tuesday, mr. president



Plaid, houndstooth, and herringbone is in, and that’s a good thing. 

They’re classics for a reason. A good blazer made of any of them will last a lifetime and longer. However, there’s sometimes confusion about which is which, especially the houndstooth and the herringbone. 

Plaid, is probably the most familiar, it’s basically squares. The squares can be large or small, a uniform size or not. One of the “classic plaids,” is tartan. 


This is black watch tartan, and it’s one of my favorites because it has a lot of black in it, of course. I think a kilt style, pleated skirt with this would be heaven. Here’s a brief description of what tartan is from Wikipedia, because I didn’t trust…

myself to accurately explain.

Tartan (Scottish Gaelic: breacan [ˈbɾʲɛxkən]) is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns. Tartan is often called plaid in North America, but in Scotland, a plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory, or a plain ordinary blanket such as one would have on a bed.


Another classic, is the Burberry tartan, and here it’s lining the very classic Burberry trench coat. The Burberry tartan is one of the most frequently counterfeited styles in fashion. In New York, in the Winter time, there are knock-off scarves on every street corner.

Although I love trench coats, especially this one, I don’t think they suit me. Even though I’m not that small, and I don’t necessarily think small would disqualify anyone from wearing a trench coat, I feel swallowed up in it.  

If you’d like to read an excellent post on trench coats, go here to Style At A Certain Age


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Pamela Love jewelry, became the IT girl brand a few years ago. I don’t think there was a blogger who didn’t do a post about her and her eponymous brand. I didn’t, because it really wasn’t my thing. While I respected the creativity, most of what she did was just too small and “precious” for me.

The kind of earrings that you need a microscope to see, are not my thing.

And actually, either are earrings the size of saucers! I fall somewhere between under and overwhelm. But when I saw these lapis earrings, I fell pretty hard. Even though I’m not crazy about blue in a lot of other things, I’ve always loved the classic look of lapis and gold jewelry.

These colors have always represented royalty. 


Click on the pictures to go to Pamela Love.


I admit to a considerable amount of despair today. I listened to the President’s address at the United Nations. Two thoughts, Mr. President.  

My parents were refugees during the last war and they were given aid by UNRRA, the precursor to the United Nations. At a time of crisis, the United States worked with 44 other countries to established UNRRA.

Now what Mr. President? Now, during this time of crisis, keep the refugees, we don’t want them?

The United States should be proud to host the United Nations, and just like any other wealthy host, we should be paying more for the privilege of hosting.

It’s across the street from a Trump “tower,” and you have benefited yourself from its existence! 

What’s bugging you?


P.S. To see some more, really lovely plaids, go here.


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