Relentless high winds have returned cold weather to this part of the world, so the photoshoots are back indoors.
My brief fling with spring attire is over for now. On a recent date night, I wore this look layered with a fur vest which was a long ago Christmas gift from Mr. Mickey.
The necklace and bracelet were both sent to me by French Kande. The ring is fun bling I picked up during our travels. The reptile texture box bag is from S.M. Bradford Co. on Hilton Head Island. The top is from White House Black Market at the Outlet Mall in Blowing Rock North Carolina.
The leather-trimmed blazer is old by Helmut Lang via Saks Off 5th. The pull on dressy fabric pants are a couple of years old from Chico's. The fierce booties are by BCBGeneration via Saks Off 5th.
I share with you where I bought the pieces I wear so that you can formulate a plan for building your wardrobe. You can likely find similar classic pieces wherever you like to shop if you want to use my looks for inspiration.
Think about the items in your core wardrobe as building blocks. The pieces should all come from the same tribe, meaning they can be worn interchangeably with each other to create different looks to fit the weather and the occasion. Accessories and add-on pieces can change your look and add personality later on, but you should invest in a great core of basics to build upon first.
Many of you asked about the Chrome/Pearl Glaze yesterday. My stylist creates the combination that is the right tone for my hair. She leaves it on for only a few minutes before the shampoo. A hair glaze, similar to a gloss, is temporary. They can be clear just to add shine or have some pigment to complement the tone of the hair color. Unlike a gloss, a glaze does not contain peroxide or ammonia. It only coats or sits on top of the hair.
What do you order when you go out to dinner? Most of the time I order a salad and a steamed side vegetable such as broccoli.
When I pieced together the items I wanted from the menu on this particular night, the server must have told the chef that I needed special attention. He came out to say he would be happy to make up a special pasta dish with vegetables for me. I thanked him and welcomed the chance to try out his version of vegetarian pasta since this is a new restaurant we were trying for the first time.
What arrived was this mess with oil, heavy cream and cheese holding it all together with shrimp and mere traces of leeks on top. Isn't it amazing what some people think vegetarians eat? I rarely eat any pasta at all. I never choose dishes with heavy sauces or gravy, bread or cheese toppings.
I did eat all of the salad with no dressing which was fresh and crisp.
Onward to the next adventure!
Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!
Created in collaboration with French Kande.
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.