Dresses are the new jeans!

Not really, I'm just playing with you. But for me I have found a whole new respect for the dress. It's not just for going out. I am loving the light weight sweater dresses that are a bit shift like, with no real structure. The are comfy, not scratchy, and cute. You can move around in them very easily and wear all sorts of accessories and shoes to change them up. Today I am wearing a burgundy knit dress with my favorite vest of the season, and wedge booties. I think the vest adds a little structure to the dress without compromising comfort. To show how casual the look was I grabbed my broken tripod and old camera and headed out into the forest. 

I most often learn from my mistakes. Climbing up on a rock is one thing but one should think about getting down, before the climb up, right? Well, I didn't and it was a little tricky but I made it without breaking any bones. 

Today I am linking up with Fashion Should Be Fun for Fun Fashion Friday! Also for the first time I am joining Forage Fashion's link up!Come join us!

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Lucky!

On Saturday last, I was in a sloppy mood. I wore cut off shorts (cut off by me), old college t shirt, and flip flops. I wanted to get out of the house and inspire myself to get it together so I went to our local thrift shop. Lucky is all I can say! I scored a cute little rolling pin, three very well made, looked like new straw bags, a vintage pair of Lucky jeans in my size and a Jones New York top. The top was wrinkled and iffy but I could see it laundered and ironed (I can see like that)! For my outfit post I added a cute pair of old shoes by Kenneth Cole and a Brighton belt. 

Above is one of the bags I found.

I posted about my closet organizing here and wanted to show you an update. 

Still practicing the Selfie! Why? I have no idea!

See the other two fun straw bags? Small and perfect for little outings!

Have a Lucky day!

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Musings . . .

It is only Wednesday but this week has flown by. It seems like it has been particularly beautiful for me. Nothing exciting has really happened, but my mind has snapped pictures of little bits of nature that really fill the spiritual part of life. So I carried a camera a lot to document and hopefully share the feelings.

I'll start with this gift of life. A baby deer with her nose almost pressed against our window. She was looking at the pretty flowers in the flower bed and then noticed us. She found us very fascinating. How can you not be touched by a baby and their innocent curiosity. She hangs around our home a lot and we are thankful that she decided to bring extra joy to our country lives.

She had no intention of leaving even though we told her no eating the flowers.

Half a mile from our house on my running trail I run into her again. She is very smart because she saw that I had the stop sign.

Summer in the mountains brings lots of treats to be found in the forest. I found huckleberries to pick. They are small but have an intense almost blueberry flavor. I make jams and pies with these jewels. 

Do you ever wonder what to do with garden fresh zucchini? Turn it into a chocolate walnut cake. I found a nice recipe and added my own touch by topping it with chocolate chips, chopped walnuts and a sprinkle of course sea salt. The joys of taste!

Our chicks provide us with so much entertainment. They are sweet and run to us like little puppies and their shenanigans never end! Lilac has figured out how to escape the pen and Peony has her own way of letting us know. Usually when Lilac gets out of her pen she heads straight to the window to peek inside and let us know with a big peck on window! Its like a game to her. They both want to be picked up and put to bed each night. You don't really know how much animals can communicate until you spend time with them. The chicks grace us each day with two fresh eggs which I verbally tell them thank you because I believe they know what I am saying. 

We planted as least a gallon of wildflower seeds last fall and I can't tell you the smiles it brings to my face as a new one shows up each day. Beauty beyond belief.

My iced coffee got in this picture. Another one of my simple pleasures.

I hate to muck up a post about simple pleasures with a selfie but last night we were having dinner and a movie on our patio and I had to take a picture of my dress and the clutch I would carry with it if I had a place to go. Where did the saying, "all dressed up with no place to go" come from? I am the poster child for that saying I swear!

Moral of this story? Enjoy the simple things in life.

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Peace!

Winter's Last Laugh

Yesterday it was green, lush and mild, a perfect spring day. Today I woke up with three inches of snow dumped on my doorstep! But it is winter's last laugh because as I write this post the snow has melted away and the sweet green of spring is the victor once more. The forecast reports it is spring sailing for the foreseeable future with sunny skies and mild temperatures. Thank goodness. I wanted to document this day so I put on spring colors, a pale blue light weight sweater with a blush leather jacket, cropped dark denim jeans and wedge heels. The only jewelry are some silver bling earrings. Take that winter!

The jacket has zippers everywhere, on the sides, up the front, and on the sleeves. I wish the lighter color photographed better. Ha! Not that a better photographer couldn't have done it more justice! It is lightweight so I will wear it all summer here in the cool mountain evening air. With jeans, shorts,dresses, you name it! And don't you love love love wedges with a little platform? They add height and elongate the legs but are still easy to walk in and comfortable. Now, I won't be chasing my chickens in them but I will be wearing them a lot.

No connection here but this is Miss Lilac and Miss Peony after a few hours of exploring, they are heading back to the coop!

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On Monday I link up with Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday (Every other Monday), and Cherie at Style Nudge for Shoe and Tell.

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70s Style With Mountain Flare

This post highlights my take on the 70s fashion! My booties are comfortable and casual. I have worn them with everything from jeans to maxi skirts. In this post I am wearing them with an old pair of flared jeans, a cream turtleneck and a shearling vest. For jewelry I have on a multi-colored amber necklace, which you can't see very well but it reminds me of jewelry from the 70s. Most of the elements of my outfit could be found on someone during the 70s yet it fits right in with the fashion of today, especially here in the mountain environment. I love that it seems almost anything goes in fashion. If you feel good, you probably look good, right?

Do you remember seeing some of these style elements in the 70s? What others did you like?

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Paisley, what's not to love?

This top is what I call paisley and it is a pattern that is tried and true in my book. It is always interesting, feminine, and usually colorful. Keeping in theme with my 70's style kick, this is what I am wearing today. A beautiful paisley top in shades of blue from Marshall's, trouser jeans from Ann Taylor Loft, Louise et Cie booties (old) from Nordstrom. For jewelry I am wearing major bling earrings and  a couple of rings, and I tried two hand bags, the ocean blue one is from Nordstrom Rack and the navy fringe from Marshall's. My hair was a little crazy, partly because the wind was blowing, but also because unless I am strict with it, it has a mind of its own. I have a hair appointment and am debating on whether to cut it, since we all know I am too old to have long hair! Ha!

Linking up today with A Labor of FashionHappiness at Mid Life & Living In Color/ Stylin in St. Louis.

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Necklace Love

I have had this necklace for 20 years and it truly is my favorite long necklace.  This week Adrienne of The Rich Life On A Budget and Jill of Everything Just So are hosting 'How I Wear My" with the theme being long necklace so I happily found pictures of mine. I bought it at a little jewelry boutique in a small town in the Midwest where everything was hand made and one of a kind. I love the color combinations and earthy-stone look so much. The necklace goes with at least 75% of what I wear and never seems to go out of style. 

When I took these pictures, winter was just around the corner. Although I love the changing seasons there are some seasons I wish were a little longer than others such as the fall. My two best friends came out into the woods with me to make sure all went well.

Everything about the outdoors fascinates me and holds so much beauty.

Seriously, this could be my uniform. I'm wearing Calvin Klein boyfriend jeans (similar here & here). Wedge booties (similar here, love these). Brighton belt (here, so crazy about Brighton's belts). Lavender button down shirt (similar here, several colors am obsessed). Purple down vest (similar here).

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Western Wear.

I grew up in the mid-west but have spent the last 15+ years in the west. I am a western/country girl at heart (that needs a city fix regularly). I grew up riding horses, chasing goats, playing with dogs, cats, chickens and more. My grandfather had a dairy farm, the most enchanting place I've known. I loved the county life. So, today's post is a tribute to western wear. I have on a white t, draped cardigan, skinny jeans, suede slouchy boots and a fun hat! What I wore growing up was much more authentic but this suits me just fine.

I realized today this blog is a lot about me revisiting childhood and my love to play dress up!

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Red Tartan Pumps. . . Need I Say More?

I bought these shoes last winter at a consignment shop. They aren't designer but they are so crazy cute I had to have them. Then, this winter I found a long red cardigan at another consignment shop. It is Chico's. They now live together in harmony. They make me smile. It's the simple things, right?

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Sweater Or Not

To be honest, I am not that fond of sweaters. They are often very pretty but they are heavy and bulky, adding what seems like an extra ten pounds. I am allergic to many of the fabrics used to make sweaters, both natural and synthetic and I just find them uncomfortable for the most part.  Sometimes, however, I find a sweater that is light-weight and soft, like the one in this post. It is old from Marshalls but I use it year after year because of the pretty design, color and weight. I also have it in black. I paired it with Trouvé Mixed Media Leggings from Nordstrom. They are on sale for only $28.00 (60%) off. I got this sale tip from Southern Curls and Pearls. I never thought I would wear leggings but the fabric on this pair is a nice weight that covers and doesn't leave me feeling like I am wearing tights without a dress! To top it off I added a little silver jewelry and black booties. The booties (BP Trolley Ankle Booties) are from Nordstrom and are so comfortable I forget I have them on. Make sure you check out How I Wear My hosted by Adrienne of The Rich Life On A Budget and Jill of Everything Just So!

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Nothing To Wear? There's An Ap For That!

For a long time I have wanted an application for my iPhone or iPad that I could use as a virtual closet. I would store pictures of favorite outfits, mine or other bloggers, and when I just can't come up with something to wear, I can go to this virtual closet and pick something out. I think I have finally found that Ap! It is called Wear and it is free. It has a social side to it which I don't think I would use. But it has a private side that means for your eyes only with lots of options like sorting by type of clothing or brand, or price.  I just downloaded it today and can see really using it and having fun. Some outfits I have added. . .

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Red Please.

I might get a little down if I let myself go there with this gloomy winter weather. I live in a very remote area in the mountains and there is not a lot going on. On the sunny days everything looks beautiful and positive but on cloudy days the world seems a little cold, harsh and lonely. So, I find something positive to think about, like the color red. I wish I could thank personally all the bloggers that have expanded my fashion pallet. Every day I learn something new and come up with ways to use what I have and make it relevant in a fashion sense. Today I saw flared jeans and a pea coat and remembered, I have both! A red pea coat no less! I also recently got a red plaid scarf. According to experts in fashion the most current way to wear a scarf is around the back of your neck hanging down the front and belted. Who I am to question this perfect look? Here are the results of my research! Black turtleneck, dark flared denim jeans, tan boots, plaid scarf, tan belt with a little tassel and my red pea coat. And since snow is imminent, I grabbed a hat.

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The Column

This I know for sure (line belongs to Oprah, but I use it all the TIME)! You cannot go wrong when you put together a black or monochromatic column and add to it for a pulled together look. It can be casual or dressy but it always makes you look and feel your best. As an example I put on a black turtleneck, black leggings, and black boots for my column then I added a striped sweater as an accent. For a different look I changed into a leopard tunic maintaining my column. Fun right? 

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Another Treasure Found

This post features a treasure I found at the consignment shop this weekend. I hadn't been to this shop for a while and thought I would drop in and see what they had. I found this beautiful Eddie Bower goose down vest that was like new! It is this lovely pastel blue/green color with embroidery on one side of the front and cute little snaps on each side. It was my size and I snapped it up. It is about 10 degrees here right now so I layered on the clothes and took these pictures. I am wearing a scarf from a local boutique, Mountain Monkey Business, shirt, sweater and skinny jeans all from Old Navy and a couple pair of boots. The first are at least ten-years old and still perfect and the other are my snow boots bought probably seven years ago at another boutique here in called Mountain Regatta. 

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Layers and Zippers.

Today I am wearing another hat, poncho, scarf and boots combination. When it is cold out, I try to find ways to layer my clothes because it is much more comfortable for me than a bulky coat. My hat is from a local boutique called Mountain Monkey Business, the scarf is from Target, my poncho is Michael Kors from Norstrom. I love the tan pockets and side zippers. I am wearing black Calvin Klein jeans and a black turtleneck as a base and my boots are old enough that I don't know where they came from. I love the faux zipper on the outside and the buckle detail. My bag is old from a local boutique in down town Boise. Please excuse the fingerless gloves, it was below freezing and I grabbed them at the last minute to work with the camera and forgot to take them off. Oopsy!

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