5 Friday Favorites

Happy Friday ladies. We’ve packed up and are heading for the ferry to Victoria today. Our stay in Vancouver has been beyond amazing. It’s starting to feel like home here and I love it!

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Now’s the perfect time to be away from the extreme heat and smoke in California so I’m beyond grateful we got this break and could spend so much time with our daughter.

Today I thought I’d share 5 Friday favorites that are making me happy this week. As it happens, all 5 are in this photo.

woman bendiong down to hold pug on sidewalk

Getting to spend time with this sweet little pug. Honeypug, yep, that’s her name, is my daughter’s little dog. She’s just turned 13 and is struggling with Pug Myelopathy which is a neurological deficit that develops in the spine and affects the use of their back legs. She’s a real trouper and we are all crazy about her. It’s very common in Pugs, seems to cause them no pain but is heartbreaking.



A crisp white shirt that comes out of the commercial dryer looking as fresh as it did going in. I’ve brought 3 with me and reach for one on more days than not. This one is by Talbots, and I also have two n0-iron white shirts from Chico’s in the suitcase.



This Rose Gold bracelet. I wandered into the Nsale looking for items on sale and fell for this, which was full price. #murphyslaw There’s just something about the shape of the links, the fact that it has push-clasp links so I can manually add or remove charms if I choose,  and the rose gold color that I simply love.

I’ve never owned Rose Gold before and can’t imagine why. It’s easy for me to put on and take off which is critical because of the arthritis in my hands and wonky trigger fingers. I’ve justified it by deciding it is my 65th birthday present to myself…which is tomorrow.


This convertible shoulder/ crossbody/ wristlet bag which I have carried every day of this trip. It’s been a lifesaver. It has lots of interior pockets to keep me organized and this neutral bronze blends with everything I wear. It can also be worn as a wristlet which I have yet to bother with. I did shorten the strap, which is quick to do and thread it through my belt loops once for a long walk which was super handy.

There are so many things we can’t control, taking joy in the little things is important for our mental health.

What’s made you happy this week?

Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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  1. Sue
    August 20, 2021 / 2:58 pm

    Your posts always warm my heart!
    Enjoy your birthday tomorrow and here’s to a healthy happy next year!
    I know how hard it is to say goodbye
    as our son lives in the UK …….not sure when you head home but it has been fun having you in Canada!
    Keep up your good work, love your group chats on Fridays ❤️

  2. Ellen
    August 20, 2021 / 2:08 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jennifer! Thank you for your happy post – it made me smile!

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 5:10 pm

      Thank you

  3. Christine Simpson
    August 20, 2021 / 2:00 pm

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy!!
    What a cute pug name!! I also have a 12 year old pig named Lily who has the same disease. She is paralyzed on the back end for about 5 months now. We tried chiropractor etc but it didn’t work. She’s still happy as ever though!!

  4. Ann D.
    August 20, 2021 / 1:58 pm

    Have a marvelous 65th year
    Many blessings to you!

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 5:23 pm

      Thanks so much

  5. Lin
    August 20, 2021 / 1:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Jennifer. May your special day be blessed with wonderful surprises.
    (Love your daughter’s pug. What a cute dog)
    I was granted two amazing blessings today – totally unexpected. The very best kind 🙏

  6. Paulette Levy
    August 20, 2021 / 1:26 pm

    Well Happy Happy Birthday Jennifer! You look younger than ever since this Vancouver stay. You are always beautiful but I think your heart is in Vancouver ?
    I must invest in those Chico’s shirts – that’s a given.
    Travel safely back home and please know we are all praying for California fires to die out! It seems terrifying!
    Love your posts!

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 5:08 pm

      Thank you Paulette. You’re so kind

  7. Anne Haas
    August 20, 2021 / 1:01 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jennifer! I always enjoy reading your blog.!
    My husband and I are leaving the deep south scorching heat and humidity of Fairhope, Al, next week and headed to Vancouver and Whistler for a few days. Your posts are getting me more and more excited about our trip! Think I’ll go pack now 😆

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 5:06 pm

      Yay, have fun. It’s gorgeous up here.

  8. Joanna
    August 20, 2021 / 12:46 pm

    I hope you have a reservation on the ferry. It’s just crazy busy this year with mainlanders escaping the smoke.
    Happy 65th! I quite often treat myself on my birthday, too. Your bracelet is perfect!

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 5:04 pm

      We do have reservations, thank goodness. It’s very busy

  9. Judi
    August 20, 2021 / 12:44 pm

    Happy Birthday Jennifer! You really look fabulous, always have since I started to follow your blog. You are full of good tips and I learn about products and trends from your writing and enjoy your try on dressing room diaries so much. We live in Yaletown, Vancouver and so happy you had great weather and good dining while here. Continue to enjoy the next phase of your holiday!

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 5:03 pm

      Thanks Judi

  10. Kay
    August 20, 2021 / 12:43 pm

    I love Victoria. Perfect place to celebrate. I haven’t been since before the plague, but that’s one of our regular retreats from crazy California life. Now that Americans can go to Canada, I can take my husband. (I’m Canadian.) Tell the totem poles we said hi!

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 5:02 pm

      It’s such a special place

  11. Cindy D.
    August 20, 2021 / 11:39 am

    Happy birthday, Jennifer. I look forward to your posts. I, too, am a mature woman and have gleaned tons of info from you. I did not know about the condition in pugs. Sad. What a cute dog.

  12. Suzanne
    August 20, 2021 / 11:06 am

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your special day.

  13. Vivian
    August 20, 2021 / 10:55 am

    HAPPY 65th Birthday🎂 Jennifer! You look fabulous and wishing you excellent health, joy and happiness.

    Love your posts and agree with the other comments your smile and joy just shines through. Have a great time in Victoria. Both cities are so amazing! Even more so when sharing with family.

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 5:23 pm

      Thank you Vivian

  14. Diane B
    August 20, 2021 / 10:39 am

    Sending you wonderful Birthday wishes Jennifer. It has been fun following along on your vacation and still taking the time to connect with us. Honeypug is adorable and her smile with yours says you are both going to miss each other. Enjoy your time on the island and take care with the walking. I too have just discovered rose gold and love it too.

  15. beth byrd
    August 20, 2021 / 10:32 am

    What a very fun and happy post — you look very upbeat and relaxed.
    Wishing you a very happy birthday! You make 65 look amazing!!
    Enjoy your day!

    I love the white shirt with the camel cardigan — I’m going to copy that look!!
    It’s both classy and casual, especially with jeans.

    That pug is too precious! I love how animals bring such joy into our lives.

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 5:00 pm

      She’s darling! It’s an easy look to copy

  16. Angela Grafe
    August 20, 2021 / 10:31 am

    Dear Jennifer, Happy birthday! You look great! In 1972 I was German au-pair in Moscow and met a girl from Toronto, au-pair in Canadian family. We were young, had so mmuch fun together. I left Moscow 1973 started my job in Germany,got married, 3 children. She got married in Canada, 2 children -we always stayed in contact via mail.
    There was no time, no money to meet. She moved to Victoria, we both have grandchildren, shared so many fotos and finally in 2019 my husband and I took a flight to Vancouver and after “a whole life” we were able to put our arms around us.
    Never forget this moment in my life! So Victoria and my dear friend /her husband/always in my heart! Liebe Grüße

    • Terry
      August 20, 2021 / 11:46 am

      What a heartwarming story!

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 4:58 pm

      Thank you. What an amazing story, Angela

  17. Yvonne
    August 20, 2021 / 10:23 am

    Happy Birthday Jennifer! So glad that you are enjoying your vacation in beautiful B.C. I have yet to get to Vancouver Island, but it is on my bucket list.

  18. Rhonda Ragain
    August 20, 2021 / 10:11 am

    Happy Birthday sweet Jennifer! You look so relaxed and cute today! Canada sure looks great on you. Honeypug is adorable! Bless his darling heart! 65 is nothing, you look 50!

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 4:59 pm

      She’s a doll. Thank you

  19. Pris
    August 20, 2021 / 10:08 am

    Happy Birthday Jennifer ! Many blessings from Canada’s capital city , Ottawa .Thank you for the
    daily bright light you shine on our lives .

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 4:58 pm

      Thank you!

  20. Darlene
    August 20, 2021 / 10:05 am

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your time with your daughter. ❤️

  21. Lynn
    August 20, 2021 / 10:02 am

    Happy Birthday Jennifer!🎂🍷🎉
    Enjoyed blog from Vancouver, I’m excited to go back to Canada now that they opened borders to the USA.

  22. Jan
    August 20, 2021 / 9:55 am

    Don’t wait for your life to be perfect before you can be happy. Your pics today simply radiate joy! It is the little things that matter if we can just slow down and notice.
    Happy Birthday!

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 10:05 am

      Thank you Jan. Perfectly said!

  23. Bea
    August 20, 2021 / 9:50 am

    Happy Birthday, Jennifer! That bracelet looks like a very nice birthday gift to yourself. I often treat myself for special occasions too. It is a form of self-care, in my opinion. My favorite gifts are clothes & jewelry.

    BTW, one of my granddaughters is in Vancouver, as we speak. She lives in the Toronto are and is having a lovely vacation with her boyfriend. Besides staying in Vancouver, they have gone biking in Whistler and are now camping somewhere nearby. She sends us photos every day, and the weather looks great out there! Enjoy!

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 10:03 am

      Thank you so much. Whistler is stunning!!

  24. Judy Robb
    August 20, 2021 / 9:48 am

    Happy Birthday for tomorrow, Jennifer. As a Canadian, I am happy to see you appreciating our fair country. I love your blog. Rarely do I miss a day.

    I wanted to tell you how much I like your glasses. I think the colour and shape of your frames are very flattering. Of course, I like the white blouses and your reminder is great.

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 10:02 am

      Thank you, Judy. I love coming home to Canada. It’s a very special place.

  25. Pam
    August 20, 2021 / 9:44 am

    Happy Birthday. Enjoy. Pam

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 9:57 am

      Thank you

  26. Jean Birch
    August 20, 2021 / 9:40 am

    Welcome to Vancouver Island Jennifer! I live a half hour drive north of Victoria and am constantly grateful for this “Island Life”. I enjoy your column and identify with many of your issues….fashion and health wise. Be safe and enjoy your mini-cruise!

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 9:48 am

      You live in a wonderful spot!! We love the island!

  27. Francesca B
    August 20, 2021 / 9:36 am

    Hi Jennifer, I have so loved your posts from Vancouver; it is such a magical exciting city and l have amazing memories from our family time there. So pleased you got to be with your daughter, l am about to drive down to the city to have lunch with mine !! Happy Friday, travel safe, and thank you for the sunshine. I love that cardigan and the shirt, my poor hubby lol.

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 9:48 am

      Have a wonderful lunch!! Daughters are so amazing.

  28. Deanna Hutchings
    August 20, 2021 / 9:35 am

    Happy 65th to you for tomorrow Jennifer. Wonderful that you can spend that here in Victoria. I hope you get to enjoy the city again, particularly in that magic triangle of Murchies, Munro’s Books and the Magnolia Hotel. If I see you on the street, I’ll wave. Thanks for all your tips, and your realness with style and health.

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 9:47 am

      Thank you. If you spot me, please come over and say hello! I would love to meet you.

  29. Vera
    August 20, 2021 / 9:32 am

    Happy Birthday 🎉🎂!

  30. Meg Johnson
    August 20, 2021 / 9:28 am

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day tomorrow

    • Jennifer
      August 20, 2021 / 9:46 am

      Thank you

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