The Tree and Me

Hey All!  The following is a fun review!  About a Tree.  And Me!

Far be it from me to boast and brag about having a green thumb—-because I don’t!

I’m that person, who, when I was working down on Wall Street at the old Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, would have my colleagues rushing over to my work area to water the plants and trim the leaves because if I so much as looked at the greenery, every one of them would shrivel up and die.

This is what could’ve become of my office plants had my co-workers not saved them!

The only potted plants I’ve ever seemed to be able to keep for the season were geraniums. And that’s because I trained my kids to deadhead the old growth when they were on their way to catch the school bus in the mornings.  Three kids and quite the number of potted geraniums on the front porch meant a lot of deadheading on their part.

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….and now that the kids are grown, I’ve trained Bonaparte to deadhead the geraniums on the back deck.  How else would they live past a week?

Don’t even talk about what happened this past Fall.  I was becoming quite envious of the neighbor’s beautiful mums.  Apparently, Chrysanthemums are impossible to kill—unless you are me.  Four pots of these yellow puffballs met their untimely demise within one week.  One. Week.

Don’t even ask how, but I managed to kill these gorgeous plants within one week. One week!!  I should have returned them to Home Depot and asked for a refund!

I swear I did everything I was supposed to do.

We have a large potted plant that leads to the sun room.  Bonaparte takes care of it. Had I taken care of it, it would have been gone a long time ago.

A nice potted tree this is. No thanks to me!

And those Poinsettias that I’m so proud of because I take such great care of them—it appears that a certain Frenchman has been going behind my back…

And here I thought the poinsettias were thriving because of me–apparently they like when Bonaparte waters them and speaks French to them!

But—the straw that broke the camel’s back came in the form of a green, struggling Dieffenbachia that we had for quite a few years.  Bonaparte brought it back from near death after I touched it.  Then, sadly, the end came a few weeks ago.  I was honestly very sad.  It validated my lack of horticultural expertise.

You have no idea how upset I was when this plant died.  And it looked so good three years ago!!

I felt like some sort of botanical hit man.  Almost like Alain Delon as hit man Costello in the film Le Samouraï.

I’ve never seen a better trench coat–or a more handsome Alain Delon…

..and me–giving this Basil a kiss of botanical death. I hope this plant lasts till next weekend because I’ll need the leaves for pesto!

And that very day, when our Dieffenbachia was laid to final rest, something happened. It was as though somebody upstairs was watching over me and felt the pain of my failed efforts with greenery.  I received an email.  The email was from PermaLeaf®, a company specializing in all-weather outdoor plants.  Faux plants.  They wanted to know if I would like to review one of their plants!

From PermaLeaf’s site.  Yes.  The plants are–genuine faux foliage!  Our deck needs these for next summer!

Well, you know how I feel about certain tangible items labeled “faux”!  My faux tan, my faux nails, my faux hair!!!!  Now I had the chance to try a plant that seemed to speak to me.  And on the very day my longest-living real plant passed away!

Seriously.  CUT flowers in water last longer than potted plants in my home!

PermaLeaf® generously instructed me to pick a plant from their catalog.  After perusing the site’s products, which was, for me, akin to perusing the J. Crew site.  It was so hard to make a decision—I wanted everything and eventually I decided on a cute Ficus tree.  It would be the perfect solution to filling in a bare corner of our deck during the summer months and would be the perfect solution to fill in either a bare corner by my favorite cupboard upstairs or  the space that was left bare from where the Dieffenbachia once stood.

And last Friday, as I was out and about, I noticed a long, slender box that had been set upon our front step.  It was my tree!  Let me tell you, I took that box, ran upstairs and cut opened that box as quickly as someone who had just gotten a shot of vitamin B-12!

What a delivery!!!!

I felt like Ralphie’s father when he received his major award!

Remember the infamous “Major Award Leg Lamp” from  “A Christmas Story”…that’s how I felt when I received the tree!

Only I had better. I received a genuine, indoor/outdoor faux plant that would give me years of pleasure without the chance of destroying it or worse—killing it!

Let’s take a look at Fanfan.  And yes, I named my Ficus tree after one of my favorite swashbuckling movie characters—Fanfan La Tulipe!

French film star Gerard Philipe as “Fanfan La Tulipe” next to “Cartouche”, the best and most fun swashbuckling, adventure film of all time.  Philipe is the stunner on the left!  Now you know why I named my tree Fanfan!

Out of the box, the tree arrived housed in a plastic planter.  A plastic sheath covering the leaves ensured that the product was well-packaged.

I ran downstairs to grab this ceramic pot which had been with me since 1994.  It was used to throw spare change into–but this was the first time it would actually be used as a planter!  

Leaves unleashed from the packaging, they looked incredibly healthy and realistic!

Chippy introduced himself to Fanfan. Thankfully, he didn’t raise a leg to try to “claim” the tree as his!

Pleasantly surprised at how realistic Fanfan the Ficus looked,  I was particularly impressed with the sturdiness of the  knotted trunk and its mossy finish  It really is a nice faux plant!

 

I moved it over to another bare corner and I’m thrilled that the plastic pot fits so well into my ceramic one!

 

 

Admiring from the dining room where I sit to write.  This looks like the real thing. And I won’t kill it!

 

The best thing is how little my husband pays attention to what I say.  Not being able to contain my excitement I told him all about little Fanfan and how PermaLeaf® sent  it to me.  After nodding his head up and down with approval and a chorus of “Oui, Oui” and “Tres joli” I was happy he agreed with me.

But wait!  Last night as he was watering the poinsettias that I thought I was lovingly caring for, he walked over to Fanfan the Ficus with the watering can and asked how much water the plant needed. Folks I cannot make this up—this really happened.  Bonaparte was ready to water the faux tree because he thought it was real.

The poinsettias were watered but I had to put my foot down when my husband made an attempt to water Fanfan the Ficus!

And when I explained to him—or rather grilled him on why he didn’t pay attention to me when little Fanfan the Ficus was delivered, he stood there and smiled.  He smiled at the tree in wonder and just said in his French accent that he was sorry for not paying attention to me, and that he swore the tree was real.

 

Fanfan the Ficus is now in the spot that occupied our dearly-departed Dieffenbachia.  He’ll be here for a long, long time!

It doesn’t get much better than that!

Thumb’s up for Fanfan the Ficus!  And thanks to PermaLeaf  for sending me a wonderful gift to review.   I’m a faux-tree hugger!

Honestly, if you are like me and for the life of you just can’t seem to grow plants whether indoors or outdoors, or if you just don’t have the time to spend taking care of plants, the faux plants from PermaLeaf are really great.   If you are looking for a realistic faux plant, I highly recommend this company.  I think you will “real”ly like what they offer!

If it were not for our love of real trees and the real plants that grow around us, we wouldn’t be so enamored of their beauty.  But not all of us have the green thumb. Here’s an homage to trees–from one of my fave artists of all time–Cat Stevens. Enjoy!

 

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Come Get Ready With Me. How I Put My Gorgeous Face On!

It’s that hour of the morning.  Coffee has been gloriously sipped and I’m now awake for the day.  Not much is going on.  It is biting 15 degrees outside.  I need to do some grocery shopping, baking and writing.

Ahhhh. I simply cannot function if I do not have my morning cawfee!!!

Is it that important to get out of bed at this early hour and get ready and dressed?  Yes. It is.  Because the simple act of putting my face on is the one act that will make me feel good about myself.  I like the whole process of “getting ready”.

For me, it is methodical.  I’m careful about what goes onto my face.  I’m thoughtful about what hair I’ll wear and I ponder which clothes to wear.

It keeps me from feeling bad. It’s empowering!!!!

So, come with me.  And I’ll show you how I get ready.  I started at exactly 7:20 in the morning.  By 8:20 I was dressed. This is my hour to polish off my shine!

Watch how I go from…well, THAT–to THIS!!!!

Face washed and moisturized.  Primer goes on first. Today I’m using Hard Candy Primer. At eight bucks a pop, this is better than many of the high-end primers I’ve used in the past.

The tiniest amount of this primer is all you need for a great finish.  I let it “set” for about five minutes before moving on! 

And while primer is soaking in, I’ll treat myself to a game of Candy Crush!

Bonaparte can’t stand when I play these games. He said it isn’t normal. OBVIOUSLY!!  I’m not normal–what did he expect???

Now it’s time to brush Well-Rested in the blue corners of my eyes. Oh well, I’ll just swipe the brush all over my eye.

I’ve written about Well-Rested way too many times but it’s such a great product.  I can see that I need yet another repurchase. I’m not a powder person but this powder is so finely milled and it does a great job of concealing that blue tint that you get by the eyes!

Oh..almost forgot to condition my lips!!  It’s funny because at first, I wasn’t crazy about this product but now–I use it every single day!  It does a great job of conditioning dry lips.  Skin Actives Liquid Rainbow. The can be purchased on the Skin Actives website!

I’m not one to go crazy with bright eye shadow so I stick with neutrals. Today I’m using a very neutral and very inexpensive palette by Revolution. It was all of seven bucks at Ulta.

As you can see, I’ve hit pan on a couple of the shadows in this palette. The shadows are extremely silky-textured and very well-pigmented.

A softer and more natural look. Maybe I’ll add more!

The brows.  I need to replenish this Dip Brow pomade from Anastasia.  Not only have I hit pan, but I’ve had it for so many years that it probably has makeup mites in it and they are probably eating what is left of my brows off my face.  But this brow product is just so gooooood!

This brow product retails for $18 at Sephora. It’s a great deal considering I’ve had this for a few years and have hit pan recently.  I’m sure this is so old that it’s expired and contaminated–I’ll keep using it!

Uh oh.  Thank Goodness my guru Wayne Goss doesn’t subscribe to this blog. He would be so angry with me because I still need to blend my eye shadow and clean up my brows.  Don’t worry Wayne, I’ll fix this mess!

Next is mascara.  I’m reaching for the first one I grab.  Today it’s Lash Paradise. Not my favorite. Everyone makes a big deal out of this $9.99 dupe for Too-Faced Better Than Sex mascara. First of all, NO mascara is better than sex. OK?  Secondly, this stuff dries out after the first two weeks and it flakes—but I bought it, so I’m using it.

 

Lash Paradise. Hey, this has a huge following of mascara lovers. I’m not one of them.

Eyeliner after mascara!  I’m using Tarte’s liquid liner. The tip of this is excellent. I think this is the ManEater liner. I can’t remember.

I’m not a big fan of Tarte Cosmetics–but the brand’s eyeliner and some of the mascaras are great. This liner is one of them!

Now—in between each “step” I reach for this little spray bottle. It was once filled with product to set my makeup.  I refilled with tap water and spray my face for hydration.  The indoor heat during the winter months wreaks havoc on my skin and dries it to no end.

Truth be told, I don’t know how much cucumber, green tea and vitamins were in this before I used it up–but now there’s tap water and I can’t tell the difference.

 

Oops!  Time to get back to Candy Crush.  I love hearing the Candy Crush man talking dirty to me.  He tells me I’m “Tasty”!

Is it his voice constantly telling me I’m tasty or is it the fact he’s in uniform?  But I’m Candy Crushin’ on Mr. Candy Crush!

Back to the face.

Lately, I’ve been getting into this color corrector palette from e.l.f.  Surprisingly, it’s an e.l.f. product that has a good amount of…. product!  And the creamy texture of the correcters is very mature skin friendly.  I dab a bit of green on my nose and cheeks because that’s where the redness is.  Then I dab a bit of yellow under the eyes.

I have such a passive/aggressive, love/hate relationship with e.l.f. but this is a good product. I think it’s $6.00 or $5.00.  I like this. 

Time to see how many people unfollowed me on Instagram.  Honestly, between being unfollowed by people I thought were my “friends” and those who follow-to-unfollow, my fingers are kept busy unfollowing them back!   A friend of mine unfollowed me yesterday because she had too many followers.  I unfollowed her back. I have the app! She’s still my friend too!

Seriously, I can’t stand that.  It is so unethical.

Back to the face.

Foundation time.  Today I’m wearing Wet n’ Wild’s Photofocus foundation.  The availability of shades isn’t that great—so I blend two of them together.  At less than five bucks for a bottle, this is still a fabulous find because it is one of the best foundations out there.  It’s matte but doesn’t dry to a chalky or drying consistency. It bends in so well to your skin.  I use a large spoon brush to blend this in because it does a better job than a blending sponge.

A combo of Nude Ivory and Peach Natural make for a good foundation shade for me.  Hands down, this Photofocus is one of the best foundations ever!

Ugh.  The lighting in the room is horrific but trust me, things ARE starting to look pulled together!

But, I blend really, really well. Then when I’m done, I spray my face with the water before moving on to the next step which is…

This–I love this concealer. It glides on and is so hydrating and not drying.  It hides what you need to be hidden and brightens at the same time.  Seven bucks at Walmart!

Concealer.  I don’t even know why this is concealer it’s more like a brightener but his Maybelline Age Rewind is better than a ten-dollar meal at Taco Bell—it’s that good!  Applying this over the foundation also ensures that my redness will be securely hidden.

Concealer to brighten my cheeks, nose and forehead!

Contour after concealer.  OMG. I love contour.  I started using it about two years ago.  My first was the contour/highlighter duo from Marc Jacobs Beauty—but as my skin become drier, I switched from powder to cream. And my two favorite contours are the Fenty MatchStix in Amber and Charlotte Tilbury’s Ibiza. Both are super creamy and do a great job. Today I’m using Ibiza. And, might I add, this Ibiza stick is hard to come by. I waited over a month for Nordstrom to restock and today I see that it is sold out on the Charlotte Tilbury site!

I’m very concerned.  I just went on Nordstrom’s website. They are out of Ibiza. WTF?  It’s sold out on Tilbury’s site?  Why don’t they start making more.  I should have bought two of these but at $45 per………

Dammit. I’m so unpopular. I got another unfollow on Instagram.  Oh well, back to my face!

I’m a living work of art–or I look like Howdy Doody’s mother–take your pick.  Don’t worry, all this contour will be perfectly blended with a sponge!I’ll tell you, this Real Techniques blending sponge is great–and Chippy hasn’t eaten it yet!

Blush—isn’t it funny how we cover up our natural redness only to eventually apply various shades of blush?   I’m using another Charlotte Tilbury product—Beach Stick in Las Salinas. It’s a nice flush of color!

The Las Salinas Beach Stick gives a nice flush.  Also $45.  Tilbury has great products but they are so expensive!

Blending the blush in with a brush.  My hands get such a workout from blending all these products into my face. I wish my body got such a workout!

More water to the face.  Grabbing my NYX highlighter a bit on the apples of the cheeks (Thanks to reader Hipchick66 for that tip) and on the nose.  Almost done.

NYX Bright Idea highlighter is fantastic. It gives the faintest highlight and illuminates the face so subtly.  Goes on creamy too!  It was eight dollarzzzzzz!

Lips are last.  I apply lipstick after getting dressed because when I put a sweater on over my head, lipstick always transfers on.  Today is three colors.

First I line my lips with NYX Wonder Pencil…

 

elf lip pencil, NYX matte lipstick and Revolution lip gloss. All lower-end brands…


The NYX  Matte lipstick in Nude is applied first…

….followed by a fill-in with the elf pencil and then..

the Revolution lip gloss to finish it off..

A berry, berry, nice lip look!

That’s not the end–now I’m ready for hair!

Today it’ll be Model Model’s Shine Meadow, A longer length non-style, style!

I’m all blended and hair on. I’m ready to roll!

Hair in place and I’m good to go.  Let me turn my phone off.  That Candy Crush Man is making me excited and the last thing I need is for my wonderful husband to accuse me of having an affair with Mr. Candy Crush—he already feels I’m addicted to this phone as it is!

Overall, it took an hour to achieve this look. However, I did dawdle with the Candy Crush man and Instagram!  

And the new velvet pants I purchased at Old Navy, A plaid blazer, a scarf, no socks even in the snow, a hat and a positive attitude and I’m off to run the day’s errands!

The cordovan loafers match the pants. Cordovan–why isn’t that lovely color more popular? I didn’t match the shoes to the bag today…

And I’m off!

Thank you for joining me in my endeavor to get ready!  I also want to add–I still have lines on my face–no amount of makeup is going to erase those lines and wrinkles–but the key is to BLEND that foundation and other products so that they don’t look cakey–because if the products look dry and cakey, it’ll accentuate the lines we have.

Anyway, when I arrived at Wegmans, the song “Escape” came on the radio. You know it as The Pina Colada Song.  I have to say, it’s one of my favorite pop songs of all time. So I stayed in the car to listen to it.  Do you ever do that?  A song  comes on the radio that you love and it comes on as you are ready to park your car. Do you stay to listen?  I do!! XOXOXOXO!!!

 

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Women Want Empowerment. But Only if It’s Beauty or Fashion-Related

Last week I wrote a blog post based around the language that the president of these United States used. Here’s a link to the post in case you didn’t see it:  I Am A Shitholer

This wasn’t written as a “political” post. It was merely written because the language used was horrible language for a president to use.   He used this language to describe countries and a continent. And it seems that we are normalizing this vile behavior.

Really???  A World Leader using that kind of vocab?  Not cool. Not cool at all.

My post also went on to discuss immigrants and how we can all trace our roots back to countries that could be described, at one time or another, as the word the president used.

My immigrant grandmother. Now SHE was the epitome of  fierce and empowerment!!

I shared the post I wrote on a “women’s” Facebook Group that I belong to. It is a group where bloggers and non-bloggers can “meet” and “discuss”.  This group pontificates being “Fierce” and that “Women need to have a voice” and the group is all about empowerment. It is also targeted for the mature woman—the “over 40” woman.

My post was deleted—it offended a few “members”-two of whom aren’t even bloggers.

Now—before I go any further with this post, I want it to be known that the creator of the group was very supportive of my post.  She “got” it.  She realized that the post was, in fact, about the language the president used.

And a few of the members were also supportive of my blog post.  However, the ones that weren’t really started to throw some major snark toward me.

women fighting GIF by Feminist Fight Club

Yes. You DO fight–especially when someone speaks up about important issues!

Rather than take the liberty of just scrolling past my post, they took it upon themselves to throw shade and name call.  Among the names  I was called were “liberal”, “racist” and I was told that I was basically a “white woman pandering to non-whites”.  When I shot back, I was labeled “mean spirited”. Seriously.  To name call is bad—but to call me a “liberal” is off-the-charts nasty.  I’m a humanist!

A short time later I received a phone call from the creator of this group to let me know that my post was deleted.  She explained that although she understood where my post was coming from, the administrators of the group wanted the post off—because political and religious posts should not be discussed in the group. Mind you now,  others turned this language-based post into a political one. Not me.

And to tell you the truth, I thought it was very kind of her to call me. She didn’t have to do that.  And I truly believe she felt bad taking the post down. She’s a very nice woman.

After mulling it over, a few days later, I decided to leave the group.  I did it in a silent manner. I didn’t go onto the Facebook page and act all victimized and hurt and trauma-ridden with “I’m leaving, I’m done, blah, blah, blah….”.  I merely clicked “unjoin” or “unfollow”—whatever it is.  And went on my merry way!

project runway GIF by Lifetime

Thankfully there was no door to hit me on the way out!!!

That group gave me the opportunity to meet a handful of women bloggers who are great writers and I continue to enjoy their blogs—they brighten my day.  But it would be unethical for me, and I would not be true to my beliefs, if I stayed in a group that refers to themselves as “fierce” and “having a voice” if that real voice cannot be said or heard.  Ain’t my thing.

And this whole incident made me think—do women really want empowerment?  Do they really want a voice?  Do they want to discuss harsh words that a president uses?  Do they care about others—or do they only pretend to care? Do they only want the smoke and mirrors and the illusion of a perfect lifestyle and perfection all the way around?

mean girls GIF

..if you don’t talk about makeup and fashion!

And that’s what it’s all about.  Women can be empowered only if other women decide it’s okay and how they can be empowered.  We women are our own worst enemies and the mean girls grow into mean women!

Red heels and stilettos are empowering.

These are my red empowerment shoes.

Women who discuss politics are not empowering.

My political icon Rachel Maddow.  She speaks her mind–but will women like high school Rachel better than the Rachel of today?  I mean–will they find high school Rachel more fierce?  I like short-haired Rachel!

Makeup is fierce.

Hey–with my face all made up and my fake hair.  I. Am. Fierce.

To speak your mind is not fierce.

This is Frances Farmer. She was a very liberal and outspoken actor.  She spoke her mind. She empowered herself and was lobotomized.

Those who follow this blog know that I speak my mind.  You know what I’m passionate about.  You also are well-aware that I live for my fake hair, my fake tan, my love of makeup and pointy-toed, cleavage-baring heels.  You also know that if J. Crew was a real person, I would be married to him—in my dreams.

A fierce woman can never have enough fake hair…

..or fake tan–even if it’s applied badly!

I also love my overabundance of clothes and love to share my style tips with you. It’s a lot of fun!

Hey…check out my style!  I’m the empowering style icon!

Hey Girl! Don’t go away!!  I’ll even tell you what bra to buy!  Now THAT’s fierce!

My home is my castle—and it isn’t grandiose, nor is it ridiculously huge—it’s the empty-nest chateau that my Frenchman and I built together.  And I love sharing my home with you.

Come–sit down and we’ll discuss important things.  Like can I wear pink with red?

My travels?  I’m blessed and damned lucky.  Going to France with Bonaparte is always a fun adventure.

My favorite little alcove in Antibes!  I love the casual life!!

I’m a happy little clam when my grown kids come home to visit!  I still relish in being “mom”!!!

Our infamous Philly Cheese steak competition..

mean girls cool mom GIF

That’s right.  I’m the cool mom!  I’m out standing in my field!

As I write this, I’ve got two pound cakes in the oven for my husband’s pleasure.  And when those cakes are baked, I’ll be making gougeres to put away in the freezer so we can enjoy them on the weekends with our aperitifs.  My cooking skills are fierce!

One cake for the rest of this week.  One is now in the freezer for next week!  I can’t have any because I’m still TRYING to be good and eat healthier!

I don’t need a group to validate my fierceness or empowerment.  I can empower myself.  I can be free to speak my mind–about any issues while still retaining my most feminine self!  And, I don’t need to answer to anyone but me!

I want to thank each and every one of you who enjoy my voice.  Sometimes you disagree with me—and that’s fine because you never punch below the belt.

Here’s a vase of flowers to thank you for always allowing me to speak my mind!

In this little community of Atypical60, we always agree to disagree.  We keep our differences kind and respectful.  I’ve even had readers reach out to me via e-mail to tell me I went too far—and in the end, we iron it all out.

So that’s about it for my little rant.   I love my blog—its my baby! I love you.  I try to keep things light—but every now and then, I’ll get a bit passionate about certain subjects and certain people. It’s because I have a voice—and so do you!!

But lately, I’m wondering just what  do women want?  Especially the mature woman.  They claim empowerment and fierceness and speak of having your own voice–but sadly, that isn’t true. I suppose the mature woman is as deeply shallow as her younger counterparts!

Let me go—I’m working on a very important blog post about putting my face on!!!  I think you’ll love it!!

In the meantime, here’s a little song from way back.  Do you remember the song “Make Your Own Kind of Music” by the fierce and empowering Cass Elliot?  Well, I do—and I’ll keep marching to the beat of my own drum and I hope you do too!!!

 

Thank you for your support and for being a part of this blog!! XXOXOXO!!!

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On the Hunt for the January Sales. Get Your Wallets and Lets Go!

There really isn’t much that I need-or want for that matter at the present time.  However, the January Sales always pique my interest because there’s always something that I end up buying. And—the purchases are usually with me for a long, long time!

You may or may not need that article of clothing–but treat yourself to something that you could use down the line!

Being every nuance of the blazer girl, I find that January is a great time to purchase that special blazer or suiting jacket that you’ve perhaps been eyeing at the beginning of the season and found it didn’t fit into your budget at the time or you just never got around to making the purchase.

J. Crew’s Dover blazer is that one for me. Back in September, I picked up a Navy Dover blazer for half the $198. retail price. This month I picked up the dark tan/light brown (whatever color it is) one for a grand total of $59.99. The price was right and the neutral color lends itself well to three-season dressing. Dressed up or down.  It’s a win-win situation.

I’m a huge fan of J. Crew’s Blazers–you know that so well from all my blog posts!  The Dover is such a classically cut, double-breasted beauty.  I love this neutral brown.  

Made in China, the fabric is all wool and it is such a lightweight wool that it is a perfect three-season blazer.

I love J. Crew’s workmanship and detailing.  The simple button is well reinforced. The clean stitching around the pockets.  The satiny stiped lining and the little buttoned pocked in the lining.  It’s so worth the $59.99 I paid for this and I’ll have it for years.

With these inexpensive black leggings and black tee, this blazer takes the “at home” clothes to another level. I can leave the house like this–all due to a blazer!

And it goes so well with this leopard wrap/collar!

The color of the blazer will go well when I wear dark hair and when I go lighter!  A great January purchase!

I also, got ridiculously lucky at Primark.  When doing “field research” for my previous post about leopard prints, I came across racks of coats that were priced at $20. Twenty dollars!  I saw this oversized red coat and just couldn’t resist.  It is so well made and the simple cut gives it such a luxe look! For those who are looking for a coat, and not an everyday one that’ll get a ton of wear, check out more affordable clothing stores because you never know what treasures you’ll find!

At $20, I had to have this coat!

Oops moment!  I THOUGHT the coat was a US size 8 but it wasn’t.  Primark has universal sizing on their clothing.  The coat, however, was so oversized that the 4  is a perfect fit.  Anything larger then the coat would have been wearing me.  The photo on the right lists where the coat is made and the fabric–this coat can also be washed.

A bit of the coat’s detailing.  There is only one closure, a snap, on the coat.  The snap is very well reinforced–it’s staying put. A good sign.  The photo on the left shows the pocket–it’s hard to see but the pocket is sewn very close to the coat–which is also a good sign!

A better view of the pocket in this photo…

I love the simple lines of this coat. Not fussy.  Plain.  And the length–I can wear a shorter skirt or a knee length skirt without a hem sticking out.

This coat also has a bit of the oversized Eighties vibe….

Don’t pay attention to the really, REALLY bad job I did tanning my legs yesterday. I was in a rush.  I’m living proof that Haste makes Waste!

But–it also reminds me a bit of this coat my mother wore in the 1950’s. It’s the simplicity!

My mom, Germaine, on the right with my Aunt Tessie on the left. Ozone Park, Queens–in the 1950’s! 

I can also do a monochromatic look with red shoes and my red Longchamp bag with this coat!

For dressing up, I can wear my George Costanza hat with this coat.  The hat is an old Primark find. I paid $5.00 for it either last year or the year before.

Overall, this coat is a winner!

And this scarf will go so well with it.  A scarf with any more red would be overkill!  

Old Navy also had a ton of stuff marked down.  I picked up a pair of velvet Pixie Pants for $9.97 and a navy brocade pair for $8.47. In addition, I had a $5.00 rewards coupon which brought the price of the total purchase down more.  Here’s a look at the pants.

A great buy at $9.97.  Product information on the right.

The pants are a faux velvet of sorts–maybe brushed corduroy?  Whatever, they were a great buy.

The pants can be worn very casually with loafers, or for a more polished look with heels!

I also want to add that Old Navy’s Pixie Pants are well constructed.  Zipped in front, the closure has two metal clasps and a button.  Note–below I paired the pants with a plaid schoolboy jacket from J. Crew.  The plaid’s color is a bit more of a red than a true burgundy but the jacket and pants do look great together. I love this blazer with the pants.

This blazer is always worn with jeans–but not anymore. I love the way the blazer looks with these pants!

The fit of these pants is fabulous.  Hey. I’m curvy–I got hips and the pockets don’t “stick out” like so many others do when you have hips. Curvy gals–you know what I mean!!

I can’t help myself. I’m such a sucker for burgundy and green together. It’s very wintery and warm to me.

The ankle length is absolutely perfect too.  I’m not a fan of pants that are too long.  An added plus–the bottom hem of the pants isn’t too tight. 

Overall, these pants were well worth the under ten dollar price. They are versatile, the fit is great and the fabric is more luxe than you can imagine!

Next are the brocade pants.  Now–I’m not a “print” person, but like the fancy gold and black Pixie pants I purchased at Old Navy before Christmas, I did see these as well.  The black jacquard on navy pants was subtle–it wasn’t too much for my taste.  And the price, at the time was $39.99 for this pair.  It came as a surprise to see them marked down to $8.47, and into the dressing room they came.

Now–let it be known.  When shopping at Old Navy, and many stores these days, sizes aren’t consistent. Whereas the burgundy pants fit perfectly, the brocade pants were a bit on the snug side.  I did try a size 10 but the 10 was way too big.  I have some holiday weight to lose so I went with the pants anyway and I’m glad that I did. There is a bit of stretch in them and as I wore them, they became slightly stretched out and more comfortable.

These pants.  Paired with a Navy Tippi sweater from J. Crew and black heels, this is really a great office look that can switch over to a night out with no change!

The pants stretched out just a tad to give a much better fit.  This ankle length though. I wish all pants were this length!

And on a curvy frame, these pants are very flattering.

This photo offers a better look at the fabric.  These pants will wear very well for all seasons! And the print–so subtle!

That fake tan–hey, maybe Chippy just licked it off !

Another thumbs up–for the pants!

Is there anything you are looking for that you might have missed the boat on in the beginning of the season?  Are you looking for an investment item or a good pair of boots (don’t buy Tory Burch boots–you’ll regret it) or a good bag?  Now’s the time to be on the hunt.  Get your ammunition–comfortable shoes and your wallet–and carry on!!!

I can’t stop thinking about this Duran Duran song today.  Hungry Like the Wolf.  You might be hungry like a wolf for a great sale item! What say you?  Have you shopped the January sales yet–there’s still time!!!

 

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Wearing Leopard For The More Tame, Than Wild Woman!

Leopard.  It’s everywhere.  And I mean everywhere!

It’s been around for a while—and at this point, I don’t see it as a trend, but I look at it as a neo-neutral.  I mean, come on—look at the colors—brown, black, tan—even white is  thrown into the mix.  All neutral colors—how can you not love a leopard print?

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Hey girlfriend–don’t get your knickers in a twist. I’m not gonna wear YOUR skin. I’m all about the fake!  Just take a look at my hair!

Now—mind you, I’m not big on “prints” in my clothing.  Floral prints remind me of tablecloths or grandma’s curtains.  Other prints are just way “too-too” for me.  Other than plaids and stripes, I’m a solids girl.

Many women will think this is a “darling” dress–but for me it’s just too busy and reminds me of…

…this floral tablecloth that I have. I happen to like this floral print because you can’t notice the stains!

Ohhhh…I do have a pair of gold and black brocade fancy pants that I absolutely love. In fact, I purchased them before this past Christmas and they are now in my collection of festive holiday wear.

My festive Old Navy fancy pants–about as wild as I get!

I’ll stick to a basic, simple, classic color scheme and let textures and a couple of accessories add that something extra! And believe me, I’m not much of an accessory person so I really do keep it simple!

I keep it simple.  Solid colors and a fun accessory like this yellow necklace.  That’s enough for me.

It’s a safe bet to say that there are a  number of women like me.  You love wearing great clothes that are classic and timeless, but you want you clothes to be a reflection of your personality. You prefer subtle rather than “in-your-face”.

But I gotta admit—I’ve got a soft spot for the leopard print.  I love it—and sometimes, I think this wonderful animal print can be overkill.  But then again, it all depends how you wear it, what your taste is and what your style is.

If you’re more on the tame side, you want just a splash.  If you’re on the wild side—more is more!

I’m on the tame side and for me, and those like me, simpler the better.

I’ve seen a plethora of leopard jackets and coats online but many are offered from online companies that I would be cautious to purchase from and many are sold on eBay.  The fact is, I would want to see what I’m purchasing IRL when it comes to buying a leopard print jacket.  It’s on my list of things to buy but since it is a trendy item, I don’t want to spend a ton of money.  I’ve been searching, in vain, for a while. And even with the January sales going on now, the elusive Leopard print jacket/coat I’m searching for remains a dream.

I LOVE this coat from Fashion Nova but would be hesitant to order–sizes could run very small, IMHO.  But, if I did have a leopard coat, this is what I have in mind.

Let’s take a look of what’s out there and a look at how we tame fashionistas can wear Leopard.

I went to King of Prussia Mall yesterday in search of, perhaps, one item that would satisfy my desire for a leopard accessory.  Here’s what I saw..

I stopped by Chico’s to see if any of the military jackets I saw online were in store. None were. But I saw these leopard-print jeans  I have to admit that they are really adorable but  I like the leggings I ordered much better.

H & M was well-stocked on this little leopard print clutch.  It looked cheap–if you’re gonna do leopard, make sure it doesn’t look cheap.

Next stop–Old Navy.   These are marked $19.99 but are on sale for $4.99. At $4.99 these look tacky –the “gold” tie just makes the slippers look worse.

Another sale item–leopard ballet flats. No. The cut of the shoe is awful. Had there been room for toe cleavage and the toe area narrower, these would not be that bad.

Honest opinion here. I LOVED these gloves at Forever 21. At $5.00 and IRL, they looked much pricier.  They were “one-size fits all”.  That one size must be for toddlers because I couldn’t even get the gloves on my hand. Too bad because these were great!

Last of all, I spotted a cute pair of leopard print heels at DSW.  If I was back in an office environment, these would have come home with me!

Gotta say, I dig these shoes!  

So–did I end up getting anything?  Yes!  I purchased a very thin leopard belt at Old Navy. The belt was $3.99. I also picked up a fake leopard “collar” at Forever 21. The collar was $7.00 in a twofer.  I think I’ll send the second one to Oona!

The faux leopard collar. Chippy is confused–he thinks its a toy for him. But it’s mine!

There is a reinforced slit at one end and the other end slides through.  A great buy–and two for seven bucks! This is very well made for the low price!

I added the very thin leopard print belt to my collection of leopard accessories.  My leopard print trimmed gloves and the wider belt from Nine West–that belt is about ten years old!

So–how does one wear this leopard print in a tame fashion?

Here’s the fabulous leopard collar one end pulled through and…

…pulled over to the side. I’m wearing this with a black shirt and black leggings.  Sticking to an all-black or all dark brown color palette with this collar really showcases the fun of the collar while allowing the rest of the outfit to stay away from the competition!

Plaid may be my favorite color, but hands down, THIS is my all-time favorite skirt!  Purchased at J. Crew Factory in 2016,  this skirt can be worn in all seasons!  A more polished office look when keeping the top simple and lady like pointy-toed heels. If choosing to wear a brown shirt or sweater–keep with the same color shoes!

In the fall with a different sweater (and different hair)…

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…and for a late summer/spring look, a denim jacket (for air conditioned buildings) with a white tee is perfect for casual Friday or a lunch date! The star is still the skirt (and yet, a different head of hair!)

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A winter look with tights!  See how much I love this skirt? And I keep to a very simple palette!

Chippy loves the taste of fake tanner. He tried to lick it off.  No. Chippy. No!

Next are the belts.  I like the thinner belt with the combination of a one-color ensemble. I would wear this with my black tee-shirt dress or a simple black knit maxi dress–as long as the dress is one neutral color and the cut of the dress simple.

The thin leopard print belt can break up the monotony of a one-color ensemble without making it look boring!

Same outfit–thicker belt.  This belt can also work with jeans and a crisp white shirt or a black sweater or tee. The basic rule is keep it simple and don’t mix any other prints.

And I might add, this belt has held up well over the years!

Next –the gloves!

The cuff on these gloves can be worn  turned down…

..for a longer looking line, turned up.  I would not wear the leopard collar or a leopard scarf if I’m wearing these gloves.  I know–I’m weird but I only like one print at a time!

I forgot a couple of other leopard items I found in my closet!

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These shoes I got at a Nordstrom sale a long time ago.  I still haven’t worn these out yet!

And sometimes you just can’t pass up a buy at the Dollar Tree!

for a buck, the scarf is too short to wear as a regular scarf so I’ve been styling it to hide my turkey neck!  Look!  My wig hair matches the colors in the scarf!  Still a fun buy and adds something to a plain black sweater!

And–the leopard print leggings from Chico’s!

Hi!  Welcome to the sun room!  

I love these leggings–but I’m lazy and didn’t straighten out the front seam!  These are so comfortable!

In the stock photo on Chico’s website, the model is wearing these with athletic running shoes. Sorry, but they look horrid with running shoes.  In fact, I would never wear these leggings while exercising–they are just too cute.  However, if not wearing these in an athletic way, stick to a simple black ballet flat and a black top. It looks more classic, timeless and polished.

I just adore these leggings!

Whaddya think? Are you a tame girl?  Do you like the leopard for the tame–or are you wild and would shake the leopard print up a bit?  What’s your choice??

Leopard is fun..and can turn our tame clothing personality into a bit of a wild child.  Hey–you like Van Morrison?  I love him..and I love this song about Wild Night! From 1971 when I was 16 and much wilder than I am now!!!

 

 

 

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Date Night In—The “At Home” Bistro! Won’t You Join Us Please?

The tree is down.  The decorations are all put away.  The chateau is back to being the nest of the empties.  With the exception of Chippy, naturally.

The only flora in the living room are the flowers adding a bit of color to the now bland interior!  And that’s okay!

And with all the holiday cooking and activity that surrounded us, and made us feel—well, to tell you the truth, it made us feel needed, it takes a while to get back to feeling normal

Okay. So THIS guy makes us feel needed. Chippy…

But there is also a calm in knowing that, when everyone leaves, the time belongs to you.  It’s great for Bonaparte and I to spend time, just the two of us (with Chippy, naturally), enjoying each other’s company.  Simple things, like watching a movie or TV show together. Or running those mundane errands like going to the hardware store for a battery for the smoke alarm or for light bulbs.

…or even just enjoying the ferry over to St. Tropez–it’s our time together!

And there is something very comforting in turning your home into a restaurant of sorts to enjoy an at-home date night.  It’s fun to turn the nest into a cozy little bistro—just you and your better half.

Won’t you join us please?

Early preparations include setting the table for the starters.

For my Frenchman, the weekend meal plans start on Tuesday or Wednesday when he starts thinking about the easy Friday night meal into the more French-style Saturday night meal. (As I write this Monsieur Bonaparte has requested Fajitas for Friday evening’s dinner).

Hmmmm. If it’s Tuesday, it’s time to think about Saturday night’s dinner!

Friday night is usually something like home made pizza or fajitas..

Friday night’s pizza. HE ATE THE WHOLE THING!!!

We’ll discuss the little appetizers that’ll accompany our aperitif—presently we are on a Gougerès kick.  I literally made a ton over Christmas, and replenished the supply when we ran out.  These little nuggets freeze so well and only take minutes to reheat.  They are the perfect appetizer to make-ahead.

 

We enjoyed the last of the frozen gougeres this weekend.  I have to bake a new batch! For your pleasure, I’m re-linking the Alain Ducasse Gougeres Recipe!

TIP: Choose appetizers to make ahead and freeze them. Got a day when it’s snowing or you have some time on your hands–make those appetizers ahead and double-batch them. It’ll save so much time later on!

The starter to the meal is next. I like to keep it light.  Bonaparte likes something a bit more substantial. Sometimes we’ll have a cucumber or red cabbage salad to keep me happy.  Most of the time we’ll have escargot, pate, foie gras or the salmon rillettes that everyone has been known to love and request.

From pantry to fridge where this baby rested until it was time for the Saturday Night Starter!

TIP: Going on vacation?  Pick up food items that are canned or that can legally be transported back home.  You’ll have a reminder of your vacation months later! It’ll be a great conversation starter too!

The bread was baked early on in the day!

TIP: Baking bread or baking dessert can be done early on during the day!  While you are out running errands, the dough can proof. It’s part of multitasking and time management!

The most difficult decision comes next. The main plate. We try to stick to something that’ll tie into the appetizer and starter.   Then he’ll decide which wine to serve.  For dessert, I’ll bake whatever Bonaparte wants. And since I don’t eat the desserts while I’m trying to lose weight (like now) the sweet treat during the week.

It’s quite the production—right?  Well, not really.   We both decided on an easy, healthy, and favorite choice–Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and Olives. Here’s how last Saturday night’s dinner rolled:

My mise-en-place of sorts.  Black olives, fresh basil, Roma tomatoes, white wine, garlic, crushed red pepper, the juice from the olives.

TIP: Always have the ingredients at the ready.  It makes for less stress, knowing what’s on hand and a smoother cooking prep.

  Don’t get rid of the olive juice!! It can be used to add flavor and as a salt substitute.  I always save olive juice whenever canned olives are used!

My mallet.  This little tool is crucial whenever I cook chicken breasts.  Pounding the chicken thinner makes for a quicker cooking time and you can also increase the servings!

Chicken breasts–before and after pounding..

I’ll cook the tomatoes a few hours ahead.  While the tomatoes are cooking, I can work on blog posts or send out resumes.  I cook them in a touch of olive oil and about a half cup of white wine.  When the wine reduces, I’ll add a bit of the olive juice. After the tomatoes soften and the juices are released, I take off the burner and put aside. The crushed red pepper is added while the tomatoes are cooking.

My microplane. I love microplaneing garlic for recipes. It’s better than chopping!

TIP: Need to use garlic?  No need to chop if you have a microplane. It’s an easy way to get more of the garlic incorporated into your recipe. Remember, add garlic last because you don’t want to burn the garlic. It burns easily!

The secret ingredient to moist, juicy chicken breasts–a coating of  rice flour!  It’s gluten-free and doesn’t have the heaviness of flour!

  TIP:  To save calories–forego breading chicken breasts and coat with rice flour. It is gluten free. It isn’t heavy like flour and it keeps the juices within the chicken without the taste of a coating.  I use this whenever I saute chicken breasts.

The chicken breasts are dredged lightly in rice flour..

…and sauteed in butter and olive oil.  This can also be done about an hour ahead of when you sit down to enjoy your aperitif!  

And before dinner, the chicken and olives are added to the tomatoes and heated.  Basil is last.

With everything prepared,  I can get dressed and we can sit down to our Kir Royals and appetizers.  And after that, it’s to the table!

The bread I made is toasted and the Pate Foie Gras is ready to be spread and enjoyed!

We enjoy it with this Monbasillac 2012–it’s sweet and delicious. Y.U.M.!

The main plate–Chicken Breasts, Tomato, Olives and Basil. A dish for all seasons!

The chicken dish was accompanied by this 2008 Saint-Julien. It was really good because it smelled like dirt!  I fell asleep shortly after.

And let’s not forget dessert.  For a little something extra, I served the pound cake I baked with some home made Lemon Curd.  Lemon Curd. So easy to make and lasts forever in the fridge! Got Lemons? Make Lemon Curd–here’s Martha Stewart’s Recipe.

TIP:  Bake a pound cake!  And double the recipe.  Put one cake in the freezer and save for entertaining. Pound cake can be dressed up with a curd, with ice cream or a sweet sauce–the perfect end to an evening. It’s a simple, no stress cake that everyone loves.  I made Ina Garten’s Perfect Pound Cake my own by cutting the heavy cream down to 1/2 cup and adding 1/2 cup of Cointreau. The orange liquor gives a great taste and makes the cake as moist as ever! 

Life changes when the kids are gone.  They have their lives but sometimes we fail to see that—I know I do!

But we are important now.  We can prepare and cook and savor those special meals we may not have had the time to enjoy years ago.  Have a go!  Turn your dining room into your Bistro!  And enjoy!  Thank you for joining us!

As an aside.  Today is my Ruby’s birthday. She was born on January 16, 1996 and would be 22 today.  It’s hard to believe she left us five years ago at 17. I miss her terribly and am thinking about her and how happy she made my life, my children’s life, my ex-husband’s life and  Bonaparte’s life. Everyone loved her.  Here’s to you Ruby!

I think of Ruby every day–and today she’s been on my mind since I woke up.  I miss you so much Miss Ruby–who was named after a favorite restaurant in New Orleans that is also gone!

 

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A Revisit of An Oldie But Goodie Lipstick Friend. And A New Visit From Chico’s!

Hi All!  Well, with the new year upon us, it’s back to normal with beauty and fashion reviews.

Today I’m revisiting an old lipstick friend. In fact, I’ve written about this lip product in the past—but new year, new packaging and new colors. And with other more expensive brands out there, I wanted to give this budget-minded lipstick more love! The revisit is to CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Lipcolor!

Number 550. Blushed Mauve. I have two more in this color–they are in various purses!  

But first. Have you ever heard of LipSense? It’s a lip product that costs $25 and upward.  I’ve never used it but heard both good and otherwise about the product.  However, at $25, and given the fact that it is strongly “suggested” you also buy the other lip products that go hand-in-hand with the color, the cost escalates.

The $55 Starter Kit.  Now that’s a bit pricey, wouldn’t you say so?

Another set for $95.  That’s way out of my price range for lip color!

There is also a very popular lip kit from  the Kylie Jenner brand.  This is a matte lip product that comes with both color and a lipliner.  The liner is first applied to the entire lip and then the color applied on top of the liner.  This for $29.99.

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Kylie Jenner Lip Kit retails for $29.99. Still not gonna try this. Yet!

Now—the Jenner kit is very similar to the Covergirl Outlast Lipstick in that it’s two parts.  But the price point is much higher.

The LipSense also contains alcohol in the product, whereas Jenner’s and Covergirl’s do not.

For $7.49 at Walmart, the price is excellent.  And—it does stay on all day.

If you are looking for a red flattering to all skin tones, this coral/red is a great choice–and the staying power–it is truly crazy good!

Yesterday I wore Outlast All-Day Custom Red in the color 800, Custom Coral—I wore a brighter color because I filmed a YouTube wig review and the lighting has a tendency to wash me out.

This photo was taken shortly after the morning application of the Outlast lipcolor.

Anyway, I applied this at eight in the morning. And by eight in the evening, after dinner, the color was still on my lips.  This is the lipstick that Oona and her dancing peers wore while at Irish Dance competitions because the lipstick would not transfer off on their dresses and would stay put on their mouths.

This photo was taken later on in the afternoon.  Still strong and I applied a clear gloss over the color.  By 8PM the color was still on my lips!

For the money, this gives a great matte look. If you want more of a shine, you can apply a clear gloss over the lipstick and the color won’t move!

If a bright color is not what you are looking for, here’s another color to consider.

Number 549, Always Rosy. New streamlined packaging but same reliable product.  This is a very flattering and neutral mauve/pink…

The lipcolor, which is applied first…

..and then the balm which keeps the color in place. As you can see, the color that got on this tube is not going anywhere….

except on my lips!!  I am a fan of this type of color for everyday use.

Covergirl has been making this lipstick duo for years.  It debuted in 2001, and at 17 years old, I’m thankful that it hasn’t been discontinued.

It’s a thumbs up all the way. It is a product that was ahead of it’s time and doesn’t get the love it rightfully deserves.  I’m glad to see it’s still around and that CG has updated the packaging. Hopefully this lip product’s new packaging will attract more buyers.

Okay.  So. Back in October, I won a gift card for Chico’s.  The card was in the amount of $25 and to tell you the truth, I never really expected to use it.

Why?  Because I’m just not familiar with the brand. I’ve been to two local Chico’s stores and didn’t see much that spoke to me, and the sales assistants didn’t even bother to offer help.  My guess is that they noticed I was not the usual Chico’s brand customer.  Especially given the fact I was most likely dressed in head-to-toe J. Crew.

Anyway, I put the gift card in a drawer and forgot I had it. Until I received an email about a Chico’s sale.  I spotted a really cute pair of leopard leggings that were on sale for $30 and immediately remembered the gift card that I had.

Truth be told, I really “spotted” these leggings first but the price was $69…so I went with…

…this more casual pair instead. At $30,  they were a good purchase with my certificate!

The leopard leggings were purchased and I started to peruse the site.  I have to say, although the majority of the clothing doesn’t speak to me as a customer, I did find a few items that I absolutely loved.

The military jackets.  Why did I not see these a long time ago?

This jacket….

Oh boy.   I’m on a clothing “no buy” presently because I have a ton of clothing that I love..but this jacket. I want it!

And THIS.  I’m telling you, it was very painful to not order this.  I am so in love with Military jackets and Chico’s does this style the best I’ve seen!

There are a few basics that are also quite nice and were excellent for travel!

The leopard leggings came today.

The packaging was nice and secure. I did wait almost two weeks to receive the goods though.  

First of all, Chico’s sizing is different from other brands. The leggings are a size 1—which is the equivalent of a Medium or fitting from sizes 8 to 10.

Here’s the sizing chart.  Different than the norm for sure!

These fit very well.  The waistband is a higher fit and stays put—no rolling down. And the added benefit of a higher waist is that the belly fat is kept into place!  The leggings also have a stitched seam running down the middle and back of each leg.  The print itself is on the larger side—not small.

Sorry about the quality of the photos. My darned selfie stick broke. Why are those sticks so easy to break?  Anyway, I like the higher and more reinforced waist on these leggings.

Here’s a view of the waist from the side.  I think the print is actually nicer IRL than the way it looked on the website.

I love the way the leggings look with the J. Crew Dulci Kitten hells!

Here we go.  A better view of the print! Nice–aren’t they?The Repetto Ballet flats for a more casual look also are a great match!

These are very, very comfortable and can be worn dressed up with kitten heels or dressed down with flats.  I’ve paired this with a solid black Tippi sweater from–where else but J. Crew.

Overall, I’m very impressed with the look, the fit, and the excellent quality of these leggings!  

For very cold days, I would wear a plain black turtleneck sweater and black boots.  With a large animal print getting the focus, I would keep everything else simple.

I have to say, I am really, really liking these leggings—they will be worn.  A lot! I’ll definitely be stopping by Chico’s in the future–those Military jackets though!!!

And now, here’s another wig review for the ladies who are slaying that fake hair! It’s my most recent review and I hope you like it or are just plain old entertained by it!! I also talk about aging hair and why wigs really are an asset for the more mature woman!

 

 

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