Thursday, May 24, 2018

My love affair with tulle

You'll never hear me say "I don't have anyplace to wear this."

It's just not in my vocabulary. 
Tulle skirts (or tutu's) are not something that most women my age (or any age, for that matter) wear, but I couldn't care less - I love them and every time I find one in my size I immediately snatch it up!

They're so much fun and I love the flow-y, feminine feel, and you know what? 
Life is just too darn short to not wear what you want when you want.

As you can see, I've accumulated quite the collection

and I wear them every where - work, church, grocery store, around the house and yes.....

even for a stroll around the neighborhood.

Til next time...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Adventures of an Aging Beauty Queen

Welcome to Hillbilly Debutante: Adventures of an Aging Beauty Queen

Just in case you're wondering why I used the term 'Aging Beauty Queen' here you go. The photo on the left is me as Mrs. Missouri 1996 (at 34 years old - and a size 2), and on the right is me at 55 (and NOT a size 2).

I started 'Aging Beauty Queen' to inspire women everywhere to stop believing the hype that we are supposed to fade away after a 'certain age.'

I am very bold in my style and so I hear from young women that I make them 'not afraid to grow old', but on the other hand it seems when someone wants to insult me (which happens quite often on the internet), catty comments are made about me 'growing old.'

Well, of course I'm growing old! I can't look like the girl on the left forever and I don't want to! And I'm definitely not the type to live in the past, so allow me to introduce to you to the girl  bold, confident woman on the right.

Hello, my name is Kathie. 
Kathie Truitt.

The picture below in this fabulous pink tutu is the embodiment of who I am.

I LOVE life. I am fearless. I am not afraid to chase my dreams, pursue my goals and live life to the absolute fullest every single day. 
(There's a reason for that fearlessness, but we won't get into all that today.)

I want you to know that this place (my blog) will always be a fun, positive inspiring place for you to escape.

No politics. No world news. No headlines.
Just pure unadulterated positivity and inspiration - from fashion, to lifestyle/decorating and travel - but mostly fashion.

While I'm also a writer, my main art medium is clothing. Its just so much easier to express my creativity with clothing and accessories.

 Now you know about the 'aging beauty queen' part, what's up with the name 'Hillbilly Debutante'?

(I love this story)

Many years ago while attending a White House Christmas party and feeling very out of place,  this man comes and starts a conversation. If I may say so, I had on a very beautiful dress and he commented on that.
 "It looks like a debutante gown. Were you a debutante?"

Me: "Oh honey, no! I grew up in the Ozarks. There was no debutante ball where I came from."

 Without skipping a beat he quips: " you were a 'hillbilly debutante.'
We both had a good laugh and the name stuck. 

(I even have a novel with that name...but that, too, is for another time).

Now that I've told you a little bit about myself, I do hope you'll stop back in from time to time.

Til next time....