Exploring Seattle

While visiting my daughter in Seattle in September, I couldn’t resist buying a new wardrobe at her eco boutique Drizzle & Shine. Here’s one of the four skirts I bought. It’s made by Synergy and I have mentioned this fair-trade company several times in my blog.


This A-line skirt is 100% organic cotton with an appliqué design and has a matching top.

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When I’m not helping Jean steam a new shipment of clothing that arrived or going to a coffee shop to buy her a soy latte, I’m busy trying on clothes and this skirt was a perfect fit.


Drizzle & Shine has lovely vegan purses and cute clutches like this one. Some available online.


If I’m not dancing, then my next favourite activity is walking. I can walk all day and not be tired, especially when there’s so much to see and enjoy. We walked from Capitol Hill (where Jean has her store) down to Puget Sound and meandered around Pike Place market.


This is the Edgewater Hotel in the background (where the Beatles and Elvis stayed). It was a little cool, I just took my coat off for the photo.


Whether it’s walking through a park, along the busy streets in the city or in a neighbourhood to admire the homes, I love exploring Seattle.


It’s a fabulous place to visit!

Happy weekend!



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Ballard Locks, Seattle


This was my first time at the Ballard locks in Seattle. It was an interesting adventure!


It was fascinating to see the locks open and watch the boats go by from kayaks to cargo ships. It has the most boats passing through than any other lock in America and is one of Seattle’s biggest tourist attractions.


 We watched the salmon from the fish ladder viewing window.


I highly recommend it if you’re ever in Seattle.

Happy February!

❤ carmen

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Long black and white fringe cardigan

Yes, this is January in Ontario, photos taken on the weekend. We had several milder days and almost all the snow has melted!


It was even mild enough to wear my long “wully” cardigan. I call it wully because it’s cozy and warm like wool (and even softer). However, it’s acrylic, which means no itch and no cruelty.


I have a fascination: anything with fringes, I’m a ’60s kinda girl.

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A scarf keeps me warm and adds style to an outfit. It’s a fun and functional fashion accessory.


Who can turn the world on with her smile?

Mary Tyler Moore December 29, 1936 – January 24, 2017

One of my favourite actresses and animal rights advocate.

A smile is the best thing we can wear.

❤ carmen

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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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