By |2016-05-22T15:45:21-04:00May 22, 2016|fashion, Shopping|

Let’s talk about dresses.
Everyday, fun, useful, practical and pretty dresses.

I’ve always loved dresses. My Mother would take my sister and I to Best & Co. in Ardmore, Pa. a few times a year. In those days shopping was NOT a daily or even weekly way to pass the time. No, shopping was special. So off we went to Bests and, for me, it was heaven. Little girl dresses with lots of “petticoats” attached were my dress of choice. Hmmm. Not so for my Mother! So we would compromise. But I do remember my dress for my school picture in third grade: a sort of gauzy white with gold threads in horizontal stripes with, yes, petticoats attached! Between that and my chipped nail polish it must have been quite a sight; no, no picture available to show you!

Anyway, moving on in years. Lilly Pulitzer dresses came on the scene and I adored them. If only I still had them, right? And my early office years in New York, San Francisco and again New York saw me in dresses almost every day.

But then something happened. Dresses disappeared. Olive drab and khaki became the colors. Pants suits came in. While I liked them (the pantsuits),
I yearned for dresses. Well, then long, gauzy skirts came in […]


By |2015-09-08T22:14:35-04:00September 8, 2015|fashion, Libby's Likes, Shopping|

Let’s give a cheer for the white shirt!


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J Jill

The shirt above is from J Jill and is my current favorite. It’s long (perfect for leggings), it’s crisp, and it has some stretch (4% spandex.) It also irons beautifully. Yes, it’s still too hot to wear it often but cooler days are on the way!

Some other ideas for this wardrobe must-have:

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Cos Stores

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The Loft

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Eileen Fisher at Nordstrom

The J Jill shirt/tunic is about mid-price range and just feels good the minute you put it on. I like to wear it with a fun colored camisole underneath and then a statement necklace.
How about you? Are you a fan of this basic but sophisticated wardrobe essential?


By |2014-11-08T21:23:54-05:00November 9, 2014|fashion, Shopping|

I use eye liner every day. In fact, I barely make it to the kitchen…or gym…or my morning walk without liner and some make up!
Yes, I consider eye liner one of life’s essentials.

I really cannot remember when this “habit” started: maybe in my 20’s? But then again, I’ve always loved cosmetics. I don’t actually apply a lot, but for as long as I can remember I’ve loved not only the packaging but the message.
My Mother used Elizabeth Arden. I can still remember the smell of the powder and lipstick and the thrill at watching her dress up and maybe, just maybe, putting some on me.

Recently I did my own, small (non-scientific) study of various eye liner pencils. My “style” of choice has been the retractable pencil. I’ve never been able to master the free flowing liquid liner, and pencils I find very frustrating with the endless “sharpening” with those tiny sharpeners that always seem to eat up the pencil in huge chunks.

About two months ago I went to Ulta to look at a selection of eye liners. I wanted all price ranges. Some brands were new to me, and others I’ve known, and used, for years. This was by no means exhaustive: I sort of bought and tried what jumped at me from the shelves.


By |2012-03-22T02:02:00-04:00March 22, 2012|fashion|

If you’ve ever tried to find a new way to wear those scarves you love, look no further!
Here’s a wonderful, easy to follow guide to help you.
Some really good ideas here!

To get you started I’ve included some great scarves to drool over review, all ready for spring wearing!

Let us know what you think of the video, and which style you might try!


By |2012-01-12T02:09:00-05:00January 12, 2012|fashion|

I can’t resist.
It’s only January but already I am thinking of Spring.
And what to wear this Spring.
Which colors?
What is it that I need want?
Sweaters? Pants? My all time favorite: dresses? 
And always but always some fun jewelry.
This is, sort of, where I’m headed!
This came in from Banana Republic:
Navy/indigo! yes yes yes. We have been stuck in a “black” rut for too many years!
Add some orange (variation of Tangerine Tango..) and we’re set.
Add some Tangerine Tango

And a fun choker from Anthropologie: 
Some more looks I like:
to see more you can go to my Pinterest board “In the Dressing Room”. It’s a work in progress!

Are you with me? That polka dot sweater is M-U-S-T  H-A-V-E : I’m off to fetch my credit card right now!


By |2011-06-01T22:08:00-04:00June 1, 2011|fashion, Hand Crafted|



Once upon a time,

actually four years ago, I bought a wonderful pair of flip flops with embroidered ribbon straps. They took me through two trips to Paris, not to mention hundreds of days at home and out and about. But, of course, they were looking not so great by this spring. So I contacted the manufacturer, Derin International.

My old, ratty shoe is on the right. To the left is the brand new, gorgeous pair that arrived just the other day.


And, here is a pink pair that also arrived:

(sorry, it’s a little blurry!)


So…while I was talking to Sarah, one of the owners of Derin, it occurred to me that I might do a “story” on the company. I sent her some questions and she very kindly answered in full…

1. Can you tell us something about the company, how it started and a bit of the history? 

Derin International dates back to a decade ago when, shortly after they were married, Sara and Ersan moved from New York City to Ersan’s Native Istanbul. Surrounded by the natural beauty and ancient culture of Turkey, Ersan led Sara along the streets of his youth, introducing her to the city’s language and customs. They dreamed about a way to bring some part of it back with them to the states. […]
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