A woman can never own too many tops. You can partner a couple of pairs of basic slacks or skirts with shirts and blouses in different colors, patterns, silhouettes and fabrics to create dramatically different looks. No one would ever know you’re wearing the same slacks or skirt you wore two days ago because your snazzy top will command their full attention.
Now that spring is almost here, it’s time to fill your closet with fresh styles for work and play, day and night, Tuesday dinner with the girls and Easter Sunday strolling with the grands. The JCPenney spring/summer top collection is filled with flair and priced so well, you won’t need an excuse to go wild.
Each top we’re featuring is machine washable and dryable. Even better, you’ll get an additional 25 percent discount if you spend $100 or more. You can buy the five tops we’re featuring for $148. After the discount, you’ll pay $111. Can’t top that!
This pretty blouse in body-skimming polyester georgette features a flattering split crewneck, dolman sleeves that cover underarm jiggles and an ample length to downsize the tush.
A swingy tunic tee in striking stripes that will complement any skin tone. Made of rayon with just enough Spandex to give body and stretch to this terrific top.
Your button-down, V-neck in Easter egg blue and crisp white stripes will make you think of sailing on the lake while you’re sitting at a meeting with an important client. The ¾- sleeves feature roll tabs. Made in easy-care rayon.
A perfectly adorable cotton and Spandex tee with scoop neck and roll tab, elbow-length sleeves. A happy combination of yellow, white and blue stripes. The go-to top to cool you off on hot summer days.
What’s not to 💙about a charming sweatshirt with kangaroo pockets to hold your phone and wallet when you’re out and about. A blend of polyester and rayon with a tiny bit of Spandex so the top moves when you do!
I couldn’t help myself. Whenever a woman stepped onto the stage at the Oscar ceremony last night, I’d silently critique how she looked. Jennifer Lopez, picture perfect in a metallic dress. What a body and face! Tina Fey looking top heavy in a cheesy strapless gown with pronounced bodice. Sarah Paulson in a puffy hot pink number that exposed her midriff and made her look like a belly dancer.
But when Helen Mirren, Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand came to the mic, I focused on their faces, and thought 70-something never looked so good.
Helen and Bette will turn 74 during the second half of this year, and Barbra will be 77 in April. It seems as if each of them is happy in her own skin, whether or not she had “work” done on it. Besides their superb talents and wildly successful careers, Barbra and Helen have been married for 20 years; Bette for 35. In the world of celebrities, those are mighty big numbers. What’s more, we never read about them in the gossip columns.
It would be great fun to interview the three of them together. I’ve loved Barbra and Bette since the 1960s, and will never forget seeing the “Divine Miss M” perform on New Year’s Eve at Reno Sweeney, a popular New York cabaret, before she became an uber-celeb. I was bewitched watching Barbra during her first TV special, “My Name is Barbra,” in 1965. I wanted to be her! I played her albums so often in the 1990s that the man I was with at the time referred to her as “my girlfriend.” I don’t remember seeing Helen’s early films, but I became a fan once I saw her in the 2006 movie, “The Queen.”
Continuing to work and get resounding receptions, these three women inspire me, especially their obvious and boundless passion. Passion looks good on everyone!
The tiny house movement fascinates me. A resident of New York City my entire life, I’ve always lived, out of necessity, in modestly sized homes and apartments. A 1,400-square-foot apartment is considered the lap of luxury in New York, except of course to the hedge fund billionaire who recently paid $238 million for a 24,000-square-foot penthouse overlooking Manhattan’s Central Park, reportedly the most expensive home ever sold in the U.S. So I marvel at people around the country who choose to downsize and live in spaces as tiny as 90 square feet. Even families of four are relocating to tiny homes and living “off the grid.”
A former home furnishings editor and writer, I marvel at the ingenious storage, seating, dining and sleeping solutions designers have created to make tiny homes functional and ultra comfortable. Drawers are incorporated into stairs; modules can transform from sofas to beds in minutes, pop up tables convert from coffee to dining tables. And the cost to build and equip a tiny home can be a fraction of the price of most small houses anywhere in the country, but you’ll need to find the location to put it!
One of the most intriguing and exquisite tiny houses I’ve seen is in Melbourne, Australia, and constructed of three 20-foot shipping containers. Hard to image a trio of cold metal shipping containers becoming a warm and welcoming home, but a young couple about to have their first child made it happen! I love the Scandinavian-looking light woods and simple, clean lines throughout the house. Notice how much storage is built in under the bed and living room seating, and look at the perfectly designed work space and laundry room. As their child grows, the couple can add a container to their home for her or him. At around 500 square feet, this wouldn’t be considered a tiny house by many tiny house dwellers, but it sure is when you learn that 2,555 square feet was the average size of new single-family houses built in the U.S. during the second quarter of 2018, according to the Census Bureau.
Most of us live with too much clutter, and clutterbusters such as popular storage consultant Marie Kondo are teaching us how to straighten up and fly right. Tiny house living definitely isn’t for those of us who can’t part with possessions we’ve amassed over decades. When you meet the Australian couple you might be tempted to clean up your act, and maybe even to put your house on the market and go tiny.
“I have one. To celebrate my son finding recovery from addiction!“
Pam Hardy Volk