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Columbia Road… And All About Appearance…

Columbia Road - Vicki Archer

Columbia Road … East London… Sunday morning… Countdown to Christmas

She was ahead of me as we jostled our way down Columbia Road… in search of flowers and Christmas inspiration.

I didn’t see her at first, I was too enthused and seduced by the riot of colour around me.

Columbia Road flower market feels like ‘old’ London… ‘real’ London… whatever that might be… full of curious people and cockney accents… It’s easy to imagine the flower sellers saying “two for a penny”, when in fact it’s “three bunches for ten” or “five for a tenner”… There is an authenticity to this market, a vibrancy… an energy that is infectious…

Our eyes were too big for what our hands could carry. I wanted to bring all that merriment home… Christmas trees and wreaths (even though we will be spending the holidays in Provence) tulips… cyclamens, berries… orchids, hyacinths and amaryllis… The scene on Columbia Road was lush, excitable and boisterous… I wish you could experience the atmosphere, hear the sounds, see the vividness and feel the anticipation. One thing about London is she loves the lead up to Christmas… it’s impossible not to feel festive in this city…

 

As we moved down this jolly and tightly packed corridor heaving with people, but not in an uncomfortable way… in an inclusive and happy way… there was a woman walking ahead, who almost parted the crowds she looked so lovely.

She wore a knitted coat in a raspberry shade of pink… the collar, large and generous to frame her face. Thick textured tights and metallic high heeled pumps complimented her outfit. Her gently greying hair was twisted and pinned artfully and her striking face was enhanced with a large pair of lapis-like earrings.  What stood out… was not that she was dressed in the latest designer style from top to toe but that she had taken so much care with her appearance. She looked so elegant amongst the denim and dark… so unique against the converse and the biker boots… This was Columbia Road, east London… very early in the morning… the dragged-out-of-bed look was far more de-rigueur.

I asked if I could take her picture… she was surprised… and I told her why… It is rare to see a woman making such a stupendous effort for the everyday… her gesture, it seemed glamourous… luxurious… thought provoking and noteworthy…

 

How often we let our appearance slip?  Too tired, too lazy… can’t be bothered… it’s not important… we live a casual life… There are a million reasons to find excuses for not going those extra few yards. I don’t mean for the special occasions… we all frock up well when we have to…

Is this because we live in a world where our lives revolve around convenience? We excel at shortcuts… taking the easy way is considered clever… the long, winding road is laborious… Have our appearances suffered for that?

I found it uplifting to see a woman who had so much personal pride… such individuality… I believe taking good care of ourselves is a compliment to those we love and a great boost for our own self confidence. Yet knowing this and following through are not one and the same thing. It’s so much more practical to be out and about in trainers… so much more comfortable to stay in the gym gear all day… But are we doing ourselves a disservice? Letting ourselves down?

This handsome woman, walking tall, so elegantly and beautifully groomed caught not only my eye but also my inner voice… a gentle reminder that a few extra minutes a day, a little more thought and application will make a positive difference to how I feel and how those around me feel.

 

Do you feel the same?  Do we let our appearances slide in our quest to conquer this modern world? xv



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101 Responses to Columbia Road… And All About Appearance…

  1. pve says:

    She looks like a “Kir Royal” or “Pink Proseco” – love all the infusion of red berries….
    You made my day~ Her hair is as elegant and interesting as her Coat of raspberry framboise~
    pve

    • Vicki says:

      Great description Patricia…. My photo didn’t do her justice… she was so lovely… It was refreshing and almost a time warp to see someone so well put together in such a riotous/down to earth place… :)

      • Houda says:

        Chére Vicki
        J’aime votre regard sur les gens et les choses…toujours bienveillant et à la recherche de l”instant magique” au détour de chemins parfois banals..

        • Vicki says:

          J’aime beaucoup observer le monde et de trouver la beauté dans tous les domaines … Très souvent, il est le plus simple qui nous donne le plus de plaisir …

  2. Marta says:

    What a pretty gift to those around her, her effort. I have definitely let appearances slip since having little ones … but when I can make the effort, its does put a spring in ones step! But I wouldn’t trade these tired eyes for anything – I know the babies will grow up all too soon. Thank you for sharing!

    • Vicki says:

      I know what you mean about ‘tired eyes’… I think mine have lasted forever… “three under four” did that… but I agree, it was worth every bag and wrinkle!
      She was a ‘gift’… and that is how we should think of it… :)

  3. Bravo to this elegant lady. What a treat to see as you say, in the sea of denim and converse. When you stop and think about it it takes the same amount of time to slip on a wonderful outfit than it takes to pull on those old jeans, which I have never liked anyway (I own one pair that gathers dust in my closet).
    Thanks for sharing Vicki,
    Mimi

    • Vicki says:

      Yes I think it does take about the same time… although I am jean junkie… and I don’t know if I will ever get over that… :)

  4. I totally agree! I felt something similar just this weekend – I’ve been so busy lately that I found myself slipping on whatever outfit was lying around. I decided I would make a small effort and just painted my nails. Just that small gesture and the colorful fingertips makes me feel more feminine. And I love it!

    • Vicki says:

      I hear you so well… As I type I am looking at my red fingernails… and that alone, makes me feel as if I am better groomed… My new motto… take the time for a manicure… it does make a difference :)

  5. Moonbeam says:

    Yes, she looks exquisite for exactly the reasons you have so eloquently described. My mother was always well-groomed and took care with her appearance, characteristics which she passed on to me. It’s a lifetime habit and I feel uncomfortable leaving the house if I’ve not had the time to “put myself together.” Sounds quaint and old-fashioned I know but I think it’s a shame that good grooming is becoming a lost art. How many young ladies these days claim that they can’t walk in heels for e.g.? I don’t remember having to ‘learn’… I just remember the thrill when my mother bought me my first pair of ‘kitten’ heels. By the time I left school to work I was happily skipping around Melbourne streets in sky-high platforms and stilettos… it was the norm in the 70′s! Sorry to drift off topic, thank you for sharing this lovely photo and for your words which are absolutely spot on.

    • Vicki says:

      I remember so well my mother saying… “We aren’t going anywhere until I put my face on”… It used to drive me crazy!! Waiting… Now I understand and admire her diligence… :)

  6. What an inspiration! xoxo

  7. Joanna Callander says:

    Hi Vicki
    I do agree that it makes you feel different when you make an effort. I recently stopped work and found that I was getting up and putting on black trousers and a shirt/jumper every day when I have a wardrobe full of skirts, dresses and trousers in lovely colours and fabrics – I took myself in hand and it’s amazing how much more creative and happy I feel when wearing beautiful colours.

    I lived in London for many years and Columbia Road was one of my favourite markets and your picture summed it up perfectly in all its glorious colour and vibrancy.

    Thanks for the pleasure your blog and daily click give.
    Happy Christmas!
    Joanna

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Joanna,
      I think Columbia Road is my favourite too… there is just something there that really makes you feel energised and happy… A great ambience… :)

  8. Jojo says:

    That sweater is beautiful and her hair is lovely as well. As I’ve aged I’ve become more aware of the need for caring about my appearance, both at home and when in public. It has something to do with not being able to take things for granted….hair, skin, etc., require more maintenance thus inspiring me to work a little more at small details. It is beautiful to see someone enjoying and sharing their beauty and grace with others.

    • Vicki says:

      You are so right… it’s all about not taking things for granted… and making that little extra effort that goes a long way… :)

  9. Robyn says:

    It is so uplifting and inspiring when someone makes an effort to be elegant and chic in their “everyday” wardrobe. In, as you would call, a “sea of denim”, it makes me smile to see someone like this. Thanks for sharing. I’ll put away my jeans today and pull out something a bit more festive:)

  10. Leota Mayr says:

    I love your blog, you have such a wonderful way of writing that I feel like I am in Paris or the market in London – I can see it, smell it and hear it! I, too, have been super busy lately and taking shortcuts with my appearance. I find I miss taking the time to find the right sweater or boots, brushing on some makeup and fixing my hair. I do not do it for someone else but for the pleasure it gives me, although sometimes I see someone watching me and that doubles my pleasure! At 63, it is a huge compliment when I catch an approving eye!

    • Vicki says:

      That’s another thing… it’s so important to compliment each other… I am sure that this woman was happy to know that I admired her…as much as she made my morning with her elegance, she did smile when I complimented her… :)

  11. Anita Rivera says:

    I AGREE 100%. She is stunning, and the way we carry ourselves is also a testimony to how we view those around us. Oh how lovely she is, and your recordings of LONDON!

    • Vicki says:

      I think that is what she made me realise Anita, that as much as we make the effort for ourselves it is our testimony to those around us when we do that makes all the difference… I am really enjoying my long stretch in London too… :)

  12. I am so guilty of the above as on week ends, I do let my appearance go…Having to dress all week long for work and dinners, i tend to rough it on week and found myself going straight from gardening to shopping in Greenwich…

  13. Chris DiPascale says:

    How very refreshing to wake up and read this post. We often take for granted the beauty and elegance that is all around us. We need to absorb it all! If we express ourselves in the same way as that stunning woman has….just think of the abundance of life, energy, and beauty that can be in each of our days, at every moment. Your blog, Vicki, has already added so much inspiration to my daily life. Thank you for being a huge part of this great life I am trying to achieve. Happy Holidays!!!

    • Vicki says:

      Thank you Chris… I think this lovely woman has given us all a dose of great pleasure and enthusiasm… without even knowing it…
      She was so shy and sweet about me taking her picture… she said as long as she didn’t ‘feel’ me taking it… she would be fine… :)
      I only wish she had given me her email so I could have sent her the images…

  14. Yes, I agree with you 100% – this is something that I have been thinking about quite a bit lately actually. Two weekends ago, Remi and I went to the Saturday market together (a rarity) and for whatever reason, both of us made a bit of an effort in how we were dressed. Nothing much really–I wore a 1930s style leather cloche from Ralph Lauren, Remi one of his Scottish tweed newsboy caps but people were turning to look at us! And when Remi remarked about that, feeling a bit uncomfortable perhaps, I said “Hon, this is how we used to dress all the time before! It is a part of who we are!” But after a rough year, we both have really let that part of ourselves go.

    So thank you for the truly beautiful wakeup call (I am fascinated by everything about her, right down to the elegant gesture of one hand extended the other lightly poised on the closure of her sweater coat–plus the hair!)…Much appreciated.
    Bisous,
    H

    PS. I love that her bag is a tiny bit worn at the edges. Proof to me that this is how she is everyday and that it isn’t about the money…

    • Vicki says:

      She was not about ‘designer’… she was very much about her… That’s why she took our eye… she had such confidence… and her clothes were by no means perfect… but that did nothing to detract from her beauty. I think it was another lesson that style and beauty aren’t about cost…
      I wish I could have shown you her complete look but it was impossible to move… there were so many trying to buy their Christmas goodies… that I had to be happy with what I captured… I did feel however, that her ‘essence’ shone brightly in this shot… even though her fab shoes were forsaken… :)

      • I have a very specific image in my mind about those shoes…!

        And I think that you hit it perfectly in referring to her essence. That is what makes a truly stylish woman shine, is that they are “bien dans leur peau”! Look at the late Anna Piaggi.

        In my acting training, so much focused on the body. We literally relearned how to walk, how to stand…it makes such a difference! La Contessa’s quote is perfect–what life are you conveying as you move through the world?

        Definitely not about the money…

    • La Contessa says:

      After watching Diana Vreeland video last night she said,”It is not the dress you wear that makes the style it is the LIFE you lead inside the dress!”That really hit home for me!It is so TRUE!
      You would turn heads NO MATTER what you wore!
      XOXOX

      • Vicki says:

        I don’t know about that, Elizabeth… I need to take a page out of her book and ‘wear it well’… as Rod Stewart once said… ;)

  15. Vida E says:

    Just reading your blog, I can feel the excitement of London. I love my jeans but I do try to add a bit of flare to my outfit even though it is casual but I do need to pump it up a notch.

  16. miss b says:

    What a fabulously colourful photo. I’m so pleased that this lady agreed to have her photograph taken and I’m sure she was flattered! She certainly looks glamorous and enjoys dressing well whatever the occasion. I do agree that we feel better when we make an effort. I always wear make up even if I’m home for the day! I’ve just returned from a couple of days in London and you are absolutely right, it’s impossible not to feel festive. The decorations this year are particulalry impressive.

    • Vicki says:

      I think the decorations are the prettiest they have been for years… Everywhere seems to be celebratory… and the beautiful clear weather (without rain) is not hurting either…

  17. Loribeth says:

    What a wonderful picture! She seems to be part of all the excitement and color.

  18. Lissy Parker says:

    What a beautiful woman. Everything about her screams confidence and beauty. I am inspired to always put my ‘best foot forward.’
    xo, lissy

  19. Mahala says:

    I have been thinking a bit lately about just this idea – taking a little extra time to take care of oneself. And that is what good grooming is, self care. I completely believe if we look good we feel better. It gives us a bit of extra confidence as we go out into the world each day. It doesn’t have to be made into a job each day. Just putting on a spot of makeup and a little lipstick to brighten the face, keeping our hair well cut and styled, hands well groomed, and putting a little thought into what we wear can make such a difference. It’s not about trying to get attention, but rather being respectful to ourselves and therefore those around us. It doesn’t take a lot of money. Lord knows some of the most stylish women I know dress from the thrift shop. We are worth the effort.

  20. I love the color, an echo of the vibrancy all around her. It makes such a difference in the way I feel if I have taken the extra little bit of time to put myself together even if it is with jeans! I felt like I was there on Columbia Road with you – thanks for the little trip!

    • Vicki says:

      I wish we could have all been there together… the colour alone was enough to keep me smiling all day… :) And I still am today…

  21. I keep coming back to this photo, and your prose… the photo is marvelously crafted, and the sweater… oh I want it so much!

    • Vicki says:

      It was wonderful… Her coat was long to her mid calves… and with these brushed golden pumps peaking out… slim calves and textured tights… she did look fabulous… :)

  22. You are so right. Your blogging colleague Tish Jett made this same point last week about attire for traveling – and got slammed in the comments. This lady looks sensational because she made an effort to put her best foot forward.

  23. Maryanne says:

    so sad to think she would be called by most standards today eccentric, affected ,and over the top. I say “Stunning”

  24. Emily says:

    Thank Goodness she was kind enough for you to take the picture that inspired us all. Your post is just what I needed this morning. With the holidays coming I always put everyone else first, the kids, playing Santa, etc. the reason I don’t put myself together better is because I can’t walk in my closet, so I too wear whatever outfits that are closet to the door over and over. There are some things deep inside I could wear but getting to them… So today I am going to put myself first and tackle my closet to find my “better clothes.” Thank you both the lady in the photo and you Vicki for sharing. Emily,Dallas Texas

    • Vicki says:

      Emily… we all need more time for ourselves… it’s not selfish, I don’t think so… but necessary… top ourselves up and keep on giving… :)
      Good luck with the closet… Mine is a horror!

  25. Penelope says:

    Beautiful colors, gorgeous in every detail! When going out, I agree and I think the effort is always worth looking your best! She certainly made a statement in a positive way! I also love the fashions in London! I understand, St. Albans, which is a twenty minute train ride out of London has a German Market planned for this weekend which should wonderful! Wish I lived closer and could go to these amazing markets! Lucky you! As always, thank you for sharing!

  26. La Contessa says:

    THAT would be a big YES from me!
    I just finished watching DIANA VREELAND video last night.What a mover and shaker she was…..loved it.I was also sent this Holiday season her book on MEMO’S.Which I can say I will finish today and loved it too!This photo reminds me of HER…………….she was into the detail.IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE and you feel better too when you put a bit of effort into your appearance.
    I hope you got her e-mail or told her who you WERE!!!So, she can read all the glorious comments………A STRIKING WOMAN.May we all strive to be more like her!

    • Vicki says:

      I didn’t sadly… I wish I had… And it was only afterwards when I started to think about her and her attention to detail that I got to thinking I would like to write about her and tell you all about those thoughts…
      That’s me… a mind running away all the time… :)

  27. Oh how I agree with you + the effort I make comes from my dear mother who would never go out without “freshing up” how I did not understand that when I was young + understand now! Thank you for bringing that to my attention. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  28. slim paley says:

    She; Lovely!! The hair so chicly tucked at the nape of her neck in such a way as to echo the ruffles of her raspberry coat.

    Me; guilty, guilty, Oh SO guilty!!

    Loving the photos from London,
    Merci Vicki!

  29. Jennifer says:

    Such a wonderful reminder for me Vicki. Thank you. I’ve noticed my slide into casual in the past several years and wondered where it was coming from. Yes, society has encouraged this with our fast paced lifestyles…but I long for a time when people did make that extra effort. I plan to start with myself. This truly couldn’t have come at a more perfect time for me as I reexamine my wardrobe and priorities. Have a sparkling day! xoxoJennifer
    I also noted that her bag is slightly worn on the corner. The sign of a bag that has been well used and loved.

  30. Mona says:

    She obviously is connected to her light inside her and she is letting it shine. We can all be “that woman” can’t we? Beautiful, inspiring post! Thank-you Vicki!

  31. Cindy says:

    Recently read that we should be responsible for the energy we bring to a room. In this case, this beautiful woman not only increased her own personal energy but the energy around her. This is a wonderful reminder that we all should strive to be more than mediocre. So grateful to you for always showing the ways that people are living beautifully, with grace.

    • Vicki says:

      I do believe if we surround ourselves with positive people then our energies are enhanced… Negativity is no good for anything or anyone… The more positive we are, the happier we become and the more we can achieve… That’s my feeling… :)

  32. Sally says:

    Thanks for the reminder of how great it is to take care of ones self . I was brought up to be “fixed up” every day, but of course in today’s casual world it is easy to let things slip. This was inspiration at it’s best. Thanks for the great picture and encouragement.

    • Vicki says:

      I’m all for casual… and making things relaxed but sometimes it’s good to have a little shake up… like when I saw this lovely woman… it’s good to re-assess from time to time…

  33. Lorrie says:

    What a lovely post. This beautiful, well-groomed woman stands in stark contrast to the couple Tish mentioned last week. Making the extra effort is a gift to oneself and to others. I love that sweater coat.

  34. debs says:

    I used to visit Columbia Market very often, and there are some very stylish people among the crowds, this is old London with a sprinkling of trendy London, the Models, Designers, Artists etc all live among the real Cockney’s, my Husbands family are all true cockney and these are true Londoners, with many a tale to tell, now there is such a wide mix of people but a great place to spend a Sunday, so too is Petticoat Lane Market, and Dover Street Market all very close to Columbia road, and the best Indian restaurants in London are in Whitechapel especially Brick Lane, worth a visit.

    • Vicki says:

      Thank you Debs… I must go out to Brick Lane once again… I used to go out more often when my daughter worked nearby… Thanks for the reminder… :)

  35. Virginia says:

    I am in complete agreement with your assessment. I now live close to a small village outside Vancouver. I NEVER go shopping without complete makeup, a beautiful coat, perfectly polished shoes, the right hand-bag and jewelery. My children are grown. There is no excuse not to always look your best. It makes me feel wonderful and enjoy always looking elegant and perfectly groomed. Virginia

  36. Karena says:

    She looks absolutely gorgeous, Vicki! It IS a pleasure to see those who take pride in their appearance!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

  37. Karen says:

    Love the photo and the story. How often I run errands in my workout garb like I did today! Granted we had no power when I left, the ice storm in the Northeast knocked out everyone’s power but still, I will try harder to look better when I go out.

  38. Annette says:

    Thank you so much for this lovely post. Such encouragement and inspiration! I love to “dress up” when going to town, this is just the encouragement I need to keep it up, though sometimes I if feel just bit out of place.

  39. Gigi says:

    What a gorgeous and colourful shot :) my challenge is to dress down more! No, I’m not done up to the nines every day, but a pair of shorts only found their way into my wardrobe recently, and only because they didn’t fit their previous owner! Same with make-up, it’s on every morning before anything much else….ugh…I read this back and decide things must change!! :)

  40. Hallie says:

    Oh what a wonderful story. One morning in a food shop years ago when my girls were little, I complimented an elderly lady on how elegant she looked. it was a cold day, raining off and on and she wore a leopard print rain coat, beautiful earrings and her hair in a tight bun wrapped with a jeweled ribbon. She grasped my arm and thanked me. “I got up at 6:30 AM just to get ready to grocery shop my dear,” is how she answered. She was so grateful that I had noticed and complimented her. It made both of our days!

  41. tara dillard says:

    Amazed at something left off your descriptive list of the morning market. Fragrance.

    The air, the pavement, the buildings, the flowers, people. HER.

    Oddly, those scents are with me. From your words around them.

    As I type, out the window, Camellia sasanqua in bloom with fat heavy buds of Edgeworthia at her feet, fog, wet soil, fallen petals, boxwoods, leaf litter mulch. I could roll in the fragrance of it all.

    Thank you for taking that pic.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  42. I love this post so much, Vicki…the entire story…you told so well and took me right to the scene. I loved when you wrote “It is rare to see a woman making such a stupendous effort for the everyday.” Yes, a great reminder to all of us…so inspirational! I just shared it in a couple of places. My favorite post amidst many in a long time!

  43. suzanna says:

    YES INDEEDY Vicki ~ I agree….spalsh it up ~~~ I love it! ;-)

  44. Let our appearance slip? NEVER. Well, at least as long as I can stand up and look at the mirror. I think this woman looks so happy, and she’s out and about, the most important things of all.
    xx’s

  45. Deborah says:

    Oh, I was there in that market, enjoying the energy the fragrance and the singing voices. Thank you for taking me there, it was really lovely.
    You have captured the place wonderfully and the lady is at home amongest all the bunches of color.
    Thank you Vicki!

  46. D. A. Wolf says:

    We do indeed give in to convenience… And also fatigue. But I also try to remind myself how much more energy I have, and positive attitude, even with a small bit of effort.

    And red! Such a pick me up. Gorgeous.

  47. Cheryl O'Brien says:

    I love to dress up when going shopping I was taught this by my grandmother mother and aunties . I look back at old photos and there we are all frocked up so every time I leave the house I hear their words a little bit of lipstick and nice shoes a colorful scarf and dont forget the jewellery . Sometimes I will head out the door and my husband will say look at you where are you off to. And you know what no matter how I feel if something bad or sad has happeneded I feel pride in my dress, I try to tell young women today a pair of jeans an old jacket can look wonderful and chic with a little color something a bag , a broach , a hat dress up I say be proud and show people you love being a woman Tres’ Bon Merry Christmas here comes my Red I love

  48. Monica Hart says:

    Thank you for this colorful post! It validates my love of heels & hoops even if they sometimes draw curious looks in and around town. My Italian born grandmother Nettie always taught us to put some lipstick on before leaving the house. Here’s to putting your best (high-heeled) foot forward. BTW, an elegant friend pointed to this post. I am now having a serious case of holiday flower market envy! Monica

  49. Elegant lady & chic look!

  50. Ivy Lane says:

    Thank you for this lovely reminder! And I do mean lovely! I totally agree that our society has gone to the casual side…I was at the mall the other day and it struck me how the young people working in the retail shops do not take the time to dress the part when they come to work. I was in retail management for 16 years and always felt it was important to look my best when working with the public… Now, the sales associates look just like the customers… Your photo today is so lovely..such a great reminder of how important it is to take the extra few moments to look one’s best….

  51. Bonnie says:

    I’m sitting here replying to your post in my flannels…. I’m deeply guilty of sloth like behaviour. Your thoughtful post might be the kick I need to gussy myself up a little today. I received your postcard the other day… many many thanks, Vicki.

  52. Pamela Terry says:

    The wonderful thing is that I would bet she does this for herself, and not to impress others. I know when I make the extra effort I feel like a million dollars all day. Makes such a difference to my day, as I’m sure it does for hers.
    xoxo

  53. She indeed seems from another time. A great reminder as I go about my daily tasks,even at home,to dress beautifully at all times. I’m sure it does change the day. While red nails are divine I have just started wearing red lipstick,even at home,and even in jeans and I feel quite ” put together” . The smallest details can make all the difference.I do love her tote too…

  54. Loved this post Vicki…I made a hair appointment as soon as I finished reading it! The tropical heat is a challenge for hair and make-up but I try and make the effort…if only for my sanity. The photo was all inspiring…as your posts always are. Thank you…xx

  55. Julia says:

    I appreciate this post so much. Especially because last week I caught myself running in to the store to grab some things for a project in my tennis clothes…my rationale was that I had so little time and this was on my way home. Definitely felt shame on me!

  56. Betty says:

    I just loved this topic. I want that beautiful sweater-coat. I’ve pinned it to a new board I have created after reading this post. I call it the clothes I want to wear. I’m 72 and I’ve found being retired I wear sweats to clean house and I stay home for days at a time. When I go out on shopping day I try to dress in my best jeans,top,sweater and jewelry…I receive many comments on the colors and jewelry I wear. I love to please a person’s eye…Thanks for sharing.
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

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