Once Upon a Summer

My mom and grandmother took my brother and me to the CNE in Toronto when we were young. That was my first time in this huge amusement park, no pictures but lots of fond memories. Since then, I’ve had numerous adventures there and on this occasion I went with my oldest son and his family (my grandchildren) and visitors from Germany.

I wore a yellow tee and white capris, simple and summery.


The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE, also simplyย calledย The EX) is an annual event in Toronto, during the last three weeks of August, always ending on Labour Day. It kinda wraps up the summer holidays, as school and work starts again, even though it’s still summer on the calendar.

Besides midway rides there’s lots to do and shop and see. Entertainment everywhere all throughout the day. We stopped to listen to a jazz performance on a sidewalk cafe setting. Music makes me feel like dancing, so I did and to my surprise, Enrico Galante gifted me with his CD It’s Never Too Late For Sax. It felt like I was back in my Go-Go days!


The sand castles …

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Rock balancing …

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All part of a fun day with memories to last a lifetime.

Thinking of summer gives me hope that it will return again.

What’s your favourite amusement park?



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February Blues and Floral Booties

We’ve had more snow flurries and freezing rain this cold February, reminding us that winter is still here, but that doesn’t stop me from thinking spring and wearing flowers.

I’m so into florals this winter, kind of like a protest against the cold weather!

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I was a flower child in the ’60s and you can imagine how happy I was when floral booties came in style! I bought these cute floral booties at Hudson’s Bay in the fall. They are velvety (non-leather) with comfortable block heels. Vegan purse with fringes from Drizzle and Shine eco-boutique.

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I paired this baby blue cable knit sweater from Ricki’s with skinny jeans for a casual, relaxed look.

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Have you bought booties with patterns: floral, leopard, paisley, plaid etc.?

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Happy Valentine’s Day

with love



In January I took the Christmas decorations off our Christmas tree and decorated it with snowflakes and pinecones for winter. Snowmen and penguins are everywhere! They make me smile.

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vegan pizza

For February I hang hearts on the trees and add red and silver accents.

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Hearts are my trademark.

I have an extensive collection of hearts from jewellery to home decor.




Beloved, let us love one another …

God is love!

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Little Red Dress and a Houndstooth Coat

It’s a title I’ve used before, Little Red Dress, this time with a completely different style. My dress from the Fabulous over 40 Model Search was ultra glamorous! This one is classy for everyday and yet can be dressed up to go to a birthday party (like my birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and a romantic Valentine’s dinner.

I’m celebrating 66 years!

ย It’s only a number. I donโ€™t act my age.ย The best is yet to come!

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I bought this little red dress at Hudson’s Bay during their Boxing Day sales. The front is a very soft faux suede and I love the fancy faux suede stitching, gives it a bit of a western vibe. In this bitter cold weather, I’m wearing warm bamboo tights from Drizzle and Shine. I won’t need those when the weather warms up someday, but for now, they are perfect.close up

Oops! Caught in the act of refreshing my red lipstick!

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Houndstooth coat is thrifted and takes me from the house to the car to the restaurant.

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The little black heart purse was a gift from my daughter Jean for my 60th birthday.

houndstooth coatHappy birthday to my February friendsย 

and Happy Valentine’s to everyone!

Love never fails!

Life is good!



LRD and purse

Fashion party at Patti’s



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Sailor Stripes

Stripes have a nautical summery look and remind me of a cute sailor outfit I had when I was a little girl. I bought this top with stripes while in New York City at Anthropologie.

I wore it to cross the Brooklyn Bridge with white capris …


… and to the Brooklyn Flea Market with black capris.

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What I especially love is that it has a yoke that looks like houndstooth from a distance but is actually little bunnies.


Jean is wearing mini stripes with thrifted jeans. Her black and white saddle shoes complete this casual outfit.

โ€œI love stripes! Theyโ€™re classic and timeless. I wore a t-shirt by the ethical, organic company Armed Angels today. It is a mini-striped shirt. No need to be worried about looking wider. Skinny stripes donโ€™t have that effect.โ€ ~ Jean


Patti is wearing her striped tee with a gray thrifted skirt. These pussycat tights makes this a fun look!

โ€œItโ€™s fun to mix vintage and modern styles, and to mix casual with dressy pieces.โ€ ~ Patti


Jessโ€™s black and white striped dress is elegant. Love how she added a pop of red with these cute shoes!

โ€œI think I own one striped shirt, one striped jacket. Not many stripes. However, I find that if I like the cut of the striped dress, or some other unique quality in a striped skirt, it might attract me more.โ€ ~ Jess


Stripes will always be popular.



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Flowers in February

No chance of real flowers growing in the frozen snow-covered ground of Ontario, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing florals. I’ve always worn florals in the winter and wrote about it a few years ago–Fake Fur and Florals. It cheers me up and makes me smile because it reminds me of my favourite season–summer! A Girl Can Dream!


I bought these pants last year and wore them with black tops. When I saw this pretty top with appliquรฉ roses, I knew it would be perfect paired with my pants.

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Too cold for sandals but I have red booties and black booties until the snow melts and then I’ll wear my favourite footwear again–sandals!

Do you wear florals in winter?



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Dear Summer, I miss you!

You are my favourite season and I hope to see you soon. Your warm breezes caress me. I love your long days and pleasant evenings. As soon as you return, we shall once again dance in the moonlight and enjoy the starry nights sitting on the porch. We’ll run along the beach as we used to. You always make me so happy!

ย Port Dover

I prefer to spend time with you, dear Summer!

Please, come back soon!

โค carmen

beach viewWe’re in the middle of winter and it seems like Summer is so far away. Now that I’ve lived through 66 winters, I don’t like winter anymore. I’ll admit, the magical view, that looks like a giant snow globe outside my window, is breathtaking, but when I go out, the frigid air takes my breath away! I’ve hung up my skates for good, sold my cross-country skis and I use my sled as a decoration on my front porch.

I’m breaking up with Winter, he’s no friend of mine.

German sled

I’d rather be on the beach relaxing on Muskoka chairs!

Muskoka chairs

Or enjoying the view from a beach house.

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The best thing to do …

wear warm flannel pajamas and stay in bed.



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Walking on the Wild Side

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Taking a walk on the wild side with my new leopard booties and wearing faux fur and fringes for a wild style. I love imitating the look without harming animals.

My jacket is faux suede, faux trim with laces on pockets and cuffs.

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Leopard from head to toe, with this velvety hat, made in Canada (thrifted) …

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and leopard booties (non leather) that I bought recently at Hudson’s Bay, wearing them for the first time because there’s been too much slush and snow for these velvety dry-weather booties.

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My go-to purse made byย Jeane & Jaxย (non-leather) with fringes from Drizzle and Shine eco-boutique. Hand warmers with cool fringes keep my hands warm while leaving fingers free.

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Accessories: velvet leopard hat, leopard print and crocheted eternity scarf, animal print bead necklace with matching earrings made in Canada, hand warmers with fringes. Displayed here on my leopard chair in my boudoir.

accessoriesaccessories 2These boots are made for walking on the wild side, comfortable block heels and fun for a walk in the wilderness by the river.

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How many leopard print clothes/shoes/accessories do you have?

leopard carmen

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Backdrops for Photo Shoots


In a restaurant, dreaming of warm summer days on the beach on a cold day in January

Part of the fun of blogging is finding interesting backdrops. I’m always on the lookout and I can’t help seeing a spot and thinking, “That would make a fantastic background!” There are great places to discover without going far.

We learned to take a camera along for when we see something we like. But whether in your own backyard or inside your home or an exotic place, choosing a background adds interest and a personal touch to fashion photos. We all have our unique ways of expressing ourselves.

Sometimes we happen upon the perfect scenery but I’m wearing an outfit I’ve already shown on my blog. Or I’m having a bad hair day. Or we simply don’t have time to stop.

Does that ever happen to you?

In this post artwork makes a fun backdrop

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The Ocean in Brooklyn

Brooklyn 2

Yacht in Brooklyn

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Harlem: I can almost hear the music of the jazz band



NYC subway

NYC Subway



Toronto Mall

Restaurant Mural

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Shopping Mall in Germany


Escalator in a Department Store

Here are a few more artistic backdrops …

Jean “painting” graffiti on the Berlin wall.






Seattle: love how the painting continues on the sidewalk

Jodie’s Touch of Style with Nancy and Charlotte always look like they’re having so much fun together.

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Have you used art for backdrops?

Share a link in the comments to your post with a fun backdrop and I’ll pop by to comment!


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Houses in Seattle

No, I’m not in Seattle, but I’ll do the next best thing …

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I love spending time looking through photos and today is a good day for remembering adventurous days in Seattle, my second home because Jean lives there. One of the things I enjoy anywhere I travel is strolling leisurely around neighbourhoods to admire homes and gardens, be it quaint little houses or million dollar mansions. It’s like a gigantic outdoor museum and it’s free and I get great exercise and fresh air.

You don’t have to own something to enjoy it. In fact, I don’t like gardening so I prefer the pleasure of seeing other people’s gardens–all the enjoyment without the work. Sometimes I get to chat with the residents; it’s easy to strike up a conversation when I tell them I’m visiting from Canada.

In random order I’ll take you down Memory Lane.

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Up the stairs and beyond the gate is a mansion tucked away in Queen Anne neighbourhood.

Queen Anne

The Schafer Baillie Mansion on Capitol Hill is now a luxurious Bed and Breakfast.ย Click the link to look inside.


An interesting apartment building on Capitol Hill. I’m sure the people who live in the penthouse have a fabulous view of the city.


One of my favourite areas in Seattle–Alki Beach–with a spectacular view of the city skyline.

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The people living in this apartment building enjoy a fantastic view of Seattle. As do the following homes.

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This house is across the street from the beach and I like how they’ve used driftwood for a rustic look in their front garden. Just my style, low maintenance: a few bushes, river stones, driftwood and anย Adirondack chair to relax and enjoy the waterfront view. In Canada, we call this a Muskoka chair.

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I’ve left my favourite house till last, also across the street from the beach with the gorgeous view. Reminds me of Germany, apparently German people live in it. I’d love these folks for my neighbours.

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Do you enjoy walking around neighbourhoods?

Happy Sunday!



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