Once I hit 40 I felt the need to ‘think’ about the way I looked at my wardrobe. I want to dress appropriate for my age, but still feel young and can look fashionable, which can be done at any age.
Looking at my clothing I ask:
~ Is the quality of my clothing good? No rips, holes, stains or faded clothing acceptable at this age.
~ Are my pieces of clothing enhancing my body? Not too long or short, tight or big but giving me the right curves and hiding all the right things.
~ Do I have the right undergarments? No panty lines are allowed and bras must be enhancing.
~ Do my shoes look fresh? There is nothing worse than scuffed or dirty shoes on a great outfit. I also make sure I have several different types of shoes with various heel size, color and style.
~ Do I have the right handbags? Don’t skimp on a great bag. You will be surprised at how many times you’ll use it if it’s a high end bag. Less expensive bags are considered trendy and basically disposable.
~ Do I have a variety of accessories? Gold, silver, chains, charms, chain link, watches, earning and trendy jewelry.
Without a doubt, I must have hair, nails and skin that look as good as possible. I wash my face twice a day, hair every other and if I don’t have a fresh manicure then I keep my nails short and clean.
I care about my body so I do work out 3-5 times a week and eat clean as possible and drink plenty of liquids. I started drinking warm water with lemon in the morning to jump start my digestive system, then coffee and light but mostly protein breakfast, tons of fruit and salads.
I do get between 7-9 hours of sleep every night and keep a pretty tight schedule during the day.
What I’ve found is that the key to knowing how to dress is balancing the outfit. If you have on a flare skirt then wear a tank top or if my shirt is short then I wear a blazer to cover up. When I wear leggings I wear a simple shirt then a longer sweater or blazer to cover up a little bit.
Right now I’m into wearing silk, blazers, layering and dressing in monochrome with one pop of color.
If you’re going to get dressed, why not do it better as you get older. Every year work a little harder on something that you could do better. It all becomes a habit and then the next thing you know you’ll look as good as you can!
If you’re like me then your addicted to your summer fav’s, but as the weather gets cooler you can still wear some items. Just edit your looks by adding and layering clothing to your summer outfits.
Shorts~ keep wearing them. Instead of a tank, wear a T and add a sweater or blazer.
Sharing a special occasion with a celebration should be well thought about. As always, great presentation is in the details. Think about the location, setting, food & drink and don’t forget the decor. Decorations can be as simple as specialized cups, plates, napkins, signs, balloons and more. It doesn’t have to be ‘over the top’ to make the party special, just keep things simple and do them well!
Some simple and affordable ideas on what I’ve put together for parties or parties I’ve attended!
Invitations~ send them out and make them personal and reflect the feel of your party! Get them made by shopping Etsy.
Table setting~ this is what people usually see first, so make sure it is set and personalized.
Cups~ can be a lot of fun as there are so many great inexpensive options and don’t forget that you can embellish them! Here are the one’s I recently made using three different stickers. All the glasses don’t have to be the same and the guest of honor should have a special cup! Don’t forget the small cups~ they can be decorated as well!
Banners & Signs~ everyone enjoys signs, especially if they can be a photo backdrop. Again, handmade is best! Be creative!
Cake~ this is where you can really go all out! All of these cakes were handmade! There is nothing more fun than a theme cake!
Other ways to make the party special~ note tree, specialty drink, table signs-photos/quotes, silverware bundle with handmade napkins.
Endless ideas on making your celebration special! Contact me if you need any ideas!! The key is to keep things easy & fun!!
I’m so loving the crop tops, airy knit sweaters, cut off jeans, lace tops, gypsy feeling clothing, florals, prints, boyfriend jeans, tanks and how everything is carelessly put together~it’s summer style on steroids! So gorg and beautiful, the mix of styles, colors and textures! So much inspiration to be worn and oh, so many fun places! Summer = a merge of all things carefree and great.
Give a gift that counts. It should be thoughtful, pretty and make sense. Think about the person you are giving the gift to and ask yourself if, ‘they would like and appreciate it’, if not then go to plan B. When I give teacher/staff gifts I want to say within a maximum budge of $5. We do go in on a ‘class gift’ for the regular teachers, but I like to give to the supporting staff and principals. I start thinking about gift a month before school ends. That way I give myself enough time to shop on a budget.
We tried planting Peppermint seeds, but they didn’t germinate in time, but still made a really fun gift to give. I found these pops just as they are at “The Christmas Tree Shop” for $3.99. I wrote “thank you” myself, added tissue & used a close pin for the tea bag.
Colorful tissue adds interested to the gift.
I like to use baskets to deliver gifts with the boys in school.
I found they great peanut shaped ‘Inspire’ dishes at Micheal’s for $1.99.
Collect all your items then figure out the best ways to put everything together. I like the give to be on display and not in a gift bag. Gift bags are expensive and I’ve found you don’t need them if you have tissue paper and ribbon!
I picked this canister up at Micheal’s for $2.99, added Red Sox peanuts for $1.99 and wrote “thanks for being our Healthy Nut”. This was for the Gym teacher!
I had already had tissue paper, “thank you” stickers and ribbon on hand, making this an easy gift to put together.
I picked up some of these bath goods at the local grocery store for $1.99 and the soap was on clearance at Micheal’s for $1.00.
I used tissue, ribbon and a sticker to put the gift together.
On some I cut out paper and used double stick tape to attach to the ribbon.
Just use what you have!