THE BAD BUY BOOK: CARDIGANS

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

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 15th, 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 batennancy@gmail.com. Please put”Bad Buy” in the subject line.

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

First my always lovely and supportive co-host Shelbee of Shelbee on the EdgeThe bad buy book: cardigansI couldn’t resist this chunky knit kimono style cardigan on clearance from Target.  I loved the light blue color and the fringed hem and the cozy style, but it is kind of frumpy.  I still wear it often when I just want to be cozy, but there is no way to avoid the frump factor in this one!The Bad buy book: cardigansThis black and white polka dot cardigan is one of my favorites, so I guess it isn’t really a bad buy…except that it is way too small and has been since the day I bought it.  I just have to always wear it open with only a very light layer underneath it. 

Nancy:(I remember when you showed it on the blog, I loved this outfit very much and I searched for a cardigan like that myself, without succes)

 And here is Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of StyleThe Bad Buy Book: cardigans

I’m actually submitting my step mom, Nancy’s photo for your challenge!!

This cardigan was just too big for her, and she actually ended up giving it to my husband to wear. (Don’t tell her, but since it’s in my closet, I actually wear it around the house too since it’s so warm). So it may have been a bad buy for her, but a good thing for me—ha ha!!!

And finally my Bad Buy cardiganThe Bad Buy Book: cardigans

I am banishing all of white tops and cardigans out of my closet since I learned, through these Bad Buy series, that I must not wear that color in my face! This is the last one to go.The Bad Buy Book: cardigans

And this is also such a awfull one! Why? I just don’t like purple! Any shade of purple!

I hope you enjoyed our Bad Buy Book serie! Next month’s theme is: Bags!

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FASHION WEEKS HOTTEST TRENDS & FANCY FRIDAY LINKUP

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Hottest Trends from International Fashion Weeks

Claire Hastings is my guest writer today. She wrote some great posts for my blog before here, here and here. Today she tell’s about the fashion weeks hottest trends!

Bright colours, high-impact make-up, and 90s flashback are just some of the fabulous trends the latest fashion weeks featured. From involving plus size models into their fashion shows, through bringing back the legendary models of the 90s, designers have certainly given their best to offer the audience in the front rows a majestic show, while also presenting revolutionary trends we’ll love in the season to come.

Hair ornamentsfashion weeks hottest trends

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Headpieces were a huge hit on the runways. From pearl-encrusted bands to bejewelled crowns, the hair ornaments were nothing if not decadent. Versace had their gold barrettes embellished with the house’s iconic medallions and it made an amazing accessory to the rest of the ensemble. So, if you’ve had a cute stylish brooch, think about pinning it to a pretty little barrette instead of attaching it to your garments, and create a unique look worthy of a runaway.

Feathersfashion weeks hottest trends

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From Moschino to Saint Laurent, the runways were filled with models walking in feathery creations of various hues. From white, through neon blue, gold and to black, flirty looks were created everywhere. Whether you’re thinking about skirts, coats, boots or dresses, feathers will be a compulsory detail on every one of those clothing items.

Braidsfashion weeks hottest trends

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The one beauty trend that can make anyone look fabulous and the one that is so versatile that everyone can find their favourite kind to rock fiercely are braids. Whether you decide to go with boxer braids, a loose braid on the side, or the five-strand low braid as seen on Milan Fashion Week, you’ll look nothing if not fabulous. Even if you don’t have long hair to pull off a braid, there’s the quickest and the best solution ever called hair extensions. The ladies of the Land Down Under find them particularly attractive, so you can easily order some of the best quality hair extensions online from Australia. Pick out the appropriate length, and make a perfect braid just like the one from the spring fashion shows.

Asymmetrical necklinefashion weeks hottest trends

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An off-balanced silhouette dancing along the shoulder, and wrapping around the neck, then twisting around the collarbone is the next big thing. You guessed it; we’re talking about the asymmetrical neckline. It’s both classy and sassy, revealing just enough skin while leaving plenty to the imagination. If you decide to wear a dress with an asymmetrical neckline, consider pulling your hair up, to reveal as much neck as you can, since the majority of the chest area will be covered.

Eyeliner variationsfashion weeks hottest trends

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Dark cat eye doesn’t have centre stage anymore, because high-impact eyeliner is the next big make-up trend. A glossy and glittery rounded cat eye, and thin white stripes underneath the lower lash line were some of the ground-breaking make-up looks on the latest runaways. Let’s not forget the thin arches of black liner between lashes and eyebrows that completely outshined the well-known feline flick and the classic smoky eye.

White suitsfashion weeks hottest trends

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With the first spring blossoming, the white suiting will come. The designs were so versatile that we could see white suits in all variations, from an oversized tux matched with fitted pants, through wide leg high waisted pants combined with a white bra and an unbuttoned blazer, to a Saturday Night Fever-like ensemble introduced by Acne Studios.

X-Girl sunglassesfashion weeks hottest trends

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The ‘90s are back and they’re representing sporty shades. Remember those sharp edges, the amalgamation of bright hues, and that cool sporty design? Well, if you’ve been missing it for all these years, it’s finally back and you’ll be able to rock it with the rest of your spring outfit.

Final thoughts

Every fashion week season brings along some of the most ground-breaking trends, and the latest one was no different. From feathers, through braids, high-impact eyeliner and to white suits, asymmetrical necklines and sunglasses from the ‘90s, the spring of 2018 will be nothing if not colourful and fashion forward.

Thank you very much Claire! Love the brooche on a barette trend!

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THE BAD BUY BOOK: JACKETS

Welcome to October’s edition of The Bad Buy Book!

This month’s theme is: Jackets!

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.

So let’s take a look at this month’s Bad Buys!

First my ever charming co-host Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge.

Hi Nancy, here are my bad buy blazers…The Bad Buy Book: Jackets

The plaid blazer is from Talbots and I found it in my local thrift shop.  For $7, I could not resist the purchase.  And then another $6 to have it dry cleaned, I thought it was a steal for a total of $13!  However, it is a size to small and does not fit across the shoulders.  Making it $13 completely wasted!  I thought it would be comfortable with a light weight tee shirt underneath, but it is still too snug so I never wear it.

(Nancy: I think it’s a fantastic blazer)The Bad Buy Book: Jackets

The teal brocade blazer is a thrifted piece and I fell in love with the colors and the metallic threading throughout the ornate pattern.  But once again, it is a bit too snug across the shoulders.  So there it hangs in my closet…unworn due to its uncomfortability factor.  I need to stop buying these things that just don’t fit correctly!

(Nancy: it’s when we settle for less it goes wrong)

Now here is Sonja of YustSoMe.The Bad Buy Book: jacketsIt is my winter jacket from last year. It was cheap, warm, but after a month I saw that white stuff was coming out of the fabric.

I was very dissapointed, because I loved it.. so far.

Now I use it for gardening and the dirty jobs. And a new coat is on her way… a longer model, so I can wear my long sweaters, without peeping under! (Dat ze eronderuit piepen ).

(Nancy: okay, I know it’s about the jacket…..but check those lips!)

And also my Bad Buy Jacket.The Bad Buy Book: jackets

Do I need to say anything else but…..BORING!The Bad Buy Book: JacketsI actually was writing a post title when I remembered I had another Bad Buy jacket. It is currently in the back of my car to bring to the thrift store. I don’t know why I don’t like it, I think it feels to masculine.

We hope you liked our Bad Buys, well we mean that we hope you like to read it!, and join us too next month!

Next months theme is: Cardigans! Now we just know you have at least one in your closet that you do not wear! Show it!

Till then!

 

 

STYLED BY……….MARLOES!

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? The series is published every first Tuesday of the month.

Do you also have a story to tell, and do you also have beautiful pictures of your style evolution? I, and many of my readers, want to read your story! I would love it if you can join the fun too! You can find all the info in the Styled by…..page or contact me via email.

Let’s quickly see who has a great story this month!

This month tells Marloes about her style!

Styled by…..Marloes!

Ever since I can remember I’ve enjoyed chosing my own outfits. Even for my first communion I picked a different outfit from the one my parents chose, I was the only girl wearing a jeans skirt and a bright yellow sweater. I never minded what everyone else was wearing and always chose my own path.Styled by.........Marloes
In high school I changed styles as quickly as changing my underwear: every day I would wear a different style. The only requirement I had for my clothes was that they were unique, or at least the combination was unique. After a while I identified as an “alternative”, only dressing in oversized jeans and black tops. However, when I went to college I decided it was time for a new me, so I reinvented my style and decided to only wear dresses and high heels. I know right!Styled by.........Marloes

Now after having two kids and starting my “grown-up” life I think I finally found my true style. I think my style is best described as Scandinavian Chic, I love simple and elegant pieces that can be easily combined amongst each other. I like – no love!- stripes in any form or colour and anything femine with a bit of an edge (yes, I still have a bit of that little girl inside of me 😉 ).Styled by..........Marloes
Where my younger self wanted to have as many clothes and shoes as possible, I now see the value of investment pieces. I rather have clothes that will last and flatter my figure, that are going to be true favourites, than have a closet full of clothes that I kind of like but don’t absolutely love. Styled by......MarloesThis of course doesn’t mean I have an empty closet, as I still have a lot of my clothes that I bought earlier, but I am more picky in the new items I buy. I still like unique items, but I try not to buy something just because it’s trendy. When I buy something, it needs to feel like me. And something is me, when it’s comfortable, classy and a littly sassy!Styled by.........Marloes

Thank you very much Marloes! You are such a beautiful woman! You can read more about Marloes at her blog Mooier Leven.

Now don’t forget to write and submit your story as I can use some new entries!

Have a great week everyone!

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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

 

The Bad Buy Book: tops

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!

 

 

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!