December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Stella McCartney's Color Block Optical Illusion Dress

I've been reading about this style of dress here and there.  It was featured at OMG Yahoo a few weeks ago and one of the sewing blogs I follow wrote about it a few days ago.  Personally, I think the original tri-color version is fall off the bar stool ugly. The women who are wearing the look are not in need of any figure enhancement illusions!  How would such a dress work on someone like me - with more padding around the waistline than is good for me?  Wouldn't do a damn thing, darlings!

This version of the Stella McCartney dress costs $1595.  For what, I ask you?  Of course, if you're Kate Winslet, you can afford that kind of piffling money for a new look but, trust me Kate, your're gorgeous without any "figure enhancing illusion."  Don't let anyone tell you you're not drop dead gorgeous because you're not built like a frigging walking stick!  Here's the story at the Beloved Rag, The New York Post.  You can see another (different) photo of the beautiful Ms. Winslet in this dress, as well as photos of Kim Kardasian in the identical dress and Liv Tyler (wearing a blue and black version) from Fox News.

Sorry, Stella, the white top part emphasizing the boobs looks
like a poorly-executed cheerleader's outfit.

I found not one but three similar looks while window shopping at Macy's online, each less expensive than the other and all under $100 (one on super-sale)!  Fashion Nirvana!
Calvin Klein color block sheath, $139.50 on sale for $79, Macy's.
NY Collection color blocked sheath, $54 at Macy's.
Yes, that's the regular listed pricde!


Alfani color-blocked dress, Macy's, $99.
I like the capped sleeves and neckline particularly.

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