October 29, 2019

Please note: Dear Readers, that my phone is currently on the fritz, and I would love to show you actual pictures of myself, but am temporarily, technologically stymied. 

I will admit that I’m normally a little skeptical about the suggestions the Sephora folks throw at me when I visit their fine establishment.  No shade to these makeup aficionados, but I’m usually looking for skincare solutions, and have a lot more i...

September 2, 2019

Happy Labor Day, all, and a very Happy Birthday, dear Vim!

I hope this post finds you relaxing by a pool.  Or a lake.  Or some other body of tranquil water.  Or maybe just holding a glass of yummy cocktail.  I like liquid in a lot of forms.

This past summer, Older and I took a road trip to Fort Worth.  We stayed with some of our Favorite Friends and drove to Dallas in the mornings because Older was sch...

May 6, 2019

It's been kind of a splurge-y week in the Bustle house.  Older got a Christmas Llama sweater on sale for next year.  Younger was pleased and surprised to get my Okay on a banana print shirt.  Both boys declined to be photographed, so we'll just go with my splurges then.

Splurges usually start with a "quick stop" at Shopaholic Sanctuary to see Diane.  Only this time I was not kidding myself that there would...

February 17, 2019

Hello, Dear Readers!  I've just started a new job, which is exciting, but also intense.  So let me introduce you to one of Vim's stress-relieving, coping mechanisms - imaginary shopping!  It's fun, but less stressful than actual shopping, because you're not spending any money.*  Also, you don't even need to leave the comfort of your home, because - the internet.

You know that thing that happens, when you'r...

November 23, 2018

It's here!  


Actually it's kind of warm today, but earlier this week it was definitely SWEATER WEATHER!!!

And this is a great week for sweater shopping because Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic are all having HUGE sales, and if you use your Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic affiliated credit card, you get 50% off.  So, here's what I got:

This super cozy, wonderfully chunky cable knit.   I could wax on and on...

October 14, 2018



I did some shopping this month, and it all arrived this weekend.   Some of it is cute, and I'm keeping it, and some of it needs to stay on the sub-zero models who convinced me to try it on.  The problem I'm having right now is that I'm not looking pretty today in the photos of the good clothes, so you, the Gentle Reader, are going to have a difficult time of it agreeing with me about the keepers.   I coul...

September 28, 2018

So, I adore celebrating birthdays - my own, my kids', my friends and family members'; I've been known to join the waiters in singing to a complete stranger, pausing to catch the name and then singing it a beat behind, and cheering when a gigantic sombrero lands on the celebrant's head.  And I imagine that you, Gentle Reader, enjoy birthdays as well.  

But are you making the most of your birthday?...

August 24, 2018


Two years ago, when we started this enterprise, Bustle and I originally thought this might be a fashion/shopping blog first and foremost.  The original idea was sound.  All those outfit-inspo blogs out there sporting the same looks, with 20-something, 5’9”, size 2 models left a certain void we were certain we could fill.  Surely, there were women out there over the age of 35 and larger than a size 2, that might...

November 30, 2017

Bustle:  Vim and I received our birthday presents from each other this past week, and we both sent each other necklaces!  How's that for maintaining the same wave length o'er the miles that separate us?

Should I mention that we are both September birthdays?  Yes, we're running a little late this year.  I blame Harvey.  Vim was planning to come to Houston, and we were going to celebrate our birthdays togeth...

August 14, 2017

I'm texting with my friend, Kathleen:

    "I need an engaging title about earrings"

Years ago I called on Kathleen for help creating a birthday invitation for Younger Son's 1st birthday.  The theme was Hawaiian, and I had the beginning:

"Hula to the Left...

Hula to the Right...

Younger's turning ONE on Saturday night!"

But then I was stumped.  Kathleen emailed the following to me:

"Eating and Munching

And Drinking wit...

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