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Pashmina love

Yes, believe it or not, today’s post is about a piece of clothing. And not a forgotten dress either. 😉 But don’t worry, I’m still as fashion-inept as ever…

Not being very fashion-minded, I didn’t get the whole pashmina craze. In fact, they’re probably going out of style as I’m discovering them. Story of my life. I’m so not a stole, shawl, drape kind of person.

And while I strive to be in the right decade with my clothes, I’m more about comfort—and price—than style. Hence the usual lack of high heels despite my lack of height.

But then my SIL bought me a pashmina wrap for Christmas. And I love it! Mostly for practical reasons, but what else did you expect?

Technical tidbit: Pashmina refers to the cloth made from goat’s wool, but due to its popular use for the draping garment, pashmina is often used interchangeably with wrap or stole to describe items made from a variety of fabrics.

Sorry, had to geek out for just a sec. Onward…

So here’s why I’m in love with my pashmina, and might even buy more of them in other colors, or—crazy, I know—a pattern.

  1. It’s flexible. I can drape it over my shoulders like a shawl, use it like a small blanket, and even share it with another person. Usually Taz. (He calls it Pashmina like it’s a name. He’s almost 13, so this is not a cute toddler thing.) In a pinch, I could cover my head with it, or use it as a scarf.
  2. It’s thin. I can fold it up into a small, flat square and stick it in my tote bag. Much better than trying to stuff a sweater or jacket into my bag. I can even tie it to my purse strap so I won’t drop it. Perfect for conferences and air travel.
  3. It’s soft. It just feels nice.
  4. It’s lightweight and surprisingly warm. Often I only need a light layer to keep out the chill. For those times when a sweater would be too much, the pashmina is perfect.
  5. It’s versatile. My black wrap is simple enough to go with shorts and a T-shirt, but nice enough to wear with a dress or business clothes.
Yeah, I’m done waxing not-very-poetic about garments. Now if I could just find the perfect pair of jeans…
Is there some wardrobe item you can’t live without?
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  1. Reply

    First, I have several pashmina’s and they are golden for a person who is always cold (In fact, I have space heater on in my office right now).

    My favorite piece of clothing is a pair of clogs – so comfy and easy to slip on.

    Jeans – Levis for me, baby!

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      I love any kind of slip-on shoe, Robin. Flip-flops in summer, mules in winter. I especially love my ugly, but comfy Merrells.

      Jeans are another matter. If I find one brand that fits this year, invariably it won’t work for me next time I’m shopping for them. They either gap or I can’t get them on. So frustrating!

  2. Curtis

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    Anything not to do what I am supposed to be doing, right?

    We wear ruanas at our house. Did I know this sleek, ( another “s” word) shaw like apparel existed before my bride “showed”? Nope.

    Most are from Chico’s. Norma is a bandit shopper. She waits them out. Never pays more than $20,00 for a $130.00 item. That only adds to the beauty. 🙂

    I need to check on a pashmina for her. Do they come in leopard print?

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      I had to look up what a Ruana was, Curtis, so don’t feel bad. And I’m sure you could find a leopard print pashmina somewhere! Your wife is a shopper after my own thrifty heart. A good quality in a woman, don’t you think? 😉

  3. Reply

    I bought a pashmina one day in NYC when the weather dipped and I was caught unprepared. I never would’ve seen myself as owning one but I love mine for the same reasons you love yours.

    Other items I cannot imagine being without–my trusty cargo capris and shelf-bra tank tops with flip-flops in the summer and Loft wool pants in winter.

    Nothing beats a good sale on quality clothing or shoes!! 🙂

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      I agree about bargains and quality, Jolyse. I’m trying to buy fewer items of lasting quality, especially shoes and professional wear, but definitely on sale. 😉

  4. Reply

    Gwen,
    Stopping in late but the timing is so appropriate because today is just the kind of day for a pashmina. I love to curl up with a book and a cup of tea and wrap myself in one of my pashminas. So cozy. Even better if it’s a rainy day. For winter, I have something similar but wamer. Years ago, Dorien Kelly sent me an Irish wool shawl when she was in Dingle researching a book. I still wrap myself in it on cold winter nights.

    As for jeans – not going there. They fit in the store but as soon as I wear them at home they start falling down.

    My favorite shoes are boots. Guess I’m just a cold weather kind of gal.

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    I love my pashimas. They’re easy to tote, comfy and warm. Glad you jumped on board. And I doubt they’ll go out of style. They’re just a great article of clothing to own because they’re classic, flexible, easy.

    🙂

  6. Curtis

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    Thread creep alert: 🙂

    Gwen,
    Well, the flat bed truck delivered the books. Together they measure out over two inches thick with a total of 750 pages. Type looks like it was selected from the fine print used in insurance contracts. 🙂

    Seriously, both of these will breeze along. I’m interested to see how the female characters fair as characters. I can already tell Gerard and Brockmann like Griffin write strong male characters.

    I would love for you to ask Ms. Griffin next time you see her if she had to struggle with one or both of the male leads in Untraceable to keep them from taking over the book. The writer character came on very strong.

    I love this stuff.

    CG hooks the reader big time with the first nine words. A phylosophy of self preservation explodes curiosity makeing the second sentence a necesity to read. It turns out to be a high impact sentence of back story that tells us our guy is a first class risk taker we can sympathies with because bingo he has already survived being “gut-shot.” AND, you know he has already put himself in harms way again. Thirty two words total and the reader is on board.

    Gotta go now and find out what happens next. 🙂

    • Reply

      You crack me up, Curtis. Women who read romance tend to love Alpha males (probably more so in books than in real life 😉 ). But, in general, we like strong heroines too. At least mentally strong and capable, if not physically. Brockmann and Gerard do both well, I think.

      Brockmann’s real strength for me is depth of emotion. She draws you deep into the character’s POV in a way that few writers I know can duplicate. Though Gerard is a close second for RS. Lisa Kleypas is another who excels at it (historical and contemporary romance).

      Happy reading!

  7. Cathy Warren

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    I hope you can help me. I bought a dress in Nordstoms and on the way out stopped to look at pashminas. A saleswoman came over and showed me how to put it on so that it didn’t slip off your shoulders. I should have practiced more as I have forgotten how to do it. Any clues?

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