Elizabeth Suzann Florence Pants (size large, petite from an early release) | gift from ES to review
Lauren Manoogian alpaca sweater (sold out)
Vince Warren sneakers
Marsell Dritta 4 bag – link goes to a larger version
So many thoughts on getting dressed and wardrobe management going through my head this week LOL – I’m really pleased that I’m getting better at it. Finally. At 45.
I don’t want to work so hard to make things work for me anymore, so I’m getting rid of quite a few things from my own wardrobe; you may have noticed some things popping up here and there on Slowre. Next up, my Han Starnes alpaca sweater. It is just too big on me, and too difficult to wear. I was wearing it at home, instead of this Lauren Manoogian sweater until I just finally made the decision that it’s not working for me. And I’d love for it to find a new home before winter’s totally over.
I’m also not giving into pressure as much as I used to when it comes to outfits, clothing, etc. Before, I might have kept something based on comments or opinions from others (ahem, I mean YOU GUYS!! LOL) about how great it looked on me, or whatever. Now, not so much. I know, everyone loved the ES cecilia pants on me, and thought there was “nothing wrong with them,” but they just didn’t fit my calves right, and as much as I wanted them to, or tried to ignore it, they didn’t work for me. So I sold them. I’m learning more about what I want to wear as I get older, and I don’t want to wear things I have to fuss with. I DO NOT LIKE FUSSINESS.
Finally, I’m getting better at not falling in love with things so much that I can’t return them, even if I love the IDEA of a thing. Case in point, the Rag & Bone denim skirt (which is now on sale FYI, and it was a great skirt, very cool, but better for someone without such substantial hips). I think I got a size too small to begin with, but when I put it on I remember why denim pencil skirts aren’t great for my body. I would have liked it to work though, because with my calf issues in jeans, what better way to wear denim than a skirt?? I sent it back immediately though to avoid getting stuck in the trap I’ve been in so many times before that I keep trying it and thinking about it, and end up just keeping it because…momentum…
Oh, and I’ve been carrying less stuff in my bag this week in an effort to see if I can do without some things and try a smaller bag again, and I think I might be ready. I won’t use a very small bag all the time, but I’d like to at least have that option when I want to. I also need something I can stick in my suitcase when I travel and pull out at my destination to use, so I don’t have to use the backpack I travel with. Stay tuned for developments on that front…haha…
Hearing this story this morning made my day, maybe my year. I got goosebumps and it made me happier than anything has in a very long time 😉 FYI, the set up made me roll my eyes (I heard it as part of Morning Edition on NPR) because it is a “valentine’s” story but I promise it’s worth a listen/watch/read.
Nothing can top that. And anyway, I haven’t read or watched anything very interesting lately.
I made these “blondies” I found randomly last weekend (I don’t remember where(, and they are really good! Now, I have to qualify that by saying that I’ve “redefined” my sweet tooth so that I am perfectly happy with barely sweet things, and fine with “healthy” tasting baked goods LOL. These definitely taste “healthy” and are not very sweet – I think you could add more maple syrup if you wanted to, the almond butter doesn’t have much in it, in fact, the recipe was developed “in partnership” with Justin’s, so they had to use it, but next time I’ll use regular almond butter and more maple syrup instead of buying special almond butter. It is good though.
I specifically like these with some espresso around 12:30 – 1 when I’m getting a little hungry again and need a pick me up.
Golden Girl BlondiesYields up to 16 squaresIngredients1 cup almond meal2 15-oz. cans of organic garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), rinsed and drained3/4 cup natural Justin’s Maple Almond Butter1 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil1 tsp organic vanilla1/2 tsp cinnamon1/4 tsp sea salt1/3 cup Grade B maple syrup1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk1 tsp baking sodaDirections1. In a powerful blender, add all ingredients and blend into a well-mixed batter.2. Pour all ingredients into a 8-inch brownie pan, lined with parchment and sprayed with oil.3. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool, serve, and devour!
What’s going on with you? What do you have planned this weekend? Has anyone received their Elizabeth Suzann from the latest release yet??
I love this outfit on you and I LOVE your hair!
I’m wearing the same pants today!
I received the Rhodes sweater this week but I think I have to send it back. It’s too short for my long torso. I feel bad about sending things back but I guess I’d feel worse about keeping it.
Fascinated by the blondie recipe but my husband is allergic to almonds and I can’t be trusted with a pan to myself.
No plans for the weekend. It’s supposed to rain…
Grechen Reiter says
about the blondies…I put half in the freezer because they didn’t get eaten (haha!) and they don’t last well “out”, so i’ll let you know how they taste thawed out. what i will do very often is make a loaf of bread or muffins, or whatever, and freeze it in two-slice portions so i can have enough for my weekend 🙂
so…i’m just saying that you could make these and freeze them in “individual” portions LOL
sorry about the rhodes sweater! but yes, send it back so you can get something you love…
Grechen Reiter says
thank you so much 🙂
It’s super-cliche, but I love traveling with the large Longchamp Le Pliage. I hate that it’s nylon, but it’s really durable for travel, and of course, folds up. Loving the new haircut! The weirdest thing for me after getting a chop is washing it – I always use too much shampoo and try to wring out hair that isn’t there!
(currently stalking Slowre for the Han Starnes sweater…)
Grechen Reiter says
Tania S says
I’m also a fan of fuss-free clothing. I just want to put on an outfit I feel great in and be done with it for the day! That is the trick with a static image/photo – it doesn’t show how the outfit works in movement so it’s definitely important to weight your opinion of your outfit more highly than our opinion of your outfit!!
I heard that story on Morning Edition, too, and it made my day! Thanks for sharing it.
Grechen, I love the hair so much! I may show this picture to my stylish as it will work on me as well. My hair tends to have a tinge of red when I lighten it (I have almost black hair with some grey).
I also love this outfit and the color of the sweater. So nice to see your smile again.
Regarding small bags I do use multiple bags at times now and it helps alleviate back stress. At one point I feel we all felt multiple bags were so 80s and we weren’t doing it anymore and then the handbags got bigger and bigger (& heavy too). Now I’ll pair a small crossbody bag and carry another little tote for my lunch, sweater etc. I go to an office with a bit of a walk from the parking so that’s different from your lifestyle but that could be something you could consider on days you need extra space (your James Pearse tote would work great for this).
I am just getting into ES but only have dresses at this point. I also have a very long torso and really don’t think any of her tops (other than the Harper) will work for me which is SAD.
Note that there’s selltradees on Instagram, a very nice community of folks selling pieces and quite a few Rhodes have popped up in the past few days. If you don’t want to deal with the ES return process.
I carry 3 bags (I commute by car, so I’m just walking in to my office from the parking lot – but university campus so never sure how far away I’ll park). I have a work tote (that I probably could have less in…) a purse (definitely have tried to go lighter but fail) and then my lunch bag….Since I carry breakfast and lunch, it can’t be that small…..
Every time I try to go lighter or fewer on bags, I fail….I figure at least this way I am balanced carrying things? 😉
I know what you mean about hating fussiness. Every time I try to wear a white button down shirt under a sweater, I feel so constricted that it drives me nuts and I usually change. Some ideas are better than the reality. And, by all means, WEAR WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY! Life is too short to live to please others. 🙂
My youngest daughter was able to come home for a long weekend, which was nice since her dad took a week of vacation. We watched a lot of the Olympics and we enjoy analyzing everything. Haha. We alsowent to the mall on Friday – a two hour trip! – and it just reminded me of why I’m happier shopping at small boutiques or online (at small boutiques!).