Rodan + Fields

Rodan + Fields – A Two Month Trial – Part 2

Several months ago I did a vlog review of Olay Regenerist Anti Aging Cream.  As a result of that video, Joanna Pritchard, a Rodan + Fields Representative, reached out to my partner Julie and asked if we would be interested in trying Rodan + Fields skin care products.  As Julie  says, “we are always looking for a face lift in a bottle,” so we were more than game to try the product for 60 days and vlog about our results.  Julie gave her review last month which can be found here.   Watch the video below for my feedback!

 

Do you have a skin care routine you swear by or have you found a “face lift” in a bottle?  Please share!

This post is not endorsed by Rodan and Fields.  This post is my own and represents 100% of my honest opinions.

A Special Thank You:

If you’re interested in any of the Rodan and Fields products, please reach out to Joanna Pritchard at: JoannaPritchard.myrandf.com or joanna@poppys-style.com.

 

Fashion Show Fun with Chico’s

Fashion Show F-U-N with Chico’s

A long time friend, Heidi, asked that I assist her by going shopping with her to pick out some new fall and winter outfits!  Of course, it was and always is my pleasure to go on a shopping adventure with a girlfriend/s!  Our first stop – CHICO’S and shopping SUCCESS!

I was drawn to this Shine Anorak Jacket! Take a sporty style, add a little shimmer and you’ve got this fabulous jacket. This wear-anywhere design is finished with zipper pockets, an adjustable cinch waist and a drawstring hood to keep you comfy on the go.

The Anorak Jacket pairs great with these Knit Foiled Dot Pull-On Leggings! They are so cute and so comfy!

While there I met the most wonderful sales associates and the store manage, Valerie Bongiovanni.  Isn’t she a doll?!

 

Valerie was so helpful and eager to assist us.  We hit it off right away!  I was thrilled when Valerie asked if I’d be interested in being in the upcoming fashion show.  Let me think about it, “YES!”

THE OUTFITS:

The Saturday before the Fashion Show my mom and I went to pick out my three outfits.  Here is what I choose and why I choose them:

The Sequin Lace-Cuff Girlfriend Ankle Jeans – Styled with sparkly lace cuffs, which is a current trend!  These jeans elevate your daytime look and stand at the ready for a night on the town. (Oh, and they’re super-slimming and comfy, too.) Exclusive Hidden Fit technology slims and smoothes at the tummy.  I like that they are higher waisted to hold me in!

All three outfits revolved around these jeans!  They were a big hit at the Fashion Show!

LOOK ONE:

The Velvet Embroidered Jacket has amazing details and incorporates both the velvet and embroidery trend!

The Haylee Bib Necklace elevated the look and is perfect for the holidays!  However, I don’t need much excuse to be bedazzled!

My fan club included my mom’s friend Helen (pictured above), her friend Ginger, my mom and my high school friend Cindy! Grateful for their support!

LOOK TWO:

Who doesn’t love some leopard print?  It’s always fashionable and in style.  This Piped Animal Top has slits on the sleeves for some added visual interest.  The length is great and covers my booty!  It looks really cute with the jeans; and I do intend to wear it with red pants!

The Faux-Fur Trim Wrap paired great with look two and can be styled so many ways!  Did you see Cindy’s blog last week about the continued poncho and wrap trend?

LOOK THREE:

This Faux-Fur Vest makes a chic layer, whether you’re pairing it with office attire or glamming it up for a night on the town!

This Lace-Trim Pleat Top is part of Chico’s Black Label collection. Gorgeous pleat details paired with wide bracelet sleeves grace this with top with a lovely flowiness, enhanced by a delicate lace detail at the neckline.

Sadly, I never got into my third outfit!  Valerie said this might happen as the restaurant was full (3 rooms).  I was busy having so much fun, talking with all of the woman, recommending various ways to style the outfits and sharing why I loved them.  Here’s the look when I tried it on the Saturday before.

All of the models were so nice and super friendly!  Here are some of the (20) beauties that I had the joy of spending the day with…

 

GRAND FINALE:

MY PHOTOGRAPHER/VIDEOGRAPHER:

Kudos to my friend since high school, Cindy!  She was nice enough to come and take pictures and video of the day.  We’ve also been long time fashion/shopping buddies!

For me, this was way out of my comfort zone!  In my younger years, I would never have done this alone if at all.  I would have doubted that I should be doing this at all.  Part of getting older, wiser and more confident in who I am is being able to do these things that I love and am passionate about!  Being a mid-lifer has it’s advantages for sure!  I LOVED this experience so much and was so at ease talking to the woman.  I was thrilled that Valerie asked if I’d be interested in doing another fashion show.  Let me think about it, “YES!”  Mark your calendar for January 24th!

Happy Thanksgiving from FTF to YOU!  We appreciate and are grateful for your support and encouragement! Enjoy the holiday with your family and friends!

 

Poncho Perfection For Fall

Alternative For Your Jacket – A Poncho Or Cape

Ponchos & Capes are back this fall and they’re hotter than ever.  Of course, it’s hard to fit a coat on over a poncho, so you can only really wear them when the weather is chilly enough for layers and warm enough to run around without a heavy winter coat. But still, I think its a great transitional piece.  Everyone should have at least one in there closet.

So, skip the jacket and make a poncho or cape your go-to layering piece this fall.  Where them with jeans and turtleneck as an alternative to a jacket or coat.  The best part is, unlike a jacket that can feel confining with too many layers underneath, a poncho or cape eliminates that problem.  I also love that it disguises whatever trouble spot or bulge you’d rather not want anyone to see. 

This trend isn’t just for coats and sweaters.  Lightweight tops with dolman sleeves that are wide at the armhole and slim at the wrist are a version of the poncho as well.  I have several dolman sleeve tops.   They are great to just throw on with jeans or leggings for running errands around town.   In fact I did a post about my love for them last year at this time.  You can read about it here.

My love affair has continued into 2017. What’s great is the trend has only improved with more variety in cut, fabric, and pattern.

I have a variety in both cotton and cashmere. The cashmere is so soft and warm you just want to wear it all the time, just to have that soft feeling around you.

They are a staple for me and great for all of the traveling I do. These are from my favorite stores Oz and Diesel and Lulu on Cape Cod. They are all lightweight and has a nice drape to them so they are not overwhelming.   Added bonus they are easy to pack or throw in a tote.

Solid knit ponchos are by far the most popular and the most versatile versions of this season’s poncho trend.

No matter what your body type, a knit poncho will be more flattering as it doesn’t tent out from your shoulders and it falls below your waistband.

Capes are another favorite of mine.   The fall weather here in Tucson does get chilly in the morning and at night.   A cape is the perfect piece to throw over a dress, work outfit or just with jeans and a tee.

My current favorite is this crochet eyelet sweater poncho from sole society.    It’s is a great layering piece.  Plus I’m able to wear my back brace underneath without it showing.  So it will be a go to piece for awhile.   This poncho is also long enough to wear with leggings.

Turtlenecks are a nice way to spruce up a pair of jeans or leggings.   Plus they keep your neck warm.  This longer poncho is great for anyone with a tall frame.

Poncho Outfit Ideas 

I found these Poncho outfit ideas on Polyvore and thought I would share with you.  Do you have a favorite?

Practicing some self-care

Embracing the Self-Care Movement of Nesting & Resting

About 14 years ago I was diagnosed with degenerating discs in my lower back.   I haven’t had an episode in 7 years.  8 weeks ago I woke up in terrible pain in my lower back & sciatica.

I assume it’s partly related to my sitting on planes, sitting in meetings and sitting-at-the-computer lifestyle.   My doctor said that this recent episode is most likely caused by that “A” word.   Aging!    He told me that our bone strength and muscle tone elasticity decrease with age; discs begin to lose their cushioning fluid and flexibility.

Whatever the cause, its been debilitating this time.  I’ve been pretty much housebound because I literally can’t sit due to the sciatica pain.  I can stand and lay flat on my stomach.  Walking is painful, but I can manage if it’s not a long distance. But sitting, laying on my back or side is out of question.

Because I’m housebound, it has forced me to nest & rest.  Come to find out that nesting is showing a lot of momentum in the self-care / wellness movement.  In a recent poll, it said that nearly three-quarters those surveyed say the ritual of taking care of themselves at home has become more important to them in recent years.   The “nesting” concept is focused on rediscovering the pleasure of being at home, feeling comfortable, “loosening up time” resting and relaxing, without having to do anything in particular.

Today I wanted to talk about ways I’m trying to practice self care and nesting.   There are days where it can be really hard to just get out of bed, but just doing something as small as a facial mask or infusing my shower with some aromatherapy makes me feel a little better.

Here are a few basic nesting essentials: a cozy blanket, comfy loungewear, bath/skin care & a healthy meal.

Loungewear from Soft Surroundings

All I want to wear right now are things that are soft and comforting.  I’m trying to strike a balance between “bed” and “workout” clothes.   Soft Surroundings to the rescue!

These are the pieces I recently ordered.  Note:  The cute pom-pom throw blanket pictured above was sent to me from Diesel and Lulu (my favorite shop on Cape Cod) as a “get well” gift.  What a nice surprise that was!

I love all the items I ordered from SS,  but my favorite is the Pearl White Cuddle Pullover  It’s the perfect oversized pullover and its so soft!  The pullover comes in 7 different colors.  Going to order a couple of more as I see this being a staple in my closet this winter!

I don’t know about you, but warm feet are happy feet!   These faux-fur lining slipper socks were calling my name.  They are so cute and comfy and they have a non-slip sole.  They are one size fits all and come in 3 colors.   I love them so much that they will be a staple I pack when I’m able to travel again.  I think they could also be a great Christmas stocking stuffer!

 

Hydra Shower Burst – Shower therapy from Soft Surroundings

I received a sample of this product in the goodie bag I received from Soft Surroundings back in Aug.   It’s aromatherapy while you shower.   Made with all-natural ingredients and pure essential oils, it’s a fun way to enjoy aromatherapy.  Just unwrap the shower burst and put into a mesh sachet (included) that hangs in your shower.   I really liked the smell, but only problem is they don’t last very long.

Cailyn Mummy Whipping Bubble Cleansing Mask

I also received this product in my goodie bag from Soft Surroundings.  The mask has oxygenated bubbles that are activated a few seconds after its applied to your face. (Make sure to remove your makeup prior to applying). It does get very sudsy and you can feel the bubbles in action. Then, all it takes is 3 minutes, remove, rub the remainder into your skin, and rinse thoroughly.  It made my skin feel clean and smooth.

URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser

I’m still using my essential oils daily.  If you missed my post on how essential oils are helping me with premenopausal issues you can read it here.   I love this essential Oil Diffuser from Urpower.  It is small, but does work well and is so easy to use. All you do is remove the cover, add water and your favorite essential oil. It will run three hours on the constant mode, but if you want it to last longer, just switch to intermediate mode and it will operate 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off. It will run for about six hours in this mode.

I’m using the diffuser during the day while I’m working.  I’m mixing lavender and peppermint.  It makes the room smell great and its just a nice aroma to have in the room to lift my mood a bit and get my mind off the back pain!

Healthy Eating thanks to Hello Fresh

For those of you that don’t know, I’m married to a certified executive chef.   He currently is a Private Chef for a handful of clients here in Tucson.   He got out of the restaurant business over 15 years ago for a number of reasons (but that’s a whole blog post in itself!)  Last week he was out of town to work for one of his clients who has a ranch in Southern AZ .  Since he does all the cooking, I had to fend for myself while he was gone for the week.  Not being able to leave the house to grocery shop left me with 2 alternatives – Take out or a meal delivery service.

Since I am trying to eat healthy as I’m recuperating, I decided on a meal delivery service.  There are a number of meal services out there.  Frankly I had no clue if one was better than another.  I decided on Hello Fresh because a number of the folks I work with have ordered Hello Fresh and all highly recommended them.

My review

I tried the three meal classic box.  Chicken Milanese, Crushed Peppercorn Steak & Turkey Chiles Rellenos.  Each meal came with all the necessary ingredients (minus salt, pepper, and cooking oil), as well as a detailed recipe card that included color photos and easy-to-follow step-by-step cooking instructions. There was also an additional card with tips on cooking steak, and description of how (and why) to slice the meat against the grain. For anyone new to cooking steak on the stovetop, this kind of detail is really helpful.

 

HelloFresh ships meals in an insulated styrofoam cooler box, along with ice packs to keep food refrigerated (but not frozen). Meat, chicken & turkey are packaged in vacuum-sealed bags. Produce and pantry ingredients are sorted by meal, then grouped and packaged in color-coded plastic bags.

All three meals were really delicious. I felt full and satisfied after each of the meals.  The recipes were very easy to follow, and the timing for each was accurate.   Each meal took about 30 minutes.  That was huge for me because by the end of day my back gets really sore from standing all day working on my computer, so more than 30 min would have been a problem.    I will absolutely use again when my husband is out of town.

I sent my husband the pictures of each meal.  He was impressed.   His comment to me was “great now you can do all the cooking at home”.   Ha!   I think not!   LOL

So there you have it.   Trying to relax and care for my body as I heal.

Are you on board with the nesting trend?  If so tell FTF how you relax & find balance

What’s New in Denim

What’s New in Denim…

Release Hem, Embroidered Cuff, Embroidered Details, Destructed Patch Work and Color

On a recent shopping adventure to Steinmart, I was struck by the fact that every pair of jeans in the store seemed to have some type of wonderful detailing!  Come to think of it I don’t think I saw any plain jeans!

Release Hem

Here are my released hem jeans worn two ways – slides and booties

I actually purchased mine several months ago, but here is what is currently at Steinmart:

This pair is great because it incorporates both embroidery and a raw hem!  They are currently only $29.99!

These pearl studded jeans also incorporate the released hem trend are only $34.99 and come in sizes 2 – 16.

Embroidered Cuff

Here is the pair I purchased this past spring! While it’s not actually embroidery, it still is a detailed cuff which is on trend!

Here are current options at Steinmart…I would have bought these but they sat too low on my hips, which isn’t good for my big bootie issue LOL!

These mirror embroidered cropped straight leg jeans come in sizes 6 – 16 and are only $29.99

How cute are these embroidered step hem skinny jeans?  You get two trends in one:  step hem and embroidery!  Notice the detailing around the pockets.  Not to mention they are currently on sale for $20.96 and come in sizes 6 – 16.

 

Embroidered Details

The minute I saw these jeans I knew I needed them!  Every time I wear them I get so many compliments.  So here are my many looks with one pair of jeans… (both tops are also from Steinmart:  crushed velvet top – only $24.99 compared to $68.00 else where and comes in sizes S – XL, ruffled sweater – only $59.99 compared to $124.00 else where and comes in sizes S – XL and jeans)

I had to share the back of the sweater because it has some amazing details!

These jeans are $69.99, which is amazing compared to $142.  else where!

I purchased these embroidered jeans in the spring and they are still available:

 

They are currently on sale for $44.94 and come in sizes 4 – 16.

These Boho Rose Embroidered Skinny Jeans come in sizes 2 – 16 and are on sale for $39.99.

Floral Embroidered Release Hem Flared Jeans are on sale for $69.99

 

Destructed Patch Work

Love that these destructed jeans have sequins peeking through!  These Sequin Patch Distressed Girlfriends Jeans are $49.99 compared to $78.00. I don’t have these yet so they might be my next addition!

I totally loved these patch distressed skinny jeans with pins and was super bummed that they didn’t have my size in the store to try on so I might have to order them!  I just look at them and they make me smile!  However, I’m thinking they would be super easy to make your own!  They are $29.98 and come in sizes 0 – 12.

These Patched Distressed Straight Leg Jeans are $29.98 and come in sizes 0 – 12.

Color

Today you can find jeans in almost any color!  I recently purchased a wine colored pair.  However, I’ve had black and gray in my wardrobe for some time.

5 Pocket Skinny Jeans come in red and gray, sizes 6  – 16 and are only $19.99.

Lisbeth Color Wash Skinny Jeans in Forest Green are $29.99 and come in sizes 6 – 16.

Sizing

I’ve mentioned in the past that when I can find curvy fit pants and jeans they fit me great and I can size down…happy dance!  Thrilled to see that there are now far more options for various body types!

While I surely don’t need any booty lifting or any additional booty action, I’m sure this cut will make some happy!

 

Cost

Being stylish and trendy doesn’t need to break the bank.  All of the above are examples of just that and one of the many reasons I’m a BIG FAN of Steinmart!

Did you have a favorite pair or a favorite style?  Do you plan to add any new denim into your closet?  Leave us a comment!  Can a girl ever have too many pairs of jeans in her closet?  FTF thinks not!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practical Solutions for Office Hot Flashes

How to Stay Cool in the Office When Hot Flashes Strike!

My partner, Cindy, previously wrote a great post called, “The Rocky Road to Menopause and How Essential Oils Can Help.” Today I’d like to share a few practical tools I use to stay cool and sweat free inside the office and out.  Do you use any of these products?  If yes, how would you rate them?  If you have any other good solutions or tips to deal with hot flashes please leave a comment so we can share them with our readers!

 

Usb Mini Desk Fan -$9.99

 

Plug in Mini Desk fan – $14.25

 

 

iPhone Fan – 3 pack –  $4.94

Soft Surroundings iPhone Fan – 4 pack – $12.00

Android Phone Fan – 4 pack – $6.99

 

Portable Usb Fan for laptop – $8.93

Bridging the Gap Campaign!

 

 

Today is an exciting day with the launch of an unprecedented campaign, “Bridging the Gap,” where 100 Millennial and 100 Midlife Influencers are coming together to blur the boundaries as we believe we are stronger together!   With today’s launch of Bridging the Gap, we are stepping up to take part in an unprecedented campaign for social change.  As women from multiple and disparate demographics, we have much to offer one another and are encouraging Reciprocal Mentorship.  What exactly is Reciprocal Mentorship?  It’s a new and empowered way of bringing the generations together by each sharing their unique gifts with the other.  To learn more about the campaign click here.

 

Fashion Trends and Friends is so honored to be part of this campaign and to be partnered with our new millennial friend, Sabrina Howard, also known as Girl with the Hipster Glasses.

Meet Sabrina Howard!

Sabrina is a twenty-something, born and raised in Chicago and is currently earning a PhD in Los Angeles.  All three of us Fashion Trends and Friend girls hail from Chicago so we felt an instant kinship the minute we met Sabrina.  In fact she was back in Chicago visiting her family when we first spoke.

Over the past 5 years she has developed a passion for holistic wellness.  She is dedicated to figuring out how to live her best life through nutritious food, physical activity, and a positive mindset.

Sabrina began practicing yoga seriously in 2014 and in the summer of 2016 became a 200-hour certified yoga instructor.  While talking to Sabrina, we learned that her love of yoga wasn’t overnight.  Rather she grew to love it over time and it developed into a passion.  She doesn’t proclaim to be a fitness guru or a nutritionist/chef but she does appreciate a healthy lifestyle and thought it would be cool to have people tag along on her journey to live healthily and happily.  In fact if you are in Los Angeles and are interested in arranging a 1 to 1 yoga session, contact her at girlwiththehipsterglasses@gmail.com.  She would love to connect with you and help build your practice.

 

As a young woman working hard to earn her PhD in Urban Studies and full-time blogger, this Millennial is showing the world how to live a healthy sustainable life!  Sabrina’s blog is filled valuable information on Health and Wellness, Recipes, Workouts and her other passion, Travel.  If you’d like to learn more about Sabrina check out all her social media.

 

Instagram

Facebook

Pinterest

 

Fashion Trends and Friends is grateful to be part of the Bridge the Gap Campaign. As Catherine GraceO, the founder of the campaign says, “Isn’t it time we came together to bridge every single gap? As a society, we’ve made substantial progress in letting go of many labels and divisions, yet when it comes to ageism, it doesn’t get talked about. We intend to change that together. There is energy and innovation in youth and wisdom and experience in midlife. Let’s share with one another and embrace both for the greater good.  Deep inside of every Midlife Woman, a Millennial exists and within every Millennial lies a future Midlifer. We invite you to join us as we show you that age is just a number while it’s your attitude about life that keeps  one young or makes one old. With the concept of Reciprocal Mentorship, we encourage these demographics to embrace one another and share their unique wisdom.”

A heartfelt thank you to the Sabrina Howard, the Girl with the Hipster Glasses. We are so honored to work with you on this campaign and hope to develop an ongoing relationship where we can help one another!  We are definitely #StrongerTogether!

 

 

 

 

Rodan and Fields

Rodan and Fields – a Two Month Trial

Several blog posts ago, Lori did a video review of Olay Regenerist Anti Aging Cream.  In the video, I was her sidekick.  As a result of that video, Joanna Pritchard reached out to see if Lori and I would be interested in trying Rodan and Fields.  Since I’m constantly on a quest to find the “fountain of youth” in a bottle or an “instant facelift” in a bottle, I was totally game to give it a try.  Joanna sent us all of Rodan and Field’s Redefine Amp It Up Special.

Morning Routine:

The morning routine consists of 1. Daily Cleansing Mask, which feels much like an exfoliating scrub.  Directions say that it is best to leave it on for approximately two minutes.  2.  Pour Minimizing Toner and 3.  Triple Defense Treatment – AM.  The morning routine for me was quick and easy.  These three steps were actually less than what I was doing previously.

Evening Routine:

The evening routine consists of 1. Daily Cleansing Mask, which is the same as the morning. 2.  Pour Minimizing Toner 3.  AMP MD Roller, which uses micro-exfoliation along with powerful Retinol and peptide technology.  Think of a sharp, prickly sensation.  During the first two weeks, I used the roller three times a week.  After two weeks, I used it daily.  4.  Night Renewing Serum 5. Active Hydration Serum and  6.   Redefine Overnight Restoration Cream.  The night routine was far more extensive than the morning.

Initially, I was overwhelmed by all of the products. (We were also sent travel sizes, which I greatly appreciated.)  Joanna was patient in explaining the process to me; and I felt the need to organize myself to keep the steps simple and quick.  It should be noted that the products are clearly labeled with both numbers and am vs. pm.

 

My Results:

I am putting myself out there and being totally transparent as I rarely go out or photograph myself with out any makeup, but in order to see results it is obviously necessary.

My thoughts prior to starting:

One Month:

My thoughts one month in:

Two Months:

 

Overall:

As promised, I used the Rodan and Fields Redefine Amp It Up exclusively for the two months.  I feel as though all of my areas of concern are improved and the overall look and quality of my skin is much better.  Several thoughts regarding my two month trial:  prior to using Rodan and Fields, I had a great morning routine.  Rodan and Fields morning routine is actually shorter than my previous routine, which is a plus.  My evening routine was somewhat inconsistent.  Using Rodan and Fields caused me to develop a better routine and habits. I wish I had done more to protect my skin and establish a good skin care routine at a much younger age.  Advise to millennials – start now if you haven’t already!

Lori is one month in to her two month trial.  Come back in another month to hear Lori’s thoughts and see her results!

Do you have a skin care routine you swear by or have you found a “face lift” in a bottle?  Please share!

This post is not endorsed by Rodan and Fields.  This post is my own and represents 100% of my honest opinions.

A Special Thank You:

If you’re interested in any of the Rodan and Fields products, please reach out to Joanna Pritchard at: JoannaPritchard.myrandf.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soft Surroundings

Soft Surroundings – Part 3 of 3

I cannot tell you how pleased FTF was when Soft Surroundings approached us to choose pieces from their Fall “Transitional and Timeless” collection.   If you haven’t heard about Soft Surroundings before, their philosophy is to #Livesoft by making it easy for women to take time out for themselves. They do this by providing soft-yet-stylish outfits that are amazingly comfortable.

I’ve been receiving Soft Surroundings catalogs in the mail for a number years and have been a fan.    Not only have I bought clothing and shoes, but have purchased their home items as well.  I was thrilled a few years ago when they opened a retail location at La Encantada here in Tucson. The only thing I wish they carried in their store are their shoes.  Love, love their shoes!

As I was browsing the selections Soft Surroundings sent us to choose from,  I saw these Ellenora Mules and fell in love with them immediately.   Given that embroidery is a big trend this fall/winter season, these were a must have.   Therefore, the outfit I selected had to go with the shoes!  LOL

I can tell you in all honesty that I love every single piece that I received from Soft Surroundings. The quality is great, the pieces worked so well together and are great staples to build other outfits with.

The Pants

Like Julie and Lori, I chose the 5 Pocket Pull On Leggings.  They come in 7 different colors and also come in tall, petite and women sizes.  I chose the washed denim (so they could go with my mules!)  What a huge surprise these pants were.   I wouldn’t classify these as leggings, as they are more of a heavier jean material, but they have stretch to them.  They are so comfortable and flattering.   Even my husband said they looked great.   I loved them so much I went over to the store and bought another pair in willow green and found this cute embroidery top to match.

The Top

I ordered the Berkeley Top in Olive because of the fun flared sleeves.  I was a little bit worried the top might be too clingy because it’s made with some spandex.   But it wasn’t an issue.   The top fit great and is flattering on me.    This top also comes in tall, petite and women’s sizes and 6 great fall colors.    The top is on sale right now for $39.99

The Shoes

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I fell in love with the Ellenora Mules.   I especially like the fact that I could start wearing them immediately.   Unfortunately, there are fall shoes I would love to wear right now, but I would look a bit ridiculous wearing them when the temps are still in the 80’s.  The quality of this shoe is fabulous, fits true to size and are very comfortable.   The shoe also comes in tan as well.   The shoe was worth the $139 price tag, but are on sale right now for $99.99.

The Necklace

I thought this Kamilah Necklace blended in well with the color pallet of the outfit.  I liked that the blue tassel is the focal-point and that the necklace has a textured look to it. Was $89.95; Now $69.99

One of our blogging friends JODIE’S TOUCH OF STYLE is also working with Soft Surroundings.  I thought I would share her post so you can see how others are wearing some of the same pieces to give you ideas of how they could work for you!  Link to post here

So, there you have it.   I’m starting to get ready for fall.   How about you?

A special thank you to Soft Surroundings for sending FTF the outfits for us to share with you.  If you missed Julie and Lori’s post’s, you can view them below

Julie

Lori

The posts are not endorsed by Soft Surroundings.  The posts are our own and represents 100% of our honest opinions.

Update:   I just received this fabulous bag of goodies from SS    How lovely is that!   Those of you that follow our blog know I love a good scarf, so can’t wait to wear this one.  I’m anxious to try the skin care products and will share with you my thoughts after I have a chance to use them.

 

Soft Surroundings

My Time. My Place. My self.

(Naperville, Illinois)

Soft Surroundings – Part 2 of 3

Fashion Trends and Friends were thrilled to receive an email asking if we’d be interested in collaborating with Soft Surroundings…well let us think about it – YES!  We each were given the opportunity to select a top, pants, jewelry item and shoes from the Soft Surroundings Fall Transition Line.  How fun and exciting is that?!  We jumped at the opportunity!  Last week Julie showed you what she chose, I’ll show you my choices this week and next week Cindy will preview her choices!  This was a pretty easy assignment as I was already a Soft Surroundings fan!  I did however approach the project a little differently from Julie and Cindy.  Instead of looking to create an outfit I chose pieces that I could mix and match with other things in my closet.

 

I chose the Wanderer top.  This tee-weight slub top is light and breathable in pure cotton, with a cardigan’s snap-front panache and relaxed side slits. Front princess seams, long sleeves. Cotton. 27″ long.  It is shown in Canyon Red but I preferred the Vintage Black.  This fabric is so soft!  It feels great on your skin!

 

Like Julie, Soft Surroundings 5 Pocket Pull on Leggings was my pant choice but I selected them in white.   White pants and shorts are my fashion uniform for the summer.  However if white isn’t for you they come in six other colors!  You are sure to find one you like.  They have a real button and fake zipper front but the waist is actually elastic and they pull up like leggings.  Genius!  In the picture below I’ve combined the Wanderer top and 5 Pocket Pull on Leggings for a casual Friday office look but I can wear each with many other pieces in my closet!

 

I couldn’t resist this Terre Necklace!  It is only available now in black stone and ivory.  I chose it in brown and ivory.  They are both beautiful!  The neutral tones make it easily wearable.

I love this top and wanted to transition it to fall.  So I paired it with jeans, booties and this awesome necklace and voila I have a great fall look!

 

To say I fell in love with these Paydon Sneakers is an understatement!  I love everything about them but especially the tassels!  It is a shoe like this that takes an outfit from ordinary to wow what a cute outfit!!  I paired them with white jeans and a denim shirt to run errands and they put a little something extra in my step!

 

Soft Surroundings – Naperville, Illinois

Julie and I went to Soft Surroundings in Naperville, IL.  What a beautiful store!  Our intent was to exchange sizes on a couple of items and well, you know what happened next.  Here are a few of the things I had to buy!  I love this Perfect Layers Top!  For girls like me with a chubby middle it is a really great choice because the layers flow away from the waist and hide a million sins!

I also had to have these great Metro Leggings.  They come in nine different colors. I liked them because of the fit and the comfort of the elastic waistband.  I must say I would never wear them as shown below.  I will wear them with a longer top that covers the waist and hides the elastic waist band.

Although I didn’t buy the top below I loved it.  I just wasn’t sure where I would wear it.  Julie also tried it on and it looked amazing on her too!

 

Thank you Soft Surroundings for asking Fashion Trends and Friends to partner with you.  We were already fans and had a wonderful experience and appreciate the opportunity to review your Fall Transition Line!

Which item was your favorite?  Return next week for part 3 in our 3 part series for Cindy’s fall transition picks!