Dear Lilly: If I Bend Over In That Dress, I’ll be Arrested!

The Lilly Pulitzer Spring 2015 catalog came in the mail yesterday!

Lilly PrintOne of my favorite Lilly dresses is in this rosy print!

I couldn’t wait to look at the overpriced little shift dresses that I so adore. Lilly Pulitzer is summer and poolside and parties with paper lanterns and gin and tonics! They are very “happy” clothes. I love them. Over the years, though, the dresses have become considerably shorter than they were some years ago.

Lilly Dress Way too short (2)If I bent over in this dress,  my entire origin of the world would be exposed for all!

Honey, I would need way more than just a bikini wax if I was to bend over in any of these adorable and darling little frocks! I would be arrested. Not for only for indecent “over” exposure, but for disturbing the peace as well.

There is no way possible that any woman can be comfortable sitting in one of these shifts either. Constantly pulling down the dress while you self-conscientiously keep your thighs painfully together is a workout in itself! Forget about placing a plastic plate full of food on your lap while holding a beverage! Maybe the photos in the catalogue are deceiving though. After all, the models must have legs that are at least five feet long.   Lilly Pulitzer also has a staunch following of older ladies—like me. Can’t they start using older models in their catalogs too? Come on. I’ve been to Palm Beach. I’ve witnessed ladies way older than I am.All dressed in brightly colored Lilly ensembles!   It’s time to start placing more mature women in the pages of those catalogs! It’s also time to lengthen some of those shifts by a couple of inches!

Look who’s 60! Damn! She looks younger than ever.


I saw this amazing photo of Christie Brinkley on our AOL Homepage, so I HAD to click and read all about how Brinkley looks so great. I’m thinking….hey, maybe I can do what she’s doing!

Actually, I can’t. Ms. Brinkley has a skincare line these days .While it’s great that the line is vegan, I get upset at the pricing.  $89.95 for an ounce of RECAPTURE 360 + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Cream:CB_Product_360_Frosted_flat__35769_1413578110_1280_1280I cannot justify the $89.95 price for this product–no matter how great Christie Brinkley looks!

Look. You can go the drugstore route and purchase skincare creams and products that’ll work fine on your skin. I will vouch for every one of these products below because I have used them in the past, use them currently, and will keep using them. They are inexpensive.


Ingredients: Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Water, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Sodium Borate, Fragrance, Isopropyl Myristate, DMDM Hydantoin, Red 4

Albolene: And may I add this is the greatest stuff on earth for makeup removal!Albolene

Ingredients: Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Petrolatum, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Ceresin, Beta Carotene (Vitamin A)

Ponds: An old-school favorite. My mother had me using this when I was in high school!Ponds cold cream

Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Water, Ceresin, Beeswax, Triethanolamine, Behenic Acid, Fragrance, Ceteth 20, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylparaben

Olay Moisturizing Lotion: I slather this all over my face–AM and PM!Olay_Moisturising_Lotion_Normal_75ml_265x265

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isoterate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Polyacrylamide, Panthenol, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Dimethiconol, Ethylparaben, Sorbitan Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, Polyquaternium 10, Cetearyl Glucoside, Propylparaben, Laureth 7, PEG 100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Stearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ammonium Polyacrylate

Trust me, I think Christie Brinkley looks better than fantastic! But I wonder–are any of the photos of her retouched at all?  Just a little bit?


She has NO lines. At All! In all honesty, I think Christie Brinkley is the product of super-fantastic genetics. Most of us don’t have that!

THIS is the real 60 Wrinkles lines and all

Here is what 60 REALLY looks like! Wrinkles, little lines, crow’s feet and all!  Now I’m even getting age spots on my face. Oh well!

Speaking of “older “‘ beauty, I was rummaging around the bins in the garage looking for photos. (We still haven’t unpacked everything from the move…last May!). I found my favorite loafers—I thought I lost them in the move. Bass Weejuns! These beauties are over 20 years old and they are so broken in and comfy. I wore them today with my $9.99 Old Navy Pixie pants. My style of dressing certainly isn’t cutting edge but I love to wear clothing that makes me comfortable both on the outside AND inside. Ankle pants and loafers are a look I love!Weejuns!Comfiest shoes ever..and so cute with ankle pants!

On to other things.   I’ve written about my favorite blush, Too-faced, Sweet Pea being discontinued. Well, being in denial, I decided to head over to Sephora hoping that they would have at least one of these blushes stocked the bowels of the makeup storage. No. Such. Luck.

One of the helpful S/A’s led me to the Stila Crème blush. What did we find?? A crème blush named….”Sweep Pea”!

Stila “Sweet Pea” cream blush and lip color. Dupe for the Too-Faced!

The S/A was doing a fine job until she said “Are you sure you didn’t make a mistake thinking the blush was Stila and not Too Faced”? My eyes lit up. My face turned brighter than any pink blush I’ve very put on my face. I made it very clear “I may be old. I don’t have Alzheimer’s yet. OK?” I have a good mind to go back to Sephora with this picture!

Too faced sweet pea for sureThe original “Sweet Pea”. I never forget a makeup brand!

Finally, we saw the movie “Whiplash” earlier today! WOW! What a great movie! I’ll tell ya, there is some serious competition for the Oscars this year! I loved Boyhood and American Sniper and Grand Budapest Hotel—but “Whiplash” was just so full of human emotion. In my mind, it’s tied with “Boyhood” for best picture.

Whiplash poster

If J. K. Simmons does NOT win the Oscar for best supporting actor, something with that academy is very wrong!J.K. SimmonsMy new celebrity crush!

The music from “Whiplash” was so jazzifyingly great, I leave you with “Whiplash”!

Well, enough of my rants!  Hope you all have a great end to the weekend!


About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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