Hello to all my Gal Pals,
Happy New Year and, full disclosure, no puppies were harmed to get this coat! I hope you are all staying safe and I hope to see many of you soon. In my December blog I talked about how Christmas was a time of reflection for me. New Year’s, however, is a time of looking forward. I think New Year’s Eve is a celebration of “Hope”. How many of us wrote in our Christmas cards the very same hopeful message that I used in the second sentence of this paragraph. We are all hoping for a better 2021. The definition of “hope” is: The feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. It is the very thing that helps us get out of bed in the morning when life is difficult whether we are worried about paying our bills, anxious about our jobs or illness of a family member. It is the hope for better days that helps us put one foot in front of the other so we can move forward. We repeat phrases like “Hope Springs Eternal” meaning people can find a reason to hope even in the bleakest of situations. Many of us know that Paul tells us in First Corinthians that three things will last forever: Faith, Hope and Love. There is no greater reason for belief in “Hope” so I will end this paragraph with that thought.
On a lighter note, I gave up on my “hope” of falling back to sleep after two hours of tossing and turning. That reminds me of an Aunty Acid quote “You know that amazing feeling when you get into bed and go straight to sleep, then wake up in the morning feeling fully refreshed and raring to go? YEAH, NEITHER DO I!”. So I am writing this blog at 4:15 in the morning. I am sure many of you can relate to this dilemma. I had originally planned on writing about a different fashion topic but at the last minute I decided I had to write about something that makes me happy. As I was tossing and turning, so many ideas started coming into my head and as Aunty Acid says “The biggest lie I tell myself is ‘I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember’ “ so I just got up and wrote them down. During this time of turmoil in our country, I wanted to write about something that might put a smile on my reader’s faces. Who cannot smile when they think about polka dots on the dresses of Minnie Mouse at Disney Land, Lucille Ball on “I Love Lucy” or the scene in “Pretty Woman” when Julia Roberts attends the polo match.
Before I start to talk about my happiness with polka dots (what can I say I am an emotional fashionista), I want to talk about my personal dislike for plaid outfits. Don’t get me wrong, I believe that plaids have a place in fashion but only as an accent with a couple of exceptions. I am sure if you were out Christmas shopping in the ladies department you probably saw a lot of plaid. If I were to wear any of the plaid dresses I saw, taking into consideration my height and weight, I would look like a horse with a plaid blanket draped across it’s back (definitely not a pretty picture!). In one of the December issues of a woman’s magazine I looked through there was a picture of Kelly Ripa wearing a lovely silver sequence pencil skirt and she had the audacity to pair it with a casual plaid, button down shirt (what was she thinking?!). The outfit reminded me of a crabby Maxine quote “I’d describe my current fashion style as whatever is on the floor “ which, honestly, is what the outfit looked like. Kelly has enough money that she could have done better. I think plaid scarfs, plaid comforters on a rustic cabin bed or plaid button down shirts to wear with jeans are just fine. I have one black, gold and red plaid top I may or may not pull out at Christmas but that is it! The problem with plaids is that they are popular one season then you don’t see them trending until another 5 to 10 years have gone by. I don’t have enough room in my closets to hold on to them until they re-emerge in popularity.
Now back to polka dots. I agree with actress Anna Kendrick who said “You can’t have a bad day in polka dots”. The thing about polka dots is that they never go out of popularity. Unlike the 1 lone plaid top in my closet, I have 13 polka dot tops, 3 polka dot cropped pants and 1 polka dot dress. Most are in the classic black and white combo but I have some in more colorful hues. Polka dots have been around since the 1800’s when sewing machines were developed that could create perfectly round and evenly spaced dots. “Polka” was derived from a Czech peasant dance and “polka” branded items came out of the dance craze like polka pudding but the polka-dot pattern was the one that really stuck around into the present day. Polka dots are synonymous with flamenco dresses, Frank Sinatra released a song called “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” and who can forget the “The Itsy, Bitsy, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”. Polka dots were worn by icons like Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy, and Goldie Hawn. Some of you may prefer a very small polka dot while others would prefer larger, showy polka dots. I think you should wear whatever makes you happy and minimizes your tummy.
This is where I typically relate garden design to fashion design. Below is a picture of the sun garden at my previous residence. It was a 50 ft by 15 ft garden containing perennials and annuals.
I love to mass plant Pentas which are annuals that rival geraniums. The habit is the same but Pentas draw butterflies, hummingbirds and bees to them. The flower cluster is in the shape of a Hostess Snowball dessert and comes in very showy colors. When I mass plant my annuals I plant them in a diamond pattern which is exactly the same pattern found in a classic polka dot array. I wish I had a better picture for you to see the pattern but I had no idea I was going to need it when I started this blog.
OK, lets look at some polka dots and get happy.
This is a very light weight swing top that buttons at the collar. The button is like an accessory on this outfit so no other accessory is needed because polka dots alone make a statement. I have on a pair of black trouser pants and black shoes with a 1 inch wedge heel.
I kept my accessories simple with this outfit. The black ring is more oval but every other piece has a round “polka dot” feature. I thought gold made the outfit look a little more dressy but you could easily dress it down with jewelry that looks a little less formal.
I took this pose because the mandarin collar makes the outfit seem very Asian. The silver background looks like newsprint with large ink spots all over it. It looks great with a pair of leggings and flats to continue that Asian look. I love three-quarter length sleeves because you can see the wrist accessories.
Accessories enhance the outfit and should be congruent with the overall look. Here we have round, round and round just like polka dots.
This top reminds me of the tops from my past blog called “What a Contrast!”. It looks like it is made up of a patchwork of different materials and as I previously said this is a good look as long as each of the different patterns have a common thread to pull it together. On this top the common thread is polka dots. It is a see-through top so I put a capped sleeve black top underneath. I paired the top with a black pair of jeans and the same black flats previously seen.
The polka dot watch looks great with this outfit because there are so many different patterns of polka dots in the top. I wouldn’t have worn it with the previous two outfits. The little rhinestones in the watch match the round rhinestones in the ring. I love the ribbon that ties the pearl bracelets together. It makes the bracelet look more casual and it is a casual outfit.
Well, that is it till next month. On the topic of my weight I am happy to say that I did not gain any weight over the holidays. In fact, I lost a couple of pounds but I have a long way to go. In fact my goal is similar to that of Aunty Acid’s which is “To be able to clip my toenails and breathe at the same time”. I shall leave you with that image.
Remember, God loves you and so do I.