The Indispensable Utility Jacket

This is the perfect time of year to wear the utility jacket–it has a lightweight warmth and is a great closet staple that goes well with denim. And not only denim, but just about everything from shorts, skinny pants, dresses and even a…shag skirt. I had to do a double take on the above skirt as I had never thought of pairing this creative…

Bountiful Harvest

“A drop fell on the apple tree Another on the roof; A half a dozen kissed the eaves, And made the gables laugh.” (Emily Dickinson) This year our apple trees yielded a great abundance of apples on our Yellow Transparent trees and our Macintosh. Our UPS driver, while delivering a package, recently asked if he could pick some as he uses them to make…

Living in the Moment

“There comes a warning like a spy A shorter breath of Day A stealing that is not a stealth And Summers are away –” (Emily Dickinson) The fact that we are nearing the end of summer hasn’t quite hit me yet. Summers always go by too quickly but this year it went by at lightning speed. However, I love the upcoming season and the…

Lengthening a Skirt Part 2

In my last post, I had talked about how to lengthen a skirt or dress by simply adding lace to the bottom. This is the skirt I lengthened in my previous post here. It was my supervisor who had given me the idea, and now I am out of control adding lace to every skirt and dress I own (okay, I am exaggerating but…

The Reveal of Mid Summer

Is it still mid summer? Let’s see–summer officially started on June 21 and will end on September 23, so technically, August 4 still qualifies as mid summer.  I took a couple of “mental health” days last week and visited the Emily Dickinson museum in Amherst, MA.  For those who know me, I am an extreme fan of hers and dedicated a post to her…

A Summer’s Day

Summer came to visit one day Abruptly I greeted thee With moist skin and hot breath, I politely offered tea. Stay and linger for a while, if it so pleases ye –Sarah Connor Happy summer, finally! We’ve had a stretch of beautiful weather and I don’t want it to end (as none of us do). It seems we went from winter to summer…abruptly. What…

On Top of the World

This is one of my favorite secret spots which is referred to as “the top of the world,” with its panoramic views, surrounding hills, and open fields.  In an effort to escape the mosquitoes, I decided to venture up to this special place to sneak some pictures.The dress I am wearing is by Westport 1962 which I purchased on sale at TJ Maxx for $12.99. …

Something is Brewing

I had the opportunity to attend the 15th annual New England Brewfest which was held at Loon Mountain Resort on June 22.  This was my first time going to this type of event and I can confirm that “beer is good for what ales you.” Non-drinkers attended, too, and had access to bottles of water, live music and good food which included a BBQ…

Cabin on the Lake Fashion

We had the opportunity to stay at this charmingly rustic and cozy cabin on the water for a week in early June. Since the cabin is only 4 miles away from our primary home, it has many “staycation” advantages including going home to feed the kitties and water the plants. My clothing checklist for a week on the lake in order of priority:  black…