January 31, 2018:


Today is the Super Duper Blue Red Full Eclipse Partial Eclipse Moon, depending on where you may be viewing from.

Three years ago this day was my last day of working and I retired after 46 years of full-time work. I've enjoyed every single moment of my retirement since then - three years and hoping for twenty more, we'll see how things go...

February and March can be cruel months in southeastern Wisconsin where I live. January itself was nutso here weather-wise, with two separate thaws. I don't ever remember getting two January thaws before, and many years none happened at all.

Before I know it I'll be headed to Las Vegas to visit my friends and celebrate some sunshine and warm weather, and see a show (I always try to squeeze one in). Meanwhile, I am continuing, slowly, to make this smaller retirement ranch into a home that makes me smile in every room. I still have lots to do, including major painting projects. I keep putting them off. Seems at 66 I'm not so keen on painting as I was at 36. Gee, I wonder why...


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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