What It Takes to Tell a Tale (or do you have writing in your blood?)

Try as I might, I win a few readers and I lose a few. Do I have what it takes to do creative pieces or is just straight reporting my forte. It no longer matters to me, I just want you to read my ramblings, my deep emotional pieces and most of all my sermons.

Once upon a time I wrote an article for a spiritual magazine and they responded that I was being sermonic. Of all the nerve. Weren’t they a spiritual publication and hadn’t I heard plenty of sermons from those people?

I am quite good at writing fashion descriptions and I did that for about 4 years…after reading what I wrote about a wedding dress you would want to leave the convent and find a groom…and that work did move toward other blog writings and many disappointments.

Lately my blogs have flopped and dropped in popularity .All the rage today is about politics and tech.  Smothering in my own political opinions, I wouldn’t dare share them with anyone. It’s a dangerous move and you already don’t like my stuff! As far as technology, I have had this computer since last Mother’s Day and I still don’t understand all  the features or how to use them to benefit me. So much for a blog about the Intel Atom processor, right?

It would be nice to write fiction like Richard Castle does or write about being a Mafia Wife like Lynda Milito does, but I don’t have what it takes to tell a tale.  My pop could tell a tale, and I should have written some of them down. But nonetheless, writing is either in your blood or it’s not.


Fashion, Age, Budget …Can I Still Look Fabulous?

As we grow older, we like to know that the styles we are used to wearing are still available and at a reasonable price and the fashion world is including us. My mother wore the same style and brand of bra for the 60 years I knew her.  For one thing, some of us are retired and paying over one hundred dollars or more on a couple of bras is really outrageous because it really eats into the budget. I want my style bra at a reasonable price…is that too much to ask? That’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Some of us are accustomed to wearing underwire  bras with no padding.  Stop in at Wal Mart for a buget buy and most of the bras are the thick molded kind.  If I wanted to look that endowed it would be perfect, but please show some Bali minimizer knock offs…or anything but Playtex!

This seems like such a god awful thing to whine about, but at 70, I am getting a bit overwhelmed with the young market.  Short, short skirts and belly-showing tops are great for the 40 year olds, but that plane has taken flight.  Where are the fun fashions for my group? We neither want or need the criticism for dressing like the kids, but we are young at heart and on a budget.

If you have an in with any designer, let them know we are not OLD, but we are sensible and even a little modest.  We do not have money for top designer clothing, but appreciate a good buy from the discount stores…that includes Kohl’s and Goodys.  Give us color and fresh prints…not the Sears’ prints from my grandmother’s day.  Remember our waist got lost, and our hips didn’t always grow with our belt size.

We want to look fabulous to boost our spirits.  Afterall, being in our seventies has enough challenges! We have earned some fashion respect and self respect.

Asking for all of this, I realize that I am asking alot from the world of fashion. Let’s have a magazine or two that shows us our options.  I often see make up ads for “mature” skin…looking great in your 50’s.  Wow, who didn’t love their 50’s! However, living in the reality of the situation (being 70+), we need the attention of the world of beauty and fashion.

Let us look fabulous!

Can I Pull Off that New Style?

One thing that is fun in today’s fashion world is the freedom to choose many different styles and surely there is one for you!  I know you think some style will never work for you, but believe me it’s all about a touch of modification. it makes sense to start with one fashion item and work around it with glimmers of the new style. Depending on your body type, go for the most flattering style to build confidence and glamour. Everyone is put together differently, so choose to explore the Internet for styles that suit your body type.  That is a lot simpler than looking at the models who may have no shape at all while your curves are dynamite! From the tiniest of Juniors to the glorious plus size figures, you will find them categorized on your screen.

One item at a time!  Try that hip belt instead of the traditional belt that encircles your waist. The small addition to the dress or slack and shirt makes a huge difference in the style changing it from yesterday to today!  Everyone wants to look attractive and slight changes will hone your outfit.

If you are short, please remember to lengthen your look with those rope and chain necklaces that are fashion forward items for the season.Tall girl styles that compliment your height are abundance so forget about being “too tall for that dress!” Clothes are not the only change you can make…develop your hairstyle and makeup to enhance the shape of your face. No one wants to demand those runway extremes; however a little modification goes a long way.

Make an effort to tell yourself you can pull off that new style…it just doesn’t happen overnight. Your style will require that positive mental attitude and a smile.

Senior ladies…you are not beyond your stage of beauty.  Find the color family and “the look” that works for you! Never wear an item that is in your worse color or size. Look your best in your modified fashion from today’s manufacturers..Remember, it takes time to build the new you! It is a new season and it is time to start!

Promise to look your best every day!


“Come Shopping Girls”  2nd Closet in Osage Beach, MO would be a great place at Lake of the Ozarks to pick up some items for your new look!  Check out top rated consignment shops in your area.

In the pink…the colors of fall and winter 2014-2015

The colors you love!
The colors you love!


Sherri Hill 1403 in FuchsiaPinks are perfect for every occasion this fall and winter…from street length dresses to formal attire for your homecoming or New Year’s Eve celebration. Pinks include mauve, 1084226_169642blossom, fuchsia, magenta an any combination of these soft and wonderful colors. Let your pinks shine through the snow by choosing a parka in a shade of pink. Winter wool jackets will look elegant and sophisticated to spruce up the grey days of winter. Who can resist a pair of pink mittens and a pink scarf!

Fall colors will display as an array of pinks and your fading suntan will glow from the pinks of your fall wardrobe. Choose a cute pink hoodie and jeans for that casual look.  From tops to bottoms, there will be pink  fashions waiting for you to hang in your closet.

Decide to incorporate pinks into your everyday life…pink stationery, pink slippers and a cool pink cup for your hot chocolate. Pink is a very happy color and I am so glad that it has made a comeback for this winter season.

Winter’s here…clean out those closets, Ladies!

Need new bling?
Need new bling?

Why sit around with clothes that don’t fit anymore?  Bring your favorites to Crafted Creations on Hwy 42 in Osage Beach. Maybe your favorites are now too big or maybe too tight…earn cash for those clothes and shop with Denise for some new fashions. This consignment shop rocks!

Crafted Creations will change names January 1, 2014 but will still carry junior and ladies fashions that are guaranteed to fit your style and your purse.

Find great shoes, purses, jewelry and clothing items that will be your new favorites!

If you have a one-time need for a party outfit, why go to the mall? Check out the holiday beauties and shop with Denise and her crew.

New items are added every week and you are welcome to bring in your consignment items during the week. Please enclose a slip of

paper in the box or bag with your name and consignment number if you have one. Otherwise, let Denise set up an account for you! Go to www.craftedcreationsllc.com for details or call Denise at 573-348-1533

Remember Denise offers alterations and tux rental!

New name will be SECOND CLOSET.