I wanted to call this post HERDING ELEPHANTS, but decided instead to offer other women over 50 assistance with how to style their khaki pants.  You see, the fact that this Chico’s tunic top (I found at their sale last weekend) has elephants on it is actually symbolic for me.  First the khaki pants….Wearing khaki is a great alternative to white.  These pants are from JJill purchased at the beginning of the year and I like to wear them most with a vibrant color.   Other than the top, the only thing new in this photo are my Ted Baker Sneakers from Nordstrom Rack…I love Nordstrom Rack more and more every time I stop by their online or store front locations.  Top brands for a song!  The necklace is one of my cherished pieces from Soft Surroundings and the purse from my favorite local resale shop, The Garment Exchange.

Now to the elephants….I have written before that my relationship with my mother was difficult.  Sadly, it remained difficult until the day she died. I began to gain excessive weight when I began to have children.  One Christmas during that time, she gifted me with a huge, oversized sweatshirt with an enormous ( it covered the entire front) elephant on it.  She wanted me to be reminded of how I let myself go.  I don’t respond well to that type of “assistance.”  In fact, it made me want to eat more.  Her constant criticisms were a big part of our relationship issues, and something I eventually had to decide to put in my past and leave it there.  When I went through my reinvention at age 50, I did it for me and no one else.  Choosing to leave the criticisms behind was a big hurdle to being able to go forward …..with a smile.


I did not notice the print on this top until I got in the dressing room.  I grabbed it for the color and style.  But when I put it on and noticed it was elephants I just had to laugh.  My elephants were finally herded and under my control.  I love the top for many reasons, but for that reason most.  Elephants done my way!!

Like this rose, none of us are perfect but possess our own special type of beauty.  No matter who you are…what age, what size, what physical challenges…you can choose to accept yourself and enjoy who you are, right where you are today. I am so glad I finally learned this and let go of what other people think.  I kind of wish I still had the sweatshirt…I threw it in the trash years ago, did not even donate it.  I never wore it, but I am proud to wear this one!


It is my favorite time of year to shop…sales everywhere.  Yesterday, Chicos added to their items on sale.  I put a few new things here…you will not believe the jewelry prices…and I added some sale items from Soft Surroundings.  Remember two things about July shopping, you see garments for all seasons on clearance (good time to get some winter items) and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (the first sale prices for Fall 2019) is July 12.  Lots to think about.  Have fun!  I couldn’t resist not to begin the slideshow with elephants!!


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