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OOTD: Splash Blue, Coral, and New Glasses

This outfit of the day was built around this no-iron floral long-sleeved shirt from Lands End that I got on a great sale last year. My mom wanted to buy the shirt also but it was sold out in her size. It's pretty rare that being plus size works to my advantage, but in this case, I got lucky that it was available in my size.

To layer under the shirt, I wanted a dash of color, so I tried out this top. I basically love the color of this t-shirt, which was called Splash Blue by Christopher & Banks. I bought it because of the cut--it's a not-too-wide boatneck with elbow-length sleeves and a few cute buttons on the sleeve. I had this T in a couple other colors so when the splash blue went on sale, I picked it up. It was only after seeing it on that I fell in love with the color...because it is a very good color on me. Sadly, it's the only item I own in this color...as usual, I wish I had a "twin set" instead of just the top, but the top was all they had in this color.

I wasn't sure how the blues in the shirt and T would work together, but I like the result! To keep things looking light and summery, I wore it with my trusty white skirt and simple nude-to-me wedges.

OOTD: 7/14/2021

White textured skirt - thrifted, Talbots - 20W - $16.99 - 3/2019

Splash blue boatneck T - CJ Banks - 3X - $8.10 - 7/2020

Light blue/coral floral shirt - Lands End - 20W - $12.48 - 2/2020

Orange/sandstone/gold multi-strand seed bead necklace - made by me - 5/2021

Orange drop bead/gold strand - made by me - summer 2020

Long gold tassel necklace - Kohls - $20.00 - 12/2014

Long gold circles necklace - JCP - $9.60 - 2/2018

Orange tiger-eye/gold hoops - made by me - summer 2021

Gold/silver bracelet - CJ Banks


Obviously a layered necklace look was in order, and of course I started with the orange and gold seed bead necklace I made in May. I like how the orange pops against the blue and picks up the coral color of the floral print. The thin top necklace is a simple strand I put together using several orange drop beads (from my Amazon bulk bead order) to punctuate the tiny gold-tone spacer beads. It's kind of weird how much I love that simple strand. I have looked at a LOT of bead necklace tutorials and examples in the last year, but I haven't seen one quite like this. To complete the look, I wanted to add a longer necklace, so I chose my go-to gold tassel necklace. When I was looking at the necklace section of my spreadsheet, I saw the listing for this long gold circles necklace and wondered if I could wear the two long gold necklaces together. What do you think? I like how they overlap and create a beefier look than either does separately.

And because I'm all about these easy "add beads to a hoop, close it, put on the French hook" earrings right now, I made this orange tiger-eye bead pair to wear with it (which rounds out the number of orange accessories to 3, beauty bundle territory). This outfit is not the very first one I wore with my new spectacles, but it may be the first time I've shared a close up view here. These are larger (taller) yet a bit less dramatic than my old ones (muted gold cat-eyes) and have a light coppery-colored wire frame. It's odd...I always think that silver should look better on me than gold due to my skin tone, but when I try silver-tone glasses, they don't look quite right to me. I think I prefer the glasses to coordinate with my hair color. Maybe when my hair starts going grey, the silver will seem more harmonious?

The larger size of the lenses is extremely handy for progressive bifocal lenses. Plus I'm pleased that these glasses don't rub against my eyelashes and get all smudgy like my last pair did. I know, you're wondering What eyelashes? but I do have them...they are just ridiculously light blonde. I know other people wear mascara successfully with glasses but I think that would require curling my eyelashes first, which...um, yeah, that's not a thing I'm going to do. My makeup "routine" is pretty sparse: lotion, foundation or concealer (for in-office work, one or the other; I haven't bothered during WFH), face powder, and sometimes/often tinted lip balm or lipstick.


I have never been in the habit of wearing eye makeup of any kind because (a) glasses, sure, but more importantly (b) I HATE getting things near my eyes. I had to seriously white-knuckle my way through about 3 hours of eye exam stuff to get these new glasses, and I did manage to do everything but the puff of air test, which I refused because it is physically impossible for me to keep my eyes open to be puffed on. The optometrist I saw the entire time I was growing up said that I have the strongest blink reflex he has ever seen...which seems so typical for me. I have a number of dubious distinctions.


Have you gotten new glasses or contacts since the start of the pandemic? Have you changed your makeup routine at all?


I link up with:

Shelbee at Shelbee on the Edge (Mondays; 3rd Thursday)

Mica at Away from the Blue (Mondays)

Debbie at My Random Musings (Mondays)

Leelo at Beauty by Miss L (Mondays)

Roxanne at Glass of Glam (Mondays)

Laura at I Do deClaire (Tuesdays)

Emma at Style Splash (Tuesdays)

Jess at Elegantly Dressed & Stylish (Tuesdays)

Gail at Is This Mutton? (Wednesdays)

Shelly at The Queen in Between (Wednesdays)

Jodie at Jodie's Touch of Style (3rd Thursday)

Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom (Thursdays)

Ada at Elegance and Mommyhood (Thursdays)

Jacqui at Mummabstylish (Thursdays)

Suzy at The Grey Brunette (Fridays)

Nancy at Nancy's Fashion Style (Fridays)

Michelle at My Bijou Life (Fridays)

Erika at A Little Bit of Everything (Fridays)

Rena at Fine Whatever (Saturdays)



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mica
07 août 2021

Your new glasses look great on you and I like the layered necklaces too! :) I have yet to find shades of blue that don't play nicely together, i think different shades of the same colour always work so well in an outfit! :)


I don't wear makeup either - maybe tinted sunscreen or BB cream, but since working from home I've had no reason to wear my makeup - it was purely an office thing for me!


Thanks for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope you are having a good weekend :)


https://awayfromtheblue.blogspot.com.au

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
07 août 2021
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I'm looking forward to mixing blue tones more often, and I like the idea that they play together well!

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bethtrout10
04 août 2021

Your drop bead necklace is similar to a blue drop bead necklace I have from the 1950's. Following the mascara v glasses discussion, I don't wear eye make-up or mascara anymore. I have tinted lenses and eye shadow and mascara just make my eyes look smaller behind the lenses. A bit like a panda! I also found the dust from the eye shadow made the lenses dusty and mascara streaked them.

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
04 août 2021
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Cool to hear that perhaps my drop bead necklace has a vintage vibe! Streaked and dirty lenses are such a pain, that alone is enough for me to say nope to eye make up.

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bethtrout10
03 août 2021

Great outfit, Sally. The tee blends well with your shirt. Perfect necklaces. Well done again. Your new glasses suit you well. I picked up a new pair of glasses on the very last Saturday before we went into the first national lockdown in the UK back in March 2020! They are pink metal frames slightly rectangular which broaden the top of my oval face. I have varifocals with the largest area of definition. My lenses cost more than the frames! I can't wear silver or gold frames either.

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
03 août 2021
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Thanks, Beth! You really did amazing with the glasses timing in March 2020, and I love the sound of your glasses frames. I hear you on the lenses cost. Mine were pretty pricey too, but for something I wear all day, every day, I don't worry too much about the price because this is something I prioritize very highly. The cost per wear turns out good in the end!

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jodie filogomo
jodie filogomo
02 août 2021

First you made me giggle with the mascara thoughts. I use a serum to make my lashes longer, so you can bet my bottom dollar I'm going to put on mascara to show them off, LOL. But I don't curl them, so there's that. I know so many people say you should, but mine are curly anyways (I think).

And next week we are talking about layering necklaces, so I'll have to link to this post. Just to show lots of variety to give women options!! XOOX Jodie

www.jtouchofstyle.com

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
03 août 2021
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I love the idea of naturally curly eyelashes! That's definitely handy for wearing glasses. I'm so looking forward to the layering necklaces post!

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