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

Monday, September 3, 2012

Fashion Night Out 2012

Hola darlings!

I am happy to report that Milwaukee, WI is joining in the 2012 Fashion Night Out Celebrations across the land on September 6, 2012!

I first became acquainted with Fashion Night Out a year ago while visiting St. Louis to attend a meeting of the Chess Collectors International and the Kings v. Queens Chess Tournament at the St. Louis Chess Club in a tres trendy re-gentrified district.  The area of St. Louis in which my gal-pal Isis and I stayed was beautiful, the hotel was uber-swanky (we had a mini-suite at a fab price), we felt like princiesses, and the weather gave us a break in early September by not being TOO hot and humid.  Thanks, St. Louis!  It was there I first read about Fashion Night Out.  I did not have a chance to do any serious shopping while in St. Louis, but now that I know Milwaukee stores in the trendy Third Ward area near downtown will be participating, conveniently after working hours (6-9 p.m.) I will stop by and have some champagne.  Buy something too.  None of my clothes are fitting these days as I've lost 11 pounds since the beginning of June, and although I swore up and down that this weekend I was going to take in a lot of my slacks... Well, it didn't happen.  Sigh.  Didn't even get the grass cut! Mom's health issues and sudden new information from Mom that added new to the family tree kept me fully occupied.  Really, I know I should be more concerned about well-fitting slacks!

I urge you to check and see if there is going to be Fashion Night Out "dos" in your area and to attend and support your local merchants.  Here's the blog from Bon-Ton -- in Milwaukee they operate Boston Store, one of my favorite places to shop, particularly since Gimbels went out of business in the 1980s (I was born and raised to be a loyal Gimbels shopper).  I still miss Gimbels, and I'm glad Boston Store is still around!

For Milwaukee Fashionistas, more information on the doings in the Third Ward after work on September 6th can be found at M Magazine! 

I would love to try on one of those color block dresses that has the black inset panels on the side, a very slenderizing look so I'm told. Check out these two Calvin Klein dresses on sale at fabulous prices at Boston Store right now:
Calvin Klein: $88.99 on sale now at Boston Store!

Calvin Klein, $87.99 on sale now at Boston Store!


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