Thursday, December 16, 2010


I love to dress my outfits for the season depending on the month, the holiday and or the season. My closet actually holds a few pieces of clothing I only wear around Christmas; a red sweater, a bling bling Christmas tree pin, rhinestone earrings, and a shiny rhinestone ring.

This Black Friday, I visited Old Navy and found some really cute long sleeved tee shirts with sequin, sparkles and glitter.

"Hope" "Peace" and "Love" were the words presented on these wonderful tees.
Grey, aqua, hot pink, red, green, and white were some of the colors to pick out from.
Price-$5.00. The day after Black Friday, they went up to $8.00 and then went up in price after that so as you can see Black Friday was the best day to buy these. I did not show up at 6:00 am. I went late afternoon and did miss out on some inexpensive items.

My favorite was the grey tee with "Hope" on it with a sparkly diamond ring. XS and S were the only sizes-see, if I had gone at 6:00 am, I would have been able to get one:)
The day after Black Friday was my hit though. I ran back just in case, just in hope that I would find one. Yup, someone left a L behind. Three dollars more but I knew this tee will be one of my favorites and never go out of style, and if it does, I will just sew up a tee shirt pillow.

Just a reminder-buy some woolite and wash your items on a delicate setting especially the more fragile and less expensive tees that may shrink or lose their glitter.

Wear your tee under a jean jacket, throw on a vintage pin on your lapel and you look Christmasy. I did that with my grey "Hope" tee.

My hot pink "LOVE" tee that I got for $5.00 I wore under my black wool coat, threw on my hotpink and yellow green scarf, hot pink leather gloves and I have just dressed up my jeans for a night out with my hubby. Your shoes can make a difference. A Pair of flats can make your outfit more casual and your heels a dress up.

Your tee can be worn with a dressy skirt and then casual it down with a corderoy jacket and winter scarf. Great for the office.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


"BOYFRIEND" coats, pants, shirts...
Why are they called this?
Boyfriend coats are boxy, almost like the 1980's when we wore huge shoulder pads.
The coat slumps over the shoulders, wears longer on the arms, and is not form fitting.
A bit longer on the sleeve to either push the sleeves up a bit towards the elbow, or fold over at the wrist. You can buy an older piece of clothing and just alter it to what you like: roll up the sleeves, just wear it big!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New and Tried Outfits to bring on BUSINESS TRIP

1. Wear a silky boxy lose shirt under a boxy below the hip sweater. You know, those 1980's brass button sweaters. If the blouse is a bit too lose and slipping down or off of the shoulder, make sure you wear a punch of color of a tank top under it. You could even wrap a brown belt around your waist over the blouse or wear it over the sweater to hold the whole outfit together.

2. My father used to wear a long cardigan sweater. They are selling new on this tradition of our dads. Wear your dad's or purchase on, wear it under a short fitted blazer type jacket, wrap a belt around your waist of the long cardigan and a fine pencil skirt (skirt that goes right above or directly in the middle of the knee-secretary type) for a dressy outfit walking through the city of Boston. For a top under the "daddy's" sweater, again, wear your tank or a blouse.

If you are traveling on a business trip, here you have mix and match outfits, let's go over the list to see what we have to bring:

A. silky blouse (can wear this blouse for both days if not stained)
B. lose boxy style to the hip sweater
C. jeans
D. 1-2 tanks depending on color of sweaters
E. long cardigan "daddy" sweater
F. brown belt
G. short fitted blazer type jacket
H. pencil skirt
I. stockings
J. 1-2 purses (perhaps a clutch, and an over the shoulder style)
K. undies
L. one pair shoes, one pair of boots for winter (can always slip the boots off and
throw on the shoes for an office or business meeting.
M. winter coat or rain coat and wrap depending what state or country and weather

Wardrobe Update

Buy a pair of boots-No, they don't have to be leather-they can be "pleather" a fake leather, they can be suede and rubber too!

Awesome leggings on the market along with layering your legs. Before, it was laying your tops, now it is the legs! To stay warm this winter, and be fashionable at the same time, wear a pair of tights (leotards), a tall to the knee sock and then leg warmers and then boots-yes, 4 layers. They are now making a certain type of leg warmer that goes into those rubber boots so that your legs won't get cold. The knit fabric of the leg warmer turns over the edge of the boots so they look like a permanent fix to the boot. I saw pairs of these leg warmers in Marshalls. When spring comes, take off the third layer of warms, and just wear your tights, high knee socks and boots to splish splash in the rain puddles.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mori Girls

When it seems somewhat boring, I mean, the fashion, I always find anoher new something I have not seen; Mori Girls outfits and many Asian style clothing.

Here is a small article I read from a writer describing the Mori Girl:

Want to know whether you have Mori Girl potential? You might want to measure yourself against the Mixi Group checklist, which comprises sixty items. According to this list, the Mori Girl likes loose dresses and skirts, seldom wears trousers, prefers twisted things to simple ones, seems like natural-kei (a related style) but is actually more contrived, cares about the quality of materials, likes ethnic styles, wears A-line skirts and dresses, likes the style of little children, has a taste for dresses or blouses which look like smocks, doesn't like clothes which are sweet from head to toe, favours dark blue, dark green and bordeaux brown, looks good in warm colours, prefers short nails (an important differentiator from the loud, vulgar gyaru style endorsed by mags like Can Cam), likes fur, knitwear, fluffy hats and ear-muffs, ponchos and boleros, wants to carry a leather bag, tends to use a pochette (a sort of pocket on a strap), prefers small gold things to silver things, likes old things, like the expensive antique watches old people have, likes a large-motif necklace, sports animal motifs and candy motifs, checks and dots, floral retro, lace, leggings or tights, basic round-toed flat shoes.

You probably have a few of these pieces of clothing in your closet. I do. I tried to get myself to think I could dress like these little petit gals. It is so pretty but I don't think I can wear a dress above my knees with lots of layers. I can wear linens though, in layers with a pair of leggings and flats.


While shopping recently, the new craze for young girls and women is lace and sequin.
Don't get me wrong, I love lace (so Victorian looking), but I will never be caught wearing everything lace or lace with nothing under it like shown on the runway models. A bit of lace like a black lace jacket on top of a tank top or a three quarter sleeved top, a shawl made of lace to wrap around your shoulders, perhaps even a lace dress on top of a sweater dress.

Salvation Army provided me with my wish list item of a black crochet-lace type dress. I am putting it together to peek under a black full round dress so that it looks like a lace slip or extra layer peeking underneath. I have planned and put together at least three dress ideas with this lace apparel I purchased. Stay tuned.

I also have a short sleeved black lace shirt that I purchased at the Avenue. Now a bit heavier in weight, I check out Lane Bryant and the Avenue for tops that may be a bit larger, but still can be worn with a belt or scarf around the waist. A cute jacket over a larger lace top looks chic. And, Charlotte Russe provided me with a white with silver sparkles lace top. I tried it on over a grey v-neck sweater and it looked great. That was a surprise to me thinking that something such as lace could go over on top of a sweater. Jeans and boots, my little lace top over my grey sweater and mmmm I wonder what necklace I will wear...a cute little outfit to go out with my husband on Mondays.

Let me tell you about my Mondays. My husband, being a pastor, has Mondays off if there are no emergencies with anyone from church or with our family and home. I love putting aside a little special outfit to look nice for him; something that may be a bit to fancy for church. I don't want to wear something so casual either that perhaps I wear around the house during the week.

A special earrings and sweater, or a necklace he has given me along with a tee and jeans, and off we go for a coffee and most likely to the beach or a book store. We love books.

Panty Hose or Nothing

I noticed today as I was on the Charlotte Russe Site, that the models were not wearing panty hose (stockings) or leotards or leggings.

Wearing panty hose for me is extremely uncomfortable and my 15 year old daughter tells me the same. They itch, they hang in the crotch, they run, they bag; any other complaints you may ask? If you don't like pantyhose, and they are as uncomfortable as they are to my daughter and myself, just give your legs a good shave, apply baby oil or a moisturizing cream and you should be set. There are spray bronzers if you like a little color that are inexpensive at Walmart.

If you love panty hose, there are many wonderful tights (leotards) out right now in all sorts of colors, textures and various fabrics. Marshall's sells all types and the prices are marked down from stores like Macy's or Nieman Marcus.

Do you like to shop? Scout around and pick up several pair while they are in style. I have a seperate drawer in my bureau just for stockings of sorts. When the weather is as chilly as it is now, a dressy pair of stockings will warm you up.

The older you are, pehaps the bright colors will not due with the outfit. Try to match the color or wear a nude shade.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Don't be bored with clothing or the clothing you have. I suggest wearing something today that you were not ever going to wear again. Go and dig in that closet and wear that blazer from the back of the depths of the abyss in your cloet. Wear a large pair of gold or silver earrings even if they don't go, and off you go shopping.

Perhaps wear a color you did not think looked good. Add a bit of red lip gloss, some mascara and off you go.

Mixing and matching is the HINT. Wear floral with stripes. Wear three layers with the shorter layer over the blazer or wear the bilaro vest under the jacket.

I wrap two different scarfs together to wear around my neck. I am then using two scarfs instead of letting them sit around on a shelf. Add one scarf with a color that will give the other scarf confidence. Drape one around the collar and tie the other one around the neck. Wear one as a belt tied around the sweater at the waist, and wear the other around the neck.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Black Dress-Part 2

I have two black dresses. One is right below the knee, form fitting and no sleeves.
I have a yellow cardigan button up sweater. Pearls; one strand or more combined with the sweater, and you have a sophisticated look.

My other black dress, new to my wardrobe, is a stretch knit, where the one above is a dry cleaner fabric. This black dress is sleeveless, to the ankles and full round. I am putting together a bunch of ideas for this dress. I have a grey turtle neck sweater that I can wear underneath it or on top of it. One look shows the black dress up more, the other looks like a skirt with a long top over it. I can wear a belt for either style. Jewelry changes the whole look also. Rhinestones or pearls are one direction for this dress, the other is costume updated jewelry. I also picked up a crochet dress that again, can go over the black dress, can go under so the crochet lace shows as another under layer. That jean jacket again makes a dressy outfit just right for day wear even with that crochet lace peeking out. I even put the crochet dress on first, then the black dress, then the grey sweater dress. A large wide belt pulls all of the layers together. High heels in red, grey or black are chic.

Monday, November 1, 2010


How I love a basic black dress. I have two myself. One is a long to the ankle knit/polyester dress like a jumper, no sleeves and rounded necked. I have a yellow cardigan sweater that goes over the dress, along with a set of pearls and black or yellow pumps.

How about you wear your little black dress, throw on one of those new stylish fur vests on, wear a large bead necklace and a pair of flat shoes with leotards!

My other black dress is a stretchy knit fabric also, but with short sleeves and the length is just a bit below the knee. Wearing a denim jacket with a dressy dress is so cool. Grab a gauzy type scarf and double wrap it around your neckl. Your black or brown boots can be worn with this outfit.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Gudrun's Gallery and just fun frolicking clothes

Do you like the hippie style? Flouncy cotton skirts, a large brimmed floppy hat? Bold colorful flowers? Then set your mind on cottons, linens, wools, and any natural types of fabrics that you can get your hands on.

Wear a plain long linen tunic, with a short wool sleeveless vest, a patterned cotton full round skirt, high knee socks with flat shoes, rubber boots, or ankle boots, a leather throw over the shoulder bag (kinda like a satchel), and a tight knit beret with a floppy hat on top, and your ready for the up and coming fall beginning of winter days.

Wear embroidered knits, embroidered cottons and big and bold color. Love the lime green.

Gudrun's and Free People show this type of style. I don't have the long hair anymore to look like the 70's, but I can manage this style a bit. The tie waist skirt can make me look a little hippy (my hips look larger), but I can get away with wearing a sweater tunic or linen tunic top, large leather belt wrapped around the waist (closer to the bust), some awesome boots (flat or heals) and I can set a trend with this 1960's 1970's flower child style

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Neiman Marcus-And what they tell us

I love what Neiman Marcus calls coats and sweaters: Unique Outerwear.

So you know what you can do? Wear a coat that is different then what everyone is wearing. If the coat is a bit baggy-wrap a leather belt around your waist. Grab an inexpensive silk flower or large rhinestone pin and attach it to the lapel.

I was given a bunch of vintage and costume jewelry pins. Wear a bunch of pins around the collar bone of your jacket almost in a collage form, wearing pins that perhaps match in metal color or shapes that fit together.

If you have a wrap from a previous season, purchase a vintage fur collar and tack it to the edge of the wrap. Just a few little stitches, and you have a new stylish wrap. Then when fur is not wanted anymore, just snip those stitches and you have your two separate pieces again. Attach the fur collar to a sweater and wear a pin.

Velcro is great. Just a couple of stitches to attach the velcro to your wrap, sweater and fur and now you can change. You can wear your wrap over the sweater that has the fur attached.

I have noticed that the layering is very different. It used to be the lace tank under a tee and that is still great! Now wear a sweater, a short jacket on top of the sweater and then the wrap. You will be snuggly warm for the winter, can take off the various layers when you are in the car or going indoors. Velvets, wools, silks, cottons all combined in one wardrobe. I have to admit, this style and layers is great for the thinner gal, but I try to get away with as much as I can do without looking too heavy or heavier than I am. But I still play.

You possibly have alot of clothes in your closet that you have not worn and want to get rid of and that is what most clutter free people tell you. I like to keep what I have and use it and reuse it. I have a closet that I keep my clothing in and twice a year go through. Also, keep some cedar chips or blocks in the closet to keep those pesky moths away from your wools. My mom had a cedar cabinet that she store the clothing in.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


The lights went out, one more person coming up behind me, shux, I have to leave now.
I remember my way back though!

Snood-What In the World is a Snood

Sunday, I was talking to a young girl in my church and asked her if she knew what a snood was. Low and behold she did. Put me to shame she did. She has actually put a snood on. A snood is a mesh type of hat, women wore alot in restaurants to keep their hair out of their way and out of food.


A snood is a type of headgear, historically worn by European women over their long hair. In the most common form it resembles a close-fitting hood worn over the back of the head. A tighter-mesh band may cover the forehead or crown, then run behind the ears and under the nape of the neck.

Todays fashions are wearing snoods-a knitted or crocheted type scarf around the neck. You slip the scarf up over your head as a hat to keep your head and ears warm.

If you can't afford these expensive snoods out on the market, take a shorter scarf, sew the ends together, and make your own snood. If you know how to knit, make a scarf on round sewing needs and knit to about 8 inches wide. Finish it off and wrap it around your neck once or twice depending how long the scarf is. Make one in soft mohair yarn or a fancy furry yarn.

Coats-How to get a Second Hand Coat and What to Look Out For

Wow, I could find camel hair colored coats and trench coats a dime a dozen or almost.
Perhaps $5.00 for a coat at Salvation Army. I love doing this now.

When I see a style in New York or the most famous designer sites, I get a kick out of going to the stores and trying to find replicas.

This past week-end I could have walked away with two trench coats, two camel hair colored long midi coats and a camel short blazer type jacket.

Dry cleaning a wool coat is around $20.00 but worth it if there are no moth holes in the wool.

1. Check the wool for holes
2. Check the lining in the coat if it is pulling away at the stitches from the out
shell of the coat
3. Is the coat faded in the lining
4. Is the coat faded in the wool itself
5. Does the coat smell like smoke, moth balls or pets

You may be handy with a needle and can tack the lining. Sometimes a coat just needs freshing up and can be hung up on the clothes line and sprayed with fabric Fabreze.
If the coat is severely wrinkled, put on your shower with the hotest water possible, hang coat in the bathroom. Check the coat often though so as the wool will not get too much moisture and do any shrinking.

You can buy a vintage coat that maybe you just don't like it being long down near the ankles (used to call them maxi's in the 60's and 70's) You hate the buttons too?! Cut the coat down, hem it, and cut off those buttons and change them. You may even find a coat that you like the buttons and can buy for cheaper than going to JoeAnne's to buy buttons.

The buttons you cut off, keep and later make a button bracelet. It will match the coat you are wearing and add a bit of pulling the colors together.

I was pricing dye the other day in Walmart. Dye costs $3.99 so if the camel color is not your thing, buy brown dye and give it a try. Remember, you are not paying thousands of dollars for this coat so give it a try. You will learn alot doing it and you have a conversation piece with friends.
Click on the image to see the full article from H&M MAGAZINE.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

FLATS-Shoes-Zebra, Military, Patterns Galore

Charlotte Russe is having a sale on shoes form $10.00 to $30.00 Zebra, military and many other patterns, shiney and not so shiny, but this is the time to get them. One pair has huge black flowers on the top too! That is alot for your buck-$10 bucks. isn't it great to be so feminine. And these shoes would look great with that lace little top you have on with jeans.


Are you ever a bit embarrassed when you see that little lace top in the stores today, nice and neatly folded, lace shirt upon lace shirt and you wonder, how would I ever wear that?

You remember in the Victorian age, in those wonderful Pride and Prejudice type movies, where the lace is under the dress, not shown, only for the bedroom, or the lace draped over the lamp shade or over the edge of the bed.

Pick up the same color tee or tank and wear it under that little sheer thing. Or, make the shirt stand out a whole lot more by wearing it over a bright color. That is when a scarf or wrap around the shoulders pulls this whole delicate top together with your jeans and boots.

Silk flower pins are a big thing. In 1975, I wore silk peach earrings with my cream colored Victorian dress to the prom. Now, you can wear one big and bold on the shoulder area of your blouses, shirts, and jackets. This would look like a knock out on a day that you need to feel like it is spring rather than fall or winter; on a day where it is dreary and rainy and throw on a little wrap around raincoat, or the new trend----a poncho on top. Don't worry, the lacy of your arms will show and create a sneak peak when you take it off going indoors and now the whole outfit shows up.

There are shirts that are not completely see through that are made of lace. The Avenue had a black lace shortsleeved shirt with a black liner underneath the lace. This is an adorable little top that can be belted, or worn plain with no belt. Jeans and a lace top are the best thing next to fudge on top of your vanilla ice cream; Yum yum. A squirt of perfume, a bit of lip gloss, a medallion necklace, boots or flats and off you go---fancy or casual. Nothing that sweat shirt or jacket can't go over if you are freezing. Then when you are warm inside by the fireplace, the lace will be a dazzle.
But.......if that is too much lace for you, a nice two or three inches on the bottom of a tank or sew it yourself, on an older shirt or tee, and you have some lace that can really make this outfit snazzy.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Business Woman and black dress

If you are a business woman, grab as many different scarves as you can. Take the black simple dress or grey dress, a button up cardigan or an opened sweater with belt and a few scarves, perhaps a couple of pairs of shoes, and you can go off on your business trip. Scarves are lightweight and can be worn around your neck in several ties, around your waist and then around your sweater's waist area to give a slimming effect. One or two pairs of shoes: preferably heals and a pair of flats. You can make a few outfits here.

If you want to wear the scarf around your waist, take a pearl necklace or a large sparkly necklace too

Scarfs and Wraps

Typically, you can wear a scarf that matches the colors of your outfit perfectly. In fact that is how I was brought up in the 60's and 70' and 80's and 90's. But all of a sudden you can now wear a scarf with a very different pattern and all sorts of colors, wrap it around your neck with a cotton blouse of a different color and a cardigan sweater that is even different from those. Shocking! Yes. Unusual, it sure seems it.
Uncomfortable-perhaps if you are a person that likes everything to match.

The color schemes are very similar from store to store: grey, limey greens, taupy purples, red and rusts, greens in various shades...

Scarfs range from sale prices like $2.99 to mucho bucks especially on the materials the scarves are made of: mohair, wool, silk, rayon, cotton.

I was just in Old Navy last night, peeking at their 50 percent off of their clearance prices. Cotton scarfs of all sorts of prints and little cotton balls of of the edges were only $3.00 How many scarves can you have? Not enough I guess, but I again, didn't want to be spend thrifty but certainly would have walked out with 2-3 scarfs.

Many scarfs are made very wide and can be used as a wrap. I have done that when it is still warm but a bit chilly at night. Now you can undo your scarf and just wrap it around your shoulders.

If you don't want to wear your scarf all day long, and it gets a bit uncomfortable with the temperatures (especially if you have hot flashes like me), take your scarf and tie it on the handle of your pocketbook or wrap it around your waist. When you need it, you will have it.

There are many ways to tie a scarf on your body, experiment and be in style.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Jeans-What Kind To Wear

You can tell that how to wear your jeans and what type of jeans is the biggest topic of fashion right now because you will see articles in many magazines and books today.

How do I wear my jeans when I want to look fashionable, but not like I want to be seventeen again and don't have the figure for it. First of all, I used to call them dungarees and swore I would never call them jeans. Low and behold, if I call them dungarees, no one may know what I am talking about.

Jeans have been around for centuries now when originally, jeans were made of all different fibers. The fabric was so strong, that it was the best fabric for labor. When the little rivets were created, they made the pockets of jeans so much stronger. The word jeans may have come originally from Genoa Italy.

Well, anyway, after a little bit of history, in the 21st century, when the lower than low rise jeans came into the stores, I was so confused and stuck.
I knew I didn't have the figure for the waist of the jeans to be down below my belly button. My extra skin called flab did not look appropriate or flattering and embarassing. So, what do I do to find the best pair especially when I have no one to instruct me and have to learn the hard way by purchasing the jeans and having them stored in the closet wasting space. To be truthful, I still have a couple of pair that I hate to be rid of because I know I spent the money on them. I guess I could make a pillow, a jean quilt, or cool pocketbook.

A higher rise jean is better for that tummy that wants to hang even though you don't want it to. Boyfriend jeans are better on a younger and thinner gal. Boot-Cut jeans are great because they make you look taller and slimmer. I personally love boot-cut because they look great with heals and boots. A straight cut is also great for a woman with a curvy womanly shape but the length is a concern. Try not to buy your jeans too long because they will drag on the ground if you decide to wear flat shoes or sandals.

Many of us probably buy our jeans at Walmart or a young gal's store like Forever 21.
The price of jeans is also an issue. You can pay from $19.99 for a pair of jeans to hundreds of dollars. People in many countries would love to have a pair of jeans and
people from the US send jeans to family members outside of this country. Jeans are loved and well worn.

But before I buy one more pair of jeans, I am going to look into Calvin Klein's Sculpt jeans pricing at $79.50. Even if I can't buy them, I want to try them on. They are described as being great for a figure that has thinner legs, and a body that has somewhat lost its shape from having babies.

Lee Jeans for $42.00 has a midrise style that will give you some lift. And L.L. Bean has slimming jeans with a control panel in the belly area that slims.

Acid Wash and washes, ripped and patched, miliary, and drop-crotch tapered jeans are in along with skinny jeans. Becareful what you wear though. You would rather look stylish than like you are living in a different decade.

Women's Pantsuits

Boyfriend suit or menswear-style pantsuit are the new title for what I call a "woman's pantsuit." I guess girls feel comfortable wearing their boyfriends clothing; a bit more lose in style. What the stylists are saying today is that men originally wore the suit, and it is the in thing for women to wear a tailored type outfit that can be worn for work or out for the evening.

Wear the sleeves straight down on your arm with a fitted blouse and fitted trousers with a lovely long chain necklace, heels, and you are ready for work or when you are ready to go out for the evening to a fancy restaurant.
Push the sleeves up on the arms, throw on a lightweight cotton top, change your jewelry to possibly a large bauble beaded necklace, shorter heeled shoes, and you are ready for "casual."

A light camisole is also an option if the weather is a bit more warm than expected and you still want to wear something long sleeved like your pantsuit.

Your pants can be all sorts of different lengths like cropped, skinny, boot-cut, flared. I know that I love the look of the cropped pants with a small heel. As I am getting older (sorry ladies, don't always want to mention age), but I am having problems with my knees so that beautiful 3 inch heel just does not do it with my knees, especially being bed ridden for four days which happened to me last month. I love heels, but don't want to suffer that much.

The more tailored the suit, the better the expert designers say.

Also, just a CrystalsCreations tip, mix and match blazers with dress pants. If you go on a business trip, take two suits and three to four tops and your set with mixing and matching. Just remember to take a couple of necklaces and earrings and your off.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pins and the Uses Of

Do women wear pins anymore? I have a small collection of pins; some with rhinestones, some tarnished because they are vintage, christmas pins like trees, snowflakes...

A couple of new uses for them: Attach a bobby pin into your hair on the side, and attach the decorative pin onto the bobby pin so that it stays in place. If this does not work, you can purchase pins in the hobby store to glue onto your vintage or rhinestone pin.

Attach a group of pins that you don't use onto your leather hobo bag as a detail of glamour.

You can group your pins onto the lapel of your plain navy or black blazer.

I have even used pins on my throw pillows for my bed or couch; just a bit of prettiness.

Jean pockets are pretty plain, so attach a pin to the pocket or thread a scarf through the belt loops and attach a pin onto the scarf.

I have a floral dress that I bought a bit too big. Instead of pulling out the sewing machine and stitching the sides of the dress, gather the dress in the waist area of the back of the dress, and use one of your pins. A vintage pin is easy to find in any thrift shop. I saw this done by a young woman and it looked awesome. It looks great with my floral long to the ankle dress. Many of my pins matched with the dress which was aqua, navy and white with a bit of khaki green/grey. Wear a different colored pin with matching shoes. I tried a red rhinestoned pin and red shoes. Changes the whole look, and still coordinates the outfit. Red earrings may look odd at first, but then when the colors of the earrings, pin on your back and shoes (maybe add an oversized belt) and you can go out to town.


Back in the late 70's, my aunt gave me her dolman sleeved long fur coat. Unfortunately, being a student, I was not able to put the fur away for the summer months which left the pelts of the absolutely gorgeous fur coat fall apart. People on the streets of Boston would stop me to comment on this coat. It was so warm, nothing like it and so chic, I just couldn't help but admire it myself.

Today, September 29, 2010, I do not have that coat, but I do have some fur collars and faux fur collared sweaters.

As I was visiting a thrift shop on Monday, there were some pretty real fur collars lying on top of a rounder just waiting to be bought. I did not need them, because that would have been too spend thrifty. Just an idea for you though, look around in thrifts and consignment shops for pieces of fur or a sweater that you can remove the collar to change your sweaters and blazers.

Place the fur collar on top of a blazer collar, perhaps use a pin pendant to keep in place or attach velcro to the collars of your blazers and a piece of velcro to the fur and you can switch anytime you want. Some velcro is just sticky so that you do not permanently have to sew onto your blazers collars. Try to make your fashion easy and duable for change.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Window Shopping

Clothing-expensive clothing in Andover Massachusetts. I would call yesterday a window shopping day.

Beautiful fabrics, colors, textures and designs. Don't excuse the idea of finding an accessory in these exclusive stores. I walked into Lyn Evans-Potpourri Designs and found four racks with price changes from $6.99 to $19.99; mostly summer clothing but that is alright, because that is when you can purchase stylish items for next spring and summer or wear that little elegant shirt under a jean jacket or belted rain coat. Many shirts from this summer are flowy, ruffled or graphic and look stunning with a little color peeking out of that fall jacket. Remember, hot pink can look great with the colors of rust, khaki or black. Aqua can look great with olive green or sage.

Mix and match your items.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Church Dress

Sunday, church day, I like to dress up. I was able to purchase this wonderful dress at a local consignment shop for $5.00. I loved the floral print, the long lady like length. The dress is short sleeved, and it was a bit damp out, so I threw on my jean safari jacket, wore a medallion necklace and brown slip on shoes.

I want to try different tops on this dress. I have different ideas like an aqua cardigan, a poncho wrap, maybe even a leather jacket. I have actually thought about cutting off a few inches from the bottom of the dress but I won't touch it yet till I am absolutely positive. Long dresses and skirts are so feminine I think. The shorter a skirt or dress, the more professional and office like the dress or skirt is.

Jewelry I Received As Gifts-NECKLACES

My mom has known that I always loved jewelry.

Since I was a little girl, she would fill my Christmas stocking with jewelry, Avon perfume, magazines and all sorts of little trinkets. Unfortunately, I did not keep all of the jewelry, but I still have beads and medallions that she gave me for Christmas of the 1980's.

They are perfect to wear today.

The style of 2010 is wearing all sorts of necklaces together, whether the beads match or not. Try it. It may seem a bit gaudy, but it is fun.

An old lady gave me earrings and necklaces when I was two years old. I used to keep them all in an old ladies pocketbook. I would empty the pocketbook, put on the jewelry, take it off, put it on, put it back in the pocketbook. I thought I was such a big lady back then.

I guess it has not changed since I was two.:)

Vintage Jewelry Necklaces 1980's

Pearls Worn Up close

Jewelry-Pearls for the Day

This day, I felt like wearing pearls with my jeans and tees. I wore a green tee shirt with a lime green tank underneath to cover the low V in the tee. I also had on pearls on my wrist.

Pearls Pearls and More Pearls

No matter how much weight you have on your body, skinny like I was three years ago, or a bit over weight like I am now, I still like to look nice and dress up in clothing so that I feel fresh and rejuvenated everyday.

One day, I may feel like wearing stripes, the next day a floral print, another day jeans, tee and jean jacket, the next day a dress with a sweater. However your fancy, spend some time first of all thinking about what you really like in style and then devote your time looking, pricing and talking to sales clerks if you do not have someone that can help you with the perfect fit.

This one night was bible study, and I wanted to dress up a bit, so I wore my khaki and black striped tee, black dress pants with a black stretch belt and black pumps. Just a bit dressy, but not over the edge.

As you can see, I was blonde and skinny three years ago, now I am heavier with short hair. You need to be happy with yourself either way. Three years ago, I was sick with fibromyalgia, three years later, I am recovering and feeling healthy. That is what counts my family and husband tell me.

That Was Then This Is Now

Once Upon A Time

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Clothing and Wardrobe Update

Today, the update is that the stylists are saying because of our economy, the designers have come up with the idea of layering your clothes so that there is security in the feeling of having clothes and protection of the layers.

I do not agree. Layering came in prior to the recession, and it was tees and tanks with a vest. But I can tell you what the style is without any excuse of fasion:

*Layer with sweaters and vests.

*Wear a silk shirt under a boxy sweater or an old man's sweater. I love this look for going to a coffee shop or going for a long walk. Looking and feeling beautiful can make a bad day be better.

*You can wear your grandfather's sweater under a short fitted jacked and a pencil skirt. I think this style is awesome for the awesome.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sequin tee and scarf

Years ago, wedding gown and ball room gowns had sequin hand stitched to them. In fact, my friend Jessica made her wedding gown and hand sewed each little piece of shiny metal on her full length dress.

Today, I recently read that to down play the fanciness of sequin, you should wear it in a tank or scarf.

Well, the other day, I picked up a silver sequin belt for $.99. I am going to hand stitch it to a black tee shirt that I have. I can wear the tee shirt alone with jeans, or I can layer it underneath another type of tee or blouse and have it showing around my waist level.

I will handstitch it because I think it would not be good for any needle on a sewing machine and also, if I ever want to take the sequin off, I can use a seam ripper to gently remove it.

If you want just a bit of flash, you can pick up some sequin at a fabric or craft store, and stitch it on the bottom of your favorite scarf. The running stitch is the easiest stitch or a hem stitch to attach a texture like sequin on another fabric. If you are stitching onto a silk scarf, make sure you have the right sized needle so that you won't make pulls in the silk itself.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Jeans, tee, sweatpants

Jean pants, jean jackets, jean pocketbooks, now it is jean shirts mixed with other fun clothes.

When in Boston last week at the Prudential Center, I shopped in all of the stores, window shopping and purchasing a couple of little buys-nailpolish, scarf and headband.

One memory I had to remember as I memorized one of the dummy figures in an exclusive store. (are they called dummies?) Anyway, there was an outfit that I just fell in love with. It is not fancy. It is nothing fabulous. It is just comfortable.

So, what does it look like? A long tunic jean shirt worn opened over a white loose tank top and a pair of grey knee level sweatpants. The accessories worn were a long gold necklace with a charm at the end of the chain, knee high socks that were thin closely related to a stocking and a sock fabric, and pumps (shoes with hole at the toe).

My knees are not doing great, so wearing heels may cause some problems. I am not the knee sock type of person which is great for a young gal, but I loved the rest of the outfit.

I had a jean shirt at home. It just so happens I walked into the Loft and lo and behold, there was a pair of grey sweats, knee level. I found a peach colored tank at Sally's Army. By the way, the sweats were $15.00 and not $50 or $60.00.

So, throw on those sweats, roll them up a bit above the knee, throw on that tank and jean shirt, select your favorite necklace, don't forget an awesome purse or satchel and there you go! Sandals or flats would look great with this outfit too!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tee Shirt and Scarf

I absolutely love how today, you can wear a tee shirt and scarf. None-the-less adding flowers to a tee and then a scarf to compliment the flowers, a pair of jeans, flats and your off. The scarf can be wrapped around your shoulders like a wrap for the coolness that is coming our way. Grab your cardigan sweater and off you go for a cookout or an evening for dinner. You will fit in anywhere, because the scarf and flower combo is elegant. If flat shoes are not your thing, then wear your heals!

Hat, Scarf, Bracelet All In One-Mad-Dana

The other nite, my family and I went to Kimball's for ice cream. Wow what a treat and a tons of calories later. Kimball's had all sorts of things to see including a gift shop. We found a whole display of these Mad-Dana's hanging. There were about 56 different fabric patterns.

I grabbed my teen daughter and was dying to see what she would look like. I later tried, but I don't care for hats. I can't wear tight fitting hats. But I can wear a gangster or cowboy hat with a brim, with the hat sitting on the edge of my head.

Mad-Dana-Something New and In Style

I want to make one of these with an old tee shirt cutting off the top of the tee where the arms are. Then I will have to hit the sewing machine to configure it to a better size. I don't have to do anything to the edges of the fabric because it is jersey fabric. I cut a tee that I love-it is green with gold metalic in it and hot pink. Like I said, I personally do not like wearing tight hats, but you know what? When it is the dead of winter and it is snowing out, I can wear this mad-dana around my wrist as a bracelet or my neck as a scarf and then throw it up on my head and be warm. I am going to alter mine so that I will not be stealing this idea. But it is so cool, and I love the tee that I want to make mine out of.


Pocketbooks are fun. They are like little filing cabinets or brief cases.

Today's pocketbook style is a square, kind of chunky small handled bag. Not one to throw over your shoulder, but to be carried in your hand. Kind of like Leave It To Beaver's mom's style

Check out your thrift shops. I found a really pretty grey one, but did not buy it. Remember, stick to a budget or you can easily over spend. What's nice if you stick to shopping in a thrift or consignment shop, you get more for the buck. Instead of one pocketbook at the mall, you get two or more.

Depending on who makes the clothing is definetely important. I have come to realize that because I do buy inexpensive clothing as compared to good quality.

Just a side story:

My mom years ago worked in a factor in Worcester as a stitcher. She sewed skirts and got paid per skirt, so the quicker she sewed the more money she made. She had a steward standing over her making sure she was sewing correctly and quickly. That is when the label said Made in the USA. Today, even expensive exclusive clothing is not made here in the US. So I do realize that what I am buying is a poorer quality of fabric and stitching. My teen daughter has even come to realize that the quality is less and points it out to me.

Just a couple of washes later, and the clothing is pilly, the thread is hanging from the hem, the collar is stretched, the color of the fabric is not as bright.

You personally have a decision to make. Do you like to have alot of variety or just a couple of well made pieces? Both decisions have their pros and cons.

My square professional looking pocket book is black with a gold chain handle.
What is yours like?

Clothing for Men called Boyfriend Jeans

Women wearing men's clothing? I think women have been wearing men's clothing for a century now especially with the jeans. But now, the clothing is called "boyfriend" jeans or boyfriend jacket. Maybe they should come up with a name like "husband's jeans" because I certainly do not have a boyfriend. My husband is my permanent boyfriend.

All kidding aside for a second...

How is a woman to wear men's clothing and have it still look feminine.

I believe what the designers are doing here is making the fit loser, more comfortable and the structure of the piece especially the jacket looking like a men's blazer is comfortable.

The jeans are a bit baggy in the waist and crouch and a loser straighter leg, longer so they pull up off of the shoe. A belt is needed.

The jacket or blazer has a structure in the shoulders, like a shoulder pad, tighter sleeves rolled up to the elbow with a button down blouse and woman's jeans or boyfriend jeans.

Boyfriend jeans look funky I think with a nice set of heels. The heels today are taller than they were during the disco era of the 70's. It is not just the heel, but it is the incline of the shoe, woohoo! Tough stuff. I have tried them. Can't make it for more than an hour. Yes,it is my age, sad to say, wearing alot more flats but I do realize that there is something about a heel with jeans that dresses the outfit up so much more.

Back in the 70's, I had a french teacher who had a phrase for the way I dressed. I have always loved clothing, the colors, keeping up with the styles; I guess it kind of goes with my artsiness. I wore dressy blouses with jeans and high heel clogs. I had a beautiful pair of clogs way back then. The beige leather was weaved and they were about a two inch heel. The pants were polyester with a bit of a flair, lower cut like hip huggers, an opened necked blouse with collar and Farrah Fawcett hair.

You will the same sort of clothing out today. The jeans are torn in the knees and other fabrics placed underneath the hole; sparkly or metallic fabric, black fabric I have also seen in the rips. In the 1960's, we took our jeans and jean skirts, cut the hems off, and pulled at the threads to make them raveled. The more inches the ravel, the cooler they were, the more the pants hung on the ground, the more hippish you were and you could wear mini, midi and maxi skirts. The midi is the skirt that is at the mid-calf level.

I remember taking sewing class and making a cape out of wool with a silk lining. This fall, ponchos and capes of all sorts are very stylish. A wool cape for dress up, a knit South American style for the jeans. The sweaters are even cut with lose dolman sleeves, high collared with large buttons. The sweater vest/cape goes below the hips covering that possible extra weight.

Getting back to the men's clothing. I shopped at the Salvation Army again the other day, looking for a blazer that would come close to the boyfriend's jacket. Found one for $2.50. Now that fall is here, a jacket like this with a tank top will look great.

The post of the jacket is coming soon!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jewelry and rings in Gloucester

Little seaports have vintage and consignment shops to attract visitors. Local women and others from surrounding towns bring their clothing to these shops to earn money or credit. I for one have been trying this for a couple of years; dropping off clothes that I do not wear anymore for one reason or the other, and if the owner likes the clothing piece, the style and fashion, they take them, put them out on the racks with a price they designate, and you make a percentage of the money. I will explain that in a later post.

This little shop in downtown Gloucester has hippie style clothing, where another store up the street has such unordinary, vintage clothing, that my mouth gaped when I walked through. There must be a business for this type of bohemian, vintage look because stores are struggling with our economy for a couple of years now and their doors are opened.

So the question is, "Is my ring a real moonstone or not"?

I would love to have a real moonstone ring-a stone that is white and opalescent with light colors shimmering deep within the stone. Someday, but this day was costume jewelry day. I did not have credit that day, but when I saw this ring, and it's cheap price of $5.00, I grabbed it. I do not have many rings. I love stopping at the little booths in the malls or the expensive jewelry store and gaze at the sparkle of the diamonds, rubies, garnets, topaz, silver and gold, but that going against my budget, does not see my finger. That is ok though, I love jewelry for being an accent piece rather than an expense. I have lost too much jewelry throughout my life to feel a need.

When I was a little girl, around seven years old, my dad pierced my ears with round little piercers'circle earrings that had a sharp needle like point that would penetrate the skin of your ear lobe. Every hour or so, I would squeeze the earring, making sure it would eventually pierce the skin. Dad or mom would mix salt and water or use alcohol to keep the earlobes clean. My dad bought me two sets of cross earrings, as I kept losing one at a time.

Age nineteen, on my way to get on a bus to get to New Jersey transferring to New York and then off to Florida with two of my girlfriends and their mother, I had on a pretty little scrimshaw pendant on a long gold chain. Rushing, grabbing suitcases and trying to keep my purse on my shoulder, my thin delicate chained scrimshaw must have been ripped off of my neck without me hearing it fall or feeling it get tugged. Another little treasure I lost along with countless earrings and long hair and sweaters. Take the sweater off, and off flings an earring.

If you like an accent piece, keep an eye out for rings in the fashion stores. Love knots, flowers, birds including owls, butterflies, gem stones, rhinestones galore are in the rings of today. A ring that fits two or three fingers together is in style. The decoration sits on top of the three fingers, and there are three holes to put your fingers into lilke your middle finger, ring finger and pinky. You can't move your fingers much because they are huddled together by metal, but it is a great fashion. Pick up a ring that matches most of your outfits or perhaps your birthstone. The style is large bling, and if you don't like that, it is o.k., one less expense.

Clothing Purchase at Charlotte Russe

This beautiful little purple shirt, elegant with the fabric flower at the breast line, was purchased at Charlotte Russe. Charlotte has sales often, and she has variety of sales like the day I purchased this shirt. The deal for the day was buy two, get the third free. Wow, yea, I thought, as I looked over the shirt and skirt prices to see was I getting a deal. Most shirts were from $4.99 to $19.99. I was not interested in the ones that were more extravagant. I ended up spending $13.00 for three shirts, this purple cutie was included in that price.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Clothing At Rockport

I just love going to Rockport in the fall season. Why? Because the stores have their fall sales and you can get some of the nicest items for %50 or more off. Each clothing items is a bit different than when you are shopping in the mall stores or maybe it is just because I am at Rockport and it is the beach that things look different.

The Blue Lantern is an asian style store where I usually buy a pair of earrings, scarf or headband. They have beautiful gowns, pocketbooks and unusual tops.

The autumn season is also wonderful to shop in these small shops for Christmas gifts because there are no rushes, large crowds and you get it done early to enjoy your cooking and company.

Do you with a budget though or you could go crazy! Over-spending

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Clothes-Step by Step-Closer to those Doors

I just knew I was going to find some good deals and examples of clothes to show you that I find in thrift shops.


Sally's Boutique

Blouse, Pants and Coats, Jackets, Collars, Pocketbooks and Scarfs in Leopard Print for Older Woman

Leopard is a very busy pattern, so wearing it with a darker color or even a beige/tan/camel color dress or skirt and blouse, the leopard then stands out with unity and not over bearing.

When you are older and more mature, perhaps you see yourself different. I have noticed a great change in everything about myself in the past three years. Only 99 lbs. 3 years ago and no, much heavier, my mind remembers my skinniness, but in all actuality, I can’t pull it off the same way I did when I was that petit. That has not changed what I like though. So when I go into the stores, I walk up to those pieces of clothing that are for the skinny minny and remember, “Oh yea, that is not me anymore”. But take note, look at the style, the color, the texture, the pattern in the fabric and now get on a mission.

For example, leopard is in. Since I have been alive and even before then leopard has been in a few times. Well, do I wear it at age 50. Will I look like one of those older ladies trying to look young? Will I look silly? Do I draw too much attention to myself, I mean, leopard is only a pattern in fabric over thousands of patterns. Try taking the leopard, and integrate small into your scheme of clothing or outfit. There are leopard earrings, leopard sweaters, shoes, scarfs, and jackets. I am sure there are pants too but I wouldn’t go there if you’re my age. What I love about leopard is that it can truly be an accent piece. Wear a plain black dress, and wear that leopard coat or leopard collared coat over the dress. Have a great pair of casual black pants? Wear a beige blouse or top with the pants and that leopard jean jacket.

I just purchased a tank top from Free People. It is a great fall color even though it does not have sleeves. A hand crochet lace is around the collar. Having hot flashes often (that mid-life thing that feels like summer 24/7), this tank will be great for the next couple of months under a jean jacket, a jean shirt, and perhaps a leopard silk scarf draped around the collar.

Monday, September 13, 2010


Imagine yourself, getting an opportunity to go pick up large garbage bags of clothing, setting your GPS for an unknown address, grabbing your car keys, cell phone, bottle of water and your off to a destination never gone to. You arrive at this strangers home, get out of your car, realizing your GPS got you to the right destination, because there are those large garbage bags "they" told you to come pick up that are filled with women's clothes. You pick up the bags, fling them into the car and off you go home, anticipating what is in the bags.

Well, the clothing you see on this post are items I got in a bag. Sometimes, you may only get a half dozen clothing items out of two or three garbage bags, but oh so worth it.

The brown jersey shirt you see with the rhinestone attached and ties for the waste level, was a duplicate of the same shirt but in an aqua color. Ooooooooo!

The polka dotted little dress, I am using as a cool summer neglege.

The cable knit sweater I am going to cut and make into a cable knit pillow with comfy stuffing inside.

Cargo pants! These are in style with a nice heavy sweater, rolled up legs and take a walk on the beach. Wrap around a gauzy style scarf around your neck and your off getting into shape.

The beige and black diagnal striped shirt I wore with a pair of jeans. Nothing special, but made sure my make-up was just right. If you feel the outfit is too plain, grab that long gold chained necklace and maybe a head band.

Stylist in Prudential Center

Today, I went into a fairly exclusive clothing store in the Prudential Center Boston. I met a great gal who was a stylist. In this particular store, that is what their position is called. I love it don't you?!:) She was awesome to talk to. She approached me on my outfit that I wore today; a pair of military pants, a brown tee shirt with a khaki green shirt over it and gold flats. Asking me where I got my pants "A cheap store" I said. I told her it was "Dot"s and then our conversation went off from there.

She shared with me that she was a single mom and I got to tell her a bit about myself. I was a single mother and now remarried, writing blogs, ebooks and creating a website. That was her desire also to have her own website. My suggestion was that she start a blog first to get her name known out there, kinda like what I am doing.

We talked about various styles, one of them being the Bohemian look. I told her that that is a style I have been studying and trying to understand the various components of it. I love the store FreePeople so we shared that name and then she told me how she loves to dress in all various styles especially the Bohemian; her description " a bad... pair of shoes, a bad...pocketbook and sunglasses, with a worn out pair of jeans and tank.

Years ago, when I was in college in Boston, my french teacher had a french name for the way I used to dress: a pair of jeans, dressy blouse and high heels. It had to do with an artsy phrase. I always wished I had written it down. I guess the Bohemian look she was talking about today was what I was doing in the late 1970's and early 80's.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Yard Sale

Well, I am leaving now, a bit late (woke up to "Oh no it is 7:45 we were supposed to leave").
So I am running out the door to set up tables and my husband and son running hanging signs. Great way to earn money. This is a church yard sale so I hope we do well!.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Troops and September 11 th Loved Ones

Thank you troops for all you have done for us in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries I may be omitting. Also, to all of you who lost loved ones during 9/11 at Ground Zero, I will never forget!

Laurie Mercier makeup

The other day, I was at the mall with my son Seth. I had heard that Laurie Mercier made a lipstick that could be worn by everyone-RED lipstick. So I had to see it to believe it. The representative from this line of make-up was gone for the day so I had to experiment. Before you knew it, I had put on tinted moisturizer, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, eye brow pencil, candlelite blush (mineral powder), and an awesome reddish colored lipstick. I couldn't believe the quality of this make-up. After playing for a half an hour, while my son was shopping in the men's section of clothing, I had a ball.

When my son came to meet me, he told me how good I looked. The same with my daughter when I got home. I could take that as an insult that I didn't look good before I went out or take it as a compliment that this was awesome makeup.

There was something about the tinted moisturizer that I absolutely loved. Now that I am over the hill and a little bit lower, it gave me a glowy look. The prices were the same as most brands of make-up and I checked to see if Sephora had it any cheaper. The prices were the same in Macy's as Sephora's. Now I am determined to see if I can find it more reasonable. That sounds better than cheap right?

Christopher Banks says Vests are IN

Tonight, , I received an email from Christopher Banks clothing. They say vests with round necked long sleeved tee shirts is in. That is kind of preppy isn't it?

In fact, I saw a vest that looked like a navy pea coat without the sleeves. You could wear it with a skinny belt around the waist. I have my daughter's pea coat that she hardly ever wore. It fits me, so I am going to make an attempt to take the sleeves off of it, take under the edges probably by hand with a hem stitch and give it a try. It's free right? A hand-me down from my daughter. Cool!

Men's Clothing-Preppy Style by Lisa Birnbach

This is just a side note to this being a woman's blog, men can visit of course, but the content is for the woman, teen and girl.
But I thought I just had to blog about this tonight. Here is the list of words, and you tell me what style it is o.k.?
pink and green
seer sucker material
button down shirt
bow tie
suit jacket
dogs on a belt
pink pants cheeno style
white jazz shoes
sweater wrapped around shoulders.................................

I am not a preppy kind of gal per say, but there are many who are.
President Obama was shown as being preppy.

This was on NiteLine ABC news tonight.

Lisa Birnbach, clothing manager at Murray's Toggery at the beach who wrote a book on..........
yes PREPPY. Preppy is the word this year for men and women. Lisa feels that the people who dress like preppy are well dressed and well spoken.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Wedding Dress

The story of how I found the wedding dress for my son Adam's wedding: There is a consignment shop second hand clothing called My Friends. I befriended the lady that manages this store in Haverhill. Every so often, I would go in there to see what she had new. There was this vintage looking dress, made of lace, long coat and dress. The color was like a tea dyed floral lace print. I loved it and would say "I would love to buy that if I knew one of my children were ever getting married". Just about a year later, my son met and married a gal from EHarmony a single dating site. I ran back to that store, because that dress was hanging there for almost two years, with no buyer. Lo and behold, the dress was gone as I held my breath. Ellie the owner was such a love as I asked her where it went and she told me this lady picked it up for a wedding and had it on layaway. "Would she let it go"? I asked. "Perhaps" Ellie responded, so she called the woman and the response was "let her have it, I found another dress I liked better". I couldn't believe it, the very dress I had seen I now was going to own. So I was able to put it on layaway and the dress came with the shoes and pocket book to match. By the way, this dress was over $600.00 in value from a very expensive dress shop. I paid $200.00 for it, wore it, and now have it in another consignment shop for sale. I may bring it home and put it on Ebay or Etsy.


You are invited to a new and transforming blog that will change your ideas about clothing and dressing up. This will fill you with ideas, helps, hopes and fullfilled desires on dressing, whether it be casual and for the day, for going out in the evening, shopping, church, hanging around with friends, you name it, you will get it.

WRITE TO ME and give me your questions and wants to learn about dressing for your personality, your lifestyle and tell me a bit about your coloring of hair, skin and what you wear for make-up if any! Do you like jewelry and accessories?

I love them, make-up, jewelry, accessories (shoes, pocketbooks, scarfs yea!) but I also want to know how to wear my clothing properly.

Questions you want to ask yourself:

1. Does my clothing look good on me; is sit baggy, do my shirts hang too low, do my shirts rise above my belly, are my pants too short or too long and hang on the ground?

2. Is my belt too tight and it buckles my pants at the waist?

3. My lipstick-does it make me look pale or is the red the wrong red?

4. Should I wear white or cream and why should I care?

5. I have never cared about my clothing, I don't have the money, so who cares?

6. Do I take someone with me when I go shopping?

7. Are my white pants too sheer in fabric and can I wear white now that it is fall?

8. Are jeans o.k. to wear out to eat (etiquette)?

9. I look terrible in sequence and that is all that I see out in the stores. Should I wear it?

10. Should I buy black boots, brown boots, grey boots, high heeled boots, flat boots?

11. I have too many clothes and do not know where to put them all:)

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