This color, sunflower, is one
of my favorites

As I previously wrote, I have been through some more reinvention in the last year since I began this blog. The biggest surprise was losing weight on the HCG diet. I had tried so many unsuccessful diets that I just was pleasantly shocked when it actually worked during the spring. Now down 28 pounds, my body has changed significantly and my wardrobe is mostly dysfunctional.

Therefore, I have been doing much pondering…questioning…and seeking counsel as I literally begin again. I will share all of this with you, but today I will start with the issue of price and quality. I shared recently the suit I wore to the wedding by Jana Kos…I got another compliment on that suit at church yesterday. In fact, the exact words were, “I have never seen you look so chic and gorgeous.” I suppose I could be offended by that, but I am attempting to learn from it.

Every seam says CURVES ARE GREAT!

On Wednesday, Paula of Fashion Over Fifty and I will  answer questions about our response to Ines de la Fressange’s book Parisian Chic (be sure and catch both reviews). But, for today, I want to tell you that the book recommends to split your clothing budget in two: “Use half for quality basics and half for impulse buys that will brighten your wardrobe.” She recommends, on sweaters, jackets, and coats especially, to go quality not quantity.

I went to preview the Fall 2011 collection by New York designer Jana Kos with all of the above swimming in my head. You can look at the collection online (Fall 2011 Collection)…but honestly pictures do not do it justice. What I discovered with my suit and trying on more of her designs at this show, is that Jana Kos completely understands a woman’s body and knows how to dress a woman with chic, fit, professional, and sexy in mind. The fall colors are gorgeous… and just touching the fabrics is an experience….silks and buttery leathers top my list. Here I was… trying on sweaters during a time when to even think of sweaters is detestable… and I did not want to take them off!! The cuts and seaming are so flattering and the details include beautiful buttons, breast pockets inside the jackets, and even a little embellishment sewn into a particular collar so it will lay just right.  By the way, I will share with you later my personal buying decision at this show!


You can read another customer’s comments on my blog for the San Antonio Express News HERE… she came to shop while I was covering the collection. I am beginning to think more about my style and my purchases….making a few quality decisions are part of that process.

Skirts and jackets with a touch of leather
would look fabulous with black boots!!



Remember ladies, contact each other, swap your accessories,
and post your looks on August 2!!

1. Terri at Rags Against the Machine with Ariane at Style Sud-est

2. Sweet oomph  with Fun Reva

3.  She Who Accessorizes Well with Beryl at My Niece Told Me To Start Blogging

4.  Patti at Not Dead Yet with Lise at Southern Comfort GA

5. Debbie at Boopnut  with Paula at  Fashion Over Fifty

6.  Finally, me with Serene at  The Elegant Bohemian

Can’t Wait to See What Everyone Does!!

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