Sunday, October 14, 2018

Some Style and Some Sadness

We last met on Monday, October 8. On Tuesday, this is what I wore to work:

This is an Albert Nipon suit. The light weight jacket has chiffon ruffle trim around the neckline and wrists. The skirt is layered chiffon.

Here is a look at the asymmetrical layers on the skirt. I wore a plain lavender sweater underneath.

Since I have severely curtailed my shopping since Labor Day 2017, I find that some of my shoes are actually wearing out !!! I had to toss 2 pair this week - they were too beat up to  donate. I also seem to have a problem paying my Nordstrom bill on time since I rarely go there anymore. Anyway, I got a very polite reminder last week that I owed them $31.12. So I went to the store to pay it. And guess what ? Of course, I found some shoes to replace one of the pair I tossed. They are a beautiful lavender/light blue suede and are Sam Edelman. And they were $13.99 !! 88% off !!

On Wednesday, I debuted my $3 JC Penney dress. It cost that little because of a flub with store offers that JCP so graciously rectified. It's scuba knit, with a print that "screams springtime" as one friend pointed out. It is a nice dress, I must say.

To counter the extreme femininity (not really my thing), I added a wide braided belt in cognac.

On top, a satin blazer from Emmanuel Ungaro. Such a gorgeous jacket, but apparently it bores me after all these years together.

On my left arm, my yellow gold wedding rings and a Black Hills bracelet with pearls that was a birthday gift from my mom years ago.

On my right arm, a coral bracelet from Maui Divers in Honolulu, and a multi gemstone cocktail ring.

Thursday was an entirely different story from the rest of the week. I wore this scuba and Venice lace dress from Jax that I bought from Saks a few years back. 

The trim is so pretty. But the lining was riding up all day, so I need to take a moment to tack it down. I guess that I will put a few X stitches at the hemline to hold the lining down.

 I wore my mom's KJL pendant with this dress. The black and clear crystals are perfect.

 On top, I wore my trusty black Escada blazer with the ribbed knit sleeves. Worth every penny, and that was a lot of pennies!! The reason I went all black was that I attended a celebration of life for an old friend and employee of mine, Cheryl. She was a beautiful, funny, talented lady and was unfortunately involved in a very severe accident 10 years ago. She had been in a vegetative state since then, and her poor body could no longer go on.

This picture shows Angie (Cheryl's sister) , me, Johnny, Cheryl, and Julie. RIP my dear darling.

I got some yellow roses for Angie, but there were so many flowers that she suggested that I take them home to enjoy. So I did.

The Celebration of Life was at Roger's Gardens, a local Newport Beach spot. It is serene and lovely.

The castle is their rotating holiday display. It has Halloween stuff right now, but I would like to go back at Christmas to see the glory.

Anyway, after that little bout of life stuff, back to work. On Friday, this is what I wore:

I went for total comfort in Express ponte pants and an animal print silk blouse from Nicola.

This blurry picture shows that I wore my black coral necklace and a long costume piece from INC. The shoes I am wearing also got tossed. Painful and not that cute.

On Saturday, I got both of my cosmetic bags. First, Birchbox:

Here's what I got, from top to bottom:
1) Air Repair Protect and Prevent Hydrating Serum
2) Winky Lux Strobing Balm Cream Highlighter in Radiant Pink. I really don't know what to do with this, since I don't aim to highlight many of the features on my face, but we will see.
3) Malin and Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer
4) Purlisse BB Tinted Moist Cream SPF 50- I will definitely use this. I wear BB or CC on the weekends when I don't do the full face, because of the SPF.
5) Davines MELU Hair Shield - I like this brand. You spray it on your hair before heat styling.

Let's move on to my Ipsy bag.

From top to bottom:
1) akar soothe face oil. It is all lower case on the label, so I complied.
2) Hey Honey Look Into MY eyes Retinol and Propolis Eye Mask
3) Aurora Intensively Precise Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso - NEED !
4) IBY Beauty Radiant Glow Highlighter in Prosecco - another experimental item.
5) Buxom lipgloss in Doll - looks like a pretty plum color.

Anyhow, that was my week. My grandson came by yesterday and we gave him a bunch of coins and stamps from Europe that we saved for him. He is a doll. Let's link !!,,,,,,,,,,,

See you all soon !!!

Monday, October 8, 2018

She's Back !!

Did you miss me?  If not, that's okay. I try not to sweat the things that I cannot change. I had to cover for a few pregnancy leaves at work, so something had to give. And that something was not going to be my job, my husband, my life, etc. So I gave up linking to my favorite over 40s blogs. If you are still interested in me, you can go back and see what I have been up to over the summer and also see our trip to Europe. Sorry for the interruption, but I didn't forget you all. There was no time.

With that said, here is what I have been wearing over the past few days. We will start with last Wednesday, October 3rd.

This combo is a pair of Ann Taylor slacks, an intarsia sweater from INC and a blazer from White House Black Market.

I wore this because it was sprinkling and I wanted to sport my new silk blanket scarf from Gucci that I got as a souvenir from London. The fleur de lis necklace came from New Orleans. I may have already shown this outfit in my last post, but I vow to do better. Anyhow, it's a nice scarf and really big.

The next day, Thursday, October 4th, had me sporting a retro outfit. You see, one of our data analysts wants to go totally 80s for Halloween, so I dug out three denim outfits for her to try on. In doing so, I found this Adolfo linen blazer with huge shoulder pads.

I wore it with black ponte pants from Express and a black turtleneck sweater.

The pizzazz was in the extras - enamel Fleur de Lis pin, LV lock pendant and Louis Vuitton neck tie.

On Friday, October 5th, I wore a dress that I got at Goodwill. For our annual Patient Safety Fair, I went as an alligator, so I needed green shoes. I went to Goodwill to get them. I saw this dress, all wrinkly and sad, for $5. For the price of a beer, I was down to gamble. It turned out great, after a wash and a press.

On top, my heavy jersey warm up jacket from Bloomingdale's. Such a nice jacket !!!

The accessories include a vintage 80s cord belt (I know because I bought it back then) and a gob of sapphire and diamond jewelry.

Onto today, Monday October 8th. This adorable shift dress is by Philosophy de Alberta Ferretti. It's so cute - it has a tie neck that hangs down in the back, it's roomy and the flounce is nice and deep.

I am still experiencing a hosiery shortage - since today is Indigenous People's Day, we didn't get mail, and my Silkies order did not come as expected. So I wore the swiss dot hose again. Don't worry, I washed them.

My long tassel rope is from Paparazzi Accessories - it's a home based business that my friend's daughter operates. The pieces are each $5 - the quality is not great, but they are trendy and good enough for day to day wear.

So that is my great return. Here are the links of sweet ladies who were considerate enough to keep inviting me to their linkups during my hiatus, plus Patti, because she is awesome. I hope this will once again become my new normal.,,,,,,,,,,,,

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hide and Seek - Or Just Hide

We'll get to this cryptic title in a bit. But first, what have I been wearing this week?

On Monday, I wore a dress that I bought for last year's Thanksgiving celebration.


You may recall that I chose to wear this silk To the Max dress while knife throwing and shooting arrows at my son's ranch. I believe it is more appropriate for work.

I wore the same necklace and velvet cami underneath. I just changed up the suede boots for suede wedges this time. I like it better with the wedges.

Here is my crooked necklace. An homage to the crooked little houses of Amsterdam.

Yesterday, it was still quite warm and a little muggy. I wore a no-name polyester satin top and a scuba knit skirt.

I got a lot of compliments. I didn't feel that glam. I think it was the bright blue color that people liked. The pattern on the skirt reminds me of Organic chemistry class.

I wore my jade and lapis necklace and a faux emerald pendant.

Today, it was raining when I left for work. Hooray !!! I wore some brown trousers from Ann Taylor, an intarsia sweater from INC and a tan blazer from White House Black Market.

Around my neck, I draped my new Gucci scarf that I got in London. My fleur de lis necklace is from New Orleans. The scarf is huge. Since I'm a geek, I carried my identically matching Gucci Boston bag.

Now for the Hide and Seek. We gave Pandi a nice big rawhide twist as a "welcome home from the vet" present. For a few hours, she was content to lay beside her treasure.

Then she apparently wanted some extra security, so she buried it in her crate. She goes in there sometimes. I don't know what she does in there.

 After checking to be sure the coast was clear, she snuck out. When I got home from work, the bone was gone. I asked Doc where  she put it, and he said that she was walking around with it in her mouth for quite a while.

After searching around and turning over several pillows, I spied something in the basket where I keep my bills.

Aha!!! She even crunched up some notepads to conceal her prized possession. It can stay there until she decides to move it or chew it.

As far as the Just Hide, once again I am moaning about my stupid age spots. Our administrative department at the hospital gave me a generous gift card to Burke Williams Day Spa. Since I am not a massage person, I elected to get products.

Here is the haul.

Aren't these shea butter soaps beautiful? And they are large.

For my spotty claws, I chose this Handprint Hand Serum. It's for slow aging, but I am hoping for reverse aging.

I also got the H2V Beyond Hydrating Tightening Masque. I haven't used it yet.

And erase serum with kojic acid and hydroquinone to lighten facial pigmentation. You can feel the tingling with this one.

The soap packaging also makes my toilet tank less yucky and dreary. Doc and I have separate bathrooms (the key to a happy marriage) so I am free to add girly accents to my all white lair.

And that's all for today - let's hope it rains a lot tonight as predicted !!!