Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Holiday Window Dressing, Lambertville, NJ

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Brunch at Full Moon, Lambertville, NJ

You would hardly know just two days ago we had a White Christmas.  As the sun was shining a crisp 41 degrees, so what better day to head out to the arts colonies of Lambertville/New Hope.  Actually, we had this BOGO coupon from Full Moon that expired on December 31st, so being the Holiday weekend my friend Gene and I decided on one of those FABulous brunches that Full Moon does so well.  If ever in the area, be sure to stop in for breakfast/lunch, be aware that dinner is only served on the eve of the full moon (hence, the name).  This is always a favorite spot whenever I'm antiquing or hitting the Michener museums in New Hope/Doylestown.

Oh yes, lest I very first personal style post.  For the younger bloggers out there, be kind, I'm still new at this.  Photo taken by Gene.  Working head to toe:

wool felt hat, Arlin, (gift) circa 1990s
sunglasses, yard sale
red wood pulp chain choker, circa 1980s
teal/turq/red tweed cardigan, D.D. Sloane, circa 1980s
shawl, from my best friend Bevy in England, circa 1980s
cocoa brown pants, Style & Co., circa 1990s 
belted boots, Nine West, 2008
tote, Sydney Love, 2004

NOTE:  expect to see me in all shades of brown, my favorite color.  I rarely do black.  I also don't own a pair of jeans as I've yet to find a pair I like.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Reflections on Christmas Evening

Outside, the winds subtly blow, the pinging of icy raindrops hitting the windows.  Christmas is winding down. I am snuggled in bed with my netbook and a freshly brewed Paris tea, perusing fashion blogs while Rebecca Ebony Princess lays at my feet.

I am totally amazed at the level of creativity and diversity in fashion blogging, not to mention the multitude of expressive writing styles.  It's almost intimidating for a rookie blogger like myself, but then again, having to learn new things at age 56 is
what keeps life interesting.  Not quite sure how to handle photographing my personal style, but I can't think of better motivation for staying in shape and continuing with the closet overhaul.  I find it pleasantly surprising to see how many bloggers are into vintage and high/low cross-generational style mixes.  Reminds me of the fun we had back in the 1960s when Biba ruled.  What goes around does indeed come back around, but it's certainly more interesting on the recurring trips down memory lane!

Tradition is deeply rooted in Christmas, when even the trendiest Fashionista feels the tugging at their heart to reconnect with the familiar, whether that be family, distant friends, or the nostalgia of old homesteads.  As you enter your 50s you become painfully aware of time, its passing and the realization that there is a finite amount left for you to leave your fingerprint on the world.  I always use the Holiday season, from Thanksgiving through New Year's, to reflect back on what I've managed to achieve, goals I've rewritten, and those abandoned for lack of relevance to the person I've become.
I also hold dear memories of loved ones now gone.  The display above is one of many throughout my home.  Frames of gold, silver, and all manner of glitz, acquired throughout the year, for there are still so many photos yet to display.  These photos celebrate Holidays past:  the wonder of new grandchildren, the dinners which took days to prepare (and can still be tasted), the countless smiles that were themselves presents.  Our numbers have decreased by four this year, leaving my mother the last of her family and my father the last of six brothers.  While they may no longer share a physical place at the table, they will always celebrate the Holidays in our hearts.

Rebecca is getting tired.  Guess it's time to call it a night.

Monday, December 14, 2009


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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Early New Year's Resolution

" To blog more frequently, and completely "

Been renovating...pulling rugs, painting, et al, as well as creating prototypes to grow the business. I must have at least half a dozen drafts to finish and post. Nice end-of-year project, especially with nasty weather fast approaching.