Second Look-Fall

I am out of pocket this week with work so I put together a couple of posts ahead of time to share with you. I think it is interesting to go through past posts to see what I was wearing in different seasons. I love to go to my closet and pull out fun outfits to wear again. Here are some I think are definite keepers for fall.

What are your fall go to pieces?

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Stay Trends

Throughout the decades of my life I remember trends coming and going. I can look at about any picture and tell you the decade by the fashion. But for the last few years I have noticed that some trends are staying. The rule seems that if it is comfortable and looks good anything goes. For instance, I wore maxi dresses in the 70s. They were big for a while but  were a trend that looked dated fairly quickly. Then a few years ago I started seeing them again. They were a little different due to fabic and style but they immediately caught my eye and I started snappig them up. I had a friend who made fun of me and called me a hippie. But here it is several years later and maxis are still everywhere and I don't see them going anywhere soon. I mostly saw them as warm weather pieces but lately I have seen beautiful dresses with long sleeves perfect for cold weather. Another trend that I have heard now for a couple of seasons is out of style is the skinny jean. But I don't see it going anywhere. The fashion industry may be telling us they are out but as a consumer I don't see giving mine up. They have all the elements designed to stay on the hips of many women. They are comfortable, perfect to wear with the tunic/over sized top trend right now and show off all the amazing boots we all have.  We have invested too much in beautiful boots so give up a jean that showcases them. Bottom line is some style elements that are called trendy are really just classic. 

What trends do you think are really here to stay?

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Kicks to die for. . .

Last fall I had convinced myself and consequently my husband that I would die if I did not get these boots. He surely saved my life by ordering them for me for Christmas. The winter season flew by, as did spring and summer and here I am again finally able to pull them out of their original box in all their glory. I styled them with skinny jeans, an over sized sweater and a fall scarf. I loved the way the scarf I chose had just a little of the same purple as the sweater. It was like I planned it. 

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October evenings. . .

This evening was a perfect evening to be outside. The sun was slowly setting and the temperatures were cool but not too cold, so you could enjoy the outdoors comfortably. I really don't think there is a more perfect month, weather wise, here in the Idaho mountains. I wore a cotton sweater, utility jacket, fall colored scarf, skinny jeans and wedge booties. A perfect fall outfit. McCall and Stella are the official photo bombers!

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Rocks in your pockets. . .

My adventuresome nature is genetic I am sure. My parents were adventuresome is so many ways.

My mom's range of hobbies as I grew up taught me everything I needed to know about life. She was a horse woman, animal lover, dog trainer; we even had fish aquariums with all types of beautiful fish. The way she could sew was pure artistry and everything she cooked was magic! She made sure I had sewing lessons, riding lessons, and that for every event in my life I had the perfect thing to wear, provided by her loving hands and giving heart.  

My dad saw the beauty in everything around him and taught me to do the same. He was a mushroom hunter, a fisherman, he taught me survival camping, how to figure out directions and the time of day by where the sun was in the sky. He collected fossils and rocks and always seemed to have rocks in his pockets. He had a rock polisher and we would put the rocks we found in it and listen to the rumbling for weeks until they came out shinny like gems. He made everything fun. We lived in the country were things like coconuts and at times even bananas were exotic. I can remember him bringing home a coconut and we would all gather around as he opened it and we would all get to hold it and taste. It was a wonder of the world. He did the same with caviar and Spam! My childhood was magical because of my parents and their adventuresome spirits. 

It rained all night and day today and we needed it. I couldn't help but want to go out and smell the air and absorb the misty, chilly day and look for rocks. Every day is a chance to experience life. Isn't it grand? Never miss the chance to carry rocks in your pockets!

They look like they are looking at their reflections in the lake.

The gold pine trees mixed in with the green are Tamaracks. They turn gold in the fall.

County roads. . .

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Hula Hooping on the coffee table

I  am such a country girl. I grew up in the country, riding horses and running wild. Bless my parents for never once trying to settle me down. I wore cowboy boots and jeans. I had long thick hair that could not be tamed and my spirit was one of unending adventure. I remember getting on my horse and telling my mom I would be gone a while, I was searching for big foot and off I would ride. I had a great childhood. Standing on a rock for one of my pictures reminded me of standing on my mom's coffee table hula hooping and my family exclaiming how good I was. They all always made me feel special. I love them so.

This outfit is very much like something I would have worn as a kid. Jeans, t-shirt and boots! I added a cozy sweater and scarf  to complete the look. So comfortable and happy. 

One of my favorite authors Mark Twain, who was born in Missouri not far from where I grew up and also had an adventuresome spirit said,

"Sing like no one is listening.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like it’s heaven on earth.."

Those are words to live by folks! 

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Peace!

I am always so excited when I get comments and always very appreciative. If you ever want to know where I got anything I am wearing or showing, just let me know I will get right back to you! 

What not to wear. . .

I thought it would be fun to wear some clothes that I have had several years for this post. The top is so pretty and feminine and having a 70's vibe, I thought would go with flared jeans. As much as I hate it, pictures can tell me when I am delusional about what works for me. The jeans I am wearing are not what I would put with that top again. They had white stitching that distracted from the top. I should have worn a more plain and lean pair of jeans. The shoes were also wrong. They are really cute shoes but the color was not right for this outfit. They kind of stuck out like a sore thumb. Wearing a empire waist top is tricky for me. For pictures I need to stand straighter or the top over powers my body. Overall, I love the separate pieces, but not together. 

I guess it wasn't my day to take pictures. No matter what I tried they kept coming out grainy. I switched over to another camera last night that is newer and really tried to read about how to take better pictures (again). Maybe my next try will go better.  I really think I need a very nice camera that is mostly automatic. Like my iPhone, it seems to never take a bad picture. Anyone have advice? I don't care if they are perfect but I would like them to not be too grainy or fuzzy. Some days pictures turn out fairly clear and others they are really bad. I finally gave up and considered giving up the hobby of bloging. But after finding a new blog created by this lovely lady (She She Show), I was inspired not to give up. After all this is supposed to be fun for me. When it is no longer fun I will quit. 

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#ODW

Out Door Wear! I thought I would share some of the outdoor wear I have been collecting for this year. There were two specific items I knew I wanted and I looked a long time to find the perfect look along with the price tag I was willing to pay.

1. I have dreamed about a blanket coat like the one I found this season. It is everything I have been looking for; lightweight so I don't feel like I am carrying a second body, yet warm enough for chilly days and nights. It has beautiful fall colors and and is structured so you don't feel like a box. 

 

2. Who doesn't love the cozy, luxurious look of fur? Thanks to technology faux fur is being seen everywhere. This year I have been looking diligently and finally found the most beautiful vest. It adds bulk as any vest is going to do but it is soft and light weight and very pretty. 

This coat was not on my list but was so cute when I saw it online and deeply discounted. I thought it would be a perfect everyday coat. I was right, I really like it. It is casual but classic and goes with everything. It will be the perfect backdrop for many warm scarves this winter. I can't wait to style them!

Last year I didn't buy one outdoor coat. I have such a wonderful collection I didn't feel the need. I think what I have added for this year is perfect! New hats and scarves can take older coats and jackets and make them look new and on trend!

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These Things . . . 2015

Last October I wrote a post titled, These Things . . . It was a post where I reflected on the the things that I would miss about summer ending but looked forward to of the coming winter. It was a sort of melancholy post. I decided to write one for this year and maybe make it an annual post. Part of my melancholy this year comes from this story. 

When I was a young girl my first babysitting job was for my two little cousins, Bryan and James. They were so cute and always into trouble. Memories of my first real responsibilities and all the fun we had came back to me because James wrote a letter to Bryan who passed away 15 years ago. He was a test pilot and died in a crash while testing a plane. Flying was a true love for these boys. James has honored his brother by spending the last 15 years spreading his ashes over the places that Bryan would have wanted be. The post was so touching and a tribute to the love of brothers and family. Anyway, I feel heavy of heart thinking of all James has endured so bravely since his brother left this earth. They went through more than most children growing up but they always had each other.

So being so grateful for life and loved ones still with me and for knowing special people who have passed, I look forward to the changing season. I will miss . . .

summer clothes

I look forward to . . .

winter clothes

comfort food

beauty of winter snow

winter nature

real Christmas trees 

this year's Christmas tree possibly

visits to Arizona

sitting by the fire

long winter naps

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Peace!

Northwestern Comfort

I have never been one to wear black. I love color and thought black wasn't a good color for me but lately I keep gravitating to black pieces for my wardrobe. A lot of it is the amazing detail added to clothing these days. The hems that are hi-low, zippers, buttons, off shoulder, the list goes on. I am crazy for detail. 

Today I put together the most comfortable outfit.  It was perfect weather for a tunic, scarf and hat! I love this tunic.  It is so versatile, I can wear it with leggings or jeans, tuck it in or leave it untucked and so much more. To complete the outfit I added a fun black and grey leopard scarf, a grey hat and black suede pumps. I love scarves for many reasons but one is, I don't feel the need to figure out what jewelry to wear, the scarf says it all! I was happy to see that with my black top I could  pull out of my closet, fun black and grey accents! 

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Free People

Every since I first saw the fashion brand Free People I have loved it. I love the casual over sized look and imagine myself wearing pieces that make me look relaxed and carefree. Although I love the style it is hard for me to find anything that fits me with looking like I am wearing a sack. I finally found a top that I adore and styled it right away. I'm wearing a black Free People sweater with boyfriend jeans and booties. I thought the hat added to the bohemian flair! 

Every year I decide I really need a picture of me on this huge rock on our property. So I hike over, set the timer on the camera and run and throw myself at the rock! It always ends up being great exercise but not such great pictures. This year I decided just running to the rock was enough and didn't actually try to climb it in my 30 second time frame. 

This week I am linking up with Adrienne of The Rich Life on a Budget and Jill of Everything Just So for their How I Wear My link up featuring Ponchos! I'm also joining Style Nudge for Shoe and Tell!Check out these fun link ups!

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Peace!

Red & Plaid

I am not good at envisioning outfit ideas but when I see something I like I can build on it. Today I saw a picture of plaid pumps and thought of my red plaid pumps. I adore these shoes and having always thought red was not my color, learned it is indeed my color when I wear these pumps. I have started to think that a person can wear any color if they present it in the right way. I've heard so many people say they can't wear a certain color and I think, who told them that, the color police? I say we all forget all the old rules we were taught and wear what makes us smile!

So I put on a red off the shoulder top, black jeans and my red plaid shoes! I threw in a surprise element of a leopard belt. All I can say is it makes me smile! Now you go ahead, put something on that you were told you can't . . . and smile!

This week I am linking up with Adrienne of The Rich Life on a Budget and Jill of Everything Just So for their How I Wear My link up featuring Ponchos! I'm also joining Style Nudge for Shoe and Tell!Check out these fun link ups!

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Peace!

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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Peace!