Denim, Chiffon, and Embroidery

Woo Hoo! It’s Friday! That means it’s time for Fashion Friday and another week has coming to a close. I have been given a rare gift for today. A “me” day! Whatever am I going to do with myself? And it’s a holiday weekend.! Did I hit the jackpot or what? So far, I have planned a phone call with my Plunder sister Patti (Patti is a new blogger, you can find her at 55isfine.com, check out her blog and subscribe) to pick her brain. Patti, is in Texas, that’s what’s one of the great things about my business(es) I have made friends with some wonderful ladies all over the US! I am also expecting a fun, exciting Plunder delivery today. I hope to be able to get some blog photos shot this weekend so that I can share them with you. I am planning some serious fun and ribbing….uh oh, watch out! Maybe I will take the camera out somewhere and see if I can master taking my own photos, or at least making them look somewhat decent.

Do you have any plans for your long weekend? Ours might be weather dependent. Right now it looks like starting tonight into tomorrow it will be all rain, with fall like temperatures. I just keep singing “Rain is a good thing”. What else can you do? It is definitely fall-like weather today. Once I can acclimate I will really be happy. I will try not to make the mistake I made in the spring and switch my clothes out too soon.

Facebook reminded me, this morning, that it was six years ago today that I left my job of eight years to begin taking care of my little Noah. Maybe, it’s fitting that today is my “me” day!

Today I am showing a couple of different looks with the same blouse and including the jeans I showed you earlier in the week.

Here I have styled with a denim skirt. Believe it or not, this is the first denim skirt I have ever owned. That’s about as crazy as only getting my first denim jacket this year! I told you about that here.

We shot these photos when we were shooting for my Covered Perfectly review the other week. If you missed that post, you can find it here. My daughter was the photographer (have to give her a plug)!

 

Look Ma no hands!

Remember my daughter and her ideas of me getting on ledges? Yeah, she didn’t give that idea up. Ok, this wasn’t really very high, in fact calling it a ledge is a stretch, but I had to give her a raft of stuff about it.

The top is from White House Black Market. It is a chiffon fabric and most of the flowers are embroidered. The skirt is from Levi. You have seen the sandals a few times this year. They are by Italian Shoemakers and came from DSW a couple of years ago.

You may have noticed these photos aren’t the best. This is a lesson, of sorts, on lighting. It was definitely not good in this spot for photos at that time of day. Sometimes you don’t know that until you go to view them. I tried to work with them some, but wasn’t able to help them much. My photography/editing skills are a “work in progress”.

Here is the same blouse with the jeans I wore to the fair also from White House Black Market, and the same shoes. Like I said these may very well be my new favorite jeans.

 

The light is much better for these photos, but it is still not the “best”. These were also taken with my phone vs the camera.

My three happy things for Thursday were:

1. Snuggles with Miss Quinn in the morning

2. A great yoga practice

3. Tomorrow is Friday

Let me know how you are coming with listing your happy things each day.

I haven’t talked to much about Legging Army over the summer, because most of us don’t want to think about leggings in the summer. But today through Monday we are having a summer blow-out special.

EVERYTHING on the side is 10% off. We are getting ready to load up the fall/winter line. Head over and check it out, but don’t wait too long, these things go fast, especially the more “graphic” prints.

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Have a great weekend and a safe holiday

Until the next time

Janet

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Covered Perfectly Fit and Flare

The 3/4 sleeves are a perfect three season top for my climate

Oh. My. Gosh. I think I am in love! I have shared Covered Perfectly and my Simple Comfort Tops with you before. They are Made in America and Covered Perfectly is a small woman owned company, that is still fairly new. Pauline, the owner, is just fabulous.

I was recently given the opportunity to review a new top and I chose the Fun and Flirty Fit and Flare in Royal Blue you can find it here. I have always thought about ordering this style and I would put in my cart and take it out. So when presented with this opportunity, I chose it. I have no idea why I waited! It is as fabulous as all the others. I did have a hard time deciding how/what to wear it with. There are so many ways I can think of and I can’t wait to style it with all my ideas, but for now I will stick with the first idea I had.

If you remember I have been on the hunt for a pair of crop pants, that look okay on my short self, and I finally found a pair that I like. Can you believe I have bought my second pair of  “distressed” jeans? Don’t tell “The Man”, lol. The Fit and Flare was a perfect complement for them.

We headed out to Sherwood Gardens. I just knew the royal blue would pop against the colors of the flowers. It did not disappoint. I added white wedges for more of a dressy casual feel.  The neckline of this top lends itself to accessorizing with a statement necklace. I decided on a bib of silver floating hearts with matching earrings. I thought it would look great in the setting; adding a little bit of romance…

We then headed out to Ft. Howard, where I decided to change into a pair converse sneakers, for exploring the ruins of an old fort. Of course I had to add some pearls because, you know, I am a blue jeans and pearls kind of girl!

I like both looks, but the sneakers with the crops might be my favorite. The Fit and Flare dressed up the casualness of the distressed jeans. The longer length of the pearl necklace adds a vertical line and visually gives that look of thirds, so that even with the flat shoes/sneakers I don’t look quite as short. Lol, who am I kidding?!?!

I have shown y’all my “lumps and bumps” before. As you can see they are not jumping out at you. That’s just one of the reasons I like the Covered Perfectly Tops so well. They skim your body instead of clinging to those problem areas. The 3/4 length sleeves in many of the styles help to hide those “bat wings” we may develop after a certain age. They are also very comfortable to wear in the summer months and thin enough to layer nicely if needed. This was a beautiful warm, sunny day and I was very comfortable. Knowing I can wear this in the summer and be comfortable while out and about is a great benefit. The 3/4 sleeves are a perfect three season top for my climate.

What do you think about this
Fun and Fabulous Fit and Flare? Are you already a fan of Covered Perfectly or have you yet to try them? If you would like to order yours, or check out the rest of the Covered Perfectly line you can do so by clicking on the banner below.

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Please take a minute to let me know what you think about this look, and the wonderful Fit and Flare.

Until the next time

Janet 

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May Style Club Challenge

Can you guess my favorite

Last month the style club challenges were focused on “hiding your belly”. I did not participate in all of the challenges, because there was just so much going on. I am hoping to be much more active for May. This months theme is: Accessories Essentials.  So we will be focusing on accessories and week one was necklaces and choosing the perfect necklace for your outfit. The challenge for this week was to wear an outfit and elevate the look with a necklace.

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For the week one exercise, I actually managed to wrap three separate challenges into one; necklace, hat, and bag, without even realizing it until I had already taken photographs, you may see a lot of the same photos this go round, lol! I will try to focus on just the necklaces today though. Here I used a statement necklace, along with other accessories to step up a simple sleeveless top and jeans. The black jeans you’ve seen before, they are just good ole’ Levis, the top is a couple of years old and I’m not really sure where I got it, but it wasn’t anywhere special. It may have been Sam’s Club, but I’m not 100% sure, and the bag came from HSN. It is part of the Joy/Iman collection. I bought it for the color and it has great pockets, but I’m not sure about keeping it. The hat came from a local shop last year.

This look was part of yesterdays post and if you haven’t read it you can do so here. This necklace is bold enough that it works with the V neck of the blouse. It is often recommended to wear a V-shaped necklace to fill in the decolletage area on a V neck, but this was low enough and the design worked.

The accessories elevated this simple look, but did not over power it. What do you think?

In the outfit below I changed up the jewelry and shoes to change to over all feel of the outfit. The clothes are the same. With a scoop neck top a bib type necklace works well for filling in the void. The floating heart bib on the right with matching earrings does just that and by wearing the wedges with the crops it dresses the casualness of the outfit up.

I changed the necklace and shoes for the photo on the left, to give an overall more casual feel to the same clothes. By adding the longer necklace it adds vertical length and visual interest to the look and brings in the rule of thirds.

The top is the Fit and Flare by covered perfectly. If you haven’t checked them out yet you can click here  or on the banner below to see the entire line and order yours. This is their birthday week and there is a fabulous sale going on through Saturday May 13th.

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As an added bonus: Grandma2Glamma blog readers get 20% OFF on up to two items! Use the discount code GG20 when you checkout at Covered Perfectly. There are several styles to choose from, and the discount code will apply on up to two items. Or you may take advantage of the “Buy 2 get your 3rd FREE” special. This special applies to any combination of items store wide, just add 3 items to your cart and the discount will be applied automatically. One one of the discounts will work. Start Shopping!

The jewelry is all from Plunder. The floating heart set is from the Valentines specials and is no longer available. The Ezra bangle and the long beautiful pearl strand is from the spring catalog. It is 62 inches of pearls on leather! You know I just had to have it. You can see the entire line by clicking here. It will take you to the party link for May. If you have any problems with that or any of the links;  please let me know.

What do you think of these looks? Which one of these looks do you like best? Can you guess which on is my favorite? I am certainly no fashion icon. I am just a simple girl trying to learn and find what works for me and share it with you. I hope you find some useful ideas and things you like.

The blog reached 50 subscribers yesterday!!! Woo Hoo!!!! The social media sites are growing faster, but the blog itself is starting to catch up!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for liking, commenting and sharing. That is what helps to get the word out! I appreciate all that you do to help with that! If you haven’t already signed up to follow the blog or to receive an email when there’s a new post, you can do so by clicking the FOLLOW button at the bottom of your screen. Easy Peasy, and you will only get an email when there is a new post. Remember you can also follow and share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and now on Bloglovin.

Until the next time

Janet
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Baltimore FlowerMart

Baltimore is a city that is rich in history and culture

Saturday “The Man” and I headed out to the annual Baltimore FlowerMart (current spelling) in the Mt. Vernon area of the city. It is held around the Washington Monument.


It is quite an event and has been held here every year since 1911. It was the first Flower Mart (original spelling) in the nation. If you would like to learn more about FlowerMart and the history you can do so here. The FlowerMart is held the first weekend of May, rain or shine. It is held the weekend of the Kentucky Derby. It kicks off on Friday and goes through the weekend. I consider it Baltimore’s kickoff to the Preakness Stakes which is held here two weeks after the derby. I don’t know if that’s official, but I like the thought. If you are a horse racing fan, you know Preakness is the second leg in the run for the Triple Crown.

I have never been to the Preakness or any other horse race for that matter, but I do enjoy watching and participating in some of the festivities.

There is a grand hat parade at the kickoff on Friday, vendors of all types, flowers and plants (of course), and even a dog parade. Maybe one year I can participate in the hat parade! How fun would that be?

The photo was of above was a lovely display by the For-Win-Ash Garden Club, which is part of the Baltimore City Garden Clubs and a member of The Federated Garden Clubs Of Maryland; you can learn more about them here. As you would walk in the proprietress would say “come in and sip and sit”. Very charming.  I just loved the idea of the plants in teapots and cups. I did the plants a favor and left them there for someone who might be able to keep them alive after taking them home. It is a running joke around here if you want a plant to die, give it to me… I must say though, last year my son and his girlfriend gave me an orchid for Mother’s Day and the plant is still alive. It has been in my house for one year yesterday and isn’t dead yet. There was a bet going on as to how long it would live. It hasn’t bloomed again, but it is alive…..Maybe there is hope, but I wouldn’t put money on it, lol!

One of the vendors
A local artist/vendor selling planters and lawn art

Some of the beautiful artwork on display.

Birdbaths made from glass

Since I discovered hats last year I decided to wear one down, even though it wasn’t Friday. I knew there would still be some in attendance; because it’s tradition.


It became very windy at times so hanging onto my hat was a challenge.


I bought this hat towards the end of last summer. I knew it would look good with black and white. It adds just a bit of a pop of color. I don’t usually wear hats with a brim this wide, but I don’t think it is too much. It also has a built-in SPF so it will be good in the summer. I recently purchased the green purse. Since “greenery” is the color of spring and I don’t have much green. I decided to add it with accessories instead of buying new clothes. The boots and black jeans you’ve seen before. These boots have a nice block heel and were very comfortable walking on the brick lined streets. I have found good quality heels to be much more comfortable than most flats, since losing weight. The white top is a couple of years old. Of course I had to add some pearls. After all, “pearls are always appropriate”; to quote Jackie Kennedy.

The lemon and peppermint stick is a FlowerMart tradition and a must have.

I have told you before I am the person that should not wear white on any day that ends in “Y” and this day was no exception. By the time we were done I had dripped lemon juice with red peppermint stains down my shirt….SMH, lol. Fortunately, since we knew the temperature was supposed to start dropping and it was supposed to rain off and on I took a jacket. At least I didn’t look like a total slob the rest of the day.

More of the beautiful flowers for sale

We really enjoy going into the city and partaking in the various activities throughout the year. Baltimore is a city that is rich in history and culture. There is so much to see and do that you rarely need to leave. Some days I just enjoy walking around and looking at the old architecture. Do you enjoy these types of activities? If you are local have you been to FlowerMart?

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Janet

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Hide your Belly Challenge-Lunch with Friends

A perfect look for a casual lunch date

I hope y’all had a wonderful Easter. Did you get into a food coma? If so, I hope you have recovered by now.

Last week the challenge in the style workshop was to dress for going out to lunch with friends. This was a hard one; not hard to find something to wear, but hard because I have no friends to go out with, lol! Or should I say no friends that I socialize with beyond social media anymore…. and most of those are friends that I’ve for more years than either of us care to count, but we also now live hundreds of miles apart; so getting together for “lunch” is not an option.

Apparently when you “retire” early, and become a SAHGMa, you no longer have anything in common with others. Those whom you thought of as friends become acquaintances. I thought it was me, but I have encountered others in some blogging groups in the same boat. But back to the subject; how to dress for lunch out.

I like to be comfortable. I think of this outfit as casually chic, classic, and not too dressy. A perfect look for a casual lunch date with friends; don’t you think?

I think this look is a bit “vanilla”(?). So I added some color with turquoise accessories. I tried adding a pop of color with different shoes and bag, but although it looked ok, this was the better look.

I like color, so I’m not quite sure why I tend to purchase more neutral tones. I think I need to step out of that box more often. I do have a new royal blue top that I will be featuring soon (a little tease for you to look for).

The jeans are DG2jeggings in an indigo wash from HSN. The sleeveless sweater is by Elle and came from Kohls. I like it, but after seeing it in a picture I think it widens my   hips. What do think? The bag is from Michael Kors and the shoes are Life Stride and came from DSW. I don’t wear many flats/loafer type shoes. I have funny shaped feet and it’s hard to find them to fit and look right on my feet.

Here is a close up look at the accessories.


The jewelry is all from Plunder. The two necklaces are retired. The earrings were part of a Plunder Posse. The Posses are limited and only available during the month they are featured. The bracelet is called Selma and is still available. If you would like to order yours; I have a party link open for April www.plunderdesign.com/party/janete2

Remember if you order during the April party and know someone whose name begins with the letter “I”,  I will send you a necklace or bracelet with that letter. I received both in my mystery boxes, and would like to pay them forward. Also if you decide to join me on this Plunder journey in April, I will gift you an extra piece of jewelry in addition to your starter kit. Email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com if you would like more information.

Have you signed up for the blog email, if not, what are you waiting for? Don’t you just want to know the minute a new post is up, lol? You can also follow me on Facebook at Grandma2GlammaToo, Pinterest and Instagram at Grandma2Glamma and Twitter at @GGlamma. I appreciate you taking your time to comment on, follow and share my posts. The Facebook page has now reached over 400 followers and is closing in on 500! That’s because you have taken your time to like and share the posts with your friends.

Let me know what you think of todays look. Is it a hit or miss? What, if anything, would you change?

Until the next time

Janet

 

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A Denim Jacket

I was clearly deprived as a child

Remember during the style challenge from March, one of the options was a denim jacket. I didn’t have a denim jacket, so I improvised. Well, two weeks ago I purchased a denim jacket. It is my first ever denim jacket.

That’s right. I have never owned a denim jacket in my life. In fact, I had never wore or owned a pair of jeans (my mother called them dungarees) until after I got married. I was clearly deprived as a child.

This month in the style workshop; the challenge focuses on hiding your belly. This past weekend the challenge was to  “pack for a weekend away”. I used that as a way to style the denim jacket and put together a small capsule that would work for going away. Most of these pieces are from the original spring capsule, but I added in a different top and of course the jacket.

The jacket is a “good old” Levis brand jacket, which I purchased at the Levi store. The jeans are my embroidered distressed jeans from White House Black Market-WHBM, (btw I just ordered a new pair of distressed jeans, don’t tell “The Man” I don’t think he’s recovered from this purchase yet, lol) the mens inspired white shirt is from JJill.

This looks works for hiding your belly, because the shirt is loose fitting and not tight across the abdomen. By adding the jacket you also draw the eye away. This goes back to the rule of thirds. By the top being longer than the jacket, it doesn’t hit at your mid-line and draw your eye to the “problem” areas. In other words the eye isn’t drawn to the mid-section.

The booties are Vince Camuto, which you’ve seen before, and came from HSN as did the earrings. They are moonstone and smokey quartz set in silver. The pearl and leather necklace is called Kimberly and is from Plunder. When I first saw it, I wasn’t sure about it, but then I saw it on someone, and fell in love with it. I should have learned by now that things look much different in person. The catalog or website does not do them justice. Kimberly, is still available in the spring line and you can find it here http://www.plunderdesign.com/party/janete2 The bracelet is Plunder also; it is called Hearting and is retired. The choker (which I forgot to add to the photo below) is called Queenie and is actually a wrap bracelet that can be worn as a choker, and is retired too.  I have some of the new line on order and I hope they get here soon!

I added another look for this day, since it was a weekend away look. While I kept with the denim flare and used the jacket, I tried to make it a bit different. I paired my white DG2 jeggings with a top from Covered Perfectly. This is the simple comfort style in the MicroModal. It was called The Spirit. It was a limited edition and when I last checked is no longer available. Even though it is black, the design on it gives it a nice pop of color to build on with accessories.  I tried to turn so that you could see the design. I wore my blue sandals to help bookend the color in the top.

I also added turquoise in my accessories to pull the blue color up. 

I added the jacket here which shows how well it goes with something other that just “blue jeans”, and it also adds the rule of thirds here too. The simple comfort tops are long enough to cover your bottom so you can wear them with most things. I have paired them with jeans and leggings. They work well with leggings because they cover front and back. If you would like them to be a little longer you can size up one size. The MicroModal fabric just glides over your body and doesn’t cling to those “lumps, bumps, and jiggly bits”. By wearing a longer tunic length top, it elimates cutting yourself in half too.

Some of the ladies in the group said this look was “crisp”. What do you think?

The sandals you’ve seen before in the challenge from last month, as well as a couple of the bangles. The bangles and necklace are all from Plunder. The necklace is called Ada. It says “bless your heart” (a southern thing for sure) so you know I love it, and it is still available. The bangles that say Fierce and Soar are no longer available, as neither is the Lindy Bangle which has my initial. I do have a Lindy Bangle and a Patsy Necklace; both with the letter I on them. If you know some one with that initial and place an order before the end of the month; message me and I will gift you your choice of the bracelet or necklace. The turquoise bangle is called Liza and still available. In fact there a lot of new turquoise pieces in the new line. The sandals are a couple of years old and came from DSW.

If you’ve been wondering how to join or thought about joining me on the Plunder journey; now is a great time! With the new catalog launch, you will get a kit with the new jewelry line. If you would like more information on how to join this amazing company and the plunder sisterhood shoot me an email at grandma2glamma@gmail.com. I would be happy to give you any information and to help you get started. If you decide to join me during the month of April I will gift you an extra piece of jewelry to go with your kit.

This was such a beautiful day to go out and enjoy the park. All things weren’t open yet, but it was nice to see life re emerging.  I’m hoping this weekend will be nice too. Sunday, as you know, is Easter and the weather is supposed to be fabulous. I hope Saturday will be too.

Have you checked out Sylvia’s website at http://www.40plusstyle.com yet? If so let me know what you think.

The subscriber list is still growing. When you share the posts on Facebook and Twitter, that’s what helps to reach more people; they are growing too. Thank you so much for your support. I really do appreciate it greatly, when you share the blog. You can also find me on Instagram and Pinterest. Remember the Facebook page is now Grandma2GlammaToo. I haven’t been able to get rid of the Too yet after that crazy FB snafu from a while back.

Drop me a line and let me know what you think about these looks. Are they a hit or miss? Would you change anything? You know I love hearing from you.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy your Easter.

Until the next time

Janet

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