Monday, May 25, 2015

Roaming The Great City, Without Great Style

I love this city. Not news, is it? We're having a wonderful visit, walking to our old favorite haunts and discovering new ones. It has been stressful, however, as Sandy's mother fell and broke her femur the night before we left. She's in the hospital and we may have to cut our trip short to go back and add to her care team. Sandy's brother is a top doctor at that hospital so we have that confidence.

The West Village is overflowing with things we love. Here's Sheridan Square Garden, across from the Stonewall Inn.  The Stonewall is considered the birthplace of the gay rights movement: in 1969 the patrons fought back against police harassment and that rebellion sparked a national firestorm for equal treatment.

I asked the guys behind me if it was OK to be on a famous blogger's blog and they agreed.  : >


I'm not much of a fashion icon today. I dressed for comfort and walking ease. I'm wearing my old thrifted tulle skirt (similar) and a thrifted Tahari blazer (sim). My feet got sore in my oxfords, so I had to add little black socks - not for looks, I tell you!


One does not leave home without one's iPhone any more. 

Another never-miss spot is in front of the Washington Square Park arch. We take this picture every trip, as a symbol of our love for this place. It was built in 1892 to honor George W. and the design was based on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.


Stay fabulous, my friends, and don't wear black socks with your oxfords,

Patti

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Start Spreading The News, I'm Leaving Today

We're on our way to the Greatest City In The World. Time for high energy, new urban adventures, delicious cocktails, and bagels as big as my head. I'll post irregularly till we return on June 1st, but I will be thinking of you!

Hello Gorgeous, Mommy's coming. Source.

And I'll turn 60 while we're there.

"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes." - Frank Lloyd Wright

See you soon and stay fabulous,

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Packing For NYC: What Not To Forget

I have an inclusive packing list I've created after lots of NYC trips. It helps me remember the non-clothing items that makes a trip easier. And as for clothing, whatever I don't bring, I can find there. It's the greatest shopping city in the world (imho).

Here's my list of "little things" that make a big difference when we travel, and I would love to hear about yours:
  1. Glasses. Extra readers tucked away in my purse, carry-on and pockets!
  2. Vitamins. I put them in a snack-size Ziploc bag.
  3. Meds. Don't want to leave these behind, though they are thankfully few.
  4. Hat. I have a crushable sun hat that fits my big melon.
  5. Book lights. Because you don't know what kind of lighting you're going to find at an AirBnB apartment. And I have to read before I fall asleep, or I don't fall asleep.
  6. Our itinerary. The LIST of all the cool things we've talked about doing, with dates and times and websites. I forgot it once, and actually cried.
  7. Tea bags and sweetener. For that first evening, in case we didn't get to the grocery yet.
  8. Event tickets. These are mostly on our cell phones now, but I still like a paper ticket when traveling.
  9. Sheet music and pitch-pipe. For my newest obsession.

And here's my core wardrobe for the week:

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Two boyfriend trousers and a casual skirt, solid and print tops, a light jacket for a cool night. The shoes have to be ultra-practical, as does the cross-body bag. A scarf for a pop and simple jewelry. That should do it, along with a comfortable Karina dress for travel days.

Stay fabulous,

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Visible Monday 155: A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Welcome to Visible Monday #155! If you want to participate, it's so simple: 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.

It was hard to give up our lush cottage garden when we moved to the condo. But we have a few pots and oh yeah, there is the Atlantic Ocean across the street. So no sads for us. I feel pretty terrific today in this colorful tunic over my easy cotton boyfriend trousers. And my new hair.

The hair is a "topper", a hairpiece that covers just the top of your head, and blends with your real hair at the bottom. I got mine here. I know, I'm going wild and free this summer - but it's fun to have straight silky hair some days. We can change our minds, and our hair, isn't it grand?

The top (similar) was thrifted and the trousers (sim) are from GAP. My old emerald bangle (thrifted, sim) and gifted sandals (sim) finish the look. It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood; I hope yours is beautiful as well. xox




Behold my garden!


News: The next edition of Visible Monday - after today's - will be in three weeks, on Monday June 8th. Then we're taking the summer off! No Visible Mondays in the remainder of June, July and August. So let's party hard for the next two VM's and get the whole gang together!


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

The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple!
  1. Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
  2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post. Please leave a comment, too, so we know you had a good time.
  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinkz button "Add Your Link". It should open a new page.
  4. In the "Next Step", you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you're done!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Visible Monday Invitation, And News!

Just a reminder - to have a wonderful weekend day, and to come by for Visible Monday tomorrow evening.



Visible Monday starts Sunday at around 5PM. Be there for the best blogger party and the finest style on the webz!


Join us! Click the Spotlight



News: The next edition of Visible Monday - after tomorrow's - will be in three weeks, on Monday June 8th. Then we're taking the summer off! No Visible Mondays in the remainder of June, July and August. So let's party hard for the next two VM's and get the whole gang together! 


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Life Lessons From The Thrift Store

In Cocoa Beach, Florida (not the shop where I work).
I've been volunteering at the Humane Society thrift store for about five months. I look forward to it as I never did for any paying job. Our shop has positive energy, funky fabulous people, and a foundation of caring. All the proceeds go to our no-kill animal shelter.

It's more than helping the animals, although that would be plenty - go ahead a make a donation right now. ☺ The caring extends to the people who come in, rich and poor - but more poor. We microwave their Cup-O-Soups, let them use our telephone to call for a job interview (don't tell the Big Boss) and give them pet food for their animal friends.

Here are a few of the lessons I'm learning about thrift stores, and life in general:
  • Be kind. You have no idea what someone is going through. Will some people take advantage of your kindness? Of course, but don't let them stop you.

  •  Listen more than you talk. I actually learned this a long time ago, in counseling school. Still works.

  • One person's trash is another's treasure. Isn't that amazing? Someone donated a ceramic walrus and I snapped it up. Now it's my favorite walrus ever.
My walrus. He's wearing a seaweed wreath.

  • There's enough for everyone. I'd never get on a waiting list for any piece of clothing. There is so much to go around, a lot of it only gently-loved. Yesterday we received a bag of dresses by Theory, Trina Turk and Joseph Ribkoff. And yes I bought one or two of those.
Whoo-hoo - dresses like these. From left, Joseph Ribkoff, Trina Turk, BCBG Max Azria

  • Keep your eyes open; you don't know what you'll find today. The spirit of adventure, of having no set plan, and practicing patience: all these come into play at the thrift. It's a little slice of life.


Stay fabulous,


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What I Wore: Dresses Are For Any Day

I like wearing dresses in Florida summer. Today I've fancied up, but some days I wear flip-flops, no jewelry, and still love a dress.  It's so easy and cool on the legs.

This floral faux-wrap is courtesy of Nomads Clothing, an ethical designer with "a respect for people and nature, believing strongly in fair trade values and following ethical fashion guidelines." Read the founders' story here; they met in India and are inspired by their love of that country and its culture. Their Fair Trade policies are here. My dress is made with organic cotton and non-hazardous dyes.

The fabulous necklace is crafted by Suzanne Carillo, and the vintage 1940's bracelet is from Citizen Rosebud's shop.  I'm reminded of my wonderful friends when I wear their pieces. It's often said, but true: clothes are just clothes, and the best part of blogging is the friends we make.

I used the "Chrome" filter in Apple's new Photos software to brighten it up, and it's fab for wrinkle removal  : >
My Anne Klein sandals (similar) have seen a lot of wear but I'm holding on, because they're broken in.

Go check out Nomads, they have cool stuff. This maxi skirt is another favorite.

Stay fabulous,

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