Because... getting dressed should be fun!

Because... getting dressed should be fun!

Category: Lazy Saturday

Weekend Lounging

Weekend Lounging

What a week… I really need a vacation. I am hoping your week was full of only good surprises. Today I am sharing some of my favorite places to surf off when I need some lovely (and/or restful) visuals…

I have linked to the lovely Janice Riggs’ The Vivienne Files before, but if you haven’t gone to check out the wealth of beautiful riches on her site, you are missing something. Take a gander!

For far-flung forecasting check out Pattern Curator.

And, as I am a museum geek, one of my favorite places to play is at the Met. (Or almost any other museum website if I am being perfectly honest!

Wishing you a peace-filled weekend!




It’s another Lazy Saturday post, but there is nothing lazy about this coming weekend. I have been privileged (that word again) to be able to sponsor a women’s retreat this weekend, and will be there part of Saturday, and then I want to get our Halloween decorations up this weekend, along with the grocery shopping, and regular weekend runaround. Halloween is my favorite holiday, and our wedding anniversary as well! This year will be the big 25. We always know what we will be doing on our anniversary… Handing out candy to small monsters and monstresses!

I started my Baker’s Dozen Capsule last weekend, and it has already been making my days easier, except for needing to take a snap each day to document it. Pffffft. Forgot about that part. If you are looking for daily snaps you can find them on my Instagram.

Here’s a brilliant and quick video on questions to ask yourself before choosing a hairstyle. Hint: your face shape is NOT the first consideration! Take Imogen’s advice and eliminate “bad hair day” from your vocabulary. Yes, you can keep the ball cap, but now you won’t have the excuse!

If I have hours to spare, the YouTube rabbit hole down which I could tumble headlong is The Ultimate Fashion History. Amanda Hallay is immensely knowledgeable, and intensely funny, to boot! You would be hard pressed not to find a video that will interest you. There is something there for everyone, even those who can’t imagine fashion history being of any interest at all!

As I always try to include a “real book,” I didn’t want The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared to end. I realize I am late to the game, and that it was made into a movie in 2013, but OMGoodness. My poor husband has been subjected to more than half of it as I am unable to stop reading aloud to him every time I burst out laughing. Just when you think it can’t get any more ludicrous, it does.

Wishing you a peace-filled and/or restful weekend! Whichever it is you need to recharge…


Random Thoughts on Inventory

Random Thoughts on Inventory

I have always been an inventory taker and list maker; it is just part of my personality. I remember sitting up in the branches of the willow tree in our front yard (I spend countless childhood hours up there.) thinking about what toys I would take if my family had to move and all I could take was a suitcase. My mother came to the US from Germany as a child with her family, and that awareness of leaving it all behind must have seeped into my childhood consciousness. The space race, and TV sci-fi fueled my inventory habit… What 10 movies, books, you-name-its would I take on a space mission? Fast forward to adulthood and a three year tour of duty in England.

When we lived in England, one of my favorite radio shows on BBC Radio 4 was Desert Island Discs. If you are not familiar, the presenter speaks with a wide variety of interview subjects, everyone from authors, scientists and stars, to corporate types and academics. The interview is based on what 8 music tracks you would take with you were to find yourself on a desert island. You are gifted the complete works of Shakespeare, another book, and one luxury item. (I thought that at one time the Bible was another freebie, but I may be mistaken…) I loved the glimpse into others’ personalities, and thought processes.

The inventory habit can be illuminating, and may explain why I am drawn to capsule wardrobes, experiments like Project 333, or the Six Item Challenge. All require an inventory. During the liturgical year, Lent is a time of inventory as well, which might explain why I look forward to Lent, rather than getting stressed or depressed.

So in the spirit of inventory, I am pondering a Bakers’ Dozen Challenge, 13 items for a month of dressing. (Although I will not include my Halloween costume in my 13!)

I’m also beyond excited about going to see Blade Runner 2049, this weekend. The original has been on my 10 Movies to Take to Mars list since it came out when I was in university! Just for the record, I prefer the original with the narration vice the director’s cut without.

Here’s wishing you a fabulous weekend! Are you an inventory taker, or does the thought put you into a panic? Please let me know in the comments below!

Lazy Saturday

Lazy Saturday

Since it’s Saturday, it’s time to share some recent reading/watching with you. I am hoping to finish my fall wardrobe turnover this weekend; they tell me our temperatures are going to finally drop enough to call it fall. Cool nights and mornings would be greatly appreciated by many! Another woman who understands the challenges of fall dressing in a warm place is the lovely Audrey Coyne of audreyalamode. She lives in Charleston, South Carolina, and her fall capsule mixes relaxed, feminine, and classic pieces.

Everyone has a Can’t-Live-Without piece of clothing. If I had to pick just one, I’m not sure what it would be, but Vicki Archer certainly knows hers.

This is also the last weekend of our (hubby and me) most recent Whole 30. I am looking forward to easing the limits next week and some Food Freedom. I always learn something new when I do a fast of any kind. I’m thinking that to get ready for the holidays, it may be time to take a step back from shopping. Sounds counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? Read Sophie Benson’s article to find out more about why it’s not!

I love to read, and would love a weekend to do nothing but! I thoroughly enjoyed A Cast of Vultures by Judith Flanders. This is the third Sam Clair mystery. Sam’s an editor, living in London who keeps finding trouble. Her voice is laugh-out-loud funny; my poor husband has been subjected to me reading excerpts to him for the past week. I don’t share (read: bother him) unless it’s really worth it!

Usually I include 5, but Audrey’s link above has a video embedded, so I’m counting it as two! Enjoy your weekend!

Saturday Share

Saturday Share

Since we finally made it to the weekend, you may have a few extra minutes to surf, or maybe do some reading… Here are some of my recent favorites!

Janice Riggs at The Vivienne Files is a woman after my own analytical heart! Check out her post-trip packing analysis from her recent trip to Dublin. (Why did everyone I know go overseas this summer, and I was left here in town?!)

Color is a fascinating topic, and how we use it can affect how we feel, and how others relate to us. Take a peek at (another of) Imogen Lamport and Jill Chivers’s brillant video/blog articles about how color and contrast communicate.

For the Thrift-Minded, a primer from Sally of Already Pretty on the ways to not get lost in the black hole that can be the thrift store. These are some of the same ways to look/categorize that I use when Personal Shopping with clients.

From Catherine at Not Dressed As Lamb, a discussion of fashion bloggers and size (and what it means) along with links to some great mid-size fashion bloggers out there.

Last, but certainly not least, a “real” book. I love The Paradox of Choice, by Barry Schwartz, and learn new things about humans in general, and myself in particular, each time I reread it. It’s a beautiful examination of the science and psychology of choice, that still manages to be entertaining and funny. If you feel overwhelmed by decisions, he shares great daily-use strategies that free up brain space and energy for the things on which you want to focus.

Happy reading!

What have you enjoyed reading this week? Please share in the comments below!

Saturday Reading (Watching or Listening, too!)

Saturday Reading (Watching or Listening, too!)

What’s on your nightstand? Or in your bag for when you have a few minutes in a waiting room, or at the bus stop? Maybe on your phone? Since it is Saturday, I share a little light reading/watching for your weekend…

A few months ago, I picked up Beauty and Cosmetics 1550-1950 secondhand. What a treasure! I love history, but not the memorizing dates part; my passion is the how-people-really-lived part. Sarah Jane Downing shares fascinating tidbits, gorgeous paintings, and old advertisements. It is a glorious peek into how our concepts of beauty have changed, and the lengths we go to to achieve “beauty.” This little volume  sent me down a rabbit hole of history exploration… I found more than 15 other Shire Library titles that I simply must read! Aaaaarrrgh!

One of my favorite YouTubers is Justine Leconte, a French fashion designer living in Berlin. She is in the middle of a series about planning and creating a capsule wardrobe, and I had to laugh when I realized that her color plan for fall is startlingly similar to mine! There are thousands of capsule wardrobe posts and videos out there; Justine’s series stands out for its great explanations. (And her endearing accent!)

Catherine Summers, of Not Dressed as Lamb, looks at style with a witty and irreverent attitude.  In this post, she takes a critical look at the idea that we “must wear what suits us.” I love what she says about wearing what makes us happy, and expressing our personalities with our clothing choices. Fortunately, flattering and happy-making do not have to be mutually exclusive! Catherine has some very perceptive readers, and the comment thread is usually worth scrolling down for…

One of my favorite spots for visual inspiration is You Look Fab. I love a dress and sandals, or flats when the weather is hot (which it is here a LOT), and Angie’s recent post with dress and sandals/low heels is a great springboard. You likely have something similar in your closet. Check her out here.

Any favorite fashion/style articles or bloggers you follow? Let me know about them in the comments below!



Saturday Reading/Listening

Saturday Reading/Listening

Saturday is here again, or should I say FINALLY here? I was in bed last night at 8:30. Social butterfly was not my descriptor yesterday! I know lots of you have already headed off for the weekend. I am determined to have a quiet and uneventful weekend. (Note to my children and grandchildren: Do NOT make this weekend eventful! Be holy and wise. +) So if you are having a quiet weekend yourself, and are looking for some reading, here are my picks for the week.

First off–from the amazing Janice Riggs (you will see her a LOT here!): I love to see how she takes an inspiration piece and builds a wardrobe around it! Each month brings a new installment, so the wardrobe grows and evolves over the year. This is the second year of this series, and now that fall is coming you can really see how these are shaping up.

Anyone who knows me, knows I wear a lot of scarves. Actually I wear a few scarves, a lot of the time. They are one of my signatures. I was perusing the Echo Designs website (It gets harder and harder every year to find silk scarves at a reasonable price point. They still manage!) , when I ran across this bit of history… As a scarf lover, I love to meet the people behind my scarves!

If you are interested in the history of dress/fashion/style or whatever you wish to call it, the next two links may be right up your alley. The Lost Art of Dress is a fascinating look into the history of dress, and some of the amazing women who blazed a trail for women in academia and business in the only place they could make inroads in their time. Linda Przybyszewski also shares a wealth of information about the development, and loss, of American style. If American style is of particular interest, Claire McArdell’s What Shall I Wear is a beautiful book showcasing her designs and affording the reader a peek into her sources of inspiration, and perspective on practicality. What Shall I Wear was originally published in 1956, (the newer edition dates 2012) and still bursts with practical wardrobe advice.

Last, but certainly NOT least, a blog post/video from Imogen Lamport and Jill Chivers about Owning Your Style. This is not so much a primer on how to do so, but more of a philosophical reflection on what Owning Your Style means. I frequently notice an Own Your Style age gap. Small children do it naturally, and many older men and women rock their own style with confidence, but so many people seem to get lost in the middle.

Enjoy your weekend, and be safe!