a fresh coat..or two!

  

 

I found this video on youtube.  Love it!   It was during Fashion Week, in Paris and was done in 2010!  That seems like forever ago…..but yet, Gance Dure…an adorable style icon and designer, is dressed as I see it, for this fall.  Easy style, leather jacket, pants rolled up, Celine shoes in a brown texture and the gloves are tres chic!

I would also KILL for the Commes des Garcons coat, that the 24 year old was wearing from Tokyo.  Do you  think she might like this designer?  Totally effected!  Love it!

And of course, I love the fashion blogger! Andy Torres, from www.stylescrapbook.com. All H&M, and looking so put together. She is a doll.  That trench coat is just perfect. Light weight and easy to travel in. I have a similar one that I take everywhere from French Connection.

This week I was so ready to get to my blog.  I am in Northern Wisconsin and decided to paint my kitchen cabinets.  They were built in 1950’s and are knotty pine with a heavy lacquer.  Since the cabin is completely built of logs, and there are hardwood floors throughout………well, I needed a bit of color.  So Ivory cabinets were the solution to brighten up the kitchen.

But a fresh coat doesn’t have to pertain to home improvements.  As a coat diva for many years, starting at Saks 5th Ave, I became a collector of them.

Back then the buyers in New York challenged my staff to hit 1 million in the coat department, and though it took every trick in the book…….we rose to the challenge and hit the goal.

My team was trained to tell every client living in the Midwest, that they needed to have at least 7 styles of coats in their closets. 8 if you count the jean jacket!  If they came in owning 4, they left with 3.  Plain and simple………if you wanted to be prepared and stylish in Chicago……7 was the minimum!

Rain Jacket / Rain Coat-Trench / Wool or cashmere Pea Coat or short style wool or cashmere jacket / Wool or Cashmere long coat / Leather Jacket / Shearling-any length / Hooded cold weather Parka

I often assisted in the styling and selection of these important coats.  After all, these were pieces that need to stand the test of time.   I was once told by a dear friend, and Neiman’s Diva, that I found her the one and only favorite coat of all time.  I hope she knows that there are a few in here with her in mind.

Here are some of my favorite styles for this fall.  I love these coats.  I also included a few warm weather jackets, as I need to have something to dream about for Florida.

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by Valentino

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by Sandro

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by Sandro

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by Moncler

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by Mackage

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by Vince

colorblock Wool, reversible wool,

Shearling poncho! I’m obsessed!

 

 

 

 

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by Armani

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by Derek Lam

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Green Grass Alpaca coat and clutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well, that’s it for this Monday.  A dreary, rainy day indeed.

Summer is not nearly over my friends……..this was just a little something to get you thinking about the seasons yet to come.  So, get back to whatever you were doing and enjoy the lazy, crazy days of summer!

Until next week……………xo

 

……cause Red is the color………….

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A King is born to England.  King George…….how adorable!

Red is back in style for fall……………Did it ever really go out of style?

Look how amazing Kate looks here in a classic Red Suit.  Add a black turtleneck, some black accessories, and so chic it is!

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Speaking of chic…….have you ever seen this photo?

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Diana is absolutely glowing! As you can see, both princesses can easily look fabulous in red. Simple, no jewelry, no bangles………just RED!

 

 

 

 

Even though I don’t really wear red, I do have many items throughout my cabin that are RED.

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RED COUCH

 

 

 

 

 

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RED DOOR

 

 

 

 

 

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I just don’t wear it.

That said, I have decided that this fall season, I will purchase red sandals, a red scarf, and a red handbag.  That is going to be my contribution……..my salute to red.

 

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I am going to start by getting this red tote bag.

Isn’t it fabulous?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I love these shoes…..you get some bang for your buck, and they are actually pretty comfortable to wear.  With the platform, it makes it a bit easier to strut your stuff!  And the snakeskin is so perfect!  Yes please!

 

 

 

 

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How about a pair of Rain boots in Red?  Love this nautical look and may just have to take it to Florida in the fall.  Why not…..now let’s see……red cardigan anyone?

 

 

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This is just perfect.  A splash of color to layer over most anything.  Stripes, plaids or a simple white equipment silk blouse. Done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I admit, I would welcome one day a week of chilly weather in Florida, so I could wear this big chunky  Dior scarf.

Love the look……..Perfect for a Chicago gal!

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OMG!!!

Is that a set of buck horns on the outside of that egg basket?  What?!?!?!?

I need this for Northern Wisconsin…….the guys will go wild!

Love it!!!! Must have it!!!

 

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I know, I am all over the board here, but just take a look at how fabulous Whitney looks here in this lace get up, with the rockin’ red booties!   She was so gorgeous!

And that girl could SING!  Loved her.  Red, and Lace, both a trend this fall……..well, how could I pass up the opportunity to show what a true, classic beauty she was?

 

 

 

 

 

When I think of Red Leather, I have several picks………Here are just a few……….

The first one is definitely a bit more forward, the middle of course is a perfect layering piece to wear from desk to dinner.  The third one is cute with shorts, jeans, white, black, you name it!  That would be my choice, just a little red biker, sans the shorts.

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Today is July 28.  The middle of summer.  12 noon.  54 degrees.  Here up North in Wisconsin anything goes.  So I think I will break out my favorite red Hudson Jacket, and head out to do some antiquing.

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I saw a gorgeous red plaid blanket that I passed on last week. Think I will go back and see if it is still there!

 

 

 

Wherever you are, enjoy the weather! See you next week…..xoxo Joyce

 

 

 

Put some spunk in your punk!

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Punk Fashion is making a comeback!!

I figure I’d better get on a feature story in the next few minutes, because that is about how long it is going to last………

 

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I am not lying to you when I say…….”If I could just get my hair to look like this, I would wear punk fashion everyday.”  Even her short boots look a bit punky, don’t they?

So sorry to my closet clients, who threw away the short pointed booties, after I instructed them to do so…………whoops!

At least you still have the big leather tote in there right????

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This is a look that I would be comfortable in.

A pair of green jeans that I already own from jbrand.  The shoes are adorable, and the blue sweater is yummy.  Pretty sure you can get the sweatert in the Vince section, at bloomingdale’s.  Looks like a denim cashmere!  Love it.

The big black wrap…….well, now you know what to do with yours!  Everyone has it in their closet, so let’s break it out for fall. Don’t forget to sport a pair of black shades, and that cute little stocking cap.

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If you have a troubled past, an old ripped up jean skirt, a cashmere sweater left over from your last walk of shame, and some fishnet stockings (possibly left over from that same night), mix em all together and “et viola!”  You’re Punked out.

I know I had those biker boots in the eighties……now where did I put them…….?

It’s always important to remember;  Punk makeup and Goth makeup are entirely two different looks. The application of them varies tremendously.

Punk………….

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Goth………….

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Punk doesn’t have to be so severe.  If you are a grown up Punk, you can just mix up some of your old favorite vintage pieces, and pull them all together for a chic, punked up look.

This fashionista is wearing her boyfriends JCrew striped chunky sweater, an old Naeem Khan skirt, a pair of Betsey Johnson chunky fabric sandals, and she carries a summer striped tote bag from Etsy.com.  Easy style.  Add a couple of Gold Metal cuffs and she is all set.

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Don’t forget to always take your little dog Bruno with you.  He loves chunky fashion accessories like this cute little collar!  Do you see how some Punk makeup looks like Goth?  Huh, what’s that about????

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Now I am confused………….

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You know what?????? If you have a biker jacket, wear it out to a Punk bar one night and then when you wake up in it the next morning………go take a look in the mirror…..

Now you’ve got it…….you have put some Spunk in your PUNK!

See you next week………..Joyce

 

 

I see a pattern here………….

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Who doesn’t love a bouquet of flowers smack dab in the middle of their head?

And Peonies! My absolute favorite.

But, if you don’t fancy wearing them on your head, and hate to see them wither away in a vase…..well, why not pick up something floral to wear the next time you are out shopping?

Or maybe there is something already waiting in your closet?

Mixing patterns is so easy.  I fell in love with this concept while working at Neiman Marcus in Chicago from 2002-2006

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As the designer manager there, I was informed that we were going to get a new vendor known as “Etro”……….and my obsession became this amazing line!

I bought my first Etro jacket in 2004, and then my staff  gave me a gorgeous Etro scarf as a Holiday gift.

I’ll never forget my first trip to Dallas for the Neiman Marcus conclave.  Amazing gifts were waiting for you when you arrived from every vendor!   It was the highlight of the year.  My favorite gift was a yummy Etro towel with swirls, stripes, and flowers everywhere.  It became my travel blanket for years.

Ah, those were the days……Indeed!  But alas, it wasn’t all gifts and fun.

There was a price to pay back then.  Running a 15 million dollar department with the avenue’s REAL and “one of a kind” shop girls, was not a walk in the park by any means! And let’s face it…….I’m no Meryl Streep, even though I had my share of Prada back then.

But it sure did give me the training ground (or should I call it playground) for my last, final, and favorite job ever…..becoming a Personal Shopper at Bloomingdale’s.

Now……what was I talking about???? Oh yes, Etro!

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How about this for mixing floral and stripes?  Love the hibiscus sunglasses!

 

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Usually, I don’t like matchy-matchy, but here the handbag and shoes look just perfect with her floral and stripes.

Love the boyfriend jeans too!

 

 

 

 

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Just love this look!

The coach bag is so classic.

Add a Toy watch and a vintage turquoise bracelet and you are set!

 

 

 

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I love this girl.  She is adorable.

Her hair is perfect, and the belt really brings the two patterns together.

The sweet little shoes just work so well with the color of the flowers in the shirt.

 

 

 

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This is a perfect little clutch to wear with jeans and just a little white t-shirt.  Or wear it with a gorgeous, fuscia dress, and some big girl shoes.

So cute!

 

 

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Love this whole get up!

The headband and the earrings, the blouse and the shorts, and what about the amazing, whimsical satchel and the fabulous sandals?

Totally a great head to toe look.  Those high waisted shorts are classic and a trend all at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally……….my real obsession now that we are retired…..decorating!

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Hope you got a little inspired today, whether decorating or getting dressed for special occasion!  Have fun, be safe, and see you next week!

 

 

Celebrate your Independence…………American style

Up at the crack of dawn, today is July 4th, 2013. 101_5569Every year for the past twenty, my husband Mark and I have been traveling from Chicago to Chetek Wisconsin, to enjoy peaceful relaxation among family, and through the years, a collection of lifetime friends.

It’s six hours away, and most people we know wonder why in the world we would travel that far for one or two weeks every summer.  We had family that did the same thing for 20 years back then, and we just joined in on the fun. We never thought twice about it.

Besides, I like road trips, and traveling with my husband is enjoyable.  Our first sign that tells us all is right with the world, or at least with Chetek is this one: 101_5588 About ten years ago, we decided to buy a little log cabin on the lake.  I felt like it was time for us to set some roots here.   When we took our first walk through with the realtor and our friends, Betty and Jim, they called it a “Diamond in the Rough.”  It was pretty beat up!  But luckily, we were all in agreement that Mark and I should take the plunge and invest in our second home.

The view right here is what sold us.  We knew we could fix up the outside and inside, and we did.  But the view would never need any renovation.  Just sit back and watch the boaters, skiers and the sunset every night like clockwork right before your eyes. 101_5653

Thus began our annual July 4th barbecue, on one of the six lakes known as “Prairie Lake”.

Guests come by cars, motorcylces bicycles and my favorite mode of transport that the Skozeks use………….101_5598

Chetek is a small town surrounded by six lakes.  We are on Prairie lake.  A great fishing town and everything……I mean EVERYTHING revolves around Fourth of July!  I rode my bike to town this morning and brought along my camera. My bike is an old Higgins and rides like a dream.  My sister Pam gave it to me as a housewarming gift, basket and all.  Said it belonged here in Chetek.  I agree! 101_5565 On July 3rd, the whole town begins setting up their chairs for the annual parade that kicks off at noon sharp on the 4th. It is really hard to believe, but this is what you see 24 hours before the Parade even begins!  101_5581

When I returned, my neighbors Denise and her daughter Zoe stopped by to show me Zoe’s new swimsuit.  Here is another example of what Americana looks like to me.

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How much more Patriotic can you get??????? Adorable!

My husband Mark loves to cook. Everyone knows that.  He spent 3 days preparing and made the menu simple, but fantastic.  Beef tenderloin, two kinds of Chicken Wings, one spicy and one not, Macaroni and Cheese, Corn on the cob and his mother Charlotte made her awesome Cole Slaw.   It was delicious!

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-The Chicken wings were a hit but let’s face it……..

Take a look at this beef tenderloin………

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It was gone in about 3 minutes.

Everyone ate and, wow, what a great day!  The weather was awesome!

Luckily the youngest three children, William, Ethan, and Andrew ate things like, mother’s milk and Cheetos, which was okey dokey with the two dads in the family.  More for them!

It is all about the celebration of Americana with people we love and cherish.

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If I had Grandkids, they would look just like these kids here.  Cute as could be, and happy to play with rocks, climb through a hole in the fence, and let me nibble on their ears. (Whether they want it or not, I usually get in a little nibble!)

Little J was my helper pretty much most of the day.  It got a bit warm and we decided that perhaps some water would be a good idea. I think I opted for another beer. 101_5614

I soon discovered that she was motivated to get everything moving so we could set up the annual ice cream station at the window!

So………time for dessert!

As you can see, Alex got the first ice cream cone.

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The guests got in line, and we served up Chocolate and Vanilla ice cream, with cake or sugar cones.

But the best treat was the home made Brownies and Apple Pie, that guests Julie and Tracey brought.  Some clever people had their cake……and their ice cream too!

Little J and I worked hard at the window filling many orders.  It was great to be back at the ice cream stand with my best pal! 20130704_170748

From 6 months old to 86 years old……..a good time was had by all!

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And at the end of the day……….the proof is right here!

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I hope you enjoyed the trip to Chetek this Fourth of July.  I know that Mark and I did!

See you Monday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

add a “little cover up!”

Anyone that knows me, KNOWS……….that I have an absolute obsession with textiles.

I also refer to them as “my blanket collection” or my covers.  I am up to about 33 different assorted, little colorful pieces that I consider my art, especially at my cabin in Northern Wisconsin.  A final resting place for my textile collection that spans almost 50 years.

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I even have my baby blanket, which was a flannel rose patterned twin size cover withsatin trim all around the edges.  The trim is very frayed and worn, but it is soft and comforting just the same…………but on to the title of this blog……..Cover it UP!

Or Tunics if you will.

This week, I decided to head south to another favorite hang out that I frequented before I became a personal shopper at the B.

Neiman Marcus

I may have unfairly stated that Bloomingdale’s is by far the best place to shop on the avenue.

I mean, what do I really know?  I live in Wisconsin for pete’s sake.  Sheesh!

So, I decided to look to Neiman’s for some amazing tunics………aka…….beach coverups, aka middle aged tops to go over leggings, (what?  It’s the truth and you know it!)………it’s all the same, but like I said…..”what do I know?”

This summer, if you want to be prepared for almost anything……..get a couple of tunics!  You can do so much with them in a pinch.

Most of them have sleeves, for those afternoon events that are air conditioned.

Most of them are forgiving, for those nights you want pasta on top of a bottle of wine and a basket of bread, and most of them add a bit of color, ethnicity, and personality to your lifestyle.

Here are a few of my favorite picks by some old friends that once had me at hello…….

jpgaultier 695Jean Paul Gaultier – $695 This tunic is all grown up but I would wear it with some skinny jeans and Louboutins and walk up and down Michigan Avenue with my hand on my hip! So Chic!

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a and o 275Alice and Olivia is really a favorite of mine.  You can throw this on and go to the baby shower and the beach on the same Sunday.  Aren’t all of your bff’s events on every Sunday of your most important summer of your life?

derek lam 890My favorite by far.  This tunic is by Derek Lam.  Incredibly understated and so very sexy and timeless.  $890

donna karan 995What do you mean that is not a tunic?  It is so totally covering her butt!    Donna Karan $995

alex mcqueenAlexander Mcqueen hot pink silk tunic……..Priceless….and a must for your closet.

trina turk malibu gold 140Here is Trina Turk. Color and style.  Wear over white skinny jeans or nothing at all as shown here.  Gorgeous.

tory burch pearl tunic 207I love this Tory Burch.  Don’t love her handbags, but you don’t have to worry about stumbling into Tory Burch handbags at Neiman’s!  However, if you are shopping in handbags at Neiman’s, you’d better have your emotions in tact………

DANGER..WILL ROBINSON!  You don’t know what that means………..do you?

The good news?   You will covet your bag from Neiman’s forever.

ted baker 255Let’s wrap this up with a little mellow yellow…….Ted Baker really does a perfect silk blouse that you can wear year after year.  The novelty of the collection is so on target, yet the prices will allow you to ……….you guessed it………pick up the Chloe bag you saw down on the first floor.

I am going to end with another of my favorite cover ups.  A lovely shade of green with a tulip smack dab in the middle!   If you want to place an order, head north 360 miles and get off at the Chetek exit.  You will find me in town at one of the local garage sales scouting for ………..your guessed it…..more cover ups!

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This fall, I plan to catch Last Call at Neiman’s, and of course the Labor Day sale at Bloomingdale’s.  For me……I will be shopping for fall clothes which in Chicago, are summer clothes.  What a bargain!  I get my fall wardrobe for Florida at final reductions.

See you next week!   Thanks for coming……..Joyce

Get Shorty!

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Shorts are back in style in a sexy, new and exciting way.  Here in 1937, they made their debut somewhere in the city of Toronto!  A car crashes, the whistles were loud and the twins ………well, they met two brothers (also twins) and lived happily ever after.

 

way to wearToday, white bermudas are still my favorite shorts.  These are skinny bermudas which are so flattering to all body types.  I love the easy style this model has while adding a loafer and a simple lightweight cashmere vneck.  All by Theory~

 

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If you have gorgeous legs like this model……Marc by Marc Jacobs is here for you.  This is a great color, and looks amazing with her nude color block sandals, also by Marc.  I would make it simple on top……a white t shirt of course……or even a crisp white cotton sleeveless shirt.  Timeless.

 

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If you have a lot of patterned tops, by all means wear them!  Here you can grab a neutral pair of drawstring shorts……these by Oneill for under $100.  So easy and comfy too!   Simple on the shoe, or wear a nice woven wedge to dress it up a bit.

 

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Don’t know what to do with your Dad’s varsity jacket?  How bout layering over these Joie flirty shorts and a pair of keds?  Bad hair day?  Throw on a cotton knitted cap.  You’re done~

 

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OK, well I wore my Jbrand skinny shorts a bit differently last week and my girlfriend loved the look.  I mean, why not also wear your nude pumps that you bought for your best friends wedding and never wore again?  Way to get some mileage out of those! But please, put a Joie Silk blouse on top  instead of a tank top. A little floral print comes to mind for me.

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Here is a cute pair of Joe’s 5 pocket jeans. Joe’s really did do some great shorts for this summer.  These are just great with nude sandals and a polo.

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Yup!  Joe’s again. Sorry but they just have it going on!  If you are narrow on bottom and full on top…….these shorts are for you this summer.  On top you should stay with something dark navy or black.  A sexy low v-neck with a 3/4 sleeve and some sperry top siders would be fun.  Or throw on a sky high sandal.  Either works……wear one and pack one!

 

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See you next week!

Home on the range

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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…………………

bloomingdale’s

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……..

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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 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!

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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.

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

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

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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!

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

Now………GET OUT THERE AND SHOP!

See you next week!

a leopard never changes his spots!

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“A leopard never changes its spots” is an old saying meaning that no matter how hard an individual may try to change its ways, ultimately it’s still the same leopard, with the same spots, and still the same as it was before it tried to change.

I have always loved all things animal print, but everytime at the zoo, it wasn’t the Zebra or the Lions that caught my attention.  The Leopard was my furry friend.

I decided to look at all things “Leopard,” to see if there was anything done in leopard that I did not like.  Couldn’t find it….seriously.  So here are just some of my favorite items done in a fabulous animal print, and in my case…….leopard.

 

When I was a baby, my mom got me a “onesie” that was made of flannel and a cute leopard print.  I am sure that I loved it.  Here is what I imagine it looked like!

baby leaopard

 

I must have remembered my “onesie” because I had to be a Leopard for Halloween one year.  Did I really have red hair?  Or did my mom spray it that color?  Is that me……..? ummmmm, I don’t think I was that cute. Here I am with a little Trick or Treat bag that is bigger than me!!!

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Now I like to use my Louboutin bag which is still bigger than me.

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Well anyhoo!!!!!  Going back to my mom, she sure loved her Leopard print lingerie.       Is this my Mother?  Wait a minute……..those weren’t her shoes!

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Here is Naomi at 41 years old………oy!  Gorgeous.  Worth thinking about getting some Leopard print lingerie isn’t it?   But then why do I keep thinking about flannel pj’s and the gym? I am such a bore!

Naomi

 

When I turned 30, I was all in to Vintage. I bought a Red Coat and a Leopard fur hat just like the ones that Audrey wore.  I was divine, but everyone thought my dad lost his job.  My first big fashion flop!  Really, I mean when I wore my fringe vest in 72′ everyone thought I was hip!  Sigh…..

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Here is a photo of my home office in my Florida home.  Of course I had to have a leopard print rug.  I mean……it really centers the room doesn’t it?

leopard office

 

I have this whole outfit, the ripped jeans, the animal print scarf and the Vince pale yellow sweater.  I even have the big giant tote. No, that is not me silly!   You know my hair is not long enough to put up in a bun. Sheesh!

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Don’t you just love the way these towels look in my bathroom?  I love mixing it up but will always put a little leopard in there.  Why not?

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I just ordered these shoes from Jimmy Choo.  What?  Why are you laughing?

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I love standing at the top of my staircase in my leopard nightgown, waiting for my husband to make my dinner.

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Well, that’s it for this week…….everyone that knows me, also knows that my husband always makes my dinner.  As for everything else………My mother always called me a fibber.  I think of it as embellishing……..My husband just calls it selling.

but you know what they say, if you know who they are!

See you next week!!!!  I may write about Lions………

 

 

 

HOORAY for the RED,WHITE & YOU!!!!

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Memorial Day is a special day to honor every single soldier that has served and continues to serve our country.  It’s a day to remember those we have loved, and lost.

Since I post a blog every Monday, I decided my way to honor our country, and soldiers is to do in Red, White and Blue.  Stars and stripes forever!

Spend time with family, count your blessings today!

This spring, stripes are especially popular in a wide variety.

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This is a fabulous maxi dress for the entire summer!

Love the v-neckline and layered with a long pendant is just perfect!

I recently stumbled on a site called SWELL………

OMG, the cutest stuff that won’t break the bank, but will have you feeling comfy and cozy all year long!   I think of my clients that are running to and from to get the kids……..this website is perfect for them.  Check it out!  Swell.com

 

 

 

 

I love this Captain America apron and if I had a place in on the shores of Nantucket decorated by, let’s say, Nate Berkus, I would wear this apron while hosting my guests.

Captain America Apron

 

flag scarf

 

I will definitely be purchasing this scarf for my summer barbecues and parties.  It is just perfect for wrapping up when the sun goes down.

MUST HAVE!

 

 

 

stripe and red shoes

This is a perfect little ensemble. A pair of red patent leather ballet flats, a stiped short sleeve knit and some Ray Bans.  Take with you for the day a small bag to hold your sunscreen and necessities.

Jeans, depending on the weather, your j brand boy shorts would be perfect!

 

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This is Picture Perfect for the holiday.  A flag chambray shirt over a white t shirt and a denim skirt.

A great patriotic way to layer it!

 

 

 

 

5 ways to rock red

 

Wherever you enjoy your summer fun, holidays or not, don’t leave home without your Grandma’s awesome home made potato salad!

 

 

 

See you next week.  Let the summer begin, WOOHOOOOO!!!!!