Transitioning To Fall

The day after Labor Day! The first day of school for many. The ending of summer, the beginning of fall. The change of seasons. My little Noah was up early to get ready for his first day of first grade, Miss Quinn will go to her preschool class tomorrow. She will only go one day this week, then start her regular schedule next week. This will drastically change my routine, or should I say I will be getting back into a routine?

The picture on the left was in my Facebook memories this morning. On this day five years ago Noah climbed up in my rocker all by himself. On the right is his picture from this morning, heading off to school. My “beautiful boy”, growing up so fast.

Many people have said the past couple of weeks that they look at September/fall as a time of renewal. Do you? I think I feel that way in spring and fall. In spring we are awakening from the winter and in fall we are winding down from the busy summer and preparing for winter.

As fall approaches we transition from summer wear to our fall clothes. The colors become richer, the sweaters, leggings, and boots come out of the closet. I love dressing for fall. I personally find fall, winter, and even spring easier to dress for than summer. Maybe that’s because I like the cozy sweaters and boots. I like layering at times and summer is not a good season, for me, to do that. What about you? What is your favorite season to dress for?

This past Friday on my “me day” I grabbed the camera and tripod and took myself to a local park to practice taking my own pictures. I went to a park in a “good” area because I wanted to feel safe, since I was by myself. I didn’t count on it being really busy, lol. I figured out how to work the timer feature and how to set it to take multiple shots at once and how to focus. I didn’t get great shots. The park was so busy I was actually self-conscious taking photos of myself!

It was such a crisp cool day I was able to wear early “fall” clothes. Today I was back to summer wear! I suspect this will be the trend for the next month or two, but I am suspecting we may have an early fall and winter.

Because I didn’t want people to think I was a weirdo, photographing them or their children the lighting and such was not great and I was looking into the sun more than I had wanted to. How do you bloggers who take your own photos do it? Do you only take them at home or do you go out and about? If you are out in public do you feel self conscious?

In this picture you can see the “tail” of my necklace had fallen forward. I used it because I was smiling and not squinting with my eyes closed!

I was excited to be able to wear my Covered Perfectly Fit and Flare tunic, which I featured here with a pair of Legging Army leggings and my Vince Camuto over the knee boots.

The boots can be turned down to wear as a below the knee boot too. I bought these along with a burgundy pair, in suede, last year. Can you guess which pair are my favorite? I order most of my Vince Camuto boots and shoes from the Home Shopping Network-HSN. I was a bit hesitant to order them because they are not wide calf and basically slip on with a small side zipper. My wide calf boots are actually a bit large now, but regular calf boots are hit or miss. I was so excited when they came and I could wear them, that I wanted to buy them all. These boots have about a two-inch heel, so they are pretty flat and easy to walk in. That’s actually why I chose them for this day. I didn’t want to wear “heels” knowing I was planning to be in a park.

The necklace is from Plunder and is called Lynn. It was a “bring back my bling” special earlier this year. Plunder has started to bring back a retired piece, that was really popular in limited quantities, usually once a month maybe twice. If you see something you like, you need to act fast because they don’t usually last very long.

Today we just had some beautiful special pieces posted for breast cancer awareness. These pieces will not last long, so if you or someone you know has been touched by breast cancer maybe this is a perfect gift. Plunder is donating 20% of the proceeds from the sale of these items to the “Power of Pink” walk.

If you have any questions about any of these pieces or Plunder in general, message me or email me at grandma2glamma@gamil.com. If you want to place an order you can go to my website: www.plunderdesign.com/grandma2glamma click on shop and then select any party with my name in it, right now I still have a party open from august and it will be “janeteaugust”. You will find these piece listed under “specials”.

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Are you ready to make the transition into fall?

Until the next time

Janet

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Asymmetrical, Navy, and Fringe

What do you do when you have no plans for the day? Well you go shopping, of course, lol.

Saturday was beautiful. We had no plans but in my mind I was scheming up something to do. It didn’t pan out though. I had read about a butterfly garden down towards D.C. I thought it would be fun. “The Man” thought it would be too hot. Sometimes he seriously plucks my last nerve. We also have a sunflower garden field. Next week they are projected to be at their peak, but we won’t be here…didn’t make it there either.

“The Man” decided let’s go to the mall. Well, we hadn’t been in a bit. So off we went.

As we were approaching WHBM he said “I’m surprised you aren’t going in there” uh? I am. Well, I’m looking around, find a few things and go to the fitting room. Did I tell you they have finally started carrying some of their petite line in the store? I was sooo very excited when that happened! I tried on an outfit and came out to the larger mirrors to see it better. The manager, Mindi, came out of the back and said “hi there! I haven’t seen you in a while” 😳🤣😳 oops! Really? I don’t go there THAT often! Well, you know old eagle ears, who doesn’t hear a thing when you ask him to do something, heard that…..

Now it wasn’t really all that hot, especially in comparison to a couple of weeks ago and there a great breeze. I decided I could actually wear jeans and be comfortable even if we were outside. I recently bought this navy blue asymmetrical top with fringe detail.


This top was the Today’s Special on HSN a couple of weeks ago. It’s from the Serena Williams collection. I loved the asymmetry and fringe! It was available in several colors and I chose the navy, because I realized I had nothing in that color. I almost wish I had ordered a couple other colors. It is such a blank canvas! If you find something you like, do you tend to buy in multiple colors?

When I started going through these photos the first thing I thought was “boy we sure did this all wrong, LOL”!

These sunglasses are one of the pairs I picked up after that “oops” with my pair at the ocean. The pants are my DG2 jeggings that you’ve seen a few times from HSN. The purse is from Michael Kors and is a couple of years old. You’ve seen it here. The white cork wedge sandals are from Aerosoles. I chose the Plunder pieces to add color to a neutral outfit. The necklace is called Carmen, I chose it not only for the bright colors, but the tassels to mirror the fringe of the top. This was a piece I wasn’t sure I would like, until I received it. It was actually part of my free jewelry for hitting a milestone! That’s one of the perks with Plunder. Although, you don’t have to sell a thing or sell a particular amount, if you do reach certain goals or milestones at various points in your first 100 days you earn various bonuses; including business tools, jewelry and monetary bonuses. If you continue to work your business and move up the ladder, there are other perks along the way. The earrings and cuff type bracelet are the July Plunder Posse! It was so popular it sold out within two weeks! They matched back to the necklace perfectly. The multicolored bracelet on my left arm was the extra hostess award for a qualifying party in July and is called Sofia. Please take a minute to comment and let me know what you think of this ensemble.

Here is a bit more close up view of these pieces.

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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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Don’t forget to leave a comment so that you can be entered in the Plunder drawing for this week. Of course your comments help more people to see the blog too and that’s what helps to get it out to more people. I really do appreciate it!

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

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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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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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