TBT #5 Big White Shoes

This post was part of one I did when we returned from an Alaskan cruise. I thought the shoe advice bears repeating, so here goes:

When I travel, I ALWAYS wear comfortable shoes. You cannot have fun if your feet are not having fun. However.….you do not have to wear ugly shoes.  And let me say right now that I really cannot think of any occasion when big white athletic shoes are appropriate.  If your comfortable shoes look like any of these, it is time for a change:

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These photos are are just a sample of what I saw….big white shoes were everywhere.   It is a little hard to take pictures of people’s feet without them noticing, so I was only able to get pictures of a small percentage of the offenders, but I think you get the idea.

Please note that I am not saying that you cannot wear white sneakers. But there is a way to wear them and a way not to wear them. Jennifer Anniston makes white sneakers look adorable.

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Here are the ones that she is often photographed in:

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Superga Unisex 2750 Cotu Classic Sneaker,White,39 EU (Women’s 8 M US/Men’s 6.5 M US)

Here is a link to a blogger that I follow. Notice how cute her shoes look!

And speaking of what not to wear on your feet, PLEASE be careful how you wear hose. Most people do not wear pantyhose at all anymore, but if you do, they should be sheer and worn with a dressy closed-toe shoe. I know you would NEVER do anything like this:

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Or this:

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WHY

Hello! I am back after my extended break for holiday and family time. Because of all the extra activities and extra people in my house, I have not thought very much about fashion and clothing in the past few weeks; in fact, when I was keeping three of my grandchildren this week, I wore my pajamas for almost an entire day!

During the holidays, I was so thankful that I had outfits already put together. All I had to do to find something to wear was look at photos, which was great because I did not have a lot of time to experiment.

That brings me to the topic that I want to write about today. WHY?

Why in the world would I ever even think about writing a blog, especially about fashion? Why would I add so many blog-related things to my to-do list when it is already pretty long? Why would I put my thoughts, feelings, and photos on the internet?

If you are a regular reader, or if you have read my About Me page, I hope you have figured out that my “why” is because I really want to help people who want to look better, to look better. I say that because some people, (seems like a lot of people) really do not seem to have any interest in looking better. Fine. I am not trying to convert anyone!

But there are people who really would like to look more stylish and put-together, and have no idea where to start, or are afraid to break out of their fashion rut. You are my people! I have been where you are! Maybe I am a only little farther down the road, but I truly hope that you can learn from my “victories” and my mistakes.

Maybe you have been raising families for many years, and have never taken time for yourself. Maybe you think you are too old, or too overweight, or too short, or too poor, or have no “fashion sense.”

Well, I can pretty much guarantee that I am older than most of you, I struggle with my weight, I am short, I have been poor, and my “fashion sense” has come from a lot of reading blogs and magazines, and watching television.

But I know that as a woman, I am so much happier and more confident when I feel like I look nice. I just want the same for you! 🙂

And I really do find most of my clothing for $20 or less. I don’t always tell you where I purchased an item or how much I paid for it, because truthfully, a lot of my clothing comes from clearance racks, and most likely would not available online.

Unlike many other blogs, I do not include a lot of links for you to click on. Yes, bloggers can make money by including links and by advertising, but that is not really my focus. I do not want to be a salesperson. I want to help people look better!

Since I have not yet had time to take any new pictures (okay, full disclosure…I have taken some, but they are terrible) I will leave you with some “before and after” flashbacks from 2016.

Thanks so much for reading, and for coming with me on this journey!

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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:

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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!

A MILESTONE

In a couple of days, dear readers, I will be celebrating the six-month anniversary of starting my “sharing on the internet” journey. My first blog post was May 20, 2016.  I have had so much fun shopping (my closet as well as in stores) and playing dress-up, and I feel like I have learned and grown along the way.

As I reflect on the past 6 months of blogging, I want to take time to thank you for all your support. It took me a long time after figuring out all the details of setting up a blog to actually hit the “publish” button. Like most people, I was very hesitant about putting myself “out there.” It felt like a huge risk to publish photographs of myself, and think that anyone could possibly care, or to portray myself as some sort of “style expert.” The only way I convinced myself to do it was to think about all the people who had inspired me, and to realize that they had probably had doubts also. For quite a while, I never even mentioned the blog to family or friends, and felt very self-conscious when they happened to discover it.

As I asked myself why on earth I would want to do this, I thought about how much I love to see people who look like nice. It puts a smile on my face to see someone who is wearing a nice outfit that is flattering and looks stylish. It sounds silly, but it makes me feel like they care about people and want them to have something nice to look at….sort of like an artist who shares her work. I love to see all the ways different people express their personality through their clothing.

I could have told myself (and did) that I had no business trying to help anyone else…I am certainly not qualified in any way, other than a lot of experience in trial and error; but then I remembered the bloggers and friends that I had learned so much from. Their outfits were not always perfect; in fact there is no such thing, but they were willing to share what their idea of style for that day was, and it has helped me tremendously.

The more I studied, the more I learned what appealed to me, and what I thought looked good. Seeing lots of outfits that looked nice helped my brain to understand what “style” meant. And it was helpful to me not focus on one type of style. I searched out young, old, casual, sophisticated, preppy, bohemian, European and everything else in between.

What finally convinced me to “push the button” was that I just kept thinking that there were women in my age bracket who would love to know how to dress better, but have no idea where to start, and maybe they could use my experiences to get a little farther along in the process.

I decided right from the beginning to show a lot of before and after, because I had not seen much of that in other blogs, and as a visual learner, that would have been very helpful to me. Were these women just naturally beautiful and look good in anything, or did they have to pick and choose?

Ever since I put my fears aside, and actually started writing, you have been there to encourage and support me. I can honestly say that reading your comments has been great! I love it when you speak your mind, and give me honest feedback. I have never had a comment that I thought was mean-spirited. Even if you don’t like something, you say it in a nice way. You have really helped me, and I am very appreciative.  THANK YOU. 🙂

Just for fun, here is are some of the outfits from the past six months. I was so proud of some of these at the time, but looking at them now, I do feel that I am maybe a bit farther down the road in six months.  I have tried to include some examples of good, bad and so-so. I will leave it up to you to decide which is which. 😉 I left out the yellow print, because I already know your opinion on that one!

I have also included a section of “before photos” to help keep us all grounded in reality. LOL  You don’t need to vote on these!!

I would love for you to comment on which outfits you like or don’t like. It will be interesting to see whether most people agree, or if there is a variety of opinions.  There are 2 outfits from each month.

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And now for the “what I really look” like shots. Do NOT put these on a Pinterest Board! These are just to show you what I would look like if I DIDN’T try.

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Aren’t you glad I left you with these images to be burned into your brain???

🙂  🙂    🙂

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INDIAN SUMMER plus STYLE COPY FAIL

It is still hot here in Georgia, but looks like cooler weather is on the way. I hope so, because I have some cool-weather clothing that is patiently waiting to come out of hibernation. In the meantime, I am showing you another dress-and-jacket combination that is perfect for Indian summer.

Here is my “tutorial”

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I thought I would also share with you a “fashion fail” on my part. One of my favorite fashion bloggers is adorable, and I saw this post and decided I would try something similar. HAHA  I gave up after two attempts, and you will see why.  Jennie did a follow-up to this post where she styles six more cute outfits, so check it out, and please do a better job than I did!

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Six Ways to Style a Tunic and Leggings

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I am showing you these outfits so that once again, you can see that putting nice outfits together is a process of trial and error. I know I have said this a lot, but remember, new readers check out the blog daily, (or at least occasionally) and they might not know this yet. 😉

There is nothing “terrible” about these outfits (well, really there is) but I can do better, and so can you. 😉

I will be back soon with (hopefully) some COOL WEATHER clothes.

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FASHION “HOUSE OF HORRORS”

Today’s post is meant to show you WHAT NOT TO WEAR. I thought it would be fun to do a Halloween post and show you some of the things I have actually seen people wearing, plus add a few “costumes” of my own…. all in the spirit of “please try to do better than this.”  🙂

I am calling my outfits “costumes” because I hope I would never dress like this, but I have seen PLENTY of people my age who do dress like this….and I am talking about people who still have their faculties. They just don’t have their “fashion faculties.” LOL

Before I get to my lovely outfits, I will show you some that I have seen. No need to comment on them. Just FYI that a lot of people do not dress in flattering way.

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And now for my “cute outfits.”  Do NOT copy any of these!!!  Feel free to comment on these adorable looks. Which one do you like the least, or should I say hate the most, and why?

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Happy Halloween!

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HOW NOT TO LOOK FRUMPY

frump-y   (of a woman or her clothes) dowdy and old-fashioned. Synonyms: dowdy, frumpish, unfashionable, old-fashioned, drab, dull, shabby, scruffy.     Powered by Oxford Dictionaries   Oxford University Press

I hope that does not describe you! We are all guilty of looking frumpy at times, but it should not be an everyday thing. No one needs to look that way on a regular basis. No matter what size, shape, or age you are, you do not have to look  drab, dull, homely, old-fashioned, or shabby.

I learned to dress in more flattering styles by reading blogs and fashion magazines, watching makeover shows, and photographing myself in the mirror with my iPhone. There is nothing like seeing a picture of yourself to see what kind of an impression you are making!

This started several years ago when I was packing for a vacation. I was having a hard time deciding what to pack, because I really did not want to see bad pictures of myself. My husband likes to take a lot of vacation pictures, and I dreaded seeing bad ones, so I got the bright idea to photograph outfits ahead of time to make sure they looked okay.

One reason I dreaded seeing them was that whenever I see a bad picture, I never wear that outfit again! Maybe that’s why I like to buy inexpensive clothes.

I can’t believe I am doing this, but hopefully these bad pictures will help you. Here are some example of ways to look frumpy.  Do NOT copy them!

Wear clothes that are not flattering and show your figure flaws:

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Wear clothes that are old-fashioned looking and too long:

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Wear shirts that are too small with boxy jeans:

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Wear unflattering shirts AND wrinkled clothing:

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I could post a lot more (like some of my old vacation photos), but that’s all I can stand to look at for now! I hope you get the idea.

You can look frumpy if you wear clothes that are too big, or too small, or that have been in your closet since the last century. Don’t laugh…I know you have something from 1999 hiding somewhere in the back…hopefully hiding in the back and not set out on a chair to wear to work tomorrow!

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