Monday, December 11, 2017

Cowboy week in Las Vegas...... National Finals Rodeo


" Cowgirl up"



 I'm in my western mode.  I'm loving this long tiered lace skirt and denim jacket.  I pulled the skirt from my closet.  It's a favorite that can be worn in a variety of ways.........today I have chosen a western look since I am still feeling "cowgirl" due to the rodeo in town this week.



And I can't say enough "good" about my red boots.


The denim jacket is from the Reba Collection and is a few years old.  I love the detail...... large silver buttons, piping around all edges, hand sewn embroidery detail and silver studs.


Did you notice my silver Zuni Indian Fetish necklace?  My fetish necklace is made of small silver animals.   Each animal depicts a type of luck, power or protection.  Fetish necklaces are worn for healing, spiritual guidance and protection purposes.
I purchased my necklace many years ago when I was a college student working at a lodge near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  It is one of my prized possessions. 



 Did you notice my silver belt buckle?  It was purchased in (and has the date on it) 1985 at the NFR Rodeo Finals. 



Zuni Jewelry  CLICK     CLICK


Denim Jackets:  

Reba denim jacket  click  and click and click


Tiered Skirt

Reba tiered skirts:
click and click 



Red Bandana



Red Boots





Def:  Cowgirl Up - "Cowgirl Up" is the female version of the old rodeo warning call, "Cowboy up."
This cry from the chute meant that the rider was seated on the bronco or bull and was ready for the gate to open. Over time, the expression came to mean that someone was ready and able to tackle some huge challenge. In some cases, it is even used as a verb: to cowboy up, meaning to be prepared physically and mentally for some difficult or dangerous undertaking. "C'mon, cowboy up for the job; you can do it!"



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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show



Did any of you watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show a few nights ago?  One hour of over the top costumes intermingled with some A-list musicians.  The venue was Shanghai, China.  Perhaps a smart move considering that I have heard that the lingerie market of China will soon double that of the United States.   
The perfect size two models demonstrate the fact that Victoria is not interested in broadening the idea of what is ultra feminine.  





In my opinion the models were NOT scantily clad.  If you wanted to see that, you needed to watch the 2017 Miss Universe Bathing Suit competition  on the 26th of last month.




The costumes overpowered whatever lingerie the models were wearing.  They were encrusted with gold,  jewels, beading and feathers.  The hours of hand work and cost of materials was obviously of no concern.  Shoes and thigh length leg coverings were something to see, but not necessarily wear.   The many "angel wing" interpretations of gold, silver, feathers, flowers and sparkles were bedazzling.  To me the bejeweled Angels were a sight to behold and 
one hour of eye entertainment.




  In reading the reviews, the highlight of the evening was the slip and fall of the Chinese model Ming Xi.  The show is not televised live, so why wasn’t the unfortunate incident cut from the televised show?   According to the Washington Post, “for producers, a model falling down is TV gold”. 
 (I did not include a picture of the "fall")  






For whom is the fashion show extravaganza targeted?  I’m not sure, but an estimated 800 million people watched.  Is it as relevant today as it has been in the past?  Only YOU can answer that question.







Monday, December 4, 2017

sweater coats...............


I live in a climate well suited to wearing sweater/coats.



This easy wrap, multi colored yarn, knit cardigan is just the right weight for a winter day in the desert.  The fun fluffy faux collar is removable so that the sweater may have a second look.



The extra long ribbed cuffs create an edgy look.








This lighter weight sweater coat is my favorite...... again this year.
Grey coordinates with so many colors and the design of the sweater may be paired with casual or dressy.








Rolled hems at the sleeve and rolled shawl collar add a look of simplicity.





Sweater coats are a snugly warm solution to winter in a warmer climate.  They can be dressed up with heels or dressed down with boots and fun hats and scarves.
They are great for layering and are neatly paired with dresses, skirts or long pants.

I found some for you to take a peek.............at different price points.  Just click on the picture.




Thursday, November 30, 2017

Plaid shirt to transition into Winter

Transition from Fall to Winter in this classic plaid collared button front shirt.
The shirt tail hemline is tunic length making it perfect for skinny jeans and leggings.  Preppy style button front and long sleeves make it an easy to wear addition to your wardrobe.  
The 100% Rayon fabric is both comfortable and easy care.




(NOT a new hairstyle..... the wind is blowing!)


The Merona brand classic shirt is well made and has some details that indicate above average construction.

The dress shirt sleeve placket is extra narrow with one button:


The pockets are cut on the bias, are mirrored  and nicely  stitched:

  
There is a nice pleat in the back below the yoke and the yoke is cut on the bias:


The one feature that screams....."This is not Ralph Lauren" are the side seams which are not perfectly matched.





When determining a price point for an article of clothing, the time involved with cutting and construction are taken into account.
Bias cut yoke and pockets take less time and use less fabric.
The "unmatched" side seams indicate less time spent with cutting and sewing.







    I have paired my new shirt with Girlfriend ankle jeans from Chico's

    These sublimely soft jeans with a slight stretching fabric and classic clean fit are my favorite.  Mine are from last year and I can't find them in pink any longer, but here they are in a variety other colors.



    I found similar plaid shirts for you.  Many of them are at a good price.  Notice the matching of plaids and pockets and plackets.  Just click on the shirt:







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    Monday, November 27, 2017

    Thanksgiving Fashion Show...............


    At my house, Thanksgiving Dinner ends with a Fashion Show!
    This year starring my three cuties.............
    Aurelia (8), Ezra (6) and Xander (2)

    Their coordinator and dresser (behind the scenes) was Abbey (age 8)! 


    "A" is wearing basic black





    Little "X" prefers taffeta and green head wear





    We find "A" and "E" in their Phantom of the Opera inspired evening wear.



    "E" is still willing to put on whatever the girls tell him.



    Do I detect a little Robin hood meets Grandma influence in this attire?



    Princess meets the choir boy........




    Grandma has a great "dress up" box of fashions....

    Good job Abbey.  I see a job at Vogue in your future.







    Monday, November 20, 2017

    Nine shoe trends from Fashion Week 2017


    Sometimes it's just fun to dream.......
    These shoes are from Fashion Week 2017.....
    If I had all the money in the world, I would start my shoe shopping here.........


    The art of the heel is everywhere.........

    This chunky blue glass heel white leather pump is by Dries Van Noten with a price tag of just over $900.00





    This Salvatore Ferragamo F Heel is an architectural wonder.
    They actually are a reincarnation of a Ferragamo shoe of 1947.



     This Gucci extravaganza of embellishment is priced at a mere $1590.00





    This candle stick pedestal shoe is designed by Mary Katrantzou and carries a hefty price tag.






    Another interesting heel by Marni.  Notice the sole shape of this trendy sandal.  It will take a whole lot of pennies to put these in your shopping cart.





     Rosie Assoulin launched her own footwear collection for 
    Fall ’17. The debut season featured pumps and boots with ornate wooden heels, 




    Another shoe fashion trend is the abundance of embellishment.

     Prada put forth this exaggerated button strap pump.  Priced at well over a thousand dollars.




    The velvet laced boot is by Erdem.  Erdem is British based and out of my price range.






    This satin and silk rhinestone and gold pump is by Miu Miu.... Another runway masterpiece  






    Did you know that up until 1850, shoes were made straight, meaning that there was no differentiation from left and right shoes.  It was a good idea to always put the same shoe on your right and left foot.  Then each shoe would begin to take the shape of that foot.



     Footwear is becoming more art than it is functional.  If footwear trends continue in this fashion, we can expect the shoes of the future to be even more out-of-this-world.