Monday, February 1, 2016

Cheetah, Cheetah, Cheetah

 I feel this post is so rushed. When I retired, I told my students,"old teachers never really retire, they just come back to haunt you as substitutes". And last week was a lot of haunting, five full days of it. I wasn't going to do a post but then I realized that Monday is Judith's of The Style Crone, Hat Attack. A month has gone by, really? Where did the time go? I take it as a good sign that life finds me busy enough to not fully realize time is racing.

The photos, of course, I had. Photography is one of my passions.  But there's the writing and that's the challenge (for me, at least). O.K, here goes..............

A day before Michael's birthday he asked me if we could go to my hat store Exclusively For You  located in the south part of Kansas City.

My husband was asking me to take him hat shopping? You can bet I didn't turn him down! By the time it was over, we had made their day. Michael took three home and for me, it was two. 

I was going to be good and just get a navy Pillbox that I had eyed on an earlier trip. But then I saw the Cheetah and it was love. Already having other cheetah prints, this was a no brainer and I love deeply rolled brimmed hats. I can look out at the world and feel sightly incognito and invisible.

I had Michael snap some pics just as we were going out for home improvement and grocery shopping. Originally I had a cheetah print scarf on too, but saw myself in the mirror and it was Cheetah overkill. So that got switched to the brown with the copper metallic threads. 

Black leather jackets are my my main "go to" for everyday. I have two; one if it's cold and one if it's not too cold. This one is from Jones New York. My flats are Steve Madden and the purse is B Makowsky. My gloves are some of my favorites, black velvet with Cheetah print cuffs (Marshalls, last year). That brown and metallic scarf is one of my "thrifty" finds. 

 Up, close and personal now. I wanted this picture because of this necklace that I purchased from Elmidae, a designer out of Chicago.  It has chained fringe and I have been enjoying it about two years.

Plus, this photo shows a great silk/cotton beaded top that was a "thrift" find. This top is a yellow leaning camel silk/cotton mix with beaded accents. I love it and love going to great thrift shops.

Sometimes I find nothing, but sometimes I find amazing things.  I am willing to take more chances with styling and if I get tired of something, I just give it back so someone else can enjoy it. I probably won't be taking this particular top back for someone else to love! I think it only needs me.

Another reason I like this picture, is that I can clearly see how my "going natural" is progressing. Eight months ago, I decided to try, AGAIN, to go the way of my natural hair color. I felt my hair was thinning (or falling out way to much). I've tried to go "au natural" twice previously, but just wasn't ready and always went back to my stylist. I think this time I am ready. 

Bells and Whistles  

Only a Bell today and it is  Rainbow Honey's Oni , which is a dark brown with gold and bronze shimmer and part of their Yokai Collection. Rainbow Honey is a smaller Boutique Cosmetic firm that hails out of Brooklyn, NY. 

Still Life With Cheetah

This week I am styling with The Style Crone's Hat Attack HERE, Patti's Visible Monday Here, Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike Here, Cherie's Shoe and Tell Here, Shopping My Closet's Style Me Wednesday  HERE Dawn's Fashion Should Be Fun Friday Here, and Link Party With Osy HERE.

Until later......take care  Terri 

And, a picture of Michael in one of his Exclusively Yours hat. It's not a great picture but a picture it is. 

Photo Credits
Portraits: Michael
Nails and Still Life: Terri 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Of Things Symphonic

A few times during the year, Michael and I venture up to Kansas City to enjoy The Kansas City Symphony. For all the years we have been together (since 1970), classical music has been one of our shared loves. Now with the beautiful Kaufmann Center For the Art, our visual love of art and architecture is also nourished. 

The evening's concert was music by Vaughn Williams and Sir Edward Elgar, two of our favorite British composers. 

I donned one of my LBDs for the occasion and added a few  accessories that suited my mood. For this Saturday night,  I used gray and silver with a small flash of rhinestone.

It's cold at the moment in the Midwest, so a coat is essential. I paired my red Via Spiga with this look.

As usual, I have collected pieces from everywhere. Here's the low down. I do this with bullets. It easier for me to organize everything and I hope it is easier for you to follow.

  • My LBD is new or secondhand new. It was a score from Goodwill. I call these pieces my GW Courteur. You can't see the detail because it's black but there are triangular panels going down the front. 
  • The statement necklace is Isadora by Stella and Dot and sourced on Ebay.
  • The purse is Coach. I'm on the online Coach Outlet sale group. I'm not sure how I got there. They say you have to sign up in a store now. I just know that I've gotten some great deals.
  • Bracelet-Kohls
  • rhinestone earrings-TJ Maxx
  • Grey suede shoes-Ralph Lauren-Tuesday Morning, of all places  
  • As previously said, my coat is Via Spiga that I found on Ebay. I got one last year for my youngest daughter (I got so tired of seeing her in this old blue coat) and liked it so much that I got a red one.
  So as you can see, I hardly ever go to a regular department store or mall. There's just no fun in that.

I still like to get behind the camera. 

Still Life in Black and Grey #1

 Bells and Whistles
Bells and Whistles is my choices of polish and  perfume for the look. I won't have this all the time, but occasionally I will sneak it in. 

 The Bell for today is Zoya's Imogen, a PixieDust. Zoya is the great enabler. Get on their mailing list, and they give you some deals you can't refuse. I won't wear black only on my nails. But give me some black with flash, that's a different story. Imogen, with it's holo glitter,  is like a galaxy on your nails. I will tell you that I did first put a base coat of pure black on (Zoya's Willa). Be forewarned, if you try PixieDusts or any glitter based polish, they are the dickens to get off. 

In my still life, I have two other bottles of polish shown and I have worn them also with this ensemble. They are shown on a different blog found here.

The Whistle for today is  Eric Buterbaugh's Florals Sultry-Rose. I do not own this this gloriously simple beautiful bottle.  I am a big believer of small samples and purchase my perfumes from Perfume Court. I can experiment with different scents and especially enjoy Perfume Court's theme sets. Does anyone else do this, or am I just a tad weird?

 Once upon a time I said, " I will raise a Rose but not wear a Rose". Eric Buterbaugh put a stop to that nonsense. This perfume is deep and mysterious. The top notes are Rose, Passionfruit and Pepper. Check out the links for the middle and bottom notes. This one is glorious. The creator is llias Ermenidis who created it for himself but gave it it Eric as a tribute to his flower artistry.   

Of Things Architectural 

OK, now it time for the art teacher (retired) to take over. I love I have to talk about The Kauffman Center. This structure has put Kansas City on the map. Designed by Moshe Sadfie, it is just  gorgeous and at night, I can't tell you how beautiful it is. It's an hour drive each way, but it is so worth it! So goes the life of livin' in the country and goin' to the city!

The exterior of the Kauffman Center of the Arts, designed by Moshe Sadfie

Helzburg Hall, the performance hall of the symphony.

 This is the interior of the smaller performance space, The Murial Kauffman Hall. And I will have to admit, I enjoy being in this space rather than the larger Helzburg Hall. It seems like a jewel box to me and there's not a bad seat in the house. The performances always seem close and personal. This is the home of the Kansas City Ballet and The Lyric Opera. Rachelle and I just recently saw the ballet's The Three Musketeers performance.

That's it for today. Take care, Terri

I'm linking up with Patti's Visible Monday HERE,  Catherine's
#iwillwearwhatilike HERE, Cherie's Shoe and Tell HERE

Photography by Rachelle Gardner-Roe of StudioRMG

Monday, January 18, 2016

It Was A Windy Day In Joplin

We certainly didn't need wind machines on this day. Mother Nature did just fine. January 9th in Joplin probably wasn't the most cooperative day to take a few photos.  But earlier, I made a deal with my Grandson; if he would take some pictures of me I would return the favor and take some shots of him. A deal was struck and Grandmother and Grandson braved the elements (along with my girls, Sophia and Millie) to pursue some photographs. 

Today's post features "Candied Yam", my Tri-Becca velvet hat. Tri-Becca Design is the creative efforts of Rebecca Lawrence. Rebecca lives, works and creates in Kansas City, Missouri. I met her through The Kansas City Fiber Guild and immediately knew I needed one of her hats. As a lover of orange and vintage pins, this chapeau quickly found its way to my head. 

I've already related about my hat, but there are some other things in this photo that I am very fond of.  And here they are....................
  • My bag is a vintage Rodo (Ebay). Rodo of Italy has been creating beautiful purses since 1956. If I do many of these "my style" post, Rodos will pop up quite a few times. 
  • The jacket is from last year's clearance sale from a little boutique "What To Wear" in Butler, Missouri. It was on 90% clearance and I do love big lapels.
  •  The scarf I am wearing is a wonderful mix of cheetah print and lace. You will see more of it below. It was a thrift-shop score and I so love those senior days at Goodwill!
  • The shoes are brown and black heeled loafers from Tods (Ebay again). I enjoy wearing brown and black together.
  • My slacks are 100% lined silk (again Ebay) Charter Club. I believe that is a Macy's brand. For years, I wore them with a fuller leg. This Fall, I decided I wanted a slimmer look. I pretty much ripped them apart and refashioned them. A sewing machine has been an important part of my life since I have been ten. 
  • The gloves came from Marshalls. Marshalls and T.J. Maxx are two stores I occasionally visit.

We first started out in the yard because that was where the girls went. I looked down at my feet (which I found to be covered in snow) and decided it was time to head for the concrete. I'm holding Sophia. And I have to comment on Sophia's attire. It is a gold coat with a leopard fur collar and also line in the same material. Sometimes we just sort of match!

Fashion is fun for me when I can put together things from everywhere. It's like a game and has always been one of my hobbies. Below is just a few things that I used for this look.  I threw in some Tortoiseshell because I love it with brown tones and am always on the lookout for new pieces. 

Oh and that pin. I just love this pin! The burgundy crushed velvet-Love!

I made good on my word and Harrison had a great time demonstrating his skateboard skills for me. Here's a collage of my photographer, Grandson, and skateboard enthusiast. Plus, I can tell you this kid is very fashion savvy and gives his Mom and I fashion critiques quite regularly!

One more thing, I wanted to give the link to Tri-Becca Designs. So that's it. 

Except, I would enjoy any comments. This is only my second "My Style" post and I would love some feedback. 

Take care, Terri

I'm linking up with Patti's Visible Monday HERE,  Catherine's
#iwillwearwhatilike HERE, Cherie's Shoe and Tell HERE and Shopping My Closet HERE.