TRANSITIONS THREE

Are you ready for another transitional outfit? I am alternating between dresses and jeans. This one does have some fall color.  I know you will not be surprised that I added a belt and a sweater.  I only have so much imagination when it comes to disguising my figure flaws, and this combination seems to work pretty well.

I don’t remember where I got this dress, but pretty sure it was from Ross for about $12.00. The sweater is a $5.00 WalMart item. I will show you how I got to the outfit I will actually wear.

  1. Try on the dress:

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2. Add a belt and a necklace:

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3. Add a sweater, a bracelet and some cute shoes:

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Of course, I will have to wear it in an air-conditioned place, but that’s okay. I am not going outside again until it cools off!

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

TRANSITIONS TWO

Well, it is 96 degrees today. Maybe I should just get my summer clothes back out! But I can’t.  My brain knows that it is “after Labor Day.”  So here is another outfit I plan to wear to pretend like it is fall. Not exactly fall colors, but not too summery.

I am posting this next photo to show you that shoe choices matter.  I knew the blue shoes would not look good, but I just had to try. When I saw the picture, I laughed, because it looks ridiculous. I guess the lesson is, “Don’t match your shoes to your shirt”, but maybe that is only if they are a bright color!

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These pictures also illustrate the fact that you need to iron your clothes if they have wrinkles!

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One more point: This is really just some jeans and a shirt. In the past, I would not have even thought to add a necklace and bracelet. I am posting this to show you that if you add some bling, you can make jeans and a shirt look like an outfit.

See you soon with some more “hot fall” clothes.

TRANSITIONS ONE

Today I am beginning a series about transitioning from summer to fall. As I said before, I am SO tired of hot weather, and just do not want to wear summer clothes anymore. BUT, it is actually hotter than it was in July, so I need to find outfits that look fallish, but feel summerish. You know what I mean.

I bought this little dress for $6.00 from my secret shopping website, that I will tell you about one day 😉      I feel like that needs a separate blog post!

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Here is what it looked like when I tried it on:

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Most people would just say, “Well, I am glad I only paid $6.00 for this, because it looks terrible.”  But by now, you know I will do my best to “make an outfit”.

I really like this, and it is cool and comfortable, and does not look summery.  What do you think?

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Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to subscribe so you won’t miss any of my fascinating posts! I’ll be back soon with more transition outfits.

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

IF IT’S BROWN……

Years ago, I made up a little saying for my husband to use when he went shopping by himself.  I felt like this was necessary, because sometimes he would bring home clothing that was…how can I put this?…..downright UGLY. I finally figured out that he did not look good in brown, so I taught him to say, “If it’s brown, put it down” and “If it’s blue, it will do.” His wardrobe choices have improved dramatically since he learned these phrases, but occasionally he will rebel and come home with something in the forbidden color. LOL

I am telling you this because today I am showing you a brown dress that I bought.

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When I tried this dress on, I thought it was so cute. But as I am fond of saying, my fashion journey is full of trial and error, which is why I don’t like to buy expensive clothes. I tried my best to make it look good. I really did.  I don’t like to make mistakes. BUT….I just have to admit…..I don’t like it!  And I am long past the age and stage where I will wear something I don’t like just because I bought it.

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To be honest, it is not just the color.  I just don’t think the dress is very flattering. Ladies, this is why the camera is your friend. It will tell you things that the dressing room mirror will not say. The mirror might say, “Only $14.99, and you look so cute in this!  Buy it!”   But the camera will say, “It’s not a bargain if it doesn’t look good on you. What were you thinking??”

So bye bye brown dress.  I hope you enjoyed hanging out in my closet for a month.

I don’t really HATE brown, but maybe I should tell myself what I tell my husband:

“If it’s brown, put it down.”

Next post, I will show you some of the outfits that I do like!

 

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

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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 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

 

FINDING FASHION 2

In my last post, I talked about the process of putting outfits together from my closet, and I gave you a little quiz. I asked you to look at each outfit below and decide if you think I wore it (A), improved it (B) or deleted it (C).

I know this was a fascinating topic for you. The response was overwhelming….two people actually took the quiz. LOL

But since they went to the trouble, I will give you the answers and my comments.

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#1

The answer to #1 is B. I improved this outfit by deleting the sweater (too boxy) and just wearing a pretty black top.

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The answer to #2 is A.  I really liked this outfit and took it with me on a fall vacation. The long sweater helps to minimize my midsection, and adding a belt defines a waist.

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The answer to #3 is A.  I have worn this a couple of times. Not my favorite outfit since I love color, but easy to pack and wear to dinner on a trip.

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The answer to #4 is A. Another outfit that I took on a vacation. This sweater is much more flattering than the one in #1.

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The answer to #5 is A.  This is one of my favorite outfits for some reason.  I have worn it many times.

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The answer to #6 is C.  There is nothing about this that I like. I feel like I look ridiculous. I don’t like the color, I don’t like the fit, and I don’t like so much animal print.  Luckily, as usual I did not pay much for the dress. It was definitely a shopping mistake. It is still in my closet for some reason, but will soon be going to a new home.

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The answer to #7 is C. I loved this top and it was so comfortable, but when I saw the picture, I realized that the comfort is not the number one consideration, if something makes you look like a white whale. The shirt is too long, and is very unflattering, and the white color makes me look larger than I am. The scarf is very pretty, but too large for me.

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The answer to #8 is B.  This dress is fine for a casual summer look, but the shoes are horrendous. They went straight to GW after I saw this photo. I also eventually found cuter bracelets and a necklace.

I hope you know that the reason I do this blog is to help others learn from my mistakes and all my trials and errors. I don’t want to see any of you walking around in something like #6! Or in something like this:

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I just had to sneak a photo of this outfit that I saw on my vacation. I sincerely hope this lady is not one of my readers. LOL

Thanks for reading. And remember to take selfies before you walk out the door!

 

 

FINDING FASHION

Today’s post is about how I find outfits to wear. Maybe you are the kind of person who can go to your closet, pick out a couple of items and end up with a put-together look. I am not that kind of person. To find something that I actually want to wear, I need to go through a process. Sometimes the process can be time-consuming, so when I do manage to coordinate an outfit, I make sure to document it so that I won’t have to rumble through my closet the next time I am looking for something to wear.

When I want to put an outfit together, I go to my closet and start “shopping”.  If I want a dress outfit, I pull out a dress and put it on. Then I start looking for accessories to make the dress look better, like a belt, a sweater, or a jacket.  Next I try to find the right kind of shoes. And finally, I go ahead and experiment with jewelry. You would be surprised how the right necklace actually makes the outfit.

I have found that the best way to decide if something looks good is to take a picture. I stand in front of my full-length mirror and take a photo of the outfit with my cell phone. I don’t worry about my hair or makeup….I am just looking to see if the clothes fit, flatter and coordinate.

When I see the pictures, it is easy to tell if the outfit is something I would ever wear, or if it needs more work, or if it needs to be put out of its misery.

Here are some pictures to illustrate what I am talking about.  Some of these outfits made it to the outside world right away, some were eventually improved upon, and some were “killed and buried”.

Here is a little quiz for you. Look at each outfit below and decide if you think I wore it (A), improved it (B) or deleted it (C). You can give your answers as comments. Just put the number of each outfit and A, B, or C in your comment.

I will give you the answers in my next post, and tell you why I made the decisions.

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