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This past week I had a trip down memory lane with some old friends, clients and acquaintences.

I finally returned to my favorite store in the world…………………


I was filled with so many emotions………overwhelmed as I walked through with my client Leslie and took in the new changes everywhere.  The lay of the land was no longer familair to me. Where was the shoe department?  On three?  Wow!

How I missed the familair and exciting feeling of the hunt……for the perfect this or that!

The store looks so different. Transformed and still changing, it will be by far the best place to shop on the avenue.

As I walked through the store, a few people asked me very matter of fact,

“Are you off today Joyce?”

Ha!  That was so funny to me, but I was reminded that as you go from one event to the next, time flies by and you really work in seasons when in the Retail World.

In the retirement world……..time slows down.  I like that.

I guess I am transformed too.  I liked being the customer.

As I let go of Leslie to her new Personal Shopper Zoe, my good friend and savvy shopper Michelle was there to catch me!   With a bundle of cute tops, scarves and sunglasses, the next thing I knew, I was in the shoe department hours later carrying two full bags and getting my gladiator sandals that I wanted.  ON SALE!

I was there for 5 hours.  When I got back to my digs, I had a beer and took a much needed nap!   How did I ever do that for 8-10 hours non stop?  I was exhausted!

I was soon reminded why it was time to go……to enjoy life in a new and rewarding way…….with my amazing husband, living the dream that we have worked so hard these past twenty years to go after.

But, enough about me……..let’s get on to some fun summer fashion for you!

Here are some of my favorite items that I stumbled on, while navigating through bloomingdale’s………Like no other store in the world……..

off we go

The above bag is done by Kate Spade.  How cute!!! Every season they do a catchy little theme.  I love the astro turf bag from last year.  Since I got married in 1993 and honeymooned in California………well, I guess I can justify this purchase.  $378.00, not so much……..I will check back in August on this one!

kate 298 on par florez

This little clutch is called “On Par” hence the orange golf ball on top and the actual bag, is made from what looks like a blown up golf ball!  Love it!

marc by marc hobo

I love this Marc by Marc Jacobs bag.  It comes in several colors.  I just ordered the black and gold.  I love the Fuscia but realized that I do not own a black bag!  A must have, and this one is perfect.

marc by marc jacobs 85 94

Speaking of Marc by Marc Jacobs….and perfect, this bikini is perfect for the conservative girl with the perfect body.  The top is $85, and the bottoms are $94.  Gorgeous and timeless………add it to your list.

rl cover up pants 76After a dip in the pool, head to the bar for a Margharita.  These Ralph Lauren cover ups are just perfect to wear anywhere.   For $76 they are a steal.  Throw on a long tunic and you have an outfit for dinner on the cruiseship!

juicy couture - Malibu Point 158

 Don’t forget to pack this adorable “Malibu” dress by Juicy Couture.  Dress it up with heels, or wear a ballet flats or gladiators.  So chic and perfect for travel!

madison marcus stripe 259

Another great little dress by Madison Marcus.  For $259 you get a lot of bang for your buck!  Throw a leather jacket over it and nude flats, and you have another look while traveling.

eq - venice 158

This equipment blouse is perfect with white jeans or blue jeans.  Love it with skinny shorts too!  $158

quotation red haute top 84

Another interpretation by Quotation for almost half the price at $84.  So easy and great with white shorts or skinny jeans.

parker - cove 264

This top by Parker called “cove” is ideal for any outfit.  Wear it with a white pencil skirt or over jean shorts.  Here shown with white cropped skinny jeans,  but you could also wear it to work under a summer Theory suit. I would love it with stripes.   Pricey at $264 but so many ways to get your money’s worth!

eric javits champ visor 145clarins sunscreen






Wherever you are going this summer, be sure to pack your Eric Javits visor – $145 and your Clarins sunscreen – $32.


See you next week!

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