Monday, July 4, 2016

I'm not aware of too many things.




big old thrifted patch work shirt
Madewell jeans
straw bucket hat from Target
Reef flip flops
resting bitch face

Not so long ago, the always amazing and insightful Suzanne Carillo published a little worksheet to help us identify our personal Style Statement.
You can check it out HERE.
I filled in the worksheet but I was soooooo confused.
The results made absolutely zero sense to me.
My list of style attributes sounded like the names of Snow White's little men:
Sleepy, Grumpy, Frumpy, Dumpy, Tipsy, Schlumpy and Bored
You see, I have spent the better half (and I use the term "better" loosely) of the past five years somewhat out of commission.
It didn't seem like I'd gotten dressed in real clothes for a very long time. Though I do have to admit that there is somewhat of a deconstructed chic to hospital gowns.  
Alas, I had lost my style mojo.
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So.....
For a week I photographed every outfit, every day to try to figure out my "Style Statement."
I think I've figured it out:
It's big old shirts, jeans and sensible shoes.

big old linen shirt and little old cardigan from The Gap Outlet circa 1990
Levi's 501 jeans
beat up old Born ballet flats

big old made-by-me fabric remnant dress
Lucky jeans
Ecco sandals
1930's amber bead necklace from my very stylish mother-in-law
big old men's shirt from Target
big old hideous Eileen Fisher jeans - purchased with my employee discount
bandana borrowed from Pancake (my dog)
Merrill clogs

big old shirt and big old bib overalls circa 1980's
shocking pink kinesio tape on my ankle courtesy of my physical therapist ~ thanks Oly
fresh haircut

big old flannel shirt that used to be a dress until I cut it off
ridiculous elastic waist jeggings - that's right - jeggings
Warby Parker spectacles
Vionic clogs

big old thrifted Chinese housecoat
Lucky jeans
Hush Puppy sandals
LIPSTICK!!

big old rayon boho tunic I have had, like, forever
Lucky jeans
Reef flip flops
Seriously. I want to Thank Suzanne for her Style Worksheet. This has been most enlightening. I honestly had no idea that I was such a blue jean baby.
Did you take Suzanne's quiz?
What is your Style Statement?

And like the good little blogger that I try to be, I am linking up with the Always Stylish Patti.
Also, for the very first time ever I am joining Judith's Hat Attack!!!

68 comments:

  1. Connie,

    I love your style. It is stylish whilst being casual and above all you look so comfortable! I value comfort above everything else now, so I have dispensed with heels,low rise trousers, and anything too tight. I am going to check out Suzanne's style thingummy to see if I have a style type. I'll report back.

    Did Pancake mind you borrowing his/her (?) bandana?

    Have a great week.

    Veronica
    vronni60s.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Veronica. I guess after years of having to dress for the corporate world I have just let it all go for comfort! Pancake is a very stylish pup and he is most generous with his wardrobe.

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  2. Oh wow, I feel like I have just won the lottery seeing this many pictures of you all in one go! What a great idea for working out your style. I must have a look. Yours suits you to a tee, so cute and bohemian. I love the red Chinese house coat, the blue rayon embroidered top and most of all your dungarees. Really stylish without even trying. I also like the way you're wearing all your jeans just a little bit short, with turnups. I think your attitude is wonderful given how long you've been poorly. Really inspiring. I don't think I knew about your corporate past, how intriguing! You woman of mystery, you! Xxx

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    1. Actually I think I may start wearing turnips with my turnups. Anything to spice up my life.

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  3. P.s. Love your resting bitch face. xxx

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    1. The older I get , the more I start to look like I'd like to kill.... And some days I actually really feel that way!!!

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  4. I love this - you are who you are and this is how you like to dress. You have got harder things to think about, and now the style part is settled, beautifully. xo

    Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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    1. What a nice thing to say. You are clearly a wonderful supportive therapist.

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  5. You definitely know what you know, if you know what I mean. I think you have a wonderful impish-California-French-chic-dancer-in-a-vineyard vibe with your style. That's a GOOD thing. I love seeing all these photos of you. Excellent big old hideous jeans and Pancake scarf.

    I loved Suzanne's work sheet, too. I did it and then promptly changed everything. What I am is what I am or what? Love that Edie too.

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    1. Ah shucks. You're too kind. That Edie song. It really is great isn't it? "Philosophy is a walk on a slippery rock. Religion is a smile on a dog." Yep. That sounds right.

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  6. Ha ha! Sorry about adding to the confusion : )

    I'm glad to see you're up and moving about and I LOVE your style. So hippie chic with a side of quirk ; P

    Note to self: I must start borrowing Zoe's clothes. I'm staring with her tiara.

    Thanks for the shout-out!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Oh yes! You MUST wear Zoe's tiara!!M

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  7. huh? a style statement? Is that like a mission statement? ugh. I thought this style, clothes thing was supposed to be fun. Not like a job. You got it going babe. In spades. Even if you don't have a title for it. geez.

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    1. Ha ha. Yes. This is serious business. Hop to it! And wipe that smile off your face!!

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  8. I'm all over that last outfit. I had a patchwork shirt like that when I was a little girl in the 90s. My sister had one so she found me a matching one and I hated it so much because she got it from boys section!!

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  9. Hey Connie!
    I love all your outfits, and esp the dress you made.
    Happy Fourth!

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    1. I've been making lots of those dresses. No zippers, no button holes, just elastic around the neck and arms. Easy peasy. Glad you like it.

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  10. You look beautiful, Connie, and I absolutely love your outfits! You have great taste and style. :) Happy 4th of July to you. :)

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    1. Thanks, Linda. You are the BEST!

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  11. You are rockin' your look. Loving the dungarees, the chinese and boho shirts. So, what's your secret? How on earth did you manage to escape hostie's bunions? You have lovely feet. (Sorry if that sounds a bit creepy.) X

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    1. Oh how funny. Well, Ms. Fiona, my feet may look okay on the outside but they are seriously messed up on the inside. And you are not creepy. You're adorable.

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  12. Same deal here. I did the worksheet and came up with the same confusion. Frankly, I look like your Look #1 (Resting Bitch Face included)every day of my life. Oh, I change my shoes and outerwear to go with the weather, but that's about it. My brain just doesn't have the bandwidth for fashion. So I look at fashion blogs with pretty ladies like you! And hope it's contagious.

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    1. I think you're fooling me here because I totally saw a picture of you in Spain with Sacramento and you were rocking a beautiful dress and some very chic shoes. Living where I live in this boring suburb, if I dressed up every day, people might think I was a Republican. Oh Gawd. I would not want that.

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  13. Connie I think you look utterly adorable in every single shot here. You've got your own sense of style and it doesn't matter a damn what heading that comes under. Love ya baby x
    Anna
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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    1. Well, I certainly take that as a compliment from someone who rocks their look as well as you do!

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  14. lovely comfy&cool style, I really like your big shirts/tunics and jeans combo, as it looks elegantly distressed. And I love your sensible shoes!
    besos

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    1. Three cheers for comfortable shoes.

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  15. I love your style and your gorgeous resting bitch face. You always look incredible so I'm in heaven having these photos to scroll through and drool over. You've given me hope that maybe I can look half decent in flat comfy shoes as anything with a heel is off the menu for me for bastard ages. xxx

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    1. Oh my sweet little Vicky. The inability to wear big shoes has been one of the most difficult things I've had to deal with. I'm actually really getting into flats finally but for you it will be temporary I'm sure and you'll be back in those platforms in no time!

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  16. Ah, SOOOO nice when you blog!!!!! I love your set of outfits. By the way, if I was still doing TARDIS Tuesday you could TOTALLY be Clara Oswald with that 3rd picture from the end- she wears a dress like that in one episode!!!x

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    1. I've never ever seen Dr. Who and I didn't even know what Tardis was until last year. Maybe I need to check it out.

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  17. I was born with resting bitch face (seriously, I have the baby photos to prove it).

    I love your style-it looks polished, and well thought out even if you haven't been giving it much thought. The long shirt/short cardigan thing works really well.

    Nice topiary too!

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    1. Thanks. The topiary is fake. The price was mismarked at Michaels and I got it for next to nothing. Score!!!

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  18. I love how artsy you always look x

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  19. I love these outfits. Very stylish.
    http://anicheberry.blogspot.co.za/2016/07/on-go-simplicity.html

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    1. Adorable little Anicheberry. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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  20. Connie, your look is very California in the 70s a rich combination of bohemian and artisan. I love it because it is you!

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    1. Well, the 70's were a big fun time for me and I do live in California so I guess that's about right!

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  21. you dress like the genuine hippy that you are :-)
    not the expensive & unwearable dainty dresses from that web-shops with the photos taken at a desert landscape - no - you are real. you live in your clothes so they have to be comfy. and yet - you look very stylish! because of your fab hair and you have a great hand for proportions! all petite women who think they "have" to wear only tiny clothes and high heels should take a look at you and learn!
    big hugs! gentle of cause! xxxxxxxx

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    1. Oh Beate, you are so sweet. You comment is music to my ears...or is it eyes? Or a flower garden to my eyes. Or something like that.

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    2. Again, very insightful - yes, proportions! Something I am yet to master. You definitely are great with proportions, Connie!

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  22. I wil take the style quiz. I might turn out to be a blue Jean baby too. My favourite is your first outfit. Love your patchwork top and hat. Your Madewell jeans is so cool!

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    1. I'd be curious to know how you do on the quiz. Suzanne is full of good information.

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  23. Connie you have found your style after a difficult time where getting dressed at all was a victory. These looks suit you and your personality .Your hair style adds to the great look. If your area is like mine , where yoga pants rein you do make your own statement.

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    1. Well, we do have the same hairstyle..... Yes, it is yogaville where I live.

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  24. Blue Jean baby indeed, but what a gorgeous one you are. LOVE the dress you made, day two I believe. I am not much of a jean wearer but you made me want to be one!!

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    1. I am actually trying to NOT wear jeans all the time....but I'm not very successful.

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  25. Connie,
    Oh that comment about the hospital gown made me laugh and almost cry!
    Well you have found your style mojo in a very keen way! I would call it contemporary eclectic,- there is distinctive creativity vibes being sent my way and making me happy, indeed!
    Your brands, that would suit you, like a cross between Anthropolgie and Eileen Fisher. Of course you can make your won clothes, Amazing!
    I love your authentic style! It reflects who you are ( kid at heart, natural, resourceful). You look damn+ed fabulous, here!
    xx, Elle'
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

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    1. Well, Ms. Elle, just like me you know your way around the doctor's office. Sigh....

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    2. Great comment! Elle is very insightful indeed. I love how she described your style - to a T!

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  26. On the subject of health....I HOPE you are feeling a little better Connie.

    My favourite moment? Borrowing Pancake's bandana!

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    1. Um...that didn't sound quite right. I actually hope you are feeling 150% better rather than a little better.

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  27. Your style is fabulous on you (love the 80's overalls). Wishing you heaps of fun with it.

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    1. Oh yes. The styles of the 80's. The shoulder pads I did NOT keep.

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  28. Sweet Connie, it is truly not an easy thing to dress for/around less-than-ideal (to put it mildly) health. I know first hand what that is like and the impact it can have on one's personal style. I think you have an awesome style and love the sense of whimsy and fun that fills the outfits you share here with us. You're inspiration, a shining light of loveliness, and such a stylish lady.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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    1. When I feel crummy, all I need is a big dose of Vitamin Jessica ❤️

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  29. I love your style, and I adore you because you go beyond style. You irradiate warmth and uniqueness and nothing more stylish than that.
    Love you
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Gosh....I'm blushing. You are such a sweetie, my friend.

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  30. Lovely and fun outfits all of them dear :) I hope you had a great summer so far?

    Today i have travel tips from Bohuslän in Sweden :)

    Have a great weeken!

    Hugs Maria

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  31. What are you on about, woman, your styling is FABULOUS! Your character shines out wonderfully. Who needs high fashion when you look as good as this!

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  32. You look adorable in all the outfits Connie. I especially like the jeans overall.

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  33. Well Connie I don't think you've lost your style mojo at ALL! You have nailed the jeans and eyecatching top combo beautifully. In fact I don't think I've ever seen jeans styled so well in my entire life! xoxo

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  34. You look marvellous in every shot, love all the looks :) xx

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  35. There are definitely a lot of good things said about a "Big ol shirt" and jeans, as you demonstrate in this series of photos. I didn't do Suzanne's style worksheet; I was afraid of what the results would be.

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  36. Big old shirts, jeans and little not-at-all old Connie are a fabulous combination! I always think you look adorable and stylish and the sort of woman I would like to sit and drink wine with and chat and laugh till the wee small hours. That probably isn't included in any style worksheet, but it's what counts. I've missed you - I'll try and be around a bit more in future. xxx

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  37. Connie, I think I am discovering your style with you just now! And I can honestly say that I love it! Your fresh crisp haircut and lipstick, your comfy shoes and big shirts, all of it makes you look put together, and yet playful, stylish and at the same time comfortable! What a great exercise! I think I need to do it too!

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