Friday, February 27, 2015

Sister Act Project: Style Is Ageless

Happy day - I've been invited to join February's Sister Act Project, created by Sheela Goh of the blog Sheela Writes. She's committed to the concept that style is ageless. For the Sister Act, Sheela invites bloggers from their teens to their, ahem, retirement years, to style a themed outfit. February's theme is "Sequins and Sneakers." 

Quoting Sheela, her goal with the Sister Act Project is:

" . . . to show the world that style isn’t an age-defining phase, it’s a lifelong adventure. Personally, I’ve never subscribed to the adage of age-appropriate clothing but rather, occasion-appropriate clothing that’s comfortable and fits well, all of which have absolutely nothing to do with how many times we’ve watched the sun come up and go down."

Here are the women of Sister Act/February, in their Sequins and Sneakers, of all ages and looking fabulous:

Carly (in her thirties) of ThirtySomething Fashion is casual and cool.
Jacket c/o Rehab, Sequin Top Elizabeth and James, Jeans Old Navy, Leopard Sneakers c/o C.Wonder


Adorable Eve of The World According To Eve (in her teens) goes all-out sparkly.
Sequin Sweater - don't remember  Sneakers - Pastry Shoes
Jeans and Necklace - Forever 21  Bangles - Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez Kmart Collection
The creator of the Sister Act Project, Sheela (in her forties) of Sheela Writes. Love her sparkles.
Sequin Shift Dress - Diane von Furstenberg Silver Leather Sneakers - Millau LF
Sunnies - Chanel Rings - gifts from Eve, from Karen London, from House of Harlow Spiked Cuff - Etsy

Lydie (in her twenties) of Art Becomes You is fabulous in hot pink sneakers and lipstick.
Skirt - Mango  Top - Mango  Trainers - Nike Air Thea Pink
Sequin purse - Marks and Spencer

I'm representing the Formidable Fifties, in a sequined Calvin Klein sweater, thrifted skirt and belt, and
Calvin Klein oxfords (I don't have any sneakers except for working out!)

How would you put together sequins and sneakers?
Stay fabulous,


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

What To Wear To Singing Lessons, And OCD

I love my singing lessons. I love the breathing, stretching, even the scales and lip trills. I struggle with my perfectionism and impatience, however. I want to be real good, real fast. That just doesn't happen, and especially not at age 59. I'm doing this for fun and the sheer joy of learning, not for an upcoming gig at Carnegie Hall. (But why don't I sound like Ella Fitzgerald yet?) Comparison is the thief of joy.

What to wear to voice lessons: I like to dress up a bit; it gives me better posture.  A full skirt and soft sweater are perfect. I ride my bike to the church where my teacher works, so I need a jacket of some sort, like this fabulous faux fur vest. Flat shoes are best for biking, and a cross-body bag.


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Someone told me tea is good for warming up the vocal cords. My teacher is so cool, he even recommends a small wine at lunch before lessons, to relax. Is that welcome advice or what?

My first song to learn is this sensuous classic by Cole Porter. I bow to the incomparable Ella:




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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Visible Monday # 149: My Coat Of Many Colors

Welcome to Visible Monday #149! If you want to participate, it's so easy: 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.

Neutrals again today, but covered with the most colorful coat in my closet. I'm wearing a thrifted multi-media tee (similar) over my beloved Old Navy tulle skirt (sim). A silver leaf pendant and stone bracelet (sim) add some twinkle. And my brag-about Donald J. Pliner boots (NYC thrift shop, $20, OK shut up now Patti).

The coat is by Trina Turk, and a splurge for me at the second-hand shop Twice. I think I paid about $60, and I don't regret it a bit. It adds charm to my mostly black, gray and navy wardrobe.

Red lipstick also adds a buzz to a neutral closet.

Great coat for any day's adventures, yeah?

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

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Just A Visible Monday Reminder

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

I'm just big-boned.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

What I Wore: Lots Of Black, And A Little Help From My Friends

I wear a lot of black. I'm not depressed or trying to look "slimmer" or any of that. I just like the way I look in it, it's easy to find in any (thrift) shop, and it doesn't show the Merlot spills.

All-black head to toe is a bit harsh for me. I opt to add a color, and/or a scarf or necklace, and fun shoes. I like the way this one came out, with a little help from my friends.

I'm not wearing a black dress, but a GAP tee and knit pencil skirt (old, similar). The little velvet shrug (sim) was a thrift find in NYC. I love wearing it; it's soft and silky and old-fashioned. My reliable Cydwoq booties, earning their keep after three winters. And my vintage bracelet (Citizen Rosebud) and hand crafted necklace (Suzanne Carillo) bring my friends close to me.

I "antiqued" my picture here, with PicMonkey. I was feeling old-fashioned.

I like the way this skirt gives me nice curves.

WAYWT (what are you wearing today?). I hope you're warm and safe.


Stay fabulous,

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New York Fashion Week: What I Like (For Us Non-Models)

I always thumb through the slideshows the New York Times publishes, of all the Fashion Week collections. This week, it's Runway for Fall 2015 (naturally, while it's the mid of winter  : > ).

Of course, some of the designs are extreme - but it's overall themes I look for. I know, from having seen the movie The Devil Wears Prada, that what's on the runway will eventually make its way to department stores, and for me, to the consignment stores.

Some of the trends that are showing up in multiple shows, and that I'm looking forward to, include: Dark metallics
Lots of dark florals
Furs and feathers (faux for me)
Asymmetry is big, again
Vintage 70's and Boho influences
And lots of purple and ink blue, along with ubiquitous black.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces. I'd love to hear what you think about what's coming down the runway. (I know, the models are all very young and very thin, and mostly white, so we'll use our minds to imagine our over-40, curvier, happier, and more diverse selves).

Diane von Furstenberg shows a pretty floral frock. Add three inches to the hem, and I am there.

DVF presented several floral dresses, this one with a gorgeous ink blue fur coat.
I only wear faux fur, and this one would translate well.

 My favorite fantasy dress from DVF. I love the reverse-image cut-outs. Make mine lined on top.

From Nicole Miller, dramatic dark metallics and asymmetry make this dress special. I don't love hose with holes,
but it's a look.

Love the shape and texture of this sheath from Cynthia Rowley. The sleeves are sheer; that's a huge trend for Fall.

My favorite blouse, in a dark tropical print, from Christian Siriano. Swooning for the shoes.

Feathers! And a cool retro 1970's sleeve. From Christian Siriano. I'd love it in blue.

Love the asymmetry of the bold stripes, and the midi length. From SUNO.

Great shape and print, with a whimsical hemline, from SUNO.

SUNO, a design house that uses prints and fabrics from Kenya, India and Peru, really had my number this season.
I would so wear this easy-fitting shift, with pockets.


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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Bloggers Rock It Like It's Real

I get much of my inspiration and aspiration from bloggers. More than from high-end fashion mags, and more than store displays or catalogs. I love seeing fabulous real-life women dressing their truth.

Here are some images from just the past week that inspire me:

Kelly (from Crete!) looks awesome in a shorter dress, tall boots, belted cardigan, and stand-out
necklace. Great sunglasses too. Fashion Me Blog.

I count on Judith and she never lets me down. Love the turban, the flowy skirt, and wrap
cardigan. Style Crone.

Always sporting a cutting-edge hairdo, Ariane also inspires with a subtle dark floral, vintage
suede belt and burgundy boots. Montreal Sud-Est.

Melanie is original, inspiring, and completely authentic in an oversize linen shift and
vintage leopard pumps. Bag And A Beret.

What's got you aesthetically energized this weekend?


Stay fabulous,

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