Sunday, January 29, 2017

A great sweater find and 5 ways to wear it

I just bought this awesome sweater at Nordstrom Rack.  When I come across a great find, I want to share.
It comes in several colors, just click to see.
And it is only $22.97 (ordinarily sells for $60.00)

amarylli  CLICK
blue dream  CLICK
black  CLICK
navy blue  CLICK
heather gray  CLICK

The rib knit construction is an easy care rayon/poly blend and is machine washable.
It runs true to size;  I'm wearing a medium.

The styling is perfect.  The figure friendly longer length gives a silhouette slimming affect;  bulges are conveniently camouflaged. It is sophisticated and relaxed at the same time. 

The sleek look is not the least bit bulky, but provides a little warmth in a cool breeze.
I call this color Escada red.  It is not real red, but it is not orange.  I love to put it with olive greens, browns, navy blues, blacks, ivory........there is no end.

If this is not your first color comes in several other hues......bright blue, navy, black and heather gray.

It has just one single button at the bottom of the low cut v-neck.  "to button or not to button", the choice is yours.

The sleeves are ample in length and can be worn down or pushed up.

The little split at the side seams gives an added design interest. 

I pulled this designer scarf from my scarf drawer and it matches perfectly, for some added interest and with the addition of my oversized pearl earrings, I'm ready for anything.

The sweater is so versatile.  It can be styled with a monochromatic scheme and heels for an afternoon lunch or an evening out.

Sally is looking forward to pairing my new sweater with a twirly skirt dress.

I'm thinking of pairing it with ivory long pants and shell for another great look.

I love this color with brown and maybe a little animal print thrown in.

My sweater goes casual with skinny jeans, turtle neck, boots and a touch of turquoise.

This sweater is a wardrobe staple since it can be paired and styled in so many ways.  It's a real "go to" piece 
AND.... it is priced just right!!
I love it when I can find quality at a great price.  And, this is why I wanted to share.

Here they are again:

amarylli  CLICK
blue dream  CLICK
black  CLICK
navy blue  CLICK
heather gray  CLICK

Friday, January 27, 2017

6 ways to wear a long scarf

My friends returned from visiting their daughter and family in England and brought me a beautiful Barbour tartan lambswool scarf  from House of Fraser.

The scarf is 10 by 68 inches.

Let me show you some fun ways to wear this scarf:

1.  Tuck it all inside the neckline of a coat

Fold it in half, put around your neck

2.  Put the ends through the loop

3.  Wear it under the lapels of a suit jacket

fold it in thirds lengthwise, start with it in front, cross in back and tie a knot in front

4.  Knot at front of turtle neck

5.  Wrapped around turtle neck with ends hanging

6.  Wrapped like a shawl around the shoulders

Wearing your scarf, just the right way, will not only make a fashion statement, but may also provide greater warmth and protection from the elements.
A wool scarf will be warmer than a synthetic.  
When it is really cold, wrap the scarf around the lower half of your head.  Wrapping it over your nose and mouth will increase the temperature of the air you breathe making the cold less harsh on your lungs.

Those of you living in the frigid temperature regions, wrap your neck up and be cozy warm.
Those of us in the warmer winter areas, make that scarf a fashion statement.  

I found some great scarves (all long and narrow like mine) for you:

Money doesn't buy elegance. You can take an inexpensive sheath, add a pretty scarf, gray shoes, and a wonderful bag, and it will always be elegant. 
Carolina Herrera

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

what makes for a higher price point?

Why is there a different price point in clothing sales?
Why does one suit cost considerably more than another?

This dark brown classic pant suit has an Ellen Tracy label.  It is about ten years old.

Herbert Gallen was the man behind the Ellen Tracy label.
 He began manufacturing women's clothing during WWII under his wife's name, Betty Barr.  In 1949, he formed a new company which he called, Ellen Tracy.  In 1962, he added Linda Allard who two years later became the Director of Design.

There is no Ellen Tracy.  She is and never was a real person.

The company was acquired by Liz Claiborne, Inc in 2002.  The clothing line still uses the Ellen Tracy label.

I was fortunate to purchase my suit at an amazing sale price.  I can often find a steal on a sales rack because I wear a size eight jacket  and size four or six skirt and pants.  When the selection gets down to odd sizes, the price is usually "further reduced".

Why was this an "expensive" suit?

1.  The fabric is a wool gabardine, very smooth and soft with wonderful draping qualities.
(wool is more expensive than polyester)

2. Pants and jacket are fully lined.

3  Construction of the jacket (and pants) would take more time to complete because of the detail involved:

The lapels are meticulously bound

 That's a bound buttonhole!!
( these are problematic even on a good day)

Isn't this a beautiful pocket

4.  If we were to look beneath the lining, we would find woven interfacings, stabilizers.....  some, if not all, of the details pictured 

Fabric and quality of construction are the big determiners of price.  Also, the brand name may dictate a higher price point.

I have paired the suit with a turquoise linen blouse and accessorized with a multi color beaded necklace and coordinating bag.

This classic suit style is fashionable at any time.
It would be well worth the money spent even at it's original price point.
How fortunate I am to have been in a place at the right time to take advantage of a great sale!
I live a charmed life.

I found some suits for you ...
They vary greatly in price.  But now you know WHY

Monday, January 23, 2017

inaugural ball gowns and first ladies

First Ladies and their Designers

The "Fashion" talk all last week as the inauguration of our 45th President was approaching, was not so much WHAT Melania would be wearing, but WHO she would be wearing.  It may be that her choices on that special day would reflect her style for the coming years in the White House.  And who did she choose for her two ensembles for the day..... 
two veteran designers.

For the day time events, she chose an elegant slim cut powder blue suit with a cropped cutaway jacket and perfectly matched suede gloves, pumps and clutch.  She put
 Ralph Lauren center stage.
I couldn't help but reflect and compare her to a first lady of years ago with similar simple classic style.........Jacqueline Kennedy 

For the inaugural balls, Melania wore an ivory column gown designed by Herve Pierre.  According to Pierre, he dressed other first ladies.  While at Oscar de la Renta he dressed Hillary Clinton, plus Laura Bush and Michelle Obama while working with Carolina Herrera.  It is also been revealed that Melania had input into the design creation.

I thought it would be fun to look back at the most recent first lady inaugural gowns.

Michelle Obama, 2013,  chose Jason Wu for her second                      inaugural gown with shoes by Jimmy Choo.

Hillary Clinton, 1993, chose a purple gown designed by Sarah Phillips, a little known designer from New York.

Barbara Bush, 1989, wore this navy and royal blue gown designed by Arnold Scassi.

Rosalynn Carter, 1977, wore this gold embroidered coat over a sleeveless chiffon gown by Mary Matise.

Pat Nixon, 1969, wore this gold embroidered gown by Karen Stark for Harvey Berin.

Lady Bird Johnson, 1963, wore John Moore.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Why buy organic cotton

I have been fascinated of late with organic cotton.  I knew very little, if anything, about "why wear organic grown cotton"?.  

I have done some reading and looking at websites where organic clothing is sold and have answered a few of my own questions.  I am by no means an expert, but this is what I have surmised from my study. 

I am of the generation of synthetic fibers.  We watched as an avalanche of new discoveries led to more and more man made fabrics.  These fabrics will probably be still filling landfills for generations to come.  Perhaps this is why an interest in natural fiber fabrics has evolved.  

I am aware of the negative effects of pesticides and insecticides on our health.  I found some "facts" about the raising of cotton: 

  • Conventionally grown cotton accounts for more than 25% of worldwide insecticide use and 10% of the pesticides.  Pesticides used on cotton are among the most hazardous.  In California, five of the top nine pesticides used on cotton are cancer causing.

  • It takes one pound of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to conventionally grow the three pounds of cotton needed to make a T-shirt and a pair of jeans.

  • Farm workers working in conventionally grown cotton fields in the US and around the world suffer from an abundance of toxic exposures and related health problems.  Pesticides used on cotton cause acute poisonings and chronic illness to farm workers worldwide.  Acute respiratory symptoms and other health effects in communities surrounding cotton farms are correlated with high use of defoliation chemicals.       

Michael Lackman

For the protection of the workers raising and picking the cotton, organically grown would certainly be beneficial.
But with all the washing and bleaching that goes into the fiber preparation before spinning into yarn and weaving, I will probably not experience any of the negative effects of the pesticides and insecticides.

BUT.........  Organically grown cotton plants are healthier and produce longer and more stable fibers.  Naturally, the stronger fibers should make a more durable fabric.  The fabric may or may not feel softer and more breathable.  I have talked with people who feel that they can tell the difference on their skin. 

In my research of organic cotton clothing, I found that almost all of the styles are made in the USA, which is a good thing.

I ordered an organic cotton shirt from  FAIR INDIGO

Here I am in my   Long Sleeve Trees Organic Made In USA T-Shirt

I am not being paid by Fair Indigo for creating this blog and they did not give me this shirt.  I do not profit from your purchasing from them.

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