Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens


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Today I thought I would steer clear of informational fashion and just talk about some of my favorite things….like raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. No, just kidding! But I do love white dresses with blue satin sashes and snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes (thank you Julie Andrews!). Anyway, today’s article is about my fashion favorites (which include clothes, accessories and designers) and maybe some of yours as well.

The first thing that comes to mind when I think of fashion is cat’s eye sunglasses. Oh man, So chic! You could be wearing nothing but your basic white t-shirt and jeans and still look like you stepped off the cover of Vogue. Pair that with another one of my favorites, the cap toe flat (I found mine at Payless) and you are ready to meet the day looking cool and sophisticated.

Now to my more eccentric tastes. Tutus and flashy jewelry…. my secret fashion passion. Oh how I wish it was socially acceptable to wear loads of jewelry and big tutu skirts. Picture the original intro to the series Sex and the City, where Carrie Bradshaw is walking through the bustling streets in that pink tank top and fabulous white tutu…AWESOME!!!!!

Carrie Bradshaw in her famous tutu

Carrie Bradshaw in her famous tutu

The only thing I would change about that outfit would be the multiple strands of diamonds hanging from her neck and……oh yeah, it’d be me in that outfit, not SJP. Maybe it’s the fact that tutus and jewelry bring back so many good memories of when my sister and I used to play princess dress-up. I’m sure many of you played dress up when you were little, right? Your mom’s old night shirts were extravagant ball gowns and plastic beads were the Queen’s jewels. You were care free, swathed in polyester blend, drinking imaginary tea from old measuring cups and having the time of your life because you felt like a princess. So why couldn’t rocking a tutu and diamonds make us feel special again? Heck, we should have a different tutu for every day of the week! Of course we must wear them with discernment and tact; no need to top it off with a crown or plastic beads anymore.

betsey johnson tutu

A Betsey Johnson masterpiece

Betsey Johnson (one of my favorite designers) has made her mark on  the fashion sphere with her crazy and eccentric styles such as the tutu worn with a biker jacket and boots. Now again, I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable in the boots, but I might give the biker jacket a try (after all it could be considered an accent piece). In my opinion, Carrie’s outfit is truly the only way to play dress-up as a big person and not be looked at like you’re crazy (unless it’s Halloween, which means you have a free pass).

My next fashion icon should be no surprise considering the length of the discussion on tutus….drum role please…….that’s right folks; Barbie!!!! Sure her physical proportions are physically impossible. Sure her mane of blonde hair rivals that of a horse’s tail. But come on, she sure has got style pegged! Complete in a killer outfit that always comes with matching shoes and hand bag, Barbie knows how to dress for success. And she’s been around since 1959! Hope I look that good when I’m her age!  Yes, Barbie brings back wonderful childhood memories and now as an adult I can appreciate the design and creativity put into her wardrobe over that last 54 years. In fact, I think it must have been Barbie and her many dresses that helped unearth my love of beautiful things, and in turn, my love of fashion. Thanks Barbie!

My own Barbie creation

My own Barbie creation

Wow! My fashion favorites seem pretty comical! But I really do like cat’s eye glasses, tutus, jewelry and Barbie! Don’t worry; I have other fashion passions. For example I haven’t even mentioned Oscar De La Renta and he’s is the ULTIMATE DESIGNER. But he deserves an article all to himself, so I’ll save that for another time. I hope this article inspires you to think about your fashion favorites; maybe it’s shoulder pads or those gel sandals with glitter from the 1990’s. Maybe it’s raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Who knows? But I would love to hear about them!


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