Today’s post is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. The topic of today’s story was originally one thing, but then something else came up so I decided to talk about both…
…As luck would have it, both stories fall under the “things are not always as they appear” category so there will actually be some flow to it. I had to laugh to myself over the irony when I took these shots. Normally, I’m well ahead of the game with the monthly Ageless Style shots. We always know the theme well ahead of time so generally I take the pictures way before I need them.
Somehow this month time got away from me, and I was under the gun to get the pictures in this past weekend. Unfortunately, there was also a painting of the bathroom emergency that had to be remedied this weekend as well because I go back to school this week. Yes, believe it or not, there is a such thing as a “I have no freakin’ choice but to paint this room NOW” paint emergency. But I digress…
Sunday morning as soon as I was awake, I started painting. No shower, no changing out of the pajamas, hair up in a clip; I was in the zone my friends. About midday while waiting for paint to dry, I splashed water on my face and threw on same makeup, took my yucky hair out of the clip and fluffed it the best I could and tossed this pretty outfit on my nasty unwashed self. Then out to the yard I went to take pictures. Probably TMI, but I’m making a point here. I might look like I wore this out to dinner or perhaps to work. I might look like my hair is clean and I’m freshly showered. I might look like I’ve got my sh*t together, but um, no. That is the reality. Sometimes things are not as they appear. Hence the reason one should not ever get caught up in comparing themselves to others. What you see on the surface is never the whole story.
Which leads me to the extra bit I wanted to add to this post as sort of a public service announcement for those of us who are active on Instagram. I know that not all of you pay attention to your followers/unfollowers/following numbers. I happen to be more than a little OCD about a lot of things and Instagram is one of those things. Sad perhaps, but it is what it is. I also know that some of you do pay attention like I do, and this is probably more for you.
Recently Instagram was hacked and well over six million accounts were affected; at least six million is what Instagram is admitting to. Since then my follower/following numbers have been going up and down at an insane pace. People who I know with 150% certainty wouldn’t unfollow me have. But you see, they haven’t really. If I search for a random unfollower’s account via Instagram search, the account is gone. But then within a few hours or in some cases days, the account reappears and they are included in my followers again. Again, things are not always as they appear.
Let me just say, I have not unfollowed anyone at all. So if you do pay attention, and I have unfollowed you, don’t be all offended because really I haven’t. Give it a few days and I should reappear. Even if none of this matters to you, consider this one piece of advice. Change your password and turn on two factor authentication. To turn on two factor authentication, go to your Instagram home and tap the little gear, then simply tap two factor authentication in the drop down. That way, if you ever have to log back in to Instagram or log in from a different device, Instagram sends a code via text message to your phone. You then enter the code in addition to your password to verify that it’s you.
The theme for this month’s Ageless Style Link Up is styling a Summer skirt for Fall. This floral boho midi skirt immediately jumped to mind because it’s in my top three favorite skirts from this Summer. When I wore it at the beginning of August the temperatures were in the 80’s so I went with a tank top and sandals.
To change it up for Fall, I added a sweater on top and ankle boots on the bottom. I kept the sweater lightweight since we aren’t technically into full-on Fall just yet. The burgundy ankle boots are the perfect getting psyched for Fall shade, and the open-weave knit and off the shoulder styling of the sweater were perfect for the temperatures and for showing off my pretty burgundy lacy bralette.
I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s worth mentioning again. American Eagle has the best bralettes, hands down. They come in a variety of sizes, colors and styles, but the reason that I love them so much is that they come in sizes that fit even the busty girls among us. I have literally lived in them all summer long.
Think before you stash away all of your Summer wardrobe in preparation for the chill that will soon be descending upon us. To be honest, I don’t put a whole lot of my Summer things in the attic. Of course the sandals, bathing suits and shorts (although shorts can be worn with tights in cooler weather) as well as some of the tank tops that scream “Summer” do go on Winter break. But the vast majority of my skirts, dresses and tops work all year round thanks to creative layering.
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