Fashion Friday-Travel Outfit/Style Club Challenge 7

A simple shift dress, styled three ways

 

As you know I went away last week. Before going I was asked if I could  write a post about what I wear for travel. I mentioned last week that my traveling attire was nothing to write about. Or so I thought. For the most part comfort has been my only requirement. We drive mostly to our destinations and dressing up to spend hours in the car is not fun. When I was overweight I certainly didn’t care, and had adopted an attitude of I’d likely never see those same people again; so who cared?

That may not have been the best strategy.

Even after losing the weight, I didn’t really think too much about it. This is what I wore to and from Florida on vacation last year. On our way we stopped in my hometown of Jacksonville. I met up with my sister at the cemetery to “visit” those who are no longer with us.


I’m on the left, for those who don’t already know me. Now keep in mind we were traveling in the car for over twenty hours each way, so comfort was key. And it was August so heat and humidity were a big factor. All in all I guess this wasn’t too bad and definitely can qualify as an “athleisure” look, with emphasis on the “leisure”….

 

 

 

I decided it was time to up my game, and this is what I came up with for this trip.

The one thing I didn’t count on when I found this dress was how easily it would wrinkle. Other than that it was just about perfect! The only thing that could make it better would be those little snaps that some dresses have to hold your bra straps in place and pockets. I have come to like simple dresses with pockets! Why, I don’t know. It isn’t like I really put stuff in them, but I like them. The little bra strap hooks things are fabulous though. I may be able to add them myself.

See how useful those little “strap hooks” would be for this dress

I was actually able to use this for this weeks style club challenge too. I have not been as active in this months challenges as I had hoped to be. It seems the month completely got away from me, and fast! I have figured out a way to make some of it up and will have some new looks for you and the club soon!

I was hoping to be able to get some photos shot while away, but that thought went out the window quickly. I was able to photograph this dress, but that was it. It was a bonus that I could use it for the style challenge!

Our assignment last week was to style one dress three different ways; using a belt (I didn’t), a scarf, and a hat (you know the hat was up my alley)! I didn’t even realize when I photographed this that it would work, for the challenge I was just hoping to have a blog post. But I’m glad it did!

Here was my idea for taking this simple dress from day to an evening out, by adding a scarf, heels, and matching bag for a monochromatic look. Since I was traveling and knew we would be going straight to the beach, pretty much, I did not wear any make up. But this is the real me. More often than not I don’t wear makeup and in triple digits with humidity….well.

I was in such a hurry to get this done, before the littles went into melt down mode that I forgot to take my watch and FitBit off. This little dress came from Target. The scarf is from White House Black Market. I fell in love with it this past fall. The shoes you’ve seen before from Payless and the little bag is from Coach. Most of the jewelry is from Plunder. The earrings are in the new catalog and called Bowie. As large as they look they are very light and you don’t even know you are wearing them. The bracelets on the left, you’ve seen before. They are retired with the exception of the one with the turquoise beads. The bracelets on the right are my Alex and Ani bracelets along with the Plunder Lindy bracelet that has my initial. It was retired too, when the spring line came out. I decided against a necklace since there was such a bib detail already on the dress. I did try a couple and everything seemed to just get lost in the dress.

Here is my “hat look”.

Of course you know as soon as we went outside and I put a hat on the winds kicked in and I was fighting the hat the entire time! I removed my earrings before heading to the boardwalk. These sandals are the ones I wore on the ride down. They are my favorite Vince Camuto brand and came from the Home Shopping Network (HSN). The hat is from Betsy Johnson and came from HSN also, last year. The little cross body bag is by Vera Bradley and is at least eight years old and it has quite a history…..

What do you think of my somewhat “retro” sun shades? I took a lot of “ribbing” for those….and guess what I did? I put them in my little bag to get on a ride with Noah, then put my phone in next to them without thinking. See where it is in the pocket in the picture? I lost a brand new phone (as in three days old new) in Disney in 2009 out of this same purse, from that same pocket, on the Tower of Terror….so of course I knew not to leave it there….when I took my shades out to put them back on, one of the lenses was all scratched up; right in my line of sight…..my phone case has some little “blingy” jewels on it, and I must have put that side next to the lenses of the glasses. I think it’s time to not use this bag for amusement parks.

On the bright side, at least those glasses were inexpensive. I got them from BJs wholesale club. I went back this past weekend and they still had some. I bought a new pair of the same ones along with a different pair. I had not told “The Man” about my little accident until we were at the store and I saw they still had some. I went to pick them up and he said “didn’t you just buy a pair of those a couple of weeks ago”? And the rest of that story went something like this: “Why, Yes, Yes, I did…but what had happened was”…..I felt like Lucy “splainin” to Ricky, lol! Can you believe he was not amused?

What do you think about taking a simple shift dress, and styling it three different ways? Can you think of anything different to do with it?

Two of my precious littles

Remember, since it’s still June, your comments still count towards the Plunder Give Away for the rest of this week and next! So keep them coming! I’m having fun giving y’all gifts!

Plunder has also just released new sign on incentive. I know a couple of you have been on the fence about joining me with Plunder. Well, now is the time!

If you join before the end of June you could earn the $99 fee you pay for your starter kit back AND be eligible for the Plunder cruise in January!!! How awesome is that?

Where else can you start your own business for $99, earn that money back, so essentially you’ve started your business for nothing, and earn a free cruise? The jewelry pictured is what will come in your starter kit. This is your jewelry to wear, display, or sell (if you want). If you change mind about being a Plunder Stylist, at the least you’ve bought 8 gorgeous pieces of Plunder for much less than you would have paid per piece. Email me at Grandma2Glamma@gmail.com for more details or if you are ready to join. You can also just click here then click on “PLUNDER OPPORTUNITY” then “STARTER KIT” and sign up. I hope to see you on the cruise!!!

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Until the next time

Janet

 

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June-Fierce 50 Follow Friday

I’m so lucky. Each month I have the chance to get to know some of my Fierce 50 Sisters a little better by participating in the Fierce 50 Follow Friday. Today is time to post for June and I have three new Fierce 50 Sisters to introduce you to. I hope you will head over and support their blogs and follow them on instagram!

This month I asked the ladies- What does The Fierce 50 Revolution mean to you? Their answers and a bit of their stories are below. 

Annemarie:  “The Fierce 50 to me is about several thing’s. Being proud to say I’m in my 50’s, to market the age group so as we are accommodated by retailers and leisure outlets. More though, it’s about saying “50 is the new 30 and I have a lot to do yet. Don’t dismiss me because I’m not a number.” Annemarie can be found on IG at @mutton_style

Annemarie is a blogger from the UK.  She works full time in an office environment near London. She has adult children, fur babies, plus a partner known as Mr Him. She writes two blogs. One is about family and work life in the UK; Anna of the Mutton Years at http://tvshopaholic.blogspot.co.uk

The other is a girlie blog on clothes and so on called Mutton Style at https://muttonyearsstyleandi.blogspot.co.uk
Wow, Annemarie, two blogs? How do you keep up? Talk about FIERCE! I do good to manage one, lol!

Mindy: By setting a good example of being an “ageless wonder”, still being relevant, staying involved in life, contributing my talents, taking good care of myself. Mindy can be found on IG at @princessofwow


Mindy is divorced, and best friends with her “wuzband”, she turned 6-2 this month.  She is writing a one woman show about ageism in America which she will perform end of September in Beacon, New York. She is a cat Mom, Big Sister with Big Brother Big Sister Organization with a 10 year old girl. She is a hat designer, performance artist, singer, photographer and founder of The Smile Revolution raising conscious awareness to the healing power of a genuine smile, and if that isn’t enough, she has an album of songs about the power of a smile!  Mindy has a blog at theprincessofwow.com

Mindy is certainly a FIERCE, busy lady! And a hat designer! I’m in heaven!!! Check out her photos on IG! There are some fabulous hats!

Sharon: “Not enough hours in the day and so Fierce 50 means to me — just that — nothing stops, nothing changes, don’t let age put a stop to anything. I’m often the oldest digital marketer in the room but I like that and that it surprises people that I’m still living, learning and loving.” You can find Sharon on IG at @bestbeforeenddate


Sharon is also a blogger from the U.K. She is 54, married and celebrated her silver wedding anniversary earlier this year – she has two grown up sons.

She works in digital marketing and is launching her own business next month in digital strategy consulting.

She started her own blog just this past February www.bestbeforeenddate.com where she shares everything about her midlife adventures, life, fashion, travel, being empty nesters.

Sharon also co writes a business blog with her eldest son www.thenorthernniche.co.uk
Another FIERCE lady for sure! What is your secret to writing two blogs?

Please go and follow these beautiful ladies on instagram and their blogs!

If you haven’t joined The Fierce 50 Revolution,  go to the Facebook page and request to join. We would love to have you join us! Together we are working to shift the perception of women over 50!

Until the next time

Janet

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Highlights From May

May was a busy, strange month, lol! The weather couldn’t decided if wanted to be spring or winter. It actually rained here for 22 out of 31 days! We had the FlowerMart and Preakness here. It was Mother’s Day.  I made some hosting changes with the blog (I thought that was going to “do me in”).  Talk about “teaching an old dog new tricks”…..I did my first ever review for Covered Perfectly, it has been published on their blog and I will doing an interview for them soon. The Style Club had the accessory challenge. I didn’t participate in all of them, and inadvertently combined a few, but I did manage to participate. I made it through the first month of training with Jeff twice a week (and he didn’t kill me, yet). I attended a powerlifting meet and met another lady powerlifter in the masters division. I will be telling you more about her soon. And last, but not least, I participated in my first Fierce 50 Follow Friday as part of The Fierce 50 Revolution, on Instagram. It was just busy, busy, busy.

If you missed my review of the Fun and Flirty Fit and Flare for Covered Perfectly you can read all about it here.

If you shop with Covered Perfectly and use the code GG20 you can take 20% off on up to two items. The best deal is always the buy 2 get the 3rd item free.
This was the May schedule for the Style Club; I actively participated in 1, 2, 5, and 7 but I actually had some element of all but 6 in almost all of my looks, so I recycled a few pictures, lol!

This was from our day at the FlowerMart. The focus for this challenge was the necklace. It wasn’t until I was ready to post it I realized I had combined it with the Hat and Purse challenge! The necklace is a Plunder piece that has been retired.

Next was the scarf challenge, and what a challenge it was for me! I can do scarfs in the winter, but spring/summer has me baffled. Even after the challenge. This scarf came from JJill and I was got on clearance earlier in the year. 

I decided to use the first challenge pictures and make the bag the focus for the bag challenge, since it was new and I got because of the color and it fitting in with the greenery color of the year. I ordered from HSN.


But for the hat challenge! Yes, the first group encompassed a hat and would have worked just fine, but I went out and got myself a new hat! I spent and insane amount of money for a Preakness Hat (ok not as insane as it could have been, but more than I have ever spent on a hat)! This fabulous hat came from Christine A. Moore. She had a trunk show at our local HatsInTheBelfry store for Preakness and I just had to go….ok I just mentioned it being there “The Man” talked me into going. So that makes it his fault I bought a new hat, right?

This was my sunglasses challenge look. I just had to get these sunnies because they were different from my norm and that makes them fun! And the group insisted sunglasses are meant to be fun!

What do you think of the May challenge? Have you had a chance to check out the 40plusstyleclub? Have you registered for the waiting list? I know we just had a flurry of new members come on board for June. I hope to see you there.

The Fierce 50 Revolution is starting to take off and is gaining momentum. I enjoyed the Friday Follow and learning more about some of my new Fierce Sisters. You can read about them here. Together we are aiming to change the perception of women in mid-age and beyond! If you haven’t already you can go the Facebook page The Fierce 50 Revolution and join us. Let your voice be heard!

I told you yesterday, June is my birthday month and I’m going to be giving you all presents! Aren’t you excited? Every Friday in June I will be giving away a piece of beautiful Plunder Jewelry. All you have to do to is comment on the blog posts be entered in a drawing. I will draw a name from all the comments during the week each Friday night. On my actual birthday (I’m not going to tell you when that is, yet) I am going to give away a June Posse, pictured here. Who wants to guess when it is? Put your guess in the comments.

As you can there are three pieces of jewelry in the June Posse! Everyone who has commented up to that point will be entered in the drawing, even if you have already won.

If you want to sign up to receive the Plunder Posse each month you can do so here. The Plunder Posse is a subscription plan, much like Ipsy, Graze, etc. For $25 each month (which includes tax and shipping) you will receive 1-3 pieces of beautiful plunder jewelry. Your Posse will bill and ship on the same day each month, and you can cancel anytime or stop and start as often as you’d like if there’s a month you just don’t want it. If you have any questions or need help placing your order or have questions about joining the plunder business, email me at: grandma2glamma@gmail.com

Have you signed up for the blog email, yet? If not you can sign up with the subscribe button at the top right side of the page. I will not share your email with anyone else, and  you will just be the first to know when there is a new post. You can also follow my social media sites through the pop up or by clicking the following links:Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin. If you would like to share the blog on your Facebook or Twitter, you can just click the share buttons at the bottom of the post. Your likes, comments, and shares are what helps get the blog out to more folks, and I appreciate it more than you know. Remember you can also “Pin” the blog or just the photos to Pinterest now. So feel free to pin away!

Don’t forget to leave a comment so that you can be entered in the drawing for this week. Since today is Friday, I will be drawing this weeks winner later tonight. Of course your comments also help more people to see the blog too.

Have a great weekend!

Until the next time

Janet

 

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Thursday Guilty/Simple Pleasures 

I bet we can all find a Simple Pleasure

Happy first day of June! Can you believe we are almost at the halfway point of the year? Is this crazy or what? It’s almost officially summer, although I don’t think Mother Nature has quite gotten that message, at least not here, lol! Has the weather evened out in your neck of the woods or are still playing the guessing game?

After posting my Guilty/Simple Pleasures blog, a couple of weeks ago, you can read it here if you missed it, I have been thinking that Thursday might be a great day to start sharing our Simple or Guilty Pleasures. I bet we all have some or can find a simple pleasure from the previous week, or just in general, to share.

This is my most recent:

The hand of a grand little in mine.

Isn’t this just the sweetest?
Last week Miss Alessandra came to spend the day. Now you may ask “what’s new about that?” For those who don’t know I am a SAHGMa. I left my job in healthcare almost 6 years ago to stay home with my little Noah, and the babies have just kept coming, lol!

Since Miss Caterina came along in April “Lessa” has been home with mommy. Last week her mommy had some things to do and ask if Lessa could come over for the morning. Well, of course she could.

She was in rare form of course.

She started out extra whiny, lol, then decided she wanted her shoes off, then the socks, then the shirt, and finally her pants….at least she didn’t try for the diaper, lol! The next thing you know, I looked around and she has Miss Quinn’s shoes on; two different ones just as proud as punch with herself! Now at 19 months old you know that didn’t last too long before she was on to the next thing…after a while she decided she needed to put on Miss Quinn’s red shoe…yes, shoe, just one, on the wrong foot…and clomped around for ever with it. Her one red shoe and a diaper; what a picture, lol!

After a bit she wanted to climb up and sit on the couch, next to me, with an iPad. Once she got herself up and comfortable she reached over and put her hand in mine and just sat there. And there we sat, the house a mess, an almost naked baby with one red shoe on the wrong foot, an iPad (that she forgot for a few moments), and Miss Quinn and the cat on the other side. Now Miss Quinn has always had to sit holding hands and she will worm her hand in yours until it just suits her, but, this hand holding is not a “Lessa thing”, it’s a “Quinn thing”, so it was extra sweet. For a while we just there, both of them with their hands in mine. Since it there was no one else home I couldn’t get a picture of that….

This is my Simple Pleasure for this week. What is yours? Be sure to tell me about it in the comments!

June is also my birthday month! To celebrate I will be doing a few giveaways on the blog. Each week, at the end of the day on Friday, I will have a drawing for a piece of Plunder jewelry. I will announce the winner here on the blog, in the next blog post and will notify you by email. To be entered all you need to is comment on the blog, starting with todays. Everyone who leaves a comment during the week will be entered!

If you want to order from Plunder the party link to order for June is still Janete3. On my birthday, and I’m not going to tell you in advance when that is, hahaha, I will have an extra drawing for the June Posse! This month it is 3 pieces of beautiful plunder jewelry!!! That’s right one person will win the entire set! Remember all you need to do is comment on the blog to be entered in the drawing! Easy Peasy! Right?

If you haven’t already signed up for the blog email, you can sign up with the subscribe button at the top right side of the page. I will not share your email with anyone else, you will just be the first to know when there is a new post. You can also follow my social media sites through the pop up or by clicking the following links:Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin. If you would like to share the blog on your Facebook or Twitter, you can just click the share buttons at the bottom of the post. Your likes, comments, and shares are what helps get the blog out to more folks, and I appreciate it more than you know. Remember you can also “Pin” the blog or just the photos to Pinterest now. So feel free to pin away!

Don’t forget to comment to be entered in the drawings, but I really do want to hear about your Simple Pleasures too!!!

Until the next time

Janet

 

 

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My Preakness Hat

A couple of weeks ago I posted my Kentucky Derby look when we attended the Baltimore FlowerMart. If you missed it, you can read about it here. Well, I decided, I just had to get a new hat for the Preakness Stakes! Since discovering I can wear hats last summer, I am always on the look out for a new one. Well what better reason to buy a hat but for the Preakness Stakes race?

For those unfamiliar with horse racing; the Preakness is the second race in the quest for the triple crown. It is run two weeks after the Kentucky Derby here in Baltimore at Pimlico Racetrack. The next leg is run at Belmont in NY in three weeks.

Now I am in no way a horse racing aficionado. I only pay attention to these three races and mainly because the second one is run here at home. I must admit I like the fashion aspect of it too and have always been fascinated by the hats…..other than that, it’s just another day. Fortunately I had the good sense not to take up horse betting too. The finish was not expected and I would have not won a dime!!

Early last week Hats In The Belfry posted on Facebook that designer/milliner Christine A. Moore would be having a trunk a show at the local FellsPoint store (my regular store) Thursday and Friday with her designs for Preakness. She an official milliner for numerous horse racing venues, and the featured milliner at many races, including the Preakness. You really should go to her website and read all about her, her amazing career, and accomplishments.


After much thinking (ok not too much, I barely mentioned it to “The Man”) we headed down there Friday evening. I spent over an hour looking at all the hats on display, from the ones in the show to the ones that are staples at the store.

These were the contenders.

I looked at this one several times, but I had almost made my decision as to which one I was getting, before I decided to try it. I liked it, a lot, but now that I look at the picture I think it flattens me some. I’m pretty sure I could find just the right outfit and it would have a much different look.

This next one is one that was already at the store and not part of the show. I don’t remember if this was Christine’s design or not. I like the color and the fit and the brim size is one that I am most comfortable with.

The hat below is the first hat that caught my eye and I tried it on, immediately,  when I walked in the store. I was totally convinced it was way to large for me!

It did go well with the top I had on, lol! Christine was fabulous and helped to play around and shape it differently. She may have been glad to see me leave, lol!

What do you think about the two different looks on the same hat?

Playing with the brim and giving it that asymmetry look made a big difference, I think.

So which hat do you think I chose? Out of the ones pictured, which is your favorite? Why? My sons think I look silly in hats. What are your thoughts?

Christine hasn’t left the man in your life out, either. If you go to the website and click on The Blake Collection, you will be able to find a hat suitable for your Mister.

This was the hat I chose and my Preakness day look. I had several ideas for styling it right from the start.

But  of course, it didn’t work like I planned.

This wasn’t my first choice for what I wanted to wear, for the day, but life took over and we had some things we had to take care of; so a day at the race track did not happen. This became the best outfit choice for the way the day turned out and to go out later and enjoy the Preakness from a local establishment. This was an outfit that I knew the hat would look good with, just not what I planned on for this day.

This was the best picture I was able to get. I had hoped for a full length photo, but I really need to stop trying to let “The Man” be a photographer….that’s a story for another day!

The top is the cold shoulder one I showed you a while back during the first style club challenge. It came from White House Black Market. This is my first ever cold shoulder top. I have taken a while to get on the bandwagon with this trend. When I put it on I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to wear it. It felt strange. After a few minutes, I got used to the feel and it was actually very comfortable and I felt confident and it had just the right amount of coverage. The white ankle jeans are from Levi. The purse you’ve seen before, it is called Sawyer from Dooney and Bourke. The jewelry from both days is from Plunder the earrings from the first pictures are in the new catalog and called Kelsie. They have peach colored stones and match back to the Kayson bracelet. They do have a bit of weight to them, but I don’t think they are overly heavy. This bracelet and earrings are now part of the new Plunder Sets and are called the Geranium Set. Just this month Plunder put together matching pieces in sets.  If you’ve been looking at getting pieces that match now you can order a set and save some money! Of course this was after I went on my own shopping spree, lol! The necklace I am wearing is part of the March Posse, and is no longer available. It came with matching earrings. The Plunder Posse is a monthly subscription where you get 1-3 pieces of jewelry each month for $25.00 tax and shipping included. You can cancel and restart as often as you’d like. That works out well if one month you don’t care for the selection.  The bracelet that you can’t see very well is called Paige and is part of the new line.

What do you think of my new hat and Preakness look? Out of the three I showed you, which would you have chosen?

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Until the next time

Janet

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Training Plan(s)

I wonder what Jeff has in store for me next

I am running a marathon in October, but you most of you already know that. Last Monday I started (sort of) a new training plan. A plan to take me into the summer. I am part of the Another Mother Runner tribe. Periodically during the year we can elect to participate in five-week fun challenge plans called stride plans. I almost always sign up. Can’t say I always finish, but I start…..

Here is the current plan-Stride into Summer


Now I think I’ve told you before I have used training plans, I just don’t follow them to the letter….remember “my way”? Yeah that’s me….that song was even playing at the gym a couple of weeks ago when I went in for a session with Jeff…

Here is how my first week actually went.


Now I really did have every intention of starting Monday off on the right foot, and going for a walk after taking Noah to the bus stop. However, Miss Quinn decided she wasn’t going to walk, and dragging kids wasn’t part of the plan….I guess carrying her could have been considered strength training, hahaha. I didn’t push the issue and didn’t go later because to tell the truth my rump was sore from my workout with Jeff on Saturday and I didn’t run Sunday (mother’s day) either… (that’s why we switched leg day to Wednesday and arms to Saturday). I have a feeling leg day is going to become quite a “pain in the rear”….

I also started working on my marathon training plan. This stride plan will end the week before I need to start serious full marathon training. My goal is/was that it will help me build my base. Now I just need to dig in, set it up, and make it work!

Here is the plan I used for my first/last marathon.


As you can see some thing got messed up in the first couple of weeks (don’t ask me how), so I will need to go back and fix them, but for getting it together purposes; it works. I haven’t completely decided if I am going to use this same plan, try a different one, or modify this one (ok this is modified, lol). But since my workout schedule and intensity with Jeff has changed I will need to modify it even more to accommodate that. Back then I was only working out with Jeff for 30 minute sessions every other week. When he went out on his own we went to one hour ever other week. Last fall I upped it every week for an hour, and now we are at twice a week for an hour. We have been at this schedule for three weeks now. I haven’t died yet….but I wasn’t so sure I was going to survive last Wednesdays deadlifts. I ended up lifting 155×6 total for my heaviest lifts.

Now the plan, apparently, was to go for three. Jeff, neglected to tell me that (so it’s his fault) and after one I put it down. Then he told me he wanted three. The most I had done at that weight was two. I couldn’t pull the third one a few weeks ago. Well, I regrouped and started again; one, two, and I thought I was going to hurl on three! Seriously. For real. I’m not sure if I ate too much before going, or if it was what I ate. I had a brain blurp, didn’t think, and had some fried stuff (which I don’t eat very often to begin with) or if it was because I had a new weight belt.

My son, DIL, and granddaughter gave me a nice new belt for Mother’s Day.


I think it’s going to take years to break it in. I had not been convinced it was the correct size and after thinking I was going to lose my cookies, I’m still not. They ordered a small and I cannot get it past that first hole, on my own. I was able to go one tighter with my sons help, and it was fine (if I didn’t want to breathe), lol! Along with that, it’s so wide it wedges pretty much between my rib cage and hip bones. Jeff, insisted it was fine….then he got me his, which is a medium, it went all the way to the last hole, wrapped back around me, and was loose….So I guess it’s ok size wise (if I don’t gain an ounce)! I’m not sure my “innards” have recovered yet….

Well, after I thought for sure I was going to lose it or croak, Jeff, insisted I could pull three….apparently somewhere deep down I knew I could too, or I was going to go out trying. I regrouped again, tightened my belt and pulled it; one, two, annnnd three. That’s how I ended up doing 155×6. If I don’t do that again it’ll be too soon. We went on to some ab work and I ended the night with a three-minute plank! Saturday was arm day and I ran on Sunday. I wonder what Jeff, has in store for me next? Maybe I shouldn’t ask….

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Worst Mani/Pedi Ever 

Do you have something built up in your mind only to get it and be disappointed? I have been saying I need to get a pedicure so bad it wasn’t funny. Thursday night I finally managed to get myself down to the nail salon for a much over due mani/pedi. I should have waited longer!

This was by far the worst experience ever! I left there knowing my manicure was awful. The person started by cutting my nails (which I asked for and was needed) just straight across, not really filing them and when she sent me to wash my hands I noticed not only were they not filed they were pokey, ragged, and jagged and still just straight, no rounding or anything….well I told here she had to fix them (they were rounded when I got there, what would make her think I would be happy with that mess?). Well when I gave up, they were finally rounded acceptably but one hand is shorter than the other ( I was honestly afraid to try to have them “fixed” any further!

I didn’t realize how bad the pedi was until I got home and went to bed. My toe nails were catching on the bed covers! When I checked them I found bits of nail in the cuticle that hadn’t been attended too! I am glad people can’t really see your feet, because after that I got down close to look and found a couple of toe nails aren’t straight and the polish is not even on my one big toe! It started off by the water being almost cold for the pedicure; that should have been my first clue. What made me think it was going to be ok is beyond me….

I have been going to this salon for a couple of years. I don’t usually go in the winter, because lets face it no one is going to see my feet in cold weather! The technicians were all new, except for two that have been there since it opened and one of those is the manager. I had been given a gift certificate for Christmas or I probably would not have gone to that location. The last time I was there I wasn’t happy with the service, but it was nothing like this!

I am not one to gripe and complain, but this was beyond bad. And I have had just a few mani/pedis in my time to compare to and never have I had an experience like this! If you are local it was Nail Trix in Canton. I would NOT recommend you go there! You can bet the farm I never will again!

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May Style Club Accessories Challenge-2

Do you wear scarves

I was a little late to the party for the week 1 accessory challenge, so here we are already moving on to week two!

This week the theme was scarves. I don’t wear a lot of scarves and find styling them to be a challenge, or intimidating, especially in warmer months. Wearing and styling in winter is much easier, for me. I was totally out of my comfort zone.

“The Man” decided we should go out for breakfast on Sunday. Since the weather decided that it was time to let us know winter hadn’t entirely left, I decided to work on my scarf challenge.

The group decided this looked good, added interest, and that the entire ensemble worked for the setting. I am not overly happy with it. I tried tying and draping the scarf several different ways and this was the best I came up with. I guess it works, for a casual look, but I’m sure it could be better. The jeggings and tunic you’ve seen before. Someone suggested cuffing the jeggings above the booties to show skin….let’s just say that was not an option this day! My legs do look a bit long in this picture, lol.

Do you wear scarves? Do you have any tips?

I have been working on changing the website.  I know things may look a bit different  and may for a while, as I get everything back the way I want it. In all honesty it’s about drive me bonkers….if I wasn’t there already. Somethings are working right, somethings not so much. In time maybe I will get this figured out too. Please be patient. I have been assured it will all come together. Famous last words? If any of you are techie folks and have any tips; I’m open to suggestions!

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Janet

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Weekend Warrior

Or just plain crazy

Saturday’s workout with my trainer, Jeff, was nothing short of amazing? Crazy? Awesome? It was good. We worked on some serious lifting. I am surprised I could move the next day, lol.

We worked on squats, dead lifting, and bench pressing. All in one day; which is unusual. Like I told you last week, that bench press is going to need A LOT of work, but I’m sure it will get better. I did set new PR’s for squats and the dead lift. Just to see what I could do Jeff jumped my squat weight from 105-135 pounds! I told you I think he’s trying to do me in, lol. Jeff didn’t get a picture of that; he wanted to make sure to spot me incase I couldn’t do it.

We then moved on to the bench press. Now I told you I was weak in that, but, I can press just the bar pretty good…all 45 pounds of it, lol! We tried adding 20 pounds to it and it wasn’t very pretty….so we took it down to 55 and I managed to get it fairly decent. I most certainly have a lot of work to do.

After that we moved on over to the dead lift. I’m not sure, but I might enjoy that; just a little bit….We went through a few lifts of “lite” weight. Then moved on up. After a few lifts I had to visit the facilities (nothing new there) and when I came back Jeff had racked on some new weights. I wasn’t exactly sure of what the amount was, but I knew it was more than I had ever done. I approached and tried, but just couldn’t pull it. It was 175 pounds. We took off 10 and I went to lift it for one pull! Jeff, did manage to get a video. I think it is much better than last weeks over all.


I’m still not sure why last weeks was so “sloppy” on such lite weight. I still think it was in part to being “finished” then going back to doing a quick round for videoing. I guess it still remains to be seen. If you missed last weeks post and video you can see it here. Let me know what you think.​

If this craziness with Jeff isn’t enough; I have decided to go from training once a week with him to twice a week….so I will now work Jeff on Saturday and Wednesday Nights; is this smart or just plain crazy? I guess we will see. I must be a glutton for punishment!

Sunday morning, I got up and ran. It was the first time in a couple of weeks. It was the first time in a very long time, I felt good about it. I didn’t run fast (ok, really, do I ever) but it wasn’t my slowest either. I didn’t run far, but farther than the last time.

When I got up Sunday morning I was going determined I was going to get out and run. I did. I must admit, I have had a hard time getting motivated to start training for the marathon. Why I just don’t know, but I have not been able to get my head around it. Maybe because it is so far out, which is true, but I need to build up my base. I cannot do that sitting on my rear end. Maybe this is going to be my last running hurrah? I don’t know. I am still in a bit of a funk and I need something to pull me out.

As I got ready to go on Sunday, something felt different. I fueled, I got dressed and as I was getting things together; I felt almost giddy with excitement. Have I turned the corner? I don’t know, but I started thinking about when I was going to run again, getting out my training book to start logging workouts (then decided I needed a new book for a new year; Hello Amazon!). I ordered it and it should be here today!! Yay! It is the little things…

It was very overcast, but it was humid. I sweated. In a tank top. I never sweat. It was kind of nice. Maybe. Just. Maybe. “I’m gonna make it after all”….

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Going Grey Gracefully-To Color or Not To Color

I think my stylist thinks I’m cuckoo

Do you color your hair? Have you accepted going grey gracefully, or are you fighting it til the end? There is no right or wrong answer for it is most certainly a personal and individual choice. But what are your thoughts on coloring your hair?

I found my first grey hair in Feb 1995, oh yes, I remember it vividly. I was 31 years old, and there it was; right up front! I was mortified. I was too young, lol. I called my aunt to tell her…I did not run straight out to buy hair color though. I analyzed it. Yes, that’s right, I studied that bugger for days. I decided it was that pretty white/silvery color and wouldn’t be so bad if they were all that way. Of course there is no way to know with just one grey hair what the rest will be like, and 22 years later I still don’t know!

I decided I didn’t want to color my hair and although I have gone through phases of coloring since. I have not colored my hair to hide the grey. I developed some notion that coloring it would cause it to be an ugly shade of grey and shied away from it. If I must have grey hair, I want pretty grey. I think my stylist thinks I’m cuckoo. After several years, though, I started coloring it on occasion to have a different color. I only colored now and again just for a change. I found I really have no patience for touching up roots every few weeks. I’m a let it grow out and then color the entire head kind of person. I guess that’s ok, but it can look pretty bad; depending on what color you went with. Heck, I don’t even like going for a trim with any regularity. Well, that’s not entirely true. I don’t think far enough in advance to make an appointment with any regularity. I think about needing to go, but take forever to call and get in…..

Both of my grandmothers had beautiful white hair and that’s what I am hoping for. That’s not too much to ask for, is it?

I also found that no matter what color I used (shade or brand) I always ended up with red hair or a red tint for a couple of weeks after. I used one particular brand once, and went with an auburn shade (I figured if it was going to look red why not). It turned out almost neon red! My neighbors across the street didn’t think it was me! They thought “The Man” had moved someone new in!!! You can be sure I never used that brand again!

This picture is one of the last times I colored my hair; a couple of weeks before my sons wedding almost two years ago. As you can see it still looks fairly red on the day of the wedding.

This was not quite a year ago as the color from my last coloring was growing out. If I could have this shade from day one until time to color again; I might color it again. I don’t think there are any guarantees!

And this is now. My own au natural hair. I realized when I looked at this picture I have my own unique color, It is called “tree bark”! Go on in and ask your stylist for this color…

As you can see there is quite a bit of “snow on the mountian top”. Now if only it would just “do its thing” and turn; I would be happy. Or would I? I considered coloring it all grey once (that seems to be quite the rage). I figured that would be a way of knowing what it would look like and if I would like it. I went so far as to talk to my stylist about it. When she told me I would have to bleach all my color out and then color it. I gave that notion up real fast!!! Mother Nature can just take over.

I have a true love/hate relationship with my hair. I go in for a trim and like it for about ten minutes after leave, then it drives me bonkers for a few weeks before I like it again, then it’s time to repeat…..Someone once said I should find a new stylist. I have tried that. I haven’t found one that I like any better than the one I have used for years. If you are local and have any recommendations; I am open. Let me know who you use. Tell me your thoughts. Do you color? Have you recently stopped coloring? Are you going to go down in a blaze of coloring glory? I would love to hear from you and what you think.

Last week was a slow writing week, here on the blog. To say I was preoccupied with all the goings on with Miss Caterina is an understatement. The week certainly did not go the way I had envisioned it. For those who don’t already know you can read about it on last Mondays blog post; www.grandma2glamma.com/things-dont-always-go-as-planned if you do know what was going on, Miss Caterina came home Wednesday and seems to be doing very well! Thank you, everyone, for the prayers and good thoughts.

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