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Wednesday, June 05, 2024

My New Dress

I have been looking into a number of business related issues, including the renewal of my Maryland business entity, QiSoftware, which is due to expire in September 2024.

A new Maryland law and the change of address for my business, made this a little more complicated than the renewal process five years ago. I think I have finally ironed out all of the problems.

My other business related projects of late? Working on my e-commerce shop, WiredShops. I have placed several orders to my wholesaler, including the fashion earrings shown below (now available) and sweaters and tops I want to add to the shop in late August.

The sweaters were ordered more to research the quality to ensure they were what I expected and I am very pleased.

In addition to the orders to my wholesaler, I also ordered the dress shown in the following images from Amazon.

Here again, very pleased with this purchase. Wish the photos showed more accurately the features of the dress.




Saturday, May 18, 2024

Decided to update things

I took care of several chores on Thursday, May 16, 2024 and decided to wear my new dress.

I did not take a photo with the dress on, however, did take a head shot showing hair and makeup. I think I am going to use more of the new red lipstick I recently purchased. I paired the dress with an old shirt that was almost a perfect match. I also wore the tan heels shown.

It was rather windy Thursday, so while out I picked up the headbands, also shown. In the photo I am wearing one.

That evening, I took several head shots trying to create new ads for the crystal earrings. The crystal earrings work (for me) with the style shown, however, none of the photos taken worked. The earrings I have on in the head shot (brass knots)- I do not sell in my shop.

My hair? Thinking about options, however, for now hoping the new headbands will help.

What else is going on? Software problems, site issues, creating new legal disclaimers for my online shop and brochures for new products. Also received the flash drives I need for the digital products I wish to make available.




Wednesday, May 15, 2024

My Calvin's are good as new...

Last week, while running errands I lost the tap on my Calvin Klein Black Patent Slings.


So, I added a set of multiple size high heel taps to my growing Amazon cart.


The package arrived yesterday and today I repaired the tap.


I had a pair of pliers on hand, however, have provided links to a similar pair and the multiple size heel taps I ordered.

  

The average cost to replace a pair of heel taps in my area is between $15-$35. I am pretty pleased I was able to accomplish this project without visiting the cobbler.




Monday, April 24, 2023

My Perfect Summer Dress

During the summer months, Washington and the surrounding areas can get pretty hot and sticky. When I do need to go out- I like being cool & stylish.

When I was younger, I found that classic styles suited me, even if it seemed they would also suit an older woman.

Today, though I still have many of my classic suits and dresses, they are now- more than a little tight and not made of today's popular stretchy fabrics.

The good news, I am losing weight. That said, I prefer the stretchier fabrics I have grown used to, and though I do no get out as much now- have been looking for a summer style I can dress up or down if the need arises.

I wanted to go with what works for me- and the style shown in the following images- is similar in style to some of my older summer dresses.

The first set of images are my color choices.

The remaining color options...

Though a little short (my older dresses were short too), I think I can get away with the length, and need only worry about my arms.




Monday, September 05, 2022

So how did I justify this?

Let me say first of all, I owe a post about why my Instagram demos are no longer working (non-operational as of 11:00pm August 31, 2022 or when I noticed), however I am not happy about this situation, so I am going to put it off for now. A recent Youtube video demonstrates the demos were operational and I hope to correct the issue in the near future.

So, this post is about something that made me very happy, and how I justified everything.

What did I get?


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

CJ Product Search API Using GraphQL

Years ago, when I first started developing applications using the Commission Junction (CJ) API, SOAP using WSDL were the technologies in use.

Today, the CJ Product Search API uses GraphQL.

Those familiar with SOAP/WSDL APIs, probably understand the complications involved with using Java Servlet technology to develop applications using the SOAP protocol and WSDL definition language.

This to say, yesterday when it took all day for me to figure out how to request data via a Java Servlet- using the newer CJ Product Search API and GraphQL, I was a little surprised.

As shown in the illustration above (CJ's GraphQL test page), it was not because I was unfamiliar with GraphQL. The Yelp API uses GraphQL, so I had the opportunity to research this technology in 2018.

The problem, I had to figure out how to send the correct data from the servlet to the service, and I could find very little in the way of documentation. Illustrated in the following graphic, some of the tools I use when testing new APIs I want to work with.

Around eight last night, I finally found the answer. Below the response from a successful servlet "GET" request as rendered within the Netbeans IDE output pane.

I plan to provide a demonstration of the CJ Product Search API using GraphQL on one of the QiSoftware Product pages, similar to the Instagram API demonstration.

What will the demonstration of the CJ Product Search API provide? The widget below, illustrates some of the designs of major designers- that will be available when the demonstration application is installed.



Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Image Update...

Folks in my area are allowing their hair, to take on beautiful shades of gray. I wish my coloring allowed me to consider this option.

Over the weekend I did my hair...

I was watching a review of the Dyson Airwrap Complete Styler for Multiple Hair Types and noted the total time- the young lady took to achieve her blowout.

I set my hair at night. It takes about 40 minutes. I use a very hot Conair 1" Curling Iron and then set each curl in a soft roller for overnight wear. I use an ISOPlus conditioner on the ends, just before winding each section of hair on the curling iron. My hair is deceptively full (lot thinner than it looks).

Why does it take so long? To achieve longer lasting curls-- each curl (16 total), has to stay wound on the curling iron for an 80 count. Eighty seconds? No, just an 80 count which is probably less than 80 seconds.

Do I take my hair out every day? No. Do I use weaves or other sources of hair? No. I keep my hair straighter, by using a blow dryer and curling iron to take out most of the natural wave.

I wanted to snap new photos for Linkedin and other business services I use, however I am not sure I want to use the photos shown here. They are screen grabs from my Android as taken by my Canon EOS M50 (see info in the blog header) using the portrait setting and the two second timer. The hair length for a business photo- the problem? No. My conservative earrings are overshadowed and I am not sure why.




Thursday, July 02, 2020

Ann Taylor Heist

I am always looking for affordable business styles, and Ann Taylor has always been a favorite- reference post.

Two weeks ago, an Ann Taylor blouse I bookmarked over a year ago, went on sale. Shown in the images below, the Lush Lagoon Tie Neck blouse.

The other two tops were also on sale. Though out of season now, in the coming months, I will be able to pair various pieces I already own- with the new tops.

I tend to know what works for me, however sometimes, I miss on prints. I was pleasantly surprised, the tie neck geometric print blouse, works with black- in suits, skirts and high waisted slacks.

As things slowly begin to reopen in my area, I am doing more in the local business community with a project I have been thinking about for awhile (did you know I registered hanover-magazine.com and hanovermaryland.org a couple of years ago?).

I want my style to suggest, I really mean business....



Thursday, June 11, 2020

My New Business Heel

For business, I tend to purchase suits, dresses and heels in the same muted solid colors; blacks, browns, caramels and olives. Since I am more conservative than not, this has worked to my advantage in that most of my business wear has lasted through the years.

My business heel? Since high school a 2-3" skinny heel, that suits my rather small ankles. Toe coverage is minimal, meaning just enough leather to hide them.

That said, these days, I prefer a wider, more sturdy heel, to my old standbys. The Amazon orders shown on the right, illustrate how I acquired the recent additions to my wardrobe. I love the new heels because they are so comfortable.

The illustration below, top row: shows the older version of heels I wear with business suits and dresses, and the lower row: the new heels I began purchasing last fall to accommodate new style, as well as a physique that is no longer between 120-130 pounds.

So how is it that I can wear all of my old fours, sixes and eights if I am no longer between 120 and 130 pounds? Okay, I cannot, however (1) I plan on reaching that size again, and (2) I have newer (with vanity sizing and stretchable rayon) items, in my color palette- that will work for the time being.

Either way, my new business heels should work.




Monday, September 30, 2019

Incorporating a Budget Piece

Yesterday, I received a new pair of Aerosoles Women's Octagon, Black Suede Pumps and a Urban CoCo Women's Long Sleeve Coffee Dress (inexpensive budget item).

I was not sure whether the dress would work with some of my existing items, and quite pleased when most of the pieces I tried with the dress, worked.

Here are similar items that worked with the dress:

I added a body shaper slip to the above list of items. The dress is rather transparent. I wore the following cami/slip set with the dress.

I am always looking for items like this. No worries about dry cleaning and I can easily add a blazer, scarf or coat to make it office/meeting friendly. Though I am dieting, I am still not in my older suits and right now, solutions like this work for me.




Monday, September 16, 2019

Lightweight Additions, I Really Like

New additions to my wardrobe, suitable for light Summer/Fall evenings.

Below, I have provided the links for the items shown, however the Brown Lightweight Cardigan Shrug is no longer available.

I tried on all of the outfits shown in the photos above and happy with the look the shrugs add to each look. The layered look using the mocca & brown shrugs is surprisingly striking.

I ordered the rayon blue harem pants in an XL because I wanted a full effect. I am very pleased with this purchase, however think I will have the pants dry cleaned to maintain the vibrant blue coloring.




Monday, September 09, 2019

Last Days of Summer 2019

I am on a diet. You may recall, earlier this summer I decided to add to my wardrobe. Two of the dresses I ordered were a little tight so I decided to take seriously a diet.

The photos below, show the two dresses and my current weight. I lost several pounds in August, so can now wear the two dresses in question, however decided to continue with the diet.

Without my much loved treadmill, I have had to resort to habits used in the past to maintain my weight, i.e., simply not eating. My incentive? My old clothes. I have a lot of classic suits, so I am not worried about dated looks- and quite frankly, happy with my progress.

That said, things like the boots shown in the photos below are about 3 years old, however never worn. I am having fun thinking about the old things I can wear with these slouchy boots.

Slouchy boots are not in this upcoming season? Not sure, however I like long skirts (just below the calves) with this heeled boot so I am sure I can come up with a classic look.

As noted in the caption for the navy pumps, I wanted to purchase a suede pair of navy pumps. Instead I may purchase a navy dress I already have in aqua green (shown in the above photo). The style is flattering on me, however I will have to purchase the smaller size.

My diet? Eating a meal (daily) like the one shown in the following set of photos. I may have a mini bagel either mid-morning or late afternoon and that is about all.

I am ready for Fall 2019. Football, new business projects, my old clothes on a slimmer me.



Friday, July 26, 2019

Summer Wardrobe Additions, Navy Maxi...

I intended to wear the new outfit shown in the following photos on my birthday (Saturday, July 20th), however I felt a little under the weather, so instead I wore it yesterday to run several errands.

I stopped by the bank (birthday gifts), Aldi's market, and shot video for the local business community page I maintain on Facebook.

The Canon EOS M50 shoots great 4k video, however I decided after returning home, the video was unusable because several traffic signs were in the foreground of each frame.



Saturday, July 06, 2019

Blowfish Malibu Sandals

Yesterday, my new Blowfish Malibu Sandals arrived. I have to say, I just love this pair of sandals.

I am about done with this rather fun task and pretty pleased with most of the items I purchased. Maybe I just needed an excuse to spend money on new clothes.

That said, while shopping for my new casual summer wardrobe, I also searched for new items to add to my Back To School shop. I am pretty pleased with many of these finds. Almost wish I were off to school next month.



Monday, October 16, 2017

On A Budget Outfit 10/16/17

In years past, shopping for a new business suit was one of my favorite things to do. Often it did not matter if the item was on sale or not.

Not the case these days. I shop on a budget and often find great deals.

Item, price paid, original price and where purchased...

  • ROMEO & JULIET COUTURE Oversized Sweater w/ Detachable Faux Fur $15 original price $155 Amazon.
  • Nine West Women's Snowfall Suede Slouch Boot $67.54 shipping included was $300.00 Nine West Online
  • Liz Claiborne Dress $26.00 original price est. $100 Arundel Mills Liz Claiborne Outlet Store
  • Mary McFadden Collection- Long Black Sweater $0.00 original price est. $100, Mom's Closet. Shown wearing in this post.

I purchased the brown suede in the Nine West Snowfall Suede Slouch Boot directly from Nine West in February of this year, however showing the Amazon listing for the black suede. Not sure if the brown is still available.

What else have I been up to? Working on software development projects and preparing for the holidays.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Suede Boots

These days I seldom write about fashion unless to discuss an outing and wish to describe or show the outfit I wore for identification purposes.

That said, recently I purchased a pair of black suede boots that I absolutely love. They were such a great deal, I thought I would share the news.

I am showing the boots with a skirt I made several years ago, which some may recognize as one I own. I have a lot I can pair with these boots and feel very lucky to have found them.

Note from the receipt, I purchased them in September [end of summer] which may explain the great deal.

Do you shop off season for fashion finds?

What else have I been up to? Updating my Amazon stores. In the past, I added fashion items either under the "Let Me Know" or "Career Dressing" category. You may have noticed I decided to omit those categories for the new store formats:

I have also been working on a new software project which I am pretty excited about [discussed on Remix] and hoping to do more research on Celebrity Bloggers.



Monday, October 31, 2016

October 2016

We have had a beautiful October. Peak Autumn color is all around.


I have been eyeing this jacket since I added it to my Career Dressing Category and when it went on sale earlier this month- I decided I had to have it.


It wears like a heavier jacket and I have found a number of items to pair it with. Also, if I lose weight-- because of the jacket's weight and belt, I will be able to wear it no matter my size [assuming I only lose weight]. When ordering online, I tend to like larger sizes.

Recent meals.... It is getting a little cooler and I am having more tea...


Are you a tea lover too? I added several gifts for tea lovers to the Gift Ideas Category. Our area [Arundel Mills], has a tea speciality shop, Teavana which also carries a lot of items.

More October photos...


This October, I have also done quite a bit of research for my stores. I think I have found some great ideas-- so see what you think:

Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween....



Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Off Season Buying..

I rarely get out these days, however on those occasions I do venture out- it is normally for one of the following reasons:

  • Bank Visit
  • Eye Appointment
  • Photography
  • Visits to my Business Address
  • Jury Duty
  • State Renewals of Business Registration or Driver's License
  • Business Appointment/Meeting

I run my small business [QiSoftware] from home and take advantage of the following services to minimize the need for travel:

  • Verizon FiOS (Internet, Land Lines, Television, Cell Phone)
  • Skype (Business Line & Video Conferencing)
  • Online Business Banking & Bill Paying

That said, when I do go out- I am more casual than I used to be. There are several reasons for this, including my closet is filled with sixes and eights that need dry cleaning when worn [and a smaller me], and I simply do not need the more formal conservative suits I used to wear for most of the things I do outside of the house- these days.

I even do most of my shopping online. I love Amazon and also maintain several online stores of things I like:

So what do I wear these days when I do go out? Mostly, slacks with heels, some sort of blouse or sweater, and depending on the season- outer wear. This is a far cry from the stockings, suits [not pant suits] and pumps I used to wear all the time.

Around the house? I wear sweats, leggings or black gym shorts [summer] with tee shirts.

These days, I buy a new pair of shoes maybe once a year, whereas in the past, because I was hard on my heels, maybe once per month. I loved black suede pumps with soft leather.

Today my black suede pumps have been replaced by footwear similar to these NineWest Fabric Boots I purchased last month at an out of season price.


The size a little big, however with thick socks they will work.


I have any number of sweaters, short coats and blazers I can pair with the boots and excited about what I will be able to do next fall, when they will be in season.


The other order [shown in the illustration] last month? I will discuss in a later post.



Monday, March 07, 2016

Still Hanging In There

Last week was kind of odd. Little things that were out of the ordinary, however nothing I am going to discuss here.

Things I will discuss?

Thursday morning, I woke up to a beautiful snowy day, that was made even more so, in that all of the snow had melted by noon. This is not odd in our area for this time of the year.

Friday night, I was home alone so I decided to try on sweaters and coats I have not had a chance to wear this winter. Yes, in the photo I purposely poofed up my hair to create a look similar to something I saw earlier in the day, while perusing fashion sites.

The series of photos [above], taken through the weekend and today.

In late February [2016], a regularly scheduled business expense was due, which for the first two months of the year sidelined other purchases I wanted to make. The remittance of the payment last week, to my credit card company, enabled me to feel comfortable about replacing somethings I needed.

I ordered 8 items on Saturday, and much to my surprise the first package arrived today. Shown in the group of photos above, the package that arrived today.

Plans for the rest of the week? Two Masters Tennis Tournaments are upcoming. Indian Wells starts Wednesday and runs through Sunday after next. The Miami Tournament starts the Wednesday after the end of Indian Wells.

I am not sure why these two tournaments are scheduled so closely together, however I plan on catching a lot of the action. WatchESPN and The TennisChannel are providing a lot of the live coverage.

Also tomorrow evening, I want to catch the 2006 movie "Babel" with Brad Pitt. It is airing on Showtime.

I am not getting out as much as I would like, so I provide details of what I am doing... and how it's hanging. This week, I thought I was going to cut back insofar as eating, however my Mother went to the market today, and purchased a lot of my favorites.



Thursday, February 04, 2016

Long Leather from High School...

I mentioned in this post, the long leather coat I wore in high school. Believe it or not, I still have the coat.

How is it, I still have the leather coat I wore in high school and early college? It is a size 9 junior and I never took it with me when I left home after college. Little tight with suits and I preferred long cloth coats when I left home.

My mother liked keeping my nicer things and I was very surprised [and happy] when she handed it to me when I came back to stay.

The house I live in has four bedrooms upstairs, and one in the finished basement. My mother and I fill all of the closets with the things we never throw out.

Moving on... We have had plumbing problems for about two or three weeks now. The kitchen sinks and garbage disposal are affected-- so tomorrow the plumber will be in bright and early. This is his second visit, in as many weeks.

Today I was out and about. I went to the bank after having lunch. Do you shop at Costco? I love Costco.

Other than updating my Amazon Stores, I really have not been doing much.





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