3.13.2011

prelude to spring



With an extended forecast of temps in the mid 70's for the next week, i seems like spring has arrived in southern california.  back in january when i was in utah experiencing some of the coldest weather i've ever been in, i skipped a day of skiing and stayed inside, just me and the sketchy internet connection i had.  luckily  i came across this dress by kayce hughes at a whopping 75% off before my internet connection went out.  originally $138, i bought it for $34.  so here i am trying to do this really cute dress justice.  the things i really love about it are the long sleeves that can be pushed up, it has two pockets and that it can be belted or worn loose.  i can wear it with tights in the fall and bare, shockingly white legs in the spring/summer.  so as i continue to participate in project 333, i'm really happy because this dress will stay in my closet year round.









i apologize if i am writing too many posts about my wardrobe but i really love fashion and it brings me happiness.  i don't know about you but i need all the happiness i can get these days.  also, while there are lots of fashion blogs directed at women under 50, there are few for women over 50.  if you know any that i am missing out on please do tell.


xo
janet

52 comments:

  1. I discovered your blog recently and I LOVE it!! Have devoured every word! Inspiring!

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  2. Apologies are not needed I have the same bug! I enjoy it bring it on!!

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  3. Beautiful dress. The print looks like Queen Anne's lace, one of my favorite wildflowers.

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  4. You look lovely in that dress! I too am 50 something and I very much enjoy all of your blog posts.

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  5. You are over 50? No way! Love your blog...including the fashion posts.

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  6. Oh my goodness, do NOT apologize! I'm in my 50's, and I'm thrilled to see someone blog about fashion that isn't geared toward the under 40 age group. I remember a post you did last year that was centered around a cute canvas tote bag, and it was so great to see the daring, simple outfits you put together.

    I didn't comment on your previous post about your straw bag, but I love it! I saw the Kate Spade bag at Nordstrom the other day, and while it is adorable, it has nothing on yours. I actually like the heavier weave of the straw on your bag better. Great find!

    After paying $4.18 for gas this past week and being shocked at the price of most everything I drop in my cart at the grocery store, I need a happy little diversion--your blog is just that.
    So keep it coming!!

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  7. Janet! You're such a dish! And I love fashion:) Of course. I hope whatever is causing the happiness deficit passes soon.

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  8. Janet, you look feminine and beautiful in the dress, and thank you for bringing this designer to my attention. I notice the color is something of a persimmon, which I have been fixated on for some time. Yes, I agree, we need to hold onto the little things that bring us joy. Also, enjoy your weather, it is still winter here and my brain is lagging....

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  9. I like it! You look great.

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  10. Hi Janet,

    What a lovely dress this is. It looks great on you!!!

    Lucky you to have such high temperatures already :-)!

    Enjoy your day.

    Lieve groet, Madelief

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  11. Beautiful dress, and a fantastic price! Bravo to you for finding such a great deal!

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  12. Janet,

    I see that you have added more red!
    Looks very cheerful...as do you.

    I seem to recall that you also have red cowboy boots...not that you'd wear them with this dress...but I am feeling a theme here.

    I have some over 50 blogs on my blog roll ...
    which until recently had disappeared and through the marvels of technology has been reinstated...come on over and see.

    Perhaps a RED DAY POST once a week is in order..
    I'd love to join you if you felt that it was something you'd like to consider...excuse me if I am being too bold.

    Hugs
    XO

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  13. Love your fashion post!!!! However, I am still in your dining room swooning over that table....cannot get it out of my head. :)

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  14. Cute dress and what a bargain! I do love seeing your wardrobe but also enjoy it for the glimpses of your yard! Days are getting warmer here too...but most importantly nights are. Soon I'll be able to buy plants for outside. Have a great Sunday...I'll be painting! Last coat of paint to go on chairs and then I can move on to the buffet. Now I finally feel like I am making progress.

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  15. No apologies girl...you should always post about what makes YOU happy and it doesn't matter what you show us...it's always beautiful.
    Love the dress and that it's year round...I'm so impressed with your committment to the 333 project. It must be very peaceful to be dedicated to something that has made a huge change in the way you live your life.
    I love how you have mastered simplicity...smart and sassy....and very stylish! :)
    xo

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  16. Advanced Style is really fun. You might be interested. The dress is both beautiful and versatile! You wear it well.

    http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com/

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  17. Look out, you are going to get a model contract. Seriously.

    Dress is wonderful, and you found the perfect lippy to match!

    I do have to watch my hair envy with you Janet, my lank locks, in dirty blonde will never have your va va voom ( I grew up thinking Navratilova and I shared hair genes!).

    Enjoy your passion for fashion, it is self expression, no?

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  18. ooops, so enjoying your post I just burnt the toast. truly a compliment to you in that dress!

    xo jane

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  19. Love the dress, Janet. You're darned right about the lack of fashion blogs for women over 50. Thanks for posting!

    xo
    Claudia

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  20. Janet,

    I think you look amazing in all of your clothes! YOU make the dress....

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  21. I am over 50 and want to dress stylishly and simply, without spending a lot. I definitely want to hear more about your outfits.
    Janey

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  22. Hi Janet,

    I was laughing at your comment about "the shockingly white legs"...that would be me! And let's not even talk about my spider veins that have popped up the last few years...UGH!

    We are never too old to be fashionable right? :) (Cute dress by the way)

    Linda

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  23. beautiful dress! red is a great color on you:)

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  24. Janet, I love your blog and every post you make! I'm pretty close in age to you and admire your minimalism and style. Thanks for sharing your life!

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  25. Great dress Janet and I'm sure it will be a favourite due to it's versatility.
    White legs...I use spray tan because sun-baking is not an option. Love the black tights. Leggings and tights are compulsory down here in our temperate winter, teamed with summer dresses and a light jacket.
    No need to apologise, I love fashion also and appreciate any blog that's geared to our age group.
    Happiness, sadness...life is a rollercoaster. Your blog makes me happy Janet.
    xx

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  26. First and foremost, I think you get to blog about anything you want, without apologies. Second, I love that I found your blog and it focuses on those of us who have reached 50. Sending you good thoughts. Bonnie

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  27. You are so Pretty Pretty! And if fashion makes you happy, (which it does for me too) then fashion blog away! Someone once told me that I could be happy in whatever situation that may occur in life if I just realized that it is only a state of mind--that happiness is simply just BEING. So I have learned through many hardships to make sure I take time to turn my eyes towards things that are good--Things that make me "zone" into bliss--if only for a little while... But oddly enough, it seems to give me a breath of fresh air, and sort of lingers in a subtle way like a good perfume.
    So if it may be taking time for prayer,helping someone out, reading a good blog about fashion, food, and gardening,drooling over a Charles Faudree book,practicing yoga,taking time to be grateful for my family, my life, my friends, and my many blessings in spite of it all-I realize in perspective that it's all OK--And it gives peace to deal with the ups and downs of life. I never underestimate the simple things to life--These things are extremely powerful.
    Oh...and once again, how pretty pretty you are! Thank you for your inspiration--it's one of the lovely things that makes me happy!
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  28. Please, please, never too many postings about your clothes and wardrobe. You have put so many great ideas in print and picture. You and your house are the most perfect models. Keep it coming. You have a most organized and methodical approach. I'm sure I speak for so many. Your style and ideas are fabulous!!

    Shelley Rose

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  29. Dear Janet, Beautiful, and that color on you, wow. It will also look wonderful loose with sandals. Great, great buy! Hugs, Joyce

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  30. Oh God, you are too cute for words. Love u, xo Terri

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  31. Janet - part of what makes your blog so fun to read is that you so clearly have fun with what you are writing about! Whether it's fashion, decorating, food, travel - you are so into it which gets me into it :) I always look forward to visiting here - thank you!
    I'm glad that you are able to have some fun things to focus on since it sounds like you are having some hard times now. I wish all the best for you and for your hard times to ease.

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  32. A gorgeous dress Janet and a good bargain too so a win win situation. And you look fabulous in it too. Keep the fashion posts coming - I'm gearing up to do project 33 inspired by you! XX

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  33. This dress is very you. I love your fashion posts. You are simple, but stylish, and always classy.

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  34. Love this dress on you! It is so very hard to find a neckline these days that meets all my requirements.....and this one does!
    Good Find!

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  35. Dear Janet, Don't admit to being over fifty ever again, you can get away with forty! (I am well over sixty but, ssh, I'm telling no-one.)
    Lovely to see you in a patterned and coloured dress, other people's fashion is always interesting. And a temperature in the 70's - oh, bliss!.

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  36. Cute dress (cute YOU!) and what a steal of a deal you got! Karin

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  37. Great deal on a great dress. And I never tire of any of your topics.....I have a thing for red these days, too. I shied away from it for too many years - now it seems everything I buy is red!

    By the way, it's rainy, gray, and chilly here in northern CA. We are waiting patiently for our turn at some 70's. I need some sun. Enjoy yours!

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  38. Who's 50??? Are you kidding me?! Wow! I hope I look THAT GOOD when I get there. Truly, you're a stunning woman.

    Lovely dress!

    Have a blessed week!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  39. Janet,

    Thank you so much for your compliment about my blog. It means so much to me.

    And thank for adding me to your sidebar. What a honor! You've made me happy today. :-)

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    PS: I'd never guess "53". Never! Keep doing whatever you're doing! :-)

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  40. Wow! What a find Janet! It looks lovely on you!

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  41. Hi, Janet, this has nothing to do with this post, but did you see/hear the interview with Jack White today on NPR? here's the link:

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/03/14/134458863/the-flipside-with-jack-white-upholstery-and-his-rarest-records

    just thought of you when i read it!

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  42. hi anon, yes i did read it. he is a fascinating person to be sure. i'd so love to track down one of those sofas. how exciting would that be? plus it would be worth a fortune!

    thanks for thinking of me!

    xo

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  43. Janet,

    What a great dress...love it both ways. And you know I love all your fashion posts...I'm getting my list ready for Project 333.

    xo annie

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  44. ok this is the deal, yellow leather belt, oups! you don't where leather. So anyway, I want to see a yellow belt and yellow shoes with that red dress. A guest at a garden wedding perhaps?

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  45. Love that dress...it looks great on you...Oh BTW....I'm over 50....way over 50....and I still like beautiful fashion.

    Xo

    Jo

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  46. kevin, a yellow belt, hmmm. you don't think i'll look like an out of order traffic light?

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  47. i love your posts on fashion.

    i love that they are not expensive and something that most of us can aspire to in some way or another.

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  48. what a bold statement, showing the whole world your white legs. :-) It's nice to see how someone can enjoy a new dress. Looking forward to seeing the loose-fit-style.

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  49. You look gorgeous. I'm so happy that spring is arriving..

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  50. I thought that was a Kayce H. dress. Love the red on you.
    pve

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