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Fall Fashion Fête
You've Got Mail! Don't you just love those words? I am referring to real, live actual paper-and-stamp type mail. Nothing can boost my mood faster than a treasury of fashion mags and catalogues bursting out of my mailbox. The newest jackets, the hottest skirts, the hippest jeans, the best-of-the-best shoes all arrayed in living color for my enjoyment and possible purchase. Even better is when I have so much mail that the hottie mailman (oh-so-cute in his summer shorts--really hate to see weather turn brisk) has to bring it to my door because it won't fit into the little metal box at the bottom of the stairs! Have to admit to a bit of a love/hate relationship with mailbox, however--absolutely loathe receiving only bills, bank statements and the requisite bundle of ads for denture cleaner and hairball therapy (previous owner was aged cat lady who loved to watch soap operas), but I digress.
Very BEST of all is receiving party invitations, one of which was wedged into my box this morning, along with Everyday Food magazine, which my mother sends me in hopes that the improvement of my domestic skills will nab me a hunky hubby, but so far has not worked, probably because I haven't actually prepared any of the delectable dishes, but again I digress.
Back to party invitations. Received a very clever invitation to a Fall Fashion Fête. You may well ask, as did I, what is a Fall Fashion Fête? Turns out this is the absolutely most fabulous party a girl could ever hope to be invited to (the only drawback being that there were no single, straight men invited). Because, as I said, it was a Fall Fashion Fête! This is apparently what fashion-forward twirty girls in my new 'hood do when their sports obsessed spouses/significant others are watching the playoffs. AND, it can be altered to accommodate any and all sports, which means there will be a Winter Wardrobe Extravaganza, a Sartorial Spring Spectacular, even a Summer Style Soirée! (Love being able to fill in my calendar with fabulous events months in advance--makes me appear very popular and in high social demand.)
The Fall Fashion Fête turned out to be an ocean-view condo filled to brimming with twirty girls, the latest clothes, the hottest shoes and handbags, stacks and stacks of fashion magazines, and a seemingly unlimited supply of yummy munchies, exotic goodies and beverages to keep us from devouring the delectable clothes. What a fabulous idea! (Can't believe that I have never thought of it.)
The invitation specified that we were to bring along our favorite style sheets and/or catalogues, and our latest, hottest, trendiest fashion acquisitions, including accessories, for a full-on catwalk parade. I arrived with a bulging tote--Vogue, Elle, Lucky, Anthropologie, White House/Black Market and my new suede boots; also a garment bag--tiered skirt, delectable frothy blouse and chunky beaded belt as well as new Citizen jeans, embroidered jacket and total fave Gap shirt (have decision issues). In my brand new Hobo handbag I had a very chic necklace/bracelet/earring ménage to put the icing on the She She Me cake.
We perused the glossy mags and catalogues, paying specific attention to the fashion Do's and Don'ts as all the girly girls gathered, then got down to the serious business of comparison drooling. And herein lies the glorious crux of the entire evening: As we ooohed and aaahed over each other's style savvy and impeccable taste our creative juices really got going. We began shuffling, mixing, matching, coordinating and unleashing our inner designer divas. Next thing we knew we had pulled together a plethora of possibilities involving items from our own apparel accoutrements as well as incorporating articles from each other's stash of fashionable glad rags. AND we all got a fabu party bag filled with glam goodies and girly necessities as we departed.
I attained sartorial enlightenment that evening. My design mind was opened, my style spirit was freed. I realized that I had some serious shopping to do! I needed a deep v-neck sweater to wear with my jeans and frothy blouse, as well as an animal print bag and dainty flats to pull it all together. It would also be great with my silk cami and flouncy skirt. My embroidered jacket would look great with a pair of menswear trousers and silk blouse, and would also be fabulous with a skinny-T and a flippy skirt and a really great pair of boots. Oh, the possibilities!
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Watching women like Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey and Carly Fiorina, the world has observed that successful business women need to learn how to be strong--body, mind, and spirit. The Stonyfield Farm StrongWomen Lead Summit is an opportunity for women to reflect on ways to realize their full potential and recognize their strengths. The summit will be held at the beautiful Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook, New York, November 4-6.