Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Over 70 and Fabulous: Diana Rigg

I watched Game of Thrones last night (no spoilers, but hooray for one character's exit) and was blown away yet again by the sharp-tongued, sharp-witted matriarch Olenna Tyrell, played by Diana Rigg.

Her wrinkles are on full display, and she's otherwise covered from chin to toe in medieval costume. You cannot take your eyes off her when she's on screen. She's strong and in control without ever raising her voice, this one.

Diana plays a woman to be reckoned with. Source.

Diana Rigg started acting in film in 1959, but took her ride to international fame as Mrs. Peel on The Avengers television series from 1965 to 1968.  While unmistakably alluring, Mrs. Peel was also brilliant and capable. From Wiki:

[Mrs. Peel]is a heroine; she is rarely bested in any fight and is capable of rescuing [her partner John]Steed if he is in trouble. She is a master of martial arts and a formidable fencer. A certified genius, she specializes in chemistry and other sciences.

Her wardrobe is remembered mainly for black leather catsuits, but she only wore them for her first season. She later wore stretchy jersey jumpsuits in a variety of colors, as well as cutting-edge 60's fashions. A line of jumpsuits called "Emma-peelers" was created to capitalize on her popularity.

She told the show's costume designer she didn't like wearing leather, so they switched to stretch jersey.

Wearing some very cool 60's mod styles. Check the boots. With her co-star, Patrick Macnee

At 75, she's still lovely. She's said she had her eyes "done" in her 40's, but no
plastic surgery since. Photo: Heathcliff O'Malley for the Telegraph.

She was made Dame Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, so she's more properly addressed as Dame Diana Rigg. I love that. She's worked steadily on stage, in films, and on television to the present, and I hope to watch her for many more years.

Her thoughts about quitting: "I don't want to retire. I never want to retire. What's the point of it?"

And my favorite Mrs. Peel quote, still applicable in any dire circumstance: "Always keep your bowler on in time of stress, and watch out for diabolical masterminds"

Cheers to a fabulous actress, still working her craft and making waves.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Blogger Meet-Up With A Most Delightful Woman

What a pleasure to meet up with Anne Bray, author of Spy Girl, and numerous other must-see blogs (The Glutton's Progress, for example). As a stop on her On The Edge journey around the country — support it by buying some art here — Anne graced me with a visit to my little beach town.

She drove up in her Prius (I knew she would be an environmentally conscious woman), wearing a huge smile and fetching cotton shift dress. She looks even younger and fresher in person than on her blog (and we are both in our late 50's, go us).

We had such a good time, sipping and nibbling and getting to know each other.

The very next day, Anne saw a woman in sequined zebra shorts at a Starbucks, and sketched her.
We had no such artistic luck at our coffee house, but enjoyed all the views nonetheless.

In our brief visit we covered: family, cancer, travel, food, blogging, New York City (Anne used to Live There!), husbands, work, and music. And more. Anne is delightful, warm, super-smart and a great laugh-er.I hope to visit her in California soon, and continue the journey.

Visible Monday is on its "off" week this week, so we can recharge, refresh, and laugh out loud. ☺  We'll be back on Monday, April 21st (actually, the Sunday evening before)!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I Changed My Mind (Again), And Crop Tops Are Fab

Several of you commented on my post about "Never Say Never," that you'd wear a crop top if you found one that rang your chimes.

So in the spirit of Never S.N. I revisited the crop top. It's a fresh and playful look for summer, you were right. I would totally wear this, with a longer tank underneath. My belly skin, I do not show it to the world.

I like this summer look, with different sandals. TopShop.

I like this top too. It comes just to the waist, so cute. I'd wear a knee-length skirt.

The floral print is modern and the sleeve length is perfect. TopShop.

Is a crop top in your summer style plan? Have a fun-filled Saturday, and stay fabulous,

Visible Monday is on its "off" week this week, so we can recharge, refresh, and laugh out loud. ☺  We'll be back on Monday, April 21st (actually, the Sunday evening before)!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Falling In Love Again, But The Names Have Changed

Long floral rayon dresses were a mainstay in my closet in the 90's. That was post-corporate uniform years, and I was going to grad school/working in a casual office. I loved the flow of them, the dark florals and non-corporate vibe as well. The prices were reasonable. My husband called them "missionary dresses," but I didn't mind.

After school, I let most of them go to the donation pile and switched to wearing mainly separates. I own at least five pencil skirts and several full ones, and you'll see that most of my archived outfits consist of skirt-and-knit top/blouse. I have a small, beloved collection of Karina dresses, too.

Then just a few weeks ago, I bought this fine frock at Bella's Etsy shop. It rang my bells, with the feminine neckline, subdued floral print, and graceful length. You'll see it in a post soon:

Bella does the swingy dress proud.

This nostalgic dress re-ignited my love of the floral midi/maxi and I've started to hunt them down. It took several searches before I found the updated words for my dresses: grunge, revival, festival, and granny. So I am a grunge, festive granny, and proud of it.

I found this adorable dress on Etsy too (using the new magic search terms):

The brand is All That Jazz, one that I shopped a lot in the 90's.

At the Humane Society Thrift I picked up an 80's floral frock, sleeveless and just to the knee. It was $5, less than the glass of Merlot I celebrated with just after (including tip). Thrifting is good.

These dresses will be a fun element of my summer uniform, for both work and play. Washable, cool, feminine and a welcome change from my de rigueur black tee.

Have you re-fallen in love with any old favorites?

Have a festive Saturday, and stay fabulous,

Visible Monday is on its "off" week this week, so we can recharge, refresh, and laugh out loud. ☺  We'll be back on Monday, April 21st (actually, the Sunday evening before)!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How To Be A Minimalist, Revisited

I wrote a couple of years ago about how tough it is to be a minimalist when you have too much stuff. I think I always have too much stuff, although it's a relative perspective. The Hoarders on television are infinitely beyond me, but I still dream of rooms and closets like this:


and this:


There's nothing holy or magical about minimalism, and I'm a live-and-let-live woman: if you like collections, and feel good surrounded by beloved objects, that is very cool. A lot of stuff around me makes me anxious, however, and I will probably need to move onto a boat (or into a Manhattan studio) to truly streamline my possessions.

Sandy's parents recently moved from a (very full) 4,000 square foot home to a small apartment in Senior Living. It was hard for them to choose which possessions would make the journey. They have done it though, and are adapting well. The "extra" things have been given to loved ones, sold, and donated. The memories will always remain.

In my own minimalism journey, I've come across the "only one" concept. This calls for the paring down of our belongings to just one of each useful thing: one set of sheets, one spatula, one pen. Like many "rules for life" this one can sound crazy - why have one drinking glass per person, really? But there are areas where I could benefit from the power of one. Your life surely differs, and I'd love to hear your views, no wrong answers.

I could be happy with:
  • One great black cardigan.
  • One great purse (doing that now with my Coach).
  • Four beautiful wine glasses (one set), instead of the mismatched jumble I have now. 
These are so pretty. From Bed, Bath and Beyond.
  • One car. We've been a one-car family for fifteen years.
  • One bottle of perfume, my favorite.

But not happy with:
  • One scarf. How could I choose? I love them for color and creativity.
So many beauties to chose from. This one's from Nordie's.
  • One pair of boots. Well, I could do it, but where's the fun? If only one, though, these by Stuart Weitzman might do.
  • One lipstick. More is more. MAC makes some gorgeous lipstick.

  • One pair of jeans (hello, laundry?).
  • One cat. It is my doom to have multiple cats.
Three cats and their shadows. King just bit Skinny's neck and is licking his chops.

Have a splendid Thursday and stay fabulous,

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Look Good, Do Good: MarketPlace: Handwork of India

This is my third post about MarketPlace: Handwork of India, a company that's working hard to bring about real change in women's lives.

MarketPlace has a long history of helping low-income women run their own artisan businesses, and support their families. Here's an excerpt from their Mission Statement:

MarketPlace: Handwork of India is an innovative fair trade, not-for-profit organization which combines the experience of running a business with a variety of support programs designed to effect real, meaningful, and lasting change in the lives of low-income women in India. We work with 480 artisans who are organized into 14 independent co-operatives which produce high-quality women's apparel and home decor. Being in charge of their own businesses, the women learn valuable skills and are able to earn a living and support their families.

And also: their clothing and home decor items are truly original, beautiful, and reasonably priced. So, a big win when we shop there.

Beautiful, colorful pillows, curtains and more.

MarketPlace invited me to sample one of their new pieces for Spring/Summer, and I chose this reversible wrap skirt. It's got pockets and a generous wrap, so no unexpected flashing. I've loved this style since a was in college, and had quite a collection of cotton wraps back then.

I think the skirt will look fab with all different color tees for summer. For the office I chose a simple black top from GAP, a thrifted pendant, and my ever-cool Cydwoq booties. The print on the booties is a perfect contrast with the skirt!

The print looks like a dove of peace.

Could the booties be more perfect with this skirt?

A peek at the reverse side. Oops, booties are unzipped.

Please have a look at MarketPlace's new catalog and see if anything there tickles you. And have a terrific Tuesday, and stay fabulous,

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Visible Monday #127: The Happy Blues

Welcome to Visible Monday #127! 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.

Got the blues today - but only wardrobe-wise. I just bought this slouchy drop-hem sweater via ASOS. It's kind of matchy with my striped skirt (Target) but I'm happy with the look. Feeling extra-visibly Visible with my cerulean-blue tights and Tsubo booties (similar).

The guitar, usually seen as a hat, belonged to my beloved Dad.

Now, let's see 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.
  3. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinkz button "Add Your Link". It should open a new page.
  4. In the "Next Step", you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you're done!

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