The early morning hours have always been my favorite part of the day. There is a quiet time for meditation, gratitude, exercise, and reading before the day gets too busy.
The above look is one I wore to dinner with friends on Friday night. We don’t go out to dinner often these days, so it is a special occasion and a reason to get dressed up when we do. All of the pieces I put together for this look are several years old, but maybe you have similar items in your closet. I always think about what I already have before I buy something new.
I go shopping when I use things up, don’t have the item, or if mine is starting to get too worn from use. The new item needs to be suitable for me and my style personality, good quality, and something I need. I do not buy things because they are on sale, someone else looks cute in them, I’m bored, or it is the newest trend.
I will return to my gym this winter when the weather is too cold and wet to walk outdoors, so I needed ball caps to keep my hair out of the way when I work out. I found three cute and functional ones here – here and here. I look for ball caps with a higher crown and feminine details.
I’ve been asked countless times how I change my bags daily. Now you know the secret. I use zippered leather pouches here in different colors to store all the bits I carry in a handbag. I don’t always need to keep everything with me, so this small black one holds ID, credit cards, lipstick, keys, and a tissue. It measures five inches by seven inches and fits inside all but the smallest evening bags. Sometimes it is the only thing I take with me.
Even bare-faced, I will use skincare and fill in my lips. I have several colors of these Chanel lip liners (here) because the color lasts for a long time. Also, they come with a sharpener, and the other end has a lip brush. Very handy!
When I turn on the heating system, I use facial oil (here). It is wonderful on my dry skin in the morning, and I pat it on again during the day if needed. I always have two bottles on hand so that I never run out. I detailed my daily skincare routine here.
I start each day with yoga, Pilates, weights, and a long walk. I wear leggings for comfort and flexibility, but the top is always long enough to cover the behind. The hooded top is here. The leggings are here. The shoes are here. I replace workout clothes often because they get much more use and trips through the laundry than my other clothing.
The second photo shows what I wore for a casual lunch date with friends and running errands during the day. The bag is here, but the other items are several years old. The third and fourth photos show the layers I wore out to dinner. The wool jacket from Talbots is old, but they offer a similar one here.
When I wear an all-black ensemble, I add a necklace or scarf to brighten the face, vary the textures of the pieces, and define my waist with a belt. I folded the scarf in the second photo on the bias (instructions here), tied the ends, and wrapped the loop around my neck twice. Here is a short video to show you how to style a square scarf.
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