• A little Valentine love on Mother's Day

    By Tiffany Delano | Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 16:26

     

    In the weeks before Mother's Day, my five-year-old had been keeping a secret about what the “Valentine’s Day” gift he was making for me. He giggled while he whispered the secret in his Dad’s ear a couple of weeks ago. He has been so proud of himself for keeping the secret. He doesn't have the best reputation for keeping secrets, especially about presents.

     

    The Friday before Mother’s Day, I picked him up from school, and he made me turn my back so he could gently slide the gift into his book bag without breaking it.

     

    Mother’s Day morning he made me turn my back again as he gently pulled my “Valentine’s Day” gift from his backpack.

     

    He beamed with excitement as he walked towards me and handed me my “Valentine’s Day” gift. He read aloud the words he had written in pencil on the white lunch bag –  “I love you, Mom." On the other side, he pointed to the big red heart and asked if I liked it.

     

    “Of course I like the heart,”  I told him.

     

    I carefully opened the stapled bag and inside was a white yarn necklace that held a silver clay medallion with four squares indented into it. He quickly stated it was his shoe print and painted silver.

     

    At first I thought, "Why in the world would I want his shoe print around my neck?" After a few minutes, I realized how appropriate the shoe print was to me – my child will always have his footprint or shoe print stamped on my heart.

     

    This "Valentines Day" shoe print necklace is now the best and most precious piece of jewelry I own.

  • Afternoon Craving: Cool prints and gold flats

    By Jenny White | Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 13:41
  • Love, from afar

    By Jenny White | Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 10:45

    A perfectly timed text from a good friend. On a morning when I didn't have the right cereal, the right clean clothes or, acoording to my chldren - any texting skills, this text from a friend almost made me weep. It's the simple things, people.

     

    Having kids can really wreck your social life and your friendships.

    I ran into my closest friend recently, randomly in a parking lot. We were both without kids and it's probably the longest we've talked uninterrupted in years. I wanted to hug her and not let go.

    Friendships change when you have kids.

    Afternoon lunches at El Tap are replaced with lunch-time emergency sheet washing and grocery store runs.

    Drinks after work are nixed to go to soccer games and help with homework.

    Weekend shopping and manicures are botched by science projects and a deep cleaning in the family room.

    I usually can't have a real phone conversation with a friend without yelling at my kids at least one time during the call. And interrupting a convo to casually, but ferociously growl at your kids to, "SHUT. IT," or "Do NOT do that to the dog!" kind of breaks up the chit-chatting mood.

    OF COURSE, taking time for yourself and preserving your life outside your kids is important, blah,blah, blah. But in reality - the kids just take over. No matter how much you try to hold them  back, they are center stage most of the time.

    The good news is, most of the women I'm trying to have a friendship with are in the same boat with their kids and totally understand my distraction. The way we are friends naturally morphs into a quick-hit kind of communication and interaction.

    I have a few friends that I really appreciate how we can just pick up where we left off – like it was yesterday when we last talked, rather than weeks, or even months ago.

    Last weekend, my 15-year-old casually walked into the kitchen about 4 p.m. and told me his friend was picking him up and he would be home by 6 p.m. To you, this may sound anti-climatic, but this was the FIRST TIME my first-born has gotten in a car with another human and I didn't know EXACTLY where they were going and EXACTLY what they were doing. I think his casual attitude wooed me into thinking it was no big deal. As I watched them drive out of the driveway, I awoke from my stupor.

    I remained calm for about a minute after he left.

    Then I started thinking about all the things my friends and I did when we "casually" went out together at that age.

    So, of course, I grabbed my phone and found a number for my best friend from high school and called her.

    For the first time in at least a year.

    I don't remember if I even said Hi.

    I think it went something like, "HI, How are you? This is Jenny AND THOMAS JUST WENT OUT WITH HIS FRIENDS AND SAID HE'D BE HOME BY 6 P.M. AND I'M JUST THINKING OF ALL THE THINGS WE DID WHEN WE WENT OUT LIKE THAT. AND I KNOW ITS A SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, BUT WHAT THE **^%?! 

    And my lovely, smart, beautiful friend did not miss a beat.

    "OH MY GOSH! NOOOO! DOES HE HAVE A PHONE WITH A GPS TRACKING DEVICE?!"

    Like a physical reflex, she knew EXACTLY what I was talking about and what I needed her to say. No pauses, no asking, "Who is this?" -  just precisely what I needed to hear.

    She talked me off the ledge and we had a nice chat about kids (of course), the latest technology she knows of to spy on and track your children, our moms, our sisters, and a promise to talk more often.

    At this stage in my life, that's what my good friends look like: We flit in and out of each other's lives, at just the right moment, trying to encourage and induce bravery with just the right words.

    And like most all facets of my life, it's not perfect.

    But it works.

  • A Few Things

    By By Jenny White | Monday, April 13, 2015 - 11:00

    A few ideas and thoughts I think worthy of sharing...

    I Don't Get Final Episodes of ‘Mad Men’

    I've watched and loved past seasons of "Mad Men." I love the series for their portrayal of the world as it was in past decades; I love watching Peggy and Joan make their way through a period of time when women's rights and cultural norms were still in flux and changing, seemingly yearly; I leven loved the sexist, ridiculous men in the show – especially the flawed but seemingly good at heart Don.

    The last two episodes have left me perplexed. The "Mad Men" commercials leading up to the premier have been better than the episodes. Why is Don dating/having a fling/starting a relationship with the homely waitress? Why are they revisiting the Rachel character and could one of those kids be Don's? The whole buy-out thing - is that how Don was able to pay Megan $1 million? What are we supposed to feel about Megan - she got practically the whole show last night? I felt like I was supposed to get something from so much time given to Megan - but I didn't.

    I love ‘RHOBH’

    One show I do get is "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

    It's trashy. It's base. It's a show edited in such a way that it's very clear who you are supposed to pull for and who is the villian (BRANDI). My take is this: Kim needs rehab, Rinna and Elaine should come back next season, LVP is THE BOMB, Kyle wouldn't have a storyline if it weren't for her sister's struggle with addiction and I HATE Brandi - but the show wouldn't be half-as-good if she wasn't on it.

    Spring/Summer Must Haves

    So far I've gotten a beige linen skirt (from H&M), two pair of skinny ankle cropped trousers (one in pink and one in gray) (Worthington from JCPenney), a pair of black flats by Sam and Libby from Target and pink cardigan with a peplum waist from J.Crew. I also got a pair of Frye boots on sale after Christmas that I'm wearing until it's so hot I can't stand it. How about you? What's on your spring must-have list?

    NCC's Run/Ride for Knowledge

    NCC's annual Ride for Knowledge is coming up May 2. This year's event is complimented with a 5K Trail Race on the school's campus for those that get their motors running on foot, rather than on two-wheels. Information for both events can be found here. Enrollment at NCC goes up, up, up every year and these two event raise much needed scholarship money for students to attend and succeed in making their lives better - and making our community better.

    Fun Day Trips

    Looking for fun Day Trips in between now and a full-blown summer vacation? Here are a few we've taken recently:

    Medoc Mountain State Park

    Pack a picnic lunch and drive the 25 minutes to Hollister to start your adventure. We love to hike this park and there are nice picnic areas to eat your lunch before you begin. It's free and can easily take up an entire afternoon. There are three trails (I think) and we've done them all. None are overly strenuous and I think the longest one is a little over 2 miles (it's a loop). It's beautiful! And free!

    Fort Macon

    We love to go to Fort Macon. It's about 2.5 hours away, near Atlantic Beach. We tour the fort, walk the grounds, picnic at a picnic area (sans sand), and then hit the beach for the rest of the day. There are showers and easy parking. It's free!

    N.C. Zoo at Asheboro

    Put on your walking shoes and see the animal kingdom – from Africa to N. America. From Rocky Mount, it's about 2.5 hours away. General admission tickets are $15 per adult, $12 for kids. You can park on the N. America side or Africa. Each side takes about 2 to 3 hours. We packed a lunch and ate picnic style at the car before we went in. We did Africa first, looped back to the car and drove over to the N. American side.

    Will post more day trip ideas soon!

     

     

     

  • Spring, sweat and stilettos

    By LaMonique Hamilton | Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 00:15

    In exactly two weeks, I'll be taking my much-needed spring vacation. Hallelujah!

    The time leading up to vacation always seems to be extra stressful, though. Will my work be covered? Will my red pens disappear? Does my son have swim trunks that fit? Did we budget enough for a nice dinner? Is the itinerary realistic? What in the world am I going to do with my hair? And, my favorite...

    How do I look in my swimsuit?

    Insert all the people who say that I should have been leading a healthy lifestyle all winter, that I should not have had the second helping of cake, and definitely should have worked out during these past cold months. Yeah yeah yeah...I see you. Now, please have a seat.

    For the past few weeks, I've been working really hard to get back on track. I actually do feel much better when I'm eating healthy and working out. But, I have a toxic relationship with the gym. In fact, I just broke up with another one. I keep getting lured in by the shiny equipment and the thought that "This time I'm going to go hard," only to fizzle out after about a month.

    However, I have found a group exercise class that I love -- Steel and Stilettos Fitness. It's a workout done partially in high heels that is strength training with sex appeal. First and foremost, it's a real workout. After my first class, I hurt for three days. But I felt strong, and I felt sexy. In my everyday life, both of those feelings are frequently in short supply.

    I love the women in the class. We're wives, girlfirends, moms, entrepreneurs and employees of all shapes and sizes. We're stressed. Some of us, like me, have maybe fallen out of love with ourselves. But when we enter the studio, we are powerful. We are strong, sexy vixens. And every woman should feel that way every now and then. 

    I honestly can't wait for our next class on Friday. I never thought I'd feel that way about exercise. But I'm falling back in love with myself more with each class. And I'm not so worried about how I'm going to look in my swimsuit when we go on vacation.

    Here's a link in case you want to try out Steel and Stilettos for yourself.

    www.steelandstilettosfitness.com

     

  • In my kitchen: Yummy brownies

    By Jenny White | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 16:31

     

    Photo by Sally's Baking Addiction

     

    These are regulars at my house.

    Over the past few years, I've tried to cut down on buying Little Debbie Cakes and store-bought cookies and make a batch of sweets of some kind each week.

    I like the idea of putting less processed foods in my kids. I mean if I'm going to sugar them up I want it to be real sugar and not high fructose corn syrup, you know?

     

    The good news:  These brownies are the best brownies you will ever eat. Once you make them a few times, it's pretty easy and you don't even have to look at the recipe.

     

    The bad news: They're not inexpensive to make. It's cheaper to buy a boxed mix at the grocery store. The recipe calls for about $5 of chocolate alone. The recipe calls for two 4 oz bars of semi-sweet baking chocolate. I made mine once with only one bar of chocolate (that's all I had) and discovered they were great with just one bar. I usually melt a handful of chocolate chips with the single bar to  make it more like the original recipe.

     

    Reality Check: I usually make them on Sundays. There are four of us eating them. They're gone by Monday night. I always say I'm going to double recipe, but I forget to do it. 

     

    Kid Rating: So far I've not come across a kid who didn't like them and try to binge eat them. (Or an adult). And kids can help make them too - they love the stirring!

    Recipe is below.

     

     

     

    Here is the official recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction:

    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup (115g) salted butter

    8 ounces  coarsely chopped quality semi-sweet chocolate

    3/4 cup  granulated sugar

    1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

    3 large eggs

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons  all-purpose flour 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1 cup  semi-sweet chocolate chips

     

    Melt the butter and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes. Or melt in a medium microwave safe bowl in 20 second increments, stirring after each, in the microwave.

    Remove from the heat, pour into a large mixing bowl, and allow to slightly cool for 10 minutes.

    Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line the bottom and sides of a 9x9 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside.

    Whisk the granulated and brown sugars into the cooled chocolate/butter mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla. Gently fold in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Once combined, fold in the chocolate chips.

    Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 35-36 minutes or until the brownies begin to pull away from the edges of the pan.

    A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with only a few moist crumbs when the brownies are done. All ovens are different, so keep an eye on them after 30 minutes and use the toothpick test to see when yours are finished.

    Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack. Once cooled, lift the foil out of the pan using the overhang on the sides and cut into squares. For neat squares, I use a very sharp knife and wipe it clean with a paper towel after each cut.

  • Cluttered closet, cluttered life

    By LaMonique Hamilton | Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 00:17

     

     
    Every spring, I find myself wanting to spruce up my surroundings. I blame my mother for this. However, there has been one area of the house that I have been reluctant to tackle -- my closet. It's overwhelming. I have no idea how I managed to accumulate so much stuff. Plus, I moved last year and gave away a lot of clothes and shoes. I wonder if they snuck back in while I was taking a nap.

    Last weekend, in honor of the new season and after many self-pep talks, I dealt with my closet. I bought new velvet hangers, got out the black garbage bags to throw out crap give unused items to charity and bought an outlet oil warmer to give the space a little ambience. Then I got to work.

    It took a few hours, but I noticed as I started to clean that I felt better. As I packed away clothes and shoes that I no longer wear, I peeled off pieces of my life that no longer fit my current situation. I could see my closet floor, and the next phase of my life, once I organized what I needed and threw away what I didn't.

    Sometimes, I'm guilty of wanting the things that are in someone else's closet. But once I cleaned out my own, I realized that I have some pretty great pieces that belong to me. I just had to clean out the junk to get to it. 

  • Afternoon Craving: Zac Posen purse

    By Jenny White | Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:03

    I'm looking for a new purse for spring. I love the winter-blah-busting color of this pink Zac Posen bag.Afternoon Craving

    Afternoon Craving by jennykw

    ZAC Zac Posen purple handbag

    theoutnet.com
     
     
     

     

  • All that glitters

    By Jenny White | Monday, March 16, 2015 - 11:05

    I am so tempted to turn the radio station.
    It's on Radio Disney and the only thing more annoying than annoying morning DJs, are morning DJs on the Disney channel.

    "What are your plans if you find a leprechaun in your house tomorrow morning?" the DJ asks some kid, who strangely has time to chat on a Monday morning before school.

    It gets worse. The kid recounts how he's going to set a trap for the leprechaun and then hang him up by this toes until he tells where his gold is hidden.

    Nice, I think. Great job Disney.

    –––––––––

    Have you ever wondered why your child seems to lose his/her mind in the mornings?

    I wonder it quite frequently.

    And I think it's specifically to make me lose my mind.

    My 15-year-old, who has been getting ready for school for TEN YEARS now, seemingly suffers from memory loss between the hour of 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. He can't seem to remember the whole point of this hour is to get ready for school.

    I have to tell him four times to come to breakfast; I have to break his staring contest with his dresser to tell him to get dressed; I have to steer him from laying back down to go brush his teeth.

    "Do you not remember how to do this Thomas?! Like, from yesterday and every weekday since you were five?" I yell. "Your ride will be here in five minutes - PUT ON YOUR SHOES."

    And my six-year-old is just as bad. But instead of dozing or staring blankly at the sock drawer, she's bee-bopping around arranging her stuffies for a day of play while she's away, coordinating a gymnastics routine in the living room or going through her craft box trying to find some glitter for an art project that has to be finished RIGHT NOW.

    I will go into my room to get dressed, leaving her with appropriate threats and explanations about how she must be dressed when I come out so I can get her to school.

    I come out.

    And there she is. Undressed.

    Still with the glitter.

    Sometimes by the time I get her in the car to take her to school, I feel like I am about to break. 

    –––––––––––

    We're almost to the drop-off spot and Emmy is unbuckled getting her backpack on.

    "That guy is so silly," she says

    "What guy?" I ask looking around, thinking she's talking about some kid running into school.

    "On the radio – about the leprechaun," she says

     "Everyone knows the gold is at the end of the rainbow," she adds, smiling at me in the rearview mirror.

    "That's right," I say, feeling the stress from the morning fade away.

    We're almost to the dropoff spot. The car line lady is reaching for the door.

    I look back to make sure she's not forgetting anything, right as she leans forward.

    "I don't need a leprechaun, Momma," she whispers. "I got you."

    Mrs. Lancaster opens the door, "Good morning Emmy!" she says leaning in, reaching in to help Emmy out of the car.

    I brush her hair behind her ear and we smile at each other.

    I notice the gold glitter on her cheek and I try to rub it off.

    But it doesn't come off.

    And she's out of the car, waving goodbye.

    Shinier and more precious than a thousand pieces of gold.

    The Charm Chicks blog is back in business. Check back for another post on Wednesday. Cheers!

  • Boots, Baby!

    By Jenny White | Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:33

    I am all about finding some boots for this winter. I have had two pair, one in black , one in brown, that I wore almost every day last fall and winter. I've had them for a few years and both have virtually no sole left. 

    I like the look of the bootie boots, but wonder if they'd be as warm or as comfortable as a pair of riding style boots.

    Are you investing in some boots for this winter? Tall or short ones? Where are you looking? Found any winners?

    Boots I want by jennykw featuring rain boots

    Ankle booties nastygal.com  

     

    Calvin Klein wide calf high heel boots macys.com  

     

    Seychelles shoes buckle.com  

     

    Rain boots usa.hunter-boot.com  

     

    Steven by Steve Madden western boots bloomingdales.com  

     

    Restricted boots modcloth.com  

     

  • Afternoon Craving: Tangerine and leather

    By Jenny White | Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 15:52

    I am not really a leather pants person, but I've been thinking about these leather jean skinnnies since last season. I mean if you're going to wear skin-tight pants (that's what leggings are) – why not add in some leather to the mix? Very rock-n-roll. Reminds me of Jon Bon Jovi, remember him?

    I saw a commercial for a Bon Jovi concert at the PNC arena, coming up this fall. Made me think of Julia, a blue Impala, Pizza Hut and "Living on a Prayer." 

    OK. Now I've got that song in my head.......

    Afternoon Craving by jennykw featuring diesel jeans

    Lined shirt theoutnet.com  

     

    Diesel jeans $170 - farfetch.com  

     

    Lanvin glitter ballet flat farfetch.com  

     

  • Thursday!

    By Jenny White | Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 12:51

    The Scene: Sunday, walking into church, after a drama-filled, whine-laden, 10 minute trip from home to the church parking lot. 

    The Characters: Me - stressed, not feeling church-like; my 14-year-old, pouting, after just telling me his 4-year-old sister gets EVERYTHING her way and he wishes he had her life of being spoiled rotten; Emmy - Four and spoiled rotten.

    Tate: OK, I take it back. I would not want Emmy's life. She's got a major problem.

    Me: Yeah, what's that?

    Tate: Emmy - what's today?

    Emmy: (Thinking, then excited) THURSDAY!

    Tate: OK. And what time is it?

    Emmy: (thinking, skipping in circles) 13 43 O'CLOCK!

    Me: (Looking puzzled)

    Tate: (Raising his eyebrows) Mom, she's a complete idiot.

    Me: (Laughing, wrapping him in a hug) I'm so glad I have you. She drives me crazy sometimes too.

    Me: And don't call your sister an idiot......

  • Afternoon Craving: Brown and Boots

    By Jenny White | Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 12:50

    Brrr....it's cold out there.

    Where did all this cold air come from?

    It's a good day for a sweater dress and boots. (And warm sweater tights, not shown)

    Afternoon Craving: Brown and Boots by jennykw featuring a slip dress

    Stella McCartney slip dress theoutnet.com  

     

    Dollhouse knee high heel boots metroparkusa.com  

     

    Burberry genuine leather handbag burberry.com  

     

    Ashley Pittman horn jewelry $540 - net-a-porter.com  

     

    DANNIJO chain jewelry dannijo.com  

     

  • In My Kitchen: Chex/Snack Mix

    By Jenny White | Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 15:51

    I usually make my mom's recipe for snack mix (known as Chex mix to some) once a year at Christmas time.

    But, it's so good, so why only have it once a year? This is a good after-school or weekend snack to have around. Or a snow-day necessity (hopeful, maybe?).

    This is a tad different from my mom's recipe, but the crux of the seasoning "sauce" you make is the same. Feel free to tinker with it to your liking.

    Also, just go ahead and get out your biggest pot to stir it all in. I always start out with the next size smaller and end up pouring it out of that pot and into my big stock pot to get it all in and mixed. And then I have an extra dish to wash, so I'm trying to save you the trouble.

    Party/Chex Mix Recipe

    3 cups of each: Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, Cheerios, Kix (they are balls)

    1 cup of peanuts or mixed nuts

    2 cups of pretzels

    1.5 sticks of margarine, melted

    3 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce

    1 tsp of garlic powder

    1 tsp of Lawry's seasoned salt

    .5 tsp of onion powder

    Preheat oven to 250 degrees

    Pour cereals, pretzels and nuts in to big stock pot.

    Stir melted margarine, Worcestershire, garlic, Lawry's and onion powder in mixing bowl, then pour in pot on top of cereals. Stir it in well, coating cereals with the mixture.

    Spread out onto cookie sheets so you can't see the bottom of the pan, but everything is single stacked, not on top of each other. 

    Place in oven and stir every 15 minutes for 1 hour.

    I think it takes me three cookie sheets and two hours to get them all cooked.

    It's SO good!

  • Being the bow

    By Jenny White | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 12:10

    Photo by Diana Bradley Photography

    I've noticed, lately, when I put Emmy in my lap to put her socks on, I can't reach over and get the sock over the top of her toes. 

    And when I sit down in my usual spot on the living room ottoman to brush her hair, with her standing between my knees, I can't see the top of her head anymore.

    She is almost four - in a couple more weeks.

    Sometimes at night, usually after a particularly trying evening, she'll whisper to me, before she goes to sleep, "Am I your baby?"

    And I say, "Yes, you're my precious baby."

    Always.

    ––––––

    I found this poem somewhere – I think one of my FB friends posted it – after the Newtown school shooting.

    I have read it almost everyday for the last month. It comforts me and reminds me, on my bad mothering days or when the news makes me weep with grief for other mothers, I – we – are not in this alone. 

    On Children - by Kahlil Gibran

    Your children are not your children.

    They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

     

    They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.

     

    You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts.

    You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

    You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

     

    You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

    Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

  • Afternoon Craving: Weekend Ease

    By Jenny White | Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 11:33

    I really need to spruce up my weekend ensembles. My go-to foundation seems to be Yoga pants these days. I know from my trusted style pundits Stacey and Clinton of 'What Not to Wear' - that is very frowned upon.

    It's never good when your three-year old asks you if you're wearing your pajamas.

    On the way to the grocery store.

    So if you see me in the aforementioned yoga pants this weekend at the HT, just imagine I'm wearing this:

     

    Afternoon Craving: Weekend Casual by jennykw featuring leather cross body handbags

    J Crew chunky knit sweater net-a-porter.com  

     

    Hudson Jeans low rise bootcut jeans $185 - the-dressingroom.com  

     

    Madison Harding bootie boots madisonharding.com  

     

    Burberry leather cross body handbag burberry.com  

     

  • Afternoon Craving: In Black and White

    By Jenny White | Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 14:18

    I'm becoming braver, mixing up prints. I like the black and white dots of the H&M sweater, mixed with the nubby tweed of this pretty winter skirt. Reminds me of newsprint.....

    And the shoes......it's all about the shoes, no?

    Afternoon Craving: Black and White chic by jennykw featuring h&m

    H m $56 - hm.com  

     

    Jigsaw a line skirt $145 - jigsaw-online.com  

     

    Rebecca minkoff rebeccaminkoff.com  

     

  • There will be oxblood

    By Jenny White | Monday, November 5, 2012 - 17:51

    Trends seen on the 2012/2013 Fall runways

    When I was checking out all the fall and winter fashion trends for a feature story in the November Charm, I noticed everything is about the color "oxblood."

    All things magenta, burgundy, reddish-brown and brownish purplish are hot for the cold months coming up.

    What a strange color name for a trend to latch on to.

    When I was telling Emma, our photographer, that we were shooting some "oxblood" stuff – it just sounded stupid.

    "Magenta colors," I added on, "I don't know why they call it 'oxblood,'" I apologized.

    Anyway, I'm rebelling and calling this color magenta or burgundy, from now on.

    Unless I'm watching my favorite zombie show, "Walking Dead."

    Last night during a particularly gruesome scene, I was quite proud of myself when I remarked, "That's a lot of ox-blood colored dye they used...."

    I'm such a rebel-rouser.

    Here are some pretty things in the color in question:

     

    Oxblood for all by jennykw featuring a ruched dress

    Diane von Furstenberg ruched dress bernardboutique.com  

     

    Mango ruched dress mango.com  

     

    Peplum top topshop.com  

     

    Vintage mink coat etsy.com  

     

    Fendi platform pumps forwardforward.com  

     

    Cole haan shoes neimanmarcus.com  

     

    Nude shoes $56 - theiconic.com.au  

     

    Stella mccartney shirise.com  

     

    Jigsaw floral scarve $95 - jigsaw-online.com  

     

  • Kissing Game

    By Jenny White | Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 13:18

    Photo by Diana Bradley

    Sometimes Emmy and I play The Kissing Game.

    I hold on to her wriggly, writhing  body, kissing her all over as she tries to get away from me.

    "Oh no!" I say in a worried voice, "it's the Kissing Monster. He – Just – Can't – Stop – Kissing – You....." as I cover her in kisses and the wrestling turns into hugging.

    "Mommy! No! Don't pway the Kissing Game!" she'll giggle, as every time she makes a break away from me, I pull her back closer.

    But it's not really a game to me. Sometimes, I really can't stop kissing and hugging her. I just keep pulling her tight, and pretend it's the Kissing Monster and not me, trying to hold onto sunshine.

  • Halloween Etiquette

    By Jenny White | Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 11:22

     

    It's time to carve the pumpkins...or just poke holes in them (I really like this idea better)! Click here for some great pumpkin decorating ideas

    When did Halloween become so fraught with morals?

    I've got a 3-year old sweet girl that is eschewing the princess costume for Batman regalia. And a 13-year-old that wants to terrorize the neighborhood for fun on Halloween night, since I think he's too old for trick-or-treating.

    Batman vs Snow White

    Me: Don't you want to wear your Snow White costume. It's got a cape....

    Emmy: No. Batman.

    Me: But you can twirl..

    Emmy: No. Batman.

    Candy<Hanging out in trees terrorizing little trick-or-treaters

    Me: Ummmm....I think you might be too old to trick-or-treat this year. I'll make sure Emmy shares with you, though.

    Him: I know!!! (unexpectantly excited) Me and T are going to climb some trees near his house and scare all the little kids when they walk by!

    Me: Ummmmm....I don't think so. That's a terrible idea! How would you like that if someone did that to your little sister when she's out trick-or-treating?

    Him: Haaaaaa - she'd shoot them witih her Batman gun or something.

    Luckily for me, our church is having a Trunk or Treat event (First Methodist on Church Street 5:30 to 7 p.m. - please come), so I think I'm safe on both fronts.

    Her good friends at church, know my Emmy well and won't think too much about her Batman costume.

    And there are no trees in the parking lot.

    What are you doing for Halloween? What are your kids dressing up as?

  • Afternoon Craving: Cardigan of champions

    By Jenny White | Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 16:57

    This cardigan is perfect for dressing up an outfit. I love the tailored cut, the color and the thickness. Would look great with jeans, a black pencil skirt or my black yoga pants! 

    Afternoon craving: Ladylike staples by jennykw featuring asymmetrical tops

    Pringle of Scotland asymmetrical top thecorner.com  

     

    Rebecca Minkoff pumps shopbop.com  

     

  • Bedtime blues

    By Jenny White | Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 11:57

    Scene of the discussion - THE BED

    The last few weeks, it's been a real battle to get my youngest to sleep.

    She's three and not only likes to make me suffer trying to get her to go to sleep - but then I have to deal with her when she's not had enough sleep.

    Can you see how this would be a very frustrating cycle?

    I don't know if it's the late summer sunsets or her personality, but she is becoming more and more adamant - she doesn't want to sleep.

    It's a real pain. Because I need her to sleep so I can have some peace and do things like watch The Real Housewives and have phone conversations for more than 30 seconds at a time without an interruption.

    Oh, and the need for toddlers to have 10 - 12 hours of sleep, blah, blah, blah – that's important too.

    For several weekends in a row, I've given up on a nap on at least one day. I'm really torn because, if she skips a nap, at least she'll be more likely to go to bed at night. 

    But the hours of 5 to 8 p.m. are not pleasant with a 3-year old running on empty.

    The good thing about her propensity to avoid sleep – her creativity is really thriving with excuses and harebrained ideas of why sleep is not necessary for her.

    To get the full effect, imagine her saying these things completely earnestly, with a lisp, looking at you like you are an idiot and she can't believe she's having to explain this to you, AGAIN:

    "I don't like sweep, mommy. I only like candy, books and ice cweam."

    "I don't need to sweep, mommy, because it's summa vacation."

    "I need some watar"

    'I neeeeeeed ICE water."

    "I don't want my hair to get tangles, so I need to stay up. You can't keep your hair good if you are waying down, Mommy."

    "It's my turn to stay up."

    "Thomas told me I could stay up" (probably true, but too bad)

    "I have to read books to monkey/hunny-bunny/Marcie/Robin." (her lovies)

    "Sompthin scared me."

    At night, the good thing is that usually on about the second or third time she gets out of bed, she puts her blanket over her head as she wanders out of her room. It's a nice touch to break the tension.

    I'm not sure if she knows this makes me laugh every time or if she really thinks I won't notice her wandering down the hallway if she has a blanket over her head.

    Either way, it always makes me smile and usually I go in with her, one more time, to kiss, hug and tuck her in.

    And then I tell her if she doesn't go the &^#@ to sleep, I am going to spank her little behind and she will NOT get any treats or desserts the next day.

    Unfortunately, crying herself to sleep seems to be the solution these days.

    I hate that.

     

  • Afternoon Craving: Sunshine dots

    By Jenny White | Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 14:02
  • Emmylympics

    By Jenny White | Friday, August 10, 2012 - 15:29

    Emmy has been all about jumping around doing gymnastics (lots of flips), fencing (if it involves a sword, she's in), wrestling (lifetime of practice), and – her new favorite – JUDO!!!

    She is the winning Judo athlete in our house. In fact, no one wants to take her on anymore. 

    "No!" her brother yelled at her this morning, guarding his shins.

    "You won gold. The Olympics are OVER! Stop trying to judo me!" he begged.

    Undeterred, she called to me, "Mommy, watch, WATCH!" as she tried to get in one more good kick.

    I gave her a 9.88.