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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Sweaters and Fall Fun

Happy Thursday, friends!  I survived last weekend's family reunion, although the house is still a mess and I need sleep.  Luckily, the next weekend is in sight!

One of my favorite things about fall style is the sweaters.  This year, it's all about chunky knits, pretty colors, and fun textures.  We couldn't pass up the trends at Belong Lifestyle, and brought in some beautiful, unique sweaters from the brand Woven Heart.

Black Denim
This Nicole Turtleneck is my favorite.  I love the color blocking, and it's so soft and warm.  It also comes in the Shaunacey, with a rust, cream and royal blue pattern.

The Alison Cardigan Coat is a close second.  It's a heavier weight Chenille woven, with the most beautiful colors.


And finally, the Lisa Cardi Coat.  I love the fuzzy weave and open jacket fit.

Denim, Booties

Don't forget the favorable exchange rate with Canada, which provides a sizeable discount to US customers.  On the Belong Lifestyle landing page, use the top drop down menu to switch to USD and it will show you current prices.  Also, shipping is a standard $5 for US and Canadian deliveries.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Romantic Florals and Cozy Vests

Happy Thursday, friends.  I'm running around today, getting ready to host thirty family members for a weekend celebration of life for Grandpa Ed.  

But before that craziness happens...I wanted to share two pieces that are dropping today over at Belong Lifestyle, because they're adorable, comfy, and perfect for fall.

First up is the Beautiful Beginnings Dress.  This is seriously the softest material I've ever worn, outside of pajamas.  I could definitely sleep in this!  At the same time, it's thick and a little structured, so it drapes perfectly.  It comes in a midi and maxi length, in Mauve, Olive, Teal, White, Wine and Navy.  The darker floral pattern is on trend for fall...and it has pockets!

Taupe Wedge Booties

I paired it with the Taupe Teddy Bear Vest.  As Abbie says, this cozy piece looks elegant, but feels like your favorite fuzzy blanket.  I can't believe how warm it is, and it has pockets!  Clearly I like pockets.  The vest can be dressed up or down.

Don't forget the favorable exchange rate with Canada, which provides a sizeable discount to US customers.  On the Belong Lifestyle landing page, use the top drop down menu to switch to USD and it will show you current prices.  Also, shipping is a standard $5 for US and Canadian deliveries.

Now back to prepping for the weekend.  Pray for me !

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Peach For Fall

Happy Thursday!  I'm off on a long weekend adventure with some of my favorite blogging friends.  I'll be sharing all the fun on Instagram if you want to see what we're up to!

I'm very happy to be working with Peach again, sharing some fall pieces from their Into The Wild Autumn Collection.  The rich colors and cozy fabrics are perfect as we transition to the new season.  First up is the Mara Moto Jacket in Khaki.  The stretch vegan suede is so comfy, and the classic motorcycle styling goes perfectly with both jeans or a pencil skirt.  These jeans are the Dark Blue for You Denim from Belong Lifestyle.  They're high waisted with a button fly , and oh so flattering.

I added this Tortoise Shell Necklace by Larissa Loden.  Her pieces are handcrafted in Minneapolis, and I love the mixture of tortoise with brass.

My favorite thing about Peach is their unique activewear.  These Instinct Leggings have a metallic leopard print and are made from eco-friendly, recycled poly.

The Bantu Tank skims the body and fits a little loose, which is exactly how I like it, and the criss-cross detail down the back is unexpected and fun.

I've been really happy with all of my pieces from Peach.  They are great quality, wash well, and are perfect for the gym, work, or play.

Have a great weekend!

The items in this post were provided to me from Peach in exchange for sharing their brand.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Evolution of Personal Style

Deena, Abbie and I were talking the other night about personal style, and how it evolves over time (did you know we have a Podcast?  Find it here by scrolling to the bottom of the page).

Which prompted me to pull out some old pictures and ponder my personal style...and maybe reminisce about my natural hair color.

Things started out pretty well.  This would be the late 70's, and I was trendy in my flare jeans and graphic t-shirt.  Then the 80's hit, and we all know what happened then.

Baggy polo shirt, baggy shorts, baggy everything.  Socks with loafers.  But that was the style, and I was rocking it.  Unfortunately, I didn't get the memo that oversize wasn't better, and as the trends moved on, I did not.

I don't even know what's happening here.  Oversize sweatshirt, huge sweatpants.  And this is how I dressed for the next decade, always trying to hide my body behind the biggest clothes I could get away with.

I remember looking at this picture in the early 2000's and realizing that I had completely lost my personal style.  I literally looked like I was wearing a potato sack.  Somewhere between motherhood and busyness, I had given up.

So I decided to start paying more attention to me.  There wasn't a lot of time to exercise, and even though I needed to lose a few pounds, I wanted to look pretty right where I was in that moment.

By buying clothes that fit my current body, and incorporating my love for color and pattern again, I slowly started to feel better about myself.  Getting dressed in things I enjoyed made me happy.  Which also made me a better mom, wife, and friend.

Since then I've mostly kept that philosophy in mind when dressing for my personal style.  Put on something every day that makes you feel pretty, no matter your weight, or your age, or your mood.  You deserve it.  Know that you are beautiful, right where you are, right now. 

How has your personal style evolved?

Thursday, September 5, 2019

A French Capsule

When I visited Paris in 2016, the first thing I noticed was the chic, fashionable French women.  And when Deena and Abbie were there in the spring, they saw the same thing.  And so, a French Capsule Collection was born.

I look very French, oui?
What is a capsule collection?  It's a group of essential items that all work together, and can be augmented with seasonal pieces or things from your own closet.

This pleated skirt in Dusty Pink may be my new favorite piece.  It has a stretchy, comfy waist, and the pleats fall perfectly.  It can be dressed up or down and worn with almost every shoe in your closet (even these Sassiest Sneakers in Zebra print).  As the weather gets chillier, throw on a jacket and you're good to go.

And for a dressier look, pair it with a floral kimono.

It might be time for another visit to Paris!  Check out all three capsule collections at Belong Lifestyle.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Summer's End

Every year, as September rolls around, I think about summer and wonder where the time went.  Sometimes I'm ready for fall, and other years, not so much.  It's such a short season in Seattle, and I usually feel like I missed so many things.  

But as I scrolled through my pictures...what a summer it was!

There were baking classes, the gift of flight, and a visit to see these lovely ladies.

Hiking and crabbing, and a family vacation to the mountains.

Weddings, and farmer's markets, and Yosemite and San Francisco.

And the music!  My younger son is a connoisseur of all types of music, and loves to introduce me to new bands.  But this summer he said we "needed" to see a few concerts, and I hate to argue with a need.

First up was Paul McCartney in Vancouver...and wow.  He's 77, and I will never complain about my age, and what I can and cannot do, again.

Next was The Rolling Stones on a beautiful Seattle night in August, and double wow.  Just in case I forgot the original lesson, Mick Jagger is 76 and had a heart valve replacement in the spring.  But he strutted and danced around the stage like a teenager.

So as summer ends, I'll tuck away the memories and remind myself how blessed I am.  Fall is a beautiful season in the Pacific Northwest and I have to admit, I'm excited to pull out the booties and sweaters.  But don't get me started on winter...

How was your summer?  What was your favorite part?

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Lovely Layers

While I'm not ready to give up on summer, fall is looming.  The days are still warm, but it's chilly in the mornings and evenings.  And if it's chilly outside, then you can bet I'm chilly too.  The answer is layers, to keep me warm and add a little interest to those early fall outfits.

Belong Lifestyle has you covered for all the lovely layers.  I'm wearing the "Hooray for Chambray Utility Vest".  It's versatile and lightweight, made of a soft denim that falls just right.  With a stand up collar and a drawstring cinched waist, it looks great on every body.

Utility Vest, Criss Cross Bralette
But wait...there are more lovely layers!  

The "Camo in the Wind Breaker". Abbie is head namer of clothes, and I love her way with words.  This jacket is a little bit cropped, and a lot fabulous, and a fun addition for any camo fans out there.

Ivory Tower Cascading Sleeveless Sweater.  Sorry for the wrinkles, but I couldn't wait to try this one on!
Hey Shorty Cropped Black Denim Vest

What are you wearing for the transition to fall?

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