With winter’s chill finally settling upon the east coast (and a scattering of snow on the ground to prove it), I pulled out an old staple today from long, long ago – a basic black, long-sleeved, fitted T-shirt dress by Fads for JCPenney that I have owned since the mid-1970s. Made in Canada, I knew the thick cotton would envelope me in warmth; the simple, unadorned fabric an ideal backdrop for a splash of muted color on this pale, sunny day.
I paired my tea-length frock with tall leather black boots by Pleasers that are just as old as the dress and a triple-buckle stretchy black belt from The Limited Too. For jewelry, I chose a smoky crystal pendant necklace and crystal beaded earrings with matching bracelet that had belonged to my grandmother. To add some color and a little more warmth, I donned a shawl of silk chiffon flocked with hand-painted velvet roses colored softly in pink and lime, a luxurious birthday gift from my dear friends, Robert and Jan, several years ago, and fastened the shawl at my shoulder with a "snowflake" pin of rhinestones, another heirloom of my grandmother’s.
My commute to the Library of Congress was uneventful, save for the incessant squawking of a large crow from the top of a light post as I walked across the long parking lot at the subway station. As I walked toward the train, the crow flew from one light post to the next, staying with me, squawking down at me all the while. I wondered what on earth about my attire had him so agitated. Then it dawned on me. I looked up at him and smiled. "Yes, Crow, I know you like shiny, sparkly things, but you can’t have the rhinestone pin gleaming up at you from my shoulder". Goes to show you that complements come in many forms!
|Ma Petite Shoe owner Susannah Siger shows me colorful heels from designer Jeffrey Campbell|
After work today, I stopped in the wonderfully eccentric Hampden section of Baltimore city to check out a tiny boutique called Ma Petite Shoe (http://mapetiteshoe.com/), and was blown away by their selection of gorgeous and creatively designed shoes. I’ve been dying to take a look at their inventory of unique footwear for a long time, and shop-owner Susannah Siger made me feel welcome at once. I saw some colorful high-heeled pumps to die for, and had I not had trouble with the parking meter out front, I would have spent an exorbitant amount of time trying them all on. Alas, I had to leave before succumbing to temptation, although I did see a pair of cognac-hued leather fringed cowboy boots whose siren song just might lure me back with a gift card that has been burning a hole in my pocket since Christmas.