Posts Tagged ‘Culture and Cuisine Club’

Why Not… Write a Letter?

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

I love to send handwritten notecards.

Why Not? Two little words with limitless possibilities.

The other day I was rooting through a drawer in search of a pair of earrings (I admit I am obsessed with earrings) and I came across a dogeared journal. I sat down on the floor and ran my hand over the leather binding. I had forgotten I had it. Life gets busy and years slip by quickly. Inside were the scribbles of a young woman, a few sweet attempts at poetry, and a section where she outlined simple hopes and dreams for her future.

Another time, a stack of cards revealed personal notes from relatives long gone. Their words of encouragement and love were a precious reminder of how many people have come and gone in my life.

When is the last time you wrote a letter? Our fast-paced society celebrates our new-found ability to communicate in 140 characters or less. But this month, I am challenging myself to write more than a burst of brilliance to be gobbled up on social media. Instead, I will write a letter to someone who has touched my life.

You can take this joyful exercise even further, and a journal is a wonderful way to leave a lasting gift. If you are a parent, your handwritten thoughts will one day be precious to your child, the same way my mother’s journal is precious to me.

Click on the picture above to check out the beautiful notecards available on Amazon. And the journal below is just one example of the many choices. I wish you great inspiration as you create a lasting memory for someone who has touched your life. Why Not?

P.S. Happy birthday, Mom.

Why Not… Savor Sweet Strawberries

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

What is the best thing about a Florida winter?

Yes, the weather dips way down into the forties at night. Five times. During the day we suffer through the sixties, seventies, and maybe a couple of days we’ll hit the eighties. Blue skies and palm trees and cocktails by the pool. Winter is grand.

What really makes a Florida winter sublime? The strawberries from Plant City. For your reading and eating pleasure, here is a short story and a family recipe I will share with you.

Shortly after hubby and I became engaged I was invited to visit his grandmother “Grammy” in Florida. I brought my mother with me, and when we arrived at her beautifully appointed home in Lakeland the mouth-watering smell of dinner almost knocked me over. After two helpings of a scrumptious pot roast, we cleared the table and she presented dessert.

“The third crop of strawberries is the best,” she said. “These are only the second. I hope you like it. I call it Strawberry Glacé Pie.”

Like it? I’m a pie girl. I stared at this layered creation of perfectly sliced strawberries topped with Cool Whip. (Grampy had worked for Swift’s, so only company products entered their home.) Somewhere in my stuffed stomach I found room for not one, but two slices of pie. Past pie encounters receded in my mind… This was and still is the best piece of pie I have ever eaten. After we washed and dried her Havilland china I took a long and necessary walk.

Grammy was an amazing cook. She was raised on a farm in Missouri, and she knew how to do anything that would make a house a home. I believe she would be happy to know that her recipe is still honoring the bounty of Plant City strawberries we are lucky to eat picked fresh from the field.

 

Grammy’s Strawberry Glacé Pie

Ingredients:

1 – 9 inch baked pie shell, 1 cup sugar, 2 quarts fresh Plant City strawberries, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, ½ cup water, whipping cream

Method:

Rinse the strawberries thoroughly. Crush enough berries to make 1¼ cups of juice. Slice the remaining berries lengthwise, removing the green stems. Combine sugar and cornstarch in saucepan. Add crushed berries and water. Cook stirring constantly, and add lemon juice. Continue cooking until it thickens. Arrange sliced berries in piecrust. I go in a circle from the outside ending in the center. Pour glacé over the berries. Chill thoroughly and serve with whipped cream.

Grammy’s advice: It is best when prepared the night before so the sugar can sink into the berries below the glacé and the pie will hold together better.

 

Exciting business news — now you can shop with me online! I have been given a secure mobile number that interacts with Nordstrom.com through an app we call TextStyle. My secure mobile number is 813-452-4497. By completing a few simple steps you will be able to communicate with me before accessing Nordstrom.com, and can ask me questions regarding merchandise you are interested in purchasing. I can also send you photos or information regarding products you prefer that arrive in the store. It is a seamless way for me to deliver a superior shopping experience with the convenience of online shopping. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Grammy used a Pyrex pie plate just like these.

 

The After-Party: Gasparilla Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Pot roast fit for a pirate!

This is big party weekend in Tampa. The pirates take over downtown — protect the women and children! It is Gasparilla, and Tampa celebrates with a parade and glittering balls and krewe parties that go on for days. It is also going to be a cooler weekend weather wise, and this recipe is perfect for the buccaneer who wants to come home to an amazing dinner after enjoying the festivities. It is also great for alcohol absorption. Have fun and be sure to uber if you’re partying.

Ingredients
One 4-pound beef chuck roast, or larger
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for coating
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
3 stalks celery, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
1 medium onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, put through a garlic press
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup red wine, at least
3 cups low-sodium beef broth
3 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup loosely packed parsley leaves, chopped
Method
Sprinkle the roast all over with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper. Coat in flour and shake off excess. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the roast to the skillet and cook until golden brown on all sides turning as needed. Transfer the roast to the insert of a 6-quart slow cooker, along with the carrots, celery, onions and garlic.
Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet over medium heat. Add the tomato paste and stir until the oil begins to turn brick-red, about 1 minute. (You have to watch it carefully so it doesn’t burn) Add the flour and wine and whisk with a plastic whisk until thick. Add the beef broth, bay leaves, thyme, allspice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper and bring to a simmer, whisking slowly, until the gravy is smooth and thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
Pour the gravy over the meat into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. The roast and vegetables will be tender.
Remove the roast and let rest for a few minutes. 9Meat should always rest before cutting — it allows the juices to go into the meat) Discard the thyme stems and strain the vegetables, reserving the gravy. Stir the parsley into the gravy and season with salt and pepper. Slice the roast against the grain. Serve the meat and vegetables buffet style, and serve the remaining gravy on the side. Enjoy!

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchens

 

The Spoiled Spouse Cleans My Oven — Star Wars Style

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

 

Belgian delishness

There are two sides to entertaining at home. The one we all love is the planning, prep, and cooking of the creative and delicious dishes we will serve to our friends and family. The second part is the inevitable clean up, often involving a major project like a spattered oven.

My oven is over twenty years old. Certain parts, i.e. the computer card, are no longer available. Replacing the oven is more complicated than a mere swap out — the oven I want will not fit in the current space. The domino effect is that the entire wall will need to be reconfigured. Isn’t this always the case? A major renovation is not happening anytime soon. So, the geriatric oven has needed a thorough cleaning for a while.

We did some research and my husband volunteered to take on the gargoyle. He did an amazing job with household products found in most pantries. Btw, I have read that the gas produced by running the self-clean cycle in a typical oven is quite noxious. Something to think about.

Here is the latest installment of The Spoiled Spouse. Can you tell that hubby had fun with this? I wonder what other projects I can come up with…

The Spoiled Spouse Goes Rogue on the Death Star Oven

“Help us Spoiled Spouse. You’re our only hope.”

Thus spoke the beautiful Princess Lois as she pointed to the black abyss on the far edge of the kitchen universe. Only a powerful force would be able to vanquish the Dark Side. Would it require the thermonuclear detonator/auto clean cycle or a light saber? No, something far less caustic than the weapons that the Empire traditionally used was required on the 20 year old oven.

The Death Star Oven

The treatment.

Luckily, the answer was found in the Rebel Alliance Pantry. Through the magic of the Force combined with baking soda and vinegar, you too can create a New Hope and provide a suitable vessel for Queen Ammadala herself. Here’s how.

Ingredients

Baking Soda

Water

Vinegar

Abrasive Sponge

Spray Bottle

Directions

  • Remove the oven racks.
  • Create a paste using ½ cup of baking soda and 2-3 tablespoons of water. Rub the paste over the oven using an abrasive sponge.
  • Let the paste sit on the oven for 12 hours. If you use paste on the oven door, keep the door open or the paste will flow off of the dirty areas. (The Spoiled Spouse learned this the hard way.)
  • Wipe off the paste with a damp cloth.
  • Mix a small amount of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the liquid on the stubborn areas which have not been cleaned completely. The vinegar mixture and baking soda will bubble as they react.
  • Wait 30 minutes and wipe out the remaining residue with a damp cloth. Repeat if necessary.

A New Hope

Amazing!

 

All is now right with the Universe. May the Force be with you.

Here is a book you might want to check out that offers lots of organic cleaning ideas using common household products.

Turkey and Oyster Gumbo by The Spoiled Spouse

Thursday, November 24th, 2016
One of my wife's turkey platters.

One of my wife’s turkey platters.

Hope your Thanksgiving dinner was delicious—ours certainly was! If you’re lucky you have leftover turkey, and The Spoiled Spouse has an amazing solution. This recipe will certainly raise your home cuisine beyond the dreaded creamed turkey casserole. Let us know how it turns out.

Recipes for Guys Who Don’t Cook So Good

By The Spoiled Spouse

Turkey and Oyster Gumbo

Many families enjoy the blending of oysters into their turkey stuffing on Thanksgiving. This recipe provides a twist on that theme by adding leftover turkey to a traditional gumbo. It will hit the spot once you grow tired of sandwiches and leftover stuffing.

I usually try to cook recipes that can be completed during a Seinfeld rerun. This recipe however, requires about an hour or so of work but it can be easily completed in phases while watching your favorite football team on the post Thanksgiving weekend.  I have broken the recipes into phases –Pre-game, Break between 1st and 2nd Quarter, Halftime, 2 Minute Warning, and Postgame Wrap-up.

You should turn off the heat between phases. However, you can run them all together like a no-huddle offense if you wish.

Ingredients

2 cups chopped cooked turkey, 8 cups chicken/turkey stock

1 pint oysters, 1 tsp. thyme

1 lb. sliced frozen okra, 1 tsp. basil

½ cup plus 2 tbsp. cooking oil, ½ tsp. sage

½ cup all-purpose flour, ½ tsp. black pepper

1 -2 cups chopped onion ( to taste)½ tsp. white pepper

1 cup chopped green bell pepper, ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

½ cup chopped celery, 2 tsp. salt

2 small cans chopped tomatoes, 1 bay leaf

¾ lbs. Andouille sausage sliced into rounds

Phase 1 — The Pre-game show

Sauté okra in a large skillet in 2 tablespoons of oil for 15 minutes.  At the same time, heat ½ cup of oil in a large heavy bottom pot over medium high heat. Add the flour and stir frequently until the paste (or roux) becomes the color of dark chocolate. Immediately dump in the onions, bell pepper, and celery and sauté. Stir until vegetables are tender and onions are carmelized.

Phase 2 — Break between First and Second Quarter

Once the vegetables are tender, add the tomatoes, Andouille sausage, and okra. Cook and stir for 15 minutes. Dislodge any caramelized vegetables off the bottom of the pot with a metal spoon . These juicy bits provide great flavor.

Add spices (bay leaf, thyme, basil, sage, black pepper, white pepper, cayenne pepper, salt) and mix well.

Phase 3 — Halftime

Add chicken/turkey stock. Bring to a slow boil and heat for 1 hour.

Phase 4 — Two Minute Warning

Add the turkey and oysters and simmer for 15 minutes. (Add the oyster liquor for a tangyer broth)

Phase 5 — Postgame Wrap-up

Serve in large bowls over steamed rice.

This is an amazing stockpot to put on your Christmas list:

All clad stockpot.

Recipes for Guys Who Don’t Cook So Good

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Grouper Piccata

Grouper Piccata

Recipes for Guys Who Don’t Cook So Good

By  The Spoiled Spouse

Like many men of a certain age, I grew up in a home where Mom cooked a majority of the meals and those cooked by Dad involved a great deal of red meat, charcoal briquettes, and flammable liquid.  I inherited the cooking gene from my father. I refined it somewhat during college by including large doses of ground beef and Ramen noodles.

Fast forward thirty years, and I find myself married to a wonderful cook who, unfortunately, must work several evenings during the week. She and I no longer appreciate the fine culinary qualities associated with the barbecue and Ramen diet. In an effort to avoid starvation and bad blood work, I began to look for recipes that matched my love’s skill but generally allowed me the freedom to observe my favorite sporting events during preparation. So, I will periodically present a recipe which has quality that far exceeds the effort that went into the preparation. Please enjoy!

Grouper Piccata

Grouper is a meaty, white fish found off the gulf coast of Florida. Any other fish with similar texture can be substituted.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. grouper fillets
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • ½ cup flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch ground pepper
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ cup capers
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley

Cut grouper into 4 small pieces. Mix salt and pepper with flour. Dredge fillets in flour until coated.

Heat olive oil and 2 tbsp. butter in medium high heat. Brown fillets on each side. 4-5 minutes per side. Place grouper on warm dish.

Add wine, capers, lemon juice, and remaining butter in the pan. Stir with spoon to scoop up the small pieces of browned coating.

Neatly arrange filets on plates and cover with sauce and parsley.

Serve with white rice and your favorite green vegetable.

Pour the remaining wine in your best crystal and enjoy with your appreciative partner!

Editor’s Note: Once or twice per month Spoiled Spouse  will share a recipe with us. I’m hoping the next recipe is a gumbo.

Here is a new favorite cookbook:

She's the Best!

She’s the Best!

Southern Shepard’s Pie

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
The perfect slice!

The perfect slice!

I am always looking for a new way to make Shepard’s Pie, and this recipe caught my attention. Since I was only cooking for my husband and me, I cut the ingredients in half. I made my own crust and used a deep-dish ceramic quiche dish. Publix premade mashed potatoes worked well and saved time, and I doctored them up a bit with melted butter and milk. The result was very savory — and we had enough for a second meal. In fact, I think the pie was better the next day.

The pie with cheddar cheese in the mashed potatoes.

The pie with cheddar cheese in the mashed potatoes.

INGREDIENTS:

2 lbs hamburger meat                                                                                                         2 pre-made deep dish pie shells

The filling.

The filling.

3 medium onions
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
5 -6 medium potatoes
1 (12 ounce) can beef consomme
1 (12 ounce) can whole kernel corn
1 (12 ounce) can sweet peas
1 (12 ounce) can carrots
1 1⁄2 cups cheddar cheese
1⁄2 cup milk
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons ketchup
Worcestershire sauce
salt
pepper

DIRECTIONS:Pre-bake pie crusts according to instructions on crusts – or at 400 degrees until light brown, for about 15 minutes. Let cool.

Boil 5 or 6 medium peeled potatoes until tender. Drain and mash with 1/2 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of butter, 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Mix with a mixer on high speed until fluffy. When cooled a little, fold in about 1 1/2 cups of grated cheddar cheese.
Dice up onions and saute over medium high heat in a little EVOO and butter with about a tsp of salt.
Add chopped garlic, and continue to cook until onions are tender.
Remove onion mixture.
Brown hamburger in the same pot with about a teaspoon of worcestershire sauce.
Add onion mixture back to pot with 2/3 can of beef consomme and 3 tablespoons of ketchup, a teaspoon of salt and pepper. Cover pot with a tight-fitting lid and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes.
Mix about 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour in with the remaining consomme until all lumps are gone. Raise heat until the meat mixture begins to boil. Slowly add the consomme flour while stirring quickly, and continue to stir and boil for about 1 minute after all of the flour is added. Remove from heat.
Fold in the drained corn, peas, and carrots. (I didn’t add these all at once, I always cook by balancing the color of veggies to meet as seen above.)
Spoon the mixture into the cooled pie crusts.
Pipe the cheddar mashed potatoes on top of the pies to form a decorative top crust. (I didn’t do this.)
Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes brown on top.
Let cool for about 10 or 15 minutes before serving.
Attribution: Chris Sharpe at Food.com

And if you want to treat a foodie or homechef over the holidays, I highly recommend a stunning coffee table book.91xbrhbmenl 91y3qshbnul

Road Trip: Ohio State versus Rutgers University

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
Tailgating!

Tailgating!

America is a beautiful country.

I had the luxury of contemplating these words a couple of years ago as my husband and I drove from Florida to Ohio. We were on our way to a football game, Rutgers versus Ohio State. We love college football, and on our bucket list is to attend a Rutgers football game in the iconic college football stadiums in the U.S.

The first night we stayed over in Dobson, North Carolina. Did you know there is a lovely winery in Dobson? After a long day on the road, we had a scrumptious dinner at the Harvest Grill, the on site restaurant at the Shelton Winery, and enjoyed their award-winning wine. The Hampton Inn on the property was pristine. The next morning we decided to eat at the Dobson diner across the street. I had the breakfast special — cured local ham, two eggs, biscuits and sausage gravy. A man at the next table laughed as it was placed in front of me. “You gonna eat all that?” he teased. I struck up a conversation with a local angler, and we were invited to dinner later on that day to enjoy the fish he had caught early that morning. Dobson certainly shows old-fashioned small town hospitality to tourists.

Yes, I finished it!

Yes, I finished it!

We continued north, and crossed over to Virginia. Virginia is a gorgeous state. The topography began to change as 77 cut through farmland and small towns. Orange dots began to appear in the groomed fields that rolled away from the fast moving traffic. Could it be — a pumpkin patch? Yes, as far as the eye could see tiny orange dots clustered here and there. The highway was treacherous, and unfortunately I was unable to convince my husband to pull over so I could get a photo.

Through the East River Mountain Tunnel we went and found ourselves surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. We were lucky to catch the end of the change of seasons. The colors of fall are something I miss. West Virginia is another beautiful state, and for the first time I saw huge piles of black coal freshly unearthed from the mines.

We entered Ohio, and began to get excited about the impending football game. We knew it would be a tough one, but we love college towns and Columbus did not disappoint. Our friends gave us the complete tour — we ate in a famous college pub, and danced to the music at an outside party. Luckily, Rutgers and Ohio State share red as a school color, so we were somewhat incognito. We embraced tradition and waited outside the stadium for the band to enter. The Ohio State Band is a big deal, as well it should be. I have never witnessed a better halftime show. Wow. They marched in and out of complicated formations, at one point creating a rock musician who moved his lead guitar up and down to the music of the Who.

Posing in the Horseshoe.

Posing in the Horseshoe.

The football game itself was… sad. For Rutgers fans, that is. Ohio State was bigger, faster, stronger, better. As they ran the score up I began to get angry. One of our friends tried to explain why Urban Myer did this, while the other slid tiny gloating remarks in whenever he could. I draped my plastic poncho over my body, willingly immobile in my own biosphere, and allowed the freezing cold drizzle to run down my sheathed body. I said to my husband, “I have never seen such a great college football team in person.” (They did go on to win the national championship) Finally I’d had enough, and we walked, shivering, to the car to head off to a famous German restaurant, Schmidt’s, in the German village.

It was Octoberfest! Everyone had bad hair and the wait for dinner was almost two hours, but we somehow secured a spot at the bar. I decided to have a little fun and tease the friend who had enjoyed our football misery at the hands of the Buckeyes. I began to introduce him to everyone at the bar as an eminent proctologist from Tampa. I remember more of the beer than the food, but I would highly recommend both.

Our trip home was less eventful, and we listened to a book on tape. The Horseshoe is now checked off the bucket list. Maybe the Big House is next.

Check out my Instagram @randomactsofstyle

Copy This Look: Fall Sideboard

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Having fun with a fall vignette.

Having fun with a fall vignette.

I don’t like everything to look brand new. I suppose that’s why my favorite TV viewing is British shows set in picturesque villages, castles, and Oxford, England. In these dramas, the decor demonstrates a deep respect for family heirlooms and great-grandmother’s china — even if the latter comes complete with a few flea bites. I love collecting, and the hunt for a special piece is a large part of the fun.

 

You can find compotes like the depression glass pictured on my sideboard at Amazon. You’ll notice I didn’t match the compotes, which adds to the interest of the vignette. I love moving things around in my home, rediscovering pieces I’ve owned for years.512bsa68hyl-_sl160_

Here is a lovely deep green example that is similar to mine. The lamp pictured is a family heirloom, and works well with the jewel tone palette.

Let’s say your color scheme is a lighter one. My research on Instagram tells me that many women prefer a much lighter color scheme. Instead of buying a piece that you’ll see in all of your friends homes, check out the lamp below. It looks like a piece one might have inherited from a favorite aunt. This is a perfect centerpiece to mimic my sideboard design, but in a lighter palette. As you know, I adore crystal. It reflects light, making a dark corner an ideal spot for placement. I would pair this lamp with a light runner and perhaps some milk glass. My mother collected milk glass, and I’ve included a book that gives wonderful detail if you decide to start a collection or research a piece you may own. Let me know about your fall decorating projects!

7169b1asbol-_sl1500_

Elegant crystal table lamp.

A great book to assist you in collecting milk glass.

A great book to assist you in collecting milk glass.

 

How to Develop Your Signature Style

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
My hero! This book is on my Christmas list.

My hero! This book is on my Christmas list.

How does the average person hone a personal style in their wardrobe, home, garden… lifestyle? I have been blogging about many aspects of style since 2009, but I’m not sure I’ve ever attempted to distill my thoughts on the subject into a few simple, achievable steps.

I have become a huge fan of Instagram. My profile, randomactsofstyle, reflects what I share on a daily basis about my life. It is a constantly evolving style feed. And since I now spend an increasing amount of time on Instagram I felt it was time to share with my readers my thoughts on how to use this amazing site as a part of your personal style journey.

You will notice I said part of a style journey. I think there are four distinct areas that can help you explore and develop your personal style.

  1. Read and research. I am currently digging through my accessories in search of a macramé choker I wore in 1977 with an ivory colored peasant blouse. Walking through Nordstrom yesterday, I was struck once again by the retro trends. Fashion repeats itself, and those who create the clothes that we wear do something we can easily do — learn about the history of fashion.

We can do a lot of this research on the Internet, but I have another suggestion. Go to the library armed with a list of designers you want to know more about. The public library is free, and the librarians are immensely helpful. They can show you how to request books that will blow your mind. And for you young moms who have just started on a style journey, schedule your library visit during one of the free programs for children. You can peruse the aisles of inspiration while your children are entertained.

I have borrowed all sorts of books from the library. When I was planning a rose garden I consulted landscape and horticulture books. I have borrowed gorgeous interior decorating books, regional cookbooks, books on architecture. And, of course, I have borrowed books on fashion. This research didn’t break the budget, and if I found a book I couldn’t live without, particularly a coffee table book, I would search it on the Internet to buy it. Decorating side note: For me a room without books is a bare room. I have books in every room of my home. Books add warmth and personality.

  1. Follow profiles you like on Instagram. I have a number of feeds I look at every day. They range from fashion, to food, travel, design, inspiration… and jewelry. What I look for in a blogger is a fresh approach to their subject. Here is a list of suggestions for you to explore.

Style at a Certain Age

Christian Blair Style

Laura Beverlin

Rach Parcell

The blog societies

The Simply Luxurious Life

Perri Rothenberg

Bettina Looney

Anna Dello Russo

Meet at the barre

Greg Sideris

Rachel Mansfield

24 east

evil brent

MakSnacks

The rich life in wine country — among many other feeds I will pop in and out of.

 

One thing I have noticed is that most of these blogs and their subsequent Instagram feeds are written by beautiful young women. I am hoping to plug what I feel is a gap and represent the style journey of a ‘woman of a certain age.’ Stay tuned.

  1. Special events, museums, and fashion shows are another way to expand your knowledge and hone your style. A few that I will never forget are Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ incredible clothes at the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan, Princess Diana’s traveling exhibit, (and the one that was presented by ‘M’), and most recently the Norma Kamali exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art. A previous post on the Kamali exhibit is here on the blog.) I have enjoyed seeing the creative posts by the fashion bloggers who have been able to attend the various fashion weeks. Thanks for sharing.
  2. Shop in all different types of stores and ask questions. Flea markets and vintage stores are wonderful places to pick the brain of the owner. (I have found wonderful pieces at flea markets.) Most of these individuals have a passion for the history behind what they are selling and love to share their knowledge. And, you can add one or two accessories that will set your look apart from the masses. I hope you’ll check out my feed on Instagram so we can connect. Let me know how the journey goes.