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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.


Monday, February 01, 2016

old is new again.. what else do I have to sell?

The other day, I was watching television and a commercial featuring Wallapop, caught my attention, so I decided to look into how this service worked.

After a bit of research, I found there are several services [new to me] that allow users to buy and sell in their local communities or regions. Some of these include:

So after downloading one of the apps I took a look around. Then I decided to go through my closet and look around. I found these shoes:

and this outfit I wore to a Washington, DC- Al Jarreau Concert in 1987 or so.

Styles always come back-- and although this outfit is old-- it is actually very becoming on. The dark velour/velvet like skirt comes about 8" inches from the ankle and looks very elegant with heels and long rhinestone earrings. The top is again in style with the peplum [bottom edge] detail.

I love clothes and keep most of the things I purchase, except when given no choice. I am an organizer's nightmare, however since I tend to buy more in the way of classic styles- I would probably pass on their advice anyway, in that I tend to think they are more likely to be trend setters and would want to keep nothing unless "current".

The outfit for the Al Jarreau concert does have details that tend to be more trendy [especially the top], so it is not exactly a classic-- however I could use the skirt in different ways. It is a junior 9/10, meaning it is not cut for a fuller figure and vanity sizing today would probably make it a 7/8 without the popular stretch element many of today's garments feature.

The shoes? I walked around in them for a couple of hours today, and decided they were so comfortable I would keep them. The shoe upper, mostly "just" leather with nothing to make the shoe stiff. I consider these classics, so I can pair them with many of my spring/summer dresses. Yes, I buy a lot of black for summer too.

So, I decided not to try to sell my old things. I do have one or two miscues, purchased online- that still have the tags, that are really nice-- but just do not work for me. I think I will try selling those items with one of the services.

Have you tried selling, using one of these services?


Friday, January 22, 2016

High School Fashion & Home Ec

When I was in high school, leather coats and boots were in style. I wore a lot of winter white back then- that I paired with my long caramel leather coat and boots or my shorter suede jacket in a more rust/caramel color.

Gauchos, knickers, high waisted baggy pants with pleats and pockets, vests, blazers, etc. I also worked in business offices part time in high school, so this is when I also started buying the little business suits, I prefer today.

I reference Knickers in the last paragraph. What are knickers? Wool short pants that fit close to the leg but taper at the knee. Like some golfers wear. My brown tweed pair actually buttoned at the knee. Sometimes I put long baggy pants in my boots [also popular back then], so that it appeared as if they were knickers.

I had a winter white pair of straight leg gauchos that were not wide but hung nicely over my boots. I do not define these as knickers because they did not taper at the knee.

I also had a long oversized brown/tan tweed cloth coat with "Sherlock Holmes" like details [not the full cape, just the pleated overhang detail in the back, with collar and cuff epaulettes] that also went well with my style back then.

Yes, I was a little conservative.. jeans? Not really, I had high waisted Painter's Pants in white that I paired with platform sandals and socks, or my earth shoes- that went well with the many little tube tops and matching gauzy blouses I tied at the waist. Tube tops underneath my tied blouses, the extent of my risqué style.

I also liked some of the styles the women wore in old shows like "The Big Valley" and "High Chaparral". Gauchos, boots and vests. Do you remember Linda Evans in "The Big Valley"?

So anyway, this to explain why- in high school I decided to make a wide leg gaucho outfit for one of my Home Economics Sewing classes.

Photos of the vest.

I no longer have the gaucho pants to the set. They were the long wide leg type [wide aline] that went well with boots. The material for the pants matched the back of the vest in that I opted to forgo the pinstripe detail used in the front of the vest.

Note: Everything I owned used to go to the dry cleaners, including non-lined Painter's Pants. I have had this vest for a lot of years-- and it still looks as if- I made it yesterday. The material and lining would not have held up well in the wash.

I keep thinking about how much my life has changed. I cannot remember the last time I went to the dry cleaners and in high school-- all I owned was dry cleaned. The flannel pajama bottoms and tees I now wear to the office-- hold up well in the wash.

That said, this does not stop me from researching the more classic conservative styles I love, which I cannot now afford. I am no longer a size six nor can I justify the cost of a new outfit I do not need for non-existent business meetings and lunches. I am still thinking about where to place the camera I am going to use for Skype calls.

Note, most of the Tumblr blogs I follow via my own Tumblr account, are promotional tools for well known fashion houses.

Someone once noted, I have my own style. I agree.... and I have had strong thoughts and ideas about my style since early high school. Do you watch old Gene Tierney movies?


Thursday, December 31, 2015

Last Post, This Year...

I started this post last night, in bed while watching television. I took photos to show my vantage point.

That said, after making the Pineapple Upside Down Cake [shown below], cleaning the kitchen, preparing for bed and then more research [how to set up recurring events in Facebook, ans: copy a previous event and update], I was too tired to do anything but put my camera away and go to sleep.

I made the Upside Down Cake, because the day before I made Sweet and Sour Pork using the leftover Pork Tenderloin from Christmas and had leftover pineapple slices.

I love the basic cake recipe I used for this and plan on using it again with other flavors. Recipe here. I used unsalted butter instead of margarine [creaming the butter and sugar for 3 minutes] and a 9" round cake pan instead of a 9"x9" square pan. I only have 8"x8" pans.

Earlier in the day, before I started the cake, I had leftover Sweet and Sour Pork for lunch and began taking down the holiday decorations.

Other things I've been up too?

  • Tuesday: Visit to the bank, deposited some of my Christmas Gifts.
  • Tuesday: Taking photos in Hanover, MD for the Facebook HanoverMDBusinesses Page.
  • Movie: The Children's Hour [1961] w/Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, James Garner on Turner Movie Classics or AMC.
  • Movie: The Mirror Has Two Faces w/Barbra Streisand, Lauren Bacall and Jeff Bridges, yes, I have seen this before but saw it again the other day.
  • Movie: 5 Flights Up w/Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman I was a little surprised by how much I liked this movie. In my opinion, my favorite stars have been doing more films that are philosophical in nature, doomsday or an elongated discussion on society in general, which given my current set of circumstances, I sometimes find hard to watch. This movie was pretty good. I watch a lot of old movies.

Did you get holiday gifts in the form of money? Me too. Something I purchased with some of the gift money:

Also updating Amazon Stores. You can find great deals now.

Oh and by the way, Happy New Year...


Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Week... 2015

I started the week planning meals. Sunday I started the baking with a Chocolate Buttermilk Cake. The recipe did not work out for me, however I took photos...

Monday I revised plans for the dessert cake and the recipe for the Pork Tenderloin. Tuesday, I made the cornbread for the sausage stuffing. Since I decided to make my favorite Lemon Layer Cake, I spent most of Wednesday making the cake and sautéing onions, celery and sausage for the stuffing.

I have discussed the Lemon Layer Cake and the Italian Buttercream I love with this cake; here and here. Shown, photos of the cake I made this week.

Thursday evening I made the Cranberry Sauce. I use the recipe on the Ocean Spray bag that uses only the berries, water and sugar. It has become a favorite for us.

Thursday [Christmas Eve], I made Belgian Buttermilk Waffles [same recipe I used Sunday, see last post] for breakfast and Kung Pao Chicken for lunch/dinner-- shown.

Today, I made Pork Tenderloin Medallions with a Honey, Mustard and Pineapple marinade, Macaroni & Cheese, Candied Yams, and finished the stuffing by baking. We had dinner lunch around 1:00 pm today just after opening our gifts.

Gifts? As always, I received mostly money however I also received a couple of gifts. One that I love this year, shown.

Everyone seemed to like the gifts I gave them. They also liked the lunch. I thought it turned out well. It was a nice day for me. Hope your day was good too.

The New Year? Going on a diet.


Friday, December 11, 2015

Fur Collars...

I love fur collars on sweaters and coats, however it was not until I was leaving my position as a defense contractor with a Fortune 100 corporation that I started to collect the items I have now.

Before that, I always went for more conservative items with less in the way of extra details [e.g. fur collars]. A trench coat [olive/khaki color with a faux suede feel and look], a black cape, a long black leather- and each worked with most of my many suits.

Then I tried the fur "look". For instance, this wool coat [dark rust/with black fur collar] was purchased in March 1995 [left corporate world in April 1995] from the Burlington Coat Factory at Pentagon City in Arlington, VA.


It was a clearance item and I was able to get it for a ridiculously low price. Does it work with most of my suits? Not really. That's why, the other day when I was looking through the coat closet and noticed it- I thought, I really wish that coat was charcoal gray with the black collar.

Then about 10 years ago, after Arundel Mills and TJ Maxx arrived in Hanover, MD, I purchased the two sweaters with fur collars shown below.


The one on the left is charcoal gray with a detachable [snaps] brown collar which I wear mostly without the collar and the other [right] is all black and the inset shows the collar is not detachable.

Then two years ago-- I ordered this Romeo and Juliet Couture item with a detachable collar [inset shows the buttons for the collar]. I love this sweater as well. Everyone who tries it on-- looks really expensive.

And then [late last month], I found a sweater in my mother's "other" closet and had a brainstorm. It was a long lambswool sweater that hung heavy. It had belt loops for a belt and buttons for a collar. Neither the collar nor the belt was available. My mother was away at time time, so explaining I was in her closet in the guest room and looking for a pair of black boots she had given me, I found the sweater.

I sent a text and an email, asking if she ever wore it? I also sent a photo so she wold know what I was talking about. She said, "no, she never wore it and yes I could have it". She may have felt guilty she took back the boots she had given me.

That's when I got busy realigning the existing positions of the buttons for the collar- to fit the elastic stirrups on the brown fur collar that goes with the Romeo and Juliet Couture Sweater.

Here is my new sweater with the collar attached. I absolutely love it and have a lot of outfits I can pair with it.


I also had to remove the belt loops and use my Fuzz Buster to make the sweater look brand new.. Do you need a Fuzz Buster?

I did not find the one I have, however did find something similar here. It's a great gift idea. I also looked for a coat similar to the look of my new sweater. Did not find much, think it would be expensive.

History of the black lambswool sweater? My sister gave it to my mother, because the label provided an incorrect size. My mother never wore it. Wrong size give away-- that works well for me as a coat. No, I don't get the boots back.


Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Anticipating Seasonal Change...

I am a little worried about my weight. I have been trying on different things for the upcoming change of seasons-- however not really happy with the results. I am not sure what I am going to do about this problem.

That said, here are recent photos:

Check list of things I have been up to, some related to the photos above.

  • Watching the US Open, ends Sunday. Are you watching the Quarterfinal between Serena and Venus this evening at 7:00 ET?
  • Found a pair of brass earrings in a craft box in the basement. Mother said, "finders keepers"-- so I am happy.
  • Repaired one of the servlets which allows me to track [via Excel spreadsheets] pro tennis players' earnings.
  • Replaced the Verizon FiOS Set Top Box in the kitchen [again]. Started rebooting on its own [abstract noise indicating something else].. and finally died.
  • Stretched my Anne Klein Brown Suede Booties [see here]. They did not have the nines [purchased a couple of years ago], so I got the 8.5's, which are a little snug. Blow dryer and socks- works.
  • Updating my Amazon Stores-- here and here.

I am getting little things done-- so I am in good spirits [always feels good when I can check something off my "to do" list], however becoming more preoccupied with my weight. I wanted to hold off on a major purchase until... but feel I really need to get a new treadmill, ASAP.


Thursday, February 06, 2014

Working out Kinks with Tumblr Template

A couple of months ago, the strap on my Classic Coach Bag ripped. The bag is over 20 years old and I have carried it around almost everyday for more than 10 years. I am sure the cobbler can repair it, I simply have not had the opportunity to get over there.

This is why every time I see a Classic Coach bag-- I want to order a new one. The other Coach bag I want? This one.

I found the bag above searching for one similar to the one I have. Other things I have been up to?

  • Creating Social Media Icons for my Tumblr Blog-- that I have since chosen not to use.
  • Creating a master template for my Tumblr Blog. I like maintaining master copies of blog posts and templates offline. This to insure-- my versions are my versions.
  • Adding blogroll code to my Tumblr Blog [see the bottom of the page].
  • Updating the Celebrity Blogger List. Have you ever noticed who the large organizations follow on their Tumblr blogs?
  • Minor updates to my Amazon Stores.
  • Dealing with abstract noise issues.

Today, I was so busy insuring my new Tumblr template worked on the older computers and browsers I own [running to the upstairs office]-- that I managed to burn a boiled egg. Everything is okay.. it only smelled like I burnt something.

News from Washington? I wish it were clearer as to what they are doing. Mostly not doing what they say they are going to do. That said, I am not sure who is saying what.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

really did not want to tell you...

Recently, I ordered some items including the blouse highlighted [from "Things I Heart"]:



Shown- my blouse, I ordered the Peach, Size: Medium.


I love the blouse, especially the fabric- 100% Rayon. That said, the blouse does run a little small. If you are more on the petite side- this is a great deal.

I also ordered this ROMEO & JULIET COUTURE Oversized Sweater w/ Detachable Faux Fur-- for an unbelievable price [see post title]:


Yes, I love this sweater. I was a little concerned when I opened the box, however after I shook it out- I knew I had gotten a great deal. I ordered another item, but it is a gift so I cannot discuss it here-- however can say, I am very pleased with all of my recent purchases.

What else have I been up too? Updating my Amazon Stores, made a loaf of Banana Nut Bread on Friday and finished off the Pot Roast I made on Thursday. I am getting news from Washington, however holding off with updates until- "if and when" the news becomes more firm.

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Fall Rainy Day Style...

My mother and I often dredge around in the yard [pruning trees, cutting back gardens, etc.] in these boots and this Totes Rain Poncho.

Though the boots are kind of cute, they would clash with a suit.

Did I wear rain boots to the office? No. When I think of the many days I trekked in from South Parking to the Pentagon schiff where I worked as a Defense Contractor, my feet still hurt.

Insofar as fashion is concerned-- I am not eclectic, so it would have never occurred to me to wear socks and sneakers with stockings and a suit-- a popular style back then. I wore heels that matched my suit- all the time even when it rained.

Today, rather than ruining a pair of leather or suede pumps on a rainy day, I would choose something like this. Yes rubber boots but with color...

Because I am older and wiser? Maybe, but mostly I like keeping my old things for as long as possible. I hate ruining shoes.

Speaking of Fall, do you love this jacket? I do. I want it in black. Do I need another Fall jacket? Okay, maybe not- but I do not have a nice black jacket [yes, a black sweater like jacket]-- and I really love this style.

So what are you doing this weekend? It has been so warm in our area, the leaves have not yet turned, let alone fallen-- however as you can see from the photo with the boots- our Mums are out.

I have started my Holiday shopping and pretty happy about that. News from Washington? Not so happy about things there, however nothing I can do at this time. Teasers. Two or three issues they are working on, etc.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Career Dressing..

I added another category to my Amazon aStore-- Career Dressing.

Some of the items I added to the store:

The longevity of a well tailored, classic business suit is enhanced by the fact it is dry cleaned-- and I still have many of mine.

Some feel I am too conservative or dress "old". For business and my career-- yes, this is true. That said-- a well tailored suit can add more credibility than you can possibly know. I never realized this until recently, because I have worn business suits since high school and my first internships in offices.

Recently, because now I do go to the mall in a more casual state- I tend to get more of the wrong notice. I used to go to the mall at lunch or right after I left the office- still wearing my business suit. I have always had big hair and makeup- no matter the outfit, so I do get notice-- however now I get come ons-- and not an offer for dinner.

In a suit (negating today, many seem to know of the issues surrounding me), I would not have to deal with this crap. Translated, in a suit I can look attractive, sexy and not have a guy ask if I want to know him-- the wrong way.

Some feel that a suit is simply "not sexy". I cannot tell you how many guys told me I looked attractive in my size 6-8 fitted suits-- without asking me if I was in the business. What do I know about being in the business? Nothing back then. Now- for some reason guys tell me about this side to their lives, way to often. When this happens, I indicate I wrote the code for the "Blogger Calendar" and not interested in what they can do for me.

Yes, I purposely turn it around, because most should know better. I have been me-- for way too long and I am known. And yes, I could go on and on about my accomplishments [Linkedin, developer/publisher WiredPages (yes, I can fix it...), owner QiSoftware, etc.], but usually choose the "Blogger Calendar" because if Washington had not already known who I was before 2004 when I developed that code, the world began to know who I was, after. It put me on the map.

Do I need notice? No-- I always had more notice than I wanted and did not tend to raise my hand. Not as an introvert-- just back then, not really knowing who I was related to [and why an obnoxious person would want to talk to me]. I learned to disengage very early in my young life.

That said, I love style. I love dressing up. When we lived in England I first began to notice the difference in my mother when we went out. She put on makeup and a nice dress and I would think-- I am going to do that when I grow up. Not that I did not look nice and neat as a child when I left the house. Everyday-- I looked nice and neat. Just not grown up-- with my hair out and wearing makeup. I knew I would do this when I grew up.

The oxymoron? I am a nerd. I read a lot, I love math and I chose programming as a career field.

Do I dress differently than most engineers? Yes, even for a corporate engineer. Dressed, I look like a television lawyer-- and not a typical programmer/engineer.

Today, I read fashion bloggers, not really liking the womens' outfits in movies and television shows any longer. Where are the "Designing Women", LA Law, Angie Harmans' lawyer look?

I keep asking- did "Maid in Manhattan" fire all the entertainment stylists or did they decide she looked way to cute in that outfit and go home? Lets all look unprofessional rather than professional? Am I sometimes way too honest?

I do not really see the business attire I love. I try to find Earth Cams to see what business women are really wearing to the office. As I said-- I did not dress like my friends. I liked Charles Angels [the originals] in high school and college for casual wear, and in television shows and movies the star's roles as career professionals and what they were wearing for a business look. I considered college to be business.

That is why I have been searching online for business suits-- that I would buy today if I had to go to the office daily. I used to go out to shop-- trying on a suit before I purchased it.

Here are some examples today, of what I like for business. Any surprises?

I have always gone shopping well dressed-- and never had a problem with clerks not getting I spent money on clothes, makeup and shoes. Did I get their respect? Yes, looked like I spent money. As I said never a problem when out shopping.

I often see women with attractive figures in outfits that do absolutely nothing for them. Some have indicated, their guys do not need a sexy outfit. Mine do... For me, I simply like the "right" sexy.. a business suit with a pencil skirt. If I am thinking a guy looks good enough to know outside of work, I want him to know I want to look sexy.. my hips swing and my legs look nice in a pencil skirt.. Sexy is a state of mind. A business suit can achieve it.

I do not mind you like your girl. As a matter of fact, I tell you this often. I want you to like your girl. I mind her in my business. She is not qualified. She picked out the suits for my latest store category? How's that? Why even suggest that? My affiliates should pay her? These outfits "too me".. what does she have on? Please stop wasting my time. Get off me. Is anyone asking why? Get the tapes.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Anne Klein Tutorial Boot

The new shoes-- these Anne Klein Booties in dark brown size 8.5.

Outfits I am planning to pair with the shoes?


I planned to do a lot of things with this bootie. Originally, I wanted the olive shade [they did not have my size].

The dark brown matches my Brown Suede Jacket almost perfectly so I really have more options with the brown I purchased. They were only $31.99+ shipping.

That said, I had to get the 8.5 which is the size I wear with stockings and thin socks. They did not have the 9 and the 9.5 is simply too large. This means layering with thick socks is out, but I still think they were a great deal and will work with things I already have. Here is another look:


You can get the watch here and the boots here. The Brown Suede looks different in the photos because of lighting. The bootie is really the darker brown as shown in the photo with me wearing them.

Some of the reviews indicated a problem for some with the arch. I pranced around in my shoes for two or three hours yesterday and had no problems. I am used to wearing heels.

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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Old Scarfs

This post contains an entry from Q's Wire dated August 25, 2011. I am reposting on "it's personal" for severall reasons.

The outfits in these photos are very old. The scarfs relatively new. The trench coat looks like suede. I purchased it from the Tyson's Corner Garfinkels I think in the mid 80s. It was rather expensive. The leather coat- was another gift from my mother-- sometime in the early 90s. It works with suits because it is long and full.

If I ever get resolution to all of this, I will discontinue posting to Q's Wire. Too many change the text of the posts on that blog-- even though I have the originals-- and I am told the FBI long ago also started keeping copies my original posts.

I post about my fashion from years ago-- when I was a career professional to make subtle points about my continuing problems with all of this. Making the legal case of sorts. I am too skilled, dressed to well, too educated. QiSoftware is my work. why FBI.. why is this still going on? That sort of thing.

I have no income [$40 a week in loans living at home-- I pay for web sites, hosting, my phones, business addresses. I do all the work, cannot afford to outsource. I save Christmas money], no health care-- yet I own lots of suits, soft leather and can show w2 forms from Boeing, Rockwell and General Electric. I can show paper from local high schools and colleges. I can show property ownership from years ago. Yet today, I drive a 23 year old car, own QiSoftware, several computers, old clothes [thank you I will keep them], and not too much more. Why? I work day in and day out. The work I did for patch.com yesterday-- took a little while [most of the morning] because I was using my Mother's Nook and had to install the software to see how it worked. I sent out two emails, worked on that-- and went to bed tired around 9:00 pm last night just to be awakened with vibrations this morning.. I work too hard-- to get nowhere. I do not owe filth that wants to use me.. I work too hard. Yes, I am owed.

Did someone say I was crazy? No. Break the law? No. The guy who took me to BWMC in June 2012 said he could not arrest me. They wanted me evaluated. On the basis of what behavior? FBI do you have the tapes where someone suggests there is homemade Speed in the trunk of that car? That it was involved in any number of illegal things and that it belonged to a known criminal? I asked local police to run the vin number. Yes, my rights were violated. Why FBI? Allow me.. washington criminals will not let go.. Sorry I do not owe them. You [FBI] do. I said no-- FBI. I mean no..

Further-- those with too much power in washington continue to use this network to discuss things that sound inept which should cause many with the task of worrying about National Security any number of concerns. Please get them off me.. they are using the consoles incorrectly [torture] and quite frankly sound like filth. Filth too high on the totem pole in Washington.. They want me to buy their aidsy kids boutiques, link to their sites, promise to pay for their expensive homes. The only way I can do that is if DOJ releases my settlement funds-- and what really amazes me? One person said-- that if I say I will do something he knows I will do it. The thing is-- I am not going to promise to pay them. I do not owe them. The other thing? When I do put up links [real links I visit] without a lawyer-- it causes problem after problem. No, I will not be changing the list again until I get resolution.. Please get them out of my ear.

I think they are thinking-- if we just pound one more night, add one more insult to injury- I will come crawling. I have been here for 18 years. I did not know about most of the crap until Feb. 2012. I said no thanks to washington before that.. not really understanding everything until Feb. 2012. Why would I say I will join them after Feb. 2012? FBI-- I would not go near any of them.. Uneducated fakes from congress calling local police because they do not like a blog post? Please get them off me.

Go watch a Goldie Hawn movie... the marathon. I have been here for 18 years begging the FBI and DOJ to explain. You tell me you have aids and gave it to your wives and kids and that's why I would join you? I said no thanks before I knew this. Its only a matter of time? It was 17 years in Feb 2012. Go watch Goldie.. I would not promise any of you anything other than a jail cell if you keep promising to rape and steal from me. Don't believe me? Get the tapes. Get off me.

The old post about clothes and when they were purchased follows [Original Post]:

I love fall fashion. The thought of wandering the shops and streets of Georgetown as the leaves are turning, just makes me nostalgic for my past.

Though I did not attend Georgetown [university], and never worked in Georgetown [Tyson's Corner, Crystal City, VA]-- I always feel my twenties are irrevocably tied to Georgetown. On weekends and even some nights after work, I could be found in Georgetown-- shopping. I miss Georgetown.

My mother's purchase of several sets of these scarfs from Walmart last year also reminds me of Georgetown.. Walmart reminds me of Georgetown? Yes, you will see.

These were a great deal at Walmart-- think she said like $2.99 or $3.99 apiece. Not the set-- each scarf of which I think she purchased 3 sets and gave one to me.

I can find all sorts of things to wear with these scarfs-- even now as a bathing top suit cover or sarong.

Here with my long black leather:

Or here with my olive dress that looks like a trench coat and my trench coat:

I am ready for fall 2013 fashion too.

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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Okay, I do have a math degree.. TV Lawyer?

I have been searching for a Sheer Navy Chiffon Tie Blouse to wear with a Navy skirt set. I want to update the look- wearing the blouse over the skirt [and showing beneath the jacket], with the tie just kind of hanging. The blouse I want similar to this sixteen dollar Forever21 offering, however maybe a bit sheerer.

The skirt and jacket to this set are on the short side, so this update should work.

Today, the problems I have had finding blouses I like-- reminded me that some of my suits can be worn without a blouse. Here are some examples.





I wore these suits-- with ultra sheer off black stockings, black suede pumps, and minimal gold jewelry [watch and earrings]. I also wore hair and makeup. I liked my Black Cape as the overcoat-- but I rarely put it on all the way, preferring to just throw it over my shoulders.

I always carried a black briefcase and purse. Sunglasses-- completed my office look-- when I was travelling, running over to Navsea [Pentagon- Boeing], or trying to take care of errands at lunch.. Errands, I left the briefcase in the office.

Imagine a younger version of me in this photo [taken July 2013] with these outfits and not the photo with my hair uncombed in the last post.


I have the complete text for the original post. 10.5.13 I removed most of the post because I was too irritated when I wrote it and want my irritations reflected in Q's Wire posts and not here.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Multiple Colors

When I find items I like, I tend to purchase in multiple colors. The following items are great as gifts or just to have in your wardrobe.

---------------------- Leggings ----------------------


---------------------- Socks & Sweaters ----------------------


---------------------- Scarfs & Shoes ----------------------


Gift ideas for me? Any item shown above. Colors: browns, taupes, blacks. Sizes: 9B shoe. Medium everything else that requires a size. I think I was kidding, but okay.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

I was thinking business soiree

When I found this dress about twelve years ago at the Talbots in Columbia, MD, I had to have it. I was surprised at how feminine it looked when I tried it on.


The style is not really something I would have purchased before that- for the office, however the inspiration when I found it- the dress Sigourney Weaver wore to a business soiree in "Working Girl". The color a key factor.


I was just getting started in my business and thinking- if I needed to attend a business networking event, the dress would be perfect.

As you can see, I never wore the dress to a business soiree, the price tag is still attached, however did plan the accessories I would wear with it.

I have a tube of "Cherries in the Snow" lipstick that almost perfectly matches the dress color, ultra sheer nude stockings [my legs are very light], the black suede 9West pumps shown and gold button earrings [slightly larger than a dime]. My hair in a full style-- similar to Weaver's.


Oddly enough, the actual dress Weaver wore to the "Dim Sum" soiree [Youtube link], is more in keeping with what I would have purchased for the office with perhaps a little less fullness to the skirt. I liked wrap dresses with loose but more form fitting skirts. For me, that look worked well with a blazer.

In an earlier post, I mentioned I owned a black suede skirt set before the one my mother gave me as a Christmas gift one year.


Coworkers from my Rockwell office should remember that set.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

square one...

The other day when I posted about the Eddie Bauer Cords I have purchased in recent years- someone asked [abstractly], if I still had the Black Suede Baseball Jacket and if so, why I had not paired it with the Black Cords.

Yes, that would have been a better pairing, however I no longer wear the jacket without the skirt and because I had been studying current college fashion trends-- I wanted to use an oversized sweater.

I purchased a Black Suede Jacket and Skirt set before receiving the one shown from my mother-- however the one I purchased was more formal. I could wear it to the office. It has a longer pencil type skirt with a shorter fitted suede jacket.

My mother's I felt a little too causal for office-ware, so it was odd that the source of the question-- was someone from my Rockwell office. I rarely wore that outfit-- let alone to the office.

The Clark Shoes I highlighted in a prior post, something I would not have considered when I was in college-- and I was trying to show options [pairing with cords] that I would not have thought of back then. I thought the shoes a great find and for those living on campus- maybe a comfort asset. I am trying to find a wide audience and it just so happens I was looking at college fashions and trends over the weekend.

Another college trend these days-- leggings of course, but the new color? Deep copper like these by- American Apparel Shiny Nylon Tricot Leggings

I liked these and the price so much, I added them to the Things I Heart Amazon aStore.

One college fashion blogger wore a similar pair in the deep copper, out clubbing.

What am I looking at this week? Fabric. When I first left Rockwell and found myself in Hanover, MD-- I was a little shell shocked. So much so that I could not bring myself to look at anything related to programming, and the business life I had just left.

I gardened, tested recipes, had a couple of home projects-- [chair rail molding, crown molding, etc], and sewed some. I made a Paisley Pencil Skirt [fine corduroy material, yeah I like cord and suede] I still wear today and a dress.

I planned on making this dress with the caramel moleskin material shown, that I picked up from JoAnns. I have had this material and pattern for almost 16 years.

Instead, I decided to get back to business-- and never made the dress. That said, today because I am waiting on resolution to several issues-- I do very little programming, so I am once again looking at sewing projects.

I wanted a black wool jersey material to replace a dress I really liked-- that was lost. Hancock Fabrics - Fashion Fabric Up to 50% off is having a sale- but I have yet to find what I am looking for.

FBI where are we? The latest as of last night-- Me: "You cannot get Christian Dior Lipstick at CVS-- sheer beryl, number 365. I had to go to the mall". Did I know about malls back then? No.. A business suit, heels, stockings and a don't waste my time look apparently kept a lot of crap at bay. Today-- I get to hear a lot of nonsense. Given what I know now, if there had been an issue it would be in a record somewhere... and not raised just last night because of a blog post.

Today, many are offended when I say I would not go anywhere near you.. and many have hinted these last 18 years. I have passed and come home to yell at thin air. Given that, why would I have been in that company-- 20 years ago? I had no idea about malls back then.

Yes, someone last night actually wanted to make an issue of my sitting at the Nordstroms cafe [20 years ago] having a coffee, [smoke] and cookie. when is enough -- enough?

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

I can still walk in them...

I don't know when I stopped wearing jeans after junior high.

Yesterday, while pursuing a college fashion site-- I decided that because I began dressing like I was going to an office in high school and never left home while in college, I missed out on style as a college student.

I love dressing, however if you could see me now- you probably would not believe me. I rarely go out, however when I do-- you would say I am high maintenance. Hair, makeup, tweaking this or that with my outfit. This today, as well as in the past.

That said, what's missing now? The need for me to go out.

Causal before I left Rockwell, was a sleeveless cotton black dress. When I left-- it became jeans, rubber clogs and boots [to wear in the yard], and hiking boots.

Outfits for now.


Coworkers of yore would probably have a hard time believing I now wear sweats, jeans and shorts most of the time. But what this does allow for- the comfortable shoes I posted about in the last entry. Abstract noise suggests they are popular...

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Autumn Comfortable..

I was catching up on my blog reading and watching one of the home shopping channels when this shoe was presented as "upcoming". I decided I loved it immediately.

By the way, I added John Legend, Ali Larter and Joseph Gordon-Levitt [amongst others], to the Celebrity Bloggers list.

How do I find celebrity bloggers? Searches after I see a news item.

I am going to take it easy this weekend, watch some movies, read a little, WHUR Gospel Sunday morning and hope for a good start to next week.

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