Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Live my days instead of counting my years

I know my blog has a vintage/style theme, it's the hook on which the blog hangs, and of course I love my clothes - and seeing yours!

But what is really fascinating about blogging is that conversations develop, bloggers pick up themes and issues from each other, and explore them in their own way.

Posts, comments, further posts - all these brilliant women talking and sharing their thoughts and experiences, I love it.

It's a great big international chin wag, just pour yourself a glass of something lovely, or make a cuppa, and join in!

We have mulled over what sexy means to us, and had a good old laugh about the usefulness of male strippers, thanks to Melanie.

We've considered modesty with Patti, explored with Jan the possibility of dressing so that our age is irrelevant, and embraced our womanliness with Mrs V.

We've thought about aging with Desiree, and how/whether it impacts on us.

We've looked back at old photos with a wee bit of wistfulness, but acknowledged that the women we are now are pretty damn fine.
Val's and Vix's posts on the subject are fabulous. Touching, thought-provoking, revealing.

Yep, this is why I love blogging.

Kiss Me Kitty leggings - gift from the fabulous Cristi
Black dress, print dress and bangles - charity shopped
Sunglasses - gift from darling Helga
Sandals - retail
Necklace - gift

 Such great leggings - thank you so much, Cristi!

And I love these prints together too.

And here's a kiss for all my blogging friends - you are fabulous!

We're off to my eldest sister's for a few days, which will include the posh Black Tie party to celebrate my brother-in-law's 60th and my niece's 21st birthday.

I think we will all scrub up alright for the occasion. The Man is suited and booted, the kids have their outfits sorted, but me?

Still haven't decided. I've narrowed it down to three dresses. I'm having a shoe crisis. Shall I - outrageous! - buy some new ones?

It's so hard, being me. No one knows what I go through.

I hope to keep track of you all via my iPad while we are away, but forgive any slackness in commenting.

And if I stay sober enough to take lots of pics of the bright young things at the party, not to mention the gorgeous older ones too, I will do so and share them on our return.

Much love!




Connie said...

Oh I so agree, Dear Curtise. We are a good old bunch out here in blogland aren't we. I'm pouring myself a glass of wine right now! I think you should definitely get a new pair of shoes. You can never have too many shoes (you can tell I've been on a shoe diet). And I think you should poof your hair up like Dusty's. Loves ya.

Patti said...

How did you know I'd just poured a glass of Merlot?? Well, I deserve it after a long hard day of being a Modern Woman : > Love this post, and your reflections on blogger friends. It is a wonderful thing. And so are your leggings, wonderful I mean; I have not seen that fabulous pattern before. Enjoy your trip xoxoxoxo

Angels have Red Hair said...

I'd love to pour myself a glass ... but as its only 10:00am here I best not ... the neighbours might talk ;0)
I love reading others blogs as well ... It's so refreshing to see that we all still have a voice ... speaking up isn't only reserved for the twenty something's.

thorne garnet said...

enjoy the party, I'm sure whatever you wear will be fab!

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

So you know ... on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at about 6:00 in the evening, Central US time, a large glass of decent Merlot will be raised to you with a "To Curtise" and clunked against Dan's big mug of Dos XX Dark, no lime. To which he will reply "To Curtise". To which I will reply " Long may she WAVE! "
Thank you.
Have a great time, go safe, enjoy completey.
We love you.

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

So well said Curtise! I feel exactly as though I'm sharing a glass of wine with a few good friends. Okay, we're more than a few, but it does feel as intimate, and as warm, and as caring as me and you and a few!

Me so loves the printed dress with the leggings! A little frivolous, a lotta fun, and totally fabulous.

Have a great little time away!

Krista Gassib said...

Ahhhhhhh I'm so happy seeing your legs in Kiss Me Kitty! Nice pattern mixing honey, your pins look fab as does the rest of ya.

I do enjoy blogging and to meet some of you wonderful women in real life has been the best part for me. I rarely if ever participate in the topics going round Not because I dont care but because I can't manage the time. Please don't ever feel like you have to comment on my blog, not everyone does, it took Cristi a year i think before she emailed me. I feel like lately things have gotten weird, I'm not sure what to make of it really. I just want to play:)

Can't wait to see you and the family all scrubbed up! I bet you will all look fabulous!

Val Sparkle said...

I LOVE those leggings! It's nice to see you shake things up a bit and leave the maxis behind for a bit. I like the black dress best, but the patterns are really cool together.

Thanks for the mention! It's so fun joining in and sharing thoughts with everyone, making sense of our clothes and our lives, and encouraging good behavior in our friends (new shoes, new shoes, new shoes, new shoes).

Hugs, Val.

Lynn Dylan said...

Dear Curtise, I agree! So many reasons to love blogging and our blogging friends! Enjoy your time away. I don't think I commented on your previous post, but I love the bright stripes!


Anonymous said...

Have a delicious black tie - three outfit changes in one evening isn't that excessive lol!! Awwww Dusty xx

Vix said...

Well thank you for the round-up and including me in it! Blogging is like a virtual trip to the pub, only better, we can pull up a chair, pour and drink and let rip without having to fight off an amorous pensioner in the process.
Those leggings show your fabulous legs off a treat, love them with the embroidered tunic and the funky dress, Cristi chose perfectly.
I say treat yourself to new shoes, it's not like you do it often.
Have a fantastic time, I know you'll look incredible and can't wait to see you and the clan all scrubbed up in your finery!
Love you! xxxxxx

Trees said...

Blogging friends forever!! I LOVE those leggings - beautiful, have a great time away and I can't wait to see what you wear xoxo

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Have a fabulous time at the party! Don't forget to take pics so we can see the carefully chosen outfit!
I really like the black top in the photos. xxxx

Sandra said...

it is like a chin wag! and I love all the conversations and subjects - I hope you have a most wonderful time, I can't wait to see the photo's, I'm excited for you! I love the glamour of these occasions x

Carina Rosenholm said...

Great post as always my dear! Looks great you do Said Yoda ...
Hope you Will have a great weekend!

Fiona said...

Treat yourself, go on and remember, don't get plastered until after you've taken a heap of snaps for us!
Love the groovy leggings, both of these frocks look great with them. Thanks for Dusty.

Melanie said...

I hope you have a wonderful time at your big sisters xxx

joyatri said...

Very well put, Curtise. There are certain topics that are on everyone's mind and I enjoy reading about them even if I don't blog about them.
What groovy leggings!
Have a great time at your Black Tie do. I hope to see pics if you're able.

Pennyblossoms said...

Hurrah for Bloggers! They pick you up when you're feeling down and can make you laugh out loud. Brilliant!
Miss Beautiful Legs comes up trumps in patterned leggings. (Wolf whistles!)
Have a great shindig and can't wait to see you all in all your glad-rags. And new shoes!
Big smoochie kiss back'
Z xx

Tamera Beardsley said...

Yes, this post is one of the reasons I adore you my dear Curtise! Although I so enjoy your fierce personal style...it your heart that you share so generously...and your your artistic soul... that I truly love!


Liz said...

Have a great time!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Marla Robinson said...

love those leggings!

Tamera Wolfe said...

I finally found my "tribe" in blogland!!

LOVE the new leggings with the print dress-perfect!!
I'm sure whatever you wear you'll be the most glamourous wench there!!

Emalina said...

Yes there have been so many thought provoking and enjoyable discussions in our blogland lately haven't there! Really inspiring stuff.
Great to see you showing off your fabulous pins in paisley dear Curtise!

Ariane Lasalle said...

Yes that is why i can't stop blogging too!
Yes go buy those shoes of course, why not, one more pair who is counting and who cares? indulge yourself girl!

Have a great time at the party!
Mr. D is having his 60th birthday soon to!



Mrs. D said...

Blogging has been a life line for me, I must say. Otherwise my life would be very very boring. I'm really happy that I decided to pick it up again a couple of years ago and very happy about the way it's developed!
Thank goodness for my blogland friends!

freckleface said...

What a lovely way of putting it. Just one big international chinwag!

This is a different look for you, but it works brilliantly. Love the shorter hemlines and those leggings have an amazing print on them.

Go on, buy the shoes! Can't wait to see which outfit you select for the big do. But most of all have a lovely time, enjoy being away, and don't worry about us, we'll still be here when you get back :) xxxxxx

Miss Magpie said...

I love the idea of a worldwide chinwag, I sometimes worry if I am inspired by someone elses post they'll think look at that cheeky bitch pinching my idea!
Have a wonderful time and BUY NEW SHOES!!!!

P.S. Thank you for your supportive comment on my blog. x

Miss Simmonds Says said...

and you're fabulous too! It's so lovely to have blogging friends to bounce ideas off or introduce you to new things. I'm so lucky to have you!
Looking forward to seeing what shoes you buy, but you never know what might turn up in the charity shops between now and Friday!
Gorgeous leggings, not a huge surprise because Cristi is pretty damn good at making leggings and she chooses such amazing patterns. Love them with the patterned dress and the plain black too, bloody gorgeous. You're gorgeous! xxxxxxxx

Helga! said...

It's quite the BEST International chinwag!!! Such a splendidly encouraging and friendly audience too!
So the big do is upon us?! Can't wait to see what you end up wearing!
At times it IS a strain, being fabularse. Just take a deep breath, and everything will be divoon! New shoes are TOTALLY essential, incidentally!
Those leggings are awesome!!!

silvergirl said...

Love these leggings
They are so fun and so versatile as you have shown

Melanie said...

A black tie event and a 21st birthday party - hurrah! Oh, yes, I hope you splurge on new shoes. I like thrifting but sometimes looking for shoes that way is like wandering in the desert. I look forward to seeing what you wear.
I love that last photo of you and the leg shot. Cristi's leggings are treasures and they are rocking off the wall with that psychedelic dress.
Finally, YES, I agree how blogging is like a lovely little get-together and I can't imagine how much we would eat and drink together if this happened in the 3D world. So really, doing this online is the more calorie-wise option. I have enjoyed this latest discussion a lot and the different approaches, quiet, thoughtful, bold, silly, all thought-provoking and enriching. Great post, Curtise.
Have fun!

trishie said...

LOVE the leggings! What a great print and looks wonderful with all the different tops.

PS: New La Mav skincare pack giveaway on the blog, hope you enter: http://www.underlockandkeyblog.com/2013/08/la-mav-review-and-giveaway.html

Harrie Hattie said...

I'm pretty new to blogging but I love it !!!! And I love the group of friends I'm forming. Why didn't I start this years ago??? Loving the leggings ;) xxx

Delia Ryder said...

After the blogging meet up last weekend its kicked start my need to start blogging again and I agree it is a wonderful place with amazing women. Have a great break away, hugs dee xxx

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

I wish my English was better so that I could involve more in all the fun themes/topics that come up with my favorite bloggers. The more I read and write the better I (probably) get so I try and there are som many funny, wise and elegant woman out there. Woman that also mixes pattern in a very good way.

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

Hear hear.

Zoé said...

I don't think I shall repeat what others have already said about the blogosphere, but would like to say how much I like your sunglasses and, indeed, entire outfit. Tres jolie!

two squirrels said...

Oh Curtise I am super excited to see what you going to wear to the events........you will look amazing I am sure.
I have loved getting to know such incredible ladies in blogland......I do struggle sometimes with want to say and how to comment........I am not very good with how I feel about different subjects and it makes me nervous to say something. I have learnt a lot from everyone.
Sometimes I find it all a tad heavy.........it's nice to enter this world and just feel happy and light........yes a rose coloured view of the world but an easy one to deal with sometimes.
I hope your weekend so much fun.
Love V

The Style Crone said...

You captured so many reasons that blogging enhances life! That, for me, includes the privilege of enjoying your ensemble choices, which today includes those fabulous leggings. So colorful and styled with brilliance.

Have a great time visiting family.

two birds said...

have a fabulous time! i'm sure whatever dresses you choose, you will be the belle of the ball!

Ivy Black said...

You're damn right sista! Blogging definitely makes life sweeter. Missed you loads last Saturday...you have to come next time.
Have a rip snorting time and you will look divine. Oh, and buy the shoes.

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

Dear Curtise, though I haven't been able to join in, I've been following some of the fascinating discussions and thank you for highlighting a few I hadn't yet seen. I love blogging because before it I had no one to TALK TO about any of this stuff, and now look! You articulate it all so beautifully, and you in those leggings and sunglasses are a showstopper as usual! New shoes! New shoes! New shoes and tipsy pics!!! (Oh dear, I fear my over-caffeination has been amplified by your lovely patterned legs and my eyes are vibrating!) Love you, xoxoxo

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

I can't wait to listen in on some of these conversations. That's another great thing about blogging- if you miss it in real time, you can always go back to catch up. In the meantime, have fun!! I look forward to hearing all about it, including of course, which outfit you finally select. Love these leggings, too. The pattern is extraordinary and works so well with everything. XXOO

his_girl_friday said...

You're in a good community of awesome women!

Veshoevius said...

Love the blue dress with patterned leggings - the pattens remind me of old gothic stained glass windows. Have a wonderful trip!

bonsaimum said...

I love those leggings. Looking good as always.

señora Allnut said...

dear lady, you're fabulous and your leggings are making my mouth water! delightful!!
love how you've sported them with black and with prints, wouuu, lovely mixed prints!
wish you have a fabulous time!!
besos & abrazos

Forest City Fashionista said...

I have enjoyed all of these stimulating discussions via the 'net, although it would have been fab to have all been in the same room, with cocktails and snacks, bantering back and forth! Like Amber, I had no one to talk about this stuff with until I found my blogging mates.

The leggings provide a funky addition to your wardrobe - I love the print! Did you end up buying new shoes?

Secret Squirrel said...

Your leggings look lovely,and are most definitely NOT being worn as trousers ;-)

All the bloggy conversations I have make me smile. It always adds a happy layer to my day. I like their multilayered nature and the ways conversations pop up unexpectedly!

I was being rather grumbly about my outfit fail the other ay, thanks for your lovely comment xx

Cristi said...

Awww, Ms Curtis, you made my morning!! You look absolutely perfect in your leggings, love the pattern mix, and the black outfit looks tres chic too!:) A little inspiration from your muse is just what I needed to help me to finish all the work I still need to do before my weekend sale.

Glad yours will be filled with fancy dresses, black ties and family, sounds like a wonderful time! Hope you found a great pair of shoes to kick your heels up in! Looking forward to the pics!

And, I'm, also very thankful to you and so many of the other intelligent, thoughtful and funny Blogging Goddesses out there, for creating a community of amazing women and for some very interesting conversations!!!:)

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

I'm having a delicious, looooooong catch-up with you darling Curtise and oh what a wonderful way to start, with this post on the great big international chin-wag that is blogging. It's simply glorious isn't it? I adore the leggings Cristi sent you and they are utterly spectacular with the blue/green/black frock - STUNNING colour mixing there and god the ruching on the bust makes your rack look divoooooon!!! Gorgeously cheeky nail polish and I wonder what you decided on with the shoe dilemma? I have massive feet (UK8) and most of the shoes in our oppy's that fit me look like canoes, so buying 2nd hand isn't much of a dilemma. Mind you, I have found some fab, gorgeous bargains at flea markets so I snap them up without a care! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Vintage Coconut said...

I am loving those sandals they are totally funky. I adore colorful footwear. I just bought a pair of red suede moccasin type shoes on the weekend from Target and I am over the moon with them.

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