Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Favorite Looks for 2015

Looking back over the blog posts for 2015, some looks stood out as my style and comfort favorites.



































Out On The Town



Fifty, not Frumpy Anniversary!



 What Do You Eat?



Trip to the Beach



Eat Smart Even On Thanksgiving!



Spirits of the Season



The Comfort Zone


As I edit my wardrobe and shop less, my style has evolved into one that is comfortable and easy.  A combination of mostly solid neutral color pieces that fit both my body and my personality make up a wardrobe that serves me well. Unique accessories add the finishing touch that makes each look my own.

I hope that these examples have helped you to create your own wardrobe of easy comfortable looks. More importantly, I hope that my tips for healthy eating have encouraged you to make better food choices. Fashion is a fun way to express yourself, but a strong and healthy body is priceless.



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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Monday, December 21, 2015

Ralph Lauren Inspired

"How do you decide which pieces to put together?"

The process of getting dressed in unrelated comfortable separates (the way I normally dress) can be a little tricky. 




On Sunday, we were going to visit friends and then for sushi. I started with these Ralph Lauren boots which I found at T.J.Maxx a couple of years ago. Next I chose jeans that would just cover the top of them without bunching. These are ankle jeans from Chico's.

The length of your pants is a totally individual choice. There is no "proper" length for women these days. 

Thinking of those classic Ralph Lauren looks you see in his fabulous ads, I next chose a garnet turtleneck from Fabrizio Gianni. I topped it off with a large very soft gauzy faded blue and black design scarf from The Paris Apartment Boutique and a faux suede blazer from Chico's. 

It helps to have an inspiration picture in your mind (if not in your hand) of the finished look as you start getting dressed. Following this tip means it takes less time to get dressed because someone else has already worked out the details. You can then use the idea to pull similar pieces from your wardrobe and off you go looking great!


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


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Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Comfort Zone

Our temperatures finally dipped enough to wear my all time favorite look on Friday.





There was a little swagger in my walk all day. 






This look fits my personality to my very core, but it isn't appropriate for our weather or the event very often here in east Tennessee. When I slip into a faux leather jacket with jeans and boots, I feel like my twenty-year-old self with better judgment.





The jacket is an old favorite from Stein Mart. The double strand Akola Project necklace is from Monkee's of Johnson City. The gray jeggings are from Chico's. The black cashmere tunic by Vince and the French Connection boots are from Saks Off 5th.



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


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Friday, December 18, 2015

Go Shopping With Me!


While I was shopping in a boutique recently, I noticed that a woman was watching carefully to see what I showed an interest in. She laughed as she said, "You always make shopping and dressing look so easy, I am hoping it will rub off on me!"

That inspired me to post this collection of items I would or actually have purchased. I look for reasonably priced, well made, timeless, ageless and basic pieces that I can wear over and over again. I also look for neutral pieces that will go with a lot of the things I already own.






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


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Success!

When you send me emails sharing that you have lost weight, your blood tests are more positive, that you can now play with your grandchildren or that you are no longer diabetic, I am reminded why I continue to share my life with you via this blog. 




In 2009, I was so heavy at one hundred and eighty-three pounds, I could barely squat down to visit with this hungry little squirrel looking for a handout. Notice how carefully I cropped the picture at that time so as not to show my girth. I was in denial! 

Fast forward to 2012 on another visit to Brevard, North Carolina. My fashion sense and confidence are improving and I have lost more than forty pounds.



It was so easy to slip into the habit of eating mindlessly and then dressing in whatever was stretchy and comfortable every day. I lived this way for a few years and my health suffered greatly because of it. Not just my physical health but my mental health as well. I had so little confidence that I didn't even want to leave my home. I was deeply depressed for several years. I had zero friends. Not one! 

If you have visited my blog before today, you know that I now have lots of wonderful friends, loads of confidence and a fun filled life that I could not even imagine ten years ago. Being healthy both physically and mentally has allowed me to start to fully enjoy life and overcome the depression that dominated my life for several years. 

Sharing fashion tips and style inspiration is such a fun part of publishing this blog. I like everything in my closet now and getting dressed for any occasion is a snap. My style has evolved as I research and share with you what I learn. Dressing this almost sixty-year-old body with style and grace is a completely different project than dressing my thirty-year-old one. But, I firmly believe that the most important thing I share with you is the inspiration to learn to eat to properly fuel your body for your best health. 

I will continue to share what works well for me and use myself as an example. I hope that you will be inspired also to find what works well for your body and that you can start to enjoy better health and a more joy-filled life.


At the link below is a new hearty soup recipe I recently found. I added it to my collection of basics and have been enjoying this one as my late in the day meal for about two weeks. I often add frozen or fresh vegetables near the end of the cooking time. The grain farro is a wonderful substitute for the pasta. (I soak the farro along with the dried beans.) I also experiment with the ingredients and spices to add variety and new flavors according to what looks good at the grocery store on the day I visit.



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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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Brunch at The Inn At Biltmore

We always enjoy the weekend brunch in the Dining Room at the Inn On Biltmore Estate.




The drive along Highway 26 from Johnson City to Asheville is always a pleasure to take.




Anyone who has ever traveled this scenic highway likely remembers this fabulous house along the way.






The mountains seem to change colors depending upon the time of the day.


Photo from the website for the Inn on Biltmore Estate.



There are always beautiful fresh flowers to greet you when you arrive at the Inn on Biltmore Estate.









At this time of year, there are so many Christmas trees you will quickly lose count!




A fabulous gingerbread house was on display in the lobby.






I normally find something I have been searching for while shopping at the Marble Lion located inside the Inn.















I love this view from the Library Dining Room.
















The perfect way to spend a sunny winter afternoon, sipping champagne with Mr. Mickey while reading the New York Times.




My style tip for today is to pair something edgy with something classic. This rather plain cardigan with tiny red rhinestones on the sleeves is from Chico's last year. On its own it could be considered rather plain, dare I say frumpy. When I pair it with faux leather leggings and spicy cut out booties, it serves as an elegant touch that makes this look more appropriate for my personality. I feel more comfortable and true to my style when edgy touches are mixed with my classic pieces.

The silver necklace and top are from Chico's this season. All the other items are old, but you might find something similar in your closet or in the stores where you shop if you would like to copy my look.  

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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Monday, December 14, 2015

Leather and Lace Jacket

Black leather jackets are fun to wear and they go with almost anything, but they might be too harsh for your coloring. If you have soft golden coloring or if paler colors look better on you, you might enjoy something on the lighter, softer side.




This jacket offers great possibilities for you! The combination of lace cutouts and faux leather makes this the perfect softer look for those who want the edginess of a leather jacket but not the harshness of black.





The jacket is from Body Language by Connie. She is known for finding pieces that look much more expensive than they are.





The sleeveless turtleneck sweater was a gift. The ankle jeans are from Chico's. The shoes are by Halogen via Nordstrom. The bag is by Cole Hann via T.J.Maxx. 


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


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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dressing For Holiday Events

In December, I always get lots of requests for ideas for what to wear to holiday parties and other events.



My formula for getting dressed for these events isn't that different from the rest of the year. The secret is held in how you put your basics together to make them appropriate for the event. I never rush out to buy something for a special event. Never!

Look carefully at each of the items I am wearing. The sweater is normally worn with a pair of faded jeans and black short boots. The black pants are very basic ones that I wear anytime I want to look a little more special. I wear these Covered Perfectly tops all year round with every type of look. They are truly the best tops for layering with jackets, sweaters and ponchos or vests. They don't add bulk to your frame and they are made with the most luxurious knit fabric ever. 





We met our friends for dinner before we attended the Symphony last evening. I got dressed in five minutes with virtually no stress. If you have great basics that serve you well, you can always put them together in ways that are appropriate for any event. Accessories change everything!





I am wearing a vintage Ralph Lauren sweater with a faux fur collar over a Covered Perfectly long sleeve simple comfort top and Lior Paris black pants.




I bookended my look. That means I repeated the coppery brown tones of the faux fur collar in the copper beaded shoes which are also several years old. The colors near my face are repeated in the colors of my footwear. That is called bookending. It can also mean wearing shoes the same color as your hair. This trick pulls a look together and balances it so that it always seems to work very well.




The reptile texture clutch bag is from S.M. Bradford Co. Hilton Head Island. My hair is almost hiding the silver earrings with small crystal stones. Two blingy crystal rings are the other accessories that make this look special for an evening look.



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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