Posted on May 28, 2020
I 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.
Posted on April 22, 2020
I 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?
The 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:I 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!.
Posted on March 27, 2020
“A Lady red—amid the Hill
Her annual secret keeps!
A Lady white, within the Field
In placid Lily sleeps!” (Emily Dickinson)
I 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.Did 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.I love this military-inspired trench coat with silver hardware (by Michael Kors). This is the perfect lightweight coat for in-between seasons.
The 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).
Mabel is all hunkered down and is providing us with much needed pet therapy during this difficult time. Stay safe friends!
Posted on March 15, 2020
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.”The 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.
This 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…
Posted on March 1, 2020
I 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.
A glimpse of Crotched Mountain peeking through the trees.
This 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 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.
Posted on February 10, 2020
“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. Humans are fragile yet enduring; delicate yet strong.We exist for a purpose greater than ourselves.We are living, breathing, desiring and feeling organisms.Embrace the simplicity that exists within nature.To reveal life’s deeper meaning.And truth through its beauty.The web of life.
My beige skirt and black cardigan blend nicely with the winter landscape.My wool pencil skirt is by J. Crew and cardigan is by Cherokee.
Mabel’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!
Posted on February 3, 2020
I 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.
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.
In 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.
Do you see the “M” above his eyes? This marking sets tabbies apart from other cats.
Farewell my handsome kitty. You were greatly loved and will be deeply missed.
Posted on January 20, 2020
I 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. Pet 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. This 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.”
Stay warm and see you soon.
Posted on January 5, 2020