Monday, December 15, 2014

A Very Crawley Christmas with the du Ponts – Part 2

Welcome back, dear Readers, as we continue our tour of the Costumes of Downton Abbey at the magnificent Winterthur Museum.  In Part 1, I gave you a little background on Winterthur and the du Pont family, the American landed-gentry counterparts of the British Crawleys of Downton Abbey.  We began our Downton Abbey costume tour downstairs.  Now, it’s time to move upstairs to see what the well-dressed Crawleys are wearing. 

Let’s start with some of their favorite outdoor activities. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Very Crawley Christmas with the du Ponts – Part 1

It was a dark and stormy night………..just kidding!..........actually, it was a cold and rainy morning as we three ladies piled into Earline’s SUV to begin our journey across three States.  No sooner had we buckled our seat belts than the rain had turned to sleet.  But we were prepared for any eventuality; we had packed bottled water, trail mix and lots and lots of chocolate. 

And suddenly, there it was.  The skies had cleared, and its lofty spires glinted in the sunlight before us.  We had reached our destination – Downton Abbey!!

M-T and Earline at Downton Abbey

Thursday, November 20, 2014

‘Twas the Week Before Thanksgiving……

‘Twas the week before Thanksgiving, and my girlfriends and I are having lunch, as we do every year at this time, before strapping on our dancing shoes.  The annual holiday dance begins next week.  It starts as a languorous waltz, picks up speed and ends in a frantic tarantella.  But, for now, we will enjoy this quiet time with each other as we clink our champagne glasses and vow NOT to let the holidays leave us in an exhausted heap.  Two months later, over a postmortem lunch, we will clink our glasses again to celebrate our survival. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Slits and Fishtails – The Curvy Gals Best Friends

As an image consultant and style coach, I have had the great pleasure of working with ladies of all shapes and sizes over the years.  But……….and here I have a little confession to make…… curvy, full-figured clients are often the most rewarding.  Why?  Because, if I can help a full-figured woman see her body in a positive way and make the most of those great curves, it can change more than just what she sees in the mirror.  It can change the way she sees herself. 

Typically, she feels she needs to “hide” herself in her clothes.  If I had a nickel for every time I found a shapely pair of legs hiding under a shapeless maxi dress, I would be a very rich woman. 

Haunted by images of models with long, skinny legs, she is convinced her legs are FAT, when, in fact, they are probably far more shapely and sexy than those spindly things poking out of the fashion pages.  It’s usually easier for me to convince her to show some cleavage than it is to get her to show her legs. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Calgon, Take Me Away!!

Do you remember those wonderful “Calgon, Take Me Away!” commercials from the 70s and 80s? 

Do you have “Calgon, Take Me Away!” moments?  I do.  Last week was one of mine. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween on Sycamore Street - 2014

It’s Halloween morning, and all the cats on Sycamore Street are up early putting the finishing touches on their costumes.  Rufus has been up for hours waiting for the man he lives with to get up and feed him, and he’s beginning to run out of patience.  Frankly, if the man didn’t have opposable thumbs allowing him to open tuna cans, he would have kicked him out long ago. 

Rufus decides to take matters into his own paws. 
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