Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What I wore Wednesday

Last Wednesday, I purchased a scarf I really love at Aspen Boutique. This Wednesday I wore it for the first time. I love the colors in it the middle is an orangey red and then it changes to a gray and then black at the ends of the scarf. It has a ruffled texture and it styles beautifully. Does it sound like I love it?

Sweater from 1/2 of 1/2 store
Blouse: Dillards
JMS Jegging
Scarf via Aspen Boutique
Shoes: Walking Cradles via Zappos

I have started painting my nails. I am not very good at it as I seem to go outside the lines a lot. Fortunately, the polish outside the nails seems to come off after a few hand washings. Today I am wearing OPI for Sephora Charge It. It is a gold color polish. I did buy some rather daring polishes-one a turquoise color. I am not really sure how to wear really different colors like that. Do you match them to your outfit? Do you make sure that they at least "go" with your outfit or does it matter at all? Any advice would be appreciated.

Not sure if this is clear or not, but you can kind of see the gold color.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I am now officially over 60

It hardly seems possible to me that I am now 60 years old. I don't really feel 60 and I hope I don't act too old. I am happy to be the age I am. I am not ashamed to tell people my age, I am proud to have made it this far in life. I am really happy to be retired and free to do whatever I want whenever I want. I still haven't settled down to start all the projects that I thought I would. I guess I just needed some freedom to do nothing at all.

I really enjoyed seeing Sacramento's photos of her younger years. I had planned to scan some in to share, but the printer's scanner function is not functioning at all. I do have one to share. This photo was taken for a company newsletter back when I started a new job in 1971. The photographer wanted me to pose with a phone because I was to handle phone calls from the building tenants. When I look at this photo now, I think "you looked pretty good back then." Of course, back then I was very critical of myself and did not think I looked good at all.

Just look at those glasses! Those were real glass glasses, not plastic and they were heavy.
Notice the typewriter in the background. It was an IBM selectric. I did have to use carbon paper to send out invoices. The company used a mimeograph to print up contracts.
My photo for today is a picture of my birthday present from my husband. It is a new coat and I love, love, love it.

Seeing that old photo brought back so many memories. I disliked typewriters. Anyone remember correction tape? I had to type the invoices perfectly as I had to use carbon paper.  I was never a great typist and I remember having to retype those darn invoices over and over. Things are so much easier now with auto correction, spell check, printers, and electronic invoicing.

When I first started to work at Cessna Aircraft in 1973, we still had real blueprints of the drawings. When I left, all the drawings were created electronically. Things have changed so much in my lifetime. I wonder how much will change in the next 60 years?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Visible Monday #23 on Cyber-Monday

Are you doing any cyber-Monday shopping? My eMail box is just full of special offers for today. So far I have not been tempted by any of the offers.

We had a lovely Thanksgiving. Of course, I ate too much. My sister and brother-in-law prepared both smoked and deep fried turkey. She is such an excellent cook.

Visible Monday#23! My goodness, I cannot believe that we have had this many VM's.  My outfit for today shows you just how much I love animal prints as it is yet another version of mixed prints. The body of the jacket is a fantasy tiger type print and the border of the jacket is leopard. I love the orange/rust color on the jacket.

Jacket: Chico's
Blouse: Dillards
Leggings: FDJ
Suede Booties: Nine West
Necklace: Chico's
I folded the jacket open so you can better see the necklace.
My mother surprised me with an early birthday present. I mean REALLY surprised me. I knew that someday a ring she had would be mine, but I never expected it as a birthday present. She wanted me to have it now so she would be able to see me enjoy the surprise as well as see me enjoy wearing it. I will definitely enjoy wearing it and treasuring the memory of receiving such a wonderful surprise. I present to you my new ring.
It is much prettier in real life.
The band is fairly wide and yet very comfortable.
I think this may be one of the only rings I have in yellow gold. Normally, I wear white gold because I was allergic to yellow gold when I was young. It seems that my system has changed and I can now wear yellow gold.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What I wore for a trip to Sephora

Sephora opened a new store here in May and I absolutely love it. It is so fun to go in and try different products and just look around. Today I went in to get some nail polish and ended up with several items. One of them is Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat. The associates raved about it and said one customer had bought it a month ago and put it on one hand to see if it really performed. According to them the difference in her nails on that hand and the other was amazing. It is a bit expensive so I hope it really does do something. I have been admiring manicures on so many other bloggers that I decided I wanted to try to start polishing my nails. We shall see how it goes. I love shellac manicures but can no longer afford to pay what they cost to maintain. I do not expect this to perform like a shellac manicure, but if it really does strengthen my nails and provide a good polish base it will be worth it. It has very good reviews online.

Velvet Jacket: Alex Marie from Dillards
Blouse: Chico's
Corduroy jeans: French Dressing Jeans
Scarf: TJMaxx
Think Shoes
I did not realize I was holding the back side to the front
until I saw the pictures.
I will probably not be posting again until Monday. I want to enjoy the holiday with my husband and family. I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. It is a lovely time to reflect on all the things we are thankful for in our lives. One of the things I am very thankful for is all of you!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tiger, tiger, Airedale haire & a date not forgotten.

When I saw this jacket in the Chico's catalog I wanted it so much but it was more than I wanted to pay.  This month in the Chico's catalog I received a 50% off coupon for the highest price item over $100.00, so I knew what I would get with it - my fierce tiger jacket. I have worn it twice now and received compliments on it. It really is a very stunning jacket.

Now as to the Airedale haire (haire as in hair, crazy Airedale people spell anything 'air' as "aire" and I am most definitely a crazy Airedale lady, times three.) When I got home today Harry decided that my pants should match my jacket and rubbed all over them. I ended up with quite a lot of his haire on my pants and couldn't find my lint roller, so I was covered in cat and dog today.

Jacket: Chico's
Ruffled blouse: Dillards
JMS Jeggings
Softspot boots

If you are older, November 22nd is a date that cannot be forgotten. On 11/22/1963, I was 11 years old and sitting in gym class at Westlawn Jr High when a teacher came in and announced that President Kennedy had been shot and killed. We were all horrified. Like 9/11, no one who experienced it will ever forget the day. It was rather like our innocence had been taken from us and nothing would ever be the same again. We sat glued to the television for days watching the events unfold and a funeral procession unlike any other than perhaps Princess Diana's. Most of you were probably too young to remember that day, but I will not forget and feel sad about how the world changed that day.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Visible Monday - Toasty warm sweater

For Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday I am showcasing my new sweater. I am not sure exactly how to describe it. It is flowy, has a shawl collar, and has tied tassels all over it. I do love me some tassels, but that is another story. Last week I went into a local boutique that I had never been in before. Just as I was getting out of the car to go in it started snowing like crazy. It did not last long and since we haven't had much really cold weather the ground was still warm and the snow did not stick at all. I first saw this sweater in an oatmeal color and I loved the style, but not the color. A sales associate told me it also came in black and asked if I wanted to try it on. Because I have been wanting one of the flowy sweaters (like Pam from over50feeling40 wears so well) I decided to try it on and I fell in love.  It is a really warm sweater so today (Sunday) was the first time the weather was cool enough to wear it. We went out to breakfast and it kept me toasty warm and I believe quite stylish.

I was going to wear it with a new charcoal gray cowl neck tee but when I put it on I felt itchy so I switched to a red turtleneck. I am not that crazy about turtlenecks as I always feel like I am being choked when I wear them.

Red turtleneck (?)
Sweater: Coalition via Sister Moses Boutique
(shown without clasp)
JMS Jeggings
Think! Shoes
Shown with clasp on sweater
Harry heard us taking pictures and came racing in to try to get in the picture.
I banned him to the family room by closing a "kiddie gate" to keep him out of
the hallway where we were taking the pictures.

Please stop by Not Dead Yet Style and check out all the other stylish participants in Visible Monday #22.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The winner is... ...

I put all the names in my new hat and had my husband draw a name. The winner is Paula Luta of FashionOverFifty. Congratulations Paula, please contact me at with your mailing information.

Thank you to everyone who entered. I wish I could've given all of you a prize. I want to have another giveaway when I have 100 followers, so you will have another chance to win something. The next giveaway will be a piece of jewelry.

Yesterday I bought some different false eyelashes. I have not successfully applied them to both eyes yet. I just cannot seem to get them applied correctly. I bought a tool that is supposed to help so I'll be trying again. I have short, light colored eyelashes and with my deep set eyes my eyes just almost disappear. A year or so ago I tried Latisse. It did help my lashes while I used it but when I stopped they went back to normal. I ended up with hairs growing where my lashes touch my eye socket. That is not where you want hairs to grow and now I have to do even more plucking which is not my favorite thing to do. I am determined to figure out how to apply the false lashes. I will let you all know if I am successful. Do you have naturally long eyelashes? Have you ever tried Latisse or any other product that is supposed to help your lashes grow?

Again, thank you all for entering the giveaway.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Reminder: There is only one more day to enter the Laura Mercier giveaway

I just wanted to remind you all that the giveaway ends tomorrow evening. So far there are only 11 people entered. The odds of winning are pretty darn good. Please just comment on the Laura Mercier Giveaway post to be entered. I am going to put all the names in a hat, then draw.

Thank you to everyone who commented so kindly on my post yesterday. I cannot I let a churlish (don't you just love thesauri?) anonymous person get me down when there are so many wonderful people like all of you that I have the pleasure of interacting with most every day. Happy Thursday to you all! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The inevitable happened today

Today I received my first distasteful anonymous comment. Thank you to the very kind deja pseu who replied to the anonymous comment with a very witty riposte.  I saw something on an IFB video about negative comments. It said "anonymity breeds stupidity." I wholeheartedly agree with that. If you chose to make a negative comment at least leave your name or email otherwise I will think you are not proud of what you are saying.

The comment really did not bother me that much; I knew that as a blogger I should expect it to happen someday. It was almost laughable especially when the person said that every New Yorker makes fun of us "mainlanders" who are "obese and badly dressed," and then stated "Go to Chicago and eat a fattening meal and wear your flip flops or those dreadful shoes you have on in the pic."  The really, really funny thing about the "dreadful shoes" is that they were my Pencey leopard booties that are also worn by "thecoveted" blogger, Jennine Jacob, who is a New Yorker. 

Now to change the subject, today's outfit is  fairly simple and quite comfortable. The necklace I got at least three compliments on--two from sales associates at a very high end Wichita store.

Leather jacket: Chico's
Blouse: Nygard from Dillards
Dark brown French Dressing jeans from Ann's Fashions
Orange suede booties: Nine West
I am not sure why the jacket did not photograph well in the above picture. It is a butter soft leather with such fun, feminine details.
Necklace: Chico's
You can see some of the detail on the jacket in this picture
 Please don't forget to enter my Laura Mercier product giveaway. It is open to all my followers, no matter where you live. Just leave a comment on the giveaway post. You just might win!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Giveaway day - A Laura Mercier product sampler

If you have shopped at Sephora you may know about their Beauty Insider card. For every dollar you spend, you accumulate a point that can be redeemed for products when you reach at least 100 pts. When you hit 500 points you can get a limited edition product sample. When I was in there this past week, I redeemed 500 points for a set of Laura Mercier sample products for this giveaway.  I have not used these particular products but I have used her eye shadows and lip stain and like both quite a lot.

This Laura Mercier sample box contains Mini Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara in black, Mini Eye Basics in Wheat, Mini Face Polish, Mini Tinted Moisturizer SPF20 in Nude, and Mini Foundation Primer.  These are sample sizes, not full product sizes.  

All you have to do to enter is giveaway is to follow me on Google Friend Connect and leave a comment that you are following me. That's it, nothing else.
I will close this contest on Friday, November 18th at 5:00 CST, so you will have a few days to comment. One entry per person please.

I will announce the winner on Friday evening and give the winner 48 hours to contact me at with their name and address. Good luck everyone!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Visible Monday

Today is Visible Monday started by Patti @ Not Dead Yet Style. My VM outfit is one that you have seen part of before. The sweater is one I wore recently and asked for some feedback on how to style it. A few of you said leopard print so that is how I went.  I found an animal print top on sale at Chico's and I think it I like it better than how I originally styled it. I love the sweater; it is one of those pieces you could just wear and wear until everyone was sick of seeing you in it.

I went to Ann's Fashions for the French Dressing Jeans fit clinic. It was too busy, so I just bought some of the leggings that I knew fit (and got $10.00 off) but I did not win anything. Since I was unlucky, I decided to make someone else happy. Tomorrow, I will announce a giveaway for my followers. Stay tuned for that.

Sweater: Chico's
Top: Chico's
JMS Jegging
Shoes: Nine West

You can see the faux fur and bead detail on the sweater.
The shoes have sparkly studs on them and look more silvery in person.
Ally at Shybiker wrote a post Saturday about perfume. Although I cannot wear any scent now due to my asthma, back in the early 70's I found a perfume that I absolutely loved--Bakir by Germaine Monteil. It was only made for a couple of years. I had forgotten about it until Ally wrote the post. I spent a couple of hours trying to remember the name of it, then I started looking for information about it and found this quote:

"Bakir Perfume is dark and resinous with slight green floral tones on the opening. Very rich, with a woody oriental flavor. Dense and strong, ultra long lasting, but a scent that stays close to the skin and doesn't over project. Sultry and sexy. Not for the masses, only a few, very special women (and their men) will know how to appreciate the glory of Bakir...and have the style to wear it." Jeffrey Dame

I guess that is why it wasn't available for long, only very few women (special or strange, I am not sure which) liked it. It really stayed on for a long time and a little went a long way. The formula was purchased by Irma Shorell and Long Lost Perfumes makes it, although I understand it is not as long lasting as it was and some say doesn't smell the same. Probably because something in it can no longer be used. It was a nice memory to resurrect as I hadn't thought of it for years and yet the memory of the spicy scent was still in my mind. Did anyone else wear Bakir? Did you wear a perfume that brings back fond memories?

Please check out what all the visible and stylish ladies are wearing today at Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet Style.

On a side note, I previewed this post and it looked fine, I published it and blogger seemed to have changed it. I have had experiences where my text gets jumbled, anyone else experience this?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thrifters Thursday

I swear I cannot believe how fast Thursday seems to come each week. Time flows so much faster as you get older. I never understood it when I was younger, but now it seems as though it passes with the speed of light.

Today's outfit is one I had planned so that I could link up with Tammy from Silverstyle for her Scarf Attack Trend posts. I am wearing thrifted loafers, but y'all have seen them before, so that is not my thrifted item for Spunky Chateau's Thursday is for Thrifters. This outfit is what I would definitely call classic--a blazer, white shirt, scarf, jeans, and loafers.
Jacket: Ralph Lauren
Blouse: Coldwater Creek
Scarf: eBay
Jeggings: JMS
Loafers: Bass Thrifted
Mr Harry wanted his ears rubbed and to be in the picture.
Now for my thrifted item. This is one of the sweaters that I bought yesterday. It is a George ME Design by Mark Eisen for Walmart and has tiny gold threads through it. It reminds me of an oriental carpet pattern. I just love it and for $3.99, who could ask for more? I am sure it was not real expensive to start with, but it sure is pretty.

Sweater Thrifted
Blouse: Dillards
Please check out the Scarf Attack at Silverstyle and Thursday is for Thrifters at Spunky Chateau.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New Goodwill opening

This morning, I went to the opening of our newest Goodwill store. (It is only about 4 blocks from my house.) They must have saved up some really good things for the grand opening. It was full of great merchandise and it was packed with people. I got some bargains. A nice tripod, a camo jacket for my husband, 2 belts that I plan to refashion, a necklace, bracelet, and 3 sweaters. I really did not need any clothing, but who can resist $3.99 sweaters and $1.99 necklaces? One of the sweaters was too small, so I will donate it back to them. (There was no way to try anything on.) I would like to have looked more, but the aisles were blocked by people with shopping carts and it was just a madhouse. I guess there are a lot of people who love Goodwill.

After my wild morning, I went to lunch with some of my former co-workers.  This outfit was a bit of an experiment. I wasn't sure how the bright red of the jacket would work against the olive green. The blouse has both colors in it and I really like how it turned out.

Jacket: Talbots
Shirt: Foxcroft
Pants: FDJ
Shoes: Think! via eBay
Necklace: Chico's
Foxcroft blouses are just wonderful. They are well-made and have nice details. This blouse has a contrasting pattern lining the collar and cuffs. It also has buttons set in groups of 2 that make it a bit more unique. Do any of you have any Foxcroft blouses? Do you like them? 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rainday Tuesday

It has been drizzling all day and a bit chilly. The only places I went to were to exercise and to a Walmart neighborhood market to buy groceries.

I think that I should've left the vintage fur collar off this jacket to make the scarf stand out a bit more. I really like a lot of contrast in colors for winter outfits. I am just not sure they work so well in pictures. It seems as though dark browns just end up looking more like a black holes that pulls the other colors into its dark matter. (I am a bit of a space geek.)

I have a lot of scarves that are just now coming out to play. I do love to wear them in the fall and winter, so this is the first of many that you will see this winter. I should've thought to take a picture of just the scarf so you could see the detail better.

Jacket: Chico's (There is a very subtle snake pattern on the jacket)
Blouse: Nygard-Dillards
Jeans: FDJ - Ann's Fashions
Boots: Thrifted
Scarf: eBay

This was a mistake photo, but it looked like a pose that some
style bloggers use, so I decided to include it for fun.

We had a bit of excitement over the weekend. There was an 5.6 earthquake in Oklahoma that was felt here in Kansas. It was a bit frightening to have your house shaking and a roar like a jet plane right over your house. I have never experienced an earthquake, so while people who have been in California thought it was nothing, it was a real experience for someone who has never felt one. There was another smaller quake last night. I didn't feel it, but FarleyJoe seemed to have noticed it.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Visible Monday - Colorful Plaid and Subtle Pattern Mixing

My Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday style is plaid, corduroy, and a subtle pattern on a brown jacket. It is colorful and does make me feel quite visible.

I think this outfit looked better in person that it does in the pictures. The blouse has beautiful colors in it--gold, brown, and several blues. The jacket has a subtle texture, kind of chenille, and looks richer in color than it does here.  I wore this outfit to do some shopping and running errands. We also went to Carlos O'Kelly's for a late lunch/early dinner. I remember a time when people would dress up to go out to dinner. Do people in your area dress nicely to go out to eat, even in casual restaurants?

I stopped in a local boutique, Ann's Fashions, and tried on some  FDJ French Dressing Jeans. I tried on some of the side zip overdyed leggings and really like them and they fit me quite nicely. I have seen FDJ advertised as great jeans for older ladies, but I had never tried them on. Ann's is having a FDJ fit clinic next Saturday and are supposed to have all the different styles in stock. I hope to go by and find out more about the fit clinic. They are also giving away one pair of FDJ jeans every hour. I haven't won anything for a long time so maybe I can get lucky and win a pair.

Jacket: JJill
Blouse: Foxcroft via eBay
Cords: Talbot's
Booties: Nine West
Necklace: Chico's
Do any of you have French Dressing Jeans? If you do, what do you think of them.

Please stop by Not Dead Yet Style and check out all the Visible Monday participants.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Red, white, and black Friday

I wish I could make up really cool blog titles. My mind is just blank when it comes to title creativity.

It was a bit cool today, so I decided to wear my new red sweater. I got it at the 1/2 of 1/2 store. It was originally from Lord & Taylor and still had the original tags on it. I first tried it with just a white blouse, but I decided I liked it with the striped tee instead.

Sweater: Ralph Lauren
Tee: Macy's via ebay
JMS Jegging: Walmart
Boots: Pencey
Chico's necklace
Yesterday, the Hostess of the Humble Bungalow asked about how we take our pictures. I am very fortunate to have a husband who is patient enough to take my photos.  He may have to go back to 3rd shift at work and if he does, I guess I will be figuring out how to take photos with a tripod and timer.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Golden Thursday

First, I would like to thank you all for your kind comments yesterday. Your comments are always one of the highlights of my day. I truly appreciate the time you take from your day to comment. I know many of you have full time jobs and family to take care of, so it makes it that much more special to me that you take the time to comment.

Today I dug out a sweater that I purchased late this spring from Chico's. I had admired it for quite a long time and when they had a great sale I got it for around $20.00. There are tiny beads around the neck and front of the sweater. I wore it with a top I bought last year from Chico's, but I think I would really like to find a leopard or some other animal print top to wear with it. Amazingly, I do not have the right animal print top in my wardrobe.  I will have to keep my eye out for one on sale.  The gold top I am wearing is just a bit too long for this outfit, but I didn't get out of the house after yoga, so only you all and my husband saw it. No accessories since I was home alone. The dogs don't much care what I look like--they only worry about whether or not they will get their supper on time. Believe me, the dogs do know what time dinner is supposed to be served.
Sweater: Chico's
Top: Chico's
JMS Jeggings
Shoes: Pencey
If this were your sweater, what would you wear under it? I think it would be interesting to find out how others would style it.  I also thought of a turtleneck, but I didn't have any that looked right with it.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sticks & Stones

 Today, Pam at Over 50 Feeling 40 wrote a post about supporting one another as bloggers. As always, Pam writes insightful and inspiring posts. Reading her post made me think about the power of words.  When I was young, there was a rhyme "sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me."   I don't think that was ever true, but now more than ever words can hurt not just one person but many. In the last couple of days, I have read on the internet some posts and comments about people who are overweight that hurt me. Some people are very well meaning, but their words hurt nonetheless and others are just plain mean. 

One saying that I have always liked is "there but for the grace of God go I."  I know how very fortunate I am. I hope that I never make anyone feel like less than what they are. If I do, it is not because I meant to do so.  I would hope that if I say something that has upset anyone in any way, you will let me know. 

When I worked, there were times when a person had done something that managment did not like. Rather than tell the person so that they could correct it, they would do something like demote them or fire them.  That is so unfair.  If you think someone isn't a good manager, tell them what they did wrong. Give them a chance to improve.  If they don't, then fire or demote them.  I think the same is true for the blogging world. If someone has done something you take umbrage with, let them know. They may not have meant what you thought. I remember once when I thought someone believed they were better than me. It turned she did not think that at all and we ended up as close friends who had more in common than we first suspected. 

Now, I will share my outfit for the day. I saw an outfit in a magazine that was gray and camel and I thought it looked really nice. I did not accessorize this outfit as the jacket has rhinestone pins as buttons and I thought that was accessory enough. My biggest accessory is Harry, who has become quite the ham.
Today is our first really wintery type day. It is cold, rainy, and the wind blowing really hard.  So, there will be many more indoor photos from now on.

Jacket: Chico's, vintage fur collar
Blouse: Coldwater Creek
Jeans: Dressbarn
Shoes: Tom's

His eyes were kind of wild which made me laugh.
He was being so silly.

I have communicated with so many wonderful people in this blogging world and  I feel so fortunate to be a part of this community. We are learning as we go and hopefully becoming better people because of it.  I thought of not even posting this, but then I decided that sharing our thoughts and feelings is just as important as sharing our fashion. I just hope I did not offend anyone with this post!