Sunday, October 26, 2014

Playing with clothes Part 3 - Variations on red week

It seemed to be variations on red week for me. I am finding it harder to put together new outfits that I like but these fit that criteria. The thrift shop has been my friend as I experiment with new items.
Magenta shirt and black - my neighbor asked if I had been to a meeting LOL.

Resurrecting an old print top by adding a pop of color t-shirt underneath for a layered look.
Newly thrifted top and necklace with a favorite bright red sweater.
Last, but not least, modeling my new winter hat.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Been busy enjoying this lovely weather

It is my favorite time of year in Atlanta. Enjoying being outside, walking, camellias in bloom, lots of sunshine and leaves starting to turn.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Evolve you Style part 2 - more fun with clothes

It sounds shallow what with Ebola victims, ISIS atrocities, etc. but I'm still having fun working on pushing my wardrobe into more stylish directions. So here are the winners IMO from last week.

Wear a scarf all day (also wear an animal print day)

Mix prints day

Stack bracelets (and go to an evening meet and greet event) day

Sunday, October 19, 2014

When is just one enough?

Would you be happy with one pair of scissors? One frying pan and one pot? How about one car for the family? Or even one vacation a year?

I've been thinking about where in my life "just one" is enough. I go to the gym two times a week. Exercise clothes now are easy to hand wash and dry in a short time. One set of exercise clothes for each season (fall/spring, summer, winter) plus one jacket is enough. When I take walks I wear the same clothes I wear at home generally so that is all I need to exercise.

I'm not sure where else in my life "just one" is enough but I am thinking about it!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Having fun with clothing again

I mentioned that I am participating in "Evolve your style" 31 day challenge by Imogen Lamport as I had become totally blasé about my clothing and wasn't enjoying putting myself together at all anymore. Which was odd for me because although I like having a small wardrobe I do like mixing colors and being playful as well as comfortable in my clothes. Well the challenge is fun and the feedback through the Facebook group is really nice and helpful. I love seeing what other women of all ages from around the world are wearing too. It has given me many ideas for making the most of what I have and for adding the right things to my wardrobe.

Here are three winners so far:

Wear a statement necklace day
I made the necklace long ago and never wore it with these complimentary colors.
Wear pink day
The belt and cardigan were thrifted just this past week.
Double up on necklaces day
The pearls were from my Mom's jewelry collection and I really didn't see myself wearing them but I like it in combination with a more casual necklace.

I'm finding for me that what is making the difference in how I feel about an outfit is adding accessories or making sure there is something of interest in a plainer combination of clothing. This fall and winter I am not following Project 333 but instead am going to track what I actually wear that I enjoy. I'm shopping for bargains to add some fun to my wardrobe and still sticking to a small, versatile collection of clothing and accessories.

It is fun to play "dress up" even at 65 and a good push to make sure I don't fall into a rut in terms of sticking to an easy "uniform" for my casual lifestyle.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Movie and book pairings

Not for the first time I have picked a movie to watch after reading a book. I stumbled upon Perfidia by James Ellroy and realized for the first time that the movie LA Confidential was based on reality. I know I am probably the last person to realize that LOL.

I had never seen the movie so we spent a rainy Saturday afternoon watching a copy that was borrowed from the library of course. What a great movie!

I also checked out Chinatown although the story line of that movie takes a lot more liberties with history. I remember it as also being a great movie.

I finished reading Saving Italy which is by the same author as Monuments Men and am waiting for a copy of the movie Monuments Men to become available for check out.

Any other ideas for book and movie pairings.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Not quite what I had planned - but good in its own way

Well, this morning started off with checking things off my to do list. I got as far as getting groceries, walking the dog and taking and posting photos for day 1 of "Evolve your style" 31 day challenge by Imogen Lamport.

The next part of the plan was to check out a new to me thrift store for some possible additions to my wardrobe. Yesterday I was in the mood to shop and drove to my current favorite thrift store only to find that they were closed for a vacation. Today the mood escapes me.

Still feeling the need to do something productive, (darn those Puritan ancestors!) I am currently making vegetable broth from peelings, ends and scraps that were in the freezer. Then there will be split pea soup. I will shorten the sleeves on a new to me windbreaker and possible have a go at trying to narrow the legs on a pair of too large yoga pants.

That loan hard cooked egg lurking in the frig became curried egg salad served on whole grain crackers. The last few grape tomatoes and half a just purchased avocado were added as sides. There is half an apple waiting too. Lunch is good.