Thursday, July 31, 2014

So Darn Grateful



 
I have been so fortunate in my life, in countless ways. Chief among them: being born to a good family in a healthy and wealthy part of the world (my family was not wealthy at all, but we had a house, running water, heat, and a backyard).

My family assumed I would go to college, and so I did. I've been employed almost 100% of the time for the last 38 years, never been homeless or missed a meal out of lack of funds. As I type, I'm looking at the Atlantic Ocean.

I had the great good fortune to meet Sandy, my best friend and now-husband, when I was 37 years old. We've barely shared a cross word in 22 years and, true to the old saw, never go to bed angry.

And so on. I am not religious, so I don't thank any deity, but I am grateful nonetheless for all the good fortune. Today I went to the doctor for my check-up. Nearly everything looks well, except for a few odd numbers on my blood tests. We're re-testing next week. And all of a sudden, good health seems the greatest fortune of all!

My doc and I are not overly concerned. I am irritated, however, that my cholesterol was high. How could that be - I am thin, a vegetarian, and never eat fried food. Doc told me it's from . . . sweets and carbs. Ah rats, the things I enjoy so well.


Sniff, sniff. I have to lay off the muffins. Recipe here, in case you have good cholesterol.

So add to the gratitude list:
  • A smart and kind doctor.
  • Health insurance (thank you, Obamacare, for making it more affordable).
  • Enough income to buy fresh and healthy food.
  • Permission to drink Chardonnay in moderation.
I can keep a few pleasures. Art from Etsy.


What's on your gratitude list today? Hope your day is calm and lovely, and stay fabulous,


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Yes to wine, no to cake.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What I Wore: The Scarf Stays In the Picture

This is a pretty basic outfit: thrifted white linen tunic and Old Navy denim pencil skirt. The addition of a bold scarf-as-belt makes a world of difference. Now there's a colorful focal point and the rest of the outfit can step back.

The nude platforms by Anne Klein (similar) go with, well, everything, and my red toes pop out nicely. I'm dressed for work in five minutes, woo-hoo! Hoping the rest of the day goes as smoothly, for all of us!  




Have a splendid day and stay fabulous,

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Visible Monday #135: Mad For Summer Plaid

Welcome to Visible Monday #135! 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.

These denim cropped trousers (thrifted/similar)) are probably down to under fifty cents per wear. They're great for both work and play. The newly thrifted Talbot's top, though, is a change of pace for me. I don't think I own anything else plaid, not even socks.

I was won over by the cute but not over-done ruffled neck and lightweight poly fabric. I added just my stone Beleza bracelet (similar) and blue suede shoes (sandals by Sofft). This is how I like my plaid - feminine and cool. The whole outfit is simple, but the plaid makes it more appealing.

The tank watch is from Target, a great everyday piece.



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Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekend Check-In: What's On Your Mind?




Time for another edition of Weekend Check-In. It consists of random thoughts, left over at the end of the week, about style and more. The fun part is you playing along in the comments.

I'll start an open sentence about fashion, or life, the universe and everything, and complete the sentence with whatever I'm thinking about. Then you finish the sentence with your own random thoughts.

 So, the (non) rules are:
  1. I start a sentence.
  2. I finish the sentence with my thoughts du jour, subject to change at any moment.
  3. You finish the sentence with your own response, in the comments, if you like.

This week's check-in: 

  • I'm currently fascinated with . . . The White Album. I've been listening to it on my iPod while I do housework. What an amazing mix of music. One of my personal favorites: Dear Prudence. John wrote it for Prudence Farrow (Mia's sister) when they were all studying with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. She was very flattered. What are you fascinated with?






  • If I stumbled on an extra $100, and had to spend it, this week I'd buy . . . this great swimsuit with sleeves! It would save me from having to wear my surf-shirt on top.

Available at Nordie's for $91.


  • Best meal of the week was . . . Corn casserole, baked beans and vinegar cole slaw at the barbeque joint. Vegetarian delight!

It was better than dessert. Delicious, full-fat recipe here.



Have a sun and fun weekend, and see you at Visible Monday,


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Secrets Revealed! A Liebster Award From Maricel

Talented blogger Maricel of My Closet Catalogue graciously bestowed on me a Liebster (means "dearest" in German) Award. Here's the earliest reference I found to the Liebster award online.

As a recipient, I am to answer whatever questions Maricel dreams up. Rather than asking specific questions, however, Maricel requested a sentence completion exercise. She's a teacher, you know, and skilled at giving homework. 

Here's Maricel. She's a babe, and a smarty too.

Since these sentences are so open, I decided to answer them within the domain of aging, beauty and style. You're not ready for my full autobiography, are you?

As a 59 year-old woman, professional, wife, and lover of style:

  • I see … myself physically aging, and I don't care for it, because inside I feel ageless and full of dreams. This numbering of years seems so arbitrary.
  • I find … life easier than it was in my 20's and 30's, even though my body is not as resilient. I worry less, hope more, and have learned the art of relaxation.
Who relaxes better than a cat? I love this little girl.

  • I have … more wisdom, more confidence and more attitude than I used to.
  • I wish … I'd had these qualities in abundance, sooner!
  • I miss … my Dad, gone too soon, and my biggest fan. We need all the fans we can get.

Dad and me at my wedding in October 2001.

  • I crave … experience, and beauty, and novelty, even though the familiar has become so dear. It's one of the paradoxes of aging.
  • I wonder … what other women of A Certain Age are thinking about? That's one of the reasons I started my blog.

This is the gorgeous Judith of Style Crone. We met in 2012, what a delight.

I've met up with the delightful Paula of Fashion Over Fifty twice!

And just had the pleasure of meeting wonderful Anne of Spy Girl.

  • I regret … not much. I wish I'd met Sandy, my best friend and husband, earlier in my life, but perhaps I wasn't ready for him yet?

Sandy and me a few years ago, at our old cottage.


I'd love to hear from all of you, how you'd respond to these questions. Please consider yourselves awarded a Liebster, as you are indeed Dear to me.


Have the very best day, and stay fabulous,

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Monday, July 21, 2014

What I Wore: Linen And Things

I think I'm in love with linen this year. Maybe it's just a crush, but I am wearing it most every day in the Florida heat. Here's a work outfit I put together for just a few dollars, starring a linen skirt.

The man's shirt (similar) is a thrift find for about $3, years ago. It's a soft, fine cotton, and it doesn't need ironing. The black linen skirt (similar) is a new purchase from the second-hand site ThredUp. It's by Grace Elements and cost about $6. And the cool obi belt was crafted by my friend Megan from two men's ties.


Only the shoes - my blue suede platforms by Sofft - were retail.
I used a sepia filter in this picture to complement the old drawing of NYC behind me.


Hey, I'm wearing two-thirds guy-stuff today. Thanks, men.


Have a cool, refreshing day, and stay fabulous,


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Weekend Check-In: What's On Your Mind?




Time for another edition of Weekend Check-In. It consists of random thoughts, left over at the end of the week, about style and more. The fun part is you playing along in the comments.

I'll start an open sentence about fashion, or life, the universe and everything, and complete the sentence with whatever I'm thinking about. Then you finish the sentence with your own random thought.

 So, the (non) rules are:
  1. I start a sentence.
  2. I finish the sentence with my thoughts du jour, subject to change at any moment.
  3. You finish the sentence with your own response, in the comments, if you like.

This week's check-in: 

  • I'm currently fascinated with . . . enamel rings. It started with this art deco stunner I found on Pinterest. Now I am on the hunt for a more affordable repro (thanks, Sheila, for the tip).  All suggestions welcome!
It was for sale at LangAntiques.com, but appears to have sold. Phew!


  • Best piece of reading (fiction or nonfiction) this past week . . . a thorough analysis of the value of mammograms, in Science News. They save surprisingly few lives, according to the research. I am still in favor, and continue to get one annually. 

The statistics are not impressive, but if you're the one whose life is saved, it's huge.


  • Best smile of the week . . .
It's the thought that counts . . .


Have a glorious weekend, and stay fabulous,




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Visible Monday is on its "off" week this week, so we can recharge, refresh, and be cool at the pool. ☺  We'll be back on Monday, July 28th (actually, the Sunday evening before)!