Let’s catch up! November 17, 2021

Hello gorgeous!

I hope you’re doing wonderfully!

This season is always full of expectations and obligations.  I’d like to take a minute to remind all of us to slow down.  I don’t mean we should spend our days on the sofa…I mean slowing down just enough, that we have time to really listen to friends and family.  To pay attention to some one that needs to know they matter to us.

It’s so easy to over schedule ourselves, to the point we’re playing catch-up all day.  We take pride in being productive and checking things off the list…when a little quiet time, or connection with a friend or sister, is over-due.

You see, I’m talking to myself here, as much as anyone else!  I need to put this message on post it notes around the house!

I’m getting better though.  Last week, I was able to join some wonderful women friends, in Texas. A few months ago, we decided to all go to the Houston Ballet’s annual fundraiser, The Nutcracker Market.

Thousands of women visit this market, over four days!  It’s huge!  I was curious to discover the next-big-thing!  I’m not sure I found it, but we sure had fun!

We ate, drank, laughed and shopped!  My favorite thing was visiting The Guild Shop, of St. John the Divine!  It was divine, all right!  Apparently, this is the place well-to-do Houston women donate their clothes, jewelry, art and furniture.  There was no possible way to get any furniture into my carry-on luggage, but I could certainly buy jewelry!

These two are sisters, Gail and Tinker.  What a kick they are! Gail’s from Southern California and Tinker used to live in Sacramento and has moved to Texas, where she has other family. They were checking out each other’s stash, in the parking lot, after shopping. 🙂

The first necklace is made of coral, with a sterling cross.  My favorite, among many, is this turquoise, crystal, coral and pearl necklace.  Hand made, with polished crystals.  Totally one of a kind!  Many are ethnic pieces, probably purchased while traveling.  There’s plenty to check out! I hope you find them as wonderful as I do!

By the way, if you’re in Houston, or plan to visit, The Guild is located at 2009 Dunlavy Street, in Houston. If I could, I’d be there every week!

Back at the shop… new goodies keep arriving!

There are a number of wonderful new additions in the boutique. This picture doesn’t do this sweater justice.  Dolman sleeves, funnel neck and long.  I brought it in, in this cream color and a charcoal version. Love it!

I also love this knee length cardigan.  Super soft and comfy!  It comes in S-M and L and runs big.  Great to dress up or wear with jeans or leggings!

As I mentioned in today’s Facebook Live, I don’t by large quantities of any one style.  Usually things come 2 small, 2 medium and 2 large.  Rarely do I reorder, so when you see something you like, you can always call the shop and pay for it over the phone.  Then, if it doesn’t work, you just return it.

Well, princess, it’s time to wrap things up here!  I hope the sun shines on you today and always!

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  1. Jeanne Stalder on November 18, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Wow Barb – super post !! – enjoyed all the photos, especially the summary of the Nutcracker Market and the Guild. I signed up for the weekly newsletter.

    Can’t wait to visit your shop someday when I get to California Maybe I’ll be your Houston Guild spy in the meantime – I’d love to have a reason to go their

    more often.

    • Barbara Bussey on November 18, 2021 at 7:54 pm

      As I said, I’d go there all the time, if I could. Hope you can visit!

    • Barbara Bussey on November 21, 2021 at 9:41 am

      Hi Sister-Jeanne! Thanks for stopping by the blog! You ladies are the best! I’m already looking forward to next time! Stay well, Barbara

  2. Gail M Sullivan on November 20, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Hi Barbara,

    Loved your Blog, love your shop. We had such fun!! I don’t know where the “Guild” has been all my life, but I’m with you….I’m glad we met!! Next time I am in Northern California, I will be right in to your beautiful shop, Paul Michael has nothing on you!!

    Gail S.

    • Barbara Bussey on November 21, 2021 at 9:37 am

      Hi Gail! I’m glad you had a chance to check out my home-away-from-home! Miss you all! XO

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