Color My Mood

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The Scoop

Seriously gang, rich colors like those in this outfit make my heart sing. They make me happy. Finding the perfect combination of colors is a lucky gift when you can find them. These blues and plums complement each other like they were meant to be.

We are back in Idaho checking on the houses in the mountains and valley. There is a ton of snow at the mountain place and it is still coming down. There are avalanche warnings going off on the TV as I write this post. I hope to get some pictures this week. In the valley it is cloudy and raining a ton. Winter in Idaho is never dull, that is for sure. I have learned to enjoy the climate no matter where I am though. I always say, “you can laugh or you can cry and I chose to laugh!”

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My Look

I am wearing a Karen Kane top, Free People cardigan, 7 for all Mankind jeans and boots from Target. And gang, they are my favorite pair of OTK boots. Everything in this look is at least a season or two old but I wear them often because of the fun colors. My leather cross body bag is a major fun thrift find bought in Arizona last winter. All I can say it this is one of my favorite winter. outfits.

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Create Your Own Look

There is no better time than now to pick up a pair of OTK boots, they are on sale everywhere! I am linking a few for you to look at along with some fabulous cardigans that can add a pop of color to your look! Layer your favorite tunic for warmth and more color and style.

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Poncho Style

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The Scoop

The weather here in AZ has been cool and rainy and perfect for wearing ponchos, jackets and for layering. When I lived here for many years I don’t remember many Februaries so chilly but I know those who live here all year long really enjoy this change from the long hot season.

I think we are going to have to cut our stay here short. Our security cameras were hacked and only one is working and it is showing downed trees in the yard at our place in the mountains. These trees are gigantic too. And they are really close to the house. Last year we had one fall on the house. The snow is really deep and heavy this year so a tree falling is fairly common but you don’t want it damaging property. We have friends checking on things so depending on what they find out we will need to go back.

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My Look

This outfit is so comfy. A pair of skinny jeans in a dark wash, a tee and a poncho. I wore black pumps and carried my backpack to complete this look.

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Create Your Own Look

Linking exact poncho (on major sale) exact jeans (on sale) and similar pumps.

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Mustard Please

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The Scoop

The weekend here was so nice and I am grateful to enjoy it. Low 70s and sunny. When we are here in Arizona we walk almost every where we go. Our favorite grocery store (Sprouts) is next to a Starbucks so we walk there almost daily to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables and then we pick up a coffee on the way back. It is about 3 miles total trip so lots of days it is our workout. We are really into it with our backpacks and sneakers. Ha ha.

I love to cook so much so we don’t eat out often but there is a little sports grill about a mile away that we walk to once in a while for fish tacos. We really try to work in fun with exercise every single day. I try to cook following the Mediterranean diet which is easy when you love fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, etc. like we do. I also can have a small glass of wine each day when I follow the guidelines.

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My Look

I am really loving all the mustard items in the stores lately. I have always loved this color and have a lot of it in my closet but it hasn’t always been easy to find. It is a color that some love and some don’t. I am in the I do camp. I found this top and decided that floral sandals would be so cute with the stripes in the top. I wore my Lucky Brand jeans which are my favorites right now. They are skinny’s but I went up a size for a more relaxed look and feel. To complete the look I carried my mustard back pack and I wore a Kendra Scott necklace.

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Create Your Own Look

I’m linking same jeans (Lucky Brand) same brand shoes, same brand necklaces and other fun mustard options for you!

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AG Jeans

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The Scoop

I have been MIA for a couple of posts because we have been doing a few condo projects. I am done now and switching my focus on other things. We try to do a few little updates each year when we come to stay and this year we did some painting and got new carpet. The weather has turned fabulous so now I am ready to work on the blog and more importantly spend time taking care of myself.

I want to really get serious about my runs and weight lifting and I want to drop at least five pounds but mostly I want to feel strong and fit! I was revisiting some of my fitness posts and thought I would do a series of updates for spring. They are all still so relevant and help motivate me and I hope others too. My husband is a research scientist and helps me weed through and understand the current studies and I find it so interesting and valuable as I age and try to stay fit. So I’ll be working on what we are learning and doing for our health.

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My Look

So this is a fun look. I love this style of top but can’t always pull it off but is was just so comfortable I went with it. It is an over sized sort of baby doll style. The style and colors made me start thinking spring too! I wore this top with a pair of designer jeans that I got on sale and thought I would see what all the buzz was about. My verdict? I love these AG jeans (The Farrah Skinny Ankle) a high rise skinny ankle style but would never pay full price. Since these were on sale they are worth it. I bought a few other designer brands and will share my thoughts as I style them. Over all they are nice but you can get a lot of lower priced jeans that are just as nice in every way in my opinion. My favorites right now are Lucky Brand jeans ( Lolita Skinny)! I sized up in all these jeans for a more relaxed skinny look. It almost gives them a straight leg look which is the latest trend right now. I wore a pair of wedge sandals with this look and carried my new favorite back pack that is a fabulous mustard color!

Create Your Own Look

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The Utility Jacket

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The Scoop

This look is awful! Ha ha! But it is all I have in new pictures so I’ll show you what I don’t like about it. I don’t like jeans with holes anymore. I don’t know what happened but over the last year I have grown to not like the look on me. Other’s look fabulous but for me not so much. I still wear them once in a while though because they are in the closet and who knows I may start liking them again.

Keep watching my posts to see what I’ve been doing around the condo. We have new carpet being installed next week and it will be so much nicer. We have hesitated putting much money into a condo that we don’t spend too much time in but the current carpet is old and I can’t live with it any longer. We considered putting in wood floors but since we are on second floor we felt like the noise might be too much for the people below us. I guess wood or tile floors make more noise. But I found a fabulous light colored carpet that I love that will be serene, cozy and block out some of the sound for us too.

There were a couple of walls that were brown and I painted them the same linen color as the rest of the condo and like it much better. I took the dark curtains down and replaced them with linen ones and started putting more modern things on the walls. I knew I wanted a collection of clocks on one wall and I found the perfect ones at Hobby Lobby. I moved my framed art to the dining area and then put up a big mirror above the sofa. Things are starting to take shape.

I also have mercilessly been going through every cabinet, closet or corner and gotten rid of everything we don’t use. I took all our dishes down to just four place settings including all glassware. I also got rid of anything that looked out dated and boring (still more to do). Out with the old fashioned stereo system and in with the Alexa’s and Google Home systems. We are ordering them around all day long, we even control our heat by telling them what temperature we want. They let us know when a package is about to arrive and when it has been delivered. It is endless what these gadgets will do to make life easier. Anyway, I still have more to do but it has been so great seeing the clutter disappear. We ordered handles for the cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom since they did’t have any and it was another thing to drive me crazy always messing up my nails trying to open cabinets and drawers. I thought about painting the cabinets but kind of like the color of wood next to the linen colored walls. Its a nice contrast.

Up next is to put the handles on the doors and drawers and then I start painting base boards to freshen them up. I kind of like doing all these things. It has been chilly (for AZ standards) and raining a lot (also for AZ standards) so it is a good time to get things done. Because in another week or so it will be time to hit the pool and spa, sit out on the patio and get back to runs and hikes and shopping and the list goes on!

Stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted on my little projects and try to find fashion inspiration for us all!

My Look

I’m wearing Express Destroyed Skinny jeans, an Express Cami, a utility jacket (not sure where I got it but it is getting donated along with the jeans, this week) and low heeled booties. I am carrying a fabulous canvas backpack to complete this look! I do like it and the cami, booties and bag. So that’s something.

I’m linking some fabulous finds that I just ordered today! There are only a couple of the backpacks left but I love canvas backpacks like these. My current one is Fryes and I have had it for years but the Tommy Bahama is so fabulous! I decided I had to have this Poncho that is on sale today. Not sure how long it will be on sale. All these designer jeans are on sale and that’s a great way to see if you like them without spending on full price.

I’m linking the Echo Dot, Google Home Minis (we have one or the other in every room in the house) and the Thermostats we use in all our homes. These thermostats interact with my Echo Dots and are just amazing! I use the Echo Dots and my husband uses the Google Home Minis. I am an Apple user and he prefers Androids. They all play our music, answer all our questions, run thermostats, lights, etc. We haven’t even begun to use all the options available but is it fun to learn something new each day!

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How I Do Monochromatic

The Scoop

I think one of the easiest looks to put together is a monochromatic look. For this post I styled two, one in black and one in blue. One of the things I like to do when putting together a monochromatic look is use texture. It can give a look more depth and interest. So I’m not afraid to mix sheer, with suede or other types of fabric that have opposing textures.

Look One

For this outfit I wore all black. The top is a sheer fabric with a underlay and it is an off shoulder top. I love the string around the neck to keep it all in place. I wore black slacks in a soft fabric and suede pumps that have a ruffle accent. To complete the look I carried my leopard clutch. I mean it can’t get much more simple, right?

I learned a little trick this past year that I can’t wait to share! I order pumps a half size larger than my normal size and they are 100 times more comfortable! I guess this is a Megan Markle trick too but it works!

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Look Two

This look is all in dark blue, even my shoes! The top is a knit cold shoulder with some fun detail on the yoke and bell 3/4 sleeves. I wore dark blue jeans and dark blue wedge shoes and then my leopard clutch to complete the look.

See how I do the cold shoulder look in the winter here, here and here.

Create Your Own Look

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Boyfriend Jeans

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Got Casual?

The Scoop

I went shopping the other day to see what was new in the shops and find inspiration for the blog. I was inspired for a few minutes but still struggling with feeling any fashion vibes. I keep trying so hang in there with me and maybe I’ll snap out of it.

I went to a shop that I have been buying clothes from since I was in my twenties. It’s called Maurices. It is close enough to walk to from our condo and never overloaded with clothes so you don’t feel overwhelmed. It was just the place for me to relax, try on some things, chat with the nice staff and find inspiration.

I saw this denim shirt and although I have several, it was fresh, a fabulous color and perfect fit. Then I came across button fly boyfriend jeans that are “fall right off loose” and I thought they made a great couple, so Bingo, they came home with me. They were both 50% off too.

Once I got back to the condo, I pulled another pair of boyfriend jeans out of my closet and put together a few outfits with different tops and shoes.

Look One

These are the jeans and shirt from Maurices. I wore my orange pumps and carried my leopard clutch. I wore a statement necklace that if you read my blog much you know I have had for probably 20 years. It is a one of a kind and sort of my signature necklace.

Look Two

I am wearing a shirt tied at the waste and a pair of Marc Fisher wedges in a deep blue color. Again with the leopard bag. I wore my bar necklace that has my grandma name, “Coco” and silver earrings.

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Look Three

These boyfriend jeans are several years old from “Nasty Gal.” I remember when I ordered them I was embarrassed to pick them up at the post office due to the name. But they are fabulous jeans! I wore a coral striped shirt, carried my Ark bag and wore another pair of Marc Fisher wedges. For jewelry I wore a Chico’s necklace that I have had a long time.

Create Your Own Look

Got Boyfriend Jeans?

Denim Shirts Oh Yeah!

Shoes and bag, yes please!

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Comfort Zone

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Look

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the scoop

After the overalls look from Monday which I am still not sure how I feel about I dressed for today staying in my comfort zone. This look is probably the type of style that I am most comfortable wearing. I love the relaxed fit of the flared trouser jeans, the crispness of the white long-sleeved white tee and the classic look of the navy and white cardigan. I wore a pair of tan booties and carried my leopard clutch. For jewelry I wore a pair of white earrings and my initial necklace. Everything in this outfit is old, like many years old except the white tee. I have had these trouser jeans (I have three pairs) for probably five years. The sweater is that old at least maybe more. My booties are four years old and my bag is a couple of years old. It just shows that when you buy classic pieces they never go out of style and are worth the investment.

Let me know what are you most comfortable wearing? Do you ever go outside your style box?

I’m linking my exact necklace and bag as well as similar tees and jeans.

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My Look

My jeans were purchased at the Loft, my tee from the Rack and my cardigan is INC from Macy’s. My booties were bought at Nordstrom, the brand is bp. My Clare V bag was also purchased at Nordstrom. My earrings came from Target last winter and my necklace is from the Rack. I will see how many of these items I can find or at least something really similar to link for creating your own look!

Create Your Own Look

Here I am linking some navy and white cardigans, similar booties to what I am wearing!

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Summer Color

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Summer

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the scoop

There are certain colors that feel like summer to me and turquoise is one of those colors. I don't have lot of this color in my closet but the few pieces I have stand the test of time and always are perfect for a summer day. 

Speaking of summer it is in full swing here in the mountains. Our days are in the upper 80s and nights in the mid 50s. Perfect temperatures only marred by the fires all over the west including here in Idaho. We couldn't drive down to the city using our normal route today due to fires shutting down the highway. We're hoping they open up by tonight so we can go down. These fires are normal for this time of year in Idaho but they are making our air smokey which can irritate the eyes and throat. But nothing can dull the beauty of this time of  year in my eyes. We're certainly hoping for a short fire season this year for everyone being effected.

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We're going down to the city for the weekend for a furniture delivery to the house and to check out the fabulous Farmer's Market down town. We are also going to one of the local orchards for peaches, they are just coming into season. Normally I would be making jams with them but this year I am so busy I may not tackle that job.

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Mother's Day Everyday

Mother's Day

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the scoop

Everyday is mother's day. We don't need a special day to remember all we do as parents, step parents, pet parents, parent parents and the list goes on. We all nurture and care for others all the time or at some point in time. We make the world go round and should never have to remind others to honor us. 

Meanwhile, since the world insists that we have a mother's day I plan to make it special! (Cheryl style!) Which means usually a project. Ha ha. On Saturday we had a big garage sale which was such an event I could write a whole post on that alone. But the main thing is that I sold all my old deck furniture so I can get newer more modern and colorful decor.

So on Mother's Day we will be combing the stores for just the right things. I have a perfect rug and iron chandelier and a nice stainless grill but that is all. I want a conversation seating set, a smaller intimate dining table and chairs and maybe lounge chairs. I want bright colorful cushions. We have a pergola and I got really large sun sails to hang for more shade and so I will want a little accent type decor too. This to me is fun!  I want a space where I can work on my blog, entertain, and really use. We have so much company coming this summer that a nice space outside will get lots of use. 

my look

A couple of weeks ago I ordered six dresses to try out. I have a hard time finding dresses that fit well but wanted to add a couple to my closet for spring. True to form four of the five I have tried so far wouldn't work. This is the only one I liked and I just love it. Partly because of the sunny yellow colors but partly the casual style. I can wear flat sandals with this dress for an even more casual look. I wore wedges and carried my wicker clutch and wore turquoise tassel earrings to complete my outfit.

I'm linking fun options for creating your own look!

weather update

We are still having some pretty chilly days but the day I took these pictures it was gorgeous. Only about 60 degrees but the sun made it feel much warmer. Our grass is as green as can be and things are starting to grow. It's time for me to plant my annual flowers in the pots and spruce the place up! One of my favorite things to do!

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Casual Summer Hair Style

In my last post (here) I showed you how I wear a scarf in my hair. I had seen it on a few people lately and just loved it so wanted to try it out. I really liked how it turned out. There are not a lot of things I can do with my hair without feeling silly but this feels sophisticated and stylish. For this outfit I used a white scarf. I wish I had a smaller one but this was the only white I had. I plan to get more now that I know how I can wear them. I wanted an old fashioned, sort of old Hollywood look so I wore a maxi dress and lower heeled mules and I carried a wicker cross body bag. I was pleased with the result and plan to wear this a lot over the summer. Now I just need to check out the thrift shops and online for some fun smaller scarves to style in my hair! The dress in London Times, mules are Reaction Kenneth Cole, the scarf is Anthropologie and the bag is Sun N Sand.

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