How to Enjoy the Dead of Winter

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Golden marrow, hollow snares, yellow eyes and sunken stares,
Pretty once and kindly glares follow me through fallen hairs.
Never stop and never bare, the road unearthed and cold its lair
plod along its weary course ; forbear the load; do not despair (Sarah Connor)
Winter has officially begun and the “dead of winter” will be upon us soon. However, we have many reasons to enjoy this time of year and to appreciate what this season has to offer. Okay, give me a minute–I’m thinking…  Just kidding. One of the things I like to do is watch a scary movie as they can be an “appealing distraction” to being stuck inside on a cold winter’s day.  This link www.ihorror.com/7-classic-horror-films-cold-winters-night  provides “seven top picks of awesome horror films for those endless winter nights.”
According to this link, www.huffpost.com/entry/anxiety-love-watching-horror-movies, instead of causing anxiety, watching a scary movie can actually help alleviate anxiety as it can make people focus their worry on something completely unrelated to it.
So you may wonder what all of this has to do with fashion. A lot of women love the winter months as it gives them a chance to wear their favorite sweaters, boots and scarves. For me, it’s about leggings, booties, cardigans and wool blend skirts. Oh, and the little black dress.
Visiting charming country inns is another great way to break up winter’s monotony. This is the warm and inviting entrance room at the Chesterfield Inn in Chesterfield, NH, which I had the opportunity to stay at a couple of weekends ago with my husband (www.chesterfieldinn.com). I highly recommend this inn to anyone looking for a luxurious romantic getaway that includes a gourmet breakfast. The inn also serves a sumptuous candlelight dinner in their dining room. And if you want to bring your dog, they have pet friendly rooms, too. (Next time Mabel, I promise.)20191214_14542020191215_10034520191214_145821And bon fires. They are the perfect “distraction” to winter doldrums.20191224_215316Stay tuned for more winter fashion next year!

 

Out of the Abyss

(Livin’ Large by Euge Groove. Please play song while reading post)
Send me to the moon and higher, see your works as they transpire
Take me to the heavens Father, let me take a trip with you.
Have your sacred angel guide me, bring me to my hearts desire
Divine your words are faithful and true.
Bring me to my knees O Father let me see your glory’s fire
Let your light shine down as morning dew.  (by Sarah Connor)20191221_150548
Today marks the longest night of the year and the shortest day, Saturday, December 21, 2019. While likening this journey as a trip into the dark depths of the abyss, I am also using this theme for my fashion post. From darkness to light; from my little black dress to my free-spirited ivory one, from black shoes to creamy white ones. Do we need darkness to appreciate the light? I appreciate both as depicted here:
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The sunset took place at 4:15 p.m. today and will set at 4:16 p.m. tomorrow, 12/22/19. Needless to say, I may be celebrating the entire weekend.
As you may know, I did a previous post on “the little black dress” here and particularly liked the classic black faux wrap dress. The dress I am wearing is very similar and is by Norma Kamali with the fabric containing 6% spandex. It’s stretchy and very comfortable. It was thrifted for $28.
My off-white dress is something I have worn before and appeared in Fashion for a Full Moon. It’s by xhilaration (which it makes me feel) and is described as a crocheted maxi party dress, perfect for winter solstice festivities, pagan or otherwise. 
Today, there is continuous darkness or twilight around the pole and the abyss seems close at hand. But I thank God for providing us with longer days ahead and the hope that it brings. I hope you enjoy this time with your family and loved ones as we prepare for the bright coming year.
PS:  I hope you liked the music. The song “Livin’ Large” by Euge Groove inspired my poem and makes me want to dance like my life depended on it. Resized_20191211_193236

The Girl in the Corduroy Pants

20191208_174805I have been reading about how corduroy pants are back in style. Well, they are a classic and have never gone out of style. I was at J.C. Penney the other day and found these high-waisted corduroy pants that I fell in love with and was completely “wrecked.” I have been searching for high-waisted pants and wasn’t expecting to see these beautiful pair of cords staring at me saying “try me on.” The color is called “bronze wave” and they are a.n.a. brand, wide leg corduroys. What do you think of them with the navy checkered shirt? Personally, I think it’s the best combination.20191208_174907.jpg20191208_17463120191208_175342I am wearing these cords with a cream-colored blouse. I really think these pants can be worn with many different colors including sage green, brown, black and navy. 20191208_17520320191208_17493620191208_175842This is a short post as I have to get back to my homemade chicken noodle soup. My husband has a cold and he said “it’s just what the doctor ordered.” My mom told me there’s something about chicken noodle soup that is “healing.” We need a lot of healing on these cold winter nights.20191208_19194020191208_175312There is a little black dress arriving for me soon for my upcoming weekend getaway and I cannot wait to share it with you. In the meantime, stay warm and enjoy your week.

The Little Black Dress

In Search of the Perfect Little Black Dress
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Recreated drawing by Sarah Connor; original found on Pinterest

The dress above looks dark brown but it’s actually black in my pencil sketch. The woman in this drawing looks frustrated and forlorn in her search for the “perfect black dress.” But I love what she is wearing as we see a subtle glimpse of her silhouette in a bodycon-style dress. A bodycon dress gently traces feminine curves and does not fit snug like a glove. It’s a well-tailored garment that looks classy and elegant regardless of age and body shape. According to this article, how to wear a bodycon dress for over 40s, “anyone of any age can rock a bodycon dress if they want to.” This article shares tips on how to pull off this chic style with confidence.
The little black dress (LBD) is defined as an evening or cocktail dress and is typically short (not maxi length) with a simple cut.
Did you know that the origins of the LBD can be traced back to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou. French fashion is timeless and versatile, and holds appeal to the widest market due to its neutral colors. As you know, I did a post on this very subject in The French Dressed Woman.
This link delves into the history of the LBD and its global allure wardrobeshop.com history of the little black dress. “More than just a dress, the concept of the ‘Little Black Dress’ inspires confidence in women everywhere and will surely live on for centuries to come.”
Since I do not currently have a lot of little black dresses in my wardrobe, I am re-posting some black dresses I have previously worn here:

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And here:

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“Femme Fatales” frequently wore black dresses to symbolize their “mysterious allure.”
Here are some ideas for the perfect little black dress that caught my eye:
Weargirls.com black off-the-shoulder sasha fishtail wiggle dress:

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Uniqistic.com elegant v-neck little black dress:
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This looks like something Audrey Hepburn would have worn

Unique-vintage.com black keyhole mesh detail wiggle dress:
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I also love her t-strap black heels

Unique-vintage.com 1960s style black wiggle dress:

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Macys.com Karen Kane three quarter sleeve faux wrap dress:

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20191202_184102This is the dress I was going to wear to a wedding a few months ago, but it was a little snug (okay, tight). It seems to fit a little better now and the shawl adds an elegant cover for my shoulders. I will try to show you the dress in better lighting in a future post with my Canon camera. The brand is Betsey Johnson and can be seen here in navy. While I love this dress, I am in search of a long-sleeve or three-quarter sleeve black dress similar to the faux wrap dress above.
I hope everyone has a good week and stay tuned for more on the little black dress…20191202_111711Mabel’s first snowstorm.

 

 

The Seagull

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Courtesy of Sarah Connor

The Seagull (by Sarah Connor)

Floating, searching, yearning cries,
Flapping in the waves at sea.
The seagull whispers tales and lies,
Its icy arms grab hold of me,
To draw me under and seal lips tight,
My breath submerged below the light.
When all is gone, the bird takes flight,
Its world untouched, unharmed and free.
Its secrets die beneath the sea.
A normal day…so seemingly
This was my bird on Thanksgiving Day. This is a brief intermission to my fashion post and I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

Do Women Still Wear Hosiery?

20191124011642_IMG_2440As you may have noticed from my posts, I am frequently wearing hosiery either in the form of pantyhose or tights. Personally, even if hosiery were no longer in style, I strive to be my own woman and to not be a slave of what’s currently trending. I wear what I think is attractive, comfortable and stylish regardless of what’s in vogue. However, with that said, I decided to do some research on this subject.
According to Dina Scherer of Modnitsa Styling, she states the following: “Stockings never truly go out of style, they are a classic staple in any elegant woman’s wardrobe; many workplaces require you to cover your legs for proprietary reasons, and nude stockings do the trick nicely. I think every year we see new players on the market, reinventing this essential wardrobe accessory.” (viennemilano stockings-still-in-style)
20190804_163653 (1)Here is an example of nude stockings. This is a picture from this post earlier this summer.
20191120_081146I am wearing gray ribbed tights that have 13% spandex and 87% nylon–they are so comfortable, warm and are librarian approved. Not sure about the red pumps though (ha!).
According to Hipstik (do-women-still-wear-pantyhose), “when it comes to pantyhose, it’s your choice to wear or not to wear. No rules.” Hipstik is a line of pantyhose designed to fit women of all shapes without rolling or squeezing and have a unique silicone stik strip that enables them to stay put all day. 
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Image Source: vintagedancer.com

I previously did a post here on flapper women and how they defied society’s expectations which is clearly evident in the photo above which was considered risqué for that time period. According to this article on the history of hosiery (viennemilano/pantyhose and tights), Dupont invented nylon in 1939 which “revolutionized the world of fashion and hosiery. Nylon stockings were all the craze and became an essential for every woman’s wardrobe.”
However, World War II increased the demand for nylon resulting in women having to “ration and donate their hosiery for the war effort, as the material was used to create tools such as parachutes, airplane chords, and tents. When the product was taken off the market completely, women had to come up with creative alternatives. Women began to paint seams on the back of their legs or use self-tanners and ‘liquid stockings’ to create the illusion that they were wearing hosiery.”

Image source Atomic Red Head

This idea of painting a line down the backs of my legs gives me an idea for next summer on hot, humid days…
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I am wearing ultra sheer “black mist” pantyhose by L’eggs. They are run resistant and contain 33% spandex and 67% nylon.
20190324_115716My favorite pantyhose color is off white or ivory which looks clean and crisp.
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20190302_202806Fishnet stocking provide a bold, chic and feminine look.
Do you wear hosiery? If so, what is your favorite kind? Mabel says she likes all of them. She actually chewed up a pair of mine recently but I eventually forgave her. I cannot expect my pantyhose to be both run resistant and dog proof, too!

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“Hip to Be Square”

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“Hip to Be Square” is a song by Huey Lewis and the News that was made popular in 1986 and was number three on the Billboard Hot 100. I loved that song and you can listen to it here:  Huey Lewis and the News Hip to Be Square.
According to Wikipedia, “Square is slang for a person who is conventional and old-fashioned.” But “hip” means “up to date and with it.” So that’s why I think librarians are both square and hip as they are conventional in style but they are also up to date with the latest information and totally rock according to this blog post:  Eleven-reasons-why-librarians-rock
I am continuing my librarian chic theme as mentioned in my previous video and will continue to do so throughout the dark winter months ahead.
20191110_163028Look at the small stack of Ruth Rendell books on the dresser which is just some of my collection of her works. The book in my hands is called No More Dying Then and is the sixth title in her Inspector Wexford series first published in 1971. She can spin a tale like few others and it’s hard to put her books down.20191110_162920Speaking of books, these are the opening lines in my brother’s family history journal, Volume I, by Daniel Dagenais.
“My story begins during the second year of Franklin Roosevelt’s first term in the college town of Lewiston, Maine. Lewiston, the home of Bates College, and the site of the infamous second fight between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston in 1964, had a large population of French Canadians in the 1930’s.”
His words are matter of fact and lure you in immediately which attests to the power of the opening lines. I plan to go into more detail about my brother’s family volumes in future posts, so stay tuned.
20191110_16502020191110_155934What I am wearing:
Sweater, Marled by Reunited Clothing (has 3% spandex; seen here The Indispensable Utility Jacket)
Skirt,  Dressbarn Tweed Wool Blend Pencil Skirt
Shoes, Born Wing Tip Leather Oxford Shoes
Black tights, Secret Treasures (contains 10% spandex which caused a sheen in photos that looked like a run, but they are run resistant)
Have a great week everyone.
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