Saturday Mountain Style

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My Saturday style in the mountains!

the scoop

It’s been so nice here in the mountains for the weekend. I have mixed in taking care of business, relaxation and fun relatively evenly. There are always threes things I have to do when I come up now that we are not here full time. I have to vacuum, dust and clean bathrooms/change bedding. So I break it up into a chore a day so nothing is too much. Then I always cook because I love to cook and eat! I try to get some outdoor time in via, hiking, running or just sitting outside on the deck. Lastly I do a little picture taking for the blog.

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Each season in the mountains has its own special beauty.

my look

So, everything I have on is too big. I don’t know why I insist on getting things too big but it seems I always order them that way. Not always but often. This top is Free People and it is way too big. I always get a small in Free People but never again. After so many too big sweaters I have learned my lesson. This brand runs way large. My jeans are new and they are high waisted skinny jeans in my favorite brand. I ordered a size up thinking it would be easier to tuck tops into them but after wearing them all day they are falling off so another lesson learned. Although I can probably wash and dry them in hot water and make them work. My hunter boots are a half size too big too but with heavy socks they are fine.

Linking my exact top. I usually wear small in tops and this one is a small but an extra small would have been much better for me. Linking exact jeans, my favorite brand 7 For All Mankind (TTS), Linking exact Hunger Boots. My Tory Burch bag is old but I found another Tory Burch in red that is similar but my red is more of a fire engine red I think.

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Life right outside my front door!

sup’

  • It’s our second day here and I am loving it. It rained all night last night and it was nice to sleep listening to rain gently fall.

  • We had chili and corn bread last night and tonight I am grilling steak to go with salad and baked potatoes.

  • I got some new make up at the drug store to play with along with some bubble bath for a relaxing hot bath tonight.

  • You can see our first fire of the season on my IG Stories Highlight here! It was so beautiful.

  • Planning another big fire tonight as we watch the sun set. Which reminds me I have to run out and bring in some wood!

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Peace!

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Come Back Kid

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inhale confidence

exhale doubt

the scoop

Hey gang! Well, here I am back in the blogging game. I have been going back and forth for a few months on whether I should continue blogging and I guess I sort of have been going through a mid life crisis. Is there room for me in the blogsphere? Is there a place for women my age to share their fashion and lifestyle? After thinking a LOT about what brought me to blogging in the first place, I decided that I want to continue for at least a little while longer.

You see, I started in the beginning because I wanted a creative outlet, a hobby, something that would be fun for when I had time. Then I noticed that in all the social media you would see so many fabulous bloggers, but for the most part they were young. Relative to me; very young. I wasn’t seeing myself in any of these talented people. I still read these blogs and find I learn so much from them. But I wanted to see women my age more. I wanted to let others see how women age. I wanted to change the sterotypical ideas a lot of society has about us.

So here I am, back at it. Keeping it light and fun though. I never want to add to the drama in this world. You know . . . girls just wanna have fun!

my look

Most of my readers like the fashion side of my blog. And since it is the most fun for me, I am always happy to share my day to day looks. Here is such a fun outfit for fall. I am wearing big old bell bottom jeans, a comfy flannel shirt, blue suede boots and I’m carrying a fabulous green bag. I topped this look off with a navy fisherman’s cap. I can’t tell you how comfy this look is. What I love most about it though is the colors. Dark rich greens and blues are the theme.

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sup’

Well, not a lot of news in my world, outside of setting up our house in the city which has been way more work than I expected. But I have been taking my time and adding here and there as I go. Lots of fun projects to do as long as I remember that it’s the journey that makes it fun.

Here’s some quick bullets of my life right now.

  • I’m still trying to live a healthy lifestyle. I work out daily in some form or another. Like one day I spent the whole day raking and bagging leaves. Let me tell you, I was sore for days after that. Plus we go to the YMCA almost daily.

  • I love to cook and am always trying new healthy and not so healthy recipes. I am really into soups right now. If you have any soup recipes you love, please send them my way! I will even try to make them and put it on the blog.

  • I have decided to let my hair grow for the winter and it seems to be growing slow lately. I always think everything is because I am getting old. But I think it can also be the time of year. I have heard your hair grows faster in the spring and summer. Myth?

  • I started using Retin A several weeks ago but I’m going really slowing and only using it three times a week. I can’t tell any change yet so the jury is still out. I’m looking for more vibrant skin with smaller pores. It’s supposed to help your skin regenerate more since it slows down as you age.

  • I voted already and am hoping everyone else will vote in the coming election. Here is some useful information if you need it.

  • I watched a couple of wonderful movies on Netflix both staring Jane Fonda and love how she represents women my age in these movies. They aren’t trying to hide the lines in her face or make her look young, she’s the real thing. Here is the trailer to Peace, Love and Misunderstanding. My favorite was Our Souls At Night also starring Robert Redford. Here is the trailer.

  • I’m working on a photo studio in the basement. The pictures with the blank wall were taken there. Lighting is always an issue for me. But I have fun playing with it all1

shop my look

Same flannel shirt and dark jeans (limited size) are linked, and fun options for creating your own look!

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Peace!

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Morning Pumpkin

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Something’s

changed . . .

I used to be such a morning person, you know the kind that a lot of people just want to slap. All bouncy and happy and full of immediate energy.

But over the last year I have grown into a grumpy not morning person. I move slow and feel like everyone and everything is annoying. I put my robe on inside out and my slippers on the wrong feet. Arg, you get the picture?

It might have something to do with the fact that I wake up at 5 AM every single day. But, I didn’t even know a change like this could happen. I miss waking up full of energy and smiles for the day. I always felt like it was a new day and anything good could happen. Has anyone else experienced this type of change.

I hope this is just a phase . . .

the scoop

I can’t believe for so long I posted a blog every single Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Now it is a struggle to get one out. It’s mostly due to my interests being more on family, health and home this summer. I have been busy setting up our house here in the city and I’m not good at taking pictures of the process so I have been trying to figure out a path back to my blog.

By golly though I think I have figured it out. I think one a week for a while will be fun. I will incorporate my fashion, decorating my home and other things new while I rediscover life in the busy city.

This post will be about my boot cut jeans style, getting my library card and what I am reading and showing you my formal living room. I will also ask your decorating advice on a huge pottery shelf area.

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my look

I haven’t been doing any clothing shopping and really don’t need to do any. My closet is full of lovely fall items that I can use to create that cozy chic look that I love this time of year.

Here I am wearing a Loft shirt in blue strips with beautiful tie bell sleeves, WHBM boot cut jeans in a dark denim, Louise et cie heels in navy and carrying my Italian leather Adora bag in vibrant orange.

Linking my jeans brand WHBM, and options for creating your own look!

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the room

I like to call this room my drawing room.

n

1. a room where visitors are received and entertained; living room; sitting room

Some would call it a formal living room and it is the room you walk into at the front door which I love. It’s a peaceful room that is always tidy so if guests drop by we have a comfortable place to visit. I sit here in the afternoons and read while I have a glass of ice tea.

The room’s decor is made up of a hodgepodge of things old and new, more expensive, less expensive, formal and casual. It has coastal elements, hints of French style, a little rustic edge and room for lots of future projects. I never tire of tweaking a room. I have few things in mind to change soon and by the time I post this I have already changed the rug at the door. I had just thrown an old one down until I found one I liked. I also added a throw pillow to the sofa in a muted yellow to bring out the yellow in the chairs.

Don’t forget your fall mug! I love having themed mugs for my coffee and here are some fun options!

I always like a little surprise in every room. Something unexpected tucked in a corner. That is where Mr. squirrel comes in. Isn’t this cute wood and metal guy fun?

These pictures are taken from the Juliet balcony off the master bedroom. I love this view.

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Help?

this space is very large. probably 5 ft wide and 6 ft tall and about 2 ft deep. i don’t want to do antiques or faux plants but something fun and different. any ideas?

just sayin’

I need coffee and my slippers are perfect for such an announcement. And every September I allow myself to indulge in the perfect dinner, fruit and veggies. Ha ha!

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other things i’ve been doing

I went to our local library and got a card and am so excited about all the resources available. It’s amazing how much libraries have changed. I am reading this book right now and highly recommend it.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For readers of The Nightingale and Sarah’s Key, inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this remarkable debut novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances.

oh boo one more thing

This post is really getting long but I wanted to tell you a couple more things. We joined the YMCA and I will tell you more about that in a later post but I am amazed at the fabulous facility they have and all that is offered.

Also, we have a new smart TV which is so fun and I now watch You Tube all the time on the big screen. I have discovered this fabulous interior designer that I wanted to share with you. She makes me smile and gets my creative juices flowing so check her out if you like that sort of thing. Link here, you may have to cut and paste into your browser. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2F564599300C8273

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Peace Gang!

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You can take the girl out of the mountains, but

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City

life . . .

the scoop

August was supposed to be a break for me but it ended up adding years to my life. In my last post here where I updated you at mid point of my "blogging break" I explained a lot of what was going on. But things got worse before they got better.

My husband's pneumonia got worse, his lung collapsed with fluid and a trip to the ER ensued. The big issue was that at our age getting pneumonia out of the blue when you are seemingly very healthy can be a sign of lung cancer. And since there is a family history of lung cancer along with other symptoms we had quite a scare for a couple of weeks as we ruled that out. Gratefully it was ruled out and he is finally almost back to normal.

fight or flight

I, on the other hand have aged 10 years. I was in continual fight or flight mode for a few weeks, working nonstop to care for him all the while fearing the worst. I am so grateful to breath again and now it is time to think about myself and caring for my health. I don't have a real plan yet but I am getting in long walks and sleeping and eating better. 

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at least

i'm not in sweats!

my look

You can take the girl out of the mountains but you can't take the mountains out of the girl are my thoughts on this look. I have lived in joggers the past month and for this shoot I kicked it up a notch (ha ha) with very distressed jeans and a camo shirt. Most of the day I was bare footed but when I had to go out I added a pair of low heeled booties and carried my LV MM bag. 

Same shirt (LOVE!), same brand jeans (SO COMFY), options for fun fall booties and totes!

sup'

We are back in the mountains as I write this post. We needed to come up to check on things since we have been away for a while. But OMG I am loving my place in the city. It is much smaller than our mountain home and I adore the coziness of it as I build our nest. I went for the not trendy layout with this house. I love different rooms and don't feel the need for the open concept that is so popular. It is open enough to feel connected but still lends the ability to have variety in decorating. The house is 18 years old and had only one other owner which was the people who built it. They took loving care of it and did so many unique things while they were there. 

Everything is still a work in progress but so far I have our bedroom about done, outside of painting it. I am trying out the existing deep purple walls for a while because I actually find them rather serene. I have the kitchen set up but will change the counter tops down the road. I know quartz is all the rage but I still love granite and plan on replacing the existing counter tops with that. I am still thinking about painting the kitchen cabinets. I read that natural wood was going to be on trend this coming season and really like the way they are right now. 

My dining room is done except for hanging my curtains and more furniture for our family room arrives this week and I am so excited! I am going to wait on the formal living room decor for a while as I percolate ideas but right now I am totally thinking mid century modern (ish). Deep colors for the sofa and chairs and maybe a fun texture for the fabrics, like velvet. I'm in no hurry though so I will have one big empty room for while. Oh and our patio is still stark naked! Soon though.

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Peace gang!

Thanks so much for hanging in with me while I was away!

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Dog Days Of Summer And A Blogging Break Update

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Sup' Gang?

Popping in from my hiatus to say hi!

the scoop

There is so much to tell you and I don't really like to bore you too much so let's just say things have been crazy around here. But I wanted to check in at midway through my month off of blogging to let you know what's happening.

I was so over blogging for a a while and I am only starting to miss it a little. But even if I did miss it I wouldn't have time to do it. My husband has been the sickest he has ever been since I have known him. He is a major health nut but somehow he got walking pneumonia. And he is very anti medication so he refused to go to the doctor for six weeks. Finally I threatened him and he went and they put him on antibiotics and now at week eight he is starting to come out of it. But he was so sick for a long time.

My son and grandson came to visit for a week and we had a wonderful time. I miss them now that they are gone. We hiked, ran, cooked, made jams, went shopping and so much more. It was a whirl wind visit and I needed a couple of days rest after. I don't know if I ever told you this but my son is the male version of me. Seriously we love all the same things in life. First family, then cooking, fashion, fitness, etc. It is so fun to share things with someone who gets me so clearly. We are both introverts and just think the same way about life. It's interesting and fun! 

Around the time of all this starting we were already in the process of buying a house so most the running, and making decisions was done by me alone.  We bought a house in Boise for when we spend time there. You all know how I love the quiet life here in the mountains but l also like the city life from time to time so now we have a place to stay when we go down. For the past few weeks I have been setting up that place when I have time between taking care of my husband and company visiting. We have one more round of family coming at the end of August but just for a couple of nights. I am prepping for that now. 

Through all this I am trying to take care of myself which has been hard. You know how we always put others' needs first. It's in our genes. But I have continued to run a few times a week and have been extremely active with moving and keeping things under control. My diet has suffered since I have been needing a little comfort food, so lots of room for improvement there. You all probably understand the toll stress can take on your body. This spring has been a land mind of stress for me. I lost a beloved aunt, a favorite uncle, and a brother. My mother is very ill as well as other siblings with advanced lung diseases. My son went through a heart breaking divorce and then my husband got sick. I feel a little battered right now but know the only way out is up. So I make each day a day to be grateful and carry on.

Now that my husband is on the mend I plan to really work on my health, lose the five pounds that I put on over the winter and keep the joy of life as a top priority. Wish me luck!

my look

This was a very casual day for me like most of my days recently. I am obsessed with this long shirt that can be worn as a dress or a duster. It will carry me through fall and winter with so many styling options. I can't wait to experiment! For this look I wore a pair of DIY cut offs and a gray cami. Nude flip flops worked just right for the day. 

Linking options for creating your own look!

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Peace!

Thanks for stopping by!

Got Blog?

I plan  to be back to my blogging routine in September but I still feel I need a little change so I am trying to envision what that might be. Meanwhile I decorated my office in the house in the city. And I totally love it! I went with a bit of a French theme but really I had no plan when I started. I just went shopping a picked out things I loved and somehow they all came together. The desk is a beautiful deep red and I still have to get a chair and a chandelier. I tweaked a little more after this picture, added a few more accessories and installed my Alexa. The results were a peaceful pleasant space to dream, create and be happy. I'll try to follow up with better and more pictures soon.

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true story

Linking same desk and similar curtains and rug. 

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Blogger's Slump?

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the scoop

Well gang, I must confess my heart is not into blogging lately. I am in a total slump and have no vision or inspiration for fun new looks to share. I am not sure if it is a temporary thing or what but I am struggling and have been for most of the summer. Is that called a blogger's slump? I don't know but I got it bad. So I am going to take the month of August off and see if some time off will help me get my mojo back. I'll take some time and try to enjoy some summer with family and friends and hope this passes. Some good old fashion taking care of myself may go a long way. Finger's crossed!

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my look

These pants are so different with the fun hem. I haven't worn them for almost a year and thought wearing them with a white tee might be fun. Then I added an old square scarf and an old pair of wedge sandals to complete my look. My orange tassel earrings and a wicker bag were great accessories. 

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Later Loves!

See you in Sepember!

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Summer Sweaters

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Cotton

Sweaters are always so fabulous!

the scoop

I love summer sweaters. The feel of all cotton is so comfortable and the look is casual. They are perfect for throwing on over a tank top or tee in the cool evenings. I also wear them with skirts, shorts or even over a swim suit. 

Here are links to some pretty summer sweaters all on sale!

Also sharing links to some fun shoes and bags!

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my look

This free people sweater is from last season but it gets a lot of use still. I love it so much I have it is a soft white too. Here I am wearing it over a lace bralette and pairing it with a really old pair of boot cut jeans. I have had the jeans now 12 or 13 years. They are Lucky Brand which is still one of my favorite brands next to 7 For All Mankind. I am wearing a pair of two tone sandals that have orange and tan leather straps. I have so much orange in my closet these shoes go with almost everything I own. For a bag I am carrying my thrift shop find from a couple of years ago. It was in new condition and so cute! For jewelry I am wearing a Mexican Fire Opal, hands down my favorite necklace.

sup'

After a week of no Internet while we were setting up our house in the city I am back in the mountains escaping the 100 degree temps. We finally got the Internet connected just before I left so next time I'm down there I will be able to keep with my posts. I can't believe I missed two posts, a rare thing indeed!

Now I am getting our house in the mountains ready for house guests. My son and grandson are coming to visit for a week and we have so much planned. My grandson and I are big on snake hunting, rock collecting and making root beer floats! He is a real outdoors type just like me. We may even do some huckleberry picking. I know we will spend time at the lake swimming and sandcastle building too. My son and I will do some trail running and wine tasting. We always have such a good time together, he is so much like me it is crazy. We plan on doing a lot of cooking too.

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Peace!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Closing Day!

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What to wear

to a house closing

the scoop

A couple of things here goin' on. Maybe three . . . It's closing day on the house in the city and I am so excited. But I'm almost as excited about these jeans. I mean they are hands down my favorite pair for summer. So boho, so comfy, so me! But wait there's more! This top with these jeans is crazy my loves! CRAZY! 

But back to the house. I am headed down with a big truck load of stuff, doing the final walk through and picking up the keys. I will spend the night in a sleeping bag. Ugh. Because bright and early in the morning some of my furniture is being delivered. So a fun little camp-out for me!  Think giant pizza on the floor, TV hooked up to rabbit ears. Ha ha! But it's the beginning of fun projects of putting together our place. My husband will follow along shortly after. He is the president of the Idaho Aviation Association, McCall Chapter and the annual fly-in is tomorrow and he has to be there for that. Then he and the fur babies will be on their way to help because its all hands on deck this weekend.

Linking exact jeans and similar items for creating your own look!

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just a bit of

Boho

my look

These jeans went out of stock in most sizes when I first wrote this post, then they were restocked but I am sure they will sell out again really fast. I snatched up a second pair as soon as I saw them available.  This top is so boho! You can wear it like a peasant blouse or off the shoulders. I mean how fun it that? My shoes are old but perfect low heeled sandals in orange and tan. The fun little bag was a thrift find and I love it! My layered necklace is old too. It's hard to see but it had a pineapple and star and other beach type things.

Linking more fun tops and sandals.

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Peace!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Got Kimono?

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Kimono and Jeans

Sittin' in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G

the scoop

I don't know what I want to talk about first, the kimono or the jeans. I talked about my latest kimono additions here. The green tropical maxi kimono is totally a favorite but this is the other one I got from Amazon and the colors just sing! They are my colors! If I had a flag it would be in oranges!

But wait, the jeans. Holy Moly, they are goodins'! Yes they have become my favorite jeans for summer 2018. They look like they are from 1979 which is a big part of why I love them. Now it's obvious I was alive and wearing similar jeans in 1979 but there is a big difference. Back then there was no stretch in the jeans so not quite as comfortable but these have a little bit of stretch. Not enough to make them stretch out but enough that they fit in all the right places. Hello lover! Ha ha. Nope, not drinking wine, just iced coffee.

sup?

In my effort to make sure I spelled that right I learned this . . .

Urban Dictionary: sup
https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sup
  1.  
A term that cool people use because they are too damn lazy to say What's up. (Too much effort involved there man.)

Now I beg to differ because I just spent a great deal of time, looking it up and putting it in this post which ended up even more difficult because I wanted it in the quote format.  Just saying.

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Puppy Love

My buddy and photo director in action!

my look

Along with my kimono and favorite jeans of the summer I wore a white lined cami and white low heeled mules. I carried a little wicker bag and for jewelry I wore orange tassel earrings and a layered necklace. God only knows what was going on with my hair though. 

Exact kimono, exact jeans (they sold out once, restocked but will sell out fast again), exact cami, similar shoes and fun bag!

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Peace!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Summer Chic

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the scoop

I love summer fashion but I think options are limited when it comes to variety. Other seasons give you more of an opportunity to layer which provides endless options and creativity. But I must admit putting together an outfit for an evening out is a lot of fun when you don't have to think about keeping warm. And I think a monochromatic look is so chic for summer. All black or all white just always works.

Linking exact jeans, shoes and top (limited sizes and colors) and a couple of similar tops and fun bags for summer.

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my look

This top covers a lot but yet it doesn't. The sleeves are sheer so not at all too warm for evenings and baring the shoulders is also a comfortable way to keep cool. This top is great because it is nicely secured around the neck. You don't even think about it falling or being too revealing. I decided to wear it with cropped black denim for a chic look. I had packed most of my belts to move to our other house so had to use this silver metal belt which I ended up actually liking. Nothing makes black pop more than tan shoes and bags so there you have it. A complete look. I added colorful earrings for fun. It wasn't planned but red toes and white nails added even more interest to this look.

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Peace!

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Why I Said Good Bye To Social Media

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Life

should be lived in the present.

the scoop

I've been asked many times now several questions about deleting most of my social media accounts. Why did I leave? Has it affected my blog numbers? How does it feel to not be on my phone or computer so much are just a few of the questions. I thought in this post I would let you know how it is going or has turned out.

Why did I delete?

In early June I deleted my Facebook, Google+ and Twitter accounts. Why? Mostly because I think they only promote competition and self doubt. But also because they misuse the trust people put in them regarding privacy. I also didn't like the feeling of always needing to be online to promote, reciprocate, be perfect, etc. The endless feeling of unrest was just stupid in my mind. Social media didn't own me, I owned it. So I took control. I still have my IG account but have basically ghosted it for a month or so. I want to delete it too but am still considering the fact that it used to be my favorite form of social media. I enjoyed sharing and liking with my IG friends. But at some point they disappeared and the whole thing became frustrating. And any new followers I got were men who had no interest in fashion or the life style of a woman my age. So I am pretty sure I will nix it soon. 

I still love Pinterest and will be holding on to it. It is relaxing and doesn't make me feel like I owe it or someone else something. I hope they don't change it and screw it up. I use Bloglovin' to track the blogs I follow and will stay with it for now too. It seems non invasive so I'm good with it. 

how has it effected my blog?

My blog numbers are down about 21%  month on month. I don't blame it all on quitting social media though. I have slacked off on my commenting and participating in link ups as well as shut down my own link up party account (Style Wise). The biggest decrease came from letting it go. But dropping off  21% seems worth all the freedom I am feeling these days. I also feel like this fall when I get back into things I can bring the numbers back up. Summer's are usually slow in the blogsphere. People can get out more and don't want to spend as much time online. And I agree and support that! And I am still up 73% in unique visitors and 43% views year on year so that is awesome! I remember when I only had one or two visitors and was happy with that! Ha ha! 

I still get daily invites for collaborations but I'm no longer interested in them either. It is another way of me trying to be something I am not. Once in a great while I will hook up to help someone out but mostly I just say no. I've come to learn that the the brands benefit much more than the influencers most of the time. I am always open to helping a cause if I can though.

I love affiliate programs and use Reward Style all the time. I enjoy it and it helps pay for some of my blogging expenses. They are so nice and helpful and fair! Mostly it's a great way for me so share my style with others.

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how did it effect me?

I have a lot more free time on my hands! I can fit in reading a book, talking on the phone, going for walks, cooking. You get the picture. Smell the roses. It was a little difficult at first because I was worried my blog would tank. But I told myself that I wanted readers that were long term, not blue birds that flitted in accidentally. And an organic following would build that kind of readership. 

Right now I am very honored to have the readers I have and enjoy getting to know them and interact through my blog. I have my creative outlet, a fun hobby and amazing readers. It's all good! I can look to the future of my evolving interests and know I am being supported by the most amazing people ever!

will i return?

I never say never about anything. But I don't see myself returning to facebook, twitter or google+. I may revive my Style Wise Link Up party in the fall because although it was a lot of extra work, it was fun. IG is still on the chopping block. I would love some input. Would you delete it? Are you on social media? Do you enjoy it? I would love to hear what other's think!

my look

I was so taken by this fun top when I saw it because of the big bell sleeves and the black trim on them. I also liked the style of this top with the buttons half way down the front and an almost peasant design. I could see it would be perfect for so many outfits. I mean black and white is the original basic! I wore it with a pair of cropped shinny jeans and tan wedge sandals and a basket tote completed this look.

Linking my exact top, jeans and shoes and the perfect bag to accessorize! Sizes limited.

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Peace!

And thank you so much for stopping by!

staying connected

You will no longer find me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ so if you want to easily keep in touch sign up for my updates or follow me on Bloglovin

link ups

I love to start my day linking up with fellow bloggers and seeing what everyone is doing! If you have a link up you want to add to this list leave it in the comments! See who I link up with HERE!


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Softer Side Of Style

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Sometimes . . .

I feel quiet and wear softer colors.

the scoop

Some days I am slow on the uptake and want to sort of lay low and be quiet. Wearing softer colors feels right on those days. Neutrals are a way to stay in the background and observe. This to me is the softer side of style.

Linking my exact top in Petal Pink, exact jeans (size down), adorable tote and mules.

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my look

I'm wearing white flared jeans in this look. They are stretchy and high waisted and so comfortable. I wore a soft pink top, tan mules and carried a neutral tote. Everything was soft and quiet. The top had a lot of detail which made it fun. A Swiss Dot yoke and sleeves and a lace-up front are so pretty.

Here are some more beautiful pink tops all on sale! Also I'm linking some more cute totes and mules!

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Peace

Thanks for stopping by!

staying connected

You will no longer find me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ so if you want to easily keep in touch sign up for my updates or follow me on Bloglovin

P.S. We're buying a house and I have been sharing the process and pictures along with other fun things found only in my email updates. I hope you will follow along!

Link Ups

I'm proud to participate in the following link ups and am always looking for more! I love to start my day checking in with them and seeing what everyone is doing and connecting! I hope you will join us HERE!


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Making Camo Feminine

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Camo

Feeling feminine in a masculine pattern.

the scoop

I grew up in an area where people hunted and camo was worn for that purpose. I never really thought of wearing camo until the last few years of watching it being transformed into so many fun outfits. I now have this pattern in a tee, shirt, jacket and jeans. I love them all and find them so versatile. I have found that I can put together really feminine looks now and it's fun.

Now is a great time to get a field jacket. Linking several below, all on sale. Perfect to tie around your waist outside but put on in the cold resturants and shops.

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Stella

thinks I've lost is again!

my look

For this look I am wearing a black tee dress. It is just tee shirt material with a relaxed fit and slit pockets on the sides. A favorite dress for me. I added a camo jacket since we have not even made it to the 70s most days here in the mountains. I wore a pair of platform espadrilles, and a pink cap to add feminine touches. I carried an old picnic basket for a tote to complete my look.  

Linking fun options for dresses, sneakers and bags! All on sale!

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Peace!

And thanks for stopping by!

staying connected

You will no longer find me on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ so if you want to easily keep in touch sign up for my updates or follow me on Bloglovin

P.S. We're buying a house and I have been sharing the process and pictures along with other fun things found only in my email updates. I hope you will follow along!

Link Ups


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How I Created A Shorts Suit

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Suit Up

for summer!

the scoop

I've been inspired this spring by bloggers wearing shorts suits. I have wanted one but not really seen the right thing. But then I found these cute shorts and thought if I wore my white blazer I would have the look of a suit. And yep I was right! I could switch it out with my black blazer for another look! Now I'm excited because I have similar shorts in red and white that I want to style this way. 

the end of style wise link up

I have reported here on the blog that I have cut back on social media platforms and am finding ways to unplug and be in the now. With summer arriving and lots of company visiting this season (starting this weekend) as well as house hunting for a place in this city ( put in an offer today on one, fingers crossed) I am ready to let go of more of the work part of blogging and just focus on the fun part. As much as I love the community of  the Style Wise Link Up it is time for it to end. Thanks to everyone who has participated and supported the link up, I hope you will continue to stop by when you have time.

I'm linking options for creating your own look! My shorts are sold out and everything else is old.

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Pattern mixing

stripes and leopard

my look

These shorts are from H&M. I rarely shop there (the closest one is 100 miles away) but I saw these shorts and thought they would be so fun for summer. I paired them with a white blazer that was in my closet and created a summer suit. I wore tan mules, a black ruffled cami and carried my leopard clutch. I wore an old silver necklace and big hoop earrings to complete this look. Next time I will wear a white cami and a black blazer to mix it up!

Most of the linked blazers come in black and white.

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Peace!

Thanks for stopping by!

staying connected

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Something New In Denim

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Demin

Jumpsuit Style

the scoop

When I saw this jumpsuit I thought it was different and fun in so many ways. I've never had a jumpsuit and have been wanting one for a few years so this was going to fill the bill. I have to say the comfort level was 100%! It was just like having PJs on. Also, I liked that it was a new form of denim for me. I was certainly stepping out of my comfort zone with this look and I'm happy I did. 

I got this jumpsuit and Marshalls about two weeks ago but when I was in the store last weekend I saw they still had them. So if you are near one, I would check there. 

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my look

The fun thing about a jumpsuit is that they are easy. Not a lot to think about, you just put them on and go. I wore a fun pair of red mules with mine. They were easy to kick off when I wanted to relax but added a little pizzazz to the look. I wore a really old necklace that goes with everything. It was a one of a kind made in a small jewelry shop where I lived a long time ago. A navy fringed clutch completed my look.

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Peace!

And thanks for stopping by!

in case you missed it

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other link ups

I'm proud to participate in the following link ups and am always looking for more! I love to start my day checking in with them and seeing what everyone is doing and connecting! I hope you will join us HERE!


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