Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Ageless Style: Sleeveless vs. Sleeves



Welcome back to another installment of Ageless Style, featuring women of all ages and stages of life styling their interpretation of our prompt, "sleeveless" chosen by Maireille!  Today I am showcasing my Hollister jumpsuit that I picked up at Winners a couple of weeks ago.  I had my eye on a much more expensive one, like 4x more, but then when I tried this one on it was a no brainer.  I was looking for something that's linen, breathable and easy to layer for our upcoming trip to Italy.  This little outfit is going to be perfect for the day we are visiting the Vatican city because you must be covered up, below the knees and shoulders.  This way I can wear the jumpsuit as is, sleeveless as we are strolling through the streets of Italy in the sweltering heat but I can through on my lightweight white button down for coverage during out tour.  It's also the perfect way to add a layer as the evening cools.  I also, love the simplicity of this whole outfit as a travel day outfit, so easy and comfortable.  









 

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Jumpsuit (Hollister sold out; Old Navy similar)

White Button Down (R.W. & Co)



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Joanna ~ My Slice of Life

Bo ~ Bo's Bodacious Blog

Cathy ~ My Side of 50

Rosemary ~ Distinctly Southern Style

Amy ~ Amy’s Creative Pursuits

Marsha~ Marsha in the Middle


 



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Saturday, 11 June 2022

Pink Blazer 4 Ways + 1 More!

 


Remember the pink power suit I showcased a month or so ago, see here?!?  Well I am still loving it and  I am getting a ton of use of mix and matching the blazer to create many more outfits.  A blazer is a staple for me and this fuchsia one is a statement piece all on it's own.  I am going to showcase how I use a basic one tee to create four simple outfits that can take you from office to dinner.  


1.  Summer Ready! Shorts, white tee, blazer and cute nude heels.




#2 All white with a pop of color.



#3 Casual Friday in the office.  Jeans, white tee, blazer & metallic flats.


#4 Power Suit!  Matching boss babe suit combo with black and gold accessories.



#5 BONUS:  Saturday night, girls night out! Bodysuit, cropped jeans & heels.  



What's your favorite?  What other ideas do you have for styling this pink blazer?

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Mango Blazer  (I am wearing size 4)

Mango Trousers (also size 4)



Monday, 6 June 2022

Spring 2022 Book Review: What I've Been Reading in 2022

 



First Monday of the month, my blog post is a catch up on my life apart from fashion.  This month I am going to share with you what I've been reading.  I love to read but really have to make a conscious effort to build in time to actually sit down to do it.  I try to do 10 minutes a day right after work or supper, and then I enjoy reading for longer stretches of time on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  This year I've challenged myself to explore audiobooks, which I have tried in the past but haven't enjoyed.  I have finally discovered that fiction, more easy listening books are what I get engaged with in audio book form, while if I am reading non-fiction, I have to actually engage with the book and it usually also requires me to have a high lighter and some sticky notes to ponder the themes, ideas and new concepts.


Let's get to the reviews!  




I needed to see this book through to the end. It grabs you right off the start and you don't know where it's going but you need to. What I didn't love is how in concludes for the three main characters, although I think it was supposed to leave you feeling like a new beginning, I felt a sense of sadness and it didn't leave me with a hopeful feeling that I was hoping for. Overall an interesting read but I wish it had a happier reading.




⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes (audiobook)
My first audiobook of the year and I kept wanting to listen to it, like non-stop.  It portrays stories of several independent, confident and supportive young woman who delivered books to people in the countryside on horseback.  These women don't begin the story in this way, but with a purpose and each others support they grow to stand up to their various demons and develop friendship that gives them courage to stand on their own two feet.  It's a beautiful story.




⭐⭐⭐⭐  This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens (audiobook)

I listened to it on audiobook and loved the reader! The book follows the relationship between Minnie and Quinn over a course of a year.   As you get deeper into the b you also discover how over the years the main characters have seen glimpses of one another, weaving into each others life without  ever really meeting one another. It was a nice story about discovering yourself, your goals, friendships,  and relationships that slowly progress. A nice and easy listen.




⭐⭐⭐⭐ Open Book by Jessica Simpson

This book surprised me the MOST in the best possible way.  It was
 much deeper than I expected and I don't mean that to sound like a backhanded compliment. I didn't really know much about Jessica Simpson other than the basics; singer, Newlyweds, clothes that I love. Her story is authentic, real and raw. I admire her so much and also can't imagine how one deals with all of it being constantly ridiculed and watched. We the public buying all the media is just so harmful to these people that we "admire". Worth a read.





⭐⭐⭐⭐ Greenlights by Matthew McConaghy (audiobook)

My husband and I listened to this book while driving to Banff.  I actually suggest listening to the audiobook read by the man himself.  He is a fantastic storyteller and really draws you into his thoughts, processes and life experiences.  He is extremely down to earth, giving, introspective and passionate about leading a life of passion and goodness.  Although some of his ways of being are different from mine, I truly do respect the way he treats people and is living his life.




⭐⭐⭐ 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand

** spoiler alert ** I will start by saying that I kept on turning the pages and hoping for a different ending. I guess I just didn't find it romantic that they kept apart from one another over choosing each other. It really didn't make sense to me for both of them to continue to choose to be unhappy or at best just content, when it was fairly simple to choose happiness and a real go at a relationship. That being said I enjoyed all the characters and o really enjoyed the way the author began each chapter with current events from the year, that was really fun.



⭐⭐⭐⭐  The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton  (audiobook)
A beautiful story exploring Cuba's complex history with the Spanish and the U.S. It also focuses on women's contributions and lives during that time. An easy read or listen with some historical bots of information to make you more curious about Cuba's history.





⭐⭐⭐⭐  Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Had me guessing and second guessing. The only thing I didn't love is how it wrapped up for the characters you learned to love at the end. 




I can't even remember the last time I choose not to finish a book.   This book was triggering.  It was shaming, it created a very narrow view of good vs. bad mothers, and it focused on unhealthy ways to support parents that may be experiencing difficulties with managing life and parenthood.  Although I strongly believe that removing children from homes that are unsafe, I also believe in giving families the skills, tools and supports to be able to successfully raise their own children.  Out of our entire book club group only two people finished the book, everyone else just couldn't continue reading it.


That's it so far in 2022!  Hopefully you found something here to add to your summer reading list.  Have a great week ahead and see you next Monday!

Sunday, 29 May 2022

Summer 2022 FabFitFun Box




To get it or not to get it?  That was the question this past winter.  I've had this box in the past and have loved it, liked it, and been 'meh' about it.  I took a break and then was really missing it.  This is what I discovered while taking a break.  I missed having something just for me to look forward to having.  I also missed trying out new products.  I am not someone that goes out of my way to drop $$$ on make up, skin care or hair products, but I do enjoy having nice things kicking around.  So this is my second box since I've repurchased the membership, the spring box was really nice, but this one I LOVE everything in it, well except for the body scrubber thing (scroll down).


As a annual member I get to choose almost all of my products and I really like that.   Yes it's nice to get a surprise but honestly they've upped their game on the choices you have and I always have something I need/want more than something else.  I really like the choosing part, plus it makes me excited before even the box ships, then I am excitedly awaiting its arrival, and then I get to enjoy it, so it goes a long way.  

So here is what was in my box!



#1 Foxybae Blowout Dryer Brush Pro -  I am so EXCITED for this product.  I absolutely love my Revlon Dryer Brush  but my kids have been using it and its the bristles on it were starting to bend.  I needed to replace it so this came at a perfect time and the reviews are VERY good.  Honestly it saves me sooooo much time in the mornings when I wash my hair, see my honest review for the Revlon one  here.




#2 Lilly Pulitzer Beach Towel - Not only is this towel bright and oh so fun, it's so soft to the touch.  It's also oversized, which I love.  Since I spend a lot of time at the beach during the summer, I am very excited with this product.  




#3 Ahava Essential Day Moisturizer & Elemis Pro-Collagen Night Cream - I wanted both of these items and with the selection process you can add on another product for only $15 instead of the $100 that I would have paid in store for the night cream!  They both got excellent ratings online and this is the perfect way to try pricey products without much to lose.


#4  Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Mascara - Tried it today and LOVE it!  It instantly have my lashes dramatic volume and fullness.  Good mascara is always pricey and it's something I never buy at full price.  I like my Voluminous by L'Oreal  but whenever I have a chance to try out a new mascara that's higher end, I snag it.  I've always been happy with what Fabfitfun has had and have never had an allergic reaction from higher end mascara's, so that's a bonus.  


#5 Sea Salt & Citrus Candle - It smells so refreshing and will be the perfect smell to have beside my bed as summer dwindles in August.  I know it's going to be a favorite for me as I've gotten used to lighting a candle both before bed and first thing int he morning as I blog, read or work on my gratitude journal.  

#6 Monroe Rose Gold Watch - I had a watch and it died.  I actually really miss it for YES, telling time and also its just such a cute accessory.

#7 Kayo Body Scrubber - Honestly this felt like they just threw it in to fill the box.  Not excited about it at all.  I'll offer it to my girls but I don't really think they'll even want it.  





Well that's it!  That's what was in my summer 2022 box and I can honestly say that almost all the products that I choose have me excited!  For $65 I got all of these amazing products and that's a score for me!  

Do you have a subscription box?  Which ones?  What do you like or don't like about it?


Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Ageless Style: April Showers, Bring May Flowers & Link-Up

I love flowers!  I love them as center pieces on my kitchen table, looking at them in my yard and also wearing them.  I was struggling to figure out what floral pieces I wanted to share with you this week and just couldn't decide so instead I decided to share a few of my favorites.  Last month Leslie had us work with the theme April Showers see here, and this month Marsha had us dreaming up pretty floral outfits.  Let's get right to it!

Outfit #1 Floral Skirt 

This floral skirt is so pretty.  I just love the defining shape of it and how it's asymmetrical length, making my 5'4 frame look just a tad taller.  I've done a little pattern mixing with the polka dots, or added a fun little dramatic sleeves top to it, but honestly this skirt doesn't need anything extra, it's a statement on its own.



Outfit #2: Pattern Mixing

I just love how leopard and florals go together in this really bold, statement outfit.  It's a favorite of mine for date nights and since life has returned pretty much back to normal around here, I actually can see a future of wearing it again this spring/summer.  Also, this little dress is on the shorter side, so sometimes I tuck it into jeans and wear this combo with jeans for work.




Outfit #3:  Comfort and Style

This midi dress is honestly a workhorse in my closet as a teacher.  It's so comfortable, the length is perfect for having to go up and down with 3 &4 year old's and it has pockets!!!!  





Outfit #4: Flower Cluster

As you can tell from the previous outfits, I usually gravitate toward large, bold floral patterns, but this dress is so cute with it's tiny blue little flowers all over.  It's the perfect dress to wear all year long.  I love the skirt ruffle, which always makes me want to spin around like a ballerina, and also the light weight sleeves are perfect for keeping you warm on summer evenings on the patio or in winter indoors.




Outfit #5:  Sunny Days

I LOVE this top.  The color honestly just makes me happy.  Wearing it is like having sunshine in my heart all day long.  




That's a wrap!  Which is your favorite?  
This post is instead of my regular Monday post, so see you on May 30th!  

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Bo ~ Bo's Bodacious Blog

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Rosemary ~ Distinctly Southern Style

Amy ~ Amy’s Creative Pursuits

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