Monday, September 24, 2012

Visible Monday - A wish for fall weather

I am really wishing for fall weather this year. We have had a couple of lovely fall-like days this month to tease us, but alas, it is still summer like weather here. I took advantage of a below 80 degree day to put on my first real fall outfit. I will admit that I took off the jacket once we got home from going out to eat breakfast as it was just too warm to keep on. Kansas is a state with extremes in weather. We might not even have a fall, we could go straight from summer to winter or we could have a warm winter with few below freezing days like we did last year. My ancestors were definitely hardy souls to live and survive in this windswept plain.

Jacket: Chico's
Top: LYS from KMart
Belt: Coldwater Creek
Jeans: NYDJ Sheri Skinny in Terra Hide
Fisherman sandals: Reiker
I did have on bracelets, but the memory stick on the camera was full so we did not get shots of the bracelets, however you have probably seen them before. I didn't wear a necklace because I thought the belt was enough of an accessory, but in looking at the pictures, I think I could've worn a small scale necklace and it would've looked just fine.

My NYDJ jeans are a coated denim finish distressed to look like leather. They can be purchased from the NYDJ website or Nordstrom's. (The Nordstrom link takes you to the NYDJ Fall lookbook with lots of great outfits featured.) I purchased my jeans from Nordstrom's as they had the plus size before they were offered on the NYDJ site. Both have free shipping and returns. If you are looking for a great fitting pair of jeans, try NYDJ's. They may be a bit more expensive, but if you have one pair of great fitting jeans that make you feel very visible and fabulous, you can get more cost per wear value than if you have several cheaper pair that don't fit as well. For me, the best thing about these jeans is that they are made in the USA!  

Saturday, we stopped by the Meat Market to buy filet mignon's for us and decided to buy some fresh beef bones for the dogs. They spent the afternoon gnawing on the bones and were so exhausted, they slept for hours. Harry even slept through taking the photos which was a first for him.

FarLeyJoE (lettering is intentional, it suits him) on the left and Harry on the right.
Please visit the linkup's for Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style and Monday Mingle to viewall the visible fashion inspiration for this week.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Visible Monday - Early fall color

The past year and nine months have been a new journey for me. What I initially thought my wardrobe would be in retirement is not what it has turned out to be. I really thought I would dress every day like I did while working. I thought I would wear all the jewelry and other accessories I did then. I do still try to dress attractively every day, but I don't wear all the accessories I used to on a daily basis.

Sometimes I feel like a bit of a fraud when I think of what I named my blog. It should probably be "She Used To Accessorize Well." I have been toying around with the idea of changing the name of my blog to "Forever in Blue Jeans" as it more accurately defines how I dress every day. (Except for my maxi's which are as comfortable as jeans on a hot summer day.) Then I realized that what I wanted this blog to be was to show how I maintain style throughout retirement and that change should be expected. I imagine that my style will likely change even more as the years go by. I suppose that many of you who currently work outside the home will change your style when you retire just as I have. It is an interesting journey to be sure.

When we went to brunch this morning, I felt very Visible and comfortable in this outfit. After discussing vests with Anne at The Frump Factor, I decided to pull one of my favorites out of hiding. I also decided to debut my new Vince Camuto boots. I wasn't going to buy any new boots this season, but the moment I saw these in the fall magazines, I knew that they were ones that I would wear and love for years.

Vest: Orvis
Blouse: Foxcroft
Jeans: LRL
Boots: Vince Camuto
Vince Camuto Winchell Boots
80's Copper/Brass necklace
This past week my glasses broke across the nose. Fortunately, the prescription of my old pair was close enough to wear until I can get a replacement frame. Did you know that the warranty on eyeglass frames begins when you purchase them? I thought it started when you actually received them, but was informed differently by the optical store. I had purchased them in the middle of July and did not get them until September 17th. I was a bit upset when they told me I was out of warranty. They did talk to the company that made them and ever so generously informed me that they they would honor the warranty. Although I was happy that they did agree to replace them, I wasn't too happy with their condescending attitude. It used to be that companies stood behind their products without acting like they were doing you a big favor to replace a faulty item. Ah how times have changed.
Please visit Not Dead Yet Style and Monday Mingle to see what everyone is wearing this week. I know it will be fun!

Monday, September 10, 2012

No Maxi Monday

For this Visible Monday/Monday Mingle I am not wearing a maxi. I had a new eyelash/confetti scarf that I wanted to wear, so I decided to go with jeans and a tee instead. I don't know about all of you, but I tend to do things in phases. Right now I am wanting to wear scarves. Last fall and winter I wasn't that enthused about wearing them. I tend to go full bore whenever I get interested or intrigued by something. I used to think it was a personality flaw, but now I realize it is just how I roll and accept it.

Tee from 1/2 of 1/2 store
Jeans: French Dressing Jeans
Scarf: from Ann's Fashions
Sandals: Red Patent Think! Sandals
Bracelets on Left: Noosa Amsterdam top, bottom from TJMaxx
Right: Yurman, Yurman, & Bead Bracelet
Harry was wilder than a March hare and was running about like a mad dog. We had to bribe him with biscuits to get him to even stand still. He wanted his picture taken and I had a number of them with noses and tail shots. After the bribery, we did get a few good shots.

Saturday, we went to see the Oscar Meyer WeinerMobile at a local grocery store. It was fun to see. Every bit of it is customized, including the seat covers and dash. I tried to get some good photos of the inside but the glare on the windows made most of the pictures too blurry.

My husband talked to the driver who happened to be a young woman. She said it handled surprisingly well in the wind (we have had some high winds lately) in spite of its ungainly looking body.

I hope all of you have had a lovely Monday and that you visit Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday and Momtrends for Monday Mingle.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Making a vest out of a scarf - fun for Thursday

Some of you probably already know how to make a vest out of a scarf, but until a week ago I didn't know how to do it. I was in my Chico's store and my favorite sales associate, Pam, showed me how to style the scarf. Because I don't do video's, I checked out YouTube and found several variations of the tying method that I would like to share with you.

First, a warning for those of you who watch at work: there may be music so play at your own risk.

The first video is from CrushClothing. Their channel has a number of other scarf tying videos. This is the style I was shown at Chico's.

The next video is from TheodoraAndCallum, another channel with interesting videos.   

The last video is from Lovelifelivefashion.

I think this would also look great belted with a jacket over it. Or belted on its own. It is up to you to create your own spin on this look. With a light wispy scarf this would be pretty over a tee in the summer. I am especially excited to try this with some of my fall scarves. Different size scarves make really different looks with the way they drape.

What ideas do you have for the scarf vest? Have fun!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Zig Zag, Red & Black Monday

Yes, it is another maxi dress. This summer maxi's have been my go to outfit. I think I am now seeing why some of you love dresses so much for their ease of wear. I coveted this one from the moment I saw it in the Chico's catalog. It is easy to dress up or down and I will be able to wear this in the fall with a black leather jacket and booties. The big plus is I got it on sale for half off, then an extra 30% off of the sale price.

Jacket: Coldwater Creek
Dress: Chico's
Sandals: Think! Julia

A few of you have asked about my hair. After seeing so many other over 50 women with longer hair that look very attractive, I decided that I wanted to let it grow. I would like for it to be all one length except for my bangs. I have a long way to go because my last hair stylist decided that I need to have it thinned out and cut a lot of length off the top layers. Longer hair seems to be easier to style than really short hair.  I am still undecided about the color. I really wish that all my hair was gray, but unfortunately I still have quite a lot of darker hair. I stopped coloring it and let it go natural, but it was just such a bland color, just mousy. Any one have any advice? It just seems like no matter whether I have blond or darker hair it is a lot of upkeep.

Please join us for Visible Monday and Monday Mingle for our very own September fashion issue.