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Fashion Collage – Casual December Saturday

Another week has flown by and when I got home last night from work there was a stack of boxes on our front step. My Christmas shopping had arrived. I’d spent last weekend online making purchases and they magically showed up last night already for me to wrap. Having most of my holiday shopping done means that I get to enjoy a lazy weekend. I’ll run my regular errands, I’ll exercise and I’ll work on some blog posts. I may get together with a couple of friends for lunch and for this week’s fashion collage I decided to pull together a look that will inspire me when I go into my closet to get dressed tomorrow morning.

This is the kind of look I’m extremely comfortable in and I love stud earrings. Stud earrings are my go-to earrings on a daily basis because they are so easy to wear and look great regardless of what I’m wearing. I’m dying to pull out my faux fur infinity scarf (yeah, that’s a mouthful) and toss it on with a simple cable sweater.

Casual December Saturday

What are your plans for the weekend? A little holiday baking? Shopping? Or, just hanging around the house?

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Fashion Collage – Trimming the Tree

There are 19 days to Christmas. 19 days! There’s so much to get done. Shopping. Wrapping. Menu planning. Decorating. Tree trimming. 19 days! Deep breaths. Deep breaths. It’s possible to get it all done without completely stressing out. Right? Maybe if I focus on something I truly love and that is trimming the tree. Whether it’s my tree or a friend’s tree, I love decorating a tree. When I’m doing my own tree I typically am wearing my pjs. Yeah, that’s right. PJs. After I finish decorating I make a cup of hot cocoa and curl up on the sofa with the pups to look at the tree. It’s a perfect afternoon.

Sometimes I’m lucky enough to be invited to a friends house for a tree trimming party. I choose not to wear my pjs to those events. 🙂 Instead, I look for something that is comfortable, causal and fun. Like festive earrings. Then I like to pair a simple sweater, cowl necks feel cozy and I find that they look good on me with a pair of skinny jeans. I typically shy away from decorative holiday sweaters but if I were to wear one I would wear it to trim the tree. My shoe choice is always flats. They’re easy to wear and easy to move around the tree in.

Trimming the Tree

What’s your tree trimming tradition? Is it a family event or do you ask friends to come over to help out? What outfit do you reach for when you’re decorating your tree?

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Fashion Collage – Early Fall Lunch Date

We’re in that odd seasonal place now – the last weeks of summer and the beginning of autumn. As we ease out of summer and into autumn the weather is a crap shoot. Hot, humid one day, cool, breezy the next day and damp, rainy the next. Dressing for this transition period is challenging to say the least. But this gal is always up for a challenge.

Looking at the calendar I’m making mental notes of the activities I’d like to do before winter sets in. There’s apple picking, there’s the trek up to the largest outdoor flea market in Connecticut, there’s pumpkin picking, there’s a mega-yarn expo, antiquing and there’s always a lunch date.

With a lunch date with the girls coming up soon I’ve been thinking what I’d like to wear. I’ve put together a fashion collage of a look that will work weather the day is a little too hot or nicely cool.

Early Fall Lunch

What early autumn activity are you looking forward too and what item are you dying to wear during the transition between summer and fall?

 

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Shoe & Tell Monday

I’m excited to be participating in Shoe & Tell Monday hosted by Cherie over at Style Nudge. How could I not love a link-up all about shoes? Today I’m sharing…

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I love these shoes. A classic pump style kicked up a bit with a faux snakeskin pattern. I love wearing these pumps with jeans, dresses and skirts. Add that they are comfortable and I have one perfect go-to shoe.

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Spring Fashions Don’ts

For the first time in a while I’ve found that there are a lot of trends this coming season that I think I will pass on. While flipping through the pages of my fashion magazines I was seeing a lot of looks that had me raising an eyebrow (or two).

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Now I know that being forty-something doesn’t exactly put me in the demographics of most of these magazines, but I believe one way to stay youthful is to keep an open mind about most things. So when I flip through the pages of a fashion magazine I know that many of the looks aren’t meant for me. But that doesn’t mean I can translate some of the looks and trends into something that works for me and keeps me stylish. This time around, I got worried. So many photographs, editorial layouts and so-many “huhs?”.

We all know the runway is really more about show than reality. Like this look would ever make it to my local Stop & Shop.

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Some of the trends won’t work because of my body. Plain and simple. Then there are others that I just don’t like. I decided to share with you the trends most likely will not be in my closet this Spring.

Pleated Skirt

There are so many things wrong with this skirt for me I can’t even begin to list them. I love the look of them but for my body type and personal style they won’t be finding their way into my closet. I’ll just admire from afar.

The Mini Bag

Love the idea of them but they are so impractical day-to-day for me. I’m definitely a big bag kinda gal. Maybe, I’ll put the mini inside the big bag. 🙂

Cropped Pants
I’m on the fence about cropped pants. Generally this style of pants ends just a few inches above the ankle and I don’t believe they flatter me very much. But I do like the look of them on others. I guess slipping into a 4 inch heel would help visually elongate me.

Perforated Leather
Not a big fan but I may be able to warm up to this one. I did see a few pieces that I liked and could see how they would fit into my wardrobe. Though, honestly, I don’t see me wearing any leather from April to October.

Now to the trend I’m seeing everywhere but believe me, it will not be worn by me ever. Never. Ever. Ever.

Cropped tops and skirts

This is a trend made for twenty-somethings. In one magazine there are two pages of the most adorable cropped top and skirt sets. I mentally said to myself, step away from the magazine. LOL. Absolutely adorable but definitely no business in the closet of a forty-something.

In the coming weeks I’ll share with you some trends that I believe I can work into my world. That has me excited about Spring fashion.

Until then, have you seen any trends or “must-have” for Spring that you know won’t work for you?

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In A Boot Frame of Mind

Boots, boots and more boots. Here in Connecticut we have experienced the coldest weather in about twenty years. And add to that a few inches of snow, well it’s feeling like the winters I experienced as a child. The big difference between then and now? Boots. Back then they were functional. Period. Today, they are functional and fashionable. So I’ve been thinking about boots all week. And I thought I’d share some of my favorite looks.

A Boot Frame of Mind

What’s your favorite boot? Ankle, tall, with or without pom-poms (I love pom-poms).

Debra

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Polar Express Inspiration

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Fashion week continues here at AMT with a look at what I thought was a fun fashion layout in Marie Claire magazine. Polar Express showed furry boots and bags that add a pop of color to our warm weather clothing. I have to admit, I love faux fur. I have a few pieces that I simply love but I’m not sure about faux fur in pops of color. I’m on the fence about this trend but I think I could do if I went a little conservative. I know, conservative and colorful faux fur (say that three times) doesn’t sound like they go hand-in-hand. But maybe I could work it.

I went looking for some pieces that were fun (lets face it faux fur is just fun), not too-over-the-top and tasteful. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I’d find anything. That meant I really didn’t know what kind of post I was going to end up with. As I looked through countless photos I came up short on pops of color in faux fur that I would EVER wear. But, I found a few pieces that I did really like. So I’m tweaking this trend a little bit and focusing on just the faux fur and not the pop of color. This is what fashion is for women in our age group. We find the trend, we tweak and we wear what looks best on our bodies.

I did come across some colorful faux fur that I feel completely comfortable tossing on the sofa or draping over the bed. Faux fur pillows and throws! And I’m not the only one in our house who loves the softness and coziness of faux fur. Our Shih-Tzu Susie loves the luxury of faux fur.

I fell in love with all three bags I added to my Fashion Inspiration Collage. I love, love, love the hobo bag. If I could find one a little bit more in my budget I might actually carry it. The pill box hat is too snow-bunny cute for words. I have one similar and I wait all winter for the coldest day to wear it.

A lot of the women I know don’t wear faux fur. I think it’s a great statement piece, I mean you’re not going to be missed when you’re carrying a fur hobo bag or wearing a furry hat. I’ve had some gals say to me that they could never pull it off. Maybe there is a certain confidence level needed to wear something that is not going to blend in. Maybe I’ve gotten to the point in life that I really don’t care if someone thinks my faux fur vest is too much for grocery shopping.

So, is there a faux fur piece in your wardrobe future? Thinking about a little color?

Polar Express Inspiration

Limi Feu hobo handbag
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River Island handbag
$63 – riverisland.com

Ted Baker leather purse
$155 – asos.com

French Connection scarve
$71 – johnlewis.com

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Opposite Day Fashion Inspiration

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Today we’re looking at Elle magazine for our Fashion Inspiration and it’s black and white.

Now, I usually associated black and white with spring. There’s something about the crispness of the black and white that is refreshing after a long winter of darker colors and weighty fabrics. Whether it’s zebra prints or traditional polka dots, black and white have always signaled spring to me. But this year the classic combination is heralding in a new season – fall.

When I came across the editorial layout I was intrigued and a bit skeptical. Could I embrace black and white as the temps cool down and the days get shorter? Could I find a way to add this trend into my fall wardrobe?

Turns out I’ve already started. Two years ago I bought a black and white dress for a wedding and I’ve managed to wear it to work, to dinner and to a holiday party. I simply love it.

Then I got a white sweater dress for a steal in spring and love pairing the dress with black suede boots.

I have a white knit skirt that love wearing with a black turtleneck, black tights and black suede boots.

So, I guess I can rock this trend without having to buy too many more pieces. Though, I’m loving the black tote with white stripe down the center I found when putting together my Fashion Inspiration Collage. I wouldn’t mind having that in my closet. 🙂

How do you feel about black and white for fall? Love it? Hate it? In between? Or already rocking your spectator look?

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