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The Casual Active Life






Last week was spent in stunning and breathtaking Sun Valley, Idaho with several girlfriends. Each day was packed with walking, hiking, biking, swimming and exploring the towns of Halley, Ketchum and Sun Valley.  A couple of the friends hiked Mt. Baldy while myself and another took the Gondola. The view was spectacular and lunch at the Roundhouse was the ultimate way to end the excursion.   Sun Valley is a place that is laid back and understated in apparel and actions.   In fact, upon arriving and visiting the local grocery store, a famous celebrity from Freaky Friday (2003) literally strolled past us sporting dark sunglasses on a mission to abscond with a food item or two. She even dropped some crackers but we all gracefully let her be herself. Ironically, I had just seen this movie two weeks ago for the millionth time and to see her up close and personal in the store and again immediately after in a photograph at the Sun Valley Lodge with her mother was indeed a Freaky Wednesday moment.  By the way, she looked fabulous decked out with black sunglasses and black apparel. 

After thinking about the chill environment in Sun Valley the idea of embroidered denim popped into mind.  Maybe it was the summer flowers, or the beautiful scenery that inspired me to venture down the embellished jean look for late summer and early fall.  Or the upcoming eclipse happening in a few days perhaps instills unity towards a common goal and springs forth happiness and playfulness across the magical land.  By the way, Sun Valley is expecting 100K out of town visitors so be prepared as all will be congested in arriving to a place to train the eyes on the sky.  Watch for wildlife, patterns on the ground, the stars that pop out and a varied amount of hues.  Most importantly, don't forget your special four eyes and of course an embellished jean jacket or jeans for the utmost enjoyment. 



The Festival Jacket







I.  Embellished Jean Jacket: Step out in-style for every occasion sporting an entertaining coat.





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Jeans with Flair






II.  Power Up:  Select a pair of embroidered denim for a colorful display of upbeat energy.



Eclipse Is Almost Here

Paige Hoxton High Waist Ultra Skinny Jeans



Paige Hoxton High Waisted Peg Embroidered Ankle Jeans





William Rast Embroidered Skinny Jeans



"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."  - Mark Twain


Be prepared, find joy in everyday activities and partake in the upcoming full eclipse on Monday, April 21, 2017 if you can.  Don't fret about the small things in life or negative vibes hitting the airwaves.  All the energy focused on foul energy can only makes one person sick mentally and physically - yourself.   Don't do it.   When getting set for the celebration, which will bring young and old alike, take a moment and relish the beauty of the world and the cosmos.  Chill and pick up the Sun Valley, Idaho mantra.  We are truly blessed.


Jamie Leigh Curtis - The Woman in Black Sunnies!


Jamie Leigh Curties & Janet Leigh - Sun Valley Lodge, Idaho


Until Next Time!
Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style










August - "Dog Days" of Summer



Summertime - Time Out 


The Harried Life




August is the final gasp of summer fun.  Many run from one activity to another and perhaps never really enjoy the moment or beauty that summer parades upon the land. We live in a time when social media exposes a charmed world of perfection though most likely not the real narrative.  Of course, highlighting places to hike, to swim, showcasing family get together's or presenting the latest and greatest is always appreciated.

The idea of just relaxing with a good book for hours is far from people's minds.   Instead "running" from here to there is paramount in a harried fashion which in itself has become a sport to be documented on social media. What has become of "doing nothing" for a spell? The art of less and not documenting is indeed rare.  Are you missing out?  Did you ever think you were missing out on something fabulous before the advent of the "here I am" in public photos? No.  It is so important to learn the art of relaxation and taking a time out.  In fact, it is essential for both the mind, body and spirit.  All great ideas and innovations are formed from practicing the "art of doing nada".  Ask anyone who has developed a successful business. Where did the idea come from?  What is "doing nothing" you ask? Well, sit outside on a deck and watch the world around for an hour.  Or lay in the grass and stare at the sky. Do you remember those days?  If not - try it for the first time.   Maybe it is reading a real book with pages rather than on a device, or having a glass of wine and reflecting with gratefulness about the day. Anything that allows the mind to wander.  Time is of the essence - spend it on you and take a time out in August before the mayhem of Fall is upon the great land. 


  1. Take a break.
  2. Turn off the news.  All is propaganda to promote products, negativity and demand an irrational sense of fear.   Remember someone somewhere is pushing these speaking points for a reason rather than wanting the masses to use critical thinking.  Read history - notice the same story over and and over again. Nothing new folks. 
  3. Sit and relax.
  4. Do something new that enhances thought without running around like a chicken.
  5. Read a book.  A book with pages for pleasure. 
  6. Sit outside, take in the view, pet the cat or dog. 
  7. Visit with friends. 
  8. Have a meal with friends. 
  9. Or an intimate cocktail party. 
  10. Put the devices away for a special break just for you. 



Don't Forget Your Hat




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 Think of Others








In the land of hare and not the tortoise thinking of others is perhaps at the bottom of list.  There is a demand or desire to focus on ones own needs rather than understand another persons challenges.   The advent of social media makes the world appear of diamonds and roses as it should.  Why would we want to see or hear the worse?  Yet, when having an actual cell phone conversation with someone all ends up never is as it appears on the endless flat screens at our fingertips.  Remember  Brad Pitt in Burn After Reading (2008) stating,  "Appearances can be deceiving."  Such a great line and often times true. This doesn't mean one needs to float into the world of negativity and sadness. No, never - just be aware of someone's circumstances.  Or reach out for no particular reason.    Take a moment and step back and think of someone else today.

  1. Call close friends now and then.  The human voice is connecting. 
  2. Be aware of others needs or issues and adjust yours accordingly.
  3. Don't flaunt or gloat about material objects, projects or money.  It is boorish.  Think old money instead nouveau riche. 
  4. Be understated in words and actions. 
  5. If using social media as a business tool - remember to like others projects etc., rather than only promoting self projects.   The old adage what goes around comes around applies heavily. 
  6. Laugh more.
  7. Smile more.
  8. Don't rush in traffic.  Let someone pass you. 
  9. Seek contentment by noticing others and world at large. 
  10. Most importantly, be grateful for today. 



 Don't Forget Your Lipstick




Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips - Pink


Slow down you move to fast you got to make the morning last.  Remember this song? And, think of others for a moment rather than self.  Be selfless rather than selfish.  You can do it.  Smile, laugh often and take in the last few days of summer with poise and grace.

Next Up - The Eclipse!   



Until Next Time
Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style







Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - What I Purchased



Two Days Left




Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)


Forever Chic Style is comprised of three goals for reporting on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - highlight quality brands, suggest items heard of and or purchased by friends and review the star ratings. Each play a part in suggesting the item for your pleasure. After seeking out the best at this years Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, here is an update on what I actually purchased on sale.  And, of course, mention the items not on sale that I had to own. You knew this would happen.  Right!  I must also mention and highlight my new summer read.....

Lorena, like most of the other women in the ballroom, scrutinized Astrid from head to toe as she walked to her table wearing what appeared to be a crisp men's button-down shirt tucked into exquisitely cut navy-and-white gingham cigarette trousers.   "It's true, Astrid actually looks younger and younger every time I see her....  "It's how she puts it all together. The other girls her age are dressed up like Christmas trees but just look at Astrid...hair in a sleek ponytail, ballet flats, not a drop of jewelry except the cross...is it turquoise? And that outfit!  She looks like Audrey Hepburn on the way to a screen test" - Excerpt from Rich Peoples Problems  - Kevin Kwan



Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - ON SALE




I.  Bootie:  Aquatalia - 4 1/2 Stars by 44 Reviewers - Bought both black and taupe hues.  Made in Italy.  These have pointed toes and a low heel plus waterproof suede which equals supreme quality and comfort.  Last year, I snapped up a pair of  Aquatalia ankle boots that have a rounder toe and wore them non-stop.   Fit is true to size.  Can't wait to wear with a skinny pair of jeans. 




Aquatalia Franca Weatherproof Bootie $259 (after sale $395)



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The Jean









II. Paige Jean -  4 1/2 Stars by 163 Reviewers:  Love the fit of Paige jeans bar non. This pair does not disappoint with the slim styling and finished hem.  



Paige Hoxton High Waist Ankle Skinny $99.00 (after sale $189)

Astrid - An Understated an Glamorous Billionaire - Stealth Wealth


Astrid left her blue Acura in the arched porte cochere and entered the foyer, bumping into her sister-in-law Cathleen, who was seated on a rosewood stool lacing up her walking shoes.  -
Excerpt from Rich Peoples Problems - Kevin Kwan

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The Lip









III.  Lush Lips:  Charlotte Tilbury - 4 Star by 18 Reviewers - Makeup artist to the celebrities lip set in Perfect Pink is exceptional.  Smooth on the lux formula and become a star on the red carpet. 




Charlotte Tilbury- Hot Lips Lipstick Set $60 (Value $90)



Kitty Pong


"Okay then," Kitty said, looking at Giambattista Valli's assistant.  "We will need three of these."
"Three?" The tall gangly assistant looked at Kitty in surprise.
"Of course. I buy everything in threes for myself and Gisele - we need one for each of our closets  in Singapore, Shanghi, and Beverly Hills." - Rich Peoples Problems - Kevin Kwan


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The Jewels







IV. Jewelry:  The sale always has a few baubles that is a must.  Can't go wrong ever with Kate Spade and Nadri. 

Several Hues - Charming - 4 1/2 Stars - 3 Reviewers


Kate Spade New York in a Flash Set of Three Bangles $49.90 (after sale $78)


Several Hues - 4 1/2 Stars - 95 Reviewers



Nadri Pave Crystal Bangle $99 (after sale $150)




Eddie - Polar Opposite of Astrid - Example of Showy & So Nouveau Riche


Yesterday, when he had arrived with his family from Hong Kong, his executive assistant, Stella, had arranged a fleet of six matching Carpathian Grey Range Rovers, making for an impressive entrance as the Cheng famille pull up to the front door of Tyersall Park.... So, why were the Aakkaras pulling up in such a ragtag bunch of cars? - Excerpt from Rich Peoples Problems - Kevin Kwan 


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Lingerie








VI.  Hanky Panky & Spanx:  Best panties - Hanky Panky.  Best Bra - Spanx for full coverage.  Enough said.


5 Stars - 191 Reviewers


Hanky Panky Regular Rise $14.90 (after sale $20)




Spanx Bra - 4 1/2 Stars - 41 Reviewers - Functional & Great Coverage - Nude & Black - Perfection Under Tee Shirts



Spanx Pillow Cup Signature Pillow Push Up Underwire Bra



Nick Young - Memory

Nick looked down at his cup of tea.  The saucer was emblazoned with an image of  Queen Elizabeth II, and seeing the gold patterning at the edge of the porcelain suddenly took him back to a memory of Tyersall Park....when he was six years old, being taught how to properly pour a cup of tea.  - Excerpt from Rich Peoples Problems - Kevin Kwan


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Not On Sale - Of Course!






VII.  Last But Not Least - Two Favorites 

First: Veronica Beard Jeans - Love both for the fit and comfort.  The jeans are in a deep blue wash, stretch fabric, high waist, super long and very flattering. The fashion designer was at the store the day before. Saw them on the end cap and was entranced.  These are keepers for the long haul.

Second: AGL Sandals - Modern, block heel and super comfortable.


5 Stars - 1 Review


Veronica Beard Kate Skinny Jeans



5 Stars - 13 Reviewers - Nude & Black




AGL Single Band Sandal



Enjoy Shopping! Thank you for Reading.  After you are done - let's all get back to summer with your favorite new beach read:



Rich Peoples Problems - Kevin Kwan



“Kevin Kwan has done it again. The mastermind behind the delicious Crazy Rich Asians series has drawn a cult-like following with his extravagant tales of Asia’s upper echelon. He’s back at with the series’s final installment, Rich People Problems (rest assured, it’s just as enthralling as the trilogy’s first two volumes).” –Isabel Jones,InStyle 


Happy Shopping & Travels
Until Next Time


Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style