Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fashion Fail

I erred.  I'm human.

But I know I can learn from mistakes, so let me confess this one and see if you can help me.  I'm truly lost at sea here.

A week ago, my favorite retail store (Fox's) had an annual event with new fall fashions.  I went and enjoyed myself.  (I've gotten over my fear of shopping in public.)  I found and bought a pretty cropped sweater in black with white spots.  It's a cute piece.

But I really have no idea what to do with it.  I spent a lot of time contemplating options and came up empty.  The best I could do was wear it over a dress, and that's not working.

Later the same day I spotted a cute pair of red faux-alligator heels with a pointy-toe.  Normally not something I'd wear but they're flashy and I want to be bold.  Plus, they were only $8.

My mistake was, in my eagerness to savor these two purchases, I put them together.  Big fail.  They don't go at all.  What was I thinking?  Was I thinking?  Yes, but with a lame brain.

Normally I can't wait to post outfit-pictures and put 'em up quickly.  These, however, have been sitting on my computer for a week.  I'm half-embarrassed to show them and totally-dissatisfied with my lack of fashion ability.

Let's assume we break the outfit up into two halves, the top and bottom.  That cures the basic error.  How could I wear this cropped sweater?  And what would go with wild pointy-shoes?

Your advice is not only welcome, it's solely needed.  Help!!





Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

In The Company Of Women

I saw a comedian perform tonight and it was a blast.

A new concert hall opened up in my town.  I noticed in a local newspaper that a young female comedian I know was performing there tonight.  I had nothing else to do, so I went.

The comedienne is Carly Aquilino, who was raised here on Long Island.  She started as a hairdresser to runway models.  Her natural comic talent was soon recognized and she was encouraged to try stand-up.  Less than a year after launching her act, she was given a spot on the TV show "Girl Code."  I love that show: it's a funny description of female culture.  Carly is my favorite person on the show.  She's the one with bright (artificially-) red hair.

When I arrived at the show tonight, I was startled to see that all 400 people in the crowd were women.  I was LITERALLY the only guy there.  I would have fit in better if I'd worn a dress.  And everyone was in their twenties.  Obviously Carly appeals to young women.

There were no women by themselves; they travelled either in pairs or in groups.  I, a guy in his fifties attending alone, could not have stuck out more.  I did admire many of the gals' beautiful outfits and some amazing makeup jobs.  Everyone was playing with their phones and taking selfies.

Carly was hilarious.  She really appeals to this crowd and has natural talent.  She joked about girlfriends, drinking, booty calls, baby showers, texting, sex, sexting and dating a black guy.  She knows how to work an audience and interacted well with the crowd.

Have you ever seen her on TV?  Have you ever gone to a comedy show?

Meeting Sarah

The world is full of interesting people; you just need to look for them. 

Sarah is a blogger who lives in New Orleans.  I started following her blog (called "Destrehan's Daughter") about two years ago.  She's in her thirties and works as a video producer.

Due to Sarah's location, I never thought I'd ever get to meet her in person.  But I just did!  She and her husband are in New York to visit the city.  They're seeing all the sights, one of which is officially listed in the NYC Tourist Handbook as "My Dinner With Ally."

We went to Sarabeth's and had a lovely meal.  You really get to know people better and more quickly in person.  During our discussion, Sarah addressed a broader range of interests than I've seen her discuss online.  Our conversation hopped from one fun subject to another.  Her husband, Jeremy, is equally charming and wore a snazzy bowtie.

The world seems to get smaller and smaller.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My Favorite Bracelet

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a colorful bracelet which has quickly become my favorite.  I wear it all the time now, but you probably haven't noticed 'cause it's small in relation to my full-body pictures.  I felt the piece deserve more attention so I'm giving you some close-up looks here.

At first I thought it was just an abstract design but then, looking more carefully, I discovered it's a peacock!  What a wonderful animal-choice for an array of colors.

Do you have any item of jewelry you love?



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Halloween Party

For Halloween this year, I'm travelling halfway 'cross the country to attend a party given by my close friend Ashley.  It's a costume party and the theme is Dead Celebrities.

I gave that theme some thought.  I want to create a costume that's fun and interesting.  After days of pondering, I came up with my choice -- I'm going to dress up as The Best Actor Of All Time (Humphrey Bogart) as he appeared in His Masterpiece Movie.  If you don't immediately recognize him, you need to dive into cinematic history.

The character's name is Rick.  He owns a café in war-torn Casablanca.  Rick has painful memories of a woman he met in Paris (Ilsa) with whom he fell madly in love.  Ilsa disappeared suddenly, without warning or explanation.  Now Ilsa is waltzing back into Rick's life with a new man on her arm.  Not just any man, but the biggest war-hero with a big request for Rick.  Rick is torn by his bitterness toward Ilsa and his hidden morality.

What happens?  You'll have to see the movie to find out.  You've probably heard some of the many famous lines from the film, such as "...Here's looking at you, kid."  These are some of my favorites:

"Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine."

"Play it once, Sam. For old times' sake."

"I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray, you wore blue."

"Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time."

"Go ahead and shoot. You'll be doing me a favor."

"Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."



Have you seen "Casablanca"?  What do you think of this idea for a costume?
The character of Rick resonates with me.  He's aging, weary and cynical, but privately sentimental and sincere.  He's lived a lot, seen a lot, and been betrayed by those close to him.  Yet he hasn't given up his innate trust and hope for love.
As the proprietor of Rick's Café American, Rick wears a white dinner jacket with shawl collar.  For my costume, I found a white dinner jacket with shawl collar.  And black bowtie.  The final touch are two Letters of Transit in my jacket-pocket, enabling people I choose to escape capture and fly to freedom.
After the purchase, I realized the white dinner jacket will be useful in my double-life as an international spy...