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Proof

31 Mar

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Let’s face it, I haven’t just slipped from grace, I’ve tanked. Well, only as it pertains to blogging regularly. I have my reasons, sure. Such as, having a dog which leads to why I’m wearing pants a lot these days. I dress in anticipation of what the day holds for me, like walking her daily every afternoon on one of the trails nearby. Sometimes it’s not all that exciting, however, working from home hasn’t stopped me from caring.

I may not have the bandwidth to post as regularly but having fun with outfits is an integral part of my life, not a phase. Here’s a little recap. You need proof, after all. But first, this:

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Being a woman of  ”a certain age”, (45! Woohoo!), I’m starting to get annoyed at all the age-appropriate style advice in women’s magazines. No more short mini-dresses? Why not? I like my legs just fine, thanks. No more obnoxiously bright neons pants paired with an equally bright top? I’m not sure I like this advice at all. Here’s what I have to say: Ignore all of it. ALL. Wear what makes you happy. Skirt too short? Heels to high? Too much cleavage showing? I don’t care. Squeeze yourself into a pair of leopard-spotted pants, you hot mama, you. Rock them to work if it puts a smile on your face.

Let the real old farts tsk… tsk… behind your back while you are living your life exactly as you wish. The most flattering thing a woman can ever wear, the one thing that looks good rain or shine, day or night, is her smile. Her genuine, life-loving smile. So, if what you put on today is wrong by every standard but it makes you happy, and if that happiness translates into a smile, that’s all the style advice you’ll ever need.

Go on, beautiful. Wear whatever you feel like wearing, just as long as it makes you happy.

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wear purples

Wearing sheer aqua top, orange cardigan, light denim pants

Wearing sheer purple top, printed scarf, hand-carved earrings

Wearing green cashmere sweater, royal blue tank top, cyan skinny pants

 

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First: Purple top/gifted, neon yellow t-shirt/Old Navy, raspberry velour pants/Athleta*, necklace/Anthropologie, brown Uggs. Second: Sheer printed aqua top/Target, orange cardigan/Target, denim/Nordstrom’s, mustard scarf/Cheeky Boutique, wood teal bangle/bazaar in Spain, neon yellow Vans. Third: Sheer printed blouse/TJ Maxx, sheer printed kimono-style top/Target, tie belt/handmade, printed scarf/bazaar in France, necklace/Anthropologie, hand-carved earrings/Braindrop. Fourth: Green cashmere sweater/Bloomingdale’s, royal blue tank top/Old Navy, cyan skinny pants/Urban Outfitters, beaded necklace/Anthropologie. 

 
 

Taking a tip from the flowers

18 Jul

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing bold pattern flower dress, salmon cardigan, orange sandals, red belt

I spent a most delightful weekend camping with friends. There were so many beautiful flowers on the grounds, I couldn’t help but be inspired when I got dressed this morning.

I found this dress a few weeks ago in a consignment shop and immediately fell in love with the bold colors and the clean, simple line. I’m considering altering it, I don’t often wear dresses this long. On the other hand, it’s nice to have a dress that can withstand a windy day.

Daily outfit and style tips, bold flower pattern

The flower design was very reminiscent of Marimekko designs. The dress is from a Netherlands label I hadn’t heard of before, Jackpot. They seem to have pretty cute clothes and the quality of the dress is very good.

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Hey, check it out! I finally added a Pinterest button to my sidebar. Now you can follow my boards and see what inspires me. I love discovering what others are pinning, from new color palettes to cool DIY projects. If you’re already on there, let me know so that I can follow you.

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I had about four other cardigans and lightweight jackets that matched but in the end I choose the one in a color and fit that didn’t fight the bold colors of the floral print. I had the same dilema with belts but the skinniest of red belts did the trick. When wearing a bold item it’s often best to accessorize in a manner than enhances and supports the eye-catching piece rather than take away from it.

In the field of package design, which is my chosen profession, we pay very special attention to communication hierarchy. What this means is that items are defined in level of importance ahead of time and the balance of the design is what creates this visual hierarchy; what draws your eye to the most important thing first, then to the second, etcetera. The same applies in everyday fashion. What is the one item or accessory that will draw the eye in? Everything else you choose to wear should help support that impression rather than creating visual chaos.

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Floral dress/thrifted, salmon cardigan/Nordstrom’s, skinny red belt/Georgiou, beaded necklace/Nordstrom’s, orange sandals/Urban Outfitters.

 
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My new BFF

11 Jul

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing navy blue skirt, blue & off-white buffalo plaid shirt, orange sandals

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing navy blue skirt, orange sandals

You know what’s awesome? Having a dentist located a block away from some of my favorite stores. Actually, it would be more awesome not having to keep going to the dentist, but if one really must go, Dr. Patel at Green Dentistry is really cool.

You know what’s even more awesome? My new $20 orange sandals, that’s what!

I popped into one of my favorite shop for some “toothache therapy”, having just had another crown done. There is no doubt in my mind that I have spent more on dental work in the last decade than on clothes but that’s a whole other topic. I found these little tangerine gems in a bin just waiting for me. It’s not often that I’m lucky with shoes, especially on a whim. These fit perfect, the price was right and really, how could I resist bright orange?

I couldn’t and now my feet have new best friends.

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Sometimes all you need is one little ounce of happiness in the form of color. Rather than match my shoes to other colors in my outfit, I thought it would be fun to let them shine all on their own by pairing them with navy blue. I love the way this turned out. Blue and orange go so well together.

This is another way to add more color into your wardrobe. A fun pair of shoes worn with neutrals such as grey, black or creams can help you break through the scary barrier of wearing bright colors. Have you committed to implementing more color into your wardrobe? Not like I’m trying to talk you into it or anything. (Yes, I am!)

If you don’t believe how good color can be, check out how these ladies are doing it. Suze of Miss Vinyl Ahoy and Emma of Daily Clothes Fix are at the top of my list. They do things with color that make my eyes and soul so happy!

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Blue and off-white buffalo plaid shirt/J. Crew, thrifted, navy blue skirt/BCBG, orange sandals/Urban Outfitters, vintage daisy necklace/thrifted, beaded necklace/Nordstrom’s.

 
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New day, new hat

04 Jul

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Daily outfit and style tips, wearing green rosette blouse, red capri pants, kelly green hat

I’m forty-three and while I’ve never paid much attention to it before, the time has finally come for me to think about sun damage. Olive skin and great DNA have served me well all these years but one can only count on good luck so far. I’ve finally embraced a skin care routine, sunscreen and hats. I’m not likely to avoid the sun completely but I’d rather not age prematurely. A little vanity never hurts, especially in the form of a beautiful kelly green hat.

Daily outfit and style tip, wearing green rosette blouse, kelly green hat

Today marks the debut of my European purchases, I bought these great platform wedge sandals in Barcelona and the red pants, (I’m kind of embarrassed to admit this), at the airport from Zara.

I’ve officially become that person who shops at the airport.

I have a good reason, though. I tried them on in my regular size in Barcelona and couldn’t get them up over my thigh. Potentially demoralizing as it was, I ignored the fake “U.S. sizing” and had a good laugh, then left the store to get to the airport on time. Once there, we found out our flight was delayed by almost an hour and the Zara store beckoned me to give it one more try. Three sizes up later, I got them fit perfectly. Success!

I had to find a photo of an antherium because I matched the one in my coffee shop perfectly. You know what else? Being forty-three rocks!

Happy Fourth of July!!

Antherium

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The first time I wore these pants I paired them with a cyan t-shirt on a weekend. I got even bolder by wearing this bright green empire waist shirt with them, I couldn’t resist the color combo. Bright pants seem to be everywhere this season and can be worn many different ways. While an explosion of bright colors isn’t perfect for everyone, I would recommend bright pants with a neutral top and shoes as a great way to bring color into your wardrobe.

Do you have any bright pants? How are you wearing them? Leave a link to your post or photo if you have one, I’d love to see what you’re doing with them.

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Green blouse with rosettes/Nordstrom Rack, red capris/Zara, blue suede platform wedge sandals/Barcelona, beaded necklace/Nordstrom’s, kelly green hat/Whole Foods Market, silver and mother-of-pearl ring and cuff/Lois Hill.

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Antherium from the urban gardener

 
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