The plans were to share a new video and a summary of the items I have added to my warm weather wardrobe today. Thanks to recent dark cloudy, cold days, I am putting that off until Friday so that we can take advantage of much better natural lighting. Some of the photos from late winter shoots have still not been used, so I will share some of those today with a recap. Going forward, I will celebrate the sunshine!
It seems that most of our winter weather came at the end of winter. Even in February, we enjoyed a few pleasant sunny days. As was the case on the day we attended a memorial service for a dear friend. He wanted us to have a party and remember all the fun we had together, so we did. I wore something he would have heartily approved of. This long jacket with three-quarter sleeves trimmed in black lace at the cuff and the hemline is from Dillard’s. It is by Preston & York. I wore it with slim fitting straight leg ankle pants from Chico’s and black suede heels from Saks Off 5th. The pearl necklace is from French Kande.
One beautiful Saturday morning, we drove up to Bristol to explore. A visit to Bristol is incomplete without a stop at the Blackbird Bakery. Be prepared to wait in line for about a half an hour!
I threw on a pair of Jag jeans from Purple Poppy and a tank top with a long cardigan purchased at Chico’s during their end of season sale. I never tie any belt in front around my waist, rather I let it hang freely or tie it in the back. The bag is from a couple of years ago by Ralph Lauren. The suede sandals are from last year by Dolce Vita.
On a recent Wednesday date night, I wore a jean jacket from Chico’s with a pair of their So Sliming
sateen Girlfriend ankle jeans in alabaster. I carried an animal print clutch from Express and wore suede trimmed Gianni Bini shoes from Dillard’s last year.
Our culture has been youth obsessed since the 1960’s. Being an adult has so many more benefits. I embrace this time in my life with great anticipation and joy. A group of friends and I were discussing the merits of being mature women when one lady said, “Oh, I would love to be twenty again.” Another said, “Please don’t make me go through that again!”
For those of you who are not on Facebook, I posted the composite photo above this week. I thought it was an interesting study in form and texture to see how my face had changed over the forty years that passed between the first and the second. This was one of the many comments left on the image: “As they say “compare and despair.” Wise words indeed.” My response was: “No despair here. It’s always interesting to me, as an artist to study how people naturally mature. It is somewhat like a great building surrounded by a beautiful garden that has been well tended or a piece of fine furniture that has been polished and cared for. Some things and people get better with age as they take on a lovely patina and become a special part of the fabric of our lives. The woman on the right is infinitely happier than the youthful one. Aging is not a negative thing for me, rather a natural progression of life. I am enjoying this stage of life immensely.”
Another Facebook post that you might have missed is my introduction of #StyleStacks. I create these to show you ideas for dressing up simple casual combos with accessories, including a scarf from my shopping site here. Since I can’t be there with you as you decide, I wanted to help you in another way as you shop for the correct scarf for you. These photos will be added to the others shown for each scarf. The handbags I ordered for the site should be here soon. I will use those in future StyleStacks.