Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Dressing for New Years

When you are invited to a New Year's Eve Party, is the first thing on your mind....... 
HELP  What will I wear !!

Begin with a monochromatic look.  Make it black or winter white.  Then add a pop of color like this red textured jacket.

I have a great pair of black silk pants with a straight leg (always in style) and I add a black turtleneck or black silk blouse or 3/4 length sleeve black knit top.
Then add the pop of color.

Add some nice jewelry which creates a focal point for framing your face.
This gold and hand blown glass bead necklace is a favorite of mine, purchased in Venice.

And guess what !  You can wear the same basic black to your next party with a change of  accessory top and no one will know !
(yes I'm wearing heels...... sitting in them, not walking!)

Add a slinky cardigan sweater

Take a suit jacket from one of those winter suits that you haven't worn in ages

I pulled this from the back of my closet....... a paisley beaded little short jacket

Just a fox fur scarf

I have a friend that has always said,  "It's better to be a little overdressed than under dressed"
So put on the fancy..............it's easy and probably already hanging in your closet!

Be brave..........Make a statement


Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas party in my new cardigan

There was a wonderful Christmas Spirit as we gathered in Dawn's home for our annual Book Club Christmas Party.  The book for discussion was The Autobiography of Santa Claus as told to Jeff Guinn (I highly recommend this wonderful story which leaves everyone who reads it, a Believer).

I wore my new Chico's pleated cardigan.  I LOVE IT.  It is my new "go to" piece for all occasions.  I wore it with my monochromatic pairing of black turtle neck and black slightly bell bottom velvet pants.  I can't wait to wear it with Levis and a fun blouse.  

It's the subtle (but stunning) details that make this lightweight, long-sleeve cardigan anything but ordinary: the light shimmer and that beautiful pleated hemline.  You can buy it right now, right here with a Click.  If you hurry you can purchase it during Chico's 40% everything sale.

My shoes are a recent purchase since I still can't negotiate high heels.  They have a one inch heel and double ankle strap.  The Pasha Pump is from JustFab and can be found here

Vince Camuto has a very similar pair at DSW shoes  CLICK

Dawn set up her entire Christmas Village this year and what an absolute amazing display it is.  The details of each individual setting are delightful.

One could just stand for hours taking it all in.  Each individual setting was unique in it's technical components.

The little town hotel

The outdoor movie theater and nearby lighted park

Have your picture taken with Santa

The Temple with snow on its spires 

The Santa train in the foreground and neighborhoods terraced behind

Christmas is such a magical time............

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cowboy Christmas

Once a year, for ten days, Las Vegas becomes "Cowboy" because it is the 
National Finals Rodeo

The Cowboy Christmas returns to Las Vegas with more wares to keep even the most avid shopper entertained. Over 440,000 square feet of show floor hosting 400 plus vendors from across the United States and Canada showcase their unique products which include: customized jewelry, western wear, boots and spurs, furniture, original art, handmade crafts and pottery, as well as providing the best source for the Official Wrangler NFR and PRCA merchandise.

There is no way that I am going to pass up a "shopping event"

For my "shopping" attire, I have mixed a little cowgirl with an animal print.  
My blouse is from Chico's, here is a similar at Nordstrom   CLICK      

My sweater is pulled from my closet and is from Ralph Lauren,  I found a very similar one CLICK  It's shawl collar and button front with ribbed cuffs is perfect over the Leopard print.

My pants are from J Jill.  They are a few years old, but they have a similar straight leg cut here: CLICK  I love the way 
J Jill pants fit, the rise is about 1 inch below the natural waistline so they fit comfortably without slipping down.

My boots, MIA Joshua Bootie, are from last year, but DSW shoes have some great ones this year.

I'm ready to hit the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cowboy Christmas

And, here's your cowboy wisdom for the day:

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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!"

Cowgirl wisdom:

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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: