Lace Trimmed Cami & Distressed Skinny Jeans: A Beautiful Mind

Lace trimmed cami, distressed skinny jeans and Birkenstocks.

We (I) ย talk a lot about the more physical and visual aspects of getting older as well as our non-acceptance of societal expectations of said aspects of getting older. I wear whatever clothing I want to, I wear my hair long and color it rose gold, and I have the sassy attitude to match. But do you know what is equally, and perhaps more important…


…Our brains. More specifically, keeping our gray matter stimulated. And the best way to do that my friends, is through learning. Learning something new, I believe, keeps us young mentally and physically. It gets us excited, it gets us jazzed…it keeps us alive. It doesn’t matter so much what we are learning, just that we are learning. It could be a skill like sewing or photography; a new sport; technology, like say, starting a blog at midlife; or it can be purely academic like taking a class to learn more about something that you are passionate about.

I have always loved to learn about new things which I suppose is a good thing since, you know, I’m a teacher. I love the mental stimulation and the challenge. One of the thousand reasons that I will miss my most favorite student in the history of my teaching career is because during the course of our many conversations about history, world events or science stuff he would have questions. Questions that I oftentimes did not know the answers to, so he and I would embark on little research adventures together to find the answers; not only was he learning, but so was I.

When I decided that I had had enough of my unhealthy eating habits and was going to return to what I know is the right way for me to eat, I figured that I had been out of the nutrition loop long enough that there were probably a plethora of things that I didn’t know. So do you know what I did? I signed up for a nutrition and healthy eating beta test/class to learn more. I’m starting the second level of the course today and I am loving it! There is so much new research and interesting bits that I would have never known if I had not made the decision to continue learning about nutrition. It has turned out to not only be great for my brain, but my body as well.

Find something that you love, that you are passionate about, and learn more about it.ย If you stop learning, you stop living. Not only will you grow a more beautiful mind, but your heart and body are sure to follow.


Two words: simple and basic. That sums up today’s outfit. Sometimes it’s nice to not overthink things. Nothing fancy going on, just an easy, but pulled together outfit for bopping around running errands and getting groceries. The olive lace trimmed cami is one of three I picked up on the cheap at American Eagle months ago. The other two lace trimmed camis are identical except one is blush pink and the other ivory. As always, I’m an advocate of buying in multiples if something really strikes your fancy.

The jeans I’ve had for a couple of years, but they are special. Why? Not because they are my favorite pair of skinny jeans (which btw, they are), no, these babies are special because they haven’t fit me for well over a year and now they do! Yay me! Yes, I just “yayed” myself because I’m pretty damn proud of my progress. In any case, the reason I’m wearing jeans on an 85 degree day is simply because I can.

What gives this basic outfit a little more oomph is, as always, the jewelry/accessories. The tied around my hips shirt would be my accessory. I actually had it with me because, like an amphibian, I’m cold-blooded. Put me in a chilly environment like say, the freezer section at the grocery store, and I get all unbearably shivery, hence the need for an additional layer.

The great big gorgeous chunk of necklace comes to me c/o my friends at Charming Charlie. It is the perfect layering pendant and the pretty off white color works with just about anything. The two thin bangles, one gold and one silver, were the surprise hit of my Charming Charlie box. They are absolutely beautiful, and although you can’t see really well in the photos, each one has a word/phrase of empowerment on it. The gold bracelet says “Feminist” and the silver bracelet says “She believed she could”. I fell in love with them for a number of reasons. I’m a sucker for meaningful motivational phrases, they are beautifully delicate and fit my elfin-sized wrist better than any other bangle I own, and they actually latch closed so there is no fear of losing them. I loved them so much if fact, I ordered four more of them on my own dime!


Jewelry and accessories more often than not, make the outfit. ‘Nuff said.


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Cami: American Eagle (Similar); ย Jeans: JCPenney (Similar); ย Sandals: Birkenstock (Similar)

**Necklace and bangles provided c/o Charming Charlie. All opinions, as always, are my own.



  1. 07.24.2017 / 2:52 am

    I wasn t planning on reading your post yet, have to go, but I thought: well, she always had something interesting to tell! I agree on stimulating your brain. I also think that as we get older we have to do our best to stay updated with latest renewing. On every level. Have a great week!

    • debbies
      07.24.2017 / 10:26 am

      Yes! If we don’t stay current we get left behind, no matter what our age. And thank you so much…I’m glad that you enjoy my writing!

  2. 07.24.2017 / 4:11 am

    Always one of life’s magical moments when you can wear a pair of much loved jeans again! The green cami really brings out the color of your eyes. Agree with you on always being curious – I often take online learning classes and have a schedule of art galleries etc to visit this summer!

    • debbies
      07.24.2017 / 10:24 am

      Magical is an excellent word for it Gail…I did a little happy dance in my closet! Online classes are great and I so wish that I lived in an area that had art galleries and museums…

  3. 07.24.2017 / 9:08 am

    Good for you Debbie!! One of my friends, was just saying she signed up for a nutrition course—what a great idea!! Because not only do we get into ruts with what we wear, but also with what we eat!! (I need to quit that potato chip habit in the afternoon…ugh)
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    • debbies
      07.24.2017 / 10:22 am

      Just as I had assumed, so much has changed so it has really been enlightening as well as fun. It’s ironic that when I was young I hated school and now learning new things is one of my favorite things to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • debbies
      07.24.2017 / 2:46 pm

      A ban on lace?? That would make me sad…lol! Thank you for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • debbies
      07.24.2017 / 2:45 pm

      Aww…thank you Patti! xo

  4. 07.24.2017 / 5:32 pm

    Couldn’t agree more, starting this blog at almost 50 has provided a huge learning curve for me and I am so glad I took the plunge. Up next will be a photography class. I had hoped to do one this Summer but with 2 weeks left before I go back to school that’s not gonna happen. I’ll have to do an evening or weekend thing but I’ll do it. I actually love learning when it’s something I’m interested in.
    Everyone is talking about intermittent fasting and I’ve been dabbling in it myself a bit. I’m hoping you’ll share a bit about what new learnings you encounter. I sometimes wish I would have studied nutrition in college, it’s a pretty fascinating field.
    BTW, love your outfit. You look so good in olive! Hooray for jeans fitting again, and your inspirational bangle bracelets are so fitting!
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    • debbies
      07.25.2017 / 10:06 am

      You are like a mind reader…lol! Intermittent fasting is part of what I’m doing! The funny thing is I have always felt so much better not eating until early afternoon, but back when I was into bodybuilding and really on my game nutrition wise that was a big no-no. The experts said that you had to graze all day to keep the muscles growing and the metabolism humming. Current research though, says that’s not the case. I should’ve listened to my body back then…eating small amounts of food all day was always such a huge challenge for me because like I said, I am good without food from evening well into the next day.

      I can’t share a whole lot about it publicly right now because while it is an online course, it’s also a beta test for a new way of eating and looking at nutrition that will eventually be available to the public. You could email me though… ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 07.24.2017 / 5:36 pm

    You look great, Debbie! I like your choice of leopard belt, and the turquoise and coral bracelet that looks like it’s from Nepal. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m inspired by how you choose Birkenstocks in unique designs instead of the usual classic. I just want to tell you that I get inspired by you over any other blogger to buy things that you present. I just bought the Human Rights Campaign t-shirt with the heart on it (and am awed by the support materials they sent me as a new member) and I just got the Ageless Rebel tank in pink. It’s very light and cool (in both ways). Lovin’ it! Angie

    • debbies
      07.25.2017 / 9:58 am

      Omg Angie…your words humble me. Thank you so very much and I’m so happy that what I’m putting out there speaks to you. xo

      I love the comfort of Birkenstocks, and since they are the only thing that I can wear right now without pain after my foot surgery I’m kind of stuck with them…lol! I’m just not a huge fan of the classic two strap look although I have considered picking up a pair. You know that I like to be different so I tend to gravitate towards the styles that not everyone has.

      As far as HRC is considered, if I could have one of every tee they have I would! They are so soft and comfortable and the messages are so very important, especially in the current climate. I also love that the proceeds of every sale go to fighting for LGBTQ rights. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • debbies
      07.25.2017 / 9:46 am

      Thanks so much Rachel!

  6. 07.25.2017 / 9:09 pm

    Love this post my sweet friend! As always, your words are brilliant.

  7. 07.26.2017 / 12:16 pm

    I would love to learn more about nutrition Debbie, I must try. I have put so much weight on over the last few years and something needs to be done.

    Love this look. Such a cool and stylish look ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays
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  8. 07.27.2017 / 9:11 pm

    Dang, girl, you look Hot! Fabulous cami and jean combination. The olive looks great on you. I couldn’t agree more about exercising our brains. We need to push ourselves physically and mentally for continued growth.
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    • debbies
      07.27.2017 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks Jennie! Olive is one of my favorite colors. And yes, it needs to be the whole deal; physical AND mental. Our minds deteriorate just like our bodies if we don’t take care of them.

  9. 07.27.2017 / 10:27 pm

    You are looking comfy and casual for the weekend. #TopoftheWorld

    • debbies
      07.28.2017 / 10:25 am

      Thank you Antionette! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 07.29.2017 / 12:20 am

    That’s a really nice cami and the color is perfect for you. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.
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  11. 07.29.2017 / 12:28 pm

    Hi Deb! I agree, you have to keep learning, keep interested in something. I took an acting class a few years ago, as I always felt like I wish I would have done that in high school., so why not now? It was so fun and made me think on the spot. There are many things to learn. Love the pine green on you and its great to have jeans that you love wearing!
    Have a great weekend!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx