Channeling Dame Helen Mirrren: Visible Monday

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There’s not much resemblance between Dame Helen and me, but I did love her Academy Awards gown (see my post about it here). I admire her apparent grace, great posture and air of confidence. Those are available for all of us on any given day, so today I am channeling Dame Helen. On a tiny budget. In Melbourne, Florida.

Welcome to Visible Monday. If you want to participate, it’s so easy: just go to the bottom of this post for the how-to. Link back to Not Dead Yet Style if you like – we’re on Easy Does It “rules” now!

This knit ombre maxi dress by Go Couture was thrifted at the Molly Mutt for about $4. It’s soft and easy to wear, and makes me stand up straight. I added a vintage silver brooch at the waist, but I had no access to the sapphire/diamond necklace Helen wore on the red carpet. 


The vintage green bangle is good for a shot of bright color. Then I was ready for the red carpet pizza parlor down the block.

I love the shading of the dress from deep navy to dark purple.

Now, let’s see what’s in your closet, Visible Women.

The guidelines to participate in the Visible Monday Link-Up are so simple:

    1. Whoever wants to can join in! Just compose a post that includes any outfit, accessory, piece of jewelry, hairstyle, cosmetic or other adornment that makes you feel more confident, alive and visible that day.
    2. Go to the bottom of this post and click on the InLinkz button “Add Your Link”. It should open a new page.
    3. In the “Next Step”, you crop the pic (easy tool) you want to display, and you’re done!
    4. Visit a few other bloggers, to make new friends and increase your own following.


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Stay fabulous and wear what you love,


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  1. I just found your blog, and I think it’s great! I really want to wear this sweater! You always look lovely! I like everything you share.

  2. What? No sapphire/diamond necklace?! That’s outrageous. I’ll have my person call your person so we can go out for coffee and pizza to commiserate. This is such a cool maxi dress. And I love how you added the brooch at the waist. Really original and just right! Thanks for the linkup!

  3. What a stunning dress – and such a bargain to boot – and it suits you so very well, Patti! Adding the brooch at the waist is a great idea! xxx

  4. Glorious colour on you! It was Eve Marie Saint who stole the show for me. Especially learning that the dress I’ve coveted since childhood in NXNW was her favourite too. X

  5. Love that dress on you and the color as well as the detail. You would be bring your own allure to the red carpet Patti. 🙂 <3 Love Helen Mirren as well ever since she did so well as Queen E II. Have a lovely week. Certainly the finest weather while I am sitting here on my couch with rain drops beating against the window. At least Kelly and me are dry. haha….xo Sabina

  6. Wow, that dress is SO striking! It just says, “royal.” Royal blue, royal purple. Gorgeous. $4?!!! Amazing look. Thanks for sponsoring Visible Mondays.

  7. Oooh I love that two-tone dress and the special decoration on the waist. You look magnificent!! One of your bests, Patti!

  8. That is a very special dress Patti. You’re right about the hombre’ skirt; it’s great!! I’ll bet the folks at the pizza parlor felt awed by you presence! 🙂

    • LOL, I enjoyed my slice and wine, and nobody paid me any mind : > Hope your week is wonderful, xo

  9. Oh, I LOVE your dress. You look absolutely stunning in it. I didn’t watch the Oscars because I can’t stand when they bring politics into award shows, but I love to look at the fashion. I am off to check out your oscar fashion post!

  10. I also love Helen! You’ve styled the dress beautifully and I can’t believe you got it for $4! The pizza parlour is sounding pretty tasty to me right about now! I’m hungry! Have a great week!

  11. Nice to finally be back at the party 🙂 I’m sure Helen Mirren would love the beautiful nod! You look fabulous in that dress and I love its versatility!
    Have a great Monday! xxM

  12. Love your Helen Mirrin look. You definitely have the qualities you admire in Dame Mirrin. I enjoy catching up each Monday to see what you are up to. Just realized you are a fellow Florida over 50 blogger. It would be fun to meet up one day

  13. Patti, you look every inch the star in that blue dress. Hope you enjoyed the pizza.
    Thank you for hosting Visible Monday.

  14. I love Helen Mirren too, you’ve certainly done her justice, you look fabulous. You just need a red carpet and premier and you’re good to go. x Jacqui

  15. I’d say your inner Helen Mirren suits you well and that dress was a fantastic find – it is fabulous on you! Simply stunning and the price was amazing!

  16. I’m a huge fan of Helen…she makes getting older cool and hip!!
    But I have to tell you, you are maybe even better than Helen in this. It’s much thriftier, and I’m loving the idea of the brooch where you place it!!!
    Watch out Oscars for Patti!!

  17. What a great idea to put a brooch at the waist. This is a wondeful HM style steal. I just dropped in to see what you were up to with you Visible Monday look. I didn’t do anything this week because I decided I really needed to sew. That happens once in a while so it’s best just to give in to it,
    Yea, that necklace would be hard to source about anywhere! Take care, xox

  18. As my weekend wear was sadly lacking, I’ll share my International Women’s Day Superhero outfit. Lovely dress, Patti! You look fabulous, and I’m sure Dame Helen would be honoured.

  19. Helen Mirren is the epitome of Grace and so are you! Gorgeous, sleek outfit and fabulous on the color wheel!

  20. Love the ombré dres on you ! You wear it with true grace and style. Who needs a red carpet anyway? I do have a thing for sapphires though…more accessible than you would think, btw…but that necklace, wow!
    Fabulous bargain, you rock it like its couture!
    Happy new week!

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