Sunday, November 22, 2015

Brooklyn- A Wonderful Escape

Hope you are all having a lovely fall weekend. I just had to share this trailer from the best movie I have seen in a long time. Brooklyn is a beautifully crafted story of a young women's move from Ireland to America to find work and a new life in the early 1950's. Saoirse Ronan is wonderfully cast in this part as is each character in this story.

Based on the book by Irish writer, Colm Toibin, it's about homesickness, family, love, growing up and finding your own life. Besides the terrific acting and story, it's cinematically gorgeous transporting you back to Brooklyn and Ireland in the 50's. I was charmed by the colors, coats and clothes from that era that they perfectly replicated here.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Thoughts on Paris and a San Francisco Overnighter

I almost didn't publish this post. I wrote this last week and was all set to share when the Paris tragedy struck. It's hard to share fun times when so many are suffering. Paris is dear to me and so many others who have had the luck to enjoy it's charms. Somehow, an attack on Paris feels like an attack on us all. I feel so useless to help, but after reading many others posts, I have concluded one thing, that we cannot let these people put terror in our hearts.

 I find Martin Luther King's 'Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that,' quote so comforting in times like this. Hate only begets more hate and it's what these people want. I just hope that out of this sad tragedy an even stronger bond with France, Europe, and the sane people of this world will form. Our love for our fellow man shows so much during these situations and it gives hope. We can and will eventually overcome these terrorists. We have to believe that. There's too many good people on this planet. We will win. It's all we have. In the meantime, I'm keeping all those in Paris in my heart.

So now some fluff..
Last week, I made a quick 24 hour escape up to San Francisco with two dear pals. It was a chance to get together before the holidays and check out some favorite spots in the city. Hitting some of the shops and gazing at the windows is always a treat even if it's a quick trip.

How fabulous is this? Wilkes Bashford is another SF institution. This dress! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Meeting Tish Jett in Los Gatos.. and Secrets of A Femme D'Un Certain Age!

Last week there was a fun little event in my town of Los Gatos. The pretty home store Bianco hosted French blogger and author, Tish Jett. She was here on her only California stop to sign her book, Forever Chic.

As luck would have it my pals Elizabeth of The Vintage Contessa and Jennifer of A Well Styled Life, informed me this was happening...In my own town! I didn't have a clue. We met up for lunch as well as this was a bit of a trek for the Contessa who resides in Orinda and Jennifer who lives in the East Bay. We didn't know Lisa of Amid Privilege, and Susan of Une Femme D'un Certain Age, were going to be there too. Really fun to meet these lovely bloggers as well! Wish we had a photo of us all.

 The Contessa and Jennifer. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Stuff about Stuff..Purging and Cleaning Out

This year my life has changed completely. My mom passed away early in the year and everything changed after that. My 98 year grandmother (dad's mom), who was living alone, fell just a few weeks later and had to be transitioned to a place with more care. A lot of this year has been helping dad clean out my grandmother's home filled with almost 100 years of possessions.

Losing my mom, helping grandma and dad, and turning 50 this year, has given me a different perspective on life. I'm seeing more clearly than ever, what really matters and what doesn't and how possesions can take over your life. 

We have spent so many hours, days, weekends cleaning and sorting through my grandma's things. Like most people of her age, she was greatly affected by the depression and learned not to waste a single thing. That translated to a lifetime of being smart with money, but also gave her a vice grip on just about everything she ever owned. Nothing was thrown out due to the fact it might one day be useable. While commendable and green in some part, living like that for 98 years can be close to hoarding.

My favorite hand colored photo of grandma in the 1930s.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Maxima Style -One Cool Queen and Inspiring Human

Like most Americans I have little knowledge of European royalty beyond Britain. However, I have taken note of Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, who has a fantastic sense of style and never fails to inspire with her unique and fun way with clothes and accessories. She is age 44 and only became queen in 2013, when her husband's mother, Queen Beatrix, decided to abdicate the throne to her eldest, Willem-Alexander. Maxima grew up in Argentina and was in finance before she met the King, who she thought was a regular guy when they first dated.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fall Shopping..

I know it's fall, but here in California it's summer still. Seriously, we are in the 90s again this week and it's too much. I have called it quits for the summer clothes and started looking for fall inspired things to wear.  I happened to run past Banana Republic in town and their windows just grabbed me. Burgundys, smoky neutrals and gold accents drew me in and I fell in love with all the autumn looks.

Banana seems to have a lot more modern shapes and styles since the designer from J Crew took over. Love the modern look! That said, some things need trying on as they may run big from their traditional sizes. The overall look is fresh.. Some of the best..

I love these Bridget T-strap shoes with edgy studs on the strap and would wear them with distressed jeans as well as dresses for fall.

This gold envelope clutch is a great size and I can see it becoming long time addition to the wardrobe for dressier evenings as well.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sisters of Los Angeles - Golden State Fun

Happy Tuesday..I'm so excited it's October. Finally we may get some cooler weather and I cannot wait to wear pants and boots without passing out in the afternoon from heat. I feel like this has been a particularly long summer.  I cannot remember the last time I wore socks except for sports! The evenings have been getting cooler and I love that especially.

While I was in Palm Springs I picked up this little gem. I'm crazy for totes because I use them constantly here for shopping, schlepping things to x-country meets, travel and even storage. I try to collect cute ones when I can. Somehow, I am better at remembering to bring them into the grocery store when I have a cool one.

This Golden State is perfect for all us Californians, or wanna-be Californians and is made by Sisters of Los Angeles. I bought this at the Trina Turk boutique in the Parker. So far I cannot find a Bay Area retailer nearby...Just their site. Also totally adorable are the 'Aloha State,' Lone Star State,' Sunshine State' and 'Empire State' versions. I can think of a few girlfriends who might love one of these as a gift, no?