I celebrated a birthday recently. I have to say that mostly I tried to ignore it – telling people that I was celebrating the fact that I was born, not how many years I’d been on this earth. But truthfully, in a new town, I didn’t have to worry about too many people bothering me about it. My daughter Kate gave me several thoughtful gifts as did my husband (who is traditionally thwarted by the fact that if I want something, I buy it myself!) It was a good day; I helped Kate with darling grandson for a few hours and then exercised to my heart’s content; dinner with said husband was low key….and then it was, whew, the day after my birthday.
Look – I’m doing very well health wise – medical personnel are surprised to discover that I have a Medicare card – and I live a good life. Aside from the niggling issue of what I will do with my retirement, I am pretty content…except when I think about how old I am and how fragile we all are at this age. So I think low key birthdays will be the way to go in the future – maybe I can find someone else with the same birthday and then I’ll make a fuss over them and draw all the attention away from myself!
And…onto corset belts! I have always loved a very wide belt. I think a corset belt can make a full dress or pleated wide trousers look especially chic. But then my figure is such that a wide belt creates the illusion that I have a small(er) waist, so there’s that. Here are a few examples of when I’ve used a corset belt in the past:
The good news is that corset belts are back in the fashion headlines this fall since they featured prominently in the Prada A/W 16 line. In other words, they appeared on the runway last spring so we would all wear them this fall (hard to keep this couture calendar straight, isn’t it?). Of course, corset belts have always been a feature in renaissance fair and dominatrix fashion and perhaps they gained favor through the Kardashian waist cinching movement this past year. But who cares why? I am just happy they are back. If you’ve never tried one, you should give this fashion accessory a try!
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