Sunday, December 30, 2012

Outfit Post: Better Red Than Dead

Something about that survey stuck in my craw- and I've been wearing red lipstick ever since. Taking it to a whole other level, is this outfit of red on red on red. On red. It's as if I'm on fire. Hoping clearly to heat up my day- baby it's cold outside!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Outfit Post: Seattle Starling

Imagination takes flight in a practical fisherman's knit cardigan sweater. (Photo credits: Bella Q)
Grey knitted on grey, with clouds tumbling over your head, like a dirty white crest of surf washing in on a Seattle tide. Winter here is a a study of heathered, charcoaled, jetted, and slated greys. And some days, that can't help but color you. One can't pounce about in fancy silk frocks when it's wet and cold and rainy. You're going to want to feel toasty, warm, and better serving to that is the practical sweater, some leg cover; anything to get you out the door and onto the street ready to get about, to go somewhere.

I've been wearing jeans in what seems like forever, and I'm not a pants sort of girl. So I'm exploring all sorts of ways to stay warm and dry in a skirt or dress. It has to be done quickly- there's not a lot of time, or space (small, small closets) to sort an outfit out. Garments need to be selected, donned, layered and dressed.

I feel a dullness to all this practicality- what comes to mind are those drab yet shiny birds you see everywhere, the starlings. I admire their tenacity, their capability to thrive in city living, and for their bright yellow beaks that commonly accessorize their otherwise plain-as-jane wardrobe: an oily overcoat of drab dark feathers. I guess you could say that today, I'm feeling a bit like a starling.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

REAL WOMEN: Wear Red Lipstick

According to the Nurture Replenish Skincare survey, red lipstick is disgraceful after the age of 59. Moreover, results showed that women over 45 years old consider 59 is the appropriate age to steer away not only from wearing red lipstick, but also from high heels and tight clothes. (source)

Did you read the poll survey results reported on Yahoo recently- the one where a survey of women over 45 years of age, said that wearing red lipstick over age 59 was disgraceful? You can read the report HERE, and while many people react angrily about the news, I suspect the main point is missed: 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Shop Secondhand First: The Christmas Party Outfit

This post is part of the Ethical Fashion Bloggers monthly challenge. This month, ethical fashion bloggers the world over celebrate style with sustainable and ethical fashion. You can see more HERE.

So that big Christmas party is coming up, and you need something festive to wear. You're thinking "pops of color," "sparkle," and affordable. I'm thinking sustainable. The best way to combine both is to SHOP SECONDHAND FIRST
Take a leap into sustainable style by taking the SHOP SECONDHAND FIRST pledge
Before you hit the mall for a brand new ensemble, take a second and try these sustainably savvy style tips first:





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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Outfit Post: Tiger, Tiger

All month I've been playing with red and green and plaids and mixing it up with black and white. Part of December's uniform has been these vintage Pendleton plaid coat that is deliciously awash in Christmas reds and a pine green. It was first acquired last year in Sacramento, where it was too warm to wear- but here in Seattle- like the middle bowl of porridge in the Goldilock's tale: it is JUST right. The black white striped gloves and red plaid scarf worn with the coat have been garnering quite a bit of compliments, usually the "it's so nice to see some holiday cheer" sort of thing.  You see, not a lot of color seems to be worn in these here parts. So standing out in color is easy here. And fun.
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Fun and 98% Thrifted. Everything but the hat, and the socks came from secondhand sources. The dress, a cute lace frock castoff from a fast fashion chain I won't mention, was found, good as new in a Goodwill shop in Portland, Oregon. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Outfit Post: Moto Mojo

Not So Tough: Bella takes to the streets all smiley in her tweed version of Biker Babe

Ah, the quintessential rebel garment: the classic leather biker jacket. Me? Not tough enough to wear the leather version of it. While I've attempted to sport a plaid wool version in the past, and a bright red non-leather one in the future (future outfit post that is) I'm not sure a sleek black as your soul version suits me. However, a moto mock up in TWEED? Count me in the race, folks. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Guest Post: Odyssey Home

Minimal to the Max: Stephanie Clayton takes us on a style journey at Odyssey Home.
Upon first glance you can probably assess that artist Stephanie Clayton has a strong sense of aesthetics. Upon second glance, you'll probably dig her outfit. Stephanie blogs at Odyssey Home, and it just so happens she's a +40 style blogger. Style in this case, being more a a bigger picture, with a big push in design and decor,  not limited to the mere confines of a wardrobe. I'm pleased as punch that Stephanie consented to write a guest post for The Citizen Rosebud, as there is so much I admire about her and Odyssey Home. Let me introduce to you one amazing woman who happens to be +40, and fabulous. -Bella Q

Wear. Dwell. Live. 
That's the subheading for my blog Odyssey Home- the "home" of personal style and design. I realize the name may give an impression that my blog is all about home decor, which I do feature, but truly the focus is on personal style in all areas. I started the blog in early 2009 as a way to visually document my outfits and, occasionally, home decor; and as a handy way to connect with similar-minded individuals.

I work in the visual arts and this means I am sensitive to aesthetics. I believe good taste is, or should be, consistent, whether in clothing, architecture, furnishings, or other areas in which style plays a role. It's about having a holistic approach, really. I have a tendency to reinvent myself, although now in my 40s I believe I have reached a point of consistency. That's the good thing about having been an adult for a while – you evolve into this person with tastes and tendencies honed by years of living, paying attention, and caring about what you put on your body and what you bring into your personal space. Hopefully things start to fall into place as you become discerning. Obviously there is more to life than personal adornment and home decor; but these things make life a little more beautiful and interesting.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Bella Goes Gala

Say YES to the Dress: I'm wearing my Gala dress by Karina Dresses, with its cheery red/black/grey/white ditzy print, a sweetheart neckline and wrap around skirt that hugs the curves and forgives the lumps. With a nod to Advanced Style fashion icon, and newest model for the recent Lanvin campaign, Tziporah Salamon, my outfit makes me feel gorgeous and confident. I am wearing fashion that feels good!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Outfit Post: The Funny Papers

It was a cold and rainy day- too wet and grey to run outside and take photos. But inspired by my blogger friends from across the globe, my outfit was made in technicolor. If you are a new reader, you purhaps don't know yet that I LOVE the color combo of red, white and blue. I can be seen frolicking in these most bold and optimistic color mix HERE, HERE, HERE. But usually the blue leans more towards navy. Today I am electric in a vibrant cobalt blue. Which makes me think of Ariane,  +40 blogger and resident gorgeous hipster, who makes being over 50 years of age, look uber cool. If Style Sud-Est is NOT already on your blogroll, I urge you to stop reading this, take a moment and add her. And, YOU are welcome. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Party on Top, No nonsense on the Bottom

Bella wears her version of a Casual Christmas party outfit featuring No nonsense leg wear
Happy Holidays!

Let's get down to business and talk about No nonsense tights and leggings.
My neighborhood Walgreens sells them, and in case you think that fashion can't be affordable or easy to buy, think again. I love how easy it can be to buy quality leg wear in up-to-date fashion accents. Color, texture and fun fashion sense can be yours in a minute, and at a great price. 

So check me out.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Outfit Post: Secondhand Nirvana

So I decide I'm going to focus more on writing about my community and then give you an onslaught of personal outfit posts. My bad. One thing: outfits pics are easier to post than researched articles- and another- well, let's just say I'm bad at doing what I'm told, even if it's me doing the telling. Is anyone else that way? C'mon, we're rebels.

Rebellious, yet practical.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Ugly Holiday Sweater + Dominon Boots

Deck the Halls: Ugly Holiday Sweater Season has arrived!
'Tis the Season: Ugly Holiday Sweater season is here. And I, dear ducklings, am one to honor time-tested traditions. Behold, my latest and greatest to my Ugly Sweater collection. 'Tis 1960s vintage, 'tis wool and knitted, and 'tis very very ugly. And awesome. And wonderful. I feel like a happy little elf, all toasty and warm and getting geared up for the Holidays.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Outfit Post: Grey Matters

Layering up smartly in a heady mix of texture + pattern- tweed, argyle + honeycomb plaid make the grade in this winter look.

Note: This is a sponsored post featuring Karina Dresses.

Clever me. I'm getting used to this grey business of the Pacific Northwest. Overhead, an ongoing mosaic of cloud cover, swirling like paisley, pulsing with rain. Indoors it may be toasty, but this girl is going places- and I need to get there regardless of the weather. Tired of jeans and flats, I decided to doll up, while dressing for comfort and easy mobility. The grey day go-to: my "sweet" Carolyn by Karina Dresses.

Monday, December 3, 2012

December- Come Home

'Tis the season, yeah? 

I'm rounding up my year in my head- and let me tell you there's so many good things inside it. 
A year ago this month, I was living in Sacramento, making arrangements for my dude to come visit, to spend the Holidays with me. Today, I woke up in a home that we share- after spending a delicious weekend together, just hanging. The long distance phone calls, the pining away days are now over, and we are here, building our nest together. That is, as Martha Stewart puts it: a good thing. 
Seasons Greetings from the Citizen sponsor: Karina Dresses. Use coupon code ROSC30 for $30 off your purchase.

Don't call it a come back, or a happy ever after- the story is still unfolding. And at the gone-to-seed age of never-you-mind-forty-plus-something, I'm just getting started. For the first time in my life, I feel like I've come home. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Affair: Love is Cashmere, Love is Wool

L'Affaire Cashmere is...
Love wrapped in Luxury.

When you yearn for warmth and style with a bit of luxury, consider L'affaire Cashmere, a line of scarves and wraps designed with quality and longevity in mind. Premium stoles, scarves and shawls are available in pure cashmere, as well as versions made from wool, and seasonally offered in silk. The collection is a desirable mix of contemporary design with heirloom qualities. You will keep and treasure your L'Affaire for many years to come. Available in solid colors, checks and stripes as well as a variety of classic and contemporary prints, including limited edition runs of hand needle embroideries to choose from. Sourced from Nepal and Kashmir, legendary for their cashmere, silks and wool, L'Affaire Cashmere stoles, scarves and throws are an indulgence to be enjoyed everyday.

Listed below are my top L'affaire Cashmere picks- and they make wonderful gifts!


Diamond Red 100% Cashmere $94.00
A pure cashmere stole in holly berry red is feels right for the holiday. Woven in a diamond weave adding a subtle texture that will brighten any outfit. You can purchase yours HERE.

Animal Spirit Pure Cashmere Stole $139.00
My absolute favorite is this adorable cashmere wrap that has been woven in an animal print. Woven Jaguar spots in ecru, browns and blacks add stylish flair from the wild to the concrete jungle. Soft, silky and warm this accessory is a purr-fect way to warm my winter. Also available in a sexy tiger print HERE.

Aubergine 'n' Paprika Pure Cashmere Stole $129.99
Spice it up in this luxurious cashmere stole knitted in rich eggplant purple and the deep rust hue of paprika. Super soft and versatile, this stole will steal your heart in its delicious Autumnal hues. Serve it up spicey HERE.


If cashmere is  a tad too pricey for your budget,  let me make a case for the more affordable wool versions- still luxurious:

The Bengal Leopard print in wool.  Take a leap for this leopard print wool stole, frugally priced at $52.00.  You can afford to bust out your inner jungle kitty without breaking the bank. Buy yours HERE

Checkered Jacquard Ceil Pure Wool Stole $72.00
THIS is my personal favorite - traditional yet jaunty, a gorgeous Jacquard gem in red, black and blue plaid.

Blue Green Fringed Wool Stole $55.00
The traditional diamond weave shines again in this delectable wool stole with fringe. Dyed a rich jewel hue of jade, this scarf adds a pop of color set to brighten up any grey day. Seen HERE.

Fenced Florals Wool Scarf $54.99
This over sized square scarf blooms madly with a riot of color and blossoms! Pinks and oranges form a petulant bouquet that brings springtime whatever the weather.

For some +40 Bloggy inspiration on wearing scarves, consider these lovely forty-and-then-some-year-old ladies!

Playing With Scarves
Senora Allnut
Une Femme d'un Certain Age
Over 50 Feeling 40
Coming Full Circle
Highly Irregular Style 

This post is sponsored by L'Affaire Cashmere. While I received compensation for authoring this post, product selections, descriptions, and opinions are 100% my own. 
Interested in sponsoring a post? Contact me for rates and details.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Outfit Post: Tam-Print-Stripe-Plaid Bam

Bright is not how I've been dressing lately. I've become friends with the flat and the practical, realizing that cute high heeled shoes don't walk well up or down steep soggy hills. And lately, I live on a hill. Layered wooly things and jeans with bulky coats are, out of practicality, what you'd see me in, were you to run into me offline. So this morning, inspired by Patti and the Visible crew, I decided to doll up and wear favorites, not practicals. 


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Love Fuzzy Heart: Now Playing

Now playing-
It reads
like a rambling haiku 
as writ
by lower case alphabet afficiando
e.e. cummings: 

rita hayworth shoulder bed
bad taste clothing - fashion
over forty- fashion over
40 blog

love fuzzy heart
this is your life:
man in red plaid

Friday, November 16, 2012

Almost Blue

I've been feeling blue lately. Perhaps it's been a long while coming, but it was a sleeper. It felt sneaky, I just sort of had a moment and a feeling and I realized that I'm struggling. I will get out of it, but at the moment it feels, well, blue. There are lots of triggers (broken camera lens, a overwhelming amount of goods over flowing my tiny little home, no money, lack of funds, weight gain, and some fallen expectations) but the reason is singular: FEAR. I am riddled with fear of failure. Tightrope and no safety net, and my nerves are shot. Yep. Fear.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Good Foot

Que pasa people, que pasa? 

Feeling a bit of moody cowgirl, I wore my vintage Dingo kicks with my favorite floral frock. As it has recently turned CHILLY, this may be the last time you see my bare legs for a while, so drink it up people! 

The outfit is all thrifted save for the cute chevron tote I'm uh, toting. That is brand spanking new-  American made from House of Minerva. HoM is a labor of love for designer Kate Elfatah who designs her collection of totes and bags and aprons, as well as sewing custom pieces, and makes them all here in the U.S.A. Her designs are retro inspired and she's all about recycling her fabrics. 
Note the second handbag- a blistering gem of a vintage wicker handbag- in black with brown accents and is available in the Etsy shop. I've recently realized that it's cross body straps only for me- so I am reluctantly letting this beaute of a bag go. The label is Adoria, and I just adore it. Don't you? 
J'Adoria: Wicked Vintage Black Wicker Handbag is available on Etsy HERE.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Walk the Walk: Shop Secondhand First

A few years ago, inspired by the stylish and thrift fellow bloggers, Emily of the Daily Fashionista, and the unforgettable Reva of Reva's Rags to Roses, I created a pledge. You can see the start of it HERE.  Realizing that I was partial to style bloggers who focused on vintage and/or thrift shopping, and that they, like myself were trying to do their part to be ethical and sustainable shoppers. Reva and I discussed this and she made a pledge widget for us to display on our sidebars. I recently ran across this pledge on a blogger's sidebar, someone I didn't know, and someone who didn't know that the pledge was originated by me. What we both knew, is that we were both committed to creating a lighter carbon footprint, and one of our strategies was to SHOP SECONDHAND FIRST.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


Samuel Clemens took his pen name from a maritime term, mark twain. It was in riverboat dialect for the calling out of the depth of water beneath the boat's keel (source). It was an indication of "safe water." For me, it also means the spot where you are in between places: the deep and the shallow. A standing ground of Limbo.

Perhaps that is where I am now. Betwixt. Between.  Twain. I'm capturing (or captured) in flux between two states of being- the where from and where to. There is no mention of the where-hows. Crossroads, and crossbows. In real life I take aim, and then detour. It's now my intention to get back on track.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Uno Momento Mori

This fun Day-of-the-Dead graphic was made courtesy of Pic Monkey. I've been using this amazing FREE application on the web for months now, and of course I hope you are using it too! Pic Monkey is easy to use, and really helps edit your pictures to look their best. In this case, my best is Death Warmed Over.

Wishing you all a fun + frightful holiday!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

We Got Tha Beat! Beats + Bohos in Ballard

I've mentioned that I LOVE Ballard, right? Ballard is a funky/awesome/kick-ass district in Seattle that has a Swedish/Nordic history and is rich with creative culture. Well, I'm starting to suspect that they have one of the best vintage shopping districts too. 

One recently discovered treasure is a newly opened shop on 15th Avenue NW in Ballard, Beats & Bohos. Described on Yelp as "half record store and  half vintage boutique," Beats has a heart stopping collection of GREAT vinyl records and MIND-BLOWING, wearable vintage women's clothing. And accessories. And house wares. And jewelry. It's kind of mind boggling how the owners crammed so much good stuff in such a small space. 

Nestled inside an old Craftsman bungalow, you'll find Beats & Bohos, the boutique upstairs, in a quirky and charming attic. Packed full with an old school vinyl record collection, AND ah-hamazing vintage- you could get lost for hours, caught up between the slanted sunlight streaming in from the small South-facing windows, the tunes spinning over the speakers, and the tightly packed racks of neo-boho, mad mod, and bubble gum '80's vintage women's clothing, handbags, coats, boots and more.  Dot. Dot. Dot. This girl speaks from experience- I literally got lost for hours inside this tiny gem of a shop. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Outfit Post: Miz Mooz, Ox-blood Boots

Fall colors are steeped in drama. Case in point the au currant color of Oxblood, aka Merlot,  Bordeaux, or Burgundy. This wine-soaked hue is seeped in drama, and looks so good against the plainer Fall colors of greys and browns. My recent boot bonanza, a pre-loved pair of oxblood Miz Mooz boots, looked so good around town, strolling over a cascade of burgundy, red and yellow leaves and a gorgeous grey stony sidewalk.