Monday, October 31, 2011

Music for the SOUL!!!!

I believe that I am not alone when I say that music is truly a window to the soul.  The way in which we express ourselves can often go hand in hand with the music that we listen to.  It can bring us up when we are feeling sad.  It can also bring back the memories of a specific time and place within the first few notes. 

Growing up, Gospel was the music that was a constant in my household and Mahalia Jackson was the Supreme Goddess.  I can remember having the feeling that there was something soul building and defining when listening to her.  I would not, or rather, could not let a musical pass me by on the television.  I was GLUED to it and I felt a fundamental urgency to be exposed to all music.  It happened quite often that my sisters (of which I have three) would complain to my mother that I was singing a tune from a musical.  Give me Doris Day or West Side Story and I was in Heaven.  Did it deter me from being me? NO!  But, it did delay the process of the performer that I am today.  I am NOT complete without music in my life!  And I feel that there are a lot of people out there that feel exactly the same way.

Pink Floyd
In my household, music is on all the time.  It is turned on first thing when we rise and turned off when the lights go off for the night.  My son is named after a famous musician and the gift that went out as a wedding present was a CD with some of our favorite tunes.  Anything from classical to blues and anything in between was included.  Right now, my baby girl loves the spa station on satellite radio even though my boy thinks it's a MAJOR snooze fest.  He leans toward Rock&Roll and anything that he can play air guitar and slide on the floor to.  Early on he asked the Hubster and me what a R&R star wears.  Individuals have their own slant to what they like, and my children are no exception.
Mahalia Jackson

So what floats your boat in regard to musicAre you a classic rock lover, or is Hip Hop more your speed?  Sometimes it is hard to tell just what a person has on their iPod or plays on vinyl at home.  I am sure that I would be surprised at what some of my co-workers get their groove on to.  Or would I?  I cannot count the amount of times I was told how surprising it was that I am a R&R girl at heart.  Why, I don't know!  I am a musician and all music speaks to me.  I can find something that I like in all genres and I am always open to new sounds and beats.

Public Enemy
If you believe, as I do, that there is growth in the soul then there should be potential in everything, including the music you listen to.  So next time a person is excited to share the music of a new group that they have been turned onto, take a listenYou never could be the new sound that YOU get your groove on to!

Til next time,

Patsy Cline

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Hello there Kittens,

Can we talk heels?  Yes, they can on occasion have you cursing under your breath saying to yourself, Never Again!  But, when you find the ones that make you feel like the Kicka** Queen that you are, you have no choice but to share them with the world!

I, for one, have always believed that the proper heel can enable you to glide, not just walk.  They lengthen your leg, give you height, and add the appropriate amount of SASS that helps you conquer the world. When you feel good, quite frankly you are ready for anything.  Self confidence is not only knowing that you have the brains and strength to take on a challenge but when you look good doing so, it doesn't hurt.

There are many great designers of women's shoes.  You have Ferragamo (both Salvatore and Rosina), Weitzman, Jimmy Choo, and Gucci to name a few.  But, let's be honest, not many of us can afford to pay for these high end labels.  That is where thrifting comes in!  You can find not only vintage shoes at a great price, but you can also find comtemporary ones at well.  I have found Mui Mui, and Ferragamo along with some great vintage labels for incredibly inexpensive prices.  You just have to know where to go and be prepared to spend some time looking.  I was having a discussion with a friend of mine recently and she was having a tough time convincing someone that you can find treasures at a price that won't break the bank at thrift stores.  Speaking from experience, some of my most incredible finds have been discovered at a hole in the wall thrift store.  One thing that you can be  proud of by shopping second hand, is that you are leaving less of an imprint by recycling!

So don't forget, that you can wear your heels proudly with overalls, tight jeans, a killer dress, or that short mini.  There is nothing holding you back but you!  Find that heel that fits your budget along with expressing your own personal sense of style.  Anywhere from a kitten to stiletto and in between you are the QUEEN of your cloud and the WOMAN that makes her own scene!

til next time,


Sunday, October 9, 2011


When thinking of caffeine, different things come to mind. Anything from chocolate and coffee, to the much debated soda (or pop as they would say in my hometown of Saint Joseph, Missouri). I thought that I would share with you my passion for these things. I would love it I you would share your stories with me. I will add some on to this blog page over the next week.

For as long as I can remember, I have been in LOVE with chocolate. There are many stories that I could share about overdoing it! One comes easily to mind when trying to give an accurate account of the craziness that was my obsession. When I was in high school, one of my best friends (Shelley D. whom I affectionately referred to as Boo-Boo) worked at her family's convenience store on Sundays. Every Monday she would bring candy bars. Not just a few, but eight to ten. By second period I would finish ALL of the candy! Normally I am a sharer, but I would have probably reduced someone's arm to a nub if they dared to touch one of my precious goodies. I have since learned that moderation regarding these jewels is much better. I have also come to appreciate the benefits of dark chocolate. From ganache covered cakes to dark chocolate covered almonds they are all TRUE JOY for me! Here is a link to the Science Daily website that will help feel better about your dark chocolate cravings!!

Now....let's talk soda! I have ALWAYS been a walking billboard for Dr. Pepper. I will break into song in order to express the love I have for this wonderful concoction. When asking others about their favorite soda you will find that they have a strong opinion about what makes the best, THE BEST. Coke lovers seem to have no problem going to battle about their choice being heads and tails above the rest. If they hadn't removed it out years ago, I would swear that it still had the special ingredient (cocaine) in it! They are passionate to say the least! Regardless of what your favorite is, when deciding which one to drink, moderation always seems to make it more possible.  Not only for your health, but for your figure.

Last but not least COFFEE..... Right now, my method of choice is with half and half and a little sugar in the raw.  I try to buy locally on the occasion that I buy out.  When making at home I absolutely LOVE Trader Joes's Dark Roast.  It is labeled as "Rich and Flavorful" and I would agree.  It is also priced very reasonably. Over time the opinion and research has gone back and forth regarding whether or not it is good for you. The current research is saying that it can actually be beneficial as we age. Once again, moderation seems to be the key.  Here is a link to Dr.Weil's website that can give you more information about the positives and negatives.

Please feel free to share you love for all things caffeinated and I look forward to hearing from you.

til next time,


Sunday, October 2, 2011

OH MY......Vanessa

It is my pleasure to offer to you the first interview for my blog.  I will be featuring individuals that ooze style and knowledge  about fashion, music, food, or all of the above.  I will be asking similar questions to each person.  It should be interesting to see how their answers are different and how they stay the same.  We all share a commonality, and that is that we are individual beings and we all have glorious beating hearts! I love speaking with individuals that have a passion for what they do and for how they live.  There is a saying "Pura Vida" which has many meanings, but to me symbolizes a love of life.  My first interviewee embraces this with gusto and spirit.  I know that you will enjoy her just as much as I enjoyed spending time with her.

Vanessa Lucero LOVES all that is represented by the Forties.  She is the Woman behind The Mariposa Chronicles blog page and a kind Human Being.   She incorporates other decades in the fashion statements that she makes, but the Forties remain her True Love. Let's see just what Sass and Wisdom she has to offer up!

Where are you from originally?
I am from Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Have you always been interested in Vintage?
Wow! That's a hard question.  I was always told, "If  it's not broken, don't try to fix it!"  Also, "Use it until it doesn't work anymore, take it apart, and use it for something else." Recycle! Recycle!  For my graduation I wore a dress from the 50's.  I bought items from American Family Services, which is like the Salvation Army here.   I learned this way of thinking from my both my maternal and paternal grandparents.

What inspires you most about the Forties?
Let's distinguish...In the summer I wear items from the 30's because they are flowy and comfortable, and in cooler weather I wear items from the 40's.  I love the 40's because of the craftsmanship, it's sentimental to me in a way.  I makes me feel beautiful, and fits me better than modern day clothing.

Who is your fashion icon? Why?
It is hard to limit it to one woman.  When I am down, I turn on The Women, and not only for the fashion.  I guess from the movies in the 30's and 40's.  The hats, furs, length of the skirts, and the hair styles were ideal.  I can tell just how they styled it. Linda Darnell is my hair icon.  She ROCKS!  It's hard to see it in color (referring to the movie- The Women).  The difference between black and white and color is that it somehow loses it's essence.  I also look at the furnishings in the background.  I want to be as authentic as possible. When I need a pick me up, I turn on this movie!  It makes me dig into myself and find the motivation.  I am also inspired my Minerva magazines. favorite movie icon would be Mildred Pierce.

What do you think your fashion vision says about you?
It says I am very strong and confident with flair!  I am thankful that I can get away with wearing things that some can't.  I do not dress this way to gather attention!

What is your favorite piece of clothing?
Oh my God...the blue striped jacket!  She is speaking of the very jacket that I steered her toward while in Santa Fe.

If you could explain yourself in five words, what would they be?

I would like to say a hearty thank you to Vanessa for gracing me with her time and sharing just what makes her such a style Vixen!  If you are interested in learning lore about this Wonderful Woman you can follow her on twitter @vintagelucero.  Her photo stream is on flicker.  You can also find her on The Mariposa Chronicles site. 

I hope you enjoyed yourself.  Please visit again soon!

til next time,