Keeping up with the Jones’s

Keeping up with the Jones’s

well.

Keeping up with me anyway!

What I did

and

didn’t do this weekend.

 

DID THIS:

I DID hang the wire flower basket below the shed window. You can read about my shed and how we took it from ugly metal to cute by clicking  HERE.

 

DIDN’T DO THIS:

These are herbs that I dug out of the new Apiary several weeks ago. Read about the Apiary HERE. I DID NOT get them replanted because I can’t decide WHERE I want to build my new herb bed.  Decisions!

 

DID THIS:

I added more leaves to my compost pile. It is unbelievable just how many leaves our 7 oak trees drop each year! Read about how I compost HERE.

 

DIDN’T DO THIS:

I DID NOT get the old compost pile cleaned up and moved for a better view behind the Apiary, and that’s mostly because my new pile is full right now and I don’t have anywhere to put this pile yet. But on a good note, that cilantro is BEAUTIFUL! It comes up volunteer in my compost pile every year. I saved it to put into my new herb garden when I get it built. See above note about herbs…

 

DID THIS:

I DID get the Fairy house moved to the sun and planted. You can read about my adorable Fairy House by clicking HERE.

 

DIDN’T DO THIS:

I DID NOT get the vacated spot cleaned up and ready for its next occupants, my deer family. You might wonder about my deer family…. but that’s a future post. Be sure to check back with me for that!

 

DID THIS:

I DID weed the Apiary and it looks marvelous! Just look how that moss rose has grown and is just blooming its little heart out!

 

DIDN’T DO THIS:

I DID NOT get Mr. Menace to remove his pan of old wax from my Fairy House front porch. Why does it seem like that every time I fix up something cute, or just clean up a spot,  it looks to him to be JUST the place for him to place whatever he is working on? LOL Life with men…

 

Oh well. There is always next weekend!

What did you do? or not do??

 

 

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I was Given $10K

I was Given $10K

Well, not exactly. But if I were…

Do you have a dream project for your home? But not the cash? I’m guessing that we all do. So. What if…. what if you were given a budget of $10,000 for this project? What would you do with it? What would that project be? One big project? Or several small ones??

I have one complaint about my house; It’s dark. We have minimal windows and the ones we do have are not very big. I dream of light & bright rooms, with lots of windows. Like this one…

I also dream of an open space where there is actually room to arrange furniture in different ways depending on my mood. A living room wider than 11 feet. Where a big screen tv doesn’t seem to take up the width of the whole room. And the light from all the fabulous windows just flows from one room to the next with no obstructions. A room like this one…

Our new deck is the first thing I’ve ever hired built and the biggest project that I’ve ever done, so I am not familiar with the costs of major updates, but I have done a little online research and I think I could at least get my first two items done within the $10K budget.

First, I’d have the wall that divides my rooms removed, so that the living area is one big open space, making the living room, dining room, kitchen and study all open to each other would make the space feel so much larger.

In the picture below, it is the wall on the left, behind the sofa, that I want to remove. This room is so narrow that there is only one way that the sofa can sit. I have tried it crossways, and angled and neither one works! It leaves NO room to walk past. I even bought a loveseat to replace the sofa and again tried it crossways and angled and STILL neither one left enough walking space.  If the wall was gone, there would be several options for the sofa placement, and both this room and the room behind that wall, the study, would be brighter.

 

The big brick wall in the picture below is the wall at the end of the living/dining room and the kitchen, and the tiny window that you see, is in the kitchen with no window on this wall in the living room.

Second, I would add a window in the living room to match this one in the kitchen. And if I could, I’d actually love for both windows to be a bit bigger.

A third option, funds permitting, would be to add skylights. Something along this line would work splendidly:

Somehow, I suspect that I have blown my budget of $10,000.00, but Earnest can help with a personal loan for that problem!

Here are a few more inspiration photos for what might really work in my house.

How would you spend $10,000?

 

 

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A Mythical Renovation

A Mythical Renovation

I venture to say that I have the cutest Fairy House around, although, it took a mythical renovation to get to this point.DIY

Although, my photography leaves much to be desired.

If only I could move some of that background clutter, they’d actually be pretty good pictures!

At one time, this started out as a dog house. A friend of ours was getting rid of it because it was flea infested. Well, that didn’t stop Mr. Menace. He bought a couple of flea bombs, set them off, and then took it home.

I don’t have a proper “BEFORE” picture, because this all happened before we were Mr. & Mrs. But the original dog house looked similar to this one.

My very creative husband added the cute windows. And when he brought it to me in 2008, it looked like this:

I knew immediately that this was suppose to be a fairy house. And this napping gnome is just so cute in his hammock on the porch.

But I really thought it needed a door! So I found some boards that would work, added a knob and hung it.

Once the door was up, the fairies began to arrive! Some of them came all the way from England.

They moved right in and seemed quite happy with their new home.

As you can see, the wood was already very weathered when I got it. It wasn’t but a year or so when the roof rotted off. Mr. Menace replaced it with some red plastic siding, but it just didn’t look very good. So I decided I was going to make a green roof for it.

A planted “green” roof, that is.

But before I got to that project, we bought a new house and were busy moving.

After we got moved into our new house, Mr. Menace helped by removing what was left of the existing roof, and lining it with tin. I then added some chicken wire to hold the plants, tons of potting soil, and then started planting.

Over the years I tried several different combination of plants. But the above one is one of my favorites. It is a chartreuse sedum along with ajuga, which has purple blooms. The color combination is fantastic with the light green of the sedum, the deep green foliage of the ajuga and the deep purple blossoms.

But this year, the porch collapsed.

So again, Mr. Menace had to make some renovations.

This time he decided to class it up a bit and add cedar shakes to the porch roof.

After planting the new apiary, (read about that HERE), I had some moss rose left over. I thought I’d use it on the fairy house roof this year. But first, it was time for a move. I needed the fairy house in more sun. So Mr. Menace helped me get it moved a few feet back. Now it is a part of this bed at the back of our property.

And finally, it was time for planting.

The moss rose, or portulaca, should fill in and cover the roof nicely.

When I stain the new deck (read about that HERE) I will stain the fairy house too.

And I am considering making curtains for the windows. What do you think about that? Should I? Shouldn’t I??

If so, what colors? Or neutral??

 

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How to Feel Like Cinderella

How to Feel Like Cinderella

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Would you like to feel like Cinderella? And no, I’m not asking you to clean the ashes out of my fireplace. I don’t even OWN a fireplace!

Badgley Mischka ~ Cascading Ruffle Gown

Until last year, I had never worn a designer gown before. But now, I wear one whenever I want! Once I discovered Rent the Runway, I found that I could, for less than buying a dress, rent one. And who wears a formal dress more than once anyway?

My First Rental:

It started when we decided to attend a black tie dance and dinner for Valentine’s Day 2016. I knew that I wanted something more than just a pretty dress. Period dress was encouraged for this Downton Abbey themed event. I had been hearing about Rent the Runway and I found what I thought was the perfect dress.

When you order, you can choose to rent for a 4 day period or an 8 day period. You can also, for no extra cost, order a backup size. I suggest ordering up a size in formal gowns, and getting your backup size in two additional sizes up. This is advice for a mid-life woman. Now, if you still have the body of a 20 year old, this may be bad advice, but if you are like me and gained a little through the mid-section, this advice should work for you. I normally buy clothes in a size 10. Every gown I’ve worn from RTR has been a 12, and one of them I probably could have used a 14. Formals just run small, because we all know that WE are certainly not getting too big!

If your selections don’t fit, immediately contact customer service and they will overnight you a different size. Or in the event that a different size is not available, they will overnight you a substitute dress. Either is at no additional cost to you.

Marchesa Notte ~ Falling Roses Gown

I have to tell  you though, in case it were to happen to you, maybe this will reassure you to trust RTR….

This dress arrived on Thursday, just as I had scheduled. Our event was on Saturday. When I got home after work on Thursday and I tried it on, it would not zip up. Nor would the backup size. I had NOT ordered a size up. Based on the reviews I had ordered a size down. Big Mistake. I called customer service and they shipped me the next size on Friday.

That meant it would not be arriving until Saturday.

The day of our event.

I started to panic just a little.

If I had gotten home earlier and called customer service before 8 pm, they could have shipped out the new size that same night. But I was too late. Lesson learned.

So, Friday, I took the afternoon off and went to the mall and tried on every single formal dress that I could find. They all looked horrible. And after seeing (and trying on) the quality of a designer gown, nothing at the mall even compared. But still, I was worried that the dress would not arrive before we had to leave on Saturday. So I bought the best of the worst of the dresses at the mall. And I prayed for the delivery man to come early on Saturday.

The dress arrived at 10:28 am on Saturday morning and it fit like a dream.

I kissed the UPS man.

Well, no, I didn’t.

But I wanted to.

And I returned the mall dress for a full refund.

Marchesa Notte ~ Falling Roses Gown

Marchesa Notte ~ Falling Roses Gown

My Second Rental:

The second time I ordered from RTR was for formal night on our cruise in November 2016. I ordered the  Theia ~ Deep Midnight Gown. I love the deep V with the sheer mesh and the purple sash.

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Theia ~ Deep Midnight Gown

We were going on a 5 day cruise and we had to leave a day early, so I had to order the dress for 8 days. Shortly before the dress was to arrive, I got an email notice that the dress had been damaged by the previous renter and I would be sent a replacement dress. I was disappointed but I also understand that this is out of RTR’s control. So I waited for my new dress to be delivered.

midlife fashion

Elizabeth and James ~ Sleek Navy Cut Out Gown

The substitute dress fit like a glove and was obvious quality. I wore it and looked beautiful. But I do have to say that I was slightly disappointed. I didn’t feel like the substitute dress had the same subtle sexiness that the original dress did. However, I wore it and felt wonderful in it.

Posing with the Ship’s Captain

My Third Rental:

While I loved both of my first two rentals, my absolute favorite was the third one. We attended a black tie Christmas Gala last December and I felt like a princess in this pink and red Badgley Mischka ~ Cascading Ruffle Gown.

Badgley Mischka ~ Cascading Ruffle Gown

No problems or worries or stories to tell about this one.

Badgley Mischka ~ Cascading Ruffle Gown

Just beauty in the form of a rented gown.

Midlife Fashion

Badgley Mischka ~ Cascading Ruffle Gown

Have you ever rented a gown? I truly believe it is the way to go.

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The New Deck

The New Deck

It has been about a year and a half since we bought our hot tub. We had a three year outdoor upgrade plan that we needed to do in stages in order to pay for it. The first stage was to get a hot tub. The second stage was to build a new deck around the hot tub. And the third stage is to decorate and landscape around the new hardscape.

Stage 1:

We had the hot tub installed at the bottom of our deck stairs. This was the most convenient spot, not the prettiest. We used it this way for a year. And during this year we planned out how we wanted the new deck to be. We changed our mind several times, which delayed the actual building of the deck for a while.

I did try to make it somewhat pretty during that year. I added hanging plants and pots of plants. You can read more about how I stretched my plant budget HERE.

I hung a solar chandelier that I made for a bit of night time ambiance. You can read more about that HERE (the failure story) and HERE (the re-do and success story).

Stage 2:

We hired our next door neighbor, who is a contractor, to build our deck. We discussed several options with him and he gave suggestions. And once we made up our mind, and he broke ground, it really didn’t take him very long to get it done.

We moved the hot tub away from the original deck stairs to get it out of the way. It was out of commission for about 6 weeks and its amazing how many times I wanted to use it while it was empty! Absence really does make the heart grow fonder!

Moving the hot tub back into place was next. The ground at its proposed new location is very sloped and I had to build up one side quite a bit to make it level. Then Mr. Menace moved that 500 lb (more or less) hot tub into place in just a few minutes.

He let the motor rest for a few minutes and then did one more round and DONE!

The treated lumber was very wet and we have to wait for it to dry before staining it to match the original deck, so in the mean time, I started to decorate.

But first, spray paint.

Stage 3:

I used my Spa Blue Restoleum spray paint from Home Depot and gave everything an updated color.

Ahhhhh, that’s better!

There was nowhere to hang my solar chandelier near the hot tub, so I used one of my shepherd’s hook and it worked perfectly. I was afraid it would be too low, but it works.

Next was a few plants for more color and interest.

I brought these pots down from the upper deck. They have been empty for a couple of summers and now they have the perfect spot to sit and show themselves off.

I chose sweet broom for the 3 square pots. Yellow is my favorite color and the scent of these is terrific. I put a pink dianthus in the urn because I love pink and yellow together.

I love shadows made by good lighting.

Stage 3 is an ongoing phase and there are a couple more projects in the works. Be sure to come back and check it out again later!

 

 

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Bee Yard ~ Apiary

Bee Yard ~ Apiary

Last year when we bought the two bee hives, we had no idea we’d be wanting to build an Apiary. You can read about the homecoming bee adventure by clicking Here.

The hives (boxes) included in the bee purchase are old and a bit dilapidated.

The honey bees were busy as bees though!

Now that the bees have decided to stay for over a year, we decided it is time to give them their own Home Makeover. So Mr. Menace decided what he wanted the hives to look like and bought new boxes, which he stained on the outside and charred on the inside.

He bought copper nails and brass screws to put them together with, which makes a very cool detail.

Next, his vision included a honeycomb shaped “garden” for the hives to sit amongst. He entertained several different materials to create the hexagons and finally decided on landscape timbers.

Mr Menace was really excited about this project and got started on it right away.

When he finished cutting the sides of the hexagons, it was then time to take them to the garden and create the honeycomb structure. He wanted the new apiary to be in full sun and I wanted it to be visible from the inside the house.

So we ended up putting it where my vegetable and herb garden had been. This gives us a great view from the kitchen and from our deck. The next chore was moving my herbs and digging out the rest of the grass.

When we finished digging out the grass, Mr. Menace leveled up the ground and the honeycomb structure. Then it was time to go plant shopping. I had already done quite a bit of online shopping and finally decided that for this year, I was just going to go with whatever I could find at the local stores.

Mr. Menace wanted a low growing flower that would bloom for a long time. Since they will be in full sun, I was pleased to find lot of Moss Rose, also know as Portulaca, and I bought 7 flats.

The Apiary

We are going for beauty this year. Eventually, we want to plant clover, which would be pretty and also be more beneficial for the bees, but that will take some planning ahead. I hope to get prepared for that before next spring.

I loaded up each hexagon with my homemade compost. You can read about how I make my own compost HERE. And I planted moss rose until my back ached!

The hives that he has set in place now are empty. He is hoping to catch a couple more swarms of bees this spring to fill these hives too. He will be moving the hives that are full of bees to our new apiary in the next few days.

We have a few more things to do to finish this project up. I am in the process of moving my compost pile from behind here. That will clean up the look of the Apiary. And I have now moved that last herb, mullein,  that you see in the pictures.

When he gets the bees moved in, I will be posting updated pictures. And also as the moss rose spreads and blooms, it should make for some gorgeous photo ops.

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Skirting the Issue!

Skirting the Issue

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**You might call this a disclaimer, but I totally claim it, so that seems almost like an oxymoron to call it that, but ANYWAY….. These photos are awful. I am well aware of that. My bathroom is dark and the mirror is dirty. Let’s just say that gives the photos some charm. OK?**

One Skirt – Four Ways

In order to get a lot of use out of your clothes, we are skirting the issue. That is, styling one skirt in multiple ways for multiple seasons!

In my first fashion post, Fifty and Fashionable, I told you about the online styling service that I use called Stitch Fix. It is an online styling service meant to take you out of your comfort zone and get you to try something that you might not would have otherwise. If you’d like to know more about this service, I will go into more detail at the end of this post.

Fall:

I got this pencil skirt in a fall fix. The burgundy color was very trendy last fall and I loved the stretchy fit! The lace detail down each side gives it some pizzazz.

It also matches my bathroom rug. 🙂

The faux leather and suede jacket and the short gray booties are also Stitch Fix purchases from last fall. I love the look of this whole outfit. My shirt is a thrift store purchase.

Spring:

But, now that spring is here, I need a new look. I still want to wear this skirt through the summer, so I pulled out my favorite cold shoulder top, which is from Maurice’s,  and tan platform sandals.

Summer:

I also wanted to try it with this blush pink lace sleeveless top, also from Maurice’s,  and peeptoe pumps for a more dressy and romantic look.

Winter:

But we all know, that during the summer, most buildings have the air conditioning turned down to sub-arctic temperatures and a sleeveless top necessitates a jacket or sweater, so I came up with this outfit. (Which will also work for winter in the South! ha!)

I like how the tail of this hi-lo tank hangs below the leopard sweater. Makes it much more edgy and cool than a tucked in blouse.

I am seeing now that I need some gray peep-toe shoes for the summer version of this outfit to take the place of the booties. Maybe I’ll put that on my wish list for my next box from Stitch Fix!

MORE ABOUT STITCH FIX:

If you click on my affiliate link, you will be taken to the Stitch Fix website to begin creating your account. This is fun in itself and costs nothing. You can kind of find out more about it by doing so. You will fill out a profile which asks typical size information. The next page will ask about your fit preferences… fitted, loose, skinny, relaxed. The third page shows some actual outfits and you indicate how you feel about those outfits, LIKE, LOVE, HATE, JUST OK. It also asks some questions about your day to day life. For example, do you want more business casual clothes, or laid back casual, or formal, etc. And what body parts do you like to hide or show off? It also asks about jewelry, shoes, and items you might like to avoid. Lastly, you indicate a price range that you are comfortable with for different clothing items. The choices are: The cheaper the better, $50-$100, $100-$150, $150-$200, $200+.

On the final page of your profile, you can add links to your social media. This allows your stylist to learn more about you. Your Pinterest Board is your most valuable tool for getting a fix that suits you. You should immediately create a Pinterest Board with pins of clothes and outfits that you like and link the board to this last page of your profile. This is invaluable to both you and your stylist. You can update this profile at any time after you create it. If you forgot something, need to change something, or you lost weight, or whatever.

The last thing on your profile is a note field where you tell your stylist anything you want them to know. Maybe that you own too many jeans and really would rather have dresses. Or that you are going on a vacation to the beach and need lots of shorts!

Even when you have completed this in depth profile, you are still not obligated to anything until you actually set a date for a fix to be delivered to you. You can set up a one time delivery, or a monthly delivery, or a quarterly delivery or however you choose.

Once your fix ships, you will be charged a $20 styling fee. When your box arrives, you try on everything. Seriously. Even if you think you don’t like it, TRY IT ON! Some of those items we don’t like actually turn out to be our favorites! Send back anything you don’t want to keep in the provided postage paid envelope. Keep what you do want and checkout online. Your $20 styling fee will go towards your purchase.

 

Begin your profile by clicking HERE.

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Kidney Beans and Mailboxes

Kidney Beans and Mailboxes

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Ever since I moved into this house over 5 years ago, I have wanted to add a flowerbed out by the mailbox. Well, this spring I finally did it. 

When I came from the nursery with my plants for this flowerbed, I felt like I had a TON of plants! So I got out my water hose to design and lay out the shape of the bed that I wanted. I always seem to go for a kidney bean shape.

Then I unpacked my car and carried all my plants out to the mailbox and set them into the huge bed I had laid out.

And that’s when I realized that my imagined flowerbed was WAY too big! Much bigger than the actual plants I had purchased would fill. So I had to cut back the size of the bed to fit what I had bought.

And even after cutting back the size of the bed, I still went back a few days later and got 3 more plants to fill the space better. I am really pleased with how it turned out. But I do plan to expand it at a later date.

After a lot of digging, a lot of soil enrichment, and a lot of sweat, I got the 14 plants in the ground. And this is when I determined that I really needed three more Heuchera to fill in close to the mailbox post. Those are the three plants on the outside of the bed, nearest the road. The white blooming plants in the center are Candytuft. And the plants at the back, towards the house, are a low growing Loropetalum. I purchased all these plants from the Home Depot Garden Center.

I then carefully removed the hose and began to transport brick from the back yard and edged the bed with them. The yard is sloped and unlevel here, so I had to build up the lower end. This made it so that I need two layers of bricks to hold the dirt in place. We had a gully washer within the next few days and the bricks worked perfectly to keep the dirt from washing away.

By the time that I got the two layers of bricks laid, I had one aching back!

That mailbox though.

It’s sad.

It’s ugly.

It’s worn.

And to tell you the truth, it is just propped onto the post.

It’s been like that for a couple of years now. I came home from work one day to find the above scene. Mr. Menace just set the box back on the pole and it’s been like that ever since.

So  now, I am mailbox and post shopping! But I am having a hard time making up my mind. Do you have any ideas?

Do I want a round post like the columns on my porch?
Statesville Mail Post, White
Or one with a cute bracket below the box like this one?Charleston Mail Post in White
Or a stone post?

I found this stone post on the Home Depot website but they are sold out.

 

 

Did I ever tell you how difficult it is for me to make a decision?

 

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Easy Door Decor

Easy Door Decor

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I love Pinterest! I can browse forever.

When I saw this picture from Domestically Speaking I immediately pinned it to my TO DO list. I knew that I already owned a similar basket and this would make such cute and easy door decor.

My basket had been hanging in the dirty, dusty basement/husbands workshop since we moved in over 5 years ago, so I took it to the kitchen sink and washed it. Then I took it outside and hung it out to dry. The unused and unmovable clothesline pole has become my spray painting assistant as evidenced by the blue paint visible on the right side. 

This basket once belonged to my Grandmama. Years ago, when my kids still lived at home, I used red and all the primary colors in my kitchen. This little basket hung by the kitchen fireplace. I eventually grew tired of using primary colors and now I am using softer colors, but with an updated color scheme, this tiny basket will be useful again.

Home Depot has the BEST color selection of spray paints that I have found anywhere and that’s where I go when I need spray paint.  I had recently purchased several colors, so I found my trusty Rustoleum spray paint in Black Gloss, and in no time the basket was transformed.

The wind was gusting which made it so that I was trying to hit a moving target, so I ended up moving the basket in order to get it painted. My yard debris pile worked great to hold the basket still while I sprayed.

It didn’t take but a few minutes to get the red covered with the black. While it dried, I gathered my supplies.

I bought two bunches of hydrangeas from Dollar General and one bunch of something that trailed a little bit. I have no idea what kind of flower the trailer is suppose to be. The inspiration photo has a lighter color flower for the trailer, but I had to make do with what Dollar General had and this was the ONLY flower they had that trailed.

I have a stash of packing styrofoam, so I broke off a couple of small pieces and pushed them down into the basket.

Next, I decided that the hydrangeas were too plain. They were mostly blue and white. So again, I went through my Rustoleum spray paint from Home Depot and found spa blue and aubergine and lightly touched up the flowers until they were a more intense, deeper color.

DIY

The original blue hydrangea.

DIY

The updated painted blue and purple hydrangea.

Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X 12 oz. Aubergine Satin General Purpose Spray Paint (6-Pack) Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X 12 oz. Gloss Spa Blue General Purpose Spray Paint (6-Pack)

Then I used pliers to cut the stems from the bunch and started inserting each individual stem into the styrofoam inside the basket.

I am not an expert flower arranger, so I just tried to copy my inspiration picture. When I was pleased with the way it looked, I hung it on the front door.

Blue and Yellow are my favorite colors and I love the way the black and blue show up so well against my yellow door.

My only expense for this really cute door decor was for the 3 bunches of flowers that I bought for $3 each. I already had everything else I needed. And the whole project only took about one hour, which includes the spray painting and drying time. Just do very light coats when you spray paint, and if the wind is blowing like it was here, that paint will dry instantly!

 

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Fifty and Fashionable

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Fifty and Fashionable

*You might call this a disclaimer, but I totally claim it, so that seems almost like an oxymoron to call it that, but ANYWAY….. These photos are awful. I am well aware of that. My bathroom is dark and the mirror is dirty. Let’s just say that gives the photos some charm. OK?*

I have always liked clothes, but when I was growing up we never had enough money for designer stuff or even the latest trends. It didn’t really bother me, but I did have a faint longing for the clothes that some of the other girls wore.

This is my favorite outfit. Jacket and skirt from Stitch Fix.

Now that I am an empty-nester, I indulge myself. I still don’t buy designer, I am too frugal for that, but I do love fashion and I do love buying clothes. However, when middle age hit, and my body shape changed, it wasn’t as much fun going clothes shopping. Things no longer fit like they used to and it was much more difficult and time consuming to find flattering clothes.

How to style joggers. Jacket, top, and joggers from Stitch Fix.

So when I heard about STITCH FIX, I signed up right away. It is an online styling service. You fill out an online profile about your sizes. You look at some pictures of outfits and indicate which ones you like and which ones you don’t, write a note to your stylist. (ex: I really need jeans! OR Don’t send me any jeans!) And then you set up a delivery date for your first fix. You will pay a $20 styling fee when your box ships. Your stylist will select 5 items from their inventory that she/he thinks fits your style.

Once you receive your box, you have 3 days to try everything on and decide what you would like to keep. You pay only for what you decide to keep and you send the others back in the included postage paid envelope. If you decide to keep all 5 items, you will get a 25% discount. And the $20 styling fee will go towards your payment if you purchase anything at all.

I wore this body-con dress from Stitch Fix for New Years Eve.

After a few boxes, your stylist will begin to see what you like and don’t like about what she sent you and her choices will adjust accordingly. Eventually, she will break your bank. LOL

Not everybody likes floral jeans, but I do. Top and jeans from Stitch Fix.

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might not be for everyone, but it works for me. I LOVE getting the box and opening it up and seeing what was sent. And then trying the pieces on and styling them different ways. Did you know that SHOES can totally change the way an outfit looks? Seriously, they do. And in a later post, I’ll be proving that.

If you look online you will find many many 30 year olds reviewing their Stitch Fix boxes. Now, lets see how it works for the middle-aged a 55 year old.

I asked for a maxi dress for our cruise and this one I got from Stitch Fix is so cute!

My favorite Sunday dress and my shoes from Stitch Fix.

Cropped distressed jeans from my very first box from Stitch Fix.

And by the way, don’t worry if you aren’t a size 2 any more. (what? I was NEVER a size 2!! I went straight from a Girls size 14 to a Junior 7) Stitch Fix just recently added Plus sizes!

There is also Stitch Fix for MEN!

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