Pattern Mixing: Make My Day

Pattern Mixing: Make My Day

This outfit is brought to you by a happy, undercaffienated accident. 

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Creativity Looming

Creativity Looming

A belated birthday present made possible by a very talented lady.

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Art2Wear In Nashville

I generally don't post on the weekend but there's a fabulous event taking place in Nashville right now that I just had to share.


Yours truly and my better half had the honor of attending the preview gala for Art2Wear. Artists and artisans from all over the country presented their hand crafted jewelry, apparel, and accessories to be sold during the Grand Showcase today and tomorrow. We were treated to cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, serenaded by strolling musicians, and treated to an ever-changing runway of models wearing some of the items available for sale.

Not only did I get to peruse a myriad of truly gorgeous merchandise, I also spoke at length with many of the artists. Their skill and passion for their work really inspired me. The evening went by so quickly that it caught us by surprise when we literally shut the place down. In the coming weeks and months I will be introducing you to some of these wonderful people and talking about the uniquely beautiful things they create - all of which are meant to be worn.

In the meantime, if you live in the Middle Tennessee area I strongly encourage you to go and see the showcase for yourselves. It's being held at the Student Life Center on Vanderbilt campus, 310 25th Ave. S. from 10-6 today and 11-5 on Sunday. Tickets are $10 in advance and at the door. They can be purchased here.

I'll leave you with some of the video highlights from last night. You can expect many more photos, interviews, and vendor information in the future.

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Linking up with BonBonRoseGirls for Monday Mingle.

Shalom Y'All

Have you ever met any of your fellow fashion bloggers "IRL" - in real life? I hadn't, until last week.

When it comes to going to new places and meeting new people I'm not always entirely comfortable. It's difficult to be spontaneous in exploring little shops and boutiques if I don't know about their wheelchair access beforehand. It's not fair for me to expect my Mr to maneuver a chair over steps or into impassably narrow shop isles. Then there's the fact that most of my real-life conversations are with my dogs who aren't likely to tell me if I'm being too honest or socially inappropriate. I don't want to come off like Martha Stewart, but I don't want to be a pill, either.

Megan of Megan Mae Daily and I have been planning, and failing, to meet IRL for several months now. Megan recently began working part-time at The Flip Flop Consignment Shop and this past Saturday she invited me to a special event.


The shop hosted a benefit for the Gallatin Shalom Zone and "Dress For Success." The Gallatin Shalom Zone is a non-profit organization that "works to transform negative forces within the community, focusing on spiritual renewal, economic development, race relations, health and healing". "Dress For Success" educates teens on career choices and gives them the ability to dress appropriately for job interviews. To that end the shop has relegated an entire rack of clothing for the cause, which are also for sale to the public, with all proceeds going to The Shalom Zone.


In addition to the rack Country music vocalist Sarah Darling stopped by to perform a brief acoustic set, sign autographs, and donate several items of clothing to be auctioned off for the cause.


I didn't really know I would be attending until the last minute so I think I caught Megan by surprise. She's such a warm person and a delicate beauty. She gave me a big hug and seemed very happy I had come. Megan promptly directed me to the appropriate racks for shopping and I purchased a few goodies for next to nothing. Be on the lookout for them in the future.

The afternoon went by too quickly and, even though we couldn't chat for long because Megan was busy working, we found a moment to snap a photo with shop owner Lacey Montgomery.

Lacey, Me, and Megan

I don't think I put my foot in my mouth once during the entire event. Wait; well, who knows? I'm fine with it either way. I had a great time supporting a Middle Tn independent shop and buying secondhand. My hubby and I even had lunch next door at The Baker's Rack and got free cupcakes!

More importantly I got to meet a very special young woman whom I only knew from the 'net and who exceeded all of my expectations. I look forward to getting together with her again when she isn't working and can have a good time doing whatever we want to do.

In other words, shopping.

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.







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.

We Hate You - But We Want Your Clothes

No doubt you're familiar with the Abercrombie & Fitch controversy that has resurfaced just last week. A&F CEO Mike Jeffries comments about the company's exclusion of "fat people" in marketing, merchandising, and employment are actually not new. As far back as 2006 Jeffries defended limiting clothing sizes to no higher than an L and a 10 because, in his words to Salon, “Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong."

More recently the company has been sued by its own employees for discriminatory practices and forcing employees to buy A&F clothing. In both instances a settlement was reached. Still pending is a suit brought by Riam Dean, an employee at the London store that was prohibited from working with customers because she has a prosthetic arm. Dean was called on the carpet by her store manager after she was reprimanded for wearing a cardigan - a no-no according to the company's "visual team" - and relegated to the stockroom.


Please notice that Abercrombie & Fitch's controversial business plan is ongoing. This really isn't new. It just resurfaces occasionally, garners a few days of outrage, and is forgotten about until the next legal action against their policies makes the news. It doesn't seem to detract from their sales - $157 million in net profits for the last quarter of 2012. That means lots of people are literally buying what they're selling. They have no incentive to change their marketing strategy.

Every time you buy an article of clothing you are making a choice that extends farther than it's fit or fashion. You are supporting a brand, a label, and a storefront along with everything that translates to in philosophy and practices. I don't care of you pay full price in a swanky boutique or half off of yellow tags at Goodwill. Your clothes do more than help you look stylish. They clearly delineate the parameters within which you operate to do so.

What are your "fashion ethics"? Are there companies and labels you won't patronize? Is it because of their marketing tactics, poor customer service, exorbitant prices, or other issues?