Fashion Inspiration: Ritz Paris

Definitely out of my mind aspiring to paint
a picture of my mood for you since
(who does that? weird.)
the mood swings violently wickedly wildly
as of late due to a sometimes stealer of joy
 and laughter we call effin hormones
on planet michele.

Other cooler folks with more restraint
and less imbalance call this brand of blog post
the ’emotional hit and run’ variety.
But I hope you will see this one’s a different flava…

I am not smacking you around.
Not fishing for pity or compliments.
I am simply here to suggest
(and let it be known I have probably not been drinking)
that temporal midlife madness
with its sweet and sour gobstopper
layers of chemical lameness
unpredictable surges of
self-doubt, memory loss,
and irritability…
is simply
a chapter of personal growth,
spiritual awakening,
and emotional deepening.
It’s working! I’m nearly believing myself!

Guess what else?
Maybe it is possible to navigate this new territory…


with style.

Just look at me in my blooming hat!

With style!


Peace to you right where you are.


Do remember to follow this blog responsibly…

with deep tenderness,

a modicum of caution,

and a voluminous glass of red.


I am sure someone else coined ‘moodylicious.’

Not ready to google, but I cannot express

the magnitude of joy

when this word arrived to my brain.

I am taking full credit, and it may

become the subtitle of my book.



  1. April 18, 2012 / 7:58 pm

    This post made me smile! 🙂

  2. April 18, 2012 / 9:22 pm

    i'm glad.

    but somehow i didn't work in a beyonce (bootylicious) reference.


  3. April 18, 2012 / 9:33 pm

    nice post michele 😀
    i LOVE the second picture…

  4. April 18, 2012 / 9:52 pm

    Nice pics!

    P.S. I have that last hat in red 😉


  5. April 18, 2012 / 9:55 pm

    I'm walking that
    moodylicious walk
    right with ya, friend….

    You've gotta laugh,
    or all is lost. That's
    the medicine I'm
    dispensing, right now : )

    And a good red doesn't
    hurt, either….!

    xo Suzanne

  6. April 18, 2012 / 10:17 pm

    Make that 3 extra large reds…you, Suzanne and I can marinade in the moodyliciousness together. You always make me smile. Much love, Lisa
    P.S. Thanks for the lovely message yesterday about Uncle Pete. You made the day just a little easier, sweet Michelle.

  7. April 18, 2012 / 10:52 pm

    yes. raise a glass to moodylicious mamas everywhere. and may we never lose our sense of humor!

  8. April 18, 2012 / 11:54 pm

    I do believe it's our right as wonderful women of the world to be as moodylicious as we warrant necessary. Agreed….? lolol! And yes, I'd love to see you in that hat! hehehe!

    xoxo laurie

  9. April 19, 2012 / 4:20 am

    Firstly I follow this blog responsibly, with unending love(ly), deep tenderness,a modicum of caution,
    and a voluminous glass of red.(x many)

    Secondly, I just replied to you in my blog with Kate Moss.

    We do have some weird connection. Vair vair weird. 😀 I only wish we could personalize our moodswings and get transported to spaces as such. Mid life would have been fun!!

  10. April 19, 2012 / 4:20 am

    Love that you have officially coined the word Moodylicious. If anyone can carry off moodlyicious attitude it will be YOU!! Take deep breaths, hot baths, cold showers and long walks! xo Kathysue

  11. April 19, 2012 / 6:14 am

    Love this post Michele!
    Especially the one of the bathroom of one of the rooms in The Ritz!

  12. April 19, 2012 / 10:42 am

    Moodylicious…that got my attention. Love the reference to "new chapter of personal growth" thats what they call it!
    Oh how I am sure we can ALL relate on some level…I know I can. Man, youth is so wasted on the young don't you think?
    Enjoy…..nothing a bubble bath, a great drink and some fabulous music can't cure (at least temporarily) 🙂

  13. April 19, 2012 / 12:56 pm

    thanks for the encouragement and smiles!


  14. April 19, 2012 / 1:17 pm

    Lovely post…just discovered your blog through becky at Farmgirl Paints…fabulous!

  15. April 19, 2012 / 3:16 pm

    Oh, moodylicious sounds so right, M!

    I've been thinking about you lately. I hope you're doing well.


    Luciane at

  16. April 19, 2012 / 3:16 pm

    Oh, moodylicious sounds so right, M!

    I've been thinking about you lately. I hope you're doing well.


    Luciane at

  17. April 19, 2012 / 3:21 pm

    SV: Hi, Michele!
    The blue Ilse Jacobsen boots are for kids, just as you know 🙂

    Thank you for visiting my blog 🙂

    Hug Nina

  18. April 19, 2012 / 4:15 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    glad I could help with Picmonkey, and I like this moodylicious state of mind! Maureen

  19. April 19, 2012 / 8:28 pm

    gosh–I know how you feel, but you said it much better! Lovely images and I'm going to get a glass of red right now!

  20. April 19, 2012 / 8:28 pm

    gosh–I know how you feel, but you said it much better! Lovely images and I'm going to get a glass of red right now!

  21. April 19, 2012 / 9:43 pm

    I've enjoyed all the comments as much as your post; both very much! I caught my breathe looking at that first image. I hope she got down without falling. I love the red against all that white and gold.

  22. April 19, 2012 / 9:44 pm

    Actually, looks like her dress is fuschia not red.

  23. April 20, 2012 / 12:54 pm

    Moodylicious…maybe. Gorgeous…most definitely!!!

  24. April 20, 2012 / 2:37 pm

    I absolutely love your blog, your sense of style and humor! Just became a new follower~hope you will return the visit! Have a glorious weekend~Angie

  25. April 21, 2012 / 12:32 pm

    cheerful and violent mood swings create such growth!! love these images~I feel myself growing too!

  26. April 23, 2012 / 6:50 pm

    Oooh lots of moodylicious whimsy here in Michele land – I now want – nay NEED a bubble bath spilling over with delicious pink froth!!

    You do personal growth with an individual style like no other my moody mate! Hope you are well my darlin and keeping that perfectly lovely smile on your face xxx

  27. April 23, 2012 / 11:25 pm

    Well it's not by chance that I read this post! Well done … I'm so with you.

  28. April 26, 2012 / 4:28 pm

    LOL! Well I feel your moods! Fun post! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

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