Is it Casual, Business Casual, or Formal?



Have you ever spent a half-hour trying on different outfits before you are ready?

At times getting dressed can require considerable effort and time. 

Wouldn't it be great to wake up and have the perfect outfit nearby so you didn't have to waste your time figuring out what to wear?

Well, this is where knowing what type of atmosphere (occasion and place)  you are going to be in comes into play.


Is it Casual, Business Casual, or Formal? 


Casual is the dress code I most often wear. It can be defined as relaxed or not planned. It includes a very wide variety of outfits and fabrics. Some of these include cotton, denim, flannel, jersey, and polyester.

I would consider my outfit above to be casual as it is was unplanned and is cozy. I paired a blazer with a cotton shirt, jeans, and boots. The majority of boots I own are casual attire though I have seen some with heels and pointed toe that I would consider to be business casual and could be worn with formal wear.


Business casual 




Business casual Outfits are often thought of in terms of the colors tan, gray, black, navy, white, brown, and beige.

My go-to business casual's typically a black, gray, or beige pants suit or skirt with a white blouse. Occasionally, I change up the patterns or wear a scarf with the outfit. For shoes, I  wear low heel pumps or flats. At one time, I had a collection of penny loafers with the Tassel Bow. I found them to be a comfortable office shoe.

When thinking about business casual  think of the following

Slacks,  pants, or knee-length skirts such as a pencil or A-line skirt

A blouse or an attractive sweater.

Blazer, jacket, or cardigan.

Professional dress-knee-length.

Hosiery or tights.

Professional-looking shoes. Flat or heeled closed-toed,  such as loafers, oxfords, pumps, or heeled boots. Open-toed shoes might be an option in some business casual workplaces.

Accessories scarves, belts, or jewelry.


Formal



I seldom get the opportunity to wear formal wear anymore as I consider it to be for ceremonial events or if I go somewhere like the symphony. When I do attend such an event, I typically wear a velvet dress and like to pair it up with pearls. 

Velvet is made from fibers such as cotton, linen, mohair, and wool. It can be made from all silk but that is often above my budget. 

I also like to wear other dressy materials that include a lace or beaded bodice. 

Other options. One could wear a  brocade, chiffon, lace, satin, or silk dress or pantsuit.


Diet and Coco




There are a lot of articles out there about how to start dieting or how to start exercising and sticking with it. This is probably because many of us, myself included, teeter-totter throughout life in our self-care routines. 

In truth, diet is a four-letter word I never cared for. For a good portion of my life, I maintained a fairly decent weight eating what I wanted. I attribute that to swimming and yoga.  

That was up until about 15 years ago. 

When I was nearly 40, I gained over 40 pounds and found out shortly thereafter that I have thyroid disease. Adding menopause on top of thyroid disease has not helped my situation any.

Health and well-being are of utmost importance especially now that we have a pandemic limiting our possibilities and enforcing us to make changes. 

Earlier this summer, I was beginning to feel sluggish. So, I started taking some weight off by better managing what I am consuming.  I've made it a point to cut out a lot of the fast-food and select healthier options such as more vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. I also do something physical every day.

I began feeling better and instead of treating myself to food, I go to the nearest consignment or thrift shop. 

Color psychology suggests varying shades can affect our spirit.  It's with this in mind that I treated myself to something that communicates my current feelings, hence, me in this colorful Coco Bianco top.

What are you wearing to communicate your current feelings?

I have surrendered to long hair




It seems us women are obsessed with hair and I know many women my age who have their own hair stories.  The long and short of my hair story is I love short hair! My mother has short hair, my aunts and cousins all have short hair. 

I love beautiful bouncy hair. I swam a lot when younger and followed my peer's trend.  A wash-and-wear hairstyle meant I didn't have to pull my hair up into my Speedo Lyrca cap. So, when I was in 4th grade I got the Dorothy Hamill haircut. Dorothy was the 1976 Olympic champion and 1976 World champion in ladies singles. She was someone all us girls looked up to. However, soon after getting the cut, I realized that while I  loved short hair on Hamill and those around me, I did not like it on myself. After a short time, I  grew my wedge cut out.

I entered high school in the 1980s. Big hair was all the rage. I recall going into the restroom and being surrounded by a group of girls that were teasing their hair-exaggerating it,  so it looked as if it had wings and could fly.  They were spraying it stiff with  Faberge’s Aqua Net. While they were expressing themselves with hair that appeared to warrant its own flight path, I was busy doing everything  I possibly could to achieve a more curly look.

My passion for curly hair lasted throughout my 20's-30's. And, I kept my hair curly with perms or crimping and curling. 





In my forty's, my hair was falling out rapidly and I learned the reason for this had to do with my thyroid disease. I've always been told older women should not have long hair. 




I found the longer my hair gets the easier it is to work with. I can wear it down. Braid it. Put it up in a bun. Pull it back in a tail or pigtails. Sometimes I pull it to the side in a clip or leave it to hang like shown in the top photo. 

My hair is long and much thinner than when I was young. I've been using biotin shampoo to strengthen it. I thought about my hair while watching the movie I Am Woman.  I have surrendered to long hair-for now. A woman should wear her hair – the way she wants! 

The top 3 audience is from the United States, Germany, and Argentina

Do you have a hair story too?




Thrift Store Hauls and more


I've been adding new and vintage pieces to my wardrobe. And, some of you have contacted me asking about my hauls so I thought it would be easier to reach you all by posting about them here.

We have a lot of thrift stores and consignments shops within a few hours of us. These shops house new and gently worn clothing as well as household items. Prior to heading out shopping, I make a list of what I'm searching for. It was with these shops in mind that I created and purchased the majority of items on this list.

1. Medium weight winter peacoat.

2. Quilted jacket. 

3.  Tan or camel-colored blazer.

4.  Jewelry, earrings, or necklaces.

5.  Sunglasses.

6.  Black Handbag

7. Skincare and/or Lip gloss (new)

After stops in 4 small towns, I purchased the things on my list. Here's a look at my hauls.

Once November comes around, a winter coat is a must. I purchased the Faded Glory Houndstooth winter coat.  The coat appears to have little wear. At $7.00, the price tag seemed more than reasonable. I like that the black and gray peacoat is a medium weight houndstooth and it comes down lower than some of the other peacoats I've owned. I appreciate that it has a detachable hood and the pockets are deep enough my cell phone will easily slide into one.



I'm a long time fan of Kenneth Cole bags. For years, I'd owned a Kenneth Cole faux leather bookbag. It was very sturdy and held my books and a ton of other items. I'm sure this $10.00 handbag will last me a good, long while. I have a thing for handbags and have owned many over the years. 


I'm often cold in the fall and wearing a blazer or jacket overtop of my shirts helps keep my shoulders warm. The Briggs New York camel-colored blazer was under $5. I will wear it as a neutral and it'll work well with my blacks shirt and pants or I'll pair it with some jeans and boots. 

Last year, quilted clothing was a big trend on the runaways.  Where we live, it is beneficial to dress in layers in fall-winter. I purchased the Christopher & Banks Blue Quilted Jacket with a corduroy collar. The jacket I find to be comfortable and the oversized pockets I like as I can fit my cell phone on one side and keys in another. 

 


Aviator sunglasses have been around since the '30s. I'd scratched my last pair of Aviator Sunglasses rather badly so was happy to find these blue ones. I tend to go with the mirror and gradient-mirror lenses as they help to hide my glasses which I wear underneath. I know it's not a perfect idea. But, it allows me to keep out the sun and still see well. And at $1.00 these were a bargain.

I'm finding a lot of women over 50 posting about how they have statement pieces of jewelry in their wardrobes. When I was young I chose my jewelry, by color, so as to compliment my outfits. But in the past 20 years, I admit, I have probably worn more medium-sized silver hoop earrings than anything else with my outfits.

While scouring aisles at the thrift stores,  I made it a point to shop for more earrings and necklaces. Recently, I walked over to a glass counter filled with jewelry. I’m drawn to sparkle and shimmer and these earrings spoke to me. I purchased them for $3.00. 



These earrings look lovely on me. However, it's been a long time since I've worn earrings and these hurt my ears after a short time.


Pearls are said to symbolize many things. I personally like pearls because I feel they look classy against the dark blouses I wear. I have a few strands of faux rope pearls and will happily add these. My favorite way to wear pearls is bunched and layered so I purchased these two necklaces for $1.00 each.

As I wrote in a previous post, I spend more money on skincare than makeup. On my way back from thrifting, I couldn't resist stopping in at Marshall's. You can find many major beauty brands there. On this trip, I purchased the Retinol A cream and the Buttercream lip gloss from Butter London.

Do you shop from lists too? What bargains have you found?


Alfred Dunner, Bold and Comfortable



My mother is staying inside today and to make her day a little less boring I called her up and said" Let's do some shopping." So, instead of leaving our houses we both grabbed our laptops and went on-line to a site that sells Alfred Dunner.


I found out that my taste has not changed and neither had hers. While we both like many pieces in the collections we never agree on the same thing. Mom would select an item such as the weekend diamond spliced top in turquoise  I would go with a bold print similar to the Alfred Dunner top I have on here.

Believe me, I have seen the posts that say Alfred Dunner is for old women and I laugh as I recall wearing Alfred Dunner many decades ago.


Serums



I often mentioned that when spending money on skincare. I spend my money on serums. Serums are clear, gel-based, or liquid, and are designed to deliver high concentrations of specific active ingredients to the skin and contain topical antioxidants including vitamins A, C, and E. Some also contain topical retinol and ingredients that even out skin tone.

When choosing a serum you ought to know what purpose you wish to use it for. I use them for hydrating and plumping up my skin. 

Retinol. This can increase cell turnover and stimulate collagen and elastin production. It can increase the appearance by plumping up fine lines and wrinkle and help improve uneven skin tone, treat pigmentation and smooth the skin's surface. It can be used to help with cystic acne and blemishes. The retinoid process may include redness and flaking skin in the first few weeks. This is due to adjusting to the increasing cell turnover rate.

Collagen is used for strengthening the skin. It may help improve skin elasticity, reduce visible wrinkles, and increase blood flow to the skin to give it a younger appearance. Type 1 and 3 are used in skincare products.

Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a clear substance that is naturally produced by your body. The largest amounts of it are found in your skin, connective tissue, and eyes. It basically acts to retain water and keep your tissues well lubricated and moist.

Salicylic acid belongs to a class of drugs known as salicylates. When applied to the skin, it may work by helping the skin shed dead cells from the top layer and by decreasing redness and swelling from inflammation. This decreases the number of pimples that form and speeds healing.

24k Gold Serum helps to restore dull skin's elasticity for firmer more youthful appearing skin. The serum is formulated with real 24k gold to fight fine lines and wrinkles and leave your skin moisturized and glowing.

Peptides are short strings of amino acids, typically comprising 2–50 amino acids. Amino acids are also the building blocks of proteins. Topical creams and ointments with peptides can cause symptoms to the skin, such as skin sensitivity, itching, and rashes.

To apply my serums, I apply the serum all over my face and neck, twice daily, once in the morning, and then again in the evening before applying my moisturizer.  I usually just dab drops of the serums in my clean hands and spread around on my face and neck. Then, I spread it around with my clean jade roller or Spa Science device shown here in the photo. 

How soon you see results depends on your skin and usage. Typically beauty experts say after at least 7 weeks of use you will notice a difference.

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Imperfect Reflection



When I was a teenager, I thought power dressing was going to a fitting room and having the sales clerk present you with a collection of top of the line dresses and suits. You know that sophisticated kind much like one of the Carrington's would wear. (If your not familiar with the Carrington's they appeared on television's Dynasty series from January 1981- May of 1989.) 

Back then, I imagined life was hectic for the rich and famous as well as for myself. Those Carrington ladies appeared streamlined and well-tailored. As if they just received a custom-fitting with the Italian design house. 

I visualized that prior to entering a carefully disinfected fitting room each lady was offered assistance stepping into her clothing. She would pause in front of a well-stretched mirror and look at a reflection that was not quite her own. Soon after, she'd exit the dressing room poised and ready to conquer the world. As she departed, the sales clerk would be so awestruck that she'd feel the need to bow.  And if the clerk blinked, she may have perceived the ensemble floated into the room before the Carrington. 

When in high-pressure situations, I recognize power dressing is about wearing what makes you feel confident so you can remain positive and calm. And curating a wardrobe is always fun! 

At present, I  am in high spirits when I open my closet door.  Most of the pieces are what I would call likable and buildable. I tend to be drawn to the B's: Bags, Blazers, Blouses, Boots, and Bracelets. 

Life is all right in my mid 50's. I have scars that are unique. I attempt to avoid self-inflicted criticism and instead practice self-compassion. I've stopped comparing myself to others and smile as I open my eyes and view my imperfect reflection

So what do you see when you look in the mirror?

Living in Well Worn Jeans


To me, there is nothing like wearing a pair of comfy, well-worn jeans. And they truly never feel great until they are broken in well.  

Things have changed a bit since I was young. When I was a kid mom would get out her needle and thread and sew up any holes I made in my jeans. If the holes were too difficult to sew she would put a patch over them. Nowadays, you pay more to buy jeans distressed.

In the cooler months, like October, I often pair my jeans up with a designer jacket and one of my favorite scarves.



If I'm hiking with my dogs, I generally pair my jeans with a hooded sweatshirt.



If  I'm at the beach, I wear jeans with a tank and when it gets cooler I added a sweater.  


In the hot summer months, you may find me on a beach in jeans and a striped t-shirt.


Sometimes I pair my jeans up with a pair of black boots or wear them with a jean jacket.



And, if I want to dress it up a bit  I wear my jeans with a frilly blouse.


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The jeans that I have broken in well recently are Organic Cotton,  Riders by Lee, Levi's, American Eagle, and First Issue by Liz Claiborne. I'm still working on breaking in my Jennifer Lopez High Rise Skinny jeans, and yes, I remember when she was a Fly Girl on In Living Color.


What jeans are you working on breaking-in?