Cabi Spring 2017

Getting ready for Cuba with a little help from the Cabi spring collection.  

I love Cabi.  When I attended my first party over a year ago I had no idea I would be such a brand advocate.    If you missed my original post on Cabi you can read it here.  I have made sure to have a few key pieces from every season.   Truth be told I go in to each party telling myself “only a few pieces” and come out with much more than I planned.  HaHa!  If I could own their entire wardrobe, I seriously would. I’m not kidding.

 

I just attended their Spring 2017 party and I was looking for some vacation pieces as I’m going to Cuba in 2 weeks with my childhood girlfriend Donna.  Another Fabulous Over 50 gal!

I’m trying to keep myself to a color palette to avoid over packing.  If you follow us on FB, do you remember the picture of the trunk of our girls trip to Cape Cod last year?  If you missed it, here it is.   I’m going to try to do better this trip!

 

Anyway, I’m a long time fan of the nautical look so I was excited to see it make a comeback.  I decided before the party that I wanted to go with that color palette for my trip.  As I was anxiously awaiting my invite from Renee Deeter  to see the collection,  I was stalking Pinterest looking at all previews.  Love the rich colors of navy blue, red, yellow and green and the bold patterns.

I needed a plan before I went to the party so I didn’t go overboard this time 🙂   I decided to start pulling out items for my trip and  realized I needed some “basics”.   So, I chose to stick primarily with buying basics this time.

I’m normally not a “hoodie” person, but loved the beachcomber hoodie.  It’s a really soft heather rose yarn material.  I think I’m going to live in this hoodie!  I like that the cut of the hoodie is a bit oversized.   It has skinnier sleeves that anchor the boxy silhouette so it won’t overwhelm your frame if you are more petite.  For my trip, I will be able to wear it casual and dress it up. Here’s a few ideas on how Cabi styles the  hoodie.  Cute, Right?!  Oh, notice the navy wedges ?  Cabi now sells shoes.   They are adorable.   I would have bought them, but I just received 3 pairs of shoes for my trip from Sole Society.

Items I bought

Here are the items I bought for my trip.  I can mix and match and dress up or down.   Plus  all the below items hide my trouble spots!

The tassel tank will also go with the hoodie.  A note about the Hutton sand color jean…Bought a pair of these same jeans last season in army green and love, love them.  They are really flattering & comfortable.   This jean also comes in red this season.  I’m a fan of the silhouette the floral top  because its covers up all those “trouble” areas.  I can also wear this with the hoodie.   Their cami’s run longer in the torso and don’t creep up! Finally had to have the scarf.  Those of you that know me, know I love a scarf.

You can order any of these items and see the entire spring collection here.  rdeeter.cabionline.com

So here are the pieces I’m taking on my trip.   I’m trying to get this all in a carry on so I don’t have to check luggage.  Not sure that is going to work.  Maybe if I edited a few pairs of shoes?   LOL

 

 

Note: All opinions are completely my own.  I was not asked by anyone to do a Cabi review, and did not receive any compensation for it.

Shopping Party at Talbots

A Sunday Afternoon Shopping with Friends!

Talbots approached Fashion Trends and Friends and asked if we would be interested in having a shopping party at their Old Orchard store.  We loved the idea!  So we invited some of our friends and family and spent a delightful afternoon checking out Talbots new spring collection.  Our host and store manager, Bridgette Losielle, rolled out the red carpet welcoming us with lovely refreshments and a dedicated spot in their beautiful dressing room.

 

She created a “look bar” to give us inspiration and to highlight their new spring arrivals!  It included some of the spring’s hottest trends like gingham, blouses with bows and many pieces in blush rose which is a color being featured this season.  Blush rose looks good on all skin tones!  She also had an accessory station in the dressing room that included jewelry, scarfs, purses and shoes.  So thoughtful!  It allowed us to easily create different looks as we tried on clothes. Bridgette also created a “look wall” in the dressing room showing one jacket worn 4 ways!  It was a great way to show us how to create multiple outfits and looks around a signature piece.

Then the shopping began. It is much more fun to shop with friends than by yourself.  You can rely on your girlfriends to tell you the truth, push you a little out of your comfort zone, and kindly tell you when something doesn’t  flatter. We all found something we loved!  Kathy found a great pair of pants. Janet purchased a great jacket and several tops. Liza found a great pair of jeans; and Lynn had to have this jacket and kitty cat tee.  I bought 2 adorable blouses and black and white gingham pants.  I am in love with these pants and shirts.  We had lot of laughs and an overall great time. Our sincere thank you to Bridgette and the entire Talbot’s staff for giving us this VIP shopping experience!   It is definitely something we’d like to do again.  If you are interested in joining our next shopping party, leave a comment.  We’d love to share this experience with you!

 

 

 

Where do you shop? Julie gets personal…

Where do I like to shop?

Well I like to shop almost anywhere!  Case in point, the love of my life and husband for almost 30 years (this coming Sept.) was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  We received this devastating news on Jan. 9th.  “You have a mass on your pancreas!” It came as a “gut punch”!  How could this possibly be true and it surely couldn’t be happening to us!  By Feb. 7th, we were meeting with the pancreatic surgeon to schedule the surgery.  As a result of my high level of concern and anxiety over what we were going to be told and all the steps necessary to get there, I found myself on the verge of a total meltdown.  I needed to time myself out and take a step out for minute.  When I did this, I happened to notice the Starbucks and  the hospital gift shop in the lobby.  More to come on this!

ROOM WITH A VIEW #1105:

On Valentine’s Day,  Len had surgery to remove the tumor.  We were pleased and blessed with a pancreatic specialist/surgeon who was able to remove the whole tumor.  Len and I spent the next two days in Critical Care and the next four days in what I referred to as a “room with a view”…room 1105.  I was reluctant to leave the room as I wanted to be present to ensure he got the level of care I felt he deserved and needed as anyone would with the love of their life!  On occasion, I would stop down for a frappuccino or a diet pop.  I couldn’t help but notice all of the wonderful items in the gift shop as it was connected to the Starbucks.  One day I overheard a woman saying to her son, “What’s wrong with me?  I can shop anywhere!”  OMG, I could totally relate to that statement!!!  I chuckled to myself and thought I’ll have to come back and check it out.   Several items were catching my eye!

FRIENDS AND FAMILY:

Friends and family rallied around us!  (Fashion Trends and Friends is as much about FRIENDS as we are about fashion!)  A co-worker prepared an amazing care package for me full of things I  had no idea I would need but that came in handy for both Len and I during our hospital stay!  The bag pictured above was a gift from Cindy at Christmas.  No denying the cute factor and appropriateness of this bag for a fashion blogger!  This bag made me smile daily and it was filled with the things my friend lovingly put together for us!  Len and I were overwhelmed with the numerous cards, texts, flowers, care packages, meals, and prayers…lots and lots of prayers…that we received and continue to receive!  We are loved and blessed!

THE TREE HOUSE GIFT SHOP:

Upon returning to the hospital to fill a prescription for Len several weeks after his discharge, I investigated the gift shop further.  I purchased the black and white top in the picture below.  Two weeks prior they had the same top but with black on the top and white on the bottom.  When I spoke to the owner of the shop and the sales clerk, they informed me that things sell quickly in the store.  They’ve had repeat customers for years.  Customers who come to the hospital for the sole purpose of shopping.  Some of their customers they know quite well…well enough to know about marriages, births, divorces, etc.

 

The gift shop had a wide range of tops, skirts, spring sweaters, scarfs, purses, jewelry, hats, sunglasses and flip flops!  I also purchased this top and scarf!  There are several ways I will style it for spring and have already created several completed looks in my mind!  Both tops are Charlie Paige.

 

Look at how cutely they wrap your purchase and the adorable bag!  True confession, I also have a thing for bags and like to save them!  This bag makes me happy and makes me smile!  Who doesn’t want to smile and feel happy when having to visit a hospital?!

MY ANSWER…:

I’ll shop anywhere!  We (FTF) have our favorite places to shop as you know those are on the blog.  However, I don’t limit myself and will shop anywhere!  Similar to the other shopper I can find things I like in the most unusual places!  Where do you like to shop?  Do you have an usual place that others wouldn’t think of shopping?  Leave us a comment!

GOOD NEWS:

I couldn’t end the blog without letting you know that Len doesn’t need radiation or chemotherapy!  The tumor was successfully removed.  He continues to recover as I write this because recovery is approximately six to eight weeks.  They took out 60% of his pancreas, his spleen and sixteen lymph nodes.   Len has been amazing throughout this process always positive always determined always thankful!  While I was getting the car and as Len was being wheeled out of the hospital, the nurse commented on how I was dressed throughout his stay.  Len proceeded to promote Fashion Trends and Friends and disclosed that I’m a fashion blogger.  The nurse stated that it now made sense why I dressed the way I did even for hospital visits.  I feel better and function better when I feel cute.  You already know this about me!

In the end, we know that this whole experience will have simply been a bump in the road on this adventure we call life!  My new mantra:  The little things are really the big things worthy of celebration!  Now it’s time to plan a wonderful trip this summer to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary!  Any suggestions where we should go?  It will need to include some good shopping!  LOL

 

FTF Reader Survey

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March will mark one year since we launched our blog.   This past year has been one of experimenting and learning for us.   As we start the new year, we would love to know what you think we are doing well, what we can do better, and what you’d like to see from us in 2017

To encourage participation and in appreciation of your time, we are offering a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one random participant.   It’s simple to enter.   When you start the survey, you will see the option to enter your email address.  We will select a random winner on March 8th and the winner will be contacted via email.

 

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FTF’s Contest Update

About Janet 

Janet is a busy woman!  She is a wife, a mother of three wonderful children and an educator.  Like so many of us she is constantly on the go doing her best to balance all of life’s demands.   So it isn’t surprising that finding time to shop, determining what the latest trends are or knowing the best places to shop isn’t at the top of of her priority list.   Fashion Trends and Friends asked Janet why she entered the contest. Her response is below.

“I would love Fashion Trends and Friends to help me shop because purchasing clothes has become extremely difficult over the last few years.  I find that I’m in between age groups and clothing is either too young or too old and there isn’t much that is stylish for someone my age.”

Fashion Trends and Friends is Here to Help!

We’ve got a shopping date scheduled.  Julie and Lori will help Janet find three fantastic outfits!  So check back in a few weeks as we’ll share our experience complete with pictures of Janet’s new looks!

 

 

The Fierce 50 ~ Meet Carol

The Fierce 50 Campaign – Meet Carol Parker Walsh!

As we previously mentioned, Fashion Trends and Friends is PROUD to be participating in the first annual #Fierce50 campaign! The Fierce 50 are woman bloggers in their 50s have joined together to collaborate, and support each other today on the 50th day of the year – February 19th.   The intent of the campaign to is to show the world who we are and that the 50 we are experiencing is not the 50 we saw when we were growing up. It’s a powerful time in a woman’s life. It’s an amazing time of personal freedom, empowerment and strength. The Fierce 50 intend to wake up brands and designers and let them know that we are women with capital in our pockets. We deserve their attention and respect. We also come together to support, encourage and lift each other up. We’re not just about fashion, no we are thinking much bigger!  We want to build a community of women that genuinely care about one another and want to change the world by working together for the greater good.  We invite you to join us in this mission!

Presenting Our Blog Partner:  Dr. Carol Parker Walsh

The #Fierce50 campaign partnered Fashion Trends and Friends with Dr. Carol Parker Walsh.  It is our honor to introduce you to this powerhouse of a woman!  Carol is the Founder of Evolve Image Consulting, LLC.  When we first began investigating who our partner really was by pursuing her blog and social media, we immediately got that sense that Carol is a fun, positive, energetic uplifter all about empowering other woman and bringing about the best in each woman through fashion.  We knew right away that this partnership was a perfect match! Who doesn’t want to look and feel amazing, which is part of FTF’s mission!

 

Carol’s Expertise:

  • The Doctor is In:  Carol has a master’s degree in organizational communication and behavior and a PhD in human development and social psychology with a focus on identity development, self-esteem & self-worth, and the social influences & determinants on the health and well-being of women.
  • Certified and Trained: Carol is a certified organizational consultant, image consultant and color analyst which means she’s had excessive training and passed exams to prove her knowledge. She is the President of the Association of Image Consultants International, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and a certified and licensed facilitator in Fashion Feng Shui®, the only one in the Pacific Northwest and one of 20 in the U.S. These are key if you’re looking to work with a professional.
  • Years of Experience: Carol has over 10 years experience in the fashion industry and five additional years as a jewelry retailer and brand ambassador. She has 25 years experience in executive level leadership. In her career, she has been a practicing attorney, management & organizational consultant, leadership coach & trainer, graduate & doctoral level professor, director of two academic programs, associate dean, and successfully ran a 6-figure entrepreneurial consulting practice.
  • Featured and Published: Carol is proud to be a #1 best-selling author, to write a monthly column for the Vancouver Business Journal entitled “Dress Code” and be the local image/style expert for The Oregonian.  She’s a regular contributor on ABC/KATU2 AMNW Morning Show, and has been featured on other morning shows, popular blogs, journals, and magazines; and has been the keynote or featured speaker for a variety of organizations nationally and around the world. She’s been seen on:

Carol’s Services:

Fashion Trends and Friends loves Carol’s “Virtual Wardrobe Consultant Service.”  She so aptly points out that most of us only wear 20% of what is in our closet!  So true!  Carol has a service called Wardrobe Consultant that will help you to identify and gain clarity on your authentic style, your goals & intentions and will show you how to align your wardrobe accordingly.  Sign me up!  Her clients have called her a gifted and intelligent stylist!

 

Carol’s Personal Side:

On a personal note Carol is a wife and mom of 2 fabulous kiddos, shoes and accessories are her favorite things.  She believes leopard print is a neutral.  She knows how to make you look fabulous!   She loves to laugh, have fun and is a hugger!  She has two dogs and being stylishly comfortable is a thing to her.  She is also a classically trained mezzo-soprano, has traveled to 11 countries.  On top of all that she was awarded the Iris Woman of Achievement Award in 2009 for her service and contribution to her community, the Villager Award in 2016 for empowering and uplifting others.  We loved getting to know Carol Walsh Parker and highly recommend you get to know her too!  Check her out at Evolving Your Image .

 

Find Out More About Carol:

www.evolvingyourimage.com

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Find Out More About the Fierce 50 Campaign 

Click here to see an archive where you will find each of the women that are participating in The Fierce 50 along with their blog posts.    To learn more about this campaign read this article by Hannah Storm.


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The Fierce 50

The Fierce 50 Campaign

 

Fashion Trends and Friends is PROUD to be participating in the first annual #Fierce50 campaign! 50 woman bloggers in their 50s have joined together to collaborate, and support each other on the 50th day of the year – February 19th.   It is the intent of the campaign to show the world who we are and that the 50 we are experiencing is not the 50 we saw when we were growing up. It’s a powerful time in a woman’s life. It’s an amazing time of personal freedom, empowerment and strength. The Fierce 50 intend to wake up the brands and to let them know that we are the women with the capital in our pockets. We deserve their attention and respect. We encourage you to join us in our mission to change the world and a culture of women who genuinely care about one another and work together for the greater good!

To find out more details about the #Fierce50 campaign go to:  http://cgo.style/THRIVEfierce50

 

 

Please return this Sunday, February 19th (the 50th day of the year) to meet our partner blogger whom we’ll be featuring!

 

 

7 Charming Sisters ~ Part 3 Featuring Cindy

3 Fashion Trends and Friends +  7 Charming Sisters = Accessory Fun

FTF partnered with 7 Charming Sisters to bring you this post!  This is the last of our three part series.  In previous weeks, we featured Julie and Lori.  Here is what you need to know about 7 Charming Sisters:

SISTER COLLECTIONS

7 Charming Sisters is the brainchild of seven “work sisters” who’ve been colleagues for 10 to 15 years. The sisters are: Paula, the elegant Classy Chick, Kim, the vivacious Life of the Party, Jennifer, the dedicated Fashionista, Donalda, the flirtatious Social Butterfly, Jessica, the smart and Sexy Nerd,  Kimberly, the cute Girl Next Door and Melissa, the sporty Super Mom.   7Charming Sisters has a deep commitment to helping those with disabilities find jobs and employs disabled people in their studio. Many of their handmade pieces are handcrafted by those with intellectual disabilities who earn commission.

Which sister are you?  Take the quiz!

Cindy: the quiz identified me as MELISSA ~ Super Mom

“Clean, sharp, and stylish! If you’re into simplicity and neutral colors that will pair with any outfit, the Melissa line is for you.”

Thoughts: As Julie said, quiz was easy and fun.   (I love a quiz!)  I was actually surprised by the result and chuckled a bit.   I have no children, except for my 4 dogs.  LOL      But when you read how Melissa is described, it is totally me.   I too like my pick. Multitasker Necklace.  It’s on sale right now for $7.00!  I wore  it to work last week and got a bunch of compliments from folks who would otherwise not notice or mention my jewelry.

Here are some more of my favorites from the Melissa Collection:

No Day Off

Instant Replay

Go Hard or Go Home

Unmatched Elegance

Check out their Valentines Collection!  Currently they are running a 25% off using code LOVE!

7 Charming Sisters ~ Part 2 Featuring Lori

3 Fashion Trends and Friends +  7 Charming Sisters = Accessory Fun

FTF partnered with 7 Charming Sisters to bring you this post!  This is a part two of a three part series.  Last week we featured Julie.  Here is what you need to know about 7 Charming Sisters:

SISTER COLLECTIONS

7 Charming Sisters is the brainchild of seven “work sisters” who’ve been colleagues for 10 to 15 years. The sisters are: Paula, the elegant Classy Chick, Kim, the vivacious Life of the Party, Jennifer, the dedicated Fashionista, Donalda, the flirtatious Social Butterfly, Jessica, the smart and Sexy Nerd,  Kimberly, the cute Girl Next Door and Melissa, the sporty Super Mom.   7Charming Sisters has a deep commitment to helping those with disabilities find jobs and employs disabled people in their studio. Many of their handmade pieces are handcrafted by those with intellectual disabilities who earn commission.

Which sister are you?  Take the quiz!

 Lori:  the quiz identified me as DONALDA The Social Butterfly

“Scoop up some jewelry that’s as playful as Donalda! You’ll love these bright, fun, glammed out looks that transition perfectly from day to night.”

Thoughts:   In parent teacher conferences, I was frequently described as “a pleasure to have in class.”  Today my day job is Director of Sales so for the quiz to describe me as a social butterfly hits the nail squarely on the head. I love color so the Donalda line has my name all over it.  Pictured is the Paint The Town Necklace   I will get a lot of wear out of it this summer!  It is on sale right now for $7.00!  How can you go wrong?

Here are some more of my favorites from the Donalda Collection:

“Affinity for Bling Necklace”

 

“For It’s a Jolly Good Necklace”

“Flirting with the Fall Necklace”

Come back next week to see which “sister”

Cindy matched for Part 3 in our 3 part blog series!

7 Charming Sisters ~ Part 1 Featuring Julie

3 Fashion Trends and Friends +  7 Charming Sisters = Accessory Fun

FTF partnered with 7 Charming Sisters to bring you this post!  This is part one of a three part series.  Here is what you need to know about 7 Charming Sisters:

SISTER COLLECTIONS

7 Charming Sisters is the brainchild of seven “work sisters” who’ve been colleagues for 10 to 15 years. The sisters are: Paula, the elegant Classy Chick, Kim, the vivacious Life of the Party, Jennifer, the dedicated Fashionista, Donalda, the flirtatious Social Butterfly, Jessica, the smart and Sexy Nerd,  Kimberly, the cute Girl Next Door and Melissa, the sporty Super Mom.   7Charming Sisters has a deep commitment to helping those with disabilities find jobs and employs disabled people in their studio. Many of their handmade pieces are handcrafted by those with intellectual disabilities who earn commission.

Which sister are you?  Take the quiz!

Julie: the quiz identified me as PAULA The Executive

“The Executive knows what she wants! If you know what you want and don’t want to compromise timeless looks for come and go trends, check out the ‘elegance with an edge’ look that is the Paula line.”
Thoughts:  The quiz was quick and easy!  I thought I would score and be identified as the “Fashionista”.  However, I do like the Paula line.  The nice thing is that you can of course order from any of the lines but it’s easy to head right to the one you most identified with and begin shopping.  The prices are great!  The choices are current and trendy!  The items ship free and if necessary, returns are free.  I was elated with my pick:  Classic Cashmere Necklace.  I’m sure you can guess why!

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the Paula Collection:

 “Who’s the Boss Jewelry Set”“Black Diamonds Are Forever Necklace”

“Run This Town Bracelet”

 

Come back next week to see which “sister”

Lori matched for Part 2 in our 3 part blog series!