OK, This may not have been the best idea, but it seemed like one at the time ;) I wanted to wear this vintage jumper before I have to cover myself completely with sweaters and heavy coats. I could have worn different shoes, but I kinda felt like letting the little girl out in me today :)
You know the one who wore her tu-tu with her snow boots in the summer ? Just like her :)
AND, I swear, I thought Halloween is Saturday. Duh ! I have another full day to prepare . Yipee !!!
What are you guys going to dress up like ? Send me some photos or links so I can post them. It'll be fun :) Did I mention how much I love Halloween ? ............................
OUT THE DOOR TO RUN ERRANDS AND I MUST SAY, BURRRRRR........ The local mid-west weather report is 50's and dreary after a week of 70's. Shocking to say the least! This outfit is an example that women over 40 CAN wear short skirts, darn it. If I read another article telling us over 40's to stop it, I will scream so loud it will be heard around the globe. I bet Kelly Ripa (40) or SJP (45) or Demi Moore (46) would agree. Though I bet they have a slew of surgeons with botox-filled lipo-suction thingys on their payroll ;)
AND LEG WARMERS ! I also found another use for them today. A mini-scarf :) The perfect fit . The beret was a necessity for my bad-hair day . It's time to do my roots ......... I may do an all-over as the color is really faded . Kind of a washed-out orange hue ;) Halloween anyone ?
I can't wait to show you my Halloween outfit on Saturday ;)
Mwa, Ha, Ha !!!
Skirt: Old Navy, thrifted ~ Tee: Sears,clx ( so out, it's in ;) ~ Beret: F21 ~ Harley Davidson boots: thrifted
Leggings: Targei' ~ Leg Warmers: thrifted ~ Various necklaces: All over. ~ Cardi: Targei', clx.
Though I am not much for labeling my style, as it changes greatly from day to day ~ mood to mood, I was recently asked to describe my style in three words. It was easy til it came to Eclectic or Indie. Which am I ? I know the difference when I see it, but was hard pressed to choose one over the other. So, as a good little fashion geek would do, I looked it up ;) It seems there isn't huge differences, but more subtle ones. For instance, I love my graphic Tees (indie) but also love shiny baubles as well (eclectic). Still confused? Me too :) So here's what I came up with.
It's more of an alternative style, which has become mainstream, thus making indie a tough trend to nail down. Live underground concerts, authentic concert Tees, acoustic music ~ These are all common life-styles of an Indie fashion lover............
THINK "JUNO" OR WILLOW FROM BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER :)
RINGER T'S, PLAID SHIRTS, CARDIGANS, SKINNY JEANS
SHOES: VANS, FLATS, KEDS, though many of these trends are now mainstream, making them no longer true indie.
"COSBY" SWEATERS, OVER-SIZED CARDI'S AND TEES.
THE OCCASIONAL CHUNKY SANDAL OR FLIP-FLOPS.
VINYL OVER iPOD'S
A TRUE "INDIE" WOULD NEVER SHOP AT "CHAIN STORES", except for basics.
There's not much difference, though the definition of eclectic is "a mixed style" in the fine arts. An Indie style can easily be tweaked into Eclectic with more colorful , mix and match pieces, with vintage thrown into the mix as well.
THINK : SARAH JESSICA PARKER :)
PLAID SHIRTS WITH FLORAL SKIRTS
A VINTAGE BROOCH WITH A BASIC TEE.
PUMPS AND HEELS
TIGHTS WITH SOCKS
BOLDER COLORS AND PATTERNS
STILL CONFUSED ?
ME TOO, HONESTLY .................
ECLECTIC SEEMS TO BE MERELY A BLEND OF BOTH WORLDS. Liking to mix different styles all in one. I WOULD BE CONSIDERED A "POSER" IN TRUE INDIE CIRCLES ;)
I LOVE VINTAGE ACCESSORIES PAIRED WITH A DIY EMBELLISHED TEE PAIRED WITH COLORFUL FLORALS ...........................
This is my best attempt at Indie Style, though it turned Eclectic as soon as I added the shiny brooch and trendy sunnies. Now the boots and skirt are screaming Boho !
Maybe I should stick to taking pretty pictures ;)
( Plus, a true Indie girl would be way too cool to twirl :)
Ya know how outfits seem to have a mind of their own ? This one started off completely different. I've been admiring the super-long scarves dragging the ground on the "Peeper" Diva's as of late. They usually pair them up with a maxi, but I hoped to mix it up with a shorter dress instead. After a few changes, this is how it turned out :) I like wearing lighter colored shoes with dark legs and this hat was all matchy. I admit, it's not one of my favorites, but hey, tomorrow's another day ;) I haven't seen many short sleeved dresses over long sleeves ( like th 90's ). Maybe I'll start a trend !
When in doubt, I load up on the accessories ;)
All these necklaces are DIY'd from "parts".
( Newport News killer shoes, thrifted, of course )
My Mom swears I'll go bald if I keep wearing hats. I give it a year ........
Thanks for all the well-wishes for my brother :)
He will be having surgery soon. I spoke with him today. He's a tough nut !
OK, SO I MAY HAVE BACK-SLIDDEN ALREADY ;) BUT THIS OUTFIT IS ME. SO ME, IN FACT I NEEDED TO TWIRL AND GRIN SIDEWAYS. MAYBE POP OFF A FEW ROUNDS WITH MY WINCHESTER. KNAW A PLUG OF TOBACCO AND HIT A BARN DANCE LATER THIS EVENING.
BUT SERIOUSLY FOLKS, THIS LOOK ACTUALLY CAME FROM ALL THE ADS OF LONG FLORAL HIGH-WAISTED FROCKS WITH CHUNKY SWEATERS.
Thanks again Goodwill :)
THE HAT IS ALL MINE ;)
THE DRESS EVEN HAS AUTUMN LEAVES ON IT FOR GOODNESS SAKES .......
However, a hint of bluish grey in there as well.
AS THE SUN SETS, I WONDER WHAT MY FAMILY IS DOING OUT WEST .....
My Brother fell off the roof where he works a couple days ago and broke both legs.
I am so grateful he is alive. In a lot of pain, but doing OK.
OK, so you know I am on a mission to improve my "baby blog". I have been style blogging for almost a year. It's time. To put my big girl panties on and clean my house........
This idea has been long coming and I honestly was gonna stop all together, but I love what I'm doing here.........
I've made great new friends ~ Learned a lot ~ and found my true style , inwards as well as outwards. So without further ado, I am gonna share what I've learned about making my blog better :)
These are OPINIONS, IDEAS, and TIPS that I have gathered lately. I am not judging anyone else's blog, nor am I trying to go "Pro" ;) ~ I am hoping these subtle changes will make this place a nicer, happier, user-friendly experience for everyone...........
Let's face it, first impressions are important. It's much harder to erase a negative experience than re-create a pleasant one ! My blog has said to many readers, " Welcome to Reva's Circus " or " Here I AM, LOOK AT ME, AND LISTEN ".
FIRST, I HAD TO CONSIDER , "WHAT IS THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF MY BLOG?"
To share my fashion passion with other's and show them that over 40 isn't a negative thing. ~ To improve my photography skills. ~ To gather a network of like-minded fashionista's who enjoy a great thrift find :)
THEN, I HAD TO LISTEN. TO MY READERS. LET'S FACE IT, I WANT YOU TO KEEP COMING BACK ! SO I STARTED TAKING SUGGESTIONS TO HEART, NOT GETTING DEFENSIVE WHEN OTHER'S WERE ONLY TRYING TO HELP ME OUT. ( THANKS, GUYS )
HERE'S WHAT I'VE CAME UP WITH SO FAR :
1. MOST READERS DO NOT LIKE MUSIC TRACKS ON A STYLE BLOG. FACT........
2. IMAGE QUALITY IS VERY IMPORTANT. BUT OVER-LOAD IS OVER-KILL ;)
3. A CLEAN BLOG ALLOWS PEOPLE TO READ WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY WITHOUT DISTRACTIONS ;) SO I AM SIMPLING THINGS UP.
( Being a widget nut myself, this is the hardest one of all ;)
4. COMMENTS ARE TO BE VALUED. IF SOMEONE IS TAKING THE TIME TO LEAVE A COMMENT, THEN IT IS ONLY A COURTESY TO SAY THANKS :)
5. HEADER SIZE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE HUGE AND FLASHY, IT TAKES AWAY FROM YOUR POSTS.
6. ORIGINAL CONTENT! ORIGINAL CONTENT! ORIGINAL CONTENT! ~ AND PLEASE DON'T USE OTHER BLOGGER'S STUFF WITHOUT PERMISSION.
( When I was a newbie, I didn't know this one :)
7. SPELL-CHECK YOUR COMMENTARY, AND TRY TO STAY ON TOPIC. ( This is a toughie ;)
I do tend to ramble on .........
SO, WITH THAT, I WILL BID MY FAREWELLS FOR TODAY ..............
I HAVE DECIDED TO STOP FEARING CHANGE. IT'S WHAT KEEPS ME ON MY TOES AND ADDS THE ZEST I DESIRE FROM THIS LITTLE OLD BLOG :)
There's nothing I can't un-do or change back ...........
(THESE ARE ONLY SUGGESTIONS AND WHAT I AM UP TO, SO PLEASE TAKE WHAT YOU NEED AND LEAVE THE REST !)
THERE'S MUCH MORE, BUT I AM SPENT, AND I BET YOU ARE TOO :)