Skip to main content

Monday's Favorite Things - The Blazer


Classic is Key


Recently, I cleaned out my closet and donated seven bags of apparel.   The items ranged from high quality constructed blazers that I have owned over a decade along with other clothes that no longer fit.  It was difficult to let go of so many beautiful and well cherished pieces.  However, I know someone out there will love the blazers, skirts and suits that were donated.  They will be used rather than languishing in my closet and collecting dust. 

At the end of Finding Nemo (2003).   Nemo and his pals state, "Now What?" 

When you are done purging the aftermath in a wardrobe can be unnerving.  You may find yourself in Nemo's predicament and think "Now What?"  "Where are my blazers for those occasions I need them?" Of course, over the last 8 months we have been primarily house bound and without need of fancy apparel.  For me, I have lived in shorts, tees, jeans, cashmere pullovers, tennis shoes and boots.  My lovely blazers were never used.  For that matter, over the last decade or so dressing up has not been in the cards.  Other than a few outlier opportunities.   The world of apparel has changed drastically.  Yet, we do need some beautiful pieces for those unexpected moments.  And do we not feel fabulous, self-confident and show stopping when we dress up?  I do! 

Jen - Rocking as a French Woman in Balmain

My goal is to have only a few blazers that will be worn indefinitely.  They must be tailored, fit well and a classic.  The idea is to dress similar to French woman who has very few apparel items but looks like a million bucks every time she is out.  It is well-known that French women only have a few important piece of quality clothing in their closet.  They covet these items and wear them often. 

Since my closet is now sparse, I checked out Nordstrom and found a new brand for me, L'Agence.   The blazers are timeless and will stand the test of time.  And the price it better.  Isn't that what we want?   Can be easily combined with jeans, pants, skirts, tee shirts and blouse.  Add a scarf, jewelry and presto - perfection. 

Jennifer Aniston, in above photo, is sporting Balmain Double Breasted Wool Blazer that is pricey though crafted in 100% virgin wool.  The brand L'Agence is more affordable and is made of cotton and a variety of stretch material.  The company is based in California and infuses a Parisian influence.  Of course, the choice is yours when spending money. 

Balmain- Navy & Black

L'Agence - Black

Another Option - Everlane  

Fitted, 100% GoWeave Wool from Italy, Wrinkle Resistant, Exceptional price

It is rewarding to start afresh.  The year of 2020 seems to be one that change is evitable.  Our way of life has been dramatically curtailed, and we all are adjusting for the betterment of mankind.  This will pass but when is undetermined.  Perhaps at the end of next year or sooner.  In the meantime, remember to not stop living a full life.  Change is always difficult yet can be a blessing in disguise.  

Take care of your family, enjoy your friends, seek out new opportunities or hobbies and marvel at the beauty around.  Do not let the negative rain on your parade.  This is your life.  Spread goodwill and kindness to all.  While you are soaking up your life, clean out your closet, pare down your apparel and seek out only a few pieces.  A polished blazer will go a long way in the years to come. 

Do not fret, the arts will be back, dinner with friends inside and life will resume.  Hang on tight and ride the wave.   The surf will once again bring us back to what we loved before 2020 came in with a crashing and devastating footprint.   Thus, relax, enjoy and embrace change with wisdom, confidence, poise and oh yes - a flattering and enduring blazer! 

"You are a rare gem, an exclusive, a limited edition. There is only one of you.  You are the director of your life.  Make it the best movie ever." 

Until Next Time,


Popular Posts - Last 30 Days

Tee-Shirts - Rag & Bone

  Ultimate Comfort "The tans will fade but the memories will last forever."  Town & Country Summer is coming.   You can feel it especially now with the sunshine filling the land in the Pacific Northwest.  The mornings are crisp with afternoons that are warm with a slight breeze.  The blue skies combined with the yellow daffodils, pink magnolia blossoms, flowers appearing, green trees, snow covered mountains and endless green growth is magnificent.  The eye is endless entertained, and the balm of the sun soothes the weary after months of rain, sleet, hail, snow and cold.  Soon we will be storing our cashmere sweaters and pulling out simple tee-shirts, shorts, bathing suits, hats and sunscreen. Overall, it is a happy time especially this year now more than ever.  We can finally breathe a sigh of relief.   While we are embracing the long awaited change, I have found the perfect tee-shirt for the Summer months to come. Rag & Bone is the answer once again. The quality of t

Red Bathing Suits

  Lady in Red Elizabeth Taylor - Pixabay "When in doubt, wear red." Bill Blass Red is the color of passion, danger, anger and ultimately love.  It is a hue that stands out in a crowd, commands attention, and flatters the owner.  Think of fashionistas sporting a red dress in film or in the real world.  Heads turn, smiles happen, and the world stops for a moment.  Red is the color that truly makes an entrance.  Finding the correct red can be daunting.  If you have light, creamy skin with a pink cast, often a blue red is best.  If your skin is olive shade with a yellow undertone, then an orange red is your choice.  This handy chart by RITO designer knitwear can help identify your personal color of red.  Now the fun begins.  Once you have your color wheel done, you can then choose a delightful red hue from lipsticks, apparel and yes for a bathing suit.  The next mission is finding a red bathing suit, which often is difficult.  One would believe that a red bathing suit would be av

Rag & Bone Sweaters

  Winter Sale Pixabay - No Attribution Required We live for sales these days!  Do we not?  Getting a deal on well made, designed clothing with a percent off. What more can we ask for? Currently, there are fantastic price decreases on one of my favorite brands, Rag and Bone.  During the winter months, and even in early Spring and Fall, there is nothing better than a warm cashmere sweater to drape yourself in against the chill.   Of course, I must recommend purchasing a sweater in a classic shape that is timeless rather than on trend.  Classic or Trendy?  Which brings up a good point?  There are always new trends for us to partake each season.  For instance, flared jeans are making a strong comeback.  Whereas skinny jeans remain front and foremost.  A skinny, cigarette or straight leg jean can be worn for years rather than with a flared hem. Another trend hitting the airwaves are loose trouser pants, which in my fashion opinion are reminiscent of pajamas.  If you are going to buy pants,

Jeans for Spring 2021

  Vi br ant Hues Pixabay - No Attribution Required The sun is out, birds are singing, and Spring is here.  I spent the day in the yard cutting back plants, grasses, and ferns in preparation for the new, glorious, and riotous growth.   The bounty is always stunning with an array of colors.  Later in the Spring, I will fill my pots with hues that add to the décor of the backyard and deck.  Yes, Jeans Please? What does this have to do with jeans in rainbow tones?  Well, the world is filled with beauty.  You must look for it and when you do sigh with delight.  Recently, my favorite celebrity diva, Suzanne Somers, was wearing and rocking skinny orange jeans with black pumps on one of her weekly Facebook videos.  Which, of course, were stunning on her.  Orange jeans are the perfect signal that springtime has officially arrived.   Of course, she is in desert and it is a bit warmer.  However, our day in the heat, will soon be here in the Pacific Northwest.  Right now, is the moment, to pull o