Monday, October 17, 2011

Running to Visibility on Monday

Luckily, I had these photos queued up for Visible Monday before the weekend, grabbing my husband to take them before I headed out to work. Otherwise, given the busy-ness of the past couple of days, especially yesterday's Half Marathon (sorry, but I'm still riding the adrenalin-and-endorphins mix, and can't resist tooting my horn about achieving my Personal Best), I'd have had to disappoint myself and bow out of this week's round.

And that would be a big disappointment, because even though I'm late to join the parade, I'm loving being part of this crowd. I love Patti's idea of increasing the Visibility of
we
women of a certain age, and I'm intrigued by the various ways we present ourselves.  Can't wait to make the rounds of my fellow bloggers when I find a few minutes -- so much inspiration!

Anyway, here I am, in my JBrand cognac cords, fast becoming a comfortable staple, and here worn with a darker cognac v-neck jersey top and my Smythe black jacket. Two-tone oxfords (B2/Browns) and the lovely silk scarf I won at Hostess' blog a few years ago.

Seeing the outfit photographed makes me wonder if I should wear a long-sleeved top under this 3/4-sleeved jacket -- does that look a bit confused? . I also wonder if the look would have been cleaner without the scarf. I felt great wearing the ensemble as is, but don't mind honing by sitting in the editor's seat . . . hmmmm, thoughts?
Now I'll hobble off to work, my body protesting in several spots against having  been pushed so hard yesterday. . . .Hope your week begins well, this Monday morning.

18 comments:

  1. You look fabulous! Love the concept of increasing the visibility of women as we age... more power to it, I say!

    Best wishes...

    Jeanne xx

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  2. You look fabulous! And I love the combination of sleeve lengths and the scarf. Cleaner might be too simple, this has an interesting textural intelligence to it. Very smart!

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  3. Visible Mondays are fun to see what you all are wearing. Nice to see the scarf again too.
    I like those shoes, I don't think you've shown those to us before.

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  4. J'adore those shoes!!! I think the longer sleeves under the 3/4 sleeve jacket work if the sleeves are narrow and fit snugly to the arm. Love this color combo!!!

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  5. Wonderful fall colors and styling! I too will wear a slim top under a short-sleeved jacket and I like the look. The shoes are fantastic.

    Thanks so much for participating in Visible Monday!

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  6. Hi Frances, I love this look and I love being on Visible Monday with you!! I also just became a new follower! Your style here is one of my favorites...casual, chic, comfy, and classy all in the same outfit!

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  7. As Pam said above, the 4 Cs - casual, chic, comfy and classy!! P.

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  8. Those shoes! You look so pretty today in these photos. Are you styling your hair differently? It looks really beautiful and youthful.

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  9. I love everything about the outfit, but especially the shoes!!! I hope to find some similar one of these days.
    Congrats on the Half Marathon. Amazing!

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  10. To my eye, the scarf is great, the shoes are great, but I would wear sleeves that don't show. That's me - you know my thing about quiet dressing. Your hair and makeup, assuming that's makeup of course:), do look great.

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  11. No, I like the longer sleeve layered under the jacket and the colours are wonderfully autumnal.

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  12. Congrats!!! And the long sleeve shirt does not look strange at all. That's a fave proportion, as far as I'm concerned.

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  13. Jeanne: Thanks! I think so too, this Visibility blogging is great and I thank Patti for it.
    Mardel: "Textural intelligence" -- I love your way with words. I did like the jersey against the cord against the matte of the jacket and the silkiness of the scarf.
    Lesley: I think I showed the shoes long ago as a purchase but perhaps not till now in an outfit. I admit I love them!
    Thanks, Pseu -- I could absolutely see you in these shoes.

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  14. Patti: Thank YOU so much for organizing Visible Monday. What a great idea.
    Pam: You're so kind, and I'm so happy to have you as a new follower. I'm slow returning the visiting favour this week, but very much looking forward to doing so.
    Patricia: Can't aim much higher than the four C's. Happy to hit that bar this once!
    Susan: You spotted it -- my stylist taught me a little trick last time I was in and I've been using it to straighten a portion of my bangs. That's what you're noticing, and perhaps that there's some length and filling in . . .
    Debbie: Thanks and welcome! As soon as I saw these shoes (two years ago, I think) I had to get them, altho' I had bought another pair of brogues just a few months earlier. And I've never regretted them.
    Aunt Snow: I know! See above ;-)
    Lisa: Thanks for the honest feedback. I waffle on this one, but will at least be looking in the mirror harder next time. The photographs didn't show as concise a look as I'd felt I was wearing and I'm blaming it on the sleeves, but there's enough feedback in favour of the sleeves to make me wonder.
    Alison, K: More votes for the sleeves, so I feel I've got my readers' carte blanche to go either way next time . . .

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  15. I love those cords - such a great colour on you! I'm on the fence about the sleeves. I had the same quandary the other week and although I went out with the shorter sleeved jacket over longer tee, I felt not quite right about it all day ... I think it looks great in the seated shot, but less effective in the standing one - maybe it's what Pseu says about the fit of the under-layer?

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  16. Ah, you are in Vancouver! I'm just across the pond in Victoria. :)

    Congrats on your awesome time in the half-marathon! That's amazing!

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  17. Tiffany: I still rather wish for a deep red pair, but these are really versatile. As for the sleeves, I have to say that these are quite slim, in a light jersey, and yet they bell in the photo -- and I've worn more fitted and wondered. . . I'm keeping an eye out for a new jacket, possibly khaki or olive, maybe chocolate, but with long sleeves.
    Sheila: I'm actually up the road from you, and then across a puddle . . . (on an island just off Nanaimo). Thanks for the congrats! I was delighted, having chased this goal in my last three Halves. My sister's coaching (bossing!) made all the difference.

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