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Throwback Thursday: Jem and the Holograms

O.K. Another 80’s show I looooved!

Pink hair, yes!,

Star earrings, check!

Heavy 80’s make-up, yuppers!

Jem and the Holograms was amazing!

They were one of the coolest fictional girl bands of all time!

Quick background for the youngins:

Jem, also known as Jem and the Holograms, is an American animated television series that ran from 1985 to 1988. The show is about music company owner Jerrica Benton, her singer alter-ego Jem, her band the Holograms, and their adventures.

Jerrica ran Starlight Music House by day and by night she changed into her alter ego as Jem. Jerrica was able to change into her alter ego with the help of a holographic computer named Synergy. Only the Holograms knew of Jerrica’s alternate identity.

Every good story needs an antagonist and in this story, Jem and the holograms were constantly trying to be outdone by a rival band called the Misfits: Pizazz, Roxy, and Stormer (she was the “sensitive” one with the blue hair) and Jetta. Pizazz came from a family with money and her life goal was apparently to discover the Jem was actually Jerrica. (she never did!)

How badly did I want Synergy to come out and help me?!? (no judgement if maybe I used to hold my ear and whisper Snergy every now and then…) Show’s over, Synergy!

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Monday Motivation: The ONE place to focus your anger…

It takes 6 months to get into shape and 2 weeks to get out of shape. Once you know this, you can stop being angry about other things in life, and just be angry about this!

-Rita Rudner, Naked Beneath My Clothes

OK y’all, if this statement isn’t true, then I don’t know what is! Just having had another (over 30) birthday, I am totally on board with this phenomenon. So using the Pretty Blue philosophy, I should start expending energy on what I can change:

I can change the fact that I work out all summer and then fall off the wagon from October to January when I inevitably vow to get back in shape. (Hmm..maybe if I did a better job of planning for the back to school through Christmas blur, I wouldn’t be as stressed…)

So knowing that every woman (especially over 30) is like me, and that we can no longer fall off the horse for more than two weeks, gives me some solace and comradery. (misery loves company right?)

If I could set a timer, and say OK: I’m traveling/I’m on vacation/I’m not feeling well/It’s a holiday—BUT after two weeks the timer goes off and poof! I get it back together. (that’s always the hard part, gaining the momentum to get back on the horse, once you do, it becomes routine!) Yeah right, nice dreaming!

So I don’t know about y’all, but I’m on the look out for my timer,

A. Genise


Pretty Blue Star Style: Janelle Monae

When I first saw Janelle Monae, I was intrigued.

An image of Janelle Monáe

She seems like a humble artist who is about the music…And heck, she’s very talented! I love her style, and thus far, I’ve always seen her looking fabulous.

Monae always wears what she calls her uniform: usually a jacket and pants mostly in black or white and her hair is done up in a fifties-style quiff:

Kinkspiration! Janelle Monae

During an acceptance speech, Monae spoke candidly about her family and why she wears a “uniform”:

“When I started my musical career I was a maid, I used to clean houses. My parents—my mother was a proud janitor, my step-father who raised me like his very own worked at the post office and my father was a trash man. They all wore uniforms. And that’s why I stand here today in my black and white and I wear my uniform to honor them,”

In the spirit of Pretty Blue Rose, she went on to say:

“This [award] is a reminder that I have work to do, I have people to uplift, I have people to inspire,” she said

“And today I wear my uniform proudly as a Covergirl,” she told the audience referring to her deal with the cosmetics giant.

“I want to be clear young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Covergirl, I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned through my journey that perfection is the often the enemy of greatness. Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes other uncomfortable.

Sigh, so I’m a huge fan of her philosophy and her style. Cheers to you Ms. Monae!

Check out my outfits inspired by her:

Pretty Blue Star Style: Janelle Monae 1

Pretty Blue Star Style: Janelle Monae 2

Keep uplifting and inspiring others–this is the work we are all called to do,

A. Genise


Throwback Thursday:Board Games

When I see my daughter playing angry birds on my phone (she’s killin’ it though…) my heart sinks because I think it will be much harder as she gets older to convince her that board games are fun. Perhaps it won’t be as hard as I think, if I just play it cool and don’t over sell board games (kids can tell when they are being sold on something).

In honor of my childhood and the fun I had with board games, I’ve picked five of my favorite board games for today’s throwback.


Photo: Thank you LeeAnn for sharing this with us

At a young age, I thrived on the stress of trying to get something done quickly and precisely. (sick maybe?)


My best memory of playing this game was with my Godmother. She is competitive and that the time so was I (notice I said at the time, like I’m not now…). She would always land on my guys and we would just laugh and laugh.

Mouse Trap

Mouse Trap

I never actually owned this game, and truth be told, I still don’t know the premise of the game. When I would go over to my friend’s house (who owned the game), we would just set up the trap and run it over and over and laugh!

Clue!! (my fav)

I have a Nancy Drew reputation. I love to figure things out. I love the little cheesy cozy murder mystery books about Yoga studios and Bed and Breakfasts–I cannot get enough! (side note, my hubby always gives me the side-eye when I read or purchase more of those books, he jokes that I’m learning how to make “it” look like an accident).

My love of murder mysteries probably stems from my early days of playing and loving Clue. (I was pretty good and so was my mom, actually). I have a few Clue board games in my house (including the one with a DVD) but no one ever wants to play.

Connect Four

Another strategy game, yet again…

So, I’ve just learned something about myself. I’ve always been an observant strategist. Hmmm…

Are there any games that you’d like to add?

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Inspirational Tuesday, Pretty Homes

One purpose of this blog is to capture things that inspire me, and pretty homes/interiors totally do that. I have so many saved pictures on, so I figured I’ll share them here on some Tuesdays. (kind of like my own little pinterest).

Over the holiday, my parents’ had a house full. A few days after Christmas we had about 17 folks over and most spent the night!! We all had a blast and stayed up most of the night talking, but I couldn’t help thinking if we had a room of bunks, we’d be in business.

We have a bay window, and I’ve been trying to get my hubby to build the window seat with storage above (totally in love!)…let’s see if it happens. I am hopeful in 2013!!!

I could be inspired to blog and work from home in this office, couldn’t you?!

Stay inspired,

A. Genise


Monday Motivation: Should I work out today?

I used to read a blog that started out every Monday with a fitness related motivational quote. I think that’s a great idea, because if you start the week off working out and eating right, it’s easier to carry it through the week. So here’s to Monday Motivation!

Monday Motivation: Should I work out?

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Pretty Blue Style: 5 Considerations for Buying Women’s Winter Coats

Winter is officially here and it’s ridiculously cold here on the east coast. (I’ve even been able to play in the snow when we traveled to PA for Christmas!!)
I’ve held off on a “winter coats” post in part because I didn’t want to acknowledge the need for a winter coat, but being in denial of winter won’t keep anyone warm.
I wanted to give you my thoughts on my favorite types of winter coats, the colors that give you the most mileage (surprisingly not black!) and different options for accessorizing. If you’re not a fan of coats with color (hopefully this post convinces you otherwise), I’ll show you how brightly colored scarves, hats, and gloves can add some fun to neutral coat colors.

Pretty Blue Style: Women's Winter Coats

#1 & 2: Style & Fabric.
Generally, I think the most versatile women’s winter coat is a knee-length, single-breasted wool coat like the blue, purple, and grey coats featured above. This style of coat works well with pants and most skirts and dresses for many different occasions. It’s almost universally flattering and can be found in almost every store and every price point. Wool is often the best material for a warm winter coat because it is breathable, while helping you retain your own body heat.
If you only wear pants, a pea coat is another good option (the double-breasted red coat at the top of the post) because those coats tend to be shorter and most likely won’t cover a dress or skirt.
#3: Size
Size is one consideration folks tend to forget about. There is nothing worse than having a cute winter coat that is too small when you have winter layers and sweaters on. Make sure that your winter coat is a bit larger than your regular size so it can accommodate several layers of shirts underneath while still buttoning properly. For me, my long winter coat doesn’t accommodate several layers, but my navy blue peacoat does.
#4: Color
Just because the winter months are dark and dreary does not mean that your outerwear needs to look that way. Although many think a black coat may be a versatile and safe choice “match everything”, I say lighten up your mood with color that is still versatile enough for everyday.
There are lot of colors out there that are far more interesting, yet play a similar function to a neutral shade like black. Colors like blue, plum, red, and grey coats can be great colors to consider purchasing in lieu of black or brown.
#5: Accessories
To increase the versatility your winter coat, consider updating your hats, gloves and scarves rather than purchasing a new coat when you get bored with it. If you don’t have a brown or black coat, you can go for bright accents or even neutrals–they will both work! Here are some styles I put together for inspiration.
Pretty Blue Style: Winter Coats and accessories

#’s 1 and 2 show the blue and plum colored coats with bright accessories for those in a playful mood, where as #’s 3 and 4 use neutral accessories for a more serious look. See below for how I styled pink and grey coats.
Pretty Blue Style: Winter Coats 2
Practical tips for taking care of your coat:
Once you have found your perfect winter coat, please take good care of it! Dry cleaning a few times during the season is a good idea, and be particularly vigilant if your winter coat is a light color. Always hang your winter coat on a quality hanger (that will preserve the shape of the shoulders.) At the end of the season, check for loose buttons and small tears, especially tears in the lining and have them fixed before next winter. There is nothing worse than reaching for your winter coat and remembering it’s unwearable.
Stay warm and enjoy the weekend,
A. Genise