Hi. I hope you all are doing well. Things have been a little hectic over here. We went straight from one accreditation visit at my college to a new accreditation application to graduation prep, with graduation on Saturday. Y’all, I’m physically and emotionally exhausted. Fortunately, I did get a chance to relax and spend Mother’s Day weekend with my daughter and her boyfriend. They treated me like a queen. And the grandpups were as adorable and attention-hogging as ever. I’ll write a post about my visit this weekend after I decompress from graduation…


Welcome to the monthly edition of Where Bloggers Live. It’s kind of like HGTV’s “Celebrities at Home,” but…Bloggers! Who doesn’t like to peek behind the scenes and see inside people’s homes? Over the next few months, a group of seven bloggers will be sharing their work spaces, their homes, towns and more!

I should note – because this is super important – the creative brain behind this project is Bettye at Fashion Schlub! Love her!

The Celebrity Bloggers

Bettye at Fashion Schlub
Daenel at Living Outside the Stacks
Em at Dust and Doghair
Jodie at Jodie’s Touch of Style
Iris at Iris’s Original Ramblings
Leslie at Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After

Make sure you visit everyone to see where the magic happens!

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THE THEME: Can’t Let Go

Kareena has been part of my life since I was about 3 or 4 years old.

When I was a small child, my aunts used to take me shopping and to visit the Washington Dolls’ House and Toy Museum, founded by Ms. Flora Gill Jacobs, if I were particularly well behaved.

This particular Saturday, we were in a furniture store and this doll was displayed on a child’s bed. I picked her up off the bed and wandered around the store with her… So unlike me, as our mother had was incredibly strict when it came to us touching things that didn’t belong to us. As we were leaving the store, my aunt asked about the doll and was told that it was a display and not for sale.

My aunt, never one to take “No” for an answer, pulled the gentleman aside and within minutes, we were walking out of the store. With the newly christened Kareena.

Kareena has been with me ever since. She flew with me when I went to live with my bio dad and was pinned by the stewardess on my return trip to my mom. She’s been to Italy and a dorm room in New Orleans, and even spent a year in Korea. She’s had her own space in every place I’ve ever lived.

My family isn’t too fond of her. No, that’s not true. My daughter {the one pictured above} has her own version, purchased off eBay a few years ago by The Hubs. She has promised to keep both our dolls together when I’m no longer here {morbidly sweet, no?}.

Her fingers are falling off and her eyes are glazed over. Her hair is a bit worse for the wear, but she’s loved and I will never part with her.

What was your favorite childhood toy? Do you still have it?



Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}, Terri {Meadow Tree Style}, and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspiration image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art inspired outfits. Participants submit their art inspired outfits with the curator by 10 PM Tuesday and, that Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog. For the current theme, see this post.


Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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