Best in Silk

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Trina Turk silk top, French Connection leather skirt, Nine West boots

Here are my #ootd pictures from November 2018.  The black cropped leg BCBGMaxAzria  pants go with everything!  I ended up getting a second pair because they are so spectacular.  Not sure why they were not made in other colors.  I love silk as well, and silk velvet is soooo amazing!  I’m sure my dry cleaner loves that I wear it too, lol.

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Cinq a Sept silk dress, Via Spiga tights, Sorel boots

I was able to incorporate my Wonder Woman boots (above) in this one! They are Sorel – I think I paid one third of the retail asking price for them, maybe less!

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Ulla Johnson silk dress, Calvin Klein booties
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Kobi Halperin top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Calvin Klein booties

It is fun keeping track of fashion because I can see what combinations I have done with separates – what items go with what, and as a result, I can assess what one new thing I may bring into the mix that will serve me best.  The morning I put this look together (above), I was, like, how do these two things match? – that is so cool! That Kobi Halperin top is embroidered cotton – very wonderful texture in person.  There is a version of it in all white hiding somewhere in the universe for me to find.

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Rebecca Taylor silk top, BCBGMaxAzria silk-velvet pants, Joie sandals

Rebecca Taylor has a new concept right now where you can pay a monthly fee and rent up to four garments at a time to wear until you want to give them back and then get more.  I have my eye on a few pieces from her holiday collection right now.  Go to www.rebeccataylor.com for more information.

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater and skirt, Nine West booties
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Rebecca Taylor silk dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Trina Turk silk-spandex top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Marc Jacobs booties

This top (above) is from 1999!  It is my first Trina Turk, the reason I fell in love with her work!  Mine is a size Medium, which is a bit large for me now but I still love it and wear it often.

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Free People cardigan and leather skirt, JCrew T-shirt, Marc Jacobs boots
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Akemi + Kim for Anthropologie dress, Via Spiga tights, Calvin Klein booties
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BCBGMaxAzria silk dress, Calvin Klein booties

This BCBGMaxAzria gown (above) was my outfit for my annual Friendsgiving dinner.  About twenty-five of us dined together at Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse.  It had been hanging in my closet for two years and so, I was very psyched to have an opportunity to wear it.  I sewed bra cups into the lining because the bodice neckline made it difficult to find undergarments that worked.  Easy-peasy!

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Cinq a Sept silk top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, BCBGeneration booties
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Rachel Zoe silk top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Calvin Klein booties

Here I am wearing Rachel Zoe (above) at my friend Tracey’s pre-Thanksgiving house party.  I have this top in black too.

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C by Bloomingdale’s cardigan, Rachel Zoe silk dress, Via Spiga tights, Calvin Klein booties
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BCBGMaxAzria dress and tank top, Nine West boots
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Free People cardigan, Alice + Olivia silk-velvet top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Calvin Klein booties

I found this Alice + Olivia silk-velvet halter top on a final sale on saksoff5th.com.  I think it was $40?  Something like that!  It is my new favorite thing.  I paired it with those black cropped pants seen in every other pic, lol, for a trip to the movies last night.

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Trina Turk silk top, BCBGMaxAzria silk-velvet pants, Marc Jacobs booties

What will I wear next?  Stay tuned….

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BCBGMaxAzria top, sweater, jacket and pants, Marc Jacobs booties

 

The Kindness of Peace

Kindness Matters was the subject of this year’s Lions Club sponsored Peace Poster contest.  My Studio in Art class students spent about six weeks working on their illustrations.

Emily’s poster won the local and regional competition.  It is on its way to the state competition next and if she wins at the international level – well, that would be a huge win for all of us:  $5,000 for her and twelve years of poster-making and working closely with the beautiful people/lions who make up the committee that will culminate in an enormous sense of pride and victory for our small community in Chittenango, New York.

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The Chittenango Lions threw us a classroom pizza party and awarded monetary gifts and plaques for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place picks.  The rest of the students were all unanimously honored with honorable mentions.  Their work was spectacular.

These peace posters will be on display during December 2018 in the Community Room at the Sullivan Library, 101 Falls Blvd., Chittenango, New York 13037.  Visit their website for hours of operation.

Eye Candy

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Hercules Candies has a new location at 720 W. Manlius Street, East Syracuse, New York 13057. (315) 463-4339 www.herculescandy.com.  It is next door to Eye Studio and together, along with Guest House, they are offering a weekend holiday sale.

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Hercules Candies will have door prizes, tours of the candy factory and free samples.  They will be making candy canes by hand!

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You can view the kitchen from a large glass window.  It is such a wonderful place, expanded tenfold from the little house on a back street in the village.  It is truly an experience to shop here – locally made mom and pop shop, like something out of yesteryear.

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Their open house will be Saturday, November 17th and Saturday, November 24th, 2018 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Eye Studio and Guest House will be open Saturday, November 17th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday, November 18th from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.  It is a Pre-Holiday arts and crafts sale with David McDonald as the featured artist.

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Educational Center at Green Lakes!

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The Educational Center at Green Lakes is now up and running!  Wow – it has taken something like a year to rebuild the boat house and transform it into this amazing space.  It is really beautiful.  And it has Stickley furniture!

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There is a lot of history here.  Information on the meromictic lakes, the story behind the purchase of the land – and its stunning World War II connection.  Yes – there was a POW camp on-site.  It was near the golf course by the east entrance to the park.  German soldiers created many of the trails and farmed the land!

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This education center is chock-full of information.   There is a large map of the park on the center island.  A bunch of interactive displays can be found in pull-out drawers. There’s an outdoor classroom too.  They offer classes that are aligned with New York State standards and they welcome all age groups (and not just science students).

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To set up a school field trip, contact Katie Mulvihill at katie.mulvihill@parks.ny.gov or call (315) 492-1756.  Green Lakes State Park is located at 7900 Green Lakes Road, Fayetteville, New York 13066-3385.

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Halloween Dreams

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costume via Amazon.com, Sorel boots

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costume via Amazon.com, Sorel boots

This year I made a lot of dreams come true Halloween-wise.  I have wanted this Wonder Woman outfit since I saw the movie last year.  I scoured the Internet, specifically Amazon.com and found every piece of this costume except the boots.  And they were on a ridiculous sale at saksoff5th.com – an additional 30% off the sale price.  I love them!

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BCBGMaxAzria jacket and pants, Cinq a Sept top, Michelle DaRin jewelry, Calvin Klein booties

My Calvin Klein patent leather booties made three appearances this Halloween, the BCBGMaxAzria cropped pants, two!  And that split sleeve jacket worked its way into two costumes as well!

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Free People jacket, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, Calvin Klein booties

I chaperoned the Halloween dance at school, went to a party at Wildflowers Art Gallery, danced to the disco band Fondu at the Rocky Horror event at The Palace theater and sang karaoke at my friend Jimmy’s annual Halloween bash at his home.

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BCBGMaxAzria jacket, top and shorts, Calvin Klein booties, Fossil bracelets

But my favorite dream, even more amazing than being Wonder Woman for a day, was dressing as a Mousekateer at school.  I used to watch re-runs of the original black and white TV show when I was a kid and I have always wanted my own Mickey Mouse hat complete with red satin bow on top.  The leather skirt was the very last they had at Freepeople.com.  It was a size 0 and miraculously fit perfectly.  Thank you, Maria at SewMaria Boutique for giving me pointers on how to attach the letters to my sweater (dry iron – no steam).  It was scary because the spare top I had is cashmere and that turtleneck is far too itchy!  I was praying to not mess up, lol, and yes, it all worked out.

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Panreddy sweater, Free People skirt, Mia shoes

Lately, I’ve been living by the mantra “everything is always working out for me.”  My mom even had three Mickey Mouse dolls to choose from, which would seem so random, but then again, she has everything.  Like you could ask her to produce a yo-yo circa 1972 and it just magically appears inside the kitchen junk drawer.  Nothing is really a coincidence.  Life is truly a dream.  Living a lucid dream.

In Class

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Free People cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, Marc Jacobs booties

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BCBGMaxAzria jacket and pants, Cinq a Sept top, Calvin Klein booties

My Marc Jacobs boots have gotten a lot of air play so far this year.  I am crazy about them, especially the rust colored booties that at first I didn’t think would actually go with anything.  Love them!  Patent leather rocks.

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Michelle DaRin jewelry bracelets, Talitha top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Marc Jacobs boots

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Akemi + Kim for Anthropologie dress, Marc Jacobs booties

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Trina Turk dress, Marc Jacobs booties

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Kobi Halperin top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Calvin Klein booties

The past two months really flew by at work.  The annual peace poster contest is in full swing.  The Lions Club will send three judges to select a winner from the eighteen entries on November 1, 2018 and my Studio in Art students have really nailed the theme.  It is “Kindness Matters”.  They are an amazing group of people.  Kind, without a doubt and so, so talented.  Cannot wait to share what they are doing.  I gave them each a brand new tin of 72 colored pencils to use and they are taking such good care of them.  So responsible!  I just love them all.

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Cinq a Sept dress, Marc Jacobs booties

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Max Mara top, Banana Republic pants, Marc Jacobs sandals

All of the Art-8 students have finished their clay projects.  We are glazing them as well as working on finishing up some paintings.  I double up on smocks during that activity but I still manage to keep DeWitt Cleaners in business.  Most of my clothes are dry clean only because they are all pretty much silk and cashmere.

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BCBGMaxAzria dress, Calvin Klein booties

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Honora necklace, BCBGMaxAzria wrap top, shell and pants, Calvin Klein booties

I don’t always take my #ootd pic.  Sometimes I am in a re-run.  I try to style myself so that I am not wearing the same shoes with a dress or the same pants with a top but sometimes I just feel like repeating a great outfit.  I admit I have a lot of clothes.  I just love fashion.  There is always a new designer to discover or something new from the ones I already know.  New – new – new.  I love new.  Getting dressed to go to work is just fun.  It is easy – effortless.  And anything that makes you feel this good is a good thing. ❤

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Rachel Zoe dress, Marc Jacobs booties

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Free People cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, BCBGeneration booties

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Free People cardigan, Rachel Zoe dress, Marc Jacobs sandals

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BCBGMaxAzria top and pants, Calvin Klein booties

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Talitha top, Hudson jeans, BCBGeneration booties

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Free People dress, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Calvin Klein booties

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Cinq a Sept dress, Marc Jacobs boots

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Rachel Zoe top, BCBGMaxAzria pants, Marc Jacobs boots

Heart Help

I was asked to donate paintings for a silent auction to help recovering addicts.

https://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/helping-recovering-addicts-afford-treatment/1529876150

Kind of exciting to see my painting, Cobalt Tears, on TV!  Hope it and Ink Heart find their way to good people who will enjoy them in the spirit of compassion and love.

 

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