After seasons of shrunken blazers and boyfriend cardigans, I needed a fresher solution for a light coverup outdoors or to add polish while dealing with South Florida’s air conditioning. Now, I can’t stop buying these bomber jackets in different fabric and colors.
I like eating healthy and prefer vegetables to meat. I make cauliflower rice pizzas and vegan cookie recipes to see if I can land on a good one. But there are some things that just need to be left alone and enjoyed the way the food gods intended.
Making pretty zuchinni ribbons with my Spiralizer and putting a marinara sauce on it doesn’t make it pasta.
Which reminds me of a great quote by the wonderful actor Joan Cusack playing the role Cynthia, to Melanie Griffith’s, Tess in the 1988 movie, Working Girl. “Sometimes I sing and dance around the house in my underwear. Doesn’t make me Madonna. Never will.”
Let’s not get carried away.
While I have embraced my grey hairs, tailored my exercise to accommodate permananent limitations, wear eyeglasses/contacts to see, I have not fully accepted that my skin is no longer what it once was. I haven’t yet succumbed to botox, fillers or facial surgery and I am hoping I don’t– but never say never. Currently, I am arming myself with collagen powder taken once a day and using micro-needles to attempt to jump start some much need collagen production. Results remain to be seen…..
Time for my annual list of words or phrases that need a little space in time before employing them in our vocabulary. Cheers to 2018.
“PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violetcommunicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”
Oh my goodness, what does it say about me that I dislike this color? I am not original, I don’t have ingenuity, nor vision. I don’t have this regal purple anywhere in my home or in my closet. The only reason I would like it is if my child goes to a school with this color as its own. So Northwestern Wildcat purple–yes. Otherwise, no.
Marta Chrapka (eclectic furnishings with herringbone wood floors), Alexa Chung (playful modern vintage), Steven Gambrel (multiple individual light fixtures), Madeleine Vionnet (bias cut dresses), Linda Fargo ( white/grey bob) are all designers or fashion icons with a very recognizable style–a signature style. One glance of their imprint and you immediately recognize that what you are looking out is theirs. Most of us don’t share such a strong vision with the greater public. But our family and friends know how they view us and if at some point we try to make a change it can be jarring for them and for ourselves as well. Many hats, red nail polish bottles and clothes have been discarded in the name of my style evolution. A staple of my uniform– the white blouse, changes only so as to incorporate a whisper of a new trend–but it is still a white blouse. The produce man at the market looked at me the other day and said “Yep, white on white,” because wearing some sort of white is just me and even he knows it’s my signature.
I quite enjoy finer things–especially in small ways. We started using cloth napkins for dinner a few years back. It was a good way to not waste paper and it certainly elevates a meal to something that seems more impressive than it may be. It could be argued that washing adds more stress environmentally. Throwing cloth napkins in with other laundry really doesn’t feel eco -unfriendly. They should ironed but if you thread them through a napkin ring or like the rustic look, you really don’t have to. 100% cotton is a must.