Monday, October 16, 2017

trending..........longer tunic length top

I'm loving the longer length tops that we see trending this Fall.  This pintuck and button placket front tunic is tailored to be both flowing and flattering.  The vintage-inspired line enhances the silhouette giving style savvy attention to detail.  The Bold print makes a statement as the spotlight shines.

 The face framing notched neckline is most flattering

The silhouette cut is slightly a-line creating a slim appearance

Add interest to your wardrobe with one of these colorful pieces.

Fabric is 96% rayon and 4% spandex.  Hang to dry 

Have you ever shopped Zulily?
It's an online outlet featuring many brands.  I have never been disappointed with anything that I have purchased from them.  Be sure to read the size charts carefully and look at close ups of whatever you purchase.
I am very satisfied with this purchase and feel that I can recommend it to you.  I am wearing a  size medium which is true to size

Click here to see all the colors available:


Pair this top with skinny jeans, leggings or Chico's Juliet Ankle pants.  
I love these pants and have several pairs. Their  sleek pull-on silhouette  eases over every contour.  I love the way they fit.  The  interior elastic waist is so  comfortable and stays up over the hips.

You can find them here   CLICK   

Definition:  Pintuck   
  1. A pattern of ridges in fabric formed by a series of tucks placed at regular intervals in the fabric. Can be made by hand, or by machine.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

trending now........ kimono look

I wrote this post before my accident.
I updated the shopping information!!

Hey look at me!
I just bought this loose, flowing silhouette kimono at Target.  A kimono by definition is a loose robe with wide sleeves and side seams (usually).  This wonderful light weight and breezy piece does not have side seams.  A fun little tie under the arm gives it a kimono feel.

The soft rayon georgette floral/geometric print sways in the wind on this blustery day.

I like to just wrap up in it

The striking print is done in eye catching shades of pink, purple and navy.

I am wearing my
Can't say enough good about the way they fit.  They sit just below the natural waistline and the rayon, nylon and spandex blend provide a comfortable stretch and smooth silhouette.

They come in a variety of prints and colors.


I purchased this trend-forward kimono a while ago, but I cannot find it on the Target website.  Nor can I find it under the Xhilaration label.

I think it was made by little elves living high in the peaks of Mt Charleston and dropped inconspicuously  into my shopping cart as I perused the aisles, looking for just the right granola bars!

But I found these other Xhilaration kimonos from Target.  

It was easy to find similar examples of this new trend for you to see.  Just click on the picture:

History of Kimonos.
 Originally, "kimono" was the Japanese word for clothing. But in more recent years, the word has been used to refer specifically to traditional Japanese clothing.

Here is my Japanese quote:
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
  • 木を植えるのに一番良かった時期は20年前だった。 二番目に良い時期は今だ。
  • Ki o ueru no ni ichi-ban yokatta jiki wa ni-jū-nen mae datta. Ni-ban-me ni ii jiki wa ima da.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Back at last................

Seven months ago (March 11) while vacationing in Alaska, I had an accident involving a snow machine.  Here in the lower 48 states, we call them "snow mobiles".  My two friends and I signed up for a half day trip to see and “touch” a glacier.  Wow……….
 I bet some of you may have that on your Bucket List!
Our guide assured me that the fact that I had never  ridden a “snow machine”  was not a problem.
The glacier was incredible, but the guide decided to take a trail through the trees on our return at the close of the day.
I tangled with a pine, was air lifted to the hospital after laying in the snow for close to four hours. 
It was a tender mercy from the Lord that seconds after my crash, an amazing man ---  coming from the opposite direction having been prompted to take a trail he had never traveled in his hundreds of trips to the glacier ------ 
came to my aide and never left my side. 

A shattered femur, injured knee, broken arm and compound fractured hand…………….
just a bump in the road of life.
Thanks to angel friends and many prayers and a healing body, I am once again “upright” and typing!!

While healing I vowed that this defining moment in my life would NOT turn me into an “old person”. 
 I shall wear heels again!  
I will climb mountains ………
. And there are malls I have yet to shop!

The thought of blogging about this Ralph Lauren blouse that I had purchased at a great sale price prior to my accident .... kept me going some days.

The flared and gathered peplum just below the waistline create a frilly flounce of soft cotton voile.

I wanted to chose a monochromatic top and pant look.  I found the pant at Chico's (on sale since it is the end of the summer).  They are  the "so slimming"  Serene Cuffed Crops.  The fabric is a Cotton, Spandex blend giving a just right stretchy feel.  There are still some colors available.  Click to see.

 But the matching top was sold out.  Hmmmmmmm so I found a dress of the same color that was a "final sale" at Chico's on the internet.
I simply cut the bottom off and I have my coordinating top: 

My earrings and buckle ring are Mexican Silver and were purchased in Mexico a few years ago:

As for shoes.................. I will be wearing flats for the next several months.
For now, I just dream of the day when I can put on those heels once again:

These last seven months have given me an insight into the goodness of friends and neighbors and family.   I would not have been able to come home without their loving help.  What a blessing it is to have them in my life.

Life has its challenges.
Life is difficult at times.
Life is short.
But God has assured us that we need not go it alone.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

What is Deconstruction Fashion?

What is Deconstruction Fashion?   

Some say that it challenges the traditional perception of beauty.  Others say it is the epitome of beauty.  It is easy to spot.  It's characteristics include fraying, raw edges, zippers that show, linings that are falling out, hemlines that are everywhere (on the same garment), pieces put together that don't belong, and garments that look like they are coming apart.  
This trend has been on the market for sometime, but recently we have seen more than usual on the runways of New York and Paris.

"Deconstructionism" has been around for some time.  It was the brainchild of French philosopher Jacques Derrida in the late 1960's.  He defined it as "the process of breaking down established forms".The term originally applied to text, but also describes the breaking down of normal boundaries, challenging the norm and manipulating the given.

Deconstructionism when applied to Fashion looks like this................

I don't mean to make light of what some may feel is "true" fashion, BUT I think the sleeves are upside down.  I recall a beginning sewing student who tried to do this.
Paris Fashion Week 2015  Vanessa Jackman

I will withhold my comments on the rest of these decide for yourself.
Try to visualize wearing  these to the next office party or to church or dinner date.


Hood by Air  SS16

Thierry Mugler

Yoji Yamamoto

Yoji Yamamoto

Yoji Yamamoto

Helen van Rees

These two might be a possibility..... (if I can find the armholes in the green dress)

Diesel M-Tribe Sweater, All Saints Aime Trench dress

Why should we girls have all the fun.  These might be nice for your guy!

Greg Lauren   2016

This deconstruction has been around for awhile.  Many have embraced the look.  I'm a little too old for that many holes in my jeans, BUT perhaps some of you could pull it off.

I find this nice crispy cotton blouse rather charming.  I wonder if those interesting ties can be undone for laundering and ironing purposes?

Aganovich   Fall 2016

I am not here to pass judgment.  I have always taken what ever is trending at the time and made adjustments to fit my own style and my age. 

 Hmmmmmm....... maybe I could take the hem out of my jean bottoms and let them fray........ after all, I want to be part of the deconstruction look.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Influence of the 70's in my new tunic top from Xhilaration

It's a blustery day on the runway

And I'm thinking Spring, again!

I just picked up this Bell Sleeve shift dress or tunic by Xhilaration.

The little ruffle collar comes together when tied to make a keyhole neckline.  The fabric is 100% rayon and is easy care. 


Little brass buttons down the front lend a romantic edge.  

The bell sleeves with a bias cut ruffle at the bottom are reminiscent of the 70's.

The mustard, lavender and white flowered print softly flows from the 70's to the present.

You can find the tunic/dress here:    click
It is just $27.99

I am wearing my black BRIGITTE ANKLE PANTS from Chico's.

They incorporate a hidden fit technology that slims and smooths the silhouette.  They sit just below the natural waistline and the rayon, nylon and spandex blend provide a comfortable stretch.

They come in a variety of prints and colors.

Fashion is cyclical.  The 70's inspired fashion designs started popping up on the runways in Spring/Summer of 2015 and have proven to have staying power.  I found some photos of designs from the 70's ...............
 you can judge the similarities yourself.

Stevie Nicks

Germaine Greer

Twiggy  Getty

1970 models   French Elle


For those of us who remember the 70's......
remember the fashions as being soft and free.

It's good to bring that feeling back!

Like a true Nature’s child, we were born, born to be wild.
~ Steppenwolf
Like a true Nature’s child, we were born, born to be wild.
~ Stepp
~ Steppenwolfenwolf

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

5 Fashion Trends your Grandmother would not understand

Throughout history there has always been a generational fashion gap.
What may be trending for one generation will not be understood by their Grandmothers or even Mothers.
I remember my Mom's concern  (disappointment) when she found that I had a skimpy bikini bathing suit, hot pants and mini skirts. (1970)

I remember my Mom telling me that when she was a teenager, she had her hair "bobbed" (short haircut 1920's) and her Grandmother thought she had become a reckless woman!

Today is no exception.  

I present to you FIVE  fashion trends of today that would NOT be understood or accepted by our grandmothers!

(and I don't mean it in a religious way)
"Why on earth,"  Grandma would say, "would you want to wear worn out jeans?"

"Oh my,"  Grandma would ask, "didn't they have your size?"

Just the Design

"Don't we wear boots to keep our feet dry?"  Grandma would ask.  "Why would you want holes in them?"

By Graywold Live

"You're going to freeze your behind off, wearing that sweater,"  Grandma exclaimed!

Daily Chic


Fashion Struck Storenvy

"What if you need to put something in your pocket?"  asked Grandma.
American Eagle Outfitters

"What will the boys think?"  she said shaking her head

"Are those painted on?" she inquired.

So when your Grandma rolls her eyes as you pass by in the latest trending style, give her a big hug and 
REMEMBER.....  her Grandmother did the same to her.

I call it the "generational fashion gap"