This is a question I never used to ask.

During Fashion Revolution Week in April, my daughter Jean wrote about the importance of buying ethically made clothing.

Her dress is by Synergy, a company that specializes in organic cotton clothing made by women in Nepal who are paid a living wage.

Synergy dress

Jean is so passionate about this that she showed the documentary THE TRUE COST in Seattle and is opening an eco boutique DRIZZLE AND SHINE in Seattle.

thrifted jacket

Her shoes are by Nicora. They are handmade in Los Angeles from eco-friendly fabrics. Jean is a Nicora brand ambassador. You may contact her for a discount code   toward a pair of their wonderful shoes.

Nicora shoes

It’s been three years since the tragedy of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1130 garment workers. We need to care and it’s time to ask, “Who made our clothes?”

You may have noticed my Site Tagline on the upper righthand corner of my blog–Fashion with Compassion. This means I care about people who make our clothes and also animals who should not suffer for fashion. Fashion is fun, but not at the expense of people, animals and our environment.

Who made your clothes?

Fashion with Compassion

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My Country Western Look

… with a southwestern flair!

faux suede vest

Nothing says country western more than a fringed vest and this one is faux suede that I picked up at Suzy Shier (Canadian women’s fashion store).

faux suede vest

Fringes are FUN!!!

faux suede vestAlthough sold separately, this southwest Navajo-inspired print top (made in U.S.A.) was displayed with it and they are great paired together.

Navajo inspired print

Add some faded blue jeans …


And some boots …


And I’m ready to kick up my heels and go dancing this weekend with my dance class at the Stampede Corral.


I’m a city girl, with a little bit country.

faux suede vest

Now all I need is a cowgirl hat.

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Fringes with a ’60s Vibe

1960s – this is my favourite decade for fashion. I lived it.

Fringes are groovy!

fringed vestThey say if you wore a fashion trend the first time around, you shouldn’t wear it when it comes in style again. I don’t know who “they” are but I would tell “them” that I wear what makes me happy. Especially when the style reminds me of the ’60s as this outfit does.

fringed vest 2

I had a fringed vest that I bought in 1968 but this one is even better because it’s faux suede. I bought it in Berlin last summer.

black fringed vest

Looks great with my new fringed top from Hudson’s Bay.

Version 2

Pendant from New York City. Ring from Seattle.

Version 3

A carpet of Forget-me-nots is a sure sign of spring in April.


Booties from Target


DSC05696 DSC05688 Version 2I bought this jacket in Stuttgart, Germany, perfect for fall and spring.

jacket jacket 2

Do you agree or disagree with the fashion rule if you wore a trend the first time around you shouldn’t wear it the second time around?


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fringed top

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La Vie en Rose

It’s beginning to look a lot like spring! Snow has melted, April showers have arrived and robins are serenading!

I love pairing pink and gray, a match made in heaven.

pink roses 1

I bought this high low top at Reitmans. It has pale pink roses and short raglan sleeves with a lacy print. The back is all gray.

pink roses 2

I first saw this top while spring shopping earlier this year at Smart Set, a Canadian ladies apparel store that closed (107 stores across Canada). They didn’t have my size but told me that Reitmans is owned by the same company and they had my size.

pink roses 3

Hoodie: Roxy
Top: Reitmans
Jeans: United Colors of Benetton
Socks: Target

Roxy hoodie pink and gray pink and gray

Not sure where I got these pink shoes, I’ve had them since the ’80s.


Roses are pink,
The grass is green,
Spring is here,
Time to clean.

pink heart

pink roses

Linkups: Visible Monday Top of the World Style

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Dressing up Denim

Denim dressed up with white

Everyone needs a denim jacket. I love the contrast of rugged and feminine.

denim jacket

I’ve dressed up a denim jacket with a long, white cotton dress.

white dress 1

white dress

Denim dressed up with black

Dressing up denim with black is dramatic and creates a totally different look.


My denim jacket worn over a cami with lace trim and faux suede asymmetrical skirt.

Version 2

I added a black “lace” necklace (it’s actually metal) and a black flower for extra femininity.


backThese faux suede boots are so comfortable even though they have three inch heels. They look and feel like black velvet. I bought them ten years ago and hope to find a replacement someday.




How do you dress up denim?

   ❤ carmen



Linkups: Visible Monday Throw Back Thursday My Refined Style

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We Are Family

Even though we’re an ocean apart and times together are few, my family in Germany is very dear to me.

March 2015, I received the sad news that my dear cousin Marco passed away. I wasn’t able to attend the funeral, but I made plans to visit my family in the summer.

This post is specially in memory of Marco. He was a wonderful man with a generous heart and fun-loving personality. Marco and my brother Johnny had the same beaming smile and loved to play drums.


 I stayed with Marco’s wife for a few weeks and even got to sleep in his bed.

Marco and Beate

I enjoyed feeding the tortoises. I had a tortoise whose name was Boris when I was a teenager and these guys brought back happy memories.

DSC02839These friends are vegans …:-)
tortoises Marco’s wife and I at a restaurant in Stuttgart.

Beate and carmen

We had fun shopping in Stuttgart, touring towns and enjoying time with many of my cousins and family.

I bought a silver heart tray on one of our shopping trips and the silver heart ornament is from Marco’s wife.

Memories to treasure but I missed that Marco was not there.

happy memory

Time and distance do not separate us from loved ones.

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Easter: more than bunnies and chocolate


Although I love cute bunnies, Easter is much more than bunny rabbits. The true meaning of Easter is about LOVE. GOD’S AMAZING LOVE!

Although I love dark chocolate, Easter is much more than chocolate. It’s when God showed us how much He loves us! EVERYONE in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!!

Every Easter Sunday I do a dance at church in celebration of God’s love and the Resurrection.

It’s also wonderful to share the love with family and friends together for a meal.

Something delicious from Susan’s kitchen



I once had an adorable real-live rabbit that I named Benjamin.


Thought I’d show you some bunnies I collect …

Some of my bunnies were gifts from my dance students, family and friends.

DSC03881 DSC03274 DSC03272 DSC03236 DSC03863 DSC00330 DSC04153These two wanted to go for a hop in the woods, but decided to go tobogganing because of the snow.

bunnies tobagganing

Weather report in my corner of the world, well … take a look at photos taken this Easter weekend. Definitely does NOT look like spring! Crocuses were peeking through the ground on our front lawn last week in hopes of spring, but winter is not letting go!

It is definitely a magical sight to see trees of crystal sparkling in the sunshine (it is breathtakingly glorious!). However, it is sad that we lose trees and branches. There is continuous crackling sounds in the forest behind my house even as I type.

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Happy Easter my dear friends!!
God is love!
pink heart

lamb pig

❤❤❤ Thank you❤❤❤


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Style Challenge: Pearl Gray Bouclé

Shopping in Fremont, Washington with my daughter Jean was a fun Girl’s Day Out. We saw this bouclé pullover in a shop window. It can be  dressed up like the mannequin, worn over a dress.

We both bought one while I was visiting her last year in Seattle, they are soft and comfortable, and a lovely shade of pearl gray. Very versatile. Jean wore hers with a red skirt, and red and gray scarf. I wore mine over a black top for a layered look and black corduroy leggings.

Jean and carmengray boucle

For a more casual look I wear it with skinny blue jeans (this photo taken when Target closed last year).


On the weekend, I paired it with my gray skinny jeans with pink roses (bought in Munich last summer).

DSC05565 DSC05564 DSC05571Usually, I wear a cami underneath, this time with dusty rose lace. I like pink and gray. I also like yellow and gray.

Version 2 closeup2

Our style challenge is to show various ways to wear something. This top has proven to be a very versatile one in my wardrobe. Gray being a neutral that can be paired with any colour: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, turquoise …

What is your favourite colour to wear with gray?

pink heart



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Genuine Vintage German Cape

… and still in style!

My black cape was a gift from my grandmother when she came to visit from Germany in the 60s. It is timeless and I still wear it. It always makes me think of her.

She also gave me two scarves with matching gloves that I showed recently–Royal Stewart tartan. and black and white plaid.

cape 2 cape 3 cape 4 cape 5Although the snow has melted, we’ve still had some cool and rainy days; my cape is perfect for this weather.

vintage cape


Do you have clothes that were gifted from someone you love that make you smile?

❤ carmen

photography by Jonathan with his iPhone on a drizzly day

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

May the sun shine on your face and the wind not mess your hair! ☘
❤️ May love find you and all your dreams come true! ❤️

Happy St Patricks Day carmenAn Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
May the rain fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Irish Stew (a line dance we’re doing today) 

 linkups: Fun Fashion Friday

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