Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

US Olympic Gear....Made in the USA and a Funky Kinda Cool

Designed by Ralph Lauren and completely made in the USA.








You can find sweaters, hats, gloves, pants, fleece, peacoats, t shirts and even a teddy bear. Most of which, by the way is already sold out.


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Opening ceremony outfits.


Many fashionistas hate the campy look of the outfits. Keep saying the clothes belong in ugly sweater contests.

But I love the look....give me a patriotic outfit anyday. Especially when you are supposed to represent the USA in international competition.


Elise

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

They call the snowstorm Janus; Climate Mishegas and Game of Thrones

We are about to get another winter storm. Well it is January in New York so it is cold, dingy at times and prone to snow. Global warming be damned, someone should have told mother nature that its supposed to be getting warmer not colder. Oh... right... now they call it "climate change."

One issue about global warming that is truly problematic (OK there may be more than one really problematic issue) are the  reports that the weather during the Roman period was thought to be alot warmer than it is now. Probably why everyone wore togas and didn't freeze their petuchkies off. I wonder what caused that global warming? They didn't exactly have greenhouse gases back then, so maybe you "global warming purveyors" really do want to blame cow flatulence for the warm weather.....So the weather was extremely warm in ancient days, then turned very cold, ( we had a mini iceage around the mid 6th century) , then warm again in the middle ages and then colder closer to the Elizabethan and colonial periods and now we have warming/cooling/climate mishegas.

Honestly, we have yet to really figure out what is going on with our weather. But if you have an opinion, its really easy to find a study to support your view. How about  the answer being that its simply the weather and it kinda does what it wants. Not that I am against a cleaner and healthier environment, by any means. But use common sense when discussing the poisoning of the environment and who and what is really responsible and who has to bear the brunt of the burden for change. Remember CHINA is the nation destroying their environment and poisoning themselves, which by the way is having a world wide effect on the global  ecosystem. Meanwhile, it is the USA and the western nations that have environmental and pollution controls.

Interestingly, the powers that be have named this snowstorm storm JANUS.



Janus was the two-face God of Roman lore. His two faces depicted the beginning of an action and then the other side, the end. Not certain if that carries any meaning for this new weather pattern except that there was a beginning and hopefully there will be an end to the snowstorm. Unless you are a Game of Thrones fanatic and then there is never going to be an end....



By the way Thrones returns April 6.

Love the dragons.



On the other hand, in our modern vernacular, being two-faced generally refers to someone being a duplicitous liar. Janus is not seen as a positive attribution. Wonder what NOAA was thinking when they chose that name for a storm.

For those that don't know, the title of this post is a take off of this song from the musical Paint Your wagon...They call the wind Moriah




Elise

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sara Bareilles – Brave




You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
And they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave
Everybody’s been there, everybody’s been stared down
By the enemy
Fallen for the fear and done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
Innocence, your history of silence
Won’t do you any good
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty
Why don’t you tell them the truth?
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you.


h/t  The Noisy Room

Friday, January 3, 2014

Top Color for 2014....Radiant Orchid

By now any fashionista knows that the color of the year is actually picked by a mysterious cabal in the fashion industry. This year's top color is RADIANT ORCHID.


You won't get me arguing with the powers that be over this one. Purple, any variation thereof, fits perfectly into my wardrobe.

Purple at one point in history was the color of authority. In Roman times only members of the Senate could wear purple on their togas. Only royalty, throughout western history, could wear this illustrious color. Now of course, being that we live in egalitarian times, we are all allowed to bask in its warmth and feeling of accomplishment.

Meanwhile, radiant orchid isn't the only color you are allowed to wear this spring. Here is a chart of the rest fo the welcome spring colors.....


Happily serene, calm and pleasant colors are coming our way.


FYI: Just kidding about the mysterious cabal designation above...the top color is actually picked by a group of designers at PANTONE. If you are interested go to their link for trend forecasting HERE. 

For ideas on fashion, accessories, makeup and home decor in radiant orchid:
pinterest
TribLive
TampaBay Times
dmJuice
etsy
ctnews
lucky magazine
boston herald
wall street journal
huffington post
instyle
makeup.com
houzz
stylelist
nymagazine




Elise