style icon: laura petrie

I grew up watching Nick at Nite, you know, when it was still good. Bewitched, I Love Lucy, I Dream of Jeannie, I just couldn’t get enough of those old black and white television shows. I spent my night alone during the recent hurricane watching Get Smart (and loving it*). In my oh so humble opinion, shows like these are way better than most of the garbage on network TV today. Which is fine, thank goodness for DVDs.

This brings me to my style icon for today, Laura Petrie (better known as Mary Tyler Moore’s character in the Dick Van Dyke show). I suppose it says a lot about me and my style that my last icon was also from a television show made several decades ago. As long as I don’t start becoming inspired by the ladies of The Golden Girls, I’m okay with that.

Honestly, look how cute she is. The “Laura Petrie” pants are pretty famous (when I Google searched for her, it suggested I type “pants” after her name), but her style all around is pretty nice. Classic, elegant, sophisticated. I’m not sure exactly what her color palette was, but I wouldn’t put it past her to wear some pretty jazzy color combinations.

My outfit yesterday was a tribute to Laura Petrie. I guess it could also be inspired by Jackie O, as evidenced in this picture with her kids, but who came first? Laura or Jackie? Judging from how old JFK Jr. looks, I’ll say Laura came first, but either way they’re both looking perfect.

Here I am, not nearly as polished or iconic as either of them (but trying to keep in character with my sunglasses too!). The week-long struggle with humidity finally caught up to my hair. The black flats I’m wearing are terribly squeaky now, thanks to their dutiful role as my 2nd-place-rainshoes (in plain terms, the shoes I wear in the rain when my rainboots are at a different apartment than I am). I love them though, so I don’t really want to part with them. At the very least, I can’t buy new shoes until October/tomorrow, since I’m being responsible and sticking to my September clothing budget.

*And loving it is one of Maxwell Smart’s premiere catchphrases. If you’ve never watched Get Smart (or have only seen the terrible Steve Carrell movie), get to it.

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eats, shoots, and leaves at bear mountain

My beau and I took a trip to Bear Mountain this weekend to partake in their delightful Oktoberfest. Circle Line does a boat trip up there, so we woke up bright and early on Sunday morning to make our way over to Pier 83. The day before we had expected rain and it ended up being quite warm, so while the whole weekend was supposed to be a washout, I wasn’t about to break out the rainboots again. I decided at the last minute to grab a light flyaway cardigan, in case the boat was breezy. I didn’t necessarily think it matched what I was wearing, but I didn’t need to impress anyone, so I went with it.

Breezy is an understatement! And the air conditioner was going full blast on the boat, so I was very thankful to have grabbed it. ¬†Afterwards, as I looked at some of the foliage that turned early, I realized I was perfectly decked out to match the gorgeous landscapes of the Hudson Valley! I’m glad my last-minute fashion choices can be semi-successful after all.

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage Inspired Fashion!

I took some pictures, ate some German food, and drank some delicious Spaten beer. I’d love to go back up to Bear Mountain when we aren’t constrained by boat times to take some more time to wander. We had almost three hours, but kept to the area near the festival. In keeping with my intention to post some more off-topic material here, I’ve included a few pictures.

Babbling Brook

Hessian Lake

Sidenote: This isn’t an advertisement, but I definitely recommend the trip. It’s running each weekend through the end of October, and it’s easy to find a half-off ticket to get up there (we booked through Gold Star). You pay for the food and drinks when you’re there, but the boat ride is pretty scenic and a good deal. Check it out!