Thursday, September 26, 2013


If you want to have a stroll down memory lane, consider dining under the old Hess's Chandelier, eating some scrumptious strawberry pie, and look at some beautiful models wearing some vintage pieces from Hess's!!!! The event is at Cosmopolitan 22 North 6th Street, Allentown PA. 610-435-3540. You may want to call ahead for reservations. You will be glad you did.

hope to see you there!!

Rose Ellen Moore


Yesterday I went to the gynecologist for my yearly exam. Lucky for me, as I took off my clothes to put on the gown, I noticed I got my gift from mother nature. How can that possibly happen? It's not 28 days yet!!!! No it's not, and welcome to menopause!!!  PARTAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!   All the fun started about 2 years ago. The sweats at night, then the chills right after, the cries....oh yes. The cheerio commercial makes me cry, any commercial involving puppies, small children and old people makes me a blithering idiot of tears. I carry a purse full of pads because I never know when the lucky day comes. God forbid I wear white pants. Then I'm crabby...oh yes. I will bite the heads off small children if they say something wrong. Everything irritates me. So, as I was putting ON my clothes to go home, my Dr. said to me...'have you considered hormone replacement therapy? I think your symptoms will ease up.' Well....I am not one to take pills. I try to do everything naturally. So I decided to do some research on the subject. I also decided to take a poll. So, every woman who came to the shop yesterday was subject to the question...'are you in menopause and if so, do you take hormone replacements?' I'm sure every one of them appreciated it. :P
Surprisingly...more than half are taking hormones...I did a study on the internet. I came across a very interesting website and here it is....

I have decided against hormones for myself...but I will say this. I have decided to make major changes in my life. I've decided to be gentle with myself, and if I cry...i what!  If I forget's not a catastrophe...I'll live. (unless I forget to feed myself...I'm sure that will not happen~!)  I've discovered, the more I keep active the less night sweats I have.  As far as crabby...I try to say positive gives me patience. I still keep my stash of pads in my purse and even the glove compartment. I'll just have to persevere with that one.  My eating? well...if I can't milk it, pluck it, pick it or catch it...I don't eat it. Fresh..that's the key.

So I say this to women out there...some days you are going to have a good dress well and enjoy those days. Some days are going to be 'not so good' and on those days...dress comfortably and be gentle with yourselves. Make sure you do research as to what the best plan is for you. Your doctor is a good source but only YOU will know what is best for you. The internet has a vast amount of information. Always get a second opinion!  Don't be down on yourselves. Our grandmothers, and great mothers have survived menopause and we will too! and when all else fails.....RETAIL THERAPY...that's the best!  So come visit me in the store...or shop online, at

Have a great day! and ENJOY being a woman!

Rose Ellen Moore

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

great hair dying expedition of 2013

So last night I left work so so so tired! It was 7PM and I had to get my nails done because they were like tallons! too long, snaggy and chipped.  So off I went to my favorite place, Jade Hair and Nail Salon. My friend Dan did a great job on my nails and Jim was to trim my mohawk.But I was tired of the same ole same ole, so I decided to go back to black. I have a mysterious background and it is somewhat unusual. My mother is Italian, but my father was a Magyar gypsy. Fun, right? I think so. And when you are a gypsy, you are a piece of everybody. Maybe that is why I have such a diverse set of children (we have 6!) and 3 very different granddaughters. So I'm back to the original, Black hair....stay tuned for the hot pink streak...I think I need a little pizazz!

Rose Ellen Moore

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

new hair

Today I am embracing my new hair.  I'm growing out my red mohawk and I don't know what to do, so in the meantime I am wearing 'bought' hair. I steered away from the curls today and wore a sleek short combo black and red 'do'.

For women out there, (and men) who are afraid to change their style I say this:

whatever you choose to wear, do, do not need anyone's approval. What anyone else thinks is none of your business. Choose your style..own it, love it and strut like you are enjoying yourself. Soon you will find that other people want to adopt your style. Not because they like it so much, but they like how YOU wore it.

Today I am enjoying being WARM in my black cotton dress which I purchased way back in the 80's when I was very young. I belted it today and wore a warm pashmina over it. I am wearing my very comfortable gladiators because I am on my feet ALL day and then some. My work day starts at 10AM and I go home, (if I am lucky) around 11PM.

Own your look ladies, enjoy your style. There is only one of you...isn't that GREAT!?!

Rose Ellen Moore

Saturday, September 21, 2013

who should be your FASHION JUDGE??

This morning as I was getting ready for work I turned on the TV and randomly poked a button which brought up The Fashion Police.  I always liked this show,but it really bothered me for some reason today.
I don't like it when they 'poke fun' at someone for the sake of a laughs or ratings. This morning one of the 'actresses' who was a thick black woman wore an  orange dress and one of the panel said, she looked like someone spilled kool aid on a table cloth. Joan Rivers said, ' too much fabric!'  Of course there was alot of fabric, she is a lot of girl!  I thought for a moment, who should be a JUDGE over who is wearing too much fabric or who looks nice or doesn't look nice? Everyone has their own taste. Should anyone be made fun of for ratings or money? If these people left their homes feeling good about themselves as actresses or artists, then they have the right to wear anything they wish. These are creative people giving other creative people (who are designers) a chance to show their designs. People have a choice to be conservative or flamboyant.
No one has the right to make them right or wrong. I think the Fashion Police need to put themselves on probation. Lets think OUTSIDE the box people...a black dress with red shoes is as pretty as a black dress with black shoes. Let these people be unique....
Rose Ellen Moore

Friday, September 20, 2013

Good Buys for your wardrobe for Good By Summer!!!!

It has been a crazy week here at the shop.  The weather has been up and down so much that people don't know what to wear and truthfully I don't know what to choose for my boutique. So for most of you out there that don't know what to choose, and are mourning the fading of summer, these are my suggestions:

1. wear layers. 

whether it is hot or cold, always be prepared. The weather can shift or you can be in a building with air conditioning that was not regulated for Sept. Either way, wear a tank, then a blouse and a light jacket. Be careful with jackets. Keep them in proportion to your height. 

2. Wear panty hose or textured hose. 

Bare legs should be fading along with the fading summer. If you feel warm, try textured hose with a shorter skirt....  don't be caught with goosebumps on your legs. You can also try cool patterned bobby socks with sneakers if you feel the weather is warm enough. I think that look is also cool with a longer skirt.  Also ladies, cream those knees and legs. Colder weather means dryer skin!

3.  Light sweaters in breathable cotton

look for sweaters light in texture, and soft and breathable. A cotton sweater or cardigan is great thing to have in your closet.


YES! bring back those 70's ponchos! they are comfortable, and just right for the weather. Kick it with a newsboy hat or floppy hat. You will be surprised of how 'lifted' you feel by wearing something that brings back memories!

Today I chose to wear for one last time, my linen border decorated skirt. I love this skirt. The bottom is embroidered with sequins. You can't see the beauty in a photo. The fabric is a linen blend. Just one more time. Since I am always on the cold side, I chose a black 3/4 sleeve shirt and light red leather jacket. What kind of 'look' is this? I don't know...but it's so totally ME!   Most important, be YOURSELF and ENJOY painting your fashion picture today!
Rose Ellen Moore

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

LIVE your life!

Last night I had the great pleasure of having 3 beautiful ladies in my shop!  What a treat it was to have a beautiful woman, Carolyn and her mother and mother in law. I won't say Carolyn's age, but I will say her mom is 91 years young and her mother in law, in her 80's. What I saw between the three of them was something rare and wonderful.  We laughed and talked for a few hours about this and that, and then my husband discovered that the mother in law is from Tobago, so they had to talk about who they knew and where they lived. But the most wonderful thing about these amazing ladies, is that they had such a wonderful respect for each other. The two mothers called each other, 'mother'...and Carolyn treated both with love and respect.  How many times a relationship between mother and daughter or mother in law and daughter in law does not work out?  I know for myself, my mother who is living, does not speak to me. It is a great sadness that never goes away.   My mother in law lives in Trinidad, so I can never solidify my relationship with her. I admired Carolyn and her mothers. Trying on necklaces, laughing, joking and enjoying each other's company. I'm sure their relationships are not perfect. I'm sure one of them gets on the other one's nerves at one point in time. But the best thing is, they LOVE each other and RESPECT each other, no matter what. They have a deep belief in God...and of course, that is the foundation of their beautiful relationship.  I can't wait until these beautiful women come back again so I can soak up all the love and joy. For those of you out there with good relationships with your mother and mother in are BLESSED!   Life is and love while you can.  And....don't forget to thank God for love he put in your life.

Rose Ellen Moore

Monday, September 16, 2013

Variety is the spice of LIFE!

It warmed my heart today when I read that an Indian girl won the Miss America pageant.  Her whole outlook on life was about being "confident in who you are"....thank you Nina Duvulari for sending that message.  It's a shame that there are people out there that are forming a 'boycott' of sorts on the Miss America pageant because they are upset that an Indian woman won.  Really? Are you that stupid, people?
Indian, African, Asian, Caucasian, European, Latino,....we ARE America! We are the blood that makes up this wonderful country. We are the people who have fought for rights, laws, freedoms, etc. So why should only one race of people benefit from all the glory?  When are we going to look past skin color and see beauty in all its forms? When are we going to evolve as a people?  I am proud of the Miss America pageant for becoming what I hoped it would be. This pageant showed women with no arm, ethnic, tatoos....this IS America!   So congratulations Miss Duvulari!  I hope that you enjoy your reign as Miss America. I hope you continue your studies to become a doctor...and I hope and pray that people in America learn to appreciate the beauty out there, in all its forms, in all its American Glory!!!!!

Rose Ellen Moore

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Father knows best!

This morning I came across an article on

the link is this:

this is about a father who's daughter always wears short shorts and so he asked her put on different ones. Her response was 'no' and so he decided to give her a taste of her own medicine. He put on short shorts of his own and brought her to the point of embarrassment when she would not get out of the car to play miniature golf with him. This made me laugh and I applaud this father for #1 taking an interest in teaching his daughter a lesson without arguing, humiliating or yelling. #2 He cares about what she is wearing.

We MUST take an interest and take the time to listen and teach our children. We have an obligation since we brought them into this world. They must learn about self respect, self expression and art and at the same time do it with class and taste. It is important to guide them and allow them to express themselves without exposing themselves, selling out and being distasteful.  Dressing yourself is like painting a blank canvas. You choose your colors, you choose your styles, you put it all together and see what effect you are trying to create.

I hope other fathers take a lesson from this guy and TAKE AN INTEREST! be a part of your daughter's or son's fashion ethic. help them to mold it and be unique without losing their self respect.

Rose Ellen Moore

Thursday, September 12, 2013


As I got ready for work this morning, I was so grateful that I didn't have to get anyone else ready. I was a single mom for a long time and I KNOW what it is like for a woman to wake up, shower, run downstairs and pack lunches, wake up kids, be the first one in the bathroom to brush teeth, put on some kind of make up and then prod all the children to brush teeth and get dressed. If they are preschool or younger, well good luck! I remember getting into work and feeling like I already completed a day's work. I remember feeling relief when they got into the school's doors. I remember the feeling of dread when it was a snow day. What do I do with the kids? who was going to watch them? What if one of them was sick? who was going to watch them?
 How many of us rushed out of work to pick up our children from daycare or school, only to get home and cook supper, do laundry, help with homework, may be go to a second job? I remember thinking, "I didn't plan to for my life to be this way."

To all women out there that are stretched to the point of pulling your hair out---------I HEAR YOU!
To all women out there that cannot get little niceties for themselves like new pantyhose, or new winter coat--------------I HEAR YOU! To all of the women out there that struggle with childcare on a daily basis and worry all day that your child isn't being cared for properly, only to get up the next morning and do it all again-------------I HEAR YOU!

Let this be some comfort. Your children are only small for a short time, try not to wish their life away, hoping for an easier time when they are older. You won't have to struggle forever.

My business is for women...we try to help you look professional and stylish while not spending alot of money. I give you free facials and make up tips to help you stretch your products and make them last longer and at the same time treat your skin well. We allow you to come to the shop and share you problems, your thoughts or just vent, when you need an ear, we are here.

I hope that other women out there who have been down this road can inspire other women who are at this difficult path in their life. No judgments, no lectures, is what it is and sometimes it's really tough.

Sisters, pick up your other sisters. Educate them, inspire them and help them. Isn't that all we can ask or do for each other?

Rose Ellen Moore

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


As we remember the victims of 9/11 today...I encourage people not to dwell on death. But dwell on LIFE, the legacies these people left behind, the memories, laughter and good deeds done.  Just remember when the people that have passed on, went to bed the night before, they had no idea that they were never coming home again. In the blink of an eye, everyone's life changed. So I encourage everyone today, to make a promise to themselves. Live for NOW! Thank God, Allah, Yahweh, Jehovah, for every breath you take. Be thankful for everything you have the opportunity to do. Do not take for granted one kiss, or holding hands. You never know be here in mind and spirit....NOW!  Rose Ellen Moore

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

How do you REALLY feel?

Good morning my friends.

I usually blog about the first thing that pops into my mind in the morning. This morning was so strange. I wanted to wear a cardigan like Michelle Obama. (insert huge amounts of laughter here)   Ok..why?  well...she wears cardigans so well. These are her signature pieces. I suppose in my mother's day she wanted to channel Jackie O, but as for me, I wanted to channel Michelle O.   So with that being said, I pulled out every cardigan I had, which was one! Oh great! and it was a print! wonderful!  So I pulled out my black full skirted dress and a skinny belt and decided, this is not me. I don't feel awesome. I don't feel fabulous and most of all, I don't feel confidant. What was working for Michelle Obama, was NOT working for Rose Ellen Moore. So...I had to , as they say, "drop back and punt."   I didn't have time to pick out and press a whole entire outfit, So, I chose a black plain dress...I put on a chain belt on the OUTSIDE of the cardigan...put on my romantically wild cardigan and a kicky pair of print shoes. Now I'm me! We have to feel like ourselves. Stop trying to BE anyone. It's nice to have people INSPIRE you. It's nice to have input with fashion, but copying is plagiarism! You cannot copy a Picasso, you cannot copy a Michealangelo, so don't try to be anyone or anything else. Embrace being YOU!
me on the right with my dear friend, Joanie Caruso

Rose Ellen Moore

Friday, September 6, 2013

curvy girls get to the runway!!!!!

Today, since I am in the shop waiting on repairmen to clean up from the recent flood.....I have decided to post this wonderful article. It does my heart good to see the curvy girls walk the runway....and so with that, I add this website and I encourage all to read it!

thanks! and see you soon!

Rose Ellen Moore
aka...curvy Queen Ferocia!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

stand strong

Well it has certainly been an eventful week!

We were flooded, damaged, abused by certain people, and then a cloud opens up.  My dear friends invited us for their Holiday of Rosh Hashanah. The invitation urged me to find out what it is....I was mystified and i wanted to know what they were celebrating, and why is it their holiest night of the year.

I read an article in the Washington Post, and here is what it had to say about Rosh Hashanah.

Rosh Hashanah is celebrated as the birthday of the world. And we, as humans, no matter if we are Jew or Gentile, are all connected to this wonderful place and connected to each other. There is repentance, there is forgiveness, there is the blowing of the Shofar (Ram's horn) and there is the tasting of apples, honey, raisins, pomegranates, which symbolizes a sweet year to come.

 I was not raised Jewish, but I am so fortunate this year to be spending this holiest day with my dearest friends and adopted parents, Jerry and Etta Salman. This Holy Day for me symbolizes a new beginning. A strive to be a better human being, a better wife, a better mother. I need to try not to make the same mistakes twice. I would like to appreciate things more in my life.

And so on this day, I have decided to Thank God for myself. Thank Him for my talents, my ability to create, and the opportunity to do it. I am sorry for those that I have wronged. I am sorry for complaining and for taking things for granted. And I look forward to a wonderful New Year full of wonderful things that are waiting for me. I'm sure there will be hurdles, but I'll be able to jump over them, I know it.

So Happy New Year to all my friends, every single one. L'Shana Tovah!

Rose Ellen Moore