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Thom Filicia's Book

Thom Filicia's Book

“It’s So Fabulous!” DESIGN BOOK of the Week: My home and office are overflowing with oodles and oodles of design books, great and small. Although each book has unique and fabulous attributes of its own, my kudos this week go to designer and television celebrity, Thom Filicia, for  his well-written and beautifully photographed book called Style: Inspired Ideas for Creating Rooms You’ll Love! His style of writing is anecdotal, and his personality and quirkiness really emerge from the pages of this book. In addition to being witty and entertaining, Thom organizes the book into concise chapters that allow his readers to learn how to apply his “Top 10 Design Tips” in their everyday lives and homes.

“It’s So Fabulous!” GIFT IDEA of the Week: FABULOUS JEWELRY from Knotting Hill Interiors! Come see the display of gorgeous new baubles we have available for purchase!  Trends include jangles and bangles, and PEARLS STILL RULE! Think equestrian! Gold, rich-looking chains and pieces, plus BOLD and CHUNKY jewelry with a focus on metallics and mixed metallics.

One of the specific lines I picked up is called Barbara Garwood, and it is truly fabulous! These pieces include semi-precious stones such as blue, teal , and mystic topaz. Each piece is set in genuine silver or gold and gives the appearance of being from an “estate”. Prices range from $75 – $ 495.

“It’s So Fabulous!” CAUSE of the Week: As many of you probably recall from previous Fab Friday blog posts,  I have been showcasing one worthwhile cause or charitable concept each week for 50 weeks. This week’s cause is one that was brought to my attention by a friend of mine, Summer, and here is what she wrote:

Lately I’ve been doing volunteer work with Coastal Rescue Mission –– writing and some coordinating. It’s all run by volunteers, and their mission is to strengthen fragile families in Horry County. They’re a 501(c)3 charity, and they have food distribution for the many food-insecure families, especially in rural areas outside of Loris. Thanks to grants we have a homeless shelter for women & children and a former church building with 8 offices and other rooms we hope to get in shape to use as a Community Care Center for such things as giving social service agencies a place to use rent-free to bring services at times when the working poor rural population can’t get to Conway without risk of losing their jobs.

What has shocked me is that a lot of women are becoming homeless because of cancer: the illness causes them to lose their job, which causes them to lose their home. Their children are taken away and put in foster homes because the mom can’t demonstrate her ability to feed and clothe them! This could happen to any single mom! The shelter’s kitchen burned when a woman staying there had to run out the door with her children because her ride to social services came early and she couldn’t afford to lose it. In so doing, she absent-mindedly left oatmeal cooking on the stove! Coastal Rescue Mission doesn’t have the money to get the kitchen back up to code so we can reopen the shelter, and the Community Care Center has a punch list of things that need doing. OMG! I was thinking you might be able to give money for these purposes, but I just remembered your idea of doing a renovation project for a charity someday. It’d be cool to do the women & children’s shelter to raise their self-esteem and make them feel “worthy” of a better life. Our goal is to provide a “path out of poverty” permanently, and what better way to start than by giving them a nice home?

Anyway, I promise this is the only time I’ll mention my charity! If your heart prompts you, the address is:

Coastal Rescue Mission, Inc.
P.O. Box 8386
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

By the way, especially for designer bag & Alfred Dunner clothing fans, Coastal Rescue Mission’s thrift store at 4262 Broad St. in downtown Loris has a section of NEW merchandise at super-bargain prices.
Being involved in a charity sure has given me the balance I needed, what with all the “head work” I do for clients! It’s also brought me closer to my mother (don’t ask about THAT history!) because it’s her charity, too!

I was first inspired by your project of doing 50 charitable things this year. I thought if someone soooo busy can manage it, why can’t I? You got me thinking and re-evaluating how I live…
YOU’RE TRULY AN INSPIRATION! Who knows how many lives you change through your blog? Maybe you should count your blog as one of the 50 things!

Thank you, Summer!
If you have the means and/or inclination to help with this amazing charity, please use the contact information provided.


“It’s So Fabulous!” QUOTE of the Week: Straight from Oprah’s website to my blog, I thought this quote was so incredibly profound!
“We’ve discovered by walking through the uncomfortable feeling of saying no, there is incredible peace and freedom on the other side.”
-Kathy Kinney and Cindy Ratzlaff
co-authors of Queen of Your Own Life

NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!

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