Monday, May 13, 2013

Summer Love


Here are the last of the printed jeans I'm determined to show you. I'm going to bend the unspoken outfit-post rules here and beg you not to say anything bad about them, 'cause I just love them. You know how these love affairs start. You're cruising through the store (in this case JCP ... yes, again) and something almost jumps off the display or flings itself off the hanger, right at you. "Take me home ... you'll look beee-you-teeee-fulll wearing me! I was made just for youuuuuuu."



Well. Maybe, maybe not. But I don't care. I was just enough in possession of my wits to take them into the dressing room and try them on. And, because I could just slip into them without too many hops and wiggles, and because of the unusually flattering dressing room lighting ( which never exists in this dimension) I fell officially in outfit-love. Sold. MINE!

Another reason I love them is when I asked my husband's opinion, (after making all the obligatory flattering noises) he replied,

"Don't be offended, 'cause I really do like them, but they remind me of those drapes we used to see in the late 50s when everything was, like, tropical."

Yes I do remember. In 1959 Hawaii became our 50th state. Everything was Hawaiian and lots of women were wearing muumuus and every kid wore thongs ( contemporarily, they are flip-flops ... not to be confused with the almost-underwear item.) Many homes sported bamboo furniture and living-room drapes featuring big tropical prints. Just like my jeans.

But instead of being aghast at his very apt comparison, I like these vivid jeans even more because of it.  They also remind me of some very pleasant, sun-soaked and sandy, beachy Southern California days of my childhood and young womanhood. Also of some really great dates at Trader Vic's and my first Mai Tai in a Tiki mug. And I think about all that and more whenever I look at them. Good thoughts.

Again, I just love the connection between clothing and ideas.

Yes, they are trendy. But, after all, a trend refers to an idea translated into clothing. Trends and trendiness get a bad rap in their current extended meaning. It isn't a compliment if someone calls you a trend-chaser. I know all that. However, if you're going to voluntarily make the slippery slope slide into trendiness, what better time is there to jump in than in summer? And, even better, in old age? Summer is the ideal time for this addled but excusably enchanted behavior. One hopes, anyway.

And I have to give special mention to these shoes. I am similarly seduced by these shoes, and am tickled that they work well with these pants. I tried, but I just can't get a photo of them that does them justice. They are made of a beautiful, taupey-brown lamƩ stuff, and as much as I love them, they don't get out and about much as they deserve. They look happy to me with this outfit. This will be their year, I think.




My pants and I are showing up at the sophisticated hippy-chick Patti's place and her Visible Monday celebration. Please pop over and see what all the other wonderful wahine are up to!

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  1. Lovely trousers! You are a hawaiian goddess. I like your husband's thoughtful way of telling you what they reminded him of. And nostalgia is good, isn't that what vintage is founded on?

    I will be popping over to Patti's tomorrow, hopefully just squeaking in by the deadline!

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    1. Will be looking for you! Such kind thoughts, Secret S. (Can't bring myself to call you S. S. Bring to mind jackbooted Nazis and you don't remind me of ANY of THAT.) Thank you so much. After a certain age, it's all nostalgia! So glad you got some wardrobe weeding done. Feels good, doesn't it?
      Have a great week!

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  2. There is nothing bad to say only the contrary. You look so cute in this pants and you feel so happy, I can see that! So they are the perfect jeans for this summer, and probably for many others because some pants stay favorites until they get rags. Maybe this is one of those.
    I remember the Hawaii style swapped to our little town in Germany. My mother had a skirt with a bright colorful floral Hawaiian print. I loved it.

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    1. They're going to need a bit of alteration in the waist ... they stretch out after a bit of wearing. But even that makes me feel good about the size of my waist! Love 'um. Thanks so much.

      Always so nice to hear from you and see what you're doing. You brighten my day, always.
      Hugs,
      J

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  3. Way to go, Jan! Your love for these jeans makes me want to try them too. Who doesn't want to remember mai-tai's and Trader Vic's? Thanks for surfing over to Visible Monday!

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    1. Those were definitely the days. I'm much more of a red-wine kind of woman these days, but what my huz calls "trash-drinks" were just the thing. How rude, no? Girly drinks is more apt and much nicer.
      You would definitely wear printy jeans to better effect with your fabulous frame, just made for skinny pants. You should have at least one pair. Seriously.
      Thanks for all, and
      hang loose, Dudette.

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  4. Beautiful indeed! And the pairing with purple top, ahhh, stunning! Your husband and mine can sit and have a drink together, they sound the same! I wanted a printed loose pants in silk so bad but my husband commented "Why would you want to wear a PJ pants out?" Grrrr...

    GREETINGS FROM DUBAI
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.ae/

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    1. Thank you, Mrs.C, so much. You need printy, silky PJ pants on your delicate frame. He'll love them with a slinky top ... I hope you do it anyway. I'm kind of looking for them myself.

      Yes, they could keep each other amused for quite a while. Dan fancies himself a wit. He is funny, but it only encourages them if you let them know.

      Have a great week, and I appreciate you stopping by,
      as always,
      Jan

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  5. Look at you! You rock your heels every vis Monday! I love it! I wondered who wouldn't know about Brunswick stew! It was so delicious! I've been meaning to tell you my grandparents were from around Ft. Smith. I've always lived here in Georgia, but it's so much fun to make friends from all over through blogs! Have a great week!

    Alexa

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    1. Awww... thank you, Miss Gardner! I'm just happy my pointy toe, single sole faves are looking new again. Love me some platforms, and will still wear for summer, but a ladylike shoe can save some of my dubious clothing choices from complete failure!

      Neat connection via Fort Smith. We live some miles away from the Big City. Do you know what area specifically?

      And yes, the Brunswick stew looks and sounds delicious. I'm a city girl, but I like okra!

      It is great to talk to women all over the world, isn't it. My own views have broadened because of it and I've become more conscious of what I wear. Old dogs CAN learn new tricks, and not much feels better than that at my age!

      Have a great week, yourself! What's left of it, anyway.
      J

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  6. Those jeans just scream summer. Love them.

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    1. Welcome, Debra! Nice to meet you. Thank you for your nice comment and for stopping by. Will return the favor, ASAP.

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  7. Those are the best ones yet! Give that girl an umbrella drink. woo-hoo!

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    1. The bar tender around here is so slow! I could use a fruity-girly-drink in a strange glass right now! Glad you like my loud pants ... I've found a surprising number of tops to go with them, and lots of shoes. Who knew they'd be practical.
      (Isn't that the height of rationalization!?)
      Have a great week, Pao! I still haven't gotten over your Mother's Day post and am going back soon to prowl further.
      Thanks for popping by.

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  8. Well, count me in, I love them too. The pair behind yours would have begged me to come home as well. And I own some of that Rattan Heywood-Wakefield furniture from that era and I still love it! (although admittedly I did recover the cushions with some more contemporary fabric).

    My favorite part about your outfit though, in truth, NO CARDIGAN!!


    xoxox,
    Alyssa

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    1. Nope, no cardis here ( I wear them around the house all the time, but NEVER out.) Been working on the arms a bit, but no help for the bottom part. Will just be doing cocked arm posts all summer! Easy out, often the better part of valor.
      You would look brilliant in these jeans, kiddo.
      Always so fun to have you stop in ... thank you so much.
      Have a great week, our Alyssa!

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  9. They are cute! And we should have fun as much as possible. Glad you got them.

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    1. Thank you LaTonya! Sweet comments, and I appreciate them. Just got a fresh cool breeze of spirit at your place ... so glad you write!

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  10. Ha ha! That made me laugh about the comparison to Hawaiian drapes.

    I think they are smashing and the colours are just gorgeous. Especially with your hair. Purple is a red-head's best friend.

    I know what you mean about falling in love with a piece of clothing. I seem to be a bit of a slut myself since I am doing it all the time. I have yet to see flattering dressing room mirrors though.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Yup, I almost took offense ... until I realized I was pleased. Then my long walk down memory lane and I described as I went for Dan's benefit. He was less pleased with himself when he realized he'd dredged up memories of old flames. Dharma is often swift and unpleasant! Ha, indeed!
      Yup, love my jeans ... don't wear purple as often as I ought. I like a tertiary version. Aubergine or cooler wine colors.

      No, as I said, flattering dressing room lights and mirrors do not happen for me in this world. I've marked this particular one as mine, and will use it forever, or until they ruin it.

      Have a great week, dear Suzanne.

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  11. These pants are "happening" especially with that beautiful colored top! Your writing is the best, you got me chuckling. The older I get the more I know, wear what you love and I'm sticking by this!

    blue hue wonderland

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    1. So often my budget, such as it is, interferes with that last thought. But there's lots to make work in my range.
      Thanks so much for your kind comments. So glad I make a chuckle for you. I aim to entertain.
      Enjoy your week, Ann!

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  12. I love these "grandma" retro prints- they are hot right now too! You look hot, and tropical gal in your awesome pants. And top (what a great color) and "single sole pumps" which I heard from the mouth of some fashion dictator are THEE shoe of preference for anybody worth their fashion salt. You my dear a salt + caramel + chocolate. No higher praise has ever come from my mouth, or into it for that matter. Yum.

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    1. Awww... so kind, Bella. I'll take a food analogy compliment ANY day of the week. Especially that way-yummy one! There's a bit of a "Red-Hot" in you, but that only scratches the surface of your many depths!
      My single-sole, pointy pumps reflect the retro part of my style-soul. They just save otherwise dubious outfits for me so often, and although I love me some platforms, I'm so glad the single-soles are back and around for purchase. The shoe that you love is the shoe that's THE shoe of the moment, or should be. Soles for your Soul, really.
      Big hugs, if you feel like receiving some ...
      Jan

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  13. Those are really fun pants - I love them too!

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    1. I'm having way to much fun with them, to be honest! Glad you like them! Also, always glad for you to pop by ...
      With thanks,
      Jan

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  14. I think those pants are divine! I love the tropical print with the dark purples, greens and orange colors. Really a wonderful buy - were them often !!

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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    1. They look better on than in this photo ... I don't often stand with my hip cocked like that! I'll always cover my fanny in these, and it's sad because some of the prettiest part of the print is right under the back belt loop!
      Tragic!
      Thanks for popping in, Monica! A pleasure as always, and thank your for your sweet comment.
      Jan

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  15. Bravo, Jan! I'm quite smitten by those fabulous pants & heels!
    As the folks around here would say..." you done good!" :)

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    1. Oh thanks, Jeannie. I can never manage to emulate your thoughtful and elegant presentation, but I've learned quite a bit about myself in the process. I think this particular pair of shoes keeps the bright down to a dull roar!
      Thank you, as always, for your kind comments. Hope you are having a fabulous week.

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  16. I love your series of printed jeans and I'm also enamored with your commentary on trends, which is a way of looking at it that I hadn't thought of before. Which is just one of the many reasons that I admire your blog. The pumps are gorgeous and happy to hear that they will be out more this year!

    I was very taken with the sweet comment that you left on SC today. Thank you!

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    1. I'm probably going to yammer on a bit about "trends" one day soon. I live in a place and am in a situation where there often seems that nothing else readily avaliable but those trendy sources. I'm fortunate to be able to adapt junior sizes, which are by definition trendy. It's always a challenge which I only win sometimes!
      Thanks so much for your sweet comments.
      I'm so glad you enjoyed the Chorus Line tribute ... truly, my first glimpse of you in that first pose just started the song running through my head. Art and life are the same for you, and I admire that so much.
      Enjoy your week, Judith!
      Jan

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  17. Have to say that I too am in love with these jeans! So summery, so bright, so mood-lifting.

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    1. Thank you Olga ... you and I share a somewhat similar color sensibility. Perhaps it's that we live in similarly hot and humid climates. These little jeans are mood-lifting, and look better in real life than in the photo! Doesn't everything?
      Thanks for your sweet comments, and I'm happy you stopped by!

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  18. I love that print! And you've really dressed them up with those shoes and that beautiful purple top! You're definitely Visible, and in a good way!!

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    1. Awww ... so nice of you to say, Val. Know you had a crappy start to your weekend last, and hope it got substantially better for you. Thank you for your very kind comments, and I'm really happy you felt like stopping by.
      Hope this week treats you much more as you deserve!
      (That means very well indeed!)
      J

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  19. These look awesome on you! I understand how you feel. You are pushing out of your comfort zone with the "printed jeans". I say, you should continue to push the envelope, because you look great. Love the pants and I love how you styled them with the top. :0)

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    1. Thank you Zalina! That's high praise from a tall-lovely like you! Thank you so much for dropping in ... you looked wonderful in that simple white shirt this week. I just CANNOT make a white shirt work.
      Have a fabulous week,
      J

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  20. Aloha Jan! I think you did well with these jeans! I am still a little on the fence on printed jeans but picked up a pair at J Crew this weekend. They have a smaller print and I think that will make it easier for me to wear. And the colors of the heels are perfect for these pants! Great look and can't wait to see how else you will be styling these jeans.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Aloha to you, Alice! Whoa. You got printed jeans, finally!? You aren't flummoxed by any style element I can think of, and I'd think you'd look grand in them with your figure! Can't wait ... promise to show them off when you figure out how you want to style them.
      Mahalo to you, specially for noting my little shoes ... they just don't get enough attention, 'cause they're lovely in real life.
      Have a great week, lady!

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  21. i do believe this is my ALL TIME FAVORITE outfit. It's happy, flattering, and full of fun memories. You paired those jeans perfectly with the purple on top and then those beautiful taupe heels. It's just perfect! And, thanks for making me laugh throughout your entire post, you are one funny gal.

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    1. Really? Well, thank you Trina! High praise from one of my taste icons! As you see, I really love this pair of heels. I've happily worn them with evening wear, tailored menswear, dresses and now jeans. I'll be sorry when I either wear them to pieces or ruin them with some disaster. They're not quite but almost like pets. They don't live long enough!
      So happy I make you smile ... it's my best operating mode!
      Have a delightful week, delightful Lady!

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  22. Gorgeous print on those pants, Jan. Don't you just love clothing items that conjures up such magical memories and pleasant mind associations and so thereby adds to the all over joy we feel when wearing it?

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    1. You have it just right, Lisa. The very best pieces in my wardrobe have memories attached. Invisible accessories that can make or break how I wear an outfit!
      Thank your for your sweet remarks. I'm always glad when you stop by.

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  23. Great jeans! I am constantly looking for birds, trees and foliage as inspiration for my paintings and here you are a walking one.. I love the way you teamed the jeans with the shoes...
    Sara

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    1. She's back! I've just been over to your place to catch up!
      Thank you for taking time to stop by, I know you're busy. I appreciate your lovely remarks!
      Have a wonderful week, world traveler!

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  24. Ohhh, how I love the tropical print on these floral jeans. Thanks for the fashion history lesson too. My hubby says I have a pair of shorts that look like some ugly curtains from the 70's. I happen to love them very much. Good memories of my childhood! LOVE those shoes too!

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    1. Hello, Lovely Alison! It's a cold day when Dan is brave enough to say anything negative about what I wear. I'm still a little surprised that I didn't take this comment amiss. I finally got my tulle skirt, and he only said it was "interesting". I'll make it work better for the fall. Here's your interesting right HERE, Dan. He's right, though, so I have some work to do.
      Thanks for sending some love to my shoes. They thank you, as do I.
      Have a great week, Our Alison!

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  25. I LOVE them on you!! Go wear them with pride. This may give me the confidence to go get my first pair of floral jeans too!! XX

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    1. Thank you, Claire! With your legs that go on for miles, I'm surprised you don't have some yet. You should!
      So happy you stopped by. Thanks so much for your very kind comments, and have a great week!

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  26. I adore the print, Jan - a tropical paradise! Looking like 1950s curtains is a total compliment, in my book, so well done Dan!
    The fuchsia top is a beautiful colour, and the shoes are most elegant, bet they work with all sorts of outfits. You look gorgeous.
    I don't know about trends, but I know about wearing what you love - and I love this look on you! xxxx

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    1. Thought you might like that print, Curtise. You're both right about the print, and I can't say I'm unhappy with your opinions!
      My problem with wearing what I love is that I'm an expensive wine girl with a box-wine pocket book. (The champagne version isn't quite true now that they make such great champs cheap enough to guzzle. That's my drink of choice for bad days in summer.)
      Thanks for sending some love to my bright outfit and favorite shoes.
      Have a lovely week, and I'm always tickled when you pop in.
      Big cyber-hugs, if you can take another one.
      J

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  27. The jeans look fab! Wish I could find something as good.

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    1. Thank you so much Norma! Is there a JCPenny near you? they have some much more understated and elegant prints than these, for those who are not ready to make the jump into loud pants!
      And, I noted an astonishing sale going on this week ... think it may be all stores!
      Thanks for stopping by, and for being inspiring!

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  28. Beautiful! I believe I saw these in the store, but with my ample thighs, I was too scared to try them on! I love your ready-for-summer look!

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    1. As you see, my thighs aren't slim. Trick here, of course, for curvaceous ones like you and me, is to cover a lot of the top part of the hip. Although, as I mentioned to someone else, the prettiest part of the print is just under the back belt loop! Sad, that.
      It gets sooooo hot and humid here, and I'll wear them at our restaurant where it gets even warmer. So, ready for summer, but with some trepidation!
      So happy you popped by! Thank your for your very kind comments.

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  29. Love the colors of the jeans. I keep thinking of a pair of jeans I had in the '80s, that were sort of a lighter blue faded floral pattern on blue jeans. I want those again!

    I agree, too, that trends have an unfairly bad rap!

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    1. Stay tuned, Wendy. I'm soon going to go on a mini-rant about anti-trendism. Hope you catch it.
      You know, I've seen light blue on denim a lot around lately. I'm sure similar pants that are just the right successors will jump out at you ...you should be wearing them now with your lovely figure!
      Thank your for your kind remarks, Wendy.
      I'm happy to see you stopping by to make note.
      Have a great, glamorous week!

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  30. Unlike my epic fail this week I love, love, love those pants! I would wear them in a New York minute. Yes, the pattern references "tropical tiki" but in the best sense and the colors are spectacular!

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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    1. Fail, really? Seems like just process of giving this little dress a job! You'll be the very best judge of this, of course.

      You know, one of the things I like best about your style sensibility is the questions you ask as much as the answers you give. You're something special, our Alicia.

      Go glad you stopped by, and I appreciate your very nice remarks.
      Have a spectacular week. You are due one.
      Big, squeezie, cyber-hugs, if you like them!
      J

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  31. I love those pants! They may be on trend right now, I certainly see lots of prints in the store, but I don't see many people actually wearing them, so sad. But here you are looking awesome in them! The fact that you have all these fantastic memories woven into them makes them even better. Love that drape comment. That would seal the deal for me too. LOL.
    PS I use Corel Paint Shop Pro for photo editing, relatively inexpensive PC software.

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    1. Hey Mel! I'm still a little surprised at myself that I didn't take umbrage at his innocent comment! Maybe I'm growing up a little at 64?
      Nah. Probably not.
      Thank you for the info on Paint Shop. Dropped you another note at your place on this subject.
      I got my degree in painting at Cornish in the Way-Back-Time, and I would have been all over CGA and digital painting back then. I don't remember the name of the artist, but he was a Seattle guy who did a very early show of digital images called "Postage Stamp World"(or something like that)when PCs were young.
      Thanks for stopping by, and I appreciate your kind remarks.

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  32. I don't think you need to worry that anyone would say something bad, not only because the bloggers in our sphere are very polite and friendly, but first of all because they are fancy and you look terrific in them! Have a brilliant week!

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    1. Nah... I didn't really think anyone would say anything rude. That was just me acting pitiful for effect. So glad you think they're fancy ... they are that! So kind of you to make such nice remarks.
      Hope you have a fabulous week as well. You're always so welcome here!
      J

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  33. EEk, LOVE em...off to JCP asap! :)
    hugs
    reva

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  34. You just delight me, Reva! Run like the wind, girl! Hope you find them there... they'd look so good on you. We can be twins again. It's a good thing I'm not insecure about a younger, thinner, taller woman wearing the same stuff! How could I be when you are so adorable! Please show them when you figure out how to style them!
    Thanks so much for popping in! You're always welcome at my place!
    J

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  35. Hi Jan, I love the deeply saturated hues on these pants. The print just pops against the white background. If printed pants are a trend, then I've been on the bandwagon for years. Why wear just one colour when you can wear several at the same time.

    Thanks also for the reminder that life is, in fact, better with a Mai Tai in hand. That and some ukelele tunes. Happy sigh.

    Sue xo

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    1. Hey, Sweetest Sue! You've been my fashion icon for some time and my inspiration for printed jeans! You looked so pretty again this week, and I'm always so glad when you stop by for a chat.
      Probably red wine for me these days, and some cool jazz instead of a Mai Tai and Don Ho, but I can remember, and that's great.
      Come back soon, and whenever you get the urge!
      J

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  36. Curtains? I love it!!! I'm happy just hearing you talk about how happy these jeans make you! I love clothes like that...the ones that make you think of good times. Debbie @ ilovemylemonadelife.com

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    1. All my favorites evoke some kind of memory, sometimes something so mundane as a pleasant color memory, or the like.
      Thanks so much for stopping by, and your nice comment.
      Looking forward to what you come up with next!

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  37. I tried on a pair of printed pants today. I wonder who inspired me? Hmmm....

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    1. I'm not taking credit until you actually buy some!
      J

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  38. i just love them..you look so lovely and the shape of the shoes are fabulous. thank you so much for your beautiful comment over at my place...it has to be the nicest thing anybody has ever said to me and i confess to a little tear over breakfast xxxx

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    1. I was cruising around a little this AM at your place and showed pictures of you, the kids and your work to my huz. He agrees.
      There are so many myths about an artistic life. Have to live in a garret, must have the muse present to create ... etc. You remind me that keeping at it, doing it every day, hot cold, sick or well, kids awake or asleep, is the way art is made.
      You have an astonishing sensibility, and I hope you continue and get however much recognition you wish.
      All the motion ... I love your work so much, Jane.
      The older you get, the more you'll appreciate your kind of beauty. Not just the "internal beauty" that everyone is so fond of (although I'm sure your inside is just dandy.) You have a singular kind of beauty ... I'd cast you as Kathy in Wuthering Heights any day. I think many women don't get it acknowledged enough, as they should.
      Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments. You're welcome any time.
      J



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  39. Hi there-you so rock these printed pants and I adore Hawaii vibrant prints, the more vivid the better! Love those shoes too, you really look lovely! Hope you're well and have a great week xxx

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    1. Hello, Sharon! So sweet, thank you for the kind words. These pants are undeniably vivid! I'm probably going to wear both shoes and jeans out this summer ... they go with a surprising number of other pieces!
      So glad you stopped by,
      and I wish you an absolutely amazing week!

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  40. You look amazing!! I LOVE the pants!!!!
    Becky :)

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    1. Thank you, Becky! Now that I think of it, I can see that these might be right up your alley. I appreciate you kind comment, and am happy you stopped by!

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  41. Those printed jeans are fabulous on you!

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    1. Thank you, Emalina. For your nice comment, and for dropping in.
      Come by any time.

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  42. I love the pants. You need a giant solid color sunhat!

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  43. I think they are fun!

    Oddly, they remind me of these pale green-and-blue paisley khakis I bought at the end of law school. My boyfriend at the time HATED them... but I adored them!

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  44. I've been enjoying your printed trousers series! I too can't get enough of them. And I love these ones on you! I'm totally feeling the hammock under the palm trees, sipping a pina colada watching the waves roll in over white sand. All good thoughts! Love your take on trends - I couldn't agree more - it's never a bad thing to try something new - such actions are credited with creating new pathways and connections in the brain, while relying on tried and true routines and habit can reduce our flexibility and ability to learn new tricks. I'm sure thinking up new combos of wearing a new trend counts as brain therapy*!

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