Signing Off For The Year

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Casual

day in the mountains

the scoop

This is my last post for the year! I am taking the rest of December to celebrate the holidays with my family and friends. I also have to get us packed and ready to head to Arizona for a few months. I have so much to do and am really excited. I’ve learned to prioritize this blog and put it away when I have more important things to do. So for now I’ll sign off and see you next year!

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my look

The is one of my favorite outfits for when I am having a quiet day at home. I love to be comfy and warm while the snow is flying outside. I got these lounge pants and thermal tee at Walmart and love them so much I got them in several colors. I got my lace bralette and Ugg slippers at Costco last year. If you watch Costco they may get these slippers in again this year. They also have Ugg dupes that are really nice.

end of year projects

I have a lot of little things I like to do to tidy up my life at the end of a year. One is to clean out my closet. I began that process this week. Anything I haven’t worn or used this year is neatly packed up and taken to the consignment store or Good Will. It feels so good to get rid of clutter and share things with others that might like them for a while. I am even getting rid of a bunch of handbags that I thought I would never let go. But they just sit in their covers in the closet so its time to find them a new home. I am loving all the extra space I am seeing.

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Peace!

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Free People Meets Ugg in Le Boutique

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le Boutique . . .

the scoop

I have a little room in my home that was going to be an office. It has french doors and is perfectly square with one big window. It is only 8’ by 8’ so I decided to make it le boutique. I set it up like a little store with a big mirror in the corner with stainless hanging racks and stainless shelves around the room. I need to change out the light fixture but otherwise it is the perfect inspiration room for a blogger. I put all my new and favorite things in this room and plan outfits for blog posts. One day I would like to do little videos showing my fashion favorites. As soon as I get the lighting right I’ll show you more.

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Free People Meet Ugg

the two were meant to be.

my look

My fair isle sweater is by Free People and old. I have it in cream too because I love the coziness and look of an over sized fair isle sweater. I just got these fabulous Ugg hiking boots and thought they would make a cute outfit with the sweater. As usual I bounced around my house like Tigger trying to find good lighting for pictures. I got one outside but it was too dark and I wasn’t staying outside for more since it was only 16 degrees. I wore an old pair of skinny jeans and this look was complete. My only jewelry was silver big hoop earrings.

create your own look

I have the first three pairs of boots and love them. I added options for ideas!

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Red and Black Buffalo Check

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the scoop

Nothing says cozy like a fuzzy pullover, especially when it is in red and black buffalo check. We got our first snow here in the Boise area and it is friggin cold! Our highs this week are not going to get above freezing. I can’t wait until the end of the month when we move like gypsies and head to Arizona for a few months. Meanwhile I will enjoy the winter weather and find the best in my environment. I’m getting to eat more to fuel my body, wear all my fun winter boots and cozy up in the house with my hubby and puppies.

We’re hosting our annual Christmas party on the 15th so I am planning for that. We hold it at our mountain house so I haven’t decorated or anything there yet. I am keeping it simple this year with fresh wreaths and laser lights. Instead of having a piano player we are going to play soft music in the back ground. It always seems hard to talk over a piano playing although we did love the festive element having a piano playing in the background provided. But I want to change things a little this year. We provide the drinks and everyone brings a dish so it will be an easy event to plan. Can’t wait to see everyone!

my look

The star of the show for this look is my top. It is one I got a few weeks ago when I shopped at Walmart. This is the cutest top too. So warm and cozy and just the right weight so you can wear it around the house without getting too hot. It comes in three colors and I love them all. I wore this top with skinny jeans and an old pair of over the knee boots that I pushed down for a slouchy boot look. The boots were the second pair of over the knee boots I ever got and they are not tight around the thigh so they want to slip down anyway. You could wear this top with leggings and sneakers or lounge pants and slippers. It is really versatile!

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create your own look

This top is on sale for 25.99 and I really want it in more colors. It is a perfect everyday top but you could really dress it up for a party too. It is an over sized fit and tts (I am wearing s). Showing all colors below.

Hands down my favorite brand for skinny jeans is 7 For All Mankind the Guenevere style. Linking those but look at the hem of the second pair SO CUTE. I always get my jeans at the rack on sale.

don’t forget the boots

Slouchy or boots that just hit the knee are so fun this season and something different than the over the knee. Mine are old Micheal Kors but I’m linking some fabulous boots that are slouchy or just hit the knee and all on sale. You may have a pair of over the knee boots that you can push down like I’m doing in this look.

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My Christmas Present, Designer Tree & Blush Style

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All I want for

Christmas . . .

the scoop

A lot is going on here in this post but I have a lot to share as you can see in my too long title. My husband got me my Christmas present early because he is sweet. Also because it was something I have been wanting for a while and felt like I needed right now to keep me motivated in my fitness endeavors.

So what did he get me? An Apple watch, the newest series with the sport band (series 4). I never got on the Fitbit wagon because I was always happy with just carrying my phone when I ran. I don’t buy a new phone each year I am still using the iPhone 6 Plus going on four years now and it still works perfectly. But recently my walking partner showed me her Apple watch and I started researching and thought this is something that would be so useful for me. No carrying a big phone while working out. And gang, it is so pretty! I do so many things with it and have only had it a few days.

It works with the running app I have had for many years (RunKeeper) where I have tracked 1,559 miles of running, it plays my music that I have collected on my iPhone since 2005 (iTunes) and it is a phone so I can take and make phone calls right from my wrist. This is heaven for me since it seems I get the most calls while making dinner.

It has a breathing app that reminds me to stop and take 60 seconds to focus on breathing. It gently taps my wrist as I breath in and out. It has the nutrition tracker that I have used for several years (MyFitnessPal) and I can even take and send text messages easier than on my phone.

Well the list goes on, it tracks my heart rate, will call help if I fall and don’t respond, gives me the weather and more. I would say if you are on the fence, get off! It’s an investment that is worth the money.

Linking Apple watch options. The first one is mine. I love the bands on these others too. You can pick these up at Costco last I looked but they were selling out fast.

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designer tree

One Saturday night a few weeks ago I was bored. I was having a glass of wine and watching YouTube videos of how to decorate a designer tree. Well I decided I was going to do my own. I pulled out all my old stuff bought new ribbon and a few stems from Michael’s and a designer tree was born. I am so in love with it too.

I went with a red and white theme. I wish I would have added more lights and will do so next year. For big ornaments I used some of the things I normally would hang on walls, doors or something like that. I also used our Christmas Stockings as ornaments. The pictures don’t show how really pretty it turned out.

I cut the 2.5 inch ribbon in strips of about 1.5 or 2 ft, and then tucked them up in the tree in a random pattern. I stuck the stems up in the top in place of a tree topper.

Linking the Ribbon and Stems I got for my tree this year. Everything else was old.

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my look

This active wear look was inspired by my new watch. Ha! Pink! I wore white jeans, pink sneakers and a pink and cream colored pull over. In keeping with the neutral look I carried my LV Never Full GM.

create your own look

Linking my exact watch, same top and same shoes. I love New Balance shoes for everyday wear! I have them in many colors.

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Ugg Style

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Boots

the scoop

I have two pairs of Uggs and a third on the way. One pair of slippers and these fabulous snow boots and a pair I just ordered on sale that are perfect for everyday in cooler weather. I love me some Ugg! With this brand I have to be selective because I don’t love all the styles but when I find a style I like I really like them a lot! I always get them when they are on sale and they are super high quality so you get your money’s worth in wear over the years.

my look

These boots look good with so many things but I decided to wear them with leggings. I went with a black column which I say, when in doubt, start with a column. You all know what I mean by a column. You wear a top and pants in the same color creating a column type of look. From there you build and create so many fun looks. I added these boots and a vest in a black and white almost hounds tooth design. For more warmth I topped it off with a beanie.

Column

just a pair of black leggings with a black tee.

create you own look

I’ll start with the boots. I got mine on sale a while back and adore them. The second pair I am linking I just ordered and are 33% off. These styles are really trending right now. I’m linking other options too.

complete your look

I am loving vests this season. They are a great third piece for any outfit. See more about the third piece here. I love them to be just a little fitted to accentuate the waist. You can get these for fabulous prices at Ross, Marshals, TJMax, Target, etc.

To create a column (see more about column dressing here and here) try basic black leggings and tees. I’m linking my exact tee. It comes in many colors and I wear it in black or white several times a week. My favorite leggins are Zella and I’m linking them also. I prefer the shorter ones. See more outfits with leggings here (in leather) here and here. And don’t forget to have fun with beanies! I have a few of theses linked and love them. See how I wear them here, here and here.

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Good Reads

I always love to share good books to read and here is a trilogy! Michael B. Koepʼs final installment in The Newirth Mythology Trilogy brings a psychologist face to face with his greatest fear: madness. On the other side of the world, a professor of mythology struggles to interpret a sudden shift in the historical timeline, the mysterious discovery of the ruins of an ancient city and the anomalous nature of Locheʼs writing. Just click on the picture to link to more about this book.

Part one of this trilogy is The Invasion of Heaven here. And part two is Leaves Of Fire here.

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Dress The Part

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No Snow

yet . . .

the scoop

Bet you can’t guess where we’ve been. Yep, back in the mountains. We spent a few days there and I got lots of pictures. It was cold but not much snow. Hardly any really! I imagine that will change any day now. I am ready for a little of the white stuff actually.

Right now I have a fire starting in the fireplace and am watching three little deer munch on the grass in the back yard. Such a country life feel!

my look

I decided that since my days of dresses in this weather are almost done for this year I better put one on. This dress is a fabulous sweatshirt dress with a hood and a tulip hem. Not really stylish but oh so cozy. I wanted outdoor pictures so I put on a pair of fun winter boots and headed out. This is how you dress in a dress in the mountains! There is something cozy about a snuggly dress to hang around inside when winter is howling outside.

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Create

your own look!

create your own look

My things are all old but linking similar items with many on sale!

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  • By the time you read this post we will be heading down the mountain.

  • I have to start getting the house prepped for Thanksgiving dinner.

  • I haven’t made a turkey for a few yeas so that will be a challenge. And I love a challenge!

  • I am taking back little pine trees from our land to put in my pots on the front porch. I think they will be so cute and bring some of the beautiful pine scent to our home.

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Five Years Of Blogging

A Blog

Birthday . . .

the scoop

I feel like I gave birth to my blog. I spent months preparing for it and my first post was a little painful to publish. I had no clue what I was doing. I just wanted to pour my creative energy into something and a blog seemed harmless enough. I always loved graphic arts and designing a blog was something I wanted to learn.

Like most bloggers report you don’t expect anyone to actually see your blog and for a long time I don’t think anyone did. I didn’t try to promote it because I hadn’t found my space or stride yet. Starting on November 13 of 2013 I posted irregularly and sparsely for about three years.

In the fall of 2016 I decided to take it more seriously and that is when I really started enjoying the full blogging experience. In February of 2017 I joined up with the Fierce 50 ladies and made so many blogger friends and really expanded the scope of my blog through collaborations and connecting.

I tried monetizing my blog for a while but it just seemed to take the fun out of it so I stopped. Now what little I earn is just an organic result of doing what I love. Telling a story through pictures and thoughts. Representing the mature women in the great big cyber world.

my look

The best part of blogging for me is the creativity it brings out in me when it comes to how I dress. I really think about what I put together in an outfit and learn what I like and what works for me. I love that this process is ever changing as I am.

This look is one I am most comfortable in. Very casual with a little edge. I’m wearing skinny jeans, a long sleeve white tee and cozy cardigan with leather patch elbows. Boots that just reach my knees are the perfect shoe for me in that they really finish my look and aren’t too fussy. I added my oldest and favorite statement necklace and this look was complete.

What’s Next?

I have thought a lot over the last few months about what to do with my blog and nothing earth shattering has come to mind. I am playing around with YouTube some and can see adding it to my blog for more variety. I have a good friend (found through blogging) and we are planning a YouTube channel where we talk makeup, skin care and issues in general for the over 50 crowd. We are having a really good time with it. I just have to learn a new skill which is editing video. I can do it; it will just take a little time. Everything regarding my blog has been self taught so a new challenge will be fun.

Note: This weekend my husband fixed all those cords hanging down by the TV so you can’t see them anymore. They were driving me crazy but he wanted to wait to make sure we liked the TV there first.

create your own look

All of my stuff is old but I found similar items. I found the same jeans in a few different shades of blue and same tee that I am liking so much I got it in multiples and wear them almost every day. My Sam Edelman boots are sold out but I found the same brand in a knee high that are cute too, so linking them.

I went and did another search for knee high boots because I think they are so fabulous. Linking what I found.

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Two Knee Boots

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Sweaters and Boots

Sweaters and Jeans C/O @DG2HSN

the scoop

The title says two knee boots because I wanted to show you two different pairs of knee boots in this post. One budget friendly and one at a higher price point. I thought it would be fun to try them out and see if you could see the difference. I could tell but both had good points and bad points.

One pair is nice quality leather with beautiful stitching and one is totally not leather and feels cheap but looks ok and was actually more comfortable. They both are perfect for different occasions. I would wear the less expensive pair for everyday activities or really casual events. I wouldn’t worry about them getting dirty or scuffed. The other pair I would wear for parties and nicer occasions where I knew I wouldn’t be beating them up too much.

The boots of the season are the knee boots and seem to sell out fast. I like them because they are easier get off and on than the over the knee boots. I’ve had my eye on them since last winter when I started seeing them and thought they would be the next fun boot.

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my look

I’m also sharing in this post more of DG2 items sent to me last week in a press kit. Two fabulous sweaters and a pair of but lifting jeans. They are all classic, very well made of quality material and great basics for the closet. The sweaters one in black and one in cream have ruffle detailing around the wrists and at the hem. They are not itchy at all, I can’t stand itchy sweaters and they are a medium weight so not too warm and not at all bulky. The jeans have a layer of fabric on the inside in the back that lifts and supports the rear end. It really works but you don’t feel all trussed up at all. They have a high waist and are very comfortable. I have worn them almost everyday since I got them a week ago.

I wore the black sweater with a statement necklace and my slouchy boots. I wore the cream sweater with a leopard scarf and the other pair of knee boots. The jeans were worn in both looks. I will be wearing these items often this winter.

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create your look

My Sam Edleman (worm with cream sweatwer) boots are sold out already but I found a similar pair in the same brand to link as well as the pair I got from Target (worn with the black sweater). I also linked same sweater (it comes in many colors), same jeans and a leopard scarf option. You can find DG2 items on HSN.com.

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How I Take Casual to a Party

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the scoop

Last Monday I came home after taking my fur babies for their check up at the vet to find a big box at my door. Well, who doesn’t love to find big boxes at their door especially when you don’t know who it is from or what was in it. I knew right then that the holiday season had begun! I was already in an elated mood because my fur babies’ checkups had given me great news, so this added event tipped my day even higher.

I took the package inside and found it was a PR package full of beautiful clothes from Diane Gilman. I had shown some of her clothes this time last year. See here and here. And they were asking me to let them know what I thought of this year’s fall and winter collection. And if I liked would I be an Ambassador. So this post is C/O Diane Gilman and Alison Brod Marketing & Communications.

I don’t do collaborations anymore unless it is something I really love and I wouldn’t being showing these things with you if I weren’t a fan so all this week I will be sharing what they sent to me with you.

my look

I’m wearing DG2 jeans that are in a fabulous grey with a seam down the front and a slit up the front. The details on these jeans are so cute. They have a little stretch so they fit comfortably and give you shape. They are of excellent quality. The fabric is a nice weight and all the seams are straight and perfect. The jacket is also DG2 in a stretch denim and a almost buttery cream color. The jack has faux fur detailing on the collar and inside the front. I mean it is over the top pretty. You can remove the fur from the collar which can give you another look. I think I need it in other colors!

I wore the jeans and jacket with a plain long sleeved white tee and pulled out my party pumps! You know “tis the season” when I start wearing my plaid pumps. I carried my leopard clutch and to take my casual look to party I wore over sized pearls.

The best part about this look is that I took a casual denim and tee look from day to party just by adding fun jewelry, a clutch, fur collar, and pumps with pizzazz! All comfort, no fuss and party ready!

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sup’

  • I missed the gym and running for a week so back on track this week.

  • I was bored on Saturday night so I put up our tree. I wanted to try some things I learned on YouTube.

  • I will be working on my own YouTube video this week with friend who is a makeup expert. I really want to learn how to apply make better.

  • I made the most amazing and healthy fist tacos last night. They will be on repeat. Here is the recipe. Next time I think I will try them with shrimp.

  • November is my blogiversary. I will have been blogging five years. Kind of a big deal to me so I am trying to come up with a way to mark the occasion. One is that I am working on a blog makeover, you might have noticed some of the changes already.

create your own look

I’m linking exact jacket and it comes in three colors ( cream, black and dark denim), I could not find the link to my exact jeans but I am linking others that are really festive. Linking my exact clutch and similar heels. My necklace is J Crew from a few years ago but I am linking one that is really pretty also from J Crew. I’m also going ahead and linking the jeans and sweaters they sent me that I will show later this week. They sent the sweater to me in black and one in cream but it comes in many beautiful colors and I want them all. The jeans are butt lifting and that they do! I will tell you more about how they are made and why they work on my next post. You’ll find more Diane Gilman on HSN.com.

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Mixing Colors

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the scoop

I am such a fan of color. I like a nice neutral look but color makes my heart sing. And what better time than fall to mix things up with vibrant colors. So in this look I mixed oxblood and mustard!

my look

I’m wearing a leather jacket in oxblood that I got from ASOS several years ago. It is probably my favorite leather jacket ever. My top is old too with a mock turtleneck and slightly belled sleeves from Nordstrom. Jeans are my all time favorite flares from Express and booties are so old I can’t remember where they came from. My bag is one you see me carry all the time, an investment piece that was worth it. It is Claire V.

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create your look

I’m linking similar items for creating your own look.

sup’

  • Today is a full on cool fall day with a high of 58. Rainy in the AM and then cloudy. Not too bad for my taste.

  • I’m meeting a friend for coffee we are planning a YouTube video. She is a make up expert and will be showing me how to apply eye shadow.

  • We had our gutters replaced yesterday. Just so you know. Ha ha!

  • My thoughts are turning toward the weekend.

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New Way to Wear a Scarf

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the scoop

The next couple of posts will be pictures from our stay in the mountains. We are back in the city now and I have tons of things going on. It’s Halloween, I have neighbor who is now my walking partner and a new friend to meet for coffee. Plus we are hosting Thanksgiving here this year so I am planning for that.

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my look

I was watching “Hot and Flashy” one of my favorite You Tubers and saw her style a scarf in a new way. I loved it so much I had to try it. I have worn it sort of like this before but I had the scarf tucked into the belt all the way around. I love it so much more with the back not tucked in.

I always think of the scarf as the star of the show when I wear it, so nothing much else is going on in this look. I have the basic back drop of jeans and a black tee. The belt is a little blingy but I loved how it looked.

Everything I am wearing is old so I won’t try to link up things right now. Maybe tonight I will add some to my Like To Know It. All you have to do is download the app and follow me for the latest posts. I think most of us have all the elements in our closets anyway.

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  • We sold one of our airplane hangars so we have to run out there today to get the last of our stuff out of it.

  • Since we drive right by Costco on the way I am sure we will stop there.

  • It’s Halloween and I can’t wait to give out candy to all the little Trick or Treaters!

  • My new walking partner and I will be taking a walk in our beautiful neighborhood.

  • And it’s basically November now so it’s time to start planning holiday events!

  • Next week I have some new things to show you. I had a surprise PR package on my doorstep the other day full of fabulous clothes. I love to get surprises like that!

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Something to read . . .


When we were moving things this summer, I found this old copy of To Kill A Mockingbird in our library. I could hardly remember what it was about so kept it out to read.

This book according to a 2008 poll was voted greatest novel of all time. See the article here.

I found it so interesting to see all the different book covers with new editions. This one is my copy from around 1988.

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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!

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  • 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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How I Weekend in the Mountains

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Fall

in the mountains is magical!

the scoop

Last night we hopped in the car with the dogs and drove up to our place in the mountains. I had been gone for a couple of weeks and was missing it. It was after dark when we got there so we unpacked the car and settled in for the night. Today, I sprung out of bed ready to face a chilly day in the mountains. I tidied up the house first while drinking lots of coffee.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to work on a blog post but after getting dressed I decided to snap a few pictures and put up a quick post. Rain is moving in later today so I have lots to do until then.

my look

I decided to wear a pair of high waisted jeans, low heeled OTK boots, a black tee and top it off with a cozy blanket scarf. It was perfect for this fall day. I bought the high waisted jeans in my favorite brand but sized up so I could tuck tops in and wear belts easily. I am so happy I did because they are so comfortable.

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Cozy

style is my style!

create your look!

I’m wearing Seven For All Mankind high waisted skinny jeans, long sleeved black tee, blanket scarf and Steve Madden Gabby OTK boots. I’m linking my jeans and boots and lots of other options for creating your own look!

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  • I’m keeping this short today so I can run into town and get some groceries. I want to make chili and cornbread and an apple cake.

  • I will be going on a trail run or hike and it may be in the rain which I love to do. I have always loved to run, walk or hike in a light rain. It’s like you are the only one in world outside and so peaceful.

  • I need some things at the drug store, like bubble bath, face powder and maybe nail polish.

  • I’m looking forward to tonight by the fireplace with a glass of wine reflecting on a beautiful day.

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Peace!

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How I Wear Flats For Fall

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Comfort

it’s a good thing!

the scoop

Since we’ve have been spending so much time here in the city I have been wearing comfy flats a lot. You can see the stairs in our house and imagine the old walking into a room and forgetting why you’re there scenario. So I am running up and down those steps it seems a million times a day. Plus I take our dogs for a least two walks a day to get them out in the fresh air. Also we do a lot more running around here, like going to Costco (so much that the greeter says when we leave, “see you tomorrow!” Ha Ha.) It seems we always forget something we need and my husband loves Costco. We also love to go to thrift shops and explore the area. Anyway flats are in order for a lifestyle like this.

my look

The problem for me with flats is I don’t like the look as much as heels. So I am always on the look for a fabulous versatile flat. I found these a week ago and wear them almost daily. They have a quilted leather look that is so fun and they are black so they go with everything. I wear them with leggings, jeans, and even casual dresses. They slip on and off easily which is nice too.

In this look I also dug out something from my closet that I bet most everyone has. My leather scuba jacket. This thing has been in my closet for at least ten years. I felt like it was out of style the last few years but knew it was a classic that would show up on trend again. This is another basic that you can wear casual or dress up. Obsessed!

I wore my pixi pants from Old Navy (Spring find) and a black cami. The necklace is an old find from a local consignment shop. I have to go visit that shop again now that I am in town.

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these stairs

good for the glutes!

outfit details

I’m wearing Pixi pants from Old Navy. Linked exact style and they come in many colors and prints. Wouldn’t the floral be fun for fall? I’m linking exact flats by Steve Madden. Love these so much I think will get a second color. I also linked my favorite cami from Express. I have these in so many colors. They are lined and very well made. I got my jacket several years ago at Overstock.com. It is a beautiful lambskin leather and very well made. I found similar ones there to link.

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  • I am so excited to try out recipes that were sent to me in my last post. Thank you to those of you who sent them!

  • Yesterday I did HIIT outside with a run. I have an app that tells me when to run and when to walk. I run as fast as I can on the run parts. Awesome workout and it was so beautiful outside that I got my runners high in 30 minutes! Today is YMCA day where I do a weight circuit. I use the machines made for children or smaller people so they fit me just right and I move from machine to machine to get my heart rate up. I walk on the treadmill first for 20 minutes to warm up. Forty minutes and I am done!

  • I’m meeting one of my blog readers for coffee tomorrow and can’t wait. She recognized me in a restaurant in our mountain home town a summer ago and we hit it off right away. She lives near me in the city so we are going to get coffee and catch up! I’ve met so many wonderful people through this blog. That’s one of my favorite parts of blogging!

  • Is anyone else spending a lot of time thinking about the big bag of Halloween candy in the cupboard?

  • Today I have to pick up dry cleaning, confirm with the gutter company and plan our trip to the mountains. I also have to schedule vet appointments, go to the Y and oh well the list goes on. Ha ha!

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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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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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