Just Call Me a Quaintrelle: Female Dandy for short

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I would say I am a “Female Dandy”

In this article An Ode to That Rare Creature, the Female Dandy


the women exude a quality, a class, a style a way of living that is lived through passion, savoring of life,

the female dandy is its own archetype, known as the quaintrelle

The term comes from the wordquaint — a much more elegant coinage than its precursors, dandyessand dandizette.

As one online dictionary has it, a quaintrelle [Dandy] is

“a woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures,”

and as the article states after quoting, shouldn’t that be all of us?

A further description later in the article gives another viewpoint..

“Her hands are gloved, she is helmeted, and inaccessible; a cold and disturbing beauty [through which] pierces a formidable being — this woman is free!”

Tamara De Lempicka


While most of this is true, I do not feel that all “Dandy” women are cold and inaccessible. However, I do feel as this statement says, the women like this do tend to have that “Je ne se quoi” 

An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive

I think I attain some of that, however being in The Des Moines Women’s Club reminds me every Wednesday that I still have something to strive for an attain. There are so many women in the club that have this, finesse, about them. The carry themselves with such eloquence and I admire them so just I used to admire ladies from my church in years past. There was one lady Sister Kiester that had this formidable quality about her. She hosted fine dinners, her clothes were always impeccable, and her was perfectly coiffed. She was something to aspire to.

I recently have thought more about my wardrobe choices, style, demeanor and manner in which I present myself and wonder if others look at me that way or if they just see me as some silly girl playing dress up? Then there are shows like Advanced Style  who have this style and grace about them. 

I get shown this movie over and over. People always send it to me or tell me I remind them of these ladies. I am 45 this year and have my own style and am told I fit the description of  “people who live full creative lives. They live life to the fullest, age gracefully and continue to grow and challenge themselves.” As well, I believe Ari should check out The Des Moines Women’s Club with all the impeccable women who have that same sir and quality about them! I feel that style is relative and I desire to dress as I choose and have my own flair for dress as well as life.

I think Dietrich best described it summing up the allure of the quaintrelle:

Her attire isn’t meant to please others, only herself.

If you know me, you know one of my mantra’s is to always Be Yourself. Live your life for yourself. Do as you desire and happiness will follow. Wear what you desire to wear no matter how ostentatious it may be. If YOU love it, FEEL great in it, then that is all that matters.

I leave with you my Mantra

“When given the option of being fabulous, why would you choose anything else?”

Xoxo, Trisha Trixie

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Trixie Tuesday: Everyone gets a Fascinator , Hair Bow or Flower in December!!

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Anyone who orders in the month of December, gets a FREE gift…a random Small or Large Fascinator Flower! (Fascinator gifts will be chosen at random) One Fascinator PER order (not per items) will be given as a thank you to you, all my loyal customers! So order today!

It’s like a gift for the giver!

Order today!


(ps. don’t like what is in our Trixie Shoppe? contact me and I’ll whip something up just for you!

Trisha Trixie Tuesday! Bespoke (Custom-Made-to-Order-MadetoMeasure)

What’s “Bespoke”?

Bespoke is an adjective for anything commissioned to a particular specification. “Custom-made”, “made to order”, “made to measure” and sometimes “hand-made” are near-synonyms.

The word bespoke is derived from the verb to bespeak, to “speak for something”, in the specialized meaning “to give order for it to be made” or commission, first cited from 1583 by the OED, with the adjective in its alternative form “bespoken” first quoted from 1607 in this sense.[1] The term is generally more prevalent in British English than American English, which tends to use “custom” instead, as in custom car, custom motorcycle etc.

So, with the bespoke items available from Trisha Trixie, you can create a customized items JUST FOR YOU! How do you do that?

GO HERE! Pick out the colors and fabric and Trisha Trixie will do the rest!


What do YOU think about being able to customize a product just for you? Do you like or dislike it?


Until next time,


Trixie Tips Tuesday

I saw this adorbs little article on taking the Tops off of Shoe Boxes and turning them into Jewlery trays so I thought I would take those old Fashion Barbie Calendars I had and a few pieces of felt and some Mod Podge and do the same!


Check out my fancy work here

The article of inspiration…


the tools of ideas…


the drying boxes

All I did was cut out swatches of the tissue paper and use ModPodge to cover it with a brush as a coating then let is dry. Then I vut the calendar pieces to fit inside the box and used a coat of it for glue on the bottom and then a coat of it for the top for a shine.


side by side…Then once it dried I cut a piece of felt for the bottom for the necklace and earrings to sit on



finished box one with a small patch of felt on the bottom


finished box two wit a small patch of felt on bottom


BOTH boxes now TRAYS stacked….



I can’t wait to make MORE!!!



Trisha Trixie

Buh Bye 2013! Wow, What a Year!

Wow! What a year this has been for my business! Making the decision to try and do a fashion business full time in no way was an easy task. But I did it. I can say I gave this business ONE full year with all my heart , might, mind and strength. It has not been easy. I have learned a lot of lessons, gone through a lot of hardships, been through a few interns, and came out better for it all.

I could not have done it without the support of my family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, followers and supporters.

Thank you

To my customers for your orders

To the stores who carried my products

To my show attendees who came to support me.

To new friends I made at shows and new contacts as well

To my family for encouraging me and supporting me

To my man for encouraging and inspiring me

To my Friends for continued support and cheering on

To my followers who watched me along the way

To my interns and assistants who helped me out and helped me grow

To my cohorts, who helped me along the way

To my colleagues and fellow net-workers and marketers

To those who helped me all the Fashion Shows

To those who volunteered their time

To the event planners for shows I attended, so I could have a booth to get my product out there

To my coaches, fellow grokkers, and muses…

To any I left out 🙂

As the year closes, I look back and see how much has changed. How much I have grown. How much my business has prospered. How happy and grateful I feel for all who in some way connected with me to make this a successful year for Trisha Trixie Designs! The business name changed, my show schedule got very busy, I had two runway shows, I found a great head seamstress and co-hort, I made some amazing connections, I go to go to NYFW TWICE, once expense paid; I found a great business coach, I reconnected with other coaches, I found amazing groups to grok with,  My blogs changed, I launched a new and VERY successful blog Trixie Tabloids about all my lessons,  I found some amazing models for my line, I was able to model some of my line myself, found some amazing photographers, found great hair and makeup artists,  found some vendor groups, and at the end of the year made some great contacts  to launch me into next year, and the list goes on…

Today is the last day of 2013 and my cup runneth over with elation!

I know I have a lot farther to go, and I can’t wait to take you all with me on this amazing journey that has become my life.

Je Suis Content

I see an amazing future for Trisha Trixie in 2014 and beyond!

Goals, accomplishments, connections, dreams and success beyond my wildest imagination….

Buh bye 2013…

LETS GO 2014!! Time to kick this life in gear!!

I have so much coming up for 2014, I just can’t WAIT to share it all with you!!

XoXo~Trisha Trixie

Trixie Tuesdays: How to Make an Ice Cube Necklace

With the heat soaring into and past the 90’s and 100’s I thought this fun little how to for an ice cube necklace might be a nice how to everyone of all ages might enjoy. It also isn’t a bad conversation starter or a great way to wow your pals.

Let’s start out by stating we are not talking about the singer Ice cube.

We are talking about the cubes that come out of your freezer.

Items you will need:


  • A necklace length piece of string
  • A glass of ice
  • Salt
  • Tablecloth or placemat

How to:

Remove four or five cubes from the glass.

Put them close together on tablecloth or placemat

Wet the string by dipping it into your glass and lay it across the cubes

Sprinkle the salt liberally all over the cubes and string.

Wait ten seconds or so then lift the string by its ends and tada the ice cubes will hang from it.

Ask a willing pal or put it on your own neck to COOL IT! 🙂


So why does this trick work? Water freezes at 32 degrees but when you sprinkle salt on them, it lowers the freezing point and then the ice melts. The melting water washes away some of the salt, the water freezes and the salt binds them.

This is a kewl trick but unless you walk around with a string in your purse it’s not so impromptu. The book says it can be done with a long shoe lace from a mans shoe. What they don’t say is you get the man to give you his show lace and then I was wondering, would you really want it?

Enjoy your way to cool down with this kewl tip.

Until next time,

Xoxo Trisha Trixie

(Info from 211 Things a Clever Girl Can Do)




Trixie Tuesdays: How to tell a pal: YOU STINK

During recent events in my home a guest was, how do you, quite odoriferous. Being a lady I didn’t want to be mean or rude and just come right out and blurt to her : YOU STINK but how does one go about mentioning the unmentionables to people?

When I am at a loss for what to do or for some sage advice I turn to my handy dandy little guidebook…

211 Things a Clever Girl can Do by Bunty Cutler (There is also a book for boys too 211 a Clever Boy can Do by Tom Cutler)

So here are some tips if you have to tell your pal…Peeeeyewww…

(Disclaimer that I find the majority of the items from this book humorous not real…)

  • Make an occasional comment like “What is that curious scent”
  • Open a window near her
  • Leave deodorant in the ladies room or at her desk or room
  • Buy strongly scented flowers and give them to her/him
  • Offer occasional spritz of air freshener in her direction and ask if she likes the fragrance
  • Introduce a policy that stipulates clean clothes and individual responsibility for personal hygiene
  • Ping her email anonymously letting her know
  • Or see what you are made of and tell her straight up, but please tell her in private, don’t make a scene and try as you can to BE KIND as you can because there could be other mental, emotional or medical reasons why they are having those issues
  • But if you have no luck, she’s a bitch to you, or tells you where to stick it…if fighting back is your savor, leave her a bag of sardines. Or you could hose her down with the fire extinguisher  … if all else fails you will feel better

As I said in the disclaimer,  I do find most of these funny and humorous but there were SOME decent tips.

If you have anything further that you want to add I would love to hear your comments or suggestions.

Until Next Time,

XOXO Trisha Trixie