Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Parade 2014: New York's Mad Hatters

Easter parade 2014

Yesterday, I was "on the avenue...Fifth Avenue..." for the Easter Parade. Unlike the city's Thanksgiving Parade or the St. Patrick's Day Parade or even the Halloween Parade, the Easter Parade is a loosey-goosey affair. Basically, it's an opportunity for New Yorkers to do what they love to do: Dress up and stroll. They don their Easter bonnets and parade along Fifth Avenue  between 47 Street and Central Park South. My family was gathering for Easter dinner on Central Park South, so I walked over to Fifth Avenue to snap a few photos of this year's mad hatters.

EASTER BONNETS WITH FRILLS UPON IT
Oh, I could "write a sonnet about [the] Easter bonnet," but instead, I'll let my photos speak for themselves...

2014 Easter Parade





2014 Easter Parade




2014 Easter Parade




2014 Easter Parade at the Plaza




2014 Easter Parade




2014 Easter Parade



Of course, it wouldn't be an Easter Parade without a bunny or two...




2014 Easter Parade




2014 Easter Parade
 


.    HAPPY EASTER!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Style Over 50: Mother of the Bride Dresses



An over 50 girlfriend just found out her son is engaged. The wedding is not for another year, but already she's fretting about what she'll wear. I told her I'd do a little preliminary mother-of-groom dress hunting to put her mind at ease. A few nights ago, I went online and found a number of dresses at Nordstrom that I thought might be perfect. I decided to share some of dress styles on Flattering50, in case anyone else is looking for mother-of-the-bride or -the-groom dress ideas.

The funniest part of shopping online for mother-of-the-bride or of-the-groom dresses is the models. Even though I clicked on the "mother of the bride" link at Nordstroms, all the dresses are modeled by splinter-thin girls who don't look like they've graduated high school yet. How silly is that?!? Still, if you can ignore the teeny-bop faces and pencil figures, I think there are some flattering dresses, such as the Alex Evenings Tiered Dress & Bolero (Petite) ($195) above.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fashion Over 50 Takes A Hit: Coldwater Creek to Close



I suspect most everyone has heard that Coldwater Creek has filed for Chapter 11 protection. I was running around the city all day on Friday and kept getting texts about it from friends--even my husband wrote me! They knew I'm a Creek shopper and wanted to make sure I knew about the company's "going out of business" sale. Right now, Coldwater Creek is offering 40% off its entire site, including its 2014 spring-summer collection. For example, the Coldwater Creek Classic Shaping Bootcut White Jeans (above), originally $79.99, are now $24.99. It’s a great time to replenish your wardrobe. I also like to think by shopping at the Creek, you're showing support for a clothing company that has offered stylish, flattering clothes for women over 50 for many years.