Product Review: Anatomie Tayla Tank Top

by Nancy Mueller
( August 7th, 2014 )

Anatomie Tayla Tank TopI’ve been in one of those ruts lately. You know the kind I mean, don’t you? The kind of rut when you look in your closet right before you pack for your next trip, then whine: “I never have anything to wear!” Yeah, that kind of rut. The kind that makes you go around saying to anyone who will listen: “I need my own stylist!”

Well, wanderboomers, we’re in luck, thanks to Anatomie, a new luxury travel wear brand dedicated to “ensuring that every woman looks and feels beautiful, wherever in the world she may choose to travel and however she may decide to get there.” Just what the fashionista doctor ordered. Because we need to look good, don’t we? Whether foraging for food after kayaking Alaska’s Inside Passage or simply lounging on the deck of your super yacht, style matters.

Anatomie, the brainchild of creative designers, Kate and Shawn Boyer, offers travelers a unique Virtual Personal Styling Session to help you select just the right travel wear to fit your profile, based on figure, coloring and intended travel activities. Wondering what passes for stylish sophistication in Europe these days? Or how to dress to impress in New York City? Check in with your Virtual Personal Stylist for recommendations and you’re good to go.

I recently had a chance to take a trial run of the navy stripe Talya Tank Top from Anatomie’s women’s wardrobe. I loved the breezy style and silky feel of the fabric. Best of all, the top’s light, easy to pack and perfect for wearing separately or under a jacket. Athletic wanderboomers will appreciate the form-fitting style, making all those days spent sweating in the gym finally pay off in spades. Now, if I can just get the Tayla Tank Top back from my teenage daughter . . .

Wander on!


What’s important to you when selecting travel wear, wander boomers? Please share with us here.

Photo credit: Anatomie Style

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Seattle Summer Sunsets

by Nancy Mueller
( July 18th, 2014 )

Seattle Sunset

We Seattleites are used to hearing jokes about our rainy weather:

“What do you call two straight days of rain in Seattle?” Answer: “A weekend.”

“When’s the rainy season in Seattle? Answer: “August through April and May through July.”

“What does daylight saving time mean in Seattle?” Answer: “An extra hour of rain.”

“When does summer officially begin?” Answer: “In Seattle, after July 4th.”

Wait – that last one’s no joke. But moving on . . . The truth is, Seattle summers mostly rock! Temperatures are mild for the most part. Sunny days stretch into fiery sunsets of goldenrod yellows and peach-orange before deepening into vibrant violet reds. Combined with the magnificent Olympic Mountains, emerald green forests and water, water everywhere,  the Pacific Northwest is the place to hang out in the summer.

Here’s another view of the spectacular summer sunset Seattleites experienced earlier this week:

Seattle Sunset

What’s the reason behind this stunning Seattle summer phenomenon? Just ask University of Washington Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and weather expert, Cliff Mass, who boils it down to several factors: right season, geometry, virga (check out his blog for further explanation) and wildfire smoke. As Mass calls it: “This sunset was liking winning the Trifecta at a horse race.”

Seattle Summer Sunset


Wander on!


What’s your favorite summer sunset memory, wanderboomers? Please share with us here.


Happy 4th of July 2014!

by Nancy Mueller
( July 4th, 2014 )

Seattle Center 4th of July 2014

Land of the free . . . Home of the brave . . . In a day marked by BBQs, fireworks and John Philip Sousa tunes, 431 people from 70 nations were honored today as new citizens of the United States in Seattle.  The oldest candidate to be sworn in at Seattle Center’s 30th Annual Naturalization Ceremony was Korean-born Mr. Kyung Ku Lee, age 80.

U.S. American Flag Seattle Center House

For all the years I’ve lived in Seattle, this was the first time I have attended the event. Now I’m wondering what took me so long. What better way to spend Independence Day than welcoming our country’s newest citizens? The celebration included festive music by the Greenwood Concert Band and performances from native Americans and the Total Experience Gospel Choir, reminding me of our country’s strength in diversity.

Maria Mueller and WA State Senator Maria Cantwell

As I listened to the speeches from local dignitaries, my mind wandered, wondering about the individual journeys that each of the 431 individuals had taken to U.S. citizenship. Not to mention the Naturalization Test that each had to pass to get here.

30th Annual Naturalization Ceremony Seattle Center

Did you know that there are 100 civics (history and government) questions for the Naturalization Test? And that to pass the civics test, an applicant has to answer 6 out of 10 questions correctly in an oral test conducted by a USCIS Officer? The USCIS Officer can ask up to 10 questions, but of course applicants have to know the answers to all 100 questions. Here are a few examples. Let’s see how you do (and no fair scrolling down for the answers):

1) How many amendments does the Constitution have?

2) How many justices are on the Supreme Court?

3) Who is the Chief Justice of the United States now?

4) What is one promise you make when you become a United States citizen?

5) The Federalist Papers supported the passage of the U.S. Constitution. Name one of the writers. Okay, here’s an easy  one:

6) When do we celebrate Independence Day?

Happy 4th of July, wanderboomers! Oops – hope I didn’t give anything anyway . . .

Now for the (rest of) the answers:

1) 27

2) 9

3) John Roberts

4) give up loyalty to other countries, defend the Constitution and laws of the United States, obey the laws of the United States, serve in the U.S. military (if needed), serve (do important work for) the nation (if needed), be loyal to the United States

5) (James) Madison, (Alexander) Hamilton, (John) Jay, Publius

6) Today, of course!

Be Bold and Wander On!


U.S. American Flag Plover Ferry

How do you celebrate Independence Day, wanderboomers?

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