Fighting the Frump with Corina Holden

How do you fight the frump?

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Corina Holden is a young mom of 4 who was fighting the frumpiness of motherhood until she decided to do something about it. Her plan for “systematizing” her personal style is a win-win for her and all of her followers… like me! I stumbled upon her Instagram page and spent half a day reading and researching. It was like a reference catalog for avoiding frumpiness. In the quiet of my own private library (an online wealth of information!) I discovered the solution to my over-50 fashion dilemma. And I want to share it with you, in case you are in the same slump I was.

Corina Holden

As a retiree, there are days that I don’t want to get out of my pajama’s.  If nobody’s coming by and we aren’t going out, why bother?!? One of her comments woke me up from my frumpy slumber. It was time to change.  And yes, change is possible … even for an old dog.

“What you wear should come easy and make you feel cute and comfy without much thought. That’s why Frump Fighters® systematizes style and makes it EASY, FUN, and DO-ABLE for moms like you and me so we can feel put together QUICKLY and then move on to our ‘everyday’ with confidence—whether home with the kids, at work, or out doing errands.”

And to that I would add — whether home with the hubs, alone or spending a day with the grandkids. I was struck by the words “cute and comfy without much thought.” I wish I had the HOURS back that I’ve spent standing in my closet trying to decide what to put on this body. And I hate to admit that a lot of those days I just gave up and stayed in my pjs. Until I found Corina.

The easy style and unpretentious approach to fashion you find in her system is SO refreshing. As a 60+ year old who no longer wants to wear stilettos 👠, I have found new freedom in her tried and true formula for styling a cute and comfy outfit.  I purchased the 4th Edition What to Wear Calendar and I love it. I am about to pull the trigger on the interactive platform that allows you to use your own personal wardrobe in an easy to use app.

Frump-less Formula

What I love about her formula is how easy it is to decide what to wear every morning. Her outfit calendar is gorgeously divided into seasons, months, weeks and days. I did it the old fashioned way to start and printed the Summer Season and put it in a three ring binder.  For three glorious months I’ve simply looked at the month of choices, select the day of the week and voilà! My whole outfit is planned for me. I simply add my own personal touches here and there. Fighting the frump is less of a battle every day now!


Fighing the Frump

Fighting the frump with fewer PJ days

My whole attitude has changed toward what I used to call my pajama days. The sad thing was that they had honestly turned into pajama weeks at times. Now, I still have a day occasionally where I just feel like a nap or browsing through a magazine. But even on those days I choose something extremely comfy and it’s amazing how much more I get accomplished. There’s just something about getting dressed 💃, making your bed 🛏 and brushing your teeth 🦷  that makes for a better day. 😉 Don’t you agree?

I think our little Shih-tzu even feels better when I get dressed. I mean just look how bright her eyes are!! O’hara, the cat is pretty chill no matter what!

Prissy and Ohara

What do you think? If you check out this fabulous platform, leave me a comment. Fighting the frump is super easy with Corina’s formula. Or even if you don’t — I’d still love to know your thoughts on getting dressed after retirement. And for your enjoyment, here are a few late Summer, early Fall outfit ideas.

Natural Stone Bracelets to Diffuse Tension in the Office or Home

Have you ever just wanted to cry because of the stress and pressure of a long day?  Sometimes no matter how hard we try, the thoughts and worries of life seem to hang like a stone around our neck. But what if there were actual stones to drape around our neck or adorn our wrists that help to slow the tumbling avalanche that is our thoughts? Natural Stone Bracelets when coupled with essential oils, help smooth not only the surface, but our deepest, darkest moods.

diffusing tension

Diffusing Tension

A friend of mine recently told me this story about using essential oils in her office.  She works in an environment that at times is dark and depressing. Her office is secluded from others. She and the staff struggle to remain positive in an office that deals with mostly bad news on a daily basis. She stumbled on an opportunity to try essential oils. After several days of diffusing lavender oil she noticed that people in the office started hanging out at her door. They wanted to talk and seemed more cheerful. Funny thing, tho. They had no idea why!

The next oil she tried was spearmint. It seemed to energize those who spent time in her office. Work was getting done in a timely manner and moods were improved. She began experimenting with blended oils and after some time, the mood of the office was much improved. The bad news was still shared on a daily basis, but was undeveloped in the minds of the staff.

David and Goliath

Goliath was the proverbial giant of obstacles. But, a young David had a stone and a sling. He was able to stop the enemy by slinging a natural stone. While, this post does not promise any particular outcome, why not try a much smaller stone to moderate the stresses that seem unsolvable?

Since my friend shared her story, I have started using essential oils, too. I diffuse them with steam in my bedroom in the morning and before bedtime. My diffuser is rather large and the aroma spreads throughout most of the house. Unfortunately, not all employers will allow a diffuser in the office. So CoziNest now suggests the simple use of natural stone bracelets with pure essential oils.

Natural stone bracelets

Just dribble a couple of drops of the fragrance-of-your-choice to a natural stone bracelet and rub the bracelet in your hands. It will not only distribute the oil across the beads, but will also create an “aroma tent” in your palms to inhale the essence. Wear the charm of the day on your wrist and inhale periodically through the day. We currently have lavender oil in stock. As the demand increases, we will add other oils to our list of favorites.


Natural Stone Bracelets

Wiktionary defines bracelet as a small “piece of defensive armor for the arm.”   I propose that this is exactly what a natural stone bracelet with essential oil is. It is a defensive armor against unhealthy living. There are oils that are ingested for our health, inhaled for our mood and applied to the skin for healing various conditions.


Benefits to Essential Oils

 *** Oils have been used in healing since ancient times. Many priests use them for anointing and treating several types of maladies. 

😇  The oils give you energy. You’ll stay focused to complete your tasks without the jitters you get with caffeine.

🍽  Activates enzymes in your digestive system to help with upset tummies.

📚  Improves your learning, memory, and focus.

😎  Boosts your immune system and helps keep you healthy.

I’m not an expert by any means, but since my friend introduced me, I love using these oils. If you would like to try this simple way to make your office or home more inviting and pleasant, try burning candles at home, and wearing natural stone bracelets with essential oils at work.

If you happen to be a candle girl, then here is one that will transport you to a tropical paradise! These candles are infused with citrus essential oils and will delight your senses.

Brookstone Candle Set of 2


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Organizing Jewelry with 10 Great Ideas

During a recent Friday Artwalk, 007 was sweet enough to purchase me a piece of jewelry at my favorite store here in Fairhope. I came home with an addition to my collection, which helped me get started organizing jewelry. As I began to unpack my purchases, I realized that I needed to purge and access my needs. So I began the task of going through EVERYTHING!

Organizing Jewelry

Separating Bracelets

Here a few ideas of how to organize your jewelry. My friends, Denise and Hope were also kind enough to share some of their tips as well.

Jewelry Collage

As it happens, our precious little Shih-Tzu sat down in a bed of fire ants on this particular morning, so I needed to nurse her and keep her from chewing the bites.


So…. I hauled all my jewelry out on the porch – it was a beautiful morning – and began to separate.

1. Separate Your Metals


Jewelry Separation

The first thing I did was place all of my favorite pieces together. Then, I divided everything into 3 separate categories.

  • Mixed Metals – jewelry with both silver and gold accents.Mixed Metals

  • Gold Jewelry Gold Jewelry

  • Silver Jewelry Silver

All of my colored pieces went to another jewelry box or were donated because I’ve started wearing mostly metals and very little color. I wanted all of my favorites easy to find and quick to put on.

2. Store by Color

Extra Jewelry

From there, I separated everything again within the categories above.

  • Mixed Metals:  a) earrings b) bracelets c) rings d) necklaces

  • Gold – same

  • Silver – same


3. Collect by Jewelry Type

I put my everyday rings together in one place.

Everyday Rings

4. Assemble by Gemstone

Pearls of all colors, styles and shapes are stored together.


organizing pearls

5. Stack in Trays

All of the gold pieces are stored in the bottom tray because I wear more mixed and silver than I do gold.

Gold Organization

Once I organized this tray, I realized that I need another tray for my earrings. I can’t see all of my earrings easily, since they are all located in one compartment. (Second from the top on the far right.) My trays were purchased at Bed Bath & Beyond.

Then I stacked the next tray on top with the mixed metals and silver pieces that I wear most. In the back of the drawer are my pearls, rings and oversized pieces.

6. Use different boxes as part of the collection

Here’s a great option and the search will be half the fun. Look for vintage or antique storage boxes and store different metals or styles in a different box. This one from Etsy is one I have my eye on. Another idea is to pick up jewelry or jewelry boxes when you travel. Each piece will have a special meaning.

Vintage cameo jewelry box

Mixed Metals with Watch

When Cozi Rosie isn’t traveling the south, she models all of my belts for me.

Belt Storage Ideas Belt Storage Ideas

Currently, I have all of my scarves stored in pretty boxes in my closet, but I’m searching for new ideas. Every time I want to wear a scarf I have to dig through the boxes and then they are wrinkled and not ready to wear. How do you store your scarves?

Here are a few more ideas from my friends.


Jewelry Storage

Denise is one of my most organized friends. She is the mother of two young men, married to “Handy Dan” himself and has a beautiful home that she decorates herself. I’ve featured her basement update here.

7. Choose Tackle Boxes

Denise's Tackle Boxes

In her dresser drawer she has several tackle boxes that she uses to store her grand jewelry collection.

Open Tackle

8. Hang Your Jewelry

She also uses a hanging jewelry organizer.

Hanging Jewelry Organizer

And my personal favorite idea of hers: a sock drawer organizer. This is such a great idea. In addition to bracelets, she stores some of her belts here as well.

9. Sock Away Your Jewelry

Jewelry Organizing

My sweet friend, Hope from Crafty Hope is an artist when it comes to jewelry. She designs, makes, sells and organizes her craft. Here are a few of her storage solutions:

Hang with Christmas Ornament Hooks

Brilliant idea! This is a baker’s cooling rack hung on the wall to hang all of her dangling earrings.

craftyhope product jewelry on wire cooling racks

craftyhope necklaces on wire cooling racks ornament hooks


Another brilliant idea from Hope is to hang her necklaces on Christmas ornament hooks. If yours are stored away, you could also use straightened-out paper clips.

10. Dangle Earrings on a Screen

craftyhope personal earrings upcycled picture frame screen

Here she painted a frame, stapled on some screen and voilà, lots of earring storage! Check out many of her ideas on her Pinterest page.

Mission accomplished. My little Latte (shih tzu) is feeling better and my jewelry re-organization has taken the sting out of searching for what to wear every morning. Thank you so much, Denise and Hope for sharing your ideas!

Vintage Fashion Accessories in Your Jewelry Box

Vintage Fashion Accessories in Your Jewelry Box

What goes around, comes around, right? That is particularly true in the fashion world. It is still true that pearls go with everything, vintage pieces mesmerize and mood rings change colors.

Vintage Accessory Mood Ring

Finding Vintage Fashion Accessories

If your mood calls for a little retail therapy, I have a few suggestions.

  • Stop by your local antique mall.
  • Visit estate sales.
  • Look through your childhood jewelry box.
  • Raid your mother’s jewelry box.
  • Shop ecumenical ministry thrift stores.

My favorite vintage jewelry to search for are opals, cameos, vintage costume brooches and bracelets.


The first piece of jewelry my parents gave me was an opal ring. On Christmas morning I slipped it on my finger and wore it every day until I got engaged. I have since passed it down to my daughter, but it is still one of my favorites.

vintage fashion accessories opal ring
vintage fashion opal ring



I have always loved the delicate carvings of cameos. While in China recently, we toured an cameo factory and I bought my first cameo brooch. They offered several colors but I wanted the original design carved from a carnelian shell.

vintage fashion accessories cameo brooch

The ring was a gift from my mom and I love wearing them together. This design is likely the one that caught the attention of Napoleon. It was the general who wore a cameo at his own wedding and then founded a French school of cameo carvers. And during the Elizabethan Age, cameos were used to adorn heroes and people in service to their country.

vintage fashion accessories cameos

Soon after, cameos became a status symbol for the wealthy and social classes. It is the delicacy and colors that I love. In particular, I love wearing them with navy, denim, emerald green and deep purple.


Shopping for vintage costume brooches can be both fun and frustrating. I search for good quality with metal backings and no missing gems or stones. As mentioned earlier, antique malls, estate sales, nice thrift stores, family jewelry boxes and some flea markets offer some luck in finding good pieces. Where have you found your favorite brooch?

Antique Lovers, She’s Got Legs!

Speaking of antiques, how many of you beautiful, vintage ladies remember the 1983 ZZ Top Hit, She’s Got Legs? Well, I have that tune stuck in my head now because of a treasure in my antique booth.

Duncan Phyfe Table

You  can read all about this  White Trash Treasure in this post. But today, lovelies, we’re gonna talk about legs ready for a catwalk.

She’s got legs, she knows how to use them…

She’s so fine, she’s all mine
Girl, you got it right

She’s Got Antique Legs

Ok, what? Antique legs, ready for a catwalk? Here’s the scoop. This beautiful, vintage “Duncan Phyfe” side table has a 3-legged base with brass-capped claw feet. The originals were only in production for about 40 years in the early 1800’s. If you are an antique lover, run, do not cat-walk to CoziNest Antiques & Decor inside the Daphne Antique Galleria. She’s painted white with a round [removable] mirror on top. It’s perfect as a side table, vanity, foyer table or high top coffee table.

duncan phyfe table with mirror

She has a chic finish with dainty and feminine lines. She has sturdy, peppy legs fit for a catwalk or a prop for photos. I picture her paired with a modern, acrylic chair with fur draped across it. Or use it to decorate for Fall.

Table with Pumpkins

Get a Leg-up on Fellow Shoppers

If you want to get a leg-up on other customers, share this post on your social media. Pin it! Share it on Facebook and upload it to Instagram. Your name will go in a drawing for a pair of my new Cozy Feet Socks. The perfect gift for your crazy legs!  Especially if you wear short shorts! And don’t forget… Your name is entered each time you share. Winner will be announced the day this vintage piece walks out my door!

Aqua Cozy Feet Socks

Cat Walk

So if you are an antique lover AND a cat lover, picture your baby walking across my 3-legged table with claw feet.  Just as I promised, legs fit for a cat walk!

Do you have that “She’s Got Legs” tune stuck in your head? Do not despair, lovelies! Drop everything, shave your legs and visit the Daphne Antique Galleria where you’ll find this beaut! Lovely music plays throughout the mall. Cozy socks for your feet. Vintage table for your house. New tune for your head. We have it all at CoziNest Antiques & Decor.

How to Activate Your Inner Peace

You’re sitting at your desk and reeling from the insulting remarks made by a coworker. You want to blow your stack. How can you activate your inner peace to alleviate the stress and handle the situation professionally? Consider praying silently, while adding a touch of fragrance. What is this you ask? Some new age mumbo jumbo? No, it’s not. Instead, it’s an idea from an old southern gal who is seeking new ways to talk to her FATHER. Prayer changes things. David asked that his prayer please the Lord.

May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. (Psalm 141:2)

The Sweet Fragrance of Prayer

Furthermore, our prayers are treasured in heaven. In 1888, J. R. Miller described where our prayers are stored in heaven:

The picture of the golden bowls in heaven containing earth’s prayers, shows us the precious regard in the divine heart, for the desires and supplications which believing ones send up to God. As they rise in holy breathings or in earnest cries, HE receives them—every sigh, every yearning, every pleading, every intercession of love, every heart-hunger—and puts them all into golden bowls, that none of them may be lost! Often our prayers may seem to remain long unanswered, for some blessings are so rich that they cannot be prepared for us in a day—but we may be sure that they are not lost nor forgotten. They are sacredly treasured and are always before God, and in due time they will receive gracious and wise answer.

These golden bowls are described in Revelation 5:8 as “holding incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”

Gold Bowl

In no way am I saying that we should be ritualistic in burning incense as an offering to our Lord. The Bible says that after the Israelites became careless with their offerings, God rebuked them saying, “no more vain offerings…incense is an abomination to me.” Isaiah 1:11, 13. HE has made it clear to us that our genuine, heartfelt prayer is what pleases HIM. HE saves our prayers and David even suggests that HE saves our tears in a bottle. (Psalm 56:8)

In ancient times priests used bottles to save essential oils for healing. I can’t help but wonder if somehow the two are related. Our tears in a bottle, oils from plants in a bottle to heal our hearts, bodies and souls. If you doubt the “hype” about essential oils, consider this. Where do pharmaceuticals come from? Plants, the ocean, minerals. Where do essential oils come from? The exact same place only without other non-living chemicals.  So even as pharmacists sit counting pills, our FATHER sits counting our tears and longs to heal us.

Lavender Oils for Inner Peace

Inner Peace

The scents of essential oils have properties that can calm us or invigorate us. The days that we need a bit of energy, we use tangerine, grapefruit or eucalyptus. And when a coworker insults us and we want to blow our stack, we use lavender, frankincense and orange to help activate our inner peace. But how do you use them in the workplace? Here is where the fun begins. Bracelets made from natural stones have become all the rage. Beaded necklaces and bracelets made of rose quartz, marble, or agate to name a few, are available in most jewelry stores. Keep the natural oils with you and drop a tiny amount onto the beads. Rub the bracelet between your hands gently. The stone and your hands absorb the oil.

Stone Bead Bracelets

Therefore, as you sit at your desk, in traffic or anywhere you feel the Holy Spirit urging you to activate your inner peace; touch your bracelet, fold your hands over your nose and inhale deeply. As you exhale, breathe your hurts, desires, praise and worship into those golden bowls in heaven. The bowl that HE holds close to HIS chest. Receive HIS comfort. HE cares about the coworker. Rest. HE cares about you. As a result, HE will activate your inner peace when you trust HIM with every sigh.



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