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The style of life…with some wisdom mixed in.


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Wednesday Wisdom: Road Cars vs Race Cars


Yesterday I heard the best analogy listening to the radio.

The speaker was explaining some of the differences between race cars and road cars and relating them to how we should operate in our everyday lives. He explained that road cars are built with a long life in mind. We expect a new car to perform reliably for hundreds of thousands of miles. They are built to last.

This is not the case, however, with race cars. A race engine is built with one thing in mind: power. Race engine components are built to be light and strong, and in most cases, they don’t last much longer than one race.

We, in turn, are not built to run at a race car’s top capacity all the time. Although multitasking and constant working are things that companies tend to push, it’s not good for us long term. Can you handle what’s thrown at you? Can you juggle different responsibilities without letting them see you sweat? Of Course I can! But at what cost? Like a race car, you can manage to work more, better, harder, but you won’t last long. You can get by for a while, but you will burn out. If you live your life more like a road car you will last much longer.

So in line with my advice, I’m taking a week off of my blog to rest. (a pit stop if you will… Oh and if I had to pick a road car— I’d be a Mercedes:))


See yall next Wednesday!

A. Edwards


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Pretty Blue Style: In BeTweed

I am a huge fan of tweed, which is a rough, unfinished woollen fabric. It is made in either plain or twill weave and may have a check or herringbone pattern.

Tweed is super comfortable and I just cannot say enough good things about it. Check out some of my favorite looks:

Having some fun with work and tweed.

The black and white almost grey looking tweed is a great staple. It’s good with jeans, dress pants and skirts.

Tweed and Coach

Tweed Pencil Skirt

Jeans and tweed, yes indeed!

Tweed Biker Jacket

My tweed pants, similar to those below, are really a favorite of mine. I really get happy when I realize enough time has passed and I can wear them to work again.
Mustard Tweed

I don’t own a pair of tweed shoes yet, but I’d love to. The blue tweed shoes below are sick!

Tweed Shoes

This monochromatic look incorporating tweed could work for the office or the weekend.

Tweed in Lavender
Stay stylish and enjoy the weekend (I feel spring in the air!),
A. Genise


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Pretty Houzz: My Weekend Cabin

Not too long ago, I talked about my dream winter weekend cabin, where I would cuddle up and read murder mysteries…well I think I found it!

It is a big house, but I dream big. I can see many many friends and loved ones coming by to spend time and make wonderful memories with good outside activities, good food, and good laughs. Check it out! (all design by Atlanta Architect Peace Design):

The stone work and large windows caught my eye.

I am a sucker for organization, so mud rooms really get me excited. (sorry they do. There is a place for everything and everything in it’s place). Can you just imagine trudging into this mudroom after a day of snow tubing down hill? I can smell the hot chocolate with marshmallows waiting in the kitchen…
…speaking of the kitchen, how about this one?! I’ve always wanted a pot filler and in the little cave over stove you can see it.
Another (evening?) view of the kitchen. The metal pendant light is beautiful and I love the panel refrigerator.
I’m a sucker for a banquette (this one looks like it would seat 10!). Oh, and the view ain’t too shabby either.
The massive fireplace is just what I’d love as a back drop to a good board game of clue.

I may be wrong (in the tacky sense), but when I saw this little nook I thought it would be great timeout spot for my daughter. (hehehehe)

Ok these sliding barn doors to the master bathroom are sick! I’m also feeling the distressed wood floors.

This looks like the master bedroom. Just the right size. Oh! and I ain’t mad at the fireplace.

I just noticed that the massive tub is set on a stone. Very creative, just don’t stub your toe. That would be ugly, very ugly. And again, I’m not mad at the fireplace. Cozy fire and a nice warm bath are great ways to ward off the soreness from over doing it on the slopes.
The floor to ceiling windows flood this hallway with light. The glass insets in the floor are a nice design feature that adds interest to the room. In looking up this house, I found out that what’s below the glass is the wine cellar. (Perhaps it’s to be able to always keep an eye on who’s in the cellar…)
 
I see this room as the The “kids only” room. The soft ottoman is key when there are kids around. My favorite part of this room, however, is the bunk beds. I just see a house full of kids enjoying themselves and having great sleepovers making great memories.
What a view! Let’s do some crafts here.
Well I hope you enjoyed a tour of my dream cabin meant to share with family and friends.
keep dreaming big,
A. Genise


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Monday Motivation: Failure is Good!?

When I read this quote I thought about this yoga pose that I tried. I fell on my forehead and laughed and laughed! It is called the Crane (see picture below).

This pose in particular requires arm and core strength along with tons of balance. As you can see it’s quite difficult and I totally failed the first several times I tried. (I remember in dance school a friend was able to do it right away, many many years later I conquered it…wait, I need to make sure I can still do it before I keep that statement in this post…) OK I’m back. I can’t hold it for long, but I can get my feet off the ground.

OK, back to the quote. If you do everything perfect, you are only doing what is easy, which means you are not really trying. Stumbling, falling, and hitting your forehead on the floor (and having your hubby crack up laughing) is all apart of trying. And isn’t that what it’s about? Accomplishing what you thought you couldn’t do.

So failure=trying!

Nice ring to it eh?

Keep failing (and trying),

A. Genise