April 16, 2020

While BustleandVim is not a Fashion blog, per se, we do like to think that we are keeping up with current trends.  Naturally, we do not do this alone.  Diane at Shopaholic Sanctuary always has her finger on the Sartorial Pulse and is always ready to help.

So, what's trending?  What's hot?  What's current?

Yes, folks have been sporting this latest fashion must-have for what feels like BLOODY FOREVER, but is...

February 2, 2020

I have been making trips to New Orleans with my family my whole life, so it is with some authority that I tell you: Do not visit New Orleans in the summer!  It is positively ungodly hot.

The perfect time is in the Fall.  Or the day after Christmas.  But you have to leave before Sugar Bowl, before the prices skyrocket.  You will notice really huge young men wandering the French Quarter on your last day.  Spring is lo...

February 17, 2019

Hello, Dear Readers!  I've just started a new job, which is exciting, but also intense.  So let me introduce you to one of Vim's stress-relieving, coping mechanisms - imaginary shopping!  It's fun, but less stressful than actual shopping, because you're not spending any money.*  Also, you don't even need to leave the comfort of your home, because - the internet.

You know that thing that happens, when you'r...

October 14, 2018



I did some shopping this month, and it all arrived this weekend.   Some of it is cute, and I'm keeping it, and some of it needs to stay on the sub-zero models who convinced me to try it on.  The problem I'm having right now is that I'm not looking pretty today in the photos of the good clothes, so you, the Gentle Reader, are going to have a difficult time of it agreeing with me about the keepers.   I coul...

September 28, 2018

So, I adore celebrating birthdays - my own, my kids', my friends and family members'; I've been known to join the waiters in singing to a complete stranger, pausing to catch the name and then singing it a beat behind, and cheering when a gigantic sombrero lands on the celebrant's head.  And I imagine that you, Gentle Reader, enjoy birthdays as well.  

But are you making the most of your birthday?...

September 10, 2018

"What's for supper?" my children ask me.  At 7:00 in the morning.  As they are munching their breakfasts.

Okay, #1, why are you asking me about something that won't happen for another 12 hours?, and #2, and this is really more to the point, Didn't I just make supper last night?  Like, oh my gosh, 12 hours ago?!?!?  It's like we're on some kind of repetitive cycle here.

I don't mind cooking.  In fact, I usua...

August 24, 2018


Two years ago, when we started this enterprise, Bustle and I originally thought this might be a fashion/shopping blog first and foremost.  The original idea was sound.  All those outfit-inspo blogs out there sporting the same looks, with 20-something, 5’9”, size 2 models left a certain void we were certain we could fill.  Surely, there were women out there over the age of 35 and larger than a size 2, that might...

August 21, 2018

I have exactly 48 hours till my work resumes.  48 hours of summer vacation left.  And what am I going to do today?  That's right.  You guessed it, Gentle Readers, because you know me so well.  HEB and Costco!  Because, why shop at one grocery store when you can go to two?

The thing is, I can't remember all that I have to buy at the Costco.  Which is a real shame because my husband even made...

July 30, 2018

It's the end of July.  It's that time of summer where I take stock:

Weight loss:  same 3 lbs. over and over again.  I don't think I'm going to return to work looking like a new person for, what is this, the 6th year in a row?  

Organizing: DIY Maven Ann fixed my closet, and I organized the laundry room, so that's a win!

Family Album 2017: Once again, the good folks at Shutterfly did in 3 days what would...

July 3, 2018

Summer, glorious Summer, it's like you've just arrived, and you're practically over already.  

In late May, the three months of summer stretch out before me like a shimmering I-10, just going and going, with promises of Buck-ees.  I'll see all my friends, clean out my closet, start that knitted blanket I promised Younger.  And now it's July.  I've seen a couple of pals, my closet looks exactly the same, and it'...

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