Saturday, March 23, 2013

Random Saturday Musings

This is a quiet weekend, Chez WMM - after a busy couple of weeks of entertaining and travelling, we are planning on burrowing into our little Hobbit Hole and relaxing and reading and watching a movie or two.  But of course, I do have some jumbly thoughts rumbling around in my head. 

1) Voyager 1 and 2 Leave the Solar System Forever
(and then we find out they are just out on the highway...)


Voyager 

This story reminds me of when my brother once threatened to run away from home, but it turns out no one would give him a drive to really do so.  The big story this week was that after 33 years, these spacecrafts had finally left our solar system.  Frankly, I was excited; it's not every day that humanity slips the ties that bind us to our sun.  In fact, this was the first day.  Only then it wasn't.  It turns out they are hanging about on the magentic highway, a special place right on the edge of our solar system and interstellar space, filled with highly charged particles.  Oh they'll leave for deeper space all right, they just haven't left yet.  I assume if the magnetic highway is anything like the highway on the way out of the small town that I lived in growing up, they could be there for awhile...Damn those intergalactic drinking holes - Voyager 1 and 2 probably stopped in for a bathroom break and a Tim Hortons run and are now finding themselves gambling and drinking cheap beer..



2) Talbots

Earlier this week, I did a mini review of things I have liked (or not) from various retailers' spring releases.  As you know from my earlier posts, this spring's releases have left me a little cold, due in part perhaps that I am unsure as to whether or not I need dressy outfits or no outfits or very casual outfits..Or it could just be one of those years..  We all have them!

However, the lovely Paula suggested that I go back and take a look at Talbots.  I must make a confession:  I had forgotten all about Talbots.  A few years ago, Talbots made a bold move and attempted to broaden their clientele with more streamlined and trendy cuts.  There were some very nice pieces, but it seemed they could satisfy no one: the streamlining wasn't streamlined enough and were accused of being matronly, the trendy cuts were accused of moving outside the typical Talbots customer's comfort zone.

However, the universe being what it is, within one hour of reading Paula's comments, my husband arrived home with the mail, which included a Talbots catalogue.  There were the regular suspects, but there were some nice pieces and I would be remiss not to point them out for those like me who are looking for simple cotton dresses.  They also have a 25% off sale going on right now.


The very simple fit and flare dress and it comes in many colours, including navy, which I would really like.  It is $149, less the 25%.

The Silk d0upioni dress is very similar in print to the Elie Tahari skirt I liked:

Silk Doupioni Watercolor-Floral Dress

For those who like critters, there is a charm bracelet:

Animal-Charm Stretch Bracelet

And a very pretty dragonfly scarf.  I love dragonflies - we have them all over our property in the summer.

Dragonfly Scarf


In general however, I think Talbots would be my go-to spot for finding a tasteful mother or grandmother of the bride dress.  I know that sounds worse than I mean it to sound!  There are some really lovely things, but I still do find the cuts a bit matronly.  But I know that there are many who like that looser fit, and even my beloved Ralph Lauren's Lauren label veers in that direction from time to time.  So I will not forget Talbots in the future, as that dress above in navy would be the perfect little dress for running errands this summer!

3) Someone else is 50 too...

I forgot during all of the shenanigans going on in my own life that someone else had a very big 50th this year as well! The Beatles released their first record, Please Please Me in 1963.  I am sure i was listening to that in my cradle!


The soundtrack of the first 50 years of my life would have the Beatles on it for sure and though there is the ongoing (and to me tedious) debate as to whether the Beatles or the Stones were the greatest band of the 1960s (I happen to love them both and refuse to be drawn into this - and I am talking to my son here!  Oh wait, he doesn't read my blog - good thing).  This album stands the test of time.  Everyone has a favourite Beatles song (or maybe not?) and I have a list as long as my arm but Get Back has a special place in my heart, as I remember listening to it on a 45 in my bedroom on our little yellow record player when I was 6 years old with my 8 year old sister.  I still giggle when I hear the line "JoJo was a man who thought he was a woman" because we NO idea what that meant at the time!  We played it over and over again and then flipped it over and played the B side, Don't Bring me Down, over and over again!  What Beatles songs do you love?

And I don't care what you say, this man is one of the sexiest men ever:  I would take him and the car!




 So those are my random musings of things I heard about this week.  How about you?  Anything exciting going on?  I have decided that next year, I am going to tag along with some of you on your warm winter vacations - the winters are too long!!!

Have a great Saturday!!!  Stay Safe Out There!

35 comments:

  1. I like that dragonfly scarf! Thanks for sharing that!

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    1. Thanks TC - and I have fixed the bug whereby George Harrison wasn't showing up!

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  2. I spent most of my early years playing The Beatles' albums over and over. Everything they did was pure gold to me. I can remember my brother bringing home "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and thinking how different they were. And watching them on Ed Sullivan. Soundtrack of my youth!

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    1. That is such a happy song

      And Ed Sullivan - everyone came to errand Johnny Carson!

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  3. Great picture of George. I've never seen that one. I remember he had a green Jaguar. I wonder if that is the car in the picture.

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    1. I'm no good on cars, but love it and him!

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  4. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE WMM, I can't pick just one, but if it's a requirement of club attendance today, I'll go with Strawberry Fields. A bit of that is being young in the 1980s, remembering where you were when you heard about John being gone etc. But to me it's really a perfect blend of the four of them at their still together peak, melody, harmony, mysterious lyrics, originality. A lot of things and music from the late 1960s and early 1970s seem terribly dated or serious now (I get it Vietnam, Civil Rights and all). But I think SFF has a message for every generation and reconnects everyone to happier, more innocent or youthful, hopeful times. Enjoy your cosy burrow weekend, off to chores...

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  5. I think Rubber Soul was my favorite album, and I had a huge crush on Paul McCartney. And you do not have to dress matronly when you're the MOB or MOG! I don't plan on dressing matronly - ever.

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    1. Okay - you are in charge of dressing me as you know ,y natural tendency won't be matronly but drag queen...

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    2. I will happily take on that mission....

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  6. Wendy I always love these Saturday posts and I look forward to them!
    I hope you have a fun and cozy weekend at home. That Talbot's dress has a very pretty silhouette, and the printed dress is very like that skirt you admire! You could wear it with a little jacket and it would be quite the fetching outfit!
    xox

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    1. I think if I get either it will likely be the first - is that Paris sundress silhouette I love so much!

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  7. Here comes the Sun for a day like today! What set Talbots apart years ago was the impeccable tailoring and use of fine materials. The clothes were costly, but worth the money. Now, they are yet another mass retailer producing indistinguishable clothing in fairly traditional shapes. But, they have lost the luxury of their brand, and I feel any panache that came with it. I have some beautiful old Talbots pieces, and remember when their stores were full of fine, lovely pieces. The printed dress looks lovely.

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    1. YOu know, the more I think of it, the more I am intrigued by Everlane (I am sure you all ready GF's post yesterday over at Dani's) - there is a market for elegant, simple, clothes that don't cost a fortune, but honestly, I don't see it being made and the markeups are horrendous and if places can reduce their prices by 75% and still make ome profit. I know some of you understand this stuff WAY more than me, but I am just about at the point of wanting to learn to sew so I can make my own simple cotton dresses for a fraction of the price!

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  8. Hi WMM, thank you for a lovely Saturday post. I like your Talbots dress picks, however, can you explain something to me? What is the difference between Misses and Women's sizes? That's and American thing, isn't it?
    Have a lovely weekend - it's my husband's birthday today, although we will be celebrating next weekend when we go to Ottawa to visit our older son for his birthday.

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    1. Hi Patricia!

      My gosh - I don't know what the difference is (anyone, anyone?) happy birthday to your husband! I love Ottawa, wonder if it is any warmer than here!

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    2. I knew 20 years ago, like many things have forgotten, ( including proper sentence formation) is it to do with curviness?

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    3. Misses sizes are usually cut a little narrower thought the hips waist and bust.
      I'll have a look on my mum's old patterns if I have a moment and will give you some examples of Women's vs Misses sizes.

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  9. Hah, I agree- the Voyager news was funny (unintentionally) but still remarkable. If you like space related items, did you see the news from Planck? Now that is amazing.

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    1. Uh oh- no Planck - will check that out after dinner!

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    2. Whoops - did hear about this - that is really cool!

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  10. I'm having a sort of lazy day today too. I'm supposed to be organizing in preparation for the next reno but my husband's birthday is coming up soon and he doesn't know it but I'm working on something for him today instead.

    I have a couple of scarves from Talbot's and they are really lovely. The silk twill is good quality and the colors are quite nice. I haven't bought anything else there as I find it way too matronly in both style and fit.

    BTW, check out my blog post today if you're interested in a pair of Hunter Wellies. There is 30% off at SoftMoc tomorrow and they have a pretty good selection. Prices are in $CDN so no duty, also free shipping on most items. There are more than Hunters available but for some reason I recall you may be in the market for Wellies.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Oh thanks so much! Definitely need a pait! tts?

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    2. Yes, they are basically TTS with a bit of room for thick socks or welly socks. I've had about six pair of different Hunter boots by now and find them great for gardening, walking in the country and kicking around the city too. HTH

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    3. That's great! I am 6.5 so will probably go 7 for the woollies!

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    4. The 30% promotion is only available during the specified hours tomorrow. I say that realizing that I loaded up my own cart and was ready to check out, then I remembered... tomorrow!

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    5. That is so something I would do - many thanks for the heads up - I know you and Dani and Tabs all have them and love them!

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  11. In general, I like Talbot's. I bought a cardigan from them years ago that I still get compliments on. But, like, you, I always forget about the store unless I happen to walk past it at the mall.

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    1. I think their cashmere is better quality than JC from my experience. And I have a couple of pairs of shoes that are so comfortable....

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  12. Yes I think stores like Talbots are doing a really good job of styling and getting models and celebs that make their clothes look more gla. I am def a Rolling Stones person rather than Beatles, their anniversary must be coming up. They both were born a year behind me - my 51st is coming up

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  13. More glam, that is the "m" must have rolllled offf...

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    1. You and my husband are '62 babies! I call him "bay of pigs Barry!"

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