Maxi Skirts 2 (With a Topper)

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 Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Maxi Skirts for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: With a Topper

Quote of the day: “Make sure that what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.” @LifeHacks on Twitter

I started this series about maxi skirts, showing us all wearing them with the ubiquitous tee here. But I wanted to prove how versatile these items can really be in your wardrobe. Thus I had us all add some sort of topper over our shirts. I figured this was more than realistic, since I take a jacket or some kind of covering every place I go in the summer. My joke is that I need the extra layer for the inside not the outside due to the air conditioning. I even tried to figure out different types of toppers for the three of us. I got a cardigan, Nancy wore her denim vest and mom put on her thing—it’s a wrap or kimono?

I planned this post to go out after my article was published on Margaret Manning’s Sixty + Me website! My personality is such that I analyze most everything by their pros and cons. And that’s what I did in that article. I’d love it if you check it out and let me know any ideas that I missed.

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Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I have no idea why the bottom portion of these full length pictures came out looking foggy. It was just the ones by this fence, and my husband said he didn’t adjust the settings of the camera at all. Anyone have any ideas?

I found this maxi skirt at Goodwill. I’d never heard of the brand so I googled it and found it’s sold at Saks, and Bloomingdales. Of course I was drawn to it because it’s so colorful and who cares that the stripes are going horizontally across my body?

Skirt:Design History-thrifted (similar here sorta in the same color scheme or here with smaller stripes)~~Cardigan: Ann Taylor (similar here)~~Top: Sweaterworks (similar here in a swing silhouette)~~Shoes: Stuart Weizman-thrifted (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here somewhat with different colors & shapes)~~Earrings: (similar here)

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Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy’s sweater is a very lightweight, cropped style one that we picked up at H&M not so long ago. We figured for $5, that she’d get her money’s worth out of it, even if it falls apart in the wash! When you’re short, you can wear a crop top and still not show any midriff!

Her denim vest gets a lot of usage! Since the skirt is long, I thought a longer topper would be a good addition! And we left out a necklace since there was so much print in the sweater…but we did add a fabric flower! The flower was part of another shirt in Nancy’s closet, but I think it’s great on other items too!

Skirt: Old Navy (here)~~Vest: Chicos (similar here)~~Top: H&M (similar here definitely more of an investment)~~Shoes: Lifestride (similar here)~~Pin: (similar here it’s a Chanel version)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here more mosiacsish, but really pretty for a good price)

Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: My mom wore this lilac wrap in another post this spring seen here with her silver shoes. I had one readers ask to see how else it could be styled. For this example we shortened the sleeves by tucking them up and tied it in the front. Another fun option with this same garment, could be styled as a normal scarf since it’s quite lightweight. Or like in the similar here option below—you could wear it as a wrap. Just because it has openings for your arms, doesn’t mean you have to use them, right?

We didn’t even have mom wear a necklace in this outfit. She got some longer earrings and a bracelet, but no necklace—is that how you’d style this?

Skirt: Old Navy (here)~~Wrap: (similar here)~~Top: Ralph Lauren (similar here)~~Shoes: Aerosoles (similar here same brand, a little different version)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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Here are some maxi dresses if you like the one & done idea!!


Maxi Skirt 1 (With a Tee)

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Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Maxi Skirts for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: With a Tee

Quote of the day: “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” Emily Skye

We all know what a maxi skirt is about. If you’re in this second half of your life, then you probably already had one or two in your closet long ago. And if you are one of those that think you can’t wear it the second time the trend comes around, I’d like to challenge that thought. I was lucky enough to be able to contribute to Margaret Manning’s Sixty + Me website regarding this subject of the maxis. And you may call me crazy, but I can’t think of an item that works more perfectly for any age group.

As for how to style them—they are really like a pair of jeans—-you can wear pretty much anything with them. The three of us all have a knit maxi skirt on in these posts, but, of course, there are many other materials available. I started the series by adding a t-shirt to the mix. I figure every person reading this has one of those in their closets, right? And just for the record, Nancy & Charlotte are wearing the same maxi in these posts—if they look different, it’s only because of the lighting.

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Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: For some reason I have quite a soft spot in my heart for supporting a good cause. I know I didn’t really need another t-shirt but Wendy’s Lookbook was having this campaign to help support her foundation (see the post here). So, as they say, I got the shirt! I figured a white tee is essential every couple of years since my old ones tend to get dingy in areas! This shirt is not available now, and maybe that’s why I wanted it also—I love an item that not everyone else has!

I tucked the shirt into the skirt for this post since the waistband almost acts as a belt. I didn’t show any of us with our t-shirt tied in a knot to the side—that might have been cute?

Skirt: Design History-thrifted (similar here sorta in the same color scheme or here with smaller stripes)~~Tee: Wendy’s Lookbook Foundation (similar here)~~Shoes: Banana Republic (similar here in light blue)~~Necklace: Billpoliseo.com (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I wanted to try to add some variety into this grey maxi skirt that both Nancy & Charlotte are wearing, so I had Nancy slide it around so the slit is in the front. Some of you may feel like the slit is too high to wear it this way (or even too high period), and if that’s the case, you could easily add a couple of stitches across the seams to keep it from opening so much.

This will be the last time you see these shoes on Nancy—they just were not comfortable for her. Thus, I gave them a new home in my closet, so you just might see them on my feet soon!

Skirt: Old Navy (here)~~Top: Avatar (similar here with ruching at the waist only, here with an interesting drape and here-expensive but so lovely)~~Shoes: Kelly & Katie (similar here in an espadrille)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: Mauzies (similar here)

Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's. Maxi Skirts for Women in their 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Since we went with a relatively simplistic outfit for mom, we created some interest with her accessories & shoes. The necklace is a girl holding a shopping bag (very apropos for my mother), the earrings are owls (one of many pairs she owns) and the shoes are quite colorful.

In case you are wondering, mom & Nancy are not the same height at all. Mom is 4 inches taller than Nancy, yet you can see that the skirt is basically the same length for both of them. Nancy ended up rolling the waistband over itself once to make it perfect for her height, and mom left it as it was manufactured.

Skirt: Old Navy (here)~~Tee: Croft & Barrow (similar here with a pocket)~~Shoes: (similar here very colorful or here with decorations)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

It’s always a great day, when I read your comments and hear your stories! 

The link up parties I participate in can be found here!

Check out the maxi skirts below—save or splurge, there is something for everyone! (I have the Loft print in shorts—it’s such a pretty color combination!)


A Comparison of Foundations

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Comparisons of Foundations

I am a makeup girl truth be told. Does this mean I don’t love myself without makeup? Definitely not. But I truly feel more put together with the addition of a couple makeup products. To me it’s not much different than going out in public naked (okay, it’s a little different, but I’m trying to make a point). My point being, I love my body–faults & all, but I prefer to be seen with it covered. Just as I prefer to wear makeup most days. Foundation is definitely an item that can really make or break someone’s look. If the foundation doesn’t blend in well, is flaky or just the wrong color, then a person’s face can appear unnatural.

Thus when Raul E. New York approached me to sample some of their mineral based makeup, I thought it’d be a good chance to do a comparison of foundations. I’d tried a mineral powder foundation in the past, but really did not like the results on my skin. However Raul’s foundation is a liquid. Since I’m very familiar with liquid foundations and use the same products in other brands, I thought this would be appropos. There’s also a special offer below if you’re interested.

Mineral Makeup

Have you read about mineral makeup before? There’s a great article by SheKnows that I’ll link to here regarding the benefits of mineral makeup. Sure, the post is from 2008, but I figure the information is still the same. I also found a great pros and cons article on mineral makeup from WebMD here. Basically mineral makeup is meant to be more natural with less additives, thus better for our skin. Truth be told though, the Raul E. New York foundation does have other ingredients in it to make it liquid and to include sunscreen.

Onto the Comparison

I thought it only fair to compare this foundation to similarly priced non mineral foundations. Luckily I had 2 already in my possession. These are the ones I have used regularly along with a drugstore brand that gets some usage too (I didn’t include that one in this testing). Being the biology based person that I am, I decided to wear the Raul E. New York foundation on the left half of my face and the other ones on the right half of my face on different days. Some other data is I always use a foundation brush, I took the pictures in the same mirror and tried to do it about the same time of day (about half way through). I also tried to go light on other makeup and I purposely left off the lipstick. Here’s the results:

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In both pictures above, I have the Raul E. New York foundation (Porcelain) on the left half of my face and the Lancome (Porcelain 40C) foundation on the right half.

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In the pictures above, I have the Raul E. New York Foundation (Porcelain) on the left side of my face and the Laura Mercier (Porcelain) foundation on the right side.

Conclusions:

Let’s talk about the pictures. Obviously I couldn’t get the lighting exactly the same in all the pictures (although I tried very hard). If the coloring looks different, it’s not the foundations, it’s the camera, lighting and my inability to even things out perfectly. But what (I hope) you can see from these pictures, is the fact that you don’t see a difference from one side of my face to the other. Both foundations that I wore these days blended in nicely and didn’t flake or look splotchy. In fact at the end of the day, I would ask my husband which side looked better, and it was basically a tie. There really was no difference between these 3 foundations.

Let me also address the subject of the foundation primer. I only have one in my possession right now and it is Laura Mercier primer. After my post about comparing makeup for the face (here), I really don’t use it on a regular basis. Maybe it’s just my skin, or how I perceive it, but I have a hard time telling a difference when I use it or not. But I wanted to see if the Raul E. New York foundation would wear any different with or without my primer.

The last information I should include, in case you’re interested, is the shades or colors of these foundations. My complexion is quite fair (I know these pictures somehow make me look tan, but I’m not and I don’t use a tanner at all). In fact, my skin is fairly see through (my step dad used to call me “road map” because you could see my veins so easily). And the funny thing is that for all three brands, the same name pops up—porcelain.

Of course, since everyone’s skin is distinct, and your environment can make a difference, I’m not here to say one foundation is better than another. But if you’re looking for an alternative to what you are using now, I might suggest giving Raul E. New York makeup a try. Naturally the company has even extended an offer to my readers: a free gift of a Raul E New York Mineral Matte Shadow (any color choice while supplies last) with the purchase of the mineral liquid foundation. Use code:  ThanksJodie at checkout (this is a $24 value—now that’s my idea of a nice freebie!!).

This week for our styling project we’ll be showing each of us in a maxi skirt!!


Jumpsuits 3 (Smart)

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Jumpsuits for the 50's, 60's, & 70's.

Jumpsuits for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: The Smart Version

Quote of the day: “A charming woman doesn’t follow the crowd.  She is herself ”  Loretta Young

I may have expounded on what I considered about the pros & cons regarding these jumpsuits in the last two posts (the casual view here and the dressy view here). But the very best feature about the jumpsuit is the characteristic that it’s one and done like a dress. Now I may have put a jacket over them in this post, but the nice thing is you don’t have to worry if your top portion matches the bottom portion of your outfit! It’s easy that way!

The disadvantage that I’ve always heard about the item, is the work it takes to pull it all down for a trip to the bathroom. And I can certainly see the point. But the reality of that statement is it truly depends on the fit & style of the jumpsuit you’re wearing. So if you’re looking for an easy to style item like a dress, yet don’t want to expose your legs, the jumpsuit could be a fabulous alternative. Like I’ve learned—never say never!

This time the three of us tried for a more business oriented look with our jumpsuits. To me, what this means is adding a jacket or sweater over top!

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Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: You can tell I am my mother’s child with the matchingness of this blazer to the jumpsuit. Maybe it’s too much? I think my grey blazer would have been nice too! It might have toned down the brightness somewhat. Or maybe even navy?

The necklace pendant is reversible (the other side is a teal blue with a blue center as seen here) and was made by a friend’s husband. Although he doesn’t have anything just like it right now available, he does make beautiful jewelry and and sculptures. If you’re interested, his website can be linked here.

Jumpsuit: G by Giuliana–Thred Up (similar here in B&W)~~Blazer: H&M (similar here slightly longer version or here in a shorter version)~~Shoes: Newport News(similar here)~~NecklaceBill Poliseo (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

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Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: This black & white jacket is such a perfect accompaniment to this jumpsuit. I left the jacket open for the pictures, but it’s just a nice when it’s clasped shut.

The earrings and necklace are a matching set. It’s definitely easier when you have a set, but it’s also fun to break them up and wear them with other pieces! Since we were going for a more serious vibe in this post…I figured matching was fine!!

Jumpsuit: WHBM (similar here in burgundy but only a couple sizes left or here in black)~~Blazer: Chicos (similar here in an ikat print or here in polka dots or here in stripes)~~Shoes: Alex Marie (similar here as a wedge)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: I think it’s interesting how putting a jacket over the ruffles of the sleeves makes it seem less feminine. This jacket is shorter and a linen blend so I thought it’d be perfect for the summer months. We all know that the A/C in most buildings require some kind of coverage!

Mom had this belt picked out almost as soon as I had given her the jumpsuit! It looks like a scarf, but it’s actually made to be a belt since it’s been threaded through gold rings in the back portion! I like how it adds a nice bit of color to the overall outfit!

Jumpsuit: Eloquii-Thred Up (similar here in blue)~~Jacket: (similar here a moto version, but great deal)~~Shoes: Hush Puppies (similar here with a buckle)~~Belt: (similar here not exactly but floral)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

I really am so glad you stopped by—please take a moment and say hello in the comments—I cherish each & every one of them!

Jodie’s photography by Kari Strand Photography

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Here’s some fun print jumpsuits under $100. I know many women steer away from prints, but visually they can be very stunning. What do you think?