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The Perfect Swimsuit Bottom

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The Perfect Swimsuit Bottom
When you live in Florida and have a pool, having more than one  swimsuit is the norm. For me, it means having eight or ten. That's right. I have many swimsuits because I'm always looking for something better. 
We cruise a lot, as well. I always take three or four suits, so I can depend on a dry suit at all times. 


My preference is the tankini. I love the idea of having a top and bottom, so I can buy each piece separately. It gives me the freedom to buy a different size for the top and bottom. 
I finally found a few tops that I love because I was able to buy them by the bra size. That always helps. I look for solid straps and avoid halter styles. I find that the tie around my neck pulls.
Bottoms, though, can be tricky. I have skirt bottoms and brief bottoms. The problem with the bottoms is how they sit on or below my waist. If I wear a swimsuit top that is more of an A-line style, the top floats up in the water exposing my midriff. I hate that. If the top…

The Perfect Summer Purse

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The Perfect Summer Purse
I love purses or as we say in Maine, pocketbooks. I always stop and look at the purses when shopping. Sometimes, I buy a purse just because I like the look, regardless of the fact that my wallet will not even fit into it.
My hunt for purses is always ongoing. This past year, I've been looking for the perfect summer purse. I really wanted a straw purse with the round bamboo handles. Unfortunately, the ones I loved were always out of my price range. Until, I found something a little different than the straw purse that caught my eye.

I found a B.O.C. purse that met all the needs I wanted in a summer purse. I love the combination of off white and brown with gold detail. It also  has handles and a strap, so I can carry it a variety of ways:  crossed over, looped over my arm, or off my shoulders. 
It also has enough room for my wallet, phone, sunglasses, and most of the other items I really need.
This purse is my summer go to purse. I have many others, but this one w…

The Perfect Bra

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The Perfect Bra
Today is the longest day of the year; and therefore ladies, it means we will be wearing our intimate apparel longer than most days. Now, I'm not one to talk about intimate items, especially bras, but I'm making an exception today.
I found a bra that is the best and most comfortable bra I have ever owned. I discovered it by reading another fashion blog. I immediately went to the manufacturer's website, but then spent more than a month trying to decide if I wanted to spend the money for this super bra. Finally, I did and I couldn't be more pleased. 
It doesn't matter whether you are an A cup or a DD cup, this bra is made for the lady who is experiencing some back fat. That's right, many of us do not have a streamlined back. We deal with bulges whether big or small. Now, honestly, can you put on a bra and not see some bulges in your back or sides? Or, can you see bra lines when you wear a clingy top? If you don't have any of these issues,  then th…

Enjoying Hobbies

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Enjoying Hobbies
I love retirement, but I do get restless. I have to be creating whether I'm writing, knitting, or sewing. One of my favorite relaxations is sewing scarves into kimonos or dusters. My sister and I have enjoyed this activity together. In fact, we have taken our wares to a number of arts and craft shows.

Even though I create other clothing items from scratch, I'm drawn to the endless possibilities of scarves. With all the patterns, fringe, and decorations on today's scarves, it's an endless world of new design.
My kimono today is one of my favorite finds. It has sparkly silver and gold fashion studs with long fringe.



The lavender color is soft, and the rayon material is light enough for summer.
I played with some outfits, but finally decided to display my scarf kimono with basic white. The results are below:
I'm wearing a darker lavender colored sleeveless tank with white capris. I tossed on my simple lavender/gray sandals, as well. Because the decoration…

Touch of Gray

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Touch of GrayMy mother used to refer to Monday as Blue Monday. She called it blue Monday because it was laundry day. The expression reminded me of a sad day. After all, we associate colors with feelings and blue can be a sad color, or it can be a relaxing color.
The same is true when we think of gray. It's sort of a dismal color, yet there are so many shades of gray that can be calming and soothing. I love silver gray, and I especially love a gray with a touch of lavender or blue. And you can't beat dark gray as a fashion stable. 
Today, my outfit is a touch of many grays. And what is great about this outfit is the cost to put it together. I spent little to make a big statement outfit. 
Let's take a look at what I created. 


I started with dark gray capris that I bought at Walmart. The capris are part of the new line of clothing called Time and Tru. Ladies, these capris are so comfortable and so affordable. You can get them for less than $15. 
Next I added a cream white top. I l…

Fun With Tees and Shorts

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Fun With Tees and Shorts
I love wearing tees and shorts in the summer because they are so comfortable in the Florida weather. One thing I like to do is add a few accessories to make my simple outfit a little fun. 
First, I begin with my shorts. My choice is slightly above the knee in a straight style. I don't like wide leg shorts because I have skinny legs. I also like a slimmer look with few or no pockets. 
T-shirts are perfect for the hot weather. I prefer a 100% cotton shirt with either a V neckline or a scoop neck. I avoid men's tees because the necks are too high and the body is too straight. 
I then begin to accessorize. The result is below:


My first accessory is a hat. I like hats when the sun is out. I added a headband to match my tee, and picked out a purse that has the same tan color.
Jewelry combinations include an old lia sophia turquoise braided necklace and my sister's hand made braided leather bracelet we just put on Etsy. You can see her bracelet here.



I finished …

Fun With Polka Dots

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Fun With Polka Dots
Mixing prints and patterns can be intimating. What works, so you don't look like a two-year old who dressed herself?
I've found that you can't go wrong if one of the patterns is either a stripe or a polka dot. I also found that keeping the same color combination works, as well.
My polka dot top has been living in my closet for at least eight years. I've pulled it out a few times and wore it with a solid black, but I never thought of mixing it with a pattern. Because I like to create, I decided to pair my polka dots with a print jacket.
And here's my outfit:
I chose white shorts and sandals and accented my black and white with a red purse. My statement necklace is an old lia sophia piece. It works great with so many outfits and the pendant is removable. 
The larger polka dots work with the jacket. Smaller polka dots would be lost in the jacket's large pattern. The purse adds a touch of color. I'm still looking for a great statement necklace i…