Closet Mystery!

I usually try to plan an outfit before I put it together but today I just went into my closet to see what would happen with no planning. What mysteries were hiding in my closet? It turns out, plenty! I started with these old grey jeans and went from there. I love grey, but because it can be, well . . . so grey, I love to add a pop of color. Pink suede pumps seemed perfect. I usually don't get into a bunch of accessorizing but today I thought painting my nails the same pink as the shoes would really add to this look. It turned out so fun.

I'm wearing grey jeans, charcoal turtle neck, grey and charcoal duster, pink pumps and a belt with a little bit of bling. It's almost too busy but, oh well.  I pulled up the sleeves on the duster because I just love the way it looks, kinda cool casual, laid back. Ha Ha! As if! The long necklace seemed necessary too. 

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Peace!


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The county western girl in me never goes away.

No matter what I wear, I always love it when I get that country western thang goin on. I grew up in rural Missouri riding horses, living the country life and its just in my blood I guess. I probably have lightened it up a bit with pastels and pearls but you get the picture. The scuffed up toes of these booties, boot cut jeans and plaid button down shirt make an outfit reminiscent of country and western style.

Do you have a style you just keep going back to like it's home?

I'm so excited today about this boot camp I've been participating in. You know when you do something and see success and you want everyone else to know about it in case they want to do it. I'm only in the second week and I can already see change. We aren't supposed to weigh ourselves the whole time but I can see a difference in the way my clothes fit and the way my waist looks. I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that I can get rid of belly fat at last which can be an indicator of health issues at some point.

The most important thing is, I'm learning lifestyle patterns that I can change and maintain after the boot camp. I have ate so little for so many years and I knew it couldn't be right but it's what I had to do. I ate what I wanted but just not very much. Of course I would stray at times but would immediately start gaining.

I have seen a lot of disease and disability in my family due to obesity, smoking and inactivity. A lot! Because of that I was sort of "scared straight." I also have been tested genetically and know I have genes for obesity so I don't take my health for granted. I always tell myself that genes are just suggestions.

Anyway, this is my first boot camp of any kind and it is just what I needed. I can start the new year being in control of my health via eating and exercising the right way.

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Change . . .will do you good.

I reported in a post a couple of weeks ago that I signed up for an online six-week boot camp that would help me build muscle and get stronger. I made it though week one and it was a bear! But I am still in the game, more determined than ever. I have always tried to live a healthy lifestyle so I read and try a lot of things. I have to eat very low calorie most of the time with lots of running and hiking to stay my healthy weight. This boot camp has taught me a lot of new things that make sense. I am loving the challenge!

Meanwhile, while I was thinking about ways to improve my health I was so tired of my hairstyle and knew I wanted to make a change there too. My stylist and friend whom I have been going to for ten years, helped me pick out a style that I love. I can wear it straight or curly and do so many fun things with it! But it is a change for sure. I have always loved change and believe it can only move you forward. 

For this shoot I wore a poncho purchased a couple of years ago at Costco, it is a beautiful soft cashmere with soft neutral colors. I have on a thermal top (also bought at Costco) for added warmth, skinny jeans and booties. Yep, I like this change just fine!

How do you incorporate change in your life?  Do you see it as a good or bad thing?

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All Red

If you live in a climate where you have long winters you really need lots of warm red items in your closet. It is a color that is so cheery and helps you through the season. This coat is just what the doctor ordered, it is warm but not bulky, a rich red color, the perfect length so as not to overwhelm me and well the list goes on about why I love it. The boots were such a good find last winter, I couldn't believe my luck. I pair of thick warm leggings and a chunky beanie made me smile when it was all together. So, I decided to take it out for a spin!

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How I wear a poncho.

I have had this black turtleneck poncho for many years. I pull it out about once a year to style it and always wonder why I don't wear it more often. It makes anything else I wear with it, look so stylish. I don't think ponchos ever go out of style, so they are a good piece to have in the closet. I like this one because it is not too long or big so it doesn't overpower me.

You know me, I wear a lot of hats and lately I can't get enough of the beanie. I have learned that close fitting beanies don't look very good on me but those that are slightly bulkier with a nice sized pompom on top balance out my head, if that makes any sense.  

In this outfit I added my favorite pair of skinny jeans bought at Costco last summer. They are the most comfy skinny jeans I own. They are high wasted and really elongate the body. The brand is Buffalo. I also got this very nice black thermal top at Costco. It came in a two pack and the quality is go good, I plan to pick up another pack. They are a great staple in the winter. My Vince Camuto booties were a steal earlier this year at Nordstrom Rack. And there you have it, how I wear a poncho.

Note: I am seriously so lame. I noticed little spots on the front of my jeans and realized I had worn them three days in a row. I did't realize I had spilled so much on them! Also, no makeup except for mascara, so I am looking pretty sloppy. Sorry! 

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Sweater Treasures

Last week when it was time for my run, I decided that on the way to my running trail, I would stop at the thrift shop for some books to read and then the drug store because I really wanted a candy bar. While at the thrift shop I couldn't help but check out the clothes and I am so glad I did. I found two of the cutest sweaters and they were in perfect shape.

The first sweater I am showing is originally from the Loft. If I had seen it in the store full price I would have wanted it.  The style made me sure it was a current item and so when I went to their website, sure enough, it was there and you can still purchase it and at a deep discount!  It is a beautiful cream color, with a slightly boxy fit, slits on the sides and amazing bell sleeves. I adore it. It comes in other colors too. The second sweater is a brand I am not familiar with but I could tell it was a nice quality. I think it came from a Sierra Trading Post. It is so cute, full of fall colors and a fit that I love. Such a great finds! I thought my flared jeans from Express, and one of my favorite scarfs would be perfect to finish these outfits. It was probably one of the last days this year with no snow on the ground but really cloudy out so the pictures aren't the best but I think you will get why I was so excited to find these sweater treasures!

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