HILDIE ILLUSTRATION BY JILL ANTHONY, BACKGROUND BY BRANDON SMITH @2018
Darlings, It’s that time of year when ghosts, goblins and ghouls are scurrying about, looking for some tasty treats. With Halloween nearing and that crisp chill in the air, it gets me thinking about fashions that warm up my senses.
I want cozy coats, in rich colors, with velvety textures, and shoes and accessories in pops of color as bright as the autumn leaves. Continue Reading
PHOTOGRAPH BY JENNIFER DENTON AT PARK 31 IN SPRING BRANCH, TX. ©2018
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY BRENDA COFFEE, ©2017
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.
Photographs by Jennifer Denton, ©2018. Photographed at Park 31 in Spring Branch, Texas.
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.
Hildie Plumpepper Illustration & fashion blog by Jill Anthony, ©2018.
Darlings, whenever I think of fall, I think of the movie When Harry Met Sally. With Harry Connick Jr.’s soundtrack in the background, New York’s Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art play essential roles in setting the mood. Brilliant colored leaves, diffused afternoon lighting and Sally’s chunky sweater and tweed blazer always make me yearn for fall. Why, I can almost smell the Pumpkin Spice wafting through the chilly air. Continue Reading
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.
I have a friend and former colleague who, every year when I arrived at work in a fall blazer or skirt for the first time that season, would exclaim,”Sue! You’ve turned your closet!” Continue Reading
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.
Photograph from Osservatoria Digitale PMI
Most of you who responded to my recent fashion survey said you wanted elevated, casual clothes. Outfits that are a cut above your every day wear and will take you from work, or workout, to date night with your honey. This fall I want to help you build an easy, comfortable wardrobe you can continue to add to and wear for years. Over the next few months my easy suggestions and styling tips will make you look “put together” as opposed to thrown together in the dark.
Dressing better is an important step toward feeling better about ourselves.
HILDIE PLUMPEPPER ILLUSTRATION BY JILL ANTHONY, 2018.
Darlings, when I read cardigans were making a comeback, I thought, did they ever go out of style? Every fashion girl I know over the age of 50 must own a few, and if you’re like me, you’ve kept your favorites for years.
Cardigans are a timeless classic that never goes out of style.