I’m shopping my closet these days because I’m back to being an ‘in-betweenie’ and need to do another closet purge. Some items in the closet just do not fit my current lifestyle, and some are ill fitting. To tell the truth, I really do not need any new clothes. Also, June and July are not great shopping months for me because there are no significant markdowns happening, and I am a self proclaimed Budget Shopper. Late August and September when the summer sales are in full effect is when the shopping blitz happens.
The top I’m wearing in this post has been around more than ten years and is still holding up. The pants are more than five years old and the color is still vivid after being laundered plenty, thank you Jacques Pennay. You all know how much I love Orange and these pants will be worn to shreds. Also, worn here & here.
We have hit the 90 degree mark around these parts and afternoon rain storms are becoming the norm. Instead of Jackets or sweaters for evening invites, we need light raincoats and umbrellas. Sleeveless tops and breathable fabrics is the recipe for dressing around here to combat the humidity. Easy breezy with lots of color fits my lifestyle right now and just gives the extra pep in my step. I shopped my closet for this outfit and the handbag is the only new addition.
Pantone’s color of 2019 is a member of the orange family, a rich shade that evokes sunsets and the marine invertebrate, which inspired its name, Living Coral. When found in nature, coral is not always the same color – it can be a rosy pink, or a rare gold, or even ink black. Even Living Coral, a recognizable shade of pinkish red-orange, can shimmer between tones when seen under different light. I call this color Salmon. They call it Coral. According to what I read, Coral is more pinky orange. The coral is a very soft color vs the salmon which is very deep color peach type of color. Generally the Coral is a much lighter shade of the Salmon color. Whatever it’s called I love it, and have worn it for many, many years.
The linen top I’m wearing has been in my closet for more than 6 years and have been laundered before. It does not get worn a lot because it needs to be ironed, and that’s not my thing. This time it is accompanied by a new pair of printed pants, I got from the clearance rack last September at JCPenney. I find so many bargains at that store and they always send me coupons. If you have not shopped at Jacques Pennay you should give them a try.
Thanks so much for your kind comments on my last post.
:: DEETS ::
Top – Appraisal (Old)
Pants – ALYX (JcP)
Shoes – Nine West (Very Old)
Handbag – Coach (Very Old)
“If you want to be original, be ready to be copied.” – Coco Chanel
Fashion Inspiration comes from many sources, especially magazines. Every now and then I am inspired to search my closet to mimic an outfit seen in print. In the March 2019 issue of Oprah magazine there was a black & white style collaboration with Talbots that I loved. This time I knew I had some pieces in my closet to mimic the outfit worn by Amber Riley. The Gingham trench Amber is wearing is $219.00 on Talbots website and her joggers are $69.50.
As seen in Oprah Magazine
My KopyKat Gingham Anorak was $8.99 from Charlotte Russe.
The white top I’m wearing is about 11 years old and has been laundered more times than I can remember. My Joggers are from JC Penney clearance rack, and worn before here & here.
I’m always looking to put my spin on fashionable outfits seen in magazines with items from my closets, sometimes it’s a hit or miss. How did I do?
Everyone’s wearing green this month, because we celebrate the luck of the Irish. Wherever the origin of the phrase ‘Luck of the Irish’ stems from or what is was originally intended to mean, it appears that the Irish are indeed very fortunate people. I think that Being Lucky is being Blessed! What say You? Anywho. . I did jump on the dressing green wagon and loved it. I’ve had the Jacket you see here for 2 years now and wore it this past weekend for the first time. I just keep forgetting to wear my jackets during those few cold days, because our weather goes from 50 to 80 in the blink of an eye and a vegan leather jacket really keeps me warm. So, let me tell you about these pants. . . during one of my weekly runs thru Target I spotted a new section called Wild Fable and I had to peruse them. I tried on 2 pairs of pants and three tops in the line. For those who didn’t know, Wild Fable is a Juniors line now in Target sizes Small to 4X. As much as I liked the pants, I knew they would go on sale. So, when they ended up in the clearance section & the cartwheel offer was 30% off clearance, I got them for $7.00 + tax. Sometimes you just have to play the waiting game & I enjoy the game. This black top is also from the Target clearance rack under the label Prologue.
I have no qualms about working the clearance racks at my favorite stores, and have been known to shop all day and not buy a thing except lunch. But, I was out the house and logged a few steps. Don’t sleep on Tarjaay people. . .
The average February temperature in my town is 71 degrees. We had about nine cold days when a Jacket was needed so far this year. But, we have had back to back 80+ degrees already this month. Yes, our weather is fickle and I’m not mad at it, considering the ice cold temps in the northeast. On one of those very warm days I wore this outfit to meet up with friends, and you can bet I carried a sweater for what was to be a cool evening. This top is one of my Budget Buys from September of last year. When the stores are shedding the summer apparel to make room for winter stuff, that’s my best shopping experience. Since we do not have “winter” here we stock up on summer apparel that we can also wear with light jackets when it gets cool.
These pants are my new ready to wear, everywhere worn before here. They fit like Jeggings and can be dressed up or down. These shooze have been around a very long time and the label is worn out. The handbag was one of the best purchases from TJMaxx early summer last year. The top is under the label of Bold Elements and sold at JCP, it is making it’s debut here.
Black and White has been popular colors in executive work place dressing for many years. You may call this style a uniform. For a job interview you cannot go wrong with a black suit and a white shirt. So, Are black and white colors? Ask a scientist and you’ll get a reply based on physics: “Black is not a color, white is a color.” Ask an artist or a child with crayons and you’ll get another: “Black is a color, white is not a color.” Or is it? According to Encyclopedia Britannica . . “Color, in terms of pigment, is every shade and hue found in a brand new box of crayons (and any combination you could make from them). To put it in scientific terms, however, color is simply the range of visible light that humans can see”. I love a good fitting pair of black pants and they go with every color in my crayon box. Both the pants & top in this look have been sitting in my closet waiting to be worn.
Different cultures have colors that are symbolic all over the world. White is the traditional color for a bride’s wedding gown in the U.S. and most European cultures. White symbolizes purity and innocence. But, in Asia, white is the color of death. This arises from the belief that death is seen as a beginning and that white represents the purity that the deceased brings into the next life. Therefore, brides in Japan and China wear red in traditional wedding ceremonies. White is also associated with death in India, where widows wear white.
Black symbolizes death and is the traditional color of mourning in Western cultures. Black clothing is associated with powerful forces in many parts of the world. Bad and good. Witches, the devil, ninjas, cat burglars, Darth Vader, CatWoman, and Batman wear black. . and so do Priests, Nuns, Judges, Mimes, Mennonites, Bedouins, and Monks. Yet, the Little Black Dress is a must have in every woman’s closet. If you want to look slim wear black is what I’ve been told for years, and there’s plenty black garments to choose from in the stores.
:: DEETS ::
Top – Worthington
Pants – Project Runway
Shoes – Nine West (very old)
Handbag – Coach (very old)
The year of 2018 is moving by at a fast rate of speed. Seems like it was just yesterday we celebrated the first day of Summer, and now Thanksgiving is here & Christmas is lurking around the corner. This Thanksgiving is extra special to me, because I will also be celebrating another year. Another year of Gratitude. . another Blessed Birthday thru God’s Grace. This is the 67th year that I have been on this planet, and I’m covered in Thankfulness. I am incredibly blessed to have such amazing family & friends, who show up and show out when I need to get back in line. Many Thanks to you, who continue to visit this likkle blog & share your comments. I appreciate every single comment and your friendships.
“Today is the oldest I’ve ever been and the youngest I’ll ever be again”.
When my Cuzin has a weekend off from work, we venture out to our favorite watering holes. Along the route we always take a tour of the mall before we take our seats at the bar, and the shooze have to be comfortable. The first stop on our shopping tour is Sephora where we try on new lippies and get a spray sample of our favorite perfumes. Then on to Macys, JC Penney and whatever tickles our fancy. The wide leg pants I’m wearing here, is the product of one such shopping trip assisted by a $10 off coupon. I had several tops already in my closet to coordinate with, and it paired nicely with my hot pink top. But, when I went under my bed to look thru the shoe boxes, these blue Shooze was the first pair found and they dictated the theme. The blue top has been in my closet for about 5 years and you have seen the handbag before.
Top is INC from Macys
Shoes are Jessica Simpson and more than 6 years old.
Print Mixing is very fashionable these days, but back when I was a growing up it was frowned upon. The minute my Mom saw me in this outfit she laughed and said. . .”yu look like jonkonnu“. (Jonkonnu was a masquerade/street parade that was prevalent in Jamaica in the 40’s and 50’s and revelers wore costumes). Clearly, she has no idea about fashion. This is my first attempt at print mixing and it came together after I was inspired by a blogger in a polka dot jumpsuit. I have had these polka dot pants for two years and never worn them, they just never seem to play well with others in my closet. Once I found this top on the clearance rack, they got along well. The handbag was a great buy from Charming Charlie’s clearance rack last year. My Cuzin tried to discourage me from purchasing it so she could get it and that just did not happen. Inspiration is everywhere, if we pay attention and blogs are loaded with looks we can duplicate. My blogger pals are all mixologists and you can find several of them mixing & matching on their blogs. It has been said that “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” and it truly is. So many of us are visual, and need a template or two to create some of our best work, be it around the house, at work and even in fashion.
Every culture has its own collection of wise sayings that offer counsel on how to live, succeed, get along with others, etc. Many of the idiomatic expressions I am about to share were heard constantly growing up in my Jamaican household. These days when my relatives get together the Jamaican dialect just roll off our tongues. The roots of Jamaican Dialect/Patois go back to the days of slavery starting with the Spanish Occupation of the island and continued through British colonialism. Now even though our first language is English, our Patwa, is what we are most recognized for. People love to hear Jamaicans speak, to hear our accent and the words we use, even if they don’t understand a lick of what we are saying.
With so many languages influencing our tongue, it is quite interesting to listen to, even if not learned. Some of my family’s favorites are:
“Every hoe have dem stik a bush” means there’s someone out there for every person.
“Same bird weh carry news, a de same bird tek eh back“. The one who brings gossip is the same one taking it back.
“What a fi yu, cyaan be un fi yu“. What is yours will always be yours.
“Chicken merry, hawk deh near“. Danger lurks nearby when there is too much merriment and excitement.
“Wanti wanti can’t get i, getti getti no want i“. The Have-nots covet what the Haves take for granted.
“Gi dem basket fi carry wata“. Set up to Fail. Give them a basket to carry water.
“Tidday fi mi tomorrow fi yu“. Everyone has a season.
“Puss no bizness in a dawg fight” Stay out of what does not concern you.
“Cock mouth kill cock”. Be careful, words can come back to haunt us.
“Mi come ya fi drink milk mi noh come ya fi count cow”. Here to collect not to find out where it comes from.
“Come mek mi gi yu someting fi cry fah“. Let me give you something to cry about (only to children who cry for no reason).
The Jamaican dialect, Patois (pronounced pat-wa or pat-wah) is a creole/mash up comprised mostly of broken English, with bits of Spanish and Western African languages mixed in. It is a unique language that originated in Jamaica. It is a continuously evolving language and new words are added on a regular basis. All Jamaicans speak and write English, however most prefer to speak “Pat-wa“. Jamaican Patois exists mostly as a spoken language and heavily used in the lyrics of reggae, dancehall as well as other genres. In other words, we speak English in two forms and write in one. Now that you got a sample of my spoken language, test some of your Jamaican friends using some of these phrases. Walk good!
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