My Favorite Sweater Is Even Better! It’s On Sale!

Hey everyone! Remember this sweater I talked about a couple of weeks ago? It’s on sale now!!!! Yes, instead of $89 it’s now $59! If you recall, I own it already in black and gray and white and it’s my most flattering sweater (I’m wearing XL petite) and you’ve seen me wear it a ton (like here and here). I even made a video about it (though it’s a terrible one!). It still has all the sizes available and this color is so pretty and so versatile! And I love these gold buttons on the split-sleeve. It always sells out so I highly suggest you don’t delay! Such an easy stylish addition to any wardrobe!

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And, let’s address the elephant in the room. Another purse! I know! I am having a romance with purses this fall! You’ve seen my pumpkin-colored purse (which is still 30% off!) but this one is bigger so it’s easy to fit a laptop in it and use it for work or when traveling. Plus look how nice leopard print goes with the burgundy. It also looks really good with bright blue and any jewel tone. I’m just going to say here that there is one more purse coming soon to this blog so prepare yourself!

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You’ve seen the shoes before many times. Luckily, I’m still able to find them in black suede, a pretty tan and several other textures as well as my green suede here.

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And these are not my worn out white jeans you’re so sick of seeing! They’re actually a softer cream-colored pair of jeans that are not the “control top” style but actually regular, straight-fit jeans. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about read more about it here) They’re from Talbots, which I’m finding has some nice fitting pants that recognize we’re all not hourglass shapes. They have a curvy version here.

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Just to finish up with the accessories, I find that leopard print looks really nice with gold. Even though I often wear silver jewelry, the brown of the print leans toward the gold. Plus, with the gold buttons on the sleeves of the sweater and gold hardware on the purse that pretty much made the decision for me! Happy Monday everyone!

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I Would If I Could…Edgy Jacket!

Hey everyone! If you’re a regular reader you’ve seen me wear my black faux leather jacket in many outfits. It gets a ton of wear and was one of the first items I purchased when I was changing up my style. I recommend it all the time as an easy addition to a wardrobe. So, if you’ve ignored me and haven’t gone out and gotten one yet, here is a cute one. And it zips up! What?

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It’s even got the pretty embroidery on the shoulder, pocket and on the back. It makes it a little bit more feminine if you’re unsure of the whole black leather motorcycle jacket look. Excuse the out of focus, awkward pose. I could not find a good way to show you the back.

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And you know it’s rare to find a jacket that zips up over a big bust and apple shape but this one does and I can see it looking very parisian with a scarf wrapped around in the colder months!

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I have several gray sweaters already so I don’t need to add another, but if you’re looking this one hangs really nicely and has material that has some weight to it. It reminds me of this sweater that I wore here but a bit longer. So many times the long sweaters can add too much fabric to your torso, so when it hangs straight down and behaves it is a good one to consider. This is from Anne Klein from Macy’s and for some reason I’m unable to directly link to it, but you can see it other places and in other colors and a really cute black and white stripe and good ol’ black.

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And yes, you’re seeing my new purse in the background. Look how nicely it goes with gray! Still loving it!

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All these items are from Macy’s which is still having it’s 30% off sale until Sunday. So, now would be a great time to grab them! Have a wonderful weekend ladies!

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A Purse With Punch!

Hey everyone! Oh my gosh, I have found the cutest purse! I walked in to the store and the color (pumpkin!) just lept out at me. What an easy way to amp up an outfit! And it’s 1/3 off which never happens, so if you love it as much as I do you have until September 25th to get it or one of the other beautiful colors like midnight blue or burgundy or one of the more classic colors.

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I don’t care for big logos on bags, I just want the bag to be functional and pretty without being a walking advertisement. This has a lock on it with a small logo but the logo is a duck! How cute is that? Also, as a sturdier woman, I have to take into account the size of the purse. If it is too small, I look like a giant. This size fits my frame perfectly I’d say!

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Every fashion advice article I read says to invest in shoes and bags, if you’re going to spend your money anywhere. However I often buy less expensive bags because 1. the cost! and 2. they are trendy and will go out of style. However, those bags end up ripping or falling apart and really only last one season and that is really disappointing. Ok, yes, they’re often fake leather (i.e. vinyl) and $30 or less so what do I expect? Sometimes though I just like a nice bag that’s soft to the touch and comfortable to carry around and if it has that extra zing that adds to an outfit then I don’t mind spending a bit more. Be prepared, you’re going to be seeing this bag a ton on this blog!

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I also wanted to try to get a better photograph of this jacket (which is also 30% off too!) since in the last post I featured it, I felt like you couldn’t see the details well. Unfortunately with it being such a dark color paired with my white hair and white pants, the camera kept auto-adjusting and making everything either too bright or too dark so these are the best images I could get without over-processing them. The jacket is actually deep blue but the striped band at the bottom is black and white, which looks so crisp, so it’s easy to pair with either black or blue. And I don’t remember if I mentioned it before, but it has a lot of stretch, even though it looks and feels like denim.

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And here is a good idea to start transitioning to fall by wearing your booties with cropped pants. My booties are from last year but here and here are two similar pairs. Actually I wish I had some booties that had peep toes (I’m on the look out for a non-pinching pair) and were a lighter color, because that would be a way to transition your shoes. I guess it’s really just about showing less and less toes! And we’re all way over the old rule of “no white after Labor Day” right? Good, cuz it’s a fresh way to wear jeans in the fall and winter. See you Friday!

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Faux Blazer To The Rescue!

Hey everyone! So, picture this: you’re just sitting there by the side of the pool minding your own business, maybe having a glass of wine or two with a friend…

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…and all of a sudden you get a call from a Very Important Person! You, in your jeans and flip-flops must rush to someplace Very Important and do something Very Important. However, you can’t go dressed as you are. Enter the Faux Blazer!

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You, smart woman that you are, have with you a blazer that’s half t-shirt and half jacket (hence the “faux”). It’s cut like a blazer so it gives you the instant authority of a person wearing a blazer but it’s soft on your skin and stretches and drapes beautifully and could easily be at home in a casual setting, like sipping wine poolside. It also comes in several pretty colors and an even prettier version in plus size.

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It has the raw edge hems so it is on-trend and has some nice seams that give it some shape. It sort of reminds me of my daughter’s riding jackets. The soft fabric makes it easy to push up the sleeves too which is a nice casual look. I’m still wearing my alternative to a t-shirt reversible tank top this fall since it’s still pretty warm here and sleeveless shirts work really well under this jacket.

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So, now that you’ve popped on the blazer and traded out the sandals for leopard print flats you’re on your way to your Very Important Place and looking Very Important!

Happy Monday everyone!

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Glamorous Fall Outfit For My Apple Shape!

Hey everyone! I just can’t stop wearing these pants! My danger pants are perfect for this time of the year and make me feel so glamorous! (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can read about it here)

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My tan is gone and I may or may not have started slowing down on shaving my legs (in preparation for winter, come on!). These pants are still cool to wear and are a bit cropped but my legs are covered. I find them very comfortable and the color is a really fun addition to my wardrobe. They do have black and gray versions of these pants if this paprika isn’t working for you. And have I mentioned the pockets?

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Because these pants are wide and flowy, I definitely wanted a more fitted top. I had tried on one of my longer sweaters (which is on sale btw!) and it made the outfit lean towards “pajamas”. For my stature (I’m 5’2″) I needed a cropped top (which ends right below my belly) and something that hung straight down and didn’t billow out in the least. You know I don’t like a tight fitting top though. A key strategy I have learned in a situation like this is to wear a fitted shirt then top it with a looser third piece like a sweater or jacket. As long as you don’t see the dreaded belly button dent or the indent of a waistband then the fitted top will work well. You’ve seen this black tank top dozens of times on this blog and it is the item I reach for when I can’t find anything to wear. The black is a matte, so no shine, and has very forgiving shadows. It has two generous necklines which give some breathing room between my chin and ample bust. It has stretch but doesn’t cling like a cotton tank. I have gotten my money’s worth out of this top and you’ll be seeing it for years to come. If you’re interested, it’s now on sale here.

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The shoes you’ve seen many times before but I like them as a transition shoe to wear between seasons. Pretty soon it will be too cold to wear them since they’re a bit open but for right now (and in the spring time) they are perfect.

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The sweater is a new item since my other gray sweater by the same brand is a bit worn and sad looking because I’ve worn it so much. This sweater has some silk in it, so it’s got a really nice drape and hangs very straight. It’s also available in some other colors and I expect to be getting a lot of wear out of it too!

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And thanks to my good friend who has been forced to be my photographer while Dave is away. She does make me laugh though while we’re doing this! Thanks Leslie!

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I Would If I Could…Fall Jackets!

Hey everyone! I haven’t done a post like this in a while because I’ve been woulding and not coulding! As with these type of posts, I want you to know about items that are available that look good on our shape, even if I’m not purchasing them myself. Usually because I have a similar item and unfortunately can’t buy everything I would like to! Think of me as your scout — out there finding cute items for our shape!

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All of these are from Dress Barn and I’m wearing an XL.

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Velvet or faux velvet is going to be really big this fall and winter but I love how this jacket is in a color usually associated with spring. This seems like a fresh addition to a cold weather wardrobe.  This would be really dramatic paired with black. It’s also available in plus size.

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And I can zip it up!

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You’ve seen me wear my jean jacket a lot on this blog and really they are such a classic item that I don’t see them going out of style. If you haven’t added one yet to your wardrobe look at this one with the embroidery. It adds a little femininity and interest to the jacket. Actually online they’re showing it in dark blue stitching which I think I like better! Also available in plus size.

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And here is a really beautiful green jacket that I’m thinking about going back to get. Think of how beautiful it would look with my danger pants! It’s faux suede and has some stretch to it.

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I love this cut of jacket because it ends at a nice place and I think the neckline is really flattering. I have two similar jackets with the same cut that you’ve seen here and here.

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It’s also available in plus size too!

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Ok, well I’m glad I remembered these kind of posts because I needed a break from my camera and photographing myself! See you all on Friday!

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Two Trends In One!

Hey everyone! So, have you seen the current bomber jacket trend? I remember from my youth, seeing them in the show Happy Days and Pinky Tuscaterro wearing her shiny pink one or in real life seeing people wear them roller skating. Remember that? Anyway, it’s those jackets that have a ribbed, elasticy band at the bottom and are usually made of a light fabric. This time around the fabric has been bold floral prints, rather than shiny, but still has been a light fabric. I have tried on a couple and found that they made me look like a pumpkin on my top half with no distinction between my collar bone and hips because the light fabric kind of billows out.

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And do you remember the trucker trend back in, what? The 70’s? When everyone was wearing the trucker ball caps and talking on CB radios and doing the trucker talk. “Breaker, breaker, 419” “We got ourselves a convoy” and all that stuff? Or was it just my annoying brother?

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Well, this jacket is a blend of both of those trends! Yes, disco and truck drivers! It’s got the bomber jacket elastic bottom and the sporty stripes, but instead of shiny disco fabric it’s denim and cut like a trucker’s jean jacket. This heavier fabric keeps it from billowing and hangs nicely but it still has stretch so I can easily button this up, even though I forgot to photograph that. It’s also half off here or full price here (you decide!). I’m wearing an XL.

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So, since one strategy I use to look youthful, but not young, is to only wear one trend at a time. I feel if you’re wearing all trends or a couple (like if I had paired this with my distressed, embroidered jeans) in one outfit, it looks like you’re trying to dress like a teenager, because, well, you are dressing like a teenager. I like the look of mixing classic items (like these khaki pants) with one trendier item.

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Even though I’m wearing open-toed shoes, I’ve moved more towards a fall look by changing my toenail color to dark blue. Changing your nail color to a deeper fall color is an easy way to transition your look, especially if it’s still too warm where you’re living to start wearing your fall clothes.

Sorry this is a late and short post because below is how I felt this morning when I was photographing myself and having a myriad of technical difficulties. Argh! Another downside of having my photographer/spouse several states away!

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Back To Work In Ruffles!

Hey everyone! I’m safely out of cat’s way here! So, as fun as the kitties were in the photos in the last post (and as popular they were with all of you!) it’s so much easier to take the pictures without them around. Rest assured, two were waiting outside of my little studio/garage during the whole time.

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But, on to the outfit. I’ve been showing pretty casual outfits lately on the blog, so I thought I’d show a more work-appropriate outfit. Do you remember last winter when I showed a pretty gray jacket (which they’ve re-stocked for this fall!) that I was considering buying in this post here? This jacket is the same fabric but it’s a more dressed up version because of the fun ruffles but it’s also completely lined.

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When I saw it online I figured it would be more like a shirt, since it’s a lightweight fabric, but with the lining it’s more like a really cute fall jacket. Ruffles are in style right now but I’ve seen them on shirts usually bunched around the chest and adding volume — not something I need to do! I like how this jacket has vertical ruffles that hang nicely. It also has that flounce at the bottom, similar to the jacket I showed in the last post, that adds some feminine style (and coverage for bellies!). Plus, it’s 1/2 off now!

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Ok, and how cute are these shoes?!!! Like many women, I don’t want my feet to hurt in shoes but still like the look (and powerful feel) of heels. These heels look taller than they are and have more stability because of the sole. They are made of a stretchy microsuede fabric and the ribbon-like fabric over the top of the foot let’s you move it around for stability and comfort. Also, maybe a little TMI here, but I have a bunion on the outside of one of my feet and it is very sensitive to rubbing fabric and tight shoes. In this pair of shoes it is not affected by the fabric since the fabric ends before the sensitive area. They are by Eileen Fisher, who is not cheap, but I don’t like to skimp on my feet and I think this red is really exciting! There are some other really beautiful colors here (including a metallic and denim!) and I love that this style of shoe is a balance between eye-catching yet classic. I hope to be wearing them for a long time.

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The only thing I think I would add with this outfit is a small, thin scarf wrapped around my neck to bring some color up there. I didn’t want to wear one because I wanted to show the collar to you all but it would be easy enough to try. A necklace would get in the way of the ruffles but a scarf that didn’t hang down would look nice. I’m also wearing my wide-legged cropped pants you’ve seen a ton like here and here which are great for this time of year.

Ok, everyone hope you have a great weekend!

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Jackets and Cats!

Hey everyone! This post is actually about this super cute jacket but the cats seem to be stealing the show! This is another attempt by me to use the remote on my phone which makes the camera click and draws cats to my photo session and thwarts any attempt to seem even semi-professional!

Anyway, pretty casual today with this fall jacket. It’s a nice long length and has some flounce at the bottom making it a little bit more dressed up and feminine. Sometimes it’s hard to be casual but not look dumpy. This jacket hits that sweet spot of being stylish yet totally casual. In fact, when I went to the horse event a couple of posts back I wore this and it worked fine to look nice but still have horses licking your arm!

It’s also available in gray and black and in plus size. It also looks really nice zipped all the way up because of the collar but in all those pictures the top of my head is cut off!

I’m also wearing my “control top” jeans you’ve seen a hundred times and I wear all the time, so much so the fabric on the thigh is starting to get thin!

Also wearing my new favorite shoes. I was always kind of stuck on what kind of pants to wear with loafers but I love the ankle length pants with them. You’ve seen me wear my leopard print heels (here) and now I don’t need to wait for a heels kind of day to wear the leopard print which ups your style game instantly.

Ok, I’m getting another remote since I’m usually staring down at my phone in most pictures (in which I need to wear my glasses) or somehow have to set it down on a flat surface, hence the sitting photo which leads to my feet being attacked and overall chaos. Hopefully it will get here soon!

Ah, the glamorous life of a fashion blogger! Me and all these gingers will see you Friday!

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When Pants Inspire Deep Thinking!

Hey everyone! Have you ever put on an item of clothing and just felt different in it? Like, in a good way? I did when I put on these pants. I just felt, I don’t know, more…relevant.

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So many of my outfits are practical, everyday work or errand outfits. Occasionally I throw in a fancier item but usually I’m a pretty solid, middle-of-the-road dresser. And that’s ok! That is my style and my life and glamour and impracticality don’t have much use in my day to day. But, when I put on these pants they just felt so different. Yes, comfortable. Yes, pretty. But with the breeze blowing them around so elegantly and feeling so fashionable in them just, I don’t know, brought out something else.

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My girlfriend, who I cajoled into photographing me, commented that she never would have paired the pink and orange together, and I agreed, except when I tried on the pants I was instantly drawn to the pink top. I think the result is incredibly natural. I’ve never worn pink and orange together and I’d never even think to try, but the pants just pushed me to try something different. Oh, I get it now. They’re danger pants.

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If you read Monday’s post, you know I’m going through a big change in my life with my baby birds flying the nest. I’ve been feeling a little…undefined. But, I think I’m starting to get my feet under me. Yes, it’s probably not the pants, but my own self doing this, though they did get me thinking.

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This post got philosophical quick, didn’t it? Just so you know, I usually don’t know what the headline of the post will be or even the content of the article until I start writing. Mostly I just start thinking about how I felt when I was wearing the item, talk about the fit and other practicalities and the words flow from that.  I had to keep stopping and going outside while writing this post to examine how I felt and why. Methinks these danger pants may be a talisman for the next phase in my life. Hmmmmm.

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He does know how to take a pet, doesn’t he?

In practical matters, I’m wearing petite large in the pants and they also have them in grey and black and plus size. And don’t forget the pockets! You saw this pink top just a couple of posts ago, being worn in a casual way. Here it’s glammed up a bit with a big chunky necklace that lays perfectly under a neckline like this. This is a perfect garden party outfit if anyone is going to one this summer/fall.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and perhaps you’ll find some time to do some fashion philosophizing! Yikes! Try saying that three times fast!

Linking up with these lovely ladies at Ageless Style and Shelbee on the Edge!

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