Monochromatic Style Trend

Did you know that dressing all in the same shade makes you look taller and leaner and if done right polished and stylish?

So what exactly does monochromatic mean in color?
Monochrome colors are all varieties of a single hue with different tints, shades, and tones. Additionally, a monochromatic color scheme consists of brighter and darker shades of the same base color or hue.

10 Skinny Jeans Outfit Ideas Anyone Can Wear

I love wearing skinny jeans especially in the fall and winter! The boots, jackets, coats, all of it. Check out these contemporary skinny jeans outfits anyone can wear.

Make skinny jeans more fashion-forward by wearing an oversized blazer

Two of my favorite things jeans and blazers. I have way too many jackets and blazers but I can wear a blazer with just about anything. Make sure you have at least two, one classic and one for fun!

Add some color

The color can be in the shoes, a jacket, handbag, or a colorfull shirt. Be creative.

Wear with some stylish booties or fun shoes

You can wear the same jeans a couple times a week by just mixing up the shoes that you wear with them.

pink jacket

Try adding a fun belt

I love this Gucci belt but you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Try shopping at a second hand store for a couple of nice belts at a bargain price.

Wear a jacket or coat that stands out

This coat Rocks! Dress up or down your skinny jeans with a coat, jacket or the shoes. I like that she is wearing a white t-shirt to make it more casual. 

Wear them with over the knee boots

Skinny jeans work well with boots because the legs are tight. Buy a  pair in a cool color like the ones below

Modern style

What about skinning jeans you can workout in?

Athleta now has skinny jeans that you can work out in. I have three pair:) I have never worked out in them but they are comfortable. They look like any other pair except they are more flexible to move in. You have to get a pair.

Going out for date night in skinny jeans

This is my favorite way to to wear skinny jeans. I love to dress them up. I usually wear heels or boots and a fun jacket, like Jlo.

Take a casual look

Wearing sneakers has been a popular look for the last couple of years. It’s not a look that I would wear too often however, I do have a pair of Tom’s slip on with dogs on them that I like to wear in the summer. (I will post a photo to Facebook:)

The amazing white skinny jeans

Last but not least are the incredable white jeans. Everyone needs a pair! They look good with almost everything. Have you ever wore white on white? Give it a try. 

Cheri style story

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When and How To Wear A Jumpsuit


I love jumpsuits! They are not always easy to wear so it’s important to wear a jumpsuit that makes you look and feel good.

Next time you do a date night or go out with your friends step out of your comfort zone and put on a jumpsuit instead of a dress or jeans. Wear it to a wedding or formal occasion, be stylish, and have fun.

Here are some things you might want to know before you buy or step out on the town in your jumpsuit.

Find the perfect fit. If you are tall you probably look good in most styles. If you are shorter try a sold or vertical stripe jumpsuit. Also, add a heel to give you a longer leaner look.

 Stripe Halter Wide Leg Jumpsuit, Main, color, TUSHAR STRIPE LIGHTHOUSE

Define your waist. Wear a gathered waist to avoid the straight-up and-down look. I do like the baggy/loose look but it is best on a tall body type with the right shoes.

Wear it with a jacket or blazer. This is something I know about. Some people have a shoe fetish I have a jacket fetish. So many jumpsuits are short-sleeved or sleeveless, add a jacket to wear year-round, were a blazer to look stylish at work, Wear a jacket and heels to go from a daytime look to date night.

Blazer w/ jumpsuit... | Black jumpsuit outfit, Jumpsuit, Clothes

Add fun accessories to a sold-color jumpsuit. Add a bright handbag to add color to a solid color jumpsuit. Have fun with colorful earrings, sunglasses, try feathers, or another long look. Wear a colorful scarf or a fun pair of shoes.

Buy one that you can dress up or down. If you are only going to buy one jumpsuit make it neutral in color and make sure you love the fit. Go from day to night with just about any jumpsuit by adding a pair of pumps and a stylish jacket.

Shopping tips for buying a jumpsuit

I just bought this Frank Lyman jumpsuit and love it! I will post to Instagram when I wear it.

  • Follow the ideas above
  • Make sure it’s comfortable and easy to get on and off
  • Don’t trip on it
  • Wear the right bra

Most important it must flatter and make you feel fabulous!

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Hiking Can Be Life Changing For Your Body, Mind, & Soul


I recently backpacked up to McAfee knob in Catawba Virginia. It was a 3 day 2-night amazing trip. The best part was hanging out up on McAfee Knob meeting people and hearing their stories (see below). There are different types of hikers, me I used to be all about the miles and being the first one to get there. Not anymore! I go for the journey. I want to enjoy the beauty, the wildlife, and the people. I want to notice the sound the leaves make when the wind blows, the different types of pants and the fungus that grows on the wood.

Hiking Can Be Life-Changing, what made me change? To want to slow down? I believe it was Qi Gong. I have been studying Qi Gong for about a year with Zen Wellness. They say “change your life in 15 minutes a day” and I believe it. I study using books, meditation, standing, and moving forms.

Then there are hikers that are still in the “go” mode. My friends Kim and Jim are the hikers that what to get in as much as possible they did another 10 miles while Penny (who goes for the same reason that I do) and I went up on the Knob to relax and enjoy. Nothing wrong with wanting to get as many miles as you can, it’s just not what I want anymore. The good thing is everyone was OK with it.

Hiking mcafee knob in catawba virginia

Penny and I met Jacob up on the knob. He was leaning against a tree with his earphones in and reading a book. Here was his email to me:

backpacking Mcfee knob

Jacob’s story

This next semester, Fall of 2018, I’ll be a junior studying Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University. This summer, I have an internship in Roanoke, VA that allowed me to get away from all the bad things in my life which was needed to say the least. In February of 2018, I was wrapped up in a bunch of bad lifestyle choices: smoking, drinking, unhealthy eating habits, if it wasn’t healthy, I was probably doing it with the exception of illegal substances. One morning I woke up and felt a bit off but disregarded the feeling and went downstairs to take a shower anyway thinking it was just some weak muscles from the workout the day before. I don’t remember much after stepping in the shower because I had passed out from what I thought was dehydration shortly thereafter. I was taken to the ER, where after extensive blood tests, scans, and X-rays, doctors had found a blood clot in my lower left lung. They began to wonder how a, at first glance, healthy 20-year-old has a blood clot when his family has no history of clotting. I blamed it on my lifestyle choices and the doctors, to protect themselves, couldn’t say whether it was that or not.
I knew something needed to be done to change the way I’ve been living. When I came to Roanoke, I found all this free time outside of work where I was able to take advantage of it. I hike, not just to kill myself and cover so many miles a day, but to find the beauty in life and relax in God’s great creation. Since the last week of school this past semester, I’ve suffered terrible anxiety that came out of nowhere. Is it possible it’s because I’m constantly thinking about the blood clot that could’ve killed me? Possibly because I’m 10 hours from home in a city where I have no family? I’ll never be for sure. It’s a traumatic experience in my life but through it, I was able to find myself, grow closer to God, and regain my physical and mental health.
Here we are now, four months, four blood-thinning prescription refills, countless hours of hiking, and a healthier lifestyle later. I enjoyed meeting and talking to you on the trail! Enjoy your future hikes!

My note: Jacob, so proud of you for changing your lifestyle! Sometimes it takes something to happen to wake us up. If I can help in any way please let me know.


We also met Michael he was from Russia but lived in Texas. he was working in Va. and on weekends he would hike. He said his wife was in a lot better shape than he was and they were doing a hiking trip to the Grand Tetons in a couple of months. He was working hard to catch up with her. I think he has a little bit to learn before his big trip. He hiked 3 hours uphill with one small bottle of water and a hiking stick he found on the trail.

On the second day when we hiked back up to the Knob, we met a couple of college students and their new puppy. They put up a hammock and stayed the night on MacAfee Knob with their puppy. They watched the sun go down over the city and come up in the morning. If I make it back that is where I am staying.

Mcfee knob hiking


We met Carline when we ask her if she wanted us to take her photo out on the edge. She was a cancer researcher. She was very interesting and we ask lots of questions. She also hiked down with us. She said she enjoys hiking on weekends to relax and getaway. She takes her time and enjoys the entire journey. Sorry, I can’t believe I didn’t get her photo.

Here are some other images from our trip. Enjoy!

Mcfee knob Hiking

Mcfee knob hiking

Mcfee knob hiking

Hiking Can Be Life Changing

Hiking Can Be Life Changing

Get out in nature

Hiking Can Be Life-changing. I hope this post inspires you to get out in nature. To leave all your troubles behind, open up your senses and smell the roses, or whatever. Let me know your story and journey. It can also be in your own backyard or a nearby park. Check out this post about how to have fun while hiking.

Stay healthy and strong!

Why I Started Making My Own Personal Care and Cleaning Products

body products

One day I was flipping through Netflix and came across a movie called STINK.  Started watching and it changed the way I think about what I put on my body and how to clean my home. This is why I Started Making My Own Personal Care and Cleaning Products.

The movie talked about Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, we will call them EDC’s. Please bear with me for a moment so I can explain, I can see your eyes rolling. Ha! I will keep this part short, promise! Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals mimic hormones that naturally occur in our bodies, including both female and male sex hormones, thyroid, pancreas, neurological, and immune system. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the endocrine system is very complex, regulating our body’s functions including growth, development, maturation, and operation of various organs. When this system is disrupted a variety of health problems can occur. I will name a few, but this list is very long: cancer, neurological problems, skin problems, diabetes, infertility, cardiovascular disease, allergies, inflammation, and obesity.

What types of EDC’s are in personal care and cleaning products?

Fragrances, triclosan which is an antibacterial and antifungal agent, parabens (preservative), pesticides, and artificial coloring. This is a short list that we can elaborate on in a future blog. So I made a few changes! Knowing that we cannot remove all EDC’s from our daily lives, I thought changing a few items that I use on a daily basis could make a difference and it did. My first adventure was to create a body wash that cleaned, smelled nice, lathered and did not dry out my skin. After trying various recipes I hit the jackpot! I had to tell everyone! As I began to spread the word and bragging to my mom and my aunt, I found out they have been making their own body wash and many other products for years! I should have just asked them first but a self-learned lesson is the best! My body wash can be customized with any scents using essential oils, moisturizing level, and amount of soap used. Here is the recipe that works for me!

Body Wash Recipe

  • ¼ cup  Aloe Vera Gel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • 2/3 cup Castile Soap                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • 1 tsp  Vitamin E                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  • 1 tsp Oil of choice ( sweet almond, avocado, grapeseed, MCT)                                                                                                                                                                                                                
  • 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oils. I use Doterra. (optional)

Place in a bottle and shake it up.  Shake well when you are ready to use.

What you will notice with homemade body wash is that it is not thick. Why? Because EDC’s make traditional products thick! This is something that you can get used to. Also making products is extremely cheap! Even after buying all the products to make the body wash you end up with at least four bottles of the wash for the price of one popular name brand product. And without the EDC’s! I gifted all my clients a bottle of the wash for Christmas. I got positive feedback and a few requests for refills. If you would like your bottle refilled or bring me a bottle to fill, I will fill it for $3.

I also make my own face wash and I love it!

The recipe is the same as the body wash except I add ¼ cup of raw honey and 2 tsp of oil of choice. I also heat this slightly when making to blend all the ingredients. I have gotten lots of compliments on my skin lately which leads me to believe it’s working better than anything I have used. For the record, I have oily skin and pores that you can drive a truck though! AND NO CHEMICALS!

I make my own face moisturizer. I absolutely love it! This recipe will work for oily, dry or normal skin by adjusting to the type of oil you put into it. To find out which oil works best for your skin do a test. I had avocado, grapeseed, sweet almond oil, and fractionated coconut oil. I put a drop of each on my skin and waited to see which one gave me the results I wanted. Grapeseed oil works best for my skin. Much cheaper than spending $50 on a chemically laden moisturizer that does not work for your skin type. And you can cook with most of those oils! Win! Win!

Face Moisturizer

  • 3 TBSP Aloe Vera Gel                                                                                  
  • 1 TBSP Grapeseed Oil                                                                                               
  • 1 TBSP Shea or Cocoa Butter                                                                                  
  • 3 to 5 drops of essential oil of choice

In a small saucepan or double boiler melt the three ingredients and mix well. Place into a container of choice and add essential oils, mix well.

I store this in a glass 4 oz mason jar on my bathroom counter. It is best to store all your non-chemical products in glass. I prefer to use plastic in the shower area for safety.

The homemade body butter is another one of my projects. This recipe works great for me in colder weather but I may have to tweak it for summer. A larger batch of my face moisturizer would be a great warm weather product.

Body Butter

  • ¼ cup each of Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, and ¼ cup of oil of choice. Choose from the list above.

Melt all oils in a double boiler. I use a pan of simmering water and set a glass mixing bowl on top. Melt and mix well. Set in refrigerator to cool and harden. With a hand, mixer breaks up the mix and continue to beat until it fluffs up and looks like whipped cream. Add 1 tsp vitamin E and essential oils. Store in a 12 to 16 oz glass mason jar.

I have made shampoo but I cannot seem to get it to work for my hair. Stay tuned for more on the shampoo.

Enough about how I clean my body, now what did I change to clean my home and laundry? I discovered a product called Sal Suds by Dr. Bronner’s. I love it! It is so versatile and can be used to clean most anything from laundry to dishes to bathrooms. Sal Suds is concentrated and can be diluted for many household needs.  has many ways to use this product. I take a ¼ cup and put into a 28 oz spray bottle filled with warm water. I use this to clean everything! Wiping counters, sinks, my yoga mat, and my favorite is dishes. I spray my dishes I’m hand washing with a squirt or two of this and scrub it and rinse. 

Laundry has been a fun adventure!

I have always been a Tide and Bounce girl so this was a hard change. The results will astound you! First I found Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda. Similar to baking soda but a different chemical compound. A box is very cheap and can be used for cleaning just about anything. I use ¼ cup of Super Washing Soda and two TBSP of Sal Suds. If the load needs a deodorizer I add a ¼ cup of white vinegar. I then dry my clothes with wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets. Yes, the laundry has a little static but that can be resolved by not drying them to death! What happened? Washcloths that I have converted to cleaning rags can now be used as body washcloths again. I converted them because they no longer let the soap get lather when I took a shower. They also had this weird film on them that made them feel like slick plastic instead of a 100 percent cotton cloth. This is because my detergent and dryer sheets left a film of chemicals all over them and I was unable to use them. The same was happening with my clothes but I did not notice as much. Your clothes touch your skin, which is the largest organ of your body, any EDC’s on your clothes seep into your skin. Laundry items that need a gentler touch I have created a liquid soap that cleans and refreshes.

 Laundry Soap

  • 1 cup of Super Washing Soda                                                                                                
  • 1 cup Sal Suds   
  • 8 cups of water

Put all ingredients in an empty laundry jug and shake well.  Add water first to avoid excessive suds.

Over the last six months, I have noticed a huge difference in my skin. I used to get hives and itch constantly after a shower. Hives would pop up just because for no reason. There was a reason. EDC’s. NO MORE HIVES! I have had many health issues in the past seven years. Most unrelated to each other but quite a few were related to my endocrine system. My quest to get healthy, reduce chemicals in my home and body, and help the environment has been a wonderful adventure of learning, experimenting, and sharing! Join me on this journey as learning with others is a beautiful thing!

Have a wonderful day!