Friday, September 30, 2016

Everyone needs a crispy white blouse


Crispy White Blouse

A crispy white blouse is a "staple" in your wardrobe.  It's a classic that is worth the investment.  Choose a good one that fits well and has a longer shirt tail.  You will wear it for years.



This semi fitted Finley white blouse has a long silhouette.  You can wear it tucked in as I have with my black pencil skirt.  I also wear it belted at times or tied in a knot at my waistline.
You can find the blouse   here


I love wearing red shoes.  Everyone should have a great pair of red shoes in their closet.


Bette Midler said:  "I firmly believe that with the right footwear one can rule the world" 




I have taken a 34 inch square scarf and folded it crosswise from corner to corner and rolled it.  It slips around my neck and ties in a knot




I've chosen a belt that fits over the top of my skirt with a large off-set buckle.  I purchased it at Chico's.  This one is nearly identical    CLICK









Words of Wisdom:   Do something today that your future self  will thank you for



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Horizontal stripes make you look thinner

 Horizontal Stripes !

which figure looks tallest and thinnest?


Haven’t we always been taught that horizontal stripes make you look wider and vertical stripes make you look taller.  Well, this may not always be true.  I have been reading studies done by Dr. Peter Thompson, Department of Psychology, University of New York and  articles dealing with the work  of Val Watham, winner of the BBC’s Amateur Scientist of the Year award  and ideas of the German doctor and physicist Hermann von Helmholtz

The whole discussion began in the 1800’s when Hermann von Helmholtz showed that a square made of horizontal stripes appeared to be taller and narrower than an identical square of vertical stripes. 
He used this information to note, in his 1867 Handbook of Physiological Optics, that ‘ladies’ frocks with cross stripes on them make the figure look taller’.

Then somehow during the next one hundred or so years, his ideas became completely reversed and we have grown up thinking the opposite.

Dr. Thompson in his study, (I believe in 2011) had people compare women wearing horizontally and vertically striped dresses.  His results showed that when the two women were the same size, the one wearing the horizontal-striped dress appeared to people to be the thinner of the two.

Now then, I do not have a PhD after my name and I have never won any awards (I did win a sewing machine when I was a senior in high school) but here are my thoughts:



Not all stripes work the same.  If the horizontal stripes are small like the ones in Katy Perry’s dress, the eye is tricked into thinking the body is thinner and taller.




But if the stripes are larger like the ones in the dress worn by Eva Mendes, the eye stops at each break of dark and light and adds weight.  Consequently, she looks larger than she is.




This same principle works with any break in color or distinct break in the line of a silhouette.  I had a professor once tell me that when the eye hits a “break” it adds ten pounds.  With this idea in mind, be sure the “break” comes in a place where you can afford to add ten pounds.  For example, this contrasting jacket and pant adds 10 pounds to my hips. My butt is somewhat flat, so ten pounds is OK. 







You may recall that there was a time period when Hillary Clinton was wearing pant suits in a variety of colors, but all cut the same.  The bottom of her jacket or the silhouette line break  hit just at the widest part of her hips.  This was not particularly flattering. 



Thankfully, she has a new designer who has put her in an A-line silhouette with her jackets coming below the widest part of her hips




Conclusion:  
1.  watch the size of your horizontal stripes
2.  thinner stripes make you look thinner and taller
3.  wider stripes may add weight and make you look shorter
4.  be aware of "line breaks" both in color and silhouette.  Weight is added at the point of the break.


WOW!

Look at what I just found at Target.  It is only $12.00.  I can't wait to wear it.  I bought a large even though I usually wear a medium, but since it is from Target, I bought a size larger (in case it shrinks).  It is a cotton / spandex / modal blend.  It is extra long in length ..... perfect for us tall girls.


You can have one too......click here


Def:  modal -  a type of rayon, a semi-synthetic cellulose fiber made by spinning reconstituted cellulose, in this case often from beech trees. Modal is used alone or with other fibers (often cotton or spandex) in clothing.



Now go and make it a great day..............






Monday, September 26, 2016

Dresses that say..."Hey, look at me"

This makes a statement



I saw this mirror print fabric at the Fabric Store and fell in love with it.
It is a Nicole Miller 94%Polyester and 6% Spandex knit from JoAnn's, but it is sold out.  But there are other Polyester/Spandex knits on their website and in their stores.    click to see
This print is called a mirror print.


The pattern is from McCall's  click to see

Since the dress is semi-fitted, I first made it from muslin using just the front and back.  I used a basting stitch to sew in the darts and then the side seams.
Then I had a friend do the "fitting", adjusting darts and side seams.
The muslin pieces then became my pattern for making the dress.  Have you ever cut out a dress, sewn it together only to find that it doesn't fit?  You may wear a size 8, but when sewing you will need to cut out a 12 or 14.  If you are using an expensive fabric, be sure to make it out of muslin first to avoid disappointment.




The fabric is so stretchy that I did not need to put a zipper up the back.  The dress slips over my head.

Shoes are Louise et Cie and purchased at Dillards
 Click HERE

I also found them on Amazon  in dusk blue click HERE



This dress certainly makes a statement.




"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak"
                                                              Rachel Zoe



Friday, September 23, 2016

Let's bring back the little square scarf

The little square scarf




I have a stack of square scarves (19 - 22 in sq.) that I inherited from my Mom..... and a few of my own mixed in.
I remember shopping with my Mom when she was in her 80's and she would always buy a square scarf to wear around her neck because she said that it covered up her neck wrinkles. 

And now, being the only daughter, I have them all.

All of this brings me to my new crusade.
I am going to, single-handedly, bring back the little square scarf.

The scarf may be worn or used in a variety of ways as shown on this website.  Click on the pictures on the left hand side  go HERE

I bet that many of you have one of these little scarves tucked away in the back of your drawer.  
GET IT OUT and WEAR IT !

If you don't have one........you can buy one.

I found these on Amazon:

I found these at Nordstrom:
 Save up for this Givenchy Paisley:  Click



I am wearing mine with a slightly shaped jacket with a mandarin collar.


My bag is a satchel by Brahmin
The brand may be found at any of the major Department Stores such as Dillards   CLICK here
or on Amazon  CLICK here


Be part of my campaign to bring back the little square scarf !




“In the fashion industry, everything goes retro except the prices.” 
                                                                                                                    Criss Jami   




Def:  mandarin collar -  a short unfolded stand-up collar style on a shirt or jacket. Mandarin collars start at the neckline and typically rise vertically two to five centimeters. The style derives its Western name from the gowns worn by Mandarins in Imperial China.

Def:  satchel handbag - Rigid flat bottom with shaped sides.




Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Help ! My pants are too tight in the waistline

my favorite black pants



Have you ever had a favorite pair of pants?  They may be  a favorite because they fit perfectly, hang just right, are the perfect length, the perfect width at the bottom, or just a great fabric.  Now, if for some unexplained reason, you can no longer zip up the zipper to the top...........oops....... you feel very badly because they fit everywhere else!
How did my waist grow??
  
This happened to me!
Should I just give up, give them away, hang them at the back of the closet?

NO!
I will fix them.

I cut through the waistband and unpicked the side seams about four inches.
I placed a wide piece of elastic (purchased at JoAnn's Fabrics) on the under side.  




I top stitched the elastic into the "V"




Now my pants are an extra three inches in the waist.

Of course, I cannot tuck a top into my pants and let the waist line show, but I can live with that!




My bell sleeve top is from White House / Black Market.

I purchased it last year, but I found this one with the same neckline at White House / Black Market.  Click

I found this bell sleeve blouse at Nordstrom.  Click 

The bell sleeves we see today are a retro look from the 70's.




def:  retro - imitative of a style, fashion, or design from the recent past.




Remember:  Measure twice, cut once.







Monday, September 19, 2016

How to make one dress from two


A great find......

I bought this Calvin Klein dress at Dillards two weeks ago.  It was on sale for 65% off.  I really liked it and the way it fit, but I do not wear sleeveless dresses.  So, after thinking about it overnight, I went back the next day and bought another one in the largest size they had.  (it was an additional 40 % off the already marked down price)

Why?? you ask.

I made sleeves for the dress!


Using a previously used sleeve pattern, I cut a sleeve from muslin.


After removing the sleeve facing, I inserted the muslin sleeve into the armseye to be sure that it was going to fit properly.
I then cut two sleeves from the bottom hemline of the extra dress and set them in.




A New dress is born.
(I hope Calvin Klein doesn't mind.)






The fabric is 92% polyester and 8% spandex.
It's just stretchy enough to shape to my body.
The dress is still available and on sale!
Click HERE

And yes, I'm wearing a shapewear; you can too.
Here it is  Click HERE




Shoes are Louise et Cie and purchased at Dillards
 Click HERE

I also found them on Amazon  in dusk blue click HERE


I love buying clothes on sale and with a little work I was able to make the dress just right for my taste.
Even after purchasing two dresses on sale, the price was less than the original price tag for one!



Remember:  Never underestimate the power of a woman with a sewing machine

Friday, September 16, 2016

Dare to wear white after Labor Day


It's still summer where I live


Maybe you have figured it out, but I live in the land of perpetual sunshine.
The high today was in the 90's
and 
I'm still wearing white pants.






It may be a little windy, but you can see the wider pant leg.  This is a classic straight leg which is always in style.  This pant leg is the width that anyone can wear.  It compliments any body shape.  It is universally the most attractive pant silhouette.


The pant is by Dana Buchman.  Dana Buchman was an upscale women's fashion brand.  Dana Buchman, an Amerian fashion designer and creative designer, was the founder.  In 2008, Buchman announced that she would be discontinuing her higher priced line to design exclusively for Kohl's, and now Kohl's owns the brand name.

My pants were purchased probably 20 years ago (more than likely on sale)

At the present time this shape is difficult to find in a lower price range.  I did find this pair at Neiman Marcus.  
Click to see


 And here is the perfect pair at Neiman Marcus, but way out of my price range........ it's fun to dream sometimes.



The long paisley print polyester blouse is from Chico's. And now it is on sale!  You can find it here


Shoes are a low heel sling back sandal from Ann Taylor purchased a while ago.  I found a similar low heel sling back at Nordstrom 
click here



Remember:  A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear





Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How to wear Animal Prints



Animal Prints


Animal Prints are always in style.  This print top has just the right shape to camouflage any mid section bulges.  It is a slight a-line and loose fitting.  The fabric is 100% polyester.  The lower hip length is very flattering.








This top is from last year, but I found some great length tops in the latest J.Jill catalog 





I love wearing a low wedge heel.  I’ve had these for a few years, but this height heel is easy to find in shoe and department stores.  

White pants were purchased at Steinmart

As to the rules for wearing animal prints and mixing animal prints.  Watch this short entertaining video by Adam Glassman.  He says it all in less than three minutes.

rules for wearing animal prints ...click here    video




Remember:  "A little animal print goes a long way"
                                                        Adam Glassman


Monday, September 12, 2016

How to look thinner without dieting


How to look thinner without dieting

How firm is your foundation?



How many of you remember this?
I do.
I wore a girdle to high school even though I weighed 
110 pounds

Then came the 60's and 70's and "all that freedom"

"burn your bra"



And then came Madonna in the 80's wearing her underwear on the outside


Now we "baby boomers" are getting older....

Have you noticed your “middle” getting bigger?
A few more inches on your thighs?
What about your derriere  (butt)? 

Today there is a plethora of body shaping undergarments to give you a little help.
They are actually comfortable to wear.



I have this one.  It is great for pulling it all together and smoothing out the bumps when I wear something form fitting

You can find it here




This is a great waist shaper that will smooth out your muffin top.

You can find it here




This is a great little shaper to smooth out your thighs and firm up your behind.  

It can be found here




But whatever your "less than perfect" is.........

marshmallow butt 
muffin top 
bumpy thighs

try shapewear

There are many brands; 
I like Spanx




Did you know?  The proper name for undergarments or clothing worn next to your skin is   Innerwear 



Remember: 
 Fashion looks better when you feel good on the inside