Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A "Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk” Moment

Growing up in my small farming community there were few escapes. Not the “escapes to another gender” which had not fully developed yet, but the dream of being someplace else. Books, study, science all provided a good foundation and yes there was my grandparents new television. 

There were three channels representing the three networks. Not like today, much was left up to the local stations to fill the time. One of my local channel provided what they called the “Early Show” from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. A movie from the 30’s and 40's featuring gangster, musical or drama fare. Oh, what a wonderful time and brief view outside of my small world. There were elegant ladies dancing/singing and westerns where the good guys always won out in the end. Magic times in black and white. 

The time after the movie, from 5:30 to 6:00, was filled with “The Three Stooges”.  I sense the “eye-roll” as you read. According to Wikipedia, there were 190 movie short subject films made that found their way to television starting in 1958. Highbrow humor this was not;  eye-pokes and Curly’s "Certainly, Whoop, Whoop, Whoop, Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk".

There was one episode that grabbed me to the core. Larry, Curly and Moe, for some reason, were visiting a woman's home and prior to arriving got caught in the rain. Soaked and standing at the door she invited them in. Very quickly she suggested “let’s get you out of those wet clothes and into something dry".  You know where this goes next!

I remember very pointedly in the next scene all three were dressed very feminine wearing lounging robes, a dress and ladies shoes. If I remember correctly the rest of the story played out with them continuing the ruse as if nothing was out of the ordinary (in Three Stooges style). There was much implausibility now as I think back – Like, why three robes, dresses and shoes in their size. Still, in the mind of a 10-year-old, I was captivated - enthralled.   

That had to be at least 60 years ago but I remember as if it was yesterday. And even back then, I thought how lucky, how exciting and how I wished that could be me.  

Does anyone else have any “Nyuk, Nyuk, Nyuk” moments like that - please share…. 

DuMount Television
Very much like my grandparent's set

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Feminine Differential - Gender Insight

Several of my post recently have dealt with female or feminine empowerment. If this is not a concept you support and encourage then you are not as feminine as you pretend to be.  Empowerment means embracing our femininity, not rejecting it. So if you are only putting on the costume, then you are only superfluously living your femininity. There is much more.     

Mary Claire Lagroue at the web site Verlie made this comment about being feminine:

Caitlyn Jenner has been a source of much controversy in the past year, so it was no surprise that sparks flew recently when she said that the hardest part about being a woman was “figuring out what to wear.” Maybe that’s the case if you’re a reality TV star living among the Kardashian clan, but pretty much every other self-respecting woman on earth (and some men, too) was less than thrilled with this gross simplification of what it means to be a woman.
Perhaps the one good thing about Jenner’s comment is that it has allowed us the opportunity to really consider womanhood.
When I think about what it means to be a woman, I admit that I tend to think about femininity and how we express that. What does it mean to be feminine? Is it wearing pearls and nice dresses? Staying at home to care for children and tend to the house while your husband works? Is it our mannerisms—dainty waves, coy smiles, batting lashes? All of these images hark back to visions of femininity as a specific external style and dress—ones which may have been in style more in the past than today. In that sense, Jenner was on to something in that our external expression matters.

....We can cling to clich├ęs, or we can create a positive, empowering definition of what femininity can mean for modern women.

There are universal qualities like sweetness and strength, depth and lightheartedness, confidence and vulnerability - These qualities stretch across the gender definitions of what it means to be a woman or a man. Positive qualities are worth celebrating and emulating.   

Read the whole article and examine your cross gender adventures. Do you want to be a poor imitation or worthy of serious regard?  Go past the superficial and have real insight into the gender you represent. There is much more to being feminine than just putting on a dress.  Yes, feminine empowerment is our goal as well.  Be bold.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Spring Is In the Air '18

Can spring '18 be that far away?  This layout is built around a  Ralph Lauren Floral-Print Satin Skort (combination skirt/shorts). It is part of Lauren's spring golf collection. I personally do not play, however, I am sure many of you do.  I love the colors and style.  

If anyone was watching golf this past weekend on TV, you were watching the PGA National Golf Course - Honda Classic.  Here is a little snapshot of my local Palm Beach Gardens event:

The Honda Classic brings the world's best PGA TOUR players to Palm Beach County, providing a week of entertainment for the entire community. The event returned February 19 - 25, 2018 to the PGA National Resort. This year the winner's share will be $1,118,00 and the total purse is $6.6 million. Over the seven days between the Monday, Pro-Am and Sunday's final round, 2017 saw 203,815 confirmed spectators.        

The weather was perfect - no rain and temperatures in the low 80's all weekend. The tournament is held about 5 miles from my home and I could see the blimp circling in the southern sky.    

So let's get prepared for spring. The above skirt is very cute and in the Palm Beach colors. The Boys Scout motto - "Be Prepared".  Is that the Girl Scout motto also?  Works for me.

I see a triple escape in your future. Spring, golf and a cute outfit.... 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

Friends Friday - A Very Personal Note

Today's Friend's Friday was to be about a visit and a new friend. A shared escape over coffee - "A cherished meet up and friendship" as it was originally described to me. Instead, I was asked to withdraw my post and to discontinue contact.  This saddens me.  

I will do that. However I share this thought from my own personal experience:

Living your life for the sake of someone else's approval will only be a short term solution, ultimately resulting in heartache for both parties and much lost time. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

In A Parallel Universe

Brand: Hardee's, Origin: USA, Decade: 1940s

Photography and concept by Eli Rezkallah

“In a parallel universe” is a series of fictional images, recreated from real ads in the mad men era, that question modern day sexism: showing it through a humorous light to spark a conversation through role play.  See them all here:

This is nothing new.  Stana over at her blog Femulate has been doing this for years.  And in my opinion, a much better job.  

Thanks Stana!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wardrobe Essential

Last week I purchased this stripe top at  White House Black Market.  The fit is super and flattering in jersey knit, is not thin and has some elastic that hugs the figure. The scoop neck is just right and as they describe it "Parisienne sensibility".  I recommend it even at the full price, as it is now.  

Next I went searching in my closet on what to wear with the top.  My "GO-TO" white jeans are Talbots "Denim Barely Boot - Curvy Fit/White".  Always fit nice in misses or petite. (32" for heels and 29 1/2" for flats and sneakers).

The sneakers, I described on Valentines day and are the ALDO Merane-N. They come in variety of sizes including men's. Roenia is what ALDO calls the exact men's style in sizes up to 12.  

The final part of the outfit is the denim shirt with button 3/4 sleeves. I have several and one is Talbots and another is Ralph Lauren. You can get this item everywhere and it truly is a wardrobe essential

For a little more excitement, add the SAM EDELMAN - Hazel Pointy Toe Pumps.  These will make a statement and will get you noticed when you enter the room. 

SAM EDELMAN - Hazel Pointy Toe Pumps

PS - If anyone interested in how I do my photo editing please comment and I will write a post on the tools and methods used. The denim shirt and stripe top were two clips that I combined to make one. Although time consuming, I will try more of that in future layouts. 


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Transition vs Presentation

Social Acceptance

I embraced the term transgender many years ago. It just seems to fit (pun intended) although the action of cross-dressing was what I was doing. I always felt my gender identity was much more complex than just dressing up. Of course, there was an erotic component during my teen years but during that time in any male’s life, everything has an erotic component. As confusing as being transgender is, I managed to grow up well adjusted accepting situations as they arose - dyslexia, schooling, career, marriage, family - while being transgender.

My level of comfort at being feminine was an added complexity and still is. Being feminine felt natural and fit. When time allowed it, minutes as Rhonda, became hours, days and extended times. People accept her, like her and my own level of comfort expands. Rhonda fits in so well at times, she scares me.

Friends that know me within our community ask, “When are you going to transition?” And new acquaintances ask, “How long since you transitioned?” Did they know/see something that I did not? Am I rejecting the obvious?

Now as I shop and go into restaurants, I am c
onsistently greeted as female. Ma’am, what can I get you? Several people spoke up for me while in line just a few day ago; “This lady was next.” Chivalrous older men open doors for me and smile.  My feminine confidence soars. 

I have given up correcting when misgendered, in that action on my part just confuses the issue even more. Honestly, I am not making an effort to look female all the time. Other than being myself; longer white hair, a slight southern accent, and a typical Florida casual look. Maybe a slight bit androgynous. 

Back to transitioning: I am still not personally comfortable with the term. By definition: "Passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another". I have not and am not passing from one stage to another. If anything I have just evolved. I have learned to never say “never”, however transition is not a goal at this time.

For many transitioning is a necessity and I am not undermining it's relevance. Those that transition (M to F, F to M) are moving from one stage in their life to another. Rejecting the past and moving to one that they were to be all along. I am only speaking from my own perspective.   

As a transgender person, I like the term "presenting" to delineate my actions. Presenting: "Exhibit an outward or physical appearance". Thus in my case, presenting feminine through a deliberate or an ambiguous appearance.

So for now I am "presenting" as myself. If misgendered, which is correct? I will go with the obvious with no corrections needed; Social acceptance is nice

I love this recent quote by Hollywood transgender powerhouse, Lilly Wachowski:
To be transgender is something largely understood as existing within the dogmatic terminus of male or female. And to ‘transition’ imparts a sense of immediacy, a before and after - from one terminus to another. But the reality, my reality is that I’ve been transitioning and will continue to transition all of my life, through the infinite that exists between male and female as it does in the infinite between the binary of zero and one. We need to elevate the dialogue beyond the simplicity of binary.


Monday, February 19, 2018

If the Shoe Fits…

You don’t have to go through a Cinderella number in order to wear shoes in the latest styles. However, you won’t get far if your tootsies are complaining. The National Shoe Retailers Association offers these tips for proper shoe fit:

  •     Sizes vary among shoe brands and styles. Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe. Judge the shoe by how it fits on your foot.
  •     Select a shoe that conforms as nearly as possible to the shape of your foot.
  •     Have your feet measured regularly. The size of your feet changes as you grow older.
  •     Have both feet measured. Most people have one foot larger than the other. Fit to the largest foot.
  •     Fit at the end of the day when your feet are largest.
  •     Stand during the fitting process and check that there is adequate space (3/8″ to 1/2″) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe.
  •     Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.
  •     Don’t buy shoes that feel too tight, expecting them to “stretch” to fit.
  •     Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slippage.
  •     Walk in the shoe to make sure it fits and feels right. (Fashionable shoes can be comfortable!)

My advice - If the Shoe fits - Buy it in every color.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friend's Friday - Mardi Gras by Marie

Guest Post By Marie.

At 6:00 PM the alarm sounded heralding the call to begin the creation of our Play Boy Bunny.  I had expected the process to take an hour, was wrong by 50% and had failed to consider the time required to apply fingernail polish.  It took an hour and a half and put me 30 minutes behind my expected show-time at the club.  

Let me describe the process.  I began with a warm shower and perfumed body wash, pink towel off followed by scented talc powder.  Slipped into lined panties, matching bra, and delicately pulled up a pair of sheer panty-hose, then topped off with a snug waist cincher. All the perfect underpinning for a bourgeoning Playboy Bunny.  Facial cleansing and precision application of make-up from cleanser, toner, moisturizing, firming serum, wrinkle cream, firming foundation, liquid foundation, blusher, face powder, setting spray and lipstick.  Then sandwiched myself into the Play-Boy costume (a Female Tuxedo) including the dual-tiered black-net-crinolines.  Immediately knew it was all me.   

Jewelry consisted of a three strand pearl Necklace, a four-strand pearl bracelet on right wrist and silver filigree bracelet on the left.  Matching silver & pearl earrings, a silver diamond engagement, a combined gold & silver pinky ring on my left hand and a silver filigree wrap-around ring on the right.  Almost ready.  Had loaded my large carry-it-all weaved bag with all the essentials including a camera, black four-inch heels, (drove to the club in flats), hair brush, compact, perfume, lipstick, cell phone and small wallet with bills and ID.  And a new item – the Marie Photo Album-  It never been out of the house previously.  Something told me to bring it.  Had a feeling it might find an appropriate audience and my sense was substantiated later in the evening, but am getting ahead of myself.  Back to the timeline.

With everything in-hand donned the new trench coat, left it open over the flared costume skirts.  Scooped up Puppy-dog, she knew we were going out and did not want to be left behind.  Placed her in her car seat.  Grabbed the Carry-All bag, through it into the back seat and headed for the club.

The parking lot was crowded.  Judging from the car count and the laughter and volume of music emitting from the open double doors a good-sized crowd was evident and I was thirty minutes late, not a good thing.  Club director advised me of this factor as I entered and quickly told me the crowd was larger than expected and get busy “circulating and draping Beads”.  I switched to heels, grabbed the bead bag, started smiling and began sashaying among the throngs and tables.  Took me about twenty minutes to fully circulate and identifying the quieter tables and target them for a special welcome, photos, and Chit-Chat.  Quickly learned this crowd was more into singing oldies and joining the Karaoke singers in contrast to last month’s Halloween party-goers who were definitely into dancing.  However, in a short order, everyone was singing and fighting for the karaoke microphone.  The party was well on the way and I began another circulation run, this time with the camera flashing at most tables.  By this time, it was getting to be a little bit of a challenge navigating among the crowds, chairs, and tables in those heels so quietly retired to my designated perch where the “All-in-One” Bag had been deposited and traded the spikes for flats.  Much more comfortable and safer.

Back to work, was grabbed by the Congo line as it made its way through the club.  After two laps found a table with two unescorted ladies and an empty chair.  Permission was granted to join them.  This proved providential.  One of the occupants was very much engrossed in wearing her fingers down texting which she continued while her table mate was the opposite and very taken with Marie and a 45-minute dialogue followed.  This interlocutory quickly evolved to be a very friendly, cordial, open and relaxed exchange of our backgrounds and the similarity of our likes.  We had many laughs and warm comments on how convincing Marie was as a “bunny”.  While posing with her, she commented I had bigger boobs than she, I responded they were only 36B. Back at our seats and feeling very comfortable, (had not consumed any alcohol), I dug into the ‘All in One” Bag and retrieved the photo album and for the first time shared this look at the history of Marie.  There was no shock, just many more comments on how well Marie, presented as a very stylish woman, attractive girl and in a few cases sexy model.  With all this positive feedback encouragement), broke another rule and provided her with Marie’s business card, hoping we might meet again and continue our interchange as two Gal Pals.  

This was the highlight of the evening and the warm feeling is still in my memory.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Unimaginable Hypocrisy

Franklin Graham at Trump Rally
December 17, 2016 in Mobile, Alabama

The term hypocrisy has found a depth the exceeds contrivance in the evangelicals support of Trump. Some of this is rooted in the racial bigotry of having a black president, however it runs far deeper. There is a complete “turn the blind eye attitude” to Trump and being in total denial of the person they support and elected. Michael Tomasky in a DailyBeast article describes Trump this way:

“The only path Donald Trump walks is one of raging ego and self-promotion. He stiffed contractors, cheated business associates, lied casually and constantly, grabbed women (brags of sexual assault). And ran for president not as a man who’d found a better path, but as that very man, one who’s never changed and never will change.”

These facts are undisputed along with many more. One of the most egregious; referring to whole nations and continents as “Shit Holes”. He has denied this although this is not out of character and credible witnesses back up the fact he did say this. 

Trump is willing to deny basic human rights to the DACA "Dreamers" who, as a majority, are American in every way but papers. An operative made a payments to a pron star on Trumps behalf.  He is setting aside basic dignities needed by transgender individuals.  And the list goes on....   

Does any pat of this represent Christianity?

Franklin Graham, the son of famous evangelist Billy Graham has learned very little from his father, much less the Bible. Billy Graham, one of the nation’s most well-known evangelists, is now 99 and is living in retirement in North Carolina. During an interview with an evangelical magazine, he was asked if he had any regrets over his long career. When asked in 2011 at a Church & State People Event, he stated that he wishes he hadn’t been so political during parts of his career.

I also would have steered clear of politics. I’m grateful for the opportunities God gave me to minister to people in high places; people in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to. But looking back I know I sometimes crossed the line, and I wouldn’t do that now.

What the bible teaches (Exodus 34:6-7) is that “if a father misleads his family, the family will pay.”  Has not the Graham family learned anything? Take a look at Franklin Graham's defense of Trump and note that in the end, he states that “God has put him there" (as president).  Dog help us! (Dyslexic mistake intentional.) 

Collateral damage be damned… Unimaginable hypocrisy in the light of political expectancy!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Best Valentine's Card Ever

Thanks Caitlin for sharing this.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Va Va Valentine - The ALDO Shoes

Limited Edition Valentine's Day - "Stessyf"

I am in love.  The ALDO shoe company has a collection of shoes and accessories for Valentines. As they describe it: "Set your heart on fire in limited edition styles."  Works for me.

The Limited Edition Valentine's Day Collection includes the pumps (above) a matching purse, (shown) sneakers - oh so cute, red fabric sky high heels, a scarf, and many other cute accessories.

ALDO sells men's shoes as well and offers the Roenia Valentine's Day sneaker to both men and women, showing men's sizes on their site.  

Men's Roenia Sneaker

Yesterday while in their mall store in Palm Beach Gardens, I did a little creative rearranging of their "For Him" sign. You can see the sneaker behind. In my altered universe - not just for women! 
What a cute heel and for my taste, I like more the Brandii ankle strap heart printed sandal (also in black)


Not just for girls anymore.  

After rearranging the sign and taking the photo, I got a big smile from the store manager as I left the "For Him" in front of the heels. 

At least check out the sneaker. 
I anyone ask, "Men's". I dare you

Monday, February 12, 2018

Winter On My Mind

This week I am leaving sunny Florida with temperatures in the 80 for a trip to Toronto. Business calls and the client wants the training now. "Why not April?" I asked. They laughed and said it would be good for me to see how the rest of the world copes; True.    

Cope I can do. The items above are from seasons ago with the exception of the Laundry Red A-line Coat. I purchased the coat at Macy's last year after freezing on a previous trip. It is still available in a little darker red from Macy's and is available in the red shown above, from Nordstrom. I love the look and with my height, A-line works and provides shape. 

The booties are last winter's  COACH Jemma Booties and not the first snow thy have seen. The pants and boat neck sweater are Lauren from many years ago and are about as versatile as any two pieces can be; all season and flattering. Shown also is the Ralph Lauren Medium Sullivan Saddle Bag, large enough to carry all my travel stuff.

I would love to believe that there could be a "leather skirt and tights" evening out, however I seriously doubt that will happen. The ten day weather outlook only calls for one day with above freezing temps and that day is 34 - A heat wave. Yes, I am so spoiled and likely will receive no sympathy. I will get to "see how the rest of the world copes", however in some semblance of style.  

Go-To / Travel Outfit.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dinner - Cafe Flora, Palm Beach

Caitlin and Rhonda - Cafe Flora, Palm Beach 

There are evening escapes that require a pinch to fully appreciate you are not dreaming. Not that many years ago, I sat terrified/huddled in my motel room fully dressed at 4 pm and not until 10 pm did I muster the courage for a quick drive around the block. Wasted hours, days, years.

Caitlin's and my evening escape is chronicled above in photos. We started our evening at the world famous Colony Hotel with drinks surrounded by friends that know us both. After we walked about a block past elegant shops to Cafe Flora in Via Amour, midway down Worth Avenue. There are just a few indoor tables with the beauty of this dining experience being outside in the courtyard of the Via. This was February 1 with no coats or heaters required; starlight and the moon above. Dinner was wonderful and we did not rush.   

Here is the description of the cafe from their site:

Surrounded with colorful bougainvillea, fountains and manicured gardens, Cafe Flora is enriched with gracious hospitality in a polished "secret garden" atmosphere. Owners Heinrich and Pamela seek to inspire and transport guests, providing a rare combination of sophisticated cuisine appropriate for Palm Beach's formal, white-linen dining destinations with the warmth and hospitality of a neighborhood favorite.

Tucked away from the bustle of Worth Avenue in a picturesque courtyard behind Hermes and Jimmy Choo, camera-shy celebrities and other local notables often seek refuge in dining at this "hidden gem".

Yes, we did feel like celebrities; treated as such and enjoyed our elegant evening on Worth Avenue. Thank you Caitlin for a wonderful evening.

Are you still huddled in fear?  Don't be - ESCAPE and live your life to the full. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Femmeing Down for The Man

What if you were a woman who wanted to dress in a masculine way?  OK, don’t stop reading yet. There are thing we can learn from this. Like adding items that we can utilize to be feminine yet presenting masculine.  I know confusing, but isn’t that the Escape game. Read and substitute words as needed.  Enjoy: 


Source: Femmeing Down for The Man

Source : Girly Hair - Manley look 
glitterbitchxx asked: I’m gender-fluid and work a retail job where I have to look reasonably heteronormative and conservative for customers, with some leeway for fashion. I feel really uncomfortable wearing very feminine clothes when I feel masculine, but I don’t want to get questions about looking “butch.” How would I go about dressing fashionably with a nod to my queerness without stepping outside heteronormativity?

You might have already looked into this, but if you are in the US, some states have non-discrimination laws for gender identity and expression. 

So, with the understanding that IT IS WRONG AND TERRIBLE for your employer to question you on looking too “butch” or force you to wear feminine clothes, I have some ideas for you.

  • Boxers. On your more masculine days, you could wear boxers or some undergarment that makes you feel grounded.  (Here is were you get to substitute "Panties" for boxers)
  • Browse the women’s section. Evaluate what are the most feminine clothes you feel comfortable wearing on your most (required) masculine days. For example, if I were in a situation where I needed to look feminine, I would wear hip hugging pants to enhance a feminine silhouette and then hope that I could get away with a men’s shirt. Walk around the women’s section in a store sometime when you are feeling more masculine, and think about what you could stand to wear. If you can manage to wear clothes from the women’s department on those days, you’ll have made huge strides towards heteronormativity! And, as previously discussed, some of these clothes from the women’s section can be quite andro.
  • Make up. You could also try putting on make up in a pretty-boy way and see if it would balance out the “butch” clothing. This is not something everyone would feel comfortable doing, but it’s something to consider. I don’t think that make up is inherently feminine. Otherwise those pretty male birds are all genderqueer.
  • Bright colors. Bright colors and their association with femininity are another social construct with no real grounding. If you wear all men’s clothing, but have a bright purple chinos, people will probably read you as more feminine.
  • Hipster glasses. (Photo above) Seriously, I know your job wants a conservative look, but hipster glasses are so in right now that I think you could get away with them. They have such a bold statement that they would probably detract attention from the fact that you look like a total homo… and also hipsters break past the gender binary all the time, and people don’t question it because they’re hipsters.
  • Floral patterns. Flowers are another one of those things that we’ve assigned as feminine for no reason. Find a men’s shirt with a floral pattern on it and you can play their game without compromising your gender presentation. HAHAHA.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

My B'Day - 70

With friends at my "70th Party".

Monday, February 5, 2018

A Sweet Treat

"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." - Aristotle

Last evening before heading to a Colony Hotel outing, I did a quick mission shopping stop by my mall's Nordstrom. I had seen the above teal green sweater a few days earlier as I was passing through and trough it looked cute.  My stop was to try it on. It is described as a "Lace-Up Sleeve Sweater" by Calson.  The "braided laces embellish" which go from neck-line to sleeve make a nice fashion accent. ($59.00 - reasonable)  It is available in regular and large sizes on-line.  Sizing note: I was happy I took the time to  try it and did not order on-line. I ended up purchasing a small and still have plenty of room - it runs large.  
Lace-up Sleeve

One other comment on the teal/green sweater. I find that as a color, teal looks good with many other colors. It is hard to match with other greens or pastels however with white, grey, brown or black it coordinates well. With my hair color now and when I had red, it was a great standout color.     

When I got home I searched around my closet for other items to match it. First stop - I love my leather skirts and the one above is from Talbots - it is described online as a "Stretch Leather Pencil Skirt" and is still available in regular length (23") or if you like it a little shorter petite (21"). 

A great alternative to the leather skirt will be my "go to" white knit pants or my Lauren white sailor jeans. Either will be great for cool spring evenings.    

The pumps are from BCBG Maxazria and are at least a decade old - still comfortable and super cute. I have owned them so long, I could not find an image on Google so took my own photo. I have the exact shoes from BCBG in black with white dots and wear them a lot. 

The Pandora Charm Bracelet, Tiffany eye glasses, Michele Sidney Watch  and Gucci drawstring bag rounds out the look.  All of these items I wear regularly and they work with the sweater to pull together a total look. The sweater is a little heavy for South Florida, however this winter we had cool days/nights, so perfect.  Also, I have a trip coming up to Toronto (Febuary 12-17), so great for under my coat. 

This absolutely is one of my favorite part of femininity. The variety or outfits, looks, and versatility. However - The cherry on the Sundae is pulling it all together and going out with a confident attitude. Dress well - Enjoy your ESCAPE.

The Cherry On The Sundae