And Now For Something French!-
Recently I realized my wardrobe was getting pretty boring, even for me! While I'm very practical, I like to keep a bit updated with my work clothes, so I don't look like I'm dressing 15 years older than I actually am (56). People tell me I look younger than I am, so I started thinking about my clothes. Not to be superficial, but if I'm that bored with my clothes, well what the heck! I understand this isn't my usual type of blogging, but hey, read on if you're interested! Needless to say, I'll be changing some things on a budget, and being thrifty!
We all fall into habits, sometimes bad ones. I've always been a casual dresser, but when I realized a lot of my jeans don't really fit me right, I said "well, fix it". Mind you that doesn't mean going out and buying a bunch of clothes but- what would fit better? I recently realized a lot of my thrift (and new) slacks/jeans really aren't the right cut for me. The butt hangs down in many of my jeans! Geez, I lost a bunch of weight, I don't need sagging jeans!!! A couple of days ago I tried on a petite pair of jeans that fit me perfectly, and looked much thinner. I saw that the waist was more curved and was where it should be. AH HA! Then I ran across a fun little book at my library- Parisian Chic
A lot of the basics in the book were already things I do- try to buy (but not always) good quality clothes/shoes, that fit your body right, don't get into fads. Of course the French model in the book is very thin and 20, maybe. I think it's much better to do what smarter women than I do- have a smaller wardrobe, but with good quality (LL Bean, Carhartt's or whatever) and classics. Rather than having a bunch of junk clothing/shoes you never wear, cut it down. A bunch of clothing you never wear- guilty here! Anyway, I also read some articles online about what older French women wear! Here's some photos that I loved-
Actress Rachel Ward in Paris
I love her glasses, short hair and casual thrown together look, probably very well-planned :)
Very cute gray hair, scarf, beads and shades!
I think some flats (usually wear Danskos) might be a good choice for my feet at work. Not what I would usually consider. Not BORING!
So, I also found some fun French burlapey pillows, all the rage, when Dave and I went out pre-shopping for a new couch (ours is falling apart). I was using burlap 10+ years ago for table runners, etc., so I find it pretty funny it's so "hip" now. I saw these cute pillows in the store. Sorry for the color, my cell phone adjustments were off. They were cream/tan with rust red-
Today at Ross I picked this up for next Christmas, too cute for $3.00!
I am not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there. J'aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.