Podcasting About Fashion. What Do You Think?

Hey everyone! Let me just say this blog will always be about fashion for women over 40 who have apple shapes. I was concerned I may have led you to believe on Monday that I was abandoning that aspect of the blog. No way! I love fashion and showing women how they can get that boost of confidence a good outfit can bring. That will always be my mission. I’m just trying to think of new ways to get that message out there to all the women who haven’t found this space yet.

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So, with that in mind,  I wanted to get your feedback. My dear friend Denise suggested I look into podcasting. This was also brought up at the blogging conference. I’m intrigued by it since I’ve just started listening to a couple of podcasts myself, plus I love pushing myself to learn something new.

What do you ladies think? Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones? What kind of topics would you want to hear about? I’m thinking it could be about fashion, midlife, empty-nesting, menopause, but I wonder if I’d have enough interesting ideas or guests to talk with to keep it sustained. I’d love to hear your ideas and input in the comments section.

Ok! Onto clothes…

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Skittles the cat wanted to join me!

You’ve seen these pants before, my “danger pants”, and I love wearing them in the spring and fall because the fabric is great for weather that can be cold one hour and hot the next. It’s a bit too chilly to have bare legs here, but I’m so ready to free my ankles for spring, so this length of pants works really well. They also have them in plus size in a pretty gray.

I like to balance out these pants with a more fitted, boxy top. As you know, I don’t want anything tight on top but if the top was flowey like the pants are, it would have a more relaxed, artistic look. That would be a nice look for a weekend or casual night out but to make this outfit a little more professional, or work appropriate, a boxier top was what I was looking for.

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This jacket has structure with all the sewing, collars, zipper and buttons to make it a boxy fit but the fabric is light and has stretch (and zips!). This jacket will easily work into summer too.

I really love these shoes in the spring and fall too because it’s still covering my foot and keeping them warm but my toes are peeping out a bit and my foot is getting some exposure too. I like the beige color to lighten things up for warmer weather but they have the same shoe in black too.

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And Monday’s post was so heartening to me since so many of you took the time to comment. I hope to always make you feel welcome to comment and to have dialogue with me and other readers. Thanks for that!

On a side note, you may be surprised to see all this greenery and flowers around me but that is because I am down in North Carolina again. The blogging conference I went to this weekend was down here which was one of the reasons I decided to do it. It had been four weeks since I saw my husband (and two of my cats! I know. two more!) so this worked out perfectly.

Ok, that’s it. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the podcasts so don’t forget to comment below.

See you Friday!

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Keeping It Real!

Hey everyone! Today’s post is different because I don’t have an outfit to show since I had such a busy weekend at the blogging conference I attended. There were many photography opportunities (it was a style bloggers conference after all!) but honestly I just didn’t feel like doing the posing. I wanted to drink coffee, put on my reading glasses and listen to the experts.

I did learn a lot at the conference, in fact my head is buzzing with ideas! It made me realize that I am completely in control of the direction I want this blog to go and I don’t need to wait around for someone to notice my awesomeness or be given permission to do what I want. I know that that probably seems obvious, but sometimes I need to be reminded.

A couple of things I learned about myself and the community I want to write for:

I want to write smart, interesting, thought-provoking posts. I like showing my outfit of the day and giving helpful tips but that is not enough for me. I want to delve deeper into topics affecting midlife women in an intellectually stimulating way. I don’t want you to feel like you’ve just eaten a big bag of cotton candy after you’ve read my posts!

I want my readers to feel welcomed to join the conversation. I want this to be a place where we can have dialogue and smart, respectful conversations. I learn as much from you as you learn from me. I say this often, but I love reading your comments and I want to get to know you.

I show you the real me. As you see, I wear minimal make-up, (only lipstick, foundation and eyebrow pencil) and my hair is the natural gray/white. I’ve had no invasive or non-invasive procedures to change my face or to look younger. I don’t begrudge anyone who has, it’s just not for me. I’m ok with aging and definitely want to look my best, I just prefer a more natural look. Plus, I don’t care to put the time into applying all of the creams and powders and colors to look differently.

Maybe it’s my midwest sensibility but I’m not going to pretend to be someone I’m not. This blog and the clothes I show are not meant to be aspirational but attainable. I have nothing against blogs that are built around the reader wanting the life or things of the blogger. It’s just not who I am or what I want to put out there. I want you to know you can wear this outfit now at your current weight and current income and current age.

I don’t want you to think I’m perfect or have a perfect life. Please remember that I show you the pictures where I look good but there are plenty where I have a stupid look on my face or a double chin or my stomach is sticking out way, way, way too much. You see the curated pictures, definitely not edited, but the best ones in the best lighting. To that end let me show you some pictures from the most recent photo shoots that didn’t make it onto the blogs for obvious reasons. Here’s to your Monday giggle and if you want more you can see my bloopers from 2017 and 2016!

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This is how I look when the photographer and I disagree about where to stand but I can’t piss them off because I really need them to take my pictures so I make a bit of a crazy face to show my displeasure but keep my lips sealed!
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This is how I look when my cheeks start hurting from smiling so much. Either that or I’m scowling at something my photographer is saying or doing!
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Here I look like a crabby old lady yelling at a cat!
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Feeling like a hot mess because it was unexpectedly hot and humid that day and my air conditioning has decided to not work in my car so I felt sweaty and rumpled and hungry!
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My failed “senior picture” pose. I like to think of it as my pirate pose showing off my stump leg. And let’s count how many chins we see in this picture!

And let me finish this off with my insider secret. How do I smile for all of the pictures? So, when we start I put on a smile for the camera but when I start feeling like it’s fading and getting fake (about 5 pictures in) I begin making a really deep chuckle to try to get my photographer to smile. It’s kind of like the sound of a train chugging down the tracks, which gets more crazy sounding as it goes one. When I see my photographers cheeks widen behind the camera then I know I have made my photographer smile and I just smile back at them. It’s silly, I know. But, it keeps my smile from getting stuck and it makes the photo shoots a lot more fun!

So, let me finish by saying that you will always see and read the real me. If you met me in real life you would see that I am the same person online and offline. So, I’m off to to put all my new knowledge to work. Have a great week ladies!

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Pushing My Blogger Self!

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! Anyone have anything fun happening this weekend? I am going to a blogging conference. My first one! I’m going to figure out how to do this better! What does that mean? I have no idea! This was a total spur of the moment, Eleanor Roosevelt do one thing every day that scares you, moment!

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But, before I head out let me show you these cute pants. Your pant hems are such indicators of style and so easy to change up. Are you still wearing boot cut pants? They are a bit dated. These skinny ankle pants are super comfortable (wide, elastic waist) and even though I have wide calves (17″) they make my legs look slim.

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Plus, the shorter length shows a bit of ankle so it’s perfect for spring. They have them in khaki, navy and white and I’m considering getting another pair because they are so comfortable. They also have them in curvy style.

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I’m wearing my blazer from last year from Calvin Klein. They have a new version in the same color available! And in plus size though it looks terrible on the model — first indicator that we know it will look great on us! They also have the same exact cut in a light gray and a soft green.

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Finishing off with the super versatile, would recommend it every single day of the year, camisole from White House Black Market. It’s such a no-brainer which is why you’ve seen it so many times before. And it’s on sale!

The shoes you’ve seen many, many times and are still cute and comfy (and now available in a melon color and a light pink) and same with the purse that I’m wearing out by hauling it around so much! And it’s on sale too!

That’s it! Wish me luck at the conference! For some reason I’m nervous, even though I’m really a blogger and I’ve been doing it for two years! That “imposter syndrome” is real! Erg!

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Not Rain Nor Sleet Nor Cats…

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday! Yes, that is snow in the pictures and the jacket is actually solid black. We took the pictures on Monday while it was snowing and now Wednesday morning, APRIL 11, it is snowing as I write this. Well, we will definitely be appreciating spring when it shows up. Anticipation is the best part of anything, right? Patience is a virtue, right? It’s all about perspective, right? I’ll keep reminding myself of that!

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Anyway, I bought this lightweight jacket as a smarter alternative to wearing a black sweater. I planned on wearing it over a dress with it unzipped, but lo and behold, it is one of those few items that I can actually zip up! And when I zipped it up it looked like a smart, coat dress that I see thinner women wearing. I love it zipped! It’s one of those items that really make me feel like a fashion blogger (as opposed to the middle-aged lady showing her work clothes which is what I usually feel like!). It’s cute. A little short but if I put a skirt on underneath that would look so cute too. I’m definitely going to show you that in a future post.

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It also comes in a really light peach/pink, close to the color of my long drape jacket you saw here, and I’m seriously considering getting it since it is so cute. I could see myself walking down a Paris street in this outfit. Ok, that is a good image for me. I will use that as a goal! It comes in petite and plus size and they’re all 20% off right now!

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I’m wearing my favorite booties (similar here and here) and my purse that goes with everything black but has that bit of tan to lighten it up and not look so heavy for “spring”.

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And just in case you thought I was getting too big for my britches and being all professional and influencer-like, I’m showing you how my real life happens when I’m standing in my front yard.

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Cute jacket for women over 40! | whenthegirlsrule.com

And as the snow came down harder, we all decided to pack this up, go inside and snuggle! Sounds like a great way to end a photography session! Hope you’re having a good week and I’ll see you Friday!

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Refreshed & Ready To Go!

Hey everyone! Thank you all for coming to the blog birthday party and for your kind words and emails. Two years is a long time for me to do anything and I feel as enthused about the blog as I did when I started. In fact, I have some creative ideas I’d like to try out in the next coming months that I’m excited about! I’m here for the long haul and look forward to many more birthday parties!

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I really enjoyed my two week break, not from the blog, but from everything that surrounds it, especially the social media. I love writing the blog and get a lot out of it, but sometimes it feels like it’s just a never-ending treadmill with the social media marketing part of it and you just have to post, post, post! It definitely seems like it’s about quantity rather than quality and I just needed a break from looking at it and being a part of it.

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I’m also back in Michigan and needed to re-adjust to life here. As you can see in these pictures, spring has definitely not sprung yet and this going back and forth between the states is hard, physically and mentally. I will be staying here in Michigan for a while because the re-entry between lives is getting harder and harder. As you know, my life in Michigan is very different than my life would be in North Carolina. In Michigan, I live on a ten acre horse farm. In North Carolina, I would be living in a suburb of a large city. I could embrace either fully but going back and forth between the two is taking it’s toll. I’m someone who needs to be all-in or all-out, and this jaggedy attempt to move has me living half lives instead.

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So, to sum up the last year: My husband moved to another state a year ago, we tried to sell our house in Michigan to no avail, we bought a house in North Carolina, my eldest daughter, who lived away for six months of the year and came back to finish up her degree, is graduating and moving out in a couple of weeks, my youngest went to France for a semester, came back and started college. This sounds like a crazy year just writing about it!

Through this all, I’ve been trying to be the glue holding things together which meant that my life had to be put on hold and I’ve had to keep myself nimble to accept whatever situation I found myself in. That is fine. I recognize that’s my job. But, it’s been hard and I’ve had a sick feeling in my stomach about moving myself and my animals for the last year.

Since I’ve had too many spinning plates in the air, my husband and I agreed that I’m staying put, for awhile, here in Michigan. I feel more stability with this decision, though this is far from ideal. Don’t worry, my marriage is fine! Lots of couples don’t live together and we really hope it’s for a short duration. We hope to one day look back at this and laugh and feel like we made it through a marriage test. Though, sometimes it feels like we’re laughing because the alternative is crying.

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I’ve said this before, I know these are first world problems, and not that big in the scheme of things. I know lots of women go through the same family transitions and come out just fine. The feeling I find the hardest to deal with is being in limbo or waiting. I hate waiting. When I’m waiting, I’m dependent upon someone else’s actions to move forward. I am a person who likes to be in control of her situation, as I’m sure we all do.

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I usually try to leave these posts on a positive note, not just because I want you to feel positive and confident but because I also feel the boost of positivity and confidence, so let me tell you, I am actively working on getting out of this limbo and making it through this stage in my life. I am molding my future rather than waiting. I will come out smarter and stronger and will be using my gifts to their fullest extent. Below is one of my favorite quotes that I always try to remember from Marianne Williamson and even if you’re not into the God part of it, like me, it is still a powerful human-being credo:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

I love that line about powerful beyond measure. It always makes me feel like I’m going to burst with light. Whenever I feel like I’m waiting for permission to show my awesomeness I try to remember this quote and remember that I don’t have to wait for the permission in the first place.

Oh, the clothing. The dress is old from Ann Taylor though they have the same fabric (ponte) and cut of dress (sheath) in two other striped dresses here and here. I found this jacket , (plus size here) that goes with black or navy since the dress in some lighting looks navy and some lighting looks black. Finishing off with this (similar) pretty versatile bag.

Thank you all for listening to me. I honestly write these as if I’m talking to a girlfriend. And I know you probably signed up for this blog to get fashion tips and you’re getting more than you bargained for, but thanks for being there. I’ll talk to you all on Wednesday!

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Happy Second Blog Birthday!

Hey hey everyone! The blog is turning two years old today! Whoot-whoot! One of the best parts of writing this blog is “meeting” you all, even though it’s all been online (so far!). So, let me introduce you to some of our fellow readers who sent me their picture so we could see them and you all could meet them!

If you remember last year’s birthday party you may remember Cynthia. She is from Raleigh, NC and has really embraced style in midlife! This red leather jacket is electric! She definitely knows how to dress her shape and was recognized for her style in an interview here.

Our next guest is Julie. She is a life-coach and blogger from Michigan. In fact, you can learn more about her by visiting her blog here. Most of her outfit is from estate sales and she loves these jeans saying they look like leggings but feel like pajamas! What could be better? She was even kind enough to give us a link to them if you’re interested. And I must say I love her jaunty hat!

Let me introduce you to Tracy next! She says her boots are a lot cuter than they look, though they look pretty cute to me! She was very sweet and said that she is making better purchases because of reading the blog. That was so kind of her to say, because often I feel like I’m encouraging you all to shop shop shop!

Our last guest is the very prolific commenter Bettye. Her comments are a hoot and always crack me up! If you want to see more of Bettye’s style and read her personality-infused writing, you can visit her blog, Fashion Schlub, here.

Now let’s have some cake! Chocolate?

Or pistachio?

As we did last year, I will be thanking you all for being such loyal readers and giving away two $25 gift certificates to two randomly drawn email subscribers. If you are already subscribed to my emails then you’re already entered! If you want to enter, just add your email at the top of this page where it says to subscribe and I’ll be randomly drawing them in about two weeks. I’ll email you if you’re a winner and announce it here too!

Thank you all for your support, whether it’s commenting, sharing a post on social media or clicking and purchasing from the links to the clothing. I really love the community we have made here and I look forward to many more years and birthday parties!

I will be taking a blogging break for the next two weeks, recharging my batteries, and will be back with the winners of the drawing then! So, everyone, mix and mingle, eat some cake and I’ll see you in two weeks!

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I Would If I Could…Spring Tops For Work!

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Hey everyone! I haven’t done one of these in a while and thought I’d visit my local JCPenney store to see what’s coming in for spring. I saw some cute dresses but because I didn’t have on my tall boots (just my favorite wool sneakers) I knew I didn’t want to try on dresses. It’s so hard to see how you’d look in a dress when you’re standing there with bare legs and rumpled socks around your ankles. Or at least it is for me!

Anyway, I found a cute top with lots of pattern variations that will be very office appropriate this spring from Liz Claiborne. It has a lighter fabric so it’s easy to layer over and all of the patterns are good to hide bra hardware and seams and undergarment dents. These will also work in the summer because of the light fabric but you still have long sleeves if the air conditioning is up to high.

All of these tops are the same cut except for the last one. I’m wearing an XL in all of them. Have a look!

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This one below is slightly different in the collar and sleeve. It’s available in tall and plus size too.

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Spring Top That Fits A Wide Bust! | whenthegirlsrule.com

I’m just wearing it with my skinny jeggings (you’ve seen before many times including here) that are being miraculously held up by the best belt ever (as explained here)!

That’s it for today and I’ll see you Friday for the 2nd blog birthday party! Oh, and happy spring!

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On Mondays We Dance!

Hey everyone! Happy Monday! I’m doing just a quick post because as you read this, I am heading back to Michigan. I won’t be able to respond to your comments right away but know that I always enjoy them and they make my day!

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Anyway, this jacket has been a surprising workhorse this spring. I wear it all the time in North Carolina because it’s a lighter fabric and easy to layer underneath plus can be zipped up! Apple shaped woman know that this is a rarity so here is one of those jackets that deserves pointing out! It’s also available in a pretty light blue and in plus size.

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I like the length of the jacket plus the little rivets on the pocket gives it some style so I don’t look like I’m wearing a boring old black jacket. It’s got these big collars too that lay flat and are perfect for a scarf like I styled it the last time here.

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I’m wearing it with my sleeveless sheath top from last summer that you’ve seen a couple of times like here and these pants from White House Black Market that have limited sizes in regular and petite but they seem to have some similar pairs here. I’m wearing a size 14.

I said I would report on these shoes that are all wool and have been claimed to be the most comfy shoes yet — I agree! I’ve had them about 6 months (you’ve seen them before here) and the wool is still soft and is still holding up well even though I wear them a ton and even went hiking in them twice (up and down steep hills for several hours!). My only complaint is they don’t have much tread, so they really are for sidewalk/floor/yard walking and not so much for any place slippery. I see the company has started making a new type of shoe made out of trees (?!) so I may have to check them out in a light color for warmer weather.

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And yes, the pretty little pink purse hitting way above it’s cost. I’ve definitely gotten my cost per wear out of it!

Where the heck am I you ask? I’m at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation in downtown (uptown they call it here) Charlotte. It was an old church that burned down but the stone structure remained and now they use it for art exhibits and artists in residence. Dave and I were mesmerized (ok, I was) by a video of male ballet dancers who were push dancing (that’s what I call it!) done by one of their visiting artists Javier de Frutos. If you’re curious you can see it here.

Let’s do this Monday!

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A Mix Of Spring + Winter!

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I know some of you are having winter weather and some having spring weather so I’m showing an outfit that works for both! Plus, tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day so I’m wearing my green here too!

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I’ve worn this dress  (and I just checked and it’s 50% off right now!) several times already on this blog and this is a reversible dresses so the other side is solid green (as you saw here). It’s a nice weight and hangs well and I’m totally fine not wearing a jacket or sweater over the top because it hangs so well and the pattern is really good at camouflaging bumps and dents. It’s also available in petite which is also on sale! I’m wearing an XL.

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The choker style adds some edginess and a bit of a trend without being over the top. If you’re looking for a really pretty floral pattern in the same style and reversible (in burgundy) here is one in straight size, plus and petite. Actually, I’m finding White House Black Market has a lot of reversible dresses available right now. I’m thinking about here (that’s also 50% off!) and this one myself! Ugh! I need to win the lotto!

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I’m still loving this long sweater/jacket. It’s cut like a jacket but is the fabric of a sweater. Actually, the knit is almost like a sweatshirt. It hangs well and has some interesting details with the white edging but not so much that it screams trendy. It’s another ingenious reversible item and you’ve seen me wear it with it’s gray side showing here. Chico’s has it in black with red edging and that is way on sale right now! I’m wearing size three.

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I’m wearing my faithful black pumps with the cute little ties on the heel you’ve seen many times (like here). They are available in shiny black leather and a pretty taupe too. The purse is no longer available but here and here are very similar and reasonably priced.

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And this is my last reminder (I know you’re sick of hearing this!) to RSVP for the blog birthday party. If you have been inspired by something from this blog and would like to show the other very supportive readers your beautiful self then please send me your picture wearing your inspired outfit! We won’t say your name and if you’re more comfortable you can not show your face. This is how we did it last year. Send me your picture by email to julia@whenthegirlsrule.com by Sunday night and we’ll have the party next Friday. I love this once a year opportunity to see all of you ladies!

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I Swear This Is The Last Time You See This Jacket Here!

Hey everyone! I know I’ve shown this jacket several times (like here and here) but I wanted you to see how versatile it was by pairing it with jeans today. It’s one of those chameleon jackets that can easily be dressed up or down and still look appropriate. I think because it was the first item I bought after my spending ban it’s getting lots of love too but I promise I won’t show it again on the blog (I think!).

This jacket freshens up your wardrobe for spring and summer just by it’s color. Even if you don’t want to wear trends or hate spending your money on something that will be out of style soon (I’m looking at you cold shoulder tops!) just adding a new color to a classic item keeps you from looking frumpy.

It has a flattering neckline that covers your bust and midsection when you prefer more coverage. The stitching in the back keeps this jacket from looking like a tent from the rear view and gives you more shape.

The faux suede is a nice weight so it waterfalls nicely but the sleeves and back of the jacket are a slightly lighter fabric so it isn’t too heavy to wear. I’m wearing my sleeveless reversible tank top you saw last summer and though this exact one is no longer in stock, they have two pretty ones here and here that are the same fabric and are reversible (two shirts in one!).

I’ve paired it with my skinny jeggings you’ve seen a ton that are being held up by my new favorite belt which is strong enough to keep my jeans up around my waist even though my calves keep wanting to pull them down! The jeggings are half off right now if you’re interested.

The boots are several years old but are holding up well. I like these boots because even though they have a slight heel, my foot and ankle feel stable in them because the boot gives more structure than a pair of pumps.

It was raining outside when we took these pictures so I thought I’d try a corner in our house that gets lots of natural light. Since I don’t photograph often inside, the dark shadows on the bottom half of my body and half of my face were something I don’t usually contend with and had to edit them to brighten them. Just so you know, I don’t edit my photos unless it’s for cropping and brightening up shadows. Never for fit or a more flattering look. What you see is what you get!

Ok, and the pictures for the blog birthday party are starting to trickle in and I love it! I’d love to get your RSVP too! This weekend is the deadline to send them to me at julia@whenthegirlsrule.com. If you have no idea what I’m talking about here is the invitation and here is how we did last year’s party. Come and join the fun!

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