Visible Monday: A Violet Valentine

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 photo 20130214_150148_zpsadc7b49b.jpg Since I already had to go into downtown Nashville for some tests at Vanderbilt University Clinic my Mr and I decided to finally go to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to see the Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age exhibit. We had planned to go to the opening a few weeks ago but, as it often does, life happened and we had to postpone.

Most of the pieces in this outfit aren't anywhere near new. The cap-sleeved, turtleneck sweater dress by rabbit rabbit rabbit petite is four years old and was purchased at Stein Mart . It's fairly heavy and happens to be my favorite shade of dark, lavendery violet. Likewise the Peck & Peack plum and grey reversible leather jacket was purchased during a big sale at Stein Mart. It's a lightweight leather that, I must confess, I've never worn on the grey side. The leopard Sugar boots are only a few months old from Shi by Journeys at Cool Springs Galleria. They are very comfortable and timelessly stylish but at 3" heel height are as high as I can go and still stand up. The Gracie Lynn butterfly sequined watch is also new from Stein Mart and is my nod to Nashville style. You'll never see me wear sequins in the traditional, Nashvillian sense, but I love to reference the city's glitzy tendency in select pieces of my wardrobe.

After the museum my sweetheart and I went to a romantic dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in West Nashville. I'll talk more about that in my next post which continues the "Passionate About" theme for February.

Thanks again to Patti at Not Dead Yet Style for the Visible Monday linkup.

I'll leave you with a picture of my Valentine's gift courtesy of The Frist Center's gift shop.

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Fashion Friday: #23

If you read my last post, Out With The Old, I shared Regina Brett's 45 Lessons Life  Taught Me. I will now direct your attention to #23 on the list, "Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple."

How about if we swap "stylish" for "eccentric"?

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New Year's Day was miserably cold and drizzly but I wanted to return a few things. Okay, exchange a few things is more accurate. At any rate,  I braved the cold and damp and ventured out.  It's not possible for me to negotiate an umbrella so good rain gear is a must. The hat is weather resistant acrylic/poly blend by Betman New York and the wide brim keeps the rain off my hair and glasses. The Vertigo plum trench is several years old. I had to have the sleeves altered to fit my petite proportions but because the coat only cost me $30 it was well worth the investment. I wear purple and blue together often so this Allison Brittney sweater dress was my first choice for today's chill. I bought it and the violet tights several years ago as well. It's always been difficult for me to find rain boots that fit properly and don't get snagged in the sides of my wheelchair. I had to go online to find these navy opaque Capelli mademoiselle booties complete with tassels but they were under $25 and are perfect for my circumstances.

I know most of you would never wear this much color but I got compliments on my outfit from no less than five total strangers. I'm not waiting, I'm wearing purple now!

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!