Showing posts with label French Kande. Show all posts
Showing posts with label French Kande. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cool Little Number

Dressing for this hot weather is a challenge for me. We don't normally have temperatures in the 90's for more than a few days. This summer has been very different.


Thankfully, I bought a few pairs of Clara Sunwoo palazzo pants from ShopMyFairLady.com earlier this year. They have gotten a lot of wear this summer. These are the coolest and most comfortable pants I own. I always go down in size because they do run large. These are extra-small.


This Covered Perfectly top with a square neckline is the right proportion to wear with palazzo pants. I have tried many other tops with them but this one is cool and comfortable and slimming all at the same time. I am wearing a size medium.



The necklace is from French Kande. The cutout cuff is from my company. The sunglasses are very old from T.J.Maxx. The sandals are from DSW earlier this year, a similar pair here. The bag is old from Express.




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.
I no longer accept products in exchange for reviews.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Comfy?



It's fun to share new lines with you.





I had not had the chance to try pieces from the Comfy line until Purple Poppy recently sent me this top. The tunic is very much in keeping with my style. The striped knit fabric is designed to flatter the waistline and flow softly across your curves.




I am wearing the tunic with Renaur cigarette leg ankle pants which are also from Purple Poppy.




My jewelry is from French Kande. They supplied the long medallion necklace, and I purchased the bracelet.





The sandals are old by Ralph Lauren. The bag is old by Nine West. The sunglasses are by Balmain via Saks Off 5th.






When I wear these long tunics, I pair them with pants that pull on which means there are no loops, buttons or zippers to create lumps and bumps under the smooth fabric. A great foundation is also imperative with smooth fitting tops like this one. The Ultimate Shapeez bra is the coolest and most comfortable option I have found, and it gives you a nice smooth line under your clothes.






This type of look can be worn for business casual, out to lunch with friends or anytime you want to look appropriate but not too dressed up. Accessories can be used to change the look and attitude to something more dressy. You could also wear this top with sleek black trousers and black heels. Add a turquoise necklace and bag to create an entirely different look. I love the versatility of neutral pieces!


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

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


I no longer accept products in exchange for reviews.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Accessories Change The Basics

You have likely noticed that I often wear a similar base including a tunic or tank with a narrow leg pant all in one color.




This silhouette flatters my shape and height and fits my personality, so I often rely on this basic combination when getting dressed. 

Today I want to show you how I change the attitude and set the tone for different looks, simply by changing my accessories. The same top and pants are worn in each of the examples shown here.

This fabulously comfortable tunic top was a gift from Covered Perfectly. This style is the Fit and Flare. The flattering wide waistband pull on dressy black pants are by Tribal, and they were a gift from Copper Penny.




For this around town look, I added a black and silver and gold necklace which was a gift from French Kande, flat sandals by DV Dolce Vita last year and a picnic style wicker bag from J. McLaughlin to achieve a classic look that is appropriate for almost any event.




This top is very soft and comfortable for traveling. Just wash it out and hang to dry. If you pack it, hang it up when you arrive and when you get up the next morning the wrinkles will be gone! 

For a comfortable out of town travel look, I added flat loafer style shoes which are old from BCBGeneration via Saks Off 5th. French Kande provided the necklace. The pink tote was a gift with purchase from Lancôme. The scarf can be draped around my neck if I get cold on the plane. It is several years old.




For a more uptown look, I draped a Michael Kors chain detail silk scarf around my neck and switched to a gold chain bag from Express. The cork and gold detail wedge sandals are by VANELi via Marmi Shoes last year.








To achieve a more downtown urban vibe, I added a bold medallion necklace which was a gift from Mr. M by French Kande and an old cropped moto style white jacket from White House Black Market and old reptile embossed booties. I always use a jacket as an "accessory" to set the tone for looks. The Calvin Klein bag is old from T.J.Maxx.





I hope these examples help you to see how you can change your basic looks by wearing different accessories. A follower once commented to me that she could never put together a look when she shopped at a particular store that I often shop in. I never think of putting together a certain look when I am shopping. Instead, I think only of adding elements that appeal to me, and that can be worn in different ways with what I already have to build appropriate looks for any event.




Many of my favorite tops from Covered Perfectly are back in stock now! These fabulous tops are made in the USA.

Fifty, not Frumpy followers get a 20% discount on up to two items! Use the discount code FNF20 when you check out at Covered Perfectly. There are several styles to choose from, and the discount will apply on up to two items. You may also take advantage of the buy 2 get 1 FREE special. Only one of the discounts will work.





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



Created in collaboration with Covered Perfectly, Copper Penny, and French Kande
All words, styling, and creative direction are my own.

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.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

To Necklace or Not

 My friends at ShopMyFairLady have discovered a new casual line for us.



They sent me this navy blue crinkle cardigan by Focus recently. I am wearing a size medium over a size medium Clara Sunwoo mid length tank top. The ankle skimmer jeans are old from Chico's. The BCBG bag is old from T.J.Maxx as are the Kenneth Cole Reaction sunglasses. The Jessica Simpson sandals are old from Nordstrom (I think). The fabulous necklace was a gift from Mr. M., and it is by French Kande.




I wore a short necklace rather than a long necklace here because this look needed a more structured lift to counterbalance the length, texture and form of the jacket and the longer hip-length of the smooth tank. 

Many people ask me about the rules for wearing a necklace. What length? When to wear a necklace and when to not? What style? I base that decision upon the item I am wearing near my face. If the jacket is structured and dramatic like the jacket I wore in the post for yesterday; I let it stand alone. I wore a simple pair of small wide crystal hoops paired with bracelets and a bold watch to finish the look because a necklace would have detracted from the jacket. Accessories should complement, not clutter your look.


I wore this necklace which is structured and bold for the same reason I didn't wear a necklace yesterday. It complements the texture and flowing nature of the cardigan. The same flowing shape and length in a necklace would have been too much flowing in one look. It would have visually pulled down my face whereas this short more structural necklace lifts the eyes to my face.




I got dressed in minutes right after my morning run because I had to be at my warehouse on very short notice thanks to my adorable accountant. I am wearing practically no makeup, and my hair is still wet from the shower. You will likely never see a more unplanned photoshoot! I got out of my car and handed Mr. Mickey the camera and said, "Quick, take some pictures!" We were both super busy. (Conveniently, our warehouses are side by side, and we share a back parking lot.)




This Focus cardigan is light as a whisper! I love that it can be worn with any of my jeans and a tank top to look polished and put together while remaining cool and comfortable. It will become a summer staple for me this year. 


Later in the day, I went to my favorite sushi place for a quick lunch after all the urgent tasks were accomplished. There is beautiful young Japanese girl who is often our server there. She barely speaks any English at all, and yet she told me, "You look so elegant!" I hugged her and almost cried. I certainly did not feel elegant, but her sweet comment made my whole day.

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


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

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Page 700

We spent a lovely weekend away at The Inn on Biltmore Estate.


On one of the evenings, I wore a black Clara Sunwoo tunic with Lior Paris straight leg pants to dinner.


French Kande provided the fabulous necklace.


The Clara Sunwoo tunic has a sheer mesh panel down each sleeve.


I carried this old white trench coat by Evan Picone via Stein Mart because I inevitably will be cold before the evening is over.



The suede fringe sandals are by BCBGeneration via Saks Off 5th. The reptile texture box clutch is from S.M. Bradford on Hilton Head Island.




Mr. Mickey purchased a new friendship ring for me while we were shopping in the village.




I am always captivated by the fresh flowers and plants in the lobby of the Inn.






With the publication of this post, the blog now includes seven hundred pages. It has been such a pleasure sharing with you what I have learned over the past five years.

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.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Denim Jacket

If I never try anything new, you might start to yawn.



This week on the blog, I am breaking all my personal styling rules. Today, it's never button a double-breasted blazer.




This White House Black Market denim trophy jacket looked OK even buttoned because of the angles of the closure and the placement of the buttons. (I didn't keep it fastened all day.)



I am not a big fan of denim trucker style jackets because they just don't suit my body shape. Boxy jackets are difficult to carry off when you are busty. This blazer, however, is right up my style alley. The angled lines and tailored style are much more flattering for my body shape.



I paired it with a slate gray tank and white So Slimming jeans from Chico's. The bag by Zac Posen and the Balmain sunglasses are both from Saks Off 5th. 

The shoes are old by Sam Edelman. Keep in mind that animal print is considered a neutral. I wore these mostly tan ones with white pants. If they were mostly black with brown, I would have treated them as a dark neutral and paired them only with darker pants to extend the line of my short legs.

The necklace is by French Kande and was a Christmas gift from Mr. Mickey. 
(Well played Mr. M!) 



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