Sunday, August 30, 2015

Premium Denim

I have always wondered if it's worth the money to buy premium denim.  I can only wear jeans on the weekends so I sort of feel paying the higher price seems a bit outrageous.  I have gone to Nordstrom and tried on expensive jeans and was just overwhelmed with the selection that I just end up empty handed.  Honestly, my jeans from Gap, Loft and Old Navy are some of my favorites.  

I am sure designers will tell you that it's totally worth every penny from higher quality denim, better fit and attention to detail.  Here's an article from Women's Health that explains why it's worth the price. I can say that my affordable jeans work for my lifestyle but I do notice that my skinny jeans may require me to put it in the dryer to shrink back to it's shape.  It doesn't really bother me enough to spend extra money for jeans to hold it's shape.  

So I am about to tell you a little story about how I got these premium jeans I am wearing today.  My girlfriend (who is also my hair stylish) calls me and tells me that she knows this guy that sells premium denim was going to be at the salon the same time I will be.  At the salon, I tried a bunch of jeans and I have to say that some of the jeans made me feel really good.  I am pretty sure that having the other gals at the salon telling me that the jeans look good on me encouraged me to buy a few pairs.  

I never thought I would buy premium jeans out of a Prius!  I ended up buying 3 pairs and I do love them.  The funny part of the story is, I am not sure I even got a super deal.  I was so caught up in the moment and never really paid attention to the brands.  One pair I got was Rock & Republic,  James Jeans and Prvcy (worn here). When I got home and googled the Prvcy, I realized that it was a defunct brand! Knowing how much I paid, I truly felt duped.  I was really upset that the denim guy got rid of old inventory and I probably paid full price for them.  

I was bothered by the dishonesty of this denim guy and learned never to buy jeans out of a car.  At the end of of the day, I am happy with my jeans and that's all that matters.

I am not suppose to wear jeans to work but with the dark wash, I will sneak it on Friday every once in awhile.  Here's two ways that I've worn it to work.

What is your favorite pair of premium denim brand and how many pairs did you have to try on to find the perfect pair?

James Jeans, J Crew Schoolboy Blazer, Nine West Authority Heels

Jeans and Blazer

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Stripe Top (last worn hereSimilar
J Crew Schoolboy Blazer Similar
James Jeans Similar
Loft Metallic Fringe Necklace Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
c/o Daniel Wellington Classic Scheffield Watch Same
Nine West Authority Heels Same in Different Colors

J Crew School Boy Blazer, Daniel Wellington Lady Scheffield watch

Jeans and a blazer, J Crew Thompson Blazer, J Crew Iridescent Sequin Tank, Tory Burch Middy Robison Satchel

J Crew Thompson Blazer, J Crew Iridescent sequin tank, Tory Burch Middy Robions Satchel

Outfit details:
J Crew Iridescent Sequin Tank Same on Clearance
J Crew Thompson Blazer in Bi-Stretch Cotton Same
J Crew Medallion Tassel Pendant Necklace Similar
The Limited Haircalf Skinny Belt Same
Tory Burch Middy Robinson Satchel Same in Current Colors

J Crew Medallion Tassel Pendant Necklace, J Crew Thompson Blazer, J Crew Iridescent sequin tank

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Throw Back Thursdays Fashion Link Up: Denim on Denim

When we say denim and denim, I think we have flashbacks of Brittany Spears & Justin Timberlake's outfit.  Wearing denim on denim really isn't that difficult.  Like everything in life, it's all about balance.  The outfit I am wearing is a baby step way to give it a try.  I used two totally different colors so it really doesn't feel like I am going overboard with wearing denim.  

In my throw back outfit, I wore it with different shades of blue which breaks up the outfit and added an overlay of color to balance out all the blues in my outfit.

How do you feel about wearing denim on denim?

Loft Denim Jacket in Moon Wash, Loft Denim Skirt in Destructed White, Camo

Over 40 Fashion, OC Blogger, J Crew Camo Tee
Outfit Details:
Loft Denim Jacket Same on Clearance
Loft Denim Skirt in Destructed White Same on Clearance
J Crew Tee Similar
J Crew Necklace Similar
J Crew Belt Similar
 Mossimo Kiriana Booties Similar
H & M Fringe Bag Same

BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring, J Crew Pendant Necklace

Here's to a throw back on denim on denim I wore back in January 2014.  Original post here.

Chambray and Denim, layering

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Time for the link up.  I can't wait to see all the great styles out there! Please also link back my blog page to your post.  I really appreciate it and thank you so much for linking up! Please make sure you stop by and check out all the great styles that are linking up too.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Trusting the Internet

 Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.  We had a nice weekend filled with ice cream, cake, basketball and swimming so I would say it was a great weekend.  

I was thinking the other day on how much we rely on the internet.  Not only for finding cute outfits or a good recipe for dinner but for our facts as well.  This sort of got me thinking about how scary that we just trust and assume that what we read is true.  

My husband is notorious for going to WebMd to self diagnose his health issues.  It drives me nuts that he would rather trust the internet then an actual doctor.  I am not saying that WebMd is not a reliable source but the internet can not interact with you and check other issues that maybe causing a problem.  I surely don't go to the doctor for every ailment that I have either and check WebMd from time to time like for an at home treatments for my plantar fasciitis.

I was reading a blog one day and the blogger clearly had misspoken about a topic (nothing major, it was for a recipe that's this person posted).  I corrected the blogger about it but at the same time felt a bit silly pointing it out. It just got me thinking that this recipe is now forever out there on the internet. If I was searching for a vegan, sugar-free, paleo, whole30 or whatever type of recipe and the internet pulls up a recipe that was mislabeled - it's not the end of the world.  At the same time, it really leaves the responsibility to the reader to really read and trust the source.  Of course, not everything written is true or factual but I want to know how many people actually look through a book for facts anymore.

It frightens me that my son wants to know something he asks me to ask Siri or google it.  These kids really have no idea how tough it was to find out facts and having the need to borrow multiple books to do research for a paper.  

This has nothing to do with my outfit and but wanted to share what's on my mind.  

Moving on to my outfit...I have been reacquaninted with this blue skirt from my closet.  I think I've had it for a couple years and it's been neglected. So glad I've found it again because I love the shape and fit of this skirt.  It doesn't hurt that it's super comfy too.  J Crew if you are listening, I would love to have this skirt in more colors.  

Office wear, Office style, over 40 fashion, fashion over 40, stripes

J Crew Factory multi strand pearls, OC blogger
Outfit Details:
J Crew Vertical Stripe Shirt (last worn hereSame on Clearance
J Crew Flare Skirt Similar
J Crew Factory Multi Strand Necklace Similar
Ivanka Trump Floria Heels Similar
c/o Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Watch Same
Bauble Bar Crystal Mason Same
Bauble Bar Dual Bar Ring Same
Bauble Bar Lightning Teardrop Bracelet Same

Daniel Wellington Lady Scheffiled Watch, BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring, BaubleBar Dual Band Rng

Pattern mixing, The Limited Gingham blazer, floral and gingham

Pattern Mixing, office wear, office style
Outfit Details:
 J Crew Factory Sleeveless Drapey Top (worn hereSame in Current Styles
The Limited Gingham Blazer Same on Clearance Under $60!
J Crew Factory Necklace Similar
Charles David Sway II Heels Same in Current Colors

The Limited Gingham Blazer, BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring

Linking up with these wonderful ladies: Sunday Sunday Link Up, Funday Monday, Mingle Monday, Not Dead Yet Style,  Fizz & Frosting, Corporate Chic, Pink SoleMore Pieces of MeA Touch of TartanWhitney Nic JamesMahagony ClosetStyle Nudge,Beauty by Miss L,  Michelle's PaigeNorthwest BlondeA Little Bit of CheerA Lovely Little Wardrobe & Whitney a la ModeReasons to DressStyle Elixir's Style SessionTwo Peas in a BlogMyriad Musings Garay TreasuresI do deClaire,  Trend Spin Link UpDC In StyleMama and MoreShopping my ClosetBless Her Heart Y'allElegantly Dressed & StylishSandy a La Mode & Cute & Little, Because Shanna Said SoThe Pleated Poppy, Classy Yet TrendyBook of LeisureCappuccino and FashionPampers & Pearls,  Sydney Fashion HunterThe Mummy ChroniclesSouthern ElleThe Stylish HousewifeFor the Love of LeopardPastries, Pumps & PiColor and Grace and Pumps and Push Ups.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Floral Skirt

Lace is one of my favorite patterns.  I love delicate look of lace and how feminine it makes me feel.  Lace can be worn year round (well I guess I can wear most of everything all year long since I live in pretty stable temperatures) and lace be worn dressed up or down. 

I last wore this lace skirt here a few months ago and think this skirt will transition well into fall.  Don't you think this would look so pretty with a camel sweater and some pretty booties?  

J Crew Vertical Stripe shirt, Loft Lace skirt, pattern mixing, fashion over 40

Loft Lace skirt, pattern mixing
Outfit Details:
J Crew Vertical Stripe Shirt Same on Clearance
Loft Lace Skirt (last worn hereSimilar
J Crew Factory Multi Stand Pearl Necklace Similar
Ann Taylor Belt Similar
Ivanka Trump Floria Pumps Similar
J Crew Factory Multi Strand pearl necklace,

J Crew Floral Punk Top, loft lace skirt, pattern mixing, lace and floral

Office style, work style, pattern mixing, floral and lace
Outfit Details:
J Crew Factory Floral Punk Top Similar
Ann Taylor Blazer Similar
J Crew Medallion Tassel Necklace Similar
J Crew Bracelets SimilarSame & Same
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same

BaubleBar Crystal Mason ring, J Crew Medallion Tassel necklace, office style, work wear

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Time for the link up.  I can't wait to see all the great styles out there! Please also link back my blog page to your post.  I really appreciate it and thank you so much for linking up! Please make sure you stop by and check out all the great styles that are linking up too.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Romper Bandwagon

Oh the days are flying by so quickly how can it be that I turned 43 this past weekend?!  I swear I just turned 30 last year.  Now days birthdays are pretty low key (I think I stopped counting a while back) and we don't really do much.  On Saturday, I started the day with Crossfit for an awesome workout (my quads are still screaming from all those wall balls) and headed to my son's basketball game.  We went to have some Dim Sum for lunch and headed home for a nice nap.  

We decided to head out to Laguna Beach and spend the late afternoon at the beach and have dinner there.  It was a wonderful way to spend the day with my family.  It has been extremely hot and humid lately and this is what I wore to dinner Saturday night.  

I talked about in this post how I have been on a hunt for a romper.  The Loft romper looked awful on me and it was returned.  But this Target romper was a keeper.  I like that it was easy to get in and out of (there's a small button at the back of the neck).  I am not a huge fan of the cowl neckline but this one wasn't too much it and the pockets and the light weight of the romper won me over.  

So now that I have a romper that I like, I can say the hunt is over.  I am not sure I really need another one and really am more of a fan of a two matching separates which gives me more styling options.  

My work life is about to get really crazy busy so I will be reducing my blog post to Mondays and Thursdays.  I am hoping the madness is temporary so I can go back to having a good balance life.  Until then, you may not see me as much in the blogging world.

Summer outfit, palm print, romper

panama hat, romper

Outfit Details:
Mossimo Palm Print Romper Same
Mossimo Panama Hat with Black Sash Same
Ann Taylor Necklace Similar
Kate Spade New York Abby Henry Purse Similar
Purple Peridot Bracelets Same
Loft Sandals Similar

Purple Peridot verona bracelets, Ann Taylor triangle dainty necklace

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Pink Heels

For all my friends out there that love clothes, when did it become more than just clothes and more a hobby of putting outfits together?

In high school, I went to a Catholic high school and wore uniform and didn't care about fashion.  In college, I can't say I focused on fashion either.  Somehow along the way clothes became a way of expressing myself.  I am pretty sure the internet and fashion blogs has helped fuel my love for clothes.  I already shopped a lot before blogging but I am sure blogging has encouraged me to shop more than otherwise.

Since blogging, I have been exposed to more brands that I ever need to know and styles from all ages and sizes.  It certainly has influenced my taste in clothes.  I remember I hated the color pink growing up. I don't really dislike any particular color anymore and find it if you pair it with the right combinations, any color can work for you.

I know I bought these pink heels a few years back when I started blogging.  Never in my life would I think how pink heels are so versatile.  I have worn these numerous times and have even taken them to the shoe cobbler to get them repaired.  I love how it can add a pop of color like I did in this outfit or make it matchy matchy like my throw back photo.

So thank you all my blogging friends out there for giving me outfit inspirations and giving me ideas to play with my clothes!

office style, work wear, fashion over 40, OC Blogger, J Crew Thompson Blazer in Bi-stretch cotton

J Crew Indigo Adire Dress, J Crew Thompson Blazer in bi-stretch cotton, office style, work wear

Outfit Details:
J Crew Indigo Adire Dress Same on Clearance
J Crew Thompson Blazer in Bi-Strecth Cotton Same
J Crew Medallion Tassel Pendant Necklace Similar
Ann Taylor Necklace Similar
Bauble Bar Crystal Mason Ring Same
Ivanka Trump Floria Heels Similar

J Crew Medallion Tassel pendant necklace, bauble bar crystal mason ring

Here's a look back to Dec 2013 on how I wore my pink heels.  Original post here.

polka dots and leopard, whbm skirt, whom perfect stretch blazer, Over 40 fashion, OC blogger, 40 plus fasihion

Linking up with these fabulous ladies:  

Time for the link up.  I can't wait to see all the great styles out there! Please also link back my blog page to your post.  I really appreciate it and thank you so much for linking up! Please make sure you stop by and check out all the great styles that are linking up too.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Eyelet Polka Dots

My hubby was out on business travel last week so my photographer was unavailable.  I turned to my trusty 7 year old to take these pictures.  Let's say that our usual 5 minutes morning shoot took about 3x the time.  He was a good sport and did as best as he could.  

It's fun to have him to take the pictures to take it from a different angel.  I must say that the close up picture may not be as flattering with my double chins in it's full glory but I appreciate him wanting to help his mama out.

We survived without daddy and so happy he is home!

Eyelet is always a popular style in the summer.  When I saw this skirt at J Crew,  it caught my eye because it's 1. a midi skirt, 2. a pretty color that will transition well into fall and 3.  the eyelet is really dots and that translate in brain to polka dots.  I am 99.99% sure I did not another skirt but I am sucker for things that catches my eye.

Today, I thought I would play up on the dots and pair it with a polka dot top.  

J Crew Perforated eyelet a-line skirt, OC Blogger, Over 40 fashion

Office Wear, polka dots,  J Crew Perforated A-line skirt

Outfit Details:
The Limited Top Similar
J Crew Perforated Eyelet A-line Skirt Same
Prabal Gurung x Target Heels  Similar
Tiffany & Co Return to Tiffany Heart Tag Pendant (gift from a friend) Same
BaubleBar Ice Quad Ring Similar

J Crew perforated eyelet a-line skirt

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Ted & Muffy Boots Review

I know we are still in the midst of summer and most of us are not ready for fall yet.  I can tell you that I love summer and I am in no hurry for fall to arrive.  I love the long warm sunny days when it's okay to have ice cream because it's so hot.  

Even though I am not ready for the arrival for fall, I want to share with you about Ted & Muffy.  They are formally known as Duo Boots and they reached out to me and wanted to see if I would like to review a pair of their boots.  

I can tell you that shopping for boots is like shopping for the perfect jeans or bathing suit for me.  It's about as fun as going to the dentist.  I do love boots and every season, there's always one or two (okay more like a dozen) that I would love to own.  The reality is, I can't because I have larger than life calves that don't fit into most boots.  

Ted & Muffy promises a fairy tale fit so I was curious if there is such a thing.  I measured both of my calves as suggested and my boots arrived very quickly from England.  Upon opening the packaging, I was very impressed with the pretty distressed color and the softness of the leather.  

Since it's not time to wear boots all day yet, I wore them to dinner when it was a bit cooler in the low 70s.  I am not going to lie, these boots are so comfortable!  There's cushioning on the sole of the shoe that makes it very comfy to walk in.

Ted & Muffy are not just for us larger calves, they make boots for slimmer calves too!  If you have trouble finding boots like me, I highly recommend checking them out.

Ted & Muffy Boots, WHBM stripe tunic, WHBM Double Tassel Necklace

Fashion Over 40, OC Blogger, H&M Fringe purse, WHBM Double Tassel Necklace

Outfit Details:
WHBM Tunic Similar
WHBM Jeggings Similar
WHBM Leather Double Tassel Necklace Same
BauableBar Necklace Similar
Ann Taylor Cuff Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
c/o Ted & Muffy Boots Similar Boots
H&M Fringe Purse Same in black

WHBM Double Tassel Necklace, Bauble Bar Crystal Mason Ring

Ann Taylor cuff, H&M Fringe Purse

Ted & Muffy Boots

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