Snowy Day

Back from hibernation! So soon you say? Well, I am not really back, but comments from Jean made me realize I should have posted some snow pictures. We live in the south, so it doesn’t last long. The pictures are from two days ago, and things already look different. The trees have shed their snow, and the brown leaves that never fell in the “fall” are showing again. Too bad we couldn’t get this on December 24th, but at least my house was decorated, and we enjoyed it while it lasted.

Again, I hope you all have wonderful holidays…and a white Christmas!

 

Hibernation

Hello my faithful readers,

Just a short post to let you know that I am not really hibernating, but will be taking a blogging break for a few weeks. With holiday preparations, choir concerts, family coming, and a camera that needs repair, it just seems like a good time to take a little break. But I will get my camera fixed and come back in January. 🙂

I hope you all enjoy your holidays and I will see you next year.

 

 

GRAY DAYS 2

As promised, back with a little more black and gray. Before I got to this:

I started with these:

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I like this simple sweater for everyday wear:

So I used it in a casual, comfortable, warm outfit. Great for “running-around days” if the weather is chilly.

To conclude my “Gray Days” series, here is a recap of the outfits I tried on, and the outfits I decided were keepers. What do you think?

The NO’S:

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The MAYBES:

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The KEEPERS:

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All this gray and black has put me in the mood for some COLOR! I might just have to start working on styling my red pants.  See you next time. THANKS SO MUCH for reading!

It is beyond my pay grade to figure out how to number the outfits, but would love to hear your opinions. If you think any outfit should be moved to a different category, just do your best to describe it, and tell me what you think.

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GRAY DAYS

Hello! I am still in my “gray mode.”  As I told you last time, I spent awhile trying on some variations of black and gray to see if I could come up with any keepers.

In my usual spirit of “I don’t mind humiliating myself if it helps you,” I will let you see some of my try-ons.  Where should I start? Okay, how about this total fail? I knew it probably wouldn’t work, but for some reason, I just had to try it anyway. Please don’t try this at home 😉

And here’s another baddie:

It usually takes more than a couple of bad outfits to discourage me, so I soldiered on:

For some reason, I just kept going with this dress. Here is everything I tried:

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Not really a keeper in the bunch. I finally came up with one I might actually wear, but then again, probably not. I am thinking this dress is maybe not the most flattering in the world.

Sooo….I then found another gray dress in the back of my closet. I have had it for several years, and have never worn it, so thought I would see what I could do.

You know that I am not going to leave it like this. 😉  So guess what I added????

Surprise!

Thanks for reading. I will be back next time with a few more shades of gray. 😉

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NEVER QUIT TRYING

Today I would like to talk about trying. The dictionary definition of try is:

  1. To make an effort to do or accomplish (something), attempt
  2. To taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability

Both definitions are important. I believe that when you stop trying, you start dying. No  matter what our age or circumstance, we should continually try to be kinder, try to eat better, try to learn new skills, try to understand others, etc., etc., etc.

Haven’t you known people who just seem to sit in a chair and wait for their lives to wind down? I have, and it is the saddest thing in the world to me. There are so many things to learn and to do in this world, and I hope I never decide that I am too old or too tired to try something new.

In a fashion sense, I see this every day. I see people who look like they don’t try at all; in fact, I would say that a large percentage of the people I see in public look like they got dressed without any thought at all of what they look like. They wear what is comfortable, or what is clean, or what is familiar. I am not talking about people who can’t afford to dress well…I am talking about people who just really don’t seem to care what they look like. Maybe at some point in their lives, they tried, but for some reason they no longer do.

One of the reasons I started doing this blog was to encourage people who did want to try, but didn’t know how to start. I thought maybe if they saw someone who was trying, they might see how the process works, and give it a try for themselves.

If you are a regular reader, you know that most of what I do is TRY. I have no qualifications for writing about fashion. I just decided one day that I would TRY to look better, and every blog post is just about that.

The second part of the definition says: to taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to  determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability

That is what I do when I try things on and take pictures. I am testing to see if the outfit I have in my mind will be desirable to wear. As you know, not all are!

YES, it takes a bit of effort, and NO, they are not all desirable to wear, but I would not know what looks good and what doesn’t if I didn’t TRY, so to me it is worth it.

I have been working on some black and gray outfits, so here are the first few I tried on in my room:

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I like for my “official blog photos” to be outside in natural light (even though the sun does not always cooperate) 😉  so here is how the charcoal vest outfit came out:

And here is a different belt with the black:

So there you have my version of trying for today. I’ll be back next time with some more. Thanks for reading, and KEEP TRYING!  🙂  🙂

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Just a quick post to wish all of my American readers a very Happy Thanksgiving! Here is what I am wearing on the first day of our visit to spend time with family.

I will post again on my regular day (Sunday) with some try-ons and experiments for winter outfits. Hint–you will see some more black and gray. 😉

Hope you all have as much to be thankful for as I do. See you soon!

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NO COLOR 2

After all I said about wearing bright colors, you get two posts in a row with black and white outfits!  Some weeks I just don’t have time to experiment, try stuff on, and take photos, so you will just have to see what I actually wore this week, and what I managed to snap quick photos of.

Same velvety pants from last time, but this time with a casual jacket.

I did try one thing, however. In my last post one of my readers asked about what kind of handbag I would use, so I thought I would try out my new brightly colored purse with my plain back sweater. I got the idea for a pumpkin purse from Julia, who is one of my favorite bloggers. She featured her new purse in several posts. Here is a link to the first time she showed it.

   

The purse is not really quite as yellow as it appears in the photo. The black sweater, by the way, is an old (very old) one, but I love the pointed hem, and wish I could find something similar in other colors.

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NO COLOR

Thanks to all who commented on my last post about saturated color. And special thanks to those who gave suggestions about scarves. I ordered some online, and will use them to brighten up some outfits!

I had a busy weekend with three grandchildren here, so did not get to work on any styling, but I do have a couple of photos of outfits I wore this week. They are not colorful at all, but I am okay with black, white, and gray, as long as I don’t wear them every day.

I do love these soft velvety pants, and the fluffy warm vest. Just perfect for a chilly day!

Thanks for stopping by. See you next week!

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SATURATED COLOR

Today I would like to talk about color. It matters. Some colors will look good on you, and some won’t. I am a big fan of saturated color, such as the color of the top I am wearing in the feature photo.

Saturated colors are brighter and richer…think jewel tones. Unless you are a baby or a young child, you probably need to wear a richer color rather than a pastel.  And I don’t think olive or drab green or drab brown looks good on ANYONE.

I might wear a nice neutral gray, a pretty white, or a nice rich brown:

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But I much prefer brighter colors like these:

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You all know that I struggled with the purple shirt outfit:

The more I looked at it, the more I realized that I just did not like this color on me.  I really do think I would have liked it if were brighter, more saturated purple.

I looked through my old photos to see if I could find some illustrations for you. I don’t have too many photos of things that are drab or lighter colors, but I did find a few, so thought I would give you some visual comparisons:

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Well, that is way more than enough pictures of me for you to have to look at in one day, but I hope you can see what I mean.

I am not saying you have to dress like a clown, or that you can never wear a neutral color; some people really prefer a more neutral or monochromatic look. If that is your signature look, GREAT!  But if you are just picking outfits without any regard for what color they are, you might want to mend your ways.  It might be a good idea to go through your closet and evaluate the colors you have, to see if you really like them, and if they are flattering.

AND you can learn to be more aware of color when you are shopping.(talking to myself here LOL)  An item of clothing might be the cutest style in the world and fit you like a dream, but if the color does not look good on you, why wear it? I say go for style, fit, AND color!

What do you think? As always, I would love to hear your opinions, and get  a good discussion going! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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OLD NAVY DRESS

Hello Friends,

I had an “away from home weekend” so today is just another simple outfit post. I wore this a couple of weeks ago on our first chilly day, which is why I had to add the sweater. I am also wearing leggings, in case you think my legs are naturally that color. 😉

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This is an “old Old Navy dress”. Here is how I wore it last year:

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If nothing else, I am taking better photos than last year. 😉 Lighting and location make a difference. 🙂

After all my experimenting with the purple top and distressed jeans, I am working on some posts about color and proportion, that I hope will help you. Hope to get that out on Wednesday or Thursday. See you soon!

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