Pantone has selected their color of the year for 2015 and it’s a real beauty this time. Marsala is an earthy wine color. Close to burgundy – which is my favorite color – this is a shade I was already in love with and look forward to seeing how designers add this color to their lines. Pantone tells us Marsala “enriches our minds, bodies and souls.” Perhaps that’s why I adore it so much. I bought…

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Welcome to the 30th edition of How I Wear My! Spring is here! It has been so nice to enjoy slightly warmer weather and to remember that we have legs that might like to see daylight once again so Jill of Everything Just So and I thought we’d devote April’s “How I Wear My” to that very versatile wardrobe item, the skirt. As always, I’m starting things off with my HIWM partner, Jill who has this to…

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Have you noticed the hat trend this season? From wide brimmed floppy hats to slouchy beanies, you can’t miss their presence on the street, in magazines, on blogs and Pinterest. I like them so much I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to my love of hats. Last year I discovered Montecristi Panama Hats, a fantastic hat shop in Yountville in the Napa Valley. I bought a genuine Panama hat from the owners, a warm and friendly…

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Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was low-key and relaxing.We recently had a long stint of lovely and unseasonably cool weather, which has since been replaced with 90+ degree temps (boo!).For about two weeks I was wearing jeans, blazers and lightweight sweaters rather than my summer staples of shorts and t-shirts. It was cool enough to wear this single-button boyfriend blazer that I bought at Goodwill earlier this summer for $6.00. It’s lined,…

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Do you know what the French call a thrift shop? A “friperie” This is the friperie where Tori and I shopped, a former hair salon. Isn’t that a cute word? I think we should all start calling our local Goodwill, Salvation Army, vintage shops and any store where secondhand items are sold, friperies. It just sounds better to the ears than “thrift store”. Don’t you agree? Last month while we were in Paris, my stepdaughter,…

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I started thrift shopping last November, thanks to inspiration from Janet at The Gardener’s Cottage.  After five months of regular thrifting, excluding a one month spending freeze, I am quite pleased with the items I have hanging in my closet. While I still buy my pants, jeans, underthings, tank tops, T-shirts and shoes new, thrifting has become my primary mode of shopping. It seems that I have passed my thrifty ways down to Tori, my 17-year-old stepdaughter. She…

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