Twenty pieces. But, as is most cases in homesteading, we can make do. I bought ten new pieces on the cheap at the mall because there are some great sales going on because everyone is still broke after Christmas. I had four more of the pieces. And I will for sure be picking up some wrap around espadrilles for spring.
Lesson 1: Don’t be afraid of color. A pair of maroon jeans may seem like it won’t match anything but you will be surprised.
These two looks are comprised of the jean jacket, blouse, jeans, and ballet flats. Then a comfy, silky v-neck, and long cardigan.
Lesson #2: Don’t be afraid of florals. Florals are really versatile because of how many colors they contain to match.
Lesson #3: Think outside the jean box. Jeans are miserably uncomfortable on me. I am 5’10” and they just don’t make comfy ones for tall girls. These are super stretchy and soft and feel great against my skin.
These two looks have the blue jeans, the off shoulder sweater (we noticed that tag on the sweater later. This is real life, folks.), and flip flops (that the dog ate after the shoot) and then the other floral blouse with jeans and heels.
Lesson #4- Get you a “hot damn” dress. There is a flattering style out there for everyone. This one is stretchy and super comfortable. It could be dressed up with a faux fur jacket and heels or perfect with ballet flats and a jean jacket.
I love that feminine florals are making their way back from the time of Laura Ashley and original Waverly.
Lesson #5- The jean jacket is still king….I mean, queen! It goes with everything, goes everywhere, lasts forever, keeps the chill off, keeps the cool on.
My daughter, Emily, is a great photographer. I am thankful that she trekked all the way out here (an hour and a half from her home) to make her mama look fabulous. This particular shot made me realize that yoga and veganism look pretty damn good on me and I am not sure why I cover myself with fifteen layers of clothes.
You know, it didn’t take me but two minutes to throw some gel into my wet hair or to put on some cruelty-free makeup. I don’t use foundation or powder, just some eye makeup and a slick of “lips” as Maryjane refers to lipstick.
My work isn’t glamorous, I teach herbalism and make tinctures. I feed chickens and write my blog in my pajamas. I don’t want to get new clothes dirty. I have a big, muddy dog. But these clothes wash up just the same as my others. I felt myself standing a little taller in soft jeans then I would in sweats. A little lipstick makes all the difference in how old my smile looks. I got lots of sweet messages about how I am beautiful on the inside. It is amazing how we approach the world and our day when we look and mirror and see how beautiful we are on the outside too.
We were looking for frumpy pictures of me on my husband’s phone. When he sent them to me he titled them, “Beautiful”. He is a keeper for sure. But for me, I think I can take on the world and achieve my goals a little better with some cute soft jeans and pink lipstick.
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You look fabulous!
Thank you, Julie!
I love your new look, and florals! I almost got this same top for my teenager at Rue21 in a different color.
I was so happy to see it on the clearance rack!
WOW—YOUR TRATEGY WORKED!
I am sure you meant “strategy”! ha!