Oct 30, 2020

Fashion Over Forty: Shopping my Closet and Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Sweater weather is definitely here to stay for a while and I decided to style one of my favorite sweater purchases from last year in a different way. This was one I purchased from Target by Universal Threads. 

It was supposed to be another overcast/mostly cloudy day but somehow just at the time we finally got around to taking these pictures, there was not a single cloud in the sky.... at least not enough to make a difference. 

On this day I actually had planned on visiting the apple orchard once more, but then we discovered a lake and hiking trail so we spent some time here instead.

 

Please note, some affiliate links are included in this post, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase through the links. As always this is at no extra cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting this blog.


Since this sweater is from last year I can no longer link to it, I'm sharing some of my current Target favorites below. You may also find this specific one on ThredUp or Poshmark. I think the quality is good for the price but do need to use a lint roller on the black part of the sweater (I have two cats). It washes well, I turn it inside out and wash in cold water/delicate cycle in the washing machine. Then lay flat to dry. 

Could really have used my sunglasses but left them at home...


Last year I shared a photo where I paired the sweater with blue jeans, but I'm trying to get out of my blue jean rut just a little bit and been wearing these black jeans a little more than usual. My jeans are a few years old but I'd love to get these slim straight jeans from Old Navy, of course they are sold out in Petite & Short so I won't be getting them. I really feel like there are never enough options for short people!!


These boots and saddle bag you've seen me wear/carry before several times on this blog if you've been following my outfit posts. Both are old, I did find a direct link to the exact boots on Amazon. They are by Earth Origin and I find them very comfortable and true to size. I'd love this saddle bag as a real leather version but it's expensive and I don't really need another bag. If you like this style, this one is much lower priced and has good reviews. 




Here is a photo from last year where I paired the sweater with with blue jeans. You can read this original post here if you're interested.


Love these beautiful fall colors on the trail/lake we discovered. Wish this beautiful season would last a little bit longer!


Below are some of my favorites from this year's Target sweaters. 
I'm a bit tempted by the animal print sweater (listed as charcoal gray) even though I'm not usually one to wear animal prints...


  

 


Friday Favorites:

On the last Friday of each month I like to share some of my favorite purchases of the month.




I have recently shared an outfit with this cardigan. I absolutely love it!





This product was recommended by my hair stylist a few years ago and it's what I've used on my naturally wavy hair (that can be a pain to style). I was happy to discover it at Ulta when I needed to re-order my foundation

Organic Rosehip Seed Oil


I came across this at my local Marshall's store and remembered reading many positive things about it before. Honestly I was getting tired of all the facial creams that promise something but really feel like they are all just a mix of chemicals so I am now using this oil instead of any facial creams. I use it morning and night, and it works great under my foundation. It does have a slight rosehip smell to it, which some may not like so much, but I personally love it! It's not on the Marshall's site, but I did find the exact item at Walmart.com. A few options are also available at Ulta, like this organic version


Rosehip Fruit Spread

Speaking of rosehips, a year or so ago found my absolute favorite Rosehip Spread at Walmart imported from Germany. It's only being sold in a package of 10, I'm on my last two jars and will need to re-order soon. My brother would mail this or bring when he visited from overseas and I was soooo excited when I found the exact brand at Walmart 😊. But it's online only. 



Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to stop by my blog!

I'm linking up with these wonderful blogs:


Saturday: Dare to Share

Sunday: Style Splash linkup // 
Sunday Showcase (first Sunday)

Monday: Away From Blue // The Queen In Between (first Monday) // Claire Justine Creative Mondays // Glass of Glam // Mutton Style // Inspire Me Monday // Ageless Style Linkup (1st Monday) // Hello Monday // Random-osity Good, Random, Fun // You're The Star Blog Hop Link Party @Stonecottage Adventures // Anything Goes with Your Hosts @ My Random Musings

Tuesday: The Fashion Canvas // Shelbee On the Edge Spread the Kindness // I Do deClaire // Elegantly Dressed and Stylish // Myriad Musings // Jenerally Informed Happy Now Blog Link // Style Splash linkup // Tuesday with a Twist @Stonecottage Adventures // I Will Wear What I Like Linkup  // Randomosity - Good Random - Fun

Wednesday: What's Up Wednesday? (last wed. of month) // The Queen in Between Style Six // Straight A Style // Jersey Girl, Texan Heart // Fashion Frenzy at Seeking Sunshine and Rosy Outlook // Is This Mutton? Wow on Wednesday // Effortlessly Sophisticated // Wonderful Wednesday // 
 Welcome Wednesdays //  Classy Flamingos

Thursday: Fashion Files at Doused in Pink and Curly Crafty Mom // Elegance and Mommyhood // High Latitude Style // A Labour of Life // Mummabstylish // Thirty Minus One // Mutton Style // 
Thursday Favorite Things //  Little Things Thursday // Traffic Jam Weekend @Being a Wordsmith

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Oct 24, 2020

Celebration Time at Allsorts Challenge

Hello and welcome! It's Saturday and that means a new theme starts today at Allsorts challenge for everyone to join in! It's Kath's turn to host and she picked the theme of Celebration Time - birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, new home, new job, Christmas and more! We'd love for you to get crafty and share with us! One lucky winner will receive  a Tonic die and  your entry may be one of the top 5!


I made an anniversary card for my husband (last month was our 22nd anniversary) using the Hero Arts February 2019 stamp kit


Please note, some affiliate links are included in this post, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase through the links. As always this is at no extra cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting this blog.

By the way their classic kits (where still available and this one including) are now reduced ($5 off). There are currently a total of 8 kits in this reduced category, you can see these 8 kits here or take a look at all of their monthly kit products




I  created an inky background using distress inks - Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick, Seedless Preserves, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire. A circle die cut and a wide strip of masking tape were used to mask off the bottom border and moon. 

The dancing couple from the stamp kit was stamped using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink (I need to buy a re-inker for my ink pad!!)  and I used the matching die that comes with this kit to cut out the image. I used foam tape to adhere to the card.
  
The '"true love" sentiment is an oldie from Whimsy Stamps - Chalkboard sentiments, but unfortunately it is no longer available and I wasn't able to find anything comparable. The music notes are part of the Hero Arts kit. 

On the bottom part I used one of Tim Holtz's Quotations stickers



Thanks so much for visiting!

I'm linking up here:
Cute Card Thursday - stamping // / Inspire Me Monday - Linkup // Artsy Fartsy // Thinking out Loud Thursday // Little Things Thursday // Thursday Favorite Things // Slices of Life (Encouraging Hearts and Home) // Creative Compulsions // Fridays at the Fire Station // Friday favorites //High Five for Friday // Friendship Friday // Funtastic Fridays // A Morning Cup of Joe // On the Edge // Friday Favorites // Best of the Month-- (first Friday/ month)

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Oct 23, 2020

Fashion Over Forty: Black Gray and Chocolate Brown for Fall

So this Fall darker browns are a trending color and I decided it's time for me to dust off my brown corduroy jacket I've had in my closet for many years. This used to be my "go-to" fall jacket years ago but have not worn it in the recent years. Thought about donating it many times but I always change my mind because it is somewhat unique and I'm known to hoard things 😊. 


I really wanted to pair it with some black jeans because I'm always so quick to reach for blue jeans out of habit. So I created a black, brown and gray outfit. But wanted to say, as I am analyzing these pictures I'm not 100% happy with this outfit. I think straight leg jeans would have been a better fit because of the lapels of the jacket if that makes any sense...I just think these lapels and skinny jeans visually throw off the proportions and they make my shoulders appear wider than what they are.... I did have my son snap a photo of me wearing straight leg pants and I'm sharing that one at the end of the post and I've used that photo in the logo above.


Please note, some affiliate links are included in this post, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase through the links. As always this is at no extra cost to you. Many thanks for supporting this blog.


Rainclouds were hanging low on this day, so we didn't have good lighting...

As I'm sure you can imagine, I don't have a link to this jacket, but you can always check ThredUp or Poshmark. It's by the Relativity brand. Otherwise I did find a similar style jacket at Macy's and it's currently 30% off (as I type this) and comes in the 3 colors shown below - Deep Cherrywood, Dark Chocolate and Ashwood Brown, as well as a in blue. The  styling on these jackets is definitely more up to date!


                       







Since I had to cuff the jeans and therefore showing a gray color on the cuff I decided to pair the jeans with a gray sweater. This one is by GAP, another oldie from my closet. While looking for a similar sweater to link, I did find this pretty cashmere sweater at GAP and it also comes in a beautiful camel color which always seems to be a popular color. Cashmere is always higher priced and unfortunately excluded from any discounts. They do make great and useful gifts though!


My skinny jeans are by Free People. Mine are a true black and I don't have a link to this exact pair, but I did find these jeans at Macy's in an off black color which is also trending this year.  You may also want to check out Old Navy as they have a great variety of black jeans. I'd love this slim straight pair.



These ankle boots I've shown you before in a few previous posts. They are by Miz Mooz and of buttery soft leather. Mine came from Nordstrom from a few years ago when they were on a clearance sale. I did find the exact pair at Zappos (also available in Black and Ocean).


I accessorized with a longer necklace - my preferred lengths for when I wear a crew neck or other high necklines. This is part of a multi strand necklace by Lucky Brand (old) with a coin type charm. Similar necklaces can be found on Amazon.



I thought I'd try the jacket with straight leg pants and had my son snap this photo yesterday... (Since I don't have black straight leg jeans I substituted with black straight ponte knit pants. I had to fold them under once for a better fit with the boots. I do think straight leg jeans look better than skinny with this jacket...but no idea why the shoes appear brighter than they actually are...maybe it's these booties that throw off everything LOL. 


So what are you thoughts? Does this jacket still deserve a spot in my closet or is it time to give it up?? I do have two other corduroy type jackets in different colors, so will see if I can get those styled better. It's funny how before doing these posts I'd just throw on a jacket and go on with my day without giving it much thought....



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Saturday: Dare to Share

Sunday: Style Splash linkup // 
Sunday Showcase (first Sunday)

Monday: Away From Blue // The Queen In Between (first Monday) // Claire Justine Creative Mondays // Glass of Glam // Mutton Style // Inspire Me Monday // Ageless Style Linkup (1st Monday) // Hello Monday // Random-osity Good, Random, Fun // You're The Star Blog Hop Link Party @Stonecottage Adventures // Anything Goes with your Hosts @ My Random Musings

Tuesday: The Fashion Canvas // Shelbee On the Edge Spread the Kindness // I Do deClaire // Elegantly Dressed and Stylish // Myriad Musings // Jenerally Informed Happy Now Blog Link // Style Splash linkup // Tuesday with a Twist @Stonecottage Adventures // I Will Wear What I Like Linkup  // Randomosity - Good Random - Fun

Wednesday: What's Up Wednesday? (last wed. of month) // The Queen in Between Style Six // Straight A Style // Jersey Girl, Texan Heart // Fashion Frenzy at Seeking Sunshine and Rosy Outlook // Is This Mutton? Wow on Wednesday // Effortlessly Sophisticated // Wonderful Wednesday // 
 Welcome Wednesdays

Thursday: Fashion Files at Doused in Pink and Curly Crafty Mom // Elegance and Mommyhood // High Latitude Style // A Labour of Life // Mummabstylish // Thirty Minus One // Mutton Style // 
Thursday Favorite Things //  Little Things Thursday // Traffic Jam Weekend @Being a Wordsmith







Oct 17, 2020

Birthday Cakes and Cupcakes for Allsorts Challenge

For my weekly "Fashion Over Forty" posts please click HERE.

For Ellibelle's Crafty Wednesday challenge please click HERE.


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Good morning! It's time for a new theme at Allsorts challenge. Wendy is hosting this week and her theme is "Birthday Cakes or Cupcakes". Hope you'll join in for a chance to win a prize by Pinksy Doodles. The winner will get to choose some digital items. 


My card uses a cupcake image from this Pinksy Doodles set, combined with a  stamped image by Penny Black.


Please note, some affiliate links are included in this post, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase through the links. As always this is at no extra cost to you. Many thanks for supporting this blog.


The large cupcake has been printed then colored with Copic markers. The fairy girl from the Penny Black set Cupcake has been stamped with Memento Tuxedo ink and also colored with copic markers. Both were fussy cut and I adhered the fairy to the top of the cupcake. 


To make the background I used Stamper's Anonymous harlequin stencil and Black Soot Distress ink on part of the card, then used Stampin Up's French Script background stamp (retired - Options HERE) on the other side. The large sentiment is part of the penny black stamp set with the fairy girl and the small happy birthday is part of Penny Black's Snippets set. I used a die by Avery Elle (Wonky Stitches) to cut out the banner. 


Before adhering the card front to the base, I inked up the edge with matching Broken China ink. 






Thanks so much for stopping by today, be sure to visit the challenge blog too to take a look at what my team mates made for this fun challenge and of course to link up your own birthday cakes and cupcakes creations!


I'm linking up with these blogs:
Little Red Wagon - Magical // WaterCooler Wednesday - Occasions // Arty Divas - Anything Goes // Path of Positivity - Girl Power // 613 Avenue Create - Winged Things // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - PB stamps

 

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Oct 16, 2020

Fashion Over Forty: What to Wear Hiking on a Warm Fall Day and Hiking in Iowa Pictures

Last weekend we had some beautiful summer like weather and at the same time the fall colors were at their peak so I decided to fit a hiking trip into our weekend. I don't know why we never visited this State Park in Eastern Iowa, Wildcat Den, because it's absolutely beautiful and less than 1.5 hours away from where I've lived for over 20 years. We usually drive east to visit the Starved Rock State Park area in Illinois for a day of hiking which is a beautiful area too, but this year we visited Iowa so much more!  And I am glad we discovered this this park! In case you are wondering, yes, there are native wildcats living in Iowa (Bobcats and Lynx) but they are very secretive and rarely seen. 


I'm sharing some pictures from this hike, but also wanted to write about what I wore, because I may have found the perfect yoga pants for hiking. (And of course I love them for yoga just the same). 


Since this was our first time visiting here and it's said to be at moderate hiking level, I wanted to be better prepared than hike in jeans and regular sneakers which I do often when I am familiar with the trails. 


Please note: Some affiliate links are used in this post, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links. As always this is at no cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting this blog.


I thought my Yogalicious yoga pants with side pockets would be perfect!


I found these yoga pants last year at TJ Maxx and purchased them in a capri and regular lengths. This is the capri which fits me more like a crop. There is a pocket on each side, perfect for holding a phone, keys or some cash. 

They are still available at TJ Maxx. You can find the Capri style HERE and the Ankle lengths HERE and they are also on Amazon - Capri lengths // Ankle lengths, although they are a bit more expensive through Amazon. 

Some of you probably prefer higher end Yoga pants like those from Lululemon, but for my personal needs these affordable leggings are just perfect.

The tank top by Rachel Zoe is another item I found at TJ Maxx, probably at the same time. While not a typical workout shirt, I thought it was perfect for this day and it paired will with my black yoga pants.  I don't have a link to this specific top, but TJ Maxx does have a nice selection of workout tops



My sneakers I purchased years ago, they are a trail running sneaker and I find them to be the next best thing to true hiking shoes or boots. Personally I prefer a trail running shoe over a hiking boot because they are lighter than traditional hiking shoes/boots but I am sure there are occasions when a traditional hiking shoe will be better. 

My exact pair is no longer available. This pair looks similar but in all black and white, which I'd actually prefer in this stage of my life. But since my adidas are in great condition, I won't be getting a new pair at this time. DSW has a good selection of trail running shoes at various prices and I also found a great selection on Amazon.  By the way, I don't actually use these to run, I hate running LOL and only use them for hiking. At the gym I use my Asics Gel Venture (again no running, but I do use the elliptical machine).


I tied a quarter zip sweatshirt around my waist in case I needed it, but could have left it at home on this day. Mine is old (by Reebok) and no longer available, but I found some similar options on Amazon. 





More photos are below.....

For those of you interested in this State Park: We came from the east and parked by the Pine Creek Grist Mill. When you cross the road (Wildcat Den Road) you will enter the trail from there. I suggest using the Alltrails app or take a screenshot of the trail map, as there aren't many signs throughout the park. 
You can also park at one of the picnic/camping areas. I'm pretty sure you'd just have to keep driving a bit further up the road (Wildcat Den Road) to get there.



Interesting root system!


I think these wooden stairs blend in so nicely with nature.







A peek at my husband and daughter below looking at what I think is part of the "Devil's Punchbowl".  








In the photo below my son is going through the "Fat Man's Squeeze" (yes, that's what they named this rock formation) with me to the left getting up there. 


The only snake we encountered - at the other end of "Fat Man's Squeeze". It's a good thing we didn't see it sooner or I wouldn't have climbed up there :) 


We didn't plan on hiking socially distant from each other but here we are 😀 




These river pictures were taken when we got back to the car at the mill. 




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 Yogalicious Yoga Pants 
available HERE (TJMaxx) and HERE (Amazon)
Full lengths HERE (TJMaxx) and HERE (Amazon)
Trail Running Shoes Similar Option
Available HERE (Zappos) More Styles ( at Zappos) More Options (at DSW)
Trail Running Shoes on Amazon
Half Zip Top  (Amazon)



Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you still have many nice fall days in your area. It definitely cooled off here and we've had some windy days. Many of the leaves are now on the ground. We surely picked the best day for this hike.


I'm linking up with these wonderful blogs:


Saturday: Dare to Share

Sunday: Style Splash linkup // 
Sunday Showcase (first Sunday)

Monday: Away From Blue // The Queen In Between (first Monday) // Claire Justine Creative Mondays // Glass of Glam // Mutton Style // Inspire Me Monday // Ageless Style Linkup (1st Monday) // Hello Monday // Random-osity Good, Random, Fun // You're The Star Blog Hop Link Party @Stonecottage Adventures

Tuesday: The Fashion Canvas // Shelbee On the Edge Spread the Kindness // I Do deClaire // Elegantly Dressed and Stylish // Myriad Musings // Jenerally Informed Happy Now Blog Link // Style Splash linkup // Tuesday with a Twist @Stonecottage Adventures // I Will Wear What I Like Linkup  // Randomosity - Good Random - Fun

Wednesday: What's Up Wednesday? (last wed. of month) // The Queen in Between Style Six // Straight A Style // Jersey Girl, Texan Heart // Fashion Frenzy at Seeking Sunshine and Rosy Outlook // Is This Mutton? Wow on Wednesday // Effortlessly Sophisticated // Wonderful Wednesday // 
 Welcome Wednesdays

Thursday: Fashion Files at Doused in Pink and Curly Crafty Mom // Elegance and Mommyhood // High Latitude Style // A Labour of Life // Mummabstylish // Thirty Minus One // Mutton Style // 
Thursday Favorite Things //  Little Things Thursday // Traffic Jam Weekend @Being a Wordsmith


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