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The gentleman who always dressed well.

ODFL pauses to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

My dresses usually have pockets. I’m taking into consideration the realities women face today.

Meryll Rogge, Belgian fashion designer.

Ms. Rogge started her own fashion house in 2020, after working for fashion icons Marc Jacobs and Dries Van Noten.

Pockets in women’s clothing is such an issue. Ask any woman and she will confirm that YES! we want pockets. Particularly these days when certain things need to be accessible as we navigate our mask covered pandemic world. But designers say – pockets add bulk and can ruin a silhouette.

Well, there is an answer and I call it the Pocket Bag. Last year, I noticed that there were things I needed to consistently get to quickly and so I started carrying, in addition to a regular handbag or tote, a little pocket of sorts. Over my head or around my waist, this pocket holds keys, hand sanitizer, lip balm, and a pen. (Everyone should use their own pen!) I made a couple of these bags, but I also have one from Great Bags (pictured). Pocket Bags are handy as well if you’re carrying a backpack and/or you’re traveling and need to access your passport, etc. Plus, I think you can have fun with the look.

Day Twelve here we are. This was made for me by my godson, although, he may have had a little help. I don’t think he or his helper knew that crescent moons are a favorite of mine. I have a collection of crescent moon brooches; come to think of it, perhaps a tree completely decorated with crescent moons is in my future.

What is in your future, readers, is another year of fashion, style, vintage, and the arts here on ODFL.

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It’s Day Eleven and we’re taking a peek underneath the tree at the felt NYC taxi cab with a Christmas tree atop.

This ornament is too big to hang, but it’s a perfect addition to the scene going on under the tree. I bought this felt cab at Leroy’s Place in Brooklyn. Yet another reminder of yet another travel adventure.

Our last day is tomorrow. You made it this far, don’t miss Day Twelve.

Welcome to Day Ten. Today we have a boy snowshoeing, something that I would like to do some day. He’s made of wood and is hand painted. I have quite a few of these wood ornaments and they have a European feel to me.

We’re getting close to the end. Come back tomorrow.

On Day Nine we take a trip to South Korea.

Traditional Korean clothing (called hanbok) had no pockets, so people carried little round pouches (called jumeoni) to hold their necessities. There are different styles of jumeoni and while some are embroidered most include traditional Korean knots. The ornament pictured above is made of silk fabric in traditional Korean colors and is a welcome reminder of my travels to South Korea.

This crescent-moon-shape Santa is so very charming. He was part of a package of miniature ornaments that I bought at the Mills College Bookstore. They often had random things and I lucked out with this find. I love a whimsical ornament.

If it’s Day Eight then it’s New Year’s Day. Happy New Year!! Wishing all ODFL readers a stylin’ 2022.

And what will Day Nine bring us? Come on back tomorrow and find out.

It’s a festive shoe on Day Seven. I found a set of painted wood shoes at the Victoria & Albert Museum gift shop. Each one a different style with a different painted pattern. The package said: Designed in the UK, Made in China.

When I unwrap these ornaments, I imagine a shoe shop all decked out for the holidays complete with a table top tree on the counter decorated only with little shoe ornaments. It makes me wish I owned a shoe shop. But no, I am writer and perhaps this vivid image will end up in one of my stories.

Stop by tomorrow for Day Eight.

We are half way there! Day Six and it’s one of my very favorites.

This London Double Decker Bus is an actual ornament that I bought at Kensington Palace. When my partner and I traveled to London for the first time together, he had us taking the bus all over the city. I usually take the Tube so this was a whole new view of London. I learned that just getting on a bus and riding anywhere is a great way to see all kinds of neighborhoods. The bus we took the most was the 44. I wrote in black ink “44” on the front of this bus. It’s our bus, full of our London adventures!

Another ornament that, when I unpack, takes me to another time and place.

There’s more to come tomorrow.

Day Five of The Twelve Days of Tree Ornaments is hand made from salt dough.

I found this festive fowl along with several other salt dough ornaments shopping one day after Christmas. Isn’t he charming? He’s nicely preserved with some kind of shellac, which is why I have had him all these years. Miniature ornaments are hard to come by, so this was a lucky find.

Check back tomorrow for Day Six and see what more luck I’ve had.