Child of the Sea

Child of the Sea

Digital art by me!

...What is Right for Yourself...

...What is Right for Yourself...

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Blue jeans and hearts are an easy combination, so I just added a cardigan in the same color! The fun was in the accessories! The multi tone D'Orsay flats added some pizazze to the outfit. Ruby toned jewelry added richness. And the blue striped handbag add some fun and kept it casual!
That's stylin'!

Your Weekend Forecast: Sunshine

Your Weekend Forecast: Sunshine

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Hey, it's the weekend! It's right here in black and white with pompoms! Here's another dress as tunic! This DVF puzzle dress is short enough to be worn as a tunic and I paired it with white straight legs. I chose a B&W striped scarf to toss around the neck and a black leather moto jack to add for character. The B&W striped D'Orsay flats and polka dot bag are for fun, as is the pompom bracelet by Burberry. It's all geometric!
That's stylin'!

4 Step Refresher

4 Step Refresher

Over50Beauty!
What do you carry in your handbag for a quick refresher?

Too often I've stood in the Ladies Room watching young ladies at the mirror practically redo their entire make-up...on top of what they've been wearing on their face all day! No thank you! First of all, I don't want to have to either carry all my make-up or have duplicates to carry. Secondly, that's sort of yucky! I only carry oil blotting papers to blot up what rises to the surface in the course of the day. A compact  of powders for highlighting and blush to cover up dark spots and freshen  up my blush. Lipstick for a fresh coat. And a comb to tame the mane. I figure if I need to start all over from the beginning, I should be headed home instead of out for more. That's stylin'!

What do you carry in your bag?

A Day Late: Thursday so it must be a LBD "In Good Hands"

In Good Hands

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Yes, it's a LBD! Even though you're not seeing this until Friday. So sorry! Migraines sort of change plans.
This LBD has some really neat details. It has a great neckline that shows off the collar bone and allows for hot flashes to dissipate. It has leather detailing around the waist and from neck to hem. Also from neck to hem is a zipper. I added a scarf of multi toned reds at the neck for color. But the title of the design comes from those totally cute Louboutin stilettos. Take a close look at those! They are covered in pretty hands with red nails! I chose a super red bag to go with them. For jewelry I chose white and black pearls.
That's stylin'!

A Spring Beauty

A Spring Beauty

A Spring Beauty
Naomi Campbell shows us how a woman should look. Lovely and confident and she knows it! February is Black History Month and Naomi is a stunning choice for a beauty look for this month.



Brighton Brown and Pink

Brighton Brown and Pink

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Brown and pink isn't a typical color combination, but it's a lovely one. Of course, I'm influenced by the fact that my parents' bedroom was cocoa and pink when I was growing up. It was a pretty, rich combination that made me think of chocolate covered cherries!
So here I have the chocolate covered cherry outfit. The top is a blend of the mauvey pink and brown. I added dark cocoa leather trousers. These should fit your body but not be skin tight. Over the top I added a dark brown cardigan without buttons or pockets. This is a nice slimming style. The suede kitten heeled pumps are a brighter pink for a bit of a pop. The handbag (Brighton) is a geometric of the two colors. And I kept the jewelry minimal with just a pair of pale pink earrings. I would recommend bright pink or rose lipstick with this outfit to echo the color of the shoes and draw attention to your face.
That's stylin'!

A Prime Look

A Prime Look

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The primary colors are red, yellow and blue. They are primary because in art you can create all the other colors from these three. In their pure saturated form, they have a great impact. Put the three together and the impact is immense. Do you dare?
Of course you do!
Try it with your wardrobe. Start with a piece that has all three colors, like the statement top does in this picture. From there, add other pieces in solid colors such as the red blazer and yellow cropped slacks. To keep it from looking like a circus, keep one of the colors dominant. Here I've kept the red dominant. The blazer, shoes and jewelry are all in the red. There is more red in the multicolored handbag as well. A true red lipstick would work with this outfit as well.
That's stylin'!

Have You read the news lately?

Have You read the news lately?

Digital art by me
Original artwork by Loui Jover @ http://www.saatchiart.com/louijover 

Clearly Lavender

Lavender Fields

Home Inspirations
Another look at the clear trend. Blend upholstered furniture with clear accents. This gives you the up-to-date trend without a total investment.
Original artwork by Keturah Ariel.

Royal Navy Marine

Royal Navy Marine

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This outfit has a bit of a military air to it, that's where the title comes from. A lovely royal blue and gold brocade gathered skirt with an off the shoulder striped top. Top that with a denim jacket with definite military overtones (Balmain). Slip into kitten heeled pumps in royal blue with gold heel accents. Grab a sleek bag in royal blue and white. For dash add royal blue and gold anchor earrings and sunnies in the same colors. Your set for inspecting the fleet! Of lunch with your favorite sailor!
That's stylin'!

CLEAR

CLEAR

Home Style Trending
Clear furnishings are showing up all over the place! In clear, colors of all kinds, furnishings you can see through are the hot trend! It's there in everything from major pieces like chairs and large tables to small side tables and lamps. It works all on its own or blended in with other pieces. Take a look at it, try it out, see if you like CLEAR!

The Feel of the Islands

The Feel of the Islands

Over50Beauty
After all the cold, dry air and the cold winds that have blown across your skin, don't you want to treat it gently? Every night after my shower, I rub coconut oil all over my body, head to toe. No dry, itchy, scaly patches. Just smooth, soft skin. I even use it on my face a couple of days a week. I wear my hair very short, so dry hair isn't an issue for me, but dry scalp can be at times. So once in awhile, I rub it into my scalp while I lie in the tub and read for awhile. Then I shampoo it out. Not only is my hair soft, but there's no more itchy scalp. There all sorts of other uses people claim for coconut oil, but I'm not going to go into any of those. Some of them are the sort that you'd say, "oh, of course". Others are the type you'd think I've lost my mind. You can buy it at the grocery store and try it for yourself. It's inexpensive and so many websites (including Pinterest) have long lists of those other uses I mentioned. Try it and let me know what you think!

Wined and Dined to a Tune

Wined and Dined to a Tune

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You need to find a special dinner to go to just so you can wear this dress! It will make you feel like a mermaid, sort of magical! I matched this gorgeous seagreen lace dress with seagreen stilettos with sparklies and a two-tone handbag to match. I added only seagreen and diamond earrings and ring to add some sparkle but keep it simple and let the dress shine on its own.
That's stylin'!

Your Weekend Forecast is Almost All Black!

Almost all black?

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A trend we have seen in the current fashion shows in NY is gingham. Well, to me checks is checks is checks. I like them in all sizes. Here we have some BIG checks in black and cream. This is sold as a dress, but as short as it is, it can be worn as a tunic with skinnies or leggings. I've paired it with leather leggings. I topped it with a cream and black striped cardigan for cooler weather. The shoes are kitten heels with gold accents. The handbag looks like a camera for fun. The jewelry adds color, a bit of lovely sea green and gold in earrings and a cuff. For fun and character, I added sunnies and a black beret.
That's stylin'!

Waiting 4 U

Waiting 4 U

 Over50Styling!
Hey, it's Friday again. Any great plans for this weekend? This is a great weekend outfit. Skinny jeans and a top that's really a dress with faces all over it. A pair of strappy leather and suede flats. A red scarf and red handbag for brightness. And an arm full of bangles for jingle. What are you doing this weekend?
That's stylin'!

Let it speak to you...

Let it speak to you...

Home Decor or Art?
Based on the Art of Loui Jover

My Last Trip

My Last Trip

A couple of years ago, my husband sent my daughter and I to London, England for a week. We aren't normally travelers, so this was HUGE for us. Our first meal was fish and chips, of course! We saw as much as we could possibly fit in to our week. The National Gallery, The British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Westminster Cathedral, The Tower of London and the Crown Jewels, a doubledecker tour of London, Harrods and we also had a tour that took us to Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge. We took in a showing of The Mouse Trap. We paid our fare and rode the Tube. We chatted with cabbies while zipping around the city, too! Our heads were constantly moving to take in every sight as we went by things we'd only read about or seen on TV or in movies. 
I had asked my husband and son if there were anything they particularly wanted me to take a picture of while I was there. So I have photos of  the Rosetta Stone and Stonehenge. I have pictures of lots of other things, too! I drank lots and lots of tea while I was there. The first thing out of my mouth when I got home was "I want to go again!"
This set received Top Set recognition on Polyvore on February 21, 2015

Lip Renewal for Spring

Lip Renewal for Spring


Over50Beauty!
After a winter of cold weather and dry air, your skin needs lots of attention, and it normally gets it. But what about your lips? Lips take a particular beating in the winter. That's the season for not only cold temperatures and dry air, but colds and flu, mouth breathing. Your lips get so dry and they need extra special care come spring. Try a scrub meant just for your lips such as the one in this set by Charlotte Tilbury. The scrub will get rid of all that old dry winter skin and leave new, fresh skin for moisturizing and adding a lovely spring color!
How do you renew your lips after the devastation of winter?

If it's Thursday, it's a LBD? Yes!

LBD? Yes!

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It's Thursday, so this is a LBD, right? Yes, but it's worn in a different way. It's occurred to me, finally, that so many of us aren't working or going places that we wear dresses. Or at least we don't wear them just as dresses. Depending on the cut of a dress, it can be worn as a tunic with leggings or skinnies. So that's what I did with this LBD.
The LBD has fabulous camel polka dots and 3/4 lace sleeves. The pants are black leather. I added a leopard chiffon scarf at the neck for those spring chills. Kitten heeled booties with back zippers and a lovely camel leather handbag add polish. The only jewelry I added was the earrings in a polished gold tone that echoed the polka dots from the dress. In case you need to venture outside and it's still cool, top it all off with this great camel jacket, little black rolled brim hat, and camel leather gloves.
Now, that's stylin'!

North to Alaska

North to Alaska

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Cobalt blue has been a very popular shade of blue for several seasons, and it seems just about everyone looks good in it. I matched it with black and white here. This seems to be such a strong combo and a very popular one as well.
I chose black tapered slacks and a cobalt shell with a chiffon overlay. This two length style of top is very popular for the spring. You'll see it with hem differences of a couple inches to almost a foot. Over the shell, I added a cardigan in a tribal pattern of the three colors. Because of the patterning around the neck of the sweater and the detailing of the neck of the shell, I haven't added anything such as a scarf or necklace. I found these cute kitten heel ankle-strap shoes and matched them up with a great clutch. Once I added the cobalt earrings, that completed the outfit.
Black and white has been with us since the beginning of fashion. Cobalt blue is several seasons old. Tribal patterns are a more recent addition to the fashion trends. And the multiple hemline tops like this blue one are new this spring. How do you incorporate old and new trends in your wardrobe?
How will you be stylin' this spring?

Blues skies smilin' at me...

Blues skies smilin' at me...

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White jeans and an ombre sweater all tied up with a blue and zebra scarf! Sounds fine to me! Add pretty sky blue kitten heels with a bow and a zebra handbag, and things are getting even better! Now, you add sky blue hoop earrings, a blue felt hat and blue zebra sunnies and I'd say you're ready for take-off!
That's stylin'!

Bare Stone

Bare Stone

Minimalism
I did this once before, but here it is another way. Gray is your base because that's what your furniture is. You need to add "something" to it...THROW PILLOWS! Of course! In this case, they carry every color under the sun! And they are the only color in the whole room except for the tiny flick of orange in the area rug and the green plants, which are minimal. Everything is black, white or gray. No, this is not shades of gray or any variation of such. This is Home Dec 101, as in basic decorating concepts. When you are working with the basic (gray), you can do wonderful things with it all by itself, and then at some point it needs something more to lift it out of neutral.
That's stylin'!

A Paris Post Card

A Paris Post Card

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I was inspired by the various bloggers on Google+ who at 40+ are still working on a daily basis and show their working outfits on their blogs. This outfit could be for work or not.
The sleeveless blouse is such a lovely lilac, it made me think spring! I chose the leather skirt to add some texture and the jacket to add the snap it needed to bring the outfit together. I loved the earrings and their touch of green, so I added the scarf with its lovely two tone coloration. The kitten heel shoes seemed to match the blouse so well, I just couldn't resist them. And the handbag was just a nice touch of structure. The ring added a little bit more bling to a quiet outfit.
That's stylin'!

Earrings - David Webb, Scarf - Forzieri (sold out), Blouse - NewLook, Jacket - Ann Demeulemeester, Skirt - Burberry, Shoes - Ferragamo, Handbag - Kate Spade New York, Ring - Olivia Collings (one of a kind)

Violets

Violets

Blue Violet
Another way to use purple in home decor. The rug uses both blue and purple, but the purple has a decided blue tone to it. With the oyster color background in the rug, I chose to go with a whitewashed chest for a side piece. Normally, I would match up my woods. The chair grounded the purples as the major color along with the rug. Then, I simply brought in items of decor in various shades of blue and violet to keep the colors flowing. With this decor, I would have medium toned wooden floors with a soft sheen, not a high gloss. I would do the walls in the soft oyster tone and the wood work in white or cool off-gray. Have you done a room in violet? How did you integrate it into your home? Share it with us!

Try a Little Kindness

Try a Little Kindness

Digital art by me!

Purple Passion

Purple Passion

Home Decor
Purple Plum Rose Gold Ivory
Does that sound like a home decor palette you could use in your living room? I chose this rug for inspiration with these colors in it. Then I chose the couch. I liked the shape of it, but it had the wrong color pillows, which was easy to fix. And as usual, I fixed it a lot! I chose coppery red-gold tables for the room. Gold really didn't seem right even though the color is in the rug. So I chose that blocky hexagon one next to the couch. It's nice and solid and for an end table, that's good because they get all sorts of things put on them. The other table I chose was the Paris market table. I just loved the charm of it, especially with a flower on it! 
When I looked at the rug, it reminded me of watercolor paintings of rainy scenes where things all sort of run and drip. Then I chose the lighting because of the droplet shape of each bulb. That wasn't something I wanted to carry too far with, though. How would you decorate a room with this rug? 

Keep Life Simple

Keep Life Simple

Over50Beauty!
Simple is a line of skin care from the UK. According to its label, its most popular one. If you go looking for it here in the US, look next to similar brands such as Aveeno, Yes to cucumber, and such. The claim to fame for this brand of skin care is that it contains no soap. It's created with sensitive skin in mind and is very gentle. It's a nice basic line without a lot of fancy products. It cleans your skin, moisturizes it day and night and around the eyes and addresses the occasional blemish. If I ever give up my current skin care brand, this one is one I'll try simply because it's basic.

For a Special Dinner

For a Special Dinner

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I know we just had Valentines Day on Saturday, but just in case you have another nice dinner to attend or you got snowed out for Saturday, here's a lovely outfit to wear.
Nude lace dress lined with blush has a jewel neckline on a fitted bodice with long fitted sleeves. It has a slightly gathered skirt that falls to the knee. I added royal purple kitten heel sling-backs and handbag. The earrings are the only jewelry in purple and palest pink. Lovely, ladylike and romantic.
That's stylin'!

Be Mine, Valentine!

Be Mine, Valentine!

Valentine Wishes for all my friends and followers
Digital art journal by me!

Lovin' My Denim!

Lovin' My Denim!

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Dark, dark wash denim is great. It can almost pass for black in the right light. For Valentine's Day, I topped it with the perfect t-shirt. It has a nice open neckline that shows off the collar bone but isn't scoopy. It has sleeves that go all the way to the elbow to cover the part of my arm that I don't want to show. It's long enough to not leave a gap between jeans and shirt. AND, it has a design on it that I could actually consider wearing in public! I added flat, red slingbacks and a striped clutch with a huge red button closure. I chose earrings that don't sparkle, but add a floral aspect for spring. Since spring can still be quite cold, especially in the early morning or evening, I added a red wrap and a ladybug pin. To top it all off, there's a pretty red beret with a flower on it.
That's stylin'!

Your Weekend Forecast - Spring may be just around the corner!

Spring it just around the corner!

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Denim for Spring!

It's Friday and time for the weekend forecast, which is denim!
They asked us what we wanted our denim to look like this spring and I thought about it. I'm not really looking for my denim to change a whole lot, I thought. I like the way it is. Well, I could be having more fun with it, I guess. SO, this spring, I'll have more fun with my denim! I can hardly wait to see where that leads me!

Today, it lead me to a pair of straight leg jeans and a striped top. Hmmm, sounds familiar doesn't it? Well, this top is striped, but it's blue stripes and has red cuffs and pocket facings that add that touch of fun. I added a checkerboard scarf for a bit more whimsy and color. The shoes speak for themselves with their hearts out there on their toes! The red catseye sunnies are fun, too! The red handbag is just irresistible, so I had to add it! And the blue earrings were just unexpected, because I thought I was going to do red ones. So this is how I'm going to have more fun in denim? How are you going to do it? Send me a picture, a set, or a comment! Let's have some fun!

That's stylin'!
Judi

32 Years and Counting...

32 Years and Counting...

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Thirty two years ago, in Newport, Rhode Island, there was a blizzard that dumped 29 inches of snow all over my wedding plans. The U.S. Navy base actually closed because of all the snow. I was supposed to be getting married in the chapel on base that day. Everyone had a suggestion about what to do and the discussion got louder and louder until I was in tears and couldn't think straight. Charley grabbed my hand and dragged me into the bathroom and locked the door. He sat down on the toilet lid and pulled me onto his lap. He kissed me and helped me dry my tears. Then he asked me what I wanted to do about our wedding. Sitting there in that tiny Navy Lodge bathroom, we figured out what our plan of attack would be and how we wanted to resolve the problems so that we could get married. We ended up having to postpone our wedding until the next day.
Thirty two years later, we still get together to decide our plan of attack. We still work out our problems together and face the world hand in hand. He still kisses my tears away.
Our wedding sampler that my mother made for us has the date February 12, 1983, but we actually got married on February 13, 1983, a bright sunny day with only a few puffy clouds in the sky! Thirteen is my lucky number!

We're going to a casual restaurant tomorrow for dinner. If we were going someplace dressier, I'd love to wear this dress with its fitted waist and bell sleeves. Such gorgeous fabric it's made of with those carnations all over it. I added black patent kitten heels with a bow. A black patent handbag with gold studding all over for shine. At the neck and ears I chose Yucatan gold jewelry, which has wonderful lustre and tone. I added a red wool coat and a red leopard scarf for warmth, because it's going to be cold tomorrow evening!

Lupita's Star Quality Shines Through

Lupita's Star Quality Shines Through

Lupita Nyong'o
This young woman stepped onto the red carpet and was an instant hit. She caught everyone's eye and imagination with her fresh looks and fabulous style! She's trendy and loves color. She's not afraid to take the fashion chance and wear something no one's tried before. She knows what looks good on her, and she wears it all with imagination and flair, enchanting everyone who comes within her scope.
That's stylin'!

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

February is Black History Month
I chose to spotlight Diana Ross and dress her in gold. I chose a cold shoulder mermaid gown with long sleeves. I added gold stilettos and a Balmain clutch of black with gold embroidery. The jewelry is gold with white and black diamonds.This lady is always stylin'!

An Asian Influence

An Asian Influence

Home Decor with an Asian Influence
The inspiration for this design was the rug. Then I found this great love seat with its two green striped pillows. Well, you know me, two pillows are never enough, so I added "a few more". Once I added the coffee table, I knew I wanted to keep the Asian influence in focus. I brought in pillows with some Asian influence and the Thai drum table. The accent chair has no Asian style to it, but its color worked so well with the design that I had to have it in there. But sometimes you just have to add things into a design that don't seem to belong and yet they work for that very reason. There is one other item that doesn't seem to belong, but it really works well in here. Can you find it?

printemps?

printemps?

Over50Styling!
For those of you who do not speak or read French, printemps is French for spring. I think we all have enough winter clothes to wear, since that's what we are all wearing around here. We're all trying to keep warm with this long track of winter storms we're getting. So I really don't want to show you winter clothes. Pretty soon we'll be looking at the new designer styles for spring to see what might be wearable and what is "just for show". But right now, I'm enjoying thinking about warmer days and wearing lighter clothes. The possibility of going out without a coat is so exciting to me right now! Crazy, huh?
So, here we have a casual look without a coat! Dark wash jeans and a floral blouse. Top this with a rose colored cardigan sweater and toss on a pink and striped scarf. Slip into these pretty pink flats. Grab your pink handbag and floral sunnies. But wait, don't forget your bling! Today, I chose some Betsey Johnson earrings, which are always fun. Post earrings with multiple pink stones.
Now, that's stylin'!

Even After All These Years...

Even After All These Years...

Over50Styling!
Do you still celebrate Valentines Day? Well, we do at our house because our wedding anniversary is the day before, so I get double everything! Some years it's a bit much! Other years, it's just fun!

I think sometimes dressing in pink is the hardest thing for an older woman to do. So many items that are made in pink look fine on the hanger, but put them on an older woman and something about them makes her look ridiculous. You have to be extremely careful with ruffles and bows in pink. You can't be frilly or you end up looking like you're trying to look younger, and you don't want that. How do you look like a mature, confident woman in pink?

I've taken to shopping with my camera in my phone ready. I try things on and take a photo (selfie), from multiple angles if I can. Then I go get a latte and look over all the photos to decide what might look good and what is totally impossible. I find the camera never lies, even if my mother or my daughter might.

This outfit should work for me, since it's really not pink. At least not all over. A sleeveless pink button down and mint green tapered slacks. A floral pastel cardigan sweater to top it. Pale pink bowed kitten heels. A mint green handbag and a lovely pastel phone cover. Pink and green sunnies for fun! Pale pink earrings for bling! A sheer mint green scarf to wrap at the neck and a pink wool coat to wrap the rest of you!
That's stylin'!

Looking Towards Spring

Looking Towards Spring

Spring is Coming,
or so they tell me...
Yes, it is coming. And we really should be thinking about our spring wardrobes. Do people really still do that? Break up their wardrobes into seasons so strictly? That's when the fashion shows are scheduled, but even they happen more frequently than they used to and overlap a lot of things.
Well, this is definitely a look towards spring weather and clothing! Pale tints of pink and flowers = spring!
I started with the palest pink damask pencil skirt and added the faux wrap top in a medium pink. I topped that with a lovely floral sweater with pink and lots of other spring pastels. I chose pink pumps with a silver tip and a pink and mint clutch with a tassel. The bling is just a pair of pink and green earrings. Even the sunnies are pink and mint!
That's stylin'!

In the Pink!

In the Pink!

Pink!
Growing up, my mother always decorated our bathroom in pink. So, I'm a little bit partial to pink bathrooms, though not ones saturated in the color. I am a big fan of subway tiling for walls and black and white for floors. Brushed nickel is a great finish, too. What does that leave you? Well, that leaves ME a blank canvas in my bathroom! The tiles only go halfway up the wall and the upper half is painted. I can keep it white or paint it to coordinate or accent whatever color palette I choose. If I keep it white, I can change my bathroom color in the blink of an eye. All it takes is a change of the shower curtain, towels and bath mat. I also change out the various decorative dispensers around on the counter top and shelves. But by using clear and white for some of those, I can cut down on transition time!
You see, I'm a frustrated furniture mover. I love to be able to move the furniture around in the living room, but with the room we have, there just isn't too much I can do to change the arrangement. Not in the bedrooms, either. Not at this point anyway. So, with the bathroom being changeable, I can change at least one room in my house when the mood strikes. I have a nice deep linen closet in my bathroom and am quite organized in there. On a rainy day, I can put a sunny yellow in my bathroom. In snowy February, I can have spring in my bathroom! It's fun!
It's stylin'!

This is a Happy Person

This is a Happy Person

Digital art journal by me!

Cozy in Cream

Cozy in Cream

Over50Styling!
It's Monday and I have an amazing look for you! This is one that's great looking and great to wear. There is nothing uncomfortable in this whole outfit and it all looks fabulous!
A soft, cream sweater dress with a loose fit and a honey colored scarf draped at the neck. Soft suede flats in the same honey tone for your feet. Hammered gold earrings and gold and horn bangles are it for bling. A tribal print handbag with cream, honey, beige and black. Wrap it all in a honey colored wool coat if you must venture out. Cozy and chic in one!
That's stylin'!

The Touch of Dior

The Touch of Dior

Over50Beauty
I hate to harp on this, but I see it so often that I feel it can't be said enough. If you wear eyeshadow and have lines around your eyes, don't wear shimmer shadows. The whole point of the shimmer in a cosmetic is to catch the light and attention. Do you really want the lines around your eyes to catch the attention of anyone? 
By using matte eyeshadow, you can still use your color and in some respects contour away the results of the aging process, such as the little sag in the eyelid.
There is one place a bit of shimmer is a good idea these days. Try a blush with a hint of shimmer to it. The shimmer brings attention to your whole face and opens your face up. All of a sudden, people notice you again. I say this, because I keep hearing that older women feel invisible and overlooked. We are actually fading, so use your cosmetics wisely to counteract that problem.
Lipstick with shimmer or a lot of shine probably isn't a great idea either. Try the matte colors. You want the color to define your mouth, but not the shimmer or shine to draw attention to lines and such. Use a nude lip liner to outline your lips, then apply your lipstick. This will help keep your lipstick from bleeding into small wrinkles around your mouth. A touch of gloss at the center of the bottom lip is an old Marilyn Monroe trick to add the kissable pout factor. What tricks and tips do you use to keep that pout kissable?

French Country

Country French

French Country
Creamy Linen, Weathered Wood and Rustic Pottery. The country French look is casual chic and so easy to live with. It's not pretentious in any way. It's made up of worn wooden pieces with exquisite lines. Upholstered pieces covered in aged, cream colored linen. Rustic pottery that was handmade by local potters. It goes well with things like a pot of coq au vin bubbling on the stove and a loaf of artisan bread freshly baked. The individual pieces mix well with other styles as well, but why mess with a good thing? Have you tried French Country style?

There are many paths to the fairylands...

There are many paths to the fairylands...

Digital art journal by me!

Your Weekend Forecast in Denim!

dwell in possibility...

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Once it gets into February in New England, the landscape can get a bit dreary usually. The only color is green in the evergreens. Everything else has lost its leaves. Usually the snow is old and the streets look dirty. We start looking for some brightness to cheer ourselves up. So, today I have some brightness to kick off the weekend! Dark wash straight leg jeans with a cream colored sweater. Not too colorful. But, here's the punch...
tie a multicolored scarf at the neck with a pop of bright yellow and some spots! That sets the tone for the rest. Add little yellow ballet flats, a bright cheetah print clutch, a Snow White smart phone cover and bright yellow sunnies. Don't forget some cute little yellow earrings. If you have to go out, you don't want to get lost in all that new snow out there, so pop on this bright yellow wool coat!
That's stylin'!

I checked on the countdown site on Facebook this morning. It says that Spring is only 43 days away!

Life is a Journey and It's All About How You Get There!

Life is a Journey and It's All About How You Get There!

Over50Styling!
Polka Dots! I love polka dots! So when I saw these fabulous shoes (D&G), I just had to use them! 
Straight leg jeans (Victoria Beckham) in a dark wash. The top is a lingerie camisole in a black and white polka dot with lace. You could wear a lingerie cami, a regular cami, or a tank top. Whichever choice you make, it should not be too low cut. Especially if you choose the lingerie camisole, the low cut is inappropriate. A higher cut is much more appropriate since you don't want to look like you're advertising. Over the cami, is an unstructured blazer with a rope tie at the waist. This has a nice slim fit without being tight. Bring the red from the shoes up by adding a red and black striped scarf at the neck tied loosely. Add a great clutch in a black and white pattern and polka dot sunnies!
That's stylin'!

Ladylike Home Decor

Ladylike Home Decor

Ladylike Decor
How do you make a room look ladylike? Think in terms of curves for softness, lace, flowers, and soft colors. I chose to use light teal and mint, light plum and pink, and ivory. Keeping the three basic concepts (curves, flowers, lace) in mind and my colors, the design above it what I came up with. How would you do a room Ladylike?

Maybe It's Time to Try Red!

Maybe It's Time to Try Red!

Over50Beauty!
Nothing makes red pop more than pale skin. As we age, our skin fades. The pigmentation actually fades out on us. There's nothing we can do to stop it. Red lipstick looks really good on older women. You have to try a couple usually to find the right shade of red. Some are a bit orangey, some a bit blue. By wearing a red lipstick, you can define your whole face and people may start listening again. Just in case you think you've become invisible and people have stopped listening to you.
So, how about a little bit more red? Try a red manicure. Pick a red polish close to the tone of the red lipstick you chose. That should be the right shade for your skin tone. Especially if you talk with your hands, all of a sudden, people will sit up and listen!
Now, this last bit of red is just for fun for those who like to play a bit. No hair takes color better than white hair. How pretty would your hair look with a streak of red in it? One lock in a lovely red mixed in with the rest of your white locks?
That's stylin'!

Dark Floral Dress

Dark Floral Dress

Over50Styling!
It's Thursday, so it must be a Little Black Dress! Basically, yes! It's a little black floral dress. And what great lines this little gem has! A rounded neck and body skimming lines that just flow over your body. I've added a solid light gray scarf at the neck and peach floral earrings to pick up the color in the dress as well as to match the shoes. And look at those shoes! Pointy toes, kitten heels and a lovely peachy suede! Spring must be coming! I tossed in a gray handbag for good measure. I also added a gray single breasted wool coat. 
I always look at the double breasted coats and in the stores I always try them on. I have never bought one. Double breasted coats are for thin women. The space between the buttons adds visual weight. If you aren't thin, stick with the single breasted style coats. Much more becoming!
That's stylin'!