Kimonos, cookies, and comfort shoes

Kimonos cookies and comfort shoes

Happy Monday, all!  Welcome to a new week, and today a new post on kimonos, cookies and comfort shoes!

I hope everyone had a cozy weekend.  Ours was active and I will share more about that later in the week.

I am posing upon the brick trim of our home, because Leigh Ann liked the images of the trees in the window.

We are similar in that regard that we like to notice shadows and refllections.


Kimonos cookies and comfort shoes

Today, let’s begin with a colorful kimono from Marketplace: Handwork of India.  I introduced these women artisans to you here.

Most of you know I love the creative, artistic messages of kimonos and wear them often in warmer weather.

I liked the different colors (warm gold, off white, and purple) in this Sunita Jacket, and the prices was right at $39.  There are still a few left.

I styled it today with all older pieces in my wardrobe…an Eileen Fisher tunic, Joan Vass leggigngs, a necklace from an art fair years ago, and leather flats.

My cost per wear on these leggings is so, so low.  I have worn and washed them over and over again for years and they still look new.  Great leggings!

This is a causal look I will be sporting often around home and running errands.  It speaks my Foundational Five.



Last week, I posted this picture of cookies I made for our family football party, and have been asked for the recipe.

Here goes…..

Gigi’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

You will need:

2 sticks of butter (I cup) softened

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

1 cup of solidly packed light brown sugar

¾ cup of sugar

1 12 oz package and 1 6 oz package of mini-milk chocolate chips

1 ½ cups of old-fashioned rolled oats

2 cups of all- purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of salt

  1. The first thing I do is set out the butter to soften and then I come back in about an hour.
  2. Next, I place in a small bowl the flour, baking soda, and salt and whisk together.  Some like to add cinnamon, but I do not do that with this recipe.
  3. I cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla, and cream until well mixed
  5. Then I gradually add the dry ingredients mixing well after each addition.
  6. I use the mixer to stir in the oatmeal and then the chocolate chips.
  7. For me, I think the cookies are much better if you put them in the refrigerator or freezer overnight and cook the next day.  I put these in the refrigerator.
  8. I spoon them onto a cookie sheet with parchment paper and cook at 375 for about 10 minutes.  We like ours soft and chewy so I watch them closely.

Let me know if there are any questions, class!!


Kimono Cookies and Comfort Shoes

I recently discovered a new comfort shoe brand that I wanted to share with you…they offer stylish and comfortable options.

In fact, this Comfortiva Perlace Sneaker in light taupe just may be my new favorite shoe! I predict you will see it often here.

I really like the comfort in the heel of this shoe and it looks great with casual styles….also, it is on sale at Nordstrom.

Good for walking the mall!

Comfort Shoes

At the same time I purchased the first pair, I also picked up the Comfortiva Talen Leather Sneakers in Mimosa.

This color goes perfectly with all of my new autumn colored clothing, but (full disclosure) while it is comfortable, it is not as comfortable as the first pair I showed to you.

I will wear them out, but probably not someplace where there will be a great amount of walking involved.  

Here are a few more selections form the Comfortiva brand: (Note: I put the navy blue first because a couple of you had asked for navy blue shoes)

Are you familiar with this brand?  It was new to me, but I will be watching it.  



Kimonos cookies and comfort shoes

What is the first thing you do when you look in the mirror?

Well, like so many women, you probably frown at your age spots, or spy a new wrinkle, or lament over thinning eyebrows.

Try smiling first thing!  Before you think anything, give yourself a big smile every morning this week.

Then let me know if it made a difference in how you faced the day and in your attitude toward YOU.

Thanks for sharing your Monday with me…of course, leave any comments or questions about the content today.  It was fun to discuss kimonos, cookies and comfort shoes.

Now, as always………



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  1. I do like kimonos too, and would like to add a few for spring and summer. Yours looks very nice with the supporting colors you have chosen, and I imagine you can wear kimonos all year which is enviable! I had not heard of this shoe brand, not have I seen it at DSW, but will keep an eye out. I recently did some damage in the Vionic store and find their shoes to be very good for my feet. I’m pretty picky about comfort brands because I don’t want them to look like comfort shoes. I have yet to break up with my pumps and heels 👠….! The cookies look good!

    1. You are a better women than I, Karen. I broke up with the pumps and heels when the hammer toes began. I also like Vionic. I will keep you up to date on how this new line works for me, but that first pair is a winner for comfort and style. Have a great Monday!

  2. I surely do like those Comfortiva shoes, but cannot find them in taupe like yours which is a good neutral color. There appear to be many shoes in this brand which was not familiar to me. Your kimono is colorful, pretty, and has an interesting background in India. Again, an unknown source to me. Your cookie recipe looks delicious. If you want them to be chewy, the cooling of the batter keeps them from spreading; otherwise, they will spread more to become thin and crisp. And I’m trying to remember to smile! Does the mind and heart good!

  3. Your perforated flats look a lot like those iconic ones from Ilse Jacobsen, also available at Nordstrom in many colors. I couldn’t wear them last summer due to foot problems that had to be corrected by surgery, but I will likely add an orange pair this summer. Right now it’s boot weather! I love that bronze-gold tank.

  4. I was going to order the Comfortiva shoes, did you find them to be true to size or did you have to size up? Thank you

  5. I love that kimono on you, and the necklace is perfect with it! Thanks for the cookie recipe! I have a large bag of chocolate chips from Costco so I’m going to try using them instead of buying the minis. Hopefully they will turn out as good as yours!

  6. First off I really love the artisan kimono you’re wearing today! Very nice! I can see myself wearing this or something similar after April and all through summer in our climate! Very very nice look! I also love the small picture of you in an ivory sweater jacket (cardi) with pretty silk neck scarf. Beautiful look on you!
    Abd thank you for this cookie recipe! Because I need gluten free flour I’ll try the recipe with my go to almond flour with a bit of coconut flour to balance. They look so yummy!
    So far my feet are not bad and I’m in my 70s. I do see a podiatrist for nail work every 7 weeks and he checks every little thing I need.
    I’m blessed to have found him. Have a lovely week!

  7. This kimono outfit is a winner for you! The style formula is a winner: great color, fashionable but not forced, comfortable, good proportion, creative. This outfit should be one of your Go-To outfits.

  8. I love, love, love the necklace you’re wearing with the first outfit! So unique!

    Right now, when I look in the mirror I find myself focusing on my neck as I’m recovering from thyroid surgery and the bandages just came off yesterday! Thank you for the reminder to give myself a great big smile while I’m at it!

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