There’s a great old bookstore…

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Classic(s)

Did you know that the last Saturday in April is Independent Bookstore Day?

Amazon may be able to deliver any book to your doorstep in two days or less but can it provide you with the opportunity to meet & greet your favorite author? Does Amazon host reading clubs where you can discuss and debate topical books with strangers turned friends?  Can you spend hours on a rainy day browsing the aisles of Amazon, fresh coffee in hand, reading snippets from whatever books catch your attention?  No, no and no. Can you do all of those things at your independent bookstore? Yes, yes and yes.

Find an indie bookstore near you and stop in to raise your favorite book in a toast to reading and to the amazing independent bookstores that make that possible! If you live in Nashville, Miami, Philadelphia or Denver check out my favorite independent bookstores, including Parnassus Booksher bookshop, Books & Books, Wooden Shoe Books, Joseph Fox Bookshop, and Tattered Cover Bookstore.   If you live somewhere else I’d love to know what independent bookstores you recommend.  Happy Independent Bookstore Day…and Happy Reading!

*Daylight Dreamer – Shel Silverstein

Havana moon…

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It’s been 30 years since we lived in South Florida and while a lot has changed (more people, more traffic, more buildings) an awful lot has stayed the same (the beautiful scenery, delicious food, and incredible cosmopolitan vibe).  We used the Miami Punk Rock High School Reunion as an excuse to get away for a week and relive our youth… Continue reading “Havana moon…”

Martyrs and madmen….

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Nothing is as it seems

I’m, back!  After a week spent in South Florida (more on that in the days to come) followed by a week of work, sick pets, and tax prep I’m back to posting.

For the last two weeks I have been held in thrall by Joyce Carol Oates ‘A Book of American Martyrs’. Luther Dunphy (a poor, uneducated husband, father, carpenter and devout evangelical Christian) and Gus Voorhees (a middle class, highly educated husband, father, ob/gyn, and non-believer) represent both sides of the abortion debate still ranging in America today.  It is a testament to Ms. Oates exceptional writing skills that her readers come to understand, and even emphasize with, how each man’s belief system leads to their resigned acceptance of becoming a martyr.

While the first third of the book focuses on Gus and Luther, the remaining story centers around their daughters; Naomi Voorhees, and Dawn ‘D.D’ Dunphy.   Each girl’s journey from impressionable child to adult is dramatically impacted by their father’s actions and family reactions to the book’s pivotal murder scene.  It is here that Ms. Oates eloquently and seamlessly weaves the many ways that an individual can kill or be killed into the storyline.

One thing that struck me about ‘A Book of American Martyrs’ is you never know which side of the abortion debate, if any, the author supports or wants you, the reader, to adopt. In our politically charged times I applaud Ms. Oates for taking an objective stance on a polarizing topic to produce a powerful, profoundly moving, thought-provoking book perfectly suited to today’s political times.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Let me know if you have read or plan to read ‘A Book of American Martyrs’.  I am curious to hear your perspective on one my ‘top 10’ books of 2017.

*Martyrs and Madman – Roger Daltry

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!

 

 

That’s nine shots…

 

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March 9

I am reading the last of my holiday books (here) and am about to place the order for my next nine.  I will be packing ‘Big Little Lies‘ and ‘The Mothers‘ in my beach bag and am looking forward to reading each as I soak up the sunshine at the Venetian Pool and Cape Florida State Park in a few weeks.  How about you?  What are you reading?  Do you have any ‘beach read’ recommendations I can add to my next ‘9’ list?  I’d love to know…

 

What a difference a day makes…

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Orgami animals by Emre Ayaroglu

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks in my life, beginning with excruciating back pain and ending in an amazing new career which has made me feel like I’ve won an award for Best Job! In between (and because I’ve never met an awards show I didn’t like) I’ve also watched the Golden Globes, Super Bowl LI, the Grammys and in a few hours…the Oscars.

I’ve only seen 3 of tonight’s contenders; Hell or High Water (which accurately sums up the movie’s chances of winning best picture), Captain Fantastic (Viggo IS  fantastic in this role) and Zootopia (animation – and a whodunit – at its best).  Regardless of how  many of the nominations I’ve see, each year I fill out a ballot with my predictions and then tune in for the fashion and the flubs. This year will be no different, but if the show gets too boring or the speeches too political I’ll end up exploring newest favorite web ‘rabbit holes’, including…

  • An article about a 2016 presidential candidate touring America on a coffin sharped bus to promote transhumanism (a subject I am now strangely fascinated with)
  • The Orgami Revolution, a documentary about the science and mathematics behind the art of paper folding
  • Forget the clothes…I am fascinated by the Fall 2017 Fashion atmosphere and sets
  • A list of the best movies from 2016 (some nominated tonight) to add to your Netflix/Hulu/Amazon queue (and Vanity Fair’s Oscar Ballot if you want to see how well you can predict tonight’s winners)

Hope your next week is award worthy…

Jean genie…

 

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...Lives on your back

For me, a denim jacket is one of THE fashion classics, never going out of style. I own two jackets that have been part of my wardrobe for 30+ years. These jackets have transitioned from their initial indigo brilliance to a beautifully faded cornflower blue that evokes memories of past adventures each time I wear one.

Levi’s makes the penultimate denim jacket, averaging around $100, but you can find jackets everywhere from Walmart to Bergdorf Goodman at every color, style, and price point imaginable.

The embellished denim jacket is another ‘Statement Jacket ‘ for spring (see the statement blouson here) which makes for a really easy DIY project (limited only by your imagination and/or craft skills).

A Google search for embroidered patches (including shapes, florals, and slogans) results in endless resources to choose from. You could also use studs, rhinestones, fringe, fancy braid, safety pins, fabric, or anything else you can think to turn your generic jacket into an embellished  statement of your own!

 

 

 

 

My coat of many colors…

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2 Bombers 4 Ways

This spring fashion is all about the Statement Jacket!  The variety of styles and treatments available to buy or make is endless and only limited by the wearer’s imagination (or pocketbook). Today I’m showcasing two versions of the bomber jacket that would be easy to make if you are so inclined.

I really like Joie’s Mace Floral Silk Bomber Jacket.  If you are going to make a similar look there are endless fabric choices to choose from.  Silk, cotton, velvet – almost any fabric would work well.  I’m leaning toward some sort of silk brocade with cord trim and a satin lining to make my own version of the look.

The Elie Tahari Glenna Sheer Floral Lace Bomber Jacket is another favorite of mine.  It’s a look designed for casual sex appeal and could be dressed up or down.  I’d love to make something similar in the sequin and beaded tulle (which would weigh a ton but look awesome!) but will settle for using a burnout fabric instead. Once I’ve finished I’ll wear it with a black tank, faded boyfriend jeans and black sandal – the perfect outfit for a night of clubbing in Miami next month.

Next up…denim jackets done 3 ways.