Monday, September 15, 2014

Wardrobe Got the Blahs? Let The Power of “3” Work Its Magic!

In the fall of 1998, a new television series aired about three pretty sisters in their mid-twenties who lived in a mansion in San Francisco.  Aside from their obvious good looks, cutting-edge fashion sense and the whole living-in-a-mansion thing, the Halliwell sisters seemed otherwise quite ordinary.  I mean, they had trouble finding and keeping jobs and boyfriends.  What young lady can’t relate to that?  In fact, they were anything but ordinary; in fact, they were the Charmed Ones, good witches who fought and vanquished evil every episode.  Each sister had special powers, but it was together that they and “The Power of ‘3’ ” were unbeatable.  By the following year, every teen-aged girl I knew had fallen under the spell of the Charmed Ones and The Power of “3.” 

The Halliwell sisters’ ability to triumph over evil is just an updated version of the mystical power of the number “3,” the modern incarnation of an all powerful holy trinity in designer duds who comes to the aid of man in his eternal struggle to keep the bad within him and around him at bay.  

But it may surprise you to know just how magical and powerful the number “3” is in the decidedly non-mystical world of our daily lives. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Excellent Adventure and How I Survived It

If you will indulge me, I am about to do something I rarely do – I’m about to share something intensely personal with you, my dear Readers, because this week is a week to celebrate and I’d love to include you in my circle of celebration. 

It all started six years ago following a routine diagnostic procedure.  I don’t think I need to spell it out in graphic detail --- O.K., I will --- it was my first colonoscopy, which I should have had at age 50 but had put off and off and off for years.  It was a beautiful June, and my husband and I were in Lyon for the wedding of the daughter of dear friends.  It was the most beautiful wedding I have ever been privileged to attend, but, let’s just say, I knew something wasn’t quite right. 

Things got pretty hectic when we returned home.  Mme Mère needed all my attention following a serious fall while we were away, etc., etc.  Suffice it to say that I finally got around to having that colonoscopy I had been putting off.   The results were not good.  Surgery was scheduled within the week. 

The following is the e-mail I sent to concerned friends when I got home from the hospital. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

My Little White Jacket

Have you taken a good look at the Pantone color palette for this fall?  What do you see….or, more precisely, what do you NOT see?

With the exception of Misted Yellow, Cypress and, perhaps, Aurora Red, most of the color palette draws from the cool colors of summer rather than the warm colors of autumn.  The last time I checked, radiant orchid did not appear in the fall color palette, and we autumn girls are only too well aware that the color orchid can play havoc with our skin tones (i.e., wash us out). 

Still……….there is a cool way to bring the cool tones of summer into our warm autumn wardrobes.  And here’s how….

Monday, August 25, 2014

Where Does a Woman Over 60 Find Style Inspiration? Right Here!

Other than a handful of stylish movie stars over the age of 60, style inspirations for those of us “Ladies of a Certain Age” are few and far between.  Where do “real” women over 60, who do not live in the rarefied world of Hollywood, go to be inspired? 

Well, a very savvy lady with an impeccable fashion pedigree has answered that question, and the result is a downloadable eBook entitled “Fashion, Style and Elegance in Women over 60.” 

I had the pleasure of interviewing the author, Patrizia Molechino, and it didn’t take long for me to realize that this charming lady and I are kindred spirits. 


Monday, August 18, 2014

How to Calculate the True Value of a Wardrobe Basic

You’re strolling through Neiman Marcus and you spy this adorable J Brand Denim Jacket.  You look at the tag and see that it’s a touch over $200, so you wonder if it’s worth the price. 

How do you know if you’re getting good value for your hard-earned money?  Just follow my simple formula and you'll know:

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer Bright Makes Summer Cool

Labor Day (September 1st) is three weeks away, which means only three more weeks of lazy summer days, long cool drinks and bumper-to-bumper shore traffic.  My advice is to see summer out in a blaze of bright, sunny colors. 

This fun cotton beach bag from Manoush will look oh-so cute on your beach blanket, and it’s large enough to hold just about everything you need………..including………….

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