This old thing?

This old thing?

“Look at you,” my friend at work said, “I love your outfit!”


I looked down at myself to refresh my memory about what I was wearing.  I had on a bright fuchsia sheath dress paired with skyscraper turquoise shoes.


“Thanks!   Could you believe I have had this dress for forever?”




From across the room one of the guys glanced at me and commented, “Yeah, I can believe it… those colors are so 80’s.”


Before I could utter a word, my friend interjected coming to my defense, “Men!  You know nothing!  She is totally in style… She’s color blocked.” 


I am not conventional…. But you probably know that already….


I like to keep up with the latest styles.  But I don’t pick up on the trends in conventional ways.  I don’t scour over pages of fashion magazines or check out fashion sites on the internet.


I people watch and window shop.  I love to get inspiration from others – good and bad.  And I love to meander through stores and pick up on the latest trends by seeing what the stores are showing, to get ideas on how to spice up my look – even including mixing and matching new pieces with old.



What are your favorite resources for inspiration on style, fashion, beauty and living life well?


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Hilary Grossman

Hilary Grossman is the author of Plan Bea and Dangled Carat. By day, she works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her "characters." She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She's been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on the beach in Long Island. To find out more of what Hilary is up to check out her Facebook page

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22 thoughts on “This old thing?

    1. Brian -Thanks so much… You know how to make a girl smile!

      Brian – Great…. Now her head swelled a little. I hope she doesn’t start to spend more time in the closet and less time by the food bowl! XOXO Alex

    1. Jennifer – don’t be afraid…. You really can’t go wrong as long as you don’t use more than 3 color…. Try it – I am sure you will look great (and if you don’t like the look – change…)

  1. I sure remember the dress and I’m sure the shoes went terrific with the dress and that you looked beautiful, as usual.

    1. Loretta – oh mom… thanks… and can you believe that I still have that dress (and the others I got around the same time). I am sure you recognize the shoes that I wore – the ones I got with you 🙂

  2. Having clean clothes and being coordinated — that’s the best I can hope for. LOL. I don’t follow fashion, definitely don’t have a pair of awesome heels like that. They don’t make “come f*** me” shoes like that in 6.5D, I’m pretty sure. 😛

    1. Fuzzy Tales – clean and coordinated is a start 🙂 I like the way you describe my shoes… I will look at them with new appreciation the next time I wear them 🙂

    1. Inner Chick – I couldnt agree more… And also knowing your body… we all have different body types so one style can’t fit all.. I love these shoes too. When I first tried them on in the store they were so comfy – almost like a high heel sneaker. As soon as I brought them home – not so much.. but each time I wear them (and they are my new fav) they get a little better.

    1. Angela – that works… And makes a lot of sense because we all have to dress to our lifestyles and body types

  3. Love those shoes. But I would probably kill myself trying to wear those. My feet are so used to flip-flops and flats that I would keel over before taking even one step!!! 🙂 I’m like you… I browse the stores and people watch and kinda make up my own thing. I like timeless pieces.

    1. Susi – I love timeless pieces like this sheath dress. I have had it for longer than you have had your son 🙂 it just never goes out of style…. After wearing flip flops constantly I don’t recomend these shoes… they are wicked high… I stick to heels for work and flats for home…

  4. Love those heels and I must admit I am like you, I use many sources to figure out how I want to dress and then I go with what works for me and what I like 🙂

    1. Lucy – “what works and what I like” so important… so many people get wrapped up in what is the latest trend even if it doesn’t suit their lifestyle / body type.

  5. Love the shoes. I’m not sure if my PJ’s count! We are going to a family wedding and I’ve been thinking of getting a dress. I can honestly say I don’t have at this time. I am a capri and blouse kinda person with my birkenstock! I am also thinking of a cute pair of shoes like that.

  6. In reference to men not knowing anything, I must ask my half of the species one question:

    Okay… who blabbed?

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