Posts Tagged ‘by Judy Crowell’

Happy Vernal Equinox!!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Yes, Spring has finally sprung, and not a moment too soon! It seems like just yesterday everyone was making a list of New Year’s resolutions to get in shape. (To be honest, I think I make that resolution at the beginning of every month!) Now, though, we have no excuse not to get out there and soak up this great weather.

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There’s no end to the ways you can improve your fitness these days from walking, gym workouts, trainers, videos and at-home programs to yoga, Pilates, cycling, running, golf, tennis…you get my drift!

Even with all of those options, are you finding it hard to get motivated? Let me share what often helps me. It might sound silly, but I love to look good in whatever I do. My motto is “always rock your full potential,” and that includes when I exercise. Nothing gets you out the door and on your way to a better you like a cute and flattering new top or super bright athletic shoes that say “Hello sunshine!”

Whether you’ve been dutiful with your fitness resolution (applause!) or just need a teensy little push to get going, I’ve found some hi-lo “gems” to refresh your workout wardrobe for that boot camp you’ve been needing! Click here for more inspiration … neat colors and cool clothing options for all of your TGI-Spring activities!

Always rock your full potential!

~Judy

ENOUGH ALREADY!

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

It’s inevitable. We dream of snow and pretty, wintery landscapes for the holidays; warm (cute) boots; hot cocoa and snow angels.

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And then, WHAM! We’re SO over it!!!

SERIOUSLY?!  Aacchh  How much more?

Bring on the sand, sea and warm sunny days!!  PRONTO !

This crazy weather has been SO unforgiving that we all have a case of spring fever.  So, what’s a lady to do? Well for me, the next best thing to actually being in Spring is to start thinking about it.  Check out my latest Pinterest board with ‘designs on Spring’ (and one particularly smashing necklace) in mind. Then, let me know if you have some springtime favorites that I should be checking out, too!

CALGON!!!!!!!?????????????

Always rock your full potential ~

Arctic Fashions REALLY??!!

(Alright, when possible….)

~ Judy

And The Envelope Please….

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Well, I guess it’s been official for awhile now. They’ve said “Move over Tangerine Tango! You’re no longer the star of the show.” (P.S. Aren’t they a year behind? Wasn’t Tangerine Tango oh so 2012?) Yes, even 2013′s Emerald Green has been told to step aside (and, I refuse to let go of either one of them!)

Turns out ( and I DO hope you’re sitting down) that while the Chinese say it’s the Year Of The Horse, the official word from the color Guru that is PANTONE is that this is the Year Of The Orchid. Have you bought into this yet? After all, Spring is less than one month away! Radiant Orchid Not just any orchid, mind you. The color should be referred to as “Radiant Orchid,” if you please.

You may already be a lover of this ‘lovely’ color. And, I agree that it looks great on a flower. But, what makes me happy are all the other colors we can interpret from this news. (Are you getting the sense that I’m not a big fan? Maybe I’ll feel better about it when the warm weather rolls back around SOON?????)

Of course, there are some gemstones that might help us comply even if we can’t all embrace the orchid that is “radiance.”  Take a look and see what you think.

Rose Quartz Purple Opal Lavender Quartz

ROSE QUARTZ                  PURPLE OPAL              LAVENDER QUARTZ

And, for those of us who like to push the envelope just a little….                                       There now, can’t you just see the orchidness in these beauties?!

Rhodonite Blue Lace Agate Rutilated Quartz

RHODONITE                    BLUE LACE AGATE            RUTILATED QUARTZ

Alright, I tried.  In all fairness, I have actually hung onto a lavender, okay orchid, suit that I bought back in the 90′s. It still fits, looks like new and makes me feel amazing every time I put it on. Perhaps I’m suddenly glad it’s the year of the orchid. I can put some more mileage on that thing with the “but, it’s the Pantone Color of The Year!” excuse. (And, THEN it goes to the Consignment Shop once and for all!)

In all that you do, remember to …                                                                                    Always rock your full potential ~

My best ~ Judy

 

Huddle Up!

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

During football season, these concepts are all too familiar: tackle, rush, defense, toss, tight-end, blocking, kick, forward, punt, pass and interception. (yawn!) BUT, Style Mavens unite!! You, too, can embrace the rest of the season with a strategy that requires no trades and has nothing to do with fantasy. Huddle up! It’s GAME DAY, so let’s PLAY!!

TACKLE the season with gusto. Color is in the spotlight, so don’t shy away. Embrace these!

The colors of garnet and raspberry, emerald and clover, turquoise and ocean are hot hot hot! So, RUSH to your closet for those hidden gems you’ve been ignoring. Even if you don’t dress in color head-to-toe, at least think ‘color’ when choosing jewelry and scarves.  You’ll feel younger and more refreshed wearing pretty tones during these shortened, drab days of fall and winter.

In your DEFENSE, change is terribly tough. But, if things don’t fit, don’t fight it…. TOSS them! You never feel your best in things too baggy OR too TIGHT-end (okay, that was a stretch),  things too short OR too young! Why do you think God invented daughters and consignment shops?! Give! Donate! Sell! Get them out of your closet! HUT HUT! HUT!

Remember when color-blocking was all the rage? Well, now we’re BLOCKING with leather and lace. Dresses, jackets and tops this year are artfully accented. Add them to your repertoire. Never has daytime-to-dinner looked so good.

KICK it up a notch with an idea borrowed from your man. The suit! No wonder he’s never late in the morning. He doesn’t have to think!?! The pants match the jacket match the shoes match the belt match the coffee…..  Aaaand, he’s out the door!  Now, for women they’re baaaaaaack! (…thankfully, designed a lot more creatively (and femininely) than those we wore in the 80′s. Phew!)

Be FORWARD thinking and don’t let the season PASS without a cool pair of boots. Nothing says smart and chic or comfort and style like boots. Leggings? Perfect for boots. Skinny jeans? MADE for boots. Skirts with tights? Boots! Dresses with fishnets? I think you get the idea. Pair them with boooooots!!!!!

Still not sure what to wear? Just PUNT! You can’t go too terribly wrong with the relaxed rules of fashion these days. Just look at Miley Cyrus. Uh, …. yeah. On second thought (I think I’ve just found my final football analogy) … now THERE’S a case in need of a serious style INTERCEPTION! Well?!? I’m just sayin’.

Remember to … Always rock your full potential! Hut! Hut! Clap! BREAK! Grunt! Now, go get ‘em! (especially those boots!!)

~ Judy

Shingles?! Awww C’mon

Friday, July 19th, 2013

I’m one of the happiest people I know and one of the most relaxed (especially after a glass of wine) HOW can I be stressed? I mean that IS what typically triggers shingles, right? That horrible condition that flairs up in adults who, as kids, had chicken pox? Stress. That thing that happens to people who over-worry, over-work, over-see and over-do?

I remember as a teen learning about my Nana’s bout with shingles. And, my dad has had them twice! Painful, uncomfortable, burning, itching, blistery …. eeeew. That’s just nasty. But me? No, that happens to other people. Bad stuff happens to other people. Besides, I’m way too young!!! I have great control over my emotions; I handle drama with ease; I share my feelings; I don’t hold things inside; I laugh a lot; I cry with no shame; I ….

…. Well, Don’t I????

Alright, let’s analyze the situation. My 15 yr. old doggie died in May (sad, sad, sad..the longest relationship I’ve ever had). My step-daughter is now living with us for the summer (may I remind you of what YOU were like at 20 and single?). My parents SOLD and are now down-sizing this summer (what ARE we going to DO with all that STUFF?). Extended family in town; drywall repair from a leaky roof; a travel schedule that extends from Vegas to Minneapolis to Albuquerque to the Dominican Republic to Telluride to Pittsburgh and all within 3 months!!! AND, I’m launching my very own jewelry line this fall (the most exciting and terrifying thing I’ve ever done!).

A recipe for stress?? Must I admit it….? Call me old. Call me one of those other people. Call me someone who’s lucky she has a hairstyle with bangs! I don’t just have shingles. I have them on my FACE! Aaaauugghhh! This stress is causing more stress!!!

Truth is, it could be worse. I could have learned that I’m suddenly allergic to wine (as I had initially thought), a fate much worse than shingles. So, perhaps it’s time to pour myself a glass and just calm down. “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff.” Ha, ain’t that the truth!!!

Always ‘rock’ your full potential (even if today you’ve gotta fake it) ~

Judy

A Thousand Tears

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

How is it that even my tears don’t seem like enough to properly express this sadness? Isn’t there something even more elevated than tears? How is it that I can’t ask her to endure even one more night? Isn’t there something to tell me I’m wrong or I’m right? How is it that I knew months ago we didn’t have much time, so I sat down back then and wrote her a poem? Isn’t there something in those actions?

I don’t have the answers to my questions…. I only have my heart. And, just maybe that is something.

 
At Heaven’s Gate, Brie, please don’t wait
Go run and roll and sniff
For now your eyes, they see again
Your joints no longer stiff

We’ll meet again someday, my friend
Our routine we’ll repeat
That bark, that wag, that lick I’ll know
The circle then complete

Rest in peace, little girl of mine
Not sure there will be another
For you brought out the best in me
The only one who called me ‘mother.’

Brie Crowell Deasy  05/98 – 05/13

She was one week shy of 15 yrs. old. I will miss her more than words can say….. the littlest love of my life.

What Are You Wearing?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

If it’s 10 pm when you read this, the answer is probably “your p.j.s.” And, if it’s 10 am, your answer might range from spandex to a suit! But, I don’t mean what are you wearing NOW, like right this MINUTE ….. I mean jewelry-wise, help me out, what are you wearing? What do you grab to accessorize? And, what is your jewelry box missing?

I ask because my jewelry line will debut this fall, and I want to know what you like.

Demure? Bold?

Silver? Gold?

New? Old?

Warm? Sorry.

If you lead a life on the run (kids, travel, business, PTA, volunteer, pet-rescue, fund-raising) or a life of leisure (golf, tennis, crosswords, travel, books, grandchildren), jewelry is sometimes that last-minute, grab what you wore yesterday kind of routine.

But, I have found lately (being a woman who leads both of those lives) that when I put a teeny-bit more time into my closet the night before, not thinking only about what I’m going to wear cloth-wise, but how I’m going to accessorize that cloth, that I end up feeling prettier, more confident and more ‘finished’ than when I don’t.

I’m on both Facebook and Twitter, and plan to keep you updated as to when and where my jewelry can be found. I can’t wait to hear your feedback, and I can’t wait to see pictures of you wearing it!

You know my motto … (and soon, it will mean even more!)

Always ‘rock’ your full potential ~

Judy

January 31st: Not so “New Year” Anymore

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Resolutions? Yes, not to feel achy, feverish and down-right blah. Head hurts, muscles are sore, nose is red and even things hot… a bath, mint tea, my husband… aren’t doing the trick. I’m miserable.

Paul left for Minnesota again this morning after buying these. (I can’t even believe I’m showing you this. I am a fright!!)

Yes, he went out and bought a 25-pack (“Twenty-five??!!” He said it was all they had) of these face masks to wear on his flight back to ShopNBC today. I would imagine he’ll fly home in one on Sunday all chipper and cured of his cold just so we can turn around on Tuesday and fly, wearing them of course (after all, we have 25!!), to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. (We’ll be the ones on the plane looking like we really ought to be quarantined)

Who knows, maybe we’ll start a Fashion Trend for Flyers. Perhaps wearing them even ought to be a law! And, with all of this down time on my hands, I think I’ll get out the markers and start drawing. A nice set of red lips would look good on my mask, don’t you think? (Or, should I put them on Paul’s? ha) That’ll let the world know that I know I look ridiculous, but that I’m gladly doing my part to maintain a germ-free zone. Other passengers may even ask if we have extras. (Suddenly, 25 doesn’t sound like nearly enough)

Just remember, even in a face mask…

Always Rock Your Full Potential ~

~ Judy

The Best Laid Plans

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

If you agree that a wedding is memorable as MUCH because of the mishaps as because of the bride’s beautiful gown, then perhaps the same can be applied to my recent Holiday party. Centered around the date of the annual boat parade, my party had been scheduled for months. Last year the boats swung right by our house … so creative, so pretty, so festive… I thought my Kappa colleagues would love it.

So, the night is planned; the evites have been sent; the menu has been selected; we’re ready to go. The night before the party, my husband is cooking me salmon on the grill. It’s a beautiful night. I look outside and here comes a decorated boat. How PRETTY! “Look Paul, here comes another one!” Wait. What’s going on???

He says, “Come eat while it’s hot.” I say, “You don’t think…..” “No. Don’t worry,” he’s says. “I’m sure it’s a parade from another township.” Just to make sure, we double-check on line. Sure enough, OUR township parade is definitely scheduled for the following night. Whew!

The next night, all the ladies show up with their husbands and dates. It’s an even nicer night than the one before. Everyone’s dressed up and enjoying people they haven’t seen in forever. The boat parade start time, 7:15, comes and goes. ‘Ah well, they must still be lining up.’ 7:30, 7:45 … still no sign of a light much less a boat! Now I’m starting to worry (and, like any nervous bride who wants it to be perfect, I’m getting mad!).

“Hey everybody,” I stall. ” Let’s get that shot of all of us holding our children’s books that we’ve collected for charity!!”

Okay, well… that was good for a few minutes. Now it’s 8:00, 8:15, 8:30….. NO BOATS, NO PARADE, NO NOTHING! Well, that’s not quite true… somewhere out there along the beach, someone was shooting off fireworks. Woohoo!! (Small consolation for a night completely planned around a PARADE!) Talk about mud on my face (or is it ‘in your eye?’) SOMEwhere, there was mud. And, aside from the skinny string of Christmas lights on the bow-railing of our boat, my party people got totally ripped off!

The good news? Friends are incredibly forgiving. The food was good, the children will get books for Christmas, and …. there’s always next year?!?

Styling Your Full Potential ~

Judy

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Not every blog has to be big news, right? Sometimes it’s fun to just embrace the moments when life is grand!!!! 

Paul and I re-watched “Swingers” the other night: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Heather Graham … and got in-the-mood for some swing dancing. We then had the opportunity to see Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (who were featured in the film) perform LIVE. Do you know that all of the original members (up to 9 of them) have been together for 19 years!?? They’re obviously doing something right, and making a lot of people happy with their music. (Click their pic to watch the dance scene from the movie) We couldn’t stay in our seats. One song was even better than the next! At the end of the night? You would have witnessed two tired (and sweaty) pups. I’d definitely burned off the calories from dessert! ;)

Styling Your Full Potential ~

Judy