Thursday, January 30, 2014

Style Me Please

It is getting that time of year.

I get to play dress up!  Yeah!

In roughly a month, it is time for the annual L'amour du Vin  at our museum.  This will be the third time we have attended so I am not yet ready to wear the same thing twice.

This is what I am thinking:

L'amour du Vin Dress
Cavatina Dress, Dark Grey, M

That's all I got. 

  I need shoes and a bag.  Because of the length of the dress, I need something with a 1-2 inch heel.  The bag needs to be big enough to carry lipstick, antacids and dental floss...shit, I may just let Hunter be the pack mule for once.

Any suggestions are always welcome.  I am thinking a bit strappy or even a mule.

Saw these:

But the reviews are not good and I would prefer not to spend quite so much.

Tried these:


The price was right but kinda cheap looking and not very comfortable.

Do I even want metallic?  Maybe black/dark grey?  Sigh.

I need to keep looking.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Camel Hair

After my last blog, I did a bit of research about Camel hair used in clothing.  Here is what I found out...

Camel Hair

Like other luxury wools, camel hair is extremely soft, durable, lustrous, lightweight, and warm. Clothing manufacturers prefer the fabric in its natural state (a buttery, golden brown), but it is sometimes dyed navy, red, or dark brown. Since it is so highly prized and expensive to harvest, camel hair is usually blended with sheep's wool to make it more economical for the manufacturer to produce.
Camel hair comes from the Bactrian (two hump) camel, which is bred in the extremely cold climates of China and Mongolia. The hair is gathered when the camel molts instead of by shearing or clipping. The fibers are used in the making of suits, coats, blazers, jackets, skirts, hosiery, caps, and robes. Because of its warmth, camel hair is also widely used for sweaters, gloves, scarves, mufflers, overcoats, quilts, etc.
  • Luxurious fabric.
  • Extremely soft and fine.
  • Lustrous.
  • Durable and lightweight.

Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute

Background and History

The Cashmere & Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute (CCMI) is an international trade association representing the interests of producers and manufacturers of camel hair and cashmere fiber, yarn, fabric and garments throughout the world. Formed in 1984 as the Cashmere & Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute of America, the Institute changed is name in 1990 to better reflect the international character of its membership and activities. Today, the Institute is the leading authority on domestic and international issues concerning these luxury fibers and advises on labeling, international standards, supply and market trends.
Cashmere and Camel Hair

Okay, maybe I shouldn't turn up my nose to camel hair.  What wonderful things are out there?

Reg. $398, On Sale $159

Camel Hair Cable Knit Tunic Sweater Details,default,pd.html ITEM# WY00316 $ 398.00 $ 159.20 DESCRIPTION & FEATURES Cable Knit Tunic Sweater crafted from camel hair. Tunic inspired body with an allover cable knit pattern. Dry clean. Imported.  Variations COLOR: Camel Camel SIZE Sizing Guide L Product ActionsADD TO CART OPTIONS QUANTITY 1 In stock and ready to ship now.  ADD TO BAG REMEMBER THIS This item …

Reg. $225, On Sale $100

  • HELMUT LANG - Linear Transfer sweater 6
  • HELMUT LANG - Linear Transfer sweater 7
  • HELMUT LANG - Linear Transfer sweater 8
  • HELMUT LANG - Linear Transfer sweater 9
  • HELMUT LANG - Linear Transfer sweater 10

Still my favorite


Back in 2011, even J Crew had $325

From JCrew: “A wear-forever favorite (and a veritable work of art): This beautiful cable-knit sweater was hand knit for us in luxurious Italian merino and supersoft camel hair. The incredibly intricate design requires many hours to complete—but some things are worth it. Italian merino wool/camel hair/poly. Crewneck. Long sleeves. Hits at hip. Part of J.Crew Collection. Import. Dry clean. Catalog/ only.”

Well I got schooled.

Do you have camel toe..I mean hair?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

My Very First Tory

Oh joy, it is freakin' snowing...again.  So this is what winter is.  I'm over it.  I do not want to hear from anyone about my pussifititis when it comes to snow.  We are NOT suppose to get it more than twice a year and only 0.005 inches.  Just not prepared physically or mentally.

Usually my winter wardrobe is basically my fall wardrobe plus a jacket, maybe an occasional coat thrown on a dozen times.  Lots of long tees with warm cozy cardigans is really all I need.

Not this year!  I have worn my puff daddy coat...that only makes it on walks and in the past, football games.. more times this year than double I have worn in the past five years.  I used to love it but now I am sick of it.


I have also ditched my Stuart Weitzman booties for these babies...

I have no shame when it comes to staying warm.

So Even though I am desperate for milder weather...or at least not the roller coaster we've 
been on...I am once again looking at sweaters.  I have discovered, when it's cold I want
 jeans/corduroys and just a pull on cashmere  sweater (some of you call it a jumper). 
 I have four J Crew cashmere vnecks.  Grey, navy, light blue, and white.  
They are in constant rotation and I am sick on them too.

This looks perfect except it is wool, poly, alpaca, and camel.  CAMEL?!

Or this...

Cotton, poly, angora

 This is ideal but they can't get it to me until March...

Well thank you Patpat.  Love her.  She suggested I look at Tory Burch and one item in particular.  
Not being a Tory fan...sorry I just always think of this...


But look what Patpat picked out for me.

On Me...

Well hello ladies!  Hunter loves this part.

The neck stays up

Side vents and Cricket makes an appearance for Emily.

Very pretty detailing

I now officially own my very first Tory Burch.

Which should be my next purchase?

Tory Burch 2014 Resort Collection

I'll stick with her solids.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Leave 'Em Alone

Another movie from my pre-kid years is being remade and about to come out.

Yes I am talking about…

The original was made in 1987 starring Peter Weller (he's now on Sons of Anarchy) and Nancy Allen (loved her with John Travolta in Blowout…not sure what she's up to these days).

One of my husbands favorites was …

Patrick Swayze (his brother was on Millionaire Matchmaker!!), Charlie Sheen (before he became a douche), C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Jennifer Grey, hell it even had Powers Boothe.


Why mess with perfection?

I want to see them try to remake this one…

Purple Rain

Monday, January 20, 2014

Misery Loves Company


I spent all day Saturday either in bed or in the bathroom.  You would have thought I was preparing for a colonoscopy.  Hell, I should have called my doctor and set one up…I was already "cleansed".  Felt a bit better Sunday but still spent most of my day in bed.  Today…well, I consider myself a functioning sick person.  Hopefully, Tuesday I will be back up to speed. 


This is my weekend in pictures (NO! I wouldn't show that!)

messy bed - courtesy of

Patti Stanger of Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker

Mary Kay Joins Project Runway All Stars as the Official Beauty Sponsor


Yep, I binge watched a lot of trash, slept, drank lots and lots of Sprite, pooped a huncha bunch, and finally got some soup in me on Sunday.  I do hope your weekend was much more fun.