The Weekend Looks.....

Hey Family. I hope you all had a great weekend! Well, I really had a great one. Thank you for asking. We went to a paint your jeans party and we hosted our first fund raiser,went to church and just made the most of the beautiful weekend.

Saturday was such a lovely day. Being able to sleep in is a must do on everyone's list. Sometimes it is just so nice to veg out. We had an event the Paint your jeans party on Saturday afternoon from 1:00 - 4:00 at a wonderful library. Did you know you can reserve a room in any Chicago Library for free? Yeah, I did not know either. You can bring in nonalcoholic drinks and food and conduct your event. How beautiful is that? I took my youngest niece Ashay and for some reason here our are conversations lately.

Ashay " what are we doing?"
Auntie "we are going to a paint your jeans party"
Ashay"why"
Auntie "because it will be fun and introduced you to something different "
Ashay "when"
Auntie "today at 1 remember I have been mentioning it for the past 2 weeks"
Ashay " ?" (Total silence)
Ashay " auntie Donna this will be cutting into my library time"

(Side note: the library is the new epicenter for the teen)

Auntie "Ashay we will be at the library trust me it will be fun!"
Ashay "Who will be there"
Auntie "We will be there and I think you will have fun meeting some other creative teens like yourself"
Ashay. "K"

I swear to you all these are the conversations we have had sense she has turned 14 and graduated from 8th grade. I'm sitting back wondering what happened to my baby who wanted to go everywhere with Auntie Donna just because. Now it's like the 5 questions Who, What, When, where & How. Lol. Well we got there and she enjoyed herself and even found herself a kindred sprit in my friends daughter. Who was there but sat in the corner listening to what every teen listen to now a days. Taylor Swift or something.

The class was really fun and packed out about 50 people showed up. It was a
a fund raiser hosted by One Savvy Veteran the classes or events are very affordable like $10. This was my 2nd event from OSV and it won't be my last. You know I had to be different and I brought a denim shirt instead of jeans I also brought a denim hat. The class was about 3 hours with snacks. The kids I mean teens gravitational pull meshed and they found each other. From what I saw they did not talk but somehow found common interest. I just don't understand the teens but they get each other. This was the conversation at the end of the day.

Ashay "Auntie Donna?"
Auntie "yes?"
Ashay "when's the next party"
Auntie "did you have fun?"
Ashay "it was okay "
Auntie "good"
Ashay "she likes Anamie"
Auntie "is that a good thing"
Ashay "yes"

Well that is a full blown conversation Saturday was a good day.

Sunday was a beaut day again the 90s. I went to a 7:30 Church service and it the parking lot of our big church was this fantastic car on hydraulic lifts. It was truly amazing I was thinking I would love to meet the person and get their story. Well it was Father's Day and the church celebrated them. It was a good service. I wore my paint your jeans denim top. I did not take pictures because everyone was sleep in the house. That afternoon I hosted my first fundraiser.

In giving back I wanted to host a fundraiser and have some fun. The event which was titled a Thrift in Time Health & Wellness event. We went to a place called Brooklyn Boulders in the South Loop of The Chi. The tickets sold out but only an intimate group showed up. This place had great climbing walls but we all decided to go to the Yoga class. Now tell me why did we wander into the advanced yoga class. Oh man. Not a problem the instructor modified the class for our group we all had fun. Yoga is a sweat your but off core work out. I would challenge the Military to incorporate this activity into its excise program.

The money we raised can provide 11 plush toiletry bags for 11 women veterans in need or 5 lavish dinners for 5 veterans or groceries for 1 woman veteran and her family...way to make an impact.

Well at the end of Sunday it was a good day. I chilled with the family and just enjoyed the basketball game until I fell asleep. I just like Step Curry. I hope you all had a great one.

Oh okay I know I forgot to talk about the clothing.

Saturday a bit of pattern Mixing.
Striped black and white asymmetrical dress
Leopard print lace up flats
Simple silver earrings and a cuff

Sunday Yoga clothing and denim shirt.

All the items were thrifted

The last pictures are this weekend murals that I saw while out and about.

As always Thank you for reading look and or commenting.

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17 Comments

  • catgirl replied 1 year ago

    What fun! Love your stripes with animal print and your paint job. Totally relate to the teen conversations. At least yours speaks in words, not boy grunts.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    I LOVE you in outfit #1. That dress is wildly flattering, and the hat is very fun. '60s and '70s Fabness. And a little animal print goes a long way. Killer on you, Ledonna. 

  • approprio replied 1 year ago

    Very relieved to know teens hang out in libraries these days, and props to Chicago for the open access policy! Best thing about being Auntie in my opinion is being cooler than their parents. You have that down.

  • replied 1 year ago

    Think I'm going to inject some of your poses into future shots of mine. They are joyful.

  • Joyce B replied 1 year ago

    Great looks! I love your painted denim items as well. Ashay looks like she was having fun.
    What type of paint did you use for the denim? I love how your shirt turned out, I have some boring denim toppers, maybe I will paint them to make them more fun.

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    Really fantastic. Paint your jeans looks like so much fun. I'd go get some jeans (I don't wear them if I can help it) just to do it, lol! Also! I need to show you my Dalmatian shoes. They're strappy like yours. That space in the last pictures is awesome. Are the murals and the booths and rock wall - ARE they one building? Last but not least...haha to conversations with teens! :)

  • Maneera replied 1 year ago

    Hey you! How awesome are you in that dress??!!!! I LOVE it! Soooooo flattering on you, Donna. I want it too!!! Love the sandals too.

    Ashay is lucky to have cool auntie Donna. And I agree with Rio - aunties are always cooler than parents! You're a really good influence on that kid :)

  • shedev replied 1 year ago

    The striped dress looks killer on you. I really admire all you do to help other vets.

  • catgirl replied 1 year ago

    BTW, I'm sure you know this and may have posted about it but I just read about the new Miss USA who is an Army gal and is focusing on veterans. Love her!

    http://www.armytimes.com/story...../85476086/

  • celia replied 1 year ago

    Oh teens.... they are the sweetest but have to know everything :)

    Love your outfit and all the beautiful pictures.

  • replied 1 year ago

    I'm sorry , but we can no longer be friends. Steph Curry ? No way . Little punk ;)

  • Ledonna N. replied 1 year ago

    Lisap- Steph is young we have to forgive him. Lol hahahahahahahahalololo

    Celia- you're right every single detail.

    Alaskagirl thank you for the link. I knew already but I'm still proud.

    Shedev it's a small thing but every drop can help.

    Maneera- far from cool but I like spending quality time with my nieces and nephew.

    Rachylou it is so much fun but I wear jeans almost daily. You could bring a bag or shoes or just about anything. I would love to see your shoes. Yes that was all one space. Very cool30-36 were outside in a different building. Teens. Lol

    Joyce b it was fabric paint. I don't know what type I'll have to ask. I did a denim duster last time. Ashay did have a good time.

    Delurked you have too. It is so much fun.

    Approprio awe than you. Chicago is pretty cool.

    Angie thank you. I seem to be stuck in the 60s lately. Lol

    Thank you all for reading and chiming in.

  • catgirl replied 1 year ago

    Ha, Lisa - we are Curry fans too! Too bad he choked. His daughter is the cutest.

  • Sally replied 1 year ago

    That striped dress is superb. I think it's the best I've seen you wear...well one of the best and your others are fab. I also love the library....my son and I once did a challenge where you had to different challenges across the city during the summer holidays and then he went to end of holiday party which involved a water slide and dish washing liquid

  • Diane G replied 1 year ago

    Hehe, I'm smiling at your conversation with Aahay...I have the joy of teens to come yet with my son, he's 12.5 :)

    What a great weekend you had Ledonna. You did it all in great style too. I love your stripey, sassy outfit.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Okay, I hope it is all right to say this, because that striped dress with the leopard shoes is downright sexy on you. What a fun look for a hot day with a spunky teen!! :) 

    I am chuckling at those conversations. We get them all the time here with our 16 year old. It is parenting in a different key for sure, compared to when they are kids. But she is beautiful and has such a great example with you in her life. 

  • Ledonna N. replied 1 year ago

    Suz, you can say that all you want sister lol. I liked how you phrase that. "Parenting in a different key".

    Diane G welcome to soon to be the teenage years. Lol

    Sally why thank you. I love it also. The tag said a much smaller size but I triednit n on anyway. Lol

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