Fashion Friday: Just Do It - Always

Indulge me; I'm going to carry the fitness theme into this week's Fashion Friday because I have a few thought's to add to my previous post.

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The outfit here, which would be fine either at the gym or at your house, is really not nearly as important as the idea. These are just basic activewear pieces; yoga pants, biker shorts, sports bra top, zip up hoodie, and athletic shoes. If you're me the only two items to be picky about are the sports bra top and the footwear. Most of you will have no trouble (and some of you no need) finding a well-fitting sports bra. I have yet to find one, and it's not from lack of trying, so I just wear a regular bra and tee. Your athletic shoes should be where you spend your cash. Make sure they fit well and are geared towards the activities for which you are wearing them.

The exercise equipment pictured aren't just props. I use all of these at some point during the week in my workouts. Instead of a bicycle I use a stationary peddler but the workout is comparable. The point I want to make, especially to those of you with physical limitations, is you have to tailor the concept of exercise to your own abilities. Only you know the difference between possibilities and excuses.

Do it today, then do it tomorrow, then the next day. After a month you'll be able to see yourself always doing some form of physical activity.

Spashionistas Wanted

The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!

Fashion Friday: The Play's The Thing

With any luck, sometime this weekend I will be attending a performance of my favorite  Shakespearean play, MacBeth, by the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. Who could resist playing dress up to watch the Scottish power couple's witty repartee?

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Admittedly, this outfit is as over-the-top as Lady MacBeth's soliloquy - very Rachel Zoe meets Ziggy Stardust. I'm not even going to bother posting prices for this outfit. Chances are good you can't afford these labels. But you can afford a good, straight-legged pair of red wool trousers like the ones pictured. Pair it with a black sequined sweater. If you can't find one, sequined tanks are everywhere. Buy a black one and wear it over a black sweater. Just make sure the necklines coordinate with each other. Don't have a white feathered stole handy? Go for a cape or faux fur jacket. A coat would ruin the proportions here so stick with shorter outerwear.

To further gild this lily take note of the strong, graphic bangle. This one is Marc by Marc Jacobs but any chunky, funky bracelet will do. The same goes for the Unsigned bead and rhinestone choker. I chose to stick with red in honor of Mrs Mac, which is why I selected these fabulous Blink Silass ruby ankle boots. They are very similar to my leopard wedge Sugar boots from Shi, and at $70 are the least expensive items in this outfit. Add a little textural interest with a black lace clutch like this one by Dolce & Gabbana. You can ride around in your crimson carriage in royal style!

If you're good next week I may post what I plan to wear, weather permitting, if I go. It won't be this flashy, I promise you it won't be low-key, either!

Spashionistas Wanted

The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!

Fashion Friday: Sugar Coat-ed

Got the winter doldrums? Then cure them with a stroll in the park and a pop of color.

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Winter wardrobes are all too often as dreary as the weather. The antidote is strategic use of color. Unlike last week's Fashion Friday, this week a little color goes a long way.

Start with the basics, black jeggings and a white cowl neck merino wool sweater. Both can be had very affordably from a multitude of places. The black microfleece gloves from dorothyperkins.com are only $5. The boots are Timberland Authentics Teddy fleece  fold-downs. They're warm and easy to walk in and list for $88 on zappos.com. The hobo bag is a black multi diamond stud for $40 from newlook.com.

Now for a little color. Who could resist this Planet Ruby Port pea coat in - what else - purple? It sells for $95 at johnlewis.com. How about a Hollister Co winter scarf in emerald, 2013's color of the year?  It'll set you back $30. Finally, the chevron crew socks from Target are only $8. You're all set to brave the elements in style with your Nova Cruiser Deluxe walker.

Spashionistas Wanted

The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!

Fashion Friday: Christmas Day In The Morning

Early next week many of us will be celebrating Christmas in one form or another. Some of us will stay home to open presents and spend time with our immediate families. Others will invite extended family members over for the day. Some will go to religious services or less casual family functions. No matter how you celebrate I've got a great outfit for you.

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If you're just lazing around the house, maybe cooking Christmas breakfast, you should still look cute. Start with a pair of flannel leggings - these have a Christmas deer pattern. Top them with a "Mistletoe" novelty knit, and pad around in these ivory cable knit slouch booties.

If you're hosting or visiting family try this Blue Canyon Christmas Snow Town Tee over a great pair of jeans with red Bronx brogues. The outfit is comfy enough to play with the kids and cook Christmas dinner without being dowdy.

Finally, if your plans are more upscale Santa has you in mind. How about a McQ Alexander McQueen knit and lace sweater dress and a pair of red Giuseppe Zanotti Crystal-embellished suede ballet flats?

Naturally, before you leave the house you'll need to add a coat to the second and third outfits if weather demands it . In my opinion outfit number one is strictly a stay-at-home ensemble.

However you celebrate, I hope Santa has left you wonderful fashionable goodies underneath your tree!

Spashionistas Wanted

The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!

Fashion Friday: Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping can actually be fun if you do it right, and that starts with wearing the right outfit for the task at hand.

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It's really important to be comfortable if you're shopping for bargains and fighting the crowds, but you don't have to sacrifice style for comfort.

I find wearing layers easier than trying to juggle a bulky coat or jacket along with a bunch of bags. Start with a pair of jeggings, these are Oasis animal print in oxblood. Pair it with a long-sleeved sweater (or lighter weight tee if weather permits) like this white basketweave cowl neck. Add a black sweater with cable knit front,  oversized neck and sleeves, and front buckle detail. If it gets too warm you can always take it off and tuck it into this classic backpack. Finally, I can't get enough of this year's studded trend, and these taupe studded combat boots are perfect for an all day mall stomp.

This outfit is suitable for just about anyone, disabled or not, but I've chosen to highlight a Tru-Motion walking cane as the "disabled accessory" of the week. Now go forth and shop 'til you drop!

Spashionistas Wanted

The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!

Fashion Friday: Dinner Anyone?

Next Thursday the US celebrates Thanksgiving. I used to cook a massive dinner for my husband, his parents, and myself. I always ended up stressed out and exhausted with far too many leftovers after the fact. We do things differently now. Hubby and I actually go out for Thanksgiving and I cook part of a communal meal with his extended family that takes place several weeks later.

I'll talk about the "Thanks-mas" gathering soon. Today I'm going to enjoy a fancy dinner with my husband.

Yup, this outfit is "to-the-nines" - but Thanksgiving only happens once every year. The centerpiece is actually a back portrait collared vintage Scaasi wrap cocktail dress. Wrap it up in a white Biba Marabou feather stole. Carry a black quilted shoulder clutch like this vintage Chanel and strap on the TECO T-Strap shoes with gold leather paillard detailing. The bling's the thing in this outfit of neutrals that makes it pop. The gem cabochon necklace from Talbot's is less than $100. The bracelet by Kenneth Jay Lane is triple that but there are many costume alternatives available. The drop stone earrings are clip ons by Oscar De La Renta - too pricey for me at $263 but reasonable for ODLR's.

It's a special occasion and, for once, you should look richer than the meal you're about to feast upon.

I'm very, very thankful that you're following my blog and I wish you and yours a happy turkey day!

Spashionistas Wanted

The outfits that I put together for Fashion Friday are based on my BODS profile. Sure, some of the items I use are beyond my price range but I’m certain I can find reasonable equivalents within my budget. I would love the opportunity to put some together for you for the next installment of Fashion Friday. If you’re interested email me with your BODS profile and we’ll make it happen!