Wednesday 20 April 2022

Ageless Style: Dancing in the Rain & Link-Up

Welcome back to another month with the ladies of Ageless Style.  Every third Thursday of the month we pick and prompt and interpret it in a way that feels right for our style, age and lifestyle.  This months prompt was picked by Leslie from Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After  and it was April showers bring May flowers.  So this month we are showcasing our version of the Aprils showers and next month will be May flowers.  So let's jump right in.

We are known to get snow in April and this year we actually got RAIN!  I wore this outfit for Anya's second dance competition and then decided to do the pictures because it really was raining.  Due to the fact that we don't get a ton of rain, I don't really have a designated "rain" jacket but I love my trusted trench coat.  It's lightweight but provides warmth while the weather is cooler and it is somewhat water resistant, especially when you have an umbrella to keep you dry.  This sweater dress is a favorite with leggings in the winter but oh so cute styled either with sneakers or these combat boots in the spring while the temperatures are still cool.  Although we don't' get a ton of rain, having a cute umbrella in my closet is a must and comes in handy a few times a year.  I love the little flowers and right color of this one that I received in a FabFitFun box a few years ago.  I get a nostalgic feeling for strolling through streets, carrying an umbrella and sight seeing in places like Victoria, Portland and even London.   I feel like a true lady and I love to give a little twirl, hop and a skip.  It truly does make me feel like dancing in the rain! 

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Trench Coat (old; Poshmark thrifted; Amazon new)
Sweater Dress (Marshals old; similar Shein)
Umbrella (FabFitFun spring 2021; Amazon or Hudson Bay)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend ahead.  Now lets check out the other ladies of Ageless Style and don't forget to link-up your favorite posts too!

Amy ~ Amy’s Creative Pursuits

Bo ~ Bo's Bodacious Blog

Carrie ~ A Simple Lovely Life

Joanna ~ My Slice of Life

Jodie ~ Jodie’s Touch of Style

Leslie ~ Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After

Marsha~ Marsha in the Middle

Mireille ~ Chez Mireille Fashion Travel Mom

Rosemary ~ Distinctly Southern Style

Robin ~ Hello I am 50ish


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Sunday 17 April 2022

The Maxi Dress for Spring 2022

I love this dress!  I saw it on the hanger on a recent trip to Marshalls and it caught my eye instantly.  To be honest, I was somewhat hesitant to try it on because usually maxi dresses are too long, and also the sexy side cut outs are totally not work appropriate.  But I took it to the dressing room anyway and I just fell in love with the "swish" of the the dress,.  The material is so lightweight, flowy and it will be perfect for a warm summer evening.   Cut- outs are all the rage this spring/summer season and although I would normally stay away from that style, I actually really love it on this dress.  I don't feel self conscious in it at all and in fact, I feel beautiful and care-free.  I love that the way the dress cut outs are higher on the waist and leave the back slightly open, but also cover the areas I am most self conscious  such as my lower stomach and also my bust; I can't go without a bra and I am not fond of strapless bras. Bonus of this dress is it has POCKETS!  I love pockets on a dress! Anyway, I wore it for Easter dinner and it was teen daughter approved, husband loved it,  and it got lots of complements from the family.  Because the dress cut outs are the main event, I kept jewelry very simple with just H & B sparkle balls and my letter name necklace.  I know this is going to be my go to dress through this spring/summer season and I can't wait to wear it out again, next time with wedges.  Also, it's going to be perfect for a dinner out in Italy come the summer!

As for Easter, I hosted my family at my home for a special Easter dinner. My sister and family unfortunately had to cancel their trip home due to flights being extremely delayed.  We were all down but in the end we made the best of it with  family and friends that were able to attend.  I even took out my wedding china and set the table with a special spring vibe.  We are so thankful to have so many lovely people close by.

Post clean up and company drink.  

How did you celebrate Easter?

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Monday 11 April 2022

Pink Power Suit


The trend I was most excited for was the bold, bright, suit!  When we went on our trip in February to the mountains and to do a little shopping this was the top of my list but I couldn't find it anywhere in my size or the color I wanted.  So online I went and found this little combination on!  I had to reorder is in size 4 the second time, because size 6 was just a little too big, but I love how it came together.  I feel like a power house as any woman should!  I feel like I can command the space while also feeling beautiful and cheerful.  Although I plan on wearing this as a combo, I actually love how well the pieces pair on their own to create other outfits.  I plan on doing a follow up blog post about all the ways I want to style the blazer as a statement piece.  

What spring trend are you most excited about?

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Nine West pumps (old; similar at Amazon)
Aldo purse (sold out; similar at Aldo)

Sunday 3 April 2022

Currently April 2022

Image purchased from istockphoto

Good morning and welcome back friends.  I decided to take an impromptu break last week from the blog and social media.  If you follow along on IG you probably saw that my grandma died and then I just decided I needed to take a social media break to focus on my feelings, my family and just be present in my home.  So lets jump right in and catch up a little bit.

Currently FEELING.  Much better after having a little time to catch up on life and just take time to be with my family.  I was sad and although we did know that my baka was struggling, it was hard to say goodbye.  Honestly, the last weeks she was suffering a great deal and it broke my heart to see her go through that, to watch my mom watch her mother slipping away and yet fighting to stay with us.  In the end we were able to say our goodbyes, I loves you, and give each other permission to let go.  This is the mini-tribute I wrote to her but there is just so much more to say and reflect on.  

"It is with a heavy heart that I write this post to say my baka Rada passed on the evening of Tuesday, March 22nd. I am thankful that I was there with my parents to offer some comfort and to be there for her until the end. My baka was a strong lady. Life threw many challenges her way over the years but she persevered with love in her heart. As a child I spent endless hours with her and she gave me numerous memories to cherish. She took me on excursions, played with me, provided safety in times of war, and even took me to her classroom when I refused to attend daycare (probably where my love for the classroom began). I am thankful for the years we had together, both in Bosnia and then eventually in Canada, and the fact that she had a chance to get to know Logan and my girls. We will miss her immensely but know that she gave us many years of herself and she is now at peace."

Currently ENJOYING. Although the previous was a sad moment in time, at the exact time, my youngest child returned to the stage in person! Three years ago, in spring 2019, was the last on stage dance performance that I was able to enjoy, so it was beautiful to see all the dancers buzzing with energy as they took their spots on a real life stage. We have another dance competition this weekend and then a recital before dance season wraps up. Anya's dance groups did well and even earned themselves a star award for Jazz.

Currently READING, well trying to read. I am over half way through this book but not enjoying it at all. I put it down 2 weeks ago and just can't seem to get myself to pick it back up. It's just a book that I am finding triggering and uncomfortable without fully being able to explain my feelings. Anyone else read this? Should I keep going or let it go?

Currently WATCHING. I am like 7 years behind but I love Downton Abby! I love all the characters but my favorite is Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley! It's sooooooo good and I wish I could watch it daily but the episodes are too long so sometimes I just can't watch a full one so I switch to Mom, which is 20 minutes and full of laughs.

Currently LOVING. Yesterday I had a shopping date with my BFF and it was soooo much fun.

Currently DREAMING of a trip to Italy that we have booked for my 40th birthday at the beginning of summer. We are so excited to explore Rome, Lake Como & Milan. It's been years and years since we've taken a trip without the kids, so although it was a bit of a splurge we are looking forward to having a grown up experience. What are must haves or tips you have for us!

Currently WEARING. Honestly, I feel a bit in a funk currently because it's still so cold here and I am so very over my winter wardrobe. I took out my spring/summer stuff only to confirm that none of it is weather appropriate and wont be for at least another month. Anyway, I'll just have to make due but all I really want is for the snow to be gone and sunny/warm days to arrive.

Notice the ribbon skirt on the left, it's something that has been worn by many Indigenous Peoples and tribes but can be worn by anyone. In our school we recently had a Ribbon Skirt Day in honor of standing as an ally to a young lady named Isabella. Isabella wore her ribbon skirt for a "formal" event at her school and was ridiculed for choosing this piece of clothing, rather than what her peers and school staff considered to be "fancy". We continue to grow, learn and reflect on our ideas, biases and consider our blind spots as individuals, a staff, with our students. My skirt was made for me by a colleague and I love it.

Thanks for stopping by and see you next Monday for a regular fashion post.