Weekend Forecast - Dreamy

Weekend Forecast - Dreamy

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I know this looks like black, but it's a super dark blue. This is an outfit we all probably have in our closet. Jeans, a statement t-shirt in soft cream, a navy cardigan, a creamy scarf, navy shoes and earrings and a neutral brown handbag. Sounds rather boring, doesn't it? Doesn't look too exciting either. But how do you feel when you wear this outfit? You feel like yourself. Comfortable. Ready to go. Ready for anything really. And though it's not exciting, when you wear it, you look comfortable in your skin, ready for anything. That is the portrait of a strong and capable woman. Isn't that what we all want to be?
That's life!

a little bit of love

a little bit of love

Digital art journal by me!

Walk in Winter Snow, Dream in Summer Sand

Walk in Winter Snow, Dream in Summer Sand

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Look, we did it again! Survived another week! And this one was full of weather! So I'm bringing you a bit of sunshine for your weekend! Take a favorite pair of jeans (in the right cut for your figure, dark wash) and top them with a bright yellow tank and a teal cardigan. Wrap your neck in a tone on tone linen scarf or pashmina. Step into these awesome heels if you can (Louboutins). If you can't wear these shoes, look for something in the wonderful sunny yellow. If you must go out, wrap up in this bright warm yellow wool coat, carry this fabulous tone on tone handbag and pop on your yellow sunnies! It's cold, but you can dream of warmer climes!
That's stylin'!

Cozy & Simple LBD

Cozy & Simple LBD

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Just in case you're not rushing off to the airport to fly somewhere warm and sunny, here's a great outfit to look chic and cozy warm in. And it's comfy, too! The best of all worlds!
It's Thursday, so of course, it's a LBD! A long length of knit, turtleneck with long, fitted sleeves. I topped it with a chunky knit cream infinity scarf and added cream and black ballet flats. A black clutch and gold stud earrings finish the look.
That's stylin'!

Nail Trend: Sparkle Tips

Nail Trend: Sparkle Tips

Over50Beauty!
The latest trend for manicures is the sparkle tips. Have a manicure in the color or colors of your choice then touch the tips with sparkle polish or glitter and top it with top coat.
That's stylin'!

Sea Dreaming

Sea Dreaming

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Twenty-four inches of snow yesterday, so today I'm thinking of sunshine and beaches! A cruise anyone? Jet off to sunny anywhere! This is all you need - a fabulous colorful bathingsuit, flip flops, a towel, and a tote bag to carry all the bits and pieces you need. Don't forget the sunscreen - winter skin needs extra protection!
That's stylin'!

PANTONE Spring 2015

Peaches & Lilac

Peaches & Lilac

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They tell me that spring is only 8 weeks away. Doesn't feel like it as I sit here typing this while we get 24" of snow today, but I guess I'll take them at their word.
In the case that spring does come this year, we should be ready for it. Peaches and cream? And lilacs! Let's not be too predictable here ladies! The lovely peach and cream shell, the pretty peach sweater and the lovely cream flare slacks are a very nice outfit. Even with the peachy booties it's nice. BUT do we want to be nice? No, we want to be fabulous! So, I added that fabulous necklace with the peach and lilac stones and to bring the color down, I grabbed the uber fabulous purple handbag. It gives the color a bit of a punch!
And that's stylin'!

Plum & Navy on Gray

Plum & Navy on Gray

Gray with Accents
So, you invested in sturdy gray furniture and you can't afford to replace it all, but you really need a facelift in the living room. An area rug with lots of color like this one with the dark and light gray, blue, dark and light plum. Change out an overhead light fixture for one such as my blue one that adds shape, color and character to the room. Another light fixture for a table top brings in two of the new colors with the base and shade. Glassware such as vases always brings in nice color and sparkle to a room and gives it a lift. Using silver as an interpretation of gray will also add some gleam. Then, of course, add lots of throw pillows in your chosen colors to mix and match and make a statement!
That's stylin'!

Beige & Grey with Snakeskin

Remake - Rupert Sanderson Pumps

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Here's another way to wear the beige and grey combination. A very casual style with canvas slacks, a turleneck sweater and an oversized, hooded sweater. Add a grey and beige striped scarf for accent. The shoes are grey and beige snakeskin and the inspiration for the outfit (Rupert Sanderson). I added a clutch in the same grey and beige combo. Greige sunnies. The only color accent is in the multicolor stone earrings.
That's stylin'!

Check It Out!

Check It Out!

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Houndstooth was very popular when I was a little girl and it's with us again. I'm sure a lot of you can remember it in someone's wardrobe from back then. My mother had a gorgeous coat dress of it that made her look like she was something other than the mother of three growing children! She raised a lot of eyebrows when she wore it to church!
I chose to show it in a lovely large shawl over a rich slacks and sweater outfit in fuschia. I paired that with fuschia kitten heeled sling backs (another returning style). The bag is black suede and leather. And for sparkle, I added a black stone statement necklace and a lovely black stone ring.
That's stylin'!

Note to myself

Note to myself

Note To Myself by kikicobain on Polyvore

Cocoa & Pearl Grey

Cocoa & Pearl Grey

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I love to dress in neutrals, but it's usually black and white and gray. Recently I started mixing black and brown or gray and beige. These combinations make really sophisticated statements fashion-wise. You know how black and camel always looks so wonderful when you wear it together. Well, these other combinations fall into the same category. It's the brown-black duo. So, I chose a lovely cocoa dress and a pale gray waffle weave sweater. I paired them with awesome shiny boots and a snakeskin handbag in gray and beige. The bling is simply some black diamond earrings. Classy and 
stylin'!

Create Your Own Rainbow - Live Bright

Create Your Own Rainbow - Live Bright

Create Your Own Rainbow - Live Bright!
I have a fascination for rainbows. When I get started on a color scheme, it tends to get carried away and expand to include almost all the colors. Well, we had a contest to do a bright and bold room design and guess who did a rainbow room? Yup!
 So I thought I would share it with you. Do you think you could really live with a rainbow? I live with one. My rainbow runs burgundy, gold, forest green, and navy. Those are the colors in my living room, dining room and kitchen. Yes, I know there are some colors missing, like the orange and purple, but you really don't miss them when you get it all put together. I have walls of Pooh Bear Yellow (Home Depot Behr) in my living room and dining room. They bring in the sunshine year round. My upholstered furniture is honey camel. I love throw pillows and that's where I bring in all those colors. I also have painted furniture where I bring in Chinese red (dry sink) and bright navy blue (hutch). I keep fleece blankets around to snuggle under in the cold weather (NH) and they are the forest green and burgundy. I collect the rectangular statement pillows and have for years. So it's a rich, dark rainbow!
I recently started a make-over of my bedroom. When I pulled paint chips for all the colors I'm using, guess what I had? Yup, another rainbow in different tones. This one has some denim blue, sky blue, olive green, spring green, sunflower yellow, butter yellow, new cream, and coral watermelon. I'm using maps decoupaged on painted furniture. I have floor-length cream lace curtains. The walls are Dresden blue. My quilt has all the colors and my sheets are the coral watermelon. Again, no purple, but I really don't think it will be missed with everything else that will be there.
Not sure why I don't use purple, it's my favorite color! What's your favorite color and do you use it to decorate with or wear it often?

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Scrapbook Memories

Scrapbook Memories

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Copper Elements to Warm Your Home

Copper Elements to Warm Your Home

Home Styling
Nothing warms up a space like copper! Not gold, silver or brass, but copper. There is a warmth in the tones of copper that the others just don't have. When you add copper items to a room's decor, you add a warmth to it. It goes with every color scheme, too!
That's stylin'!

Good Morning, Beautiful!

Good Morning, Beautiful!

Over50Beauty!
Other than just not wearing make-up at all, how do you look natural? Here are the few cosmetics that I figure most women feel they can get by with: BB cream, blush, mascara, lip liner and lip stick. The coffee is to make sure you get going in the morning! What do you need to wear to feel finished without doing the whole war paint routine? Before or after your coffee?

It's Cold Outside!

It's Cold Outside!

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Another white on white look! A great sheath dress, which just about everyone can wear. Usually looks best hemmed just at the knee or right at the top of the knee. White booties and clutch. White wool coat and a soft sky blue scarf and matching leather gloves. I've added sparkly accessories in a vivid cobalt blue for that pop of color that always looks so good! Or maybe so you won't get lost in the snow!
That's stylin'!

Your Weekend Forecast is Coffee, Books & Rain

Your Weekend Forecast is Denim

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It's the weekend again! If you're already retired and have changed your routine completely, you may not notice weekends like you used to when you were still working. I haven't reached that point, yet. I still work here from home - or you wouldn't be reading this, right? Also, my husband still teaches middle school. So our schedule still revolves around the work week. I look forward to weekends! I shut down my computer and kick back - I wish! Nope, that doesn't happen, yet. I am very much a digital age person. I love to read and have an allergy to mold. So to kill two birds with one stone, I got rid of all my paperback books and have a tablet and several reading accounts like nook and kindle. It seems I'm always on some sort of e device! I also always have my cell phone with me, even room to room! My husband won't answer my phone for me even if I tell him who it is, the caller ID photo shows our daughter with her dog and I holler down from upstairs asking him to pick it up! So yes, I take my phone with me to the bathroom! Is everyone else that connected? Is it the first thing you look at in the morning and the last thing you check on at night? I recently rearranged my bedroom and currently don't have a nightstand for my phone and glasses. So when I first get up in the morning, I can't see my phone. I don't waste as much time as I used to! I always got caught up with e-mail and such and I could end up two hours later still sitting in bed in my pajamas on the phone! I feel better for having cut that wireless cord! Are you still caught up with that wireless cord?
I saw the Vogue forecast for spring trends this morning. I noticed that flares are the style du rigeur for the spring, so here you go...flares! Flares tend to be cut long, so I put them with stilettos - and aren't these gorgeous?! I paired them with a statement tee and a fabulous raspberry blazer. I love to put large pins on blazers! I wear a lot of knits and soft fabrics, so I can't usually wear the pins on those fabrics. But blazers are usually made of a firm enough fabric to handle a nice pin well. 
That's stylin'!

The Confidence of Knowing

The Confidence of Knowing
Over50Beauty!
AKA The Silver Fox
There is nothing more beautiful than a woman who knows who she is, knows her worth and is confidant in her value. It's not something that can be applied from pots or tubes with sponges or brushes. It comes from within and shows in the way she holds herself, the way she moves, and the way she interacts with people. It can be learned, but it cannot be faked. It must be sincere.

Pop Art to Wear

Pop Art to Wear

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A really fun trend is the Pop Art one! It's on clothes as well as everything else these days. I'm not a huge fan of wearing some of the colors of Pop Art, but in this t-shirt, even I can get away with this! And of course, it's Marilyn! Add in some distressed boyfriend jeans and super wonderful fuschia suede booties and it rocks! A gray trench and handbag with a bright blue scarf seem to wrap the look!
That's stylin'!

Wrapped in Plaid

Wrapped in Plaid

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Denim trousers and a navy blue scoop necked top with a gray scarf at the neck. Wrap it in a long length of plaid and stay cozy and warm and totally stylin'! This winter we are seeing more plaid than ever and a lot of it is just wrapped around and draped! It must be the Outlander influence!
That's stylin'!  

Can a Zebra Change Its Stripes?

Can a Zebra Change Its Stripes?

Over50Styling!
I don't know about you, but at Polyvore, we are all feeling tired of winter already. That's because like retail, we start the season very early. So we are already thinking about the warmer weather and what the stores will be stocking!
This is no spring prediction, these should all be in your closet already, or something like them! White skinny jeans and a loose, long B&W striped top. Red and black buffalo plaid scarf. Red and black heels and a zebra stripe handbag. The bling is pretty subtle with B&W earrings and bracelet.
I want to talk about scarves a bit here. We see a lot of different ways to tie all shapes of scarves. I post them on my Pinterest site for everyone to learn how to do them. I wear them extensively myself and I help my daughter tie hers sometimes as well. I've sat in the hair salon showing my stylist how to tie a particular knot. I've talked with women in the store about what to do with this shape or that shape scarf.
I once wore a long scarf simply draped around my neck and hanging down in front. Someone said I looked like a bishop! He was teasing me, but if the idea popped into his head, the look was there! And so, I have learned to tie almost every knot there is out there so I won't look like a bishop! lol!
Then I was listening to a blogcast from one of the senior ladies about scarves. She has a style expert who told her that older women should never tie fancy knots in their scarves, rather just let them hang down in front. It has to do with the scarf knot detracting from the face. Okay, I understand that we fade as we age and don't need the competition around the face too much. However, a softly tied scarf isn't going to steal the eye from your face. I think what will steal the attention from the face is a scarf of the wrong color - too bright, too busy a print. With this in mind I went through my scarf collection and stood at the mirror draping scarves the other day. Sure enough, I think that's it! The more intricate knots are just too much work anyway, so I tend not to wear them. I tend to do the softer, drapier ones. I went through my entire collection (yup, it's a lot!) and decided which ones were good to go to my daughter now. Then I analyzed what it was about them I had rejected. It was the crazier prints and iffier colors that went. So, which way will you be wearing your scarves? Let me know, 'cause...
that's stylin'!

Marsala Pantone Color of the Year

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Pantone Color of the Year
Marsala
Each year Pantone announces its Color of the Year and this year it's Marsala. If you are a wine drinker, you know the color. If not, it's a wine color such as the soft burgundy in the leather chair above. Each year we see designers showing the color of the year plastered on everything. It's a pretty color, if you want to incorporate Marsala into your home decor to be up-to-the-minute this year, here's a great way to do it. Since it's a browned burgundy, it plays well with a lot of colors. It works well with the golds and greens so popular in home decor. Adding a new chair is a big commitment, but if you need it, it's a great one to consider. Adding new throw pillows or some other elements of decor is much easier to do. Once you get into the stores and start looking or mention it to a store clerk, you'll suddenly see it everywhere. An area rug is another good way to add the color to a room. This could give a room a whole new look!
And that's stylin'!

Cozy Cashmere Classy Cashmere

Cozy Cashmere Classy Cashmere
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A soft, warm sweater dress wrapped in a warm plaid shawl is pretty and cozy. Add snazzy color block mules and a mustard gold handbag and it all gets pretty classy!
That's stylin'!

Every Inch a Lady

Every Inch a Lady
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When I need a little extra confidence or want to look extra nice, I start from the skin on out! Nothing makes me feel better than putting on pretty lingerie! So if you want that extra little boost of confidence, put on your prettiest lingerie so that your whole outfit matches!
I chose a lovely lacey black set. It coordinances very nicely with the stripe and stripe black and white long sleeved turtleneck dress. I added the sparkle with earrings of black and crystal with red. Lovely pumps of black and red with leopard add some sizzle. And the red handbag adds snap. Top it all with the go-with-anything denim jacket! You're set to dazzle every eye!
That's stylin'!

New Computer on Its Way!

Hello, dear followers! I would like to apologize for the hit or miss posting lately. I've been having computer issues. I'm getting a new computer and will be back on track by Monday morning my usual time! I hope you'll join me then. 

                     Judi

Quick & Easy Beauty Look

Quick & Easy Beauty Look

Easy Beauty, Just 5 Minutes!
This is a beauty routine that I derived from one I saw on A Model Recommends. I have a tremor, so I don't endanger my eyes with eye make-up, which cuts out time from a beauty routine. I wear glasses and I'm careful to wear frames that define my eyes rather than hide them. That way, I don't feel I need the eye make-up. So let's get started.
1. Start with a clean face. With a pea-sized drop of each of your liquid foundation and a light moisturizer mixed together, apply that to your face with your fingers. Smooth it out with a sponge or one of those cute egg-shaped applicators that are so popular. Be sure to apply it quickly all over your face including around your eyes. The moisturizer thins your foundation, so you need to work quickly. You will find it easy to work with mixed like this. Lightly set it with a fine sheer powder, especially if you have any oily zones.
2. Using a brow brush, tame your brows and using a brow powder lightly define your brows. Remember, they are sisters, not twins. No two brows are exactly alike on a face.
3. With a blush brush, sweep a rosy blush from the apples of your cheeks upward towards your hairline, but not into your hair. Apply this lightly.
4. With a lip liner that matches your natural lip color, outline your lips. This will keep your lipstick from creeping. Then with a an attractive bright lipstick, apply it to your lips just inside the lip liner. Be sure to cover the liner, but don't go outside of it.

You're done! Apply your fragrance for the day, and your beauty routine is finished. That was easy, wasn't it?

As for products, I can only tell you what I use. I use the Aveeno moisturizer you see in the picture. It's light and mixes easily with my L'Oréal foundation. I use a Clinique powder that matches my skin tone. I use a Two Faced blush that I got at Sephora. I use a variety of lip liners and lip sticks, but the color of my lipsticks all tend to be fairly close to the one in the picture. That, by the way, is Pantone's Marsala, the color of the year. I have not been paid for mentioning any of this. These are the actual products that I use, except the Pantone lipstick.

Let me know how this works for you! Or tell me how you save time in your beauty routine!

The Animal in You

The Animal in You

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Animal prints are always so stunning on us when we get older. It's one thing that I think you really have to get old enough to wear well. So let's wear it! I chose slacks this time and topped them with a light cinnamon colored tunic with pockets. I found a great costume jewelry snake pin for the sweater. Bronze heels and a black and gold clutch. Both the clutch and shoes add some shine to the ensemble. I added just a bit of color with the brown and green earrings. Then added some snazzy black and gold sunnies! Rich earthtones with some subtle flash.
That's  stylin'!

Face Plant Here X

Face Plant Here X

In a rather traditional room, you can add some personality, some stamp of your character, with the throw pillows that you choose. We see more and more of them lately with all kinds of comments and logos. Choose just one to tuck in an out of the way place or use them generously throughout the room. It all depends on your personality!

Make-up Tips for Gals with Glasses

Make-up Tips for Gals with Glasses
Make-up Tips for Gals with Glasses
These tips were shared in a post by Colleen Freese on March 17, 2014 on her blog Let's Talk About Lipstick. I'm sharing them with you because it makes a difference when you wear glasses how you do your make-up. I'm going to change the order of things a bit, but I'll give you the same info.
1. Skin: Even out your skin tones with a seude-finish foundation. Then add a light sweep of a rosy blush from apples almost to hairline. Now, something I want to add here that I learned in another blog awhile ago is this. A pea-sized drop of each, your moisturizer and your foundation, mixed together and spread with your fingers, then smoothed with a sponge gives a great cover.
2. Use a peach or yellow based concealer under your eyes to handle the glasses shadows. Set this with a very fine loose powder.
3. Don't go too dark or too bright with your eyeshadow colors. Using light and medium shades of earth tones, you can create a great smoky eye. Save your jewel tones for a thin line of eyeliner, if you must have a bit of a color pop. Try copper, bronze, wine, or deep amethyst depending on your eye color.
4. Liner, thick or thin? If you frames are thin, keep your eyeliner thin and conservative. If you wear a heavy frame, your liner can be thicker and a bit more dramatic. Just be sure not to overpower your glasses frames with too much drama.
5. Lashes - Curl them. Use mascara. Let it dry. Then put on your glasses. No touching and no mess.
6. Lower inside corners of the eyes - tap a little highlighter/shimmer just below the eye here. This wakes up the eye - Good Morning! The boxed product in the picture above by Benefit has a concealer and a highlight together - a two-in-one.
7. Nude liner at the water line. If your eyes are red or dry, first use something like Visine. Usually it's suggested you use white liner at the water line, but Colleen suggested the nude liner and I really agree as it will do the job, but appear more natural. For anyone who doesn't know where the waterline is, it's the part of the lower lid that's above the lashes, closer to the wet part of the eye. Putting a nude line along there will make you look awake as it reflects more light.
8. Brows should be well defined. Your eyebrows are the frame of your face. To keep brows mannerly, Benefit Gimme Brow is a product to try. It contains little fibers that blend with the hairs of your brows and they all stay together.
Glasses on and head up! You look great and are ready to be noticed!

Testing our Metal

Testing our Metal 
This was a beauty set that was done for a contest called Metallic Beauty. I found this nail art with the steampunk theme and got a little carried away, but I really like it! I don't know as this nail art would be terribly practical, but it sure is fun! I can imagine someone having their nails done for a fair or something like that! It's just so over-the-top! Whoever the nail artist is, my congratulations to her for a fabulous job!

Maxi Skirt & Sweater

Maxi Skirt & Sweater
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Another maxi skirt today! This time in black with appliqued lace in nude. I topped it with a pale pink sweater in a bulky knit that I put a black pin on - a pin of a Scottie dog with a rhinestone bow. A cute accent with just a touch of sparkle! The shoes are multicolored with a nude/taupe tone in them, so I matched them with a taupe handbag. Overall, a very nice look and comfortable. Nothing to bind or inhibit movement. The sweater is nice and warm in that thick knit and you can wear leggings under the skirt if you need another layer for warmth.
That's stylin'!

Looking Pretty in Purple

Looking Pretty in Purple
Over50Beauty!
So many women love the color purple! It's my favorite color! So, wear it! It looks lovely in nail polish on your fingers in many shades. Lipstick also comes in purple shades. You have to try them to find the right one for you. Don't get one with too much blue in it, though, or it'll make your lips look like you need oxygen! And eyeshadow comes in palettes and palettes of purple. Stay with the matte shadows and leave the shimmery ones for the younger women without lines in the eye area. No sense in highlighting the wrong things.
That's stylin'!

...men who go down to the sea in ships...

...men who go down to the sea in ships...
Digital art by me!

Floral Maxi & Sweater

Floral Maxi & Sweater
Over50Styling!
Maxi skirts are still trendy. They look good and are very comfortable. They're great for covering up any problems below the waist that you don't want seen and no need for pantyhose if you don't want. This one is a lovely floral skirt with lots of blues and greens on white. I topped it with a bright blue sweater for warmth and a white scarf for crispness. Everything else is green for freshness! I added green earrings and a green handbag and green flats. And that's another advantage of wearing maxi skirt - you can wear flats with them. Flats are actually the better shoe to wear with long skirts.
That's stylin'!

If you want me, I'll be in space, cyber space, mud wrestling with my computer!

If you want me, I'll be in space, cyber space, mud wrestling with my computer!
I am currently experiencing technical difficulties! I apologize for the inconvenience. Blue Cat Review will return to its normal routine just as soon as I can subdue the aliens!

Gray & Plumberry

Gray & Plumberry
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Gray slacks are about as basic as you can get. Top with a floral shell, then a tweed longline blazer with leather lapels. Accent with a plumberry scarf and earrings for color. Add stilettos in the same tone and a black handbag.
That's stylin'!

Casual Dressing to the Maxi

Casual Dressing to the Maxi
Over50Styling!
Maxi skirts are nice and cozy this time of year and look great, too! Pair one with a chambray or denim shirt with a plaid scarf at the neck. Wrap up in a bulky knit hooded cardigan. Add some sparkle with earrings and a bracelet. Keep it comfy in flats and coordinate your handbag.
That's stylin'!

Cocoon

Cocoon
Over50Styling!
Tuck a long sleeved tee into high-waisted tapered pants. Tie a bright scarf around your neck. Top it with a cozy cocoon sweater. Slip into suede ankle boots and grab your handbag. Now top it all with a fab fur coat and wow the world!
That's stylin'!

Book Reviews by Sarah

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I'm sorry to say that the book reviews Sarah was doing on Thursdays will have to stop, at least for a while. She is currently enrolled in a Master's Degree program and finds herself just too busy between work and school to handle doing the reviews right now. I will check in with her once she has completed her program to see if she is still interested in doing the reviews again. In the meantime, I'm sure we all wish her well in her program.

Casual In Gray and Violet

Casual In Gray and Violet
Over50Styling!
This is a fun and cozy look! The bodycon dress is short, but worn with opaque tights, it's not as exposed as if it were bare legs or pantyhose. Add to that the knee-hi boots, and it's got you covered almost as much as pants! Top it all off with this cozy, enveloping hooded cardigan, and other than the fact that you look fabulous, you could almost be in your bathrobe! Well, not quite, but you get my meaning, I'm sure! So far everything is gray... so let's add the sparkly purple earrings, dark purple scarf wrapped around the neck and great suede handbag for the purple pop!
That's stylin'!

Home Decor in Serene Greens

Home Decor in Serene Greens

The first piece I chose for this design was the fern pillow! And I went on from there with the thought in mind that the room needed to feel like the edge of the woods where the ferns grow in the dappled sunshine. Did I succeed?
What do you use to start planning a room design or redesign?

Me & My Shadows

Me & My Shadows
Digital art by me!

Home Decor in Blues & Grays

Home Decor in Blues & Grays

Cool blues and soft grays make a great interior color palette. The trend to try is prints and patterns. In this example I have a geometric patterned rug, a floral print chair and various patterned and print pillows. Why does it work? First off, because it all stays within a close color palette of soft tones. Secondly, it works because I'm telling you it works. This is the trend. This is what the industry wants us to do this season. 

Does it work? When you look at it, do these pieces work together? How important is it to you that this is the trend as opposed to this looks good?

Life is a journey -digital art

Life is a journeyDigital art by me!

It's Monday, be amazing in plaid!

It's Monday, be amazing in plaid!
Over50Styling!
It's Monday. Are you amazing? I'm only partially amazing, because I'm trying to get over one heck of a cold. I sound like I have a frog residing in my throat right now! Oh, well, since you can't hear me, I can get on with it!

This outfit is amazing! I've always loved shirt dresses.  I think it's because I always feel like I'm wearing one of my husband's shirts and I once read in a fashion magazine that a woman is at her sexiest dressed in a man's shirt. For whatever reason, I have always loved them and I'm very glad they have made a reappearance.

This one has the shirt tail hem that is so sexy! I haven't added a lot of layers or accessories, just let it stand on its own for the most part. I've paired it with those wonderful Burberry ankle boots you saw before. I great red handbag with a structured shape. I added a silk plaid scarf at the neck since mixing plaids is trendy and fun! Round red earrings for color to go with the bright red wool coat to wrap up in since we all know that winter has truly arrived. That's amazing and...
That's stylin'!

Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Marsala

Pantone Color of the Year 2015 Marsala

Over50Styling!
Pantone Color of the Year for 2015 Marsala
So, I have Marsala wine, and pears poached in Marsala and lovely marsala colored make-up! It's a wonderful color to work with, a romantic color as colors go.
I started with another pair of flare jeans, this time in a medium wash. Topped by a classic white button down blouse and a dark gray tweed long line blazer. I tucked a black and white fringed scarf in the neck of the blouse for some motion. I used a plain black handbag with a convertible strap. For the touch of color, I added the lovely earrings and fabulous stiletto short boots! Try something in this lovely color this season - Marsala, color of the year for 2015.
That's stylin'!

The Weekend Forecast is Denim

The Weekend Forecast is Denim

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We've done it again! It's Friday, and we survived another week! And this was a heck of a week with New Year's in there! I hope you all had a great holiday. I sure did, and now I'm ready for a great weekend! I was reading a very trendy fashion blog (whowhatwear) and they are looking forward to flare jeans being the upcoming trend. So I chose flare jeans for this weekend's forecast. Flare jeans in a dark wash - slimming due to the dark wash and the fullness at the bottom balances out any extra weight you may carry in the hip or thigh area. They tend to be cut very long, so I paired them with stiletto heeled short boots by Louboutin. I topped them with a great oversized sweater in light grey with a knit-in design and a mesh and lace collar that is just about the sweetest thing I've seen in awhile. I may just have to find this and buy it! The coat is a Missoni topper and I added a scarf with tassels at the tips for fun and a two colored bag. A look that could go just about anywhere or nowhere if you choose to hangout at home! Hope it's a great weekend!
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Flawless Beauty

Flawless Beauty

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Classic beauty. I think of the classic beauties of Hollywood, such as Lauren Bacall, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and others. They each had their own style, but all the same in a way. They all had the glow and shine of classic, ladylike beauty. Yet, for the most part, not one of them was really a great beauty first thing in the morning when she woke up. Well, maybe Grace Kelly. But that flawless look that they showed to the public was the product of carefully applied products, of course. As they aged, most of them stopped wearing so much make-up and went with much more natural looks, much the way most of us have done. I think as we age we become more confident with ourselves and our looks and don't need the crutch of cosmetics as we did in our youth. However, that being said, there are times we still want to look our best and that requires cosmetics. The thin layer of foundation to smooth out the skin tones. The touch of blush to brighten the face. Lipstick to define the mouth. For most of us, that's really about all we need to look good. Eye make-up on aging skin is difficult to keep smooth, since it typically falls into the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and exaggerates them, especially as the day wears on. Not what we want our make-up to do. If older women must wear eye make-up, they should avoid shiny or shimmery shadows that are the worst. Matte eyeshadows are better for blending around lines and wrinkles. Eyeliner is jhoianother thing to avoid as we age. It can be heavy around the eye. The eyelids tend to droop as we age and you certainly don't want to draw attention to that with a black line drawn across it! Besides, as we age, we also tend to be a little bit on the shaky side and eye make-up is hazardous when you're shaky!
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