Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Black and White Midi

I have been working a lot more hours than I am used to (not that I am complaining) and it's starting to take a toll on my mental state of mind (as well as physical).  My territory has substantially increased which means I spend a lot of time on the road.  This unfortunately means more I am eating so much more drive thru then I ever wanted.  

When I am not on the road, I do pack a healthy lunch to eat at my desk.  I don't recommend driving and eating but sometimes, that's all the time I have.  For those the drive a lot for work, what ideas do you have for healthy lunches that I can eat while driving?

This post has nothing to do with my pretty skirt but I need some ideas from my friends out there.  I am tired of yo-yo eating.

Moving along to this outfit, I love how this turned to look like the top and skirt looks like a dress.  I had someone compliment me on the outfit and said how much she loved my dress.  When I told her it was a top/skirt combo, she realized that she had the same top.  I thought it was pretty funny that this looked so much like a dress that she didn't even recognize it.

Have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. I was interviewed by Deborah of Fabulous After 40, stop by and check it out if you want to learn a little more about me.

Banana Republic black white floral midi, fashion over 40

black and white, office style, fashion over 40

Outfit Detials:
The Limited Top Similar
Banana Republic Black Floral Midi Skirt Similar
Coach Courtney Legacy Hobo Similar
Ivanka Trump Florina Pumps Similar
BaubleBar Ice Quad Ring Same

A throwback just last month on how I wore this midi skirt (original post here).

fashion over 40

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, September 27, 2015

Pattern Mixing

Pattern mixing was a foreign concept to me until I started reading fashion blogs.  You ladies out there have shown me that pattern mixing can be fun and a great way to stretch your wardrobe.  I started dipping my toes by starting in small doses with an outfit that has 2 colors (like black and white) and stripes and polka dots (as seen here and here).  

I have since moved on a some bolder combinations but I think they are still pretty doable for most.  I don't really have any fast rules when it comes to pattern mixing but it's easiest when you find a common color in both pieces.  I never thought gingham and leopard would look good together but I really love how this outfit came together.  I say just try it on and take a picture and see how you like it.  

Today, I am sharing 2 print mixing outfits that I follow the similar formula that I stated.  The first outfit the pattern mixing is very subtle.  The blazer has a polka dot print that you can barely see and I feel a print like this makes it almost fool proof on pattern mixing.  

The 2nd outfit I stuck to the black and white and mixed polka dot and floral.  Again, since the blazer has a subtle print - it's just a bonus pattern.

Since there are tons of posts that give guidance to pattern mixing, I thought I would share one written by Liz of Downtown Demure.  She breaks it down so easily than I can ever explain.  I love Liz's style and have copied her look here.  If you have not met Liz, please stop by and check out her amazing outfits.  Thank you Liz for featuring me in post and your kind words!

J Crew Carrie Cami in Watercolor Floral, J Crew Pencil skirt

J Crew Carrie Cami in Watercolor floral, Fashion Over 40

Outfit Details:
The Limited Blazer (worn herehereherehere & hereSimilar
J Crew Carrie Cami in Watercolor Floral Same
J Crew Factory Pencil Skirt in Double Serge Cotton Same in Current Colors
Sira Mara Royal Spear Necklace Same
BaubleBar Mason Pave Ring Same
Ivanka Florina Heels

SiraMara Royal Spear Necklace, J Crew Carrie Cami in Watercolor Floral

Floral and polka dots, Fashion Over 40

Pattern Mixing, Fashion Over 40

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Polka Dot Top (worn herehere & hereSimilar
Ann Taylor Floral A-Line Skirt Similar
Tiffany & Co Return to Tiffany Heart Tag Pendant Necklace Same
BaubleBar Mason Pave Ring Same
BaubleBar Ice Quad Ring Same
Banana Republic Bracelet Similar
Banana Republic Ninah Pumps Same on Clearance

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Neutral Dots

As much as I love colors, some times it feels good to just keep it simple in neutral colors.  I always love wearing black, white and brown together and how it feels so right.  

The heels I am wearing today were purchased last year and it looks like Ann Taylor brought it back again.  I highly recommend these highs if you are looking for a good pair of work heels.  Very classic look with the quilted pattern and the block heels and padded sole makes it good for wearing all day long.

It's too funny that on my TBT photo, I am wearing the same color scheme.  You can say I am:
1. Predictable
2. Consistent
3. Stuck in a rut

It could be all of the above, I am not sure.  Do you end up styling a piece of clotting the same each time?

Ann Taylor Polka Dot Pencil skirt, Ann Taylor Quilted Block Heels

Polak Dot Pencil Skirt, Tory Burch Double Wrap Logo Bracelet, Tory Burch Middy Satchel

Outfit Details:
Ann Taylor Top (last worn hereSimilar
Ann Taylor Dot Pencil Skirt here
J Crew Necklace Similar
Tory Burch Double Wrap Logo Bracelet Same
BaubleBar Crystal Pave Ring Same
Tory Burch Middy Robinson Satchel Similar
Ann Taylor Quilted Leather Blocked Heels Same

Tory Burch Double Wrap Logo Bracelet, BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring

Here's a throw back to how I wore this top the last time it appeared on the blog July 2014 (original post here). 
Pattern Mixing

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, September 20, 2015

Crop Leopard Sweater for Work

I own 2 crop tops in my closet, a stripe one that I purchased recently (post here) and this leopard sweater.  I will never wear a crop top with an exposed mid section no matter what I read that it's actually very flattering even for non 6 pack stomach people. You can read this article here on some tips on how to wear a crop top. 

For me, it's not because of my age or my size that makes me not want to expose any skin but rather just my personal comfort level.  I have never been one to wear short skirts or cleavage bearing tops, it's just not my personality.  But that does not stop me from wanting a crop top.  I think they are great for layering with a long loose top under it or wearing it with a high waisted skirt as I did in these two outfits.  

I have worn this top in all season and it's become a versatile piece in my closet.  How do you feel about crop tops?

Roland Mouret x BR Leopard Vest, gingham, pattern mixing

Fashion over 40, Office style, pattern mixing

Outfit Details:
Roland Mouret x Banana Republic Crop Leopard Sweater Vest (worn herehere and hereSimilar
The Limited Skirt (last worn here)  Similar
Ann Taylor Blazer Simialr
Charles David Sway II Heels Similar
J Crew Factory Multi Strand Pearl Necklace Same
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
Banana Republic Purse Similar

Pattern Mixing, J Crew Factory Multi strand pearl necklace, BaubleBar Pave Ring

Black and white, leopard and stripes, pattern mixing

Leopard and stripes, office style, work wear, pattern mixing

Outfit Details:
WHBM Officer's Ponte Jacket (worn hereSimilar
WHBM Stripe Knit Black & White Pencil Skirt Same on Clearance in limited sizes
Ann Taylor Necklace Similar
Nine West Bridgider Heels Similar

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,  Not Dressed As LambMichelle'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 Stylish HousewifeFor the Love of LeopardPastries, Pumps & PiColor and Grace and Pumps and Push Ups.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: Polka Dot Flare Dress

I always appreciate a dress that's simple in cut (sheath or fit and flare) and a simple print.  They give me so many styling options or keep it super simple and you are good to go.  This dress I am wearing from Target is one of those dresses.  I love a fit and flare cut since it's pretty flattering for most women and the classic black and white makes it virtually a blank canvas.  

I've styled it two ways today.  Outfit #1 to me is my modernized pink lady outfit.  And outfit #2 is pairing it leopard - the new neutral.  

What is your favorite shape of dress?

Merona Fit and Flare Dress,  J Crew Factory Metallic Oxfords, BaubleBar Courtney Bib Necklace

Merona Fit and Flare Dress, BaubleBar Courtney Bib Necklace

Outfit Details:
Target Merona Fit and Flare Dress Similar
WHBM Moto Jacket (last worn herehere & hereSimilar
BaubleBar Courtney Bib Necklace Same
The Limited Belt Similar
J Crew Metallic Oxfords Similar

BaubleBar Courtney Bib Necklace, BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring, BaubleBar Ice Quad Ring

Pattern Mixing, Fashion Over 40, work style

Old Navy Bucket Purse, Target Fit and Flare Dress

Outfit Details:
Loft Necklace Similar
The Limited Haircalf Skinny Belt Same
Old Navy Bucket Purse Similar
Sam Edelman Leopard Heels Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
BaubleBar Ice Quad Ring Similar

Loft Necklace, BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring, BaubleBar Ice Quad Ring

Here's a look back at how I last wore this dress a year ago.  (Original post here).  I look forward to wearing this dress with the darker colors for fall.

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, September 13, 2015

Orange Polka Dot Cardigan X 2

About a month ago, my family and I were heading out to our local outdoor mall and there was a huge summer event.  There was a long line of people waiting for something which I had no idea what it was for.  I was thinking it was for free make over since it was all young ladies.  It was a super hot day and maybe I am just old and crabby but there's nothing free worth waiting in the hot sun for.  Because we all know when it's free, it's not really worth much right?  

There must've been over 500 people in line and they all didn't mind the waiting.  As I got closer to the front, I still could not figure out what they were waiting for because the booth had no line and you could just walk up and talk to different vendors for candles, make up, jewelry and all girly things imaginable.  

I spotted an attendant and ask what the long line was for.  She pointed to a girl posing and taking pictures with the girls in line.  I thought well, she must be someone famous on TV that I am not aware of.  I finally spotted a sign and the girl was a youtube personality!  I know I am old because when did society place so much value on a youtube personality?  I had to watch one of her videos to see what she was all about.  Cute girl with a bubbly personality and she shows off her shopping haul.  She has over  million followers.  

I am just at a loss at why showing off your clothes that you may have purchased or gifted can become a career and all these young girls want to be like her.  I guess it's the same as why Kim Kardashian has so many followers on Instagram and is always on TMZ or some other show.  It makes me wonder if I am contributing to the cycle of placing value on superficial things by writing this blog.

Not that this thought will stop me from writing on this blog but it just got me thinking on how this impact how my son views the world and I need to be cautious of it.  

Didn't mean to get all deep and philosophical on you.  It's just been on mind.  

So on a lighter note, here's 2 ways I've worn my polka dot cardigan.  The brighter outfit is perfect for summer and paring with with the black pants feels a little bit more for fall.

pattern mixing, Fashion over 40, OC Blogger

pattern mixing, Fashion over 40

Outfit Details:
Banana Republic Cardigan Similar
Ann Taylor Factory Top Similar
Banana Republic Skirt Similar
Tiffany & Co Return to Tiffany Heart Tag Necklace Same
c/o Rockox Loren Hope Abba Earrings Same
Jessica Simpson Heels via Poshmark Similar

Fashion Over 40, Tiffany & Co Heart Tag Pendant

J Crew Polynesian Floral, J Crew New Campbell Capri in Bi-Stretch Cotton, Banana Republic Kennedy Heels

pattern mixing, 40 plus fashion, J Crew Polynesian Floral

Outfit Details:
J Crew Notched Shell in Polynesian Print Top (last worn here & hereSame on Clearance
J Crew New Campbell Capri in Bi-Strech Cotton Same
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Pave Ring Same
J Crew Factory Cuff  Similar
Banana Republic Kennedy Heels Similar

J Crew Polynesian Floral, Over 40 Fashion, BaubleBar Mason pave Ring

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Throw Back Thursday Fashion Link Up: My First Maxi Skirt

I have a mind that remembers that most mundane things that are totally useless and forget things that are important.  I have known my husband now for 16 years and I still get his birthday mixed up.  To my defense, it's a mix up of one day so it really isn't that bad. On the other hand, I am really good at remembering people's faces and conversations that we've had.  

I remember the conversation I had with the sales person at Banana Republic when I bought my first maxi skirt.  It went something like this...

Me: Do you have a matching top to this skirt?
Salesperson: No 
Me: Do you have a brown top to go with it?
Salesperson: No
Me: What can I wear with this skirt?
Saleperson goes and pulls pink top and says you don't need to match the skirt and pink with be a good contrast.  

I remember thinking, why would I wear this with pink?  There's no pink in the skirt.  I bought the skirt anyways because I just loved the pattern and figured I could wear it with white.  This skirt is at least 4 years old and I am sure back then I would not have worn it with a windowpane top with it.  I am now wiser with fashion and I am bolder with my color choices and it gives me more option to wear this skirt.  

I can't consider myself having any special talent (like singing or dancing) so I will say my talent is remembering useless conversation.  What's your special talent?

Windowpane, Fashion Over 40

pattern mixing, fashion over 40, work style

Outfit Details:
Loft Top Similar
Unknown brand Cardigan Similar
Unknown Brand Necklace Similar
Banana Republic Maxi Skirt (worn here & hereSimilar
Coach Courtney Legacy Hobo Similar
BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring Same
WHBM Bracelets Similar

BaubleBar Crystal Mason Ring, Fashion over 40, OC Blogger, work style

My throw back goes to Feb 2014 when I wore this maxi skirt in the winter.  Original post here

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.

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