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David Dangle at home in Pennsylvania. Photograph courtesy of David Dangle
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For those of you who shop QVC you probably already know David Dangle, CEO of Joan Rivers Worldwide. You may also know Gus, his whip smart, Smooth Fox Terrier, but did you know David Dangle had already made a name for himself before he and Joan started their phenomenally successful brand or that they pioneered television home shopping? For years David Dangle and I have talked (behind the scenes) on Instagram. 

His legions of fans will be glad to know in-person, he’s the same great guy you see on television.

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Illustration by Jill Anthony
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Darlings, if I were to compose a love letter to fall, my favorite season, I would write passionately about its beautiful colors, crisp air and the aromas of cinnamon and spice. Oh but how I would go on and on about its fashion! Cozy sweaters, wool jackets in plaids and houndstooth, knee-high leather boots and all the rest of the fabulous fall fashion I simply adore. 

Add all this and a pumpkin spice coffee and I’m in heaven.

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Hildie Plumpepper illustration ©Jill Anthony
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Darlings, I can hardly believe it’s been 46 years since I went to see Led Zeppelin at Madison Square Garden. It was all about the rock shows back then and part of the fun was dressing up to see your favorite bands. With guitarist Jimmy Page as my inspiration, I remember donning a pair of hip hugger bell bottom jeans, a velvet blazer with wide lapels and a pair of sky high platform boots. Continue Reading

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Photographs by Jennifer Denton. ©2019.
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If you read Brenda’s Blog then you know I sometimes write about my sweet girl, Annie. When Annie was only six weeks old I drove an hour south of here to meet her. She and her mom and seven siblings had been living on the street until they were rescued and placed with a foster family. I fell for Annie right away, but she looked at me for two seconds and then ran off to play with the chickens. Two weeks later I brought Annie home, and we’ve become best friends. That was two and a half years ago.

Annie has permanent eyeliner—a smoky eye—and a gorgeous reddish-brown coat. I’m so jealous.

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Photographs by Jennifer Denton, ©2019
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I’m crazy about this umbra-colored, Vince midi skirt. It’s the second piece I’ve bought that I featured on one of my Fashion Friday posts. The first piece I bought was that beautiful Zara trench coat last month. Perhaps I should write about something like bowling shoes, because since I don’t bowl, I won’t be temped to buy the shoes.    

When I bought this skirt I knew it could be the basis for lots of different outfits.

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Copy and Illustration by Jill Anthony, ©2019
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Well Darlings, it’s that time of year again. As the end of summer approaches and the weather begins to shift, I find myself reaching for those items in my closet that can easily transition into fall. I’m not quite ready for turtlenecks and plaid skirts, but somehow a caftan or sundress doesn’t feel right either. 

It’s more about trading in your summer silhouettes and brighter colors for something more subtle.

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Photograph by Jennifer Denton, @1010ParkPlace 2018
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FYI, my photoshoot didn’t come together in time for this week’s Fashion Friday post, so I’m using a photo Jennifer took of me last fall. You’ll notice I was ahead of one of this year’s trends because I was wearing a belted, tweed blazer. Here’s A GREAT STYLING TRICK: Fold back the cuffs on your blazer to expose a pretty lining and/or the sleeves of your blouse.

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🎼Chain, chain, chain…. 🎵  There won’t be any “chain of fools” this fall if you decide to layer gold link chains around your neck or wear gold, waist-cinching chain belts. Remember the chain belts from the ’80’s that were adorned with charms and coins? They’re back. In addition to gold link chain necklaces designers are hanging gems, crosses and charms from them, or they’re layering them on separate thinner chains underneath. They’re also adding long ropes of pearls and wearing them all together. Many of the pieces featured this fall remind me of my mother’s jewelry.

Lucky me. It’s back in style.

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