Belt Bag Plus Red Sneakers Equals Summer Style and Where Have All The Bloggers Gone?

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The Scoop

So this is a fun look that I wore over the weekend. It was total comfort and quite on trend. Again I share my love for the belt bag. What a simple thing to add to a look for chicness and practicality. Our highs on this day were only in the upper 60s so I grabbed an old white jean jacket. We went to town ate burgers at the gas station. They have a little cafe in the back of the local gas station that makes the best homemade burgers I have ever eaten. Then we roamed around town to walk off some of the load. ha ha.

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To Blog or Not to Blog

I just saw another blogger posting on IG about whether blogging or the social media commitment that goes along with it is worth the work. I could totally relate.

I had an IG account with over 10,000 followers and shut it down because it was all so much work and the effort seemed to only bring out the worst in humanity. Sure lots of my gal pals supported me and I supported them but the pressure to always be posting and responding was just sucking the life out of me. So I shut it down. I started a new account with the intention of blocking anyone or anything that wasn’t there for my real message but I hardly go there because I can’t keep up with all the blocking I have to do. Daily I get bots that disguise as men. It just kind of disgusts me what Zuckerberg has done with his power and what could be such a simple pleasant social sharing.

I had already shut down my Facebook and Twitter because they seemed more like a place for the worst of humanity to hang out but I hesitated with IG because I thought it directed more people to my blog. But then I thought why do I blog? Not to try to get a million followers, but to express myself and use my creative energy. I want to record a little bit of who I am for my children and grandchildren. It’s my journal and now I have almost six years worth of memories. Everything from bears on my porch, to snow storms to hiking mountains and picking wild mushrooms, its all there. I like the feeling of leaving that behind. I mean meeting lovely readers was more than icing on the cake but what more did I want? You know what I discovered? Nothing! This is all I want. A fun little blog, with amazing sweet readers and a journal of some of my life.

So shutting down FB, Twitter and IG didn’t ruin my blog. It only made me feel free and fabulous! And I have loyal readers who are fun and teach me so many wonderful things. I don’t feel I have to be perfect and sharing my imperfections makes it all more fun. I am still getting new readers every week too. I don’t do any collaborations anymore either. I just do the LiketoKnow.it affiliate program because they are so nice to work with and don’t make you feel like you have to compete and they always are helping in any way they can. There are some good platforms out there. I love Pinterest but have noticed lately more and more men/bots following my boards. It feels sort of predatory. So I guess is will be next to go.

At the end of the day I have seen a lot of my favorite bloggers disappear and I think I know why.

What about you, do you enjoy these media platforms? What do you think about blogs?

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Fan Club

There is my fan club right behind me! They make me feel like a rock star!

My Look

I’m wearing a tee, sneakers and belt bag with cropped jeans and a white distressed denim jacket.

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Create Your Own Look

I’m linking same sneakers, tee, belt bag and jeans and then options for the fun of it!

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He’s everywhere!

I’’ll be watching you . . .

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That’s it gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

Tricking My Old Body

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Change

does me good.

the scoop

I have always been into eating right and exercising. Nothing over the top but consistent. I have tricks up my sleeves that worked for me when I put on a few pounds. They were never fail until recently. My body is saying I know what you are up to and I am not going to go along with it. So I decided to try something new. My new plan is to trick my body! Ha ha!

How? Well, I now do something different every single day. So my body never knows what the heck is going on. Nothing earth shattering. Just one day I walk, one day I run, one day I weight train just one muscle group or one day I work my whole body through circuit weight training. Some days I clean the garage and some days I rearrange all our furniture.

I like this plan because I don’t get bored and I can always find something to do. My body has seen it all. All I have left is the element of surprise. And I can report that I am very strong. My husband is freaked out by the things I can lift. And my heart is strong. I can run for long distances without hardly breaking a sweat. I have a problem with a thick waist but I am on the case. My motto is move it or lose it!

my look

One of the things I know for sure is that I feel more fit when I wear fitness clothing. This outfit is all older things but I love these floral leggings and this longer black tee with a twist front. I have a little bomber jacket for when I am outside and basic black sneakers. All of this is old but I have been collecting active wear for years and love to dress for all occasions. Even exercising. You know, fake til you make it!

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sup’

  • It’s Friday and I am going to take the day off and relax. Maybe watch an old movie.

  • My friend and I worked for several hours on our YouTube video yesterday and it was so fun. We are learning from the ground up and the one thing we know for sure is that we have a lot to learn.

  • For dinner I am making my favorite Butternut Squash Soup with Chipotle Cream. Here is the recipe.

  • I added a Holiday Shopping Guide link up top and will be updating it often. Tis the season!

create your look

I always buy active wear on sale so I’m linking up some options for you.

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Peace!

Thanks for stopping by!

See my Stella directing the show from her director’s chair? She is my heart.

Staying Connected

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Look Good Feel Good

Style Can Make You Smile

True that!

the scoop

I hear or read almost daily bloggers and readers saying that a certain outfit makes them feel good. And its true for me too. When I feel bad or low it is reflected in how I dress. Things just are off.  If I can find the right outfit sometimes it can change how I feel. Bright colors, comfortable fit, and a little trendiness splattered in can lift my spirits.

Obsessed with this fun summer tops . . .

Another thing that makes me feel better is to put a smile on my face. A smile is contagious, it is your best accessory, it is a signal that everything will be all right. As long as I can remember, people have commented that I am always smiling and I can't say why that is, only that it is how I connect with people. A smile goes a long way when putting others at ease. It's kind of like my personal hand shake.

Fabulous jeans and slides linked for creating your own look!

Color Your world

with smiles

my look

I have had this top for a while but was waiting for the right occasion to wear it. This day was they day. The sun was shining and it was warm for our standards - in the upper 60s. I wanted my look to reflect the beauty and lightness of the day. 

I wore this off shoulder festive top with my comfy flare jeans and tan mules. I carried my Ark bag and wore bright red tassel earrings along with a white watch and beaded bracelet to complete this look. 

Details make a look  . . .

my hair

I got a hair cut a few weeks ago and my stylist took a lot of length off. She cut it in a graduated style and I love it. But it is still too long so I am going back this week to get a few more inches taken off. Same style just shorter. I love this style because I can just wash and go. These pictures show how my hair looks when I just wash it and let it air dry and do nothing else. It was part of my causal feel good look.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

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Trail Blazer

Spring is the perfect time for. . .

Blazers

the scoop

Today was just crazy! We had a squirrel come down our chimney and was inside the fireplace. I felt so bad because he was so scared and the dogs were barking and freaking out. So we put the dogs in the bedroom, and opened the double front doors and then the fireplace doors. Out he came, looked around, jumped up on the bar and looked out the window then turned around a hopped out the front door and straight up a tree. Then we saw two either large coyotes or wolves running across the back part of our house in the forest. We have heard neighbors say they have spotted wolves so we are not sure.  We have baby deer hanging out all around and are so worried about them. It's like the wild kingdom here right now!

Now on to the topic of blazers. I have been seeing blazers on everyone this spring. And then I was on Pinterest this week and I saw so many cute combinations I couldn't wait to see what I could pull together.  Our weather right now still requires something on your arms so a blazer is perfect. Luckily I have several in my closet.

my look

I am wearing a pair of dark skinny jeans that I sized up on for a relaxed look. They have a high waist and a dark wash and I love them. I am wearing a tee that is really too big but since the pants were loose I was able to get it all tucked in. It is a soft and pretty tee though and I love it. It will be great with shorts this summer. Next I added a white blazer, a tan belt and tan wedge sandals. I carried a leopard bag and wore silver hoop earrings to complete this look.

I'm linking similar items so you can create you own look! You will see my exact shoes and tee but the tee shows orange. You can get it in blue, orange and yellow. Size down though.

I know I need to plant flowers in my pots, but it still gets below freezing at night so I will have to wait a little longer. At least the snow is almost all gone! Glass half full!

Thanks For Stopping By!

Peace!

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Camo For Spring?

Camo for spring?

It's a thing! All you have to do is add some white to make it pop for the season!

I guess we see camo being worn for about every season. It's almost become a neutral. I think of it as something I wear in the fall the most. But I LOVE these pants so much and had to see how they would work for a spring look.

In this look I wore a my newest field jacket, a pair of wedge sandals and a bamboo bag. 

Here are links to my exact look!

Adding white to my look

along with wedge sandals and bamboo bag gave these pants a real spring vibe. 

For this look I switched out my jackets for a light weight duster and loved the way it turned out. These pants are so fun with the zipper detail. They have a little stretch so they are oh so comfy! I tried different earrings with each look and just cannot get enough of the Baublebar earrings from Target.

Thanks for Stopping by gang!

Peace!

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boutique info

Just an FYI about my boutique. I usually post my outfits in the boutique in advance of  a new post going live and sometimes post extra outfits that I think you will like. So check it out daily if you want spring and summer style inspiration. Its under the shopping tab up top!


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Maxi Season

It's Maxi Season

Spring and summer are the times of year when I wear a maxi dress the most.

I was going through pictures and brutally deleting those that were awful. When I ran across these I knew I wanted to use them even though the lighting is not the best. Because this dress is crazy cute and comfortable. 

It's made of the nicest quality knit, hangs perfectly and the colors are very vibrant and rich. It has slits on both sides up to the knee and is shorter so I can wear flat sandals with it making it perfect for hanging out in the summer.

You won't beleve where I got it

I got it last summer at Costco. That's right, they have cute clothes there too! And I went yesterday to see if they had them again and they do. I picked up another one in a beautiful Merlot color. Score!

I always try to dress for dinner, even when we eat at home. I make nice meals and love to celebrate the day in style. This dress has been perfect for dinners here in Arizona.

If you can't get to a Costco, here are some similar dresses, flip flops and bags for creating your own look! My flip flops are leather and I love to have a few in black and nude for casual outfits. 

As always gang, thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

note

My like to know it feed on the boutique page was broken and I didn't know it. Yikes! Anyway it is fixed now. Sorry for any inconvenience! Please stop by and check out my updates in the boutique here.

pinterest group board

We've all been hearing about using Pinterest to help grow our followings by getting our work out there and I have been taking classes and learning more about using my favorite form of social media. And now I'm inviting you to join my group board titled Style Wise. Check it out here. It was created just a couple of months ago and needs some more inspiration so if you are a fashion and style blogger and would like to be a contributor let me know in the comments section of this post or by sending an email to northwestmountainliving@gmail.com or you can DM me @northwestmountainliving.

youtube

I spent a day this week on my YouTube channel and had so much fun! I have all kinds of plans for using it this summer so stay tuned. Meanwhile scroll down to see some of my videos. They are short and sweet. I hope you will subscribe too!

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Waiting On A Friend

Waiting On A Friend on Northwest Mountain Living

Waiting On A Friend on Northwest Mountain Living

the scoop

Remember the Rolling Stone's song Waiting on a Friend? Well that is just how I felt when I met my friend in person for the first time. We were put together virtually for a campaign one year ago called the Fierce 50. We hit it off immediately and have stayed in close contact every since. Luckily we both ended up in Phoenix at the same time and got to meet in person! Her amazing husband Rob was with her and let me tell you, he is so supportive and wonderful. 

After we screamed and hugged like nuts we started talking and didn't stop for hardly a breath. I felt like I had known her for years. We always suspected we had a lot in common but we realized we had even more than imagined. I am hoping we get the chance to see each other again soon. I'll be waiting on a friend!

Make sure to stop by Jodie's Touch of Style to see why I love this girl! 

Waiting On A Friend on Northwest Mountain Living

Waiting On A Friend on Northwest Mountain Living

my look

I think I spent more time getting ready for our meet up than I do on date night with my husband. Knowing how we both love fashion I really wanted to look nice! I wore a Tommy Bahama shirt, 7 For All Mankind skinny jeans, Sam Edelman platform sneakers and a Lucky Brand jean jacket, cause darn it, it is still chilly here in Phoenix! I carried my Tory Burch bag put on some bracelets, big hoop earrings and my Mexican fire opal necklace and boom I was meet up ready!

I'm seeing and hearing that floral prints are going to big again this spring. And these platform sneakers are going to be big hits in footwear.  Jodie and I didn't know what each other was wearing and we both have on floral prints! 

create your own look

I'm linking my exact shirt, jeans and platform sneakers and then lots of other options for creating your own look.

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

Spring Style on Northwest Mountain Living

pinterest group board

We've all been hearing about using Pinterest to help grow our followings by getting our work out there and I have been taking classes and learning more about using my favorite form of social media. And now I'm inviting you to join my group board titled Style Wise. Check it out here. It was created just a few weeks ago and needs some more inspiration so if you are a fashion and style blogger and would like to be a contributor let me know in the comments section of this post or by sending an email to northwestmountainliving@gmail.com or you can DM me @northwestmountainliving.

Make sure you check out what's new in my Boutique under the shop tab top left!

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!


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