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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

 

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

Black Mourning

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Ulla Johnson dress, BCBGeneration sandals

I wore all black this week because I am in mourning for my summer vacation – and because I just love wearing black.  I think I have, like, six black skirts and about a dozen different pairs of black pants.  I don’t know how many tops.  I could potentially extend my mourning period through the month of September just for the challenge of it.  But I don’t think I will.

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Trina Turk top and skirt, BCBGMaxAzria belt and sandals
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BCBGMaxAzria sweater and sandals, Trina Turk skirt, Michelle DaRin jewelry

My grandmother used to hate seeing the old widows at church all dressed in black.  She was a pearls, pink crochet cardigan, and pastel floral dress kind of girl, so I know she wouldn’t approve.  In 1996, I was hired as a long term substitute.  At the end of that first school year, I had to go through the interview process all over again when the other teacher decided to retire.  I wore red and black (the school colors) every day to work until it was confirmed that I had gotten the job.  Fashion themes are fun!  Go Bears!

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Honora necklace, BCBGMaxAzria top, Rebecca Taylor pants, BCBGeneration sandals

Summer Fashion

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Rachel Zoe dress, Coach clutch, Calvin Klein booties
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Rachel Zoe top, BCBGMaxAzria shorts, Calvin Klein booties
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BCBGMaxAzria romper and clutch, Marc Jacobs booties

Summer 2018 has been amazing so far.  So many fun things to do during my staycation.  The weather’s great.  Syracuse, New York was blessed with Florida style weather – so wonderfully crazy!  Me-likey!

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Marc Jacobs sunglasses, BCBGMaxAzria top and shorts, Ugg boots
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MichelleDaRin jewelry, Trina Turk top, Banana Republic shorts, BCBGMaxAzria sandals

Since I cannot wear them to work, shorts and off-shoulder tops are in heavy rotation right about now.  I have been frequenting live band venues –  a lot of dancing’s been added to my exercise regimen of yoga, hiking and pilates.

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Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Rachel Zoe dress, BCBGeneration sandals
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Max Mara top, BCBGMaxAzria shorts, Marc Jacobs sandals

As for art, the Happy Little Treehouse exhibit is moving to another location with a reception sometime next week, I think.  My paintings are still available and the proceeds from sales will be donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital.  More to come on that front.  Stay tuned!

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MichelleDaRin jewelry, Trina Turk top and skirt, BCBGMaxAzria sandals
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Trina Turk dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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BCBGMaxAzria romper, Joie sandals
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Trina Turk top and shorts, BCBGMaxAzria sandals
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BCBGMaxAzria dress, Marc Jacobs booties
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Rachel Zoe dress, Nine West booties
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Marc Jacobs sunglasses, C by Bloomingdale’s cashmere cardigan, BCBGMaxAzria romper, Nine West booties
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BCBGMaxAzria sweater and pants, Coach crossbody, Calvin Klein booties
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Nine West suede cap, BCBGMaxAzria sweater, top and leggings, Coach crossbody, Ralph Lauren boots
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Akemi + Kin for Anthropologie dress, BCBGeneration booties
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Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Rachel Zoe top, 7 for All Mankind jeans, BCBGeneration velvet booties
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Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Cinq a Sept dress, Coach bag, BCBGeneration sandals
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BCBGMaxAzria romper, Nine West booties
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Trina Turk top, BCBGMaxAzria shorts, BCBGeneration sandals
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Free People jacket, BCBGMaxAzria top, shorts and clutch, Ugg boots
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Mark Jacobs sunglasses, Trina Turk top, BCBGMaxAzria belt, shorts and sandals, Coach clutch

No Air/No Problemo in Oz

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Trina Turk dress, BCBGeneration sandals

There is no air-conditioning in school.  We take my #ootd pics early in the morning and by the end of the day I am sometimes somewhat of a hot and sticky mess.  I am grateful to have two fans mounted on the walls in my classroom and I have been drinking tons of iced coffee, water and a Gatorade every day.

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vintage necklace, BCBGMaxAzria sweater, top and skirt, BCBGeneration booties

No complaints though, as Syracuse, New York weather feels like Florida right now and we are on the verge of summer vacation!

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Cinq a Sept dress, BCBGeneration sandals
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Rachel Zoe dress, Calvin Klein booties

Here are my most recent outfits.  My Rachel Zoe dress needs the dry-cleaner stat, as Friday was a particularly muggy day.  It is currently a silk version of what my hair looked like later that day – that frazzled ’80s rock star effect that we all discarded with the invention of flat irons.  Seriously cringe worthy, lol.  I wore boots that day because I was sure it was going to rain mid-day, but that rain did not appear until I was driving home from work.  It lasted all of fifteen minutes leaving us with perfect outdoor festivals weather for the weekend  – Ozstravaganza in Chittenango and Taste of Syracuse downtown.

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Marc Jacobs sunglasses, BCBGMaxAzria sweater, pants and sandals, Bailey 44 top

 

Retail Girl

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Trina Turk top and skirt, Marc Jacobs boots
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BCBGMaxAzria dress, Marc Jacobs boots

While I was off work, I did a lot of on-line shopping.  I found these Marc Jacobs boots for a ridiculously low price.  They are beyond fabulous.  I love them – worked them into several outfits in the past two weeks.  The Calvin Klein booties and the Joie velvet sandal booties are new as well.  The Joie shoes are phenomenal.  They are velvet with a pink leather lining.

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Cinq a Sept dress, Karl Lagerfeld Paris boots

Of course, it didn’t begin and end there.  I am on-line shopping every day.  I guess constantly is not an understatement! I put stuff into my virtual carts and go back to visit it all, watching for sales or special deals.  It is fun!  Like instant manifestations.  I desire something and somehow after a short time, I can afford to have it.  Lately, I cannot get enough silk.  The Cinq à Sept dresses and tops are all silk.  This is a hard brand to buy on-line because the sizing is not consistent.  The black dress is an XS.  It fits fine when I am wearing it, but I practically have to dislocate two shoulders to get it on and off, lol. I purchased it on a final sale.  I bought three tops in a size small; one had to go back because it was tight and had a snag, so I thought that was weird.  It is a new company – I am not sure what is going on there.

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Rachel Zoe top, Trina Turk pants, Joie booties

I am still not quite myself physically.  Up five pounds, which should get blasted this vacation week with any luck.  I go to Syracuse Yoga every morning.  It is my sister’s studio.  She has a special two-week unlimited package for $30 for new practitioners and an unlimited package for $105 if you use auto pay.  If you are local, you should totally check it out!  The instructors are amazing!

I am also hiking five miles a day and doing pilates when I can fit it in.  And no, I don’t wear heels when I take those walks.  I wear these awesome Brooks waterproof sneakers that I bought at Fleet Feet.  The service there is magical.  You tell the salesperson what you do – run, walk, other sports, etc. and they go in the back room and bring you exactly the shoe you need.  They are the best!

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Free People cardigan, JCrew T-shirt, Trina Turk skirt, Marc Jacobs boots

And while I am on the subject of plugging businesses, Amanda Losecco is my hairstylist at Miracles.  I am there every two weeks. I LOVE her! ❤ She has, seriously, single-handedly (she and her mad colorist and blow-drying skills) changed my life for the better.

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, pants and sandals
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C by Bloomingdales cardigan, Rachel Roy top, BCBGMaxAzria leggings, Calvin Klein booties

I was talking to someone the other day about my fashion obsession.  It was the salesgirl at the BCBGMaxAzria shop within Lord & Taylor at the Destiny Mall in Syracuse.  We decided that it was my hobby.  I have a passion for fashion.  I just love when I find something new that I consider to be so “me”.  I love the fabrics and colors, love when I buy something that works with something else in my closet.  It makes me sooo happy.  OMG, I love my life.

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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, 7 For All Mankind jeans, Joie booties
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BCBGMaxAzria sweater, Trina Turk skirt, Nine West booties