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Cruisin' Part II

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Cruisin' Part II
The other day I talked about my love for cruising, especially in the Caribbean. Daytime dressing is usually shorts, sandals, or any loose clothing I can find. I've cruised in January and in August; regardless of the time of year, the weather is warm.
Dressing for the formal night does not need to be difficult either. You don't have to buy an expensive gown. You will see folks wearing everything from dress pants to evening wear.
I like to consider first if I want to have pictures taken. The formal night is buzzing with photographers wanting you to pose. We like to visit a number of sets, so we can choose from a variety of  different backdrops. Sometimes, we purchase, and sometimes we don't.
Today, I will show you a few choices of clothing that veers away from the traditional evening dress.
First, let's look at the LBD (little black dress).


My little black dress is from Chico's. It has the peekaboo sleeves, so popular now. It's also lined and is …

Cruisin'

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Cruisin'
My sister and I had a wonderful time shopping this past week. Our plan was to look for scarves we could restyle into ruanas, kimonos, and toppers. We did find a few scarves, but we ended up finding a great sale at Belk's.
Since Jack and I are hoping to cruise in the near future, I couldn't help but find myself looking at all the summer items on sale that would work great, if we go to Jamaica, the Caymans, or Cozumel. I couldn't resist the deals, so I'm sharing with you some ideas I came up with for cruising outfits.
First, is a pair of seersucker striped shorts with a scalloped edging. I saw these shorts this past spring and almost bought them. When the price went from $44 to $9.99, they were in my cart! I knew I would wear them if we go to Cozumel.


The first pictures shows the pockets, which I love on shorts. I took a Cozumel T shirt and cut off the neck band, arm band, and waist band. I then cut a strip up the side, so I could easily tie it. Voila! I have a…

The Ruana for Fall

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The Ruana for Fall
Welcome Friday and the weekend. It's time to get casual and enjoy the last bit of summer. Evenings are getting cool, though, so you may want to grab a jacket or something to throw over your shoulders.
Whenever I fly, I always take a ruana with me because it can be cool on the plane. I love the versatility of this fun scarf type shawl. It's similar to many toppers except the sides are usually open, so you can throw it over your shoulder for an extra cozy feel.

Ruanas are usually a heavier fabric to give you warmth. Some are cashmere for a nice toasty feel. I decided to create a less expensive version by restyling a large plaid scarf. Notice it has fringe, a definite must for fall! I also wanted something that wasn't too warm. This ruana fits the bill.

You can tie it or belt it, too!

You can see my ruana here.
Have a wonderful weekend!


Fall Colors

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Fall Colors
Not only will fall bring some cooler weather, it's also bringing some cool fall shades. I'm not talking leaf peeping colors, but beautiful colors for your fall wardrobe. Among the grays, bright reds, and spruce greens are lovely shades of plum, burgundy and blush pinks. I love these deep burgundies and soft pinks, so today I'm showing you a fall outfit staging these lovely combinations.


I'm wearing my soft plum girlfriend jeans from Chico.  I added a striped burgundy cotton top with a lavender and burgundy print scarf. I love scarves. They're a great way to step up any outfit. My purse is new. I bought it at Beall's during one of their sales knowing that I just had to have a burgundy shade for fall.

The heels are a burgundy/black and are several years old.
To change up the outfit, consider a jean vest.


Fall dressing is my favorite time to create outfits. I love summer, but it does limit you on what to wear because of the humid weather. Fall gives you a…

Animal Print and Jeans

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Animal Print and Jeans
When I was teaching, I marked my summers by my sons' birthdays. My youngest son's birthday is June 13, the start of school vacation for me. My oldest son's birthday is August 25, back to work for me.
And like all summers in Maine, I could predict warm weather until the end of September, but August would bring cool evenings and warm but dry summer days. So as we enter that beautiful time of year when the weather starts to transition, we also think how we can transition our clothes.
Two accessories to get you through this ambiguous time of year are the jean jacket and an animal print item. Both work well together and will keep you looking like you're on top of the weather game.
Let's begin with animal print shoes and a traditional jean jacket.

Keep wearing those white jeans, even after Labor Day! The jean jacket works well with them and the jacket keeps you warm, if the evenings are cool. I added a black shell and my animal print shoes. Notice th…

Wearing Accessories

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Wearing Accessories
As many of you know, my sister and I have a small side business making scarf vests and wraps which we sell on Etsy and take to arts and craft shows. Recently, we've been working on new designs for an upcoming show in November.
Today, I share a couple of our creations with you because accessories are a fun way to brighten an ensemble. I love adding a scarf vest, jewelry, hats, or colorful shoes to an outfit. It's creative and makes me feel good. And, don't we all love to feel good?
My first share is a restyled scarf or should I say scarves. I created this topper, boho kimono, or kaftan from two scarves. Here it is:


Excuse the cloudy pictures. It was so humid on the day I took the pics that my phone became cloudy with moisture. That's Florida! Anyways, as you can see, this topper is large and flowy. I love it. I decided to showcase it with white pants and a white shell. However, with autumn on the horizon, wouldn't this be great with the dusty purple…

Watching the Numbers

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Watching the NumbersI follow a number of women bloggers who are in my age range because I learn so much from them, and I can relate. Often these bloggers talk about health issues and the aging process. It's encouraging to hear how they tackle their problems with resilience and confidence.
I had mentioned before that I have Type 2 Diabetes, so I'm constantly watching my blood sugar. However, a month ago, the numbers got slightly out of control, and I knew I had to take action. It was time to tackle the problem of rising blood sugar and weight.
My decision was to change my eating habits. It was time to get away from the French fries, fast food, and sugar. I am reporting today that in less than a month, my blood sugar has dropped from 140 after fasting to 90. I've also lost the weight I gained.
I feel much better.
To celebrate, I starting shopping in Susan Street's closet. Susan is a blogger, who I enjoy following. She struggled with weight and health issues and decided to ta…

Two Outfits, One Fringed Jean

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Two Outfits, One Fringed Jean
I've been studying all the styles of distressed jeans including the fringed look. Actually, the fringed jean has been around for a few years and continues to be a fashion statement.
I chuckle when I see DIY instructions to fringe or make your jean edges ragged. So many steps! Baby Boomers would have cut the jeans and tossed them in the washer and dryer. We would  have then worked the fringe with our fingers while actually wearing the jeans. It was no big deal.
Fringed jeans are available in cropped, wide leg, boot cut, and skinny. Some have uneven edges; others have long fringes. The possibilities are endless.
I decided to keep this fashion statement simple, a boot cut jean that has minimal fringe and hovers just above my shoes. Now, what to wear? Do I go dressy or casual?
First pictures are a slightly dressy look, but I kept it on the casual side. Black tops always work with any type of jean.



My top is by Chico. It has a banded bottom, so I can wear it …

Two Outfits, One Top

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Two Outfits, One Top
My last blog talked about the jean jacket acting as a workhorse when creating outfits. Other pieces are workhorses, too. White tops are a life saver for me.
My two outfits today are created using one white top, a Cali and York cotton blouse/jacket I actually purchased from another blogger, Susan After 60.
This top is a perfect multi-functional item. When your shopping, consider if an item can be used in a variety of ways. Functionality will save you money!
In my first pics, I'm using the top as a blouse to wear with jeans.


I'm wearing a simple necklace and my bronze wedges. The top is long enough to wear with leggings, as well. I could have turned the sleeves up for a more casual look.
In the second pictures, I used the top as a jacket.


I chose a black shell and black leggings to create a black and white outfit. I added a large necklace, but I kept the earrings simple. Rarely do I wear large earrings and bold necklaces together. I choose one statement piece.


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