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5 (Long) Lessons Learned in My First Five Months

It’s kind of pathetic, actually, but I’ve been getting a little down on myself for my outfit choices lately, which means I’m taking this crap waaay too seriously. So I vowed to relax and take this journey as it comes, and guess what? I had a realization which none of you will likely find surprising but which was big news to me. Ready? This journey is exactly that: a journey. If I already knew everything about fashion, I wouldn’t have anything to write about! I’m exploring, learning, and having fun.

So, here are five things I’ve learned about myself and my style so far:
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STILL Banned from My Lace Shorts. Spring in CO Sucks…

Woke up to snow. Really. Snow.


I know I live in colorado, but it’s not like I’m at a really high altitude. It’s not the mountains! Last year I thought it was bad that we had a snowstorm on May 1, but may 11?

So, I could not wear my new lace shorts, still. (See post from May 8.)

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Saturday Afternoon Bliss (and Nowhere to Wear My Heels)

Kids are at a movie with Paul and I have the house to myself, which never happens on a weekend. I spent the first hour folding laundry, and then thought, “what the heck am I doing?” So now I’m on the couch with a book and my blog.

Today’s outfit (but I’m not wearing the shoes anymore because they’re not made for couch-sitting):


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Very Important Info and a Fashion Mistake

I’ll get the mistake out of the way. I don’t think today’s outfit worked in the least. I started with just the lace skirt (Anne Taylor, $79.50 but I got it on sale for $50ish), brown shirt ($78, Free People) and boots, with bare legs, but it was freezing cold, so I added the leggings and the jacket. I think the look is too random with all the separate pieces. Plus, all the brown is too dark for the cream-colored skirt. (You can’t see it with the jacket, but the shirt has pretty lace on the sleeves. Not exactly lace. But it’s pretty…)

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Well, S***, Crappy Days Happen

I have had the most frustrating day, which I will not get into, but suffice it to say: fashion cannot cure everything. It’s like an addiction, you know? You drink or gamble or eat or spend compulsively so you don’t have to feel your feelings, but — ta da! — the feelings are still there. So, crabby day and deciding what to wear did not make me feel any better.

My god, how shallow do I sound??? I mean, it’s not like I actually believe that clothes can solve all my problems. But they can make me feel better about myself, so even on a crappy day, at least I’m not feeling like a schlump, physically.

Anyway, here’s today’s choice of clothes.


I just don’t feel like finding links and prices, okay? But I can tell you that the shirt is Free People (of COURSE it is), the jeans are Hudson, and the shoes are Banana Republic.

If you read my recent postabout spending money on a pair of good jeans, these Hudsons are the ones I was talking about.

I wasn’t going to post this picture because I decided I don’t like the jacket. It’s several years old, from Anne Taylor loft. I wore it all day, then when I took the picture, I decided it looked ridiculous, especially with the long orange sleeves sticking out. Maybe that’s why I had such a crappy day… It was a crappy outfit choice! Just kidding, I’m not that shallow, remember?


Banned from Wearing These Lace Shorts

Okay, that headline is a little dramatic (what can I say? I’m a Leo). I’m not really banned from wearing the shorts – I just have to wait until Sunday. Paul and the kids bought me an outfit for Mother’s Day — lace shorts ($78) and slouchy but pretty T-shirt ($58) — which I picked out and tried on. When we left the store, Paul took the bag and hid it away. (Darn him!)
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Flowers and Fingernails

This is so cool. I never normally get designs on my fingernails when I have a manicure. Usually I like a more minimalist look. But I read about this on Pinterest.

It’s an actual flower on my nail. You pick a tiny flower (of which there are an abundance here right now) and flatten it between two heavy books. I folded wax paper over the flower first so it wouldn’t stick to the pages. When it’s a little dried out, you paint you nail with one coat of polish and let it dry. Then add another coat of polish and, while still wet, tap the flower gently into place, making sure all the petals and leaves are stuck down in the wet polish. I used the pointy end of an orange stick to make sure I didn’t smudge the nail. Let it dry again, then put on a coat of clear top coat.

Once the top coat is dry, use a nail buffer to gently buff any rough edges off the flower that may be sticking up. I added another clear coat after that.

Might take some practice. I tried it once and made a gloppy mess. Last night I had better luck.


I’m Lucky: My Mom Can’t Wear Heels

Got a question about the shoes I’m wearing in my previous post. The shoes were a hand-me-down from my mom, who says she can no longer wear heels, which is a pity, because she has great legs. They’re Donald J. Pliney (the shoes, not my mom’s legs), a brand I must admit that I have never heard of, but the shoes are great: super comfortable and you can dress them down or up.

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I Love this Reversible Dress! So I Bought Two…

Though I really don’t want to complain about my body, it just doesn’t seem fair that after losing 60 pounds, I still wear a D cup. They just get in the way! And I feel like my clothes would hang more sleekly if I was even one cup size smaller. Oh, well, I am not shaped like a model and am happy with my body, particularly now that I have fun and pretty clothes to put on it!

This dress is from GoLite ($39, on sale from $100), which has great stuff for travel and outdoor adventures. I love the dress because of its breezy, flowing skirt, it’s super light and cool, and also -surprise! – it’s reversible! One side is lightish blue, the other a darker, more brooding blue (I’m wearing it on the light blue side). I have the same dress with black on one side and green on the other.

Im also wearing the denim blazer that I talked about in an earlier post. I’m on my iPad again, and can’t get the cursor to move back to the previous sentence to add the apostrophe in “I’m”, so it will have to stay un-punctuated. Which reminds me: yesterday, Michael read my previous post where I wrote that I lost what I had written because something happened with my iPad, and he said fondly, “mom, you’re so old.” I also can’t figure out how to add links on my iPad. Have to go to my computer to

Ha, on my computer now. I published this post on my iPad (after it froze and wouldn’t let me complete the above sentence), but now it’s not showing up on the page. So tell me: am I completely clueless? Is my iPad defective? Or maybe WordPress for the iPad isn’t the best? Anyway, I will now add the link to the dress, above. However, GoLite says it is out of stock, but they are ordering more.

Self-tanning Experiment: Epic Fail

Aargh! I hate writing posts on my iPad. I just wrote a nice long one about my family’s day trip to the lake, my straw cowboy hat, and my spray tan mishap and somehow lost it all. I’ll summarize: been experimenting sort of unsuccessful with spray tan. The color is great, but it’s really hard to get it even and smooth with no streaks. In fact, my kids say I overdid it and Paul says I look like a burn victim. He keeps asking me when my next skin graft is. Even I have to admit that I look a little, well, patchworked…





I think I’ll stick with my self tanning lotion, Jurgen’s Natural Glow. I don’t look exactly tan with it, but I don’t look fishy white, at least.