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, February 5, 2012

Seeing Red

One of my favorite colors, it takes up several hangers in my closet, and that doesn't include a pale pink fisherman's knit cotton turtleneck, a deeper pink cotton turtleneck, or a wine-colored cotton blend cableknit sweater!  In honor of Valentine's Day, soon to be with us, and in honor of Boston Store, who put together a very clever marketing campaign:


Calvin Klein ruffled sweater dress, on sale for $61.59 from $118.00.
It has great lines (figure-flattering for those of us without waistlines) and a great color.


Ellen Tracy "jewel side" dress (there's a "jewel" at the waistline).  I find the jewel tacky but the dress is otherwise lovely (it reminds me of a Grecian goddess dress) and could go from work to cocktails - just remove the "jewel" before you wear it!  Originally $134.00, now on sale for $69.99.


Evan-Picone Surplice V-neck dress with gently ruched side, a gorgeous dress!  I love the slightly more ruby-toned red, too.  Originally $99, marked down to between $60 and $70 (not sure why the price differential, unless they're charging more for larger sizes -- you know "more material", argh!)


I am in serious love with this mini-handbag that measures a mere 7½" x 5½" x 2".
It has great lines, love the faux-croc, and a shoulder strap you can use if you choose.
It's Relativity's "Charmed" Crocco mini-bag on sale for $24.50, originally $35.


No, Boston Store has not hired me to shill for them!  Check out these classic pumps.  Now I'm
not a platform shoe gal; in fact, my last encounter with a pair of heels (in St. Louis) did not
go very well, but these almost look - well - comfortable!  How that could possibly be,
I've no idea.  They're by Circa Joan and David, called "Pearly" and on sale for $89.


This sweater is more my speed, darlings :)  It's by Jones of New York and marked down from $99.00 to an incredible $22.20.  The description says "slightly open stitching" and "cami not included" --
well, guess I'd better buy a red bra and cami!  Wooooo woooo, getting sexy in my old age.  As long as this isn't a "dry clean only" number, this is going home with me tomorrow night after work.

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