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On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a trip back in time? 

I wish! This is a one-of-a-kind card I’ve had for a few years and like so much it took awhile to let it go. But this year I finally sent it off.

What are these well dressed ladies up to? Holiday shopping of course and perhaps lunch on a snowy day back in the 1940s when dressing up to go downtown was a must.

In any case, don’t they look smart?

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On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a pair of skates. 

 

I love this card! It’s one I sent out several years ago and received one year, too. I like the stylish coat, the nontraditional colors with a touch of gold, the fact that she’s skating and of course the dog who looks eager to start his holiday. I imagine it’s early evening on Christmas Eve and she’s on the way home to decorate her tree and drink hot chocolate.

The illustration is by Mary Claire Smith.

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On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me … Boxing Day!

Today is Boxing Day in the UK. Going back at least to the Victorian era, Boxing Day  was the servants day off (since they had to take care of wealthy families on Christmas) and a day when they received from their employers bonuses and perhaps other gifts placed in a box.  It was also when houses might box up clothing to give to local charities.

Today in the UK it’s a national holiday – no work for many and major after Christmas sales in the shops.

It’s one of my favorite days of the season. One on which I plan nothing in particular but staying home and enjoying quiet time – reading, baking, perhaps working on a craft project. It’s down time after the hectic run-up to Christmas.

Happy Boxing Day!

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me … a Christmas book. 

 

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He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

 

Excerpt from ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore.

Happy Christmas to all and to all a good-night.

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Marc Jacobs Redux Grunge Collection.  The entire look, without the jewelry, can be had for $1990. 

There are all these conversations in my head about, What is fashion anymore? Who is fashion for? Where’s it going? With the internet, it all becomes so overwhelming. 

Marc Jacobs, American fashion designer.

Jacobs has remade 26 looks from his infamous Perry Ellis spring 1993 collection. The one labeled “grunge.” The one that was a disaster as far as fashion editors were concerned and the head honchos at Perry Ellis, who promptly fired Jacobs.

Pushing back against the current fashion system, which he says isn’t working, Jacobs wants to “mix things up” and try something different. So here we go again with grunge.

But since we’ve been here before, is grunge different enough?

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Inauguration Day, 2009. Michelle Obama looking lovely in a dress suit by American  designer Isabel Toledo. 

Sometime during Barack’s campaign, people began paying attention to my clothes. Or at least the media paid attention, which provoked all manner of commentary across the internet. My pearls, my belts, my cardigans, my off-the-rack dresses from J.Crew, my apparently brave choice of white for an inaugurate gown – all seemed to trigger a slew of opinions and instant feedback … It seemed that my clothes mattered more to people than anything I had to say. 

Michelle Obama, attorney, mother, and former First Lady of the United States.

This quote is from Ms. Obama’s just released memoir, Becoming (Crown Publishing Group).

Michelle Obama was and still is the epitome of grace and style. But it’s not just the clothes she chooses to wear that make her such, it is her generous spirit, her confidence, and intelligence. What an excellent role model she was as First Lady and continues to be as an American working woman.

Fifteen days after publication, Becoming has sold more than two million copies proving that, indeed, what Michelle Obama has to say matters.

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