Fall 2022 Closet Outfit Planner

Fall is my favorite season for fashion! I love the colors, boots, cozy fashion and the list goes on and on. Don’t even get me started on fall decorating. Well, I will be sharing that soon, so be prepared. A girl just has to share don’t you think? Okay, back to the main point of this post….The Fall Closet Outfit Planner!

The Closet Outfit Planner is a PDF download that helps you build a capsule wardrobe with only 27 pieces. You will be given the keys to have 150 different outfits with those 27 pieces. If that isn’t enough, there are links to the actual articles that are shown in case you don’t have that item or a similar item already in your closet. Also, included in the planner is a section on body shape and how to dress for your particular body shape.

I’ve purchased mine for the past couple of years and it’s always so much fun to see the colors chosen for my color code and the items that are on trend for this season. I love putting outfits together and I’ll admit that a capsule wardrobe is a challenge for me, but, I always get my planner and see what I have in my closet that I hadn’t thought to put together and make a whole new outfit.

Here is your link for the new Fall 2022 Closet Outfit Planner. Feel free to browse around and read more about it on the link I just shared. If you decide to purchase, it is $37.00.

If you are not sure of your personal color code, I will share the link to take the free color analysis quiz to help you out. If you have any problems, let me know and I can help you. Free Color Analysis Quiz.

Trusting you are having a fabulous beginning of the fall season. I’m really rushing it, aren’t I?

Until next time,

A Peek In My Closet

This past weekend I took on a project to clean out, declutter and organize my closet. I also did the same in our bedroom, bathroom and my office which is connected to our bedroom. I either donated, found a new place or stored the unwanted items. It feels so good to get that done. I always envision our house lifting up a bit from the weight being taken out. I know, silly, but, it helps.

I had a couple of people say that I should blog about my closet. I thought, that would be crazy, who wants to see that and it’s not that amazing. I have collected photos of closets that look like boutiques with the glass cabinets for clothes and all the pull out drawers for jewelry and sunglasses, etc. Oh, also a large round bench in the middle with a chandelier over it. I love looking at closet designs and dreaming, but, you got to go with what you got, right?

Now remember, I love everything! If it’s shiny and glittery, I love it! If it’s feminine and modest, I love it! I am trying to be much more intentional on my purchases as I love to shop. I have a different closet where I keep my off season clothing and I also have a space where I’m hanging on to some things that I can’t let go of as I’m hoping to fit into them soon! I have a time limit and if I don’t, they have to go as I don’t have much room to hang on to too much. Yes, the struggle is real. I know the saying that if you can’t wear it now, get rid of it. I have gotten rid of plenty, but, there are a few things, that I just love and they keep me motivated to keep working on my plan. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I’ve had fun decorating my closet with books on fashion and beauty, jewelry, bags and wall art. I enjoy going in my closet as it is peaceful to me and I like seeing the things that make me smile. We painted the walls a hunter green color. I love all shades of green. We hung a chandelier in the center of the ceiling and replaced the long fluorescent lights with little crystal chandeliers.

This is a picture before I cleaned out and organized. It shows the lighting better and how I have containers on top shelves for out of season bags and shoes. I also have little cloth organizers for specialty things like small purses, wallets, etc.
Brighton Jewelry used to have a line called My Flat In London. I loved their bags and jewelry. I couldn’t resist collecting their bags. I’m sad that My Flat In London is no longer available. Trust me, it was all so cute and fun!

I made my own jewelry box out of one of the cabinets in my closet. That third drawer down is the only drawer that hasn’t been organized and cleaned out. Maybe I’ll get to it today.
I had this piece of art that has glittery lip sticks on it and it was the perfect size to cover up a little window above the shelf. So, I had to decorate the shelf, right? Yes, I love watches! These are some that I have that I don’t wear often. I have a feather duster that I dust things in my closet on a regular basis! Yes, I dust jewelry.
I love this picture of our granddaughter when she was very young. It makes me smile!
Turquoise! Can you have enough?
Who doesn’t love pearls?
This shelf is at front of closet and my vanity is right on other side, so I store hair products so they are easy to reach. I’m in the process of using up what I have. Yes, my hobby is trying out hair products. We must have a discussion soon on hair.

I saw this piggy bank and had to have it. On the side it has crystal Chanel logo. I actually fill it with coins. I may need to go shopping with it all someday.

Isn’t this the cutest bag? I had to share!

One of my favorite verses.

So there you go, my closet! Out of all the fun and all the fashion and bling; none of it matters if you don’t portray a heart filled with the love of Christ. We are representatives of the One who created us, loves us and He is our only hope. I’m thankful that as a young teen I put my faith in Jesus and He gave me a new life. When we get dressed each day, putting on the full armor of God and heading out to be a light in the world is the most important of all. I think my armor has a little bling on it by the way. You may not like bling at all and that is fine. We are all different. The one thing we all have in common is that we are all in need of a Savior. I so hope you have had a life change from the King of Kings. If you have any questions about who Jesus is and wondering what I’m talking about, click here.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.  For our struggle is not against ]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having belted your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,  and having strapped on your feet the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:10-17

Until next time,

Fashion Friday – Spring 2022 Closet Outfit Planner

Good news! The Spring 2022 Closet Outfit Planner is ready! Click here to read more about it. I have been getting one for each season and it’s always so helpful in putting outfits together for the new season. There are even links if you see something you would like to purchase, such as that perfect top that would go with the jacket you’ve struggled with finding. If you are like me, you have many items and you can use this as a guide to put your outfits together for something fresh and new.

With this planner you will receive a bonus guide on body shapes. You will be able to determine what your body shape is and from there you will find out a way to dress that will help conceal areas that need concealing. It’s called the bOd-X Shape System that Shari Braendel created many years ago that has been a huge success in dressing for the various body shapes. No longer trying to figure out if you are an apple or pear, this system is easy and practical.

If you decide you want to purchase the planner at $37.00, you will be asked which color code you need. Do you know your Color Code? There are five color codes and you are one of them; Soft, Warm, Clear, Light or Deep. You can take a quick little quiz to find out. You can click here for a free quiz to find out your Color Code. When you choose the planner for your Color Code, you will see all the new colors that are out for this season that will look perfect on you.

I have my planner and I’m working on my Spring Closet now. It will be a fun challenge to put some outfits together that I probably wouldn’t have thought of before. I’m a Soft Color Code and I love the colors for this season. When I am finished doing my closet inventory and setting up for Spring, I will share my closet completion.

By the way; what do you think of Pantone’s Color of the Year? Very Peri is a gorgeous purple and all Color Codes can wear various shades of this beautiful color.

Have a Fabulous Fashion Friday!

Fashion Friday – Spring 2022 Trends

It’s always so much fun to see what the new trends are each season. I admit, some trends are pretty way out there and I wouldn’t touch some of them. I always get excited when a trend is something that I love, or better yet, something that has come back into style that I’ve hung on to in my closet simply because I loved it so much. As they say, fashion comes and goes and things will always come back into style eventually.

Some people don’t pay any attention to trends and what is popular at the moment, they just wear what they love even if it isn’t in style. Which is fine, but, if you are like me, you may choose one or two things that are on trend for the season. I probably wouldn’t design my entire wardrobe on just trends. Number one it would be expensive to change your closet out each season with only new items. Number two, I think it’s important to have classic pieces in your closet that never go out of style. What fun to combine classic with a new fashion trend every once in a while.

We all have to get dressed each day, so we might as well make it fun!

Have you settled on your fashion style yet? If you are still struggling a bit, click here for an article I wrote on your fashion style. That is always a good beginning in deciding what trend you will decide on to add in for the season.

The second step would be your best color for your skin tone and hair color. Certain colors will look beautiful on you and some colors will look so so. We might as well wear a color that makes us look and feel beautiful, right?

Do you not know your color code yet? Click here and take a short quiz to find out.

The idea is to have your closet designed just for you. The correct style, the correct colors and of course the things that you love. Life is busy and we have things to do and accomplish each day, so when you step into your closet to get ready for the day, you don’t have to stand there trying to figure it out. It’s a good thing to just walk in with outfits put together and just get dressed and begin your day with confidence.

Well, let’s take a look at some of the Spring 2022 Fashion Trends:

Top 10 Style Trends:

Maxi Dresses, Crafty Denim, Y2K Nostalgia, Denim Skirts, Dark Wash Denim, Distressed Hemlines, Maxi Pleated Skirts, Statement Suits, Smart Shorts, Catsuits/Jumpsuits.

Top 10 Pattern Trends:

Gingham, Tie Dye, Animal Obsession, Checkered/Plaid, Polka Dots, Kitchen 80’s Floral, Screen Prints, Fruit Stripes, Water Color, Abstract Design.

Top 10 Jewelry Trends:

Pearls, Headbands, Chandelier Earrings, Chain Belts, Chain Link Everything, Chunky Chokers, Candy Colored Baubles, Bicep Bracelets, Silver/Chrome Jewelry, “Go Big or Go Home!”

Top 5 Bag and Shoe Trends:

Bucket Bag, Embellished Bags, Loafers, Platform Heels, Mary Jane’s

The Color of the year is called: Veri Peri, so you might want to add some purple in your wardrobe.

Did you see anything you are interested in trying for Spring? I might try a couple. I like the dark denim trend in jeans. I’ve always loved Mary Jane type shoes and embellished bags. Oh, and polka dots, always polka dots on anything for me. I went out shopping a few days ago and where I live, I’m lucky to see anything that is on trend in the stores so it’s probably a good thing that being on trend in everything I wear isn’t that important to me. If it’s something I really love, I will search for it online or if I see it in a local store, I get very excited and go for it if it isn’t over the top expensive.

Hope you enjoyed being updated on a few of the trends for this coming season. I can only imagine my friends who don’t care about fashion at all, you are yawning big time about right now….and that is okay. I do know that deep down we all want to feel good in how we present ourselves to our family, friends and the world when we go out. Our goal is to be a light to the world. We all have something to say and we want to be heard. Our presentation of ourselves is the first thing people hear and we have only a few seconds to be sized up for some to decide if they want to hear what we have to say. We know that God looks on our hearts and man looks on the outward appearance. You have much to offer the world, we need your voice.. so speak loudly or softly to offer hope to this world we are in.

I’ll share one little story about trends. Many years ago, denim skirts were the rage. I found the perfect denim skirt at a store called Stein Mart. I loved the style, the length, the color and if that isn’t it enough, it had a bling button at the waist. I was also at a good weight and it fit really well. I have hung on to that skirt always thinking it may come back in style and most importantly I was determined to fit it in again! About two months ago while cleaning out my closet, I came across the skirt. I thought, “Okay, Beverly, it’s time to get real with yourself, you aren’t going to fit into this skirt anytime soon and it’s been out of style forever!” I gave it away. Guess what’s in style? Yes, denim skirts! I also think just a few more pounds gone, I could have worn it for the Spring. Oh well, it’s gone and time to move on. To be honest, I’m glad I let it go, but, it’s just a reminder about fashion styles and trends. They come and go. So, don’t take it so serious…..learn what style is best for you, have fun and be confident in who you are!

Have a fun fashionable day!

Until next time,

A Great Tool For Organizing Your Fashions

I have purchased the Closet Outfit Planner from Fashion Meets Faith since it was first designed as a new tool for women to have help in choosing their clothing for each new season. If you are familiar with the 27 Hangers program, this works perfectly with it. Imagine going into your closet each morning and you have 27 items that all coordinate together and you are able to make 30 plus outfits from those 27 pieces. Even more amazing is having all these pieces in your color code. My favorite part of the Closet Outfit Planner are the links with each item of clothing in order to purchase that item if needed. Otherwise, you can add your own pieces that are very similar to the recommended pieces.

An exciting announcement was made that for the first time we can now purchase a subscription to the Closet Outfit Planner. Which will be a bit of a discount if you purchased it separately. I’m excited to try it for the year and see how it goes. There are some extras that will be included with the subscription as well as receiving it 5 days earlier than those that purchase separately.

Here is the important part about this. The subscription offer ends on Friday. Yes, this Friday. Yes, Beverly is late posting this info! So, if you are interested, hurry over to the link I will provide at the end of this post.

Don’t worry if you can’t or don’t want to make that decision so fast. The Spring Closet Outfit Planner will be ready to purchase very soon.

Do you know your color code? I know I’ve talked about it many times, but, just in case you missed it. Here is a link to go to that you just answer a few easy questions and it will let you know what your color code is. Your color code is very important in the way of the colors that you wear that enhance your beautiful coloring.

Okay, here are some links for you to get going on choosing the perfect Closet Outfit Planner just for you. This is for the subscription plan. I will write a post when the single Spring Planner is ready very soon.

  1. Click here to determine what your Color Code is. If you already know your Color Code, YAY!
  2. Click here to purchase your subscription to the Closet Outfit Planner! I’m so excited for you! You will find more info on this page if you want to read more about it. Lot’s of fun info.
  3. Do you want to learn more about the 27 Hanger Program? Click here.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at beverly@beverlydillow.com or leave a comment at the end of this post.

Fashion should be fun regardless of style, color, body shape or budget! Let’s have some fun, shall we?

Until next time,

Fall 2021 Beauty Series – Skin Care

When I was a young teen I washed my face with Camay soap. I don’t even remember putting a moisturizer on. I probably used hand lotion, I just don’t know. I do know that I loved Camay soap mostly because it had a cameo on it. I’ve loved cameos since I was a young girl. Show me a cameo and I want it! (I even wore White Shoulders Perfume simply because of the cameo on the bottle.) When I was about 15, my forehead broke out in little bumps. I was horrified. My mom took me to a Merle Norman boutique. We couldn’t afford much in those days and my mom splurged greatly and bought me the complete kit of face wash, toner and a moisturizer plus a bottle of pink stuff that was a mask to use once or twice a week. When I used the mask, I would hide in my room as it dried my face up like a hard shell. I always thought it looked like I had a severe burn accident on my face. When I would wash it off, my face would be red for hours. She also got me the make up. I used Merle Norman for many years. When it became too expensive while my husband was in seminary and those crazy years of zero money, I would use my favorite…Camay soap, Noxema (loved that smell) and Sea Breeze which would sting horribly. Then I would use Cover Girl make up. Aww…those were the days.

Many years later, someone invited me to a Mary Kay presentation. I loved the products and bought it all! I even signed up to sell it. I really did love the products. I was a Mary Kay consultant for 4 years and one day I just decided it wasn’t for me to selll. I’m still a consultant, but I just buy it for myself, family and friends.

I’m thinking about 5 years or so ago, I became bored with with the Mary Kay products. I love trying new things and I was always attracted to the pretty bottles and colors of other products when I was out shopping. I played around with Estee Lauder and Clinique. I always struggled with finding people that worked the counter that knew what they were talking about. It seemed they could care less what you bought and what was right for my skin. I kept trying other products though. I also tried Bobby Brown, IT and Elemis. I also have tried Rodan and Fields, which I love. Right now I am using Rodan and Fields lash booster. It really works, by the way. I am now back to using Mary Kay and I have my eye on another brand when I go through this last set.

I have another skin care set that I want to share with you. As you might have read that I love Southern Lady magazine and I have been to several of the conferences. There is a company that advertises in this magazine and at the conference this company always has a booth. I’ve been attracted to it for the way it looks and the story behind it and of course….it’s a southern company. Last year they sent me a sample set to try. I loved it. The only thing is while I was trying it out, was about the same time I went through a hard time with my health. So after I used it a few times, I set it all to the side and I just recently tried the rest of it. Click here to go to the Sapelo Skin Care site. I just love the packaging…that’s what always attracts me first to anything. The ingredients are natural and if your skin will look like the two ladies who created it….well…..it’s hard to not want to buy it all! Be sure to visit their blog as well.

I would love to hear what skin care is your favorite and if you are satisfied or looking for something new.

Now that we are in a new season and the weather is changing, this is a perfect time to make some adjustments in your skin care. If you are like me and you get bored easily, it’s a great time to try something new. I have dry skin and it gets even drier in the cooler months. I’m always looking for a moisturizer that is very moisturizing but not greasy feeling. If you use products from the department store, this is a fun time as most are offering special gifts with purchase. That is always fun. I have to be careful as I’m attracted to the beautiful colors and the special cases they offer. I’m a perfect candidate for marketing. Oh…..put a cameo on it and I’m SOLD! Or a PEARL….double SOLD.

A few years ago, a make up brand actually did their compacts of eye color and blush in sparkly cases with cameos on them. YES….I still have them…I bought several….I couldn’t stop myself!

This isn’t my actual case, I found this on Pinterest so you could get an idea of how mine looks. I have a black and a white one of two different sizes/products.

Okay, back to our topic of skin care.

Now is a good time to set your sites on the skin care you want to use through out this season. Keep everything you use in one place. Some like to set it out, especially if it’s in pretty bottles on a pretty tray. I tried that for a while, but, I like a clear counter by my sink so I now keep it all in it’s own drawer in trays.

Go through all of your products you don’t and won’t use….time to say goodbye. I know…it’s hard!

Remember how we talked about doing research? Do a study on your skin type and the products that work best for you.

There are so many books and videos on make-up applications to try. If you know someone who does their make- up really well, ask them for advice. Be sure to keep your make up brushes clean. I clean mine once a week. Let’s don’t talk about all the cute make up brushes…yes…I just bought one that has glitter in the handle….yes I did!

If you have a young daughter, be sure to teach her early the importance of taking care of her skin. Make sure she is using products designed for her skin type. Teach her proper make up application. Never ever go to bed without washing face first. That’s a bad habit to get into. Yes…I did that as a teen sometimes when I was too lazy to wash my face at night…I remember mascara on my pillow….bad girl!!!

Once you find your skin care line and make up choices, be satisfied and content. I don’t think we should worry and always think we aren’t good enough. Just have fun with it.

I really feel sorry for young girls, okay, even us older ones in how we see models in ads, social media and on t.v. who are not really real. They are airbrushed…use filters and other things to look flawless. We can easily begin comparing ourselves when our skin doesn’t look smooth as silk with a beautiful glow and our lashes aren’t reaching up to our eyebrows while our lips are puffed up with the perfect shade of shiny color. The sooner we can learn to be content in who we really are, the better and easier life will be. Of course, isn’t it fun to try new things….who doesn’t want long lashes, smooth skin and puffy lips? We just have to keep our head on straight and protect our young girls from the comparison issue. How can we teach them that when we are comparing ourselves with filtered models? I know it’s a struggle!

Last but not least………You be you, everyone else is taken! Don’t take it all so serious, enjoy the process of taking care of you and finding just the right products that you love!

Previous Posts in this Fall Beauty Series:

#1 – Nail Care

#2 – Hair Care

Until next time…

Fall 2021 Beauty Series – Hair

Our hair is one of the first things people notice. If you are like me, if your hair is not cooperating for the day, you will just feel off. Maybe that’s just a me thing.

My hair is very thick, course and dry. So, I tend to like wearing it on the shorter side and I moisturize it constantly. I so admire people who wake up in the morning and just brush their hair and then style it for the day…..mine, not so much! I’m thinking because my hair is so thick and course, after I sleep on it it looks like I was in a tornado. I’m serious….ask Jim. Many times he laughs when I talking about my plans for the day and he’s looking at my hair in amazement. There is just no helping it. That is why I wash it each morning, so I can start fresh. I’ve learned to be fast in drying and fixing my hair for the day. If I’m too fast, it shows as my hair is just not cooperating for the day.

When I go to the salon I am always wanting to try a new hairstyle. Since my hair grows fast, my style will be outgrown in a couple of weeks. I always say by the time I get the hang of my style, it’s not working any more because it has already grown out. Yes, the struggle is real. But…..I’m not complaining….I’m thankful for my hair.

Are you thankful for your hair? Regardless the color, if it’s thin or thick, dry or oily, long or short; it’s important to love your hair. That doesn’t mean you can’t try new styles or even a new shampoo. Join me in working on not complaining about our hair. By the way, I feel led to share this….if you are going to a stylist and they complain about your hair texture or type….find a new stylist.

I was taught that if you haven’t had a compliment on your hair in a couple of weeks, then it is time to change your style. This could be an issue if you are around people who just don’t ever give compliments or notice anything. But, most women when out and about will notice a great hairstyle and will almost always compliment someones hairstyle. I was in a boutique recently and I walked past a lady that was checking out. She told me she loved my hair. I told her thank you and then she said, “Who is your stylist?” I then told her that I was from out of town and she said, “oh, no!” She was a sweet lady and the funny thing was it was one of those mornings to where I rushed fixing my hair and I didn’t feel up to par. Once she asked me that, I all of the sudden felt different about my hair. Isn’t it crazy how that works? We can really be our own worst enemy sometimes, don’t you think?

Something about this lady who complimented my hair. She was a bit older than me (I think) and her hair didn’t look bad at all. She seemed unhappy with her hair. She may have been having a bad hair day and didn’t feel good about herself. When I left, I was thinking about her and I had wished that I told her that I thought her hair looked great and if she just styled it a bit different, it would look even better. Her hair was flat and if she put some fluff in it and maybe tried some product to separate it, I bet it would have been pretty. I’m not a stylist, I have my own problems and I don’t know if that would go over in telling someone how to fix their hair. All that to say….take a look at your hair, does it just need a little fluff, a little product, using a flat iron or curling iron….just try some things and see how it works out. Speaking of curing irons. I used to always use one and I bought one recently thinking I would try it out again. I never felt so awkward and what a mess I made. It’s funny how you forget something that you used years ago regularly.

Okay, enough about my hair woes. Let’s talk about some things we can do to stay on top of our game where our hair is concerned.

It’s important to have a stylist you trust and who knows your hair and what you like and don’t like. You might need to make a change in that area if you aren’t happy with the results when you leave the hair salon. When you see someone that has a great style and cut, be sure to ask who they go to and maybe you can give them a try. Try to have a regular schedule of going to your stylist; depending on how fast your hair grows it could be 4-6 weeks between visits.

Fall is a great time to try something different or new. Try stepping out of your box a little bit. Have fun with your hair.

Have you ever done any research on your face shape? If you know your face shape, you can find certain styles that would look best on you. This also goes for the frame style of your eye glasses and even hat styles. Knowing your face shape is important.

Your hair color is a big part of your color code. Have you taken your color analysis yet? This determines the colors that look great on you or age you.

There are so many shampoos, conditioners and treatments available. Take some time to research and find something that works perfectly for your hair. Remember, you are worth the extra effort to find just the right products for you. In order to be confident and comfortable in who you are….you need to know all about you. You deserve the extra effort and time. Make yourself a research project!

This is a good time to go through all of your hair products that just aren’t working and get rid of them. Clutter with all of our hair products can make getting ready a struggle sometimes. Can you tell I’m talking to myself right now? I love trying new things, so I always make sure I don’t hang on to things that just clutter up my space.

Try to make it a habit to fix your hair each morning; even if you aren’t going anywhere for the day. It will make a difference in how you feel about yourself. Plus, you never know when someone will drop by! You can ask me how I know this to be true!

This fall season, make it the one that you revive some things you’ve let go. We’ve all been in a strange time over the past year and a half and it’s time to crawl out and find you again and what makes you smile when you look in the mirror.

“I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

If you are on Pinterest; make a board of hairstyles that you would love to try someday. Click here for my hairstyle board for some inspiration.

If you missed previous posts in this series, here are the links.

#1 – Nail Care

Until next time,

Fall 2021 Beauty Series – Nails

Happy Fall! What a beautiful time of year; the changing of the weather, leaves on the trees, pumpkins, cozy blankets, delicious soups, yummy spice candles and…the list could go on and on. I just love it all, don’t you? What’s your favorite thing about fall?

As I was contemplating my new series on Beauty and Fashion, I thought I would just write each day this week on a different topic that hopefully will be of interest to you. To me, fall is like a fresh start. Really each new season is….it’s a good time to make some changes in our wardrobe, our style, freshen up our makeup with a few changes and of course how can we not talk about the beautiful styles and colors for fashion this season. Let’s get started and have some fun.

I’ll be doing the challenges along with you each day as well. I’m always looking for new ideas and trying new things. I never want to stop learning and improving in areas that need improving…….or just something fresh….I love change, can you tell?

How are your nails looking?

A few years ago, I had acrylic nails. I always loved how they looked with such beautiful colors and it would last forever. I wore them medium length. Long enough to still be able to do things around the house and work on my computer. I wore rubber gloves when I cleaned and washed dishes. Which, rubber gloves are always a good idea when cleaning and washing dishes. After a few years, I decided to give them up. I didn’t enjoy the process, I only loved the outcome. Sitting there for an hour or so and having that drill on my nails made a nervous wreck out of me. Not to mention the expense. What a nightmare my real nails were after taking them off. It took a good while to get my nails healthy again. I recently tried the dip on my nails, but, I had grown used to not having to sit for so long having nails done, I just didn’t think I could go back to that. Even the scheduling time at the salon when you are going out of town, etc. was more than I wanted to do. I confirmed it just wasn’t for me anymore.

If you love having your nails done, I am so happy for you. I think they are just beautiful.

After I got my nails back in shape; it took some getting used to being careful in not breaking a nail. My nails aren’t weak and they aren’t super strong. So needless to say, to have them all one length is a miracle. About the time they are all the same length I will break one and I am one of those that has to have all my nails the same length. It’s a never ending process. I keep files around the house everywhere, so when the break happens, I can fix it immediately.

I also keep polish on my nails. I love color and I think it looks so much more put together to have color on my nails.

Fall is a great time to try some darker colors. For me, I don’t like super dark colors on shorter nails, so I go with the lighter shades of a gold, beige or bronze shade of color.

If you know your correct color code for your hair, skin and eye color, you might stay within those shades for your nails. My color code is soft, so I choose softer colors so they go with my clothing colors and skin better. (At the end of this post, I’ll have the link to determine your color code.)

Do you paint your toenails? The fall and winter is a good time to go without polish on our toes in order to let them have a rest and get healthy. But….I don’t like seeing plain toes…I have to have color. I tend to go darker on my toes if I don’t do the same color on my nails.

A good file is important. I like the glass files and an old fashioned emery board works great. Be gentle when filing, you can do some serious damage and lose the shape of your nail. Your toes should be filed straight across and your nails can have an oval or square shape to them. For me, I like the oval.

Since we are talking about our toes, we might as well take care of the bottom of our feet. If you don’t get regular pedicures, you might want to take care of the rough, dry skin on bottom of feet yourself. You will feel much better when your feet are all soft and silky. I put foot cream on my feet every morning after showering. I also have one of those pedi-eggs that takes the dry skin off. Recently, I purchased one of those grate things that the nail salons have, but, I’ve been to scared to use it….it looks pretty dangerous. I guess I could use it to grate cheese because that is exactly what it looks like. It’s been in it’s little bag since the day I got it. Yikes!

“…How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15

Hand cream is so important on your hands. With colder weather coming, it’s very important to lotion your hands on a regular basis. I keep little tubes of lotion around the house and in my purse for a quick treatment. Not to mention with us all washing our hands constantly, they need moisturizing. Hands are one of the first things to show aging, so the younger you are in getting in the habit of applying lotion to your hands the better. Make it a habit for sure.

I discovered a wonderful gel polish a few years ago. Sally Hansen gel polish and top coat is what I’ve been using for a long time now… and it comes in a few shades that I can wear. I also like the polish remover that comes in little packets. They are presoaked in the solution and it just seems easier and much faster than getting it out of the bottle. By the way, this polish will last a week and sometimes longer….depends on how active I am with my hands and if I remember those gloves when I wash dishes. )

As you can see, when it comes to nails, I’m simple, but, I love a beautiful nail color and keeping my nails in shape. I don’t want to spend a lot of time on them and I don’t miss sitting at the salon at all. Every now and then I like to go for a little pampering. I’m always on the lookout for a salon that is clean, peaceful, safe, beautifully decorated and not rushed! Who me? Picky…..yes, I am. I think at 62 I can be picky, right?

I hope you are inspired to take care of your nails and try out a new beautiful fall color. You are worth it! It’s the little things.

I hope you will give yourself a good pedicure and manicure, either yourself or at the salon.

Choose a nice fall color that goes with your color code.

While you are at it, clean out your polish drawer or however you store your things. I have a drawer that is just for polish and all the tools, etc. I love polish, so I have to go through it every now and then and get rid of what I’m not going to use and take inventory of needed items. Anyone want a foot grater? Ouch!!!

Find a foot and hand lotion you love and keep plenty and get in the habit of using them regularly.

Start using gloves to clean and wash dishes with. I know it feels weird at first, but you will get used to it.

If your nails chip… time to fix it asap. This is one I have to work on a lot!

I found this precious poem!

Her Hands

Her hands held me gently from the day I took my first breath. Her hands helped to guide me as I took my first step. Her hands held me close when the tears would start to fall. Her hands were quick to show me that she would take care of it all. Her hands were there to brush my hair, or straighten a wayward bow. Her hands were often there to comfort the hurt that didn’t always show. Her hands helped hold the stars in place, and encourage me to reach. Her hands would clap and cheer and praise when I captured them at length. Her hands would also push me, though not down or in harm’s way. Her hands would punctuate the words, just do what I say. Her hands sometimes had to discipline, to help bend this young tree. Her hands would shape and mold me into all she knew I could be. Her hands are now twisting with age and years of work, Her hand now needs my gentle touch to rub away the hurt. Her hands are more beautiful than anything can be. Her hands are the reason I am me. – Maggie Pittman

This is me as a little one…..thankful for a mom who who used loving hands to raise me up to be who I am today!

May our hands always be loving hands and our feet always going to share the good news.

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Until next time….

Are You Up For A Fashion Challenge?

I’m going to join in on this 3 Day Summer Outfit Challenge and I hope you will too!

Should be lot’s of fun as Shari Braendel of Fashion Meets Faith is always loads of fun wherever and whatever she is doing.

Hot summer months are easy to get in a rut and just wear the easiest thing to put on just to stay cool. Shari will have lot’s of tips of putting some outfits together that may get us out of our box a little bit and try some new ideas in our fashion for the summer.

The challenge is free, so sign up at this link:

https://fashionmeetsfaith.mykajabi.com/a/2147490480/eXtP5Cy3

Did I mention it’s FREE?

I can’t wait to see what we learn over the next three days!

Blessings and stay cool!

Friday Fashion – What’s Your Fashion Style?

We all have certain styles we are attracted to. We also are most comfortable in wearing certain styles. Do you know what your’s is? When you get dressed for the day, do you feel comfortable and feel like “you?”

In my training as a stylist, I use 4 styles to determine someones favorite way to dress for the day. Let’s talk a bit about each one and you see which one most represents you.

  1. Pure Natural – Do you love to shop at stores like J Jill, The GAP, Old navy and similar stores. You probably love organic cotton materials and colors in the whites, beiges and more softer colors. You like simple, no fuss, just nice and clean. You are probably a Beautiful Pure Natural.
  2. Classic Modern – Talbots, Ann Taylor might be your go to store for the latest styles. You like to look sharp and crisp when you walk out the door. You probably like adding a touch of feminine touch with your simple strand of pearls or a little ruffle on your sweater. If this sounds like you, you are a Beautiful Classic Modern.
  3. Creative Original – You love shopping anywhere from a thrift shop, department store, boutique to your own closet. You love putting things together that most people would never think of putting together, but, you can put anything together and you have your own unique style. You, my friend, are a Beautiful Creative Original.
  4. Style Fashionista – When you walk into a room, more than likely you have on the latest fashion and everything goes perfectly together. You love fashion and you always want to know what is the latest trend and you make it work. You can spend lot’s of money or hardly any at all and you will still look like a Beautiful Style Fashionista.

Did any of those sound like you? If so, which one?

It’s possible more than one appeals to you, but, I’m sure one of them is your main style.

For me, someone who loves EVERYTHING…..yes, the struggle is real, I am a Style Fashionista. Since the “shut down” and no where to really go, I have noticed I have been attracted to the styles of the Classic Modern. The feminine simple style of the clothes at Talbots seem to be calling my name lately. When the world opens up again and we get to go out more, I will be able to tell more of what I will be more comfortable in.

Leave a comment and tell me which style you feel that you are and where your favorite place to shop is. If you are still struggling with coming up with your style, send me an email and we can talk about it a bit.

This is a perfect time to determine your style and get your closet ready for the upcoming Spring. Each Friday, I’ll share more fashion tips to help you along the way. Have fun!