Friday, October 23, 2020

Friday Fashion: Black Sweater, Red Booties & A Bit More

 How To Dress For A Fall Day


Guess what?  It's Friday!  And that means it's time for some Friday Fashion. Today, I'm featuring a cozy sweater (sorry, don't know the brand), booties by Impo and my current favorite jeans by Alia. (link is similar) The booties are a true red but they look maroon in this picture. Trust me, they're red!


I think everyone needs to have a cozy sweater or two that just feels wonderful when you pull it over your head. This sweater is like that. I own it in two colors, black and maroon, and have been wearing both colors as the weather has cooled. And, even though these booties are wedges they are quite comfortable to wear and to walk in. Very sturdy and supportive. They have memory foam in the footbed which is wonderful. (similar bootie)


You can see the fabric of the sweater better in this picture. It's a soft weave with some ribbing on the shoulder area and down each side. So, even though it's a plain sweater, there is some fabric interest added. It's also long enough to cover the derriere and roomy enough to hide the tummy which I appreciate. The two sweaters that I'm describing are yet another example of something I bought and then wasn't sure last year if I liked them or not. This year, I'm wearing them a lot. Go figure! So, if you're doing closet clean-out right now and you are kind of going back and forth about a certain item, you might want to hold onto it another year and just see what happens. Like me, you may decide you like it after all and wear it a lot!


So, with the weekend coming up I hope you have something really cozy and comfy that you can wear and just relax in and enjoy this beautiful Fall! Go check your closet and see what you can find, OK? And be sure to let me know what you find and if you have some fun plans for the weekend. Now, let me share a bit more with you. 


I've been enjoying doing some coloring of Halloween type pictures recently as my creativity outlet. I got these pics from Carol over at Comfort Springs blog. She has a special subscriber's page that she adds downloadable pictures to for each season and these have been such fun to color! I've enjoyed coming up with my own color schemes for the pics. Coloring is very relaxing to me and I'm so glad that "adult coloring" is a thing. For folks like me who don't consider themselves "crafty" or "artistic" coloring is a great outlet!


And, finally, in honor of Halloween coming closer, here is a Spooky Spider that decided to take up residence outside my kitchen window. Quite the spider's web, isn't it?!  I'm afraid I don't love spiders even though I know they are a useful part of nature. This one may have an appointment with the vacuum cleaner!

Until Next Time,

Debbie

Public Domain Image


Monday, October 19, 2020

Weekend Diary Down By The River

 How To Spend A Sunny Sunday


Hello everyone!  It was a beautiful day on Sunday so the Mr. and I decided to devote our afternoon to an adventure down by the river. We found the perfect spot to sit, snap photos and enjoy the scenery. 

Ledges Park is known for attracting kayakers to the white water. There were about four out on the water when we arrived and I was able to snap some photos of this one. 


It's such a beautiful place and the Fall colors were lovely. This year's color seems to be a bit muted IMO but then, hasn't everything about 2020 been duller and less vibrant?! Why shouldn't the Fall colors follow suit! Still, I enjoy the colors no matter what. 


I caught the sunlight glinting on the water. So very pretty. 


And some lovely yellow flowers by the river's edge!


Interesting shaped tree. Lots of roots to climb over as we hiked!


This is one of our favorite spots to go to. We have been taking some type of "Sunday Drive" during Covid and this was a great choice for today. 


This was so funny....as we were getting back toward the parking area we saw a lady napping in a hammock and her dog was next to her in its own hammock and was just sitting and relaxing and looking all around. So cute!

I hope your weekend was a good one and that you have a wonderful week ahead! Let me know what you did in the comments section! I'll be back on Friday with some Friday Fashion. Until then, keep this scripture in mind as you go through your week:

"The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, and good news refreshes the bones." Proverbs 15:30

Until Next Time,

Debbie

Friday, October 16, 2020

Friday Fashion Wearing Blue Blouse Tan Pants and New Skechers

 Friday Fashion And Fun


Hey everyone!  How about some Friday Fashion?  I'm so enjoying this pretty blouse covered with blue flowers by Lark & Ro.  The bow can be left tied or untied and is even removable which is such a nice feature. I removed it later in the day because it got in my way as I bent over taking dishes out of the dishwasher. I can remember when bows on blouses were big back in the 80's. It was a fun trend then just like it is now!


I paired the blouse with the dressier pair of Alfred Dunner pants I ordered off of Poshmark.  These are lightweight and very comfortable. Alfred Dunner is definitely a good brand for me. I'm also sporting some comfortable Skechers running/walking shoes. These shoes are called "Skech-Air" and have air cooled memory foam which really adds to how wonderful these shoes feel! Love them and they look pretty good with the dressier pants IMO. 



Here's a close-up of the shoes.  So far, I haven't gone wrong with any pair of Skechers I have purchased.  The cushioning is fabulous. 



It was a bit chilly today, so I added a long creme cardigan over my blouse which gave just the right amount of warmth. My errands today were to have a flute lesson on my teacher's porch and then go to the grocery store before returning home. Would you believe I drove all the way to my flute teacher's house and then realized I had forgotten to bring my flute?!  What was I thinking?  We have had virtual lessons for months now and it was going to be a treat to be on her porch having a lesson but, oh well!  I think my memory is going! Anyway, I went through the drive-through at McDonald's and consoled myself with iced tea and chocolate chip cookies before going on to the grocery store. So, at least that was a treat for me!


And finally, I thought you might want to see what I settled on for arranging my little chrysanthemum plants and the pumpkin I bought last Sunday.  I decided to do this little arrangement on the metal table on our back porch and moved the yellow mum and the yellow pansies onto the porch "floor."  Just a little bit of Fall decor for our back porch!


I'll be back on Monday to share some more with you.  I haven't chosen a topic yet for Monday's post so we'll all be surprised!  Have a great Friday and weekend and I'll see you soon!  Oh...be sure to leave a comment. Love hearing from you. 

Until Next Time,

Debbie





Monday, October 12, 2020

Crafts, Hair and Fall Decor

 This And That About Several Things

Hello everyone!  Today, in true this and that fashion, I'm kind of throwing the kitchen sink at you with lots of different things! First off, I'm sharing some DIY crafts I've been working on lately. The notecards you see were crafted by yours truly using colorful stickers and blank Fall colored notecards. I find this hobby to be relaxing and enjoyable and I end up with nice notecards, as well!



I also created a Christmas arrangement similar to ones I've been admiring on Pinterest. The ones I've seen use bottle brushes, ornaments, Christmas beads and elves arranged in some type of vintage container. I think they are so cute and I thought about what I have that would work. My container is a snowman cookie jar without the lid. I then created the three paper Christmas trees using odds and ends and then added a bottle brush tree, a wooden snowman and a wooden Christmas tree, assorted miniature ornaments and a clear snowflake. I might try to add an elf when I get out the Christmas tubs but I didn't want to drag all of that out right now. I'm pretty pleased with this result anyway. It may seem early for thinking about Christmas decor but it's really not and I can visualize all sorts of arrangements using odds and ends of Christmas items to display around the house. 



In other news, I recently gave myself a haircut and updated my color. I'm still not really wanting to go to a salon and so, since Covid, I've been doing my own haircuts. It's really not as scary as it sounds. I'm mainly cutting off length and making sure my blow bangs stay feathery the way I like them. I figure it's only hair and it will grow back! I take off a bit at a time and compare sides to make sure it's even. With my bangs, I pull the bang area straight up and cut the ends allowing parts of the bangs to fall as I go. That makes the feathering happen. I'm happy with the results. 


This is what my hair was looking like before and I was really overdue for trimming and color. For color, I like to use L'Oreal (yes, I'm worth it) and it doesn't take long at all to complete the process. My hair picks up the color very fast so it's usually 30 minutes from start to finish. Not bad at all. For awhile I was considering stopping coloring of my hair. It's a personal decision for every woman if, and when, they decide to stop coloring. After considering for awhile I decided to continue with color. I've always done my own coloring mainly because I can't bring myself to pay the prices at the salon. For between $8-$9 per box of L'Oreal, you can't beat the price compared to what one has to pay at a salon!


I've already shared some of my Fall decor but here are a few items I haven't shared yet. This metal container from the Farm and Tractor Supply store usually holds pillows. But, I decided to fill it with my cloth pumpkins for a change of pace. 


Since I took the cloth pumpkins from the side table these wooden pumpkins are the only ones left in the patch currently! 


And, I just brought home some new mums, pansies and a little pumpkin for our back porch. It's raining so I haven't removed the tags yet. I'm thinking about the best way to display these to the best effect. 



Fall is such a beautiful time of year and I'm embracing this season as much as possible. Hope you are too! I hope to see you back here this Friday with some "Friday Fashion." Until then, have a wonderful week and let me know what you enjoyed from this post and what you are doing this Fall!

Until Next Time,
Debbie




Friday, October 9, 2020

Casual Fall Wear Series Part 4

 Summer To Fall Tops With A Few Additions


Hi everyone!  We've made it to the last post in my series, "Casual Fall Wear."  If you missed parts 1, 2 or 3 be sure to click on the links to catch up. None of what I have shared is rocket science and, indeed, may be ideas you are already trying. But, if you are like me, sometimes I forget about certain fashion combinations until I see something that jogs my memory and makes me say, "Oh yeah...I can wear that!"  So, it's nice to have reminders. 


For today's post, I'm styling a summery red top from J.C.Penney and layering it with a white mock turtleneck top. I love the red color of this top and the flowers add a nice touch as well. I ordered this same top in a gold color thinking that both of these tops would pair well during the Fall over a tee or turtleneck. They run a bit large, also, which works well for layering. 


You know, tops like this are so easy to wear and just so comfortable and that's what I look for in clothing. 


I decided to pair the gold top with a blazer that I have owned for a hundred years...or close to that, lol!  Blazers are back big time this year, even with shoulder pads, so this plaid blazer is right in style once again. 


As you can see, I've chosen to do some pattern mixing for this look. But, if that is not your cup of tea, you can choose a blazer or sweater in a solid color. 


I must admit that it has been fun to do this series and think through the many ways to take summer looks into Fall in a casual way. Shopping my closet is always a fun thing to do and I encourage you to shop your own closet and see if you have a bright summer top that you can either layer with a turtleneck or tee or a blazer that you can wear on top. Have fun and let me know what you find, OK?  This ends the series, but I'll be back on Monday with some crafts I've been working on and a little hair info. See you then!

Until Next Time,

Debbie

flower tops by Liz Clairborne  on sale 

Monday, October 5, 2020

Casual Fall Wear Series Part 3

 Summer Into Fall Casual Wear With Shoes


Hi everyone!  It's time for part 3 of my Casual Fall Wear series and today I'm taking summer into Fall with a wonderful striped dress paired with leggings and some different shoes. Let's get started. 



This dress was a Poshmark purchase and is a lovely, lightweight fabric great for summer wear. But by adding leggings it can transform into a casual look for Fall. Here, I've dressed up the look by adding heels. But, as you will see in the next photos, it doesn't have to be dressed up at all. 



I've added a white jean jacket for added warmth and also my Mary Jane Scecher flats, also from Poshmark. Perfectly casual look and perfect for falling temperatures, as well. 



Here's a closer look at the Mary Jane's with the leggings. I'm loving these comfy shoes and like this look a lot. 


And, finally, for a really casual look, I'm wearing my Skechers black sneakers with the outfit. These are so comfortable and are a perfect addition to a casual look for working around the house or running errands. 


Now, go look in your closet and see if you have a summer dress that would look great with leggings. Have a jean jacket or cardigan you can add? Even better. And what about shoes? Look for some fun tennies or flats to wear with your casual Fall outfit. And, be sure to let me know what you find, OK?  And, join me Friday for the final installment of my Casual Fall Fashion series. See you then!

Until Next Time,
Debbie



Friday, October 2, 2020

Casual Fall Wear Series Part 2

 Unexpected Layering For Fall

red plaid Fall shirt

Hi everyone!  Here we go with part two of my series about Casual Fall Wear. Today, I'm doing some unexpected layering with tops I shopped from my closet. I say unexpected layering because I'm using tops you might not think about to layer. Let me know what you think in the comments section and, as always, shop your own closet to try a similar look. 


So, for this look, I've taken a white blouse that I have owned for a hundred years (well, maybe not a hundred but a looooong time) and layered my plaid red top by Peck and Peck over the top. I popped the collar on the white blouse a little to add some extra "zest" to the look. 


Wearing layers like this used to be very popular and it seems styles have gotten away from this over the years but I still think it is a smart, casual look. BTW, the white blouse I'm wearing is a size small from long, long ago and it still fits. And, there is no way I could pull a small blouse off of today's racks and be able to wear it. That goes to show you how much sizing has been messed with over the years! OK, let's look at some more layering.

blue snap closed sweater

This is an outfit I wore over Labor Day weekend. Same shoes as in the other photos but this time, I'm layering a hiking style shirt with a thrifted blue sweater top that snaps closed. The pants are Alfred Dunner in a light creme/tan and are a Poshmark purchase. They fit beautifully and are really comfy! 


The blue top has a story. Years ago when I was working at the pre-school and giving private music lessons, the Moms would come in with tops in this style. I really admired the look but, at the time, we were young marrieds and had no money for "frivolous" purchases. Paying the rent and other bills was the most important. At that time, I wasn't teaching in Public Schools yet. So, alas, I didn't get one of these tops. Fast forward many years and I found this top/sweater in a Goodwill and scooped it right up! I love wearing it and feel it is a "classic" that doesn't go out of style. So, good things come to those who wait! 


Now, go look in your closet and see what tops you have that could be layered one over the other. Give it a try and let me know what you find, OK? See you on Monday with Part 3 of my Casual Fall Wear series. 

Until Next Time,

Debbie

Monday, September 28, 2020

Casual Fall Wear Series Part 1

 A New Series For Fall Fashion

tunic top worn with belt

Hello, hello everyone!  I'm excited today to be starting a new series for Fall fashion. I'll be shopping my closet doing some mixing and matching of items I own that will, hopefully, give you some ideas for putting together casual fashion for Fall. Part 2 of my series will be coming your way this coming Friday so be sure to check back for the next installment. Y'all know I like to encourage you to shop your own closets so take what I show you and put together your own fun Fall fashion. Let's get started!

Today, I'm sharing a top that I have worn before on the blog but with a different twist. It's an animal print, V-neck tunic that I bought at Sam's Club over a year ago. Some people love animal print and some people don't and I'm sort of neutral in the middle. I like it in smaller doses. The drape of this top appealed to me, especially the drape at the hem. The twist I'm adding for today's look is the addition of the belt and the brown tee I'm wearing underneath the tunic. The belt gives me a waist and also adds a bit of pattern mixing to the look. The pattern mixing is minute and doesn't overwhelm the overall look. 


You can see the belt pattern a little better in this picture. I wore most of this outfit today to my first ever drive-thru baby shower! A new experience for sure. Our associate pastor and her husband are expecting their first baby around Thanksgiving and with Covid we couldn't shower them indoors. So the youth group and some church Moms put the drive-thru shower together which I thought was a brilliant idea and lots of fun. There was an outside tent set up with big balloons and Andrea and her husband stood beside the tent and we drove by and handed our gifts out the window and chatted for a few minutes and then drove on. The youth would hand in a party favor to each "guest" before we drove off. It's amazing how we are all adapting to things in a safe manner these days. 

Clarks shoes

Another great addition to this outfit are these brown Clarks shoes. It's hard to find comfortable brown shoes IMHO and when I found these I was so happy! I found mine at JC Penny awhile ago and am enjoying them. I also will want to wear socks as the temps get cooler and these shoes work well with socks.


I hope Mrs. Bear doesn't mind me standing in front of her favorite scratching tree! 

tunic with jeans

I was enjoying being outside snapping these photos in the pretty sunshine with a gentle breeze wafting by. The temps warmed up again and we actually slept last night with a window open. That's Fall for you...one day it's warm and then it gets cool and the heat gets turned on. But, what a nice time of year! BTW, my favorite jeans are distressing themselves at the knees and along the hems. I'm bummed about that but there is nothing I can do. I have two pairs of these jeans and they are my absolute favorites so of course they are the ones getting holes and tears in them! But, hey, people pay big bucks for jeans that are torn to pieces so I guess my jeans just decided they wanted to be in style, too, LOL!


So, go look in your closet and see if you have a tunic, or a longer top, and a belt that might go well together. Got any holey jeans? Well, put them on girl! They are right in style! Let me know in the comments what you find in your closet to style and what you like about today's Fall outfit I'm styling. Be sure to stop by Friday for more Fall fashion fun. And, oh, do you like the new font I'm using? It's called "Satisfy" and I'm quite satisfied with it! Hope my readers find it readable. Let me know if it's not. 

Until Next Time,

Debbie