How To Use Column Dressing


A few years ago I learned about a style concept called column dressing. It is where you wear the same color top and pants and then build out from there. I felt it was a brilliant idea and I use it often. My favorite is the black column. In this outfit I have a pair of comfy high wasted black jeans and an asymmetrical long sleeved tee with a V neck. You will see in the following pictures how versatile this base is by switching out jewelry, bags, shoes and by adding a third piece (another style concept that I will talk about in a future post).  I used things like pulling the neckline down to a cold shoulder, big statement necklaces, adding cardigans and wearing different shoes. I could have probably put together 50 different outfits and of course loved every minute of doing it!

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How I Style Over The Knee Boots For Fall Fashion


A few of years ago when Over the Knee Boots starting popping up everywhere, I was sure I was too old to wear them. I let society whisper in my ear, no no, you can't wear those, you'll look like you're trying to be younger. But as with so many whispers in my ear, I ignored it and showed my husband a beautiful pair of Louise et Cie OTK boots that I loved and he got them for me for Christmas! I was so excited and the minute I put them on I loved them. The heck with what anyone thought! Over the next couple of years I added two more pairs. They are so versatile and absolutely a fun addition to my wardrobe! 

For this outfit I wore the second pair of OTK boots purchased, they are a rich caramel color and they can be scrunched down to below the knee for variation.  Right now I prefer over the knee. I wore them with a pair of pants in a copper color. My top is a fun cold shoulder in a blue that reminds me of stormy nights.  I wore a layered necklace and a choker and carried a tote bag. All I can say is, I love this outfit. The top made it comfortable for the still warm days we were having but I got to style the boots so it is a perfect transitional outfit. 


As I write this post I am enjoying a day in the mid 60s and sunny with a little wind. But the wind is blowing in an early winter storm. For the next week, it is only going to be in the mid 40s and Tuesday through Thursday the forecast predicts snow! It's crazy and way too early for snow. A first in my experience.  I think the next week it is supposed to warm up to the 50s and 60s so hopefully our fall isn't over. Meanwhile my husband has been stacking wood for all our fire places. Stay tuned for weather updates! Ha Ha!


On last Saturday's edition of the "Move It Or Lose It" segment, I talked about my skin care or lack there of. I'm taking this week off. I have pretty much shared my stories related to health, fitness and beauty and will move this feature to the first Saturday of the month from now on. So look for my October post in a few weeks.  Sign up below for my newsletter if you want to get the reminder.


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Country Mountain Business Suit


I call this my country mountain business suit! I saw an outfit with camouflage pants, a denim jacket and heels sort of like this that I wanted to recreate but I didn't have camouflage pants (yet). :-). I did have a camouflage jacket that I a bought late this summer and pants that were the perfect shade of green to with the jacket. How to put those together started rolling through my mind. Of course, a black and white striped tee and suede black pumps would be perfect! I put it together and found I liked it way more than the suits I used to wear when I worked at the University. It had a suit like look but with a casual and edgy side. Definitely will wear this again. 


I had an appointment to get a hair cut a few weeks ago but had to reschedule and am just now finally (today) going to see my stylist. To be honest I am not sure what I want done. I like this length but love it shorter too. And my color now is lack luster and needs something. I think I will just let my stylist do whatever she wants, she is so good at knowing what I like and has never steered me wrong. And I've been going to her for 10 years. So we'll all see what she thinks soon!

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Softer Side of Both Sexes


While I was out hiking this morning I was thinking about how many people say they love to wear gray and pink together. I wondered why I heard that more than about any other color combination. It just struck that maybe it is because these colors represent the softest side of both the female and male. I think of pinks as the most feminine color and I think of gray as the gentler side of men. Crazy maybe, I don't know. 

For this outfit I wore a pair of what I call vintage jeans. I have owned them for around 12 years and will never give them up. I wore a pastel pink camisole and this gray sweater with big bell sleeves. I wore some silver sandals and carried a leopard bag. The bag is several years old and a favorite that will never go out of style either. For jewelry I wore my giant hoop earrings and a layered necklace. When I was all put together I could see this outfit would be on repeat for fall. 


I have been watching the tragedy in Texas non stop and it is so heart breaking. This flooding reminds me of the time my home flooded in Missouri. Back in the early 90s we had a 100 year flood. We had no warning. Our house was next to a river. Before we knew it water was coming in our doors. We saw our car washed away and huge rail road ties raced by in the water along with everyone's barbecue grills and lawn furniture. We didn't know what to do because the water was up to our knees and the current was so fast we were afraid to try to wade out. Our refrigerator was shorting out and we were afraid of electricution. All our pictures, my sons saxaphone and furniture was being covered in water. We grabbed our cat and went out on the front porch. The city came by in a big front loader or something like that but I guess they didn't realize we were trapped because they just drove by. We (my husband and two sons and cat finally linked arms and started wading through the water and got to higher ground. 

After the water subsided a couple of days later, we went home. Inches of slimy mud covered everything. Water damage was devastating. It was a little overwhelming and to make it worse the media showed up taking pictures. That upset me, they weren't there to help they were there to take video of our heartbreak. It made me sick. Anyway, we got through it all and it is a distant memory. My car was found and totaled and our house was repaired and we soon sold it and moved to higher ground. 

That chapter of our life was closed. But today, I feel deeply for those going through this. All of us looking in the window at them isn't that helpful sometimes. No one wants to see their pain splashed all over for the world to see. 

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Casual Friday

The outfit

I'll admit that everyday is casual day for me now that I no longer have to go in to an office each day. I sometimes miss that part of working at the University. But most of the time I am grateful for my peaceful, slow pace lifestyle. This outfit is about the best of the best in my casual repertoire. Relaxed jeans, soft black shirt, tan mules that slide off easily and a nice bag on standby if I need to run an errand. In this post I am showing my outfit with a couple of different bags. I'm wearing a new layered necklace that I love and new really big hoop earrings. Both will be on heavy rotation this fall I am thinking.

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