Angora, I adorya!

I really have developed a love for angora sweaters! I must admit that I mostly sell angora, as I tend to wear cashmere and mohair sweaters myself. But I have fallen in love with the tactile fluffiness of a beautiful angora sweater…I can see why there is such a following of ardent angora lovers.

I like to look for at least 70 – 80% Angora rabbit hair content in the sweaters, with furry thick plushness and long hairs. Vibrant colors are a plus – pink and blue seem to be very desirable. Cowl necks and turtlenecks are a big hit too. Dresses and skirts are always such a delightful find. I especially love the 80s vintage angora sweaters as they usually are so slouchy and full; usually with bat wing sleeves and shoulder pads.

I have to laugh when I see a ‘Dry Clean Only’ tag in an angora sweater! What angora rabbit ever went through a chemical dry cleaning process?!? I like to hand-wash angora and let it air dry. This brings out the incredible softness and really fluffs up the angora. I tend to have several angora sweaters air-drying around the house at any given time!

In this day when clothing tends to be cheaply made and of poor quality, it is such a delight to revel in clothing that has a fabulous feel and evokes such a luxurious response as angora. The uniqueness of the fiber is unmatched – I’ve never seen a synthetic imitation of angora hold a candle to the real thing. There is just no messing with Mother Nature’s original!

Keep fluffy!

Warm Thoughts on a Snowy Winter Day

We got our first snowfall yesterday here in Seattle…and it’s darn cold too BRRRR!  Despite it’s northern latitude, Seattle typically doesn’t get too cold in the winter and snowfall is usually scant.  But we’re getting an Arctic front from Canada and their weather to boot!

I’m just north of Seattle and live on top of a 500′ hill.  Driving is not safe in the best of conditions here, and downright treacherous when the weather turns fierce.  So I just don’t drive!  There are always a rash of accidents when people try to maneuver the icy hills and ravines.

One day in the house and I’m feeling like I have a twinge of cabin fever!  Thank God for the Internet, books and electricity (I am so glad I have power).

I am digging out my Norwegian sweaters and cashmere turtlenecks – all the stuff I put away in spring,  the memories of their warmth long forgotten.  When I got them out I was grateful for their solid woolen construction.  Those Scandinavians knew what they were doing when they knit their toasty sweaters!

I tried out a new roasted potato recipe tonight too.  It was nice to heat up the oven to 475 and get a bit of extra warmth.  Comfort food tastes so good.

The extreme cold is expected to last the whole week.  It throws a wrench in most every one’s routine – and a lot of inconvenience and hassles ensue.  But sometimes a turn in situations is good for the soul and pause for reflection.  Then when things get back to ‘normal’, you appreciate it so much!

Keep warm!


Sweater Girl

I love sweaters! Just call me your sweater girl. 😉

There is just something about sweaters that stands the test of time and popularity – sweaters are always in style.  Fall is here and I look forward to wearing all my sweaters – I have a vast collection!

Around the world, cultures are noted for their individualistic sweaters.  Intricate Norwegian designs, complex Irish knits and Icelandic wools to name a few.  There is international appeal to be sure.   Fluffy angora, fuzzy mohair, plush cashmere and soft alpaca sweaters have devoted followers too.

I personally wear cashmere the most as it is lightweight, warm and non-irritating to my skin.  I do love to wear angora as it is so soft and the fluffy texture is amazing!  I save my Norwegian/Icelandic/Irish wool sweaters for the coldest of weather…when I don’t mind layering and looking bulky to stay warm.

Fall is here, winter is soon to follow…time to get out those gorgeous knits you lovely sweater girls and guys!


Middle-Age Charm School

OK, I confess; I am middle-aged.

The birthdays just keep coming every year, and my mind sometimes has a hard time wrapping around the age thing!

I keep going back to Coco Chanel’s quotes.  She has some pretty good ones regarding age that we should all consider.  I love the fact that she was active, interested and “alive” until her death at age 88.  She seemed to have an active love-life as well.

“Anyone past the age of twenty who looks into the mirror to be pleased is a fool.  You see the flaws, not the beauty.  Beauty is charm.”

Charm is such an old-fashioned concept these days.  Anyone remember Charm School?  It is the art of being interested in others, attracting, delighting.  Who doesn’t want to be around a charming person?  It’s something we all can work on…and it’s cheaper than Botox!

“A woman’s unhappiness is to rely on her youth.  Youth must be replaced by mystery.”

Yes, and what happened to a bit of mystery?  Does everyone need to know everything?  What is wrong with having a few secrets?  I say bring back the mysteriousness of life.

“After fifty you have to deserve your face.  Fashion changes – style remains.”

I for one,  love to see an expression-filled face, lines and all.  It shows you have a genuine life, happy and comfortable with yourself.   I am all for preventative care and living healthily.  Your body and spirit will reflect the attention you pay to it.

“I would never weigh heavier than a bird on the man I loved”

All right Coco – you got me!  I will admit that I am heavier than a bird! 8)


Laundry Day, The Old-Fashioned Way

I’ve always been a pretty frugal person, so I’m slightly amused that a lot of people are jumping on the “Frugal Bandwagon” now that costs of pretty much everything are skyrocketing!  My 22 year old Toyota is looking good to some people now because of its 30 MPG/City!

I haven’t had to change much to decrease costs, but I recently tried a “new” way to do laundry.  I now wash all my clothes in cold water and hang them to dry.  Now that summer is here, I’ve been hanging them out on the line…winter/rainy weather has me hanging them on dryer racks inside the house.

I hang my shirts and tops on hangers and clip them to the line.  It’s amazing that they dry almost wrinkle free!  I hang my jeans and pants on a clip pants hanger, and they too, dry crisp and wrinkle free.  There is nothing like the smell of fresh air-dried clothes.  No laundry detergent or dryer sheet can come close to replicating its smell, despite their claims of “Fresh Scent”.

I’m saving a lot in electricity too!  My clothes will also last longer being air-dried….do you notice the amount of lint that is generated after each dryer use?  The lint is fiber coming off your clothes, wearing them out much faster.

Now my dream is to own one of those old-fashioned clotheslines.  The kind with the metal pole and a square of lines around it.   When I was a kid, I remember almost every house having one in the yard.  Clothes flapping on the line was such a cheery sight!  I don’t know when dryers took over as “the” way to dry clothes exclusively…probably the 60s.

Off to dream of a new clothesline! 😀


The Hermès Mystique

I don’t know what it is about Hermès that just makes me weak in the knees…and I know I’m not the only one!

I just finished reading a new book “Bringing Home the Birkin” by Michael Tonello. I just drank in the book! It is about an eBay seller who starts out selling Hermès scarves and graduates to obtaining and selling the “unattainable” Hermès Birkin bags. Just a fascinating read about the inside world of Hermès and Mr. Tonello’s tenacity to get to those oh-so-wanted bags!

I’ve never run across a Hermès bag in my quests. I’ve never even been in a Hermès store. But amazingly I have picked up several vintage Hermès scarves, a pair of vintage “H” logo shoes, and just last week a vintage Hermès blazer jacket! It is such a shock (to me) to see that fabulous vintage 70s Hermès Paris label peering out, so dignified and bold!

I have the jacket posed so I can look at the label. I just like looking at it! I don’t know if I can bear to give it up, even though it is far too tiny for me. I guess it’s the thought that vintage Hermès is so scarce and I most likely will never run into the same thing again. So I cling, and try to absorb some of the mystique.

…ah, the Hermès vintage faerie…thanks for visiting me now and then!