Friday, February 27, 2015

Fashion Over Fifty: Mixing Prints

Hello!  Mixing prints can seem really scary, especially if your over fifty and you can recall the days when it was an absolute 'no-no'.  Remember when we use to laugh at people who wore mixed prints?  Well guess what, the joke's now on us because mixing prints is totally in!  Now, I must admit, mixing prints scares me, a lot!  It takes courage to walk out of the house with a bold, mixed print ensemble.  So I'm adapting to the trend by doing it in small doses, such as in the outfit I'm wearing below.

The trick to mixing prints is to still stay in the same color range or use a complementary color.  In other words, the prints can be different, but the colors can not clash.  Instead of wearing a completely different print on top than my bottom (which is the style now), I did it in a very small dose by just adding a different print in my scarf.  That way I'm incorporating the new trend, without it being too intimidating for me.
 My skirt is a one of my daughter's thrift store finds, the off-white turtleneck is from JCP (old), the black vest is also from JCP (purchased this year, but no longer available), the scarf I picked up at a fabrics and crafts store, and my black flats are ancient!
 The black and white cotton scarf has a hounds tooth pattern in it, whereas the skirt has a geometric pattern of circles and stars.
 I wore silver bangles for jewelry.
 Here is a close up of my flats.  They have an alligator print on them along with a pretty, and unique buckle detail on the toes.
 As always, because the skirt is on the short side, I wore it with black tights, but it would also look cute with leggings or cable knit tights.
I really liked how this outfit turned out.  It was cute and playful (my style), yet warm, comfortable, and somewhat dressy at the same time.  Totally me!

And now, here's some more mixed print styles from Pinterest for your inspiration:

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So what do you think?  Would you be courageous enough to mix prints like these fashionista's did?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great day!  Amy

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Geometrical ROCKS!!!

Hello!  This week Vicki at Stamp Smiles challenged us to use shapes or make a shaped card for the Flashback Friday Challenge.  At first, I wasn't going to play along this week, because I don't really like to make shaped cards (too much extra work), and I've never been really good with modern designs that involve geometric shapes.  Then I was scrolling through pages of cards I printed off years ago, and came across a design that I thought would work and I was able to case.  I don't have a link to show you the original card because there was no water mark on the picture to reference.  I also altered mine quite a bit from the original card.  But, if you recognize a similarity of my card to another, let me know, and I will edit my post.

To make my card, I used the retired Stampin Up! set 'Extreme Snowboard' for the main image.  I love this stamp!  So easy to use, and boys love the image!  My sentiment is from Inkadinkado 'Rock Star'.  To make the hexagons, I used the smallest die in my Spellbinder's Nestability set and cut the shapes out of the Me and My Big Ideas 'Urban Youth' stack.
 After I adhered all the shapes to the white card base, I stamped the image on top so a little bit got on an orange hexagon.  It left some white space, so I filled it in with a black marker.

 I adhered the white card base to a black card base to really make the card pop.

Have a great day!  Amy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Staying Fashionable in a Cold World

Hello!  While I was reading a lot of posts last week about New York's Fashion Week, I kept coming across blogger's stating how difficult it was to be fashionable when the weather is so cold.  I felt like commenting on each and every one 'Welcome to my world!' but I didn't.  I have about fifty pairs of the cutest little flats and heels I'd love to wear just hanging out in the guest room, but when I step outside and my foot sinks into six inches of snow, it's just not possible.  So I go in and visit my little shoes once in awhile just to say 'Hello' and I tell them hopefully it won't be too much longer till I can wear them again.  Yes, my fellow Fashionistas, winter is a challenge to dress for.  One thing I always struggle with is sweaters.  I love their warmth, but I hate the bulk.  I always feel that they add ten pounds to my figure the minute I put them on.  But some days are just so bitter cold, a sweater is a must, and this was one of those days!

I actually got rid of a lot of my pullover sweaters because I didn't enjoy wearing them for the reason stated above, and also because if I got too warm, I couldn't just take them off easily.  So I really have been investing more and more in cardigans the past couple of years.  But, as always, when the weather got cold, I missed my pullovers and I regretted tossing them.  So when JCP had their after Christmas door buster sales, I ended up buying three of them:  all under $10.00!!!!  Oh I how love JCP!  The sales are amazing!  You can see one of the other sweaters I bought HERE.  I wore it on our outdoor adventure to Perrot State Park.

I bought the sweater I'm wearing in this post for several reasons.  It was a classic cable knit sweater that never goes out of style,  it was a color that could easily go with anything in my wardrobe, and, I have been looking FOREVER for a sweater to go with my ankle length cords that I bought years ago at T.J. Maxx.  The sweater has tiny little copper flecks of color that are the exact same shade as my cords, so it matches them perfectly. JCP still has this sweater on-line and it's on clearance.  Not as cheap as I got it, but it's still available HERE.
 I wore a long sleeve, blue knit collared shirt under my sweater to bring in a different color other than brown into my outfit.  I left it untucked, but it wasn't very long, so you only see a peek of the blue on the bottom.
 I carried my big, black bucket bag from Express.  Everywhere I go, people comment on this bag.  They either say 'I Love Your Bag!', or they comment on the size.  Of which I then reply 'Yeah, you can  certainly pack it full with stuff, the trouble is finding it.  Everything tends to get lost inside!'  But it's great for traveling when you have to carry more than usual,  and also for sneaking food into a movie theater (shhh, don't tell anyone!).
 I had some cheap, gold bracelets that turned into a rusty copper, and rather than clean them, I decided to leave them this color since I had plenty of other gold bracelets but none this color.  The burnished color went much better with the copper cords than a shiny gold would have.  It was a blessing in disguise!
 For footwear, of course, I was wearing boots.  Boots, boots, boots.  I said to my husband the other day how tired I am of wearing boots.  I remember back in August when all the locals started wearing their boots and I thought 'Are they crazy?  It's eighty degrees outside!  Why do women always rush the seasons?  They'll have six months to wear those boots.  Wear flip flops while you still can!'
 I got my boots at Famous Footwear a year or two ago.
 Here are a few close ups so you can see the flecks of color in the sweater.  Looking at this picture, I can see flecks of grey and I'm thinking this sweater would look great with my dark grey skinnies too!
 To glam up a very casual outfit a bit, I wore a necklace that daughter gave me.  It is a hand-made necklace made by an artist in a third world country.  It is sold by a missions group that helps people in third world countries make a living by selling their goods in America.  The little pops of color in the necklace really livens up and completes the outfit.
So what about you?  If you live in a cold climate, how do you stay fashionable in a cold world?  Or do you just give up and sacrifice fashion for warmth and comfort?  I'd love to hear from you!

Have a great day!  Amy

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