“Hip to Be Square”

“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.

Welcome to my Library

Hi Everyone,
I hope you enjoy my video. I am looking forward to exploring the librarian chic concept more with upcoming blog posts. Thank you for watching my video and I hope you had a great weekend!

Librarian Chic


Shhh–I am reading The Tommyknockers by Stephen King. I am just getting to the good part when the alien spaceship is discovered and people are starting to act strange… This is a perfect time of year to read something scary.  But this post is actually about how I have come to the conclusion that my wardrobe is librarian friendly. Not that there is anything wrong in looking like a librarian; in fact, I rather like looking like one. However, I think that shoes can bring the image up a notch.
20191031_170209The shoes I am wearing are Rockport’s Total Motion Kalila suede t-strap pumps. They have a two-inch heel with padding in the foot bed for extra comfort. I absolutely love them.20191031030958_IMG_2331This old bedroom is a work in progress and has become my new girl cave. It used to be my older son’s bedroom and I want to upgrade the mattress and bedding. But the cat loves it just the way it is.20191031_17012620191031_165712Do you like my glasses? These are actually an old pair that my husband told me look most “librarianish” which is a compliment, right? 20191031_16482320191031_200500If you like British murder mysteries, I highly recommend 13 Steps Down by Ruth Rendell. It is a brilliant psychological thriller in typical amazing Rendell style. She is the superb master in getting into the mind of the killer and written from their perspective. Ruth Rendell died in 2015 at the age of 85. The shoes I am wearing, by the way, are by Salvatore Ferragamo and have a sophisticated, conservative look and perfect for librarians. I am wearing them in this post The French Dressed Woman. 
Have a great weekend everyone.

The Perfect Red Pump

“Now, Love is red, and Wisdom pale, But human hearts are faint and frail; Till Love meets Love, and bids it hail. I see the chasm, yawning dread; I see the flaming arch o’erhead: I stake my life upon the red.” (Julia Ward Howe)
I have been in search of the “perfect” red pump for quite a while now. My personal definition of the perfect red pump is one that is comfortable, stylish, the right shade of red, and has a manageable heel height. A couple of weeks ago, I was at Macy’s and saw these gorgeous red pumps but they were $79.50 which was not in my budget at that time. I am so glad I waited as these very same pumps were recently on sale for 50% off for $39.75! 20191026005420_IMG_2255img950062-e1572134447814.jpgThese shoes are by Giani Bernini and have a memory foam insole with extra cushion at the heel and arch support for added comfort. They have a soft suede and patent gloss which makes them look sway chic. The footbed feels extra “squishy,” and the color is called “true red.” They are versatile in the sense that you can wear them to work or for a night out. Now I want to test them for both scenarios.  It is such a FUN shoe! I have a passion for red as seen in this post The Color Red.20191026005828_IMG_2262The long gray sweater coat is by Adrienne Vittadini and is so warm, cozy and stretchy. I cannot wait to wear this on a cold, winter day with skinny jeans and black leather boots. 20191026005039_img_2249.jpgMy pencil skirt is by Talbots and is fully lined. It is a classic look with a black and white houndstooth check pattern. It was $13.50 thrifted.20191026005006_img_2248_1-e1572182560150.jpg20191026005314_IMG_225320191026005210_IMG_225120191026005240_img_2252-e1572136265868.jpgI just love my new red pumps. What do you think of them? Mabel smiles in approval…maybe she’s secretly thinking of running off with them when I’m not looking.IMG950048

The Indispensable Utility Jacket

20191004_154422.jpgThis 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.shagskirt
I had to do a double take on the above skirt as I had never thought of pairing this creative combo which comes from this site 21 Practical Ways to Wear a Utility Jacket.
20191004_160251 (1)The utility jacket is a classic transitional piece that every woman needs in her wardrobe.20191004_15431720191012_181456The jacket I am wearing is by Cabelas, classic fit, and is made from 100% pure comfortable cotton. Another aspect I like about this jacket is that it’s machine washable so any doggie slobber on my sleeves can be easily rectified which makes it dog proof. And my navy blue button-down shirt is from L.L. Bean and is “wrinkle free.”
I wanted to share with you a recent visit to T. J. Maxx and bring you into my dressing room. The colors that are trending right now are true autumnal shades such as earthy brown, butterscotch gold, and chili pepper red.  Since my seasonal color analysis is “fall,” I gravitate towards these colors like dog hair to velvet. And animal print not only continues to be popular but is one of the biggest fall fashion trends according to this site: Animal Print Fall Trend 2019.
20191009_13501620191012_145256 (1)20191009_123107 (1)20191009_135939 (1)Well, I loved all of the items and was forced to narrow down my choices.  I will have to surprise you with future blog posts as to which ones I decided on and Mabel’s not telling.20191006_094742 (1)

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 homemade apple cider. I thought that was a fair exchange not to mention it was putting them to good use. My favorite apple is the Cortland and my family enjoys them in my homemade cinnamon apple cake and apple pie.
20190907_160854I remember my father would buy bushels of apples every fall and he would literally eat the entire apple, seeds and all, except the stem.
While this delicious fruit is healthy and what the doctor recommends to eat daily, I was thinking about a common misconception of what apple seeds contain. I have heard some say they contain traces of arsenic and others say they have ricin. After doing some online research, I found this interesting link (Medical News Today) that states apple seeds contain “amygdalin which is converted into cyanide when the seeds are chewed or crushed. Cyanide is highly poisonous and can be deadly in high doses.” The article further goes on to say “you would probably need to thoroughly chew and swallow over 150 seeds before you experienced any adverse symptoms. So if you accidentally eat a few apple seeds, there is no need to worry.” So my father apparently tested that concept and suffered no ill effects.
20190907_155148I am wearing a Levi’s Red Tab denim western shirt with pearl snap buttons. The skinny jeans are by Kensie and called Effortless Ankle. The booties are Naturalizer’s Greyson Ankle Boot. These booties are the most comfortable pair of shoes I own besides sneakers.
20190907012047_IMG_2130The deep pink tank top is by Chico’s Travelers Collection. It is comfortable and wrinkle free.


(From Pinterest)
From the “Wizzard of Oz”:
Scarecrow: Come along Dorothy. You don’t want any of those apples.
Apple Tree: Are you hinting my apples aren’t what they ought to be?
Scarecrow: Oh, no! It’s just that she doesn’t like little green worms!


20190907_160413 (2)Enjoy your week; I have to go bake a pie now.

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)
20190901_165101The 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 many crisp and invigorating offerings of Autumn.
In an effort to slow down the passing of time, we can practice the art of living in the moment. Stop worrying about the past and do not be anxious about the future; worrying drains our energy and prevents us from living in the moment. In fact, this reminds me of the scripture at Matthew 6:34 that says: “Never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties.”
So how do we live in the moment? Here are some tips I found to be very thought provoking at this link (10 Tips to Start Living in the Present).
I particularly liked tip number 3:  “Fully appreciate the moments of today. Soak in as much of today as you possibly can – the sights, the sounds, the smells, the emotions, the triumph, and the sorrow.” Our life as we experience it in the moment is what our life is about; not yesterday and not tomorrow; but right now.
My post at this moment in time, pertains to different ways to wear a tunic style shirt. I tend to be an “untucked” type of girl but there are some general guidelines that I tend to break on occasion. If the shirt has tails, it’s supposed to be tucked in, but if it has a flat bottom hem, it’s meant to be worn untucked. Well, I am wearing my shirt untucked, partially tucked and completely tucked:
20190823000355_IMG_2036_120190822235542_IMG_2021_120190823000618_IMG_2040_120190824_08460720190823004627_IMG_207320190823004341_IMG_2067Which look do you prefer? I am wearing skinny jeans which usually look good with a long, untucked tunic top.  But I think I could get away with the tucked in look. By the way, my shirt is by A.N.A.
Puppy update:  Mabel is officially six months old and almost 60 pounds now! Resized952019082495151648(0) (1)20190825040144_IMG_21252019082495151430 (1)Resized952019082495151708She has the most amazing smile. Enjoy your weekend and try to “live in the moment.”

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 only slightly). Here is another skirt I have sewn lace to and my next project will be one of my dresses. My skirt is now is an inch and a half longer. What do you think? 20190813_193448.jpg20190813_193247.jpg20190814_12205920190814_131748.jpgI cannot get Mabel to look at the camera as I do not have my photographer’s assistance today.
Another way to lengthen a skirt or dress is by wearing a slip extender. Slips do not always have to be hidden and they can add a classy, chic style to your outfit in addition to serving as an easy solution in keeping you covered.  20190817234215_IMG_1988.JPG20190817232253_IMG_1979.JPG20190818_133138This white knee-length floral lace skirt is approximately 23.5 inches in length and works with most of my skirts and dresses.
My brother wanted me to explain the meaning of the title of my last post as being a play on words in the word reveal versus revel which brings to mind Shakespeare’s “Midsummer’s Night Dream.” The title of my last post is using the word “reveal” of midsummer in a way that pertains to summer revealing its fresh greenery through my photography. And it was technically midsummer in the pictures.
The following images are a continuation of the reveal of midsummer as these were taken in early July. The gardens below belong to a friend of mine who is an amazing gardener as you will see:20190720_20042920190720_19592720190720_195006 (1).jpg20190720_195016.jpg20190720_194821.jpg20190720_194551.jpg20190720_200418.jpgThese are the three stages of our early evening sky last week on August 8 all within a few minutes of each other. I thought we were going to get a severe thunderstorm but it bypassed us.
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I hope you enjoy the remainder of summer and follow me as I explore the reveal of early fall which is near at hand.


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 here.
I will be sharing some pictures of that visit in a future post. In the meantime, I wanted to talk about a simple but effective method on how to lengthen a skirt. My supervisor at work shared this idea with me and I immediately loved it. The skirt I am wearing was slightly short for my taste and I was able to add 1 1/4 inches to the length by hand sewing this lace to the hem. It took me literally 10 minutes to sew it by hand. I have added lace to another skirt that I will be presenting in another post.20190804_163653 (1)20190804_163331-e1564954172570.jpgI love this skirt now that it’s a little longer as I was previously thinking of donating it.20190804030738_IMG_1854The following pictures were taken in the original historic village adjacent to my hometown.20190725005716_IMG_1827.JPG20190725011848_IMG_1845.JPG20190725005452_IMG_1821.JPG20190725010017_IMG_183620190725005255_IMG_1816_120190725005735_IMG_1829_1resized95snapchat-768887211.jpegMabel is going to Dunkins for her munchkin.20190804030625_img_1852-e1564962758383.jpgThis was a mini post (but no mini skirts) and I hope you are all enjoying your summer.
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