Monday, June 22, 2015

Family Time

Sunday was Father's Day here in the US. My family gathered at the home of my sister in the afternoon to have a wonderful meal together with my Father.




For this casual time together with family, I wore a blue tunic from Chico's and Kut from the Kloth Katy Boyfriend jeans from Dillards. Both items are from last year. The sandals are by Sam Edelman. 




My sister and her husband live in a beautiful wooded neighborhood about twenty minutes away. I always get to see abundant plants and wildlife when I visit them. Today was special because we saw two deer along with a tiny baby fawn which might have been born only a couple of days ago. I could only get a picture of this one before they took great leaps and escaped out of sight into the woodlands. 





We were thrilled to see these mating Luna Moths above the front door of her home. Have you ever seen them? They were about the size of the palm of my hand and so very beautiful!




I hope you were able to spend time with your family this weekend.






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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dinner With Great Friends

At the end of a very long Yard Sale day, we joined dear friends for a wonderful meal at Gourmet & Company.




The wind was blowing another storm our way so we had to hurry the photo session. 



This is me with four hours sleep. 
Not a pretty sight. 




I receive some comments so often, I thought I would address them here today.

1. "I can't afford to buy that." 
What I show you was often bought from a sale rack at the end of the season. This is a great way to expand your basic wardrobe without breaking the bank. I show you general suggestions for what to wear to certain events and how to put together a look from items you may already have in your closet. If not, you can keep the ideas for the next trip to the store you do like to shop in.

2. "What if I am 68...72... whatever age?"
In my opinion, the looks I show you are timeless and can work for women of any age with a little tweaking to show your own style. 

3. "I can't wear heels."
This is an easy fix. Just wear a heel height that is comfortable for you in a similar style. 
For example, this would be a good alternative for the look I wore above. Ellen Tracy wedge.

4. "What do I wear to a summer wedding?"
 The look above is great for any warm weather evening event. The jacket gives some coverage and style without making you feel too hot. Look for similar styles that are open weave designs, sheer mesh or some other vented fabric that adds style and coverage but not weight. You can wear these toppers over tank dresses or tank tops with a skirt or pants to give your look a bit more polish.


I hope my tips are helpful to you. The items I am wearing today are all old from Chico's.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

White Leggings

My warehouse has been a hub of activity this week!





My staff and all of Mr. Mickey's employees decided to have a huge multi-family yard sale on our adjoining properties in the Skyline Industrial Park this Saturday.

Between trips to bring items for the sale I had lunch with a friend on Thursday. I wore this long tunic shirt with white Zenergy leggings from Chico's.




On my loading dock.




Fun shoes from Macy's.




If you are local please stop by today for the yard sale. It would be great to see you and you might find a treasure!


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Friday, June 19, 2015

Les Misérables

Last evening Mr. Mickey and I attended the gala premiere and fundraising event to benefit Theatre Bristol and the Paramount Center for the Arts.



Excellent French cuisine with champagne was provided by K.P. Duty.









Dining music was provided by NFusion.




There is a great display of antique movie house items in the lobby.




We had a perfectly wonderful evening. The performance was world class and included almost sixty cast members. They received a four-minute standing ovation!




I wore a black mesh sleeve top from last year and black Black Label wide leg pants both from Chico's. The silver clutch is from T.J.Maxx. The Sam Edelman shoes are old from Nordstrom. The earrings are old from Stein Mart.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Covered Perfectly Vest and Tunic

Many of you have asked me about the Covered Perfectly tunics ever since I was in California to model for the line earlier this year.



Today I thought I would show you the two pieces I get the most questions about.




The question I am most often asked is "Can you see through the white tunics?". The medium I am wearing fits well, but the fabric is so densely woven, the black leggings I am wearing do not show underneath the white fabric even in natural daylight.




The second question I am often asked is, "What other ways can the cascading vest be worn?"



I forgot to bring a belt for this shoot, but you could wear the vest belted for a slimmer silhouette. I also like to wear it knotted low in front.




You can also wear it as a scarf. Hold one of the arm holes in one hand and put the rest of the garment around your neck and thread it all through the arm hole. Viola! You have a lovely scarf!






The tunic is so comfortable and lightweight you can wear it even on the hottest day.
The easy care fabric can be machine washed and hung to dry.





For a limited time, Fifty, not Frumpy followers can get a 20% discount on up to two items! Use the discount code FNF20 when you check out at Covered Perfectly. There are several styles to choose from and the discount will apply on up to two items, after that, you can take advantage of the buy 2 get 1 FREE special!


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Never Boring Basics

You have likely noticed that the foundation of my look is basic pieces with interesting accessories and toppers.




Basics can get boring if you never play with texture or color so today I am showing you how my super comfortable white jean style twill pants from Fabrizio Gianni and a white tank can be given a little edge with a dark wash denim jacket and a mint tote also from Fabrizio Gianni.




Living at a higher elevation with evening temperatures that dip into the sixties or lower means I never leave for the day without taking an extra layer. Since I was going out for a day of casual sight seeing activities the tote and scarf were the perfect accessories. I can wear the scarf or use it to soften the texture of the tote. Tying a colorful scarf to your bag in warm weather is a great way to add a pop of color to your basic look without being too warm by wearing it during the day. The tote is also roomy enough to put the jacket into when I don't need it. 





I always wear a tank with wide straps and nice fit but not too tight. If I do need to remove my jacket I can still be comfortable and appropriate.



This is my favorite summer tote! It is light weight and the mint color goes with all my basics beautifully while adding a pop of color. It is also roomy enough to hold all the things I need to take for a full day of activities.

I have numerous items from Fabrizio Gianni that I have enjoyed wearing many times. I appreciate the fact that the items are made in the USA and the quality is always very high. Their customer service is excellent! You can use their Shop and Dash program to try four or more items on and then send back what you don't want to keep.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Zacasha Tassel Necklaces

Many of you have asked about the statement necklaces I often wear.




Many times what I wear is several years old and no longer available, but that is not the case with this one. You can find these tassel necklaces in several colors at Fabrizio Gianni here.





The necklaces feature Swarovski crystals and fresh water pearls.





Visit the Fabrizio Gianni site to see all the beautiful colors this necklace comes in and to learn about their convenient Shop and Dash program.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Casual Bohemian

When I was a teenager, this was very much my signature look. However, my jeans were low rise bell bottoms. (Don't laugh!)




This beautiful embroidered linen and rayon top was sent to me by J.Jill. It is so much cooler than a knit top!




The jeans are slim ankle jeans from Chico's. The shoes are old by Anne Klein Sport via T.J.Maxx. The bracelet was a gift from my friend Lois.





I have been asked many times about what I eat to stay slim. This was our late lunch on this casual lazy day. This sandwich includes Rudis organic ancient grain spelt bread with some veganaise, sprinkled with garlic powder, organic lettuce, heirloom tomato, avocado slices, balsamic vinegar and a tiny drizzle of olive oil. The wine is Apothic Red.

 While the look I am showing you here today was one I wore in my youth, I was not this slim when I was sixteen. When I was a Junior in high school I weighed about twenty pounds more than I do today. My weight has never been consistent until about five years ago when I switched to a mostly vegan diet. I read the book "Eat To Live" by Dr Fuhrman which taught me what to eat and why. My weight has remained about the same since I lost more than forty pounds at that time. This is a life-long record!





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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Jeans and a Tee

How often do you wear jeans and a tee? 
That combination has become the global uniform.


Sometimes I like to wear a more sophisticated and feminine version of this look. These cotton twill stretch slim fit white jeans are from Fabrizio Gianni. The fabric is soft and light weight but not see through. The fit is perfection.




I am also wearing a fabulous tee with three-quarter-length sleeves and a very flattering neckline from Fabrizio Gianni. I love the fabric of this top! It smooths and skims across your body without showing all those jiggly bits.




The Halogen flats are from Nordstrom and the BCBG bag and Kenneth Cole sunglasses are from T.J.Maxx.




Visit their site to see all of the beautiful basics in the Fabrizio Gianni line and learn about their great Shop and Dash program. All these top quality items are made in the USA!

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Alone?

I receive letters from readers who ask for tips on traveling and just navigating through life now that they are newly alone late in life.


I have spent many years of my life alone so I am very comfortable with my own company. My first tip is to become your own best friend. Speak kindly to yourself. When you look in the mirror, do you say "You look great in that top!" or are there more unkind thoughts? You would never speak that way to someone you care deeply about so you should always think of yourself with kindness and in positive terms. 

Enjoy getting dressed nicely even if you aren't planning to go out. Sometimes when you look great, you suddenly realize you need something from the grocery or you decide to go for a walk. Sitting home in your pajamas almost guarantees you will stay home alone.

Treat yourself to breakfast at a nice restaurant. There is a very elegant hotel here in town and I sometimes get dressed well for no reason and go there for breakfast. It is a pleasant break from my normal routine. If it feels strange to dine alone take a prop. I keep a small notepad in my bag at all times. You will never know if I am working on a speech, that novel I've been writing or my grocery list.


Go shopping! You aren't required to buy anything but watching people is always a treat. That holds very true in Asheville. This beautiful lady is Lynn. She helped me so much on a recent trip to the Chico's in Biltmore Village. The mesh jacket, tank and jeans I am wearing are all from Chico's.





Sidewalk Cafés are a favorite! I usually get to visit with a puppy or two and that always makes my day brighter.



Sign up for a tour! Below is a pubcycle in Asheville. You get exercise and fresh air while you drink your beer. There are guided walking tours, bus tours, and even Segway tours in Asheville. Your town may have secrets you have yet to discover. I have gone alone on bus tours, tours by small plane, helicopter and by boat. I have taken a tour of Biltmore alone and then spent the day walking around the grounds. I have walked the streets of Nova Scotia, Canada, Málaga, Spain, and Athens, Greece alone. Sometimes it is better to do things alone so that you can travel at your own pace and stop to enjoy doing whatever gives you pleasure without detaining someone who may not be interested in the same things.




So when you see a lady sitting alone at a Sidewalk Café. Smile and stop to visit with her if you like. I'll bet she is having a grand time!




If you have more tips or encouraging thoughts for our sisters who may be moving through life alone for the first time, please comment below or send me an email. I will share more of them in a future post.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Farewell to the Inn


During our last evening at the Inn at Biltmore, we had a fabulous meal in the Dining Room to celebrate Mr. Mickey's birthday. 







I wore a silver and white sweater duster over a white tank and white jeans, all from Chico's. The various necklaces are silver with crystal and silver with turquoise. I often layer necklaces and bracelets for a more dramatic look.




The views were mesmerizing!













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