In Like a Lion

“Dear March – Come in – How glad I am – I hoped for you before – Put down your Hat – You must have walked – How out of Breath you are – Dear March, how are you, and the Rest – Did you leave Nature well – Oh March, Come right upstairs with me – I have so much to tell -” (Emily Dickinson)
20190302_202806.jpgHi Everyone, it seems that the lion of winter has sunk his teeth in and wants to hang on in spite of the fact that we are in the month when SPRING officially starts. Winter lingering is not a bad thing as it helps prolong the ski season which not only boosts the economy but helps to boost our mood due to more vitamin D exposure (and many other benefits listed here: 10 Benefits of Skiing). The ice fishing season is flourishing, too.
A cold March gives us a chance to wear our winter clothing a little longer. How is that for keeping a positive attitude! Let’s see how long I can maintain it though…
I dug deep into my closet and found some items I haven’t worn in a while and am incorporating them into today’s post. This is a colorful skirt that makes the winter blahs go away.  And the sweater seems to pick up the red in the skirt quite well–what do you think?20190302_201803-2-1-e1551579442521.jpgI am wearing the skirt with a couple of different tops. I find this denim jacket to be so versatile and can be dressed up or down. The darker the denim, the dressier it looks I think.
This checkered shirt is actually a dark navy but tends to looks black.  The denim jacket is a lighter color and lends to a more casual look.  The pants have 3% spandex which enables me to wear them to my tai chi class at work.
20190302_203231-e1551578495599.jpgHere is the real lion but he doesn’t bite. I want to introduce you to my wonderful kitty named Ishi. He was named after the “last known member of the Native American Yahi people from the present-day state of California in the United States.” My husband and older son learned about Ishi in a bow-hunting class and decided that was going to be this furry guy’s name.  He has the loudest purr I have ever heard in a cat (as opposed to a human) and he really locks eyes with you. Check out his gaze in my first picture.

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20190302_203434-1-e1551579301491.jpgMy husband took this picture when we stayed at the Brewster Inn last weekend. I love the reflection of the lamp in the window. resized_20190223_204242_767.jpeg
I caught the early morning sky right before I left for work on Friday. A heavenly red sky in the morning may mean a devilish day.20190228181616_IMG_0167.JPG

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That’s it for now–thanks for stopping by.
What I wore:
Skirt, Ann Taylor, thrifted
Red sweater, Cable & Gauge, TJ Maxx
Red tank top, Chicos Travelers Reversible Top, Chicos
Denim jacket, Westport, Dressbarn
Checkered shirt, Magellan, Macy’s
Beige pants, Soundstyle, TJ Maxx
Denim vest, Y Not Sportswear, thrifted
Black Mary Jane shoes, Aerosoles “Marimba,” thrifted
Brown leather booties, Franco Sarto, thrifted

Fashion for a Full Moon

20190218182716_IMG_0110Hi Everyone, today’s post has to do with the supermoon that occurred on February 19, 2019. According to www.space.com, a supermoon occurs when a “full moon coincides with the moon’s perigee, or the point in its elliptical orbit at which it is closest to Earth. This makes the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.” It was reported to be closest to the earth at 11 a.m. on February 19, 2019.
This year we will actually get to witness three supermoons in a row on January 21, February 19, and the next one is taking place on March 21. I am really looking forward to it and will do a follow-up post on it.
You may wonder what the supermoon or full moon has to do with fashion. Interestingly enough, a full moon symbolizes a clean slate, a fresh start. And women’s fashion during a full moon encompasses the color white. White represents clarity, newness and innocence. It’s a color of trust.20190225_195620-e1551145053840.jpg

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20190221182633_IMG_0114This picture was taken on February 22, 2019, and the moon was just beginning to wane.
According to the plaid zebra, the worship of the moon is as old as recorded history itself. Even today the moon is celebrated among many religions, in particular those with pagan roots. Full moon parties have transformed into a symbol of creativity and rebirth.
What else do we associate a full moon with? According to folklore, “a full moon could also restore a wounded vampire to undead health.” (see full moons and vampires here)20190225_184630
If “undead” is considered to be healthy, that is a very optimistic attitude that I aspire to.
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Thanks for checking out my blog and I hope you had a howling good time.
What I wore:
Dress, xhilaration, Ebay, $11.00 (yes, $11.00 and free shipping)
Shoes, Comfort-Well by Beacon
Black cape and red gown, California Costumes, Walmart

Longing For Spring

“Longing is like the Seed
That wrestles in the Ground,
Believing if it intercede
It shall at length be found.

The Hour, and the Clime – 
Each Circumstance unknown,
What Constancy must be achieved
Before it see the Sun!”  (Emily Dickinson)

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My mom in her 20’s

Hi Everyone, Emily Dickinson’s poem, Longing is like the Seed, has a twofold meaning for me. Yes, I am longing for spring as many of us are right now.  But I am also longing to get back to the blog I started in honor of my mom and create something that will both satisfy that longing and please my mom if she were still alive. 
I took a couple of weeks off from my blog after the passing of my sweet dog and I’m trying to slowly make my way back; please bear with me. My new camera remained untouched for two weeks.
As a result, I am still in beginner’s mode with my camera.  I took this picture early one morning. It looks like a city of gold and it also happens to be our state’s capital, Concord, NH.20190124191628_img_0036-e1548463765446.jpg
This is in the same location which looks very rural but I am literally right off one of the busiest streets in Concord, the third largest city in New Hampshire.
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Now to the fashion side of things. I do not have a lot on this subject this week but I want to share my recent experience in trying to find a new top at TJ Maxx to go with this colorful skirt. I have previously worn it with a dark blue top but it has elements of gray (one of my favorite colors in the winter) and wanted to change things up. Which sweater top do you think works better?  (I need a new phone case, too.)
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This sweater felt so soft and cozy.
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I liked them ALL but opted for the first sweater top because it has short sleeves and will be more versatile in wearing all throughout the year. Not to mention that it was on sale for $15.00.
Before I go, I wanted to share with you the most touching picture that our vet sent to us after our dog died. This is a nose print of our beloved Bailey. My vet said that dog nose prints are unique–no two are alike.
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It’s pretty amazing I think.
I hope everyone has a great week and thanks for stopping by.
What I wore:
Skirt, Talbots, thrifted
Short-sleeve sweater top, T Tahari, TJ Maxx
Boots, Enzo Angiolini, thrifted

Farewell Faithful Friend

“I measure every Grief I meet
With narrow, probing, eyes —
I wonder if It weighs like Mine —
Or has an Easier size.”  (Emily Dickinson)

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We lost our best friend over the weekend and life will not be the same without her.  She was 11 years old.  Her name was Bailey although her birth certificate said “Baby Cakes.” She was an amazing dog who provided endless unconditional love and comfort.  Bailey enriched our lives and touched our hearts. Possessing the sweetest disposition, she made the perfect therapy dog, family pet, soulmate, and best friend.
One minute she acted like an overgrown puppy and the next minute she was ready for a nap on our bed, which of course, was also her bed. Here she is chilling out.Bailey on bed.jpg
In her favorite chair with her best bud, Maude.

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She knew some of her toys by name which included Oscar, Wilbur, Red and Squeaky.  Nothing made her happier than to play ball in the house, go for long walks, or go for a ride in the car. She especially loved going to the dump with my husband and barking a greeting to the resident cat.  One of the things I loved about her was that she really locked eyes with you when you talked to her and she listened very intently.  I swear she could read my mind when she gazed into my eyes and also knew the exact mood I was in.
This is slightly blurry (my apologies), but I was trying to capture her in motion with her ball.

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Even though she was a lab (breed known to love water, have webbed toes and an otter’s tail), she didn’t like going into the water and preferred to sun herself on the dock.Resized952017062895123605955472.jpg

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Bailey having a beer on a hot summer afternoon (a little “hair of the dog”).bailey-having-a-beer.jpg

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I am such a good girl she says.

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Goodbye sweet girl. You will live forever in my heart and mind. I love you.

hearts

Aubrey

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20190114_184229Meet Aubrey. Yes, she’s cute. And her fur on my clothes is extra cute but I don’t care. I have four pets in my household which consists of three cats and one yellow lab. I am one cat over my “limit” which is the kitty you see here. But who could resist a face like hers, not to mention whiskers!
My sweet husband recently bought me a new camera and I am in a beginner’s mode and trying not to put my fingers on the lens. It’s a new Canon Rebel T6 and I hope to show you some “stunning” photos in my next post. So please bear with me in the meantime during my learning curve. I was previously using a Canon Powershot SX160 IS and my Samsung smartphone (mainly my smartphone).
I thought I would take this opportunity to review some pictures I took over the summer.  And I say summer as it seems soooooooo very long ago and a distant memory from our current sub zero temps. 20180929_152156I love this long denim jacket and plan to wear it A LOT this coming spring (which will be precisely 6 weeks from February 2 per Punxsutawney Phil, right Phil???).  I like the long, clean lines of the coat and its versatility.
Here is another favorite of mine:20180929_125735The moto jacket can be dressed up or down.20180929_15020420180929_145717Here are a few more pics from the summer and early fall:resized_20181014_135937_7372.jpegJackets with pants3resized_20181014_144438_8320.jpegunabashed picture of aubrey
This pose really captures the essence of Aubrey’s personality. She is a true rapscallion at heart and I say that fondly.
My next post will demonstrate my mastery of the Canon Rebel T6–stay tuned and thanks for visiting.

Beating the Dead of Winter

“We turn not older with years, but newer every day.” –Emily Dickinson

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Hello Everyone, it’s been very cold this past week here in New England and when it’s winter, it seems like it’s always winter.  The cowl neck sweater above is so soft and cozy (97% polyester and 3% spandex). The jeans are straight legged and extremely comfortable.
I was reading some tips on how to beat the winter blues and one suggestion was “seeing your friends and family.” So that’s what I did last weekend–my husband and I visited my brother and sister-in-law and we enjoyed having dinner with them. I got to see many of my nieces and both of my husband’s sisters and their spouses. The food was delicious (as usual) and the company excellent. Here are some pictures of my sister-in-law’s beautiful and cozy home.diningroom.jpgimg_7934livingroombetterdiningroom2abbiefireplace
What I wore:
Cowl neck sweater, Tahari, TJ Maxx
Jeans, Jones New York, TJ Maxx
Booties, Mattise Nugent Wedge Boot, eBay
This is rather a short post and my next one will be more in depth as I continue to “beat the dead of winter.” Thank you for stopping by.
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Emily Dickinson Inspired Style

“A Quiet Passion”

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Hello Everyone, I hope you all survived the holidays in splendid fashion with yet another one upon us, New Year’s Day. Today’s post strays from the subject of the Flapper era and is about my favorite poet, Emily Dickinson. By the way, sometimes I think I should change the wording of my blog to fashion for “women of all ages” rather than for “older women” as I focus on women’s styles all throughout the ages.
Emily Dickinson, considered one of America’s greatest poets, was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, on December 10, 1830, and died on May 15, 1886, at the relatively young age of 55. Even though she lived a short life, her poetry remains forever in our hearts and minds. While she was known for living a life of simplicity and seclusion (she was a recluse), she wrote poetry of immense power through the use of many metaphors and the ability to write effectively about her feelings. She provided a significant impact to American literature.
In spite of Dickinson’s prolific writing, it’s noted that less than a dozen of her poems were actually published while she was alive. She was literally an unknown poet when she died. However, her younger sister Lavinia discovered a collection of almost 1800 poems after Dickinson’s death!
You may wonder what this has to do with women’s fashion?  I am going to incorporate my favorite poet of all time, Emily Dickinson, with one simple fashion of her day which was the day dress or house dress. The 1850’s dress was still relatively conservative and not quite as elaborate as that seen in the coming Victorian era. Day dresses were common to this era although they still had a lot of fine intricate detail and did not seem conducive for house work in my opinion. I can see the bottom of those skirts catching on fire easily, too. (Both pictures are from Pinterest)
Below is a depiction of Dickinson from A Quiet Passiona 2016 biographical film directed and written by Terence Davies about the life of American poet Emily Dickinson.
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The white dress pictured below is thought to be the poet’s only surviving dress and belongs to the Amherst Historical Society in Massachusetts. The dress is a typical house garment of the late 1870’s and early 1880’s, worn when Dickinson was in her late 40’s and early 50’s. For many of Dickinson’s fans, the white dress symbolizes the essence of their beloved writer. There is an exact replica on display at the Dickinson Homestead (now part of the Emily Dickinson Museum) in Amherst.
According to the Poetry Foundation Library, “Dickinson seems to have adopted the habit of wearing white sometime in her thirties for reasons unknown.” It was reported in 1881 by Mabel Loomis Todd that “she dresses wholly in white, & her mind is said to be perfectly wonderful.” I love the “perfect” way that is worded.
The white dress above is my inspiration piece. Are you ready for this (and don’t laugh; well,  okay, you can a little)?  Here is my interpretation of the garment with items of clothing I already had. Do you think it looks better in a sepia tone or in color?
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Here are two of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson although I have more than two!
My #1 Favorite

Ghosts

One need not be a chamber to be haunted,
One need not be a house;
The brain has corridors surpassing
Material place.
Far safer, of a midnight meeting
External ghost,
Than an interior confronting
That whiter host.
Far safer through an Abbey gallop,
The stones achase,
Than, moonless, one’s own self encounter
In lonesome place.
Ourself, behind ourself concealed,
Should startle most;
Assassin, hid in our apartment,
Be horror’s least.
The prudent carries a revolver,
He bolts the door,
O’erlooking a superior spectre
More near.
My #2 Favorite

‘Hope’ is the Thing With Feathers

‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—
And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—
I’ve heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.
The only bird picture I have is our wild turkey that make their daily rounds even in winter although they are not “little” birds. This guy below took a selfie it seems.

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What I wore:
White gown, Barbizon, thrifted
Shoes, Funtasma Costume Footwear, Ebay
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