Moonglow gave me you…

Moonglow
I make no guarantees

If you’ve been following The Grey Goddess then you know I love to read.  I always have a ‘current read’ book on my night table and a pile of future possibilities nearby. Check out my 2B or Not 2Be Reads and Books I’ve Read lists, where I detail my will or have read books. I like to save my TGG posts for books that really stand out in some way, such as my just-finished 5-star read – Moonglow by novelist Michael Chabon.

I can’t remember where I first learned of Mr. Chabon’s fictional memoir of his unnamed grandfather but the book has been on my ‘must read’ list for some time. Utilizing some of the most eloquently phrased sentences I’ve ever read, the author weaves a richly detailed multi-layered possibly true story about the joys and pains of love in its many forms. The reader feels the heat from a life-long ardor shared by his grandparents, understands the unspoken bonds shared by siblings, relates to pursuing one’s passions until death, and stands bedside while witnessing the friendship and love of a grandchild and grandparent.  Moonglow is a beautifully written, sweeping blend of fictionalized truth that jumps between decades and characters but never leaves the reader feeling lost during the journey, only saddened when that journey ends on the last page.

Have you read Moonglow?  I’d love to know what you thought of the book or what you’re reading now……

*Moonglow – Billie Holiday

Mainline Florida, oh say…

Vacation time is almost here!  I am counting down the hours until we board a plane to Miami for a week of sun, food, sightseeing and LOTS of music.  Schedules and obligations have forced us to postpone our Cuba trip but we already have so many Florida activities on our agenda I doubt we’ll miss Havana much at all.

Since 5 of the 7 nights will see us in a bar or a casino I’ll be packing a variety of black looks.  Not gonna lie, there’s also a bit of ‘high school reunion’ mentality going since I want to live up to my 80’s ‘Black Leather Woman’ moniker.  I’ve got the [fake] leather covered  and will cut off the neck and arms of my Miami Punk High School Reunion T-shirt to wear with…

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[Punk] Rock and Roll High School
Spaghetti Strap Tanks  |  Miami Punk High School T-shirt  |  Calvin Klein Sequin Tunic  |  Lancome Le Metallique Lip Lacquer  |  Silver Hoop Earrings  |  Beaded Mesh Coil Bracelets  |  Pleather Leggings  |  Floral Palm Tree Leaf Bandana  |   Cat Eye Sunglasses  |  Prada Candy Rollerball  |  Dr. Scholl’s Warner Wedge  Sandals  |  ASOS Chelsea Ankle Booties

I also want to sport some color, if for no other reason than to set off the tan I’m planning on getting!  I’ll be packing these outfits for our night at the casino (more music) and our evening in Coral Gables…

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I-ko I-ko un-day
Ericdress Shiny Fluid Sequined Clutch  |  Snowstorm in the Jungle by Iko Iko  |  SparkleBeastDesign Rhinestone Bib Necklace  |  Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Maxi dress  |  Origins Ginger Essence Rollerball  |  Urban Decay Super Shine Vice Lipstick  |  Felicity & Coco Crepe Shift Dress  |  Trina Turk Rectangle Stud Earrings  |  Kare Spade Menorca Ankle Strap Sandals

I’ll be sharing my vacation itinerary next so stop back soon. And if you have any places in Miami we should eat at, shop at, or play tourist at I’d love to know so we can check them out during our visit!

 

 

Sing me Happy Birthday…

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Happy black and white…

I always like to wear something stylish on my birthday.  I received some lovely clothes for Christmas and have been saving some of the items to wear on my big day.  Since I have to work I don’t have anything special planned but I am counting on a nice homemade meal followed by a few episodes of The Crown and Vikings with occasional pauses for phone greetings from my loved ones. All in all a perfect way to celebrate another year of life!

A little gift from me to me – Macbook Sleeve and Cover  |  Silver and Onyx Crystal Drop Earrings  |   Chanel No. 5 L’eau Perfume  |  NYDJ Alpine Leopard Print 3/4 Sleeve Top  |  ‘Classic’ Birthday Card  |  Mock Croc Structured Tote  |  Sephora Lipstain  |  9 West Nevie D’Orsay Oxford |  Two by Vince Camuto Seamed Legging

 

 

You wear it well…

Like most of you, December is always crazy busy for me.  In addition to preparing for the holidays and an end-of-the-year road trip to visit loved ones, I also have a wedding anniversary (21 and counting – see more here) and 3 birthdays  to observe (all within 6 days of Christmas).

We’re planning on an anniversary meal at a trendy restaurant in town and also have a rock-n-roll work/date night planned for next weekend. I am looking forward to seeing if Rolf & Daughters lives up to its rave reviews, and beyond excited to see my husband play with his new band, The Smoky White Devils!

I rarely get the chance to ‘dress up’ for everyday life but love to go all out for special occasions. Here’s what I am planning on wearing to celebrate our 21st, and to rock on…

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21 and counting
Hayley Hasselhoff Duster Coat  |  Dress the Population ‘Charlie’  Jumpsuit  |  Carolee Teardrop Crystal  Earrings  |  Ecosusi Floral Evening Clutch   |  9 West Millenio Ankle Wrap Pumps
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I love rock and roll
Sejour Faux Fur Jacket  |  Giani Bernini Silver Hoop Earrings  |  Keith T  |  Skull Ring (my own)  |  Nocono Studded Cross Concho Scalloped Leather Belt  |  Hue Paneled Leatherette Leggings  |  9 West Paganeli Point Toe Booties  |  Clinique Matte Crimson Lipstick

 

 

 

Ain’t nobody’s business but my own…

I am beyond excited to be attending Christy Wright’s Business Boutique event this weekend.  I’ll be joined by 2,999 other dreamers, starters, and builders as we learn to take our business games to the next level.  I am really interested in the marketing and social media talks, as well as the breakout session focused on how to make your product stand out on Etsy.  Since this will be my first opportunity to showcase ‘The Grey Goddess’ since its inception a year ago I want to make a good impression by wearing the following outfits.

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Biz Boutique Day 1 – Pumpkin Spice
BP Knit Bell Sleeve Pullover  |  ASOS Curve Maxi Skirt with Front Layer Panel  | Mock Croc Structured Tote  |  Opaque Tights  |  Vagabond Mandy Western Chelsea Boots  |  Patricia Nash Vintage Scarf  |  Kate Spade ‘Burst Into Bloom’ earrings |  lip gloss  |  leather journal  |   my new business card
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Biz Boutique Day 2 – Checks and Balances
Melissa McCarthy Seven7 Flannel Shirt   |  Calvin Klein Ultra Suede Leggings  |  Silver Hoops  |  ASOS Metallic Tote |  Sephora Ultra Shine Lip Gloss  |  Opaque Tights   |  Chance Perfume  |  Marc Fisher Nellien Pointy-Toe Block-Heel Booties

I’ll let you know how the weekend goes so stay tuned…

 

Hot stuff, can’t get enough…

This weekend begins a 12-week schedule of travel (details here) and I am looking to pack as light as possible for each trip. My summer clothing leans heavily towards inexpensive pieces that I only need/want to last a season (although many items last a lot longer). Regardless of temperature, my wardrobe always consists of lots of black and blue basics mixed with pops of color.  As I rack up the miles I’ll be packing an interchangeable wardrobe that can see me from work to play and day to night. I like to think of it as Garanimals for adults.

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The black…
Coldwater Creek Sleeveless Shell   |   Gilmour Academy T-shirt   |   81 Times Keith Richards tank top   |   Pashima Wrap   |   Fiorelli Blakely Foldover Backpack   |   Bandana   |   Vince Camuto Linen Drawstring Trousers   |  H&M Skinny Jeans   |   Classic Keds   |   Celina Floral  Ballet Flats

 

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…and the Blue
Umgee Boho Mini Bell A-Line Dress   |   Breton Classic Striped T   |   Modcloth Ruffled Tunic   |   Becksondergaard Tasseled Backpack   |   Asos Jacquard Scarf   |   Caslon Stretch White Jeans   |   Paige Denim ‘Regina’ Maxi  Dress   |   Dr. Scholl’s Sandals   |   Celine Ballet Flats

 

 

I’ve got a feeling…

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Celebrating life’s moments

I’ve got a busy few months of travel coming up (written about here) and an opportunity to celebrate some of life’s BIG moments with those I love most.  I won’t have much time to shop once May arrives and so I used yesterday’s haircut appointment to stop by the mall, hit some sales, and assemble an outfit that can take me from graduation to wedding festivities and everything in between.

Vince Camuto Print Pleat Split Neck Blouse  |  T Tahari ‘Ryan’ Suit Pencil Skirt   |  ‘Flora by Gucci – Glamorous Magnolia’ Parfum  |   Nine West ‘Collection Clutch’   |   Nine West ‘Tarragon’ Pointy Toe Pumps   |   YSL ‘Rogue Pur Couture’ Lipstick   |  Minted ‘Ice Cream Palour’ Pastels Graduation Announcement   |   Tiffany Present  (who knows what’s inside?)

Alabama bound…

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Alabama Bound Outfit 1

My younger son and I are off on the last college visit I will ever take (at least for my children).  It’s a quick two day visit with lots of miles in between so heated seats, a stack of vintage rock cd’s, a tall cup of coffee, and my son’s company are essential to keep this road dog happy.

Day 1 What I Wore  |   Tunic T   |   Traveler Pants   |   Platform Keds   |   Classic Silver Hoops   |   Vera Bradley Travel Bag  

Thanks to greendaygirl94peace  for the Classic Rock CD College image.
Find more of her work here.

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Alabama Bound Outfit 2

I am packing for comfort to see me through a lot of driving, walking, and sightseeing. I’ve never been to Mobile and I am looking forward to smelling the Bay and eating some seafood fresh off the boats.  Check back for images from our trip in a few days.

Day 2 What I Wore   |   ASOS Striped T-shirt   |   Distressed Denim Leggings   |   Sunglasses (featured here)   |   UGG Tippie Espadrilles   |   Citizen Watch   |     Untold Perfume   |   ASOS Black Leather Backpack

 

 

Go and get yourself some big black frames…

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New googles

A theft of my cherished Ray Bans combined with daily prolonged computer time has forced me to finally upgrade my glasses game.  My search began a few weeks ago and I had no trouble finding sunglass frames but settling on the perfect pair of eyeglasses was a much more involved process.  This weekend I finally found THE pair, and come Saturday I’ll be rocking the Michael Kors Palos Verdes frame for indoors and the Tory Birch Ty 7078’s for outside.

Well it’s my birthday too, yeah…

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Outfit 56

Today I notch another year in my age belt.  For the past few birthdays I’ve tried to dress to remind myself that I can still pull off an outfit that’s appropriate for someone in the middle while making me feel hip at the same time. My 2016 horoscope predicts a fantastic year ahead….hopefully I will be able to dress accordingly!

What I wore   |   Alfani Batwing Sweater   |   Hue Corduroy Leggings   |   
Opium Perfume   |   Garnet & Silver Earrings (private collection)
Scarf (private collection – similar here)  |  Baggu Tote Bag   |
Kenneth Cole ‘Landon’ Pointy Toe Boot   (featured here)  |  Hue  Tights