When I lost nearly fifty pounds about seven years ago, I had to buy all new everything. Not even my shoes fit. It took some trial and lots of errors to find my style rhythm and to build a wardrobe that works well for my life. I started blogging about that journey because I couldn’t find relevant information to help me navigate that process. (There weren’t many over forty bloggers at that time.) When you have to build your wardrobe from scratch, it is easy to get into the habit of shopping often.
Now that I have what I need, I may only shop for something new once or twice a season if at all. I am not tempted by the newest things and certainly not by anniversary sales. The exception to my rule would be bras. They do not last for very long no matter how careful I am with them. I was recently in Asheville (again!) so I picked up some replenishments at Soma. This time I tried the Vanishing Back style. The fit is better for my current shape and the back provides a much smoother line. Dress the body you have now.
While we were in town, we stopped at the Grove Arcade for lunch and a short stroll. When we passed by the Caravans window, I caught a glimpse of a necklace which lured me inside like a moth to a flame. When an object takes my breath away, Mr. Mickey knows to start making room in the car because something is coming home with me. That rarely happens anymore.
Before I visited with Judith Oster who owns the boutique, Caravans, I was not familiar with Petra’s jewelry line, but it captivated me right away. Petra Meiren is a Germany-based jewelry designer who has been hand making sophisticated pieces since 1992. After trying on several, I decided on this necklace for the long verticle line it creates and the elegant matte silver finish.
I have worn this navy tunic many times. It is from Birdie James but they may not have this one anymore. The red bag is by Tahari via T.J.Maxx years ago. The scarf tied to the bag is from my shopping site. The shoes are from a couple of summers ago at Dillard’s.