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About carmen

Beauty is only skin deep, but health goes deep to the bones. Money can buy designer clothes, but it can’t buy health.


Usually, I’m a happy, fun-loving person with lots of energy and a positive outlook: a Pollyanna philosophy that there’s always something to be glad about. But even Pollyanna had down days. Today’s post I write during the wee hours of … Continue reading

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Fall in love

When Fair November comes to Guelph, I plan a daytrip and I am never disappointed; it’s one of the shopping adventures I look forward to every autumn! Fauxy lady in my faux fur coat; cool without cruel! Fall fashion is … Continue reading

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Coral top from Vero Moda

I first saw this cute top in VERO MODA at the Gerber Mall in Stuttgart while in Germany this summer. Being in a hurry, I did not have time to try it on so I didn’t buy it. The next … Continue reading

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Gray Jacquard Sweatshirt–United Colors of Benetton

I don’t own a sweatshirt, that is until now. While shopping in Munich, I found a United Colors of Benetton store (we don’t have one anymore where I live) and tried on this gray mix jacquard sweatshirt. It’s comfortable and … Continue reading

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Style Challenge and the Donkey Sanctuary

Visiting the Donkey Sanctuary near Guelph, Ontario is something I’ve been wanting to do ever since friends of ours told us they volunteer there. The sanctuary is home for 75 rescued Donkeys (plus even more if you count the mules … Continue reading

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Style Challenge: Turquoise top from Berlin

Jean and I often like the same things, so it’s no surprise that when we found these turquoise tops (fair trade) in a little shop in Berlin, Germany we both bought one. With ruching on one side seam and asymmetrical … Continue reading

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Black Faux Suede Fringed Vest

Having been a teenager in the 60s, this cool fringed vest caught my eye while shopping in Berlin. It has a 60s vibe and is faux suede. I had one in the 60s but I don’t pay any attention to … Continue reading

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Little Pink Dress

Fun in the sun … but only after 4:00 PM–till four in the afternoon, I stay in the shade. I bought this pretty, pink shift in Germany (Stuttgart-Feuerbach). First time wearing it was when I got home. I wore it … Continue reading

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Berlin is the New York City of Germany! This was my first visit to this fascinating city and what made it most special is that I went there with Jean and we got to go to the world’s first Vegan … Continue reading

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Munich: Oktoberfest

Munich (the capital of Bavaria) is the city with the largest Oktoberfest in the world. I live in Kitchener, Ontario (once called Berlin) which hosts the biggest Oktoberfest outside of Germany. My first time in Munich this summer made a … Continue reading

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