Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What should always play, but never match?

How I discovered this I’ll never know, but let’s call it intuition. In yoga we call intuition the sixth chakra. It means to know without actually knowing. You just know!

Some things in life come to us without any effort. For me it was always playing and creating with colors, textures and design.  Things catch my eye and I know somehow they will work with whatever I create. I just know that when I put things together they will play.

What should always play, but never match? The answer is a scarf. This is something I have done my whole life. I love scarves. Any outfit can be turned into a winner with the right scarf. That is so very French and I guess it comes out through my French blood. My father was French Canadian. But I never knew him, or his family. I grew up in a very provincial New England small town community.

So how did I know this little secret? I don’t know…I just know. I guess it’s my strong sixth chakra at work. A few weeks ago I read an article in a French fashion magazine that said one of the secrets of French women is that the scarf should never match the outfit. It needs to play with it, but never match it.
I glanced at my outfit. I was wearing a French scarf that I bought in a small shop in Provence. Of all the scarves I picked this one. The women in the shop told me I had very good taste and I would come to love this scarf. Every time I wear it someone comments on how nice it is. When I tell them I got it in Provence, they smile and nod. Of course, it’s French!

The leggings I saw in the window of H&M. They were $19.95! I’ve had several girls and a few women stop me and ask me where I got my leggings. They are right there in the window display in every mall. Again they caught my eye as I walked by the store. The mannequin had on a gold sweater that sort of jumped out at you, so you may have missed the leggings underneath. Try looking beneath the obvious and you may find a bargain.  
The jewelry is simple. It adds a touch of play, but does not out shine the scarf and leggings. The jewelry should keep things interesting, but blend rather than stand out. (Unless you are trying to make the jewelry the statement.) But that’s for another blog.

I searched for a year for the perfect pair of lace up booties. By chance I stumbled upon the brand Sixty Seven. Guess where I first found them? Lori’s shoes! But sadly they were out of stock. Next stop was Nordstrom’s. But the style I wanted was also out of stock. This pair was available, so I ordered them, and to my surprise I like them better than the original pair I had wanted. Order something from Nordstrom’s and they will search their inventory and deliver to your house with free shipping. Can’t find something you like? Never give up. You might find something you like even more.  

Add a black cashmere sweater and a cute black hat and everything plays. This is so French!
To me life is very much like my scarf. We’re meant to play, but never to match. Creativity is the ability to play with life, unafraid of how something looks, or what others will say or think.  Sometimes the simple things we find in the most unusual places become a great source of inspiration. Play and create, but never match. To match would be dull. Life is abut contrast. How else could we know?

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Jeanome Project©

There are 6 billion people on the planet with a mass of about 100 trillion cells. Contained within these cells is DNA or the set of instructions that tell the cells how to build all of these 6 billion people. Researchers call these instructions “genome.”

When scientist mapped the human genes they found approximately 24,000. Although scientist have sequenced the human genome these instruction have not been fully understood. Humans come in many different shapes and sizes. However, we all share a similar level of DNA. This leads me to The Jeanome Project©.
When I mapped my closet I found 60 different jeans in various colors, shapes and styles!  The sequencing of how I acquired so many jeans may not appear to be easily understood, but I’m sure it can be found in my DNA.  I love jeans because they are so casual and versatile, and that is really me. That’s a lot of jeans unless of course you are someone like me who goes from workout clothes to jeans every day.
The average number of jeans that a woman owns is eight. Really? How can that be? With so many colors and so many styles are eight really enough? Scientist tell us that the genes of any two humans are 99% the same. However it is that tiny fraction of the genome that makes us different. It’s the DNA variation that makes us all unique. So I guess owning 60 jeans is just a variation in my DNA. But I don’t think I’m unique in this one. I’ll bet the average is greater than eight!

My work attire consists of workout clothes. Every day I get up and go to the gym or studio and teach yoga, dance and Spin. For me dressing up is a great pair of jeans. Besides that I live in Los Angles where jeans are the normal attire. You even find jeans at the Opera and the theatre.

When traveling anywhere in the world it is now acceptable to wear a pair of jeans to dinner as long as they are not torn. I always pack a pair of black jeans. They work for any occasion.

I can’t help myself. I have an obsession with jeans. May-be that’s because I was in the denim business many years ago or may-be it has to do with the fact that at one time in my life I owned may-be two pair of jeans. Whatever the nature of my obsession, I love jeans. So I decide to map the jeannome project by carefully creating an outfit with each pair of jeans in my closet.

Jeans come in a dizzying array of styles and colors. There are slim style, baggie style, skinny style, Capri style and distressed style. But, every pair contains the same instructions only changed by that 1% of personal style. So how do outfits know whether to go slim or baggie? The answer lies in the jeanetic switch. Pick your jeans and the outfit evolves!

Genes are defined “(in informal use)  as a unit of heredity that is transferred from a parent to offspring and is held to determine some characteristic of the offspring.”
Is that what jeans really are to me? Some kind of unit that gets transferred into a determining characteristic and a new outfit arrives? Yes, that is it! That’s why I love my jeans. Each outfit adds a slight variation, but the original is never lost.

Follow along with me as I approach The Jenanome Project.  Sixty pairs of jeans and counting, I’ll attempt to create sixty plus and counting outfits. Perhaps somewhere is the maze of jeans you’ll find a little inspiration of your own. How many jeans do you own? I’d love to know. We’re working off the honor system so accurately count and share your jean mapping with me.

Here is Francine my muse. She is a work in process.  Sometimes the creations are spot on and sometime they miss a beat. But as long as we keep creating there will be life, there will be art and there will be jeans to map Welcome to the Jeanome Project! Support an artist. It’s good for the soul.

What’s next?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Story

Over thirty-six years ago I had a dream and a passion. But I was a young single mother with no money, two young children and basic education with no skills. With great determination I set out to accomplish my life’s mission. It began with finishing my education. The second most important thing was raising my children. Next I wanted to live out my passions; yoga, fitness, dance and health, creating styles and playing with fashion, traveling the world and finding my soul mate. Wow that was a hefty load for a young women living in rural Maine with no money.

I remember sitting alone in my kitchen drinking coffee and dreaming about the day when I would realize my dreams. To me they were real and not unattainable. Many good meaning folks told me not to dream so big. Settle down and live a comfortable and simple life. But I could not let go of my dreams. So rather than take the easy road I set myself up for struggle and tremendous work.
I was told I would never be a good fitness instructor. Yoga was too farfetched and weird. The world was a big place. It is better to stay close to home. I was told I had no talent when it came to fashion and design. (However in college I got A’s in design and art).

Over the course of thirty-six years I experienced failure, loneliness, disappointment, hardship, a bout with cancer, loss of a love, pain and poverty. But something inside of me kept burning. It was the desire to keep going no matter what. I was determined to achieve my goals.
I am now sixty-one. I am living my dreams. I married a wonderful man who is truly my soul mate. Together we have traveled the world. I have become a well respected yoga, Spin and dance teacher. I have written books and made videos that have been sold throughout the world. I went into the garment business, created a line of clothing and sold it into major department stores.

 I am now about to embark upon making my Aero*boga DVD and publishing its companion book. It is about a vision that is backed with desire and acted upon with persistency and consistency until  finally achieved. From this I have found an outlet for my passion for clothing and style. I created F La Mode a site where I feature my designs, styles and travels through my collection of clothes, shoes, jewelry and other stuff.
For years I walked around Los Angeles with strangers coming up to me and complementing me on my style. Friends and acquaintances would tell me, “You need to do something with your style; it’s so unique and interesting.”  Frustrated I couldn't find an outlet until one day a friend began to copy my work by posting pictures of my style and taking credit. It inspired me to move forward and take my style to another level. I will always be grateful for a mishap that inspired me to jump and take a leap of faith.

It took me thirty-six years to realize my dreams. Nothing in life comes easy or fast. If it does it probably won’t last. (Sounds like a poem). What I have learned is that if you hold to your dreams with a burning desire no matter how many times you get disappointed, rejected or led down  the wrong road you will always take some action either knowingly or unknowingly that will lead you to your destination.

Life has a funny way of taking away from you what you don’t need and replacing it with what you need more. We can’t always see it. Often we belabor over what is lost at the expense of seeing what we have gained.

Support an artist. It’s good for the soul. Angels have big wings so they can soar. Find your wings and fly!

Doctor Lynn

Sunday, March 9, 2014

No Cocktail Dress

Here is the outfit that won out. It was very appropriate for a conservative luncheon wedding and one that also presented me with a number of challenges. Anyone who knows me knows that from time to time my life does become a challenge. My motto has always been to dress classy and respectful. Be first a lady and do it with style.
The dress was only $79.00, but it felt and looked great. The wedding is over and the two twenty-seven year old promised to love and care for each other (bride and groom) for the rest of their lives. I wish them the best of luck and thank them for bringing me into a situation that called upon me to remain calm and poised and allowed me the luxury of making a new friend.
If you listen your soul will always tell you which way to go and which dress to wear- it’s appropriate!

Doctor Lynn

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

No Cocktail Dress

I need to back up a bit. Just before I retreated back to my closet I went on the internet to see what Guess had for dresses. The dresses are cute, simple and inexpensive. May-be just buy a simple black dress? I found a couple and showed them to my husband. There was one he really liked. It is a blue simple knit, well fitting short dress. It was only $79.00 with free shipping. I could return it if I didn't like it and if push came to shove it would work for a luncheon wedding.

Now remember this is March in LA and it is still cold. So I can’t wear a sleeveless flowering sundress.

 Then the blue dress arrives. It is simple, but a great color. Sort of an eggplant blue. I dig out a pair of designer shoes that I scored on E-bay years ago. These shoes were a work of art, one of a kind. However, they happen to be incredibly cute and very comfortable. I also tried a pair of crazy wild shoes that I got at a designer discount store for $20.00. Those little shoe boots are really cute, but I think the ankle straps are better. I changed the black stocking to a light grey. Then the jewelry. First I took out my Guess beads that I bought in a small Guess boutique I found in Prague. Prague by the way is a haven for shopping. The necklace matches the dress and the shoes. I like this outfit! Earrings are simple George Jenson and the bracelets are a mix and match of crystal and silver. I make a quick change just to see if my necklace of tiny crystals that my husband bought for me in Japan works better with the dress. Now I’m in a dilemma because both necklaces match and look great. I can do anything with this dress and it looks great. Thank you Guess!
So here I sit with four days to go until the luncheon wedding without a cocktail dress, but easily three outfits, depending upon my mood, I can wear. What will it be?  

 Doctor lynn

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

No Cocktail Dress

So I take the dress from my closet and begin to create an outfit. I pull out these shoes. The color matches my dress and they are both dressy enough and comfortable enough to wear to a wedding. The shoes at a wedding are very important. They need to look so cute that they appear to be uncomfortable, but actually are very comfortable. That’s the perfect shoe. With black panty hose, the dress and the shoes work. But alas it is sleeveless so I add my Alice Abrams lace shirt that is also one of a kind. I got this from the designer when I was in Prague.  “Hi Alice. Thanks! “. Look at how it picks up the color of the dress and how beautiful the lace looks on the back where the neck Vees.
If you look carefully you will see that the dress has red threads coming down from the seams. It is part of the dress. Rather than cut off the thread when done with the seams  the designer continued weaving the thread and let it hang from the hem. If you look somewhere else on the outfit you will see something red. It’s wooden, vintage and simple. Just a hint and a surprise to tie it all together.
I did add some bling. The gold necklace is from Venice Italy. My husband bought it for me when we were dating. The earrings are Judith Ripka, another gift from my husband. Someday I’ll tell you about the earrings and you’ll understand one of the reasons why my husband loves me so much. I add a simple dress purse that I bought in second hand shop years ago. I think this is it.
 Then the blue dress arrives.

Doctor Lynn

Monday, March 3, 2014

No cocktail dress for me!

I’m invited to a morning/luncheon wedding. This of course calls for dressy, but not formal attire. The answer is a simple cocktail dress of which I own known. It has been far too many years sense I wore a cocktail dress. Determined not to spend money I decide to see what I could create from my closet full of what I call a mixture of artsy, usual pieces that rarely find their way out into the light of day or the beat of the night. It’s just not my lifestyle to attend dress up functions. I’m a jeans and workout girl.
A silk French blouse, black legging pants, a one of a kind artistic wrap skirt, a cinch belt, a vintage purse, pair of Nine West shoes that are soooo comfortable and real gold bling! She’s French, off beat and free from the dictates of the norm. Nothing in poor taste and nothing too over stated. Simple and yet complex – two forces of nature colliding together; the dark reaches of my closet and the light of the day.

My husband loves it, but thinks it a bit too much of a statement for this kind of a wedding. So in despair I retreat back to my closet. I dig and I dig and suddenly I come across a one of a kind dress that I bought in a boutique just outside of Santa Fee. It was a small shop owned by a couple of designers. They also could sew their own clothes and made everything one of a kind right there in the boutique. So I bought this dress because the girls and my husband convinced me it was a dress made for me.
Dress to follow....

Doctor Lynn

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Where did that shirt come from?

My husband. He bought it in a strange little shop in Thailand. He thought he would wear it, but when he got home it was a no go. So with a little modification it became a tunic/really short dress for me. I've never worn it. Why? Well up until now I never took the time to make an outfit that gave it power without over powering me.  Bright vibrant colors should always give you a sense of power, but never over power your sense of whom you are. And that is one of the secrets to a successful life – hold to your power, but never use it to over power, hurt or harm anyone or anything.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Iguassu Falls Meet Emillo Pucci

On a trip to South America we went to Iguassu Falls, Argentina. There is a Brazilian side, but we were told the Argentine was the best. It did not disappoint us. The falls are magnificent. However, to get there is quite a journey as there is nothing much around the fall area. It is mostly protected, as it should be.
The only place to stay is a Sheraton that has a total lock on the tourist trade. They only allow so many people into the falls. The Sheraton is the only hotel located inside the National Park. It is either stay here or stay in Puerto Igazu and take a bus to the park entrance. From the Sheraton you walk across the grounds and right into the falls. It is private entrance for those who stay at the hotel. So we stayed in a room that looked out over the falls. We walked across the resort yard and onto the many bridges and causeways that surround the falls. It was magical and energizing. The sound, the smile, the sight, and the feel of the cool misty air left you in awe, as you took in a breath taking view of one of the world’s most beautiful sights. It truly humbles you to see, feel and hear the power of nature.
While staying at the Sheraton we decided to venture out by cab to the nearest town, which is Puerto igazu.  The hotel called us a cab and we ventured off for a local dinner.  I can’t remember what we had to eat, but I do remember the town. It was small, rural and poor. There were very few restaurants and only a  couple of local shops. However, at the end of a street there was a small shop that sold stones that had been mined from the quarries near the falls. They had taken some of the stones and turned them into rings. The choice was very hard, but I settled on this blue stone. I have no idea what it is, but I loved the  grain that ran through it. It is sort of salmon and white mixed into the soft blue. I believe I paid $30.00 for it.
When I travel and I find interesting things I often think about how much something like this would sell for in Barney’s. Easily I could add another zero!
To my surprise it matched my Emillo Pucci scarf. I found this on eBay for about $25.00. Every girl should own a little Pucci. Head to toe Pucci can be a bit much, however with the geometric designs coming back in  style a vintage Pucci piece might be worth a trip to e-Bay.
Stacking two pair of earrings creates a fun design. The silver ones are by Georg Jensen. A Danish designer, his jewelry is simple, but elegant. In front I put a pair of crystal earrings that I bought in Maine from a boutique called Abacus. It’s been in Portland Maine for many years. They support artist mostly from the Northeast East. When in Maine, which I am at least once a year, I stop in and on more than one occasion have bought a piece of wearable art.
I am drawn to certain things. I am seduced by colors, designs, shapes and blends. We all get drawn into the seduction of life. If you are lucky enough you will capture a moment of beauty, find something that helps you to hold that memory, and then you will use those things to find and create your passion. Inspiration comes when you least expect it. One day you buy a stone ring and years later you mix it with a Pucci scarf, and artisan earrings, and you smile with joy. It humbles you to see and feel the power of creation all around you; past, present and future.  

Support an artist- it’s good for the soul.
Doctor Lynn

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Sneak Peek

Aero*boga has been over six years in the making, and about eight months of putting together the right team. We’re now ready to shoot the new Aero*boga DVD. Follow along as I share with you some of the inside details and behind the scenes events that have made this project possible.
First it began with a tremendous setback, diagnosed with cancer, surgery and a long recovery. Everything in life has a flip side and if you let it every setback has the opportunity to inspire you to grow and heal. This setback was the inspiration for Aero*boga- the way of the heart.
It is my strong belief that health and relationships are the most important things in life. Value and honor them for without them life ceases to exist.
Over the six plus years, as I was developing Aero*boga, I made plenty of mistakes and did a few retakes. But I kept the vision, even when it seemed I might fail. Why? Because I learned a long time ago that from here to there is never a straight line. There are always many curves and bumps along the way. Failure is the inability to try. There is no such thing as failure as long as you try with your heart and hurt no one along the way.
We are shooting in three days. This afternoon is rehearsal. I need to go over my lines. The cast is picked, the set is ready, the wardrobe has been chosen and now it’s up to me to make it happen.
Here is sneak peek at the wardrobe.

Doctor Lynn

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Like Your Style - A Smile a Wink and a Nod!

The other day Francine went to the gym. She goes everyday even when she is not teaching because it is good for the body, the mind and the soul. Three days a week she lifts weights. The main purpose is to tone and sculpt, but it also offers other benefits. Sitting at a machine pumping iron also allows a quiet moment to yourself and a chance to look around the gym and people watch. Believe me I’ve seen some strange things happening in the weight room!
On this day Francine decide to be an angel. Actually the angel sweatshirt matched the pants and the shoes and it all seemed to go together in one swoop. Some days are like that and some days it’s a struggle to get dressed. You know…the days when you look into your closet full of clothes, but you have nothing to wear!
I’m not big on wearing logos, but the sweatshirt was on sale and it was the right weight for running to the gym. I needed new underwear so on my trip to Victoria Secret I picked it up and before I knew it I was out the door with my angel shirt. It is just the right weight, comfy and cute.
The tights I love!  Bought them from Skinny Tees, which is a great company. It’s a small business owned and run by a woman. I’m doing a project and Linda took the time to personally call me and help me. http://www.skinnytees.com/
The grey tank top came for Ross for Less. Don’t over look the discount stores. I’ve bought some really cute stuff at Ross. Ross happens to be on the way to the gym. When I walk to the gym I sometimes can’t resist the urge to grab a bargain.
The shoes are from my favorite online shoe store. Lori’s shoes has the best and the cutest. Again this is owned by Lori a woman entrepreneur. Check it out http://www.lorisshoes.com   this is where I first discovered Jeffery Campbell shoes which are one of my obsessions.
Now I’m wearing my outfit, working on tightening my butt and across the room I notice a nice looking young black man watching me. He’s really cute and really built. He smiles and I smile back. Soon I move to another machine. He walks across the room leans in next to me and says with a wink and a nod,” I really like your style.” I smiled and said, “Thank you, I’m flattered.”
Now I’m old enough to be his mother. He really made my day. With just a smile, a wink and a nod my little angles wings were a flutter and I was flying all day long!
So the moral of the story is this – you never know who will see you. A Skinny Tee, Jeffery‘s shoes and an angels heart might just get you a little flirting and a little fun. What girl, no matter what the age, doesn’t like a little attention? We all love it, so smile, wink and nod because when it is all said and done we all need a n Angle’s heart, a geometric design (free form) and a great pair of shoes to get us through the day. Support an artist-it’s good for the soul.     http://www.facebook.com/DrLynnAnderson

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Oh Canada- We Love Your Wool and Your Rodents.

One of my favorite places in North America is the Quebec Providence of Canada. It is quiet, appearing to be set apart from the world, but ever so sophisticated. Both cities of Quebec and Montreal have a fairytale eloquence that almost transcends time; especially Quebec. It is north of my homeland of Maine. As a child it was my first trip outside the USA. In those days we traveled by car, navigating the rough and rural roads of Maine that led to the boarder and across to Quebec.  Then we had several hours more to drive more through the rural and rough roads of Quebec Providence to get to Quebec City.
I was young, so I remembered very little about the trip. But I did know they have the most beautiful Ice Festival and a delicious maple syrup season, as well as delicious local fresh food, warm furs and very stylish and unique designers.  There is a sophisticated style in Quebec (after all they are French).
My husband and I decide to take a trip to Quebec the week before Christmas. We had traveled to New York for a visit so decide to then take a plane and hop up to Quebec City. As we flew across the border and closer to the City, the plane flew rather low so that we could see the sites. There were none accept a dense forest covered with snow. It was barren of human life. This was the wilderness and it was beautiful.
Arriving in Quebec City we stepped into the coldest weather I have ever experienced. (Remember I’m from Maine, so I can deal with cold). But really this was colder than a witch’s you know what! We had long underwear, wool sweaters and wool coats, but still the cold bit through to the bone.
We went to our hotel which was a lovely boutique hotel with lots of art. The Floor in the bathroom of our hotel was heated and the bed had lots of down comforters to keep us warm.  Cozy and sophisticated we settled in and began to plan our jaunt around Quebec City.
After unpacking we headed out into the streets to see the City. Along the way (actually, every other shop) were fur stores. We began to stop into each store, not to buy a fur, but to get warm. It was so bitter cold you could only walk outside for a short time.  So, in each store I tried on furs while my husband sat and warmed his hands, feet and entire body.
You may not like the wearing of furs, but I do need to tell you, if you lived in an environment like Quebec you might change your mind. Just a side note – in Montreal I attend a Yoga therapist conference. One of the girls I met was from Quebec. She wore a really cute fur vest. I commented on her vest and she thanked me. We had lunch together and she mentioned she was a vegetarian. So I asked, “If you are a vegetarian, how can you wear a fur?” She explained that it was so cold in Quebec that everybody wears furs. She bought the fur to keep warm, but not the animal to eat. Because I had been to Quebec, I totally got what she was saying.
Now back to Quebec and my shopping trip. It is here in Quebec that I first heard the name F-La Mode. https://www.facebook.com/Andla123
According to the boutique owners in Quebec, it means, to heck with fashion it’s all about style.    I wandered into one of the small boutique where I found the designer, seamstress and sales person all working together. They were making the sweater you see on Francine. It is a handmade original sweater with a muskrat collar and cuffs. “A muskrat”, you ask?!  Yes, I asked the same thing. Seems they are used for a lot of cheaper furs in Quebec. A muskrat is a rodent.  It is a semi aquatic species native to North America.  And it is a resource of food and fur for humans. Yes, people do eat roasted muskrat! I haven’t tried it, but they say it is good.
So, I bought the sweater. Each time I put it on I think about the fact that I am wearing a rat around my neck and on my cuffs. It is warm, not as soft as mink, but I get why it’s widely used throughout Quebec. It’s warm and it’s cheap, and you can roast the little rodents!
The hat I bought in Montreal. It has a tiny piece of beaver fur which is also widely used in Quebec for warmth and happens to be a rodent just like the muskrat. I have eaten beaver stew, but that’s another story.  I love berets, but always feel a little overly French in one; however when I wear it someone always tells me they like it. Montreal also had some beautiful furs, as well as, sweaters, hats and stylish cold weather clothes.  Quebec Providence is a land of survival and style mixed into a look that is so warm, it makes you want to live there .But I’m from Southern California where these clothes can look a little over the top. Wait…I’m from La La Land where girls wear Uggs with shorts and anything goes. So what do I care…, I’m wearing my rodents and I’m staying warm!
Support an artist even if they use rodents and wool. It’s good for your soul.
Doctor Lynn

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Off to Aero*boga - time to recycle

If there is one habit you should make it is to dance and do yoga. Why? Because both yoga and dance have been scientifically proven to benefit your health in body, mind and soul. Aero*boga combines both, as well as, a program that will bring you success and fitness to the body, the mind and the soul. It is about finding your passion, participating fully in life and realizing a dream. It begins with the formula for success. Follow along as Doctor Lynn and Francine take Aero*boga on a journey that promises to reveal to you the secret to finding happiness. It’s right in front of you. The problem is we can’t always see it because of all the self imposed obstacles that get in our way.
Francine is a passion, a creation, a piece of art. She is the essence of happiness. Every piece she is wearing has a story. Can you guess which pieces are recycled? Which ones were found on sale and what is so comfortable they could be worn all day? 
The grey Theory shirt was found at a second hand shop in Sarasota Florida when I was visiting my best friend Tish. If you ever go to Sarasota, believe me they have the best secondhand shops. The earrings are Nespresso coffee cups, recycled by an artist I found in Provence. She was housed in a small room no bigger than a closet. It is here that she both made her recycled jewelry and sold them. She took me inside and showed me how she made the earrings. I’ve seen them around, but nobody has the little special touch that made her earrings so unique. Her secret stays with me! Support an artist. It’s good for the soul.
The blue (turquoise) bracelet was found in a small shop at Lake Bellagio Italy. Nice little town with interesting shops and strange food. My husband and I always like to eat local food. The most local food of this region is donkey. So we gave it a try. Very tough and not very good. But how many people can say they ate donkey stew when in Italy? The bracelet I found in a basket near the cash register of a leather belt shop. The belts were handmade Italian. The artist took the left over leather and made bracelets. So of course I bought this one. I think it cost $10.00!
The boots are Gee WaWa which are the most comfortable boots I’ve ever owned. They are my go to for comfort. Vest Athleta – on sale of course and the tights are from Skinny Tees.
What does this have to do with Aero*boga? What happens when the self imposed obstacles are removed? Try recycling an idea. Stay tuned things are about to happen!
It’s a New Year!

Doctor Lynn