Dressing for Fall Weather

Hello Friends and Happy Wednesday!

We are nearly halfway through our work week! I do enjoy my work and I also enjoy my weekends, how about you? I love remembering it’s halfway!

I thought it would be fun to describe what I do to plan for a fall day that is 36 in the morning and 65 in the afternoon- 65 is such a mild temperature and could even pass for short sleeve shirts but the morning would not.

Something I try to do is layer….I wear my coat in the morning so I’m not freezing; then when I get to work I shed that but lots of times have a cardigan over a short sleeve shirt or light long sleeve shirt so I’m not too haute! (Remember my last post when I forgot and wore a huge sweater LOL)!

Today I tried something new for me, I wore a bright orange tank top but paired it with my leopard cardigan. So my arms are bare under the cardigan and it’s not too warm in my office or outside but perfect with the cardigan over the top! I also think it will work well in the afternoon because my cardigan sleeves are not a heavy blend.

I got my tank originally about four years ago from Nordstrom Rack and it’s such a pretty color, it deserves a rotation in my wardrobe. This is also super affordable; thrifting or shopping our closets are the most economical and ecologically friendly things we can do. The cardigan is fairly new, (I’ve been searching forever for a leopard cardigan) and it’s from Chicos, but I’m guessing it will last for years. I’ve had items from Chicos before and am still wearing them years later, so it’s definitely a piece to keep in my closet. I added some fun earrings that interestingly enough are fairly old (affordable) but also Chicos but look fun with the tank and cardigan; I wore some pre destructed jeans that fit my butt well from Nordstrom (Kut) and my boot like shoes from Target.

Here I am, ready for any weather that might pop up this time of year! And I’m shopping my closet! So this is a win win!

Have a great week friends!

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It’s Haute at Work

Hello Friends and Happy Wednesday!

Yesterday I wore a cute chunky sweater, it’s so comfy and warm (along with my cute leopard sneakers and jeans) because it’s November right and mornings are super cold (30 degrees)…

But as I walked into my office, I was hit with a wall of heat. WTH, my work temperature changes so much from season to season; I remember taking a cardigan to work in July because the AC is cranked so high my fingers are numb but then I leave the building and my black car with black leather interior is 103 degrees! It’s such an adjustment right??

So yesterday I had forgotten this phenomenon and wore a warm sweater! This is bad, I can’t even shed a layer!

In the afternoon, after I’ve met with five clients and had my door shut all day, I told my co worker that I was dying of heat. I also noticed as I was in the bathroom earlier, that my neck and chest were bright red (heat does not make my rosacea happy). She suggested I keep my door open, although I have a lot of computer documentation to do (as I’m a therapist) and I find it hard to keep the door open with people walking back and forth in the hall and still focusing on my work.

SO….I asked our kitchen (I work in a residential mental health facility) if I could have a bag of ice.

They fixed me up real good; a ziploc bag of ice and I’m sitting cool. I stuck it down the back of my jeans and I was able to keep my door shut and get my work done. After 10 minutes I poured out 1/2 cup of water and then back in my office with the ice bag down my front.

Problem solved!

 

(Today I wore a coat -early morning temps- but underneath have two light tops and am wearing sandals-I’m prepared today!)

Predicting Fashion

Hello friends!

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend! I did some last minute yard preparations yesterday for winter (and I do mean last minute) because it snowed today. 😂

Have you ever wondered what wardrobe items to buy each season? I’ve been thinking of this since I’ve done this blog for two years. There seem to be some recurrent themes unusually enough (“Florals in Spring…Groundbreaking”-Devil Wore Prada)

Usually in Fall, you will see sweaters in rich hues of brown, black, ivory, green, red, orange, and burgundy with pops of leopard, camo, and snakeprint on all separates, accessories and footwear.

In the winter look for sequins and glitter on anything! I’m of the opinion that you can wear sparkle anytime of the year but these items are most often found during the holidays. Faux fur is always a great choice in any color or print.

Spring calls for florals and fun stripes; bright and pastels colors are always to be found.

Summer comes shining in with shorts and silky kimonos, reds, blues, whites, more brights of pink, yellow, green, and violets.

Over the years I’ve noticed buying quality made pieces in these categories will last me year after year.

I have a pair of black sequin leggings I bought from Express two years ago (during the holidays) that I just love, but they come in and out of vogue depending on the time of year.

It’s interesting to note that styles/colors are pretty stable from each year to the next. Sometimes you just need an updated accessory to look fashionable and on trend.

Fairly Fairy Tale Distorted

Hello friends!

Happy Monday!

I hope all of you had a good weekend! I had fun with my family in our annual Halloween party. Each of us makes some kind of ghoulish food that is actually edible and it’s super fun. We had this party on Saturday and it really made my weekend 🙂

I thought I would share something interesting I discovered last week. My granddaughter was doing her daily reading (she is a 4th grader and is supposed to practice her reading every day). She read Snow White aloud to me and then asked me what I thought.

Me being a therapist all of a sudden realized! Holy crap, what’s up with fairy tales? Here is a story of a woman who daily asks her mirror “who is the fairest”? as if that’s a contest one person can win. Then one day as she has aged, her mirror lets her know, there’s a new contestant and BTW you lose now, game over!

Really??? And to top that off, said older woman decides to pursue murder as a way of solving her problem of aging and not being the “fairest of them all”???

This sounds like a modern day problem, but I’ve heard this story forever. I’m just now getting a little bit of insight that we have some jacked up ideas in our culture…like women need to be beautiful and number one beautiful all their lives, like it’s a contest and winner take all, even to the extreme. That actually doesn’t sound like a fairy tale, that sounds like things I’ve heard for years. But this crap is what we’re also teaching our young people.

My granddaughter asked me what I thought of her reading and I told her it’s actually ok for women to age and it’s ok for someone to be younger and prettier than me. It’s a normal part of life and I’m happy anyway even if there is someone younger, (like everyone under 55) and prettier (that’s always gonna be a thing right? I don’t have to buy into that dumb contest), wrapping my arms around her mother and telling her I love that she is younger and prettier and it’s ok that she is and I’m ok the way I am….

And we don’t need to hire a huntsman to hunt down the competitor.

Boom (images are of the Disney Movie) and picture is me and my two daughters

Quest for Curtains

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

I’ve spent the last month and a half shopping online and brick/mortar for high quality yet also inexpensive black out curtains for my bedroom.

My redecorating is taking almost a whole year and this was one purchase I didn’t want to break the bank!

When we bought this home in 2008, I still worked graveyard shift while completing graduate school and we needed blackout curtains so I could sleep during the day. We got some ice blue curtains (matched our decor then) with a heavy lining from BED Bath and Beyond but honestly spent way too much on them and they did NOT block light like I wanted. But because we spent so much, I couldn’t make a change for a long time.

It’s been almost 12 years so I feel free to dump the old curtains! Yay!

I have searched Amazon, JcPenney, Walmart-several brands of curtains (sometimes not knowing if they would work-getting a package-opening one and draping then over the rod and they don’t block light-which has been super frustrating) and it’s really been a lengthy process!

Thank goodness for my patient husband-“what’s this charge to Amazon”? “Oh it’s more curtains, don’t know if its going to work” 🙁

But finally, one day returning my purchase from Amazon (conveniently through my local Kohl’s) I walked out of the store through their housewares/drapery aisle and saw another brand I hadn’t tried yet. They were “buy one get one 50% off” which was nice as they were a little more than the ones I had considered before. They didn’t have the color or length in store, so I ordered online. Hoping again, this would finally be the one that worked.

They came about a week later and EUREKA! They are excellent at blacking out all light! They are also a beige curtain so match my new tonal decor! (It’s ok for curtains to say they’re blackout if they are a dark color-like that’s so obvious! But a light color and blackout is tricky!

I’m so happy to share my find with you! The curtain is SUNZERO extreme theatre grade black out curtains

I hope this helps you! Saturday and Sunday mornings there is no light coming through and it also seems to insulate from sound. We had a terrible wind storm the other night and it did not keep me awake during the night-I could hardly hear it. These curtains are the best!

(The last picture is a before with old curtains)

 

Crop Tops (are for you)

Hey friends! Happy Sunday! I hope this post helps you ignore that tomorrow is Monday! 😊

I thought I would share something I discovered lately; it seems as if crop tops are making another splash into fashion. That is all fine and good if you are 24 (I used to think)-

A few months ago (really it was probably 6 months) I found the cutest crop tee -regular neckline) from Forever 21, it’s an army green with bold letters spelling “Chicago” and I just fell in love (plus it reminds me of my trip to this beautiful city)! It’s been in my drawer forever (you know I seldom get rid of clothes-just in case) and this week I was scrounging for something different to wear when I re discovered my crop tee!

Let me tell you how a crop tee works for someone my age…you wear high waisted jeans with it! And I also added a structured plaid jacket (I wore to work) so it seems very businesslike until you realize I’m wearing distressed denim and a crop top. It’s so fun!

I’m gonna keep my eyes open for more crop tops! (Think Forever 21- such a wallet friendly place) Be open to all kinds of styles no matter your age! You can make anything fit your own vibe!

7 Minute Makeup Tutorial

Hello friends!

Thanks for joining me on my blog!

My good friend asked for a 3 minute makeup tutorial; she is a busy mom with little boys, maybe some of you can relate.

I tried to get it done in 3 minutes; alas it took 7.25 but here it is! I hope it helps you busy people find time to get everything done you need!

https://youtu.be/aIjGEtgAuRs