Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Right now, this Toledoan is in Kansas City, Missouri for my first business trip! Thanks to my employer, I have the opportunity to attend the #Sizzler13 conference, meet fellow digital media junkies, stay in a room on the top floor of the Westin, sleep in a king-size bed with white cotton bedding, swim in a large heated pool, eat KC’s famous BBQ and post, tweet, insta and blog ‘til my heart’s content. All while flaunting my carefully planned wardrobe. I’m pretty happy to be here.

Day 1:
When I arrived on Sunday, I changed into a comfortable and casual combo of a loose-knit sweater and white shorts to register with the conference and find a place to dine. I ventured all the way to the lobby’s bar where the menu’s lobster macaroni and cheese convinced me to get a table. I settled in with my Sizzler program, a glass of Riesling and the most decadent mac & cheese. I think I’m going to like business trips.


The Details
Sweater: AĆ©ropostale, just purchased on Saturday, available here
Shorts: AĆ©ropostale
Dangle earrings: Estate sale
"C" stud earrings: New York & Company
Rings: Auction, courtesy of my friend, Patty
Watch: Mathey Tissot, auction, Patty
Gold and white studded bracelet: Forever 21
Bag: Kate Landry at Dillard’s
Shoes: Bakers

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Welcome Back

I suddenly took an unplanned break from blogging over three months ago.

“Why?” you ask.

No reason, really.  Except, apparently, I needed a break.  Over this break I…

  • Landed a new job – say “Hello” to a digital media specialist!
  • Enjoyed the busy-bee calendar of summer:
    • 3 weddings, 2 more to go
    • 2 trips to Put-in-Bay
    • 3 Independence Day celebrations, each with fireworks, which was a record for Carlton and I (He was thrilled.)
    • 3 birthday celebrations, all mine (This was not a record.)
  • Attended an astounding estate sale in Perrysburg of a very stylish lady, who happened to be my size! (Keep an eye out for posts of full looks with some of the statement-making pieces I scored.)
Now I’m back to my beloved blog, feeling rejuvenated and ready to share brand new personal style posts, as well fashion news, tips and more!  Furthermore, I am going to start using a Facebook page to share stylish stories that I find interesting, plus local sales, links to my latest blog posts and style advice.  For too long I was timid to embrace social media as “Fashionably Kate” because I feared failing, i.e. too few “likes.”  But after learning as much as I have about social media personally and professionally, I’d be a hypocrite not to try it.  And I feel good about it.  So, if you’d like to follow along, please, pretty please like my page.  I intend to provide you with inspiring and useful content about a multitude of fashionable topics weekly.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and hopefully, continued support.  I hope you welcome my words back into your reading rotation.




Independence Day

A Birthday Celebration

(Some of) The Estate Sale Finds