I am still so tired this morning after being out on the town last night. Lol! I mean, I didn’t get home until around 10:30 pm and I was afraid I was going to turn into a pumpkin. The problem wasn’t that I stayed out too late the problem was that I couldn’t wind down after I got home. I bet some of you can relate to what I am talking about. I do this when I go home (to my parent’s house) also. Once I drive the 5-hour trip to get there you would think that I would be worn out and ready for bed but instead, I will be up to 2:00 am in the morning.If you read my blog post yesterday, then you know I went to a R+F corporate-led event in Johnson City, Tennessee. This was my first experience at a corporate event and it was so exciting. The drive to Johnson City is 2 hours for me but this is a drive that anyone in my area is used to making. This is the drive that we make on a regular basis to go to a mall shopping. I know for some of you this is hard to comprehend because you might have 3 malls in a 30-mile radius. But, for us country bumpkins, a shopping experience takes time and preparation. You get up early, drive the two hours, shop all day long, and then drive the two hours back home where you will collapse in your bed. For someone who doesn’t (didn’t) wear a lot of gray or black, I am sure wearing a lot of it this fall and winter. Yesterday’s look was gray and today’s is gray and black and tomorrow’s has the very same color palette also. Lol! I have said many times on this blog that I tend to go in spurts and I will wear the same color over and over. One time it was mustards and golds and one time it was different shades of purple. It looks like it is the color gray this go-around. This top is over a year old and I must not have ever worn it before because it had the tags still attached. I don’t know why I haven’t worn it before because I LOVE the outline in black. You talk about slimming, this is a perfect top to help you look thinner. The only thing that would have made it better is if the black had also run down the sides of the top. That would have made you outer edges disappear and you would look 10 pounds lighter. Of course, you would still have those 10 pounds but you wouldn’t look it. Lol!For my accessories, I went with a little bling. The gray and black are striking but also boring. I added the Stacey bling aurora borealis earrings to draw some attention to my face. These are 1.25 shimmery studs and they are just beautiful. The necklace has a cross with the same aurora borealis stones. The Lizzy necklace comes with an attached cream colored fabric tassel but I removed it. The tassel didn’t always match the outfit I was wearing (like this one) but the cross would go great with the outfit so I took a pair of pliers and pried open the jump ring and took it off. I still have the tassel and the jump ring if I ever want to reattach it at a later date. The aurora borealis bling bracelet is the Flynn and the gray bling bracelet is the Ezra. The Corey bracelet is the only jewelry that I am wearing that is not shiny or covered with rhinestones. I wanted to add a differently textured bracelet to break up all the matchy, matchy. I ended up liking how the bracelet changed up the look but what do you gurls think? Yay or nay?Was there a show called “True Confessions” or something like that? Anyway, the reason I am asking is because I have a confession to make. I didn’t end up wearing these ankle boots with this outfit! 😱 Instead, I ended up wearing the pair of tall black knee boots that I have on in this post. Once I had taken the pictures and uploaded them to my computer I wasn’t happy with the look. I changed shoes and SHOULD have taken more pictures but I was running late. Remember how busy I said I was? Well, that is just an excuse and I could have taken more pictures but I was just being lazy. Oops! I told you it was true confessions. Even though I didn’t wear this pair today, I still love this pair of ankle boots by Marc Fisher. I have really become a fan of this brand and I have many many pairs of shoes from him. This pair looks more “hip” and “youthful” because of the crossing leather straps, the silver buckle embellishments, and the block heel. These have a “rocker” chick look to them.
The black pants are Pixie pants from Old Navy. You gurls know that I am a fan of Old Navy and I am particularly fond of the Pixie pant style. This pair has the spandex material in them so I always size up when that happens. They still fit plenty tight and they don’t sag as the day goes on. That is VERY important!!!Excuses. We all make them. Joe’s nickname (by an ex-girlfriend) was “old excuse-o.” Maybe that is why she is an ex. Lol! Anyway, here is an example of the same situation and the difference is a person’s mindset.
Person 1: I can’t do it. I have 3 kids, a husband, we’re backed up on bills and credit cards, working 50+ hours per week… it’s just not realistic.
Person 2: I HAVE to do it. I have 3 kids, a husband, we’re backed up on bills and credit cards, working 50+ hours per week… this is something I have to do for my family to get out of our current situation.
The fundamental difference between 2 people with the same circumstances is that one uses their circumstances as an excuse and the other uses their circumstances as motivation. Don’t be person 1. Let your circumstances drive you to do something different. 2018 is a NEW year! Nothing will change if you change nothing.
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