Ikea now serving vegan “meatballs”

As soon as I heard that Ikea will be serving meatless meatballs, I was thrilled and can’t wait to go again. That’s a good enough reason for me to go shopping at Ikea! The last time I shopped there, I wore my red blazer from JACOB and black roses skinnie jeans AMERICAN EAGLE.

red blazer

I have a collection of peplum tops ever since they started making them. So glad this retro style with a new twist has made the fashion scene. If they stop making them, no problem, I’ve stocked up on them.

black peplum top This one is black velvet with a leopard lace yoke and 3/4 length sleeves. I bought two of these in different colours. The other one is burgundy.

black peplum top

What I wore today–this photo taken this morning, wearing sandals! YAY!!

peplum and black roses

“Behind the scenes, PETA worked to convince the international company to go all the way and make the “veggie balls” vegan. We reminded IKEA that people are making the switch to vegan eating in droves — and offering vegan foods would ensure that all customers leave the store satisfied. We asked our members to support the effort, and more than 25,000 did just that! And it has all paid off!”



Can’t wait to go to Ikea to try their new Veggie balls (hold the cheese pleeez!)

love and blessings

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Blue on Blue

As a line dance teacher, most songs are about falling in love or broken hearts. Feeling a little blue these days, but who says blue has to be sad? Blue skies have always meant happy times. We all go through times of sorrow; in life there’s no way to avoid it. Trouble comes along without being invited.

I wore my sheer blue blouse from HOLLISTER and HUE denim blues to my dance class today and danced away my blues.

blue    Feeling pensive …


     A smile hides a thousand tears …


    Profound words  …

this too shall pass a time to dance

I hope you dance!

What’s more fun than dancing? Going for coffee/tea with my friends after class!



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Fashion Revolution: Who Made My Clothes?

Originally posted on jeanofalltrades:

Today is Fashion Revolution Day. This day marks the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed over eleven hundred people and injured thousands more.

I’m joining others as we ask, “Who made my clothes?” Check out Instagram hashtags for #fashrev, #whomademyclothes, #fashionrevolutionday, and #whomadeyourclothes for lots of inspiring photos. You might see photos of people wearing their clothes inside out to show the labels–transparency in fashion!

who made my clothes?

I know who made my clothes!

Lois Eastlund label

Lois Eastlund made my dress. It looks fantastic (even inside out) because it’s handmade and she paid a lot of attention to detail. She’s a NY-based fashion designer and one of the founders of La Fashionista Compassionista–an awesome (and free) online magazine that you should get your hands on!

Lois Eastlund dress

Moses made my boots. They’re handmade in a factory in LA. The company, Nicora Johns, is helping to keep the US shoemaking industry…

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Spring Cleaning

I’ve started my spring cleaning. First on my list was to get the “treehouse” ready to use. This is a covered deck (overlooking an enchanted forest) shelter from the rain and shade from the sun, with screens all around to keep the mosquitoes and flies out. I’m wearing a little frock and leggings. I like to dress stylish even when cleaning, because I like to. :-)

Vacuuming the carpet …


Cleaning the wicker furniture (I use NORWEX enviro cloths) …

cleaning with NORWEX

Washing the screens (I use my NORWEX mit) …

washing the screenswashing the screens

Time to relax for a few minutes sipping tea and listen to the birds sing.

tea time

This is what it will look like in a few weeks when all the leaves turn green. The early morning sun shining in is so inviting to enjoy breakfast before a busy day begins.


I also go out in this outfit, perhaps that’s why it’s called an OUT fit, because it’s fit to go out. I wear it to go shopping.


It has a lovely asymmetrical floral pattern on one side, a diagonal hemline with lace.


I wore it for crossing the Brooklyn bridge last summer.

Brooklyn Bridge

And for relaxing in the park

in the parkHappy Spring cleaning!!


 Linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday and Visible Monday

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Celebration of the Swans

The Parade of the Swans is the official sign of spring in Canada. It takes place in the charming city of Stratford on the Avon River.

all white

I wore white for the occasion, with a pop of red: sunglasses and sandals (first time wearing sandals this year!). White doubled-breasted hoodie is from Hudson Bay, white cargo pants from Spanner.

white with red sandals

Every year the swans of Stratford march from their winter home, along the path to the scenic Avon River in Southern, Ontario. Crowds gather to watch these awesome birds strut by.

swans 1

Led by the parade Marshal – Mr. Goose

Mr Gooseswans 2

The Stratford Pipers are heard for miles around and it is a family affair.

Stratford Pipers

Although I’m not a swimmer–prefer to stay on the bank of the river–I love water.

Avon River

My grandchildren enjoyed the day with lots of fun activities for children of all ages.

my granddaughter

big swantrain ridetree climbingIMG_7722

bridge 2 bridge 1

And with colourful crocuses bursting from the soil, yes, Spring has come to Canada!

 I turned some heads in my all white outfit, time forTURNING HEADS TUESDAY and LINKUPWITH LISA and SYDNEY FASHION HUNTER and Visible Monday

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Missing My Target

Two years ago Target came to town!

Balancing on the ball – I always wanted to stand on one of those BIG red balls out front and finally did it on Monday. This is the feeling I had when Target arrived.

Balancing on the ball

Today Target is closing its doors forever in Canada.

on the ball

On the ball – I enjoyed shopping at Target and always found something I liked: dresses, cardigans, tops, pants, leggings, lingerie, undergarments, pajamas, accessories, shoes, boots and jewellery. Even my iPad and many household goods were purchased there. I like the quality with many items made in USA and Canada.

on the target

I suppose I should be wearing an outfit from Target on this post, but I have featured clothes from Target before and will continue to show things in the future that I purchased there.

The atmosphere was always pleasant with friendly and helpful employees. My shopping experience was positive and I will miss my Target!

Target employees

So sad to see one of my favourite stores close.



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The weather outside my window this morning looked more like Christmas than Easter, in fact, we did not have snow this past Christmas.


I always look forward to Easter even more than Christmas, perhaps because there’s not as much commercialism, but mostly because it is such a powerful demonstration of God’s love for everyone!


Easter week I was asked to print a scripture verse (John 1:1) on the arch of a wall in the hallway of a local church where I have taught liturgical dance for 20 years.

John 1:1I painted freehand without a stencil.

ladder 1ladder 2This morning I did a liturgical dance with banners, to an inspirational song by Michael W. Smith, Agnus Dei.



  Wishing you and yours peace and joy!!

Love and blessings!!

<3 carmen

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Style Challenge: Red and Black Stripes

While shopping in Seattle Jean found these cool tunics with diagonal stripes and handkerchief hems. She’s wearing hers with a black chunky chain necklace (wish I has one) and black faux leather leggings and I wore black corduroy leggings.

Jean and carmenJean wore vegan black booties and I wore my red rubber booties, perfect for a drizzly day in Seattle. I prefer my red vintage booties that Jean gave me years ago.

red and black tunicI layered the outfit with a red cardigan with ruffles and added my mom’s black belt.

DSC00593 Scarves are one of my favourite accessories and I bought this one in NYC last summer.

DSC00597I love the bold look of red and black. I wore this outfit to my dance class today.


I would buy all my shoes in red if I could.

Do you like bold colours?

love and blessings

Turning Heads Tuesday linkup with Jess!

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Farewell to Frosty

Two more sleeps!

On March 20th Spring will be arriving. We’ve had a few milder days which have certainly lifted my spirit and hopes that Spring is around the corner.

brown swearter

This designer cardigan is several years old, with unique features. I bought it at a hospital gift shop (of all places) while visiting someone. Earth-tones are still one of my favourites.

closeup brown sweater

Arm candy is new from La Creme and I love adding several at a time for a fun arm party.

I bought my faux suede boots in California in 2006 when my daughter Jean got married on Long Beach. They are still lovely and in style almost 10 years later.

I’m packing away my snowmen …

Farewell and I can honestly say,

I won’t miss you!!!

love and blessings

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High Low Dress for all Seasons

I got this chic high low dress at Hudson’s Bay in the fall. I’ve bought several high low dresses, skirts and tops ever since they made the fashion scene. The first time I laid eyes on one, I said – that’s for me!

gray high low dress

This dress has a lace waist and if you know me – I LOVE LACE!

high low dress with lace waist

The cutout design adds a unique detail.

high low cutout detail

It’s sleeveless, but I have been wearing it with a cardigan and tights this winter.

high low dress with cardigan

 The back has a zipper and the hemline is a subtle high low.

back of dress

As soon as it warms up enough, I won’t need the cardigan and tights, instead, I’ll wear sandals. I love dresses that I can wear all seasons. For a different look, I have a wide red belt which covers the lace but adds a pop of colour and then I’ll wear my red strappy sandals for a dressy occasion or red ballet flats for casual.

click photo to see Dana's shoes

click photo to see Dana’s shoes

International Home Interiors in Kitchener, Ontario is the perfect backdrop for this elegant dress. This store showcases exquisite, quality furniture and unique art from around the world. It’s worth the drive to Kitchener if you live in southern Ontario.

red arm chair

Do you like the high low trend?

love and blessings

 Linking with Fun Fashion Friday

Turning Heads Tuesday

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