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Dashing Through Winston-Salem

Striving to capture the every changing and thriving lifestyle of Winston-Salem and beyond.

As 2015 comes to a close, I just wanted to thank everyone that has read Dashing, shared Dashing, and been part of Dashing this year.  I hope that your 2016 will sparkle, be full of love, and laughter!!!  I’ll see you in the new year.

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Dashing – xoxo

Truth… the hardware on my phone went out December 23. (ugh…)

Truth… I didn’t take one photo this Christmas.  It is a huge bummer.

Truth… I made the best meal I’ve ever made.  (not to brag, but it may never happen again.)

Truth… I did the best flower arrangements I’ve ever made (please see above…)

(maybe because I wasn’t distracted by my phone… :))

Truth…more than anything else I’m so grateful for my three crazy boys. (Well one man and two boys)

It’s been a great year.

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Dashing – xoxox

 

Still shopping??  Me too!!  Looking for the perfect gift for the fashionista in your life?  I’ve got two recommendations.  Get yourself to Monkee’s in Reynolda Village today.  The shop is filled with cheerful women’s clothing and to die for shoes.  Currently though I’m in love with Twig & Twine necklaces and GiGi New York bags.

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Suzanne Dillon says she has always been considered to be a therapist of some kind because of her rich life experiences and sage insight into what happens when life throws you curve balls.

“For years people have told me I should have been a therapist because of my listening ear and ability to use information to deliver good advice,” Dillon says.

Dillon recently made the leap from armchair therapist to certified life coach. She says her life experiences, such as losing her husband early in life and successfully raising two boys with ADHD has made her a natural organizer.

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Suzanne Dillon, Certified Life Coach

Although she only just became certified, Dillon has already worked with a variety of clients, like Heather Zifchak who needed to have more than her closets organized.

“My entire house is cluttered and I especially struggle with my daughter’s chaotic mess,” Zifchak says. “I need to change everyone’s habits and create new ones.”

Upon meeting with Dillon, Zifchak realized she had been approaching organization entirely wrong. “Suzanne showed me that everything needs to have its own place,” Zifchak says. “We evaluated my daughter’s wardrobe and I realized I never asked her which pieces she liked and which ones she was never going to wear.”

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Suzanne and her client Heather Zifchak

As a result from her meeting Zifchak has now plowed through her fashion bedlam and has a hefty order for the local clothing donation drive.

“I learned by watching Suzanne’s open ended questions why my daughter doesn’t like certain dresses or colors. I have never known that before,” Zifchak reflects.

Since the initial meeting, Dillon has delivered insightful organization solutions that can be applied throughout the home.

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Suzanne Dillon and Heather Zichak

“Your exterior world is a reflection of your interior world; chaos and confusion that surrounds you is a reflection of what is going on inside of you,” Dillon remarks. “As a life coach, I ask every client this question” If a miracle were to occur, what would it look like, and how would it make you feel? Almost every client says they feel peaceful and calm. Because I do not come in and do it for them; my guidance allows them to own the process and feel empowered.”

Dillon stresses that life coaching is not a quick fix. “It can take six months to a year and my clients must understand that the answers to our questions are inside of us. We have the ability to create the life we wish for, but we have to do the hard work, which is a difficult process for many people. Positive change requires the breaking of old habits and I show my clients how to create new habits through identifying what no longer serves them.” Ultimately, these strategies creates a clarity of thinking, which produces peace, ultimately bringing happiness and the achievement of the client’s goals and dreams.

 

Does Suzanne’s coaching sound like something that you need?  Who couldn’t use some coaching right?

Contact Suzanne Dillon, Certified Life Coach:

336-972-8828

Email: sdillon1965@yahoo.com

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Dashing – xoxox

McCalls is always one of my go to places when I need a gift or shopping for my boys.  The children’s clothing that they have is beyond amazing!  The linens are fantastic … in fact my favorite Christmas gift came from McCalls last year and they are my Christmas linens!!  Do you need some special intimates for the love of your life or the perfect bathrobe for your mother?  McCalls has all of this and so much!!

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Often times I pigeonhole shops, “kids” “clothing” “toys” etc.  It would be easy to pigeonhole Belle Maison located in Reynolda Village as just a linens shop.  But DON’T BECAUSE it is so much more.  Yes, there are fine linens but they also carry one of my favorite lines of candles, NEST Fragrances.

There are also so many unique home goods perfect for your bedroom and bathroom.  You might even find something plush and sweet for the little person in your life.

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It’s no secret, I’m a huge advocate for the Junior League of Winston-Salem.  This fabulous organization that has created such programs in Winston-Salem including BookMarks, The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, SciWorks, Child Abuse Puppet Show and many many others, including the JLWS’s newest project, BookWORM.

The Junior League of Winston-Salem, Inc. (JLWS) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.  The JLWS reprinted their fabulous cookbook, Stirring Performances and is currently selling them.  For $18.74 this cookbook has some of the best recipes you will ever come by.

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If you don’t have a copy… get it now before it is out of print.

The Junior League of Winston-Salem office is open Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday from 9:00 – 2:00

390 South Liberty Street, Suite 100

(in the back of the Children’s Museum)

or order online and it will be mailed to you!

Thank you for your support in advance and congrats on getting this great gift.

If you have this cookbook, which is your favorite recipe?

Dashing – xoxox

As soon as Halloween was over I started seeing my favorite blogs post their shopping guides.  Well… this blog is a little different being that a big focus is local.  So I’m not going to have you click on something and buy it from elsewhere.  Instead I’m going to focus on a local shop per day and encourage you to SHOP LOCAL.

Rebecca & Co.  is one of the best ladies clothing and accessories shop in town. I always love to see the very cool and stylish items that Lisa, the store owner, has selected.  I saw so many items that the stylish gal in your life would love.

I get cold easily and thought that the toboggans were  adorable and I would love  one under my the Christmas tree.  Have you been by Rebecca and Co. yet?  What was your favorite item they had?  I’d love to hear.

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Rebecca and Co. yet it is super easy to get to.  The shop is located at the corner of Robinhood and Reynolda.

Dashing – xoxox

When I walk through High Point Furniture Market often times I go to the same booths, “ooh and ahh” over great pieces from furniture makers I’m familiar with.  This past market I was intrigued by a new booth … DEMORAIS International.  I was curious, I went to their website and then was completely blown away by their collection of furniture and accessories.  So next I emailed them and asked for few more pictures so that you can see this new line to me!

 

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Someone asked me,  “But would you put it in your home??” to which I thought about it.  My answer is Yes.  It is a statement piece and I understand it doesn’t fit my usual findings but think of this as a piece of art and not a chair… does that change your mind?  I studied it  looking at the melting technique and seeing the carefully thought out way the chair is executed, in its different versions as well.

 It is called the Emporium Chair and it is by BOCA DO LOBO

From the company: The Emporium chair features a classic shape, with design details inspired in the surrealist movement. Cast from aluminum alloy, it is lightweight and a resistant piece, available in gold or silver plated finish.
Arts and Techniques: Foundry, Polishing, Galvanizing.
Materials and Finishes: Gold or silver plated aluminum alloy.
Product Options: Gold or silver plated finish.
Customization: Custom sizes and colors are available with an upcharge.

So the Copper Color is my favorite … I’m have a Rose moment to say the least.  Tell me what do you think?

Dashing – xoxo

Y’all currently Bain and I are trying to figure out what to do with our TV.  Now that we have Apple TV we aren’t watching TV the way were were just a few years ago.  We’ve **gasp** gotten rid of DVR and use the apps from Apple more and more.  I’m only telling you all this because last weekend it was raining *shocker* and I clicked onto Netflix to see what documentaries were interesting to me.  I came across a few that I watched and thought if it should rain yet again and you are folding laundry, address Christmas cards… and more then you too might need a Netflix watching guide.
The first is IRIS – this is the story of interior designer, entrepreneur, fashion icon Iris Apfel.  It is not only about her amazing collection of clothing and accessories but really, it is the woman behind the glasses.  You will delight in the depth of her story.

OK – so in fairness I have a great appreciation for strong women before their time and Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel is a great continuation of a “woman-power” theme after watching IRIS.

 

Before there was Anna Wintor… there was Diana Vreeland.  I have watched this documentary a few times now and each time learn something new about fashion and about her.  She worked for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.  She was bold to say the least and her quotes are numerous.  My favorite quote of hers is  “Vogue always did stand for people’s lives. I mean, a new dress doesn’t get you anywhere; it’s the life you’re living in the dress, and the sort of life you had lived before, and what you will do in it later.”

Finally (although I have so many more that I love)  Bill Cunningham, New York is a documentary cronicalling the lifelong career of Bill Cunningham of the New York Times and his stellar work taking pictures of stylish women/men on the streets of New York and at parties and realizing not only trends but the story behind the dress.  A must see for anyone who loves fashion.

I love watching a documentary during the cold months.  It is a special treat to me.  Do you have a certain genre that is your favorite?  Is there a doc that I need to watch ASAP?

 I would love to know which you love….

Dashing – xoxo