Express Your Individuality: Track Pants and A Boyfriend Blazer

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are still enjoying this holiday week. We went to see my parents for a quick visit and then came back home to spend time with my husband’s parents and uncle. Since the kids are off from school, I’ve got various appointments to get them to and I’m also still working my part-time job. So while we are still in holiday mode, we do have a bit of a To-Do list.

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The Star of the Christmas Closet: A Red Dress (with a Plaid Blanket Scarf)

The other night my best friend – a woman I’ve known for 43 years – called me. She actually Facetimed me, so I was tickled pink when I saw her name come up on my phone and it was a bonus to see her. Because of the schedules of our two families as well as distance (she lives in another state), it has been many years since we last visited each other.

Hey there! 

Hey! Guess what’s on TV right now? 

“The Sound of Music!” I said without hesitation. It was indeed being broadcast and we both laughed after I said it.

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A Holiday Dress for the Ageless Style Linkup

It’s the first Tuesday of the month which means it’s time for the Ageless Style Linkup. Our  theme is keeping with the holidays and showcasing something that we could dress up or down, holiday style or holiday casual.

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Stylish Comfort Pants for Home and Work

When I think of comfort pants, I think of joggers or yoga pants. I love their stretchy and unrestricted style. Problem is, I don’t feel comfortable wearing them out of the house. They are a little too casual for me to take beyond my driveway. For me, these pants serve a pretty specific purpose: to work out or to lounge around at home.

But Gopantsla is quickly changing how I feel about comfort pants. I received a pair of these pants as a prize for winning the Thrifted Chick Style Challenge in November. Gopantsla did not ask me to write a post about the pants nor are they paying me to write a post. But I would not show you a piece or recommend it if I didn’t like it and wouldn’t wear it myself. Continue reading “Stylish Comfort Pants for Home and Work”

Fixing a Short A-Line Dress

“A glamorous woman is always elegant, but she also possesses an air of mystery and excitement.” – Ralph Lauren

I love this quote, especially the “air of mystery,” because I think that is one of the most important accessories for a woman (the other is her smile). In my opinion, there should be an air of mystery about a woman and the outfit she chooses to present to the world. I like to think I cultivate some mystery in what I don’t show to the world. In other words, I prefer not to reveal every inch of my body; I think modesty speaks volumes about who I am and what I represent. I am not saying that I walk about covered completely in a blanket, but for me, I like things that provide some cover, while still celebrating the female body.

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A Shimmery Pleated Skirt for the Holidays

We visited my in-laws this weekend for an early Thanksgiving celebration. While we were waiting for the turkey to cook, my husband, our four sons and I decided to take a hike on a walking trail behind my in-laws’ house. With our dog in tow, we started off on a cleared out path that led into a forest. It was a warm and breezy day and leaves were falling all around us as we made our way deeper into the woods. Continue reading “A Shimmery Pleated Skirt for the Holidays”

A Floral Maxi Dress for Thanksgiving

My husband told us this week that he wants to fry a turkey this Thanksgiving. We tried this a few years ago and it was a spectacular  failure.  After 4 hours in the fyer, the turkey was still pink. Pink, I tell you! To this day, we’re not exactly sure what went wrong because we thought that we followed all the directions. If we hadn’t agreed to put a “backup” turkey in the oven, then we would have been eating a meatless Thanksgiving Day meal.

I once had a boss who said if we were going to fail at something, let it be a  spectacular failure. That way, everyone would know that we gave the effort everything we had, and then some. We certainly learned a few things from our last turkey frying attempt and we’ll be putting those lessons to use this year.

And I’ll be buying a second turkey, just in case.

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Thrifted Chic Style Challenge Winner!

I woke up early Saturday morning to learn that I had won the Thrifted Chic Style Challenge from last week! Excited can’t even begin to describe how I felt. This was my first-ever contest for a style challenge and my first win. Continue reading “Thrifted Chic Style Challenge Winner!”

Make My Day with Leopard Boots and a Blanket Poncho

In one of my English courses at George Mason University, my professor made us watch the famed 1954 Japanese movie Seven Samauri. We were studying Japanese culture at the time and his lesson was centered on the similarities between that movie and the spaghetti westerns that became popular in the mid-1960s. Seven Samauri was actually remade into the American movie, The Magnificent Seven, but there is one name synonymous with spaghetti westerns. C’mon, take a guess. But first, you’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya? Continue reading “Make My Day with Leopard Boots and a Blanket Poncho”

Stepping Back In Time With A Red Swing Coat

During my dad’s first military assignment on the island of Crete in Greece, we lived off base in a small apartment. It had no central hearing nor air conditioning. My parents had space heaters in some rooms, but they weren’t enough to keep us warm during the winter. Not that it gets super hot or cold there. The average temperature in January hovers around 52 degrees Fahrenheit with the hottest temps reaching about 79 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.

Still, I remember plenty of cold nights in our little apartment during the winter. My parents didn’t feel it was safe to leave the space heaters on all night, so we would wrap ourselves in coats, hats and gloves. Then we would crawl under our many layers of blankets. In a family of four kids, we didn’t have separate coats for separate occasions. The coat I crawled in bed with was the same coat I wore to school, to play outside, to go to church, etc.

Maybe that’s why today I have a decent collection of coats. Trenches, casual coats, jean jackets, leather jackets and anoraks are all in my closet. I enjoy wearing each of them throughout the year. Continue reading “Stepping Back In Time With A Red Swing Coat”