Thursday, April 15, 2021

Ageless Style - Earth Tones

Ageless Style is a monthly style challenge and link up for women "over a certain age".  Each month we pick a different theme and style an outfit based on that theme.

In honor of Earth Day this month, Cammi picked the theme "Earth Tones".  Earth tones are browns, tans, umber, brick red, terra cotta, yellow orchre, warm greys, shades of green, brown oranges, burnt siennas, and grey blues.  They are colors found in nature. 

For this challenge, I decided to wear this dark Burgundy or brick red dress that I received as a Christmas present from my son.  

Now I know certain colors can appear different on everyone's computer screen or phone, especially anything in the red family, but trust me, this dress is a deep, dark Burgundy.  In this photo shoot when I'm facing the sun, the dress appears brighter, but when I turn away from the sun, I feel the true color is shown.

I styled my dress with neutrals, choosing a neutral bag and shoes.

I love these type of shoes for spring.  They are partially open revealing just a bit of toe and ankle, yet the foot is not fully exposed as it would be in a real sandal.  They provide the perfect coverage for the cooler weather.

For jewelry I chose red, black and muted silver.  Burgundy lipstick completed the look.

My dress was on my Amazon wish list.   I can't seem to find it on line now since it was so long ago, but I think THIS DRESS, in a different color, is very similar.  The only thing different is the sleeves. 

I was so pleased when I tried on this dress.  You never know what you are going to get sometimes when you order clothes from Amazon.  But I love this dress!  It's very comfortable, and I like all the coverage.  The length is perfect, and I really like the long sleeves.  I will probably wear it once in the cool of spring and then again in the fall.  I think it will be fun to accessorize this dress for fall!

And now, be sure to check out the Earth Tone outfits of the other ladies and then link up with us below!

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Noblesville, Indiana

This week's travel post is the last part of a travel series of our visit to see our grandchildren in Carmel, Indiana.  If you want to start at the beginning, go HERE. Other posts in chronological order are HERE,  HEREHEREHERE,  HERE,  HERE, HERE, and HERE!

This is the final post of a vacation I took last fall to the Carmel Indiana area to visit my children and grandchildren.  If you missed any of the fun things we did during our week long visit, be sure to check out the posts listed above.

Our last full day in Indiana we decided to check out the nearby town of Noblesville.  It is such a cute, busy little town with a lot of their original buildings still standing.

Noblesville is the fourteenth largest city/town in Indiana with a population of 51,969.  It is also listed as the fifth best place to live in Indiana with populations over 5,000.

This interesting historic building is now a "Museum of History" which was formally the sheriff's residence and county jail.  Wouldn't you like to spend the night in a county jail as nice as this one? 😁

The most extravagant building in town is the Hamilton County Courthouse which sits proudly in the town square.  

The courthouse features a three-story square tower.  It was built between 1877 and 1879.

The courthouse is a Second Empire style brick and limestone building. 

An old bell is on display in the courtyard of the courthouse and of course, Alethea had to check it out.

On the side of the courthouse is a veterans memorial.

We spent some time at this memorial taking pictures, as you will see at the end of this post.  The kids loved playing in the fall leaves that were captured between the memorial benches.

This next building is the First Christian Church established in 1897.  Now it is the Adler Building.  Twenty five years ago, Raymond Adler saved this building from the recking ball and now uses it for his law practice.

It is one of Hamilton County's oldest Christian churches.

I'm so happy Raymond Adler loves history and decided to save this beautiful old church!

And now, before I finish this post I have a few "Grandma & Me" photos to share.  I'm sure some of you may have noticed that I haven't been doing "Grandma & Me" photo shoots anymore.  It's not because I don't want to, I loved our monthly photo shoots!  But my grand babies just would not cooperate for the camera anymore and I got tired of trying to force the issue.  It makes me sad, because I really loved the beautiful pictures that came out of it, but what can I do?  I always said when I started doing them that I would only continue doing them as long as they wanted to.

But I can't end the post without sharing these hysterical photos...and a true example of how challenging it was doing a photo shoot with two toddlers!  In the scenes below we were in the midst of a photo shoot when Atticus pulled a stick out of Alethea's hand and it snapped in two.  If you look in the picture above they are both happy and smiling and both have sticks in their hands.  But those smiles quickly turned to tears when Alethea's stick broke.  At this point, I was so frustrated with trying to get two toddlers to sit still with me for a nice photo shoot, that when Alethea burst into tears, I burst out laughing and I couldn't stop myself.  My husband thought the combination of Alethea crying and me laughing so comical, that he just kept the camera going and caught all the live action in photos.

I love how Atticus just innocently keeps playing like he did nothing wrong, meanwhile Alethea is falling to pieces over a broken stick.  Oh the drama of toddlerhood!  😂

Well I hope you enjoyed my final post of our fall vacation to Indiana.  Next week I will begin one of two posts of my winter vacation in Indiana with the kids, then I will start a new series of Smokey Mountain National Park.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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Monday, April 12, 2021

April Stylish Monday - Everyday Luxe

On the second Monday of every month a group of style bloggers and I pick a theme, style an outfit based on that theme, and then do a link up together where you can join too!  This month's theme is "Everyday Luxe".  This was a hard theme for all the ladies;  everyone was uncertain what "Everyday Luxe" even meant.  So we finally decided as a group to interpret the phrase for ourselves.

I looked at the two words "Everyday" and "Luxe" and diagnosed them separately.  "Everyday" for me would be something I would wear on a normal day at home or on a casual outing since I don't work outside the home.  "Luxe" is short for "Luxurious" which could mean anything from diamonds to fur, whatever one would consider "Luxurious".

Although some ladies in the group really didn't like the theme because they were so perplexed by it, I thought it was actually a pretty good idea.  We are now one year into these crazy lockdowns and let's face it, most of us are growing weary of wearing leggings and sweatshirts everyday.  This challenge provided an opportunity for me to show how I could wear something comfortable at home, yet still feel confident about my appearance.

For the comfort part of my outfit, I chose elastic waist leggings, and the softest, coziest cardigan ever!  The luxurious part of my outfit is the pretty lace trimmed camisole, the sparkly gold sequined flats, and lots of jewelry!

My jeggings are from Liverpool and they are one of my all time favorite Stitch Fix items.  Like I said, they have an elastic waist, the "zipper" and "pockets" are faux.  You just pull them up, and they do stay up all day without a belt.  The fabric is stretchy, and doesn't sag at the end of the day.  They are seriously the best, most comfortable pair of "jeans" I ever owned.

My sweater I picked up at CJBanks.  I was so sorry to hear about their brick and mortar stores closing. There are not enough clothing stores for us older women as it is.  They still have an on-line store, but I really don't like buying clothes on-line except through styling services where I can easily return what I don't like.

This sweater is SO SO SOFT.  I feel like I'm wrapped up in a cozy blanket when I wear it.  I think they call this type of sweater a "popcorn sweater", for it has a raised texture like little kernels of popcorn.

For jewelry I chose large rose gold hoop earrings, a single pearl necklace and a multi-strand bracelet.  The lace in my camisole adds so much luxurious romance to my outfit.  And don't forget how much just a little change in your make up can alter your look from "everyday" to "luxurious".  Here I used pretty glittery pastels from the Naked 3 palette and shiny rose pink lipstick.

For footwear, I wanted something comfortable, yet "luxurious" (Are you sick of that word yet? 😀) so I wore these gold sequined flats from Old Navy.

And now lets see what the rest of the ladies in the group are wearing:


Nancy -  Nancy’s Fashion Style - Everyday luxe for me means that I am able to work out! Well, not every day, some weeks I do though, but at least five days a week. What makes it a luxury for me then? I have a hereditary lung disease and working out is so very important for my health. The fact that I can work out is a luxe. Most lung patients don’t have  the energy for it. And I can still work out at the gym at my physiotherapist twice week and I have a gym at home. That is everyday luxe to me!


Shelbee - Shelbee on the Edge - “Everyday Luxe to me means combining luxurious fabrics and prints into an everyday outfit. A combination of leather, leopard print, sequins, and laced up suede seemed like a perfect pairing for this theme.”


Nicole - High Latitude Style - For me everyday luxe means that I wear what I love  even when the piece would be considered Sunday’s Best by my Mom’s or Granny’s generation. An example is this teal silk skirt. However, I pair it with typical everyday wear like this cardigan with bold colors abstract huge floral  print that I probably wore more often as a top than cardigan.


Emma - The Style Splash - “When I think of everyday luxe, soft textures and bold prints immediately come to mind. Velvet is my ultimate luxe fabric and these trousers are so comfortable (the elasticated waistband helps!). Paired with a bright retro print shirt and I’m feeling groovy and comfy!”


Ada - Elegance and Mommyhood - “What is Everyday Luxe?! It can be interpreted many different ways, I think depending on your lifestyle and your profession, too. In my opinion it’s pieces that are timeless, well-made and classic! Take a pair of leopard flats for example. I have always owned a pair of nice (not cheap) leopard flats. This new Sam Edelman calf-hair pair replaced by White House Black Market ones. I also think every woman needs a nice neutral knit dress and this cable-knit Zara dress is the one. Ditto on a beautiful blazer: go for a black, or another neutral color; think of a classic pattern like herringbone or glen plaid print which are classy and timeless.”


Julie - Fashion Trends and Friends and Instagram FashionTandF -  “Everyday Luxe for me is taking an average relatively plain item like a t-shirt, a jean jacket, a pair of sweatpants but knocking it up a level or two by adding elements of interest like rhinestones, sequins or glitter!”


Gwen - Gwen Lives Well and Instagram - GwenLivesWell - “Everyday luxe to me means adding a little something that changes the whole feel of an outfit and my mood. And for me, that’s shoes! Just by picking a pair of fab shoes, my mood brightens, my step is livelier, and my outfit is elevated.”

And Me!

Amy - Amy’s Creative Pursuits - For me, Everyday Luxe is something you would wear at home or for a casual outing that is comfortable yet has some small luxurious elements to make you feel confident and beautiful.

Have A Great Day! Amy

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