J Crew Factory Online Shopping

Several of you have mentioned that you love J Crew but the prices are a little high. They do have J Crew Factory Online Shopping. The prices are better and right now several items are an extra 30% off through March 2.

Here are some pieces I like~~

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White pants//Mint scarf//Gray cardigan//Chambray shirt//Necklace//Coral blouse//Wedge heel//Striped dress

I ordered the scarf. It’s a perfect spring color. Have you shopped at J Crew Factory? 

P.S. If you click the items listed, it will take you to their online store.

Beauty For the Heart~~It’s the weekend and I thought this quote was  a good one.

Talk to people, laugh with people, travel with people, pray with people! Fellowship is so important! -Jim Cymbala

Have a blessed day!

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8 Ways to Hide That Muffin Top

Today we’re going to talk about the dreaded muffin top! The changes in our waistline seem to be a huge concern for women as they age. Thankfully, there are some easy ways to camouflage this area. (Actually women of all ages who struggle with added weight in this area can use this!)

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To be honest, I weigh about the same thing that I’ve always weighed but I have noticed a difference in my waistline. Clothes that once looked good on me, look “different” on me now. So here are 8 Ways to Hide (or help) That Muffin Top.

1. Exercise~Okay, I can’t talk about extra weight without talking about the importance of exercise. I’m preaching to myself, here. If we want to feel and look our best, exercise is going to have to be apart of our weekly routine.

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2. Wear higher rise pants and jeans~If you have a muffin top, low rise pants are NOT your friend. We’ve all seen someone who is wearing low rise jeans and a tight t-shirt with a muffin top, it’s not appealing. So opt for a mid rise jean. I recently did a post for Liverpool jeans. They are jeans that flatter a woman’s body and help with hiding the muffin top.

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3. Wear a Camisole~This offers a similar effect to shapewear and 90% of the time, I’m wearing a camisole. It helps smooth and I need all the smoothing I can get!

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 4. Layer your clothing~This is one of the most effective ways to hide the muffin top, especially during the cooler months. It’s easy to conceal a midsection by layering a structured jacket, cardigan, or a loose top over a collared shirt because it draws attention away from the midriff.

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Okay, four down and four more to go! Go here as I share more ways to hide that muffin top.

Do you struggle with your waist line? Have you noticed it changing as you age?

Beauty For the Heart~~ I found this quote and Pinterest and I love it. “True beauty emantes from a woman who boldly and unabashedly knows who she is in Christ.” Amen!

Have a blessed day!

8 Ways To Hide That Muffin Top

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How To Style The Wrap Dress

I love to get emails from you all about how to style a certain outfit. I recently was asked how to style the wrap dress.

It’s no secret that I love the wrap dress. Why? Because it’s a timeless piece that’s flattering on almost every body type.

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So when I got this email from Krista, “I have an executive dinner next week for my husband’s work.  I’ve ordered this dress and this handbag.  Got any idea for accessories and shoes?”  I couldn’t wait to style it!

The dress is from Talbot’s and it’s sold out. I had to google an image and it was small so when I blew it up, it turned out fuzzy. Sorry about that.

I added a geometric necklace which are very popular this year.  I would wear small hoops or stud earrings since the necklace is the focus. Of course, you can add bracelets.

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Because it’s January, and I assumed it’s cold where she lives, I styled it with black tights and boots. I’ve been looking for a cute pair of booties and these from Zappos are perfect for winter weather.

The question, I get all the time is, “What do I wear, pantyhose or tights?”. I’ve talked about this before and it’s one of my most popular posts.

I had to close the comments because apparently there are a lot of men out there who have a thing about women in hose and the comments were getting dirty, very dirty.

But here’s a quote from the book, How Not To Look Old by Charla Krupp. “You want your legs to look great, but they should meld seamlessly into your outfit, not scream for attention.”

Another quote from her book, “There are going to be occasions when you will feel the need to cover your legs. At this fashion moment, nude panty hose are the devil, and you should avoid them like the plague.”

Now I know some of you disagree. Some of you are required to wear hose to work, but to look younger I would go with opaque or sheer black, brown or navy hose. Never nude.

If you have pretty legs, when the weather is warmer you can add tanning lotion to your legs and not wear hose at all.

Okay, what are your thoughts on hose? How would you style this dress?

Beauty For the Heart~~To be God’s servant, you must be moldable and remain in the hand of the Master. John 15:5, I am the vine; you are the branches I a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

 Have a blessed day!

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How To Dress The Inverted Triangle Body Type

We’ve talked about the Apple Body Type, the Banana Body Type, the Pear Body Type and the Hourglass Body Type. Today is our last body type and it’s the Inverted Triangle. 

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Here are the characteristics of the Inverted Triangle Type. Do any of these describe you? 

  • You have broad shoulders
  • Narrow hips and relatively slender limbs
  • Some inverted triangle body types have a straight waist and a flat-ish bottom
  • Others have a defined waist line and curvier bottom
  • Bust size can vary

You are a rare breed because the inverted triangle is the least common body type found amongst women.

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Here are some guidelines on what the Inverted Triangle body type can wear. Remember these are only guidelines and they’re a good starting point.

Your goal: draw attention to your lower body and minimize your upper body

  • Dresses with the empire cuts, wrap dresses and high-waist puffy skirts will look great on you
  • The best pants for an inverted triangle are bootcut or relaxed fit pants with a wider hemline
  • Pants with pocket flaps on the back will help your bottom look bigger as your body type tends to have a small bottom
  • Keep the lapels on jackets and coats small or mid size and relatively refined
  • Always go for darker colors on the top and lighter colors on the bottom
  • V-neck or scoop-neck tops will draw attention away from your broad shoulders
  • A clean and simple style on the top is always best for this body shape
  • Avoid colorful scarves, and statement necklaces that will attract the attention to your shoulder area
  • Long pendant necklaces will create a focus in the centre of the body

Clothes for the inverted triangle body type to avoid:

  • Oversized collars and lapels tend to make shoulders look broader
  • Don’t wear boat neck tops
  • Don’t wear thin spaghetti-strap tops
  • Stay away from puffy sleeves and shoulder pads

Here are some clothes that would work for the Inverted Triangle Body Type. All these pieces can be found at Macy’s and I added them to my Fashion Over 40 Pinterest Board.

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So have you figured out your body type? You could be a mixture of two of the body types.

Beauty For the Heart~~One of my readers said to share Deuteronomy 31:8 with my daughter, Courtney. It’s a beautiful verse so I thought I’d share it with you too.

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Someone needs to hear those words today!

Have a blessed day!

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Fashion Over 40-Daily Mom Style

I’m beyond excited to have Jo-Lynne guest posting for my Fashion Over 40 post today! She is an amazing blogger and I’m a huge fan of her blog. Please make her feel welcome and say hello to her. Then hop over to Musings of a Housewife where I’m guest posting for her!

I’m so excited to be blog swapping with Cyndi today! I met Cyndi a few years ago at a Blissdom Conference, and I can attest that she is every bit as lovely in person as she is on her blog. We thought it would be fun to swap blogs and introduce ourselves to each other’s audience, so here I am!

A little bit about me — I’m a 40-ish writer, runner and self-professed girly-girl who is obsessed with social media, bacon, sauvignon blanc and skinny jeans. (And I absolutely detest the telephone.) I live and work from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with my husband, three kids, and a terribly spoiled shih ztu named Savannah. Here we are.

Don’t they look charming? Don’t be fooled. My kids think arguing is a sport and that their coats and shoes belong on the living room floor. Which I suppose just makes us an average American family!

Musings of a Housewife is my personal lifestyle blog where I share fashion and beauty advice for suburban housewives like me, wholesome recipes and information on gluten-free living, fitness inspiration from a recovering couch potato and reviews of family travel destinations. I hope you’ll stop over and visit!

Like Cyndi, I participate in the What I Wore linkup over at The Pleated Poppy and post my outfits every week. What started out as an accountability exercise to get dressed every day has turned into a fun challenge to expand my fashion horizons. I feel like I’ve learned so much about what works for my personal style aesthetic, and I’m definitely more inclined to try new trends now that I’ve been recording my outfits for a few years.

Here are a few of my favorite looks from this season. I will provide product links for anything that is still available in case anyone wants to know where to buy them!

How to Wear Leggings Over 40: This outfit has become one of my fast favorites. I picked up this tunic sweater at Nordstrom last fall and these HUE Leggings are absolutely wonderful. The waistband is nice and wide (no muffin top, YAY!) and they are just the right thickness because no one wants see-through leggings, can I get an amen?? The long pendant necklace helps break up the solid top and keeps the look modern. The bag and boots were both sent to me as produce samples. Aren’t those red boots sublime!?

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Raglan Seam Dolman Sleeve Sweater // Hue Ultra Wide Waistband Leggings // JAFA Shoes Style #2040 // Caroline Pendant // Brasilia Crossbody

How to Wear Camo Pants Over 40: I was immediately drawn to these camo pants when I first saw them on Gap.com but I had to wear them a time or two before I was thoroughly comfortable in them. Now I love them. They’re just edgy enough without being too over-the-top. I’ve tried styling them numerous ways, but my favorites always involve denim of some sort — a denim shirt with a colorful scarf or a denim jacket over a neutral such as white, gray, or black, and even burgundy works well. The booties I’m wearing in this photo were another great purchase I made this year. These are so fun, and terribly comfortable. They really update an outfit.

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cropped jean jacket // GAP camo front zip always skinny jeans // Toms Desert Bootie in Sand // gray Essential Short-Sleve V-Neck T // Luxe Statement Necklace

How to Wear Leopard Over 40: Leopard and animal prints in general is a big trend right now, and every woman has to take into account her own personal style aesthetic and determine how much leopard she can get away with before it gets to be too much. I like incorporating leopard into my outfits with accessories. This leopard scarf has been an incredibly versatile wardrobe piece this year.

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LOFT boyfriend sweater // white Essential Short-Sleve V-Neck T // 7 for All Mankind Skinnies {similiar} // Toms Desert Booties // scarf and bracelet {Francesca’s}

I also have a pair of leopard pumps that I enjoy wearing with skinny jeans and a colorful sweater. And I have a bit of a handbag obsession. The bright pink Kate Spade tote was a “Christmas present” this year — I scored it at 75% off on Black Friday. WOO!! Now it’s only available on eBay.

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Halogen High/Low Tunic Sweater (now 60% off!!!) // Black Cords (old) // circles earrings // gold necklace LOFT // Tory Burch Logo Leather Wrap Bracelet // Stella & Dot Gold Bardot Bracelet // Michael Kors Chain Bracelet Chronograph Watch // Kate Spade New York Southport Avenue Linda Tote // patent leather leopard pumps {similar}

How to Wear Colored Jeans Over 40: I love my colored jeans. I have red and green and plum, and somehow manage to wear one or the other at least once a week. They dress up any neutral top and allow you to go bold even when you’re not comfortable putting a bold color near your face. I paired my red jeans with this gray turtleneck and black denim jacket and wore black knee-high boots to go shopping with a girlfriend before Christmas. It’s a simple outfit, but the color combination is striking, and the structure of the jacket along with the heel on the boots create a slender silhouette.

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And I wore my green jeans with this taupe sweater and embellished tank to church one Sunday last fall. Unfortunately, none of the items pictured here are still for sale. But you can find colored jeans at any of your favorite retailers.

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And lest you think I never wear skirts . . .

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I admit, I break out skirts only on rare occasion during the winter months. I do wear dresses and skirts quite a bit during the summertime. This outfit is great for church or a girls lunch out during the cooler months. I received this chevron maxi skirt from ADORNit as a product sample, and I styled it with a basic black cardigan and cream tank. I always feel like maxi skirts need a bit of height so I wore these knee high wedge boots, which were a product sample from The Walking Company.

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Black Cardigan // cream tank {similar} // coral and black Chevron Maxi Skirt // Umberto Raffini Signature Joelle knee high wedge boots // necklace and bracelet, Francesca’s

Hopefully this post gives you an idea of the sorts of outfits I post every Wednesday. Admittedly, I picked my faves. There are days when I’m lucky to get dressed in leggings and a cute tunic sweatshirt, but that’s the life of a work-at-home-mom, I guess!!!! Feel free to pop over to Musings of a Housewife and say hi. In addition to fashion, I also post recipes and product reviews and anecdotes on motherhood and family.

Thanks, Cyndi, for having me guest blog for you today!! It’s always fun getting to meet a new audience!

Linking to the Pleated Poppy.

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What I Wore-Year In Review 2013

Well, Christmas is over and I’m spending the day relaxing! I love staying home and spending most of the day in my pajamas!

This is my second full year of writing about fashion & beauty for women over 40 (I started blogging in 2009 but it’s changed over the last five years).

Most of the fashion blogs I follow are twenty or thirty something women. I love their blogs but I felt like there needed to be blogs for women my age.

We want to look fashionable. We’re not over the hill (whatever that is) but we don’t want to dress like our teenage or young adult daughters either.

I’ve learned a lot and I love sharing the latest trends and styles with you. I’ve had so much fun and I can’t believe how this blog has grown! I’m looking forward to 2014!

Today, I’m sharing What I Wore-Year in Review 2013. It’s a look at each month. All of my What I Wore posts can be found at the top of my blog. Click on Fashion and then What I Wore-My Style.

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Looking back through these posts has made me miss summer! :-) I think June, July and August are my favorite months.

Which season is your favorite? Do you like winter or summer clothes the best?

Beauty For the Heart~~Here’s the deal: God wants everything you have got. Uncontested priority. Every egg in one basket. All your weight on one limb. This very moment He has His fingers gripped on your chin saying “Right here, Child. Look right here. Don’t look right or left. Stare straight into My face. I am your Deliverer. There is none like Me.”  -Beth Moore

Have a blessed day!

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