• Earrings to Accentuate Even the Simplest Outfit

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    With the right pair of earrings, you can take any outfit to the next level. Some of the trendiest earrings will work just as well with a casual outfit as with a high-end ball gown --- meaning that you will always have a go-to option in your jewelry case no matter the occasion. The good news is you don’t even have to pay a great deal of money to enjoy earrings that follow the current trends. If you choose wisely, you will even end up with a timeless set of earrings that can last for decades as various trends come and go.

    Choose Something That No One Else Has

    The best way to accentuate your outfit is to choose an accessory that no one else out there will have. Most people think of one-of-a-kind earrings as being expensive, but that’s not always the case. Handcrafted earrings like those from Halftee are the perfect way to stand out and be unique on a budget. Because they are handcrafted, every single pair of earrings will be slightly different. While the general style is the same, your particular earrings will have their own personality which means you will never come across someone with the exact same pair. This way, you can follow the trends while being unique and take any outfit to the next level.

    Go with A Simple Yet Elegant Design That Matches Everything

    The trick to choosing earrings that accentuate a range of outfits in your wardrobe is to keep it simple. The options from Halftee do just this yet still give off an air of elegance. Think of them as a less expensive version of versatile pearls; they are simple enough to match any dress or other outfit you like but have an elegant appearance thanks to the sheen and high-quality materials used. Since the handcrafted studs and dangling earrings from Halftee are made from sterling silver, you can count on them matching anything in your closet. Their simplicity means that you can wear them with anything from a low-cut dress to your work clothes for casual Friday.

    Timeless Designs Are The Best

    To make your investment in perfect earrings truly last, opt for a timeless design. Simple studs will never go out of style and neither will a basic dangling earring. While trends come and go, some things consistently remain the same and a timeless shape like rectangular dangling earrings or circular studs will keep coming into vogue. If you aren’t convinced, take a look at pictures of celebrities throughout recent decades. Chances are you will see numerous similar earrings even as other trends, like big hoops or vibrant colors, come and go.

    Check the Materials

    When picking your next set of earrings, you want to make sure that you are making a good investment as well. Some earrings will be overpriced and made from low-quality materials as the manufacturer knows he can cash in on the trend and take advantage of less savvy buyers. Don’t be one of these victims and instead, choose earrings with a high-quality material like sterling silver. If you are going with a timeless design that is versatile enough to wear every day, you want to make sure that earrings themselves can stand up to regular use for years to come. Sterling silver is known in the jewelry industry for its ability to last a very long time and it is easy to maintain as well, extending its life-span. For those with sensitive ears, sterling silver earrings have an added advantage of being gentle since they won’t contain any potentially irritating metals.

    Handcrafted Halftee Earrings

    When it comes down to it, the handcrafted earrings from Halftee simply make the most sense for accentuating outfits this season. You can choose from the circular studs or the dangle earrings, or even get both considering they are so affordable. With these earrings in your jewelry arsenal, you will almost never need to buy another set of earrings.

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  • 20 Body Positive Affirmations You Need To Read

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    I love affirmations and have them hanging all over my house. I believe that our minds have an untapped ability to change our world and to specifically change how we see it.

    As women, I believe our two worst attributes are:

    1. Being too hard on ourselves, and
    2. Comparing ourselves with others.

    Most of the time, all that does is blind us to who we are and our own unique and divine purpose. We are powerful and no matter our shape, size, or age, we can do exactly what we feel inspired to do if we think positively, work hard, and believe in ourselves.

    Affirmations are statements that you repeat over and over to change your unconscious beliefs. I found an article with 101 Positive Body Affirmations and chose a few of my favorites to share with you.

    Initially, I was going to choose ten, but could only narrow it down to twenty. Choose a few that resonate with you and look in the mirror as you repeat them several times daily. If you can find some of these positive body affirmations and allow yourself to see, hear, and feel them, you will find some shifts in the way you think about yourself and your body. Enjoy!


    1. My body deserves love.

    2. I am perfect, whole, and complete just the way I am.

    3. I love and respect myself.

    4. As long as I am good, kind, and hold myself with integrity, it doesn’t matter what other people think of me.

    5. I am blessed to be aging. The only alternative to aging is death.

    6. If I spend too much time trying to be and look like someone else, I cease to pay attention to myself, my virtues, my path, and my journey.

    7. Self respect is underrated.

    8. When I smile, I actually make other people happy.

    9. Balance is the most important.

    10. I am good stuff.

    11. I am compassionate and warm. My presence is delightful to people.

    12. Getting older makes me smarter.

    13. It’s okay not to be the best all the time.

    14. I can be healthy at any size.

    15. My brain is my sexiest body part.

    16. My body is a vessel for my awesomeness.

    17. Taking care of myself feels good.

    18. Being grounded and whole is what makes me beautiful. If I don’t feel grounded and whole, I can get there just by being still, breathing, listening to my intuition, and doing what I can to be kind to myself and others.

    19. I can trust my intuition. It’s here to guide me.

    20. I feed my body healthy, nourishing food and give it healthy nourishing exercise because it deserves to be taken care of.

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  • 5 Must-Have Wardrobe Items To Be Feminine, Cozy, & Confident This Winter

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     When it comes to clothing, everyone wants to find the perfect blend of style, comfort, and functionality. If you’re uncomfortable in your clothing, you won’t feel as confident. Fortunately, it’s never been easier to build a wardrobe that’s right for you.

    As a mature woman, your closets are probably already filled, but you can revamp it by getting rid of clothes that are no longer right for you and filling it with a few key pieces that will make you feel great. By mixing and matching some of these basics, you’ll have a different look for every occasion.

    (Check out the classy ladies of 50isnotold.comsouthernhospitalityblog.comfiftynotfrumpy.blogspot.com, and over50feeling40.com for TONS of amazing fashion ideas!)


    Well-Fitting Pants

    Pants are essential for staying warm throughout the winter. Unfortunately, many women have pants that are ill-fitting or uncomfortable. While you might be able to get by pairing them with a longer shirt, you’d be better off getting pants that truly fit.

    Look for high- or mid-rise pants that have a bit of give. Wide-legged pants look best with tighter shirts, while form-fitting pants look good with tunic-style shirts. Most importantly, you want pants that don’t sag under your bottom or cut into your waist. Take them to a tailor to get the perfect fit.

    ¾ Halftee

    You might be surprised to see a midriff-bearing shirt on a list of clothing for women over 50, but you’ll change your tune when you hear about how women like you are using these shirts. If you’re like a lot of women, your closet is probably filled with shirts that you used to love but that feel a little too low-cut now that you’ve grown older.

    By wearing a half tee underneath, you can start wearing all of these shirts again. The half tee offers modest coverage without feeling or looking bulky. Longer sleeves can keep you warmer, but you can also purchase these with short sleeves or as tank tops. As you see the possibilities, you’ll want to purchase a few of these in different colors.

    Cardigan Sweaters

    It might be cold outside, but people keep their homes and businesses at different temperatures. A comfortable temperature for one person may be too cold or too hot for you. Add hormonal changes into the mix and you can see why cardigan sweaters are a smart move. They allow you to have better control over your own body’s comfort.

    Long sweaters that don’t button can give you a whimsical look, while form-fitting buttoned cardigans offer a sharp, professional look. Remember that sweaters themselves can be bulky, so be sure to pair them with a skirt or pair of pants that nicely balances out the weight of the sweater.

    A Few Great Dresses

    Most dresses are extremely forgiving when it comes to the mid-section, so it’s smart to have quite a few in your closet for those times that you need to dress up. Wrap and sheath dresses in particular can be flattering on mature women.

    Of course, you’ll have to cover your legs to stay warm, so invest in some high-quality, thick tights. Some versions are even lined with fleece, which is surprisingly comfortable and cozy without looking bulky.

    Functional and Stylish Boots

    Winter is the perfect time to wear boots, but you also need to be careful with your selection. Fashionable boots with high heels might look great, but they can be difficult to walk in, especially when there’s snow and ice. You wouldn’t want to fall and break a bone.

    However, you can still look great if you choose knee-high boots with a sturdy heel. Just make sure that the soles have good traction to avoid slips. Those who live in areas that get a lot of snow should probably invest in a more functional pair of snow boots, like the ones from LL Bean, then change into stylish boots or shoes after arriving at your destination.

    Women of all ages can look stylish when they focus their wardrobes on basics that fit well. Shop smart whenever you’re trying to add to your wardrobe.

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  • Are you that teacher, nurse, cheerleader, or nursing mother?

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    In all of our travels with Halftee we always find the 'minority' niches in the Halftee world. The nurses, the dental hygienists, the cheerleaders /coaches, the preggos, the nursing mothers, and the teachers. I am sure there are many more niches but today I want to share a story that happened in my son's 2nd grade class.  Teachers all across the country rave about what a wonderful "life saver" a Hafltee is in their wardrobe. In any area of work where you spend a lot of time bending over, the problem of covering up or hanging out is something that needs to be attended to. Unfortunately women aren't always aware or willing to fix the problem, or haven't found their solution yet. I would like to scream out in all the Dr's offices and hospitals, dental offices, and schools and let all those hard working women out there know.... "there is a solution for your everyday problems, on the job."
    Some time ago my son and I were working in the kitchen together. This particular son is my cut and dry, black and white type personality. Very frank in his observations and most of the time very wise with his perceptions and solutions. He was putting the dishes away, as I was putting more dirty ones in the dish washer. He stopped and said, "Mom, my teacher sure needed a Halftee today!" I kinda chuckled because what 8 year old sees a need and then tries to solve it, especially the fashion needs of his teacher. But this is the child that I came home from a church meeting one day and he had chopped all of his Hanes under t-shirts in half. When I asked why in the world he would do that, he said, "Hey they are MY Halftees." I got a good laugh, but onto the other story. So I simply asked, "why is that?" Call responded, "well every time she came over to help me with my homework she leaned over, and....... Well let's just leave it at that, she needed a Halftee!" I was laughing so hard. I responded back, "Dang tootin' son, she absolutely needs a Halftee!!" All I could think of was this sweet teacher just doing her job but completely oblivious to the fact that her poor 2nd grader was having a hard time knowing just where to look. 
    Funny story huh?! So I ask what kind of teacher are you? Confident in your Halftee ---knowing no matter the task Halftee has got you covered? If you are that teacher, spread the Halftee love! All of your fellow specatacular teachers need a Halftee as much as you do! Do your job cleavage free, haha! Get dressed each morning with a Halftee!!
    Amanda Campbell (Tami our office manager's daughter) drew this funny pic for me......
    Funny Comic stripe...Not about cleavage but same idea, HAHA!
    Be Confident! Be Beautiful! Be YOU!

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  • What is my least favorite immodest look?

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    Sorry for slacking on my posts the past two weeks. The Barkers loaded up the 12 seater passenger van and headed out for California for Spring Break. We spent a few days in Vegas, swimming and walking the stripe (in the day time:)) and then did some shopping. Then we headed down to The Lawrence Welk Resort in Escondido, CA. Where we swam, did the beach and swam some more. Throughout the week, I defiantly realized my least favorite "immodest look." These things were on shelves in every store and were sported by women and girls of all ages. I know that they have been around since the Dukes of Hazzard, but I was too young then, and I obviously didn't have a teenage daughter. Charlee (my 13-year-old daughter) and I are constantly going the rounds on modesty. I am continually trying to help her understand that 2 inches in length does make a difference and can take an article of clothing out of the modest column and put it into the immodest column. It will be a constant topic of conversation between me the mom and her naive teenager :)

    But "this" look we stand together on.....drum roll, please..........Daisy Duke shorts!! The length that goes barely below the bootie, the ones that when sitting on the shelf look like they could be denim underwear, the ones that when on a body the pockets are hanging out the bottom of the cut off legs. See pic below.....

    So here they are in their glory! Sooooo not my favorite, but every where. 

    I love Spring Break! I love spending time with my kiddos! I love the beach! I love swimming with the littles and watching them float on their back! I love having no schedule! I love getting a tan! I love the car ride (kinda)!  I love being with friends! I love no emails! I love the break from work and from home work! I love shopping even though everyone stares at us! I HATE Daisy Duke shorts! What do you love about spring break? What are your thoughts on Daisy Duke shorts? Here is super cool article on Top 10 apps for kids in the car on your way to Spring Break.... Happy Travels!


    The calendar is about to flip to April and with that comes Spring Break, at least here in West Michigan. It’s been another brutally cold and long winter and I personally can’t wait to get to some warmth, relaxation, and time with my family away from the daily school routine. As families prepare to hit the road or just enjoy some time off here are ten great iPad apps and features for Spring Break 2015. 

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