January 31, 2018:

Hola!

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...

Jan

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Street Fashion in Madrid 2012

Boots of all kinds
HKM Madrid Waterproofs
89,95 British Pounds

Pashimas and scarves, cheap (3 for 10 euros at street vendors everywhere, 4 euros for one)
Silk screen printed scarfs were more expensive.  The scarfs with abstract art were selling the best
Animal-print scarfs were less expensive and not being bought, not even by the ignorant tourists (I include myself under that category) (indicates they're passe, darlings)
What was selling: 
Square traditional-style silk (synthentic silk) "scarfs" with "moderne" prints in black, grey and white
Square traditional-style cotton-blend "scarfs" with sewn-on ball fringe in black and rich "Moorish" designs in neutral colors (greys, greyish-greens)
Pashimas in deep, rich colors in all patterns other than animal print
Pashimas in neutral paisley

Black leather jackets, hip length or shorter - I saw nothing longer on the street worn by the ladies
Knee-lenth or longer mink coats (never shorter than knee-length; no fur jackets and no faux-fur seen - it was either the real thing or no fur at all)
For top of the line Spanish leather goods, shop Loewe

A lot of color-treated hair. Tawny shades and "reddish" shades (but nothing too bright or obviously fake)
For older women, light-colored shorter hair worn in layers - a rather "60's look" -- but you know what, that hair goes with those mink coats they wear
For younger women, long layers with caramel-colored highlights, but I also saw lots of short to medium-length bobs in all colors.
I did not see any stark blondes anywhere in Madrid among the Madrilenos, only a few tourists (thank Goddess!)

Skinny jeans everywhere - I can tell you personally that the H&M store on the Gran Via was HOPPING

Little girls do not wear jeans or slacks, even when playing in the parks! - only dresses or skirts and blouses

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