Sunday, June 1, 2014

Missing May

I swore to myself a second post would get put up in May and missed it.
The month included the magic mix of dinner and a musical -- The Book of Mormon -- with some good friends.
 My version of B&W dressing: Crewcuts boys' tuxedo shirt,
Pixie pant in leather tuxedo stripe, Daniele Ancarani mary janes,
vintage plastic and rhinestone clamper bracelet.
I brought "my book": the Kate Spade Learn The Hustle clutch.
We googled "do Mormons dance" and the answer was "yes."
I love the subtle details to look like a well-worn library item.
And found the laminated finish quite necessary in the ladies' room where a dry spot on the counter is not to be found.
Until the show, I had no idea a disco ball was prominent to the staging/lighting. Was I in theme or what? Or what!
As mentioned, the evening included dinner, the perfect place at this elegant hotel just across from the theater.
The dining room is lovely.
I didn't snap the above two pics, putting blogger cam on hold most of the evening but I did take a quick shot of my short rib tortellini:
They were marvelous morsels.
How was your May and what's in store for June?
Is your world finally getting more color?

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Mother of Them All

During the 30+ years I've lived here, I don't recall it ever getting close to the 90s in May, let alone 104! The hefty winds predicted for Tuesday is also worrisome, especially since that will likely be for at least two or three days, if holding true to past patterns when the wind kicks up.
Husby said using the term "global warming" is a little misleading since those who are stuck in colder climes might think oh good.
"Global disturbance" is what he thinks more accurate and I agree.
More respect is way overdue, I think she is not at all pleased.
That was all I was planning to post.
But I decided it wasn't fair to end on such a bleak note.
Though I haven't researched more thoroughly yet,
my initial poking around brought me to Environmental Defense Fund. Have you heard of the organization? What do you think?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April in Paris

Natch, that'd be a good reason for falling off the grid if I was on holiday the entire month but nope. I was merely overcome by life.
So let's just have a dress-up salute to one of our very favorite cities.
And I just realized it was about 4 years ago when I first met

The sweatshirt is the color of sweet butter. It was in Paris where I fell in love with the stuff. Now I have bread as an excuse to eat butter.
 This is the French print popover. I had sworn off popovers ...
unless it's an irresistible print. Oh well.
The ballet flats are to keep the theme but I am definitely swearing off these J.Crew ballet flats, the horrible hurtful things
are all wrong for my feet. Never again.
If I said the color of these trousers was Paris pink would you believe me? It's really iced quartz but in keeping with the theme ...
The girls' tee (size 14) is too young for me but I had to have it.
Fun with these brogue shoes from yoox.
More love for Paris via a linen T-shirt and trying to be
oh so cool with the jacket. Ha.
Tomorrow is May Day and I will be asking an SOS to survive it.
Not only will it be HOT but the low humidity and strong winds make for unfortunate wildfire conditions.
Did you know the Mayday distress signal may be derived from the French expression "m'aidez" meaning "help me?"
As my friend Wendy (who also loves Paris) says: stay safe out there!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Shoe Shew

It’s not my intent to enable. But if any of you are in *need* of a pair of ankle boots, ballet flats, espadrilles, flip flops, high tops, low tops, moccasins or mules, pumps, sandals or slippers, may I recommend where I’ll likely buy all my shoes for the rest of my life: It’s an Italian online shopping site with offices and operations in the United States, Europe, Japan, China and Hong Kong. ships to 100+ countries and offers free shipping on orders of $150+.  

In addition to fashion, yoox offers home furnishings/accessories, gifts and art but I’m stuck on the shoes. It’s a little sad to expose my shallow soul as almost every pair of shoes I’ve received from the splendid source has made me deliriously happy (such as the purple brogues above or the four pairs below).  
now sold out, sorry!
now sold out, sorry!
now sold out, sorry!
now sold out, sorry!
Most are Italian of delicious leather and lovely workmanship. I haven’t returned much and from a couple experiences, I’d vouch that “returns are fast and easy and customer care is best-in-class.” Though you only have 20 days to make your returns so you can't dither for too long.
these are fun

these are weird


now in size 8 only but only $69 before the discount!
From now until March 31, you get another 10% off on fashion (and that means shoes too!) by using WINTERSPRING10 in the yooxcode box when checking out. Plus, ebates is offering 9% right now for!  
I think I can understand how Imelda ended up with all her shoes.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Marching Forth

I've always thought March Fourth a commanding day: Go forth ... and step to it! So it seemed a good day to make a return to blogland after an unintentional break (let's just say the trail took a bad turn and let's just say it didn't make for a good look lol).

Though not the Shrimp Creole/Pork Chop Tchoupitoulas/Bread Pudding Soufflé with Whiskey Sauce
I had at Commander's Palace more than two decades ago, it's today's colorful lunch. Yummy.
It's also Mardi Gras, a day for celebration a day for a people party a day for purple so why not a post? (And I'm not masquerading to keep you in the dark about why I've been MIA, I'm only protecting the worry stones of someone very dear. It'd serve no positive purpose for him to know. Even if things turned out OK.)
Getting back to purple, and posts.

These are full brogues aka wingtips. They are pretty perfect.
One could easily post on what makes perfect shoes or why brogues are brogues
and what makes them full, semi, quarter or longwing ...
It was cool enough today to wear a sweater, so a purple one was in order (the colors are more intense IRL). I love the pattern and it's of good cashmere. {sigh I know I am so very very ovdue on that cashmere exposé I've promised, yet another post to come} It's way oversized as this is XXS, think it's an intended look. {another post idea: what is TTS?} I liked it and the look is better IRL even if I couldn't get a good OOTD selfie.
If the reverse side of a sweater looks anything like the above, be very gentle when pulling it on or off. Especially if over a shirt and for heaven's sake don't be wearing rings or bracelets while doing so. The yarn can easily catch on a button or a piece of jewelry and break if you continue the process. Speaking from experience.

Speaking of experience, 100% attention 100% of the time when driving (dad was is right, don't take anything for granted).
Give me another P ... some patience. It will take a little time to catch up with all of you. I've missed you, my friends.

Friday, January 10, 2014

If It Ain't Baroque

Don't fix it. So we repeated having dinner here.
A quiet moment here before the theater.
And once again it was a wonderful evening.
Notice all the curls and swirls at every stop?
Except for Gaston, who'd be obnoxious IRL but hilarious in the show. Well ... maybe his rippling biceps fit the theme too.
There were quite a few dressed as Belle in the audience.
But I wore my trousers in fabric fit for lavish drapes or upholstery.
And though we gave a standing ovation, we were suprised the cast didn't appear for a curtain call (slaps knee for Gigi).
So how goes it, has the first week of 2014 been a beauty or a beast?