May 31, 2020

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May 23, 2020

Dots, Stripes and/or Gingham for Allsorts Challenge

I am back today with my card for our new theme at Allsorts challenge. Mervi is hosting this week and she chose theme of "Gingham, Stripes or Dots". Some of my favorite patterns and they are always a nice addition on cards. Hope you can join us this week!

Please note, this post does include some affiliate links, 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 your support.

This cute image is one from Penny Black (No. 4137K), and old wood mounted stamp, unfortunately I cannot find a link to it anywhere at the moment - not even eBay. Just some simple pencil coloring done here using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.

The banner is from the Penny Black set Let's Go Wild stamped with one of the blue Distress inks (I didn't pay attention which one I had so I can't tell you for sure what color it was) and the sentiments are from the Penny Black set Snippets. I brushed some clear Wink of Stella glitter over the balloons, flowers and party hat to make them sparkle. The striped paper border came from and old Stampin Up stamp kit (Paper Pumpkin). 

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I can't believe the glitter is actually visible this time, not always easy to capture on camera.

Penny Black 4137K (retired and no longer available) // Penny Black Let's Go Wild // Penny Black Snippets // Versafine Ink // Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils // Blue Distress Ink // 

Thanks so much for visiting! Hope to see you joining us at Allsorts challenge this week!

I'm linking up with these blogs:
Crafty Catz  - Spots or Stripes // Cute Card Thursday - Critters // Sweet Stampers - Animals // WaterCooler Wednesday - Masculine // Double D Challenges - Something beginning with M (Mice) //Path of Positivity - Furry Friends // The Happy Now Link Up
The Happy Now Blog Link-Up; Tuesdays on JENerally Informed and From Play Dates to Parties!

May 22, 2020

Fashion Over Forty: Straight Crop Jeans with New Henley Top

It's Friday already and time for a new outfit post. Last Friday I shared a mini try on session of some new clothes and a pair of shoes I ordered, and I thought it would be fun to style them in different ways. In today's post I'm wearing the Henley Top in the pretty color Rosy Bloom with straight crop jeans and striped ballet flats.

As mentioned in last week's post, I want to try coming up with a few different outfit options with the clothes I purchased, mixing them up with things already in my closet, so next week I will share another post where I style this top in a different way. I am waiting to receive different sizes on two other items I purchased, and hopefully those will fit me better, so I can do a styling series with them as well.

Please note, this post does include some affiliate links, 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 your support.

Btw, this  Henley top has been restocked in all regular sizes and you can get it at  60% off and Free Shipping with code ALLIN (ends May 23rd).

The only new item here is the top from LOFT, everything else is old, especially these crop jeans I've had for years! These are by Silver jeans, found at Gordman's a few years ago. Some styles from this brand are available at Macy's, Maurices and even Amazon.  These jeans are the Suki Superstretch Midrise Capri, but on my short legs they fit like a crop style. In case you're wondering what the difference is: true capri pants end at the widest part of your calf, while crop pants are a little bit longer and end a few inches above your ankle.

So many newly hatched geese at the lake! Ok, maybe they aren't exactly newly hatched anymore, but it was fun to see all the goose families gather around. Here are just two families, but they were spread out all over this area. So cute!!

As mentioned in the try on session post, I purchased this top in regular size (vs my usual petite) and how the fit is a little bit loose on me (as you can see here) but that I was thinking it will shrink some in the wash. After wearing it on this day I did wash it but it didn't shrink, so I threw it in the dryer and I think it fits me a little bit better now. I will know for sure after taking pictures for next week's fashion post.

By the way, this Henley top has been restocked in all regular sizes. It runs true to size. Slightly see through like most linen summer tops, but not to where you will need to wear a cami under it. Washing in cold water and lay flat or hang to dry is recommended to prevent shrinking.

                     >>>>>>>> Sale Alert: Use Code ALLIN for free shipping and 60% off your LOFT order (ends Saturday May 23rd)

My navy and white striped canvas  ballet flats were purchased at Kohl's a couple of years ago and are no longer available. Although not the same, these from DSW would be a similar option. I also like these canvas wedge pumps  and  these wedge espadrilles, but they are pricey. 

Crossbody bags are usually my go-to bags, especially a neutral color like this one. This specific bag is by Nine West (old), I like this crossbody bag as an alternative option.

Shop Today's Look:
Henley Linen Top (LOFT) -Use Code ALLIN FOR 60% off and Free Shipping (ends may 23rd)

Crop/Capri Jeans options HERE (Macys), HERE (Maurices) and HERE (Amazon)

Shoe Options:
(these are all from DSW)

I love spring! I'm sharing a few spring pictures as well... this is my favorite time of the year! Before the mosquitos come out in full force along with the high humidity.

These eastern redbud trees are so pretty! I finally planted one in my backyard a few weeks ago and hopefully it will survive! Unfortunately we had an italian plum tree and an apple tree that didn't make it, so I am hoping by planting a regular flowering tree without fruits we'll have more luck.

These families of Canadian geese were spread out all over the area. They are here from spring to fall.

This guy camouflaged himself so well. I almost missed him, but my husband with his 20/20 vision spied him right away and captured this picture.

As always, thank you so much for visiting!

Next week on Wednesday I plan on sharing a review of my first Misfits Market box I received in the mail yesterday,  hope you'll stop by to check it out :-)

If you would like to give this service a try, you can use this code COOKWME-TT0TPG to get 25% off your first box. Misfits Market is a subscription service for organic fruits and veggies (weekly or every 2 weeks) and you can read more about it here on their site. 

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May 18, 2020

Reminder Post for Penny Black and More - For Boys or Men

Good morning! It's time for the Penny Black and More midmonth reminder post where this month it's all about Men and Boys. We have some great prizes on offer from Penny Black and Blade Rubber Craft so hope you can find some time to join us if you haven't already and remember you may enter up to 3 creations for more chances to win. Traditional stamping is required as the focal point point but you can use any brand of stamps!

Please note, this post does include some affiliate links, 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 your support.

I used a mix of two stamps to create this card, both are by Penny Black - The driving dog is from the set Hello Friend and then the tree scene is called Snow Blanket. Oh, and the birds and grass behind the hill are also from Penny Black from the set Nature's Friends

I started out by stamping the background scene using the stamp Snow Blanket which I've inked up with Distress markers and I used my stamp platform (similar options) for easy stamping. Next I used a stamp from the clear set Nature's Friends with Mowed Lawn distress ink to stamp a border of grass before I adhered the die cut hill. My stitched hill die is old from Whimsy Stamps, this set includes similar dies and is also available on Amazon (linked below).

The dog from the set Hello Friend has been stamped and heat embossed on watercolor paper then distress markers were used for coloring.  It's been fussy cut with my Cutterbee scissors then added to the card with foam tape. Sentiment is a sticker from Tim Holtz' Quotations sticker set. To finish off this card I stamped the birds from the set Nature's Friends.

I will be adding this card to a card base, but when I made it I was running low on the heavy weight paper I use for card bases, so I decided to wait until I was able to purchase more. I did get a chance to drive to Iowa and shop at Hobby Lobby and found some heavyweight white cardstock there, but that was after my card had been photographed. Who knew I'd ever run out of cardmaking supplies!!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog today! 

Linking up with these blogs:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Critters // Creative Craft Cottage Challenges - Masculine // Sweet Stampers  - Animals // Penny Black Saturday Challenge - PB Stamps // Fab n Funky - Handcolored Image // Simon Says Stamp- Animal Fun // Shopping Our Stash - Oh, the Places you'll go // Path of Positivity - Furry Friends // 

May 15, 2020

Loft and Nordstrom Mini Try On Session Plus Pre-Loved Pieces

Happy Friday! 

Today's post is longer than my usual posts with several  outfit photos (some previously shared) and two completely different fashion topics - a Mini Try-On Session from LOFT and Nordstrom and Some Favorite Pre-Loved Pieces.  

A few weeks ago I placed an order with Loft for some summer clothes and I also found a couple of things from the Nordstrom Sales section, and thought it would be fun to review these on my blog.

I actually wanted to share this review next week but decided to do so today, as I know how fast things can sell out, in case some of you are interested in adding one or two of these pieces to your closets. Then in the coming weeks I plan on styling each one of these items in different ways and mix them up with things already in my closet. 

Please note, this post does include some affiliate links, 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 your support.

Also wearing Riviera Crop Pants in Chambray.

 Mixed Media Tie Neck Top // Riviera Crop Pants // Sandals by Soul Naturalizer (old, purchased at Kohls)

As I mentioned in a recent post, I love to wear these types of tops on warm and sunny days. I made the mistake and ordered Petite XS when I should have ordered Petite Small. While it does look like it fits, it 's pulling across the chest area and I am currently waiting on the exchange item. 
Had I taken a look at the size chart  I wouldn't have to exchange. Loft's size chart is found on the right side of each item's page. Be sure to measure your bust size (what I failed to do before ordering!)

  • Available in Regular and Petite.
  • Front of the top is a flowy woven material and the back is made of a soft knit material (same pattern).
  • Runs True to Size (sizing chart can be found on the right side on product page)
  • Use Code SUNNY to get 50% off your purchase. This code ends 5/19
  • Use Code ALLIN to take 60% off your purchase and receive FREE SHIPPING (ends May 23rd)

 Riviera Crop Pants // Mixed Media Tie Neck Top // Sandals by Soul Naturalizer (old, purchased at Kohls)

These Chambray crop pants I first noticed last year at the end of the season when there were only a few sizes left - not mine. When I saw that they brought them back again this year, I decided to order them. I think they are a great alternative to jeans or shorts  in the summer, especially for an event that calls for something other than jeans. These pants are made of a stretchy cotton material (97% cotton, 3% Spandex) and they run about 1 size too big. Here I am wearing Petite 0 but I am waiting to receive Petite 00. They do come with belt loops and I could have just used them with a belt, but according to other reviewers they do loosen up a bit with wear, so I wanted them to have a better fit to begin with. Plus exchanges and returns are currently free at LOFT. The sandals I'm wearing here are not ideal for these crop pants and I am currently looking for a neutral sandal with a (somewhat lower) block heel and thin straps. I do really like these sandals, but the heel is not really practical for my life style....

  • Available in Regular, Petite, Plus, Modern and Curvy Fit
  • Stretch Cotton
  • Runs large  and does losen up a bit with wear (I exchanged for a smaller size)
  • Crop fit, perfect for Summer
  • Also available in a few other colors HERE
  • Use code WANT at checkout to bring the price down to $25 (this only works on the pants)
  • Use Code ALLIN to take 60% off your purchase and receive FREE SHIPPING (ends May 23rd)

3. Henley Linen Tee in Rosy Bloom
Also wearing Old Navy Skinny Jeans - Similar (mine are from last year)

Henley Linen Tee // Skinny Jeans from Old Navy - Similar

This top is made of 100% linen so it will be the perfect top to wear on a hot summer day. As with most tops made of linen material it is slightly see through but not to the point where I would need to wear a cami underneath. I love the casual style of this top with the added button details and loose cap sleeves. 
Although available in Petite, I decided to order it in Regular XS for a looser fit (and in case it shrinks in the wash it will still fit me :) Speaking of wash, Linen needs to be washed with cold water and laid flat to dry. I would say it runs true to size - follow size chart. 

  • Available in Regular, Petite and Plus
  • 100% Linen
  • Fits True to Size
  • Laying Flat to Dry is recommended
  • Currently marked down to $13.80 and Free Shipping with code ALLIN (ends May 23rd)


That was all I received from Loft, but I am still waiting on this blue dress and this blue cardigan. Due to the current situation, their shipping has been delayed and I did wait for about a month to receive the above items. The dress and cardigan were ordered a couple of weeks later and they have not yet shipped. Under normal circumstances Loft does ship quite quickly.

I also ordered two things from Nordstrom.

1. Cotton Knit Sweater by Madewell 
Also wearing Old Navy Skinny Jeans - Similar (mine are from last year)

Cotton Knit Sweater by Madewell  // Old Navy Skinny Jeans - Similar

This sweater is part of Nordstrom's current SALE. I think this dusty pink would be great not only for chilly spring days but also in fall with dark wash jeans. This sweater has an oversized fit and I'd say it runs one size too big. Based on the reviews I decided to order one size down, which is XXS and it still seems a little large because Petite sizing is not available. My daughter talked me into keeping it though....

  • Casual Slouchy Fit
  • I recommend going down one size
  • 100% Cotton 
  • Great for early spring and fall
  • Now 60% off (was $89.50, now $35.80)

2. Caslon Low Heel Pumps

I also found these suede pumps in the sales section. I've been looking for some nude pumps with a lower heel and these did seem perfect. (Not sure I'd wear them with these crop pants though .... I purchased them for when I want to wear a dress as nude shoes visually lengthen your legs.)
I usually wear 7.5 to 8 (more often 8) but for whatever stupid reason I ordered 7.5 thinking they would otherwise come off the back, however with my wide feet they were too tight at the front. I've reordered in a size 8 and have returned these. They are also available in a pretty camel suede color, which is another great neutral. These pumps are marked down 60% from $89.95 to $35.98. Sizes are limited.

  • Suede Leather Upper 
  • Minimalist Look
  • 1 1/4 Low Block Heel
  • True to Size (if in between sizes go with the larger size esp. if you have wide feet)

(also wearing Riviera Crop Pants  and Mixed Media Tie Neck Top from LOFT)

Personally I think these crop pants need a higher heel...

Shelbee's and Nancy's Goodbuy/Goodbye Series: 
All Things Pre-Loved

While I love shopping for new things, I have also dipped my toes into second hand shopping. My husband and I have been visiting thrift and antique stores ever since I moved to the states in the late 90's.. He's been a comic book collector pretty much his whole life and as you can imagine the classic comic books can only be found on the second hand market. I used to only look through their books, then began noticing other items (see that pretty blue sofa chair in the photos above? It was a Goodwill find from a few years ago and it's one of my favorite piece of furniture in the house). 

Then I started noticing their  handbags and found some great deals! On eBay I found two pairs of premium denim jeans for a fraction of the original cost. In fact, in the recent years there has been a movement going on about buying second hand due to the waste caused by the clothing industry. It might not surprise you to read, that the Fashion industry is one of the most wasteful industries in the world. So when you shop at second hand stores, you are not only saving money but most importantly you are also doing a small part to save the environment.

On the 15th of every month, Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and Nancy of Nancy's Fashion Style host a series on their blogs called Good Buy/Goobye. This month their theme is "All Things Pre-Loved". Readers are invited to submit photos and this time I decided to send a couple of them in, as I do love mixing old and new. You can read Nancy's post HERE and Shelbee's post HERE to find out which ones of their pre-loved pieces were Good Buys and which ones it's time to say Goodbye to. 

I've only been "Fashion Blogging" for a few months, but found several photos I've shared that include pre-loved items, and here are a few favorites: 

You can see the original post HERE

The saddle bag was a thrifted item. It was purchased in "like new" condition and has become one of my favorite bags to carry. I love the casual style and I love this cognac color which will go with almost anything in my closet. And you just cannot beat the price of around $6. Definitely a Good Buy and possibly my most used pre-loved piece.

You can see the original post HERE.

In this outfit I'm wearing a hand-me-down sweater from my dear sister and the handbag I found at Goodwill. 
Normally I can't stand wearing turtleneck sweaters. They have to be extremely comfortable (not too tight) and made of a soft, not scratchy material, otherwise it's just not happening! This turtleneck sweater is one that I can comfortably wear without feeling constricted. And I love the color!

This handbag was a Good Buy because the price was amazing and another color that will go with most pieces in my closet. While I normally carry a crossbody bag, I love having a structured handbag in my closet and I didn't have to pay a lot of money for it. 

You can see the original post HERE.
The thrifted item are the AG skinny jeans. They were purchased pre-owned from eBay at a great prize and have become a favorite pair of jeans. If there was one thing I could change about them it would be the rise. I didn't pay attention to the rise when I purchased them and these are a low rise, while I'd prefer a mid-rise. But I LOVE the fit, style and comfort so it's not a big deal to me. So this was another Good Buy.

You can see the original post HERE.

The pre-loved item in this look are the burgundy pumps. Another item I found at Goodwill in "like new" condition. These pumps are by Clarks and knowing the brand as making comfortable shoes, they had to come home with me since they were less than $10. Although I haven't gotten much wear out of them yet, I would say they were a Good Buy as well.

You can see the original post HERE.

The trench coat was another hand me down from my sister. While it isn't my "go-to" coat I love having one in my closet. And although I didn't technically pay for it, it is definitely falling into the keeper category, so a Good Buy.

You can see the original post HERE.

This Eddie Bauer Down Jacket is another pre-loved piece, found at Goodwill. Normally this jacket would cost over $200 but I paid $25 for mine. I didn't really need another winter coat but it came home with me anyway. 

The boots are another pre-loved item. They were my daughter's but she outgrew them quickly and since they are now my size I decided to keep them for myself.
You guessed it, they are both Good Buys.

Besides your local Goodwill and Consignment stores, you can find great deals at Poshmark and ThredUp, as well as eBay Fashion. I've only purchased pre loved items from Goodwill and eBay but with this stay at home order I recently browsed through Poshmark. It's definitely easier to look online especially when you know your favorite brands and sizes!

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May 9, 2020

Happy Birthday Allsorts Challenge!!

Good morning and thanks so much for visiting! As noted in the title, this week Allsorts challenge is turning 11 years old!! Originally we had a nice celebration with lots of prizes planned, but given the current global situation and how it affects us all differently, we decided it's best to cancel the celebration and  hope  to plan another event at a later time when things have improved. So no prizes this time, but I think Brenda will showcase a wonderful Top 10 as this was supposed to be a two week event, which we are keeping this way since it was already scheduled.

Our theme is simply "Anything Goes" and you have until May 22nd to join us.

*Please note, some affiliate linsk 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!

This cute little bunny stamp set "Flying By" is from Penny Black's newest release Secret Garden. Unfortunately this set appears to be currently out of stock at where I got mine. I did find it on Amazon but at a higher price. 

To make my card, I first inked the background (with a circle mask in place) using Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide inks. The bunny was stamped on a separate piece of cardstock using Memento Tuxedo ink and he's been colored with Copic markers and some Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, then fussy cut. There is a matching die available (lower priced HERE but out of stock currently),  I used my Cutterbee scissors to cut him out. The die cut hill was made using a retired die set from Whimsy Stamps I've had for a long time, but this set by Lawn Fawn is similar. I used some old polka dotted paper from my stash. The sentiment is part of the set Flying By, stamped using  Versafine Clair Nocturne ink. 

The scallop border stamped at the is from a set picked as  prize, but unfortunately I received them unmounted with no packaging and don't remember where it came from....

I brushed some clear Wink of Stella over the flower to give it some sparkle. 

I'm linking up with these wonderful blogs:
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes // Fab n Funky - Cute Critters // Simon Says Stamp - Dies or Punches) // The Paper Funday - Anything Goes // Word Art Wednesdays  - Anything Goes // Crafty Sentiment Designs - Anything Goes // Path of Positivity - Furry or Feathery Friends // Inspire me Monday Linkup
Inspire Me Monday

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May 8, 2020

Fashion Over Forty: My Favorite Style of Top to Wear on a Warm and Sunny Day

Good morning and happy Friday! I'm not sure why but this week just flew by for me, it's hard to believe it's Friday already! Hope everyone is doing ok. We decided to go drive to Iowa last weekend and I got to shop at Hobby Lobby again. That was so nice and it gives me hope that things in our state are going to open up slowly as well. But for now we're still on a shelter in place order until the 30th.

I decided I want to sew some pillow covers for my decorative pillows in the living room. I chose a pretty buttery yellow. While in Iowa we also picked up a Pizza for lunch and headed to the river for a small picnic.

*Please note, some affiliate links are used in this post, meaning I may earn a small commission if you purchase something through the links, this is at no cost to you.

In today's outfit post I'm wearing one of my favorite style of tops, paired with one of my favorite pairs of jeans and I even put on some heels :-)

These sleeveless v-neck tassel tops are my favorites for warm spring and summer days. This specific top by Lucky Brand is unfortunately no longer available. I tried linking up comparable pieces below. I am currently waiting on this mixed media top from LOFT. Hope it fits me. I love that LOFT offers most (if not all) of their clothing in Petite sizing, as these types of tops sometimes end up being too long on me. 

Here are snippets of some of my favorites:

These are from LOFT.

1. Floral Tie Neck Mixed Media Top (the one I have on order)
2. Garden Ruffle Tie Neck (same as the first one with a different print)

LOFT has had some very tempting sales recently and besides this top I also ordered these Chambray Ankle Pants in Petite (I think they'd be a great alterative to jeans for when I need something a little bit dressier). I also ordered this Ruffle Tier Dress in Petite. I am soooo hoping that if fits and that I like the fit. I'm not so much one to wear dresses but love how it looks on the model. And this lightweight blue cardigan found its way into my shopping cart as well.

Sale Alert >>>>>>As I type this, you can get up to 60% off at LOFT (60% off your order if you buy 4 or more pieces, 50% off if you buy 3 pieces and 40% off if you buy 2 pieces, and free shipping on orders of $49 or more and free return shipping during this time). 

Nordstrom Rack has a good selection of pretty sleeveless tops as well...

1. Floral V Neck Burgundy
2. Ivory Tassel Top (my favorite from this list)
3. Button Detail Split Neck (this one comes in a few more colors as well)
4. Floral V Neck White

My jeans are AG skinny jeans I found at a great price (pre-owned) on eBay and mentioned them on my blog several times before. Somehow they've become a favorite pair. These jeans do cost a lot of $$$ when purchased new (although Nordstrom currently has a few styles on sale), but if you are lucky you can find your size of some styles of AG jeans at Nordstrom Rack at a much better price point.

My leather beaded bracelet I borrowed from my daughter (she rarely wears any type of jewelry and doesn't mind). I love this beaded bracelet from Lucky Brand, and found some on Amazon as well (linked above).

My sandals by Natural Soul (I think they renamed this brand "Soul Naturalizer") were purchased from Kohl's a couple of years ago and this exact style is no longer available. These wedges would be great alternative and more up to date too.

I love the chunky heel on these, it makes them so easy to walk in and I find them to be extremely comfortable! I've talked about them before in this outfit post from last August.

If you've followed along for a while, then I'm sure you'll recognize my saddle crossbody bag. I love the casual style of this bag and it goes with most things from my closet. The bag was a Goodwill find in "like new" condition and I think I paid less than $6 for it.

Zappos has a great selection of  saddle bags, I love the minimalist style of this bag.

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