Halter Tops

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The Scoop

It is absolutely fabulous weather now and I am enjoying wearing all the summer things in my closet. There is so much to do when the weather is nice and I am loving being so busy. On this day we were going to Trader Joe’s for shopping and then out to lunch. And a shopping day is never complete until we stop by Costco too.

Our weeks are divided up between our house in the city and our house in the mountains so I get all the advantages of the bustling city and those of the quiet country life. As it gets hotter though we will be in the mountains most of the week.

I have been going to the trails in town to walk or run this year since we have bears hanging out around our trails at the house and they are way to close for comfort. When we came back this week we had bear paw prints on the car windows of our car we left in the drive way. They are such curious creatures. They have tried to get into our garage and my husbands shop.

Bear proof trash cans are required here because they will keep coming back if you have trash they can dig through. We have watched them wrestle our big bear proof trash cans all over the place trying to get them open. But as we are here more they will move on because they really don’t like to be around people.

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My Look

This top was so popular last year when I got it and I still love it this season. The bright colors are right up my ally and I love the halter style. It reminds me of the tops we used to make when I was a teenager. We used a soft cotton rope for the ties and cold make one is minutes.

I wore the top with a pair of old shorts and sandals. I am mixing high and low in this look. My bag is a dupe of bags that cost around $250 that I got for about $25. My sandals are the real Tory Burch but you can now gets dupes for them. I have to say the real ones are so comfortable and I wear them a lot. My earrings are from Tuckernuck and several years old but I wear them a lot because they are my favorite color. My apple watch and a Chico’s friendship bracelet completed my look.

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Create Your Own Look

I’m linking beautiful halter tops, my same Tory Burch sandals, my dupe bag and the designer version and my exact apple watch (the best thing I have ever bought for my fitness). I couldn’t find similar shorts but linked some that were cute and I couldn’t find the dupe sandals on Amazon but I know they are there.

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You can see all my looks on the LiketoKnow.it app when you search northwestmountainliving. Just download the free app and follow me or go to the shop tab on the blog to see them.

That’s it gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. I started a new IG Account called @northwestmountainliving. If you want to follow along check it out because I will be linking all my outfits and maybe adding some try-on haul stories soon!

Vintage Jeans

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The Scoop

Give me all the vintage jeans! These jeans I’m wearing are 14 years old. I remember buying them and several others just about like them. They are Lucky brand and fit better than any jeans I have ever had. They are starting to get a little thin at the knees so I try not to wear them too much. I often watch for this brand in the thrift shops and have a couple of times found some that I added to my collection of jeans. Yes I collect jeans! Ha.

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My Outfit

I added a colorful summer top that I bought last year that can be worn off my shoulders. Along with that I wore a pair of old sandals from Target bought a couple of years ago. I had the sandals in a bag to give away but ended up pulling them out for one or two more wears.

The bag is from our local thrift store and in perfect shape. I am seeing these exact macrame bags in the stores for much more than I paid. My necklace is at least 20 years old from Chico’s. It is so different. It is a pink stone shaped as a snake coiled up.

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Create Your Own Look

Linking fun options for your own look!


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Back In The Mountains

It is so fun being back in the mountains and in the country. Although we saw a bear at the front door last week so I am nervous when I go out on my hikes. But there is something about being outdoors that gives me peace. And the smell of pine is so refreshing and uplifting. Its a beautiful place to be in the summer! See the picture of our bear visitor in my last post here.

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You can see all my looks on the LiketoKnow.it app when you search northwestmountainliving. Just download the free app and follow me or go to the shop tab on the blog to see them.

That’s it gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. I started a new IG Account called @northwestmountainliving. If you want to follow along check it out because I will be linking all my outfits and maybe adding some try-on haul stories soon!

Boo!

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The Scoop

Hey gang! I was able to get in a couple of shoots this week so I thought I would do a post and update you on life lately. We have transitioned to our mountain home for the summer and with that came tons of work getting the house opened and ready for us, our fur babies and all the visitors we have in the summer. We still have a tree down in the front that fell over the winter and lots of other home care things to do but we are up and running.

It is getting hot down in the city reaching about 90 now so it is good to be where it is cool with the nights in the 50s and days in the 70s. We are seeing lots of deer and other creatures including a bear ( see pictures below) that walked right up to our front door before meandering on his way. The dogs are finding all sorts of stinky things to roll in and life in the summer is on!

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My Look

I was looking for inspiration online recently and saw a picture of a lady wearing the new straight leg style jeans (i.e. mom jeans), an over sized black button down shirt and black heel. I loved the simplicity of the look so went to my closet to see if I could replicate.

I only have some of my clothes here, most I left in the city house but I did have a navy blue button down, my latest jeans acquisition of over sized, high waist, straight and cropped legs (mom jeans). That’s a mouthful. I realize now they are too big but I think I will try to shrink them some. But I can say they are comfy. I had these cute navy wedge sandals and my thrifted straw bag. Please forgive my hair. I thought I could get one more day out of it but not really! Ha!

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Flowers

I just filled our flower pots with Marigolds again this year. They keep the bugs away and bloom until frost so I like the low maintenance. We have lilacs, peony’s, lilies and so many wild flowers growing in and around the place that I don’t feel the need to plant much more. We have strawberries, gooseberries and rhubarb if we can beat the bears to them.

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Accessories

I’m wearing over sized sunglasses that remind me of the sunglasses I wore in my teens and twenties that were so popular. The 70s and 80s era! My necklace is a couple of years old, bought at a local boutique called Mountain Monkey Business. It is such a fun clothing shop and local here in the mountains. My bracelet is old and adds some color and whimsy.

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I’m linking my same sunglasses along with others that I have recently bought. They all have that retro vibe. Also linking several other fun things I have recently gotten from amazon and love! The yellow top has not arrived yet but it looks so cute and summery.

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Create Your Own Look

I’m linking my exact jeans. They are the old style fabric that does not stretch which I love. They button up which I also love. The hem is too fun. I just wish I had not sized up because they are too big. So if you order I would say they are tts. I’m linking options for a black top and shoes and blue top with crazy cute navy blue shoes and then a short sleeved option with tan shoes which I really want.

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Bear Visitors

The other evening I was walking through the house and I saw a bear walking right under the windows toward our front door. By the time I got my phone to take a picture he was on his way, nothing to see here I guess! It’s always amazing to see the wildlife here and we have seen a lot!

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You can see all my looks on the LiketoKnow.it app when you search northwestmountainliving. Just download the free app and follow me or go to the shop tab on the blog to see them.

That’s it gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. I started a new IG Account called @northwestmountainliving. If you want to follow along check it out because I will be linking all my outfits and maybe adding some try-on haul stories soon!

Fun Fashion Ideas For Summer

The Scoop

I told you in my last post that I had ordered a lighting kit for picture taking. As of today I have it all set up but no idea how to use it. I have searched online for instruction but no one can just simply tell you where to place the lights in relation to the camera. Just the basics without a full photography class. Anyway I couldn’t find anything. If you know of anything to help please let me know.

Meanwhile in this post I am showing you a few looks all taken the same day. The first was when the sun was shinning, the second it was cloudy and the third look was taken while it was pouring down rain. Most of these photos were taken in the same room of the house. You can see how the photos turned out. I used the auto correct on the last outfit just FYI.

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Look One

I have been wanting a pair of floral wide leg cropped pants and I have been wanting a jumpsuit. Here I have both in one look. It’s a floral jumpsuit with wide cropped legs. It is so comfortable and I know I will be hanging out in this look a lot this summer. I wore wedge sandals and carried my Rebecca Minkoff bag. I wore bright blue earrings to bring out the blue in the jumper.

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Get This Look

I couldn’t find my exact romper. Everything I have on is old and not available. Linking options!

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Look Two

This maxi skirt is a soft knit and short enough for flats so I wore flat tan sandals. I wore a graphic tee that I knotted at the waist. I added a jean jacket for a third piece.

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Options

This look is all old stuff too but I am linking great options.

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Look Three

Here I am wearing a Rebecca Minkoff off shoulder top in a soft pink. I wore it with a pair of Express distressed flared jeans. For shoes wore a pair of low heeled sandals.

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Options

My outfit is old but I’m linking cute options!

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You can see all my looks on the LiketoKnow.it app when you search northwestmountainliving. Just download the free app and follow me or go to the shop tab on the blog to see them.

That’s it gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. I started a new IG Account called @northwestmountainliving. If you want to follow along check it out because I will be linking all my outfits and maybe adding some try-on haul stories soon!

Maxi Dress Style For Summer

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The Scoop

Officially summer is one month away but I have already completely organized my closet so summer style is up front. All the casual tops, shorts and dresses are just waiting for their season in the sun.

My husband turned a small storage room in the basement into a seasonal closet for me so I was able to take all my coats, sweaters and cold weather clothes down there and store them away. Now I have lots of room for warm weather clothes and shoes.

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My Look

One of my favorite things to wear in the summer is a maxi dress and this empire waist one is my very favorite. I have three maxi’s in this style in different colors. All are bright colors for summer but the orange just sings to me. I carried a cute little wicker bag and wore a pair of two tones sandals with chunky heels. For jewelry I wore turquoise earrings to bring out the turquoise in the dress.

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Create Your Own Look

My dress is London Times from Nordstrom Rack. I am linking several choices along with some cute bags and earrrings. This is such a fun simple statement look for summer.

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You can see all my looks on the LiketoKnow.it app when you search northwestmountainliving. Just download the free app and follow me or go to the shop tab on the blog to see them.

That’s it gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. I started a new IG Account called @northwestmountainliving. If you want to follow along check it out because I will be linking all my outfits and maybe adding some try-on haul stories soon!

Fashion - Shoulder Talk For Us Over 50 Ladies

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The Scoop

I love my dogs. This little guy makes me feel like a rock star! He and his sissy ( I call her) are always there watching like I am the most interesting person in the world. If you are a dog lover like me you understand that I spend a lot of time making sure I don’t let them down. We take lots of walks, we nap in a pile on the sofa, we share treats and the fun never ends!

It started raining this week after a few weeks of too perfect to be true spring weather. I realized how bad my lighting is again for picture taking. So I took the plunge and ordered a photography lighting kit. I can’t wait for it to arrive. It has it all even back drops in three colors. Now I can finish setting up my photography studio. We have a finished basement that I have all ready for photo taking except for the lighting. Its big empty, quiet with light colored walls. There are two large windows as in it only a partial underground basement but the lighting I ordered should improve things a lot!

In a couple more weeks we will be heading to the mountains for the summer! I am excited to be in the fresh country mountain air again where I can go mushroom hunting, huckleberry picking and take long quiet hikes and trail runs. I will make summer jams and just enjoy the quiet life for a few months.

Can you believe I got three new posts on the blog this week! I don’t know how it happened but I had a few fun looks to share so there you go! I love spring and summer fashion so much.

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My Look

This is all old but good. My top is so fun with the off shoulders but the tie around the neck keeps it secure. Next are my old DIY hem jeans. I think these were the first pair I took the scissors to. After one pair there was no holding me back and I found no jeans were safe if they were too long. These are a step hem. I added my Sam Edelman mules which have been a favorite for several years and carried my LV Never Full GM bag. For jewelry I wore the emerald necklace my husband surprised me with on our anniversary last year. I’m still sportin’ my hair pins because . . . well because I like them!

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Create Your Own Look

My top is State from Nordstrom, Jeans from Costco, mules Sam Edelman and bag Louie Vuitton (gift from husband). I’m linking really great options for creating your own look.

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Above you get a peek of my dinning room that I painted this spring. I love how it turned out. Below is my formal living room that has a ceiling two stories high so I will have to hire to have it painted. But I have it decorated just the way I want. It’s the most serene room. We’ve had the armoire for so many years. It is an antique from England. The room is filled with my favorite things. Even the silly brass duck.

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You can see all my looks on the LiketoKnow.it app when you search northwestmountainliving. Just download the free app and follow me or go to the shop tab on the blog to see them.

That’s it gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. I started a new IG Account called @northwestmountainliving. If you want to follow along check it out because I will be linking all my outfits and maybe adding some try-on haul stories soon!

Fashion - Got Crop Tops?

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The Scoop

I would never wear a midriff showing crop top but I do like shorter tops when I am wearing a high waist pair of jeans. Especially if the jeans are over sized, it helps balance the look. But also being from a generation where these tops were very popular I love them! So I thought I would pull together a look using my one and only crop top.

In the picture above I am in my newly painted office and I’m trying to show you that I got my caricature framed and hung up. I just love it! It was done several years ago by @bethbriggs.

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My Look

I got this top in Arizona over the winter. It is a very light weight material and I loved the colors and stripes. The edges of the sleeves and hem are sort of ruffled. It covers everything but still has the illusion of a fun trend. I wore my over sized straight leg “mom jeans” with it and then to add some more seventies vibes I wore my platform sandals and carried an earthy looking bag. For jewelry I wore big hoop earrings which are my favorite type of earring.

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Vintage Bag

In a couple of the pictures you will see my macrame bag that I got at a thrift shop last summer. Oh my gosh gang, back in the day I knew how to do macrame wall hangings. I also cold crochet a fabulous throw.

Create Your Own Look

I am linking everything you need to create your own look. Linking exact jeans (levis) and very similar tops, shoes and bags! And each piece is so fun!

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Another Look

I wanted to show you this dress. Since I was wearing it I got a couple of pictures. I have it in grey too and it is so comfortable that the grey one became a night gown. I wear it almost every night because is so comfy! But the black one I thought I would wear in the day time. It really is like a mumu! I wore my Tommy Bahama flip flops and my Tommy Bahama hat. The flip flops have a little silver pineapple on the top!

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Dress Obsessed

I am linking the exact dress in black and grey. I have both. I haven’t even begun to show ways to style this easy wear dress. I also found some very similar Tommy Bahama flip flops. I have mine in black, navy, and taupe and they go with all things summer! I also found a Tommy Bahama hat that is fabulous!

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You can see all my looks on the LiketoKnow.it app when you search northwestmountainliving. Just download the free app and follow me or go to the shop tab on the blog to see them.

That’s it gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. I started a new IG Account called @northwestmountainliving. If you want to follow along check it out because I will be linking all my outfits and maybe adding some try-on haul stories soon!

Throughout the week I link up with these beautiful bloggers!

Mummabstylish/ Curly Crafty Mom/ Style Crone/ Jeans and a Teacup/ Elegantly Dressed and Stylish -Stylish Monday/ Glass of Glam/ Not Dead Yet Style/ Shelbee On The Edge/ Shopping My Closet/ Elegantly Dressed and Stylish - Turning Heads Tuesday/ This Blond’s Shopping Bag - May Ageless Style/ The Fashion Canvas

Fashion-Summer Shorts and Dresses For Us Over 50 Ladies

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The Scoop

As a woman over 50 this voice whispers in my ears often, “Will you look to old to be wearing this?” I usually ignore it and find a way to make whatever it is I want to wear work for me. I guess I’m from the part of the country where women were criticized a lot. Don’t show your aging arms, legs, or neck. Your hair is too long, you look like your trying to look young. Almost anything you did to look and feel good was just bad taste.

Well I’m not trying to look young, I am trying to look fabulous! So cut it out little voices! In this post I am showing my legs and arms and neck! Gracious! Get me some nerve pills. Also something they gave women during menopause because heaven forbid they complained or reacted to how they were feeling.

I’m so glad those days are mostly gone.

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Look One

This lovely dress shows arms, legs and neck and it is fun, pretty and comfortable! I would also wear it with sneakers or sandals. Its a fabulous cotton material that buttons down the front. I took off the white tie that came with it and added a pink patterned Ted Baker scarf to give it a little somethin’ somethin’! A bright pair of pink pumps made this look sing to me! A summer bag completed my look.

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Hair Accessories

I found these pretty little bobby pins at Walmart and knew I would wear them a lot since I am always pulling my hair back or to the side. I put two in and love the look! I tried to find them online but Walmart’s site is still clunky if you ask me and I could not find them. I am sure you can find tons in all the stores though. I’ll link a few pretty ones too.

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Look Two and Three

The next couple of looks start with shorts that are so so comfy. They have elastic waist bands with an added drawstring. I could have went down a size but this was the smallest size so I am making them work. They are a fabric that is light and breathable. Perfect for summer. The tops are also comfy and complete the looks along with sandals. A straw summer bags is the perfect accessory! These are size small so I would say they run a little large but then I kind of like the over sized look.

Create Your Own Look

I’m linking same brand similar style dresses. Same shorts, white tee and Ark Bag. Similar striped top and sandals. My sandals are Sam Edelman and I linked same brand just different colors since mine are old. I have been wearing these three summers now! My pumps and other bags are also old.

One thing I know for sure is that this white Tee is the nicest one I have bought in a long time. It is high quality in fit, style and fabric. I bought five for basics. I want to see if they have them in black now because I wear almost every day.

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You can see all my looks on the LiketoKnow.it app when you search northwestmountainliving. Just download the free app and follow me or go to the shop tab on the blog to see them.

That’s it gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. I started a new IG Account called @northwestmountainliving. If you want to follow along check it out because I will be linking all my outfits and maybe adding some try-on haul stories soon!

Throughout the week I link up with these beautiful bloggers!

Mummabstylish/ Curly Crafty Mom/ Style Crone/ Jeans and a Teacup/ Elegantly Dressed and Stylish -Stylish Monday/ Glass of Glam/ Not Dead Yet Style/ Shelbee On The Edge/ Shopping My Closet/ Elegantly Dressed and Stylish - Turning Heads Tuesday/ This Blond’s Shopping Bag - May Ageless Style/ The Fashion Canvas

Wearing Shorts and Straight Leg Cropped Jeans For Us Over 50 Ladies

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The Scoop

Hey Gang! I made it back for the Saturday post. I almost thought I wouldn’t get it done because once again I started other projects that were major time and energy sucks. I painted my office which has high vaulted ceilings. It looks and feels so much nicer now. Any way I did manage to find a few things this week that I am mad about and I wanted to share them.

At over 50 are you still open to new trends? I am so on board with trying a new trend if I can make it my own. I was sure I would never wear the so called “mom jeans” but here I am in LOVE with these high waist, straight leg cropped jeans. I even sized up for a more relaxed fit and seriously I think they are so stylish! And by golly I am even embracing the clips in my hair that you are seeing so many ladies wearing! Is there nothing I won’t embrace? Ha ha!

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You Know What Else?

Are you over 50 and still wearing shorts? I have thought over the last few years my days of wearing shorts in public were close to over but this spring the weather has been so fabulous that I have found myself wearing shorts every day the temps hit 70 degrees. Sure my legs don’t look like they did when I was younger but I am fine with my legs and am comfortable sporting a shorts look!

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These Looks

In my first look I am wearing a pair of Levis, high waist straight leg cropped jeans. I went up a size because I thought they would look and feel cute a little over sized. I got the feel part right that’s for sure! I wore a top from Old Navy and in the first picture Sam Edelman Sandals. I layered some of my favorite necklaces, wore my apple watch with my leopard band and picked up cute bobby pins at Walmart for my hair.

My next look is something I am so excited about. I found shorts that have a five inch inseam! Gosh they feel so comfortable and are a length that I love. You can get them in seven inch length too! Finally shorts women can feel good in! I got these shorts in a striped, almost linen but less wrinkling fabric and wore the same top only in red. Both from Old Navy. I also got the shorts in a mustard yellow color. I am thinking I may go back and get the red floral pair that I saw in the store and the top in denim. All on sale right now.

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Outside of the first pair of sandals, all my sandals are old. I carried my Ark bag in some pictures and in the others I carried a fabulous round bag with tassels that I got at TJ Max. It is made out of a sturdy jute fabric that I love!

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Linking exact jeans, shorts, tops, Ark Bag and Sam Edelman Sandals. I got my round bag at TJ Max and linking up a very similar one also from TJ Max.

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You can see all my looks on the LiketoKnow.it app when you search northwestmountainliving. Just download the free app and follow me or go to the shop tab on the blog to see them.

And that’s it gang! I think I could have gone on all day but this gives you an idea of ways I like to wear shorts and other trends.

What is your favorite trend right now?

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. I started a new IG Account called @northwestmountainliving. If you want to follow along check it out because I will be linking all my outfits and maybe adding some try-on haul stories soon!

Tee Dress Style For Us That Are Over 50

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The Scoop

Good grief Gang, it has been about two months since my last blog post! How did that happen? I have been blogging for over five years now and for at least the last three I haven’t missed a post. But what can I say? I was dried up, had nothing inspiring to share and decided to stop, refresh and see how I felt after some time off.

I missed you all and our interactions a lot. I spent a little time studying the blog medium, trying to figure out where it is going and to find more direction for my blog. Came up empty! Ha ha. But that’s ok, I love to push my creative side and find new ways to do things and sometimes that means taking a break to refocus.

I was also beyond busy with life in general and just couldn’t find the time to do the work a blog requires. I am still way busy but I think I can get a good post in on Saturdays. I’ll try and see how it goes. While I was on break I was doing things like landscaping, painting my family room, dining room, kitchen and a couple of bedrooms. My project list in never ending it seems. Sometimes I worked myself right into bed for a day or two to recuperate. I’m like my dad that way. My mom says he never knows when to quit. But he is going on 88 this year and still rides a motorcycle and plants a garden so I guess it’s not such a bad thing.

Anyway let’s get on with this post, shall we?

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My Look

So yes we can wear a tee dress after 50. I love my tee dresses, they are comfortable, versatile and simply CUTE! I think it is important to find the right length for your height, this one works for me but usually I prefer shorter dresses to hit the most narrow part of my leg. Finding a dress with a nice weight in the fabric is important too. You don’t want anything showing through because it is too thin, but then you don’t want it too heavy and hot. I got this one at Costco while we were in Arizona this winter.

Now lets look at ways to style it so we get all the wear out of it and bang for our buck! Ha Ha.

For the first look above I added interesting sandals (Sam Edelman) and a bag (Rebbeca Minkoff) with some pop!

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Try wearing a fun jacket with your tee dress. I love this white distressed jean jacket from last summer.

I got my dress at Costco and they may still have them but here are some fabulous options.

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Elevate your tee dress with a nice blazer and matching sandals. Everyone should have a white blazer in their closet. It can make anything look dressy! I also grabbed my leopard clutch (Clare V.) which by the way I have a had for so many years and keep using every single season. It is a basic that never goes out of style.

My jackets are old but I’m linking similar ones for you.

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I took the blazer look one step further and added a fabulous silk scarf.

My clutch is Clave V and I linked it but it is a different color leopard (still really pretty) and I linked other similar bags.

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Next I added a leopard scarf (BP) around my waist and changed my bag (Marshals) and shoes (Steve Madden). The tan sandals go with anything and I find them very comfortable. My little wicker cross body bag is such a fun summer accessory. Oh and don’t forget to add a hat (Tommy Bahama) for an edgy look.

I am obsessed with all the shoes in this post and I am linking them for you.

Linking exact leopard scarf and other silk options!

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Big bold sunglasses are hot hot hot right now. I remember wearing them back in the 70s and 80s. Good things come back around eventually. These were from amazon and are out of stock in black.

My hat above a couple of pictures is a Tommy Bahama but I am linking great options!

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Here I am wearing my sneakers and a ball cap. Boom, ready for my seeing the grandkid’’s ball games or walking around the farmers market, right?

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My favorite way to wear this dress was with a scarf in my hair. There’s just something about it that makes me feel like I put some effort into the details.

And that’s it gang, I think I could have gone on all day but this gives you an idea of ways I like to style a tee dress!

What is your favorite way to wear a tee dress?

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. I started a new IG Account called @cherylapriltucker. If you want to follow along check it out because I will be linking all my outfits and adding some try on haul stories soon!

Link Ups for Friday!

Mummabstylish/ Curly Crafty Mom/ Style Crone/ Jeans and a Teacup/ Elegantly Dressed and Stylish -Stylish Monday/ Glass of Glam/ Not Dead Yet Style/ Shelbee On The Edge/ Shopping My Closet/ Elegantly Dressed and Stylish - Turning Heads Tuesday/ This Blond’s Shopping Bag - May Ageless Style

Favorite White Jeans’ Looks For Spring

The Scoop

I wear white jeans and pants all year around but spring is my favorite time of the year for them. After five years of blogging I have put together a lot of looks with white jeans and pants. I went through and picked a bunch out to show you how many options there are for white jeans and pants in the spring!

Searching The Blog

If you aren’t familiar with the search bar its at the top right on this page labeled “Looking For Something?” You can search for posts from all five years of my blog.

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Spring Fashion 2019

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The Scoop

Wow March is already rolling down the highway at the speed of light! Can you believe Daylight Savings Time begins next Sunday, March 10th? I am loving the longer days and the warmer weather here in the city. But read on to see our house in the mountains barely peeking out from under all the snow. We spent the weekend up there and it was sunny and gorgeous but boy so much snow.

Today some of my kitchen appliances are being delivered and then the rest will be installed tomorrow. The existing appliances here at the house in the city are original to the house so around 19 years old. We replaced the refrigerator when we moved in last summer and now we are doing the stove, microwave and dishwasher. I picked out my new counter top and will order it today. I am hoping it wont take long to get installed. I know Quartz is all the rage. I was told by an expert that 90% of what they sell now is quartz. But I just don’t like it. So I am going with what I like and getting granite. It is also crazy because Quartz is more expensive than granite and its man made. Go figure.

I guess I am getting old, because I am over the open concept, I love rooms. I want real natural materials like stone and wood in the house and I love color. I read that although the all white kitchen is strong the new kitchens are trending toward color, natural elements and a bit of vintage vibe and that is totally me!

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My Look

You know how what you are focused on at the moment is what you enjoy? Well I am focused on the house update so I am really going casual a lot. I mean, old jeans, tees and sweats style! Ha ha.

But we were out looking at landscaping ideas today so I pulled myself together somewhat. Everything is old. I am wearing white jeans by Jessica Simpson, a J. Crew top, a Free People cardigan, Steve Madden wedges and carrying an Ark bag. There’s no snow here in the city and it is sunny and in the upper 40s to low 50s. I am so loving it. Big hoop earrings were my only jewelry. I love these earrings so much I think I will add a few more to my collection this spring.

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Create Your Own Look

I’m linking fun spring cardigans and fabulous hoop earrings both on my list for fresh spring looks!

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Snow In The Mountains

Below are pictures of our house in the mountains! You cannot see the front door at all. We’ve had this place since 2003 and I have never seen quite this much snow. You can see in some of the pictures the tree that fell down across our circle drive and landed right down our sidewalk to the front door. It’s a miracle it didn’t hit our garden shed or the house. We are at the bottom of a ski hill and it was reported to have gotten more than eleven feet of snow in the month of February alone. Argh!

Reminder

I am only sending out one newsletter a week from now on. It will be a recap of the week’s posts (new posts go out Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 1 PM MT) in case you missed them and I’ll also share books to read, articles I think are interesting, recipes I am trying, news on fitness, home decor, dogs and anything that is news of the week! The newsletter will also contain a personal letter addressed only to subscribers so I hope you will sign up and join our little community!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

Spring Trends Alert

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

The Scoop

I'm on the prowl for spring fashion! And I think I am on to some really fun new things. I thought I would share what I am loving right now that will take me through spring and summer!

Most of these things were something I dabbled in last spring and summer but I am seeing them bumped up a little on the style scale. First, scarves.  I wear them around my neck, wrist, in my hair, around my waist and even tied on my bags. This year they have some fun shapes and sizes so I tied one on the handle of my bag for a fun twist. Second, platforms. I am going crazy over these platform sneakers. They are so cute with jeans, shorts, skirts, and dresses! Obsessed. The next thing I am embracing even more fully than before (if that can happen) is tunics (longer tops). They have such a casual relaxed vibe but with all the colors and styles they are a major staple for me.  You can wear them with the hem out, assorted tucks or even as a dress if they are long enough. Fill my closet please!

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

My Look

In this look I am wearing  a tunic that buttons half way down in neutral stripes. I did a front tuck with this look but sometimes I pull the hem through my belt loop on the side. This is a perfect anytime top. My jeans are Lucky Brand skinny cropped jeans, shoes are platform Steve Madden sneakers and I'm carrying a Tory Burch tote with a scarf from target wrapped around the handle.  You can see the care tag still on my scarf. For some reason I hate to cut those off but I think I will have to in this case. I'm wearing a white watch and Kendra Scott turquoise earrings to complete this look.

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Create Your Own Look

I’m linking ideas for creating your own look!

I love my Kendra Scott earrings and have worn them along with the matching necklace over and over through the years. I’m linking beautiful styles for this spring.

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Spring Trends Alert on Northwest Mountain Living & Style

Reminder

I am only sending out one newsletter a week from now on. It will be a recap of the week’s posts (new posts go out Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 1 PM MT) in case you missed them and I’ll also share books to read, articles I think are interesting, recipes I am trying, news on fitness, home decor, dogs and anything that is news of the week! The newsletter will also contain a personal letter addressed only to subscribers so I hope you will sign up and join our little community!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


Granny's Cornbread Salad

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The Scoop

It is not picture taking weather here in Idaho so I have’t been getting any taken. I wrote this post a while ago and had it in the can to share at some point and now seems like a good time.

Granny’s cornbread salad is not only one of my favorite recipes, it reminds me of my Granny. She was my mom’s mom and a very sweet and kind lady. As I grew up I learned I had a lot of her traits. We both rearrange(d) our furniture when we clean(ed) house, we both love(d) old BBC sitcoms, we both kick(ed) our foot when we would try to sit still and the list goes on.

Anyway back to my story. As Granny got older she started losing her vision from Macular Degeneration but she wanted to record and share her recipes with us grand kids. So I gave her my old electric typewriter and even though she didn’t know how to type, she slowly typed recipes on cards. She made one for me and one for my cousin and the other grandchildren. She put little stickers on them and put together the cutest little recipe books. I use mine all the time and always think of her when I do.

The bowl in the picture above also reminds me of granny as she had the exact one and used it all the time. I found one in an antique store many years ago and use it all the time too.

You can see how much I use this recipe, a tribute to how much my family likes it. It is so easy to make and really a meal in one bowl. I make it mostly in the summer for some reason.

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I vary the ingredients too. I like black beans sometimes instead of kidney and I might use red and yellow peppers instead of green. I usually make extra bacon because if you are going to eat bacon you might as well have plenty. Ha Ha. Also instead of mayo I will use half yogurt or even all yogurt. I think Greek yogurt is just as tasty as mayo.

I cook my bacon on a sheet pan in the oven. I think it’s the best way to make a lot of bacon.

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I like a nice white cheddar cheese for this salad. A fruity white wine goes perfectly with this salad as well as does a glass of iced tea.

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Weekly Newsletter

I wanted to let you know that I will only be sending out one newsletter a week from now on. I have been sending one out three times a week, each time a new post went live. I think I can put together a more interesting newsletter if I send out one each Sunday that is recap of the week. So stayed tuned for this week’s edition of the weekly wrap-up newsletter. I hope you will sign up if you haven’t already. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

Color My Mood

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The Scoop

Seriously gang, rich colors like those in this outfit make my heart sing. They make me happy. Finding the perfect combination of colors is a lucky gift when you can find them. These blues and plums complement each other like they were meant to be.

We are back in Idaho checking on the houses in the mountains and valley. There is a ton of snow at the mountain place and it is still coming down. There are avalanche warnings going off on the TV as I write this post. I hope to get some pictures this week. In the valley it is cloudy and raining a ton. Winter in Idaho is never dull, that is for sure. I have learned to enjoy the climate no matter where I am though. I always say, “you can laugh or you can cry and I chose to laugh!”

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My Look

I am wearing a Karen Kane top, Free People cardigan, 7 for all Mankind jeans and boots from Target. And gang, they are my favorite pair of OTK boots. Everything in this look is at least a season or two old but I wear them often because of the fun colors. My leather cross body bag is a major fun thrift find bought in Arizona last winter. All I can say it this is one of my favorite winter. outfits.

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Create Your Own Look

There is no better time than now to pick up a pair of OTK boots, they are on sale everywhere! I am linking a few for you to look at along with some fabulous cardigans that can add a pop of color to your look! Layer your favorite tunic for warmth and more color and style.

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Reminder

I am only sending out one newsletter a week from now on. It will be a recap of the week’s posts in case you missed them and I’ll also share books to read, articles I think are interesting, recipes I am trying, news on fitness, home decor, dogs and anything that is news of the week! The newsletter will also contain a personal letter addressed only to subscribers so I hope you will sign up and join our little community!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Peace!