Before today’s deep-dive, I wanted to share some pictures from our drive through the countryside on Saturday. It was the perfect fall day, so we headed northeast to Abingdon, VA. We planned to enjoy lunch on the Peppermill restaurant’s porch if we were lucky enough to get a table.
I wore dark wash jeans with a dark navy V-neck knit top and soft burgundy knit jacket. I took the white, tan, and gray tissue-thin scarf (on the bench with my mask) in case I got too cold. The casual knit jacket reminds me of a comfortable sweatshirt. The jacket is available in several colors here, and the plus-size is here. Top – Jeans – Boots – Bag – similar Scarf
The Peppermill Restaurant is located in the historic former home at 231 West Main Street. We enjoyed a light lunch on the porch. All patrons had their temperatures taken before being seated. Everyone wore a mask unless seated at their table.
The view from our table included the beautiful tree in the yard and the warm sunshine.
During the drive home, I snapped the photo below of a distant cabin in a meadow. The clear blue skies of autumn are so refreshing.
Now, let’s talk about the importance of the garments no one sees… or do they? If our undergarments do not fit correctly, everyone can see the results. A bra that fits poorly or isn’t constructed well can truly ruin your look, but it can also make you very uncomfortable for the whole day. As happens when we wear an ill-fitting pair of shoes, the pain will show on your face.
When my new bras arrive from Shapeez, I get that same giddy feeling that came with buying new school supplies as a kid. This time I ordered the Ultimate Pretty here. It still gives a smooth shape, but it has a lovely delicate design that feels more special. I’ve never understood lace or other designs on cups. They always show under your clothing and look rumpled.
The smooth shape continues to the back also. After seeing the difference the Shapeez bras make, I have never purchased any other type. I was still in my thirties when “bra bulges and rolls” became a reality, so finding Shapeez thrilled me. Now I put on my Shapeez; wear whatever I want, and I forget about my bra for the rest of the day. They never dig into my skin or make dents in my shoulders. The lady in the photo below shows you what a difference it makes to wear proper foundations.
I would never wear body-skimming tunics with any other type of bra. Shapeez bras are the only option for me. I wear black under dark colors and nude under light clothing. Pull it on like pantyhose using the body of the bra; never pull on the straps. Adjust the cups and slip your arms into the straps. I wash the bras in my machine on the delicate cycle with cold water. I always hang them to air dry.
Patented Vanishing Edge technology with stay-put silicone at the leg openings keeps panties in place without panty lines. Visible panty lines (VPL) can show even under denim, so I never wear any other type. Pulling them on over my Shapeez bra’s hemline keeps everything in place and gives me a hint of a waistline. As with bras, I only buy nude or black panties. (Your best ‘nude’ is the color that is as close to your skin color as possible.) The Vanishing Tummy Retro Brief shown below is here.
Bare legs with a knee-length dress are not an option for me. Donna Karan nude control top hose here are the prettiest hose I’ve found. The key to not looking frumpy in stockings is to choose very sheer ones that are as near to the color of your skin as possible. Handwash tights and pantyhose, then drape them over a towel or shower rod to air dry.
The opaque matte black tights here are excellent. I often wear opaque black tights to stay warm in the winter. When it is safe to go out for the evening and wear heels again, I wear very sheer black stockings found here.
The best no-show socks I’ve ever found are here. I blogged about all the different styles they offer here. In the photo below, I’m wearing the Secret 2.0 Mid-cut thin liner no-show socks in cream. I wear the Active-X high-cut styles with my walking shoes. They never slip, even when I walk very fast for three miles.
My all-time favorite pajamas are perfect for lounging or sleeping. They look elegant while providing full coverage and superb comfort. I toss them in the wash with similar colors. I’ve had some of mine for a few years, and they still look great. You will find the pajamas here.
Instead of fluffy or stiff quilted robes, I enjoy sleek, soft, comfortable ones that move with me. I also prefer no zippers, buttons, or other uncomfortable details. The robe pictured below is here.
I step through a spritz of cologne before getting dressed so that it is always very subtle. I wear fragrance for myself, so I spritz it on again before bed. My current favorite is here.
I apply a skin-soothing lotion before bed, after my shower, and as needed during the day. My favorite, pictured below, is here. There is no fragrance, and it smooths your skin beautifully without any sticky residue. My skin is dry and ultra-sensitive, but I never have any reactions to Beautycounter products. That’s why I’ve been using the skincare line exclusively for a few years.
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