Monday, November 24, 2014

Fabrizio Gianni Ballerina Flats!

Approximately one million of you (I never exaggerate) have asked me why I don't wear flats.



I normally do not find flats to be comfortable because they do not offer enough support or style.




I recently wore these Chanel inspired Fabrizio Gianni flats during a quick weekend getaway and I was happy to find that they are very comfortable. They did not pinch or rub my feet as is often the case with flats.




They are also very stylish!




The tan and black version of the flats is being offered for fall/winter.



These Fabrizio Gianni ballerina flats just may be the shoes that change my mind about wearing flats. Thank you Fabrizio Gianni for sponsoring this post.



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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Red Jacket Giveaway

I found this knit jacket at Nordstrom a few months ago. 



I love the way it jazzes up a pair of faded jeans.




After I wore it for a total of three hours, I found that I am allergic to the fabric. (Made from polyester, rayon and spandex in Mexico.) It has a decorative large brown button closure.



So this means I am giving it away! 
My loss your gain.




About the rest of this look: The brown long sleeve V neck tee is old from T.J.Maxx the faded jeans are from Chico's. The Vince Camuto boots are old from Nordstrom. Similar boots here.


 

If you would like to have this size medium red lightweight knit jacket, please send me an email with your name and address to Susan@FiftynotFrumpy.com
On Monday I will ask Mr. Mickey to choose a winner at random. 

Congratulations to Debbie Strickland! 
She is the winner of the jacket.


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wear It Wednesday Makeup Tools

How often do you wash your makeup brushes? 
How long do you keep your mascara?




After I apply my makeup on Friday mornings I wash all my brushes and my Beauty Blender Sponge.





A bath in warm soapy dishwater and a 
thorough rinse under running water is followed by laying everything out on a clean towel to air dry.




I store brushes on my dressing table far away from the bathroom. All sorts of bacteria and dampness is there so makeup and applicators do not belong there.




I throw out mascara and eyeliner every three months. I don't use eyeliner pencils but if I did they would go out at the same time. Bacteria builds up on these products and I don't want to chance an eye infection.

Once a year I throw away old eyeshadow and blush. Makeup changes as it gets older and bacteria grows so it's good to start fresh.

Never pump your mascara wand into the tube. You cause it to dry out faster.




I recently added this lucite organizer to my dressing table. I love having all the items I use most often at my fingertips.
(The black object in background is a bronze bust of a Gibson Girl which a grieving Victorian person painted black. I've been meaning to restore it to the original bronze finish but I haven't gotten around to it yet.) 

My dressing table is this little antique desk I bought when I was living near New Orleans a few years ago. 
My parents gave me the small bench. 
It is in an extra bedroom upstairs.


The best lighting I have ever gotten from a makeup mirror comes from this one by Ott.


I also use this type of mirror with 5x magnifying on one side.

The few minutes you spend putting on makeup each morning should be comfortable and pleasant. Your makeup should enhance your beauty, not cause health problems. 

This is the type of mirror I pack to take with me for travel. I sit in front of a window to put on makeup if possible.

What tips would you share for storing and keeping your products safe to use?

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fabrizio Gianni Jacket

Today I am featuring another great item sent to me by Fabrizio Gianni.


This lightweight stretch jean jacket has become one of my favorites. I have worn it a couple of times already!



The soft fabric conforms to your body and the cut is very feminine unlike many of the very boxy jean jackets I have seen in the past.



Fabrizio Gianni creates high quality items that are made from superior fabrics right here in the USA.







This post is sponsored by Fabrizio Gianni.

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ICU Readers

ICU Eyewear recently sent me some great readers to try.



I like the lightweight frames and the larger lenses very much. They also come with a protective cover so that they don't get scratches while not in use.




Both styles are modern and comfortable to wear with a 1.25 strength.



All the items have found a new home now.






This post is sponsored by ICU Eyewear

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fabrizio Gianni Pants

It was time again for a night at the symphony which means Mr. Mickey and I had an elegant dinner at Gourmet and Company before attending the performance. 




On this evening I wore a really fabulous pair of pants from Fabrizio Gianni. I was unaware of this company until they offered to send me a few pieces to try. When I opened the box I was immediately very impressed with the quality of both the fabric and the superior design details. Their items are made in the USA and created for women who value quality and fit above trendy.




These top stitched legging pants have a wide waistband and are made with comfortable stretch fabric with spandex so that they hug you close without appearing too tight.




I will be wearing these pants often during the holiday season since they look great with either my favorite short boots or the black pumps I enjoy wearing so often.



It is unusually cold for East Tennessee at this time of year so I am wearing several thin layers. I know from experience the concert hall is normally a bit cool and the long walk to the parking area at the end of the performance can be bone-chilling. I am wearing layers including a long sleeve black tee over a thin black tank top, a cobalt blue boiled wool jacket and finally a faux leather trimmed ruana as a topper. The bottom half of me also remained snug and warm in these knit legging pants. The quality of the fabric makes a huge difference!




The shop windows are already dressed in their Christmas decorations!





 My favorite long over lean look worked well for me again. I received many compliments and remained warm even on the long brisk walk to the car at the end of another perfect evening with Mr. Mickey.



You will be seeing more items from Fabrizio Gianni on this blog. I am now a big fan of their quality and timeless style that will last through years of wear. That's my kind of fashion!

This post is sponsored by Fabrizio Gianni.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Santa Fundraiser

You may remember that in years past Mr. Mickey has played Santa to a group of children who might not otherwise have much of a Christmas.




A dear friend started the tradition of hosting a Christmas pizza party for some local needy children and their parents or guardians. Each child receives a coat, school clothes, a pair of shoes and a toy.





Over the years other friends have joined in to help fund the project. Last evening all those friends gathered to enjoy a wine and cheese fundraiser for next year's project including an evening with "Santa".




Since I am Santa's date for the evening I always wear something red. This year I wore a vintage red St. John Knit jacket which was a gift from my dear friend Mitzi. I paired it with Jen7 faux leather ponte jean leggings from Saks Fifth Avenue. The BCBGeneration zipper shoes from Dillard's were a big hit!




When I wear something that makes a bold statement such as the jacket with the trademark St. John gold buttons and the zipper shoes, I let those items take the limelight. Adding a necklace or bold earrings would have been too much clutter. 

The season of excess is upon us. In addition to numerous all you can eat buffet dinners I will be avoiding glitzy sweaters, bright red lipstick, too much blush and big sparkly matching earrings and necklaces.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cali and York Boots

Wearing black, brown and animal print boots with gold details can elevate your look to a whole new level.



These Blingiton Boots are from Cali and York.



This is a timeless silhouette with a modern twist. The boots have gold zippers on both sides and include two-toned kidskin on the front with leopard-print velvet on the back.



I paired the boots with a quilted Chanel inspired gold chain trimmed black jacket, black tank and a pair of ivory denim jeans.







A tip for putting on boots worn over jeans is to roll your socks up over your jeans first. This makes putting on the boots easy and quick.




This post is sponsored by Cali and York.

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Cali and York Animal Print Bag

Animal print continues to be extremely popular for all seasons but especially in fall.



This animal print Blingiton Bag is from Cali and York.




My love of animal print is no secret, however I limit myself to one piece per outfit. I also wear it with solid neutral basics most of the time.




Animal prints with a lot of gold in them are not good with my cool complexion but I do love a belt, shoes or bag as interesting additions worn away from my face.




The style and size of the this bag lends itself to the perfect workday bag which can take you right into evening.



I am wearing it here with black jeans, a gray long sleeve tee and a white trench coat for a late day lunch with Mr. Mickey.



Be sure to check out all three Wear It Wednesday posts for today! 
All sponsored by Cali and York.

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