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.

Happy Peepster And One Year Anniversary

Belated Happy Easter holiday to you all. This post is an important milestone for Spashionista Report; more on that later. As the landscape around me starts to pop with color I am dedicating April's fashion layouts to Spring's Crayon Box.

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Since for the foreseeable future I have to go to Vanderbilt Hand Clinic several times a week I am presented with multiple opportunities to pose in the heart of downtown Nashville. To be honest with you Nashville is not the most wheelchair accessible city I've been to so it's been quite a while since I've tried to wander around it's busiest streets. This will be a revelation on different levels for me as well.

These shots were taken in front of the Wells Fargo Plaza and Fifth Third Bank Courtyard on 4th Avenue and Church Street respectively. It was still cool enough to warrant a jacket but warm enough for Spring colors to come out and play. Since the first tulip of the season that opened up in my yard to greet me is a deep pink I thought it only appropriate to use it as my inspiration.

The linen blend geometric print Larry Levine skirt is several years old. I love the mix of bold pink with muted lavender and lemon yellow. I bought the Cynthia Rowley tank top on clearance at Marshall's for $7. My Baccini jacket is really getting a lot of wear this year. So are the studded grey Not Rated oxfords. My Gaudi inspired grey necklace has also seen a lot of wear. The bag is a Jessica Simpson from a few years back - but it's not the first one I've owned. The original was purchased at Shi and the zipper broke after only four months of use. I was heartbroken because it is the perfect bag size and shape wise for me to both carry comfortably and use effectively. I've been searching for a replacement ever since and last month finally found one on Ebay for less than $20.

As my Mr and I cruised through the grocery store we came across a pink Peep cupcake and he said, "Looks just like your outfit". He was right.

Linking up again with Patti for Visible Monday, Glamamon for Monday Mingle, and Adrienne and Jill for How I Wear My Handbag.

April 1st marks the one year anniversary of this blog. I will be talking about this at length in my next post and I hope you'll come back to read it!

Where's That Groundhog?

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Today's post was going to be a beautiful Spring ensemble to celebrate the new season which Punxsutawney Phil swore to us all would be here early.

That groundhog is an idiot.

Instead of Springlike temperatures it was a balmy 23 degrees when I left the house on Thursday morning to my first day of Orthopedic Therapy at Vanderbilt Hand Clinic in downtown Nashville.  As a result I will instead show you a "Winter's Last Hurrah" ensemble.

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These photos were taken at Centennial Park, which is home to the building over my right shoulder. Nashville has often been called the "Athens of the South" so it's appropriate that it should be home to this full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Originally built of plaster, wood, and brick for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, the attraction became so popular it was rebuilt in the 1920's as a permanent structure. The Parthenon is home to the Athena Parthenos, a 42' replica covered in gold leaf and holding a 6' statue of Nike in the palm of her right hand.

I was hoping to show you an outfit as bright as the daffodils in the planter at the park but it was positively frigid out, even in direct sunlight, because of a very stiff breeze. Fortunately, this winter I finally bought myself a proper wool coat. This one is a Jessica Simpson with a full length lining and zipper and a detachable faux fur collar. Underneath is a crocheted cap sleeved black Slonl acrylic wool blend A-line dress. The Mr dislikes it because he says it looks "grannyish" but I needed something that was both warm and sleeveless because I wasn't sure what Orthopedic Therapy would entail. Of course, I couldn't resist the urge to wear some color and these Coach and Four purple suede boots are warm and very comfortable.

Linking up again with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style and all the other lovely ladies for Visible Monday. As I write this, my 100th blog post, it's sleeting with snow in the forecast for the next two days.