Hi to all my Gal Pals,
I am going to start this blog with an Aunty Acid quote, “Embarrassing my children: Just one more service I offer”. I do not consider myself a vengeful person but revenge is sometimes sweet. I’m talking about the type of revenge that is more humorous than hurtful. My last few posts have revolved around aging and trying to figure out when I hit old age. I think I mentioned that I was in my 40’s when my daughter felt it necessary to remind me that I was “over the hill”. Well, guess who is “in” her 40’s this year. I was kind last year when she turned 40. I was sensitive to the fact that this might be a traumatic event for her but all consideration is out the window this year! I gleefully peruse through Hallmark shops looking for the perfect “old lady” cards. While I am getting a kick out of planning my revenge I am also shaking my head asking “How can my daughter be in her 40’s?”. It is like Aunty Acid says, “No matter how old my daughter gets, she will always be my baby girl”. It is something I can’t wrap my head around. It is inconceivable to me that as an old lady I am a mother to an old lady. Regardless, what goes around comes around and I am glad I am still around to witness it!
The title of the blog refers to Snow White because I want to talk about the classic white shirt and its place in fashion history but first I want to share with you a profound statement made by Aunty Acid in regards to Snow White, “If I was Snow White you’d never be able to kill me with an apple. You’d have to poison a doughnut”. So true, so true! Anyway, according to a Harpers Bazaar article the white shirt was popularized by Marie Antoinette in a portrait depicting the royal in a loose, billowing white blouse which was essentially nothing more than her underwear. This portrait caused quite an uproar because her white top was made of inexpensive cotton compared with the finest silks befitting of a royal. However, this portrait encouraged the cotton industry which in-turn promoted slave labor to keep up with demand. Up until the 20th century, cotton shirts were mostly worn by wealthy men because they could afford to have them washed frequently. In the 1920’s Coco Chanel broke down gendered and class boundaries with a more relaxed and contemporary take on women’s wear. Women were swapping skirts for trousers which helped to bring the white shirt into the realm of women fashion. The white shirt is so popular because it can be styled in so many ways, you can dress it up or down, it goes with every color, and it can be worn all year round, season after season. I like it because it is a great backdrop to showcase my jewelry. It is constantly a staple on the fashion runways.
I always like to add a gardening design strategy that goes along with the theme of my blog. In this instance, I am not going to talk about using white in the design but rather about “coordinating” in container gardening.
These plants can tolerate a light frost without dying off which is why I plant them in April. They prefer cool, sunny environments so they tend to “melt” out or die when the weather gets hot. In the center of the large middle container is a tall cluster of stock flowers with shorter Martha Washington geraniums around the edges. The medium size containers on each side are coordinated with the center container. One contains only stock flowers and the other contains only Martha Washington geraniums. What I love about stocks is the sweet spicy fragrance they emit which greets anyone who walks up the walkway to my townhouse. In the small containers are pansies that are the staple of any spring planting. All these containers will last until the middle or end of June but with the early hot weather we are having it may be sooner than that.
OK, lets get started with a fashion show of snow white tops.
This outfit makes me look thin. The white top has those trending flutter sleeves and is loose enough and long enough to hide my belly. The gold colored crops and the “Barbie Doll” shoes with the wood and acrylic heels go perfectly with the jewelry shown in the next picture. I had a gift card for Chico’s from my birthday. Chico’s gave me a $25 coupon for my birthday plus I get 5% off as a member. The top and the crops were on sale for $39 each. The most expensive part of the outfit is the necklace which was not on sale at $65. All-in-all the 3 pieces only cost me $20. Such a deal!
The wood and acrylic in my shoes look great with the acrylic bracelet, the wood and acrylic in the necklace, the gold colored plastic surrounding the face of the watch and the frames of the sun glasses. The gold bars in the necklace go well with the gold watch band, the gold earrings, the gold and pearl rings and the color of the crops.
The previous blouse I dressed up but here I decided to create a more casual look. What I love about this white blouse is the frayed hem which goes well with the jewelry I paired with it. I also love the front panel attached at the seam across the bodice because it hides my belly. I paired it with a pair of jeans because a white top looks so good with jeans and white sneakers. Besides I had some jewelry that look great with a pair of jeans and a white top.
The fraying of the denim material of the necklace and watch band go beautiful with the frayed hem of the white top. The silver metal plate across the necklace has been engraved with “Your Greatest Creation Is Always Going To Be Your Life Story” . The silver bracelet is engraved with the Irish Blessing. The rings are both made with silver metal and one has a tiny pearl that goes so well with the navy blue earrings that also contain tiny pearls.
These are my MC Hammer crops. They are so comfortable! They were originally $119 but I got them for 50% off. I like articles of clothing that I think are unique. I paired it with a basic cap sleeve top that I tucked in and bloused at the waist. the black pants and the blousing of the white top minimized my belly bulge. I wear this with my black Nike flip-flops.
I paired the outfit with this cute black, white and silver necklace. The beads in the necklace are similar to those in the earrings. All the rest of the accessories are either black or white or both.
Let’s talk about my weight. Aunty Acid and I agree that our idea of a diet is blowing the sugar off a donut. In my last blog I was concerned about losing those last two pounds before I weighed in at the doctor’s office in November. Well, the good news is that even though I went to the cottage for a week this month and indulged in sugary treats I did not gain weight. The bad news is that I have not been feeling so great. I am not sure if I mentioned that I have Hashimoto’s Disease and have had a thyroidectomy. It turns out my heart meds were interfering with my thyroid meds and I had to change my meds schedule. In a 3 month period my thyroid-stimulating hormone levels went from being “hypo” to being “hyper”. Even though I haven’t felt great during the last few months the upside of being “hyper” is that I have been able to eat a lot of calories and not only have I not gained weight I actually lost another pound. This will eventually get corrected but I am taking advantage of my good fortune and eating like Aunty Acids definition of the dinner: Dinner (din-er), Noun, A continuous snack that goes between 6 pm and bedtime. Life is good!
I got this blog out at the 11th hour but I got it done before June 1st. I think I should be able to get the next one out in June but you can ask most of my family members about my timeliness and they will just laugh at you. I’m like the old saying “I hate being late but I am so good at it!”. So, until next month (hopefully) remember, God loves you and so do I.