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The calendar may say it’s spring, but in many parts of the country the reality is cool weather, even snow. For the last few years I’ve kept my eye out for a duster, the perfect solution for chilly mornings. Dusters generally bring to mind images of cowboys and gunslingers or Kurt Russell and Sam Elliott, walking the streets of Tombstone, Arizona, in long black coats.

Dusters are stylish alternatives to coats and blazers.

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PAIR SOFT PINK WITH ARMY GREEN FOR A GIRL MEETS BOY LOOK.
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When I think of spring I think of pastel colors. They gently usher us from winter to spring. With the dark greys and browns of winter, it’s no wonder we crave the sunny hues come spring time. I’m not really a pastel kind of gal, but as spring approaches I find myself wanting to wear the soft, creamy shades of baby blue, cornflower, peach, spearmint, blushing pink, and lilac. Continue Reading

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FROM STUDIO 54 AND PHOTOGRAPHIC & RUNWAY MODEL, TO ASSOCIATE BROKER, RUTENBERG REALTY, NYC AND MODEL

By Brenda Coffee content editorial director Mark Grischke photographer Noel Sutherland

Many of you know Dovanna Pagowski from her engaging and artistic Instagram page, but did you know Dovanna was part of the infamous stardust days at Studio 54, where nothing and no one was too weird; where Bianca, Mick and Andy partied with Halston, Sinatra and Streisand?

“YOU COULD HAVE A MAN IN A WEDDING DRESS, NAMED ROLLERINA, ROLLERSKATING BACK AND FORTH ON THE DANCE FLOOR WITH A TIARA AND A WAND. THEN YOU’D HAVE PRESIDENT CARTER’S MOTHER THERE AND SOMEBODY BEHIND THE COUCH, DOING INCHES HIGH PILES OF COCAINE… IT WAS INSANE!”

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNIFER DENTON ©1010ParkPlace, 2018
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This week I’m breaking out of my more tailored style and wearing something a little more trendy… bell sleeves. Also I’m layering bracelets and necklaces and instead of the smaller purses I prefer, I’m carrying a basket! Part of me wants to say, “Who are you, and how did this happen?” The how is easy… I went shopping with my friend, Heather Wolff, former owner of Worth New York in San Antonio. As a longtime clothing consultant, Heather has a well-developed eye for putting outfits together.

When I told Heather I only have dress up clothes and gym clothes, she said, “You have a life in-between. You need clothes for your life!”

The cute belle sleeve, cotton tunic I’m wearing is from Beach Lunch Lounge. Below I’ve included one from the same brand that has two-tiered, bell sleeves plus a couple that offer more coverage for the hips and thighs.

My white Lafayette 148 pants I bought four years ago. Their clothes really speak to our age group. The key to wearing white pants is to buy ones made with a thicker fabric so you can’t see every detail of your body and your underwear; preferably buy pants that stretch, and don’t wear them skin tight and NO WHITE LEGGINGS!

My shiny, gold sandals are Stuart Weitzman. I bought them last year, but they’re still available. Every time I wear these, someone always asks where I got them. Stuart Weitzman’s are a splurge, but they have shoes that fit my narrow feet. In case you missed it, here’s a recent post of MY OVER 50 READER’S LIST OF COMFORTABLE SHOES. 

I’ve been calling this bag my “Dorothy From Oz” basket. It’s so out of the norm for me, but I love it! The wicker is fun and fresh and deep enough to carry makeup, lunch, even another pair of shoes. There are so many cute, wicker bags right now. They come in colors, some with pom poms and tassels, and you can find them as big or as small as you want.

And if you’d like a real, wicker picnic basket for two, here’s one that includes everything except the food the and picnic blanket! Also I love the two-tone, Mark Cross bag with black leather top handles and 18kt gold-plated brass hardware. It’s way out of my price range, but it’s something Princess Grace would have carried in Monaco.

Did you know when Grace Kelly was making “Rear Window” with Jimmy Stewart, director Alfred Hitchcock called his friend, Gerald Murphy, the owner of Mark Cross and asked him to make a bag for her to carry in the film? The bag continues to be produced, today, and it’s called The Rear Window Overnight Case… $4,000!

My bracelets and earrings are by Julie Vos. We’ve done a couple of Julie Vos Giveaways here on 1010ParkPlace. I love her pieces. The design and skill that goes into each one… They look like they are 10 times more expensive than they are.

The three necklaces I’m wearing are from Bittersweet Designs by Laurie Lenfestey. You can check her website, but I didn’t see any of the grey pearl and baroque pearls with milagros like mine.

Here are some other necklaces you can mix and match that will give you a similar feel.

When’s the last time you experimented with a new style? As long as you keep your body type in mind and don’t buy anything that doesn’t show it off to your best advantage, why not take a walk on the wild side, and try something different?

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JUDY GARLAND AND FRED ASTAIRE, 'EASTER PARADE,' 1948
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Spring is just around the corner. Hopefully. I’ve been waxing nostalgic on my blog about childhood spring rituals. Skipping ropes and marbles and white rain boots. And of course, Mum’s opening the big cedar chest to unveil our spring clothes. Sigh… I always longed for winter to be over so we could swap our winter coats and mittens and heavy snow boots for rain boots and spring coats. Like the coat I wore when I was seven, dusty rose with chocolate brown frogging. At least I think that was mine. My memory might be playing tricks. Maybe it belonged to one of my older sisters, and I only coveted it.

Don’t all youngest sisters covet what their older sisters have?

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Darlings, did you watch the Oscar’s this year? I never miss, but I must tell you… I only watch it for the fashion. Those swoon worthy dresses! While I don’t have any red carpet events right now, there will be wedding invitations, galas and garden parties in the coming months. Of course with every invitation comes the anxiety about what to wear.

I think it’s high time we took a new approach to dressing up.

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BRENDA COFFEE AT THE DIENGER TRADING COMPANY, BOERNE, TEXAS. PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNIFER DENTON, ©1010ParkPlace, 2018.
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While much of the country is enduring another Nor’easter, the rest of us are hoping for a couple of spring-like days. Today was one of those days for me and my oh, so talented friend and photographer, Jennifer Denton. When we left San Antonio, it was sunny and 49 degrees. By the end of our day in Boerne—45 minutes north of San Antonio—it was 65 and beautiful but still cool enough for a jacket.

In addition to a few oldies, but goodies from my closet, I wore my new glasses.

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This isn’t your typical Fashion Friday blog so don’t be alarmed… I’m not suggesting you go out and buy an outfit like the one I’m wearing. When I came across this old photo of me and couldn’t stop laughing, I had to share it with you.

Have you ever tried something on, hoping your spouse or girlfriend would validate your purchase?

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Who’s your favorite style icon?
I  have many, but here are my five favorites: Jane Birkin, Kate Moss, Linda Rodin, Audrey Tatou and Ines de la Fressange. Occasionally I do a channeling post on my blog where I feature someone who inspires me.

It’s a fun and challenging way to see if I can pull off their unique styles. Continue Reading