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My inbox is filling up with emails from retailers regarding Fashion Week. It doesn’t matter if it’s in London, Paris or New York City. I just don’t get it. I don’t understand the wacky makeup and hairstyles. I don’t understand the reasoning behind the weird shoes and clothes that designers will not sell. Why not just show off their new line of what women will actually wear?

How did it get to be like this, and when did it go from glamorous to wacky?   Continue Reading

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My grandmother used to have an elegant boutique in a suburb of Boston. She had beautiful taste and an eye for gorgeous clothes. Her store was divided into three areas: Dresses, Casual Wear and a Baby/Children’s room with the most adorable clothes!

I remember salesmen coming to the store and showing her their line of “Resort Wear.” It’s a term that makes me think of her lovely store.

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This past year there was a trend for younger women to dye their hair gray. Yes gray! It’s a trend I don’t get. But going gray, naturally, is a different story.

Gray hair today is so different than 50 years ago! A stylish cut can make all the difference in making gray hair look fresh, instead of old. It’s not for everyone, me included. I don’t have the right coloring. But I have seen some gorgeous gray hair on women and have thought, WOW! How lucky they don’t have to sit in the salon every month coloring their hair.   Continue Reading

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Growing up, I have such fond memories of my mother’s cooking. On Sundays we ate our big meal of the day around 2:00 PM which was after Church and when my Dad got home from work. After dinner sometimes we would go visit relatives or they would come to our house. That’s a tradition I miss.  Did you “visit” when you were younger? I’m talking no holiday, no special reason other than to visit.

Often our Sunday meal would be some type of roast. Nothing smelled better than that roast in the oven, stuffed with garlic slivers and wonderful seasonings.

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I love the start of a new year.  Living up north, it’s usually cold and puts me in the mood to nest. Once all of the Christmas decorations are put away, it’s time to assess my home and see what needs organizing.

First and foremost, it’s usually my clothes closet that needs immediate attention. It’s a great time to purge clothes, shoes and purses that are worn out or no longer in style. It’s also a great time to assess what I need for the coming year.

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