My high school boyfriend was a wide receiver for our varsity football team; seemed pretty mellow (so I thought); got into fights on occasion; often had the smell of liquor on his breath; but carried a blue notebook where he would thoughtfully write poetry dedicated to me. Strange combination, I know, but like most high school girls, I was attracted to the athletic, brooding bad-boy.

I broke-up with him the night of our senior prom. I spent the entire night pissed-off when I promptly got a whiff of booze on his breath. I couldn't wait for the night to end. When the limo driver pulled up in front of my home, I angrily gathered up all the layers of my big lavender and white prom dress, jumped out of the car, and yelled, "Never call me again!" I flounced up to my front door, and never looked back. I guess he was sober enough to remember our tragic night. Two days later, he called to apologize, and said he wrote me a poem. A side of me wanted to hear him grovel, but I chose to hang up on him. After graduation, I never saw him again. 

In spite of all the drama from my football playing, fight instigating, often mellow, liquor drinking, poet of a boyfriend, he did manage to influence my love for poetry. Of course he wasn't a Langston Hughes or a Robert Frost, but beneath his brooding character, there was a beauty in the way he formed his words, and for this, I am thankful for our time spent together.

To continue with the poetic theme, for this style story I'm dressed in a whimsical, pink, Lou & Grey Poet Shirt.
I'm reading the book a loved poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. 
Stay to the end where Jackie's influence comes into another story. 
I hope you enjoy the images, and I'll meet you below in the comment sectionđź““

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Outfit Shopping Links:
Pants are Essential Skinny Ankle Pants in Julie fit (sold out). Similar style is the LOFT Skinny Bi-Stretch Ankle Pants in Julie Fit Color is Coastal Gray (also comes in petite and tall)
LOFT Pearlized Stackable Ring Set
The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Amazon)


Sartorial Savvy
  • Lately I've been daring with my choice of sleeves. Typically I shy away from cuff details which could equate to a disaster waiting to happen. However, with this Poet Shirt, the ties can be easy tucked away for visits to the ladies room, or for dining.
  • This is the pinkest top I've ever owned. What convinced me to make the plunge? It's the prettiest shade of pink EVER, and could easy work with other shades in the rainbow, and neutral tones.
  • With such a voluminous top, it's good sartorial practice to pair them with a slim cut bottom.
  • This top is rather whimsical and romantic. A definite mood-booster.



On Friday afternoon I recorded a live broadcast for the So What to Twenty group on Facebook. This short, What's on the Rack, video shows the different types of statement sleeves currently on the market. Enjoy!

Please enjoy my story, beautifully written by my friend, Mithra Ballesteros of Finder Not Keeper and the Bubble Joy - 
This is the story that Glenda told me. It was a long ago day and Glenda sat cross-legged on the floor of a library in southern California, flipping through a magazine and dreaming girlish dreams. A photo of Jackie Kennedy flashed past and caught Glenda's eye. Jackie was sitting astride a horse, back straight as an arrow and ankles properly flexed, wearing a chic black riding habit that made her look athletic, patrician, and beautiful all at once. (Click HERE to continue the story).
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  1. Hey Glenda! The poet top looks great..that style is very flattering and i could see me in it. Thanks for explaining the different statement sleeves.. I've always taken a liking for the bell sleeves... trumpet sleeves I've never worn..btw. love your shoes

    1. It's a great top, Jamala! Comfy and yet it made me feel ultra romantic. I love the shade of pink. It makes me smile. I'm glad you enjoyed the video. There are so many types of sleeves. This was just a mere drop in the bucket.


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