How to Wear a Striped Dress Part 2

20200525_155145I have been on a striped dress kick and this is a continuation of my previous post here. This dress was so long that I had to take up the hem by four inches so that I would not trip on it. Now I am wondering if it looks too short for its style; however, you can see my pumps with this length. The material of this Liz Claiborne dress is 95% polyester and 5% spandex and I love the drape and flow of it.

One of my favorite styling pieces to wear with a maxi dress is the denim jacket. It makes for a great transition outfit before the heat of summer arrives, and the jacket adds a casual, chic look.

My leather pumps are by Array. They have a comfortable 2 inch kitten heel. I also have a blue shrug that goes perfectly with this dress and is lightweight and can be worn during the summer. I will have to show the dress to you wearing the shrug. This sleeveless dress is cool even on a very hot day when worn alone and with summer sandals.

This is a fun dress by LuLaRoe. It is a sheath-style dress and the material is 59% Rayon 38% Polyester 3% Spandex. It’s stretchy and very comfortable.

I like my lighter-colored denim jacket with this dress as I think it looks more summery. As a general rule, it is thought that lighter shades of denim draw attention to the body and darker denim creates a slimming effect. So at the risk of looking less than slim, I still prefer the lighter denim with this dress.

But I prefer the darker denim with this dress below.

Mabel loves her new play yard by the way. But you certainly couldn’t tell by her smile here.

How to Wear a Striped Dress

20200419_194733I have always been told that vertical stripes can make our body look slimmer and horizontal ones can widen our body. There is controversy about the size of the stripes in that narrow stripes pull in our waist more versus wider stripes. And that narrow black stripes on a white background are thought to be most flattering. I have broken every one of those rules in my colorful striped dress and have offset it with a solid color denim jacket. What do you think? Is it okay to break the rules once in a while?20200419_194325


20200419020849_IMG_3542The dress that I am wearing is by Calvin Klein and is super soft and stretchy. My shoes are by Patrizia and they have a cushioned insole–they are so comfy. My bracelet is something that I made with my coworkers last year and I love the colors. Here is it up close:20190709080516_IMG_1661I have more striped dresses to show you in my next post. And Mabel says hi. We have a surprise for her coming soon in the form of an outside fenced-in play yard!20200420_151252.

All Dressed Up and No Place to Go

“A Lady red—amid the Hill
Her annual secret keeps!
A Lady white, within the Field
In placid Lily sleeps!” (Emily Dickinson)
20200323_101351I did some extensive traveling last weekend from my back door to this nearby bench in my yard.
When you think of red, do you associate it with love, romance, and passion? If you love wearing red, it might indicate that you are energetic, strong-willed, passionate; and a touch aggressive and outspoken. It may also reveal that you enjoy living life to its fullest and perhaps that you secretly like to indulge in a bit of risk-taking at times.
Red, the color of blood and fire, radiance and strength. This dress makes me feel powerful and energetic.20200323_10123220200323_101021Did you know that solid colors can be more slimming? That piqued my interest especially after letting a few pounds sneak up on me over the winter. Having one solid color on your top and bottom creates a vertical line, which is great for adding height to your body and slimming your figure. Also, there is something about the color red that soaks up the light in a flattering way.20200323_101548I love this military-inspired trench coat with silver hardware (by Michael Kors). This is the perfect lightweight coat for in-between seasons.20200323_101444


20200322_174845The material of this faux-wrap dress contains 95% polyester and 5% spandex (Women’s Laundry by Design). This makes my third faux-wrap style dress that I now own, and this one was thrifted for $19.99 (originally $138).20200327_171102
Mabel is all hunkered down and is providing us with much needed pet therapy during this difficult time.  Stay safe friends!

Full Worm Moon

Hello Friends,
I am taking a little fashion intermission as I am waiting for a new dress to arrive. In the meantime, I wanted to share some moon pictures that I captured on March 9. They call this the “Full Worm Moon.”20200315_164959The March full moon is known as the worm moon because it coincides with the time of year when earthworms begin to emerge from the thawing ground. 20200308175731_IMG_3129
20200315_164935This is a brief post. My next post will hopefully make it in time for the spring equinox which is early this year and falls on Thursday, March 19. This is earlier than it’s been in over a century. I hope everyone is staying healthy and happy and I promise the dress will be worth the wait…20200308174631_IMG_3108

“Silent Haunches”

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20200229_091836I love the “Fog” poem by Carl Sandburg who describes the fog so simply and powerfully through a metaphorical cat. Aubrey is sitting looking not over the harbor but at me and with hairy eyeballs I might add. She is mysterious, unpredictable, and even a little scary just like that fog slowly and quietly creeping in.  (Thank you, Dan, for sharing this poem with me.)
The Fog poem gave me clarity of mind for the following opposite sunny days. I am wearing a classic wool cashmere, camel-brown dress coat by Marvin Richards. This coat will probably be in my closet forever.20200217_152115
20200217_153623A glimpse of Crotched Mountain peeking through the trees.20200218_145557



20200223_201742This is what I typically wear on weekends. You have seen this navy checkered shirt before and distressed jeans. But these burgundy Lucky Brand booties are new and were thrifted for $20.00.Mabel Feb 23 2020 (1)Mabel turns one on Monday, March 2. We are throwing her a surprise party—shhh. She thinks she’s still a puppy…an 85 pound one.

Our “Web of Life”

“We are all such fragile creatures in a web of life we will never understand.” (Dan Dagenais)
My post is straying from its usual fashion theme in an effort to stop and contemplate on the meaning of life. The above quote (by my creative brother) about the “web of life” got me thinking about the meaning of that expression. Therefore, I set out to visit my favorite secret spot this past weekend, to search for answers on that subject.The sun was shining brightly and it looked to be a superb day to capture some stunning views from this mountain top location. I believe that nature speaks to us revealing life’s wonder and mystery. 20200208_153558Humans are fragile yet enduring; delicate yet strong.20200208_142357We exist for a purpose greater than ourselves.20200208_142211We are living, breathing, desiring and feeling organisms.20200208_142331Embrace the simplicity that exists within nature.20200208_153006To reveal life’s deeper meaning.20200208_153528And truth through its beauty.20200208_152711The web of life.20200208_142811
20200208_142713My beige skirt and black cardigan blend nicely with the winter landscape.20200208_195237My wool pencil skirt is by J. Crew and cardigan is by Cherokee.20200208_194916
20200203_220812Mabel’s colors match the winter scenery:  black, brown and white. With that thought, Mabel just told me she wants to check out the snow and eat some slushies, an authentic wintertime treat. Enjoy the rest of your week!

In Memory of Ishi

Resized_Resized_Resized_20171030_194927001I am taking a brief intermission from fashion to dedicate this post to my beloved cat, Ishi; 9/1/08 to 1/24/20, RIP. He was our beloved cat for almost 12 years. He survived the ice storm of 2008/2009, the arrival of two new feline sisters, and had to deal with our now 85 pound puppy. And he just purred in return. He had a way of locking eyes with you and gazing at you with an expression of pure love. He was extremely playful as a kitten and was known to do flips on the bed.885532_393895737453840_3818309427731364348_o
My husband and older son gave him the name Ishi following an archery class in 2008 where they learned that Ishi was the last known member of the Native American Yahi people from the present-day state of California. When they returned home from their class, they decidedly announced that his name would be “Ishi.” Prior to that, his name had been Raphael after one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a name given to him by his foster mom.
17097725_756019277908149_1665305127394537680_o1979142_393895397453874_1269993467497676650_oIn his prime, he weighed 18 pounds. He was a mackerel tabby with distinctive stripes that ran perpendicular to his spine and lined his legs. This tiger-stripe pattern was dubbed “mackerel” because of the stripes coming off the spine resembling a fish skeleton.
He is giving me his silent meow here.20190302_20280620190302_203012Ishi
Do you see the “M” above his eyes? This marking sets tabbies apart from other cats.
Ishi220200124_174022Farewell my handsome kitty. You were greatly loved and will be deeply missed.

The Faux Wrap Dress

20200119_155029I love the faux wrap dress! This kind of dress looks like a regular wrap dress, except that it already comes fastened together with no opening in the front. You just simply slip it over your head and you’re dressed and ready to go!
Another reason I love this dress is that it’s timeless and appropriate for any age group. You can be conservative and choose a long-sleeve and knee-length hemline like mine, or you can be adventurous and choose a sleeveless style and shorter hem length on date night.  20200120_15534020200120_155434Pet alert: there are two photobombs in this pic. It was actually quite challenging to take pictures with Mabel as she kept coming in to check things out. And of course, her tail is like a huge dust mop. 20200119_15480220200120_174158This dress can go from office attire to wedding chic. It can be dressed up with heels and feminine jewelry or worn with a denim jacket and booties. And it can be worn all year round with sandals in the summer.
The little black dress that I featured here is also a faux wrap dress.
What I’m wearing:
Dress:  Ann Klein
Shoes:  Rockport Total Motion Pumps
Necklace:  Old wedding ring on a simple gold chain
Mabel says: “If the cat can be on the bed, I can, too…Mom. No dog house for me.”20200120_15560920200119_08541920200118_113929
Stay warm and see you soon.

Fog Inspired Fashion

“I must go in, for the fog is rising” (Emily Dickinson’s last words)
20200104_180906I was on “top of the world” yesterday in spite of the dreary, dismal and depressing weather. The location of this area is one of my favorite secret spots that I posted about earlier this year here and this location truly speaks to me. The fog was tangibly thick and seemingly oppressive; however, it can also be beautiful and inspiring.  It inspired me to dig out my sweaters, scarfs and boots that had fog-blending colors of gray, brown, beige and black; with just a surprise pop of color here and there.
I am wearing a beige cowl neck sweater by “eight eight eight,” and it’s 100% cotton. It’s paired with my “Sound/style” pull on leggings that contain 62% cotton, 35% polyester, and 3% spandex. And my moto jacket, which I have worn many times, is timeless and seasonless.20200106_072829This gray silk scarf can be worn as a shawl, also. My gray leggings are by Calvin Klein Jeans and I am wearing them with my cognac brown riding boots by Kork Ease.20200106_07175120200105_15433920200105_15455220200105_153902My boots have zippers on the inside of the shaft, too. They are super comfortable. My kitty slept through the entire photo session as she’s only into white boots.20200105_153752The surprise pop of color here and there with my Giani Bernini red pumps. These are Lee jeans, slim fit, skinny leg, and mid rise.20200105_152654.jpg20200105_153417.jpg20200104_21004020200104_21020720200104_161340 (1)
20200104_180807IMG950192Mabel loves this weather and I promised to take her to the “top of the world” with me the next time.
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