are sharing there today.

So, here is something I'm loving this Wednesday.
May I just say that my granddaughters have the most gorgeous eyes?
Ava Grace
 Now, wanna see where they get them?
Their beautiful Mothers!
Christy - Mother to Chandler, Cassidy & Ava Grace
Michelle - Mother to Savannah & Mary-Elizabeth
I am a blessed woman indeed!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Miscellany Monday - Are you Memorable?

I am joining again today with Carissa for Miscellany Monday.

This week I came across some materials I had used for an Image seminar I did a few years back and thought it worth sharing again with you.

Do you make a good first impression?
First impressions are powerful!
Harvard University conducted a study and concluded that it takes a mere two seconds to make an in-depth and long-lasting impression about a person.  So, if you are doing that about others,
 They are doing that about you as well.
 "In most cases, people make the vital decision about a stranger in less time than it takes to blink an eyelash."  Image Consultant Emily Cho
Who of us can afford to squander those precious moments and be thought to be less than the person God created us to be?
Mona Lisa is a perfect example of the point I want to make.  She is referred to as a Masterpiece.  Not because she is considered a raving beauty or wears beautiful colors or clothing styles.
NO, the famed Mona Lisa is a Masterpiece because a Master painted her.

Leonardo DaVinci was a master of color and composition.  He knew how to lead the eye exactly where he wanted it, and he knew how to set a mood with color.  He also painted Mona Lisa's face seven layers deep to create the luminosity that only a young child has.  Mona Lisa also wears eyeshadow, even though it had not been invented.  DaVinci painted "shadows" in the creases of the eyes to give them shape and depth - and to make them mesmerizing.

Look at her again.  Did you realize that it is not her smile that draws you in and intrigues you?  No, it is her eyes - and her "interactive" pose that makes her seem to be turning toward you.  DaVinci was the first painter to depict a subject in such a way.

DaVinci used this technique in another of his well known works of art, The Last Supper.
 Masters know that you can only have one focal point in a painting.  In this case, the Lord Jesus Christ is the focal point.  By the way, is He the focal point of your life?

The same principle is true when it comes to people.  There can only be one focal point: THE FACE
Who wants others to notice their feet or a too-large pair of earrings, or a cartoon character on their tee shirt instead of their face?

So, what does it take to make a person memorable?  What does it take to make a profound first impression?  Guess what!  It isn't just one thing, it's EVERYTHING!

The Power of Personal Appearance 
It is.....
the way you hold your head,
the way you look people in the eye when you meet them,
your body language,
the way you act or behave,
your smile.  Best Beauty Tip - Your Smile

It is also....
the colors that make you look and feel better about yourself.  You may want to look back at past postings on how to know what colors look best on you,  Image - Color  
knowing how to choose clothing styles that flatter your body type so you appear more attractive, Image - Clothing Personality 
knowing how to choose makeup colors and application that look natural and professional.
Mary Kay Makeup
    Never negate the power of your personal appearance because it is the one personal characteristic that is immediately obvious and accessible to others.  You can't hide it!  Your appearance makes a strong statement about your personality, values, attitudes, interests, knowledge, abilities, roles, and goals.

    This is something YOU can control, so take control of the first impression you make on others!

    Who is the Master Painter of Your Life ?

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    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Outdoor Wednesday - Louisiana Plantations

    I am joining Outdoor Wednesday again this week so I can share with you a few more of my pictures from our trip down "Plantation Alley" to New Orleans last weekend.

    Outdoor Wednesday logo
    A beautiful old home and estate on Hwy. 77

    Front view of Nottoway Plantation in White Castle, LA
    Front and side view
    Side view from Visitor's Welcome Center
    Houmas House Plantation in Darrow, LA
    Front View
    Side view
    Opposite Side view

    The man and his dog responsible for these beautiful grounds
    Another beautiful old plantation on the River Road east of New Orleans

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Miscellany Monday - Random Things That Caught My Eye

    Happy Miscellany Monday everyone!  We had a great weekend with friends.  We took the River Road or as it is also called, "Plantation Alley" to New Orleans as a two-day get-away trip to celebrate Judy's birthday.  My Miscellany Monday will be just that, miscellaneous sightings and things that ended up in the lens of my camera.

    Spanish Moss swaying in the breeze

    These heavy old branches need all the support they can get
    A child's bench hidden among the plants

    I love this composition
    An assortment of orchids

    Everything Mardi Gras!
    Dick found a friend
    Oh my, this was shocking!
    But not enough to not sneak a peek
    My childhood friend and best buddy not to mention being the birthday girl.

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