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Monday, October 10, 2011

All mixed up

There was an Elvis Presley song called "All Shook Up" and I borrowed the idea. Now is the time that causes women and men no end of confusion on what to wear. Late Summer and early Fall are hard on everyone around the East Tennessee area. Because---wait for it---there is no way to tell what to wear. The weather forcasters say it will be 55 in the early morning, 67 by 11 am, and 78 to 80 by late afternoon. OK, then. Brian leaves for work at 4:30 with a t shirt and a flannel shirt. And he is freezing and I'm glad I don't have to hear him complain. When he gets home he has been sweating and he comes into the fairly cool house and shivers. It's no wonder that the drug stores are almost sold out of cold meds. And I am here at home-retired-and able to dress differently from hour to hour if I wish. I am truly grateful for that.

The outfit I'm wearing goes with the bracelets pictured below. I suppose I am pretty simple in my clothing choices. I like things that don't show my big belly, flat butt, big hips, etc. I want things that stretch(no, not stretch denim. Not enough stretch). I want things I can wear all day and they don't look like they have been slept in by noon. No linen. I want colors that make me smile(most colors do). I want things that fit and fit my life style and looks. That's not asking much. There are so many different styles and designs out there I can pretty much have anything I want. So now I have, in wanting all of that stuff, filled my closet. It is admittedly not so big. but I've also filled two other closets, several boxes under my King bed, and a couple of boxes and bags full of stuff to donate or sell. I have two large stand up jewelry boxes full and several hanging sort bags also with jewelry in almost all of the pockets. I have probably 60 pairs of shoes, most of which I don't like. I have about 40 bags, and I have realized that many of them I don't like. In other words, I think a major purge is a must. And I am too frugal(read hoarder) to just donate so I'm going to list 4 things on ebay this week. I have been putting it off, fearing that no one would buy things I'm selling. But nothing ventured and nothing gained. I've learned that from my friend Jen's blog where quotes are offered. I need to be reminded constantly that I am capable to counteract some messages I can't seem to dump. Jen is at Her offerings often make me think and examine ways my life can improve.
The rings above are a couple of my favorites. I wear fairly large jewelry. The small stuff just disappears on me. Anyway. I had bought a couple of tops at Stein Mart on sale. The one below is a one piece. I love the look of the half shirt that is attached to the jacket. I don't love the fact that they don't come apart. So I am going to take them apart and make a back for the white part. Then I'll have a lacy tank and a blue jacket. I love the idea of refashioning things and I'm anxious to get started. Just have to get over that fear of messing up.

 Klimpt. I love his work. I haven't spoken of it here on the blog. The Kiss is one of my favorite pieces ever. This piece is one which could be examined for hours and there would still be something new to see. And gold is one of my very favorite colors. The metallic sort.  Ariel at has opened my eyes to seeing the art in clothing and I fully intend to pursue that interest. The more I am able to see artful things, the happier I am. There is something about getting other views and other colors, about seeing the world through other eyes, that makes my heart full.
I have gotten some more followers on each of the blogs I write. I am so grateful to those who show an interest in what I am interested in. Thanks


Amber Blue Bird said...

I have the same problem trying to figure out what to wear during these awkward weather days. I just make sure to have a cardigan with me at all times. Best of luck with your ebay sells!

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Lorena said...

I also follow Jen !
Her quotes inspire me and also make me think.
I don't wear linen either because after then minutes in a linen garment it's like a cow has chewed me up.
I am a "slow" purger, I take forever to decide if things must go and I usually wear them on the blog before I do. So I can take a good long look and decide if i keep or not - it's also a way to track what i have gotten rid off.
I like your jewelry and think you look really nice in the white red and blue outfit :)

paula devi said...

I love your taste in Jewelry - and your outfits - you always look so fresh and put-together.

Gracey said...

Oh, I feel you on the transitional weather. In fact, I think that may be why I have a cold as I type this.

Also, I wanted to say thanks so much for stopping by my blog - I really appreciate it.

goodbadnfab said...

Your post is super well-written! Absolutely lovely. Please check out my blog when you get a chance.
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Coury Combs said...

Ha! So true about the weather! :)

Melissa Blake said...

I love those rings...where did you get them? :)

this free bird said...

Judy I owe you an email, but just want to thank you for your kind words last week (I think, but so sorry I'm in the woods at work). I love reading your thoughts--very honest and true. Superficiality in blogland has almost made me stop. I can't take it. Everyday is not sunshine, roses and a unicorn parked in the front yard. Thanks so much for keeping it real and telling it like it is.


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Ofelia said...

Judy, I love the blog's new look and your jewelry and outfit!

Colleen said...

I just wanted to let you know I'm doing Color Rotation Challenge again. You participated last March. It starts Monday October 31. Sign up if you are interested:

fashionoverfifty said...

Love the white blouse! It looks great on you~
I also love Klimt. My son has one of his prints at his apt.