Even my brother knows my gangster haute couture tastes

An avid Boingboing viewer, by brother just sent me an email with the following image. He thinks it's funny. I think it's a good reason to drop a Hamilton on.


$550, silver and Swarovski crystal, by Alexander McQueen. (@reversecowpie via boingboing )


Yummy Furry Vest

One of my favorite designers, Mara Carrizo Scalise, has me drooling over her yummy furry vests. I could do with the leather purse, belts and sexy jewelry too.

9026_159592221772_702406772_2917793_6995959_nMCS Pampa Vest (reversible) - Chocolate, Black , White.

Why can't Mummy have a furry vest for Christmas!???


Looking back to the 80's

A very fashionable look, circa 1982/3.

I still haven't quite made up my mind as to what I'm wearing for Halloween. Any ideas?


The Duchess who stole the heart of a king

She captured the heart of a King... a man willing to give up the crown for a Lady.
... How romantic.

She was the one who said: "You can never be too rich or too thin".

she also said: "I'm nothing to look at, so the only thing I can do is dress better than anyone else" and "fill what's empty, emoty what's full and scratch where it itches."

Published in The Sketch

Wallis Warfield Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, twice divorced, and allegedly the mistress of Edward, Prince of Wales. Then two years later, after Edward's accession as King, Wallis divorced her second husband and Edward proposed to her.

All of this caused quite the scandal. And ultimately led to the King's abdication in 1936 to marry "the woman I love". He became Duke of Windsor by his brother George VI. Then married Wallis, who became formally known as the Duchess of Windsor.

They both lived a life of leisure as society celebrities.

On a personal note... She is a distant relative on my husbands side of the family. I can't take blood credit, but my sons can. They are the new generation of Warfields.

Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII wedding portrait (1937). Source: Press Association

Earl Winfield Spencer, Jr. (m. 1916, div. 1927)
Ernest Aldrich Simpson (m. 1928, div. 1937)
Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor (m. 1937)
Full name
Bessie Wallis[1] (née Warfield)
Father: Teackle Wallis Warfield
Mother: Alice Montague
Born: 19 June 1896[2], Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania
Died: 24 April 1986 (aged 89), Bois de Boulogne, Paris

Occupation: Socialite


lady (lād′ē) - The mistress of a household: now obsolete except in the phrase "the lady of the house"

Thank you for all your lovely comments ladies! Ah... to be out in the country breathing fresh air! And it really was a great group of women. In the evenings we relaxed and made big yummy meals (well I didn't, I cleaned the dishes), drank loads of red wine, played ping pong and Karaoke. During the day we relaxed more, and went to town and explored the old antique and vintage stores. A few ladies went on a hike, and thankfully found their way back home. And of course, I played dress up, trying to be the "Lady of the Manor". At least for a day.

From ladies of the manor


Ladies of the Manor: Part III

All the ladies together.



Lady of the Manor - "for the weekend"

The Lady of the Manor
The life of a lady of the manor is often misunderstood. The law gave a husband full rights over his wife, whether she was a noble woman or a commoner. She effectively became his property. Her role is most often perceived as undertaking subservient and 'housewifely' duties. Although this was all true the lady of the manor had to become much more. The lady of the manor had to take over the running of the manor when her husband was absent. She was a figure of authority. And her word was literally law when her husband was absent. And the lord of the manor could disappear for significant amounts of time during the violent times of unrest in the Middle Ages. His absences were frequent because he was expected to pay for his land by giving allegiance to the King and his immediate superior and providing the services of himself and his vassals as fully trained and equipped soldiers. In these instances the lady of the manor would be expected to look after the finances of the manor including the collection of rents, supervising the farming and settling all disputes.


Happy Birthday Mom!



clothing swap steals

A few weeks back, my lovely friend Victoria decided to have a clothing swap. We were nervous, because we'd never done this before. And I thought all my cast off clothing would be useless and not wanted by my friends, let alone a few new faces. I'm also much taller and broader in the shoulders, and NO I don't wear a size 4 pants, so what could anyone possibly share with me??!! But as it turns out, it went fabulously. First thing I acquired was this great jacket in the picture above. The label says River Island. Never heard of it before, but it's so soft and scrumptious. Also the belt. Looks like some fancy belt with the silver lion, but I've never heard of the label as well, but it's made in England. Ok, so the rest of it is mine. But I love the belt and jacket with my wool vest I bought last year.

In the end, most of what I made off with were scarfs and belts. But there are a few summer skirts from calypso (ala Rikke), and some crazy cotton summer tube dresses and shirts by Darryl K, as Darryl joined us as well, and insisted I could work them into my wardrobe. We'll see next summer.

So, in conclusion... clothing swaps rock. I highly recommend them!



if I could look this good a' natural

hair, I'm taking hair! And what style!


sexy boots, photographed by photoblogger Tommy Ton - From style.com 2010 spring street style


I got my cake and horse too!

a mass of black quilted purses, crushed her with envy


sexy boots, photographed by photoblogger Tommy Ton - From style.com 2010 spring street style


happy birthday to me!


if i were a man...

I'd buy my clothes from Hollander and Lexer and Smith+Butler...


fantasize about Sophia Loren...


look like Steve McQueen...


ride a Triumph, BSA, BMW, vintage Honda or Deus Cycle...

Lovers Land - Road Trippin from riley blakeway on Vimeo.

and definitely play guitar for Stoned Cold Dandies!


Glenda was on her way to her 22nd Star Trek convention


sexy boots, photographed by photoblogger Tommy Ton - From style.com 2010 spring street style
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