Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Wonderful Lunch With The Style Crone

My beautiful friend Judith, also know as the Style Crone, was visiting Florida and asked if we could meet. Of course, yes! Judith is one of those remarkable women who make you feel warm and accepted, just sitting across from her.

We only had time for a lunch, but we filled it with talk and emotional feedback, as two retired mental health professionals can do. We didn't stay on the surface, we went deep at times. You have to go deep and not be afraid, I think, to get close.

Of course, Judith is wearing a fabulous hat, her trademark, and skinny black jeans from Paris. One of the things we discussed is the ability to dress with verve on a budget. Judith is a fan of thrifting and vintage shopping, and recycling older pieces. Me too; I'm wearing a consignment dress by Eileen Fisher, and a gorgeous hand-crafted necklace from Suzanne Carillo.

The lighting was dim at the restaurant, but we were happy to get just a couple of pictures. Here we look
roughly the same size, and our table's been cleared.


While here Judith was leaning back and I look like a Gargantua next to her  : >
But you can see adult beverages were enjoyed, as well as delicious salad and bread.

I wish Judith lived next door, or just a few hours' drive away, as she was this day. She lives in Colorado, and I don't get to lunch with her nearly enough. Miss you already!

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Visible Monday #148: Good Enough For YSL And Me

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Black plus navy - a former no-no for me, now a trusted friend. Good enough for Yves Saint Laurent, good enough for me.

Here I chose a studded navy sweater with shark-bite hem (new, similar) and a much older, beloved tulle skirt (similar). My signature bracelet (via Citizen Rosebud) and funky Cydwoq booties (similar?). The whole look is modern and playful, just how I like to feel.

Booties with personality go with everything.

French actor Gaspard Ulliel copies my idea, in actual YSL, looks pretty good.


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Friday, January 23, 2015

Blooming Where You're Planted

It's no secret I want to live in NYC, at least part-time. Nothing compares to the energy and excitement I feel in the city. Here I am planted, however, in a small city on the east coast of Florida. We don't have iconic architecture, cutting-edge fashion, or the international culture of great cities.

While planted here, I intend to bloom, and revel in the goodness of small-town life. We have minimal traffic, lots of parking spaces, really good pubs, and my sister. We've got hospitals, a small symphony, vintage clothing, and first-run movies. Most of all, this is where I am, and I have decided to be happy every day.

We have a charming downtown. Several thrifts and pubs, and lots of antiques.

At my local, Meg O'Malley's, where they really do know my name and my drink.

Talented artists show off their stuff at the Art Walk.

Oh yeah, there is this - the Atlantic Ocean, clean and beautiful at our back porch.

And with our small apartment comes this sweet face . . .

And this majestic King. My big boy.


Hope you're blooming like mad, wherever you are.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What I Wore: More Interesting From The Back

It's a slightly cool day in Central Florida, hooray. Time for an actual wool sweater, scarf, and tall pants.

I found this Eileen Fisher deep gray sweater on Twice, the online consignment store, for about $24. The open back is groovy and keeps the top from being predictable. The boyfriend jeans are from Old Navy. I'm wearing my new Calvin Klein oxfords almost every day; they're comfortable and funky. The scarf is either thrifted or from GAP, ages ago.

This is a great any-day look for me. A little bit of funk and a lot of comfort.
 
The back is where the style is! It's all about that bass.


As the kids over at Reddit say, WAYWT? (What are you wearing today?).

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Shall We All Brush Our Faces?

I consider myself medium-maintenance when it comes to beauty routines. I do use Retin-A on my face and hands, sunscreen every day, hair products, fragrance and a few makeup items. I don't think I'm overly fussy. But when I saw a face-cleansing brush at the Cat Thrift for only $5, brand new, I had to -- wouldn't you have to? Mine wasn't a big name, but a Cindy Crawford Deep Cleaning Brush (now discontinued).

This is a top of the line facial cleansing brush; retails for about $200.

My review of the Cindy Crawford electronic brush:
  • The faster speed is overkill for my older, drier skin. But the slow speed feels great, like little fingers all over my face.
  • It does leave a super-smooth finish on my skin. I can get close results with a gentle wash-cloth cleansing, but this was more fun.
  • No way it's worth the $100 - $200 the big name "systems" cost, at least not for me. Maybe for those who wear heavier make-up, or have oily, stronger skin.
  • The fast speed is strong enough to substitute for another, ahem, massaging-style product, not that I know anything about that.

There's not enough time in anyone's day to do all the tricks an aging woman is supposed to do to stay fresh-faced. Even I, in my retirement, can't fit in all the fun I want to have. But I'll continue with a weekly electronic face brushing. If you've tried one, please tell.


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Friday, January 16, 2015

What I Wore: Learning To Dress More Casually

I don't love this outfit, so I probably won't repeat it. But it's a good look for a casual day of reading, writing, and biking to the pub. It's composed of mostly thrifted and/or vintage pieces; only the Merlot knit skirt (here) is new.

It could be kicked-up by switching the plain shoes for booties or leopard sneakers. And the skirt, while comfortable, doesn't have much personality, so I am gifting it to the Cat Thrift. We don't hit home runs every day, but this is a solid double.

Thrifted Casual Corner linen shirt; consignment Nine West flats and rose pendant from Citizen Rosebud.

Any suggestions from you, my fashionable friends, are welcome. This casual-every-day lifestyle is new for me.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Style Obsessions, Past And Present

You know the expression, "The perfect is the enemy of the good," commonly attributed to Voltaire. That's me when I have a style obsession. In my youth, I would over-buy all the time, looking for the perfect piece. Multiple black pumps, cuff bracelets, button-down shirts, and rarely were they just right.

I remember obsessing about, among other things:
  • Hair products. From Dippity-Do to electric rollers to keratin treatments, the quest for good hair started early.
  • Lipstick. Need I say more?
I've had all these colors - you too? Image source.
  • Boots. Started with go-go boots when I was 14. And it really hasn't stopped.

I don't over-buy anymore. Now I stalk. Mostly online and at the thrifts. I have filled many a virtual shopping basket, then left it abandoned. I watch and wait, hoping to catch the sale or find the perfection that doesn't exist.

More recent obsessions include:
  • Add-on hair. I have to look at all the new extensions and hairpieces. One of them must be exactly what I need to boost my thinning hair.
  • Boots. Some things don't change.
Can I have too many of these? By Born.

  • Faux fur and leather. I'm stalking a faux-leather full skirt. I had to have a faux fur vest this season, but I looked at about one thousand before I was gifted this one:
From Covered Perfectly. Go check them out.

  • Japanese sewing patterns. I still haven't sewn a single dress but I love looking. It makes me feel peaceful, the lovely minimalism.
I pore over them, and then go do something else.  : >  Source.

  • DIY manicures that last. I will find you one day, I will or perish trying.


I've never been much of a scarf or purse hound, although I know some women who obsess over them. One black Coach bag has served me well for almost three years. I have a drawerful of scarves, but I don't really lust for them.  But vive la difference, yes?

So tell: Do you desert your online shopping carts too? What are your obsessions, from yesterday or today?

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