OLD NAVY DRESS

Hello Friends,

I had an “away from home weekend” so today is just another simple outfit post. I wore this a couple of weeks ago on our first chilly day, which is why I had to add the sweater. I am also wearing leggings, in case you think my legs are naturally that color. 😉

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This is an “old Old Navy dress”. Here is how I wore it last year:

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If nothing else, I am taking better photos than last year. 😉 Lighting and location make a difference. 🙂

After all my experimenting with the purple top and distressed jeans, I am working on some posts about color and proportion, that I hope will help you. Hope to get that out on Wednesday or Thursday. See you soon!

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LEFTOVERS

Almost didn’t get my Sunday post out today, because we had a busy weekend, and I have not taken any photos in a few days. But I did look to see what I had that I could show you, so here goes.

The feature photo is another effort at styling one of my print dresses, but I did not include it in the last post. Here is a comparison:

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The next outfit is leftover from my jean jacket styling:

Not my favorite, but it was worth a try.

So, these outfits are like leftovers. Keep them around for a few days, and then discard  😉    I have worn worse-looking things in my day, believe me, but neither of these are in my favorites category.

Hope to be back soon with some FALL outfits.  Still hot, but counting down the days until…wait for it….SWEATER WEATHER 🙂

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I CONFESS PART 2

In the first installment of this post, I told you that I had bought several similar dresses, and could not decide which ones to keep, so was keeping them all. Well, a little time and a lot of try-on effort has passed, and I have at last decided to return ONE of them! So, I did actually buy FOUR dresses that were similar. You have seen two of them already.

Here are some of the combinations I tried with another dress:

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After seeing the photos, I realized that these two dresses

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were just too similar and I did not really love any of the looks I put together with the second  one, so I am returning it.

So…the third dress I decided to keep is the one in the featured photo. Here are some of the experiments I tried….not all (some were just too downright ugly to post)    😉

My first try-on in my bedroom. I do like it with boots, but these are brown, and it really needs black.

Okay, readers, time to let me know which of these you like (1-5):

 

And just so you know I didn’t make up the part about ugly, here is the booby prize try-on:

I hope you appreciate the way I am willing to humiliate myself in order to demonstrate to you that you need to try stuff on.

Just to remind you, here are the three similar dresses that I now own. You will probably see them again, because I have many more ideas of how to style them 😉

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A DRESS VS. AN OUTFIT

Not many words today, just a visual. My suggestion to you is that if you want to wear a dress, you might need to make sure that it looks put-together.

This post is also a reaction to some readers’ comments. One person suggested that I do not need to disguise my midsection. HA! Another reader suggested pairing a long-sleeved dress with a long sleeveless vest. What do you think?

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A DRESS                                              AN OUTFIT

And did you notice that I am NOT wearing a cardigan?  😉   😉

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BROWN SWEATER

Hello….short post today. I am still working on styling all my dresses that are similar to these:

  

I am actually thinking about taking at least one back. (But not either of these)  You will find out!

In the meantime, Jean suggested maybe wearing something underneath the dress, and maybe a long vest to disguise my middle, so I have been on the hunt for a long vest. Not easy to find when you are short. All the ones I tried were longer than the dresses and looked ridiculous. Again,if I find something I will show you my experiments and let you help me decide.

My outfit today is just another “trying to look like it is fall, when it is still hot” look.  And I don’t ALWAYS wear a sweater, but what the heck. Lots of cute tops are sleeveless and sometimes they are cut weird (like this one) so that you would have to wear a strapless bra. HA  Not doing that for sure. So cardigan it is!

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I CONFESS

Well, dear readers, I confess. I overdid it. When my daughter and her friend were here escaping from the hurricane, we went shopping to get our minds off everything. 😉    It worked like a charm–we had a great time shopping and we all found bargains.

I found some dresses that I liked and I liked all of them and I couldn’t make up my mind which one(s) to get so I brought them all home and I was going to take back at least one or two of them but I didn’t and I feel bad about it but not really because I still like all of them even if they are similar and I could still take a couple back but I don’t want to and now I am going to have to try to find different ways to wear them so they don’t all look like the same dress. Whew!

I feel better. Not exactly repentant, but better. The good news is that they were not expensive (please don’t even pretend that you are surprised). I am trying to rationalize and tell myself that all of them put together would not equal one dress from an upscale store.

I know I am bad about buying something that I like in multiple colors, but I don’t think I have ever bought this many items that are similar. I am not going to tell you how many…you will just have to keep reading my posts and find out. Maybe you will lose count, or maybe you won’t realize that they are all so similar. HA

You have already seen one of them:

And here is the try-on for Number 2:

and OF COURSE I styled  it with a sweater:

I hope you can see my adorable $5.00 necklace that I got from one of the teeny-bopper stores at the mall.

I’ll be back soon with another dress that looks a lot like this dress. 😉  Thanks for reading!

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FALL DRESS

This is a short post because as you are reading this, I am on vacation with husband and friends in San Antonio. More on that later. Today I am showing you a perfect dress for warm fall weather. You might not have kept this dress if you tried it on and it looked like this, but I did 😉

And guess what? I added a belt and a sweater. HAHAHA  I know I do this a lot, but it pretty much works for me. Seeing the pictures makes me think the belt made it a little too short, but I will see if I can fix that next time I wear it.

Thanks for stopping by! Be back soon with some travel tales.

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SUMMER LEFTOVERS

Well, friends, it is getting to that time of year when it is hot as blazes, but somehow your summer clothes just don’t look right. Since it is the month of September, I would not wear the dresses that I am posting today, but you have not seen them so here they are. You might see them again next spring!

As usual, I like for you to see before and after, so here is a pretty spring/summer dress that I added to as I went along:

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Here is another:

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And here are some outfits that I probably can wear for a few more weeks:

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I’ll be back soon with some jean-jacket looks.  Thanks for stopping by!

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IN BLACK AND WHITE

In my last post, I showed you a dress that I had bought against the advice of my husband. In this post, I am showing the you results of my attempt to “fix it.” I would not say that the attempt was 100% successful; I should have listened to my husband 😉

In case you have forgotten, this is what I posted before:

And here are my experiments:

Ugh! Just posting so you will realize it’s okay to try stuff!

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I guess some are better than the orange-and-black combo, but guess what? I just don’t like this dress, and don’t think it does anything for me. So, my husband was right. Maybe next time I will listen.

Thanks for hanging in there with me as I try to figure out ways to dress better!

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TAKING ADVICE

How well do you take advice? How well do I? This post is about how I should have listened to my husband. He is a straight-shooter, and as much as I hate to say it, is usually right about most things.

At the beginning of the summer, we were shopping together (a rare thing!) because we found a store that we both loved–Alexander’s Store in Blairsville, GA. I mean, this store has everything—furniture, shoes, clothes, guns, and much more. Because there was such a good selection of women’s clothing and shoes, we were in the store for several hours, and since my husband had long since finished his browsing, I convinced him to sit outside the dressing room and evaluate my try-ons.

I was looking for a dress to wear to my birthday party. Several dresses had made the cut, so I asked for an opinion. I really loved this one, and for some reason, when I saw it in the dressing room mirror, I thought it looked great:

My husband told me that it “made me look wide.” Yup. It does. But did I listen? Oh no, I believed the lying mirror and bought the dress. Of course, it doesn’t help matters that I paired it with an orange purse so that now it looks like a Halloween costume. Oh well. Maybe I can “fix it up.” If I have any luck with that I will post.

The featured photo is the one of the dress I bought for my birthday, which he said looked great. Maybe I should take him shopping with me more often!

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Bottom line, it is probably a good thing to listen to advice. Husbands and cameras do not lie, but dressing room mirrors do! 🙂

By the way both dresses and both pairs of shoes came from Alexander’s. It is a great store!

Many thanks to all of you who voted YES or NO to the white sandals. The yeses won by a relative landslide, so I will at least keep them until next summer…maybe I will find some I like better in the meantime. I am thinking white shoes will be on super sale right about now! And you know I don’t want to pay much.  😉

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