Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Mall Has Lost Its Mojo (Or Is It Me?)

I was getting a pedicure at a salon inside the Melbourne Square Mall yesterday, so I decided to take a look around at the fashions. Hoo boy, not much to write home/blog about.

There were probably eight stores catering strictly to teens (Charlotte Russe, American Eagle, Aeropostale, et al.) Nothing for me there, unless I want to rock the flannel shirt or micro shorts.

Dick's is a sporting goods store. Not a leather-and-chains store.

The anchor stores are Macy's, Dillard's, and J.C. Penney. These are the department stores that carry a bit of "everything", except for original, energizing pieces. Of the three biggies, Penney's has the best selection of casual wear, with their MNG and Joe Fresh lines (cute tee). Still, nothing that made me want to pull out the VISA. Not even on deep, deep clearance. I still love the Sephora inside Penney's though.

The MNG line has some pieces I like. From Europe to me!

There's a lot of sameness as you wander the aisles. You will find a great selection of bras and leggings, and robes and jeans - so if you're a fit challenge or need a certain color undergarment, the Mall stores are grand. For inspiration or a WOW experience, you have to go farther afoot, at least in my humble opinion.

So much same-ness around every corner. Source.

So I had a low-fat, low-sugar yogurt at the Food Court (cholesterol!). I sat and people-watched for a while. Then I headed to the Molly Mutt thrift shop where I picked up a vintage Harve Benard bracelet/watch for $2:

The Mall is still a great place to meet my sister for an Auntie Anne's pretzel and Coke. The nail salons are fast and good. But for original styles I prefer Etsy, thrifts, consignment stores, eBay, and funky boutiques. How about you? Where do you find most of your lovely looks?

Have a groovy day and stay fabulous,

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Visible Monday #137: How To Do Warm-Weather Layers

Welcome to Visible Monday #137! If you want to participate, it's so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the how-to. Please be kind and leave a link to Not Dead Yet Style in your post.

Layers add interest to any look, but who wants to layer when it's 94 degrees? (The foolishly-named "Comfort Index" was 108 degrees today.) But with light textures and colors, you can get away with some layers, as I did with this outfit for the office.

The lace top is weightless and sheer. I found it in St. Petersburg at my favorite resale shop, Revolve. The olive tank is just an Old Navy staple. The full linen trousers are by J. Jill (similar) and I found them on the 50-cent rack at Molly Mutt thrift store. Wow, cheaper than gum.

Gorgeous vintage bracelet from Bella's Etsy shop. The locket is thrifted in NYC and probably vintage 1960's.

Skinny G. looks offended, but she loves attention of any kind. Except from her brother. She hisses at him like a snake.

Now, show us what you're wearing, Visible Women!!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Weekend Check-In #4: Tell Us What You're Thinking

Time for another edition of Weekend Check-In! It consists of random thoughts, left over at the end of the week, about style and more. The fun part is you playing along in the comments.

I'll start an open sentence about fashion, or life, the universe and everything, and complete the sentence with whatever I'm thinking about. Then you finish the sentence with your own random thoughts.

 So, the (non) rules are:
  1. I start a sentence.
  2. I finish the sentence with my thoughts du jour, subject to change at any moment.
  3. You finish the sentence with your own response, in the comments, if you like.

This week's check-in: 

  • I'm currently fascinated with . . . an alternative wedding band, very vintage, with personality. I adore my husband but don't hold my simple band as the only option. So we've agreed an alternate band would be fun, and just as loving as the original (13 years ago).
This ring dates to the Victorian era. I love the detail. Available at The Three Graces.

  • I am starting to get used to the idea of . . . culottes. Yes, culottes, that awkward word that sounds like a body part or communicable disease ("My first boyfriend gave me culottes, the jerk.") I saw these online and said, well maybe. Never say never. With platform sandals and a slim knit top?

I really like these simple culottes from NeedSupply.com.

  • The worst movie or TV show I saw this week was: The Sentinel, starring Michael Douglas, Kim Basinger, and Kiefer Sutherland. Pretty good leading cast, right? But the film was flat, predictable, and I may have fallen asleep at the end. To be fair, I had a bad cold that day, and couldn't deal with anything too cerebral.

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See you at Visible Monday, and stay fabulous,

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What I Wore: One Dress, At Least Two Ways

I find I'm wearing this simple black linen dress from GAP (similar) a couple of times a week. I wear it on its own for casual days, and with a topper for the office. I wash it by hand and let it drip-dry and get just a few linen-quality wrinkles.

Today's topper is a cool zebra blouse, thrifted at Monk's in Greenwich Village. Also wearing my vintage tassel necklace from Molly Mutt and gifted sandals from a fab company that's now out of business, too bad.

Are you mixing up your casual summer dresses for work-wear too?

Office-worthy, with shoulders covered.

The dress worn solo in Greenwich Village last May.

Have a super day and stay fabulous,

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Monday, August 18, 2014

How I Camped, And Lived To Tell

I am a city slicker, the city cousin, Anne Marie from That Girl, you name it, I am a city lover. I want to live full time in the city, walk everywhere, go to art galleries and coffee shops, and live amid diversity.

But we can get in a vacation rut. Sandy and I have always stayed at the Hilton in St. Petersburg when we take in a Tampa Bay Rays game. It was my bright idea to try "glamping" this last trip. I was seduced by pictures like these:


Romantic, even sexy! And you can still call it camping. Well, there were no places that resembled the above anywhere on the Gulf Coast of Florida. I scoured the 'nets and came up finally with: KOA in St. Petersburg Beach.  No tent there would suit me: they were all of the Girl Scout variety and pretty rustic. And we don't own an RV, so it was cabin ("Chalet") for us.

Let me first insist that everyone we met at the campground was kind and helpful. The Chalet was clean and bug-free, and had running water, clean towels, and air conditioning (yes!).

We felt welcome right away.

But I'm just not a country kind of woman. I was lonely for the bright lights and pounding music of the big city. The nearest place to get even a glass of wine was a long drive. No tapas for miles. Sad and lonely.

Our chalet. It was cozy and clean and the toilet backed up only once, quickly fixed.

Master of Disguise: can you see the heron?

At the game, surrounded by Yankee fans. We yelled for the home team, but lost 3-2. Found comfort at the pub.

So lesson learned: I can endure any kind of urban hardship, I am not afraid of rats or noise or $8 lattes. But give me a quiet, peaceful night in the country and I go slowly nuts. To thine own self be true - but try new stuff too, 'cause one never knows till one tries.

Are you a happy camper? Love to hear how rustic you'll go, in comparison to my wimpy adventure.

Have a glorious day and stay fabulous,

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lauren Bacall's Ageless, Stunning Style

Farewell to a Hollywood legend. Lauren Bacall died Tuesday, at age 89. RIP, gorgeous and talented lady.

New York Magazine published a fabulous slideshow of her style through the years. See the whole show here, and have a peek at a few of her amazing looks below:

Her signature high-waisted trousers and awesome shoulder pads, mid 40's.
Love the monochromatic, simple chic look. She and Katherine Hepburn were pioneers of pants.

A statement sweater, more high-waisted trousers and peep-toe wedges. This would look great right now.

Wow, the zebra top is TDF. She kept true to her simple style and wore it with a white pencil skirt. 1954.

Color-blocking like a boss. Gorgeous green sweater. Mid-1950's.

In 1966, she looks glam and gorgeous in an unfussy gown. And, pockets!

At age 75, still rocking her cool, classic look in all-silver.

Have the best weekend, and stay fabulous,

Visible Monday is on its "off" week this week, so we can recharge, refresh, and go glamping (details to follow). ☺  We'll be back on Monday, August 25th (actually, the Sunday evening before)!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Good News Thursday: Smart Women, Happy Elephant

Just happy news today, as there's plenty enough sad and worrisome stories in the "regular" news.

1. Woo-hoo! I read this on BBC News today:

An Iranian mathematician working in the US has become the first ever female winner of the celebrated Fields Medal [the equivalent of a Nobel Prize in Mathematics].

In a landmark hailed as "long overdue", Prof Maryam Mirzakhani was recognized for her work on complex geometry.

In becoming the very first female medallist, Prof Mirzakhani - who teaches at Stanford University in California - ends what has been a long wait for the mathematics community.  

The news is inspiring to young women working in/studying math and science. Compute on, Professor Mirzakhani!

2. Elephants are sensitive, highly intelligent animals Here's a story that made me smile, via The Good News Network:

An orphaned elephant that spent half a century in chains is enjoying his freedom after being rescued in India.

Officials at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Center were afraid Raju would never be able to reconnect with his own species.

Leave it to the ladies to make Raju feel welcomed. The Herd of Hope, how great is that?

But, when Raju arrived unshackled at his new home, welcoming female elephants trumpeted a friendly hello.

“Three of our female elephants Laxmi, Chanchal and Sai Geeta ran up to him – their ears flapping wildly –a sign they were excited and delighted to meet him.

All of them were rescued from a life of suffering and now are known collectively as the Herd of Hope.

3. And finally, I had to share this video sent to me by my animal-loving friend Joni. A dog regrets leaving her toy out in the yard:

Have a day filled with good news, and stay fabulous,