Sunshine in a Store

Happy Dogs on Thursday, little friday, Thankful Thursday and almost wedding day!   No, not me…  but dear, local friends are tying the knot on Saturday, and I’m so very happy for them.  As the commercial says – and I say to Gretchen almost daily – who doesn’t love love?

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Blooper photo hint about Gretchen's post

Gretchen has a nice post about pet safety today.  

See?  They don’t always cooperate during a photo shoot.  No one is looking anywhere near the camera.  I can’t explain why I chopped Sis’s face out of the photo, unless they were looking at me when I started pressing the button… ?

Boo!  There’s no photo online of my local Pink Palm‘s new spot, but on a cold, wet evening, those pretty pink shutters were a sunny port in the storm for several of us with the JLC.  While I don’t love to shop, it’s impossible to NOT enjoy a private shopping event complete with refreshments, friends, a fabulous door prize and staff who clearly were happy to see us.

That’s my Thankful Thursday – time with friends, new friends, and as passionate as I am about the League, I’m always thankful when we can foster another relationship in the community.   The new scarf proclaims “Lilly loves the League!” and I can assure you, here in C’ville, the League loves Lilly too.  FYI – Lilly online is sold out of the limited edition JL scarf, so if you want one, head to your local store.  Gasp!  I sure hope they’ll make more…

What is your sunshine on a cloudy/rainy day?

Gap, Baby

Ann Taylor - nice look, no lycra

… not to be confused with Baby Gap…  I don’t need a baby shower gift right now! 

Some of you already know what I mean – that gap that pops up between the two buttons at the fullest part of your chest on a blouse that buttons up the front.   I mentioned it last week, and Star Spry sent me a link to a fab shirt designed to very literally battle the buldge.  Looks great, but talk about sticker shock!

While petting my wallet and murmuring about just wearing knit shirts for the rest of my life, the new to me blog Wardrobe Oxygen took on this very topic today.   If you have such issues, please click over and then report back.  Do any of you have brands that work? 

Look ma, no pin!

And talk to me about safety pins.  This is going to make you laugh and cause you to wonder if I should ever leave the house in other than easy to wear knits, but I am pin-challenged.  Rarely do I do more good than harm, not to the garment, but to the overall look.  The Knight snickered on Thursday – true wrap dress – that surely, showing a little skin would look better than that pucker.  Hem.

Have you tried Sal’s friend, double-sided fashion tape?  Would that be less challenging for me?

Accessories make 5

My friend Jess shared a friend’s rules for accessories.  I hadn’t heard of this, but I love it!  Note:  all comments included in the text are presumably from the original author. 

Part 2: The 5 Point System
This is a little trick my friend told me she learned from her mom. How can you accessorize without looking gaudy and overdone? You use the 5 point system — i.e., every accessory equals a certain amount of points and you should never go over 5 points. Here’s some guidelines:
♦Earrings: Studs = 1 pt, large or chunky hoops = 2 pts
♦Necklaces and Bracelets: slender/small = 1pt, large/chunky = 2pts
♦Hair accessories: 1 pt each. In the case of my hair accessory today, I gave it 3 pts — 2 pts because of the loud color and 1 pt for the bronze detail
♦Watch: 1 pt or 2 pts if extra large/loud
♦Belt: 1 pt
♦Wedding Rings: I never count these as points!
♦Shoes: You’re supposed to count these as points, but I never do. I say the higher the heel, the better!
♦Bags: Again, you’re supposed to assess points, but I say the more texture the better. Besides, are you really going to drag your bag with you everywhere you go? No, you’re going to give it its own chair! 😉

Gosh, I’ve always considered myself a light accessorizer, but according to this list, even if I skip shoes, bag and wedding ring, I NEVER leave the house without a total of four points – EVER.  I’m assuming scarves also should be included, so there are times I roll out with pushing TEN points.  Yowza.  Again, that’s without adding shoes or a bag.

182441_527163383818_62700009_31009421_8325764_nLet’s look at this photo of me from Vintage Vegas.  It’s blurry, as it’s a photo of the photo from the photo booth, but it’s the only thing that shows even some of my accessories.

What you can’t see:  a gold dress watch, two small, gold bracelets on the right arm, the wedding band (doesn’t count) and another ring on the right hand.  That’s four points right off the bat.

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That brings us to six points already.  I also carried a small, black wristlet and wore flashy gold shoes, but no one saw those unless I raised my skirt off the floor to show them off.  The dress had a matching wrap, so I don’t know whether that counts as an accessory or not, so I’m somewhere between six and nine points, and frankly, I think the outfit could have used a necklace, which would have been another two points, and had I worn beaded barrettes to hold back my hair, we’d have been at a whopping 13 points or so.

I honestly don’t know that I’ve EVER been over accessorized in my life, but 13 points sure is a long way from five.  What say you?

Snowy Prints

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Yeah.  That was taken around dawn yesterday, on the deck in The Woods.  Imagine.  And now, more is predicted for Wednesday.  Seriously!?  I love snow, but there’s a season for everything, and this is SPRING.  There are wilted flowers and buds all over podunk.  Boo! 

You’ll note there’s no photo of the wee one, nor do you see tiny paw prints.  She stuck her head out the door, caught a snowflake on her head, and that was that.  She truly didn’t go out until the stuff began to melt several hours later. 

How was your weekend?  Mine was totally unremarkable.   Didn’t leave the house until the Knight insisted we needed groceries last night…

Sis is asking for some good vibes for a friend.   We’re all on pins and needles waiting for the update…

In Spite of the Forecast…

Dangitall, I’m in a spring state of mind.  I’ve spent the morning under a down throw with a warm little doggy in my lap and a big girl stompin’ around looking for spring for me.  Gretchen and I were finding happy spring outfits to inspire us.

**This blogging thing works.  I just deleted an outfit I was admiring because I realized I wouldn’t really wear it.  Go figure!**

Coldwater Creek Spring Look

First up, a go-anywhere get-up.  I could even take Sissy to the vet in this, because the jacket is machine washable.  Hmmm….   This is definitely a look I see in my wardrobe.   I’d wear it with my favorite metallic brown wedges from last year.  Until it warms up enough for bare toes, I’d want flats.  Oh – and click on the photo to visit Coldwater Creek for the look.

I’m really liking this outfit, which brings me to the real reason I sat down to write this post.  Are  you familiar with the “shop from my closet” type blogs?   I have a LOT of very gently worn (or not at all) clothes that I am thinking maybe I’ll try to sell at bargain basement prices, rather than just sending them to GoodWill.  I’ve never recovered from learning that a competitor of theirs just bundles up their clothes donations without even looking at the contents when their shop is full, and the clothes are shredded so the fabric can then be recycled.  I have some clothes that deserve that fate, but many that don’t.

I don’t even have my own PayPal account, so this would be a big adventure for me.  I don’t know if I really want to put in the time for photos and shipping, so any input will be appreciated.   It would give me a little more incentive to buy a few transitional outfits between now and wherever I end up with my weight loss journey.

Yes, there are local consignment shops, one even near the League office, so weigh in there too.  I do have to tell you…  the only dress I’ve consigned was my first wedding dress, and that shop had quite the fire and the inventory was lost.  Yes, I was still a paid firefighter at the time, but I wasn’t in town that day.  Irony, eh?

Gap Spring Outfit

Why yes, I do love browns and pinks together.  Why do you ask?  That’s a cashmere cardi too.   I don’t know that I sport that dusty pink so well, but the model and I have similar coloring…  Still, I think especially with the jacket above, I’d rather add that 3/4 sleeve cotton cardi I consider a warm-weater staple. 

Interesting that my fave summer wedges would work with this outfit too, and are in fact, similar enough to what the model’s wearing.   The Gap also calls the skirt color gold, so I imagine my gold flats would work with it too? 

Huh.  Seems there is some logic to doing a little wardrobe planning.  I already have two pairs of shoes that would work with this outfit.   The skirt might be coming to live in the Woods, but I’ll snag a cardi and top elsewhere.  Do you have a go-to place for the basics?  I’m talking shells, tees, capris… the stuff most of us wear most of the year?  Or do you just grab what you need when you catch it on sale, or …  ?

This mindful shopping thing could take on a life of its own, but it beats moaning about the snow that’s coming. 

Old Navy Get Ruffled Look

I actually found three different outfits at Old Navy that inspired me, which is entertaining, because other than buying dog toys and such there, I’ve never had much luck.  This is my favorite of the three, which also makes me giggle, because guess who doesn’t wear yellow – ever?!  But I want this look.  The scarf is sold out online, so I’m going to have to hit the store, and I’m more likely to wear denim capris or a mini skirt, but maybe in August, when the humidity and the “in the shade” temperature are both pushing 100, I’d appreciate cute little shorts and a sweater for the AC indoors?

I don’t know about their shoe selection.  I’m thinking my Target espadrilles that aren’t here yet might work, or cute little Ked sneaks that seem to favor the scarf?

Please tell me.  Can I wear that cheery, soft yellow if I have something very much like that scarf – with darker pinks with in – near my face?  Be honest!

Now quick-like, before the temperature drops, the girls and I are going for a good, long walk.  What are you doing on the first Saturday of spring?

Snow Songs

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Baby girl - March 2, 2009

Ever notice there are no songs about snow in early spring?  That’s because it just ain’t right!!  I’ve been saying all winter that we can’t write off snow until April, because some of the more significant snows happen in March, albeit usually early in March.

Why yes, they ARE calling for snow in my world this weekend.  I’m not amused, and I’m not expecting any real accumulation, given that three days ago, it was 70-something, and last night, my cute boot heel sank into the mud beneath our pea gravel walk.  Hrmph.

Instead, the two songs bouncing around in my head today are Sir Elton John’s Crocodile Rock – because I heard it while I was in the shower and it’s a life-long fave – and James Taylor’s Carolina in My Mind, because I think that’s the only way I’m going to OBX this spring.

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More like it - March 28th, 2010 OBX - Fur girls having quality time with their uncle on the beach

What’s on your weekend agenda?   And how do you deal with funky weather?  I know some of my California girls are all but washed away, and I know those in the Northeast are REALLY sick of snow…

Be True

I’ve really enjoyed our fashion chats recently.  I do want to be clear though that I’m hardly a fashionista; in fact, those of you who know me in person know that  while I’m not a candidate for What Not to Wear, I am much more LL Bean than Neiman Marcus, my little fancy dress fetish aside.

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My furgirls both have a strong sense of personal style!

I also firmly believe that as long as you’re happy with yourself and the way you dress, none of these rules are absolutes.  I have always lived in horse country, where no one thinks a thing of a woman shopping in the same clothes she’ll wear to the barn when she finishes her errands.  Very few of our restaurants have dress codes, and I think we’re a pretty easy-going community in general.

My problem is I lost my sense of self somewhere along the way.  I got in a rut and then got used to that rut and now, I’m finally reconnecting with ME.   These fashion “rules” posts have been food for thought for me, and clearly, some of you have had strong feelings about them too.  Thank you for sharing them with me!   With my “flesh and blood” friends, I pick up a lot of their sense of style and attitudes about fashion just through regular contact.  Since many of us communicate exclusively electronically, these chats that evolve from blog posts really add new dimensions to our friendships.

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Gretchen posing in her pleased preppy look

Anyway, Happy Dogs on Thursday!  I blogged a bit about the girls on their blog about their own identity issues.   Neither of my girls are post children for their breeds in one respect or another, and I am curious about how your pets stack up against the stereotypes.

I can’t believe it’s little friday already.  This week – this month – has flown by, or is it just me? 

Thankful Thursday finds me actually loving the girl in the mirror.  I mean that sincerely.  She looks good, feels good, and that’s not something I take for granted.  I always TRY to like her, but sometimes, we’re at odds.   I’m feeling sassy again, so look out world! 

What are you thankful for today?