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Monday, September 16, 2019

Southport Garden Tour

Hello dear friends.  I hope that you enjoyed your weekend.  The Mister and I met Sista, her Mista, Nef #1 and Nef #2 in Boston for a celebration of Sista's Mista's 60th Birthday.  Try saying that three times after two glasses of vino!

That afternoon, Sista and I got in our cardio via two hours of power shopping.  Let me give you a hint... we weren't shopping for the birthday boy. 

We enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Grill 23.  
I highly recommend it if you live or visit Beantown.


Days after I began my Summer Sabbatical, I attended the Southport Garden Tour.  

Southport, Connecticut is a little slice of heaven located along the Long Island Sound and borders on Fairfield and Westport.  Notable celebrities who have lived there are Jeffery and Ina Garten, Jack Welch, and Jason Robards.  If you are under the age of thirty, feel free to google the last two names.

We lucked out with a picture-perfect day.  I parked in front of this gorgeous home.  Don't you love the blue door?
Note to self:  buy the Mister some paint this week.

Pequot Library hosted the tour.  I happen to have a history with this beautiful library. At the tender age of thirteen, I attended ballroom dancing classes here.  And guess who was in my class!  No, not Jason Robards.  None other than my BIL, the birthday boy!  

Sista and I met at registration.  The rose between the thorns is our dear friend, Caroline Crawford who is the head of PR for the library and in charge of the event.  She managed to pull the whole thing together in a matter of six weeks.

I am not just saying this, but this garden tour was the best tour I have ever attended.  It was so well organized, most of the homes were on the water, and the entire route was done on foot.  My favorite combo: cardio with a side of eye candy.

And the fabulous homes and luscious gardens... well, stick with me and you can see for yourself.

Photo Credit:  Sista

Sista and I already used up our oooh and aah quota for the day, and we were still at the first house!

On to the next charming home and garden.

I told Sista that she wasn't the only black sheep around town!

Doesn't this house look like it should be featured in a TV show?

Open Sesame says Sista.

I love the pop of orange!

I took lots of pics of the charming homes along the way.

How 'bout this pool?

I showed this pic to the Mister and told him I wanted him to build me a Blog Cottage just like this adorable pool house.
I'm still waiting for an answer.

Can you imagine sipping your first cup of coffee taking in this view every morning?

I can't imagine what my two hooligans would do to this impeccably-kept garden!

Thanks for joining me on the tour.  
I appreciate your sense of decorum.
I wish that I could say the same about my Sista!

Until next time...

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Sweatah Weathah & A Winnah

Hello, dear friends.  Happy almost Friday!  I hope that you had a good week.  

We've had some crazy weather around here.  Hot or cold -you never know what you are going to wake up to.  I will be changing out my closets soon, which makes me sad.  Goodbye, light cotton and linen - hello itchy wools and cashmere.

The silver lining is that my turkey neck can go back into hibernation under my endless amount of turtlenecks.

I am a big fan of sweaters.  I will wear them for as long as I can. Anything to avoid trying to maneuver into the driver's seat with a big ol' puffy coat.  

I am off to NYC in a few weeks for a big celebration.  
I will leave the coat at home and layer if it's cold.   

I'm a sucker for polka dots.

I ordered this one.

I ordered this one and another in black.


Warm or cold weather - I can never get enough cardigans.


I ordered this one in black for my walks.

My girls love this brand - Barefoot Dreams.  They sent me a robe which is so comfortable, I am tempted to wear it all day! Our #1 has this cozy sweater and loves it.

J Crew

This also comes in a soft heather grey.


This is perfect for me.
If you take a peek into my closet during the cold months, you will walk into a sea of grey and black.

Ralph Lauren

I am so in love with this sweater/jacket.
I bet we would get a better table at the Polo Bar if I walked in rocking this look.


I'm getting the impression that this oversized, slouchy look is in vogue.



For some reason, I don't think that I would ever look this good in a cardigan.
Not on my best day.

Ann Taylor

I love ponchos and capes!
I bought this one, and it's much cuter in person.
I also look a lot happier wearing it.

J. Mclaughlin

I'm also a big fan of cashmere.



My two favorite things - peplum and cashmere.
If it came in a turtleneck, it would be my trifecta sweater. 


I never met a houndstooth that I didn't like.
This comes in lots of colors and is at a reasonable price point.


This comes in lots of colors and has gotten great reviews.


Speaking of sweaters, I picked up this little number for Halloween. I may not be able to pull off the off-the-shoulder thing, but the Mister will tell you that the message is on point.


And last, but certainly not least, we have a winner.

Anne P
who wrote:

I'm so glad you're back! I love your blog and all the information, humor & sarcasm you insert. And I look forward to your reading recommendations so I'm going to start with your top 5. My favorite book this summer was, "The Choice: Embrace the Possible" by Dr. Edith Eva Eger. Captivating!

Please e-mail me your address, Anne and your books will be on their way to you.

Until next time...

No black or grey for this fashionista!

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