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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNIFER DENTON. ©1010PARKPLACE, 2018
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A few weeks ago I moved all of my slides and photographs into wicker baskets, and now I can’t find the photo I wanted to share with you. So much for organization… It’s a picture of me on Christmas Eve when I was 22. In the photo I’m barefoot, curled up on a teal-colored, velvet sofa at the George V Hotel in Paris. I was wearing the same black dress I’m wearing in these current photos. I’ll keep looking and if I find it, I’ll post it next time. In the mean time, Christmas reminds me of Santa and gifts. Have you done all of your shopping? 

Here are some affordable gifts that can be under someone’s tree in a matter of days.

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNIFER DENTON. ©1010ParkPlace, 2018.
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The past couple of days I’ve watched the moving funeral services for the late President George H.W. Bush. Almost every woman wore black, and I saw how many different looks you can put together with a simple black dress. Over the holidays I hope you don’t have anything as somber as a funeral to attend, but black would look great on New Years Eve. Whether you wear a dress or a sweater and pants, don’t forget to add your own special touch. I like to pair my old things in new ways.

Electric guitars are optional.

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LANA TURNER DRESSING GOWN. THE REST OF THE GOWN IS IVORY SILK.
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A group of girlfriends and I decided we’d wear pajamas to our annual Christmas dinner party. It’s just us, no men—and dinner will be at home—but it’s gotten me thinking… I have nothing to wear. Call me “the Princess and the Pea,” but pajamas and nightgowns bunch and wad up and make it impossible for me to sleep. Something as small as a button feels like a golfball, and any kind of waistband—elastic or ones that tie—might as well be vice grips, and leggings are too constricting.

The only way I can get to sleep is by wearing nothing at all.

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JENNIFER DENTON, ©2018
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The holidays are here. Do you have something—other than workout clothes—to wear to dinner and social events with friends and family, or maybe there’s a special Christmas or Hanukah service you might attend? This time of year most of us have a tendency to eat and drink too much and watch football while eating our second piece of pie, but we can be comfortable and stylish at the same time.  

When I saw this burgundy velvet blazer my heart skipped a beat. I’ll wear it forever! 

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In order to build a great wardrobe we need to know how to become smarter, more disciplined shoppers. Here are three rules of thumb that will give us the biggest bang for our buck and make us look good at the same time. For starters we need to buy the best quality clothes we can afford, but what does “quality” mean?

Clothes are like men: If you’re looking for “Mr. Right Now,” by definition, he won’t be around next year. The same goes for clothes.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY JENNIFER DENTON AT PARK 31 IN SPRING BRANCH, TX. ©2018
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That is the question… Wearing real fur has been a hot-button issue for decades, but in the last few years real fur has made a big comeback. Before you don your PETA, protest, faux fur coat… The plot thickens.

Least you think faux fur and knitted rabbit are the answer, both come with their own set of hypocritical, ethical and environmental problems.

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PHOTOGRAPH BY BRENDA COFFEE, ©2017
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I’m still wondering what possessed me—last week—to pair that gorgeous, Whistle River, black lace skirt with a pair of kitten heels that hurt my feet. Probably because I still long for the days when I wore heels with almost everything. But kitten heels? Two years ago I was embarrassed to be seen in kitten heels. Now I can’t handle them for more than a few minutes.

When it comes to the evils of aging, I rank painful feet up there with saggy jowls, thinning hair and a vagina as dry as granny’s drawers.

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Photographs by Jennifer Denton, ©2018. Photographed at Park 31 in Spring Branch, Texas.
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In September I shared a beautiful, taupe, flannel jacket from Whistle River Trading, and everyone loved it, especially me. Last week I went to a ranch in Montana… Legends of the Fall country, and my jacket was the perfect thing to wear in their cool, crisp weather.

Today I’m sharing another one of Whistle River Trading’s pieces, this gorgeous velvet skirt. It has the Holidays written all over it.

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Please tell me you and your loved ones have survived the hurricane, the tornados and the terrible rains our country’s been experiencing. We’re just shy of three weeks into the month, and already we’re on target for this to be the wettest September in San Antonio’s recorded history, and we’re not done. So far Annie and Lulu have loved every drop of the 18.5 inches our yard has gotten… Me? Not so much… Eight muddy feet, coming in and out multiple times a day… Rain boots you say? They’re not interested, however…

I don’t know about you, but I could use some new rainwear.

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We all have different taste in art, music and clothes. One isn’t better than another, just different… like prints and multi-colored patterns versus solid-colored clothes. I prefer solids over prints. Perhaps that’s because I’m a minimalist, but clothes with busy prints and patterns overwhelm me.

There may be a reason the LPD (little print dress) never caught on: It’s harder to wear because there are too many competing elements.

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