LUMBERJACK STYLE

Most of you know that I just returned from a cruise to Alaska, and that it was a wonderful experience. I had planned all my outfits, and for the most part pretty much everything worked. But there was a reason that I posted pictures of my outfits BEFORE I left. I knew from experience that snapshots are not always flattering.  Before the days of Facebook and other social media, it was not a big deal. You took pictures, had the film developed after you got home, threw away the ones you did not like, and no one but your poor family had to look at your vacation photos. Now, your picture can show up on the internet before you have even finished your dinner.

Now maybe you are not like me. But if I see a picture of myself, and it is not flattering, I never want to wear that outfit again. There are lots of Goodwill shoppers walking around in my former clothes! And someone will soon be the lucky owner of an orange gingham shirt.  I thought this shirt was so cute when I bought it. And my trial photo seemed okay.  BUT when I saw the snapshots, I realized that shirts are not my best look. In fact, if you live in my area and are looking for some cute shirts, you should check the Goodwill store next week.

Unfortunately, I had bought several shirts in preparation for the cruise, thinking that they would be perfect for walking around in Alaska. Can we just say that imagination and reality did not coincide in this case?

The pre-cruise photo is okay. Not perfect, but certainly wearable. But in these photos, I somehow turned into a large LUMBERJACK:

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I am posting these so that you can learn from my mistakes. Let’s analyze a bit.  The shirt is too boxy too look flattering.  It emphasizes my chunky midsection.  Not a good thing!  LOL  The white sweater actually enlarges it even more!

Next time I take pre-photos, I will try some more realistic poses. Surely, I could do better than this for an outfit!

Just to make myself feel a little better, here is another snapshot from the trip.  I am wearing my travel vest, and I do “fill it out” as my husband said, but this style camouflages my midsection much better!

Travel vest, cruise, Alaska

As always, thanks so much for following my fashion journey. As I promised, there will be a lot of trial and error.  I LOVE to read your comments, so please let me know what you are thinking.

See you soon!

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CRUISE SHOES

Hello! I have missed you! If you have never done an Alaskan cruise, please put it on your bucket list. We had the best time ever, and saw some of the most amazing scenery and animals, including eagles, bears, moose, seals, whales, and caribou.

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The ship was amazing, and of course the food was way too good. You probably won’t be seeing any recent pictures of me for awhile. LOL  The whale pictures are NOT me, but that is how I feel.

My husband commented one day that I filled out my travel vest a good bit more than when I first got it. I tried to tell him that it was just because my pockets were stuffed, but truthfully, it was because my stomach was stuffed!

Of course I had a lot of opportunities to see what people were wearing. It was especially fun to see how pretty everyone looked on the formal nights.

I knew you would want me to come home with some kind of fashion tip, so today I am going to focus on footwear. As in what NOT to wear.

When I travel, I ALWAYS wear comfortable shoes. You cannot have fun if your feet are not having fun. However.….you do not have to wear ugly shoes.  And let me say right now that I really cannot think of any occasion when big white athletic shoes are appropriate.  If your comfortable shoes look like any of these, it is time for a change:

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These photos are are just a sample of what I saw….big white shoes were everywhere.   It is a little hard to take pictures of people’s feet without them noticing, so I was only able to get pictures of a small percentage of the offenders, but I think you get the idea.

Please note that I am not saying that you cannot wear white sneakers. But there is a way to wear them and a way not to wear them. Jennifer Anniston makes white sneakers look adorable.

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Here are the ones that she is often photographed in:

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Superga Unisex 2750 Cotu Classic Sneaker,White,39 EU (Women’s 8 M US/Men’s 6.5 M US)

Here is a link to a blogger that I follow. Notice how cute her shoes look!

BLACK&YELLOW BODYCON DRESS

And speaking of what not to wear on your feet, PLEASE be careful how you wear hose. Most people do not wear pantyhose at all anymore, but if you do, they should be sheer and worn with a dressy closed-toe shoe. I know you would NEVER do anything like this:

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Or this:

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I will post a few more scenic shots after I have organized all my photos. Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget my shoe advice! See you soon.

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CRUISING ALONG with a buddy

As I have told you before, I really love to travel and have been fortunate enough to travel to many interesting places. I have also traveled with many “interesting” people. Have you ever been on a trip with that one person who somehow takes the joy out of everything? You know….the one who complains that the food is not “like what we have in America” (duh), or that the people dress funny, or that traveling in Italy in the summer is hot, or the worst one of all–“nobody speaks English.”  And this person usually has an annoying, whiny voice that carries all the way to the back of the bus.

One roommate I had was afraid of everything. She was afraid that she would get sick from the food, she was suspicious of the “foreigners,” she was afraid that the cab driver was driving too fast (actually he was!), she was afraid of the people on the train heading to the city on a Saturday night. She held on to her suitcase with a death grip, until I finally convinced her that young people on their way to a club had zero interest in her “old lady bag.”

I am pretty sure that none of my traveling companions for this trip are in any of those categories; in fact, I know so, because I have traveled with them before.  Lynne and I have been on two long trips together “on the half price plan” (without husbands) and she is the best traveling buddy ever. We have also traveled together as couples, so no worries about this trip.

Here is some free advice for you: Before you plan to go on a trip with anyone, do a dry run of a day or two. Sometimes your best friends are really great friends, but really poor traveling companions.  I cannot tell you how I know this, because some of my friends read these posts. Just trust me on this.

Having said all that, I can’t wait to show you some of the cute outfits that Lynne is taking. She was nice enough to come over and let me take pictures of her, even though I am not the world’s greatest photographer, to say the least. I really appreciate having such a good friend! Notice the cute flowy black pants, and what a great job she did of mixing and matching. I will post these on my 100 Black Pants page.

In the “under 20” department, this adorable orange and white top was purchased at a consignment shop for $5.00.

Black pants, orange sandals
Casual dinner outfit

I wish you could see how sparkly and beautiful this top is.

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Dressy outfit for Captain’s Dinner
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Another pretty dressy outfit
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Lynne with purse
Headless photo with cute catfish purse. Bad photographer, great outfit.

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I couldn’t find one like this, but here is something kind of similar:

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Purses for Women Luxury Rhinestone Crystal Fish Evening Clutch Bags Vintage Party (Gold)

This will be my last post until we return. But you can be sure I will have lots to share in a couple of weeks. I might even have to post some “what not to wear” shots!

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CRUISING ALONG Cruise Clothes Part 2

Here are some outfits I plan to wear to dinner on the cruise:

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And along the lines of “under 20”, I paid $7.00 for the long black dress! I have had the silver wrap for a couple of years. It makes anything dressy.

Here it is on my last cruise, with the short black dress. This dress was from J Jill, and I wear it with all kinds of different things. I couldn’t find it online, so it is probably not available anymore. Here I have on the dress, black leggings, and a turtleneck, because it was chilly.

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The cocktail dress was free, thanks to my sweet daughter who recycled it to me, and the pink dress was $8.00, and it is reversible.  I am a big spender!

The sweaters are from The Loft Outlet, but I can’t find them online. They were more than $20, but well worth it. I paid about $26 each, depending on the sale on the day I bought them. And I don’t know if you can see the adorable super sparkly wedges,but they were $8.00!

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CRUISING ALONG Cruise Clothes

Today I am continuing my series on packing for a cruise. I have finally decided what to actually put in my suitcase, and I think I have every occasion covered. Today I am showing you some things I plan to wear on the ship during the day.

I am sorry that you have to see so many pictures of me, but it is easier for me to try the clothes on and take a picture than it is to try to figure out how to photograph clothing all nicely arranged and looking like a super Pinterest post.

Trying things on and taking pictures helps me decide what to wear. Someday I might show you some of the outfits that didn’t make the cut, but I don’t want to ruin my good mood by looking at those!

Well, okay, I will show you one, but just so you know how much you can improve your look by taking pictures.

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Now that you have that image burned into your brain, let’s move on.  Here are some things that look a little better:

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orange jeans, navy sweater, navy flats

I will probably add a few accessories, but these are the basic outfits that I plan to wear the days that we are at sea.

Thanks for stopping by. Wish you were coming with me!  That is true.  It would be so much fun to have a whole cruise ship full (haha..my readers might fill a couple of tables in the dining room) of people who love to talk and think about clothes. I can guarantee you that my roommate and I will not be talking about that. It is probably his least favorite topic of conversation. But at least Lynne and I can critique each other’s outfits. (And probably other people’s too, but we are trying to overcome that bad habit. LOL)

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CRUISING ALONG Packing

Today, I thought I would share with you a few things about packing for a trip. As you know, we are leaving for an Alaskan cruise in a few days, and I am still in the process of getting ready.

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. In my last post, I told you about figuring out what to wear when. Today, I am talking about my actual suitcase.

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.

I will spare you from the banality of seeing my actual packed suitcase, but here are a couple of the packing cubes, ready go to.

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In my next post, I will show you some of the outfits I am taking.

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CRUISING ALONG Men & Women

Nothing gets me more excited than planning for a trip.  I LOVE to travel, and have been fortunate enough to have been able to go to quite a few wonderful places around the world, including Europe, China, and Israel.

Seeing other countries and cultures is more than just educational. It is easy to think that the way we live our life is “normal”, and that things are pretty much the same everywhere, but when we get out of our little corner of the world and experience first-hand the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, culture and people of another place, we are forever changed. The cliche that “travel is broadening” is more than true in so many ways.

Even with the internet, and with all the information that is available to us, there is no way to really know what a place is like without going there. A book, a movie, or a website cannot provide us with the atmosphere of a place, and there is no substitute for actually interacting with the people who live in other places.

One of the great things about travel is seeing how many different ways there are to live life, and how many beautiful things and people are in this world. The creativity of people never ceases to amaze me, and I love seeing how other cultures interpret life on this planet.

Soon my husband and I will be going on an Alaskan cruise. We did this before about ten years ago, and can’t wait to do it again with our very good friends, Tim and Lynne!

So, let’s talk about packing for a cruise. For my husband and Tim, packing is a one-hour experience…take some jeans, shirts, pants, jacket,2 pairs of shoes, raingear, and a suit…throw them in a suitcase, and good to go.

But for Lynne and me, it is a whole different thing! We start weeks ahead of time, thinking about what we are going to wear, and doing whatever shopping we need to do to make sure we have just the right outfits. Don’t laugh, but here is what we have to think about in order to pack correctly:

  • Comfortable travel outfits
  • Dressy outfits for formal nights on the ship
  • Comfortable shoes for excursions
  • Outfits to wear to dinner
  • Outfits to wear on cruising days
  • Shoes to match each outfit
  • Jewelry to match each outfit
  • Coats and jackets
  • Purses

We also have try things on, and make sure stuff goes together, especially if we are trying to mix and match to save luggage weight. We have to wear our new shoes around for awhile, to make sure they are really comfortable. We have to think about layers, because weather in Alaska can be unpredictable.

I have been working on packing for the last week! But it will be worth it. I will have an outfit for every occasion already planned out, and can relax and enjoy the trip without worrying about what to wear.

This is the first of several posts about getting ready for the cruise.Here are links to the others:

Packing

Cruise Clothes 1

Cruise Clothes 2

Cruising with friends

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LITTLE OLD LADIES

Hello friends. In my last post, I asked you to consider coloring your hair instead of going gray. I feel sure that I offended quite a few people, and if so, I apologize, but one of the cool things about blogging is that you get to express your opinion. My opinion is that women look younger if their hair is not gray, but if you have a different opinion, I respect that.

I know that some women are proud of their age and their gray hair, and have no desire to look younger than they are. I respect that also. There is no “right or wrong” in this area. Your hair is one of the things that portrays on the outside how you perceive yourself on the inside, and how you want others to see you. If you want to be perceived as a wise older woman, then your look should reflect that.

Most of my friends are over 50, and we have had some interesting conversations over a glass or two of wine. I can truly say that no one in my circle of friends and family feels like a little old lady, or even a wise old woman. We all feel young on the inside, and don’t want to be stereotyped as anything like a “senior citizen.”

In response to the last post, my grandchildren’s other favorite grandmother, made an interesting comment, and even sent these photos.

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Now you have to understand that Judy is one of the most stylish and put-together people I know. She is one of my biggest inspirations.  She always looks beautiful, and is very energetic, active and creative. She is one of those people who acts her “inside age”–about 30.   And I have to admit that she looked beautiful with gray hair.  LOOKED–as in past tense. The picture on the right is the most recent one. Here is what she said about why she decided to go back to coloring her hair:

“I decided to color because strangers were literally treating me like an old woman, complete with “little lady” comments. It didn’t fit how I felt.”

So really, that is the point of this post. Just make sure your hair reflects how you feel.

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HAIR’S THE THING Part Two

In my last post, I encouraged you to make sure your hairstyle is updated, and is a flattering look for you. If you are afraid to try something new, one of the easiest ways to get an idea of what style and color looks good on you is to try an online virtual hairstyle site.

I found a site that is a lot of fun and easy to use.  You just have to sign up and upload a headshot of yourself. One of the cool things about it is that if you find a style you like, you can print it out and take it to your stylist. Here is the one I found:

http://www.thehairstyler.com/virtual-hairstyler

Here are some of my looks from yesterday, and from a couple of years ago on a different site:

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I long ago decided that I want hairstyle that is quick and easy, so that limits me to something that I can wash and blowdry with a minimum of styling. That also means that I have to get it cut about once a month. Not to mention that I would probably be completely gray if I did not get my hair colored.  I say “probably” because I have not seen the natural color of my hair since about 1984!

And speaking of completely gray, I know that there are those of you who are proud of all the gray hairs you have earned, and don’t see why you should have to pay someone to give you a different color. If that is you, go for it.  Just make sure that you have a modern, pretty style. Personally, I believe that gray hair will ALWAYS make you look older. If you don’t agree, that’s fine. But at least try out the virtual hair colors and see what you think; in fact, ask a good friend for a second opinion.

I would LOVE to hear from you if you get a hair makeover using the virtual styler. It would be great to see before-and-after pictures, so send me some at Blog5020@aol.com and I will post them.

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HAIR’S THE THING Part One

Hair! It is something that almost all women think about. Should I grow it out? Is this the right color? Should I go gray? (NO) How often should I get it cut? And on and on. We all know that a “bad hair day” can mean a plain old bad day.

Having a dated hairstyle is one of the main things that makes us look older. Are you still wearing the same style you had in high school?  Please say no!

I bet you can guess the decade of each hairstyle below. If your hairstyle still looks like any of these, it is long past time for a change!

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I don’t claim to have the world’s best hairstyle, but I can tell you that it looks a lot better on me than some other styles. I found this out when I tried one of the virtual hairstyle sites.  Oh my!  It was so funny to see how the exact same picture of myself looked so different with different hair! If you are thinking about changing your look, I encourage you to try it. There are many out there, but here is a link to one that I have not actually tried.

http://www.hairfinder.com/hair_imaging.htm

In my next post, I will show you some of the hairstyles I “tried on”.  I hope you will enjoy laughing at my efforts!

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