Brown paper packages tied up in strings

I love it when the postman delivers a package, especially from Drizzle & Shine eco-boutique, which specialize in sustainable clothing.

We specialize in items that are kind to the earth and animals and that are made by people who are treated fairly. Drizzle & Shine

Who made my clothes is important to me. Knowing I am buying from a company that pay their employees a living wage with good working conditions is paramount.

I simply love this gray top made in Nepal by Synergy, a fair-trade company. It’s as comfortable as a T-shirt but with style: dolman sleeves and beautiful hand-stitched detail.


When Jean contacted me to tell me that a shipment arrived from Synergy with the matching skirt, I ordered one immediately. The package arrived and I was as excited as a kid on Christmas morning!


This cute scarf with little animals on it was also in the package.

A practical outfit and great for travelling; I have three different looks.

Worn with the skirt it looks like a dress.


I can wear the skirt with another top.


And wear the top with other pants or jeans.


My jacket–bought in Seattle–completes a monochromatic outfit.


Shopping at Ikea, I picked up a package of veggie balls. YUMMY! Have you tried them? My granddaughter prepared dessert.


My unique necklace is from Drizzle & Shine, hand crafted by a local artist. I love buying ethical clothing and supporting small businesses and artisans.


 Let’s make the world a better place with compassion.


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Gray Synergy Top = comfort + style

Version 2Synergy  Organic Clothing is a fair-trade company in Nepal where the employees earn a living wage. I bought this organic cotton top at Jean’s eco boutique, Drizzle & Shine.

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A lovely shade of gray with dolman sleeves and beautiful hand-stitching on the neckline and 3/4 length sleeves.

Top: Synergy
Scarf: Goodwill
Jeans: Le Chateau
Shoes: OKA-B
Purse: bought at Drizzle & Shine

Walking around Capitol Hill in Seattle, we strolled through a park (Cal Anderson Park) with this unusual fountain shaped like a mountain.


… and happened upon a Goodwill store where I found this scarf for $3. It’s cotton and has a pretty lace print.

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I received a package from Jean at Christmas that I’ll show you next time.

❤ Thanks so much for stopping by ❤

This has been a memory of September in Seattle.


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Herringbone Jacket and a Winter Pullover

Herringbone weave always reminds me of men’s suits or coats. It’s a timeless pattern and this style is classic.


Black sleeves gives this jacket a vest look and I love the toggles (it also has a zipper).

I love that it’s not wool — 54% Cotton 46% Polyester. It has a hoodie and is machine washable. Besides being allergic to wool and wool being so itchy and uncomfortable, my daughter Jean explains why we don’t wear wool. Jean also has a fabulous post about wool alternatives.

Jacket from Ricki’s


My winter pullover has 3/4 length dolman sleeves and a detachable scarf which is reversible. It’s my 3rd year in a modelling show for Tan Jay and this is one of the tops I wore. It’s super soft 60% Cotton 40% Viscose.


It has an unusual black lace print.

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Faux suede booties with knitted cuffs are warm and comfortable.

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Have a great weekend and stay warm!

❤ carmen

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

I’d rather be inside where it’s cozy and warm, and I can look at this breath-taking view without having my breath taken away!

The forest looks sugar frosted.


Let me take you through a walk in the woods behind my house. Bundle up, because baby, it’s cold outside! Don’t let the sunshine fool you, it’s -12° with a bitter wind makes it feel like -20° Brrrrrrr!!!!

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I was hoping to visit Seattle again this January but I will be hibernating instead: a chance to catch up on organizing and sorting out paperwork, tidying my dressing room and pre-spring cleaning (yes, I’m optimistic that spring will come … eventually).

Even my car is hibernating.


Mr. and Mrs. Moose are lovin’ it.


So are Hoppy and Muffy…


And my grandchildren.


Christmas holidays 2016

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Looks like a giant snow globe outside my window.

The sight is magical; I love winter, except for the cold.




Let is snow–as long as I’m inside–let it snow!

Warm wishes!

❤ carmen


What’s the weather like in your neck of the woods?

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Happy New Year!

L’Chaim! Shalom!


Classic black for the New Year’s Eve Ball; always in style, never out of date, forever chic. The skirt (Free People) has a sewn-in lace underskirt to look layered. I’m wearing a black shrug over a lace trimmed camisole.

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Long black gloves and a black lace choker add a dramatic look.

Version 2 black-gloves-2 I feel elegant in my favourite black stilettos with zippers.


white-faux-furThis Christmas season, I want to thank all of you who have shared my blogging adventure by reading, liking, commenting and following my blog.

It’s been 5 years …      500 followers …


Your comments of encouragement and just a click of a like button brings a smile to my heart! Whether you live in my city, another country or somewhere across the ocean–whether we’re friends in real life or friends on the pages of a blog, I treasure your friendships!

Thank you! Gracias! Dankeschön!


God bless you!!



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‘Tis the season to be jolly

Christmas bells are ringing, Christmas carols fill the air and the dazzling lights so pretty everywhere.

My Spanish style dress is festive for celebrating the joy of Christmas time.


Can be worn off the shoulders.


It has a black velvet bodice, red satin and black lace ruffles perfect for Latin dances.


My red roses shawl keeps me warm while sitting and enjoying my dinner.


I curled my hair for the Christmas dance.


This high low design is high at one side and low at the other, a very unique asymmetrical style.


Don we now our gay apparel … fa la la la la la la la la …

Troll the ancient Yuletide carol!!

Christmas blessings!!!

❤ carmen


Tübingen, Germany

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Merry and Bright

Nothing says Christmas like red. My LRD was bought several years ago in Florida, made in USA. I wore it recently to a Christmas dinner party, a Christmas luncheon, a Christmas concert and an Old-fashioned Christmas Event with my grandchildren. Cost-per-wear, this dress owes me nothing. Doing the math, it probably cost me a dollar every time I wore it.


T’was the Night before Christmas: an old-fashioned Christmas event at a Westfield Heritage Village with Father Christmas (real beard, fake fur). It’s been awhile since I had my picture taken with Santa.


This pioneer village is a living museum with over 35 historical buildings; it’s like taking a journey back to the 1800s.


May your days be merry and bright!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!


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Schafer Baillie Mansion on Capitol Hill

The Schafer Baillie Mansion is an exquisite Bed and Breakfast on Capitol Hill in Seattle–walking distance from Drizzle and Shine, my daughter’s eco boutique.

I wore my new gray Synergy top (fair-trade, made in Nepal) that I bought at Jean’s store. I love the hand-stitching and dolman 3/4 length sleeves.

s-b-mansions-b-mansion-2 Although the house has been renovated, it has kept its century-0ld charm. My favourite space is the sunroom where daylight pours in and bathes the room, an uplifting contrast to the dark, yet elegant, dining and living rooms.


We met Brenda, the friendly innkeeper with southern hospitality. She took us on a tour of the rooms and we spent some time in the library reading about the history of this luxurious mansion. Here’s the Photo Gallery Tour on their website.

I can imagine magnificent parties being hosted here in days gone by, a feeling of nostalgia overwhelms me.


Blooper … my photographer (AKA husband) was recording and didn’t know it.

Top: Drizzle and Shine
Jeans: Le Chateau
Shoes: Drizzle and Shine
Purse: Drizzle and Shine

sitting-on-chairThanks for stopping by!


This has been a memory of September in Seattle.

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Missoni ZigZag

November is gone with the autumn wind and an icy winter wind has blown in from the north. I’m glad we had a number of milder days to wear one of my favourite autumn coats that I bought several years ago.


My hemp scarf is bought at Drizzle and Shine, so much softer than wool and it’s an eco-fabric.

♥ so green it’s carbon negative
♥ strongest natural fibre
♥ pesticide free
♥ fast growing
♥ enriches the soil it is grown in
♥ produces no static electricity
♥ blocks UV rays


Missoni is an Italian fashion company that caught my eye in the ’70s when I first saw the colourful, knitted, zigzag designs. Although I never owned one, I found a Missoni inspired dress this fall. I love the autumnal colours.

1 2 3 My favourite purse from Drizzle and Shine: quality non-leather and eco friendly too.

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The weather wasn’t warm enough on this day to go without a coat, just a quick photoshoot before my dance classes. Winter is on the way.


Have you ever bought hemp clothing?


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Highland Park and Olympic Sculpture Park

September in Seattle is still vivid in my mind and these photos bring back happy memories of a month that passed too quickly. The weather was nothing short of fantastic. Only two days with some drizzle, not even enough to frizzle my hair!


The panoramic view from Highland Park is a postcard picture, in fact, this is the spot where some postcards have been taken of Seattle with the magnificent Space Needle in the distance.

the-viewhighland-parkSome lovely homes in this area and this one is for sale.

highland-park-3 highland-park-4highland-parkNext we drove downtown to the Olympic Sculpture Park. This park is open and FREE to the public all through the year. An interesting place to walk and enjoy nature as well as artistic expressions.

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It was perfect day! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the tour of Highland Park and the Olympic Sculpture Park.


Happy Birthday Jean – it was a very good year!


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