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Coordinating Olive Pieces For A Smashing Fall Look

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Coordinating Olive Pieces For A Smashing Fall Look

“When I try an outfit on and it doesn’t make me look good, I just throw it on the floor. Like, No, you don’t deserve to be hung up, sit there and think about what you’ve done.”ūü§£

~Unknown
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#1 – Stephanae sitting on a wall

Don’t you just love it when everything falls perfectly into place? It’s like the planets have aligned and all the signs confirm you’ve made the right choice. This recently happened to me as I began transitioning my summer wardrobe to fall. 

Since I’m still adhering to my strict policy of limiting my clothing budget. Oh, who am I kidding here? The truth is when one has limited funds sometimes our choices must reflect our reality. Even though my cash flow may not be ideal, I decided a while back to downsize to make life easier. This made sense both from a financial and lifestyle standpoint. Let’s face it, having fewer things to choose from is so much easier on my defunct eyes.  

So it was with finances and lifestyle in mind that I’ve only acquired a few new items of clothing for fall. What was really fabulous about these purchases is how they fit in nicely with my existing wardrobe. 

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#2 – Stephanae is standing

What Did I Score?

Back in September I went on a little shopping adventure with a friend of mine and found some amazing deals. My little heart was furiously pounding as I shoved no less than 10 items (give or take) into my cart.

I was so excited at the prospect of new clothes my mind was racing with combination possibilities. However, once I got in the changing room only one, yes, you heard right, only. one. thing. fit! I was devastated. The saving grace here was:

  • Number 1 – Thanks to my limited eyesight, I couldn’t really see my extra poundage in the mirror. Perhaps this too was a sign that I need to lose weight?
  • Number 2 – I saved myself some money. See how the planets aligned?

In the end I walked away with an olive flyaway cardigan. 

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Then a few weeks ago one of my favorite shoe stores was having a $20 off purchase. And of course, being the self-respecting shoe lover I was honor-bound to buy these fabulous Fergalicious Wanderer Booties. Let me just stop here for one moment and tell you that these booties are so darn comfortable. This is not a plug for DSW as I am not being compensated for this post.

Putting It Together

As I mentioned earlier in this post transitioning the new pieces into my existing wardrobe was a piece of cake. I already owned an olive parka and coat. All I had to do was pull together a top and bottoms to make a complete outfit. The headwrap was an additional piece that requires a post of its own. The pieces:

  • Black leggings
  • A black top
  • An olive flyaway cardigan that hits around the hips.
  • Olive booties with 3-1/2 inch stacked block heel. These western style boots have an almond toe and tactile intricately woven detailing. 
  • An olive double-breasted coat with a wide collar and big cream colored buttons. 
  • Black vintage flower twist pleated headwrap accented with gold threads. The flower is on the left.

A pair of shades and my gold “white cane” finished off my look. 

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I’m standing in front of a wooden wall (railroad ties) surrounding an oak tree holding my cane in my right hand. In this photo, I’ve taken off my coat to show the cardigan and I’m holding my sunglasses in my left hand. 

Additional Images:

  1. In this photo, I’m sitting on the wall in my coat with my right hand on my right knee. My head is angled like I’m looking at something in the distance and I have my cane in my left hand. 
  2. Another photo of me standing with my cane in my left hand and right hand is on my hip.
  3. This last photo is another one where I’m standing wearing the coat. I’m trying to look all cool like with my left hand on my sunnies like I’m trying to see something interesting. 
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7-Step Recipe To Survive Extreme Cold

‚ÄúThe cold never bothered me anyway.‚Ä̬†~Elsa,¬†Frozen

A parka is awesome in cold weather. This one is an olive, fur-trimmed hooded parka with gold accents. Roomy pockets and faux-leather trim around the pockets and zipper/snaps.
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I sure hope the cold wouldn’t bother Elsa, she is the Snow¬†Queen in Disney’s Frozen after all. Me, I’m the exact opposite.

Since anything lower than 70 degrees is cold to me, I’d never survive¬†arctic-like¬†weather for any amount of time. You’ll never find me gracefully walking up a snow-clad mountain, in nothing more than a gown, cape, and one glove, singing no less.

Take this morning, for example, it was 3 degrees below zero. I was enjoying a steaming cup of coffee while catching up on a few of my favorite blogs when it happened. Mollie, my ride or die a.k.a. furbaby gives me the signal she’s ready for her daily constitutional.

Gray beanie, gray faux-fur lined and trimmed gloves and multi-colored zig zag striped fringed scarfIt Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken But You’ll Be Warm

One thing¬†I dislike most when it’s this cold is preparing for outdoors. It takes too much time to layer up so as to not succumb to the harsh elements. So I’ve created this little recipe to send the cold packing.

  1. Take 1 bandana for the head, tee-shirt, leggings, and knee-high socks
  2. Next, put on a knit beanie hat, sweatshirt, and fleece pants
  3. Then an over-the-head hooded sweatshirt, pull hood over beanie
  4. Follow up with fuzzy shearling lined, lace-up knee-high boots (tuck in fleece pants)
  5. Add faux-fur-trimmed hooded parka
  6. Next, add faux fur-lined gloves
  7. Finally, tie a scarf around hooded parka to cover face then you’re all set

Black faux-fur lined and trimmed lace-up knee-high winter bootsTwenty minutes later, yeah, thank the lord I don’t have to put on makeup, I grab Mollie’s leash, poo bags, and door keys to venture outside. As soon as I opened the door and felt the wintry blast of snowy cold air I swear we were heading into a polar vortex.

Trudging in the snow while Mollie leaps‚ÄĒsomewhat sorta like a graceful gazelle‚ÄĒthrough the snow-laden grass, my mind begins wandering. I think back to the days of my youth when I pretended the cold didn’t bother me. Then suddenly I realize how content I am where I am.

The cold bothers me 

As Mollie digs in the snow for the perfect spot to do her business I remembered how beautifully poised Elsa appeared yet she had a secret. When she sings “Let It Go” this is where she’s comfortable with who she really is.

I begin thinking of some of the things I am not. I am not a queen, or a princess¬†even, I¬†am not¬†a writer, at times¬†I don’t feel like a blogger, I am not an adventurer, singer, dancer, actress, photographer, artist or philosopher.

No, I may not be many of the things I longed to be and as I get older my mind isn’t as sharp as it once was but there’s freedom with age. Having lived more days than what’s left going forward, I can be unapologetically selective, to do what’s best for me instead of following the crowd. Standing up for myself, treasuring my time, and speaking my mind is more important than seeking approval.

I am still a work in progress, learning new things every day and striving for balance instead of perfection. Oh, and before I forget, after 10 minutes or thereabouts Mollie did her thing and I’m safely ensconced in my cozy home.

Have a great weekend and stay warm!!