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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #30

Scarf Vest Adds Zest To Jeans & Tee

Photo description is in the body of the postAfter downsizing your wardrobe having less to choose from allows for more creativity. A fun way to spice up your jean/tee outfit is making a lightweight summer vest from a long scarf. It’s as simple as one knot.

The scarf I used in the pictures is a long 72″ x 38″ blue and white decorative paisley pattern.

1. Fold lengthwise in half
2. Tie ends together (the short loose ends and the short folded ends)
3. Open up to show armholes
4. Slip arms through armholes
5. Presto chango you now have a long chic vest!

Image: Tri collage of me posed standing in front of my counter holding my white cane. I’m wearing black crisscross strapped heels, cuffed skinny jeans, black tee topped with scarf vest, silver-toned long beaded fringe necklace, silver-toned cutout cuff bracelet, silver-toned beaded embellished hoop earrings.

Happy Friday!!



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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #13

2 Seasons 2 Faves

Photo of the just the vest So in the never-ending simplicity saga, fall/winter of 2016 two of my favorite pieces were my fringed cream-colored long sweater vest and black Vince Camuto leggings. Typically I don’t name drop but I made an exception in this case because these leggings are the best pair I’ve ever owned and they were one of two purchases I made in the past few months.

Back in the summer, I decided to downsize all my belongings and this included clothing. ‘Something comes in, something goes out’ has worked wonderfully well and since I’ve unsubscribed to all retail mailing lists I’m not tempted to purchase things I don’t need.

Close frontal view of me with my white cane

I got quite a bit of wear out of these two pieces by mixing them up with accent pieces, different footwear, and accessories. An example of how I wore the vest as a totally different ensemble can be found in the post Elegantly Shabby In Jeans & Pearls.

Trio photos of me in different poses with cane in hand. Outfit is described in the body of the post.

Outfit Description

  • Fringed cream-colored long sweater vest
  • Navy three-quarter sleeve tee
  • Gray leggings
  • Cream kitten heels
  • Long fringed necklace

3 Steps To Keeping Sanity In Simplicity

  1. ‘Something comes in, something goes out’
  2. Transitional pieces to dress for 2 seasons spring/summer and fall/winter
  3. Stick with a couple of major pieces and change-up the look with accent pieces

Have a Happy Hump Day Everyone!


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Fabulous, Functional & Frugal Fashion Tip #3

Transitional Pieces: The Vest/Sweater

A collage of me sitting and standing outside with my white cane at the nursing home.I find having a summer and winter wardrobe with a few transitional pieces thrown in to get me through spring and fall is easier than maintaining clothing for four seasons. This works really well since I only have two temperatures anyway—hot and cold, seldom am I just right.

A short time back a long sleeve mock neck sweater with a faux suede/shearling vest was perfect for a brisk morning and cool afternoon. On this particular day one of my sons took me to the nursing home to visit with my mom. Afterwards we took a few pictures outside with some harvest decor.

What I wore: Blue jeans, black long sleeve mock neck sweater, white faux suede/shearling vest, black suede wedges, red handbag, shades, and my ever-present white cane.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!!



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Mom Approved: Elegantly Shabby In Jeans & Pearls

Trio of pictures (two of me posing standing and the middle I'm in a seated position on one of my barstools). When mom is in a foul mood I need all the courage I can muster. A killer outfit helps.

A Mom Visit Takes A Little Courage

For several straight days recently my mom was in one ornery mood. I gauge this discomfort by how much my stomach churns when I hear her name announced as my cell phone rings.

Mental note: Buy a pallet full of antacids.

Here's my "give me strength to face mom outfit" images of me sitting cross legged on a bar stool and one standing pose.

I know I’m being ridiculous because my mom’s a 78-year-old lady for crying out loud. And me, well (say this with a little attitude) I’m a grown woman! Intellectually I’m aware of these facts but emotionally when she leaves me a voicemail I cringe and cry. Then I create a flowchart to decide what would happen if I listen or don’t listen to the message.

It’s during these emotionally charged situations that I have to arm myself against the inevitable tongue lashings. So on this particular day, I armed myself in a mesh cream-colored sweater with gold metallic threads. A separate yet coordinating loop-knot vest was a fabulous match. I finished this look with black suede knee-high boots and a long strand of faux pearls.

There is some truth to the quote “Never underestimate the power of a good outfit on a bad day.” When I visit my mom I never know what to expect and can use every bit of courage I can garner from my outfit. On this day I was cool as a cucumber.