WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE?

Hello Friends!

Today I would like to discuss the issue of weight. If you are one of those naturally thin people who has never had to worry about losing weight, you can skip this post. Come back next week. 😉

Most women have either wanted to lose weight, tried to lose weight, wished they could lose weight, talked about losing weight or lost weight and gained it back. Some have even lost weight and kept it off. I have done all of the above. Many times. Except for the last one. I have done that only a few times.

At the present time, I am in the cycle of trying to lose weight. When I started this blog, my intention was to share my experiences so that other people could learn to dress better and look better if they wanted to. I realized that in order to help anyone, I would need to be open and honest, and share the good and the bad, so that people could learn from my mistakes.

In the spirit of honesty and full disclosure, I decided to share (ON THE INTERNET!) things that I had spent my whole long life trying NOT to let anyone find out about–my weight and my age. This was a big decision for me. I can’t remember the last time I had told anyone how old I was, and probably had never told anyone how much I weighed.

But I did it. And the world did not come to an end. In fact, I felt freer. It felt good to just put it out there, and let people think whatever they wanted to.

HOWEVER–because I had published it and had gotten kind of used to the honesty thing, I had to do some thinking when I realized I had gained some weight. I no longer weighed what I purported to weigh. So I had two choices…edit my About Me page and publish my “real weight” or try to lose it. I opted for number two. My clothes were not fitting right, and as much as I love to shop, I did not want to buy a whole new wardrobe of clothes in a bigger size.

I also realized that I had gotten in a bad habit of just eating whatever. I knew that I needed to eat more fruits and vegetables, so I decided to return to the Mother Ship, which for me is Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers is not fast. But I have done it several times, and it works.

When I follow the plan, I consistently lose about a half-pound a week. I have been doing it for almost nine weeks and have lost seven pounds. I feel better and have more energy. And my clothes are starting to fit right again. I need to lose another five or six pounds to be back to the mid-range of my posted weight, so looks like I will be doing this for a few more months. Even then, I will still not be thin, so don’t worry. You can still learn from me how to dress a chunky body!

If you are looking for some dramatic before and after pictures, you will be disappointed. I believe that I am good enough at camouflage and disguise that most of you probably did not realize I had gained weight. 😉

But I knew it, and because I care about and respect my readers so much, I wanted to make sure I was continuing to be open and honest; having said that, you will notice that I have not put any numbers in this post. I am happy to share my age and weight, but I am only putting this information in one place, and if you want to know it you will have to look for it! 😉

The title of this post reflects more the idea of “What have you got to lose by being honest?” more than asking you if you need to lose weight. Women of every size and shape can dress well and look nice, and I don’t think you have to lose weight to look good. It is just what I am doing right now, so thought I would let you know.

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TBT #9 Frumpy No More

Two of my most popular posts were about how not to look frumpy. If you missed those, here they are:

http://over50under20.com/index.php/2016/05/31/not-look-frumpy/

http://over50under20.com/index.php/2016/08/08/not-look-frumpy-2/

They were probably popular because you enjoyed laughing at me. Or hopefully laughing with me. I must say it is very easy for me to look frumpy if I take the path of least resistance!

I decided to post again so you can see that there is always more than one way to style an outfit. I had photographed this dress before with the purple sweater, but since then have added a purple necklace to my “jewelry collection”.

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Remember: DON’T DO THIS!

Frumpy dress, unflattering clothes

If I catch you looking like this, I will call the Fashion Police! I mean it!

Sometimes I wish there really were such a thing. But then the jails would be even more overcrowded….just from the people who go to WalMart on Friday nights.

I will leave you with this photo so you have something else to laugh about rather than me.  Yes, I secretly snapped this with my cell phone. I knew it wasn’t right, but couldn’t help myself.  But if there were such a thing as Fashion Police, I would have called 911.  🙂

I sincerely hope that no one who reads this blog is related to this man. If so, DON’T TELL ME!

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HAPPY EASTER

Hello Friends,

Just a short post to wish you a very happy Easter if you celebrate it. I love it when Easter weather coincides with perfect spring weather like we had today! 🙂

I am posting the outfit I wore to church, including the lovely coordinating footwear. Notice  how the blue in the boot complements the blue in the dress. 😉 The dress is from Old Navy. If you don’t have any Old Navy dresses yet, get to that store and start looking. They are the best!

And just to update the ankle situation…I did have it x-rayed, and more than likely have a small crack in addition to the sprain, so the lovely boot will be with me for a couple more weeks.

A friend suggested wearing a wedge shoe with the boot to offset the “Frankenstein’s monster” method of walking, and it seems to work pretty well. Just have to wear a lot of blue outfits for awhile, since this is pretty much the only wedges I have that work. Truthfully, I have been wearing my pajamas around the house pretty much every day, so don’t really need to worry about matching footwear.

I’ll be back next week….hopefully can manage a few pictures of spring outfits(without the giant black boot) by then.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for all your kind comments about my vacation photos and for your good wishes. My readers are the nicest people!

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WHY YOU NEED TO WEAR THE RIGHT SHOES

Hello! I am sorry my post is a little late this week. As you know, we were in Utah last week, and I just could not get this done before now.

Well, first of all, it was a GREAT trip! Whenever I travel, I am always surprised at how little I know. I knew there were some parks in Utah, but had no idea that there are FIVE national parks there! And they are spectacular! Each one has its own personality and distinctive features.

We started in Salt Lake City, rented a car, and drove about 1500 miles, but we saw them all, plus took a tour of Monument Valley, which is actually on Navajo land just across the border in Arizona.

MONUMENT VALLEY

As you know from last week’s post, I planned all my outfits before I left,and I am so glad I planned layered clothing, because we had every kind of weather you can think of except maybe hail and really hot…warm, cool, windy, snowing, sleeting, cold, and even had a rainy day in the middle of the desert.

The one thing I kind of messed up on was footwear. I had decided to take my hiking boots, because there are lots of great trails in the parks, and not a lot of wild animals (which is why I don’t usually like to hike–terrified of bears).  Sounds like a good idea—take hiking boots if you plan to go hiking.

HOWEVER, and please listen to me about this…..if your hiking boots are very old, and you don’t go hiking very much, they could have dry rot. And if they have dry rot, the whole bottom part could come off. And if the whole bottom part comes off, you could slip and fall when you are climbing down a big rock that is actually part of the trail, and if you slip going down a big rock, you could sprain your ankle, and if you sprain your ankle on the very first day of your “hiking trip,” you will not be doing any more hiking; in fact, you will barely be walking, but if your husband is as nice as mine, he will fix you up with an ace bandage, an ice pack, ibuprofen, and some crutches, (which you may or may not know how to use) and you will enjoy the rest of your trip anyway. 🙂

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

 This is what I hiked to see before the big fall. Too bad you can’t see my hiking boots! Actually, no one else saw them either  🙂

Now I could have worn my Nikes and been just fine. They are comfortable and have a lot of traction. But no, I thought I would look so much “cooler” wearing actual hiking boots. HAHAHAHAHA   You have to understand that most of the trails we were going to attempt were no more than a mile or two. We are not talking rugged overnight hikes that require special footwear. And not one person on this earth would have looked at or noticed the shoes I was wearing. Again, HAHAHAHAHA

But they probably did notice what I wore for most of the rest of the trip:

                     I do NOT recommend this look!

But as I said, it really was a great trip, despite being a little incapacitated. The scenery made up for everything, even if I did have to see most of it from the road.

Here is where we stayed in Springdale, right outside Zion National Park. The mountain behind our room lit up and turned red around sunset for about 5 minutes, and we happened to see it!

Don’t want to bore you with too many vacation photos, but just have to share a few more.

Thanks for letting me share my vacation with you! If you get a chance to visit Utah, I highly recommend Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and/or Zion National Parks.

P.S. Ankle is healing nicely. I am going to get it x-rayed tomorrow, but don’t really expect any problems.

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TBT # 8 My Style Journey

Hello Friends,

Today I am revisiting the post about my style journey. What is a journey? Here is what the dictionary says:

  1. a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time
  2. passage or progress from one stage to another

Both of those definitions relate perfectly to style journeys. There are some people who have a natural talent for dressing well and looking stylish, but for most of us it is something that we need to learn, and sometimes that can take awhile; truthfully, there is always something new to learn, so the journey will really never end until we do. 😉

Even after we learn some basic “fashion rules” and apply them, we need to keep abreast of the latest styles, and incorporate at least some aspect of those styles into our outfits. Most of us do this subconsciously, but some of us are a little late boarding the train!

If you don’t think you do this, just look back at some of the fashions from previous decades, and you will realize that you no longer dress that way. (Hopefully!)

I have always wanted to dress well and look nice, but have not always succeeded. When I was in high school and college, I only wanted to wear what “everyone else” was wearing, and never thought about whether or not it complimented my shape.

As a newlywed, my clothing budget was minuscule, and back then there were not as many options for buying inexpensive clothing. The only places to buy clothes were the mall or a department store, so I was always just trying to make do with whatever I had.

As a young mother with three children, I was mostly about wearing what was comfortable since I didn’t get out of the house all that much except to hang out with other moms who were also all about comfort.

After the children left the house, I was more aware of style, but to be honest, we lived in Florida and I did not see a lot of style there. There were many retirees in our area, and they appeared to have retired from dressing stylishly. A lot of the other people I saw were on vacation and were wearing their beachy-looking outfits, even in the winter.  Even people who were not retired or on vacation just seemed to gravitate toward comfortable clothes that were okay….their clothes usually matched….but just didn’t seem inspired in any way.

Even the stores did not carry the same styles that were in other parts of the country. The only way to know what was currently stylish was to see it in a magazine or maybe pick up clues from watching TV.  Remember, this was before the days of internet, and there was no such thing as a blog.

After we left Florida, I began noticing that a lot of women in the Atlanta area looked really nice. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but many people looked like they had on outfits that were, well, just really cute….and not just young women. The older ladies really inspired me. They had STYLE and I wanted it.

So I started trying to learn. That was about eleven years ago, so you can see why the first definition of journey really fits well: a traveling from one place to another, usually taking a rather long time

I am still learning, and hope I will never stop learning. I do not consider myself an expert in any way (except maybe in how to wear sweaters and belts LOL), but I do believe that I dress better now than I did a few years ago, which fits perfectly with the second definition of journey: passage or progress from one stage to another

I have passed through the “wear what everyone else is wearing” stage, the “too poor and too young to care” stage, the “comfortable mom” stage, the “Florida tacky” stage, and the “newly arrived in Georgia” stage.

I don’t know what stage I am in now, but I am having fun learning and growing, and I hope you are too.

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WHAT I AM WEARING IN UTAH

In my last post, I told you that I was packing for a trip to Utah. When you read this, I will be somewhere in the desert. 🙂

Packing for this trip was a lot different than packing for the cruise last summer. No dressing up, no captain’s dinners, no fancy restaurants. This trip we will do a lot of driving and a lot of hiking, so it is a “jeans trip.”  My husband and I are flying to Salt Lake City, renting a car, and spending a week making a loop around Utah, visiting the national parks.

Having said that, I will tell you that I still planned all my outfits. In  years past, my method of packing for a trip like this was to throw some jeans and some tops in a suitcase and hope for the best.

After seeing some really bad vacation photos, I decided that I needed to turn over a new leaf. It’s fine to wear casual jeans outfits, but they don’t need to look like something I picked up off the closet floor.

I really did decide to keep it simple for this trip. I am taking one pair of light jeans, one pair of dark jeans, and my comfy black pants for the flight.

I am also packing my three travel vests, which have a million pockets, so I won’t need to carry a purse. This means I will pretty much be in a “uniform” every day, but that’s okay. I will be comfortable and ready for whatever the activity of the day is. I added some tops to go with the vests, and I will also take a couple of jackets because the weather can still be cool in April. And you won’t believe this, but I am only taking three pairs of shoes–my black (not white) Nikes, my hiking boots, and comfortable Jambus.

When I get home and look at my pictures, I will not be aghast at what I had on. I might not look like a fashion expert, but I will look like someone who is having a great time in a nice, appropriate outfit that goes together and fits pretty well. I will be happy with that. 🙂

Here is what I am taking:

Travel Outfits

            Black vest

             Green vest

          Red vest

           

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TBT #7 Packing

Is it spring break in your part of the world? Are you going to the beach? Or is that something that only college students do?

I am not going to the beach, but I am very excited about the trip we have planned. We are going to spend a week in Utah visiting the national parks. Since I am using this week to get ready for the trip, I thought I would re-post about packing.

After a few long trips, I finally figured out that I have a lot more fun if I organize everything before I go, and make it easy to find things to wear and to find things in my suitcase.

You will not be surprised to learn that I plan all my outfits ahead of time. Yes, I try them on. Yes, I take pictures.  I even write them down on index cards. Don’t judge. It works for me.

I  have also learned that organizing my suitcase makes for a much better trip. To be honest, I am a “rumbler.” No matter how carefully I pack, I can never find what I want in my suitcase without rumbling through it. Whatever organization system I have breaks down pretty quickly, and I get really frustrated trying to find my stuff.

A couple of years ago, I found something that totally revolutionized my packing……packing cubes!  I now pack different items or categories in the appropriate size cube (I even label them) and can find anything in a jiffy. And it is so easy to unpack my suitcase and put things in drawers. Most people would not have to label them, especially if they are different colors, but I need the extra visual reminders.

The ones I use are from eBags, and I love them. I have several sets in different colors, because I do share some with my husband, but he only uses one or two.

http://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/value-set-packing-cubes-slim-packing-cubes/115846

These are also available from IKEA:

http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/20323061/

If you want to be thrifty, you can use Zip Loc bags in different sizes.

I admit that I am probably a bit overly zealous about this, but I have learned that the less I have to think about on vacation, the more fun I have, and the more it seems like a vacation.

Here are what my cubes look like. Most people would be able to remember that the purple one is “tops” and the green one is “pants”.  LOL

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In my next post, I will show you the outfits that I packed for this trip.

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THE PROCESS

You might think that if you want a cute outfit all you have to do is go shopping and pick out something. Au contraire.  Even if you buy a dress, which should be an outfit unto itself, it rarely is.  Almost everything needs accessorizing. To look “put-together,” you need to make sure that everything about your outfit works to make it an ensemble.

If you are one of the lucky people who has a perfect figure, then all you will need to do is add cute shoes, a purse, and some jewelry, and you have an outfit.  If you are like the rest of us, you might need to do a little more if you want to look your best.

For me, almost every outfit I wear has to be put together. I have definite figure flaws that need to be minimized, and over time, I have learned how to style outfits in a way that makes me look better than I actually do. LOL

One of the main ways I make up outfits is to try things on in front of my big full-length mirror and snap some selfies.  The photos I take are pretty raw, but they give me an idea of whether something is going to work or not. And once I have settled on the final look, the photo reminds me of all the items I put together so I can wear it more than once. Believe me, if I did not document it in some way, I would never remember which belt, shoes, or earrings I had used.

Here are some pictures from a recent session of experimentation:

  

  

This seems like a lot of work.  It is!  You may be one of those people who thinks it is too much trouble and you don’t care that much. I can appreciate that.  I just happen to be in the stage of my life where I have time to do it, and I really love making outfits.  It reminds me of my childhood, when I played “dressup” by the hour, or changed my dolls’ clothes 100 times.

You might not want (or be able to) spend so much time on your clothes, but at least take one afternoon or evening and experiment a little to see how you can dress to flatter your figure.

None of the outfits in this post is perfect. I don’t really love any of them. That’s okay. I can pick the one I like the best, or I can choose not to wear any of them. Experimenting helps me to find my style, even if I don’t always hit the nail on the head.

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TBT #6 How to Buy an Outfit for Less than $50

In this Throwback Thursday post, I am returning to a challenge I gave myself last summer. I had received a gift card for $50 for my birthday, and decided to use it to put together a complete outfit. Here is how I did it:

  • Went to Ross to look for a dress
  • Tried on about 40 dresses
  • Tried on dresses in my size and one size up and one size down
  • Did not look at the price tag before I tried on..most Ross dresses are less than $20
  • 35 dresses were a definite NO
  • 5 dresses were maybes
  • 1 dress was clearly better than all the rest, so kept that one
  • Paid $11.00 for my dress (On Tuesdays Ross offers 10% off to ages 55 and above)
  • Went next door to Famous Footwear
  • Started in the clearance section
  • Found the perfect pair of heels to go with the dress. Price tag said $25
  • Went to check out…actually on sale for $17.00
  • So far,  have spent only a little more than half of my budget, so still have some left for accessories and purse
  • Went to Cato to look for a necklace
  • Found one for $6.00
  • Received a purse I had ordered earlier.  Cost: $6.00
  • Bought a stack of bracelets for $10.00 at Glitzy Chiks
  • TOTAL: $50.00
  • Made it! Right on the nose!

 

Bottom line…it is possible to find inexpensive clothing if you are willing to do a little work.

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$150 Shopping Spree

I have been posting a lot about shopping lately! I guess it is because it is still not quite spring, and I am SO ready to wear some colorful spring clothes, so have been on the hunt.

The main reason I went on my last shopping spree was that I had a gift card for $150, which I have been saving since Christmas. It was to one of my favorite “cheap stores”– Beall’s Outlet. When my daughter was in town a few weeks ago, we spent the day looking for bargains, and we definitely found some! I can’t wait to show you all the cute things I bought.

Since it is still chilly here, I will start with the great little trench coat….perfect for spring temperatures. It was $13.99. Yes, that’s right– $13.99. I had just seen a really cute trench coat look on a blog, but really did not go out to look for one. Just happened upon it. It is actually the right length and the right weight. I feel like this will be one of my wardrobe staples for years to come.

Just so you know, here is what I got for my money:

 

3 pairs of shoes, 1 pair of boots, 1 coat, and 6 tops. Oh yeah. I am the QUEEN of cheap shopping. 😉

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