Sunday, July 17, 2016

Last Call

Lately I've been living life like someone who hears the bartender yell, "Last call."

I'm acting with a sense of urgency. I don't waste time or opportunity. The frenzy isn't due to an awareness of mortality, although there's a bit of that. No, my heightened activity is motivated by positive force -- i.e., desire. Pent-up, half-century old desire to be my true self.

I won't bore you with tales of my past, but I'm throwing caution to the wind. Before I die, I want to live. No matter what. And that includes, very especially, women's clothes.

Here's what I wore today. It was fun to assemble and joyous to wear. I'm displaying a pin that my best friend Ashley gave me. It's cute and fit the outfit perfectly.

What do you think?

(P.S., At the end of this post is a famous poem.)

This poem was written over 300 years ago in 1648. It is called "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time."

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
To-morrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And, while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime,
You may forever tarry.


  1. Yay! So great. I love this outfit, especially the pants! And the heels. And the pin. Okay, everything. <3

  2. That pin is fabulous! The whole outfit is so different from what you normally wear. It is great to see you pushing your boundaries.

    I love that poem. I reminds me of my favourite poem of all time, Nothing Gold Can Stay. I memorized it when I was about 12 when I read The Outsiders for the first time.

    There is of course no better moment than now to act upon your dreams.


    1. I know what you mean about the outfit. I believe it's important for me to explore all styles of womens clothing. Doing so, I discover unexpected delights, like things looking better than I thought, fitting better than I expected, etc. I was surprised at how well this ensemble turned out. It makes me look pleasantly slimmer.

  3. Ah, Robert Herrick... I've been thinking about the Jenny Joseph poem lately (... 'I will wear purple and a red hat...'), the attitude sort of speaks to me... But I get your point about the last call. However, if we're talking about the last call, hold the roses, I'll have a double whisky...

  4. Oh wow! Those are awesome trousers. Also love the poem. Amazing how words can touch us centuries after they were written.

    Leave a lasting mark.

    I too am trying to figure out what it means to live. It is a daily battle, but I'm slowly getting there I think.

  5. Great outfit, dynamic and lovely on you! The pin is special touch. I am glad you are living life with gusto- continue on!
    xx, Elle

  6. Beautiful. This post speaks to my heart so deeply. <3

  7. Love that pin--and your shoes :) Great ensemble. I've heard this poem before but I can't remember where. Thank you so much for sharing; it's beautiful. XOXO

  8. Nicely done, the pattern print is perfect and the addition of the heel pin is like a cherry on top. Big hugs my friend.

  9. Get it!!! I love your positive attitude!
    You, m'dear, have me inspired to punch fear in the face! :)
    Thank you.

  10. You look great! I really like that waistcoat!!

  11. Th pin is adorable and love the mixing of patterns, it can be hard to do this well. You look great and so glad you are going for it and living!

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  12. A positive force is the best force for making changes :)

  13. good for you!!! I have a couple of English degrees, so I am very familiar with that poem!

  14. I think my renfaire friends would be a fan of that poem! I really love this outfit! The vest pops against the top and pants :) That pin just screams you as well! A+ Ally!

  15. Yes to living life now! I'm so glad you are :)
    And that pin is gorgeous.

  16. This is a rely gorgeous outfit. The color/pattern mix is SO beautiful!!

    It sounds like you're weary of leading a compartmentalized life. I hope I'm not being presumptuous in assuming that you do this...? One of life's greatest joys is being accepted as our authentic selves. I hope that's happening for more and more each day Ally.

    1. Thank you, Marilee. And you're right about my being tired of being put in a box. Five decades of that...

  17. Beautiful outfit. I swear, your style keeps getting better and better. I love the prints and silhouettes you wear <3 You are SO chic!

    xo Azu

  18. Your outfit is cute and that pin is adorable.

  19. Ugh,,, why are you so engaging??????
    xx, yes let's live,,,,,,

  20. Love the outfit and that pin is awesome.

    I still so badly want to see you with a short sassy hairstyle!!! Please!!!!

  21. YES!!! LIVE YOUR TRUE SELF!!!! There's not a single thing in the world you could say to me that would make me as happy as what you said in this post. <3