Black Tie Violets for the holidays!

I have to get out of the house and start shopping. I’m nearly ready for the holidays … I desperately need to do some retail therapy for myself. Did I mention Nordstrom’s is having their half-yearly clearance sale? Bonus – Clinique is having their gift with purchase sale! You know you love all those mini versions of Clinique products.d_200911_blacktie_hdr2


Shimmering Stripes Powder Blusher


Brush-on Cream Liner


Eye Shadow Quad

I just saw one of the holiday sets called Black Tie Violets. The blush (in the middle in this photo) is shades of Tuxedo Plums that dust your face, neck and decolletage (love that word) with shades of pinks/plum.

And the four eye shadows are scrumptious in the quad limited edition. There is also a cream eye liner in Violet Luxe that glides along the lashline. And, no it does not make your eyelashes grow a la Brooke Shields.

Love love love these colors. They were made for me you know!

Shop on!

Stay warm, fashionable in single, double-breasted fab coats

Oh how I hate to be cold. Which I’m not, actually. Portland is seeing the big dog days of late summer. But I was shopping online … imagine your surprise … and had to show off these three four coats at Nordies.

Check them out: This Houndstooth jacket is by Sola & Kyo sells for $350.

This next coat is that brilliant blue … royal or not… I love the color. And so flattering if you have … gasp … hips!


They’re saying it’s cobalt blue but it seems a bit less intense than cobalt blue. 

Look at the detailing on the side that adds to the flattering cinched waist. 

Love the big black buttons! This little baby is $288 Laundry by Shelli Segal wool blend coat. 

Then there’s the traditional long single-breasted coat, very tailored made with wool-polyester and is only $238. AND it comes in both black and deep purple. 

Love Nordstrom’s. I do I do. 

Shop on!








Wedding Belle Blues

The weather, the flowers, the setting … everything was beautiful including the bride and groom, my daughter (bridesmaid) my grandson (usher and he read an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit).

It was a spectacular day with no real (or imagined) upsets or emergencies or no-shows etc. Speaking of my son’s wedding on Friday in Spokane.  Gregory and Amy were delighted – tired but delighted with how everything turned out. The venue was Belle’s Victorian Gardens.

Amy, Greg and the wedding party at Friday night's wedding.

Amy, Greg and the wedding party at Friday night

We stayed at The Davenport Hotel downtown the first two nights but it was just too small for Bob and I, my sister Dawn and her 9-year-old Jake. Plus she was having PMS I found out afterward. Of course she’ll never admit that it was a problem. Doncha just love sisters? And this is my good sister! Gotta love ’em.

Oh yeah I forgot. There was one mishap. I forgot my dress. Sort of accidentally on purpose. You know. I wasn’t enthralled by the dress. So I had a Ralph Lauren linen suit in Navy blue and it was a good excuse to shop and find something to go under it. I think I must have about 6 outfits for that wedding. My sister had more than I did. Ah well … it extends the shopping experience doesn’t it?

Amy and Gregory.

Amy and Gregory.

We shopped at Nordstrom’s, Chico’s and Macy’s besides a few other boutiques there on Thursday. Nordstrom’s had a gorgeous beaded black and gold sleeveless shell but it didn’t work because of the black. Gorgeous I tell you, and it was on sale for $138 from $350-plus. But I found another steely silver sequined top at Chico’s that looked better with the navy blue.

My grandson and nephew were having the time of their little lives! Aren’t they adorable? I bought Jake the tie for his birthday at Macy’s last month and it looks a bit too small.

Justin and Jake looking for all the world like they're two mellow young men. Wrong. You'd be very wrong if you thought that!

Mellow? They only look mellow!

Justin at the wedding dinner.

Justin at the wedding dinner.

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