I am a Bootlegger!

img_4942img_4940-1img_4941img_4924Well, no, I am not the whiskey-smuggling, illegal-activity kind of bootlegger, but for the number of times I wear boots when the weather cools, I feel that I must redefine the term! (Fashion) Bootlegger: noun. 1 a: someone who wears boots to ward off cold feet and legs. verb. Bootlegging 1 a: the art of wearing boots as a replacement for stockings and and sock wear.

The truth is that when the weather cools you need a go-to type of shoe; something that does more than add height to your look but actually redefines how you warm your legs. Boots are your answer. You will need to remember the following when purchasing a pair (or two, or three!) of winter boots: find a color that is versatile and will go will most things (black is always a good idea), a little heel (like a wedge) is a perfect compliment to both pants and skirts and dresses, and a weatherproof boot will be your new best friend if you get caught in drizzle or rain or snow. And remember to make sure your boots aren’t too tight-fitting – you want to have enough room to accommodate heavier socks and tights. When you do, you will find yourself wearing boots dressed up and dressed down, always and in all ways. Become a bootlegger, like me, and give this naughty word a whole new meaning!

Wearing my two favorite black boots; suede wedges by Dior and waterproof wedges by Taryn Rose

Photos by Kendra Olson

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Opening Day

Memorial Day 2013

Memorial Day 2013

Happy Memorial Day and the unofficial opening day of summer. What does the approaching three months mean to me? It means days of fewer layers of clothing and walking out my door without a coat and hat. It means wearing my beloved t-shirts. It means pulling out my sandals and walking around without socks and boots. It also means sleeping a little more, watching more movies, catching more daylight hours, taking more walks, spending more time with my boys (though now that they are teenagers – maybe not) and enjoying more of the good things.

This is a day to remember our nation’s heroes of the armed forces who gave their lives serving our country. And as a New Jersey resident, today is a day we thought might never come: a return to the beach after Super Storm Sandy.

Happy Memorial Day. With love to you!

Memorial Day 2013

Memorial Day 2013

 

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Jodie in her own words …

Jodie on The High Line, NYC

Jodie on The High Line, NYC, wearing one of her favorite outfits

I met Jodie Berlin Morrow in the early 1980s after I graduated college. I was taking a walk in my neighborhood with my mom (probably pondering my future) when we ran into Jodie. Because, for a brief and wonderful interlude in her life as a New Yorker, she lived in my town in New Jersey and became our neighbor and very special friend. Jodie eventually moved back to New York and we lost touch with her until a few years ago when we all reconnected. How happy my mom and I are to have Jodie back in our lives. She is a beautiful woman with the gift of bringing out the best in us. Stylish as always, she truly inspires me. But enough from me. Now, Jodie, in her own words …

I didn’t have any identifiable style until I was in my early 40s. Before that, I had worked in a school setting and in human resources, and I wasn’t that interested in fashion. A significant change happened when I became the owner of an antique store, and that is when I began to find out what I liked. It took leaving those earlier environments and becoming a buyer for my own store, responsible for choosing and selecting pieces that I liked, to change my style perspective. I would travel to do my buying and developed new relationships and friendships along the way. I soon fell in love with vintage. I began to wear Victorian Whites and I started to buy clothes that felt like me and that I absolutely loved … Continue reading

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Rainy days and Tuesdays …

… always get me down. Actually, I am not down today, because I have some great rain boots to help me weather the storm. They are treats from my Missoni madness shopping adventure at Target (see A Tale of Missoni Madness, September 15, 2011).  The idea for rain boots came from my younger friends and now I think everyone should have a go-to pair. They make all the difference on a rainy day. That, and a cup of coffee with a friend, helps too!

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Weekend chic

It is the weekend and I am lounging and feeling lazy. A satisfying feeling, especially after a hectic week. The question is … what to wear when I am lounging and taking it easy? Do I take time to dress the part? Too often the answer is no. I have become a little careless in what I choose to wear on weekends. When I think no one is looking I tend to let it go. But I have forgotten one important thing. I am my own audience and I am always looking. Am I not enough?

I read an article recently in More Magazine that addressed the importance of having fun with your weekend look by pulling yourself out of your rut and selecting more chic casual options, while still remaining comfortable. It is time to forget the sneakers and sweat pants; wear them only for exercise. Forget the basic black handbag. Rather, opt for jeans or try other slim slacks and pair them with a more casual, flat boot. Change to a colorful handbag. Accessories in general are wonderful ways to add pop and enhance any weekend outfit. Wrap a colorful scarf over your jacket and a touch of jewelry. Even better?  Choose a dressier earring or necklace with a simple t-shirt. I love to mix and match high and low! It is one of my best kept secrets.

Be your own audience when selecting what you wear on the weekend. Do it for yourself because you are worth it!  Happy weekend.

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These boots are made for talkin’

It began at least 20 years ago in Waco, Texas, when I was a bridesmaid at my college friend’s wedding.  While there, I bought my first pair of authentic western cowboy boots.  They were (and still are) black snakeskin with a colorful print.  At that time I wore them as I learned to dance the two-step.

Today they sit in my closet, and although my feet have grown a bit since they were first worn, I pull them out from time to time and tuck them in to my skinny jeans and do my own two-step.  They make me happy.

In time, I would add dressy, tall black boots, shorter purple boots and warm and fuzzy winter boots to my boot collection, because they make me happy, too.  My love affair with boots has grown steadily and it is only now that I appreciate how great boots are in cold weather.  So much so in fact, that this fall I added two more styles.  First, I returned to Target to purchase a pair of Missoni black and white rain boots (you know that story – I just couldn’t resist one more Missoni piece!), and shortly after, I followed an ad in The New York Times Style section, to find my latest pair:  Rachel Comey black suede and tan leather ankle boots.

Perhaps love has turned into obsession.  At least I can cultivate this obsession for years to come, because if you take care of your boots, they will take care of you.

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