Dress sizes lower women’s self esteem.


Originally posted on 50 plus and loving life:

Dress sizes lower women’s self esteem, I am generally a size 12 – 14 with most clothes.

I pulled out the New Cove dress below to wear today and realised it is a size 10, Woo! Woo!.

I have other dresses that are sized XL and that really upsets me.

There should be a standard dress size across the world or at least in Australia the should be standard sizing.

For ladies who are trying to lose weight or maintain there weight it can be very depressing to fall in love with a dress only to find that the size is 2 -3 sizes larger than you would normally buy.

We are fickle creatures and will generally buy it anyway, but that is NOT the point.

I just wish that someone would start thinking about the women who are not size 6 and 170cm tall.

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What to wear to work tomorrow?


I always organise my wardrobe for tomorrow, tonight before I go to bed, when you get up at 4.30am, you need to be organised.

At the moment it is hard to know what the weather is going to be like the next day, one day it’s very sunny and quite warm, the next it’s blustery and cold, so it’s hard to decide on what to wear for a full day going straight from work out to dinner in the evening.

Gabriella Fratini black dress with zips on pocket & black leggings      Gabriella Frattini

Gabriella Frattini black dress with zips on pocket and black leggings

Given the early morning departures to work, I don’t put my makeup on until I get into the office, I moisturize and put my Nude by Nature air brush primer on and when I get into the office I put my makeup on, I wear a scarf and slippers and have my blankie on for the long haul (nearly an hour on a good day) and hope that we don’t get stopped by anyone. So the outfit that I select has to work through the cold morning in the car, walking the little girl around the park in the wind and or rain and then also be smart enough to meet with clients during the day, and some evenings take me through dinner out before going home to bed.

Generally if I wear leggings and a tunic, I will put on a a thermal skivvy, scarf, and a jacket, but then as the day wears on, the jacket and scarf comes off until the sun goes, down and then I have the jacket and scarf to put back on for the cool trip home. For winter, I love to wear boots, long, calf length and ankle, depending on the outfit, they keep my feet warm and are quite smart looking, however, when I am in the car, I take them off and put my slippers on as I find it too uncomfortable to sit with the heels on, even if they are relatively flat.

I have started a program for 30 days of style, you have to add something different for each day, today’s style item is wear a statement necklace, well today, I felt that my statement was pearls, so along with my string of pearls, and drop pearl earrings, I wore a magnetic bracelet with pearls.

Tomorrows challenge is to wear something that has been in my wardrobe for years, well the Gabriella Frattini tunic shown in the above picture has been in my wardrobe for at least 3 or 4 years, I didn’t wear it last year so this is the item I have chosen for this challenge,

50’s inspired dresses for high tea for Mother’s Day


HIGH TEA

This post is inspired by my beautiful daughter in law Natasha (Tash, or Trashy as Kyel calls her), she just loves anything from the 1950’s.

After the second World War, there was a movement to have women go back into the home and the kitchen, to do “women’s duties” raising their children cooking and looking after the house.

1950s fashion was an enormous part of this movement. Unlike the severe styles of the 1940s clothing, 1950s fashions emphasized femininity, with softened shoulders, stilettos, wrist length gloves and full circle skirts with petty coats and pearls. Even working women’s outfits hinted at femininity, with pencil skirts and tiny hats with veils and feathers.

In truth, the New Look for 1950s women originated in the 1940s, with Christian Dior’s collection Corolle. This collection was a complete contrast to the severe, “make do, and fix ” aesthetic of 1940s fashion with full skirts, softened shoulders, a tight waist, emphasizing the bust and the hourglass shaped figure, thus creating the perfect feminine figure.

Dior went on to invent more haute couture 1950s fashions, including names like the Princess Line, Profile Line, A Line, and the H Line. His influence remained high all through the 1950s and Other fashion houses were forced to follow his originalities.

However, this perfect female figure was not possible in nature. Corsets, and “corselettes” made a comeback at the same time that those horrid conical bras became popular. ” Advertisements described them as “comfortable,” and even “innovative.”

When Tash was thinking about her kitchen tea, she wanted all attendees to dress up in the 1950’s, everyone looked fabulous.  And for Mother’s day last year, Mummy, Tash and I had a high tea at the Duxton. The experience was wonderful with lovely petit fours.  For Tash’s birthday she wanted to do the high tea idea again, this time with a 1950’s theme. The girls (Tash and her friends) all wore dresses with the 1950’s in mind.

She showed me a Facebook page of a lady in Bunbury Red Leopard Photography http://redleopardphotography.com.au/ who does 1950’s photography and has decided that she would love one of these photo sessions for her birthday and I decided that I would love to join her

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2014 Camp Quality Christmas light run


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On Thursday 18th December 2014 Santa will be visiting The Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing club to hand out presents to the Camp quality children before heading off on a tour of the canals to look at the Christmas lights.

Please assist with a present costing up to $10.00 wrapped & marked boy or girl with the age and anyone with a small boat able to pick up, ferry the children and their families around the canals to look at the lights and drop them back at the Club when finished.

 You may drop your donated presents in the boxes provided at the following

Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club, 115 Breakwater Parade, Ocean Marina, Mandurah

Or

 Mandurah Country Club        16 Marsh Place Halls Head 9581 2968

 Please contact W Treby on the following email if you are able to assist with a boat on the night.

 wtreby@airefrig.com.au

 We really need your help.

Thank you

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Christmas tree lights 2009

Illusion dressing – various ways


Illusion dressing

Create a column of colour (monochromatic outfit) creating one long continuous vertical line to look taller & slimmer

If you have a bot belly you can detract from the tummy area with a great pair of shoes boots that say “Look at Me”. Wearing boots or shoes the same colour as your leggings or tights, will give the illusion of lengthening your leg and balance your silhouette by creating a column of colour.

The Maxi dress and long skirt always seem to be in fashion, they can create a fabulous column of colour to elongate your silhouette and are always feminine. just don’t forget the accessories to finish the outfit.

On a plain maxi dress a long necklace is an absolute MUST, as it breaks the colour and enhances the illusion of the column.

If you wear Dresses and skirts that are knee length, finishing the dress at the knee bend (the back of your knee) are a great length, match them with leggings and a shoe that is a similar colour so that you create a column of colour on your bottom half, add some bright jewellery or a scarf close to your face.

Some ideas to help create a column of colour are:

  • Match your shoes to your pants, or shoes to your legs
  • If you wear a dress, then match your shoes to stockings or leggings
  • If you wear jacket and pants or trousers that are the same colour, try and match your shoes, you can then add a different colour top to create interest
  • Choose colours that are similar in intensity and monochromatic (or are next to each other on the colour wheel) so that hemlines are not as obvious
  • Wear knee-high or tall boots when it’s warm enough for them.
  • Wear one colour top to bottom (eg, black top, black pants & black shoes) and add a red jacket to finish the outfit
  • Keep darker colour to the bottom piece to slim your hips and make you appear taller

Slim by design

  • Vertical lines likes centre front buttons, single breasted jackets, stripes and an ironed or permanent crease in the front of your pants or trousers will visually slim your body by dividing it into vertical sections.
  • The closer or narrower the vertical lines, the slimmer you will appear.
  • Vertical stripes separate the body into smaller pieces, dramatically slimming the area
  • Add a focal point like a bold or bright necklace high up on your body to draw attention away from any figure challenges like a pot belly to focus attention up at your face
  • Don’t wear textured or shiny clothing on your largest body part, eg hips or boobs
  • Don’t emphasize a problem by placing a similar shape over or near it for example placing a square neckline under a square jaw
  • Wear fabrics that drape, not cling to you rolls and tyres.

Slim by Proportion

  • The more foot you show the slimmer your leg will appear.
  • Wearing ankle strap shoes can give the appearance of cutting off your legs.
  • Nude coloured shoes can visually make your legs look longer.
  • Patterns or accessories you wear need to be in proportion with your body
  • The most slimming and versatile length for jackets and tops is knuckle length

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My Review of Phantom of the Opera Regal Theatre in Perth


The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical)

The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over 20 years ago, Grumpy and I had the most wonderful experience sponsored by Clark Sinks Australia of flying business class to Sydney, staying at the Regent hotel overlooking the Sydney Opera House and excellent tickets to see the Phantom of the Opera and the Regal Theatre with Marina Prior and Rob Guest, we had 3 days in Sydney and as we had nothing to do after checkout and the time of our flight was early evening, went to the airport and was upgraded to 1st class home to Perth.

The whole weekend was nothing short of magical.

So when Grumpy asked me if I was interested in going to see the Phantom, I said yes please, he was listening to the radio when he heard them giving away free tickets, he knew that I loved the Phantom and would jump at the chance.

So he went on line and booked 2 tickets, printed them out and we were going.

He booked the tickets for Friday, which was the middle week of the show. We had to ensure that we left work on time as the traffic has been quite banked up lately especially since the Freeway works have started.

We were ½ an hour late leaving the office which didn’t help with the traffic, made it home with enough time for him to go over to the home (I forgot to mention, both Grumpy’s mum and dad are now in the Care Facility across the road from us, so we have our house and lives back again) for a quick visit and have a little snack, shower and change ready for our trip on the train into the city.

We left Mandurah train station at 3.45pm on the train got into the city and walked to the train to take us to Subiaco, and wouldn’t you believe it, the trains were not running that evening after 7:00pm so we would have to bus it. No big deal, we would deal with that after the show.

We got on the second train and on the second stop got off at Subiaco, Rockeby Road at 5:10pm and walked up the street (it was COLD, luckily we wore jackets) and realised we had a couple of hours before the show started. We looked around to see where we could go and have a drink for a while, most of the shops and cafes were closed or closing their doors, so we went to the Llama Bara & Grill and had a few drinks Grumpy had a couple of beers and a very costly, strong horrible smelling scotch on ice and I had a couple of cups of minute (if they were any smaller they would be called thimbles) coffee and a flat (they took so long to bring it, it lost all its bubbles) lemon squash.  We ordered some wagyu beef sliders (mini – tiny hamburgers) for supper, they were divine actually and presented very artfully.

The bar started filling up with patrons both inside and outside in the freezing cold (the idiot smokers, I don’t get it, they stand outside shivering to buggery and smoke instead of being inside in the warmth) and the excitement was growing, some of the patrons had Phantom of the Opera T-shirts on they were either part of the troupe or excited fans, like me.

It was time to go across to the theatre, we went upstairs to find that we couldn’t get in to sit down until 7:30 only 5 minutes before the show was due to start. We sat next to a family that had come on the train from Secret Harbour and we discussed that fact that we had seen the show in Sydney, but they topped me, they had seen in twice, once in London and another time in Sydney, so we all had something to compare with.

It’s now more than 20 years since we saw the show the first time, we have come a long way in that time, so we expected something magical.

I will say, before I start my tirade that the music and vocals were spectacular, I especially loved the phantom, his makeup when he took his mask off from where we were sitting was fantastic, the actors / singers and dancers provided us with a show that if you listened to the show from backstage you could find no fault.

What we got, however, from an audience, was a complete disappointment, the props, I believe were completely lacking. When the props were being changed, the girls with their long blonde hair, kept walking in front of the cream curtains so you could see everything that they were doing instead of behind the curtains, they would move a prop onto the stage and walk off in front of the curtain. The props were very amateurish and certainly for this type of international show would have expected a great deal more.

The gondolier, when it came on to the stage was only half a boat and it was clearly visible where they stopped the black lining of the boat and you could see the chipboard on the inside of the boat.

The costumes were the most disappointing of all, there was very little colour in the whole production, most of the troupe wore black.

The cast going to the opera all wore black dresses (what is it with colour with the set and costume designer of this production) and the only scrap of colour were the jewellery that they wore.

For a masquerade ball one would expect colour, colour and more colour, dresses, masks and jewellery, however in this production, the costume designer chose black skirts & tops for all of the women (some of the troupe were larger or plus size women and when they lifted their hands when they were dancing, you could see their midriff), not dresses, all the same with black masks for the women and the men wore black jackets and pants with grey cravats.

Christine the lead female was also a plus size woman, she thankfully had a blue skirt and top on, and when she lifted her arms, you could see her stomach.

Even the ballet dancers wore bland colours with little slithers of fabric added for different scenes, there was ample time for clothing changes as there were times during the production where the stage was completely empty, music playing songs sung, but an empty stage, it would have been better to have dancers rather than an empty stage.

The chandelier was a disappointment, in that when it was lifted, there was a beaded thread hanging down, which showed in my opinion lack of care and maintenance, why not cut the dangling thread off.

In the second act, there were 3 characters that did come out in colourful costumes, they were the saving grace of colour for the production.

In summary;

Would I go and see the same production again,   not in this lifetime,

Would I recommend the show,   with the costuming and props as they stand, no

Was the ticket price worth the show,   definitely not,

Am I glad I went,   yes just to hear the music again.

What would I have done to make a difference,

Colourful dresses and masks for the women, colourful jackets, trousers, cravats and masks for the men

I would have added more and colourful touches to the props

I would have watched the production from an audience perspective to see what we see, that way the problems that I raised would have been dealt with before the show went public.

Christmas (Xmas) in July Grainger Style


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I love Christmas, well Santa’s really.

I have loads and loads of Santa’s and his helpers, some hand made and some bought, but I love them all.

10 years ago our  sons moved out of home and that was the last time that my Santa’s and his helpers saw the light of day. Last November, due to major health issues my in-laws moved into our home, and Grumpy Grainger decided that the Santa’s and his helpers could move to our lock up, poor buggers, banished to the cold and damp. So he picked them all up and took them down to the dark and damp lock up, where they sat waiting patiently for me to set our house up at Christmas time, that wasn’t going to happen or organise a  Xmas in July.

What started out as me wanting to set up our home with the Santa’s and his helpers turned out to be a wonderful evening.

I initially put up an expression of interest for our friends on Facebook, expecting no more than about 20 of our friends, and all of our friends said that they wanted to come, so I decided to contact our club and see if we could hold the function (the numbers had grown to about 40 people at this stage and we didn’t want to have that many people in our home on a cold winters evening) at the MOFSC, well it took a bit of pressure on my part with a lot of pressure from Grumpy and we finally agreed on a cost for the meal and the night so I then created flyers and tickets, and each Thursday and Friday evenings I put flyers around the club and on the Saturday evenings, the girls from the restaurant put more flyers on the tables.

Well the numbers got to 72 on the evening, however 1 couple were not able to come as poor Marina broke her arm on her bike the previous weekend, so we had 70 attendees.

It was so much fun, the theme for Secret Santa presents was naughty or nice, and everyone had to buy a gift for the same sex to the value of $15, wrap it in newspaper and put a B for boy and G for girl on it, some people didn’t read the instructions very well and wrapped then pressies in pretty or Xmas paper.

We had a big blow up Santa on a Harley Davidson in the corner, on loan from Diane & Coleman, Anita borrowed some fantastic reindeer (Some were handmade) from her art class, we had a true Aussie Christmas tree (a potted green ficus), with g strings attached, decorated in true Christmas form and Santa’s and their helpers everywhere. The dinner started at 6:30 and once it was dark outside and the lights on the setting was like a true Christmas grotto.

Some of the pressies were a real laugh and everyone got into the spirit of the evening, I even dressed up as Sassy (my friend Bryan called me Sexy) Mother Christmas with my lovely short dress, stockings and broken suspenders.

A big thankyou to the ladies who came and helped me set up the Santa’s and the tables.

All we have to do now is book again for next year, I am thinking the theme might be hand made or DIY??