Saturday, February 15, 2020

We all have invisible wheelchairs...Katherine Wolf




I stumbled upon Katherine Wolf's Instagram this week and I read and watched all I could find....
She is an incredibly inspiring woman...and her husband is wonderful too.
I have not read much about suffering since my many years listening to Elisabeth Elliot in the 90's.








This short movie tells Katherine and Jay's story.

"we all have invisible wheelchairs inside us"

God bless this amazing faith-filled family








Encourage one another,
Donna




Monday, February 10, 2020

Oscars 2020 Red Carpet

They all wore their best dresses already, I guess.

Most of the dresses I loved were worn by guests of the stars...their partners. :o)



If you saw James and his wife Julia Carey on the red carpet I am positive you knew I would pick this dress.  Every time.  I will pick a pretty dress like this!!!  The designer is J. Mendel.   I love this so much.







It's a little hard to see but Kate Fahy looks so lovely and calm in her deep green dress.
This really is a favorite of mine this year.



Here is Outlanders' Caitriona Balfe.

She chose something unique and pretty but not weird.
So many ugly weird dresses this year.  

This was definitely the prettiest unusual dress of the night.
That pink color is just right and I love the fabric and perfect bow.

Not too big.
Not too little.
Just right.









Julie Louis Dreyfus always looks stunning.  This is on the verge of ho hum, if you can image that, but I decided to choose it because there was so little else that I wanted to share.  
The fit, the color, the neckline, the jewels.  
Her figure.
She is amazing.


I honestly could do a whole post of the flops.
But I don't do that.

Be the light.
Be the light.

 :o)


My friend Crissy, just loved this and hoped I would post it today!  
Regina King looks absolutely stunning.
The color and fit of this dress are beautiful.





Another stunning couple.  This is Mark Ruffolo and his wife Sunrise Coigney.  Sunrise is wearing Valentino and I love her bright pink, layered dress!!  Beautiful!







Lucy Boynton is an American-English actress...and I love her style.  I will be watching her because when I was looking for her name I spotted what she wore to the Critics Choice awards a month ago and I loved it too!

Lucy played Beatrix Potter as a little girl in Miss Potter and is currently in The Politician on Netflix.
(Which I also just found out)


She should have played AMY in Little Women.
I'm like a dog with a bone.
hahaha









This is Joanne Tucker (partner of the amazing actor Adam Driver) She is just perfect in this pretty dress!  The flowers are divine. 
After searching I found that Joanne is wearing Oscar de la Renta!!  It's vintage too!!!
My favorite!
She looks beautiful and totally at ease.

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner.

ha!

After the Oscars there are lots of big parties.
I saw a few outfits that were kinda cool....



These two make a perfect pair, don't they.  Dwayne Wade and Gabrielle Union. 
Her dress is different and feminine and pretty.  His lace coat is so odd but works here.  
I really like this!!




Katie Couric out at the party....
Simple.
Crisp.
Unusual.
Cool!



Tra La.


The show was host-less again last night and it suffered for it.
The acceptance speeches were long and strange.
There were two funny bits and Elton John sang an average song....and won...which I was happy about...You know Rocketman was my favorite movie of the year....

But as usual the Brits brought the funny bits.
James Corden and Rebel Wilson came out in CATS outfits and made fun of their terrible movie and Olivia Coleman just came out and was funny.





Anyway,
that's what I've got for you this morning!



WINNER:
 “Parasite”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in . . . Hollywood”


The only movie I would recommend for this list is Ford v Ferrari.
 As for The Irishman, Little Women, Marriage Story and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, I was not a fan of any of them.   I do look forward to seeing Jojo Rabbit.
What did I enjoy this year?
Rocketman
Downton Abbey
Judy
Last Christmas


Do you like any of the dresses I chose this time?
Are there any movies on the list that you LOVED?

Thanks for visiting!

Your red carpet hostess,
Donna












Tuesday, January 28, 2020

day late, yada yada





The SAG awards were a week or so ago.  
My favorites (actors and actresses and shows) have not been winning...except Brad Pitt...and Jen Aniston.  
They both won and they had a moment.....
the universe swooned.



I enjoyed many of the dresses that evening.



Zoe Kravitz once again looking very 50's and elegant and lovely.





I saw many comments about the voluminous dresses that evening.
Most ridiculed.
I love them.







Jen Aniston channeling Jean Harlo in this slinky dress.
She has been winning awards for her performance in The Morning Show on Apple TV and she deserves every trophy she gets!!!  






The Pink Dress. 

Hey!  The book, The Pink Dress, is now available in paper back.
It's not as great as Seventeenth Summer but I'm enjoying reading it again.
I last read it in the 8th grade.  All I remembered about the book was that I liked it.








Oh!  Isn't she pretty!?!





Stevie from Schitt's Creek looking just stunning.





One of my favorite silhouettes :o)
I love the colors too....
but something about the fabric looks thick....





Another pretty pink dress.
I like her lipstick and her hair too!





I love this unique plaid, chiffon dress!
What can I say, I've been living in Wisconsin for a long time.

And her hair makes me feel better about mine.  hehe


And just for fun....



Everyone should aspire to wear a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown like Meghan wore last year.
love
love
love


Have a terrific Tuesday!
Two weeks until the Oscars!

Donna










Thursday, January 23, 2020

light. light is everything





















   










After days of being inside with a camera without a flash...and an inadequate cell phone....

I was able to take some portraits of Dottie....
at Dunkin Donuts!

Big windows with lots of light!

She's darling, isn't she?

I have scads of photos of Zeke and Asher and Malachi.
For some reason, I was better at grabbing them and standing them in front of windows!

But I had a hard time photographing Emma's family and baby River in November and then the whole family in January.

Seriously....
I'm having a hard time finding the light and dragging folks into it with me.

I've decided I need a camera with a flash.
A point and shoot that will take group shots when we are in all of the dark places....
(My old D80 had a nice flash...but it is broken.)

Alas.

If you have a great point and shoot with a flash and a lens with a large aperture....
Let me know.
I have one in mind but it's expensive....so I'm hesitating.


anyway.....

Thanks for reading...
keeping me company and for being my friends.

Love
Donna


















Monday, January 20, 2020

Eleven days when everything changed....

The last ten days have been the most extraordinary days I have been thru in a long time.

On January third we (Patrick, Katie and I) went to Omaha to spend time with all of our children and grandchildren.  Since Patrick and Shelby and Dottie live so far away we head to Omaha whenever they come to visit Shelby's parents.
So Emma and James and River made the trek to Missouri and Matthew and Melinda live right there in town.

We watched the boys wrestle and watched Dottie go up and down the stairs.
We shared a few meals and Patrick and Katie got to meet River.

It was wonderful to see everyone.



I loved seeing Patrick hold River.  




Dottie will be a big sister in the spring.
She is a girl on the go :o)





Welcome to the red head club.




Matthew and Melinda hosting the family chaos :o)










It's so hard to travel with a newborn...we were so happy Emma and James could make it.
River was sleeping when we opened presents.





The old one and the young one.


(I am desperate for a new camera.  I need a flash.)







And then just a few hours after our return to Madison....

On Monday Jan. 6 my brother in law Paulie fell and broke his neck at his group home.
It was a very serious break.  He would not survive it.
We all gathered at the hospital and loved Paulie and played Johnny Cash non stop.
We were all so shocked and sad.
He passed away on Thursday Jan. 9th.

Paulie was the most special guy.  He loved his family and loved Johnny Cash and Casey Jones.
He had a beautiful voice and the most exuberant personality.
He visited the Marinette fire dept nearly every day for 50 years.  

They too, loved him so.

At the funeral dozens of firemen came to pay their respects.
Wearing their dress uniforms they arrived in four firetrucks and walked in a line to see Paulie.
The slide show played a video of Paulie singing Ring of Fire and the firemen stood as a group and quietly watched.  

The bell choir Paulie was a part of played and sang a sweet song to the tune of Edelweiss and we all sobbed.

Life will not be the same without Paulie. 
I miss him so much already.


He was the richest man in town.












Til we meet again sweet, funny, wonderful Paulie.

Love Always,
Donna






















Friday, January 17, 2020

How much a heart can hold.







"Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold."

–Zelda Fitzgerald



Monday, January 06, 2020

Red Carpet Golden Globes 2020


Variety was the fashion story of the night.
Sadly it has become passe to ask what are you wearing...and that's too bad, because I'd much rather hear about their clothes than their politics.  hahaha




Leslie Zibb wearing a lovely layered dress.  I have decided, I like layers and scallops.  
You all have probably got me pegged for this!  




Isn't this pretty on Thomisin McKenzie?
And I think my favorite part of a dress is....the bodice.






Very nice for the little girl in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I would have chosen an olive bow not that black.  Perhaps the designer thought that was too bridesmaid to match like that.





I do not care for the Jonas brothers.  Too much press.  
But there is no denying this perfect dress and woman at the globes last night.




I thought I loved this but now, this morning, not as much.





Kathy Bates in a velvet tux and amazing sunglasses looked wonderful to me!!!








I absolutely love this heavy fabric and gorgeous tailoring.  The color is neat, but I would LOVE to be able to see it in many different colors.  Orange? Royal Blue?  
She needs to stand next to Jody Comer....





Go Pack Go!!!

I love this actress and think she looks cool.
Her shoe is pink.
What is going on here?








Lauren Graham looked stunning.
Just perfect.







The bodice and perfect sleeve on her!!!








Oh my gosh!  I just love this!  I'm going to have to see if i can find the designer.
It's Saint Laurent!
And guess what, this gal, Zoe Kravitz is Lisa Bonet's daughter.
(from the Cosby show)




This pretty lady, "hello pretty lady", is Karen Pittman.
Oh how I love this dress.  It is by Khoon Hooi.

It's my winner!



Gotta run!  Hope you enjoyed this little red carpet special :o)
Donna





Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Unstuck








It was a weird year.
I was stuck.
In my chair.
Unless I was visiting family.

In 2020, I will try to get unstuck.



And for your New Year,
I wish you love and purpose
laughter and dance.





and maybe, just maybe this following clip will fulfill two of those wishes!






Love you 
Mean it!

Donna Elsie