Showing posts with label Shopmyfairlady. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shopmyfairlady. 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.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Rituals

Do you ever just do nothing for the whole day? Yesterday was one of those rare Sundays that included nothing more than reading the paper, taking a nap, then going to visit my parents.


My sister and I honor a long family tradition that includes taking the time to visit with our parents on most Sunday afternoons. (As we did with my grandparents and great-grandparents as children.) We call them almost every day to make sure they are both well and don't need our help with anything.




Going for a long walk and then watering the shade garden typically happens at daybreak but not on this day. I also fill the birdfeeders and put fresh water in the bird bath before I start my usual work days. I worked seven days a week for many years. Taking these little breaks for something less taxing helped to keep me sane.




Personal rituals and traditions give me balance and ground me. For example, giving thanks for all that I have and taking the time to exercise always starts my day on a positive note.

On hot summer days with nothing special planned, I always wear something breezy and comfortable.


The cool, soft, comfortable top is by Focus, and the khaki pants are the "Lize" style straight leg pants by Lior Paris both via ShopMyFairLady.com. They offer most of the clothing lines I enjoy wearing with always excellent service included, so I remain loyal to them. The sandals are old from Nine West.

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, August 4, 2016

Beat The Heat!

Dressing for hot weather can be a real challenge!



I don't care for sundresses because they show my legs and never flatter my shape. I am much more comfortable in a soft, breezy oversize top with slim white pants with a smooth wide waistband. Dressing for comfort has to include personality as well as the weather.




Let's face it; I am going to be hot no matter what I am wearing when it is ninety-eight degrees. My comfort level has to do with how covered I am more so than the temperature. I would not be at all comfortable in a skimpy dress with small straps.



A typical summer workday look for me includes a soft flowing tunic by Clara Sunwoo from ShopMyFairLady.com. The fabric isn't clingy or hot, and it always drapes beautifully, so the Clara Sunwoo tops are a favorite summer look for me. The long tassel necklace is from French Kande.





The white pants are by Renaur from Purple Poppy. The putty color sandals are old by Kenneth Cole Reaction.




Prints are normally not for me. If I wear a print, it is usually an abstract geo print in subtle colors such as this one. Again, personality has to come into play as you get dressed. I feel silly in prints most of the time. Ruffles and bling are also details that do not reflect my personality.

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.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Perfect Day

We spent part of Saturday afternoon exploring the mountains of North Carolina on our way to dinner.


I wore a royal blue top by IC Collection and white pants in the Janet style by Lior Paris, both from ShopMyFairLady.com earlier this summer.



The shoes are old by Charles Jourdan via Saks Off 5th. The chain bag is old from Express.




The cutout details in both the front and back at the shoulders make such a difference on a hot summer day. The tops are indeed cooler because of them. I love the swing and texture of the flattering fabric.

























At the end of a beautiful day, we enjoyed another perfect meal at one of our all-time favorite restaurants, Artisanal.



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.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Five Years!

On July 16, 2011, I started a Facebook page to share what I wish I had always known about nutrition and style. I was so excited when I reached one hundred followers! 
Today there are more than twenty-eight thousand of you.



I was a lifetime yo-yo dieter whose weight might fluctuate by as much as fifty pounds in one year. There were times when even my extended family members didn't recognize me if they hadn't seen me for a while. Reading the book "Eat to Live" by Dr. Joel Furhman taught me what to eat and why. 

After my weight and poor health issues were under control, it was time to tackle my frumpy style. That is still a work in progress, but it is fun to share what I learn with you.





To celebrate my five-year blogging anniversary, Mr. Mickey took me out to dinner last evening. I wore a new tunic by I.C. Collection over old Mesmerize pants; both are from one of my favorite places to shop, ShopMyFairLady.com.

My tunic is a size medium. The pants are a size six.





The bag is old from Saks Off 5th. The shoes are old by Nina New York. The necklace weighs about fifteen pounds (only a slight exaggeration!), and I bought it at S.M. Bradford at Harbour Town Yacht Club on Hilton Head Island last year.

The nail color is OPI "Dutch Tulips".





Even though I have several red tunics, I wanted this one too because it reminds me of a mullet hairstyle; all business up front and a party in the back.




We visited Gourmet and Company, which is our favorite restaurant in Johnson City.




My dinner was the fabulous heirloom tomato salad with grilled peaches.


Mr. Mickey had the spring garden salad with benne brittle and grilled wild salmon.





Here is what happens when I see a tiny baby praying mantis on the wall during a photoshoot and totally forget what I am supposed to be doing...



Mr. Mickey says that he no longer kills bugs because of me. Great compliment!


Thank you for joining us on this beautiful 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.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

All Is Well


Tremendous storms passed through our region on Friday evening. Countless trees were torn apart or completely uprooted by high winds taking power sources with them, which means many thousands of people are still without power on Sunday morning. 

For all those who wrote to ask, we are safe and well. We sustained very little damage in our neighborhood.



We had reservations for dinner on Saturday night, so we decided to keep our plans. We anticipated that it might take a lot longer to reach our destination because of all the debris on the roads. 

Teams were out in force before the break of dawn to start clearing the damage and trying to restore power as quickly as possible.



We were more than ready to have a day away from the stress of life after this somber and frightening week. As we drove through the mountains on our way to Blowing Rock, North Carolina I could feel the release of tension.



There is something calming about looking out over endless green mountain ranges that fills me with a sense of peace and gratitude.





We forgot to take the camera with us when we parked the car earlier in the day, so we had to grab a few minutes before dinner to snap some photos for you. We always try to shoot looks at the beginning of our day before I become too rumpled looking but today you are seeing me after a day of shopping, visiting with friends, sitting in the park watching people and riding around in a convertible.




There are many things I like about owning a capsule wardrobe of basics. Most of all, I appreciate that when I don't have the energy to come up with a special look, I can just put on something and go without giving it too much thought.




It is always a lot cooler in the mountains, so I have learned to wear layers whenever we are going that way. Today I wore a jacket by IC Collection via ShopMyFairLady.com. (It is on sale now!) The layered V-Neck tank could have been worn alone if I had gotten too warm during the day but that did not happen. The tank is from White House|Black Market. The pants are the Sasha Style by Lior Paris via ShopMyFairLady.com.

My accessories included small silver wide hoop earrings with tiny crystals, sunglasses by Balmain via Saks Off 5th, and a stack of silver bracelets.

The shoes are old by Bar III via Macy's.




After seeing so much damage all day, I was relieved to see that this little flower garden spot behind a store in Banner Elk had survived unscathed.





Red sky at night, sailor's delight.





I always share where I got the items shown if I can remember. The source is often ShopMyFairLady.com because they carry many of the lines I find comfortable, and fit well with my personal style.

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.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Focus

 On a recent sunny Saturday, we had lunch in Jonesborough at the Cuban-inspired restaurant, The Dining Room.



The Dining Room is moving eight miles west to downtown Johnson City later this year. Planning for a November grand opening, the menu will remain the same as The Dining Room, but the name of the restaurant will change to “Sabores,” which is “flavor” in Spanish.




Many times, I have been asked how I keep my weight the same while eating out so often. I also get questions about what I order when we dine out. At this particular restaurant, I order the grilled portobello mushroom sandwich with a side salad.

Most places will be happy to prepare a meatless dish for you. I always stress that I do not want potatoes, rice or pasta. I often tell them no bread. Vegetarian does not mean pasta with oil, cheese, butter, and cream.

If I am dining with a group and everyone is ordering three or four courses, I won't hesitate to order three different small salads with dressing on the side. Many nicer restaurants offer more than one type of salad. I always order the ones without meat. I rarely finish everything on my plate.

We don't eat at fast food places.




When I am traveling, I carry raw almonds or walnuts or some organic trail mix and a piece of fruit. I buy a bottle of water after I get through security. I never get the food and snacks offered on the plane.





This comfortable casual Saturday afternoon look includes a super lightweight white shirt with pockets by Focus via ShopMyFairLady.com. The shirt is almost sheer, so I am wearing a camisole under it so that the Jag Jeans are not showing through. I bought the Jag Jeans from The Fig Leaf in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.




The platform shoes are by Rampage via Belk last year.





The fun clutch bag is from one of my other favorite shops, Carriage Trade Antiques also in Blowing Rock. When I bought this bag, Mr. Mickey questioned my choice because he knows I rarely buy anything so memorable. After seeing it paired with many of the solid separates I love to wear, he gets it.





I saw the attractive lady shown below as she was going into a store and asked if I could take her picture for the blog. She had a great asymmetric hairstyle that was very short in the back.






Jonesborough is the oldest town in Tennessee. Jonesborough was established seventeen years before Tennessee was granted statehood in 1779.




I hope your weekend adventures take you to beautiful places with excellent food!





I always share where I get the items I am wearing if I can remember. The source is often ShopMyFairLady.com because they carry so many of the lines I find comfortable and fit with my style.

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.