Summer With Flair

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The Scoop

I am seeing a lot of flared and boot cut jeans on blogs lately. It looks like the trend is going to carry through to the fall. I read an article the other day that said sales for skinny jeans were way down this year and although they weren’t going completely away the new style was a more relaxed fit skinny jean. I like that idea and for the past year have been sizing up one size because I liked the look better. Still my favorite style of jeans is the flare or boot cut.

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My Look

I am wearing flare jeans (old), leopard top (newish), tan mules (old), and a dark green cross body bag (new). For jewelry I am wearing a matching bracelet and earrings that I got in Mazatlan Mexico several years ago. I got the bag because the color was so pretty and I thought would be perfect to transition into fall. It is a Chloe dupe which I linked. Mine appears to be identical but sadly is out of stock. I will watch and share if I see it come back in stock.

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Create Your Own Look

I’m linking the same top and very similar options for the jeans, mules and bag. My exact bag is sold out.

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That’s it gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

Favorite Summer Skirt Look

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The Scoop

Every summer I pull out this skirt for a go around. I got it several years ago at a consignment shop and it is a classic that will always be in style. I love to buy classic pieces at consignment shops because you can get a quality piece at a great price and use it for years to come. And don’t you love skirts in the summer? They are so easy and I love to style them casual more than any other way.

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My Look

I’m wearing an old white button down from Walmart, skirt by Anthropologie from local consignment store called Again. It is the most beautiful skirt in the colors I love with tiny sparkling beads all over. It is fully line and so well made. My sandals are Tory Burch and my bag is Mar Y Sol from Nortstrom (old). I don’t wear much jewelry in the summer because I like the simple look and comfort of nothing touching me.

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Create Your Own Look

I’m linking similar white shirts, same brand bags, same exact sandals in the color bleach and fun Anthropologie skirts. These are great skirts so always keep a look out if you don’t want to pay full price for when they are on sale, consigned or in a thrift shop.

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Anyone know what this is?

I am always taking pictures when out walking or running and the other day I came across this beautiful bird. It let me get within ten feet without showing concern. I am not sure what it is, does anyone know? See the feather off the back of it’s head. It was so beautiful and I think around three feet tall.

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Peace!

How I Styled Cropped Wide Leg Pants

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The Scoop

So I have been on a kick for trying things that I normally wouldn’t try. The wide leg cropped pants really aren’t what I would call figure flattering for me but I just wanted to see if I could make them work. I have seen some bloggers look absolutely chic in this style. As hard as I tried I didn’t make chic but I did create a look that was comfortable and fun. I am not sure I would wear this look often but it was a challenge for my creative side.

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My Look

Since I was experimenting I got the inexpensive pants at Walmart for next to nothing. Everything else but the belt bag is old. I remember when I got those Michael Kors wedges. I was so excited and I got them in navy too. They are still the most comfortable wedges I have ever worn and they still sell this exact style. They are at least four or five years old. I got the hat at a local boutique called Mountain Monkey Business and the top from the Rack. The belt bag, another experiment from Walmart. I am totally into the belt bags now. Experiment success on that one.

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Create Your Own Look

Linking same pants (comes in several colors), same shoes (also several colors), same top just different pattern. I have the linked pattern and love it too. It comes in several patterns. Same belt bag linked!

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Peace!

Belt Bag? Count Me In!

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The Scoop

I have been seeing belt bags a lot lately and the wheels have been turning in my head. Do I love them? They give me flashbacks to fanny packs and that has a negative vibe for me. So I decided to get an inexpensive one and try it out. And I’m here to tell you, they are fabulous! I love the look, the versatility and the functionality. They go through your belt loops and buckle just like a belt but have this handy little bag to carry essentials.

I wore one all over town on the Fourth of July and it was perfect. It held my phone, keys, sunglasses and money perfectly leaving me hands free to enjoy the day. Oh gosh how have I gone so long without one? No back ache from a bag on one shoulder or asking my husband to carry (which he is so sweet to always do). But even he agreed the belt bag is the bomb!

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My Look

I’m wearing a white tee, denim cutoffs, sneakers and a belt bag. It was only in the upper 60s on the day I took these pictures so I added a fabulous blazer. I think a navy blazer is a basic that everyone can use. This is one I found at Nordstrom Rack for 50% off. It is very well made and the perfect classic style. My shorts have taken the blogger world by storm and I have to say, they are the best I have ever had. I picked up two pair full price because they are that good. No regrets. I’ve had them a couple of months now and wear them at some point almost every day. My tee is Lucky brand with beautiful embroidery in white (old), my pink belt bag ($10) and matching sneakers ($10) were a steal and the perfect touch to a casual look. These items may be in your local store if they are out of stock online in your size.

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Products I’ve Been Using

I thought I would share my favorite products right now. They contain most the ingredients that are recommended for anti-aging.

This summer for a little help with my tan I use Jergen’s Wet Skin Moisturizer. It is so nice because it moisturizes, firms and tans all in one. You just shower, turn off the shower, while still in the shower you put a small amount on arms, legs and where ever you want it then you pat dry. No dark stains anywhere and no odor. I love it.

I get a little natural tan because I am outside at 15 to 30 minute periods a few times a day. I have silly tan marks on my feet from my flip flops because of it. Sometimes my walks are 50 minutes long but I never allow my skin to burn. I never did let myself burn even as a young girl. I don’t like to get that hot. Common sense tells you that it is not a good thing. I am not a big fan of sunscreens and research is showing the incidence of skin cancer has gone up since the big push to wear it non stop. Some reports say it is chemicals in the creams and some say it is due to the lack of vitamin D we absorb through our skin. Recommendations now are that pregnant women not use it. But go ahead and slather it on until we figure out if it is safe. Notice how we are now being told to supplement vitamin D? I’m not recommending anything this is just my perspective from the research I’ve read. I’m a skeptic by heart and am always reading the latest research because it is ever changing. Natural always seems to win over chemicals.

I have used Rose Hip Seed Oil for years for removing make up and as a moisturizer for my face and neck. It is all natural and works so well for me. I use the Cerave cleanser after I remove my make up and then I use the Cerave AM or PM depending if it is morning or night. I’ve used the Olay for years also and think it is the best thing out there. Just this summer I added Gold Bond Ultimate neck and chest firming cream. So far I like it but no miracles yet. Ha ha.

I am wearing OPI nail polish in these pictures in Pretty Pink Perseveres. Lately when I go get a mani/pedi I don’t have them do the polish. That way I can change out as I want. I hate being stuck with the same color for weeks.

What are your favorite products and routines? We would all love to hear!

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Create Your Own Look

I’m linking my exact belt bag ( I have it in the pink and the black) I am wearing the S/M so it is tts. My exact shorts are also linked and tts for me, size 27. Lots of people say they sized down and I could have but they would have been too short. My tee is old. Linking exact sneakers (I have them in red and pink) wearing size 7 but the 8s would have been fine. They don’t come in half sizes. For reference I wear 7.5. Linking exact sunglasses. The blazer was bought in store at Nordstrom Rack. I’m linking options for everything. My nail polish is OPI Pretty Pink Perseveres.

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Peace!

Full On Summer Look

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The Scoop

I didn’t get this post out as early as I planned today but here it is! I have been down in the city and I didn’t take my laptop because I had tons of errands and appointments and knew I wouldn’t have time to work on the blog.

When I got up this morning there was frost on the ground here in the mountains. Burr! Our highs were only in the 50s yesterday and will only be about 65 today. That’s a big shift from last week when it was in the 70s and 80s. That’s when I took these pictures. Now I’m back in my jeans and sweatshirts. This whole week is going to be 60s and low 70s which is not bad. It is great for runs, hikes and long walks so I’m good with it.

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My Look

While it was so warm I wore this outfit and loved it! I love an easy summer look. This top is so comfy and screams summer time. And these sandals are so good! Nothing in my closet right now feels more comfortable than these and I love the chambray color. These will be my favorite sandals for summer. My shorts are old as is my hat and my bag that I got at our local thrift shop. For jewelry I’m wearing bauble bar earrings in a pale pink, a white friendship bracelet and my apple watch.

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Create Your Own Look

I’m linking my exact top, shoes, earrings and watch and then options!

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Hair

I had to wear a hat because my hair has been a mess lately. I got a haircut yesterday so maybe that will help. I also got a new flat iron that I am loving to use to make beachy waves. I will tell you more about it soon. I didn’t have it for these pictures but tried it yesterday and am amazed!

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That’s it gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. I started a new IG Account called @northwestmountainliving. If you want to follow along check it out because I will be linking all my outfits and maybe adding some try-on haul stories soon!

Fun Fashion Ideas For Summer

The Scoop

I told you in my last post that I had ordered a lighting kit for picture taking. As of today I have it all set up but no idea how to use it. I have searched online for instruction but no one can just simply tell you where to place the lights in relation to the camera. Just the basics without a full photography class. Anyway I couldn’t find anything. If you know of anything to help please let me know.

Meanwhile in this post I am showing you a few looks all taken the same day. The first was when the sun was shinning, the second it was cloudy and the third look was taken while it was pouring down rain. Most of these photos were taken in the same room of the house. You can see how the photos turned out. I used the auto correct on the last outfit just FYI.

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Look One

I have been wanting a pair of floral wide leg cropped pants and I have been wanting a jumpsuit. Here I have both in one look. It’s a floral jumpsuit with wide cropped legs. It is so comfortable and I know I will be hanging out in this look a lot this summer. I wore wedge sandals and carried my Rebecca Minkoff bag. I wore bright blue earrings to bring out the blue in the jumper.

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Get This Look

I couldn’t find my exact romper. Everything I have on is old and not available. Linking options!

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Look Two

This maxi skirt is a soft knit and short enough for flats so I wore flat tan sandals. I wore a graphic tee that I knotted at the waist. I added a jean jacket for a third piece.

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Options

This look is all old stuff too but I am linking great options.

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Look Three

Here I am wearing a Rebecca Minkoff off shoulder top in a soft pink. I wore it with a pair of Express distressed flared jeans. For shoes wore a pair of low heeled sandals.

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Options

My outfit is old but I’m linking cute options!

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That’s it gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. I started a new IG Account called @northwestmountainliving. If you want to follow along check it out because I will be linking all my outfits and maybe adding some try-on haul stories soon!

Fashion - Shoulder Talk For Us Over 50 Ladies

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The Scoop

I love my dogs. This little guy makes me feel like a rock star! He and his sissy ( I call her) are always there watching like I am the most interesting person in the world. If you are a dog lover like me you understand that I spend a lot of time making sure I don’t let them down. We take lots of walks, we nap in a pile on the sofa, we share treats and the fun never ends!

It started raining this week after a few weeks of too perfect to be true spring weather. I realized how bad my lighting is again for picture taking. So I took the plunge and ordered a photography lighting kit. I can’t wait for it to arrive. It has it all even back drops in three colors. Now I can finish setting up my photography studio. We have a finished basement that I have all ready for photo taking except for the lighting. Its big empty, quiet with light colored walls. There are two large windows as in it only a partial underground basement but the lighting I ordered should improve things a lot!

In a couple more weeks we will be heading to the mountains for the summer! I am excited to be in the fresh country mountain air again where I can go mushroom hunting, huckleberry picking and take long quiet hikes and trail runs. I will make summer jams and just enjoy the quiet life for a few months.

Can you believe I got three new posts on the blog this week! I don’t know how it happened but I had a few fun looks to share so there you go! I love spring and summer fashion so much.

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My Look

This is all old but good. My top is so fun with the off shoulders but the tie around the neck keeps it secure. Next are my old DIY hem jeans. I think these were the first pair I took the scissors to. After one pair there was no holding me back and I found no jeans were safe if they were too long. These are a step hem. I added my Sam Edelman mules which have been a favorite for several years and carried my LV Never Full GM bag. For jewelry I wore the emerald necklace my husband surprised me with on our anniversary last year. I’m still sportin’ my hair pins because . . . well because I like them!

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Create Your Own Look

My top is State from Nordstrom, Jeans from Costco, mules Sam Edelman and bag Louie Vuitton (gift from husband). I’m linking really great options for creating your own look.

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Above you get a peek of my dinning room that I painted this spring. I love how it turned out. Below is my formal living room that has a ceiling two stories high so I will have to hire to have it painted. But I have it decorated just the way I want. It’s the most serene room. We’ve had the armoire for so many years. It is an antique from England. The room is filled with my favorite things. Even the silly brass duck.

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You can see all my looks on the LiketoKnow.it app when you search northwestmountainliving. Just download the free app and follow me or go to the shop tab on the blog to see them.

That’s it gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. I started a new IG Account called @northwestmountainliving. If you want to follow along check it out because I will be linking all my outfits and maybe adding some try-on haul stories soon!

Fashion-Summer Shorts and Dresses For Us Over 50 Ladies

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The Scoop

As a woman over 50 this voice whispers in my ears often, “Will you look to old to be wearing this?” I usually ignore it and find a way to make whatever it is I want to wear work for me. I guess I’m from the part of the country where women were criticized a lot. Don’t show your aging arms, legs, or neck. Your hair is too long, you look like your trying to look young. Almost anything you did to look and feel good was just bad taste.

Well I’m not trying to look young, I am trying to look fabulous! So cut it out little voices! In this post I am showing my legs and arms and neck! Gracious! Get me some nerve pills. Also something they gave women during menopause because heaven forbid they complained or reacted to how they were feeling.

I’m so glad those days are mostly gone.

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Look One

This lovely dress shows arms, legs and neck and it is fun, pretty and comfortable! I would also wear it with sneakers or sandals. Its a fabulous cotton material that buttons down the front. I took off the white tie that came with it and added a pink patterned Ted Baker scarf to give it a little somethin’ somethin’! A bright pair of pink pumps made this look sing to me! A summer bag completed my look.

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Hair Accessories

I found these pretty little bobby pins at Walmart and knew I would wear them a lot since I am always pulling my hair back or to the side. I put two in and love the look! I tried to find them online but Walmart’s site is still clunky if you ask me and I could not find them. I am sure you can find tons in all the stores though. I’ll link a few pretty ones too.

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Look Two and Three

The next couple of looks start with shorts that are so so comfy. They have elastic waist bands with an added drawstring. I could have went down a size but this was the smallest size so I am making them work. They are a fabric that is light and breathable. Perfect for summer. The tops are also comfy and complete the looks along with sandals. A straw summer bags is the perfect accessory! These are size small so I would say they run a little large but then I kind of like the over sized look.

Create Your Own Look

I’m linking same brand similar style dresses. Same shorts, white tee and Ark Bag. Similar striped top and sandals. My sandals are Sam Edelman and I linked same brand just different colors since mine are old. I have been wearing these three summers now! My pumps and other bags are also old.

One thing I know for sure is that this white Tee is the nicest one I have bought in a long time. It is high quality in fit, style and fabric. I bought five for basics. I want to see if they have them in black now because I wear almost every day.

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You can see all my looks on the LiketoKnow.it app when you search northwestmountainliving. Just download the free app and follow me or go to the shop tab on the blog to see them.

That’s it gang! Thanks for stopping by!

Peace!

P.S. I started a new IG Account called @northwestmountainliving. If you want to follow along check it out because I will be linking all my outfits and maybe adding some try-on haul stories soon!

Throughout the week I link up with these beautiful bloggers!

Mummabstylish/ Curly Crafty Mom/ Style Crone/ Jeans and a Teacup/ Elegantly Dressed and Stylish -Stylish Monday/ Glass of Glam/ Not Dead Yet Style/ Shelbee On The Edge/ Shopping My Closet/ Elegantly Dressed and Stylish - Turning Heads Tuesday/ This Blond’s Shopping Bag - May Ageless Style/ The Fashion Canvas