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.

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.

Get Out Your Crayons

Metaphorically speaking, of course. Here's where the fun (read work) starts.

There is no better way to start this journey into finding your own personal style than to start with color. Wearing the best colors for you is the quickest, cheapest way of making yourself look good. Color doesn't care if you're broke or broken. But you have to be careful when you choose your next article of clothing. Court the right color and it can make you look like a beauty queen just as surely as the wrong one can make you look like you have the flu.

Most people don't really give the subject of color much thought. They either surrender to looking monastic as they enshroud themselves in neutrals or they pile on the colors until they look like a pinata - or anything in between. And it's no small wonder when you consider how intimidating and  confusing it can be. I'm sure most of you have heard of people having their colors "done" and being told they are a "winter" or a "spring". What does this mean? It never made any sense to me. A "summer" should wear nothing but pastels even though they drain your complexion of all color as you age? A "fall" can only wear rust and gold?

There is an easier way. No, I take that back. There is a clearer way - at least, it's clearer to me. As an artist I work with color all the time, but it was only after I read a book called "What You Wear Can Change Your Life" by Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine that it all clicked in my head. There are three main color groups. Blue-based colors are cool, yellow-based colors are warm, mid-toned colors are more muted than blue-based yet cooler than yellow-based.

Here are the three shades of red courtesy of the PalsyCam. Yes, I know it's fuzzy but I want you to pay attention to the different shades of color and nothing else; those are clearly distinguishable.

Right now I'll bet you're thinking this is all as clear as mud. How am I supposed to know which group will look best on me - and which other colors belong in that group?

Stick around. All shall be revealed.