Showing posts with label Body Language by Connie. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Body Language by Connie. Show all posts

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Take A Scarf

A couple of weekends ago, we stayed at the Inn at Biltmore Estate.

I took a few basic pieces to mix and match as I always do when we travel. This packing formula serves me well, and I can fit everything into a small carry-on bag.

A scarf can make all the difference when you dress in solid basics. It adds texture, pattern, and colors to pull the whole look together.

The white Evan Picone trench coat is old from Stein Mart. I wore it over a large square silk scarf by Versace from Saks Off 5th last year. The scarf adds the punch of a pattern to tie the white tank and dark wash Klaveli ankle jeans together.

When we went down to breakfast on the second morning, I wore a black Clara Sunwoo mesh sleeve tunic over white pull on pants by Tribal provided by Body Language by Connie. I tied the scarf onto my BCBG bag (old) from T.J.Maxx. The shoes are by Vince Camuto from last year. French Kande provided the fabulous necklace.

As we were having breakfast, I became too cold, as I often do in air conditioning. The scarf served me well as an additional layer. Large square silk scarves are so versatile.

Lots of scarves are here on my shopping site.

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

Created in collaboration with Body Language By Connie and French Kande
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Tribal Favorites

Warm weather casual looks have always been a challenge for me.

I am much more comfortable in my jacket and jeans with a tank combo but when the temperatures climb I must create a cooler look to work with my figure challenges.

The perfect fit for my personal styling formula includes looks like this one. This top is actually called Can't Go Wrong. Body Language by Connie sent this look including these fabulous jean style crops by Tribal.

I had never tried any of the Tribal brand items until Connie sent me a pair of white pull-on jeans earlier this year. I have worn those at least once a week ever since! Those pants are so comfortable, and the fit and length are perfect for me. These crop pants from Tribal are just as comfortable.

The kick pleat detail on the back of the leg is so creative!

Wearing these wedge sandals from Dillard's a couple of years ago helped to visually elongate the chopped off look that crop pants sometimes give my short lower legs. These stop at the point that my leg starts to get slimmer rather than on the widest part of my calf. That detail is always important to me when I wear any dress or cropped pants. Never stop a hem at your least favorite part!

This look would also be great for the woman who has a pear shape. The zipper pocket details of the shirt lift the eye up and if tucked in, would define the smaller waist of the pear shape. The black pants with simple lines are very flattering, and the dark color on the bottom formula is perfect for the pear shape.

Because I have an inverted triangle shape with a wide waistline, I rarely tuck in a top. This hemline is slightly lower in the back which makes it very flattering for me as well. The fabric is whisper lightweight so I can wear it even when our hot weather arrives.

The old clutch bag I found years ago at T.J.Maxx brought in the fun pop of red I really like with black and white. The coin bracelet was supplied by French Kande.

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

Created in collaboration with Body Language by Connie and French Kande.
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Building Blocks

Have you ever thought of the pieces in your wardrobe as architectural building blocks?

Do most of those blocks work together to create a cohesive look or are they scattered bits of unrelated pieces that have little in common? Think of a building designed and created using classic lines and details that relate to each other and include balanced proportions. The elements of a building that complement each other combine to create a whole which is pleasing to the eye.

This look serves me well throughout most of the warm weather months. I enjoy wearing flowing tunics with cold shoulders or an interesting hemline and three-quarter length sleeves. These types of tops work well with most of my straight leg pull on jeans. I look for the ones with a smooth wide waistband so that lumps and bumps from regular jean style pants don't show through the fabric of the tunic. The long, lean line created by the straight legs balances the fullness of the tunics.

Add a bold necklace or a stack of related but different bracelets and some eye-candy shoes and I am ready to go anywhere!

Notice the details. I have created a bookend effect by repeating the turquoise blue in the necklace with the same color of shoes. A bookend effect can also mean matching your hair color with your shoe color. Bookending means that you are beginning and ending your look with a similar color or tone within a color.

The gold reptile effect on the heels relates back to the gold bamboo effects on the straw clutch and also the gold details in the necklace.

The Vince Camuto shoes are old from Ross. The Lily Pulitzer clutch is old from Finely House Couture.

Combining various hues within a color can create a very soothing effect. For example tan, paprika and ivory are all in the brown family, and they look rich and elegant when worn together.

You can always combine the hues of a color combination with one of your neutrals. For example, my cool skin tone base neutrals include black and white. Your warm skin tone base neutrals might be brown and ivory.

The navy blue Clara Sunwoo top was sent to me by ShopMyFairLady. The Tribal jeans were sent to me by BodyLanguageByConnie, and the necklace was sent to me by Chico's last year.

Note the odd closure of the necklace visible in this photo. I tied the too long necklace strands in a loose knot and then closed it. It hangs too long, resting between the girls in a most unattractive way. We busty gals must be careful with necklaces and bags that are worn across or between the breasts. Unfortunate styling choices can share way too much information. I prefer not to draw even more attention to that area.

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

Created in collaboration with ShopMyFairLadyBodyLanguageByConnie and Chico's .
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Breaking Rules

Do you have personal rules for dressing that you don't even think about breaking?

I thought it might be a fun exercise to break all my own styling rules in the blog posts for this week. 

I rarely wear a shirt that buttons down the front. Being busty means gaps and buttons that fail. One of the ways I overcome that problem is to buy a size larger but that always results in sleeves that are way too long. Short of tailoring, three-quarter length sleeves are the perfect solution to this problem.

This simply effortless top was sent to me by Body Language By Connie. The sleeves have roll tabs which can give it a more casual vibe.

The bracelet I am wearing was sent to me by French Kande. The quilted chain bag is old from Express.

I haven't worn shorts in about twenty years. They don't fit into my lifestyle, and I feel very self-conscious about the technicolor veins on my left leg. For the same reason, I rarely wear dresses.

These Bermuda length polka dot pull on shorts by Tribal Sportswear are so cute; I decided to give them a try. They were sent to me by Body Language By Connie. These shorts are so dressy that I could also wear them with pantyhose and a blazer if I wanted.

The shorts are nicely tailored with comfortable slits at the sides, and they end at my best skirt length which all work well for me.  When the occasion calls for something more sporty or casual this look will serve me well while maintaining my personal style.

Above, I paired the look with a black vest sent to me by Fabrizio Gianni but the more casual look, without the vest, is another option.

The Anitsa two tone point-toe flat shoes are by Circa Joan & David via Saks Off 5th. Flats are another wardrobe item I rarely wear. I do not find flats comfortable most of the time. When I purchase them for those times when they would be more appropriate for the look or the event, I search for a foot flattering slim style that shows the top of the foot and pointed toes.

My schedule will be very hectic for the next three weeks as my philanthropic events, speaking engagements, modeling, and acting jobs take me on the road a lot. I will schedule blog post as often as I can but won't be around very much for our fun conversations on Facebook. I am very grateful for your support and positive comments!

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

Created in collaboration with Body Language by Connie, Fabrizio Gianni, and French Kande
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Frumpy to Fabulous Very Casual

On rare occasions, I get to stay home by myself for most of the day. If the weather permits it, I go for a long walk in my neighborhood. Even during my personal downtime I always make the effort to get dressed for the weather, and the event. I take into consideration my comfort on a psychological as well as a physical level when I get dressed or purchase any clothing. I have one pair of Vince Camuto flip flops which I only wear after a pedicure. You will never see me in them at any other time.

Below is a typical example of a casual stay home look for me when the weather is cool. I have many tank tops that I throw on with a pair of jeans and then add a cardigan of some sort. This cashmere cardigan is one of my favorites of all time. It is from J.Jill. The jeans and the tank are from Chico's. The shoes are from Rockport.

Early in the morning when the sun is just coming up, you will often see me walking in my neighborhood. I might be wearing leggings and a tee with slip-on shoes and a jacket. This jacket is from J.Jill. The top is old from Cali and York. The leggings are from Body Language by Connie. The shoes are by Rockport.

If the weather is a little warmer, I choose a lighter weight jacket such as this one from J.Jill. I am quick to get a chill in air conditioning, so I always have a jacket or sweater on hand. The tank top is likely from Chico's, and I think the jeans here are from J.Jill.

Another great casual look includes leggings or jeans and a super soft, comfortable top from Covered Perfectly. I love how these tops can take you from casual and comfortable to nearly any event. This piping top has strategic stitching and trim that makes me look slimmer and taller. The leggings are by Hue via Dillard's. The shoes are by Rockport.

On a cool fall day, you may see me going for a longer hike to enjoy the foliage. Below I am wearing faded but never torn jeans with a long sleeve navy tee from Talbot's with an old quilted jacket from Dillard's. The very comfortable khaki ankle boots are from Antelope Shoes.

My favorite form of exercise has always been going for a long walk alone with my thoughts and nature.

A three-quarter length sleeve tee and white ankle pants with a pair of New Balance walking shoes are my heat of summer go to walking attire. Keep in mind that I also walk early in the morning so as not to be in full sun. I have had skin cancer in the past, so I am careful not to go out in the sun without protection.

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

All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Warm Weather Game

As the temperatures climb into the eighties during most afternoons, I am starting to wear more tunics.

One of my all-time favorite looks for warm weather is a long, swingy lightweight tunic. By adding a long necklace, I am breaking up the expanse of my middle visually with the deep V created by the necklace. The subtle print of this tunic also moves the eye over that area without stopping on my trouble spots. When wearing a print, always be mindful where the blocks of color and pattern land on your body. The wrong placement can actually draw the eye to a problem area.

The necklace is by French Kande. The fabulous subtle geometric print cold shoulder tunic is by Clara Sunwoo via ShopmyFairLady. The white pull on pants are by Tribal via Body Language by Connie.

I almost always wear a statement bracelet or watch and sometimes even layer on three different pieces on the same wrist with a three-quarter length sleeve. This fantastic bracelet is from French Kande.

The ring is just a bit of fun bling I picked up at some forgotten place in my travels. The clutch is old from T.J.Maxx. The sunglasses are by Michael Kors. The shoes are old favorites by Calvin Klein.

I took my camera with me on one of my walks this week so that I could share some of the beauty of springtime in my neighborhood with you.

I hope that you are enjoying the tummy hiding tips I am sharing with you on the blog this week. There will be a few more tips tomorrow, but honestly, if you study my all looks you will notice that I always try to downplay that area of my body.

Facebook has some real issues this week. Administrators have been unable to log on to any of our pages to post updates or answer questions for the past two days. I apologize for that. I will do so as soon as I can log on to the Fifty, not Frumpy page.

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

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Created in collaboration with French Kande, ShopMyFairLady, and BodyLanguageByConnie
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.