Sunshine On My Shoulders Makes Me Happy

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the scoop

So disregard my hair in these pictures, I didn’t feel like messing with it and I was really just trying on outfits for our Christmas party this weekend. I want something fun, different and warm since we will be in the mountains. Above all since I am hosting, I have to be comfortable. I have tried on several things and still haven’t come up with what I want but I did like this look so I thought I would share it. I would wear this if I were not hosting but as a working host I need less fuss.

We got our final RSVP list and it looks like between 35 and 40 guests so we decided to ask our pianist to play the piano for us again this year. I had thought we would just play music but having a local musician has become kind of a tradition. I am putting real pine trees on each side of the front door and using real wreaths to decorate a couple of windows and laser lights to decorate the front of the house. It will all be very simple but festive.

these boots

Hands down these are my favorite boots for this season. I wanted to buy them last season but they went out of stock so when I saw them on sale late this fall I snapped them up. They go with everything. They are out of stock but there is a new version that I will link. The thing I love the most about them is the wood heels.

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lbd

I took my little black dress that is sleeveless and added the warmest brightest sweater I had. I think yellow is a fun out of the box color to add to a holiday party look. Next I added my boots because I love the contrast of the brown boot with the black dress. I carried my leopard clutch that is probably the best investment I have ever made on a bag because I use it a lot and it is holding up perfectly. Plus this bag is the perfect neutral to go with everything. I wore a necklace that is several years old to add a little gold bling and that was that. Fun, warm, comfortable and a little out of the box.

create your own look

I’m linking my exact dress including the long sleeve version. I’m also linking my boots (this years version on sale now) and I think the same boots in black are fabulous also on sale! I’m linking sweater options, a pretty yellow one but wouldn’t the red be perfect for the holidays. And the purple is a trending color right now that will take you through spring and is so different and pretty for the season. I’m linking my exact bag too.

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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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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!

sup’

  • 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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Where The Wind Blows

It's my

Birthday Weekend!

the scoop

As I write this post I have no plans to celebrate my birthday. My husband's birthday is the day after mine and we decided to wing it! Fly by the seat of our pants and go where the wind blows us on our special weekend. No matter what we end up doing it will include taking time to relax and reflect and be grateful. We did manage to book a hotel at the last minute but other than that anything can happen! As long as I am in bed by 9! Ha ha!

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Basket bags are so fun for summer, especially when they are thrifted!

my look

This top grabbed me when I saw it due to its bright colors. Then I saw the style. We used to make these tops by the dozens when I was a teen. We used a soft white rope cord to string through the top to tie it in the back. This is the easiest top to make and we all learned to sew making it. The fabric on this top is a crepe (another blast from the past) so it hangs softly which I love also. I wore it with jeans and platform wedges and carried a fabulous straw bag that I got a a thrift shop a few years ago. I wore my bright orange tassel earrings from Tuckernuck and a bracelet that I bought in Mazatlan a few years ago and my Michael Kors watch. And that was that! A fun summer look. I think I would like this top in other colors it is so cute and comfy. I wear stick on bras with tops like this. I'll link it so you can see what I am talking about. 

Linking my top (tts, I am wearing a small petite for the shorter length) and jeans (limited sizing when I posted) along with shoe and bag options!

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It's My Birthday Week!

Hello

58

the scoop

Starting in my late 20s I worried about getting old. I was so afraid I wouldn't get every thing done and done right fast enough.  Turning 30 and then 40 were especially sobering. I joked around on the outside but on the inside I felt strange. I can't explain it.

But on my 50th birthday something clicked and I knew I would be alright. I stayed awake until the clock struck midnight and I looked at myself. I wanted to see what happened the moment I turned a half century old. And you know what? I was still me. And now when a birthday comes and goes I don't even blink. I carry on with living life and being grateful and well, just smelling the roses. 

So here I am facing my 58th birthday with a smile on my face and gratefulness in my heart. It's going to be okay and I know it. I take all the changes that come with each year and I look at them with hope, joy, and curiosity. It's all good.

Linking my LBD and others that I love!

Here is my pink denim jacket and more fun out of the box styles!

life

It's a good thing.

my look

I decided to dress for this post in way that reflected my thoughts on turning another year better. A little black dress, a bright pink denim jacket and fun wedges perfectly reflected my zest! I carried my leopard bag and wore colorful tassel earrings to complete this look.

I always love fun tassel earrings to complete my summer look!

Summer wedges go with everything!

Don't forget your clutch. Linking mine and others that are crazy fabulous!

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Arms

A Story About

Arms

the scoop

I can't believe I am still reading articles and posts saying women should not show their arms as they get older. Jeez people, what are we supposed to do when it gets hot? Give me a BREAK! Because of this societal pressure I used to be very self conscious of my arms. I have been working on silencing the voices of a life time of putting me in a corner and finding it rather easy. So when I found this top I thought it was so cute and by golly I was going to wear it! And I'm asking all my readers to join me and show your arms! 

I'm linking my exact top in a gorgeous blue, similar pants and wedges that I recently bought and LOVE. I'm also linking a bag that I am obsessed with to complete this look for you!

my look

I wore this fabulous coral top with my olive green pants, tan wedge sandals and I carried my leopard clutch. For jewelry I wore large silver hoop earrings, my watch and a sliver bracelet. The top really was the star of the show so nothing more was needed.

Linking two complete "Show Your Arms" looks that would be so gorgeous!

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They're Baaaack

The pants

that won't go away

the scoop

Remember last year when these pants were everywhere? I do, and earlier this spring I had them out again. Sorry about the quality of these pictures but things are torn up around here with working on redecorating the deck and media room so I had to dig back to pictures I hadn't planned on ever using.  Ha Ha. This outfit really was cute though, take my word for it.

The first pair linked are my exact pants, then I linked some others that are fun!

White shirts are basics we all need and have in our closets!

Camo with bright white

I like the contrast.

my look

These pants are so comfortable and have fun detail. The zippers at the ankles are so fun to zip up or unzip for different looks. A white top seemed like a nice contrast that would add interest. The tan wedges that are basically my everday shoe seemed just right. I love back packs and I have had this one for several years. It is a canvas material and goes with almost everything casual. For a third piece I added a denim jacket and my look was complete.

I love a good canvas backpack for summer. Here are some fun options!

Another summer basic? Wedges. The wooden ones have been on my wish list for a while.

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I've Kissed A Lot Of Frogs

MY OUTFIT

It's true, I cannot tell a lie; I have kissed a lot of frogs. Hat and sun glasses frogs. I can't wear most hats well and most sun glasses don't look good on me. But let's face it, after all the years I've been looking (too many) I have finally found a couple of hat styles and sun glasses that I like.  I was excited about the beret I found (see here) but this Fisherman's hat is the CATS MEOW for me.

Fun, fun, fun! I wore it with a pair of Seven For All Mankind jeans (my fav jeans), a Free People off should sweater (another favorite brand) and an old pair of booties. I slung a leopard bag over my shoulder and grabbed my tassel belt and I felt positively Frenchish! P.S. I make up words often. Big Mark Twain fan, learned it from him.

ANYHOO

The fringe trend was so short lived for me. Surprising since I grew up when fringe was EVERYWHERE (60s/70s)! But I got these booties with fringe a few years ago and one clutch that had fringe and I was over it. I haven't worn these booties much but when I put them on with this outfit I thought, what the crap is wrong with me, these are ROCKIN boots. So they will be back on rotation for me. 

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Facing My Truth

MY OUTFIT

Well luvs, its time for me to face the truth. Winter has full on arrived. We had a little snow a week or so ago, but it warmed up and melted and everything was still green. But over the weekend in started snowing and it snowed so fast and hard that it knocked our power out for a few hours. I'm writing this on Saturday, a sunny but cold day (high 33) knowing that tomorrow we are getting more snow. Temperatures are going to remain cold so this snow will be here until spring.

So I'm going with it and pulling out the boots. I have lots of snow boots for here in the mountains, one for each day of the week! ha ha! This is a cute light colored pair so I wore them with white jeans and a fun little jacket. Cozy and fun is how this outfit turned out. I took a few pictures outside but my hands starting getting so cold I was driven inside near the fire.

WHAT TO DO

I love living in the mountains and the snow but only for a bit. So what do I do? Well having lived in Arizona for many years I know how nice the weather is in the winter and so we pack up and head south. I guess we are snowbirds! And that's ok because I can hike mountains, run outside and not freeze my buns off. We will be back here for our annual Christmas party that we host and a few weeks more of winter before we head back south until spring. I am so excited for this winter and plan to enjoy were I am, when I'm there! As for Christmas day, I will be hiking a mountain and maybe toasting the holiday with a little eggnog.

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Free People Thermal Top

MY OUTFIT

I am always looking for comfort wrapped in style and I found it with this thermal top by Free People. It is soft and roomy and has so many cute details. It is the perfect top to wear with leggings and boots that just hit the knee as I did in this outfit. This is the only thermal top I have right now but I am on the look for more because this is a top that can be worn in most of the seasons. For winter I will add a warm scarf and in the spring cropped jeans. A couple of rings, large hoop earrings and a tote and this outfit was complete. 

One Trip Down

I just got back from my trip to Kansas City to visit family for about a week and now I am getting ready to go to Arizona for a month. I get homesick after a few weeks so we will be going back and forth this winter. Four weeks there, a few back here and then back to AZ again until spring. The countdown is on as we prepare for warmer sunny weather. 

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Red Leather Jacket For Fall Fashion

MY OUTFIT

I put this outfit together a while back for a link up I was doing. I wanted to share it in more detail. The jacket is such a favorite of mine. I got it several years ago in a consignment store. It is 100% leather and very high quality. I always love it when I find such a treasure. I wear it every year as the holidays get closer and the style options are never ending.

This time I wore black jeans and a colorful top with bell sleeves, my OTK boots and I carried a little black clutch. It was such a festive look and comfortable too.  The jacket is timeless and I am sure I will be styling it for many years to come.

TRAVEL UPDATE

I'm still traveling from one place to another but have my laptop and am being able to stay on top of blog things. I should be in one place soon and back to my normal routine. Happy Halloween BTW!

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A Fall Outfit For Date Night

MY OUTFIT

I wanted to put together a comfortable but semi dressy outfit for a night out and came up with this. The top has the most fun sleeves that are bell shaped, split with a tie. I also love the white with black stripes making it a top that can be worn so many ways. I added a pair of soft stretchy leggings and fun booties and a long cardigan. I didn't want to cover the sleeves with the cardigan so I pulled up the cardigan sleeves so the blouse sleeves peeked out. For jewelry I wore a long necklace and earrings. Of course I added my leopard clutch and that was that. I was ready to go out!

P.S. That is the care tag on the inside seam of my cardigan. I tried to cut it out but you can still see some of it. I had a person once think it was the price tag, although I have never seen a price tag on the inside seam of a garment. 

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Shoe Style & Still, A Beret

MY OUTFIT

So I got these shoes. I loved how they looked online and when other bloggers wore similar ones but somehow when I put them on I wasn't feeling it. I let them sit in the box for a day and tried again. And this time I was feeling it. I had to find the right kind of jean style for me for these shoes. And you know what? Once I found them I wish I had ordered a back up pair for when these wear out cause I'm thinking I'm going to be wearing them a lot!

My husband thought the wear fancy slippers! Ha Ha! I can see his confusion and in a way I hate to wear them outside of the house but I have a trip coming up and these will be my travel shoes. They are the most comfy and cute flats I own. I wore them with very old Levi's, a cami, a big comfy sweater and of course the one thing you may get sick of seeing, my beret!  

TMI

These pictures are dark and as you know I am not a photographer but I do the best I can with my camera and tripod. It had been snowing for two days and I had no light so thus the dark photos. Today, as you read this post it will be sunny and in the 50s so almost like summer for us! Ha Ha. Soon I will be traveling to visit family in Kansas and I can't wait! Big plans!

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A Girl & A Beret

First I saw a beret on @emillyanngemma and then on @simplysylviadc and now I may never take mine off! I don't look great in hats and I have a small head so they are usually too big. I bought this one and one in a cream color and the flood gates are open. I was able to get them in xsmall and by golly they fit! These are now my favorite hats! 

I wore my hat with flared jeans and a old top, well everything I have on is old but the beret. I was totally having a few Mary Tyler Moore moments taking these photos. My next try is a cap I have been seeing. A page boy cap or similar style, so stay tuned!

NEWSFLASH

My internet was down all day Wednesday and most of the day Thursday. I barely got this post up. So I missed a couple of days of link ups and lots of commenting. I'll try to catch up! 

My husband is drying a piece of plastic in the drive. Lovely background eh?

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