Today is my 42nd birthday and I’m happy that while it’s still very cold outside, the sun is shining bright on my special day. To celebrate my 42nd year of life, I treated myself to something I’ve been wanting for years…A TRIP TO PARIS! I can’t tell you how excited I am about my upcoming trip! I think I’ll probably faint when I get to the top of the Eiffel Tower (from either excitement or from my fear of heights! LOL)! Trust me I will be taking a gazillion pictures and will post them when I get back.
Have a wonderful day!
Coat: Talbots Woman (here)
Jeans: Lane Bryant (old)
Shirt: Old Navy (old)
Necklace Shoplately (here)
Shoes: Nine West (old)
Bag: Longchamp (gifted)
I’ve been eying the camo trend for a few weeks now and was toying with giving it a try. After checking out my blogger buddy Dionne in a pair of Old Navy camo print Rockstar jeans, I decided to order them. I have to admit when I got these pants I thought they might be too “young” for me. I didn’t want to seem like I was trying too hard but then I thought, why not? “Dressing your age” is another of those “fashion rules” that are meant to make women feel ashamed about aging. It’s based in this notion that women over 40 don’t have the right to be trendy or chic. That’s pure BS! I dress WAY better now than I did in my 20s and 30s! Style doesn’t die after 40, it changes and adapts to what you want it to be. Only you have the power to define who you are. Don’t let society’s skewered perception of older women stop you from wearing what you want.
Who doesn’t love denim? It’s so versatile that you can wear it with everything and almost anywhere. Before I started blogging, I owned two pairs of jeans, one black and one blue. Blogging has exposed me to different kinds of denim and helped me to move outside my comfort zone. I bought my first pair of colored skinny jeans last year and never looked back. Now I have several pair including bright yellow! I no longer hesitate to pair denim with pleated skirts, leather jackets and graphic prints. I hope to find a really nice denim dress to add to my collection soon. Any suggestions?
Usually my weekends are slow but this past weekend I was quite the busy bee!
On Friday Shonna (my BFF) asked me to judge a talent show for her students and I accepted. There’s nothing like being around a bunch of 18-20 year olds to remind you how old and out of step you are! I couldn’t understand half the songs the DJ was playing and the dancing….WOOOOO! Lets just say it gives the term “bump and grind” a whole new meaning! LOL
On Saturday evening, Shonna and I decided to get gussied up and head downtown for dinner. We went to foodie favorite Oyster House and proceeded to happily stuff our faces with wonderful seafood. The lobster bisque I had was the best I’ve tasted in a long time. Shonna is a seafood aficionado so when she gave it a big thumbs up I knew I did a good job picking the restaurant.
Here is what I wore Saturday night:
One of my new year resolutions was to get out more and meet new people. So I signed up for Mahogany Philly on Meetup and went to my first event at the National Constitution Center on Sunday. The National Constitution Center is a fairly new museum that is dedicated to the history of the US and the Constitution. Im huge museum nerd and I like to take my time wandering the exhibits so I knew I had to be comfortable. I kept things colorful and wore my favorite straight leg jeans, colorful striped tee and a neon cardigan. I had a great time with the ladies of Mahogany Philly. I’m looking forward to attending more of their events and meeting more people!
Here’s a little secret, being home sick for an extended period of time is BORING! There’s only so much Cooking Channel, DVRed TV shows and pay per view movies I can watch. I bet if you Google “couch potato” you’ll get an image of me! So today I decided to take action to stop my growing cabin fever. I put on this outfit to get me out of my PJ rut and went to the post office (which was a feat in itself due to the count that I’m still recuperating) to get some fresh air. I know that doesn’t sound incredibly exciting but it felt great to get out the house and wear clothes that don’t have elastic in them!
Over the weekend I headed to Las Vegas with my buddy Tamera and her grandmother for a mini vacay. This was Tamera’s first time in Vegas and she had a blast! I played blackjack for the first time, won some money, ate great food and hung out all night (trust me I’m feeling it today! LOL). While this was my fourth time in Vegas its always a new experience with different people. Tamera and her grandmother (Granny as we call her) were the best travel companions anyone could ask for!
I had planned this elaborate blog post with pictures of myself and my family celebrating Christmas BUT while I brought my camera , I left my memory card back home! Arggh! Don’t you hate it when stuff like that happens?!! My cousin Jessie was sweet enough to snap a picture of my outfit with my iPhone so I apologize for the grainy picture. While forgetting my memory card was a bummer, I had an excellent time with my family yesterday. We spent the day exchanging gifts, laughing and spending quality time with one another. I am very blessed to have the family that I have.
How was your Christmas?
Have a wonderful day!
Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft
Blouse: Gap Outlet
Jeans: Lane Bryant (they are a great shade of green, not teal)
My holiday social life kicked up in high gear last week and ended on a fabulous note. On Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of having lunch with a group of beautiful and intelligent women. We came together to see our dear friend who had come back East for the holidays. We discussed everything from “Scandal” (totally obsessed with that show!) to current political issues. I could kick myself for not bringing my camera to get a group shot of these lovely ladies!
Later that evening Tamera, Latasha and I got together for our gift exchange dinner. This time I didn’t forget my camera and I was able to take some pictures between gift giving and laughs. Dinner was delicious and we had an awesome time. After dinner we wandered the mall and finished our Christmas shopping.
While at Macys Saturday morning I saw this sequin jacket hanging on the rack. This time last year I would have NEVER thought to buy this this jacket. I would have told myself that I looked like a big disco ball and passed it by. Now I no longer feel that negative about my body so I snatched up the last 2x. Once I tried the jacket on, I knew I was going to buy it and wear it to dinner that night. I’m so glad I bought this jacket because it represents how far I’ve come from the person I used to be.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and along with it all the stress of a major holiday! While fretting over menus, home and family, what to wear to Thanksgiving dinner is the last thing on your mind. So here are a few outfit ideas that can be recreated with items you already have in your closet. Jazz up a pair of jeans with some sparkly flats. Add a colorful belt to a printed cardigan. These easy, quick suggestions will add pizazz to your holiday wardrobe. Plus you’ll look great while serving that delicious turkey!