Monday, November 28, 2016


I'm a fan of scarves.
  A scarf is one little accessory that can really elevate a basic look.

The oblong scarf I'm wearing in this first photo is one of my favorites, as it was given to me by my grandmother.  I remember her wearing it with such panache!
The rest of the outfit is a basic navy shift dress, over a salmon color blouse.

A chain strap navy blue quilted bag,

and a rusty brown belt, with vintage Bass suede lace ups to finish.

For this outfit, a polka dot extra long, skinny scarf, tied loosely in a half bow, is the main attraction.
Wearing the same blouse as above with soft grey cropped trousers.

When I bought this scarf, I envisioned wearing it around my head,
 with the long ends trailing down my back.
 I must have been feeling in a very dramatic mood! ( I may try it another time)
Also wearing a modern design silver tone bracelet, and

carrying a 60's vintage handle bag. The tassel is a DIY project.

Lastly, this blue print scarf is tied in a loose bow, off to one side.  I have it pinned to the blouse, 
so it doesn't ride around, and I don't have to fuss with it.
Worn with an ivory short bell sleeve blouse, and a flared navy blue skirt.

The scarf is an abstract print that ties the colors of the outfit together.
Accessorized with an Oyster colored belt and silver tone open design cuff bracelet.

Ankle tie low heeled pumps and a vintage 1960's embossed clutch to finish the outfit.

There are many more ways to accessorize an outfit with a scarf, these are just a few.
 I will be wearing some of my larger and heavier weight options for the colder months, to come!

Linking up with Patti at  Visible Monday 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinner table plan

With Thanksgiving fast approaching,
it seems like a good idea to make sure I have everything I need to set a pretty table for the holiday.

Holiday planning has a way of sneaking up on me.
Time seems to speed up at the end of the year, with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas following in quick succession.

I think I know what I'm going to do... it's all in my mind, that is.
  I am usually surprised when something doesn't work out quite like it did in my head.

This year, I decided to do a trial run.
  Sure enough, part of the table setting had disappeared into my husband's lunch bag, never to return.
What a surprise to notice I only have three salad forks left!

Also, I broke a serving bowl since it's last holiday use. 
 It smashed to bits when dropped on the quartz countertop.
 Note to self: quartz is particularly unyielding.

All in all, things are running fairly smoothly, really!  

Sunday lunch table

and an alternate

Pretty Thanksgiving bouquet.  Thanks, sweetheart!

Centerpiece with vintage hand sewn fabric leaves.  So cute!

 Now I can confidently move on to planning the meal.
I hope these are going to taste as good as they look, so colorful!

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fall floral print dress three ways

Here is a Fall floral print that has been in frequent rotation this Fall
The style is a modified sleeveless shirtdress with a black collar, and a sheer black asymmetrical hem

The first wear is with a black short sleeve top underneath
The ribbon sash belt came with the dress   

 and wide strap heels and a chain strap shoulder bag with gold tone hardware

This time, I wore an ivory open cardigan, tied at the waist over the dress

with taupe suede ankle strap platforms, a silver tone knot bracelet and leaf earrings

Lastly, I wore the dress over a sheer burgundy blouse  

with burgundy patent leather T straps and bag
Amethyst earrings, and a gold tone heart ring finish the look 

Although it is a busy and memorable print,
it actually turned out to be more versatile than I originally thought

 Fall flowers and foliage

Happy Monday!

Linking up with Patti, at  Visible Monday

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Things leaving my closet

Here are a few things leaving my closet that aren't getting much wear
Time to move them along to someone who will love them more

There should be some lessons for future styles to avoid in here for me

Let's see...

I like the style, and love the bright pink color, of course!
On me, though, it's a strange length.
Not long enough, or not cropped enough, and too boxy to tuck in
 I gave it a try a few times, so I'm happy to let it go

Although metallics and embellishments are trending,
I'm just tired of this top

Cowl necklines are hard for me to wear and this one is no exception

Love the color, and have worn this a number of times, 
but it's the neckline, again.  It is too low for me and doesn't layer well, as a result  

I'm sort of off this purplish pink now, but this cardigan got a lot of wear

This cable knit sweater is a great color, but just looks proportionally wrong on me
I tried belting it, but the top part looks high waisted and awkward for the belt
Worn loose, it swallows me up
Someone else will love it this Fall!

I've worn this several times.  In theory, it's good
On me, it never looks quite right

  I thrifted this dress a few years ago, and I only wore it once.  It's just too big 

I like the metallic on these two belts, but they are too shiny and take over anything I wear them with

That's it for now.  A few things out of my closet, to make room for better choices!

Monday, November 14, 2016

The cobalt blues

Blue is one of my favorite colors to wear.  There are a lot of beautiful shades in the shops now
 since two blues, Riverside and Airy Blue are in the Pantone color picks for Fall/Winter.
  This bright shade is called cobalt or royal.  The Spring 2017 Pantone version is called Lapis. Whatever it's name for the season, it is a wardrobe staple for me!

First, a long cobalt blue cardigan over my Deco inspired starburst print blouse, 
with a taupe pencil skirt.  Warm Taupe is also a Pantone color for Fall.
  However, this skirt was purchased five years ago.

Worn with a neutral metallic tassel clutch, faux snakeskin pumps,
 and a modern design collar necklace.

Next, a bright cobalt mock neck shift dress 
with a black and white graphic flower print blouse worn over it.

A metallic quilted chain strap bag, shiny metal cuff bracelet, 
and my favorite cross strap heels finish the look.

Full on cobalt-it's a lot of blue!  Short sleeve lace fit and flare party dress

with peep toe bow heels and my 3-D geometric box bag.
Simple silver tone bracelet and black and silver tone belt to finish.

Linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style

Thursday, November 10, 2016

November thrifting trip

I don't know how or why this beautifully creatived dress ended up at the thrift shop
I so wanted in to fit, but not quite, so it will be there for another lucky shopper!

This cute, slouchy dress in a trending color and animal print-double points!

A know this floral, bell sleeve 60's look shift dress came straight from the Target clearance rack
 to the Goodwill

I loved this jacket, but a mental shuffle through my closet reminded me
I already have a similar one

It was a great day for sweaters of all types!
There were some nice cardigans, which are usually in short supply

Sweet hearts

Sparkle and shine
It's a little hard to see in the picture, but this open cardi has lame threads shot through it

A chunky cable

A rusty boyfriend

and a teal one

 This yummy peachy salmon is a color I'm loving right now

A few pullovers caught my eye, too

This bold striped pullover tunic with a case of the blues

Stripe lover, that's me!

Some neutrals

A cosy cowl neck

or maybe you prefer a ribbed V neck?

There were a few cute blouses, as well
I love the cobalt color and sytle of this one

Blouses and tops that fit are actually the hardest pieces for me to find (besides pants)
The easiest?  Skirts and dresses.  Thank goodness every body is different!

Lastly, an interesting vintage tie neck, with a bird print

Enjoy your Friday, and have a great weekend!