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Favorite Holiday Movies at MRE

While we are technically near the end of December it’s still not too late to post our favorite holiday movies!

 

 

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I’ve already mentioned in the Miss Navajo Nation blog post that I love the Firefox browser for a few reasons, one is they have great articles on their search page. Seriously, there are articles on everything including design and lifestyle, a big plus. Recently I read an article from the BBC about Fredagsmys, which is Friday coziness in Sweden. Reading through the article was enchanting and I’m on board in a big way!

First-Fred What?

Fredagsmys (pronounced fre-dags myys) means Friday coziness in Sweden, a longstanding tradition that started in the 90’s. Essentially, it consists of hunkering down and relaxing with folks you care for, most often watching TV together. Even more interesting and fun, having tacos are a core part of Fredagsmys, followed by munching on chips and sweet things on your sofa. Instead of going out with friends, or going to a movie, or working late, it’s about getting snuggled in, hanging out with people you love, and eating yummy food to kick off your weekend. It’s a cozy way to end a busy week, and it’s catching on outside of Sweden too! Let’s chat on how to add this evening to your routine!

 

Second – The Food!

The traditional meal is a taco spread, so what’s not to love, but you can also do pizza, a big sandwich spread, pretty much anything that does not require a fork and knife. The main point of the meal is for it to be be easy and fun to prep, and easy to eat so you can kick back and relax. After the meal, put out all your favorite salty and sweet snacks so you can grab a handful as you watch TV. In case you’ve noticed this evening is not about following your eating plan, this is your cheat day.

Third – What To Wear

Obviously, this will not be a dress up affair, so my first thought was thick, snuggly socks, a tee, and sweat pants for their elastic waist! But, then again, what if you wanted to up the ante a bit and add pizazz as you maintain comfort? I got to thinking and came up with an idea of a sweater dress like a longer tunic length, tights, socks, and some cute short boots. Still comfortable, you can kick the boots off when you get to the sofa, but it’s a comfort look taken up a notch.

Tights

 

Etsy – Bloom Angels Leopard Print Tights

Socks:

 

 

Etsy – Lace Trimmed Slouch Socks

 

Dress/Tunic & Hat:

Stylist’s Own

Now that the days keep getting shorter, at least where I live, to me this sounds like an amazing habit to get into at least a few times a month. Post pictures of your first Fredagsmys and share!

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Gratitude

I’ve been listening to a series of talks on generosity and gratitude this past month, which is timely since we just celebrated our Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. Another reason the talks are timely? The three VERY large goals I’ve been working toward this year, building a business, building a garage, and making everything else work during the pandemic, is finally moving to fruition. So, yeah, I’ve been doing my Snoopy happy dance for sure!

 

Going The Distance

In going after my goals, this year has felt like a series of competency tests, one after the other, and for that reason this year has been a marathon. Those times where the goal isn’t to finish really quickly, like a sprint, but just working to finish! A good part of the challenge was a feeling that no matter what I did, there seemed to be no movement, and even, at times, it felt as if I had setbacks. Yep, even after taking action that should have given me forward movement. So this year, I’ve been doing a lot of filing in the “you can’t make this stuff up” file. Yeah, it’s funny now but there were times I was glad to have friends who let me vent my frustrations.

Because of all that, I ended up with a new tool for life, and that was the realization of feeling deeply grateful. It not only made me feel better in the moment, but also created an opening for me to figure out “what next”. And a huge part of that was my daily journaling! Listing 3 things I’m grateful for each day meant really focusing on where I have it good, especially on those days where it felt like I only had problems to solve. If you’d like to see that, get my free Journal workbook at the end of this post.

What It Is

I’ve always been optimistic, and, for the most part, I’m satisfied with my life (though I believe a little dissatisfaction is a good thing because it’s one way to see where you want to experience your next adventure in the form of change). Years ago I read somewhere that gratitude isn’t a laundry list of items, a recitation, though that can be a good place to start. It’s really considering what you are very deeply thankful about, or where you are very satisfied.

Maybe because of the curves life handed me this year, and how relentless I had to be to keep things on course, I begin to feel a deeper sense of thankfulness and satisfaction. Sometimes it was coming home in the evening and snuggling in with whatever interested me at the moment. It was also sharing a good meal with good friends, or even just watching trash TV.

Perseverance

I’m going to do a series of blog posts on managing the long periods of challenges, whether they’re seemingly never ending tasks to reach your goal, or whether you’re facing new experiences without a “how-to” app. For those times it’s all about digging in, persevering, and taking that next step even if you feel doubt or uncertainty. Those times aren’t always easy, or fun, but sometimes it’s just what you have to do.

The First Take Away I’m Sharing: Feeling Deep Gratitude As Much As Possible, And Persevering To Push Through.

You’ve Got This!

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Do you use Firefox as your search engine? If you do, then you know how they have thumbnails to articles on their home page, some great, some silly, and some you just roll your eyes! About a month ago there was a thumbnail to a Glamour magazine article on the Miss Navajo Nation contest, so, of course, I dropped everything and read it.

You can read the article here:  Glamour Magazine – Inside the Miss Navajo Nation Pageant  

 

 

The Focus is on Navajo Culture, Womanhood, and Leadership.

The article was mesmerizing and focused on the background of the contest, including why it began and when, what the judges look for, and the back stories of the contestants. It’s not like the contests you’re used to seeing on television, these women are seen as not only ambassadors for the tribe, but have the monumental job of bringing a better understanding of their culture across the country and also internationally.

 

Phefelia Nez, Navajo Nation’s First Lady

 

“It represents the beauty, the language, the tradition, and the matrilineal strength of the Navajo Nation,” says Phefelia Nez, Navajo Nation’s first lady. “These girls prepare for this from a very young age, and it takes the family, the community, to get them ready once they have the desire.  
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Miss Navajo Nation contest is a 69 year old tradition. First held in 1952, it was meant to center Navajo pride and honor the Dine’, or Navajo people. It’s a rigorous contest and takes years of study, dedication, and passion to enter and compete. There is an exacting test of Navajo culture, a preparation of three traditional dishes, and they must demonstrate Navajo language fluency. They also must show a clear understanding of traditional everyday life, again crucial as they travel as ambassadors of their nation across 574 federally recognized tribes and also internationally.

On a personal level it allows them to reflect back on everything that it took for them to get to where they are, something that I believe would be beneficial for all of us, how they were raised, and the things they were taught.

For me, the emphasis on their inner style, their belief system and what they value, is paramount. And you see it reflected in their outer style, the beautifully designed clothes, colors, and incredible hand made, custom jewelry, individualized to their taste, which is the reflection of their enthusiasm and pride.

Love that!

Take Aways That We Can Incorporate Into Our Lives

Reading the article got me thinking about a culture with great pride, that holds themselves to a high standard, moves to the future while maintaining a hold on where they came from, and represents their best as individuals. I also got to thinking about ways to reflect that in my own life, to more consciously choose to reflect who I am, and where I’ve come from.

What do you value and represent daily, as the outer reflection of who you are inside? How can we be leaders and ambassadors for whatever we hold as meaningful for us, such as kindness, patience, inclusion, or caring? As women, I believe we have the power to change our world, and the world around us. I believe we can do this best by being those things we would like to see in our world.

Thank you Miss Navajo Nation for the inspiration!

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Every week on my social media stream I present a Style Of The Week, usually a street style but sometimes it’s a print ad that’s caught my attention. A few weeks ago it occurred to me that it would be a lot of fun to add a “Shop The Look” segment on my blog, and, given my large amounts of extra time ha ha, the first one is done. That said, let’s get to it!

Remember, you don’t have to copy the look exactly. Feel free to keep the essence of what you love while you make it your own!

 

Orange Trench

It’s spring and for many people it’s a time of anticipation, getting out of your winter routine, and enjoyment of the bright colors you’re starting to see in nature. I was reading online recently that orange has been on trend more so this spring season. It’s an exuberant mood boost so after last year that makes complete sense to me. Chartreuse, deep hot pink, and orange are colors I’ve always enjoyed so when I saw this incredible, orange trench I immediately fell in love. Besides the color, I like how the shorter length works for many body types and is easy to adjust if needed or desired.

This trench was online and it caught my eye due to it’s figure enhancing cut, bold buttons, and of course the color. Online I found a great trench with a hood, great in case you get caught in the rain minus your umbrella! It’s a rich orange with a smidge of red in it and gorgeous! The military style exaggerated lapel and bold pockets make it extra snappy. You can scoop it up online at Light In The Box Orange Red Trench

 

Skinny High Jeans

I’m crazy about these skinny high jeans from H&M! On the jean jacket embellishment video I made, it’s the second one on my YouTube channel, I talk about how they recycle materials and also create clothing from recycled fibers. That’s amazing because why toss something if it can be repurposed? You can check out that video here. Margi Reed Enterprises Jean Jacket Embellishment Video

These have the right amount of Lycra, 3%, so they don’t get too stretched out as you go through your day. These will fit in your wardrobe everywhere. Date night with a sexy tee and denim jacket, check. To the office with your pumps, jacket, and shirt (I love bodysuit blouses), check. With your orange trench? Check! H&M Skinny Black Jeans

 

Strappy Sandals

The sandals are a nice way to lighten up the look, but if an unexpected colder Spring day pops up feel free to grab the short boots again! These from Macy’s are pretty, and will work well with dresses too. The heel height is tall enough to add interest but not crazy high if you’re going to be on your feet all day. Plus, they come in more colors if you really like them! Macy’s Black Strap Sandals

Macy's Black Strap Sandals

I’ve shopped these vendors successfully and would also like you to know if you purchase from them I may receive a commission.

So remember, enjoy the process of exploring and making this look your own. If you have questions please reach out, I’m here for you.

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A fact about myself, I love vintage and I love sewing! Particularly, vintage sewing patterns and the large, counter pattern books. My collection keeps expanding since it’s impossible for me to say no when folks ask if I want their collection. Seriously, if you want them to get a good home for life, you won’t do better than me, and you may feel free to contact me if you need to find a good home for yours!

There wasn’t a specific time when I became aware of my interest in sewing. The women in my family sewed, knitted, crocheted, and embroidered so it was always around me. Looking at the pattern envelopes, with their amazing illustrations, was riveting and I became hooked. While my creativity leaned toward fabric and fiber manipulation it’s interesting to learn when, where, and how other people became cognizant of their creative leanings. For example, the brilliant creative and technical genius of my marketing team is fascinating, especially since I don’t lean that way. On the other hand, they were riveted when I repaired a hoodie pocket for one of them sewing the entire time we were talking.

 

 

The creative process of something you enjoy can not only parallel what you do, but how you do it.

 

1. I Start With A Mental Image

Starting with a mental image, the process begins with either pulling a fabric, like this amazing knit from Elliott Berman Textiles, https://elliottbermantextiles.com/ (I don’t get anything from them, just want you to have their link in case you want the fabric too.) or a pattern, which can be purchased or self-drafted. Then the project flow is outlined as to materials, process of assembling, and the fine bits, like buttons or trim.

2. Clients & My Creative Process

Working with my styling clients, the process is similar. After chatting, so I can really get to know their goals, likes, concerns to name a few, I get a mental image as to direction. Once we proceed the project flow follows a similar path. Most likely this is my natural project management process, which became honed as a kid learning to sew, and which naturally flowed as my style in business.

3. Everything We Do Is Creative

Everything we do is creative, even getting up which creates the start of your day, but it’s important and enjoyable to plan for a specific time to work on something creative. Yes, life has twists and it probably feels like there isn’t the time. I’m also going through that at the moment and haven’t sewn for awhile. In fact, I find myself daydreaming about it during the day which is my signal to slow down and relax. I’m also figuring what time block works to schedule in regular sewing time. I know I’ll feel happier and I’ll also end up more productive with my batteries recharged.

What process works for you to purposely create?

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