Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Drive In The Country


After a very busy week, I look forward to long lazy Saturdays with no particular place to be.





On this beautiful day, we stopped in Jonesborough for a walk through town to enjoy the sunshine before continuing our journey through the countryside to visit the Amish store. I like to go there a couple of times a year to buy most of my food in bulk. I stock up on things like dried beans, rolled and steel cut oats, flax seeds, lentils and a variety of spices.







I must admit to you; I was growing very weary of dressing for cold weather. On this day, our morning started out with temperatures in the 30s, but as the afternoon progressed, I was removing my short black trenchcoat and pushing up the sleeves of my J.Jill cashmere tunic. It was pure bliss to sit in the sunshine for a moment and enjoy temperatures in the mid-60s!


J.Jill supplied this tunic. 
The opinions are my own.





Today I wore flat BCBG Leather Loafers and short soft crew socks from Ralph Lauren. These dark wash slightly boot cut slim fit jeans from Loft are the right style for this type of flat shoe. When I wear flat shoes and socks, I chose a pair of pants that just touch the top of my foot and have a slight flare at the leg opening. The socks should match the pants. I like to keep the same tone to elongate the leg. For example, if I had worn tan loafers, my legs would have looked shorter. I am often asked how I decide which shoes to wear with each pant style. I will write more about pairing shoes with pant styles on tomorrow's blog post.






Jonesbourgh is the oldest town in Tennessee. It is always a treat to go for a walk there on warm sunny days. 







Rolling meadows and the foothills of distant mountain ranges provide breathtaking views along our journey.






My early childhood spent on a farm in the mountains of western North Carolina means that brief glimpses of farm life always bring me joy. These horses left the meadow at a full gallop when they heard this farmer's truck, and trailer arrive. They knew that dinner was about to be served.






The Nolichucky river winds lazily through the valley creating prized fertile farmland.





I hope you have enjoyed sharing part of our peaceful day with us.






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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Inspiration

With more than twenty-two million views on my Polyvore sets, I am often asked where I get my inspiration.





I may see pictures of young people in color and fabric combinations that spark my interest. For example below is the beautiful young blogger Alyson Haley. Her look was my inspiration for the look above. You can see from this comparison that inspiration does not mean copying to the letter. 

My interpretation includes a slim black turtleneck with a slim black blazer and supple soft plaid scarf. I never want to add bulk to my upper body. A smaller more structured bag serves me well. Faded straight leg jeans make the look more relaxed and the sophisticated loafers bring the look back up a notch.

Having great style includes knowing what looks good on your body shape. I know that I would look like a sumo wrestler in the fabulous ensemble Alyson put together but it flatters her delicate small frame beautifully.







I have always loved Ralph Lauren ads! They take me away to a world I can only dream about.





The rich colors and fabric combinations may get my attention, but my body requires thinner pieces with a more forgiving cut and smoother textures. So I will layer pieces differently in order to smooth my softer rounder shape.








Price has nothing to do with style. I know women who shop at Neiman Marcus and still manage to look a mess. I also have friends who shop at Goodwill and always look stunning. The secret is in knowing what flatters your body and how to put things together to honor you.

Inspiration helps me to create looks that are modern and youthful but I know some changes are necessary to make the look work for my body shape. I hope this exercise helps you to look at your wardrobe and the inspiration around you in a new way. 


More Inspiring Elements!
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Animal Print is a Neutral

We ventured outside for the first time in days!





I have adored animal print since the 80's. Each season, I think it might fall out of fashion, but it keeps coming back stronger. It is now considered a neutral. While most of these prints are too golden for my cool skin tone, this top seems to work well for me. I find that some earthy neutrals will work if they have a reddish hue. The black and white tone animal prints are much more within my comfort zone. I usually reserve the brown animal prints for accessories only.







This animal print dress/tunic by Tyler Boe is from Monkee's of Johnson City. I modeled it in a fashion show last year and later purchased it.






I rarely buy them now, but a few animal prints and geo prints can still be found in my wardrobe.





I only wear this dress as a tunic with leggings. These reptile texture black leggings are labeled "Jack" and I found them in a small boutique on Hilton Head Island. The over the knee boots are old by Vince Camuto. They have a knit panel in the back which makes it possible for me to wear them. My muscular calves mean most boots and all skinny jeans are out of the question for me.






The necklace is old from Chico's. The bag is old from Finely House Couture in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. 

The faux leather trimmed black ruana is old from Carlise/PER SE. I enjoy wearing ruanas since you can layer them over a coat or any other item to provide stylish extra warmth when needed. Toss one side over your shoulder to look more polished.





Mr. Mickey and I enjoyed a late lunch at our favorite sushi place, Ming's Asian Cuisine in Johnson City.



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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Style Evolution

When you look back at photos of me from 2010, you will see a woman who was forty pounds heavier, very unhealthy, very stressed out and very confused about my style.



I lost the very frumpy wardrobe and forty pounds in about six months. It took a few more years for me to settle into a style that reflects my personality better. 




Style is unspoken communication. For a few years after I lost weight, my style said, "I am dressing in what might be age appropriate, but It feels as if I am wearing my mother's clothes and shoes." Crepe sole, round toe shoes, make me feel ill. Boxy jackets and masculine-style-tailored slacks will never touch my body again!




One pop of color and one statement piece of jewelry (not three!) works much better for me. Wide lapels or heaven forbid, two wide lapels plus a scarf is not a good look for me. The muted golden brown tones of the scarf and the marled color of the too textured cardigan are entirely wrong for me.





Another what was I thinking moment! Up close and in person this jacket looked like a subtle animal print. In photos, it looks like an ode to Duck Dynasty. After I stopped buying prints, my closet became my happy place.





Other, more subtle changes helped me to relax into a look that feels more authentic to my personality. I let my hair grow out a bit, and it is now cut into a stacked angled bob that is side parted to be more flattering to my round face. My wonderful stylist, Myra added some very subtle lowlights underneath to give my gray more depth to softly frame my face. She also adds a chrome glaze to my hair and trims it every five or six weeks. I no longer blow dry it every day, so it is much healthier and fuller.
Hair that is too perfect is so not me.




In my most recent photos, you will see a woman who wears what feels comfortable. My wardrobe doesn't just physically fit my body; it now reflects my personality. 

I have ditched the trying too hard hair, too much jewelry, and bulk adding details.

Clean, simple lines, classic pieces in solid neutral colors, sleek, structured bags and shoes and slim fitting (not skinny) jeans are my staples. I can now get dressed appropriately and comfortably for any event in about five minutes.


I hope this post helps you to see what a difference subtle changes in your style can make. Please share how my style evolution has helped you!



Thank you for joining us on this incredible journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!


Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Your BFF's Closet

Some of my favorite pieces in my collection were hand-me-downs from my dear friend Mitzi. A few years ago we both lost weight. As she shrank out of some things, they still fit me because of my larger upper body.





This Ralph Lauren cardigan with a faux fur collar is a great piece to throw on with jeans and a Covered Perfectly Simple Comfort long sleeve top. I love that these tops can be tucked in since they are never bulky. The tops are so popular that some colors and sizes are sold out right now but the L.A. production company is very busy working on a new shipment. Your color and size will be back in stock in a few days.





I love the idea of a closet swap when you are losing weight. When I was starting my weight loss journey a few years ago, I wore some things only a couple of times before I shrank out of that size. My staff got lots of almost new pieces as my sizes changed.




Team up with a friend to swap clothes as you lose weight. It is a great way to stay motivated as well as not having to spend a mint on clothes as you change sizes.





These jeans are Girlfriend Ankle Jeans from Chico's. I wore Ralph Lauren crew socks with Calvin Klein booties. The bag is old from Finely House Couture in Blowing Rock.






There are some really great sales going on right now if you are not into swaps.







Thank you for joining us on this wonderful journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!


Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

Represented by Talent Trek Agency in Knoxville TN.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Vest Love

 For the longest time, I never wore vests. In the past few years, I have fallen hard for them.





This edgy, blazer style black vest is from Fabrizio Gianni. I am still working on putting together my wardrobe for my upcoming travels. This will be the perfect third piece for warmer climates. I have become very fond of sleek fitting vests because they can give the slimming look of a jacket without being too warm or adding bulk.

Fabrizio Gianni supplied the vest and the necklace. The opinions are my own.

We shot these photos on a mild day last week. At this moment, we have six inches of snow on the ground and we are expecting another foot of snow.





The necklace set is also from Fabrizio Gianni. I love the light weight and delicate silver and gray color of the Swarovski crystals and tassels. It also looks great against a black background. Winner!




The perfect straight-leg jeans were supplied by J.Jill. I call these my Goldilocks jeans. Not too tight, not too long, not too distressed, just right! 

The shoes are old by DV Dolce Vita. The Calvin Klein bag is old via T.J.Maxx. 

The perfect for layering under everything tunic is from Covered Perfectly
(I purchased this one.)

I now invest only in pieces of good quality and basic design in the few solid colors I truly enjoy wearing. That means I can pair these pieces together in many combinations. This simple tip has helped me to build a great wardrobe that serves me well for any occasion. I wish I had followed it years ago!

Thank you for joining us on this wonderful journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!


Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Cute Little Number

I will be traveling often during the next few weeks, so I am looking for pieces that will serve me well as I move from a cold climate to much warmer ones. I prefer an easy comfortable but still well-dressed airport style.






I was thrilled to find this cashmere topper which I can wear as a poncho or as an infinity scarf. The pop of red makes me feel happy. It is the cute little number I referenced.





The fabric is very soft and supple so it drapes beautifully. 





The black turtleneck top and the jeans are from Fabrizio Gianni. The shoes are by BCBGeneration via Nordstrom. 
The bag is by Zac Posen via Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH.





The Claudia Nichole cashmere topper comes in many beautiful colors. I had a difficult time deciding which one to go with but I am very happy with this color which is Poppy. I found it on the Purple Poppy website. The shop is located in one of my favorite places to visit, Cape Cod. This topper was supplied by Purple Poppy.

These are all the colors the topper comes in!


Thank you for joining us on this wonderful journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!


Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

Represented by Talent Trek Agency in Knoxville TN.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Traveling to Warmer Climates

Are you on your way to a warm weather vacation or maybe a cruise? When I am lucky enough to head south or out to L.A. during the winter months this post shows how I pack for the trip.



Any shirt that buttons all the way down the front and is generous enough in fit not to gap at the bust when closed is a great find. I love the option of being able to wear a shirt open as if it were a jacket with a whisper light tank top in summer. This shirt, tank, and pants are all from J.Jill






The cuff bracelet above is from S.M. Bradford on Hilton Head Island. The sandals are by Dolce Vita via Nordstrom last year. The tote bag is from T.J.Maxx last year. The straw hat is several years old. 

I only look for items of good quality with classic simple details that are not memorable or trendy. I always try to invest well so that I can wear my items for several years instead of just one season. Please note that I have been wearing J.Jill items for several years so some of the items I am showing you might not be available now.

Denim and white with tan accessories has been a life-long favorite color combination. 

A note about sandals. I always look for the type that have a strap or a closed back so that they stay on. I am not a fan of flip flops of any style. I wear those only on the day I have a pedicure.





These slip-on sneakers are by Sperry. They would be perfect for a day of shopping.

Fit has become much more important to me as my body ages. Sixty is a whole different ballgame than fifty! I now look for tops and jackets that skim the body and fall nicely from my shoulders.





Linen has always been one of my favorite fabrics to wear in the heat of summer. It wrinkles but as my friend The Duchess used to say, "They are rich wrinkles, just go with it." There aren't many other fabrics that breath as well or feel more comfortable in the heat and humidity. Wear a stunning piece of jewelry and awesome shoes with linen for a more polished look.







This fabulous linen tunic is from J.Jill
You can find it here.






The opal glass necklace is from S.M. Bradford on Hilton Head Island. 








The video below shows the items I would take for a five-day cruise. You might also take a bathing suit and a cover-up, a sundress or skirts. (I rarely ever wear those items, so in the interest of being totally honest with you I only included items I would actually take.) 

The key is to take things you can mix and match for different combinations that are appropriate for the occasion. (The same as my wardrobe at home but on a much smaller scale.)


You can find the super comfortable jeans that I am wearing in the video here.

These products were supplied by J.Jill.








Thank you for joining us on this wonderful journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!


Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

Represented by Talent Trek Agency in Knoxville TN.

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