LOSERS

Several days ago, I posted that I was going out to finish my Christmas shopping. I am happy to report that I was successful in that mission! But guess what? When I was shopping for others, I could not resist the urge to shop for myself also. My goal was to photograph some nice outfits and publish a few posts before Christmas. HA

For whatever reason, the things I came home with were just not good when I saw them in the photographs.  And I hate that, because with all the extra things I have to do for the holidays, it is hard to find time to try on clothes and take pictures. Since I really didn’t have time to start over,  I decided to do a “Trial and Error” post. The things you see in this post have all been returned.

I won’t try to analyze what is wrong with these outfits, but they are just not right. I will say that I need to take my own advice and not wear leggings unless with long tunics or dresses. The camera does not lie.  😉

Maybe Santa will bring me some pretty clothes. If he does, I will get back to you after Christmas with outfits that look better than these. I know I can do better!

Happiest of holidays to all of you. I will be back soon after Christmas. 🙂

P.S.  My Facebook account was hacked, and I changed my password. Since then, my blog posts have not been showing up there, so unless you are a subscriber, you have missed a few. I will work on trying to fix that, but so far haven’t figured it out. Another little job that will have to wait until after Christmas!

 

 

LET’S GO SHOPPING

Today is the day I have set aside to finish my Christmas shopping. Wish me luck! Even though it is a rainy day that would perfect for staying home with a good book, I am on my way out. Most of my shopping has been done online, but I still need to visit some actual stores to finish up. I love to buy at the local shops, and our town has some really great small stores that have unique items. Even though my adult children give me lists of what they want (I guess they still believe in Santa LOL) I always like to add a few surprises.

My outfit is just jeans, boots, and a top, but the red color makes it seem a little festive. I will probably meet a friend for lunch, so am wearing more than my usual shopping outfit of a hoodie and jeans.

Also wanted to show you the cute fringed purse. Not sure is it exactly right for this outfit, but I will eventually find something to go with it. It is one of my super-cheap Wish.com purchases, so only need to use it a few times to get my $6.00 worth of wear.  😉

The top is actually just one piece. I love that, because I don’t like wearing bulky stuff.

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PARTY TIME

Long ago, when I was growing up in a small town in Alabama, the week before Christmas and the week after Christmas were very social times. As a teen and young adult, I attended many functions during these two weeks. You have probably never heard of a “tea dance” or a “sherry party,” but they were very popular, as were afternoon teas, and cocktail parties. I remember attending at least 5 or 6 parties a year during these two weeks.

My, my, my, how times have changed! Maybe some of you still attend cocktail parties, but I can’t remember the last time we got an invitation to one. I know it has been at least ten years ago.

Something that I really miss is attending parties after Christmas. Nowadays, most people do something on New Year’s Eve, but it is rare to go to a holiday party after December 25. In the old days, the “Christmas season” began no earlier than 10 days before Christmas, and continued until New Year’s Day.

I am sure that there are many communities that have other traditions and customs for getting together during the holidays, but in my town, it seems that just getting together with friends for dinner or going out to dinner is the main holiday social activity. Once in awhile, we get invited to an actual party, but it is rare.

That is fine with me. The last thing I want to do is get all dressed up for an office party, or a stand around in high heels and make small talk at a cocktail party.

The outfit I am showing you today is what I wore to a small dinner party with friends. This is about as dressy as I will get this year!

I don’t usually like to show pictures of my rear, but just had to show you what the back of this cute top looks like (ignore the tag ;-):

Whatever your holiday plans are, make sure you dress in something that makes you feel beautiful! You will have a lot more fun if you look nice. Take time to try on a few things and snap some selfies in the mirror. I can promise you that you have something in your closet that will look great if you take time to figure it out.

Thanks for stopping by.  I would love to hear your comments about what kind of holiday activities you plan to attend this year, and what you plan to wear. I am very interested to see if other communities are more party-oriented.

LEGGINGS

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about wearing things as pants that are not actually pants–chiefly leggings. I showed you some photos of people who were wearing leggings in a most unflattering way! Here is a link if you missed that post and want to read it:

SOME THINGS ARE NOT PANTS

I have one more picture to share with you, just to make sure you know what I am talking about:

No, no, no, no, no.  Do NOT wear items like this outside your home!

Several of you commented and told me that you like to wear leggings, as do I. But there is a right way to wear them. They really need to be worn with a dress or a long tunic. I showed you several examples of dresses in the last post, so today I am showing you some tunic outfits.  So great for winter! And for disguising your midsection!

If you have read any of my posts, you know that I am big on trial and error, and like to share my trials with you, so that you won’t make the same mistakes. Here is an outfit that I tried, but as you can see, the sweater is too short to wear with leggings.  I will try it with some jeans or with a pair of black pants, but I promise you that I will not wear this out in public!

So learn from me, and wear a nice long tunic or a dress with your leggings. The general public will thank you for it.

By the way, the cute red tunic is from Walgreen’s, and I paid $10 for it.  😉 Did you know you can buy clothing at the drug store??? And the blue tunic is from Belk–$13. I really try not to spend more than $20 on any one article of clothing, unless it is something really special.

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SING FOR JOY

Today I would like to talk to you about something I love to do when I am not blogging. SING! 🙂

I feel so fortunate that I have the amazing opportunity of singing in THREE choirs!  I say amazing, because I LOVE music, and I LOVE to sing, but I do not have a solo voice, and I would panic if I ever had to sing alone (never going to happen—for many reasons). I have been singing in some sort of choir off and on since 7th grade. Don’t try to count it up—it is a lot of years.

Several years ago, I signed up to sing in a non-auditioned summer group, and after the director asked me to (which is the only reason I was brave enough), I auditioned for a choral ensemble in the Atlanta area, and was chosen.

Wow. I had no idea how much my life was going to change. Singing in the Lynn Swanson Festival Singers is a HUGE commitment. We rehearse every Monday night from 7:00 to 9:30, and I have to drive an hour each way to get there…through Atlanta traffic…in the dark….through the never-ending construction…dodging every truck in the southeast on the deadliest stretch of road in Georgia. But so worth it.

The music is challenging, to say the least. And we have to MEMORIZE most of the pieces. What?? Memorize, you say???  At your age??  Yes, it is possible. I laugh at my friends in the church choir who protest mightily when our director asks them to learn a few measures by heart. I have learned that “fear of memorization” is mostly laziness. It does take some time and effort, but singing from memory is pure joy.

This year, as if singing in LSFS and the church choir were not enough, I added yet another choir commitment to my schedule, because the William Baker Choral Foundation founded a new group in my town, and we rehearse five minutes from my house. Of course, this means learning and memorizing even more music, but I have decided that when you are doing something that you love to do, it is not difficult.

http://www.festivalsingers.org/

Just to keep this blog in the fashion category, do you like my concert attire? HAHA  I hope so, because all the singers wear the same thing.  And please don’t judge the footwear. You would wear flats too, if you had to stand for a two-hour rehearsal followed by a one-and-a-half hour concert. And the black  hose are mandatory. 😉

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Thanks for reading, and I hope that every one of you has something in your life that you love as much as I love singing in choirs!

 

 

 

SOME THINGS ARE NOT PANTS

Well, hello! I hope you have missed me. 🙂  I know I have missed you!  I really did not mean to take such a long hiatus, but blogging went to a lower priority for a couple of weeks. It started when I decided on the spur of the moment to join two of my adult children and their families on their trip to Disney World. I had not planned to go, but the thought of seeing all four grandchildren at Disney at the same time, was just too tempting. Best decision I ever made!

On to my topic for the day. It is what you might call a “rant.”  I often see people wearing things as pants that are not what I call pants. The main offenders are leggings or tights, but I have also seen people wearing pajama bottoms.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love stretchy pants and yoga pants as much as anyone, and have shown you before my ultimate-very-favorite-wear-with-everything-pair of pants:

Bettona

http://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1035856&vid=1&pid=819227002

I also wear leggings, especially in the winter; HOWEVER, I wear them with a dress or a long tunic:

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You KNOW what I am going to say….wait for it……

LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS!!!

I know you have heard this, but I am not sure it has actually penetrated into your consciousness. I see you everywhere.  You are wearing your oh-so-comfy and oh-so-warm leggings.  “Surely I can just wear them with my favorite top, even if it is a bit short,”  you tell yourself.   “Even though I am older than dirt, I know I look so youthful in these tight,brightly patterned leggings,” you think.

Oh my! Please ask for an honest opinion before you walk out that door. Remember — it is hard to get an accurate view of the back of your outfit, even in a full-length mirror.

I’m sure I am not actually seeing you 😉 but maybe I am seeing your friends and family. If so, do them a favor, and show them these photos. They are examples of how not to wear leggings. These are all outfits that I have personally seen. I have more, but this is probably enough for one day!

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And yes, people do wear pajama pants to the store (and not just WalMart):

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I will leave you with a picture of the only place you should ever wear pajama pants: (Really just an excuse to show you my adorable crew)

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Thanks for reading. Would love to hear your comments!