About Me

My photo
Los Olivos, California, United States
You can reach me at fool4fabric (at) gmail (dot) com

Sunday, October 4, 2015


Since I last posted, I drove up to Redwood City to attend another AIF, Artistry in Fashion. This is my 3rd time in 4 years...it's always fun to see friends, make new friends, see fashion shows and shop the Vendors. There are usually several blog readers who introduce themselves to me...I love that!

Here are Shams, from Communing with Fabric, and Ronda Chaney, Program Coordinator of the Cãnada College Fashion Design Department; she is responsible for this wonderful event.

Friends Dorothy, Ann and Barbara, all models in the Fashion Show, in their outfits...

and here, in their "real" clothes.

and here they are with Shams. As always, I walked away with some special things from the wonderful vendors.

I decided to stop sewing new things and start putting together my travel wardrobe for Portugal; we leave in 2 ½ weeks, so this is none too soon.

As I was accumulating items for consideration, I happened to have all my red footwear on the floor in my closet, and I was amazed to find I have so many
red shoes!

Red is truly a neutral for me...

Also, as I was choosing what to pull out of my closet, I took advantage of the chance to rearrange my tee shirts and turtlenecks, moving them from hangers to drawers. MicMac took advantage, too... (Marie Kondo would be so proud of me...

I decided to try a new way of "storyboarding" my travel wardrobe, so I thought I'd share with you how I begin. I took pictures of each article of clothing that might potentially make it to the final cut. I hung a white sheet on a pole and hung the clothing item on a clothesline in the foreground. For instance:

This is my latest "Trifecta" pant, in a black bengaline with silver stripes from Marcy Tilton.
After a little Photoshopping, I had this to add to my possibilities:

After all the photographing and Photoshopping, I made a file of all the pants

all the vests

and all the tunics

I do this for coats and jackets, tee shirts, and accessories. When I am finished, I put them all together and begin the culling (I know, TMI, what can I say, I'm a geek...)

Speaking of accessories, I am breaking in these gorgeous Stuart Weitzman boots as I write...

With that lug sole, they should be great for Lisbon's cobblestone hills. They are supremely comfortable.

My friend Joan had a complete knee replacement a few days ago...I went to visit her earlier today.

A couple of friends had just given her this enormous goofy hair bow...which I of course had to try

The necklace I'm wearing here is one of my "finds" from AIF...it is made from
the balls in a roll-on deodorant bottle...that makes it even more "special"!

Joan's beautiful sister is taking care of her...

    "Nurse Linda"

That's all for now...TTYL!


  1. Healing thoughts to your friend Joan - I love both of you in the bow! Hahaha. Great gift. And Nurse Linda, how wonderful that she is there to take care of her sis. And I love that your necklace is made from balls of deodorant. I've toyed with the idea of ping pong balls before but I think these are winners.

    Your meetup looks like so much fun - every photo has dazzling smiles - that says it all.

    And filtering through items by photoshop is so much easier than by hand. Great idea. I had to laugh with delight at how many red shoes you have! The boots look like they'll be good companions in Portugal too.

  2. It's fun to see your story boarding process. You look well equipped for Portugal. I wonder if your deodorant ball necklace will make the cut? ;)

    It was SO great to spend time with you at AIF, my friend!

  3. I like seeing your travel wardrobe organized this way - it is so helpful to see how you put thing together. And your pile of red shoes seems to be telling me, "well Margy does it, so can you!"

  4. Wow, those red shoes! I can't stop wondering how they got the balls out of the deodorant bottles. It must have taken some violence. ;)

  5. You look great wearing your friends bow! I hope she is up and running very soon.
    I really need some of your organization 're holiday wardrobes. It must make life away so much easier when you have planned well.
    And your red shoes are fabulous.

  6. Love your posts! I just returned from France. Before leaving I did exactly what you did. I took pictures of tops and pants etc. Then I printed multiple copies of each, cut them out, and matched all the pieces into multiple outfits by gluing coordinating pieces on 3x5 cards. This way you find out how many different looks you can get from a few pieces. Nevertheless, I ended up buying several things in France. Can't go to Provence and not buy clothes!

  7. The shoes-such beauties. What else can I say?

  8. Love all those red shoes Thanks for sharing your travel wardrobe story board. I'll give this a try for our next trip. Have a fun and safe one!

  9. I hadn't heard of this event before, and I work in Redwood City. Definitely putting it on the list of things I should watch out for next year.

    Thank you for sharing about your closet cataloging; I've wanted to do something like this for quite some time, so I don't keep forgetting about the lovely things pushed into the back of the closet.