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Dear Friends,

I have often thought about writing you but after months of self-imposed Covid lockdown, followed by George Floyd’s senseless and tragic murder and the upheaval in our nation, I hit a bit of a brick wall. The memoir I’m writing revisits a dark period in my life, and for a time, it became difficult for me to write or even think about blogging. I needed to find a way to change that, so in addition to beginning each day with a prayer and taking care of the plants in my courtyard, I put my writing aside and started mainlining lighthearted feelgood films, documentaries and YouTube videos. They were my cinematic macaroni and cheese.

Like a young child, I would plop myself down in front of the television and watch the same beloved films over and over again.

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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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Jessi Combs and her North American Eagle 'car,' 2018. All photographs courtesy of her website.
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This week Jessi Combs, the “fastest woman on four wheels,” car fabricator and TV host of Mythbusters, died in what’s been described as a “horrific accident.” With the afterburners in full thrust, Jessi Combs was driving her red and blue North American Eagle—which was really an F-104 fighter jet without wings—on a dry lakebed in the Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon. Jessi was trying to break her own supersonic land world speed record of 398 miles per hour set in 2013. Although she’s reached a top speed of 483 miles per hour, it wasn’t in an official attempt to break a world record.

Jessi’s death reminded me of my own thoughts about breaking a world land speed record and the realization I could no longer trust my husband.

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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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BTW I'm using these pug pics because they're adorable and it was nearly impossible to find a photo that fit my blog post's aspect ratio.
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Summer is still here, but it’s that time of year when we’re starting to think about… and hope for… our first, crisp fall morning. While brick and mortar and online stores have their summer sales going, designers are tantalizing us with glimpses of their Fall 2019 trends, and I’m excited to say they’re feminine.

One of the fashion magazines is even using a term I use all the time, “elevated casual.”

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Most of us aren’t tall and lean and built like a supermodel, plus if we’re over 50, we may have gained a few pounds… in all the wrong places. We may also find shopping for clothes that flatter our figure has become more difficult. If you’re nodding in agreement, take heart.  

I have some suggestions that will work together to give you the illusion of a longer, leaner silhouette.

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