Lifestyle Magazine

Writing for a magazine was an unspoken dream I use to have while flickering the countless pages of Southern Living, Essence Magazine, Country Living and a host of others.  Realizing the opportunity of being able to work for one is NOT gonna happen, the “ding” went off in my head.  I decided – why not do one myself… create an online magazine.  I’ve been holding off telling you about this new project because of my own insecurities.  I pushed it aside and tiddled around with it, and after realizing how many months had passed since New Year’s (which is when I actually started working on it..) I came to terms that I had to either (excuse the expression) $#it or get off the pot—lol– and you see- I chose to drop it like it’s hot.


You all know how much I love the thrill of the hunt and live the lifestyle of the “Thrift and Famous” – I decided to create the online magazine to reflect the joys of thrifting.  I don’t have a forecast of plans for it, but as of now it’ll be a quarterly snippet of living the vintage lifestyle, decorating on a budget, introducing collectibles and inspiring you to CYOC “Create Your Own Chicness” using vintage, antique or modern pieces.  It’s all about having fun with your BTB – “BestieThriftBuddy”, while seeking those hidden jewels .  I’ll offer advice from seasoned thrifters, interior decorators, appraisals and a host of other exciting ideas.  If you’re wondering if this will take the place of my blog.. NOPE!  I love having my blog but this is just another venue to express creativity along with having a host of others who’ll help inspire you. This is just in time because Garage Sale Season ( yard sales, estate sales and the clean-out mode) begins, you’ll be ready to incorporate your finds into your home’s decor to decorate or re-decorate your space on a budget.



If you’re a beginner at the thrift game – here’s an article that will help get you started.  It won’t take long before you become hooked and find yourself among the thrift aficionados   If you’re not new to the game and want top notch decor inspiration – check out The Olive Guide.  All in all folks – it’s my hopes that you’ll  click the pages, enjoy reading the content, and get excited about living the lifestyle of the “Thrift and Famous”!!


!! Oh, last but not least,  meanwhile this happened  🙂  How awesome it is to be a part of this amazing group of  talented women!!





Subtle Changes

Since the Living Room just recently given a makeover, I made some subtle changes.  When I completed the makeover I had only one lamp in the room.  It was a peacock  (which I have a fettish for) but actually I’ve been eyeing … Continue reading

Here Comes 2017!


As I’m winding down from 2016 and getting ready for a new year, I thought I’d get a jump start on the table setting for a New Year’s day brunch.  Last year I did a New Year’s Eve get-together and I thought I’d do a brunch this year.  I pulled a few items I already had around the house to set a delightful table without spending hardly any money.  I wanted to use different plates but didn’t want to buy any, but then I came across these decorative plastic plates in At Home Store and they were perfect! I was able to have a new setting that gave me an semi-elegant look without breaking the bank.  I pulled out my Royal Copley BlackAmoor head vases and instead of flowers I used plume feathers which added a bit of drama to them.


This was the perfect opportunity to use a few yard sale items I bought this past summer, so I chose gold and ivory as my color scheme.  The vintage King’s Crown candy dish  was $5.00


The crystal dish with the gold pedestal and utensils was $10.00.  This bowl set is simply beautiful.  I actually bought it from my neighbor who was selling it because she had no use for it.  She was happy to know I would make use of it because it belonged to her mother.



I lucked up and found a matching bowl to my vintage Georges Briard bowl for $2.00 at Goodwill and paired it with another $2.00 vintage pressed glass cake stand flipped over to use as a pedestal for the punch bowl since it’s a small group.  With all this elegance on the table, it’s hard to believe the plates are plastic.. (chuckles)

nyetable7It has a few scratches but I was happy to take it because it matches my chip & dip set passed down from my grandmother.


The wine glasses were found at an antique store and I’ve had them well over 15 years.  The confetti glasses were from Goodwill and they were $1.00/set of 2.


This may be a bit of gold overload, but hey- it’s New Years! I’m looking forward to having the brunch and partaking in girltalk.  I haven’t planed the menu yet, but I’ll put something nice together and have a new recipe to share with you (I’m sure).  Tomorrow, I’ll add the name tags, napkins and utensils later to complete the look.  But for now I’m happy I did a jump start instead of waiting like did for Thanksgiving :-).   Are you planning an NYE event at your home this year?  If so, I’d love to hear about it.  I’ll check back with you tomorrow or Saturday for my finished look and to wish you a happy.  Until then, happy hunting while your thrift your house into a home.

As always – Smooches!!





Thrifty Gifting

As I was helping my sons decorate their homes, a thought came across my mind.. and that was HouseWarming.. I remember back when we were young and we all moved into our new places (especially for the first time) it … Continue reading

A Room With A View

Leaving Newark and coming to the quaint southern town has been a rewarding decision for Bernie.  Ever since we finished her boudoir, we’ve been busying ourselves getting her warm humble abode ready before the holidays approach and I have to admit … Continue reading