Celebrating 60 by Living The Gold Life With Julie Vos

 

Hey y’all! I’m celebrating one heck of a big birthday and I want to give YOU a present for being such wonderful followers!  I am partnering with my favorite jewelry brand, Julie Vos, to give one lucky follower a $500 Julie Vos gift certificate to purchase your favorite pieces from their brand!  How fabulous is this?!!!!! Once you take a look at this  jewelry here, you will want to win this. This wearable luxury is for everyday and for special occasions.  Day and night, young and old, everyone should be a “Julie Girl”! (Yes, I just made that term up but I kind of love it, don’t you?) I will post all the rules at the end of this post and it COULD NOT BE EASIER!  No loops just easy peasy! So let’s get ready to do a happy dance!

And here is how I wear my Julie Vos every day and every season! I even keep it out to decorate around my home. It’s just too pretty to put away!

And here is how your beautiful jewelry will come packaged just add ribbon and you are ready to give or get for any occasion or Holiday!

SO BEAUTIFUL! 

So are you as excited as I am?  Here are the “RULES”!  Please follow each step so you are qualified to win!   Enter as many times as you wish! The sky’s the limit!

  1.  Follow me @frickspicks on instagram
  2.  Follow @julievos on instagram
  3. Like my instagram JULIE VOS GIVEAWAY POST
  4.  Tag three friends in one comment on my post on instagram

A N D….   If  you want an extra entry:  Leave a comment on the blog why you love Julie Vos!

THAT IS ALL YOU NEED TO DO!  So celebrate my birthday with me and Julie Vos and Good Luck Babes!

As always, thank you for stopping by!

XOXO,

Kim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going Green

 

Hey Babes! Fall is a favorite time of year for me.  I loved the whole going back to school and being excited for football and caramel apples, burning leaves, pulling out sweaters and getting a few new pieces when I was young and I still do. But fall in South Texas means a whole other thing!  I’m not in the midwest anymore! It can be summer for a few days then a day of fall and then back to summer!  So when I saw this green velvet kimono I thought it would make a great transitional piece.  I love this shade of green and think it will work for the holidays too.

 

Wishing y’all a fabulous fall wherever you are.  I hope your days are full of all the wonder fall has to offer.  As always, thank you for stopping by.

XOXO,

Kim

 

Capri Travel Guide

Leaving Positano made me sad and excited too! After 4 days of no ferry’s running along the Almafi Coast due to weather and rough seas, we were finally in luck and hopped on one to take us to heaven on earth, Capri.  We docked and left our luggage with the concierge that we had arranged to take up to our hotel for us.  We then headed to buy tickets to  the funicular for the inclined cable ride up to the beautiful city center of Capri.  (arrange for your luggage to be taken up for you, it’s well worth it rather then dragging it up yourself! You can also take a taxi but we wanted to see all we could)  The streets were very crowded but the beautiful high end shops (Armani, Chanel, Missoni, Moschino Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Brunelli Cucinelli, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes, Alberta Ferretti, Gucci Dior, Fendi, and so many more) and gated gardens made this walk to our hotel delightful.  From the moment we arrived at Hotel Flora, it was as if I was living in a dream!  We took the elevator to our room where Stefan opened the door and showed us everything and he then opened the balcony door to show us the view! I started to cry!  The beauty just overcame me.

After unpacking, we decided to stay by the pool and have lunch which was delicious.  The service we received was top notch. Thank you to everyone at Hotel Flora, especially Stefan and Bruno!  We then decided that we would wait until the last ferry left at 5 and then venture out to the street to explore.  This was a brilliant move if I do say so myself, lol!  We strolled and ate and shopped in peace and it was perfect.

This sculpture by Carole Feuerman is in the center of Capri overlooking the beautiful sea.  Isn’t she lovely?  I love the sculptor’s view on water as a symbol of life, how water cleanses and purifies. “Water touches all people, animals and things. Water connects one land to another. Water moistens and revives.” That is what Capri did for me, it revived me!

The days passed by and we saw so much! There were gorgeous flowers coming in for a wedding, shop owners who were as stylish as any fashion model regardless of age, little grottos with fresh flowers honoring Mary, so many different views, the best people watching and we enjoyed all the food too! But the best was yet to come.  We decided to splurge and take a small boat out just for us! This is a day I will remember for the rest of my life.

I was hoping to be invited on board for a drink, but no luck!

We decided to explore Ana Capri too.  The weather had turned a bit chilly but off we went.  I’m so glad to have seen this quaint town with beautiful grounds and views too!

And just like that it was time to go!  I cannot wait to go back to the Almafi Coast.  The people, the views, the food and the shopping make this a dream vacation for all ages! (Wear flat and supportive shoes!!!!).

Next week will be our stay in Rome!  I hope you will come along!  And as always, thank you so much for stopping by.

XOXO,

Kim

 

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My Positano Travel Guide

Buon giorno!  Italy how I love you!  You were everything and more.  The breathtaking views, the food, the beach, the shopping! Oh y’all the shopping! I purchased this look including the scarf for under $30 in Positano at the cutest boutique that has locations around every corner! So here is Positano through my lens!

To visit Positano is like being immersed in a beautiful painting.  From the time I was a little girl and saw paintings at my great Aunt Ethel’s house I have wanted to explore Italy.  This is my second visit to Italy and my first to Positano!  I mean just look at this place.  The trip got started from Chicago, where my sister Lynn lives.  We took Alitalia straight to Rome.  We arrived early Saturday morning and the line to go through customs was about an hour and half long.  It’s hot so dress appropriately! After getting our luggage we met our driver for the 4 (or so we thought) hour drive to Positano. It ended up closer to 5 hours due to traffic.  Saturday may not be the best day to arrive in Italy.  Everyone is off and the narrow streets are very crowded! (You can also take a train from Rome to Naples and then a ferry to Positano but it can be iffy if the seas are rough).  As soon as we arrived I could just feel the tension melt away!  We stayed at Hotel L’Ancora on the main street coming in and out of Positano. The views were amazing! It has a great restaurant where breakfast is included.

After getting our room we immediately got ready to hit the beach, called Spiaggia Grande!  A word to the wise here, it is not a sand beach but a lava rock beach.  There is a public beach with no chairs and you lay right on the rock, umm no thanks! Right next to the public beach is the cutest beach with umbrellas and tables for drinks and snacks where you rent chairs for a crazy amount of euro which is what we did! #worthit  We actually fell asleep listening to the sea crash into the shore. Relaxation at its best.

Woke up pretty hungry and right on the beach there are so many options.  There is a little joint right before the stairs up to the church and we strolled over.  Cocktails with olives, chips and nuts (free with drink order). We ordered the most delicious slices of margherita pizza and I was feeling like the happiest girl in the world. Jet lag?  What jet lag, I’m in Italy!!!! (we ate here several times, easy no fuss) Can I just ask why why why are the olives here so good?  I admit to consuming lots of them every single day!

We then climbed up the mountain back to our hotel passing all the alleyways and shops along the way! (Do not wear anything but sensible shoes! Trust me on this.  After a fall it was  Birkenstocks constantly for me.)

This is the bar called Franco’s right next to our hotel.  It’s a great spot to watch the sunset and see the Positano hillside light up like the jewel it is! The poolside bar at Hotel Poseidon has great views to enjoy champs and cocktails too!

Our weather was not the best (rain rain rain) and hindered many of our plans  (got half way to Revello and the rains were just too much) but even so it was the first leg of a trip of lifetime.  I guess I will just have to go back!

A Few Faves:

Caffe Positano

Da Adolfo Restaurant Have your concierge make a reservation. You take a boat with the cutest red fish sign and arrive at the beach club.  Stay and enjoy the beach after lunch.

Collina Bakery Try not to go in, I dare you

Hotel Poseidon

Restorante Le Tre Sorelle

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There is so much more to share that I can’t fit it all in one post.  Send me any questions you may have.

Next week Capri!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by.

Arrivederci! XOXO

Kim

Friday’s Faves

 

Happy Friday Loves!

Let’s get this weekend started with my Friday’s Faves!

I am in love with a white ruffled sleeve crossover blouse that just elevates anything you pair with it.  This blouse has a dramatic flare which will add that wow factor to anything you pair it with.  Classic black and white is always a favorite that never goes out of style.

Can I just tell you how much I love love love Julie Vos Jewelry!  The beauty and quality of this jewelry is unbelievable.  Seriously ladies, get these on your wish list now, you will not be sorry.  These pieces will be heirlooms and my girl’s are starting their own collections.  I get stopped everywhere I go.  I was sitting having lunch at Nordstrom, three people stopped to ask about my jewelry and who doesn’t love a compliment? The new pieces for fall have me drooling, so Game of Thrones and rich, rich, rich! Talk about living the gold life!

I have just received the most wonderful booties from Rockport.  The style and unbelievable comfort of these booties has me over the moon to think I can wear them all day and not have to worry about my feet killing me at the end of the day.  The color and drape of the leather along with the most cushy lining will make you smile from the moment you slip them on.  Rockport has the brain of comfort technology that meets with classic style.  These booties are made for those on the move.

These will be on repeat all season.  I have linked some others that I have my eye on.  A girl can never have too many options, don’t you agree?

And finally, as Texas has been my home for the past 21 years, and my daughter, That Blonde Rebel, is a new resident of Houston, I want to express all my love and prayers for everyone who is hurting so badly from Hurricane Harvey.  We know how lucky we are. No damage here.  My heart hurts and yet my faith in people has been restored by the many many people who came together to save lives. I have never been so proud of the Texas people and I am very proud to be a Texan.  I wish to thank everyone who has helped, prayed, donated, texted, offered to help my daughter, called to see how I was doing and just sent so much love to my family and our state.  It won’t be fast, it won’t be easy but we will come back.

Thank you all for stopping by.  Have a lovely weekend.

XOXO,

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Why Trunk Club is Awesome!

 

Last week I had so much fun visiting Elena Cohn at Trunk Club Chicago. To experience this amazing service at Trunk Club Headquarters in Chicago was a dream come true! I wasn’t sure what to expect but Elena made it so easy to find the exact pieces I was looking for at my price point. Done and done. So you don’t live in the Chicago area, no problem she can help you look your best over the phone with an interview discussing what you are missing in your wardrobe or what you are really looking for and then, GET THIS,  packs up a trunk and sends it to you.  You have 5 days to try everything on. Keep what you want, return what you don’t or in my case, keep it all (insert happy face here)! There is a $25 styling fee that is applied toward anything you end up keeping.  AND did I mention that Trunk Club is a Nordstrom company so not only will you receive personalized expert service and convenience to look your best, you will even earn those awesome Nordstrom Rewards! I mean it doesn’t get better than that.

Elena choose these shoes for me and I love how they elongate my leg and make me feel so comfortable in white jeans.  Now that is magic!

It’s all in the details from lace sleeves, earrings and accessories to all those cult favorites!  And the best part is I am not running around searching for my must have items, Elena did it ALL for me!

I want to thank Trunk Club of Chicago for greeting me so warmly, for your hospitality (free drinks and excellent service)!  Elena! You are such a gem.  I love everything you choose for me from earrings, shoes, jeans (good grief who knew that could be so easy!) pants and tops. I cannot recommend Elena or this wonderful shopping service more.  So next time you are looking at your closet and thinking I have nothing to wear give this service a try.  I think you will love it as much as I did.

As always, thank you so much for stopping by.

XOXO,

Kim

 

Do you shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

 

Well there is a whole lot of talk going on about the NSale. Some good some not so good. I understand that there are so many influencers out there and it can feel like a bombardment of pressure to shop. I also love a great deal and to that end this sale has been a tradition for myself and my daughter for many years now. We make a day of it, go early, shop and have lunch, go home try on and just have fun together. So yes, I love the Anniversary Sale.

I have noticed that different stores receive different or more merchandise than others! Come on Nordstrom not a fair playing field. There were so many things I saw online and in the catalogue that were not in my store (insert sad face). By the time I located them on the website which crashed, they were sold out. I sure hope they are restocked soon. Or else it just wasn’t meant to be.

If you shop the sale what was your experience this year? Good or bad, shopping tips and more, share share share!

These are a few of my finds this year. Let me know what you think!

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As always thank you for taking the time to stop by.  I would love to hear your point of view in the comment section.

XOXO,

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Pink Lady

Do you believe in the power of color? I wore this look over the weekend in San Antonio.  When it comes to color, I love pink, but especially this shade of pink.  I call it carnation pink!  I think this is a fun look and I received compliments all day, which come on, makes it one happy day for sure. So Yes! I do believe in the power of color and the power of pink!  What shades of color can pick you up and make you smile?

I am sharing all of my favorites at the bottom of this post.  Hope you will click on this post and let me know your thoughts.

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Summer Thrills and Frills

From the second I saw this dress on the cover of the H&M Catalog, I was smitten.  I looked for it for weeks online all to no avail.  I walked into my local H&M and low and behold there is was!  Score!!!! I just love it.  I wore it to a girlfriend reunion lunch with some of my favorite fashionista’s this week and seriously I got so many compliments.  (Doesn’t that make a girl’s day?!!!)

I am wishing you all a wonderful day and hope you will click on this post and share your thoughts in the comments box.  I would love to hear from you!

You can shop this look (sorry I can’t find this dress on line still hopefully soon) but here are some great options for you!

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Styling A Cropped Jumpsuit

Stop the presses, we got some rain and it actually cooled us down a bit so I could show you a few of my favorite pieces!

I love a classic jumpsuit and this one offered a little edge that I personally love!  I have great news for all of you, The jumpsuit and jacket are are MAJOR sale and you need them both for they will take you from summer into fall.  I will be using the jacket to go anywhere there is AC! (I mean I just don’t get how restaurants, movie theaters, doctors offices want to turn us into popsicle’s, do you? It may be 102 outside but inside is like a meat locker!) I think I will style the jumpsuit with a light layer in the fall and add a boot too, so stay tuned for an update in the fall.   As for these shoes, nuff said.  They are still available and I have linked everything for you below.

 

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As always, I appreciate your stopping by and look forward to hearing from you!

XOXO,

Kim

 

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