The plans were to share a new video and summarize 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.
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.
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 half an hour!
I threw on a pair of Jag jeans and a tank top with a long cardigan purchased at Chico’s during their end of season sale. I never tie a belt in front of my waist. Instead, 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 Slimming 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 1960s. 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. 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 grand building surrounded by a beautiful, well-tended garden or fine furniture piece 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 our lives’ fabric. 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.