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.