Thursday, June 16, 2022

Should A Woman Over Fifty Go Sleeveless? Ageless Style Link Up

Ageless Style is a monthly style challenge and link up for women of all ages.   Each month we pick a different theme and style an outfit based on that theme.  This month's theme is ""Sleeveless" and was picked by Mirelle.

Should A Woman Over Fifty Go Sleeveless?  Absolutely!  And they should also wear shorts, bikinis, mini skirts and anything else they want. If you've been following my blog for a while, you know I despise the phrase "Age Appropriate". That term was created for children, not adults, but for whatever reason some people decided that they would apply that phrase to shaming people into a certain dress code based on their age.  I believe in dressing for your body type, your own comfort zone, and your personal style.  The only fashion rules I have are that you should dress appropriately for the weather and for the occasion.  Nothing drives me more crazy than seeing women wearing blanket scarves and tall boots at the end of August when the temperatures are in the eighties, simply because they are eager to wear their new fall clothes.  I also feel our world has gotten a bit too casual.  I'm constantly in shock at what people where to church me old-fashioned, but I still believe in dressing up for church.

Like most women over fifty, I don't like my arms.  My issue isn't sagging skin, but fat.  My arms have always been big, no matter what the scale says.  But because I dress for comfort, if the weather is warm, I will still go sleeveless.  I refuse to be uncomfortable simply because I don't like a body part.

There are ways to still stay cool and keep your arms covered if, by your own personal choice you want to. I see a lot of ladies in my church wear kimonos.  They are usually sheer, so they stay covered, but cool.  Other options would be long sleeve sheer tops made of gauze or linen fabrics.  

This is an outfit I wore to church.  I bought this sleeveless top at TJMaxx.  I love the color, the ruffled neck line, and the Swiss Dots.  I paired my top with a lightweight chambray skirt, white and blue striped loafers, and a blue and white striped handbag with a fun pair of red sunglasses on it.

For jewelry I wore a simple multi-strand teal beaded bracelet and white hoop earrings.

So what about you?  Are you comfortable going sleeveless?  I sure hope so!  Now be sure and see how the rest of the ladies in the group are styling their sleeveless tops and dresses, and link up with us below too!

Amy ~ Amy’s Creative Pursuits

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Cathy ~ My Side of 50

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Marsha~ Marsha in the Middle

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Mireille ~ Chez Mireille Fashion Travel Mom

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Monday, June 13, 2022

"Coastal Grandma Wisconsin Style" with Stylish Monday Link Up

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 "Coastal Grandma".

"Coastal Grandma" is a new trend in fashion, interior design, and lifestyle that I am so excited to get behind.  I think it's awesome that older women are finally getting noticed, that their style is being imitated and their lifestyles envied by the younger population.  The trend began on Tik Tok in March with Lex Nicoleta who created the phrase "Coastal Grandma", although some say it really started with Diane Keaton in the 2003 movie "As Good as it Gets".  

What is "Coastal Grandma"?  "Think shingled beach homes, light and airy chambray button-downs, linen everything, bountiful backyard gardens filled with various lettuce varieties, and a meticulously maintained chicken coup with more square footage than a Manhattan apartment. That's coastal grandma." (Marie Caire)

  Now I don't live anywhere near the coast, but I will say the look and lifestyle of "Coastal Grandma" completely describes me, minus the chicken coop (Although I'd love to have chickens. We just haven't gotten around to it yet).  This coastal grandma Wisconsinite lives in a historic 100+ year old brick home complete with a massive cottage style perennial garden and vegetable garden.  I go outside everyday to pick my lunch fresh from my garden.  My fashion style has always been 100% about comfort.  If something isn't comfortable, I just won't wear it.

Although you can wear color with the "Coastal Grandma" look (as the other ladies in the group have shown), I chose a neutral palate or a Diane Keaton inspiration copy.  Many fashion bloggers seem to be either all about color or all about neutrals,  I'm neither.  I love to wear color, but I also don't mind wearing neutrals on occasion either.

Now while the "Coastal Grandma" look is all about linen, I am not a fan of linen.  I just can't stand the wrinkles.  Gauze is a much better alternative as it is still light weight and airy and doesn't look like I just rolled out of bed.  So for my "Coastal Grandma" look I chose this cotton gauze top from Stitch Fix, thrifted polyester tan pants from Talbots, flat taupe shoes, a beachy-style handbag, and a beige sweater because it was a cool day.

Now let's see how the other ladies in the group have interpreted the "Coastal Grandma" trend and be sure to link up your fashion posts with us too!


Shelbee - Shelbee on the Edge-Coastal Chic: Want to try a new style trend on a budget? Check out my mostly thrifted outfit that brought this trend to life for me without breaking the bank!


Nancy -  Nancy’s Fashion Style -Well I don't live near the coast, and if I'm near the coast it's in England. And I'll tell you I've never seen anyone walking there in the coastal grandmother style,more raincoats and Hunters style. I think you should picture more of the California coast then. And warm neutrals, trousers with elastic at the waist and especially hear it, I'm really not a fan of it. Maybe my fashion friends can make me change my mind. But do take a look at what I made of it!


Nina - Sharing a Journey - While I am not keen on the “Grandma” in the title, I love coastal chic vibes in clothing, lifestyle and interiors.  Coastal Chic is for everyone and can be created from our wardrobes –no need to go out and buy anything new!


Emma - The Style Splash - Coastal Chic is pretty much the antithesis of my style -  neutrals, linen and minimalism are my kryptonite. But I love a challenge, so I adapted this trend of the moment to suit my style.


Suzanne - Ask Suzanne Bell - For me, "Coastal Grandma" is less of a style (look), and more of an aesthetic, one we’ve been embracing in our Coastal Communities, unaware that we were trending. Think Oprah, Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, or my personal favorite, Diane Keaton, who by the way, was 56 years YOUNG, when she filmed the movie Something's Gotta Give. The best part? You don't have to be a grandmother, or live in a coastal community to try out this look. Furthermore, there’s a good chance you can recreate a Coastal Chic look, with items you already own in your closet!


Andy - Pearls and Pantsuits - Coastal Chic, or “Coastal Grandmother” as the TikTok crowd calls it, is a whole vibe, and I’m so here for it! I’m a sucker for linen pants, so my take on the trend consists of a comfy pair of linen pants from Target, paired with a breezy chambray tunic from Chico’s. I added the straw bucket hat as an homage to the OG Coastal Grandmothers - Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton. 


Nicole - High Latitude Style - Coastal Chic depends on so much more than just personal style. Consequently, there is no one-fits-most solution. Factors like ocean and air temperatures, color and type of the beach, weather, time of the year, culture, location, your activities, etc. play a role. When living in Europe, I loved long beach walks in The Netherlands in fall on a windy day with gray skies. My typical outfit was a yellow men’s rain jacket with hood, jeans, and rubber boots.


Julie - Fashion Trends and Friends and Instagram FashionTandF -  If you follow me, you know that I love all the bright colors, more is better and unique pieces call my name! Therefore, when this theme was decided on, I was quick to bow out. Not sure why I tend to do that but I always rethink my decision and like pushing myself to try new styles, and new things I wouldn't normally wear or pick out without a little nudge! So here is my spin on this Tik Toc originated trend!


Ada - Elegance and Mommyhood - The Coastal Grandma trend has a silly name which is kind of offensive and ageist but what the trend means itself is indeed beautiful. To me - and I am nowhere close to being a grandma - it stands for effortless breezy summer looks that you would wear by the coast on a beach, especially in blues and whites (the color of sea and sand), floppy hats, sunglasses, sandals, flip flops & wedges. I chose this beachy look from my Florida vacation because it is perfect for the coast and the beautiful neutral crochet dress reminds me of grandmas.

And Me!

Amy - Amy’s Creative Pursuits -  There are so many different ways one can embrace the coastal trend, my favorite is the classic, neutral look where you mix different shades of whites, creams, and beiges in one outfit.

Have A Great Day! Amy

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Bible Journaling, My April Pages: Galations through Colossians

Once a month I like to share my Bible Journaling Pages and what God has been teaching me.  In the month of April I journaled from the book of Galations through Colossians.   Sometimes I just color in the preprinted images of the "Inspire Bible" (available on Amazon) and I also create my own pages.
Unless otherwise stated, all the images are colored in with either gel pens or colored pencils.  I tend to color larger areas with pencils then get the more intricate spots with pens.  I high light my Bible with gel highlighters, and I usually use gelatos or  craft paint for my backgrounds.

April was a long month, and the Inspire Bible has a lot of pre-printed pages in the New Testament so I have a lot of pages to show you this month.  All my pages are pre-printed this month.  I don't have any original pages.  While we're on this topic, my one beef with the Inspire Bible is that they don't have enough pre-printed images in the Old Testament and they have too many in the New Testament. I would have liked to create my own pages on some of these great verses, but there wasn't even the space for me to that.

Because I have so many pages this month, I'm gonna keep my thoughts on the verses short and let the scripture speak for itself.

Galations is most famous for its "Fruit of the Spirit" verse which makes it the perfect verse for the Inspire Bible to choose for its title page.  

Christianity is all about dying to oneself.  Dying to our sin, and not living according to our desires, wants,  needs and sinful nature, but trusting in Christ and living for Him.  

There is no discrimination in Christianity.  We are all one, we all belong to Jesus, we are all His children.

In the early days of the church, some converted Jewish Christians wanted to still follow the law, and Paul said:  'No, Christ set us free on the cross'.

It's hard to keep doing good when the world seems to be falling apart around us, isn't it?   But Paul said, "Don't give Up!"  

Just like the book of Galations is known for its "Fruit of the Spirit" verse, the book of Ephesians is known for its "Armor of God" verse.  I'm sure anyone who ever attending Sunday school remembers making the Armor of God out of construction paper and putting it on.  

The hostility between Jews and Gentiles was put to death by Jesus on the cross.  H created one new people from two groups and brought peace.

As we grown in our faith, we will develop a stronger faith.

Churches need to make every effort to be unified for we are one Body and one Spirit.

This is the verse that precedes the Armor of God verse.  In order to be strong, we must put on the Armor of God.

The title page of the book of Philippians is one of my personal favorite Bible verses.  It was one of the first verses I committed to memory as a young adult and it helped me get through some scary times.

There's a quote on social media that has been very popular for a while now:  "Be patient with me, God isn't finished with me yet".  That is true, based on this verse.  Christianity is a process.  Yes, we get saved when accept what Christ did for us on the cross, but then we begin a lifelong journey of learning from Jesus.

Ah, humility.  Why is that so hard for people?  Why do we always try to impress other people? The Bible says to do the opposite:  "...don't try to impress others.  Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves".

"Always be full of joy"?  That's a hard one!  When life is hard, it's hard to be joyful.  But here's the difference, we're not supposed to just be joyful, we're suppose to be full of joy IN THE LORD.  No matter what happens in life,  I am always to be joyful in God.  I love how Paul adds at the end of this paragraph:  "Remember, the Lord is coming soon!"  Looking forward to the return of Christ will always give us hope and joy even in the darkest of times.

I love this verse, easier said than done of course.  But it's good advice.  When we catch ourselves starting to worry, we need to stop and pray instead.

This verse is very similar to Ephesians 3:17.  The Christian life doesn't begin and end at accepting Jesus as Lord.  We must continue to follow Him and "let our lives be built on Him".

As believers,  we can be confident of eternity with Jesus because He lives inside of us now.

As a fashion lover,  I love how the Inspire Bible illustrated this verse.  These actions don't always come naturally to us, that's why we need to take action and "clothe" or "put on" these attributes ourselves.

This verse is great advice for anyone who has a job they don't like.  I've reminded myself many a time of this verse when I had a very difficult job and boss.

Well,  I hope you gleaned something from this month's Bible Journaling pages.

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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