A Black And White Solution

It's that tenuous time of year in Nashville when Winter and Spring are wrestling for control weatherwise. One day it's warm enough for a light jacket. The next you're back to huddling up in a heavy coat. It can be challenging for me to dress for the day's weather depending on what I will be doing. I can't wear a lot of layers because if it gets too warm to wear all of them I only have a small backpack on my wheelchair to stow them in. Sometimes the solution is very black and white.

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The pants are Larry Levine black and white pinstripe with a built-in belt. This will likely be the last time I wear them because they are too big and have too many convoluted fasteners for my uncoordinated fingers. My black and white Vans are a nod to the classic Saddle shoes I wore as a young adult. The red Urban Expressions bag is this winter's go to because it doesn't have zippers or fasteners that snag delicate knitwear.

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You've seen this while dolman sleeved For Cynthia sweater before, last fall to be specific in Fashion Friday: A Purrfect Outfit. It's an ideal between seasons piece because you can pair it with another sweater underneath for colder days or a tank like this black studded Mishca for Springlike temps.

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Accessories are kept to a minimum. Just my red bracelet and Medic Alert Cuff. But I'm sure you're not looking at my wrist. As promised in my Passionate About Nashville's Wild Hare post here is the dessert I've been teasing you over. That luscious confection is The Wild Hare's Flourless Chocolate Torte. It's my favorite chocolate dessert in all of Nashville - and that's saying something because I'm quite the chocoholic. I could eat this diet-wrecker everyday and it takes a Herculean effort for me to pass it up.

As I write this it's 70 degrees. Tomorrow we're back into the 50's and 30's for a few days. I may get to wear this sweater again this week.

Thanks as always to Patti for the Visible Monday linkup.

Visible Monday: Renewal And The Promise Of Spring

This week's Visible Monday is brought to you by the letters P and T, as in Physical Therapy. Here's the big surprise - it's for my Mr, not for me. After years of back problems the poor guy finally pulled his lower back so severely he needs a few weeks of Physical Therapy to sort things out. It's going to be rough going for him because he's going to the same place I went to several years ago when I hurt my leg and they still remember me as their "model patient".

With Spring right around the corner it seems appropriate to want to work out the kinks, clean out the cobwebs, and make whatever adjustments are needed to move forward. So my theme for March is renewal. Renewal requires us to know who and where we are in life so we can keep the things that work, discard the ones that don't, and learn how to make up the difference gracefully and joyously.

So on this dreary, chilly day I took these photos on the roof of the Physical Therapy building with the ever-expanding Nashville skyline as the backdrop.

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Not a lot of new pieces here. Denim Max Edition jeggings and Stephanie Rogers indigo wool blend tunic are both from Ross circa 2010. The tunic is actually short-sleeved but it's plenty warm and very easy to wear. Six years ago I bought the brown leather jacket from now-defunct Petite Sophisticate. As you can see I still wear it and it still looks fab, so there's no doubt I've gotten my money's worth out of it. Only the boots and the bag are new. I love these White Mountain Foxhole boots I bought this past Fall. When you have wide calves finding boots that fit can be a challenge, but these have both laces and a side-zip closure so they fit beautifully and comfortably. I also purchased the red Urban Expressions bag the same day at the same place, T J Maxx.

Once my better half completes his Physical Therapy I will have to go through Occupational Therapy for the tendonitis in my hand. It's going to be an interesting couple of months.

I'm ready for Spring.

Fashion Friday: September Style

This week I'm going to show you two versions of Fashion Friday. One is the haute couture version; the other is my budget workaround.         

Here are two outfits perfect for running around town in post-Labor Day style. Given that it's made up of separates either outfit's pieces are very versatile and can be dressed up or down in many different ways depending on what each piece is paired with. In my opinion versatility adds value. I'm more inclined to buy separates I can use in multiple ways because it makes my clothing budget money go further.

If you've got money to burn you can opt for the $2,400 Chanel Vintage tweed jacket, the Jason Wu color block stretch jersey pencil skirt for $695, Costume National leather sandals at $400, and the $3,400 Bottega Venata "Cervo" Fire (Orange) Leather Woven Satchel. Total cost for the designer label version is $6,895.

My version is considerably cheaper but no less chic. The black cotton Contrast jacket is from the clearance rack at Marshall's and set me back $19.99. My skirt is fresh off the racks of Forever21+. Can you believe an "XL" is considered a plus size? At $17.80 I could care less what they call it. I call it a good deal. My black XAPPEAL heels are from Rack Room Shoes as part of a BOGO so they cost me $16.50. The bag is a TJ Maxx find, a certified "vegan" bag from Urban Expressions and a steal at $32.00. Total cost for my cheap knockoff look is a whopping $86.25.

Now I'm off to get ready for the British Invasion. I get to play tour guide this weekend - I expect it'll be tons of fun!

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!