PLAYING DRESSUP

Hello Dear Readers!

How often do you attend dressy events? I don’t remember the last time we  went to something really formal, and I have only worn a ball gown once in my life; we do, however, usually go to two or three things a year that require something a bit fancier than church clothes.

Because I don’t like to stress over not having something to wear when these opportunities arise, I have a stash of dressy clothing that is in my guest room closet. For years, I have bought things that are on sale or inexpensive and put them away in case we get an invitation to a cocktail party (have never gotten that one yet haha), a fancy fundraiser, or a big gala. And of course,  I am always prepared for the Captain’s Dinner on a cruise 🙂

In addition to dresses, jumpsuits, and palazzo pants, I also have a stash of accessories like  belts, bags, and wraps that I can add to almost anything. I have found that these come in handy, especially when traveling, because you can make a plain black dress look dressy by adding some sparkle.

This was my dress-up outfit on the river cruise in China a couple of years ago. I traveled light and only had a small suitcase, so this silver wrap was perfect.

Since we are going to a dressy event this weekend, I spent some time yesterday going through my dress-up closet and trying stuff on. Some things had been in there quite awhile, and it was time to purge. Well, I will tell you, you will not be seeing photos of all my try-ons. Some things just plain did not fit. Some things were in the “what was I thinking?” category, and some things were just not flattering.

But I did find a few things that might be keepers, and I did find something to wear this weekend. I will show you some of the things that I might keep as outfits, and let you help me decide. Please give me your honest opinions….if you don’t like anything, I will just have to go shopping again. 😉

By the way NOTHING I am wearing in any photo cost more than $20.00.  If you really need an inexpensive dressy outfit, Ross is an excellent place to look. They always have dressy dresses for less than $20. And I got several small evening bags from WISH, so that means they were super cheap.

Okay, here goes. Let’s play dressup.

My least favorite. Looks like I have a large white uniboob.

Pretty dress, but I am self-conscious about my arms, especially in winter.

Love the way the velvet falls so nicely, but kind of emphasizes my thick waist

This one is also velvet and beautiful dark purple color, but it is a little long, and I doubt if I will hem it 😉

Really like the jacket, but feel like I need something different on the bottom

As you might have guessed from the feature photo, this is what I am wearing this weekend. I put these two photos up so you can see how much difference a small detail makes. The black hose look dreadful.

I am still working on some ideas for easy-travel dressy outfits, but that will be a post for another day. Thanks for playing dressup with me!

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BLOGGER CONFESSIONS

Hello my readers,

In my first post this year after taking a little blogging break, I told you that I had not thought much about fashion for several weeks. I have been doing better, but it has been hard to get back in the groove. I did have to dress every day (and night) at the conference we recently attended. It was nice to have everything planned out ahead of time, so everything I needed was in my suitcase and I didn’t have a lot of decisions to make.

I am happy to be home and back to my routine. Confession: my normal routine does not include wearing “outfits” every day.  I have gotten (somewhat) better about dressing to do errands and shopping, but in a normal week, I actually wear outfits about 4 or 5 times. My hat is off to all of you who get dressed and go to work every day. I would probably just wear black pants and a top most days! 😉

I do love putting outfits together, so I will continue to do that. Just remember that you get the good with the bad. Some are better than others.

Here is something that I wore about a week ago. Don’t really love it, but it was fine to wear one time:

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As always, I hope that you can benefit from my experiments, and that you are inspired to try stuff. You would be surprised what you can put together from clothes you already have, if you just start trying things on and experimenting. And as I always say, TAKE PICTURES to see what actually works.

I have a couple of trips coming up,  🙂 so you will be hearing about those soon. You know how compulsive I am about packing!

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PACKING FOR A CONFERENCE

Hello! Well, I have been busy today. It always stresses me a bit to pack–I have learned that I need to plan all my outfits ahead of time, rather than just throw some things in a suitcase and hope I can make them work.

My husband and I are going to a three-day conference at a resort in North Florida. We are going one day early and will have dinner with friends on Saturday.  He will be working most of the time, and my part in attending with him is to amuse myself during the day and attend receptions and dinners with him at night. 🙂   Fortunately, this conference is at a nice resort which offers some activities, so I am looking forward to it.

But first—-what am I going to wear?? Each day requires two outfits, plus travel clothes, bathing suit, and maybe some workout or walking clothes. So that is Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday that each need at least two outfits. Well, Wednesday, just needs traveling clothes, but that is still a lot of planning.

One good thing is that we are driving rather than flying, so I can take as much stuff as I want. I always love to be able to take extra shoes and a couple of extra outfits just in case I change my mind about something.

Most people at the conference are dressed in stylish, professional work wear, so I don’t want to look too casual when we go to the receptions and dinners. I also have learned that I need to wear comfortable shoes, because we stand a lot at the receptions, and we often walk to a restaurant for dinner.

SO—-I decided to allot two hours of this day to planning my outfits. Seems like a lot, but as you know, I have to try things on….even outfits that I have worn before, because I might decide to change something. I didn’t want to spend all day, and two hours seemed like a reasonable amount of time to focus.

I am proud of myself that I did not need the whole two hours. Once I started focusing, I was able to pull things together pretty quickly. Of course, I did have to set aside another block of time to take photos for you, but you are worth it!

Here are the results of my efforts. This is not everything I am taking, but you will get the idea. I am including some of the trial and error, because the whole purpose of my blog is to encourage you to try stuff on and make cute outfits! Truthfully, I tried on more stuff than what I am showing you, but I figure you can only take so much of me at one time. LOL

Here are a couple of daytime casual outfits:

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Here is what I am wearing in the car:

My banquet outfit:

And a dinner outfit:

So, you have a sample of how I make my packing decisions. If I have to time to photograph a few more outfits before we go, I will. Thanks for reading, and thanks for your comments!

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BLUE CHECKS

Hi Friends,

Today’s outfit is one I chose because I felt like I needed some color to brighten up the winter. The blue checks just made me feel happy, and the furry vest kept me warm!

Hope you are choosing outfits that look good on you 🙂

I will have to spend some time this week choosing outfits to wear to a conference in Florida. It is in north Florida, so probably won’t be really warm, but I am going to need at least two outfits a day for 4 days, plus 2 travel days.  I wish I had in mind what to take and could just go put it all in a suitcase, but that won’t happen.

I am going to have to try stuff on and make decisions. In my next post, I will show you how that works.

Thanks for reading!

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KEEPING UP APPEARANCES ( or not)

Hello! It has been awhile since you heard from me! My last post was December 10, 2107, and today is January 19, 2018, so that makes 38 days that you have not seen what I was wearing, or read my opinions about what you should be wearing. LOL   I hope you have missed me. I have missed you!

Today’s post is just to let you know that I am still among the living. I will tell you that I honestly don’t know how “daily fashion bloggers” do it. The thought of finding an outfit, taking a shower, doing my hair, getting dressed, doing my makeup, photographing my outfit, editing my photos, uploading photos and writing anything that makes sense, on a daily basis, seems impossible.

SO, I will never be that person, but hopefully I can get back to doing my thing once or twice a week! 🙂

Just so you know, I counted up the number of days since December 10 that I put any thought into my appearance, and here is what I came up with:

FIVE. Wow, that is sad. And that includes “Family Portrait Day”, and Christmas Eve. I am supposed to be FASHION BLOGGER who leads by example! I am supposed to find cute outfits and coordinate my shoes! I am supposed to take pictures of myself and try to improve my outfits!

But, guess what? Other stuff happens.  Priorities sometimes have to be rearranged. Family comes to town. People get sick. Grandchildren visit.

Just so you know, my life has been great for the most part…..just had to take a break. Here is the short version:

  • Prepared for the holidays
  • Did a lot of grocery shopping
  • Had all the kids and grandkids here for days
  • Had Christmas
  • Took down all Christmas decorations
  • Kept Granddaughter # 1 for over a week
  • Kept all grandchildren for several days
  • Took Granddaughter # 1 to Alabama to visit my sister
  • Had New Year’s Eve party with all the grandchildren
  • Drove three grandchildren part way home
  • Drove Granddaughter # 1 home to Florida
  • Stayed several days and helped Daughter# 2 work on new house
  • Drove home in the middle of the night
  • Slept most of the next day
  • Had a dinner party
  • Got the flu
  • Stayed in bed for over a week

And there you have it! Not much in there to get “dressed up for.” So happy to be on the other side of the flu, and thankful it was not worse. I am feeling much better, and ready to get back to looking and feeling like myself again.

I did get up and shower today and go to WalMart. An old guy told me I looked pretty, so there you go! I must not look as bad as I feel. Or the old guy couldn’t see that well. I am going for the first option. 🙂

Be back later with a cute outfit!

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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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