fall Life Memoirs

Wait for it Wednesday: Fall Fashion Preview!

Ever since I was a preteen I have loved looking at models in fashion magazines.  In sixth grade I fell in love with the Partridge Family and David Cassidy, of course, but when I found out that Susan Dey, who played the older sister on the show, was also a model, I saved up my small allowance and bought a Seventeen magazine with her photo on the cover.  I even noticed the ads in Archies comic books for models and wished I could have flown to New York to try my luck. I was small for my age, and when I stopped growing at 5’2″ I realized that my dream of becoming a model would probably never happen.
So my love of science and literature and writing took over.  However, one thing remains–my giddy anticipation of the fall fashion magazines.  Not that I could ever afford most of the clothing pictured, but I could see how outfits were put together, color schemes, types of shoes and bags, etc., etc.  It just made the dog days of August a bit more bearable as I dreamed of cooler weather with clothes that covered more of my fair white body. Today the giddy returned.  Decades later, I still felt the same excitement when the Fall Fashion issues of InStyle and Marie Claire arrived in the mail.  I couldn’t wait to plop down and pour over the photos of fashion trends and outfits.  Such a treat to find out that short boots are all the rage, and that feathers, fur, and fringe are what to wear this upcoming fall season. 
I could do like everyone else and hit the malls, but oh no, I accept the far greater challenge of finding outfit pieces at thrift stores.  What a triumph it will be when I put together an outfit worthy of the pages of InStyle on a fraction of the cost others will pay.  And maybe I will post photos on here!  Stay tuned. . .

RANDOM FRIDAY: No Electronics!

We got a lot of rain yesterday–rain along with thunder and lightning and much cooler temperatures.  It is SO welcome after a long hot summer, which really was not near as hot as last summer, but hot enough.  But this week the Lord blessed us with a slow moving cold front and there is another on its heels.  You can actually feel a hint of fall in the air.  It makes you want to start pulling out your sweaters and boots, even if you can’t wear them yet.

Except I did.  Since there was a good chance of more rain today, I pulled a pair of boots out of the vintage suitcase I store all my boots in, and I actually wore them.  I admit I did get a little warm this afternoon but I loved wearing those boots with a cute little dress and black footless tights.  Fall and winter clothes are my favorite–I can hardly wait to start adding layers!
But there was one drawback to the weather last night.  Apparently the rain fell so heavily that my satellite dish couldn’t pick up the signal so our television went black for at least a half hour.  That would have been fine, but the internet stopped working, too.    You lucky people who get Suddenlink or some other bundled service won’t understand, but we connect to the internet through an antenna that receives a signal from a tower in a small town about eight miles away.  Apparently the weather was blocking that signal as well.  
At least the lights stayed on, which in itself is a miracle.  When I was a kid living next door, our power would go off every time we had a thunderstorm.  And out here where we live, our water goes off as well because we have well water brought out of the ground by an electric pump.  Let me hear it for you country folks out there who know what I’m talking about!
But I digress.  No TV and no internet provided me with the perfect opportunity to start one of my wedding projects.  I won’t post a photo until Cheap Wedding Wednesday but I will tell you that my fingers are raw from cutting and tying burlap, tulle, and cotton strips!  My project turned out great!  Stay tuned. . .

Does this girl have style or what?

Age 12 and my niece has developed her own sense of style.  Over a pair of white bermuda shorts she wore a white tank under a tiered sundress and topped the whole ensemble with a white sweater.