Gather Ye Rosebuds

"While ye mayOld Time is still a-flying: And this same flower that smiles to-day To-morrow will be dying."

The first stanza of Robert Herrick's poem "To The Virgins, To Make Much Of Time" tells us to live in the moment. Appreciate what you have while you have it because nothing lasts forever.

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The first red rose to bloom in my garden. I took a picture of it because in a few weeks it will start to wither and eventually die. Just like the backdrop for this week's photos.

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Behind me is what remains of the Bellevue Mall. Years ago, when enclosed malls were all the rage, it was a busy, thriving place of business. Then the stores began to close and were eventually replaced with flea market-like clearance and secondhand booths. About five years ago the property was purchased and plans were approved by the city to turn the area into a "lifestyle shopping area" with an outdoor strip mall, bike path, courtyard park, and restaurants. Then the economy soured, plans were abandoned, and the mall became a dried out, empty husk of its former glory.

This is a very dressed-down day. I'm in errand running mode here so this is my version of "slob".  Rosey red Bandolino jeans, Cable and Gauge black polka-dotted top, and Jessica Simpson bag. The Not Rated Get Shorty black oxfords from Shi are making their inaugural appearance. My rope twist silver and gold bracelet is at least 25 years old but the style is back with a vengeance. The watch is last year's genuine Betty Boop light-up model I picked up for a song.

Even if you're tired, harried and just want to run out the door, get what you need, and hurry home to collapse into your couch you can still look rosier than you feel.

Thanks once again to Patti for hosting all of us divas for Visible Monday and Jill for Monday Mingle.

Fashion Friday: A Purrfect Outfit

This week's Fashion Friday is a little unusual in that I'm actually in it.

Yes, I'm back at Shi, but this time my motive was to visit my friend Matty. You remember Matty from my post That Cinderella Moment? Well, I've been so busy it's been a while since we've connected in person. Besides, I wanted to show him how well my Not Rated King of Pop oxfords (pictured on the left) went with my uber thrifty outfit. I'm wearing my $7 Westbound Petite thrift store jeans along with a $9 red Cable and Gauge tank top with silver hoop embellishments and an $11 ForCynthia white dolmen sleeved sweater. Not bad for just shy of $30, right?

But Matty knows me well, and knows my weakness for chicness. When he brought out these Sugar Leopard Print ankle boots - with a 3" wedge heel - three things raced through my mind in the following order...

"Love, love, love, want, want, want!"

"They probably won't fit."

"I can't stand up in a heel that high."  Remember, if I can't at least stand in the shoes I can't have them.

Not only did they fit, they fit perfectly! That takes care of thought number two. As far as the heel height is concerned, because wedges are by design more stable I stood up not once, not twice, but three times with ease and confidence.

That just leaves the initial thought. Yes, I bought them and I will wear them often!

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!