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!

If you would like to see pictures of most of the outfits I have put together, click on the page for the category you would like to see. On a mobile device, click menu to access the pages. To comment from a phone or mobile device, scroll to the bottom of the post, and click on comments on the far right.You can also follow me on Instagram@over50under20.  And if you don’t want to miss any of my posts, don’t forget to subscribe!

 

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!

If you would like to see pictures of most of the outfits I have put together, click on the page for the category you would like to see. On a mobile device, click menu to access the pages. To comment from a phone or mobile device, scroll to the bottom of the post, and click on comments on the far right.You can also follow me on Instagram@over50under20.  And if you don’t want to miss any of my posts, don’t forget to subscribe!

 

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!

If you would like to see pictures of most of the outfits I have put together, click on the page for the category you would like to see. On a mobile device, click menu to access the pages. To comment from a phone or mobile device, scroll to the bottom of the post, and click on comments on the far right.You can also follow me on Instagram@over50under20.  And if you don’t want to miss any of my posts, don’t forget to subscribe!