Friday, December 30, 2016

What are you wearing on New Year's Eve ?..............


What are you wearing on New Year's Eve??

I thought I would do a little "round up" of possibles that I have posted in the last couple of months.

 a reminder........I have been on this merry-go-round of blogging for just four months.  If you would read the
 "meet Jill"  just to the right of where you are looking, you will see that I am not a model.  But I am an educator.  I try to give some suggestions or insights or facts about whatever I am blogging.

But today I'm just giving you some "looks" as you ponder .....
"What am I going to wear on New Year's Eve?"



Winter White gives an elegant, peaceful look..........


Maybe it's a cocktail party and dinner that calls you out on such a festive night.......


Leopard is good for bringing in the New Year............especially if you need a jacket to keep your shoulders warm........


What about a fun, bright airy scarf poncho to brighten up "Auld Lang Syne"


If you will be needing a coat, try a monochromatic look and be sure to include the pearls.....


The paisley and shiny green will dazzle the singing of ....
                        " We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,                                 For auld lang syne...."


Maybe just a silk shirt over a one color pant and top will be perfect for a quiet evening.......


Chilly restaurants may require a light sweater to keep you toasty warm...


A dressy little jacket over black can go anywhere..........


I couldn't resist putting in the $25,000.00 Valentino sequined dress that I gazed upon at the Valentino Shop at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I touched it; didn't try it on; it was the only one in the store, size very small.


And when at the end of the evening.........and it's time to sing......sing loudly


Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,



In 1788 the Robert Burns sent the poem ‘Auld Lang Syne’ to the Scots Musical Museum, indicating that it was an ancient song but that he’d been the first to record it on paper. The phrase ‘auld lang syne’ roughly translates as ‘for old times’ sake’, and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year.




Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Eddie Bauer Sale


I really like the quality of Eddie Bauer.  I pulled some of the items that I thought you might be interested in..............  These are the sale prices.

I buy my turtleneck sweaters here because I can buy them in Long.  
I just bought the fleece top for $19.99.  It is regularly $50.00.

You can go to their catalog to see all the items for 60% off by clicking here    CLICK




shoe armoire



Is your closet crowded?
Where do you put all your shoes?
Do you keep them in labeled boxes?
Do you have racks and racks, too high to reach?
Are your shoes all over the floor in your closet and outside?

A few years ago, I came up with the perfect solution.  I designed this armoire and had it built.
It's shiny black wood, brass colored hardware and raised panel doors give it a "blend in with any period furniture" look.  Since it has been moved four times in the last ten years (twice from high rise condos), it has taken on a slightly "distressed" look which makes it all the more special. 




I position the five shelves so that the back of the shelf is one notch higher than the front.  The shoes are two layers deep.  
This is how it looks in the summer............sandals up front.


This is how it looks in the winter with closed toed shoes to the front.



The bottom drawer is for dress boots where they lie flat.

The four smaller drawers are for stockings, tights, leggings and the sort.



I love my shoe armoire.  It is one of my best ideas.  
You could have the same.  There are all types and prices of armoires on the market today.  You might find one in a second hand furniture store, antique store or brand new in a furniture store.  You may have to have some extra shelves cut, but that's not a problem...... Home Depot may even do that.

My armoire blends in with my other bedroom pieces including my jewelry case from Pier 1








Shoe storage problem solved...... 






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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Recently posted and now on sale

I recently showed all of these items from Chico's on posts and now they are on sale.
If there was something you liked, but didn't purchase, now is your chance:
ENJOY:



Monday, December 26, 2016

My warmest coat.............

I just returned from Salt Lake City .... time spent with family and Christmas activities.  I never go to Utah, between October and March, without taking my warmest coat.  

Faux sheep skin with a luscious minky soft lining and faux fur trim......  It may be all from a polyester and acrylic blend, but I could face the climb at Mt. Everest and be cozy warm.

I photographed my coat in my backyard (green grass, no snow........yes, I live in the desert) before I left for the Utah "tundra".


The seamed detail, hand cross stitches, toggle buttons in the shape of bear claws and fur trim all combine to make a unique design.






The back is embroidered with a "dream catcher"

The dream catcher is fashioned from a hoop of red willow with a webbing of animal sinue which takes the form of a web (like a spider’s web). Attached at the bottom of the loop are a bead (usually seed or carved wood) and a feather.

The dream catcher is hung above a sleeping area in a place where the morning light can hit it. The nature of the Dream Catcher will attract all sorts of dreams to its webs. When bad dreams come, they do not know the way through the web and get caught in the webbing where the first light of day causes them to melt away and perish. The good dreams knowing the way go through the center of the web and slide down the feather to the sleeper below. 

(taken from the dreamcatchers.org website)



The coat was a gift from friends as we were visiting the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel on the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation in Idaho.



You can read more about this area and Indian culture by clicking HERE





Sunday, December 25, 2016

Gracious Holiday Etiquette Dec. 25


December 25  Be sure to send Santa (and anyone else from whom you received a gift) a thank you note  -- 
 hand written and sent by snail mail.


Saturday, December 24, 2016

Gracious Holiday Etiquette Dec. 24


December 24  Leave cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer.


Friday, December 23, 2016

a fabric treasure..........


I'm speaking to those of you who sew or have someone sew for you...........
Have you ever come across a piece of fabric that you just had to buy?  You may not have even had an idea as to what you would create with it, but it was a treasure that you couldn't pass up.

I was visiting one of my favorite fabric stores in Salt Lake City, Utah many years ago and saw this gorgeous silver lace.  I bought 1 1/2 yards..........closed my eyes when I paid for it!


I put a silky black polyester  behind it and cut out a very simple short jacket......no darts, simple lines.
I cut the same pattern pieces using a black crepe.  After sewing the jacket together (lace backed with the polyester) and the crepe lining together, I put them right sides together and sewed around the edges, inserting a black piping.  Be sure to leave a space open so that you can turn it right side out.


I usually wear the jacket over a black shell and black wide leg pant.




I thought the ensemble called for pearls.  Pearls are always a tasteful choice.


The short jacket styling is always appropriate regardless of what fashion is trending.

AND, when you see a piece of fabric that you can't live without............buy it.  The styling will come later.


Is this your wish?


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Gracious Holiday Etiquette Dec. 23


December 23   Send a thank you card to your boss for giving you a job.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The cape..........a fashion staple


It's story time.............  The summer before the beginning of my senior year in college, I took a job at Utah Woolen Mills in Salt Lake City, Utah.  I needed additional experience using industrial sewing machines in order to graduate with an additional attachment to my composite Home Economics degree.  I would be certified in Industrial Sewing.
When I left the job at the end of August, I bought, for one dollar, a scrap of wool that I had kept my eye on during those grueling months in what I called "the sweat shop".




I had recently finished a hand tailoring course, and since I had only a limited amount of fabric, I made a cape.
The 100% coat weight piece of wool was beautiful and so much "fun" to work with.  I was careful in cutting it out to match all the seams as well as the patch pockets.

I lined it with a heavy satin.







Yes, those are bound buttonholes!



I have loved wearing my cape.  It is a fashion statement for sure wherever I go.    Cape variations have been around  since antiquity with different lengths and styles depending on the era.  Wealthy people wore capes lined and trimmed with fur as a status symbol and capes were worn indoors as well as outside for added protection against the cold in unheated buildings.
The popularity of capes may be influenced by the fashion of the day.  For example in the 1830's capes were more accommodating than jackets over dresses whose sleeves had ballooned into the leg-of-mutton style. 
In our more modern times, one year may show more capes than others.  During the 2015 fall and winter fashion week, capes were everywhere and remain so today.  

Capes are feminine and always fascinating!

Sally enjoys wearing her cape with a black felt hat and cashmere scarf.


I found the vogue pattern that is nearly, if not, identical to my cape:   CLICK

I also found some wonderful examples for you to peruse..........

Love both of these from Nordstrom    CLICK   CLICK

Look at this trench cape    CLICK

One from Karl Lagerfeld    CLICK 

Beautiful plus size at Macy's    CLICK

Here is one for your wish list    CLICK








Gracious Holiday Etiquette Dec. 21


December 21  Attend church during Christmas week.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

I love a sale............


I love bargains.  I gravitate to the sale racks.  
A few weeks ago I was in Dillard's Dept. Store looking through a sale rack of 60% off.  
Wow!  60% off is like almost "free".
But that wasn't all....... there was an additional 30% off the "already marked down price".
Wow!  a little closer to "free"
I came across this drape front cardigan from Ellen Tracy...........the only one on the rack....... and in my size.
It was meant to be.




The cascade front hangs in gentle folds while the back has seaming detail creating a gradient flow of fabric.
The 96% rayon, 4% Spandex blend makes it machine washable.






I paired it with a green shell that I pulled from my closet.  And, of course, I am wearing my winter white silk flare leg pants.





It's a winner!
And I can't wait to wear it to a Christmas Party next week.






Lucky for you............

I found the sweater at Amazon      click 



Think about this......


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