Fashion Fits

Hello all!

I’m in such a cheery mood, even though this will post on Monday (it’s a couple of days before Halloween) and I just love Halloween! So even on a Monday I am happy! I love Fall, love all the holidays, (only tolerate the snow, except on Christmas Day), and I love to decorate and shop for special gifts. This is my season! But I digress…

I’ve learned something I want to pass on to my friends: wearing clothes that fit is such an important rule. I don’t necessarily believe really any rules but this one. WEAR WELL FITTING CLOTHING.

Three years ago I lost 50 pounds and am trying to keep it off through healthy eating and exercise, along with minimal sweets. I have to admit I love sweets. I’ve discovered I can eat a type of fudge that is made with coconut oil, maple syrup, almond butter, and cacao that is heavenly and one little bite does me for the whole day (keeps me satisfied). Since losing that weight I’ve had some discoveries in my closet: I hold onto pieces even though they no longer fit! Ahhhh! I have emotional attachments to clothes? That’s so odd right? Well the last couple weeks I’ve posted pictures of my outfits on a wonderful women’s Facebook page (I just adore these ladies- it’s called Style Your Way to Success Over Fifty-love this group). Anyway, as I’ve posted pics, some of my friends have noted that I have a tendency to wear some clothes that don’t fit, they’re too big. I got rid of most of my clothes when I lost weight but several items I did not: a black moto jacket, gray moto jacket, pink moto jacket, gray dress, and a couple of sweaters….so when I wear these items they look big on me and it’s not very flattering.

So Friday evening I went through my closet, and purged my large clothing…so difficult. But at the same time it’s a very healthy and positive action to take. I think sometimes I feel uncomfortable wearing well fitting clothing because it feels like I’m showing off my figure? Seriously I’m the therapist; I need to figure this out, I wonder if other women feel the same as I do? Let me know what you think about this? I would love to hear other women’s point of view?

To prove my resolve: here I am in a great fitting dress ūüôā It’s a blue number with gorgeous sleeves and great hemline length from Rachel Parcell collection. The material is not heavy but a tight weave and it is curve hugging so¬†compliments my figure, although feels a little bit uncomfortable haha…Happy Monday! Wear clothes that fit! (This is similar to mine) Flutter Sleeve Dress

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Extended Halloween Weekend

So…I think this is my most exciting weekend EVER! Seriously! I’ll list some reasons why:

  1. Stranger Things came out on Netflix today…can you say binge watch weekend?
  2. Halloween Dinner (family tradition)
  3. Dressing up like (?) can’t say yet
  4. Giving out candy to the cutest kids (costumes) ever!
  5. Work Halloween party and potluck

I don’t know if anyone else is into Netflix series of “Stranger Things” but it’s awesome and I get to start watching today! Last season was super intense and fun and I’ve had to wait all year to watch more! Thing 1!

Every year my sister and I have a family tradition of a Halloween dinner, oddly enough always on Sunday…BUT anyways…we each try to create some creepy disgusting version of food (actually is food but looks gross) to creep each other out! Let me tell you, there have been some winners! (but left over food cause no one can eat it LOL) I am shopping for my dishes tomorrow and preparing some tomorrow. More pics to follow! Thing 2!

Dressing up! I’ve loved to dress up for Halloween forever and this year I finally talked the hubby into dressing up. So on Halloween I will post our pics! Thing 3!

Did I mention how much I love Halloween?? Really, love Halloween! I adore handing out candy to children of all ages and specifically get good (mucho chocolatey!) to hand out. I’m a therapist and I think it’s always better to have a 16 year old out¬† trick or treating instead of doing drugs and ending up at my facility. Who cares if I buy candy for someone if it gives me so much joy? Thing 4!

My employer is having a work Halloween party/potluck next Tuesday so I get to dress up and stretch out the fun before I go home and stretch out the fun! Thing 5!

Everything starts tonight and ends¬†four days from now! Let the fun begin! I thought I would add a couple pics from years before family dinner so you know what I mean ūüôā

You CAN Go Go

Oh my goodness! Who else is getting on this white booties look?? The white bootie reminds me of a go go boot that I could wear with my Halloween (70’s costume) only prettier cause I’ve seen it with every day/work/evening outfits.

Some might think this is a young trend and something you can’t do…I guess you all know where I’m going with this. WHY COULDN’T YOU? It’s a darling boot, really fun, trendy, and I¬†didn’t purchase the most expensive boot I could find either so it’s not a huge commitment. Some people might think it falls under the “don’t wear white after Labor Day”, but not me. I wear white pants most of the time too.

Important¬†Fashion TIP: I think it’s helpful to go back to school when wondering what colors to put together in my everyday fashion choices: (my friend Sepideh taught me this a few years ago).Think of the color wheel, black for instance is a mixture of all colors and can match anything, white is no color and you can use it as a neutral (although a bright neutral), purple is mix of red and blue and matches either of these colors perfectly, orange is a mix of red and yellow, green is a mix of yellow and blue; Red, Yellow and Blue are primary colors. Leopard, camo, and polka dots are patterns as well as colors and can be mixed as neutrals. So when you think about a white boot, remember it can match almost any item or style¬†because it is a neutral.

I thought it would be helpful to show you a few looks as examples for what I’m explaining (day/work/evening) The first pic could be an evening look but switch out the black jacket for a crew neck black chunky sweater and even the dress appears casual (just don’t have a sweater like that on hand). The second set of pictures could be evening (just because of the red jacket and is real fun; I love the pattern on the blouse, but of course I would probably wear this ensemble to work ūüôā The¬†third set of pics I think definitely works for evening-the ruffles and sparkly stripes on the top along with the black moto jacket¬†are super chic and would work for a night out. The last set of pic is what I wore to work today. You could also pair these¬†booties with some jeans and a cozy sweater to run to the mall or hang out with your guy/hubs,¬†and it’s a more casual look. Let me know how you found a way to have some fun with white booties! Really they go with anything! Links to a couple booties below:

Bamboo Peep Toe Slingback 

Faux Leather Block Heel

Bright colors=Big Fun

Hello all,

There are some bright colors that are very trendy this season (it could be these colors are trendy every fall/winter;) Burgundy and deep dark bottom of the ocean blue are so rich and just draw my attention.

That’s what I felt like wearing today; bright colors! I have a flannel plaid shirt (really I’m wearing flannel, but it’s also plaid which is trendy, so if you don’t tell, I won’t tell)that has deep blues and¬†bright reds; and when the colors cross of course there are shades of purple and burgundy. I matched this with my dark wash skinny jeans, my burgundy (suede) lace up booties, my long ribbed gray cardigan….and my hot pink bag! Who says pink doesn’t go with burgundy? I saw my bag and thought “Oh my goodness, that is going to work and be so fun”! I wish I could walk around with my bag all day long… ha ha, I¬†work and can’t really do that but I think (PINK) (and I like to rhyme)¬†really works!

I love these colors, they’re so trendy right now, but also I think these are my go to colors. I think my coloring (hair, makeup, skin tone) really matches well with these, and so I love to wear them often! I sometimes think that women (possibly my age and older) think they cannot wear bright colors because of age or some other random fashion rule, but I think we need to challenge ourselves more often (if only with fashion; but as I’m a therapist-challenging ourselves keeps us growing and progressing throughout life, so that’s where I’m going with this). If someone reading this could do one thing that they don’t usually do and get out of their comfort zone I would be super pumped! Let me know the one thing you did that wasn’t comfortable (It could be wearing a bright color or speaking up when you normally don’t but do just one thing today!)

Patterns and Textures

Hello all!

I’m writing this Monday night, so you’ve got evidence that I survived my back to work Monday! AHHHH…then I get home and really?? My husband has not cooked me a meal! LOL I would love to have someone at home that had everything ready for dinner. Not that I don’t like to cook but at 5:17pm I DO NOT FEEL LIKE peeling and chopping a butternut squash (and I’m not demeaning women who are stay at home mom’s, I used to be one and it was hard work! I just wish I didn’t need to come home and cook when I’m already tired….I see that squash looking at me on the counter and I just can’t get the motivation (even though it would taste mighty good) we might as well eat cardboard tonight! Anyway, I survived Monday just so you know (maybe not cause I need food and we got Chik Fil A Saturday, I don’t have another excuse).

So I thought I would write in my blog (self-care-soul above food)….none of this makes any sense logically.

Yesterday I was thinking how pretty different patterns, shapes,¬†and textures look together and how much fun it is to pair these different style elements. Try to pair several in one outfit and see how complex (sort of like flavors in a delicious dish, think “chopped) your outfit looks!

I wore a charcoal patterned dress yesterday, silver square earrings, with a black (leather look & quilted) moto jacket, along with a large flowered (fluttery) black/charcoal/turquoise scarf. The pattern in the dress almost looks snake skin (1), it’s real interesting and sort of tiny diamond shapes. Then I wore square silver earrings (2). Black moto jacket adds a different texture (3)¬†along with a pattern (quilted-4), and then the scarf has a ruffly/fluttery (it’s not a flat scarf) which is a texture in my mind (5)¬†along with the floral pattern (6). I then added my suede booties (7) to top it all off. I really thought all these elements made for a complex/fun outfit (visually interesting is a better description).

Today I tried to do something similar but also different: I wore my burgundy pixie pants (I think just the color-bold makes it on this list-1), leopard print blouse (2-one of my favorite prints), buttery soft leather kind of chocolately moto jacket (texture, along with lots of fun detail 3 & 4 for leather and pockets/snaps -visually different), sand dollar shaped¬†gold earrings (5), and my suede like tan booties (6). I wanted to pair with another interesting item as a bag, I think something with a small tan/ivory print (makes me think of an expensive bag) would add some more interest to this outfit and be real fun! Of course you could snag something at a secondhand store or a smokin’ sale for the bag.

Anyway,¬†are you¬†getting a good idea of my suggestions? Try to combine as many elements that you can, as if you were a chef creating the most complex and delicious dish! I might still be hungry? Yeah no one’s cooked yet that I can tell…..I’m gonna have to complain to the management!

Joys of Age

Happy Weekend All!

I’ve been thinking a lot the last couple days about the benefits of aging. I think media, culture, old beliefs give us a skewed perspective about aging. I think younger women have this (fear? Is that it?) about aging that I don’t¬†think is reasonable. Plastic surgeons make¬†truckloads of money encouraging people (mostly women is my perspective) that we need to avoid aging¬†AND look like we aren’t aging. Wow! That’s so much pressure right?!! Cause uh…everyone ages…I don’t think I’m making that up. WE ALL AGE and it’s not a bad thing!

I think we can choose how to see our life (I’m a real positive person if you haven’t already noticed) and I don’t think aging is a bad thing. I think there are lots of positive things about aging that people don’t talk about enough.

1.Free time-I have lots of free time now that my children are grown and out of the house. My children live nearby and we see each other often although I have free time frequently throughout the week after work and on the weekends. After spending 32 years raising children (My oldest is 32, that’s how I figure it and our youngest just moved out in June) it feels somewhat unusual to have free time but not a bad thing. It’s something I had to get used to but over time I think is good. My husband and I now can pick up and do something without making sure we aren’t conflicting with any school play or sporting event. There’s a lot of freedom in free time.

2. Grandchildren-I have six grandchildren with one more on the way. They are wonderful; each has a special place in my heart. Two are coming over tomorrow and we will paint little pumpkins, it will be sooo fun! When they (any of them) run into my house it’s so exciting to hear their little voices calling me, I just love it! Sometimes when my grandson Chris (6) comes over he knocks on the window next to our front door excitedly. A few days ago I heard a tiny knock at our door and thought it was Chris; I excitedly ran to the door and knocked really quick on the window, opening up the door and it was a little girl selling cookies but looked like I freaked her out with my tradition of knocking on the glass. LOL she quickly left, weirded out apparently. It was kind of funny but I didn’t mean to scare her.

3. Work-this one is unusual, before my children were grown (they were all in school before I went to work and returned to schooling), there was a period of time that I hurried home from work¬† to make sure they weren’t by themselves longer than need be. Now I don’t need to hurry home from work, although who wants to stay at work longer than I need?!! Haha kinda conflicted about this one! Too funny! My husband still works too, maybe we will retire in 10 years and sometimes he works late too, so if I get home I can work out, watch a movie, do my nails, go shopping, hang out with a friend, read a book, watch a movie (I love movies) or do some scrapbooking or home d√©cor. This is one reason why I started my blog and it sure is fun for me. It’s something I never thought I would do before.

4. Travel-My husband and I could take off on a random weekend without giving anyone notice. There’s a lot of joy in that area. We haven’t done too much of that the last couple of months due to paying off recent wedding expenses (youngest daughter that moved out got married in June) but have plans of trips that we would like to do. Hubs and I love to see the country and would love to go National Park hopping. Last year we drove to Lake Havasu for his family reunion and returned home via Grand Canyon National Park which was gorgeous. I love¬†road trips and seeing the countryside. We live in a beautiful country, I never tire of seeing this beautiful land we are so blessed to live. I would someday like to do some foreign travel, have only done a bit up to now. I would love to see Italy and Switzerland specifically. I have ancestors in Switzerland and Wales and have always love to see Italy. It looks so scenic and romantic.

These are just a few of reasons I think aging is awesome. I hope you agree it’s not a bad thing and have fun in your “free” years. I’ve heard them referred as “Golden Years”; not a bad name.

Granted, there is also disease and death that most people associate with age although young people and children develop disease and die. I’ve had five people very close to me die at a young age; aging does not have the monopoly on death. My grandfather will be 96 in a couple weeks and is in excellent health. We all will die at some point, I just hope that we learn to have joy in whatever stage of life we are in; FIND JOY IN THE MOMENT.¬† How can you find joy today? The sunrise, the sunset, the changing of colors in fall, the crisp mornings, grandchildren, the sound of birds; what brings you joy?? I’m LDS and having more time means I can go to the temple more or do work in family history, which brings me joy. Let me know what brigs you joy…

Another thing that brings me joy is fashion and dressing up! I’ve always loved dressing up.¬†I usually dress up on Sunday and here is another¬†Sunday Style. I purchased this dress a few years ago from Chicos and just love it. My husband calls it my rubber dress, but I think it’s real fun. I thought to add my JCPenney moto jacket for a little flair, my colorful¬†black/gray/turquoise Talbots scarf,¬†and my gray suede booties. Let me know what you think and if you could add some flair to your own wardrobe. Happy Weekend and love to all!

Sunrise

Good morning friends!

I realize it probably isn’t morning where you are and I post this later in the day but…it was morning when I blogged so there ūüôā

I love fall…seriously, leaves are and have turned so many colors. The mountains just look orange now, I’m guessing because leaves are on the ground and that’s how it looks down here in the valley. Fall and spring are my favorite seasons.

I just wanted to share my morning with you: here I am at 8am outside, the sun hasn’t really came up yet, but there is a golden light all around. It’s not dark but not light yet. The area just above the mountains is glowing because you know the sun is coming and it’s so pretty and serene. I just love it. So I took pictures out in the road (being careful of traffic haha, everyone going to work or taking their children to school…yes I’m taking pictures of myself) and I tried to get the glow of the mountains behind me. It’s such a pretty time of day and it just fills my soul. There is sunshine in my soul today, which is nice because some issues at work have had me discouraged at different times this week. I need to fill my soul with things that bring me joy: reading my scriptures and watching the sun rise and just now seeing the beauty of the sun beaming through one of my trees that has turned a vibrant red. I’m so thankful for the beautiful world I live in and am surrounded by.

My outfit today matches the sunrise; a bright pink pleated skirt (you didn’t know you could get away with that right?) from Asos, along with a black/white plaid shirt and black moto jacket from JCPenney. I paired this with my textured pattern converse, a knotted silver skinny belt, and pink jeweled earrings (also JCPenney). My daughter Callie helped me with the skirt/shirt/belt combo¬†because sometimes I just love something but the creative juices do not flow and my daughter McKenna helped with the jacket decision.

I’m so thankful for my children. It also fills my soul when I spend time with them. It was the joy of my life to be a mother and more joy every day as a grandmother. I feel so blessed.