MAPLE LEOPARD: February 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Why You Should Have a Capsule Wardrobe


Wardrobe overload is a very real thing for us ladies! We've spent years compiling different pieces to build the most chic outfits, and the next thing you know, our closet is overstuffed  with clothes, we can't find the cardigan we bought last April. What if I told you there was a way you could have a several  outfits with limited items of clothing? Don't believe me? Let me tell you about one of the latest  trends in fashion: the capsule wardrobe.

Why a capsule wardrobe?

Capsule wardrobes are meant to keep your wardrobe lean and versatile. By adding creative accents to the staple pieces in your capsule wardrobe, you can make the most out of a small closet. By buying so much less, you girls can spend a little more and go for quality over quantity! I am so guilty of buying too many clothes I got on a cheap deal! My closet is screaming " Clean me out, so you can find something to where!" Ha...Yep too many clothes and can't decide what to wear.

For example, instead of buying three pairs of stiff dress pants, go for a more comfortable option, with high quality dress pants that are made of the same material as yoga pants. Rather than buying new shoes for every occasion, grab some cute boots, a go-to pair of comfy chic sneakers, and something with a little pop instead.

 Getting started

The hardest part about starting your capsule wardrobe will be the initial purging of your closet. They say the only way to eat a whale is one bite at a time. Start by pulling things out of the closet and setting them out in categories. Once you realize how much of everything you have, you'll have to start the process of parting with some of your endeared pieces .

Make the most of your closet when you're getting rid of things. Take your excess clothes to a consignment shop such as:  Plato's Closet. Or if you're feeling more generous, to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. Once you've narrowed down your stash, it's time to take a look and start rebuilding! This quick five-step guide will be a huge help in the quest to build out a lean capsule wardrobe.


Why You Should Have a Capsule Wardrobe
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Fierce 50 Campaign: Valerie Introduces Eugenia




the fierce 50 Campaign: Valerie introduceds Eugenia


Today is the launch of the " The Fierce 50" annual campaign! I am so excited to be part of this awesome project, celebrating women who are in the second act of life: 50 years old and beyond.

50 women have come together to celebrate and support each other in life and in their blogging journey.  A link to all the fabulous blogs participating can be found here. Catherine of CatherineGraceO is the mastermind of this project and we are all so grateful she invited all of us to join!

I am so honored to be included!  Each of the fifty women were paired with a blog buddy to feature on their blog on the 50th day of the year- today! I am blessed to connect with so many talented and powerful women, changing the paradigm of how females over 50 are viewed in society. So with no farther adieu,

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fierce and Fabulous: Why Life is Golden After 50



Wow, it's hard to believe I just had another bday. Age is just an number anyway isn't it?! At least I am trying to convince myself ! I am fully immersed in the years that are dubbed "Golden'! Well some days since turning 50  a few years ago, have been golden and others not so much ha!

"I'm not 50, I'm 18 with 32 years of experience"

Monday, February 6, 2017

Casual Winter Outfit


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I hope wherever you are  today, you are warm and toasty! Punxsutawny Phil can just go crawl back in his hole! Ha, six more weeks of winter he says,  and wowzers it sure has made a blast here in western Washington. We had a huge dump of snow last night!

In harsh winter temps, layering up is key to staying warm. The challenge- how to stay warm and still be stylish!  An outerwear vest is the perfect piece to style a casual winter look with.

My new found love is puffer vests. I never used to like them, as they are so bulky and don't fit so well under a coat. I always felt like a puffer fish wearing one! This year they are super popular, and you can find them in every color and print you can imagine.

I was looking for one in silver or gray, and didn't have much luck.  I guess I was in good graces with Santy Claus this year- he brought me exactly what I was looking for. The vests are so fun for casual wear, or you can even dress one up by pairing with a pencil skirt.

And the booties...ah velvet and suede ones are all the rage this winter! Burgundy boots have been on my radar for a long time. I was dancing a happy dance when I found these last October, on a visit home to Vancouver BC.

This outfit is great also for a casual Valentine look. It's great to try something different and break away from traditional holiday colors. Red is the color for the season of love, but not a color that I wear well. Are you planning a special outfit(s) for Valenites? Would love to hear in the comments.

Off I go now to play in the white stuff , since we are all snowed in  and sooo sad we can't make it to work, ha! Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet, I hope you come back soon. I have an exciting project coming up I can't wait to share!



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