Sunday, April 19, 2015

Visible Monday #153: The Flowers Are Blooming

Welcome to Visible Monday #153! If you want to participate, it's so simple: just go to the bottom of this post for the how-to. Please be kind and leave a link to Not Dead Yet Style in your post.

 It's full-on summer heat here so my long sleeves, boots, and heavy scarves are put away. Hello to cotton, linen, and cute sandals. Here's a light and bright summer look I put together for under $20.

The long cotton skirt (similar) is via eBay. It's Boho in a quiet way and I like that. The sleeveless zip top is by Phillip Lim for Target (sim), picked up at Molly Mutt for a couple of dollars. I love the Asian print. Under it is a simple olive tank from GAP (sim). Add my gifted sandals (sim) and a gorgeous vintage bracelet (oops, that one broke the budget, but so worth it) and it's a look.

A new camera and a new filter brightens me up.


Outdoor pictures are really great with the new Canon PowerShot. And the succulents are flowering!


Now, show us what you're wearing, Visible Women!!

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  1. Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
  2. Include a link to Not Dead Yet Style somewhere in your post. Please leave a comment, too, so we know you had a good time.
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  4. In the "Next Step", you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you're done!



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Visible Monday Invitation

Just a reminder - to have a fantastic day, and to come by for Visible Monday tomorrow evening.

It's not this kind of party.


Visible Monday starts Sunday at around 5PM. Be there for the best blogger party and the finest style on the webz!


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

What To Wear For Lunch Downtown

Lunch with an old friend is a treat, and I had lunch with Jenny today. Jenny and I have been friends for over twenty years. We went to graduate school together, and she went on to get her doctorate in counseling. She officiated at our wedding back in 2001. A most accomplished woman, Dr. Jenny.

Always a good choice for a lunch downtown: a colorful dress, wedge sandals, a light scarf to stay comfortable in the air conditioning, and a bright handbag. The temperature is in the mid-80's already, so not much more is necessary. Something like this:


Lunch With Jenny



Stay fabulous, and call an old friend,

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What I Wore: Preppy Woman

I like a clean preppy style some days. It's simple and timeless. I do have to rough it up a little bit, so as not to fit into any one style slot.

A crisp striped shirt (this one by Ralph Lauren was thrifted; similar here) goes with everything. Today I paired it with scruffed-up corduroys from GAP (similar) and a skinny yellow belt for a pop. The oxfords are from Calvin Klein (similar), who can be relied on to deliver a clean look.

I'm wearing my clip-in bangs; straight hair has a more classic look.

With a Tahari blazer (thrifted, similar) I could almost go to the office - except I am retired.  : >

Do you go for a dose of preppy every once in a while?

Stay fabulous,

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

How To Dress, According To Iris

She's an icon and one of my role models for aging. Wear what you love, and listen to your heart:





Stay fabulous,

Browse some risk-taking styles with me. Would you try a jumpsuit, a tuxedo, bright coral lipstick?
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Friday, April 10, 2015

A Luxurious Handmade Dress By PIOL

My style is not usually associated with high-end bespoke dresses. I am a thrift store/consignment/get it on sale kind of woman. But it's wonderful to visit the other world of fashion, and PIOL dresses recently gave me that opportunity. PIOL is all about custom-sewn dresses in luxury fabrics; their motto is "Your Perfect Go-To Dress."

And they are about perfection. The selection process for your dress is like going to a fine tailor and/or designer. First, PIOL's site walks you through the process of choosing your best colors, using your hair, eye and skin colors. My most flattering colors were determined as ULTRAMARINE BLUE / MIMOSA YELLOW / STRAWBERRY PINK / BEAVER BROWN. (That last one doesn't sound as splendorous as the others, but the color is dreamy.)

Some of the gorgeous fabrics

Then you select your dress silhouette and fabric. Choosing the fabric is really fun, as you can "see" your dress taking shape. I gravitate toward neutrals, and blues, and solids, and a looser silhouette. So in the spirit of a new adventure, I chose a deep pink print, and a fitted sheath, with short sleeves and a V-neck.

Finally, you enter lots of measurements; I always add a little "ease" because I prefer a body-skimming fit to body-con. And your custom dress will arrive about three weeks later. And you will love it.

Accessorized with chunky faux pearls (similar) and thrifted silver wedge sandals (sim).



I am usually a tightwad  - except for trips to NYC - but sometimes we can luxuriate in the opposite direction. It's like singing - you have to reach low and relax to sing high notes; it's a paradox. Yes, these dresses are pricey at about $500, but they make a delightful splurge for a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or any happy moment when you want fortune on your side.

My PIOL dress fits perfectly, and feels substantial and silky and drapey. It makes me walk taller and curse less (Heck yeah, I'm a lady!). Customer service was outstanding - fast and responsive and professional. I'm sending a big thanks to PIOL for the opportunity to work with them and for the stunning dress.

And a special offer for you: If you'd like to own a bespoke dress, just go to the PIOL site and walk though the selections. Then insert VN315 into the box that says PROMOTIONAL CODE at the Final Checkout Page - and you'll receive $100 off the dress price.

Stay fabulous,

Disclosures: I am participating in a Vibrant Influencer campaign for PIOL Dress. I have received complimentary product for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are completely my own. I am in no way affiliated with PIOL Dress and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A Simple Skirt As The Core Of My Summer Wardrobe

I like wearing cotton or linen skirts all Florida summer. A couple of skirts, and some loose linen trousers and I am set for the bottom half. Then I add solid tanks on top, or blouses and shirts with some personality. Earrings, sandals, lipstick, done.

I recently bought two ivory cotton skirts (similar) via eBay, one pleated and one tiered in true Boho style. You'll see them soon on my outfit posts. Total cost for both was about $40.

Here are some creative ways I imagine styling my skirts (although a simple cotton tank will do service most days). For going to the pub with Sandy, for movies, singing lessons and lunch with friends, this is what I'd like to wear:


My Best Skirt



Are you a skirt person, or do you prefer shorts/capris for Summer?

Stay fabulous,

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