Plaid Tweed Skirt & Turtleneck for the Office

Good morning sweet reader! It’s a beautiful sunny and warm fall morning here in the northern California mountains and another work week is underway. There’s a lot to be said for a good steady dependable job but the day in and day out routine is definitely more pleasant when you feel cute and put together in what you’re wearing.

This Calvin Klein plaid tweed skirt and super soft turtleneck sweater definitely check all the boxes for me.

Tweed always says professional and chic to me and especially so in this pencil skirt from Calvin Klein. The faux-wrap detail overlaps in the front and it has a metallic toggle to keep it on the contemporary side. There is a matching blazer available if a full suit is more to your liking, and they both come in sizes 0 to 16.

I chose to pair it with this super soft Calvin Klein turtleneck sweater. It’s figure flattering and warm enough for the cooler days ahead.

The length of the skirt is right above the knee which is where I like my skirts to hit. Flattering but still office appropriate.

For accessories I’m wearing a simple Infinity Pendant necklace I found at Kohl’s along with knot stud earrings.

I found these adorable heels at JC Penny’s. They are no longer available but these are really similar. I think they add just the right touch of femininity to a professional look.

Alright, enough soaking up this gorgeous sunshine, it’s time to head inside and get to work. At least I’ll be feeling good and confident and that always make my workday better!

I hope you are feeling good and confident today in what you’re wearing and have a wonderful Tuesday, whatever plans you have!

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Staying Charged Up

Have you ever picked up your cell phone intending to text someone or make a call and all you got was a black screen? Your phone was dead! No calls, texting, checking e-mails, etc. until your phone is connected to a charger.

Sometimes this can happen to us in our spiritual lives. We just feel out of energy, blah, like a blank screen. But we still have responsibilities and people who are depending on us.

I think this is what the Psalmist was feeling in Psalms 42:5 “Why are you in despair my soul? Why have your become disturbed within me?”

The Psalmist is describing his need for his spiritual battery to be charged. Thank goodness he doesn’t leave us there, he gives us the answer in the next verse. “Hope in God for I shall again praise Him, for the help of His presence.”

Just like we have to plug our phone into a power source, we need to plug us into the Lord. He is the ultimate power source and He loves to fill us with His Spirit and empower us so we can do the things we need to do.

If we just sit our dead phone by an electrical outlet nothing will happen. Not until there is a phone charger to connect them and allow the power to flow from the outlet. Prayer is like the cell phone charger. When we think about the goodness of God in our lives and then praise and thank Him for all He’s done for us, it energizes us!

When we just focus on how bad things are or how unfair life is, it will only drain us. Like Prov 17:22 says “But a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

Let’s remember to take time to charge ourselves spiritually just like we do our cell phones so we can be powered up all the time. Hope in the Lord and praise Him and He will fill us with life energy for our journey.

Hope you have a very blessed rest day!

Weekend Adventures

Happy Saturday friends! Soooo ready for the weekend! Today I’m actually going to head to our local pumpkin patch and get a sugar pumpkin to make a pie. I was told by my coworker, they’re smaller than carving pumpkins and firmer, making them better for pies according to her mom who made them all the time when she was growing up. I’ve talked about it for years now but this is the year I’m really going to do it. You can tune in to my story on Instagram and see how it’s goes.

It’s supposed to be in the 60’s and sunny so I’ve decided on this cozy warm cardigan from JC Penny’s. I’ve done a little pattern mixing with this short sleeved split neck top underneath.

I love the cable knit of this cardigan on the front, sleeves and it’s even carried onto the back. It’s a great bargain at the sale price with code GOSTYLE and comes in several different colors and sizes XS to XXL.

This split crew neck top has a really nice silky feel to it. I like the contrasting patterns and textures together. It’s 40% off with the same code GOSTYLE and comes in several different patterns too and sizes XS to XXL.

I’ve chosen comfy black jeans (similar here) and a simple pair of black bow ballet flats to complete my look. Both seemed good choices to trudge thru a pumpkin patch. Though I’ve never actually trudged through a pumpkin patch in all my 62 years so I guess I’ll find out, ha!

The cardigan also has pockets that are pretty deep, perfect for holding my cell phone while I’m picking out a pumpkin. I love this little longer length too for style and warmth to wrap up in if there’s a breeze which is pretty regular up here in our northern California mountain area this time of year.

Ok, I’m off to Papa’s Pumpkin Patch! I’m totally uncertain how this is going to go but that’s how adventures are right? No expectations of perfection, just exploring something new and out of your normal routine to see what’s out in our great big world around us. It’s important to try new things to keep us growing and learning!

How about you? What adventures have you been on lately? I’d love to hear if you’d care to share in the comments below. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! If you like what you’re seeing we’d really appreciate if you would share us with a friend or two.

Red Print Dress in Fall

Good morning ladies! We’ve made it over the hump and are on the downhill side of another week. We’re having a reprieve from the cold weather here and it’s supposed to be in the mid 70’s again by the weekend! Though I love the change over to winter clothes with their cozy warm textures and styles I still find the cold challenging.

So while we still have some sun shine I’m going to wear this Maison Jules printed flutter-sleeve dress. I added a white NYDJ jean jacket because I liked the contrast of the white with the red print.

Macy’s has this dress marked down 60% right now and it comes in several different prints and sizes XXS to XXL. The skirt portion is lined so no slip is required but you can still wear one if that’s your preference.

I love the v-neck that’s not too revealing and it ties at the waist to give a most flattering shape. And the flutter sleeves are so feminine.

It also has hidden pockets on the sides. I’m 5’8″ and the length hits me just above my knees. I did tie it rather loosely though, if you tie it up tighter it does pull of the length so you can decide what suits you.

For the early morning chill I added this white jean jacket (no longer available but similar here). Though white is still acceptable after Labor Day these days, you could always add a blue jean jacket instead (option here and here, both of which are marked down considerably).

I chose to wear my nude block heel mesh booties today but I’ll switch them up for a nude closed toe bootie as the weather cools a bit more.

I really like the versatility of this dress. It’s perfect for work, church or even a granddaughter’s high school graduation in the summer months and by simply switching out shoes and adding a jean jacket I can wear it into the cooler fall months too.

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First Day of October

Hi ladies! Here we are on the first day of October already! Our local pumpkin patch is opening today. I love when I drive by there in the morning and see the big field of orange. I know my grandchildren are excited to be going to the pumpkin patches by them and I’m excited to see all the pictures my adult children send or post. Every year I plan on going here and getting one to make fresh pumpkin pie, maybe this will be the year it actually happens, ha!

Today I’m styling a Loren Conrad blazer from Kohls with a Liz Claiborne floral top from JC Penny’s.

This exact blazer is no longer available but this one is very similar and it’s on sale for 20% off with code ORCHARD20. It comes in three other colors and sizes XS to XXL.

This Liz Claiborne v-neck top is a nice quality, comes in sizes XS to XXL and is on sale for 30% off with code Fall19 at checkout. It’s a little sheer so I wore my fitted tank under it. With this cooler weather I wear a tank under pretty much all my tops sheer or not just for the warmth.

I chose my INC skinny leg pants from Macy’s which are already sold out but these pull on zip pocket pair are similar in looks and the slip on band is really comfortable. The similar ones come in three other colors and sizes 0 to 18.

I’m getting a lot of wear out of these Life Stride heels from Kohls. I love the style and contrasting trim. It’s hard to believe they can be so stylish while still being so comfortable.

I really like the contrast of a menswear inspired blazer with an airy floral top and dainty shoes. I want to be taken seriously but still keep a feminine aura.

I guess if I want to be taken seriously I best get a move on and get out the door to be on time! Hope you have a wonderful first day of October and maybe pick up a pumpkin or two, be it at a pumpkin patch or even your local supermarket. Thanks for stopping by Sizable Fashion. We’d love for you to leave us a comment or follow us by clicking on the link below.

Autumn Graphic Tee

Good morning! I can’t hardly believe this weather! A few nights ago we were eating dinner out on the patio in near perfect temperatures and now we are worried about our sprinkler pipes freezing overnight, whaaaattt? Though I know it’s coming every year, it always feels like it sneaks up on me before I’m mentally prepared.

At least I’ll be staying warm in this autumn graphic tee and cozy warm cardigan and first stop this morning is the local coffee shop for a nice steamy chai latte!

This long sleeved open front cardigan is Worthington brand from JC Penny’s. It’s really soft and though it’s light weight it’s really warm.

I really like the pretty rib knit detail on the front and buttons on the sides which give it a lot of interest without being over the top.

I fell right in love with this graphic tee at Maurices. They are having a BOGO at 50% off sale. It comes in regular and plus sizes and they actually have a lot of graphic tees to choose from. For accessories I added these gold drop stone hoop earrings.

For a change I found these Everflex high rise jeans at Maurices. They fit like a dream and don’t stretch out after wearing them all day. The high rise is also nice to help conceal a muffin top. These only come in dark wash but regular and plus sizes.

Since it’s going to be cold out I chose these LifeStride ankle booties from Kohl’s. I love the adorable tassel accents and they have a cushioned sole so they’re comfortable as well as warm.

Ok, I’m off for Saturday errands and I hear a venti soy chai latte calling my name. I hope you have a great weekend and get to stop in for your favorite hot drink along the way too.

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Cashmere for Workwear

Good morning and happy Thursday ladies! My week is flying by again. If time flies when you’re having fun I must be having an awful lot of fun at work, ha! My coworkers really are a joy to be around and I count myself very blessed to have such a great group to work with. Our office dress code is what I would call business casual so this cashmere sweater is a great option for me.

I’ve paired it with a classic white shirt from Old Navy and my Alfani stretch skinny pants from Macy’s. I added simple gold hoops and a pearl necklace along with my gold watch and bow bracelet.

I love the v-neck style and color of this sweater, but it’s also available in a lot of other beautiful colors and comes in sizes XS to XL.

This classic white shirt is from Old Navy and a great price. A white shirt is pretty much a staple in our closets so if you’re looking to fill that void I would recommend this one.

These Alfani stretch skinny pants are so comfortable and are such great quality. Perfect for sitting comfortably at a desk for hours and no worries about gapping in the back. They also come in two other colors and sizes 2 thru 18.

These LifeStride heels from Kohl’s have a 2 1/2″ heel and a padded footbed for all day comfort. I love the D’Orsay styling and contrasting trim. Perfect for the office then out for a nice dinner. A lady always wants to be prepared for dinner out!

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Look Cute while Staying Strong, Balanced and Flexible

Good morning precious ladies! I hope your first week of fall is starting out great! Thank you so much for spending a few minutes here with us. Today I’m talking about yoga clothes that are both cute and functional. Gaiam brand from Kohl’s and they are priced right for us working gals. They have lots of colors and styles to choose from in sizes XS to XXL.

I started working out in my early 20s and have done everything from aerobics, strength training, Zumba, P90X, and even a personal trainer but I always come back to my yoga. It’s so gentle on my aging body yet so effective at keeping me toned and moving freely without aches and pains. Comfortable yoga clothes are essential though and I found these Gaiam yoga leggings, twist front top and bralette at Kohl’s. They are so nice to move in.

They stretch with me and stay put so I’m not constantly tugging on my leggings or having to pull my top back down where it belongs instead of staying focused on my poses.

As we age we tend to lose muscle mass, balance and flexibility. Yoga is so kind to our bodies and still works on all three of these areas. With figure four chair pose for example we work the little connective tissues in our feet which we use for balance. Having had ears problems most of my life I figure I can use all the balance help I can get.

I really like this twist top because it’s long enough that when I raise my arms my tummy area stays covered. And the bralette is staying where it belongs too, not riding up.

I can stay focused on the moves since I’m comfortable and not distracted by my clothing.

Of course my husband is my photographer so I might have been a little distracted (wink)! I’m not usually smiling while doing my moves, mostly just a lot of deep breathing while I “feel the heat build” in my legs or let my “core shake” as my down dog app instructor says. If you’d like to give it a try there’s a free “Down Dog” app available for your phone. I personally only benefit from the yoga moves and I meditate on the word of God each day. I’d highly recommend both! Remember to always check with your doctor before starting any exercise program though and modify any poses that are too difficult ( I certainly do!)

What kind of things do you do to stay active as you age? Have you given yoga a try? Leave me a comment below if you have a minute, I’d really like to hear your experiences. And if you like what you’re seeing here on Sizable Fashion we’d love to have you follow us. Just click on the link below, then you’ll receive our posts in your inbox every morning.

Put on a Heart of Compassion

And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience Col 3:12

Happy Rest Day sweet ladies! As I was doing my Bible study the other day I came across this scripture and I though to myself, we get up and “put on” everyday. We know how to put on cute clothes, pretty jewelry and trendy shoes. All those things that we can buy with our hard earned money. We even know how to “put on” a smile.

But how do we “put on” a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience? These are things that our money cannot buy. These are conditions of our heart.

We wouldn’t come in from working in our gardens all dirty and sweaty and put on our brand new clothes! No, we take off our dirt covered work gear and scrub all clean with nice smelling shampoo and body wash first. The same way we need to put off anger, wrath, malice, slander and abusive speech and unforgiveness. We do this by honestly talking to the Lord and telling him about any angry attitudes we’ve had, any lies we’ve told or mean things we’ve said and though others might not deserve it we forgive them. We ask for forgiveness and He forgives us!!!

I don’t know about you but I love the fresh clean feeling of just getting out of the shower. But that feeling doesn’t even compare to the great feeling of being clean and right with the Lord on the inside! After spending that honest and open time with the Lord a joyful gratitude fills our hearts and we want to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient with others.

So today before we “put on” the latest cute fashions let’s take time to get cleaned up on the inside and then our inner beauty really will shine through!

Casual Fun Look with Plaid

Good Saturday morning!!! Hope you have some fun plans for your weekend even if it’s just chillin around the house plans. My Saturdays and Sundays are so precious to me I just never want to waste even a moment of them.

Plaid is a big trend this year so I’m styling this Lucky Brand plaid shirt from Macy’s for a casual fun look. It will be perfect for the cooler fall days ahead. Macy’s VIP sale is going on right now so everything I’m styling is 30% off with the VIP code.

I chose this one pocket flannel in the olive color that has just a touch of peach in it but it also comes in 5 other colors. It’s super soft and a little longer in the back.

To make it a little more feminine I paired it with this adorable Lucky Brand butterfly-print T-shirt. The colors in both compliment each other perfectly. I plan on wearing this T-shirt with several of my blazers and cardigans later too.

My NYD jeans are on repeat and Baretraps Reid Booties in moss color complete the look. I love the buckle details on these booties and the 2 inch block heel makes them easy on a gals feet!

I added some dangle earrings and my gold cuff bracelet just to elevate the look a bit more. I like casual but I also want it to look intentional. A little added jewelry looks like I put some effort into it.

All set to go! We are heading to a car show in a nearby city and it promises to be a gorgeous day, be it a little breezy. It’s been a productive week and now it’s time for a little fun and relaxation. I love to look at the old classics that have been all polished and shined up. It’s always funny to think a lot of these old cars were just coming off the assembly lines and were the latest and greatest when I was just a little girl!

I think it’s really important to stay balanced with some fun times along with the necessary work time. How about you, are you a classic car buff? What kind of hobbies do you do to have fun?

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