Black And White And Art All Over

Black And White And Art All Over

It's the end of May and I find myself once again at the Nashville Flea Market. This time it was my better half that was on the hunt for a few things. He didn't fare so well, but I found a few things too good to resist.

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Let Them Eat Cake

Birthday cake, of course.

It's been a crazy week. I've technically been on vacation, but found myself dealing with important issues that I hadn't planned on for a good chunk of my time. My apologies to my fellow bloggers for my absence in reading your posts last week, but I was determined to have a little fun, too. After all, it was my birthday and I wanted to celebrate in style.

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Here you see wardrobe elements I've always loved. Polka dots, low-cut, body conscious frocks, retro shoes and jewelry. What puts them out of my comfort zone is whether my beloved wardrobe choices still look good on my 50+ body.

I purchased the Mlle Gabrielle dress for less than $20 and had it altered to fit me perfectly. I know I'm very curvy and 20 years ago I would've availed myself of some serious control top action to try to look less round - but I am round and no longer feel compelled to hide it. The shoes are Chelsea Crew Sofia Mary Janes. My skull clutch from Shi is making a return appearance. The lavender pearl bracelet was a birthday gift, as was the turn-of-the-century amethyst necklace.

These photos were taken inside the beautiful Opryland Hotel where I was treated to a fabulous dinner by my better half. I think we look pretty good together, if I may say so myself. In the future I'll be sharing my strategy for healthy eating - but not today. No, not at all. On one's birthday it's only fitting to eat cake. Specifically, a humongous slice of dark chocolate layer cake no sane person would ever attempt to finish in one sitting.

Call me crazy; I didn't leave so much as a crumb on the plate.

Linking up for Visible Monday and Monday Mingle.

A Tulip In The Garden

I always know that Spring is here when the tulips start peeking up in the garden.

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This week I decided to use these lovely bulbs as my inspiration. These photos were taken in my backyard on the first day that showed any sign of Springlike weather.

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I love purple and red and I think they work well together.  All of the pieces are from Stein Mart. Pencil skirts were in last fall and they suit my body type so I stocked up. This red one is by Sharagamo and the watermelon jacket is by Baccini. I'm also wearing a purple Vintage Suzie tank that was photographed in detail but I suffered a slight "wardrobe malfunction" so those shots were nixed.

Of course you recognize the Coach and Four purple suede boots from Where's That Groundhog? They still work nicely when the weather is less frigid. Likewise, the purple Anne Klein Watch from Give A Girl The Right Pair Of Shoes and Art Nouveau inspired bangle from A Date With Inspiration are making encore appearances. I wanted to keep the accessories in the same color as the tank and boots.

Lest you forget I do use my polka-dotted crutches around the house and for short jaunts. They are from Cool Crutches and if you ever find yourself in need of some stylish crutches this website offers them in a variety of colors and patterns.

Linking up again with wonderful Patti for Visible Monday, Nicole for Monday Mingle and Bella Q for Shoe Shine.

Fashion Friday: Nouveau Bohemian

Today I'm honoring my muse and hero Alphonse Mucha, who was a Bohemian in every sense of the word.

We often think of bohemians as a throwback to the hippie culture of the 60's but this is not the origin of the word. The term means "gypsy" in French and was originally used by the French to describe people from a certain region of Europe. Not only was Mucha born in Bohemia-Moravia, which is in the Czech Republic, he was also, "a person, as in an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices".

What might a 21st Century Bohemian - a "Nouveau Bohemian" - wear?

How about a Bohemian tunic in charcoal from Pyramid Collection? Even though it's, "brocaded, brooched, beaded, and trimmed in front in a medley of design elements" it's more boho-chic than hippie-chick. Add some color with Lucky brand skinny jeans in ginger. If you get a chill throw on this FactoryExtreme red frill black leather jacket. If you're going to go overboard or literal - or both - the jewelry is the place to do it.  Start with an antique garnet bracelet, an onyx cuff from Natalie B Two, and Crissy's Bohemian style pink stone earrings. Slip your feet into your Dafo leg braces, tie on your Converse red suede hi-tops, and embrace your inner Nouveau-Boho-chic.

Spashionistas Wanted

The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!