Plum Ruffles on a Neutral Column

I love to build a column in black or in neutral colors and then add a pop of color. In this outfit I wore this adorable plum colored INC jacket that I have had for many years. I love this jacket so much because of the color but also the ruffled bell sleeves and other ruffle detail. I wasn't quite finished adding color to this outfit though so I added this amazing bag purchased several years ago at Nordstrom Rack. That last touch seems just right. 

Do you ever use the column trend to build an outfit? Any tips?

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You Don't Have to Wear Your Blanket Scarf Around Your Neck

I jumped all over the blanket scarf trend as soon as I started seeing it on all the blogs. It looks so cute! But I think I have a short neck or something because getting all that scarf around my neck is not that comfortable. I don't even really like necklaces hanging around my neck. None the less, I am a sucker for fashion and I wear them for certain occasions. Not wanting to give up on them completely, I try to wear them different ways; one being just draped around my shoulders. The style really shows the beauty of the scarf, is comfortable and functional in that it keeps you warm. I have been playing with black and white lately and love the simplicity of this outfit. 

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Low Heeled Booties

 Usually I gravitate toward shoes with a heel. Not a really high heel but around three inches give or take. Every since booties came into style I have wanted to find a pair with a low heel for everyday wear but all the low heeled booties just didn't have a modern look to me. Until this season that is. I am now seeing really cute booties with a low heel. The next test was, how comfortable are they. This pair is close to like wearing slippers. I wore them for hours and forgot I had them on. And on the cuteness scale I rate them a perfect 10. I wore a pair of skinny jeans that I had cut the hem off for that raw edge look and a tried a couple different tops for fun.

What is your favorite heel height? 

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How to turn a top into a knotted or twisted tee

I love the style right now of a tunic or longer top but I am short enough that often they over power my body and I get lost in all that fabric. But I can't seem to give up on trying to make it work. Recently I found a way to wear these kinds of tops that puts them in better proportion to by size. I take the tail end of a longer top, (lighter weight tops are easier to manage) and I twist it on the side and poke inside my pocket. You could also poke it inside the waistband. I was amazed how it gave my tops that look I am crazy about now called the knotted or twisted top. As a matter of fact I found a few on a very good sale and ordered them because I love the look so much. With this new technique I am using though I can make most of my tops look like they came that way.  I am having fun with a basic twisted top and a colorful blanket scarf. I next mission it to make my scarves not seem so overpowering. A way to do it came to me the other night and as soon as I try it, I will share it with you. I think a little cutting down to size will make all the difference.  

Do you have tricks you use to make a trend work for you better?

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Gap Weekend Sweatshirt + Zella Leggings + Addidas = Pure Comfort

I had this post scheduled for next week but since the sweatshirt is on sale now, I had to share it with you right away. It says weekend on the front and really puts you in a weekend vibe. I love having casual clothes in my closet ready for a low key day. This outfit has to be one of my all time favorites. The leggings are extremely comfortable and the sweatshirt is so soft. I got it in a size up (medium) so it would be a little over sized. I can't tell you how often I wear these Adidas shoes. I don't know what I will do when they wear out. (frowny face). I am seeing that backpacks are popular again and I had this Fossil bag in my closet from several years ago that was the perfect bag for this outfit. 

Do you dress down on the weekend? What are your favorite things to wear for casual days?

I've updated the links in this post with really cute options along with same Zella leggings and Adidas sneakers.

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Fall Fashion in a Mountain Setting

Like so many people, fall is my favorite season of the year. We usually have a long season which I love. It typically starts in early September and lasts to the beginning of November. This means I get to wear the fall styles and the colors I love the most. My closet if full of rich earthy colors, jewel tones and even some grey and charcoal items. Today, I wore a caramel tunic with a bold scarf, skinny jeans and fringe booties. I thought I would be way more into the fringe trend when it came out a couple of years ago but one pair of booties was all I ended up getting and they have filled that trend desire for me. The top is a tunic and kind of long on me so I took the tail and twisted it a little and then stuffed it in my pocket. It gave it that look I am seeing of the knotted or twisted tops, which I like. 

Do you have any do it yourself trend ideas? 

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Falling for Fall Fashion

We are in full fall mode here in our part of the country. Chilly days and cold nights are here for the season. Today we had some sun and it felt good be outside taking pictures. I wanted to wear something with great fall color so I dug into my collection of jackets and found this one. It is an INC from Macy's and probably five or six years old, but it is one of those things you keep because you can wear it again and again. When I bought it, close fitting tops were the style so I had this almost body suit like top I wore with it. Thankfully loose tops are now in vogue and I can wear the jacket in a more relaxed way. Of course I am wearing the same jeans you see me wear all the time, a cami  and my favorite old necklace. There are some things that just define my style and I wear them over and over and they seem to go with everything in my closet. This necklace is one of those items. I have had it for eleven or twelve years and still reach for it most days. 

Do you have an item that stands the test of time while defining your style?

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Red Hunter Boots, Striped Top and Leopard Bag

Today I woke up and got my regular work done early because I had to go get my flu shot and go for a run. I got the four strain shot so hopefully I am covered for the season. It was raining after I got my shot so I got to do my run in the rain. I love to run in the rain. After an exuberant three miles I headed home to get ready for a photo shoot. My husband got me a new camera and I am loving it so much! Since it was raining I wanted to wear my Hunter boots so I built my outfit around them. Skinny jeans, black and white striped t-shirt and a black field vest seemed perfect for a chilly wet day in the mountains. I had to carry my a leopard bag if I was going to wear red and stripes! Go figure.

What do you wear on a chilly wet day?

In a couple of weeks I am traveling to the mid west to see my grandson. It is our special tradition that I always spend the week of Halloween with him. He always picks our costumes and it is the sweetest week of my life. Last year we were Pirates, this year he wants us to be Ninja Turtles! We have so much fun and it means the world to me. We bake, go to a big farm and feed goats, we go to the pumpkin patch and have a week filled with fun. He sleeps with me each night and I read him a book. He picks the same book every night, then we watch the Muppet show on my phone until he says, "Coco (he calls me Coco and we don't know why) its time to go to sleep." So I turn off my phone and we go to sleep. The big event each year is our foot races. We go to the park and race. I let him win most of the time but once in a while I win, because I know the day will come when he really will be able to out run me! 

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Cold days bring out old friends

It's Thursday mid-day and only 45 degrees. Our highs the last few days have been in the upper 40s. A little chilly but so beautiful. When it gets this cold though, I go to my closet and pull out old friends. I got this sweater in two colors last winter and it is so cozy to snuggle in to. When I go over sized with a top, I like to wear a slim leg and these jeans work really well for me. They are high-waisted and have a little stretch so the are very comfortable. I love the length too, it just seems edgy to me.

Please excuse my hair. I haven't done anything with it but finger comb in the morning for a few days. I love to take fashion pictures but am not always too into the hair and make up. As @sandwichthedoodle (my favorite Instagram  account to follow) would say. #sorrynotsorry You gotta check out this account if you love dogs and wineries. 

Do you have some old friends in the closet waiting for cooler weather? 

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Fancy Farm Style

Some time ago, I defined my fashion style as Fancy Farm style. Because I grew up a country girl, live in the country now, have a very casual lifestyle and seem to always take something nice and farm it up! In this outfit I have on these beautiful boots that I would never cut wood in or tromp through dirt but I combined them with a camoflauge t-shirt and field jacket that I would wear doing those things. Here is another example of my Fancy Farm style. I love to take fancy items and add a casual element. 

How would describe your style?

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Out of the Box

Today was a cold and cloudy day but I was determined to live it like it was a warm and sunny day! I got up, went for my three mile run in 40 degree temperatures, came home made a healthy breakfast and then decided what to wear for the day. I like to think of my closet and clothes as my grown up way of playing dress up. Today, I wanted to put together something different, something out of the box for me, using things I have had for years. I decided on black leggings, low heeled suede booties, a black tunic with a leopard cardigan and red purse. All of the elements of this outfit were things I have had for a while but had never put together. I loved the outcome. First, I was completely comfortable. Second, I was out of my casual box of style for a change. I felt trendy and modern. This is an outfit anyone can copy with elements they probably have in their closet right now. All I can say is, Fun!

Do you have old favorites in your closet that you could wear in a new way? Please share! 

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Olive Forever

I have always loved greens and the last few seasons, olive has creeped into my closet more and more. I am not sure what it is about it, but it seems like a yummy color. My booties aren't really a true olive color but in most lighting they have an olive tint and I just love them. I read about someone who thought peep toe booties were really a waste because you could only wear them a couple of weeks out of the year. I am proof that is not true. I have been wearing these now well into month two and I will wear them until the snow falls. I love how the booties hint at warm weather but the sweater says cool weather. I thought a hat tied it all together! 

What color are you leaning toward for the fall season?

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