The most recent inspiration to reality post was very well received, so here is another with the focus on taking inspiration from high-end professionally styled images. I always use what’s already in my closet to recreate these looks in hopes that it inspires you to use and love what you have in new ways. Links are included for similar items if you need to add something to your collection to make it complete.
I don’t own a hoodie sweatshirt, so I wore a plain gray tee and used a scarf folded into a triangle to create the shape and pattern represented by the vibe of the logo hoodie. My tee is about three years old from Chico’s. Similar here. The scarf is old. The jeans are by Liverpool Jeans Co here. The J.Crew wool blazer is from a couple of years ago, similar here. I bought the crossbody bag and boots earlier this year from Ralph Lauren here. The short boots are here.
Many have asked me to write more about detailed plans for my retirement in a few years. All of the items shown in my look for today represent long-range plans for my wardrobe. When I consider making a carefully planned purchase of a basic piece that needs to be replaced, I ask myself, “Will I wear this for the next ten years?” The boots from today’s look are an example of long-range planning. The low heel and classic design translate to comfortable and stylish wear for many years.
The Ralph Lauren crossbody bag is a classic shape and size that I will enjoy for many years. It is here.
I designed and made those gold and silver combo earrings more than twenty years ago while I was earning my living as a boutique jewelry designer. At the end of that career, I started Vintage Jewelry Supplies Co., Inc., a supply source for artists, designers, and crafters. My retirement plans include selling the company to Mr. Mickey’s daughter, who has been the manager for more than twelve years. I also recently signed the contract to move forward with the sale of my commercial building in the Skyline Industrial Park. (I highly recommend Sam Taylor of The Property Experts!)
As you can see from this closeup, red lipstick would not be the right tone with this look. The color I am wearing is Orchid/Cool Berry from Beautycounter here. I now wear navy instead of black near my face during daylight hours.
A wash and wear hairstyle in my natural color means I only need to go to the salon for a trim about every eight weeks. I get a professional facial, pedicure, and natural buff manicure about eight times a year. I use dental whitening gel in trays (both supplied by my dentist) for an hour about four times a year. That’s the extent of my “procedures.”
Mr. Mickey took these photos on the grounds of the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Johnson City, TN. Don’t you love the colors of fall?
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