Scoot About In A Skirt
13 August 2020 | VA Notes Fashion

Scoot About In A Skirt

My Knees are staying undercover unless it involves a plunge in the sea.



Simply put, I don’t really like them anymore.


They work and I am thankful for that; they just look better covered.

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The “Not At-Home” Diary: When White Is Right
6 August 2020 | VA Notes Fashion

The “Not At-Home” Diary: When White Is Right

White can feel so right.

What I really felt was a gamut of emotions as I flew to Portugal last week.

I felt spoilt and privileged to leave in what was really a very safe and easy transit.


The airport was quiet and well managed, masks at all times during the transit and Lisbon took the whole routine very seriously.

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The Shirtdress: How To Wear It
4 August 2020 | VA Notes Fashion

The Shirtdress: How To Wear It

The shirtdress has been around forever and it is the one dress to wear right now.

The shirtdress is one of those dresses that work with so much, goes anywhere and saves the day when the what-to-wear indecision or it’s-too-hot-for-anything-else sets in. I have been having a few of these days recently and I have been searching through my dresses for something new and different to wear.

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The Boiler Suit: What Goes Around Comes Around
22 July 2020 | VA Notes Fashion

The Boiler Suit: What Goes Around Comes Around

There’s nothing new about a boiler suit.

Not in my world, anyway.


Boiler Suits have a unique place in my memory because I wore one the day I met David, my husband of many decades. I’ve known him longer than I haven’t – which is 40 years and I still remember exactly what I wore for our first encounter.


I was “tricky” about the meeting.

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Flip, Spin, Swirl And Twirl
17 July 2020 | VA Notes Uncategorized

Flip, Spin, Swirl And Twirl

I’m finally feeling in the mood for some swirl and twirl.

Frankly, I am sick of myself and how I have been looking.

I’m in the irritating frame of mind that likes nothing.

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Be Brave: The Top 5 Reds
27 June 2020 | VA Notes Beauty

Be Brave: The Top 5 Reds


What a wonderful portrait of a very beautiful woman.

Isabella Rossellini has one of those unforgettable faces and age has only enhanced her beauty. If Better, Not Younger had a pin-up girl, it could be her.

Everything works for me in this image – the shirt with cufflinks, the earrings and the simple red lip with little eye makeup and a strong brow.

The old beauty rule of strong lips and light eyes is absolutely perfect.

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