The Color Red

“The Robin is the One
That interrupt the Morn
With hurried — few — express Reports
When March is scarcely on —
The Robin is the One
That overflow the Noon
With her cherubic quantity —
An April but begun —
The Robin is the One
That speechless from her Nest
Submit that Home — and Certainty
And Sanctity, are best” (Emily Dickinson)
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Hi Everyone,
I hope everyone survived the full-moon week we recently had which was our last super moon for 2019, the worm moon. You may wonder why it’s called the worm moon, and this article (the meaning of the worm moon) provides insight as to why it’s given this rather strange name.  But it makes sense that it refers to when the “ground begins to thaw and earthworms reappear, soon followed by the return of robins.” And robins make me think of the color red.
Red is a warm color that evokes strong emotions. This color is associated with love, warmth, and comfort. It can be intense, or even angry; this color can create feelings of energy, excitement, and passion. But the red I am referring to is the red in my wardrobe and in my house. I am drawn to the color red even though my favorite colors tend to be varying shades of blue and green, the colors of the ocean. Your favorite color says a lot about you and according to this article (favorite color personality), “red is often the color chosen by someone outgoing, aggressive, vigorous and impulsive.” While I tend to consider myself to be more of an ambivert rather than an extrovert, I can relate to some of the characteristics of those who love the color red. And I do have red interspersed in my wardrobe and house as depicted below.

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This post was supposed to be entitled “The Spring Super Moon,” but as life would have it, I was not feeling well and my husband drove out to the countryside in search of the full moon without me. He captured these photos with his phone which I thought came out really well.
Resized_20190320_194045_2302.jpegI LOVE this old barn.Resized_20190320_193746_2869.jpegThe shadow people have finally come to take me. Can you see the two kitties in this picture?20190324_085157.jpgThere’s no place like home.20190324_120437-e1553457859590.jpg

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I hope everyone has a wonderful last week of March. Will it go out like a lamb?
What I wore:
Dress, London Times, thrifted
Red leather jacket, Leather Limited, thrifted
Black and white striped skirt, Ana, JC Penney
Red key hole top, Michael Kors, TJ Maxx
Red leather heels, Naturalizer Okira Crisscross Pump, Ebay, $9.99 (this was my find of the month!)

Irish for a Day

“It was not Death, for I stood up,
And all the Dead, lie down —
It was not Night, for all the Bells
Put out their Tongues, for Noon.
It was not Frost, for on my Flesh
I felt Siroccos — crawl — ” (Emily Dickinson)
Hi Everyone,
We are all Irish today, right? Saint Patrick’s Day is a worldwide celebration of Irish culture which also commemorates Saint Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints, who lived during the fifth century.
I do not have a lot of green in my closet and some of the tops below look slightly blue even though they are actually green.
Before the Guinness

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After the Guinness
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In all seriousness, I have not had any beer, yet! But I definitely plan to later today (just one).
My husband (who is truly Irish) bought me two tops to wear today to a local Irish Pub. Which one should I wear?20190317_143334 (1)
Paddy’s Irish Pub–this is inspired by the show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”20190317_145654
As you know, I love all things related to Emily Dickinson. Did you know that Emily shared her kitchen with an Irish immigrant for the last 17 years of her life? Her name was Margaret Maher (known as Maggie). Emily wrote in the kitchen while cooking with Maggie, her maidservant, and entrusted her with her cherished poems.
Maggie spent her life around people who wrote and she also had a creative writing ability of her own. She occasionally wrote letters and poems to which Emily would respond with her own poetry. This caused a bond to form between the two women resulting in Emily storing her poems in Maggie’s trunk, an authentic Irish trunk brought over from Ireland. (Irish Central Maid as Muse)
In spite of the fact that Emily asked Maggie to destroy the poems upon her death, she could not bring herself to destroy a lifetime of Emily’s work. She turned to Emily’s brother who agreed that they should be saved.
It is also noted that Emily’s Irish servants influenced her poetry. The poem quoted above is an example of the way people in Ireland speak English. According to Eife Murray, “That poem and that grammatical structure, it is classically the way people in Ireland speak English.” (Influence of Servants on Emily Dickinson’s Poems)
This is the black shrug I wore here.
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This top has some vibrant colors and I usually wear it with white pants in the summer. But I think it also goes with this black skirt.
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I am not sure about this black moto jacket with this skirt. I plan to revisit this look later this spring. I wore this jacket last fall in this post here.
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There were no animals harmed during the creation of this post.

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So there you have it. My entire collection of “green” clothes. And they do look rather bluish green in some of these pics. I hope you all had a great weekend.
What I wore:
Black skirt, Romeo & Juliet (Couture), thrifted
Gray plaid skirt, Larry Levine, thrifted
Green floral tops, both by Liz Claiborne, JCPenney
Solid green top, Erm London, thrifted
Paddy’s Irish Pub t-shirt, Superluxe, Amazon
Happy St. Pat’s Day (long sleeved), Aceshion, Amazon
Black Shrug, Premise, JCPenney
Shoes, LifeStride, Famous Footwear

Spring Forward

“A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period –
When March is scarcely here
A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.” (Emily Dickinson)
Hello Everyone, Did you remember to set your clocks ahead last night? I am so excited about the extra daylight as I am sure everyone is. It’s a small sacrifice to lose an hour of sleep for an extra hour of wonderful natural light. But I may not feel that way tomorrow morning at 5 a.m.
I am not sure if we felt that extra hour of “light” today due to the snow, sleet and freezing rain. The black and white effect of today’s weather inspired me to incorporate black and white as my theme for today’s fashion post.
This is one of my favorite dresses seen in this post that just so happens to be black and white. I love the drape of the neckline and the clean lines. What do you think of the white fishnet stockings?  Fishnet stockings are more durable than regular pantyhose and I love the texture they add.

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19 Crimes Cabernet Sauvignon; this is the same bottle from this post The Vintage Pleated Skirt and 19 Crimes.  I swear, it’s the same empty bottle.

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Here is the dress with a black shrug which enables me to wear it even on a cold day like today.

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This is another black and white outfit that is perfect for this time of year. The material of this classic button-down blouse is rayon and polyester and it washes beautifully.
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The pencil skirt is leg hugging but stretchy and comfortable. It does not have a back slit and doesn’t need one.

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Maybe this is the “light that exists in spring.”
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Simply bleak…but beautiful
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These are the shoes I am wearing. I purchased them at Famous Footwear on sale for $24.99, originally $59.99. They have a breathable lining with a foam cushioned footbed and a flexible outsole with a traction tread.  They are sooooo comfortable.

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I did some ice fishing with my husband on Saturday and what a beautiful day on the ice. This was the sky yesterday, 3/9/19.

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This is inside the bob house looking out.

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This lake was loaded with fish. My husband knew it was a good day when he ran out of bait. The final count: 4 bass, 5 perch, and 3 pickerel. This guy didn’t make it as the hook was deeply imbedded.

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That’s it for now–have a great week everyone.
What I wore:
Dress, Anne Klein, TJ Maxx
Black Shrug, Premise, JCPenney
Skirt, Philosophy, JCPenney
Blouse, White Stag, Walmart
Shoes, LifeStride, Famous Footwear

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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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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Wait, where did he come from?
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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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.

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