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How to Style Drop Waist Skirt

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This is the drop waist skirt that I got fromAnn Taylor

Below is a link to my instagram with a photo of me wearing this skirt this morning, to work.  Everyone loved it.  It's so smart with the striped button down and long beaded necklace.  The navy stockings and little slingbacks (Trotters Brand) elongate my legs and slenderize my hip area.

https://instagram.com/p/8QMHylx43d/?taken-by=karlabenoist

As with any short skirt, if you don't have great legs, wear tights and matching shoes to elongate your legs.  I refer flats and I think they are perfect for work attire.  You could put any top with this skirt.  I could have gone with a peasant blouse but I just love button downs for casual business attire.  I added the long pearl necklace to make the striped button down more feminine.


Here are some other photos for inspiration with this type skirt








Wearing Short Skirts after 40

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I think we definitely can wear short skirts after 40.  However, I have some suggestions that have worked for me.  I wear flats with most everything these days.  I think that when you are younger and have great legs you can get away with short skirts and heels.  You might even carry it off later if you have fabulous legs.  But once you hit 50 I think it's very difficult.  I love to wear a very dressy short skirt with a long top belted top.  It's balances the outfit.  I also love going really casual with something like the sweatshirt above and sneakers; I love this as an alternative to shorts.  If you don't have great legs, and lets face it; age does mean things to our legs, wear tights.  The above outfit with tights can de worn by any woman from her 20's through 50's and look classic.  

This is me this morning on my way to work.  I'm wearing a short skater skirt with a long button-down, tights and my new Jessica Simpson ankle boots.  I got lots of compliments.  I…

Amazon.com: Amazon Prime

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I logged on my Amazon account just now and saw this one day sale.  We've had Amazon Prime for the last year as a gift from a relative.  Love it!  You can't beat the free two day shipping and all the free tv shows and movies.  We have thoroughly enjoyed it and I didn't hesitate to spend the $67 to get it for another year.  Highly recommend.
http://www.amazon.com/ref=nav_logo

Frye | Carson Slingback Flat | Nordstrom Rack

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I'm not gonna lie; I ordered these because of the name.  I've never owned any Frye shoes.  these were on sale for less than $100 at Nordstrom Rack and I jumped on them.  I only have one pair of dark brown shoes and I'm not crazy about them, and yes, I'm justifying my purchase.  I hope I love them when they arrive.  I'll post photos and my thoughts when they do....... 

MIA | Nahira Boot | Nordstrom Rack

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These will replace the Hush Puppies booties that I just sent back, hopefully.  They have a two inch heel; just right for work attire.  I some some skirts that will look great with these.  They are simple and sleek looking; again, perfect for work attire.  I purchased these from Nordstrom Rack online along with the Frye flats.  Once they arrive I'll post photos and my thoughts....

Boot Update - Hush Puppies Ukase Ankle Bootie

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**Update - These arrived yesterday and I'm returning them today.  They are defective.  There's something on the inside that presses down on my feet when I walk in these.  I contacted the seller and she sent me a shipping label to return them today.  What great service.  This is when it pays to only buy from Ebay sellers that have 100% positive rating.  With shipping, I paid almost $40 for these.  They are cute (see photos below).  They would have been great with my brown skirt.  Oh well, the booties search continues.





This is another Ebay order.  They are dark brown and I don't have any ankle boots like these.  I've really resisted the ankle boot trend because they can be hard to wear when you're short like I am.  I intend to wear them with brown tights and skirts so as not to cut off my leg and cause myself to look shorter.  More to come on these once they arrive....

Great Clothing for Mature Women - Ann Taylor

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Below this post you will see posts with large photos of all the items that I recently purchased from Ann Taylor on line.  I had heard good things about their clothing and that it was great for more mature women; stylish, chic but age appropriate.  So I decided to give them a look.

Most of what I got I love.  Everything was 40% off.  Here are my thoughts on each piece:

Eyelet Top - Love it!  It is 100% cotton so I bought up one size because I know it will shrink when I wash it.  It is completely sheer under the eyelet so I'll wear a cami under it.
http://www.anntaylor.com/floral-eyelet-tee/371475?skuId=18919882&defaultColor=&colorExplode=false&catid=

Color Block Top - I love this top!  It's perfect for work but would also be so cute with jeans and boots with a jacket. The color is a grey blue and I don't have anything this color so I'm excited about it.
http://www.anntaylor.com/Petite%20Crepe%20Colorblock%20Top/362046?colorExplode=true&skuId=17869652&…

Ann Taylor t shirt

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Ann Taylor top

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Petite Confetti Wrap Top | Ann Taylor

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Petite Embroidered Flounce Skirt | Ann Taylor

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Petite Stripe Relaxed Ankle Pants | Ann Taylor

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Ann Taylor shorts

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Ann Taylor shorts

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Fix Ahead Lunches

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I've been doing this since February.  It has helped me so much with time management during the week that it has become part of my lifestyle.  Planning meals on Saturday and shopping and then preparing them on Sunday is just habit now.

My lunches are very simple, low carb meals.  They consist of lean protein and a good carb.  If I have some calories left over I'll add a sauce, as I did this week.  It doesn't bother me that I mostly take the same thing every day.  It saves me so much time and effort during the week that keeping it very simple works for me.  I also add a low calorie, low carb snack like sugar free pudding or jello.

To the left of my lunches you'll see my husband's four lunches.  He's active enough so that I can pretty much send anything for him.  I usually pick up something from the frozen section in the grocery store to cook and divide up for him.  He doesn't have to worry about calories so I try to find something hearty.

 I also cook ahead …

Clarks Women's Plaza Steer Boot Black 7 5 N US | eBay

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I ordered these this week from Ebay.  Once they come in I'll post more pics and my thoughts.  Ebay is a great way to save lots of money, but you have to be careful.  I only use sellers with 100% positive ratings.  These will look great with skirts and tights for the cooler weather.  More to come on these when they come in....

They came in and here is what they look like:

I love these boots!  the height is just right.  They will look great with skirts or over leggings.  They do run slightly small.  I usually buy 7 1/2 M and have a little wiggle room.  These fit perfectly, but no wiggle room.  One of the things I like best about these boots is the stretch at the top of the shaft.  I have athletic legs so tall boots tend to be tight on me.  These boots have an elastic insert on the top inside of each boot.  There's just enough give to make these perfect for my legs.


Hush Puppies Ukase Womens Size 7 5 Brown Faux Leather Fashion Ankle...

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This is another Ebay order.  They are dark brown and I don't have any ankle boots like these.  I've really resisted the ankle boot trend because they can be hard to wear when you're short like I am.  I intend to wear them with brown tights and skirts so as not to cut off my leg and cause myself to look shorter.  More to come on these once they arrive....

Jessica Simpson ankle booties

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I just ordered these from Nordstrom.  I hunted around to make sure I was getting the best price.  I actually ordered these in black; not brown like the stock photo.  Once they arrive I'll post pics of them and give my thoughts.  I love to wear black and these I will wear with pants and skirts.  More to come on these.....

Jessica Simpson boots

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This is a tan, tall riding boot that I just purchased from Amazon.  I can't wait to see what they really look like.  Once they arrive I'll take pics and post them with my thoughts.  These will be great with skirts as well as over skinny jeans.  More to come on these....


Amazon.com: Naya Women's Felix Boot,Tan,7.5 M US: Shoes

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I just ordered these from Amazon.  These ankle booties have a hidden wedge inside.  I've never tried this type shoe so I'm excited to see what they are like.  Once they arrive I'll take pics and post what I think.  More to come on these....


NARS - WHAT I HAVE AND WHAT I THINK

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I have four Nars face powders and one eyeshadow duo.  I started out a couple of years ago with the Light Reflecting Setting Powder.  There were such rave reviews about it and I gotta say...the product deserved all the raves.  I've used it over every foundation I've bought in the last two years and it really does make every one look better.  More than that, it is so finely milled that it never goes into my wrinkles and fine lines; especially under my eyes.  This is the perfect powder for mature faces, like mine.  I love this powder so much that I purchased a second one months ago.

Several months ago I decided to try the Nars face powders in a color.  I use such light coverage foundations that I thought it might work to use a finishing powder with a little color to get a little more mileage out of my makeup.  So I purchased the pressed powder in the color Flesh.  As you can see in the swatch of the two colored face powders, flesh has a pink tint.  I think it so closely matches …

Perfect Weekend Outfit

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This is my go-to type of weekend outfit.  Especially now that Fall is on it's way.  Ok, it's still in the 90's here in Florida where I live.  But I know at some point it will cool off a bit even here.  I love to have a big oversized sweater or sweatshirt that I can just throw on with anything.  Add a pair of jeans, converse and some relaxed accessories and I'm ready for anything on the weekends.  Last year I had a big University of Florida sweatshirt that I wore to death.  This year I'm going a little bit more dressy with this cat sweater.  I'll probably still cozy up in that sweatshirt at home in the evenings, but this cat sweater will be perfect for the days.  I always add a thin camisole because I know I'll get hot and have to remove the sweater at some point.  I love converse for casual wear.  I own three pair and I wear them all the time when I'm not working.  I do have gel pads in them all because there is no arch support in converse footwear.  I…

Cocoa Beach, Florida Day 3

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Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa Beach Day 2

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Cocoa Beach, Florida Day 1

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Olay Regenerist Under-Eye Roller Ball

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I love these rollerball type under-eye products.  This one from Olay really works.  I use it in the morning, after my shower, before I put on my makeup.  As soon as I get out of the shower I apply this.  I let it do it's stuff while I eat breakfast and then I put on my makeup.  By then it's had time to reduce my under-eye puffiness that I seem to have every morning.  It's a great product that really works.  I've been using the Olay Regenerist line since it came out.  Along with this product I also use the Daily Moisturizer with 50spf.  I swear by it and I use it every day under my makeup.  They also have a wonderful serum in this line that I use at night.