Foundation and blush in the wrong colors just draw attention to my wrinkles. I have almost stopped wearing both, but I do wear moisturizer with sunscreen daily and scarves often.
There is nothing special at all in the every day looks I am showing you today, but taking the time to drape one of these scarves around my neck makes me appear much more polished. Note that I am wearing a rose colored blush high on my cheeks and no brownish contour or blush in the hollows. I have significantly reduced the steps and amount of makeup I wear these days. I often throw on a pair of jeans and one of those super comfortable Covered Perfectly tops with a flattering neckline. I add a trench coat or blazer and a scarf to brighten my face, and I am out the door in just a few minutes.
While in my early twenties, I learned many useful styling tricks from watching the elegant women on the streets of cities in Europe. They wore perfectly fitted, simple clothing in solid colors that flattered their skin tone. Accessories including silk scarves made these women look so much more sophisticated than I. My frivolous youthful American style held no sway compared to their regal demeanor. I was captivated by the elegance and effortless style that these women possessed. I have worn scarves ever since
Above, I am wearing almost no makeup and comfortable working at home all day clothes. Mr. Mickey stopped by so I asked him to snap a photo of me holding the bag for size perspective. I tied on one of the scarves I was also shooting for my shopping site. The reason I am showing you this photo is to prove that accessories can help you look well put together with very little effort. Both the scarf and bag can be found here.
The one word I would never want to hear anyone use to describe my style is contrived. It means deliberately created rather than arising naturally or spontaneously, organized or arranged in a way that seems artificial and unrealistic. Nonchalant is an adjective used to describe a person or manner. It means you appear casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety. Whenever I wear a scarf, I am very nonchalant about it. In truth, I think all of my looks are very nonchalant. I don’t worry that the scarf I am wearing will move around, it will. I just tie or drape it in a way that fits well with the neckline of the top or jacket I am wearing and accept the fact that the scarf will move with me.
Being comfortable in our skin means we have learned what works for us. My hair was always the wrong shade when I had it colored, so I stopped the coloring. Dresses make me feel very uncomfortable, so I don’t wear them. I don’t like showing my thick waistline or all of my neck, so scarves are perfect for me. I wear one almost every day. Sometimes I wear a scarf to stay warm. On another day it might be to add a pop of color near my face when I am wearing my comfortable old jeans and a simple jacket. In yet another look, a scarf may be just the right accessory to take the emphasis away from my neck and or my tummy. I was looking back over my old blog to see some of the different ways I have worn scarves. The photo below is from 2012.
Last month, I was wearing the look in the photo below while picking up lunch for my staff. Two women passed by me, and as they did, the younger woman leaned in toward me and said, “My mother and I think you look so elegant.” It thrilled me to think I might be following in the footsteps of those well-dressed women I admired so long ago on the streets of European cities.
Please note that the style conference scheduled for next month is almost sold out. It will be held at the Carnegie Hotel at 1216 W State of Franklin Rd in Johnson City, Tennessee 37604 on March 18th from 11 AM until 2 PM. We will discuss styling tips, nutrition, and health. Lunch will be served, and you will get to spend part of the day with like-minded, kind, intelligent women who enjoy being the best they can be. This will be the first of many gatherings across the region to celebrate the beauty and wisdom of women. The cost per person for this event is $75 and will include lunch, notepads, a pen, and a free satin scarf to complement your coloring as well as a drawing for door prizes. I have created this link so that you can pay for and reserve your seat at this event using your charge card or PayPal. When you get to the payment page, just scroll down to Pay By Debit Or Credit Card to use my PayPal account to give me the authorization number for the transaction.
The fabulous necklace I am showing you here will be one of the door prizes. This Giulio and Lorena’s Venetian Glass Heart of Silver necklace was made in Italy, and it is from Uno Alla Volta. It is available here for a special price until February 15th.
I have created a video to go along with this post. You can view it here.