THE LONG HOT SUMMER

I know it is still August, and I know it is not even supposed to be fall, but when school starts back up the first week of August, it seems like summer was a long time ago. The temperature today was 94, so obviously summer is still here, but I just cannot make myself pick out any more summer outfits!   I know that Labor Day is right around the corner, and soon we will be changing fashion gears. No more white, no more bright yellows and bright pinks, no more red, white and blue.

It is definitely not time to pull out the boots, or the long-sleeve version of anything, but when I hear those geese flying overhead, it stimulates something in my brain to take some action! I spent today pulling all of the really summery stuff out of my closet and moving it to my off-season closet in the guest room. I really didn’t see much there that I could swap out, so I am going to have to be creative in the next few weeks until fall arrives for real.

Even when we lived in Florida, I would get the urge along about the end of August to at least change colors. Even though the seasons didn’t change, my mind changed. It was fine that the snowbirds wore white capris in November, but I wore my brown capris, thank you very much.

As you might guess, I did make a run to some of my favorite stores to see if I could find something for the transition. Of course I did. Here is what I will be wearing while it is still hot as Hades but not really summertime.

Of course, I did not pay more than $20 for any one item.  Next post, I will style some outfits and take photos.

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This little dress was only $6.00! Hope I can make it work.

Happy Fall!  I mean happy end of summer!

Today I am linking up with Tania onWednesday’s Wardrobe.

 

 

A GOOD IDEA THAT WASN’T

Being new to the world of blogging (my first post was May 20, 2016), I am learning about blogging the same way I am learning about style….by trial and error. A couple of weeks ago, I had the idea to spend the $50 gift card I received for my birthday to buy an outfit and blog about it.  That part of the idea was great! At least to me. 🙂

HOW TO BUY AN OUTFIT FOR LESS THAN $50

The second part of the challenge was to have a contest, and give a $25 Amazon card to the winner.

SHOPPING CHALLENGE

This was the error part of the trial and error! In my mind, many aspiring fashionistas would send me photos of themselves in adorable $50 outfits. I was so excited to see the results.

HAHA.  Here are the results:  Four family members said they would enter. (None did).  ONE…yes, that’s right, ONE beautiful lady whom I do not know sent me a photo.

So, I did not get to see a lot of cute outfits, but I did get to see one cute outfit, and I am declaring Patti Patterson from New Castle, Pennsylvania as the official winner. She will be receiving a gift card. Now aren’t you kind of sorry you did not enter??? Your odds were really good. LOL

Here is the cute outfit she came up with for a grand total of $49.97

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  • Dress: ANA from JC Penney $19.99
  • Necklace: Liz Claiborne from JC Penney  $10.99
  • Shoes: Madden Girl from Down Under Consignment  $7.50
  • Purse: Bangles from Peebles Department Store $8.99

Way to go Patti!  The outfit is adorable, and so are you. I hope you enjoy shopping some more with your gift card. Thanks so much for entering my contest.  It actually was a good idea for you. 😉

 

MAKEOVER MUSINGS

Since my post on Makeover Magic, I have been doing a bit of thinking.

MAKEOVER MAGIC

I have been thinking about the fact that I need a “makeover” almost every day. If I were to just get up in the morning, throw on some clothes, and walk out the door, I would look at least twenty years older and would just blend right in with the WalMart shoppers. To be truthful, I have done that many times….and gone to WalMart, and blended right in!  LOL  Most of the people there did not look any better than I did, but that is no excuse.

It does take some planning and some effort to achieve a “put-together” look. It also takes some knowledge of what clothes to wear to flatter your shape, and what colors look good on you. As I have told you, I have done a great deal of trial and error in those departments!

In addition to trying on different styles and colors, I have read quite a bit of fashion and style advice, and watched every episode of What Not to Wear. That in itself is like getting a college degree in makeovers.

It never failed to amaze me that Stacey and Clinton could use their vast knowledge and experience to make every person they worked with look beautiful. Every time I would think, “Oh no! This is the time they will fail. There is no way they can do anything with that (figure, hair, attitude, face, or whatever). ”  But they did. Every single time. Every single episode.   So I learned. I learned that anyone can look good, and that the way you present yourself to the world is important. It says “I am worth the time and trouble to look good.”  It also says, “I care enough about the people who see me to take pride in my appearance.”

I have showed you examples before, but I will continue to do so, because I want you to understand that it is possible to do makeovers on yourself! Here are some before and after “mini makeover”photos for your amusement and to learn from (I hope!)

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If you need one, give yourself a makeover! You know who you are. Do not leave the house as your “natural self” unless you are under 30. That is my advice. Take it or leave it.  🙂

 

MAKEOVER MAGIC

Several months ago, I had the fun experience of helping someone with a makeover. She has given me permission to share the photos with you.

She had several reasons for deciding to make a change, including having come through some serious illnesses during the year. When she started feeling better, she realized her outside did not match her inside.

Naturally a thin person, she had had to cope with weight gain caused by some of her medication, and did not know how to dress the larger version of herself. Thankfully, she was able to come off the medication that caused her to gain weight, and at the time of the makeover had started losing weight, but still did not know how to deal with her shape.

As so many of us do, she had had the same hair style pretty much since high school, and just did not have clue of what to do about that.

The first thing we did was make an appointment with a top-notch stylist. If any of you live in the Clearwater, Florida area, you cannot do better than Catie Giblin who owns Holy Chic Salon in Dunedin.  She is a magician!

https://www.facebook.com/HolyChicSalon/

Before I show you Catie’s magic, here is a “before picture” taken on the way into the salon:

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Catie indeed worked her magic with a fantastic cut and beautiful color. Don’t you agree?

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Now of course, when your hair looks that good, you have to go shopping! She had a budget, so we hit the mall. The process was that she stayed in the dressing room, and I browsed the store and brought her things that I thought would work.  She was very open to trying anything I suggested, and we came home with some very flattering outfits.

I don’t think she would mind my saying that the biggest issue was that her midsection was very much out of proportion to the rest of her body, so we tried to find outfits that minimized that.

I am going to share the photos, but please remember that these were just phone snapshots.  At the time, we never thought they would be published. LOL

If I had known, we would have had better lighting, and done a bit more with makeup and accessories, but I think you will get the idea. IMG_8383 (267x640)

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This photo was taken a few weeks later. She had lost more weight, and found and styled these outfits on her own:

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I just can’t leave without showing some side by side comparisons. It really is amazing to me what hair, clothing and makeup can do!

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IS THIS EVEN THE SAME PERSON???!!!

I am so thankful that she is kind enough to let me share this experience. She hopes that this part of her “fashion journey” may inspire some people who just don’t know where to start, or think it is impossible to find a nice outfit because they have gained weight.

Please know that you are beautiful.  My greatest wish is to inspire you to find ways to let your beauty shine through!

I would love to hear your comments, and would be happy to answer any questions.

 

 

HOW TO BUY AN OUTFIT FOR LESS THAN $50

Not long ago, I challenged you to put together an outfit that cost less than $50. Today I am going to go through the process I used to buy an outfit with my $50 birthday gift card.

  • 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!

Now of course, you know I had to try a sweater with my dress.  I always love to add a little color and cover my arms and midsection.  This made the outfit more expensive because the purse was $18.00 and the sweater was $16.00.  So this version of the outfit cost a total of $78.00. But if you take into account that these two items were already in my closet, I only spent $44.00. No wonder my husband has a hard time with my accounting practices. LOL

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

You still have a few days to enter the shopping challenge! Don’t forget that the winner will receive a $25.00 Amazon gift card.  Here are the details of the challenge:

SHOPPING CHALLENGE

How did you like my outfits? Which one do you like better?  Constructive criticism welcomed!  If you hate them, I will have a good excuse to go shopping again.  HAHA

As always, thanks for reading and come back soon!

 

HOW NOT TO LOOK FRUMPY 2

Several weeks ago, I wrote a post on looking frumpy. You can read it here:

HOW NOT TO LOOK FRUMPY

Here is something that was definitely frumpy:

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For today’s post, I decided to see if I could rescue this dress, rather than send it away. At first I tried adding some accessories and trying to style it to see if I could make anything work:

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These were better, but it is still a bit on the frumpy side. After looking at it, it was obvious that the main thing wrong with the dress was the length. (Not to mention the horrible shoes which immediately went in the Goodwill bag LOL)

I am not very good at sewing, but I figured that even I could hem up a dress with some Stitch Witchery, so I started with that.

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As you can see, the dress looks better already, just by changing the length. The next step in the process is to experiment with different accessories and try to make an outfit.  Here are the results of that:

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Just for fun, here are the similar versions side by side:

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Do you see how much difference the length makes?!!   So…..memorize this rule:  “If your dress is too long, it is frumpy”

Do you think I should keep this dress?  If so, which look do you like the best? I really do value your opinions, and would appreciate hearing from you. As I have said before, I am on a journey and still have much to learn.

Thanks for reading, and please comment!

P. S. The little girl in the photo is the reason I have not posted much in the past few weeks. I had the great pleasure of having my sweet seven-year old granddaughter with me for four weeks.

Today I am linking up with Tania on Wednesday’s Wardrobe

Don’t forget to enter the shopping challenge! Only one more week before the deadline.  I have already found my outfit and can’t wait to show you.  It can be done!

SHOPPING CHALLENGE

 

SHOPPING CHALLENGE

Today, I have a challenge for you. I think you will like it. I know I will like it!

I had a birthday recently and one of my gifts from some very special people was a $50 gift card that came with instructions to use it for the blog. Yay!

I am going to use my gift card to see if I can make a complete outfit for $50, including shoes, purse and jewelry.

I am going to challenge you to do the same. Here’s the way it works:

  • The challenge will be open for about two weeks.  It will close on Wednesday, August 17 at midnight
  • Put together an outfit that costs less than $50 total.  It must include shoes, purse and at least one accessory
  • If your budget does not permit buying a new outfit in the next two weeks, you may use items you already have
  • Send the photos to blog5020@aol.com before midnight on Wednesday, August 17
    •  You may send photos of yourself in the outfit, or just the outfit
    • Selfies are fine. If you don’t want to show your face, it’s okay. 😉
    • Please let me know if it is okay to post your photo on the blog
    • Include a list of the items and how much you paid for each one
  • Write a comment on the blog letting me know you have sent the entry
  • I will announce the top three entries the week of August 17, and let you vote for the overall winner
  • Winner will receive a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card

Have fun! I can’t wait to see the results.

Today I am linking up with Nancy at  http://nancysfashionstyle.com/