GRAY DAYS 2

As promised, back with a little more black and gray. Before I got to this:

I started with these:

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I like this simple sweater for everyday wear:

So I used it in a casual, comfortable, warm outfit. Great for “running-around days” if the weather is chilly.

To conclude my “Gray Days” series, here is a recap of the outfits I tried on, and the outfits I decided were keepers. What do you think?

The NO’S:

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The MAYBES:

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The KEEPERS:

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All this gray and black has put me in the mood for some COLOR! I might just have to start working on styling my red pants.  See you next time. THANKS SO MUCH for reading!

It is beyond my pay grade to figure out how to number the outfits, but would love to hear your opinions. If you think any outfit should be moved to a different category, just do your best to describe it, and tell me what you think.

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NEVER QUIT TRYING

Today I would like to talk about trying. The dictionary definition of try is:

  1. To make an effort to do or accomplish (something), attempt
  2. To taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability

Both definitions are important. I believe that when you stop trying, you start dying. No  matter what our age or circumstance, we should continually try to be kinder, try to eat better, try to learn new skills, try to understand others, etc., etc., etc.

Haven’t you known people who just seem to sit in a chair and wait for their lives to wind down? I have, and it is the saddest thing in the world to me. There are so many things to learn and to do in this world, and I hope I never decide that I am too old or too tired to try something new.

In a fashion sense, I see this every day. I see people who look like they don’t try at all; in fact, I would say that a large percentage of the people I see in public look like they got dressed without any thought at all of what they look like. They wear what is comfortable, or what is clean, or what is familiar. I am not talking about people who can’t afford to dress well…I am talking about people who just really don’t seem to care what they look like. Maybe at some point in their lives, they tried, but for some reason they no longer do.

One of the reasons I started doing this blog was to encourage people who did want to try, but didn’t know how to start. I thought maybe if they saw someone who was trying, they might see how the process works, and give it a try for themselves.

If you are a regular reader, you know that most of what I do is TRY. I have no qualifications for writing about fashion. I just decided one day that I would TRY to look better, and every blog post is just about that.

The second part of the definition says: to taste, sample, or otherwise test in order to  determine strength, effect, worth, or desirability

That is what I do when I try things on and take pictures. I am testing to see if the outfit I have in my mind will be desirable to wear. As you know, not all are!

YES, it takes a bit of effort, and NO, they are not all desirable to wear, but I would not know what looks good and what doesn’t if I didn’t TRY, so to me it is worth it.

I have been working on some black and gray outfits, so here are the first few I tried on in my room:

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I like for my “official blog photos” to be outside in natural light (even though the sun does not always cooperate) 😉  so here is how the charcoal vest outfit came out:

And here is a different belt with the black:

So there you have my version of trying for today. I’ll be back next time with some more. Thanks for reading, and KEEP TRYING!  🙂  🙂

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NO COLOR

Thanks to all who commented on my last post about saturated color. And special thanks to those who gave suggestions about scarves. I ordered some online, and will use them to brighten up some outfits!

I had a busy weekend with three grandchildren here, so did not get to work on any styling, but I do have a couple of photos of outfits I wore this week. They are not colorful at all, but I am okay with black, white, and gray, as long as I don’t wear them every day.

I do love these soft velvety pants, and the fluffy warm vest. Just perfect for a chilly day!

Thanks for stopping by. See you next week!

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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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WHAT I AM WEARING IN UTAH

In my last post, I told you that I was packing for a trip to Utah. When you read this, I will be somewhere in the desert. 🙂

Packing for this trip was a lot different than packing for the cruise last summer. No dressing up, no captain’s dinners, no fancy restaurants. This trip we will do a lot of driving and a lot of hiking, so it is a “jeans trip.”  My husband and I are flying to Salt Lake City, renting a car, and spending a week making a loop around Utah, visiting the national parks.

Having said that, I will tell you that I still planned all my outfits. In  years past, my method of packing for a trip like this was to throw some jeans and some tops in a suitcase and hope for the best.

After seeing some really bad vacation photos, I decided that I needed to turn over a new leaf. It’s fine to wear casual jeans outfits, but they don’t need to look like something I picked up off the closet floor.

I really did decide to keep it simple for this trip. I am taking one pair of light jeans, one pair of dark jeans, and my comfy black pants for the flight.

I am also packing my three travel vests, which have a million pockets, so I won’t need to carry a purse. This means I will pretty much be in a “uniform” every day, but that’s okay. I will be comfortable and ready for whatever the activity of the day is. I added some tops to go with the vests, and I will also take a couple of jackets because the weather can still be cool in April. And you won’t believe this, but I am only taking three pairs of shoes–my black (not white) Nikes, my hiking boots, and comfortable Jambus.

When I get home and look at my pictures, I will not be aghast at what I had on. I might not look like a fashion expert, but I will look like someone who is having a great time in a nice, appropriate outfit that goes together and fits pretty well. I will be happy with that. 🙂

Here is what I am taking:

Travel Outfits

            Black vest

             Green vest

          Red vest

           

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GETTING VESTED 3

Time to talk about vests again. Aren’t you glad?  This time I am going to show you some of the ideas that did not work, in addition to the looks I will actually wear. If you read this blog very often, you know that I am more than willing to share my mistakes with you. You’re welcome!

These ideas seemed good to me when I thought of them, and if I did not take pictures of most of my outfits before I wear them in public, I probably would have worn them. Some things are just better in your head. 😉

Here is one of the keepers:

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Followed by “what was I thinking #1”:

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Here’s a “maybe” …decided to work on it some more:

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Definitely looks better this way, but still not exactly right:

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Maybe it looks better without a vest:

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Here is “what was I thinking #2”.  Hate the necklace and belt combo, hate the shoes. Navy dress with green vest sounds good in theory. May have to try again with this one.

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Oops, here’s another one that just doesn’t work with the vest:

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Much better this way:

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So, there you have it. I’m sure you have seen enough of vests for awhile! But I hope this has inspired you to pull out that old vest in the back of your closet and try it on with some stuff.  Or go buy a new cute one!

Here is a montage of the good and the not-so-good from all 3 posts. I am showing you these so that you can see that putting outfits together is trial and error.

Please comment and tell me which is the best and which is the worst. I promise not to wear anything you hate. 🙂 I am voting for Number 15!

You will just have to imagine that the first outfit is number one and go from there. The collage maker I have will not let me add text without paying to upgrade to the premium version, and you all know I am cheap.

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Back soon with more inexpensive outfits for the older generation 😉

GETTING VESTED 2

I am back today with some more vest outfits. Vests really are just perfect to wear in the fall. Here are the looks from the last post:

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And here are a few more. As I said before, a vest goes really well with a casual dress or with jeans.

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I’ll be back soon to show you a few more, plus some of my trial and error. I am happy for you to laugh at me as long as you are learning. 😉

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