Monday, April 7, 2014

Just Showing Up


"80 percent of success is showing up."

This wisdom is attributed to Woody Allen and that's how he remembers saying it, although he's often credited with saying "80 percent of life is showing up." And whether it's applied to life or success, there are a lot of variations on the idea:

"Showing up is not all of life - but it counts for a lot."
--Hillary Clinton

"Most of life is showing up. You do the best you can, which varies from day to day."
--Regina Brett

( I include this personal snarky-fun favorite that I apply politically, although I'd certainly never apply it to our blogging process... )
"Showing up every day isn't enough. There are a lot of guys who show up every day who shouldn't have showed up at all."
--James Caan

However, I would absolutely apply this next very perceptive variation to style/fashion bloggers of all ages, especially those over 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and beyond;

"Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen. It's tough to do that when we're terrified about what people might see or think."
--Brene Brown

This post is dedicated to the always fabulous Patti and her constantly evolving blog Not Dead Yet Style, where she offers us a safe space to show up at her biweekly Visible Monday link-up. She sets the tone with her own welcoming and kind comments, and her openness to all kinds of inspiration. By devoting her time and energy to this project, she has given us all a place to say our say, show off our best, pose questions, provoke thought and give and receive encouragement. Here at Patti's, we can meet a grand diversity of invariably interesting women. To a woman, we are malcontents about staying in the cultural, social and political backwaters to which the traditional powers of our society have always been all too happy to relegate us as we age. Visible Monday is a great venue that plays its part in a needed, positive social evolution. Patti's efforts change lives. Because of Patti, I now have more than a passing acquaintance with women all over the world, and they have each become vital elements of inspiration and information in my life that I could have not imagined even 10 years ago. This is a special thank you for all your devotion to Visible Monday, Patti. My life is so much better because of your project, and I know I'm not alone in this.
I hope you never doubt its value.

So, even though I'm pretty much just showing up this week, dressed in yet another iteration of my blazer, skinnies and heels uniform, I'm glad and honored to be with the rest of you who bother to get it together and show up and show out just a little or a lot.

We rock. All of us. And especially Patti. 





It was drizzly and chilly when this was taken, and all my outfit plans were reassigned to a another, nicer Sunday.   (Waaa.) Right after this was taken, I went back inside to grab my raincoat and ran off to the Big City with Dan.  The outfit is remarkable only because of my color defiance of the crappy gray skies.  I wore a few brights in my silky-ish Asian-inspired tunic by Kenneth Cole.  And the pumps are Vince Camuto.  I figured if my plans for wearing cute sandals was weather squashed, I'd at least stomp through the puddles in a cool but closed-toe shoe with some character.  I drop these brand names because, although it must seem so, not everything I wear is from Target.  Most, I admit, but not all.

Just sayin'.


89 comments:

  1. +1 on your praises for Patti's Visible Monday! I absolutely believe that she fosters courage in all of us by giving us a place to "show up" to.
    You look wonderful, Jan, no apologies needed for such a lovely outfit that is quite remarkable in it's chicness. It's Spring for grownups, and I like it very much!


    Alicia
    Spashionista.com

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  2. Really beautiful outfit, Jan!
    I love Patti's blog more as time goes by. The older I get, the more I realize how easy it is to slowly disappear from view (whether by choice or not) and Patti's blog is a perfect reminder to stop that. She does some amazing things on her blog.

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  3. You are so right about Patti and her Visible Monday project. I am new to participating but have been quietly lurking for awhile. I am particularly pondering the theme of showing up today as a friend who was supposed to visit and for whom I have prepared has made no contact with me whatsoever at this point. It frustrates me when people do that. Grrr!
    Love your weather defying shoes and I hope you are stomping gloriously through those puddles.
    xo

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  4. As usual, you´re the witty, smart and funny fashionista that I´ve always admired and yes to Patti and Visible Monday! She´s such a sweet lady oozing with lots of positivity. :)


    http://dressingupforme.blogspot.com/

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  5. So, even though I'm pretty much just showing up this week, dressed in yet another iteration of my blazer, skinnies and heels uniform, I'm glad and honored to be with the rest of you who bother to get it together and show up and show out just a little or a lot. http://qr.net/stx3

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  6. Tamera Ferguson WolfeApril 7, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    I have discovered so many fab gals thru Visible Monday!!! Patti has given us such a wonderful forum!!
    You look smashing for splashing in puddles!!!

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  7. Patti_NotDeadYetStyleApril 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Ah Jan, thank you so much. I am choked up, and full of gratitude for your remarks. We are all continuing to "show up", and that does count for a lot, doesn't it? And, you look chic and lovely as ever, and keep wearing those heels (for me, who can't!). You're a Visible Beauty.

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  8. Love those peppy shoes. Take THAT, grey skies!!

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  9. What a fine tribute to our Patti, she's been like a virtual matchmaker forging friendships across the net with women we'd never have met otherwise. I always try and check in before bed on a Monday just to see whether you've posted and I've timed it just right.
    Boo to grey skies - same here! Hope those sassy red shoes bring out the sunshine. Have a great week! xxxx

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  10. You are so right about Patti! What a stirring and heartfelt ode, which is well and truly deserved. I love linking up and catching up with what people are wearing - especially those in my age bracket and above :) It does make me feel included!

    Love the pops of colour in this outfit - you always have such great shoes! I salute your use of colour in gray skies - I'm usually reaching for the layers of black in such weather!

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  11. Perfectly put prose about Patti. I couldn't agree more about the impact she has had on me, my blogging, dressing, etc., etc. Will you be my ghost-writer? You do look hot to trot with those red stilettos that you call pumps. You go girl.

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  12. PinkCheetahVintageApril 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Looking very sharp! Patti is the best :)

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  13. Debbie Baker BurnsApril 7, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Lovely thoughtful post and a wonderful tribute to Patti. There are so many perks to blogging, making friends, gaining confidence, figuring out your style to name a few. I've loved Visible Monday from the start. It's got such a good idea behind it. And I like that no matter our age, we've all got a place here in the blogworld. I missed your kind comments when I took a blogging break and I had you on my mind since I started back. And I love those bright colors for a rainy day...excellent choice! Debbie @ ilovemylemonadelife.com

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  14. lifestyleover40.comApril 7, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    I am also linking up with Patti on a regular basis and am very grateful for the opportunity she provides, to show my outfits and meet lovely ladies.Thank you Jan for acknowledging this on our behalf. I love your outfit especially the pop of red in the top and the shoes. Sara

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  15. HappinessatmidlifeApril 8, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    What a nice tribute to Patti! I have met so many wonderful ladies through Visible Monday. Bummer about the rain but this is a great outfit. The colors of your top are wonderful and the heels add that perfect touch to highlight those fabulous colors.


    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  16. Jan , you have expressed so eloquently what we feel about Patti and Visible Monday, the space to meet women of all ages and nationalities and share a little of ourselves .
    You are extremely chic in this outfit, certainly not boring and those great shoes ....

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  17. Debbie StinedurfApril 8, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    Such kind words about Patti...and so true. I'm really diggin' those pumps, they scream "fun"! You look gorgeously pulled together...as always.
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  18. That means I should show up.... :)
    Such a nice tribute to Patti and Visible Monday. And you dear are the best, always so kind and good and seeing the best in others.
    You look very chic and the pop of red given by the shoes is so great with the colours of your top.
    Love and blessings your way
    xoxo

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  19. You're right, there's nothing like some color to brighten a rainy day! Love it! :)

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  20. Mrs_Jack_of_all_tradesApril 8, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Patti is a doll! her Visible Monday link up is so popular that it takes me literally 2 days to visit most of the blogs participating! And you, my dear.. you are a 'force' reckon with too.. fantastic blog and always a great read :) Love the pop of red!


    Mrs Jack Of All Trades
    www.mjoat.com

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  21. Haha.. I laughed over your last lines.. Funny!
    Your outfit is ace (is that a right expression?), meaning I love it. You describe it as a uniform, but we just see different outfits all the time. Same happened with my coated skinnies. I keep showing them over and over again (and worrying about that). One reader thought she had never seen them before while she had commented on them four times.. Just saying, we readers, need the variety and mixing and matching just as much as new clothes.
    As for Patti... her initiative has grown so much, which proves there is a need for it. Saying a big thank you to Patti.
    Greetje
    Fantastic shoes! Fantastic tunic. You can send them to me if you get bored with them. Oh no, on second thought, don't send the tunic. It would show too much of my wrinkled skin. Have you noticed I wear my tops quite high near my face? That is why. That is life. I deal with it.

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  22. HappinessatmidlifeApril 8, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Hi Jan - I finished The Thoughtful Dresser and wanted to know who I should be sending the book to next. Please send the name/address to me at happinessatmidlife@gmail.com.


    Thank you for sharing the book - it was an interesting read. Not a book I would've picked up normally and now I will need to do some research and see Christian Dior's first collection.


    Alice

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  23. Yes, Patti does a fabulous job of hosting Visible Monday; she offers space on her blog and her time so generously, going around to visit and comment on every single participant (I wish I could say that every participant returns the courtesy, but they don't seem too... Yep, I get cross about that!)
    Oh look at you in your Jan uniform! I love it! It's you, it's chic, it suits you perfectly, and the splashes of red/orange are delightful. Jan and Dan in the Big City - hope you kids had fun! xxx

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  24. Interesting post, I gotta check out Visible Monday. And I really love the pops of colour in your outfit!

    Sincerely,

    Sabrina

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  25. Lovely what you wrote about Patti of Not Dead Yet Style. That's where I met you. The colors in your tunic with the color in the pumps is vibrant and gorgeous.

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  26. You are so right about Patti. Visible Monday was my introduction to most of the bloggers I know now - and where would I be without them! Three cheers for Patti!

    You look fantastic! I love those shoes. They're gonna stop traffic! And that tunic looks gorgeous - you'll need to show us more of that next time you wear it.

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  27. What a lovely way to show your appreciation of what Patti is doing. I look forward to Visible Monday link-ups every fortnight. It's great. Loving your outfit, esp the heels!

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  28. Dawn @ AlterEgoFashionistaApril 8, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your color defiance - you go girl! You look so pretty and bright that it's hard to imagine that it was dreary outside! I agree with you...Patti has opened doors for me through Visible Monday, as well, and I am also thankful for her commitment to it and to the feisty women who participate!

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  29. Thanks for giving Patti such a wonderful tribute! She deserves it and I couldnt agree more! Xoxo

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  30. Cool pumps and the tunic! You look wonderful, as usual. Yes, I agree, Patti is wonderful: her comments are very encouraging and kind.
    Hopefully, the weather will be warm and pleasant in your area soon!

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  31. So, even though I'm pretty much just showing up this week, dressed in yet another iteration of my blazer, skinnies and heels uniform, I'm glad and honored to be with the rest of you who bother to get it together and show up and show out just a little or a lot. http://qr.net/tr4Y

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  32. This is SO great, Jan!

    I’ve chosen this to be one of my “What I Love” looks for this week. I hope you'll keep an eye out on my blog today.

    Terry

    http://terrystwocents.tumblr.com

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  33. You are so wonderful and so right about Patti and everything here, really! Patti does an amazing job, so generously. How we would even all find each other of not for her amazing parties? I was told about Visible Monday by Ann Wood, and so happy that I took her advice! Thank you, Ann! Thank you, Patti! And thank you, Jan, for expressing your gratitude in such a touching, beautiful way, which I am sure so many of us feel. You are such a talented writer!


    Love your look - pops of bright colors on black background always look very artistic to me. You look gorgeous, and your hair is beautiful, as always! :)

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  34. Okay, buddy. As if there was ever any doubt that you wouldn't get this. Pop on over to my blog when you get the chance. No obligation to do anything; just know you're appreciated!
    http://myclosetcatalogue.com/2014/04/12/wit-wonderful-team-member-readership/

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  35. Your words makes me curious...I think I have already heard about the Visible Monday , but probably I am one of the few bloggers who doesn't exactly know what it is....
    your tribute to Patti's job is touching...
    p.s.
    Very beautiful tunic and wonderful shoes, I love your blog! ( but for me ... a bit hard to understand! I always read your posts twice... to be sure I have understood!!)

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  36. Your tribute to Patti is lovely and so true! She is so kind and fabulous!!!
    I also love your outfit!!! It is so stylish!!! You look neat and daddy and those shoes are brilliant!!! X

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  37. I don't think I would have met most of "bloggy friends" without Patty - cheers to her along with all of you in your tribute!!!
    And hip hip hooray for Target! Having come from a small town that consisted of Old Navy and Target as the bedrocks of fashion, thank goodness for having somewhere to go to get our fashion fix. And I love seeing how you style your finds in your own unique way each week - you have impeccable taste and generous spirit which comes through every week. I always look forward to a big smile when I'm here :)
    xo ~kim (and chloe)

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  38. Thanks, Alicia! Glad it worked ... it feels like that's what I wear the most these days, but this extended "transition" weather is letting me wear my jackets longer than usual. And that's all good! So happy you liked the post, and so glad I met you through Patti!
    (I'll be late with this weeks post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  39. So glad you've joined us ... it's addictive, as you're finding out. Glad to have met you through VM. I hate it that your friend didn't show up ... hope all is well by now, and that you've heard from her!

    (I'll be late with this weeks post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  40. Thank you, Bella ... glad you dropped by!

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  41. Awwwh. I'm so happy and flattered that you like to read what I write and it gives you some fun. So happy I met you via VM !

    (I'll be late with this weeks post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  42. I hope you're feeling better and are able to make like a duck yourself soon! I met you through Patti's VM, and am so glad I did! Thank you!

    (I'll be late with this weeks post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  43. Dang. I gotta butter you up more often! Seriously, glad you liked my post. I just wanted to make sure you got a taste of just how much generosity like yours means to us. Me especially.

    (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  44. Thank you, Pseu! Always happy when you pop in. You're one of the people that I met through Patti's VM, and will be forever glad I did!

    (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  45. Glad you liked it Vix! She's just the best, and I'm not the first, nor will I be the last to say so. It's gray and rainy again today, and I don't mind the rain on my pasture, but I don't want a freeze. It was fun to wear those shoes. They're among my favorites.

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  46. Thanks, V. Glad you agree. I often feel the isolation here, and I look forward to Vis Mon a lot. Black: I was going for black (out of a sense of defeat) but pulled out the top and shoes at the last minute, just 'cause I NEEDED and WANTED a little, tiny bit of spring.

    So I made one!

    (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  47. They're not pumps? Who knew? But I like them even though I think the color at the bottom of my look sort of overwhelms and makes me look "teetery." Thanks, though, and I'm glad you liked my Patti-party. VM is sometimes the best thing of my week! I wouldn't have met people like you without her, and you've helped me see sewing as a completely creative endeavor rather than a household skill. I'll never design as independenly as you, but I can assert some creative control of my big-boxy wardrobe even with patterns!

    You don't need a ghost-writer! Your posts are always fascinating!

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  48. So sweet of you Jean ... it's nothing new, that outfit, but I'm glad it worth a showing. Just wear your pointies with your boho ... takes boho to a "sharper" level, I'll bet! This year with all the pointy toed flats and mid-heels you ought to have a blast with changing up your look. Not that it needs it, but it seems like a natural evolution to me! Of course you can walk in them ... just one foot in front of the other, then repeat!

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  49. Glad you agree with me about the Power of Patti. She's an ace, and she's helped introduce so many of us. What a nice thing to do to assign me those virtues, Maricel, but I can't claim them. Patti's influence keeps me on the sweet and low, otherwise I'm pretty much a garden variety cow. I need structure! Seriously, thanks so much for reading and enjoying!

    (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  50. Love it Jan! Since I can rarely bother to show up at all, it was a nice reminder to pick myself up and get back to it! ;o) You look amazing, and you could wear that blazer every day and I would still love it.
    xo

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  51. Thanks, Monica. So nice, and I hope you had some fun looking at old posts. I aim to entertain. And I stowed your blog addy on my Amazing Blogger list so I don't miss one. You have a great sense of style, and there's a sense of fun that really appeals. And it's great to see another woman work her curves. Yours are younger, but I'm an old dog still looking for new tricks to handle the "boobage", as it is known around these parts.
    See? Patti brings together like minds and body types!

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  52. Thanks, Becky. Patti really is the best, and it's good to say so sometimes.

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  53. I'm glad to see you're back, Debbie. Just as soon as I finish this note, I'm putting your addy on my Amazing Blogs list ... it's how I'm trying to keep up with everyone.

    Patti's efforts and the resulting new friends I've made have changed my life in great ways. Can't thank her enough, really!

    Thanks so much, Debbie! (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  54. Neat! I've always wanted someone to tell me I look fly! I really have enjoyed meeting so many brilliant women ... you included! There's so much diversity of taste and style and sensibility. So many ways to face a challenge, or an issue, or a style frustration. All because of Patti.
    Thank you for all, Glenda. Glad you stopped by.

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  55. Hey, Connie! Yup, we all love the glue that holds us together ... uh ... we love Patti, anyway, and all the things she does for us! So sweet of you to say such nice things, C.

    (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  56. Thanks, Ann. I only have these and a pair of boots by them. They tend to be a bit pricey for me, but they gave the heels to me because the boots had a defect that I had to pay to have repaired. Not only do they make great shoes, they have lovely customer relations!

    I have to thank Patti for knowing you ... so that was wonderful!

    (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  57. Thank you, Sara ... hope you are traveling safely and that you're having fun. I'm keeping an eye out for your travel pics!

    Can't do without Patti, and her Vis Monday linkup.

    (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  58. Thank you, Olga. I might never have found your amazing blog without Patti. So glad I did!

    (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  59. Haven't we met some great women? Glad you like my outfit ... kind of a plea for real spring!

    Thank you, Alice ... always a pleasure when you stop by. (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  60. Thank you, Jill. I've only recently discovered your blog, and I'm already addicted. I have Patti to thank, of course. So glad you liked my outfit ... and the shoes are not dull, are they.(I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  61. Hey, Debbie. I'm still thinking about the color of that sparkly, rosy top of yours. The pumps are pretty loud, and glad you think I'm together ( insane laughter ensues ...) So glad we met.

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  62. Seeker! Hope you are feeling better ... I may not make this week's Tres Chic Bits, but I'm thinking about you! Glad you like my outfit, and I thank you for your sweet message.

    (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  63. No kidding! I'm really needing some sun as was gray all day, rainy and with a freeze warning tonight! (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  64. Isn't she? I'd never have stumbled on your blog if it wasn't for Patti, and I'm so glad I did. I'm so far behind, that I just finished getting to last Monday's VM comments today. Been a busy weekend, and I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!
    Thanks for your very kind comments, Mrs. C ... so glad you stopped by.

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  65. I know I got it right if you get a laugh. So glad you have a sense of humor, Greetje! I might not have met you and your great blog (love your tours!) without our Patti. Glad you like my sort of desperate outfit. (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  66. I'll try to get that to you, ASAP ... good to send addys privately. Gotta go look it up! I'm so happy you liked the book. I love stuff like this!

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  67. If I'd never met Patti, I'd never met you and all the other really interesting women that I have. My life is much better for her efforts on our behalf. I'm surprised, too, when people don't thank her or acknowledge her blog, as she is religious about dropping by each participant's site. I'm always last, or almost, but it's there!
    So glad you like my uniform! I won't be able to wear blazers much longer, so I'm happy to wear them when I can. I like the look, and I'm happy you think it works for me! (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  68. Thank you, Sabrina! Visible Monday is lots of fun for everyone who participates, and it's a great way to expand community! Join us sometime. Thank you for dropping by. I'm happy to meet you.

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  69. Yup ... you're one of the sweetest bloggers I could hope to meet, and it wouldn't have happened without Patti. I'm so happy you like my Rain-Rain-Go-Away Outfit. (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  70. Hey, Val! So glad that I met you via VisMon. Patti is clearly a mover and shaker!

    Thank you for saying such nice things about my outfit, especially my LOUD shoes. Didn't stop traffic, but they work a treat for puddle stomping!

    I'll definitely be wearing that tunic as summer comes on, so you'll see it at least once!

    (I'll be late with this week's post, but stay tuned ... I had fun to tell you all about!)

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  71. Thank you, Elsie. We do share a love of pretty shoes!

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  72. Thank you, Dawn. Hope your foot is better! Glad you liked my post, and I appreciate all your kind words and thoughts. See you soon!

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  73. Very kind of you that you took the time and found the right words to thank Pattie on our behalf, too. When I started blogging I couldn't imagine that it would something so much more than clothes. Your pumps really make this outfit!

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  74. Thanks, Paula! She's a star, isn't she! Miss you, kid, but glad you're working on projects!

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  75. Thank you, Okasna, so much. It was miserable here on Sunday ... big rain storms and when we got home the power was out! Came on early Monday AM. It's sunny but cool today. Looks like transitional outfits for a few more days, anyway!

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  76. This post gave me such a smile--I love your kind words about Patti and her link up, I'm sure she much be so happy to see them!

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  77. Thank you, Darlene! No, nothing wrong ... I just usually can't brag much as most of my outfits are Big Box, but I get the occasional decent thing at TJ Maxx. Not much shopping here!
    I'm compiling that list pretty carefully so I can better keep up with my favorite blogs. I'm lazy about Google + and I hope that you'll get additional exposure, too! I've recently discovered that if I list them by "most recently updated" I don't miss so many.

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  78. Thank you, again, Terry! Just thought of it ... I need to run over and link to your blog in my current post from today. Will go do it ASAP. You've so kind. You really, really should drop by on Visible Monday ... you'd have fun. The next is April 21st.

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  79. Wow! From you, Natalia, those are very high complements! Thank you so much. Patti has helped my blogging life in so many ways, and now my real life. I just had a meet up with Trina from Tea Time with Trina ( on my post of 4/15 ... I'm so behind!) and had a wonderful time. We're pretty isolated here, and I had a great time with real people! And Ann is the best, isn't she? Really supportive, and such a beauty!

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  80. Thank you again, kiddo. Am more than happy to adopt you. I'm so grateful for the thought, and the instant blog topic for next week! Such a great idea, and right up my alley. You, of course, just rock the joint! Always.

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  81. Dan, darling, you would love Patti's get together. She opens up her blog space for us on alternate Mondays (the next will be on April 21st) and we just post a thumbnail from our current blog and a link to it (there's a tool, right on the page that is very easy to use ... just a couple of clicks and you're done.)

    Here's a link to last week's (closed) Visible Monday. You can click on any of the thumbnails and go right to that lady's blog.

    http://notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.com/2014/04/visible-monday-127-happy-blues.html

    Next Sunday evening 4/20 (Eastern time-zone, here in the US) Patti will post and open the Visible Monday link-up. Find it here after she posts it:

    http://notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.com/

    From then until late Tuesday night sometime, you can add your post. She's appreciate it if we all put a link somewhere on our blogs to hers. Nice too, to drop her a comment about her outfit! Easy! And so much fun ... I've met dozens of great women from all over the world! You should be right at home.

    Thank you so much for your kind remarks! I don't do a huge number of pictures, and I am so flattered that you take the time to read my blog thoroughly! I don't even speak a second language, and I'm always thrilled when you have enjoyed what I write.


    Hope to see you at Visible Monday, Dan!

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  82. Thanks, Kezzie! Her efforts have meant so much to me. So glad you got a kick out of my blog, and liked the outfit.

    You said: "You look neat and daddy and (...)" What does "daddy" mean? A typo of "dandy" or is it some cool UK slang I need to know? I learn a lot from Vix and Curtise ... always going to look words up in urban/slang dictionaries!

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  83. Me either. Patti is responsible for a lot of happy hours for me. And now that I've met Trina (see my 4/15 post for that!) she's touched my real life. Pretty isolated here, and I'm in touch with women world wide via her link-up.
    Thank you, Kim, for your astonishing compliments ... my taste is often questionable. I post a lot of it ( stupidly, sometimes !) to run it up the flagpole, as it were. Glad you like it, though. That means lots to me! And I do try to entertain, so I'm glad that works sometimes as well! You rock. I just love how you handle the "boobage" ... you're my role model there!

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  84. Isn't she just!? I'm so far behind ... but because I've listed my favorite blogs to read in order of most recently updated, I can actually see that I need to go read a new one of yours! I hope to not miss so many as I usual do! Glad you liked my Patti-party. Also glad you liked my uniform ... you are another that varies a theme really well. You get it! And it's going to be so hot here soon that I won't be able to wear my blazers at all, so I'm focused on them!
    So glad you're back.

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  85. Thank you, Angie! Patti has just made my life so much better on a couple of levels. Glad you liked my shoes. They are comfortable and work pretty hard visually, don't they?

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  86. I hope she pops by to see how many people echo my thanks. She really has provided a much improved social life for me. I live in a very rural area, and don't have a huge number of friends here. She's a lifesaver. Thanks for stopping by, Rachel!

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  87. I've been popping by since Monday, but haven't been able to find any links to it. Is it too late?

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  88. Hmmmm. Rats. It closes late on Tuesday night, but there's another on May 5th. She opens it Sunday night. Here's the direct link for the current one, followed by Patti's home page link.

    http://notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.com/2014/04/visible-monday-128-wear-your-best-colors.html

    http://notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.com/



    It's rolled on to her more recent posts, but if you bookmark this second one, you'll see the VM show up after 5:00 on Sunday night. There's always a link on my page, but I'm often late to the party on Monday night or even Tuesday pm.


    Let me if you can't find it ... we'd love to see you there. It was pretty big this time, over 100 participating. Lots to see and think about.

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