Staying true to yourself, your age and fashion while ON a budget

My friend Deanna and I were chatting the other morning and we both agreed that it is so much more challenging dressing ourselves now in our (clear my throat) late (yikes!) 30’s than it ever was before.

Yes, we are more settled and we know ourselves better than before but, when it comes to staying true to who we are as individuals and trying to stay fashionable (ON a budget), it is WAY harder!

After shopping in the same stores (like Urban Outfitters for example) for decades, as much as I love the store still, when I go in there now, I can no longer easily find items like I used to.

Why you might ask!?

My body has changed and so has my lifestyle.

Most of the stores I was used to shop in, have not grown with me.

They are still catering to late teens and twenty somethings and well, I am no longer either one of those.

The short dresses for one, are too short. (I don’t feel like wearing long maxi dresses all the time)

Did I mention that I’m 38 and I have a child?

If I bend over to pick Lily up, I don’t want to pull a Britney. (even though i wear underwear)

So, where does this leave us ladies in our late 30’s still wanting to remain fashionable?

We are no longer Urban Outfitters BUT we are not Talbots either. (of course it would be much easier if we could all afford Stella McCartney, Chloe and Celine)

I have had waves of struggling with this these past years. (ask Will. poor Will)

I’m faithful to Zara (for bottoms, tops, dresses and footwear, I think they do a great job at catering to many ages), Gap (basics), French Connection (dresses, tops and footwear), Free People (sweaters, jackets and footwear), Anthropologie (lounge wear and jewelry) and I can still find some things at Forever 21 (or Forever 31 as I like to call it).

My best advice is: go out and try (and try and try) things on.

Don’t be afraid to try things you haven’t tried before.

If you know you are not so good at shopping, ask a friend to go with you to help.

It is always good to have someone (hopefully with somewhat of a style sense) to give you a new perspective on things and new suggestions.

Also, don’t be afraid to shop online or to buy something you are not so sure about.

Take it (or receive it) home and try it on with other things in your wardrobe in the comfort of your own home (mirrors and lights).

Just make sure the retailer you are buying from has a full refund policy.

Have fun with fashion, whatever you do, stay true to who YOU are! (otherwise you won’t wear it, and then what’s the point?)

P.S.- I know that age is how you feel in your heart and blah, blah, blah but really, who wants to see a 70 year old woman in a mini skirt even if she still feels 18 in her heart?

Have a great (and fashionableร‚ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) weekend everyone!!

me in my bathroom trying things on ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dress by F21

Cardigan by Zara

Mommy Style Update

I’m trying to get back into fashion because I have missed it. (don’t worry, it is still a baby blog and there will still be a lot of Lily pictures)

I’m trying to actually get “dressed” every day like I used to before Lily was born.

I feel like I have become quite lazy about dressing and taking care of myself so, I figured this will at least make me motivated.

It might not be a daily post, or it might , either way, here’s the debut of MOMMY STYLE UPDATE.

Today: The classic white shirt.

Everyone has done it.

Mine is actually a pajama top that was hanging in my closet so I thought “why not?”.

Lily and I went to the library, to lunch and to the post office and this is what we wore:



A baguette run

It was so beautiful out all day yesterday, we really spent most of the day out on our balcony with the exception of a long morning walk.

We walked to our favorite French bakery and picked up a fresh baguette to make lunch sandwiches with.

It was a nice and easy saturday, hope you all had a great day too!

Lily wears:

dress- Old Navy

shoes- Pediped



Beachin’ it

I know that a lot of you are surrounded by snow in super cold weather and I swear I’m not rubbing these beach pictures in your face.

Beach days like yesterday are a pay back for ALL the horrible hot and humid days I go through living here. (for what seems like 8-9 months out of the year)

It had been a while (october?) since we had gone to the beach in bathing suits and had gone swimming.

It felt great!!!


Cool house stuff

Daydreaming of a house has been keeping my mind busy these days.

Well, not just daydreaming of a house BUT daydreaming of decorating the house.

When it comes to house goods, I’m a sucker for Anthropologie. (I like to go in there and get ideas because everything is SO expensive!)

They always have such great textiles and ceramics…

Here are some things that have me going goo-goo, ga-ga!!

i saw these in the store the other day and fell in love!


Fall fashion. Day 6

Another grey, cold and rainy day here in Beja, Portugal. (it’s ok really, we have had beautiful weather up until now)

We are going to Lisboa to pick Will up at the airport in a little while and we are super excited!!! (we have never been apart for this long)

My inspiration today is the painter Gustav Klimt. He is one of my favorite artists and when he painted he always wore a long smock.

My tunic isn’t necessarily long ๐Ÿ˜‰ but, it reminds me of the painting smocks I used to wear in pre-school.

What I’m wearing: Knitted hat by Urban Outfitters, Earrings by Anthropologie, Tunic by some random Portuguese label, Shirt underneath by Forever 21 (31 ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), Tights by some other random Portuguese label, Bag by Zara, Booties by French Connection (they’re baaaaack!!!)


Fall fashion. Day 5

It is a windy, grey, cold, rainy day today.

If I were to go out I would wear this:

Jacket/coat by Anthropologie (gift from Will), Dress by Forever 21 (or Forever 31 as I like to call it), Shirt worn underneath by French Connection, Tights by H&M, Boots by Matisse (surprise! I wore different ones today ๐Ÿ˜‰ )


Fall fashion. Day 2

Ok, I’m back from trying to update my Portuguese ID card and passport.


Will be harder than I thought.

Anyway, it is such a beautiful (and warm) day here it hardly feels like fall.

I just realized after taking the pictures that I’m big time into navy and gray this fall.

Striped shirt by Zara (I love Zara!), White tank by Gapbody, Corduroy legging/pants by Anthropologie (seriously, I have to try really hard to not put these on every day, I bought them in gray and olive green. they areร‚ย  awesome!!), Bag by Urban Outfitters (also functions as a diaper bag), Headband by CVS (6 colors for like $5.00. hello!), Sunglasses by Marc Jacobs (old but LOVE!), Traditional Portuguese gold earrings that were a gift from my dad, Booties by French Connection (you will seriously see these on my feet almost every day because i LOVE them!!)

Is everyone else having as much fun as me doing this?

Thanks Emeryjo!!

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Summer fashion week- day 5

Well, fashion week is over ๐Ÿ™ . It was sooooooo much fun!

Not only was it a great opportunity to dress up but to also meet some new ladies who I would not have had the chance to meet through this blogging world.

So, I saved the best for last.

This is one of my favorite dresses.

I love the color combination, I love the fit, I love the fact that it has pockets (I love dresses with pockets) and I love the way it can easily be dressed up (in this case) or dressed down.

These were taken in our building’s courtyard. Everything is so green right now. I think it made the perfect background.

headband (it’s actually the belt for the dress, Missoni), earrings (vintage* Anthropologie)

dress (vintage* Missoni), clutch (vintage* GAP)

shoes (vintage* Marni, a gift from my friend Connie)

*You know what I mean when I say “vintage”. I mean I’ve owned for years. ๐Ÿ˜‰