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Monday, February 25, 2013


 I still don't do very well on the posing thing. I wish I could find a really comfortable position. Turn a camera on me and I tend to become discombobulated. But I can spell.
 I don't envy Nicole her figure. I think she looks wonderful in this dress and I'd look ridiculous in it. But it's sort of that I like seeing really beautiful people as much as really beautiful art. Designer fashions can be works of art too. I'm really in awe of some of the fabrics and beading I have seen.
 The high beaded neckline. Both women have beaded necklines. Both dresses are blue. Both have their hair up. Both are beautiful and have fabulous figures. Yet they look as different as night and day. Literally. Wow.
I need to get a bejeweler. Oh and  sweatsuit. Yeah. That's it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

A disconnect

I feel a disconnect when I look at the blogs of the young women who are really into fashion. I think some of the jeans I see are great looking. And some of the shoes I see are gorgeous. And I love the boyfriend blazer, the piled on bracelets, the long skinny legs and small waists. There are some blogs where the women are just so beautiful I almost gasp when I see them. They can carry off things like neon, pastels, belts, scarves, hats, boots, etc. So I look at their blogs and think to myself-I'd love to have that too. Then I get on ebay or other web site and check out if I can get it. Then I get it and it looks awful on me. Then I spend the rest of that day feeling awful about myself. And all because I have a disconnect between what I like to see and what would look good on me. I wonder if anyone else has this problem.

I know a lot of my problem would be solved if I would quit buying from the internet. But I'm not good at going out and shopping either. And I hate trying on things, except bras. So I have another disconnect. I go into a store, rarely, and I look at the garments on the mannequins and on the hangers and I just can't see them on me. But I still don't try them on. I ordered a couple of tops the other day in a 3X thinking I'd like them to be a little big. They came and were a 3X in some alternative universe. Size wise, they were an extra large at most. I like the fabric so I'm going to try to resell them. The same thing happens in the stores. I pick up a 2X, my size, and it looks like a circus tent. So when I look at another brand 2X it looks like it would fit a 12 year old.

I didn't make New Year's Resolutions. So I'm making a resolution now. I will learn to enjoy trying on clothes. I'll try to overcome the disconnect in my mind and see more of how things might look on me. Not on a skinny 25 year old but on an overweight 67 year old. Me.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Have you ever?

Have you ever had one of those weeks? A couple of weeks ago I had a tooth break. I went to the dentist and we are doing a bridge after pulling it. It swelled and I look different even with a temporary. And I have money going out in big buckets. I'm going to get dental insurance. I wish I hadn't waited.

Gas has gone up.

Groceries have gone up.

Yesterday my honey went into the laundry room and discovered smoke coming out of the washer. It wasn't running. New washer needed. That one was five years old.

He has a lot of stress from work.

I have been trying to work on my health. I think my belly is getting bigger instead of smaller.

I hate my hair and for me that is the end of the world.

We burn candles a lot in the house. Today one was sitting on a book and it evidently burned down too far and it blew up. Cracked the glass holder and shattered it. I saved the book.

It's been raining, snowing, sunny, warm, cold, and windy this week so my joints are giving me a fit. And I'm feeling my age.

I'm ready for a rest.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Make it mine.

Make it mine. I want to take things that I like the shape of or the color of and add to or shift things to make them mine. The blouse on the left works for me as a one of a kind item and I could take two fabrics and a different pattern and make it work very well. I've gotten some things from thrift stores and ebay that I'm excited about till I try to wear them. OK. So now I'll try to find ways to use them as maybe a basis to make something entirely new.

In some ways I'm not a big fan of mixing patterns. I know that there are a lot of young girls out there that swear by it but I'm conservative when it comes to that. I have no problem with bright colors. I have no problem with highly patterned items in my wardrobe. Bit I prefer to wear them with solids. The picture at left is a combo I couldn't enjoy wearing.
 I see that it's really simple to add decoration to some items. I could see using leather, sequins, pretty fabrics, or trims and ribbons as in the pic. The neckline is also different from the average sweatshirt. The cuffs also. I think all of these items would be used to change the shirt. What if you used some cool fabric on the pocket and on the neckline. Or as arm patches. It would totally change the look.
 If I remember correctly, the dresses at right were designed by a designer from one of the Nordic countries. There have been some beautiful items produced by the designers there. I could see the items shown done in totally different fabrics and they would look nothing like what is there now. I envision a mix of Pucci style prints with matching colors. Or a sort of color blocking. It would be fascinating.
 I think pretty embroidery is a wonderful way to add my own stamp to things. On the dresses above, with the right material, embroidery could be used between layers and on the seams. It would completely change them.
And I would love to have some laces to add to those pieces. Beading and lace ate two things I'm crazy about. What fun I could have if I could ever get my butt in gear.

I am old enough to not be comfortable following the crowd in a lot of the trends. I'm old enough to know that some things that might look fine on someone else would be ludicrous on me. I won't be wearing tights, especially patterned ones. My legs look fine in pants. NO skinny jeans for me, or jeggings. In a lot of cases I don't think they are attractive. I like a nice smooth line, without horizontal creases. I'm not a boot person. I love to go barefoot. To me a jean jacket goes with jeans, not poofy skirts. These are my preferences. I've worked hard during the last few years to find a look I like. I have found several. So I will be the person I decide to be every day. No blind following of trends. I just want to look good when I put my glasses on.