Jul 102017

I am finally getting sunglasses. This little post from the archives tells the history of me and my prescription sunglasses, what history there is, and even includes a picture!

Before I get to the try-on pictures, allow me to just share a little bit about my philosophy on glasses. I get that glasses are probably second only to hair in expressing personality, but they are also really expensive and I have to buy my own; therefore, I prefer a look with more staying power. Having multiple fun pairs of glasses, one for every outfit, would be great but at $200 to $500 a pair that’s not happening! I was able to use FSA dollars with Warby Parker. Edited to add: to save $, I had my sunglasses built single vision. They are mostly for driving/walking around anyway. If my life included alot of reading outdoors, I may have tried to work out a way to get progressives …

(Full disclosure: links to Warby Parker are affiliate links and if you make a purchase through them, they will pay me a small commission. Thank you so much! Home Try-On program)

What is lovely about this is that, even tho I am ordering online, I was able to try on the frames AND they offer returns (30 day) AND they will reimburse (up to $ limit) if I have to have them adjusted when I get them.

After getting family input, I went with the first pair. The fourth were my second choice. But I’m only getting one. Which are your faves?

Now, on to the pics:

Jun 202017

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We all felt the excitement when Rose and Jack embraced on the deck of the Titanic. We formed a hatred for her abusive fiancé, and we wept when there was not enough room on the raft for Jack. Storyline aside, the aesthetics of the Titanic were amazing. There was so much visual appeal found on the ship and the people were beautiful. Rose was the embodiment of beauty with her porcelain skin, piercing eyes, and long, curly hair. The attire women wore on the Titanic accented their femininity and beauty. If you are longing to own Titanic style dresses to enhance your feminine figure peruse the following sites, and keep in mind that accessories enhance an outfit.

Amazon is a great site to use when looking to purchase a Titanic style dress. Amazon includes a large array of items for purchase and this includes Titanic style dresses. Furthermore, due to the large amount of stock Amazon often offers items for a decent price. So, finding a Titanic style dress on Amazon could save you money.

Etsy sells Titanic style dresses as well! There is also a variety of dresses available to peruse. However, Etsy purchases a Titanic style dress at Etsy can be costly. The price of a few Titanic style dresses was in the thousands. Lower priced Titanic style dresses are on Etsy but are less intricate and decorative than more expensive items. Etsy also includes Titanic style dress patterns for individuals wanting to create a Titanic style dress. Patterns typically range between $65-70.

Wardrobe Shop contains a selection of Titanic style dresses as well. Prices on Wardrobe Shop typically are between $100-250. Furthermore, Wardrobe Shop includes vintage themed accessories to accent a Titanic style dress.

Lastly, EBay is a likely source to locate a Titanic style dress for purchase. Prices will probably have a wide range on EBay. Utilizing EBay as a shopping source to find a Titanic style dress is exciting because it is likely that dresses worn on the Titanic could be available for auction.

Listed above are three viable shopping sources for finding a Titanic style dress. However, you are not limited to any of the three. The internet contains multiple web sites that may have your ideal dress in stock. During your dress search, be mindful of the delivery date if you are planning on wearing the Titanic style dress to a formal event.

Apr 172015

So, I have been having a ball, but also wearing myself out – in a good way. Alot is going on behind the scenes. As I have been working my tail off this week, I have also been thinking – the hero says that is my greatest strength 😉 – especially about how I can be most helpful.

One conclusion: There are some categories of high-value items that I seem to have a skill for finding, like fun leather jackets and cashmere sweaters; I may think of some others. In addition to continuing to offer coordinated outfits, I will start posting some of those items too. You might as well benefit from my finds.

(I know it is not sweater season, but it will be again. Did you know you can put your sweaters in the freezer to keep the moths out? And I wash my cashmere sweaters all the time – just don’t dry them.)

Eventually, I would love to offer mini-capsule wardrobes. Do you think that would be helpful?

Apr 132015

I’ve got that thrifty feeling. Literally. In the last week or so, I have added a little online thrift store (That Thrifty Feeling) to my life. Find it now in Facebook groups:, and Facebook page, and later at That Thrifty Feeling .com.

So, what does this mean for my other endeavors? I will still see clients for personal style coaching, but – truthfully – I haven’t been as busy with that as I would like.  And, while I had been considering  increasing my posting schedule here, I don’t think that’s going to happen. 

So, The Space Between My Peers will continue more or less as it has been: shortish posts containing useful and technical information aimed at people who have to get dressed every day 😉

This week, this will probably be the only post to show up here. In order to perform the technical work of adding and SSL and a cart to  my domain, this site will have to be down for three days. Hope to see you on Facebook!

Mar 192015

image In studying to become certified as a personal stylist, I have discovered a number of areas where what I understood was almost, but not quite, right. Hence, the throwback Thursday post, where I bring back an old article and correct the concepts in it and which I am foregoing this week in favor of this.

Lately I’ve been working on my taxes and, in getting into my files, have noticed alot of the garments I have bought over the last year are not still in use. In other words, once I got serious about buying myself some clothes, I still made mistakes! Thankfully, most of those mistakes were fairly low investment, purchased at thrift or some super-clearance, which brings me to the topic of Thredup ( basically, an online thrift store). When I sent my daughter the info, she went shopping!

Tie dye topPeach cotton tunicPrint topOrange silk topSilk floral top
For about $100, she got everything pictured here. Sorting by percent off seems to yield the best results (not having to look at pages of $3.99 tank tops before getting to something more interesting).

Mar 042015

IMG_3651.JPGI love wearing dresses. Simply put, they are the easiest way to have a coordinated outfit. The challenge, for many women, is fit: A dress must fit both top and bottom, unlike separates which can be purchased in different sizes as needed. 

Enter Eshakti. Although they do sell standard sizes, for the bargain price of $7.50 your garment can be made to your measurements. Included in the customization fee are some options for modification such as changing the neckline, the hem, and/or the sleeve length. You might expect the prices to be high but they are not; they are moderate. For example, the dress pictured was $79.95; I have also ordered a wool dress for around $100. They do run sales and they don’t sell only dresses.

Initially, what got me to look into eShakti was a post on another blog to which I subscribe recommending them as a good resource for cotton. When I got to their site, I was pleasantly surprised to see that below each tile, as you scroll through their offerings, is the fiber content; they don’t bury it in the FinePrint. The dress pictured is cotton.

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Now, a little bit about the outfit: this is what I wore to CYT Spokane’s production of Honk! at the Bing Crosby Theater last weekend. And to church on Sunday. With slightly different accessories, I will wear it tomorrow evening to the hero’s annual company party. I call that automation! 😉


Jan 202015

In recent client conversations, riffs on the following came up:

I want more (insert design concept or color) in my wardrobe, but instead I keep buying …

Believe me, I get that! Some things are easier for an individual to fit and/or find, such as when I buy another basic cashmere crewneck when what I really need to find is a more interesting winter top.

But that is not the whole story. As human beings, we have an amazing ability to scan the horizon, interpret massive amounts of visual data, and select what is pertinent. Thus, when shopping, it is not unusual to dismiss a look without actually giving it consideration.

So, in these days of refining my own look and helping others to discover theirs, I am recommending the following practice:

practice scanning for things you know you want but don’t typically buy

Changing habits takes retraining the brain. Welcome, Captain Obvious, to the blog!

What are you working on retraining yourself to notice? I have a whole new custom color palette! (More on that to come…)

Jan 052015

… Or forever hold your peace. If not forever, at least until next season.

Yesterday morning I got up and put on a cashmere sweater. I wanted to wear something under it, for any number of reasons not the least of which is to keep from having to wash it frequently, and I had nothing. The thought went through my head,

I should just go somewhere that has longsleeved T-shirts and buy a bunch of them

A little bit later, the hero wanted to do some grocery shopping – as usual 😉 – and we went somewhere that also sells clothes. It is not where I usually shop for clothes, but I was able to find a small wardrobe of longsleeved T-shirts: white and bright pink crewnecks, cream and violet scoopnecks. Two neutrals and two colors. On clearance. The pickin’s were slim, but at least I got some before they were all gone for the season.

January is the ideal time to stock up on basics. In my idiom, long-sleeved T-shirts are not a fashion staple; they are underwear. Suggestion: take the time this week to inventory your winter basics. Then make a plan for replenishing them. 🙂

Dec 232014

So, lately I’ve been musing on the question:

why is it so much harder than it used to be to find time for shopping?

If you have thoughts on that, I would love to hear them! In the meantime, I wanted to comment on Rachel Cruze’s video blog Stay Fashionable on a Budget. I love her strategy! Here it is, in a nutshell: She only shops at three cheap stores and three nicer stores and at the nicer stores she only shops sales.

This is not alot different from most of what I have talked about before, just a little more refined. To customize this strategy even further, you could select stores based on your style essence and group your stores in a cluster (aka a shopping loop). (I would add, as an option: three thrift or resale shops, stops that fit easily with your normal routine. For me, Value Village is right around the corner from the gym and the new Goodwill is on the way in/out of the Trader Joe’s parking lot.)

So, since my big weakness seems to be talking about theories and strategies while failing to apply them, I am going to push myself to name my stores.

Three cheap stores, one parking spot:

  • H & M
  • Forever 21 (I may change my mind about that one, based on the MUSIC)
  • JCPenney

Three nicer stores, one parking spot (unfortunately, paid):

  • Nordstrom
  • Ann Taylor
  • the black & white store

Coming up with this list leads me to other questions: should I establish any sort of a schedule? If I do, will I shop less or more? Does it make sense to focus more on one loop than the other depending on what my current wardrobe needs are?

And what would your three (times two) stores be?

Dec 192014

By now you have probably heard that Pantone announced its 2015 Color of the Year: Marsala. When I saw that, my first thought was “not for me, thanks!” Then I thought, “somebody who is a better style blogger than I will undoubtedly do a “How to Wear Marsala” post. Find that here.

While I think that alot of that particular shade would be tough for me to wear, I can see it on quite a few of my friends and family. If you can wear that color lipstick, you should absolutely put a pair of Marsala shoes or boots on your shopping list! Women’s Boots & Shoes are now 50% off at!! Shop now during our One Day Sale!! Valid 12/19-12/20