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Altered Couture Fall/Winter 2012

November 3, 2012
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Altered Couture Fall/Winter 2012

It’s official.  As of November 1st, the issue is on the newsstands. As you probably know, I’m passionate about upcycling.  I love taking a thrifted garment and re-designing it, turning it into something special. Altered Couture magazine celebrates that artistic expression, featuring pieces from artists all over the world.  With the encouragement of the...

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The Ode Series, #5

October 28, 2012
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The Ode Series, #5

When I first started blogging, I decided to create the Ode Series.  I have been immeasurably enriched by many of the personal style blogs I’ve encountered.  Some make me laugh, some make me think, some push me to be more experimental, others encourage me to appreciate the small things, and that’s only the beginning....

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To Be or Not To Be

October 24, 2012
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To Be or Not To Be

Here’s a quick look at the outfit I wore today.  The skinny reptile jeans are not especially comfortable, but then again, I don’t find many jeans that are.  I had to shake my head at Patti’s street-style report from her recent trip to New York.  Skinny jeans are it, period.  That’s all I saw...

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Autumn Reverie

October 21, 2012
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Autumn Reverie

The past few days have been perfect.  What else can I say; this is my favorite time of year.  I do enough complaining about the heat that I figure I’d better rejoice when it’s beautiful outside. So this post is simply to say… THANK YOU, MOTHER NATURE!! For my celebration today I chose: layered...

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That 70’s (and 80’s) Show

October 19, 2012
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That 70’s (and 80’s) Show

WARNING:  Do not try these looks at home!  You might be embarrassed 30 years later. It’s interesting to go through pictures from years past.  I remember who I wanted to be, how I felt (for better or worse) and I reflect on the passage of time.  Back then, I couldn’t imagine what my life...

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Empty Nest

October 14, 2012
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Empty Nest

As is true with many things in life, there are pluses and minuses to being an older parent.  In my case, the minus is that my kids live far away and I miss them.  A lot.  The upside is that I can be more spontaneous.  For example, this morning Joey and I decided to...

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Learning Curve

October 11, 2012
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Learning Curve

When Lynx was visiting recently, we went to Goodwill.  I’d already decided to go with some shorter skirt lengths this fall so when she held up this flounced version, I decided to try it.  This one was a departure for me for a variety of reasons.  I don’t wear flounces or ruffles, and I...

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Theme and Variations

October 7, 2012
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Theme and Variations

Time and again, I come back to things I love:  graphic patterns, a shot of intense color, and swirling designs that draw me in.  When I look around, I see similar motifs in my decor and closet. Today I had the opportunity to dress up, somewhat conservatively for me, and I found myself reaching...

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Children and Other People

October 5, 2012
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Children and Other People

Much of the time, life feels a little hectic.  The cell phone rings, e-mail has to be dealt with, work insists on focus and energy, and juggling extremely unpredictable schedules takes it’s toll.  I’m a busy woman.  However, over the years, I think I’ve forgotten what “busy” really means. The last two weeks have...

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With Denim, Please

September 23, 2012
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With Denim, Please

  Coming home to my closet is a pleasure.  I can reach in and pause among my favorites, not worrying about the weight of the suitcase or unknown climate conditions.  I love denim, but it tends to be heavy and I wonder whether I’ll get enough bang for the buck, so to speak, when...

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A Glorious Adventure

September 18, 2012
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A Glorious Adventure

It’s hard to believe that yesterday morning I was in Bavaria, Germany.  It seems surreal now that I’m home recovering from jet-lag.  I look at my pictures, remembering the sensation of being in a new place.  The air was cool and refreshing.  The bakery down the street from our impeccable hotel was a treasure...

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The Post Without Pictures

September 10, 2012
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The Post Without Pictures

Yes, it’s true.  As I pack my bag to go to Germany for a week, after juggling two weeks of a new job, I’m ecstatic and fried at the same time!  So my post is to say, first of all, I MISS YOU!!  Secondly, I’m packing my camera so I’ll have lots to share...

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Friends and Family

September 3, 2012
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Friends and Family

I had to plunder the archives for a quick post since I didn’t manage to take any pictures this week.  It was that busy.  The week coming up promises to be equally crazy, then the week after that I’ll be out of the country.  I have two Liebster awards (is that allowed?) that I...

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Puzzle clothes #1

August 26, 2012
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Puzzle clothes #1

I’ve had a few nicknames through the years.  Some memorable ones include Ostrich, Queen Jean, Jean the Bean, and the one I chose for myself (and won’t divulge) the summer I went to church camp at age 13.  Most recently however, Lynx gave me the best name yet: Queen of Puzzle Clothes.  I love...

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Run it Back

August 23, 2012
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Run it Back

As a blogger who embraces thrifting and refashioning, while trying to reduce consumption and increase creativity, I have no qualms about wearing something a gazillion times if I like it.  As I got dressed this morning, this skirt was calling out to me.  Originally created for #3 of the Ode Series which was devoted to the...

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Well…Oh Well

August 19, 2012
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Well…Oh Well

A number of years ago, when he was about three years old, a friend of ours would get a very mournful expression on his face.  Then he would sigh, shrug his little shoulders, and say, “Well…oh well” and wander off to another room. That pretty much sums up my day.  However, the good news...

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Black and Tan

August 15, 2012
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Black and Tan

Here’s a quick one, y’all.  As I ran out to the studio today, I grabbed my upcycled skirt and a top that I made over the weekend. I’m madly in love with my new bracelet made from a recycled sign (it says emergency).  When I went to the dentist last week, I stumbled on...

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The Holy Grail

August 13, 2012
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The Holy Grail

The other morning I had a gift dropped in my lap.  I was supposed to do a voiceover session but it was changed to another day.  Suddenly I had time.  I decided to search for an elusive product that’s been haunting me: an elixir that makes you look glowy, sunkissed, relaxed, and downright NATURALLY...

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African Inspiration

August 7, 2012
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African Inspiration

Approximately two years ago when I re-entered the world of upcycling/ refashioning clothes (more of my history here) I was craving color.  I love graphic black and white combined with primary colors and it wasn’t until after I composed this top that I realized it was probably inspired by Ndebele art.  I have several...

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The 6 Month Checkup

August 4, 2012
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The 6 Month Checkup

It was roughly six months ago that Dross into Gold made it’s debut.  I find myself missing some of my older posts; they were like children that I nurtured, prayed over, then launched into the world.  I’m also pretty astounded at how much I’ve learned from a technical standpoint.  I’m the person who finally...

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And the Living is Easy

August 2, 2012
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And the Living is Easy

Today was another one of those “dog days of summer” with temperatures in the mid 90’s and humid.  After taking Joey to the airport this morning and briefly stopping by one of my favorite thrift stores on the way home, I ran to my closet (literally!) to record a voiceover session.  Then I did...

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The Ode Series, #4

July 27, 2012
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The Ode Series, #4

I want to paint a picture for you.  Let’s start with the ocean.  Envision a curving shore with rippling waves, the sun shining and breezes blowing.  Imagine a basket full of colorful, fragrant flowers, with a scarf gently draped around the handle.  Imagine an elegant, curvaceous woman, with honey-colored hair and a flashing smile,...

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Sign of the Times

July 16, 2012
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Sign of the Times

Yup, it’s that time.  After spinning around trying to catch my tail until I was dizzy, it dawned on me that it’s time to stop.  A friend was visiting over the weekend and he mentioned that his Native American mother would have her periodic “day of silence”  when he was growing up.  He wasn’t...

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D.I.G Decor

July 9, 2012
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D.I.G Decor

When I feel like I need to recharge, I find myself looking at decor books.  I love the journey, visiting other locales and seeing homes that are lovely and artistic.  Then I look around and imagine what I can do, usually on a shoestring, to bring a new element of beauty into my home....

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The Cutting Room Floor

July 4, 2012
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The Cutting Room Floor

Before I started to blog I took outfit pictures to get a sense of what might work.  Today, as I went through the photos in my phone, I decided to do a retrospective on the outfits that had ended up on the cutting room floor.  When I reviewed them, I was immediately reminded that...

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The Glimpse

July 1, 2012
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The Glimpse

  Here’s a quick glimpse from the wedding.  I opted not to take my “real” camera because it was bulky and I figured I could use my phone for some candids.  Well, I dropped my phone and the only function I lost was the camera function.   So here’s a shot taken from another...

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Pit Stop

June 26, 2012
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Pit Stop

This past week I’ve been out of town visiting family and I’m heading back out again, this time for a wedding.  I’ve got about 48 hours to catch up with work, do my laundry, and stay in touch with my blogging friends (that would be you!). Today I ran out in a gray H&M...

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From the Mouths of Babes

June 15, 2012
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From the Mouths of Babes

I have a friend who frequently visits her grandmother next door; my friend is three years old.  She likes to sit behind the wheel of our car and drive to church and Mexico.  Again and again.  This morning as I headed out to run errands I heard, “Miss Jeannie!  Where are you going?”  I...

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Comfort Zone

June 12, 2012
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Comfort Zone

  Here’s a quick glimpse of what I wore today.  I realize I’ve been wearing this general kind of thing for decades: loose tops, low belts, flip flops, bangles, and even a version of harem pants!  I had a white pair that I loved in the mid 80’s.  They were fuller than this, with...

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Pictures, please!

June 7, 2012
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Pictures, please!

These are the very first pictures taken with my “new” camera!!  I’ll admit everything is set to automatic but hey, you gotta start somewhere!  (FYI, clicking on them will make them larger)  I’ll be getting a remote as well, especially since my attention span for taking outfit pictures far exceeds anyone else’s, understandably.  I...

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Barefoot in the Park

May 31, 2012
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Barefoot in the Park

A month or so ago, the daughter of one of my closest friends asked me if I’d make a “Dross into Gold” dress for her wedding in the park this month.  It will be a wonderfully bohemian affair and yes, she’ll be barefoot.   She tried on the thrifted white linen dress, which was...

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Advanced Style

May 23, 2012
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Advanced Style

Last night there was a party in New York, one that I would have loved to attend.  It was held at the New Museum, celebrating the launch of Ari Seth Cohen’s book Advanced Style.  A few years ago, I stumbled on Ari’s blog called Advanced Style.  I was immediately enamored with the wonderful photos...

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Pass It On

May 20, 2012
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Pass It On

Hey y’all!  Look what I got!!  This is a very cool thing that gets passed around to share the blogging love.  Melanie of Bag and a Beret kindly bestowed this on me and a handful of other wonderful folks. In order to accept the award, I must: 1.  Thank the person who nominated me...

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The Ode Series, #3

May 16, 2012
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The Ode Series, #3

Her name is Vix.  The Vintage Vixen.  From the moment I set eyes on her, I was bedazzled by her creativity and bohemian style.  Talk about inspiration!  Let me count the ways: instead of two bracelets, try ten!  Vintage polyester?  Of course, especially when she calls it “crimplene”, a delicious sounding word I’d never...

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Away From My Desk

May 10, 2012
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Away From My Desk

I’ll be unexpectedly tied up for the next few days, so here is a quick view of an outfit that never made it out the door!  I upcycled the skirt and vest, thrifted the top and scarf, and the peep-toe boots were from a local boutique.  My “desk” is a DIY which I’ll feature...

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Color Story

May 6, 2012
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Color Story

I was playing around with some ideas recently and created this look out of a tie-dye shirt Joey no longer wears and a thrifted dress.  After adding a thrifted scarf and a beautiful strip of handwoven material that Lynx gave to me on my birthday, I think I’ve got something to keep in my...

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Altered Couture

May 2, 2012
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Altered Couture

Well, it’s actually here.  The magazine, that is.  The one that features one of my upcycled pieces.  It’s pretty surreal and I feel like grinning, a lot.  It’s part of that whole transformation-thing that I reference here.  Back in the early 90’s I was on a roll; I had just finished a collection of...

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And the Winner Is…

April 29, 2012
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And the Winner Is…

Just wanted to give you a quick glimpse of what I actually wore to the Mitty Challenge.  It was hot, loud, and a lot of fun.  We wandered around, drank copious amounts of water, and Joey talked to a variety of vendors about tires, IRTB’s (Individual Runner Throttle Bodies), and a host of other...

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When in Rome

April 27, 2012
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When in Rome

This past week we attended a private cocktail party, sponsored by Gucci and GQ Magazine, at the Gucci store in Phipps Plaza, highlighting the Spring/Summer Men’s Suiting Collection.  The event was beautifully done, and the clothing exquisite.  I knew right away that I wanted to wear something a little more sophisticated than I normally...

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The Mitty Challenge

April 25, 2012
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The Mitty Challenge

For those of you who don’t know, the Mitty Challenge is a vintage/classic sports car event. (Don’t feel bad ’cause I just found out and I’m married to a car nut.)  The fun part about attending, as far as I’m concerned, is that I’m encouraged to dress up, channeling any era I please. There...

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Life Imitates Art

April 23, 2012
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Life Imitates Art

Tonight we went out to dinner and had ribs, coleslaw, beans, etc.  They’re serious about their barbecue around here.  It was a rare opportunity to just hang out and eat, since Joey usually has to perform and can’t eat before a show.  Needless to say, we took full advantage of it.   As we...

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The Week at a Glance

April 19, 2012
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The Week at a Glance

  You can tell I’ve been busy because I’m in my default maxis.  In addition to working on a few audio books, I’ve been cleaning out my closet, finally getting some clarity concerning what I should keep available and what needs to be packed away for now.  I’ve rearranged my bags and hats, put...

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The Ode Series, #2

April 15, 2012
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The Ode Series, #2

  I started the Ode Series as a way to acknowledge some of the style bloggers who have impacted me with their definitive take on personal style and life. Sometimes it’s a specific outfit that inspires me to try something new, or perhaps it’s a thoughtful comment or question that gets me thinking. Melanie...

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Slow your Roll

April 8, 2012
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Slow your Roll

Slow your roll, chill out, or as a young friend once said to me, “Just go with it, man!”  I find it a challenge at times.  Even when I’m “relaxing”, my mind is still going a mile a minute.  Today, however, was a gift from the gods.  Perfect weather, no traffic, and an opportunity...

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Feeling Blue

April 5, 2012
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Feeling Blue

  Sometimes I’m attracted to a specific color for a period of time, and because I’m gravitating to it, everything ends up matching.  I really don’t do it on purpose; I’m not trying to look like a catalogue.  I don’t particularly like matchy-matchy, and I think it’s hilarious when the fashion police try to...

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Slap Dash

April 2, 2012
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Slap Dash

  Given the speed with which my life has been moving recently, it’s a minor miracle I was able to get dressed at all this morning.  Usually I have “uniforms” I can grab when things get hectic, outfits already known and loved.  But Spring/Summer has arrived so quickly amidst the insanity that I haven’t...

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The Exhibit

March 26, 2012
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The Exhibit

This past week I had the privilege of attending the opening of a very special art exhibit.  My child is graduating this year from The Cooper Union in New York as an art major and I’m beyond proud and impressed.  I’m pretty awe-struck, actually. I’m posting some pictures of the show; I just wish...

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A Cardinal Rule

March 18, 2012
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A Cardinal Rule

Okay, so I broke a cardinal rule.  Many of you know this rule: never get rid of your “fat” jeans.  As we head into Spring, and I’m packing for a trip, I’m reminded that a year ago I weighed about 15 lbs less.  This weight gain is not unexpected.  I like to eat; my...

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The Ode Series, #1

March 14, 2012
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The Ode Series, #1

Because I’ve been inspired over the last few years by some exceptional personal style bloggers, I’ve decided to create a series of posts, The Ode Series, with outfits directly inspired by some of my style icons.  On the surface, my icons provide me with fresh ideas on how to utilize my existing wardrobe; I...

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Code Red

March 11, 2012
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Code Red

Historically I’ve worn mostly black.  It’s easy; everything goes together, my weight can fluctuate and it doesn’t matter, it’s easy on my cleaning bills etc. You know, all the usual reasons.  I’m guessing, though, that my friends and family get tired of seeing me in all black and quiet as it’s kept, so do...

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