Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fashion Over Fifty: Spring Florals

Hello!  Spring very briefly made it to Wisconsin (since then we got another snowfall and are currently back in the 20's and 30's)  so I took advantage of it by wearing this semi-spring outfit.  It was still too chilly to go without a coat, so I wore my quilted blush jacket last seen HERE to keep me warm.  I carried a mustard yellow purse.
 After years of only being able to visit a Francesca's store in Chicago or Minneapolis, one has finally come to my local mall.  Needless to say, I spent a small fortune there, and this was one of the pretty clothing items I purchased.  It is a sheer top with a beautiful vintage floral print.  I wore a pink tank top underneath.
 I wore light blue skinny jeans by MNG,  to keep the outfit from looking too feminine.  I completed the glam look with pink heels from Payless.   I usually don't buy shoes from Payless, but these were so cute I couldn't resist.  Plus, because the color is so trendy, I didn't want to spend a lot of money on them and not get much use out of them, so to Pay Less made a lot more sense!
 I wore a layer of opal and pink pearls  mixed with a chain for jewelry.  It was a challenge to decide whether to even wear jewelry with this blouse, and also to find something that complimented it and not clashed with it, but I did.

 My Payless shoes! I love the fun color and the heel!

It may not look or feel like Spring quite yet, but I'm still going to dress like it!

Have a great day!  Amy

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lets Sail Away!

Hello!  I have a sweet CAS card to show you today.   I picked up this scenic stamp at a local fabric and crafts store because I thought it would make really quick, easy, masculine cards which I am always in need of.

The image is by Stampendous and is called 'Sailboat Bay'.  The sentiment is by Kolette Hall.

I simply stamped the image with Stazon ink onto watercolor paper and then watercolored it using watercolor pencils.  I added a sentiment below the image, and rounded the corners of my main panel, and wa-la the card is done.  Love.  Don't you just wish you could be on one of those sailboats right now?  I do!

Have a great day!  Amy.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Picturing You!

Hello!  I pulled out my retired Stampin Up! set 'All in the Family' and 'All in the Family' accessories to make this fun CAS card.  I used Spellbinder's Nestabilities to create the camera and film strip.   The sentiment is from another retired SU! set.  I popped up the balloons and present on dimensionals, and added Crystal Effects to make them shiny.

 The images were colored with Copics, and I added an adhesive crystal heart for embellishment.
Have a great day!  Amy

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fashion Over Fifty: Wearing Metallic and Denim on Denim

Hello!  This week's Fashion Over Fifty post covers two new trends right now:  metallics, and wearing denim on denim.  I have to admit, metallics have always scared me a bit.  Although I like to look well dressed, I don't want to  stand out, and metallics always seem a little 'flashy' for my taste.  But I did want to jump on the metallic trend a little bit, so I did it in small doses:  metallic shoes!  I also have a metallic jacket that my husband bought for me last year.  Funny how my unfashionable husband was a year ahead of the trends and didn't even know it.   I have to admit, when I first opened his present, I was a bit mortified.  I didn't want to hurt the guys feelings, I mean, he rarely buys me clothing so I didn't want to discourage him, but I thought "Could I really ever wear this?".   The jacket hung in my closet for awhile, but eventually I figured out how to style it (thanks Pinterest!), and I not only wore it, but I grew to like it.  Now every time I put it on, a smile comes across my husband face and he says 'Ooooh, your wearing my jacket.'.  Thank goodness, I didn't return it.  It makes him happy to see me wear it.

Besides metallics, wearing denim on denim,  the big no-no for years, is now fashionable.  There are really no rules anymore for wearing denim head to toe.  I like to wear different shades or colors of denim to break it up a bit, but I've seen lots of pictures with people wearing the same shade of denim from head to toe.  

Pictured below I am wearing a pullover denim shirt from Old Navy and pin stripe denim ankle skinny jeans from a.n.a.  I love this outfit because it screams 'Spring', yet is still warm enough for the cooler temperatures.
 I wore this outfit to church (I did not have to sing on our worship team that day, so I felt I could dress a bit more casual), and I also recently wore it shopping with a friend.  There I am pictured below with all my goodies.  My friend thought it was so funny that I bought so much in one day, but I reassured that I don't do this all the time,  I just rarely have time to go and spend an entire day at a mall so I need to take advantage of it.  That excuse didn't last long when the salesperson at Famous Footwear said 'hello' and remembered me from a previous visit.   Ooops!   Well, I don't often have the luxury of spending an entire DAY at the mall, but I do like to pop into my favorite shoe store between shifts a lot!   What can I say, they are the type of store that constantly gets new items in weekly!
 Here is the metallic jacket my husband bought for me.
 Here is a close up of the pin stripe in my skinny jeans.   I love these jeans!  The narrow vertical stripe makes your legs look skinnier, and they add a lot more interest to an otherwise bland outfit.
 These were my one of my new purchases I made when shopping with my friend.  They are metallic silver shoes by Madden Girl.  I got them at Younkers.  They are so comfortable.  I love how I can integrate the metallic trend as a fifty something woman, in a way that works for me:  flat, comfortable loafers!
 I bought this statement necklace on the same shopping day with my friend.  I bought it from a little jewelry boutique called 'Icing'.  The bracelet is old, I think I bought it from a craft store.  I love how big jewelry like this can take a casual outfit up a notch, don't you?  One minute, I look like an old housewife, and all I have to do is add a glamorous statement necklace, and wa-la, I'm ready to face the world!
Have a great and fashionable day!  Amy

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cool Cat

Hello!  I have a fun little CAS card to show you today.  The image and sentiment is from retired Stampin Up! 'Cool Cat'.  I love images that I don't have to color.  It's not that I don't enjoy coloring, but it is very time consuming and sometimes overwhelming, and I like to just stamp and create some days.  

This was such an easy card to make.  I simply stamped the image and sentiment on a small white panel and added some enamel dots for interest.  I then mounted it on a black panel and then again on dotted designer paper.  A black card base was used for the background.

Have a great day!  Amy

Monday, March 31, 2014

March Christmas Cards

Hello!  I have my March Christmas Cards to show you today.  I had fun making these cards!  As most of you already know I play the Splitcoaststampers Christmas Card Challenge where we make Christmas Cards all year long so that were not stressed out during the busy holiday season.  I make five cards a month so that I will have about sixty at the end of the year.  I choose a different design each month, but I make five of that design.  I also make long cards (4 1/4 by 8 1/4) so that I can fit a photo collage postcard inside and I try to keep my cards to no more than two layers and 'bump free', so they are easier to mail.

Here is my Christmas Card this month.  I made five of these cards.  I used a retired Stampin Up! set called 'Winter Play' and stamped it on Kraft paper.  My sentiment is computer generated.  I colored the images with a mix of Copics and Prima Colored Pencils.  I sponged the edges with white craft ink and sprinkled on a variety of glitters from Martha Stewart.  I finished with some shimmer spray and adhered the Kraft panel to a white card base.

 Here's some close ups for you!

Have a great day!  Amy

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fashion Over Fifty: Playing with Plaid

Hello!  For this week's Fashion Over Fifty post, I'm playing with plaid.  Oh, and if your still wondering why in the world I'm still showing winter outfits, it's because it is STILL cold here in Wisconsin.  Trust me, I would love to show you some new spring outfits, but it was only about 9 degrees when I took this picture five days ago.  I hear we are going to get one day in the fifties on Sunday, and then the temperatures will quickly plummet back into the thirties.  So I fear if your looking for spring inspiration, you will have to look elsewhere.  Anyway, back to the plaid.  Plaid was all the rage this past fall and winter.  I kept seeing it everywhere and resisted it.  But when Bridgette Raes, one of my favorite style bloggers, did a post around this fun ModCloth plaid shirt  I could resist no more.  You really need to go check this post out and see how she styled this plaid shirt.  She's amazing!  I had to have a plaid shirt after I saw all the different ways I could wear it.

When putting together this outfit, I was inspired by Look #2 on Bridgette's blog.  Here is what I came up with:
 I used an off white scarf instead of a blue one, not only because I didn't have a blue one, but I thought a white one was at least a tad bit more 'spring-like' than a blue one.
 Because my scarf covers up my neckline, I wanted to show you a picture of the shirt as it appears on ModCloth.  It has a deep neckline with buttons, one chest pocket, and sleeve tabs.  A lot of previous buyers of this shirt described the material as thick, but I found it to be a very thin flannel, which I prefer.    Because I carry all my extra weight on top, I do not like to wear bulky sweaters, sweatshirts, or tops for I feel they make me look even bigger.
 Here is a close up of the sleeve tabs, pocket, and plaid print.  The shirt is very soft, and I love the length.  I have a long torso, and many tops are too short for me.  And because of it's length, I could probably wear this with leggings too.
 I purchased my scarf at Target.  It has a nice long fringe and a beautiful lace inlet detail.
For my bottom half,  I wore a dark denim barely bootleg jean from Express.   I can't even begin to tell you how hard it is to find a pair of jeans today WITHOUT holes.  My friend and I were shopping yesterday and we were laughing at all the jeans with holes in them.  We couldn't find hole-less jeans anywhere.    I mean, really, I know it's 'in' right now, but if I wanted a new pair of jeans with holes in them, I'd just pull out an old pair from my closet that got holes in them the good old fashioned way:  HARD WORK!  Spend a few hours gardening kids, and you will have plenty of holes in your jeans.
 Because we still have plenty of ice and snow on the ground, I wore my old stand by leather dress shoes that have a nice heel to them, but plenty of rubber traction.  The ice is actually getting worse instead of better because during the day it melts, and then overnight it freezes again, making it more slippery now than it was all winter.  Oh, cold weather, please go away and stay away!

And finally, because I have a scarf on and you can't see my neck, (and my long hair covers my ears, so what's the point of earrings?),   I wore a simple, multi colored bracelet from Lia Sophia.
This was my first experience shopping with ModCloth and I really enjoyed it.  What a fun company!  Did you know that they have a customer style gallery where you can submit a picture of yourself wearing your new ModCloth clothes and they put it in their Style Gallery?   You can even 'love' other customers style photos.  Check out my style photo HERE.  Another fun thing ModCloth does is to allow the customer help make the decision on what clothes the company will produce and sell.  It's called 'Be the Buyer' where you can look at pictures of clothes being considered for production and vote for them.  It is so fun!

So what about you?  Did you embrace the plaid trend this past season, or did you never stop wearing plaid and you always have a favorite flannel shirt hanging in your closet?  There is something so comforting about flannel, and it seems the older the shirt gets, the softer and more comfortable it becomes.

Have a great day!  Amy