I have never been a nail polish girl. I don't have the patience to keep up with at-home manicures and in the past, didn't want to budget for salon manicures. I did nail try polish manicures here and there over the years. But long nails didn't work for my lifestyle, and I thought short nails looked too stubby (I don't have long nail beds). Nail polish chipped too quickly if I didn't put a coat of clear over the color every day - who has time for that?? It actually was a solution to preventing chipped polish, but then I had to sit there doing nothing while the polish dried.… View Post

It's such a cliche to talk about working out and workout wear right at the beginning of a new year. It's all mixed up with New Year resolutions and turning over a new leaf, etc., etc., etc. It's unoriginal. In spite of that, I'm committed to incorporating exercise into regular my routine and believe that it's something I need to continue to prioritize. That requires revisiting how to support that habit all the time. And the start of a new year offers the opportunity to evaluate and recommit. I have begun this new year with some some goals (not calling them resolutions!), one of which is fitness related. I always… View Post

How fun! A swing coat. I kind of have a thing for coats and jackets with flair - something a little different in style or color (as evidenced in my pink coat post!). Not that the swing coat is a new trend. The swing coat is iconic. Originally designed to cover full skirts and dresses, it's just a stylish today as it was in the 1940s and '50s. The style, fitted through the shoulders, flares from there. Length can range from above the knee to longer. I happened upon this recent acquisition during the November friends and family sale by Indigenous. I was recently introduced to Indigenous by a friend,… View Post

Winter is the perfect time for taking advantage of two style basics that, when paired together, give substance to a conventional look in an understated way: Monochromatic Layering. I think it's a universal understanding that monochromatic dressing, or wearing pieces all in the same color, is a way to create a slim silhouette. It may sound like a safe but boring way to style an outfit. On the contrary! By using different shades or tones of the same color and by adding texture with layers, your look elevates from humdrum to sophisticated. A few things to keep in mind with a monochromatic look Choosing a Color Choose a color that… View Post

I never thought of myself as a poncho person. Well, not since 1974. But here we are - everything old is new again. I've discovered the ponchos of the 21st century, and they're pretty cool! I think of the poncho as a style accessory, one that adds a layer of warmth while giving an outfit a little dimension. This works well for me since I'm usually cold in the office. Adding a coordinating poncho to your outfit makes layering fun! This is a simple poncho design. Classic and classy. I love how it can be worn several ways, with an asymmetrical drape or with the hem straight. It's lightweight but… View Post

I LOVE my faux fur vest! And I'm so happy that this fun, statement trend is going strong. A faux fur vest is the perfect way to incorporate the faux fur trend without feeling too . . . over the top. I've had mine for at least six years - purchased at a garage sale (from my sister-in-law). It's Gap and is reversible - twill on the other side. But I've really only worn it on the faux fur side. It's one of my favorite fun accessories. I'd love to add another to my closet, multi-color would be my choice. Fall and winter are the perfect seasons for a faux… View Post

The holiday season is here! Five plus weeks to play with festive and sparkly holiday style every day. My go-to approach to everyday dressing is a balance of style and comfort. And during the colder months, I HAVE to be warm. This doesn't change for me during the holiday season. But I do try to add a dash of twinkle and merry during this time of year. This combination of holiday dress and wanting to be comfortable used to really throw me in my younger years, especially when I was shopping for a holiday party outfit. I would see all the sexy, slinky, sparkly dresses and tops that were the… View Post

Black Friday. It means only one thing. The holiday shopping season has arrived - ready or not. I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite e-tailers. The products offered might not be perfect for all the people on your gift list this season, but you might get some fun ideas for your wish list. Some of these e-tailers have Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday sales. Some of them offer sales only once a year, like TKEES, whose once-a-year sale I stumbled on while writing this post (yep - ordered two). All of the sites included in this post offer much more than the few… View Post

Thanksgiving is less than a week away. If you haven't already, it's time to figure out your Thanksgiving outfit. It's best to plan ahead so that you have covered all the bases for Thanksgiving outfit essentials. Really, this should be capitalized. Because it's actually a thing. Thanksgiving Outfit Essentials. You've probably incorporated Thanksgiving Outfit Essentials into your Thanksgiving outfit many times in previous years but didn't realize that you were following a few simple "Essentials" rules. There are three basic Thanksgiving Outfit Essentials rules: 1. Wear an Outfit That You Feel Good In The very first Thanksgiving Outfit Essential to consider is what you have that you feel good wearing.… View Post

As of this morning, we've had three days of rain since Halloween. The rainy season has arrived. And just in time, I've discovered a fabulous line of stylish waterproof boots. Yes, waterproof! While browsing the Nordstrom fall sale boot selection (I always go right to the shoes during a Nordstrom sale), I came across Blondo waterproof boots. I was intrigued. These looked like normal boots - leather and suede - not like my current waterproof boot that is made of plastic/rubber. As you may know, when Nordstrom has a big sale, you have to act fast before inventory is depleted, so I put the boots in my shopping bag right… View Post