THE BAD BUY BOOK: SANDALS

Welcome to August’s edition of The Bad Buy Book! This month’s theme is: Sandals!

The Bad Buy Book is a series hosted by Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style. We wanted to establish together something fun and new. We both talked about our,,Sitting Shoes,, and so we came up with the idea for The Bad Buy Book!

We all do our best to look great in our outfits, choose the right accessories, the right makeup, the perfect shoes, and wait for the best light to shoot the most flattering outfit photos. And now we are asking you to show us the items you don’t feel your very best in. You know, those ,,Sitting Shoes,, that dress that is actually not quite your color, the skirt that is a size too small but the saleswoman said it looked amazing. We all own those items!  And while they may look fabulous, they don’t always feel fabulous! So we want you to show us your bad buys and tell us the story about them! What made you purchase the item?  And why do you dislike it now?  And why not share them with us?  We buy these things for a reason then hide them in the back of the closet.  Now it’s their turn to share the limelight.

Every month on the 15 th, we will both publish a post sharing the photos you have sent us along with a few sentences about the bad buy. Photo submissions will be due by the 1 st of each month so we have time to edit and compile all of the entries. At the end of each post we will let you know the theme for the next month’s post. Photos and the story of your ”Bad Buy” can be emailed to shelbeeontheedge@gmail.com or nancybaten@upcmail.nl. Please put”Bad Buy” in the subject line.

Let’s take a look at our Bad Buy Sandals!

First my lovely co-host Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge.

I bought these Steve Madden platform slides recently at DSW and I love the look of them.  They weren’t really even that comfortable in the store, but they were on super deep discount so I snagged them up.  I wore them to walk through the mall one time and I was presented with the harsh reality that these are definitely “sitting sandals”!  They tore the life out of the top of my foot!

And Shelbee is (just like me) very good in Buying Bad sandals!  Another pair!

These block heel slides by Christian Siriano for Payless filled a need in my closet for a plain black open toe slide for summer.  They are not terrible, but they definitely start slicing open the top of my toes after too much walking!  

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Here is our very loyal contributor Jodie with her mum Charlotte of Jodie’s Touch of StyleThe Bad Buy Book: SandalsHey guys…

Do I have a pair of sandals for you!!

These even went through 2 of us, before they were given away!!

You can see in the first photo, that my mom is wearing these white sandals. She bought them at Target and tried to wear them for a while. But the straps just weren’t comfortable on her feet! So she passed them down to me since we have basically the same size shoe!! Well I tried to wear them too! You can see them in the next photo of me!! They weren’t even that high, but for some reason they just hurt when I tried to wear them all day!The Bad Buy Book: Sandals

Therefore they got the boot–ha ha!! 

Here is Anne from Spy Girl

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She calls these the torture clogs! Haha.

And finally myselfThe Bad Buy Book: Sandals

These are all sandals that I bought as: for lack of better. The toe sandals are really to painfull, and the others are just so boring! I absolutely have to try harder not to buy for lack of better!

So that’s all for this month!

Next month’s theme will be: Skirts!

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THE BAD BUY BOOK: TOPS

Welcome to July’s edition of The Bad Buy Book: Tops!

The Bad Buy Book is a series hosted by Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style. We wanted to establish together something fun and new. We both talked about our,,Sitting Shoes,, and so we came up with the idea for The Bad Buy Book!

We all do our best to look great in our outfits, choose the right accessories, the right makeup, the perfect shoes, and wait for the best light to shoot the most flattering outfit photos. And now we are asking you to show us the items you don’t feel your very best in. You know, those ,,Sitting Shoes,, that dress that is actually not quite your color, the skirt that is a size too small but the saleswoman said it looked amazing. We all own those items!  And while they may look fabulous, they don’t always feel fabulous! So we want you to show us your bad buys and tell us the story about them! What made you purchase the item?  And why do you dislike it now?  And why not share them with us?  We buy these things for a reason then hide them in the back of the closet.  Now it’s their turn to share the limelight.

Every month on the 15 th, we will both publish a post sharing the photos you have sent us along with a few sentences about the bad buy. Photo submissions will be due by the 1st of each month so we have time to edit and compile all of the entries. At the end of each post we will let you know the theme for the next month’s post. Photos and the story of your ”Bad Buy” can be emailed to shelbeeontheedge@gmail.com or nancybaten@upcmail.nl. Please put”Bad Buy” in the subject line.

Let’s see who all bought a Bad Buy top!

First of all of course, is my lovely co-host Shelbee of Shelbee on The EdgeThe Bad Buy Book: topsI really liked this striped peplum top from Old Navy and didn’t buy it when I tried it on.  When I went back for it, they did not have my size so I bought one size smaller. And now it pulls across my chest, the sleeves feel too snug, and the peplum hits right at the widest part of my midsection.  It also gets all caught up in the back on the waistband of my pants.  I should have just ordered the correct size online!

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style

 

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I guess I should be embarrassed that I have categories for everything you’ve talked about so far…ha ha!!( no Jodie, I love that you buy Bad Buys LOL!)

I’m including a photo of this blouse. I liked the blouse and it fit fine—until I washed it! Then it shrunk like no ones business!! Of course, I’m sure if I was more careful about how I wash my items, I might not have had this issue. But I’m one of those that everything needs to go in the washer and dryer or it just doesn’t work in my life!!!

Too bad, because the whole outfit looks amazing!

Your host! I could add so many bad buy tops. It’s awfull!The Bad Buy Book: tops

I don’t know exactly why I don’t like this top. I think it’s the neckline and the color.

Me again! (that should tell me something!)

The Bad Buy Book: topsAnd this one I only wore once to show here. Again it’s the color, now that I am showing it to you I understand I never must by a top in off white! How helpfull is The Bad Buy Book!

That’s it for now! Although several ladies said they had a Bad Buy top, they did not submit anything. That’s a pitty, I hope you will join next month!

If there are themes that you would find easier, then we would love to hear that!

Next month theme is: .,,Sitting Shoes Sandals”!

So remove those nasty, ugly, uncomfortable sandals from the closet, put them on your feet for one last time and take a picture! We would love to see them before August 10th.

Have a great weekend everybody!

 

 

CASUAL OLIVE GREEN OFF SHOULDER DRESS & FANCY FRIDAY LINKUP

Nice and easy in a casual dress

Most of the time, with clothing, the way a dress or skirt looks is more important to me then comfort. I have this especially with shoes. When I was about four years old, my grandfather and grandmother took me to a shoe store, in a nearby village, where they had a special device for kids. They could watch through the shoes at the feet of the little client. To see if the shoe fit. Because if I saw some black lacquer shoes, I would say straight away that they were good. Of course that had to be checked out! I still search for shoes by their appearance and not if they are comfortable.

But now for a change a casual dress

Because I hate wearing old joggers and a old worn tee on the couch in the evening. But that is the time I want to be comfortable too. And have the cats sitting on my lap. This dress is ideal for that. With a belt and some accesories it’s stylish. I wear wooden bracelets here and a necklace with wood. ( actually a Jord watch would fit perfectly with this outfit!)And I pulled one side of the dress up and stuck it with a small earring for a bit more fun effect. And when I want to relax in front of the tv with my cats and Gerben and a nice drink, I’ll take off the belt put my shoes off and curl up on the couch! But still fashionblogger worthy! Besides, I also played a little with the pictures. But I will not do that anymore, don’t be afraid, I like my pictures better with no filter. With wrinkles and my own teint and bumps and all that kind of badness, but that’s me! That’s Nancy!me in a casual dressgreen casual dressgreen and brown in casual dressfashion casual dressfashionable casual dressfashion over 40 casual dressfashion over 50 casual dress

Dress: Romwe Fashion c/o

Sandals: mine are old, but love these ones here

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STYLED BY……….GAIL

Styled by……….

Styled by…..tells the story behind someones style. What does a person tell by the way she or he is dressed?  What does it say about their personality? When did they began to create their own style?

Every first Tuesday of the month you will  find a post here with someone who tells about her or his style.  Do you also have a story to tell, please contact me via email.

This month tells Gail about her style!

Styled by…..Gail!

My style has been influenced by two things: my weight, and current trends. Even though I’m over 50 and terrified of looking like “mutton dressed as lamb” I still try to follow fashion through the accessories I use, whether it’s the latest shoe or the latest length for trousers and skirts.

As far as my weight is concerned, I was overweight for most of my 30s and early 40s, and didn’t like buying clothes as a result. Now I can wear clothes I didn’t try before and I enjoy experimenting. Like most of us, I’ve learnt over the years what styles suit my shape.

A couple of years ago I was frustrated because I could hardly find anything in the shops that summer which suited me. I like fitted dresses, skirts and trousers and I need to define my waist. Anything shapeless or too “boxy” looks awful on me. I don’t like to wear Superga-type shoes with skirts either because I have the affliction “cankles.”

I started the blog in 2012 and this was the first image I used. Not a very inspiring start.Styled by....

To make sure I’m fairly “on trend” I read Grazia magazine every week and make note of some of the trends I can happily follow. It could be the “in” shade of nail polish, or wearing several brooches together.

I have some surprising fashion influences. I don’t regard the Duchess of Cambridge as a fashion icon (she dresses like an over-50 when she’s only in her early 30s) but we have very similar cool colouring, so when she wore head-to-toe burgundy, it prompted me to buy a few burgundy pieces including this Ted Baker top.Styled by.....

I like the gamine look, as sported by Audrey Hepburn, and I’m forever buying tops and dresses with Peter Pan collars. I spend many a happy hour looking up “Peter Pan collar” on ASOS and Etsy!

This jumper from Boden, bought in 2013, has a jewelled collar and it’s still going strong. I like things with a bit of a sparkle so it’s rocking two of my favourites, a Peter Pan shaped collar and beads.Styled by.....

I have a bit of an obsession with shoes and boots, particularly anything metallic! This winter I had silver and gold ankle boots and I wore them with everything. I don’t like wearing high heels now so I look for flat and mid-heeled shoes that look trendy. Here I am in my gold boots, and my gold mules for summer 2017.Styled by.....

I don’t have such a big thing for bags, although I have quite a big collection of pretty jewelled evening bags (I’m hoping they will come into fashion!). I usually buy one bag each season.Styled by......

My advice to older women is to enjoy fashion by choosing the trends they like and adapting them. Also, keep your hair and makeup modern. It’s too easy to hang on to the hairstyle we had in our 20s, and wear the same makeup, which makes us look dated.

When I’m shopping for clothes, always online (can’t bear going into shops), I try to ignore the little voice in my head that tells me “you can’t wear that”. I’ve recently been ignoring the voice and I tried a few different things: fishnet tights, a lacy top, a circular hooped maxi skirt. Some things were ordered and then never saw the light of day. But others were tried, and didn’t look too bad.

Except maybe this skirt!Styled by......

Gail’s blog, Is This Mutton? can be found here

Thank you very much Gail for your interesting style story. How good of you that you explored what you like and what the trends are. And that you dare to try! Super!

So come on lady’s, write a beautiful style story like Gail!

Hope to see al lot of Style Story’s!

 

THE BAD BUY BOOK: TOPS! SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO

The Bad Buy Book: Tops

The Bad Buy Book is a series hosted by Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge and Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style. We wanted to establish together something fun and new. We both talked about our,,Sitting Shoes,, and so we came up with the idea for The Bad Buy Book!

We all do our best to look great in our outfits, choose the right accessories, the right makeup, the perfect shoes, and wait for the best light to shoot the most flattering outfit photos. And now we are asking you to show us the items you don’t feel your very best in. You know, those ,,Sitting Shoes,, that dress that is actually not quite your color, the skirt that is a size too small but the saleswoman said it looked amazing. We all own those items!  And while they may look fabulous, they don’t always feel fabulous! So we want you to show us your bad buys and tell us the story about them! What made you purchase the item?  And why do you dislike it now?  And why not share them with us?  We buy these things for a reason then hide them in the back of the closet.  Now it’s their turn to share the limelight.

July’s theme is:Tops!

Do you also have a blouse that completely brushes your breasts, a sweater that after one wash has a toddler’s size? Or a red shirt that is now pink( and your hubby’s socks too!)?

We want to see them! And we bet a hole lot of other women want to see it too!

So send us a photo before the 10th of July, of you and your blouse, sweater, cardigan or whatever kind of top is your Bad Buy, to be featured in July! Be sure to include a description of your top!

shelbeeontheedge@gmail.com or nancybaten@upcmail.nl

 

The Bad Buy Book: Tops

STYLED BY……….ANDREA

Styled by……….

Styled by…..tells the story behind someones style. What does a person tell by the way she or he is dressed?  What does it say about their personality? When did they began to create their own style?

Every first Tuesday of the month you will  find a post here with someone who tells about her or his style.  Do you also have a story to tell, please contact me via email.

This month tells Andrea about her style!

Styled by…..Andrea!

Since I started blogging about style, I’ve been asked several times to describe my style and the phrase that always pops in my head is “casual but put-together.” Styled byI live and work in a very casual place, and I think my style is best described as “classic casual.” While my style is casual, I’m attempting to be put-together and always add a few fun elements to keep my outfits from being boring. Accessories are at the forefront of my style. Many of the clothes in my closet are many years old, but new accessories add new life to old basics. Styled byI started my scarf collection thirty years ago, and many of my scarves are 15+ years old. I also love statement necklaces. Sadly, I can’t wear most earrings, as I’m allergic to almost all metals, so I always wear the same pair I know I can tolerate. But I actually think a statement scarf or a statement necklace, an interesting purse and fun shoes are enough to create an interesting outfit around basic pieces. Styled byOne of my signature looks is leggings and a tunic. I love how comfortable leggings are, and there are so many pretty and interesting tunics out there, which allow me to express myself. I also enjoy wearing dresses with leggings. Styled by.....By adding a few statement pieces to my basic wardrobe, such as a long floral dress, embroidered jeans and faux leather leggings, I keep my wardrobe from being too basic and boring. At least that’s what I hope! Styled byLooking back twenty years or so, I don’t think my style has changed all that much. It’ll be interesting to see how my style will evolve as I’m getting older and better!

 

Thanks for letting me share some thoughts about my style, Nancy!

Oh, it’s my pleasure dear Andrea! Andrea is one of the first bloggers who start following me and is always very supportive. I am grateful for that!

You can find out more about Andrea on her blog: Andrea’s Wellness Notes