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

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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