Saturday, May 5, 2018

Kentucky Fashion Social Media Accounts

When was bought by another company over 200 of my clothing design Sets disappeared from this blog.  I'm grateful that I was able to Pin 100% of my Sets to my Pinterest boards so at least they can still be viewed.  My purpose for creating the majority of my Sets was to inspire women over 50 to style outfits for themselves. I also created professional Sets for women in funeral service because I am in funeral service myself.  Although I miss creating Sets I know that my time might be better spent writing on this blog more frequently. I post something on my Kentucky Fashion Facebook page nearly every day. I have that account synced to my Twitter account by the same name.  I have been posting Vintage items that I find beautiful or interesting on my Instagram account.  All links to my accounts are at the bottom of this page. Please Like and Follow me if are interested. Feel free to email me at:         

It took this photo of my dressing table and accessories to inspire women my age to gather their beautiful things together in one place simply because they love them.  I call this photo "My Favorite Things."

Pamela Owen                                           

Friday, May 4, 2018

10 Tips for Attending the Kentucky Derby

I've invited my good friend Mary Gayle to be a guest blogger today to help you get ready for going to Churchill Downs. She and her husband entertained out of town business guests for years. I don't think anyone has better advice for me to share with you.

10 Tips for Attending the Kentucky Oaks and Derby
1. Comfy shoes.
2. Bandaids, ibuprofen, etc.
3. Poncho, clear is nice so your dress can still be seen.
4. Foldable, lightweight tote bag and paper hand towels to wrap Mint Julip and Lilly glasses to take home.
5. Snack mix in clear baggies. Food lines can be long and you need to keep food in your stomach if you are drinking alcohol.
6. Cell phone service is scattered, make sure your family knows this.
7. Loose change to tip the bathroom attendants. They are wonderful and most have mints and other handy things.
8. In case of a chill, stick a scarf in your bag.
(Or tie it to the handle of your handbag to look chic! Pam)
9. Place your Derby bet way before post time. Men are notorious for the last minute bet. There may be lots of shoving and stepping on toes.
10. Sing "My Old Kentucky Home" loud and proud!  You are already a winner because you are lucky enough to attend!
Should you have the winning ticket and want to wait to avoid lines you have weeks to go back and collect.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Kentucky Derby Hat Advice

If you plan to wear a hat to the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby please pull the brim down on your forehead. If you try to keep your bangs from getting messed up you could end up looking like you are wearing a costume. Face it...your hairstyle is going to get trashed by your hat so you might as well pull that brim down to keep the sun out of your eyes. Don't be a "Little Debbie," "Annie Oakley" or "Polyanna" at Churchill Downs.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Purging Your Closet

It's January 2nd, 2018 and it's very cold in Kentucky.  I spent some time on New Year's Day viewing YouTube videos about closet re-designs and organization. The trend is to make your closet resemble and clothing and accessory boutique. This apparently gives the owner the feeling of shopping in their own closet. I agree that an organized closet is an asset when you don't have a lot of time to get ready in the morning but I don't know about making a closet look like a retail store.  The majority of women that I know don't have that much space for storing their clothing.  Many have the basic closets found in many homes today with one rod and a shelf above it.  The one thing I DO agree with is purging the closet to get rid of what you no longer wear. That is difficult even for me because I still wear clothing that could be 10 years or older. I love vintage everything so I tend to hold on to clothing, shoes, handbags, scarves and jewelry that is very beautiful despite it's age. When I designed our home almost 30 years ago I gave myself and small room off our master bathroom for my dressing room. It has four basic closets with folding, mirrored doors. One closet is all shelves for folded clothing, one closet has double rods for jackets and tops and the other two have one rod with two shelves above them for shoes. I have a dressing table in front of the large window and a lingerie chest that matches.  I also have a size 12 dress form that I use to style my outfits. I'm thinking about redecorating my dressing room this year to reflect not only current interior design trends but to make it more functional.  Many modern closets have islands in the center of the space with drawers for accessories and mirrored tops to reflect a beautiful chandelier above.  As an interior designer I realized that I could make an island out of two, matching chest of drawers placed back to back. Then I could add a piece of custom cut mirror to put on top. This would give me more drawer space than I have in my lingerie chest and dressing table and take up much less space. I will be looking for new wallpaper too and heavy drapes for the window. I love having all the natural light from the window but since it faces our street I have to have privacy as well. So, if you are tired of your current closet set up the first thing you need to do is purge it of everything you know you will never wear again.  Professional style clothing can be donated to the "Dress for Success" organization nearest you. You can donate other types of things to churches with "Clothes Closets" and give the rest to homeless outreach organizations.  Remember that if a garment doesn't make you feel good when you look at it in your closet or drawer it won't make you feel good when it's on your body. Happy 2018 and happy purging!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Leopard Print Coat and Jeans

I duplicated this Pinterest picture in 2013 with items that are not as expensive. The Pinterest Leopard print coat is Vintage but I found one on the @normtompson website that has the same look for $189.00 and comes in Plus sizes. The chambray shirt and boot cut jeans are from Oldnavy and Gap. The bag in the picture is by the designer "Celine" but I think the Ralph Lauren bag is just as pretty. The red shoes worn by the model are Miu Miu but I like the red, suede booties by G by GUESS and cost $79.00 at Macy's. I don't know what brand of sunglasses the model is wearing but you can't miss with Ray-Ban's in basic black. Minus the handbag and sunglasses, my outfit costs $401.00.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Chambray Shirts and Necklaces

An easy Summer look is a soft, chambray shirt and pearls. This look takes it one step further with the addition of a large monogram.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Permitted & Banned Items on Kentucky Derby Day

Food items in clear plastic bags (maximum size 18” X 18” - no trash bags)*"Box" lunches in clear plastic bags or containers (maximum size 18" X 18" - no trash bags)
Water and soft drinks – plastic bottles only (sealed, clear and unopened)
Purses, but none larger than 12” in any dimension (subject to search)
Baby/diaper bags – only if accompanied by a child (subject to search)
Small cameras – none equipped with detachable lenses or lenses of 6” or more **BinocularsSunscreen (non-glass containers only)
Small personal music systems, radios and televisions** (No boom boxes)
Cellular phones, smartphones and tablets
**Seat cushions smaller than 15"X15" that do not contain metal arms and/or backs, zippers, pockets or flapsStrollers (ONLY if carrying a child)
Chairs (Gate 3 ONLY)
Blankets & tarpaulins (Gates 1 & 3 ONLY)

* Limit of two bags per person
** Patrons could be required to turn on electronic items

Banned Items on Kentucky Derby Day

Coolers (Styrofoam coolers, ice available at infield purchase points)
Cans (any size or type), glass bottles or containers
Pop-Up or Patron Tents– no poles or stakes of any kind
Laptop Computers and Camcorders
Cameras with detachable lenses, or equipped with a lens that is 6” or larger
Selfie Sticks
Purses larger than 12" in any dimension
Alcoholic beverages
Illegal Substances
Luggage (includes briefcases)
Duffel bags
Weapons (including knives)
Fireworks, noisemakers, air horns, laser lights/pointers, mace or pepper sprays
Drones and remote controlled aircraft
Animals (with the exception of service animals for guests with disabilities)
Any items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate

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