How to dress for cold mornings and warm afternoons

Now that we have finally moved into fall in southern California, the mornings are quite chilly around 54F / 12C and the afternoon can heat up to 72F / 22C.  So what’s a gal to do? Dress light and freeze in the morning or dress heavy and sweat in the afternoon?  How about .. layering!

In the morning, I pile on the layers, but make sure that I can peel those layers off as the day gets warmer.  Today, I started off with a cap sleeve, gray dress and knee high boots.  For warmth, I added a denim suit jacket and an infinity scarf.

Layering for cool mornings

Layering for cool mornings: DKNY Denim Suit  Jacket (similar), Naturalizer N5 boots (similar),  Knit Infinity Scarf from Target

Later in the day I just take off the jacket and the scarf and tuck the scarf into my tote bag.

Gray dress by Chaps for Kohl's

Gray dress by Chaps for Kohl’s

The dress that I’m wearing is no longer available at Kohl’s, but for the pear shaped gal, try Dana Buchman Solid Fit & Flare dress or Chaps Colorblock Sheath dress with 3/4 sleeves.

The bag that I’m carrying is the Park Leather Pyramid Stud Carrier Tote that I purchased online at Coach Outlet.  This tote was originally $428.00 and I paid $174.50 and now it’s at $159.50 (grrrr).  I guess as quantities go down, so does the price.  However, if your heart is set on a particular bag, grab it, as really cute bags sell out quickly.

Park leather pyramid tote, Coach Outlet

Park leather pyramid tote, Coach Outlet

What are your favorite ways to layer for cold mornings and warm afternoons?

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Alice over at Happiness At Mid-Life!

Zenergy Neema Emma Cargo Crop Pants

Downtown San Diego from Shelter Island

Downtown San Diego from Shelter Island

On Sunday, the spouse and I went out to lunch and then stopped on Shelter Island Drive to take a few pictures.  It was a warm and sunny weekend and I was in a super casual, sporty mood so I decided to wear my Zenergy crop pants, a sleeveless top from Nike, and a  C9 by Champion Hoodie from Target

The Zenergy line is from Chico’s and I have to say that I’m not a huge fan of Chico’s as I find most of their clothing over embellished and the sizing drives me nuts.  For example, my size in pants is 10, but at Chico’s I’m a 1 or 1.5.   I wear a medium top, but at Chico’s that is a small, size 1.   Believe me, the smaller sizing doesn’t make me feel like a smaller person, it just makes it harder for me to shop.

Anyway, I do like Chico’s Zenergy line for pants.  As a pear shaped gal, I can’t really be too picky about where I buy my pants as I’m always on the hunt for a great fit.  These pants are made of a polyester/spandex so they have a little give to them, but retain their shape and are virtually wrinkle free.

Zenergy Crop Pants  (Chico's)

Zenergy Crop Pants (Chico’s)

I really like how the pants have a dressier snap and zipper closure vs pull on pants.  The pants also have a cute ring loop detail on the cargo side pockets.  There are slant pockets on the front as well and panel pockets on the back.  The pants sit just below the waist and have a ribbed elastic band for comfort.  Of course, I paid full price ($75) for these pants, but if you can find your size, the pants are on sale for under $40 depending on color.

Other than that, I hope the weather in your location was reasonably nice too and that you were able to get out and about this weekend.

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style!

A Celebration Give Away for 2014

This give away is now closed.

Happy 2nd Anniversary to A Pear Shaped Gal!  This blog has been up and running since November 2012 and I’m happy to see the blog grow and progress and I owe it all to you dear readers!

Now on to the give away ..

A few months ago, for my points reward at Sephora, I chose a small gift set of shampoo, conditioner, and styling cream from Alterna.  Little did I know how wonderful the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture line would be for my hair.  Once I was done with the samples, I went out and purchased the full size which I blogged about here.  Since Alterna products are expensive, I wasn’t sure I’d repurchase, but I’ve been using Alterna since August and yes, it’s worth repurchasing.

And so .. I’d like one lucky person to experience Alterna by winning the Caviler Experience Kit. To enter, please leave a comment below and add me to your Google+.  That’s it!  One winner will be selected at random and I’ll contact you via email for your mailing address.  The give away is open Nov 6th and will close on Nov 13th and open to domestic and international regions.

Alterna Caviar Experience Kit

Alterna Caviar Experience Kit | Photo from Ulta

This kit includes:

  • Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo: Sulfate free shampoo provides hydration to moisture-starved hair. (1.35 oz.)
  • Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Conditioner: Nourishing conditioner that hydrates while protecting from damage. (1.35 oz.)
  • Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue: Intensive overnight treatment that repairs hair while you sleep. (1.0 oz.)
  • Caviar Working Hair Spray: Provides humidity resistance with a flexible hold. (0.5 oz.)
    Sleek, silver cosmetic bag.

Good luck!!  And thank you for stopping by :-)

Cheers,
Monica

 

Simply Vera Wang Floral Baseball Jacket

I picked up this cute Simply Vera Wang Floral Baseball Jacket at Kohl’s a month or so ago and haven’t been able to wear it as southern California was hanging on to summer weather through September.  Now that we are moving into November, the weather is crisper in the morning, so if you’re always cold like me, then this baseball jacket will chase away the chill.

Simply Vera Wang Floral Baseball Jacket_front

Simply Vera Wang Floral Baseball Jacket_front

The body of the jacket is a silky floral and the sleeves are a smooth polyester.  The floral design is also on the back of the jacket.

Simply Vera Wang Floral Baseball Jacket_back

Simply Vera Wang Floral Baseball Jacket_back

For an easy weekend look I added a plain light blue t-shirt, silver belt, Sonoma boyfriend jeans  and my Spye Hale booties from Clarks.  This style of shoe is no longer available, but the Spye Belle booties from Clarks are similar.

Baseball Jacket, Boyfriend Jeans, and Booties

Baseball Jacket, Boyfriend Jeans, and Booties

On a side note – How was your Halloween?  We had about 10 kids although I bought candy for 50!  Oh, well .. I’m bringing the candy to work tomorrow and it’ll probably be gone by noon.

Cheers,
Monica

NYDJ, Sheri Print Stretch Skinny Jeans in Caribou

As mentioned in my, Skinny Jeans for a pear shape post, I purchased three pairs of NYDJ.  The second pair that I purchased are the Sheri Print Stretch Skinny Jeans in Caribou.  These jeans have a really fun animal print that you have to look closely to see.  I’m not one for bold prints so I find this print really fun and the black and brown color is quite a nice change to wearing solid black jeans.

NYDJ, Sheri Print Stretch Skinny Jeans in Caribou

NYDJ, Sheri Print Stretch Skinny Jeans in Caribou

The lace top that I’m wear is an older piece that I purchased from Costco (yes, Costco).  Always check out those tables when you have a Costco run, you never know what you might find in their clothing section.

NYDJ_Sheri_Print Stretch_Skinny Jeans_in_Caribou

NYDJ | Nordstrom

My shoes are the Naturalizer N5 Contour Danya Sandals.  I’ve worn these before in other blog posts.  These heels are a super comfortable shoes.

Next up are a maroon stretch pair of NYDJ which I do need to have hemmed first :-)  Stay tuned!

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Alice over at Happiness at Mid-Life

Fresh, Raw, Organic Skin Care by The Body Deli

BodyDeli_Collage

I first became familiar with The Body Deli while watching Kassie’s youtube channel called CloudyApples.  She did a morning routine video where she mentioned that she was using a Vital-C Serum by a company called The Body Deli.  The product sounded interesting and I wanted to give it a try.  I went to the web site, put the product in my basket and when I went to check out, the shipping seemed a bit high to continue the purchase (FedEx ground, $9.82).

So I searched the web site further and was happy to find the store front is in Palm Desert. The store is just a couple of blocks from our house on highway 111.  I’ve driven by this location a dozen times in the last two years, but I was never curious enough to investigate further.

This weekend I stopped by the store and when I walked in, the scent was just like a juice bar – raw and delicious.  I smelled a dozen products and purchased the Vital-C Serum and a lavender chamomile deluxe mini body kit.  So far, I am loving these products.

Lavender Chamomile Deluxe Mini Body Kit

Lavender Chamomile Deluxe Mini Body Kit

If you’re ever in the desert and you love natural products, check out The Body Deli.

The Body Deli
73-910 HWY 111, Suite B
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Cheers,
Monica

Faded Glory Curvy Fit Jeans

I’m fairly lucky that the dress code within the company I work for is business casual and since we rarely see customers, the dress code goes down another notch and includes jeans.

On a recent trip to Walmart, where I sometimes purchase basic clothing items such as t-shirts or active wear, I decided to see what they had for jeans.  I honestly wasn’t expecting much, but I did find a pair of jeans from the Faded Glory line and of course, the “curvy through hip and thigh” label caught my eye.  I tried on a size 10P (petite as I didn’t want to hem the pants) and loved the fit.  What was even better was the price:  $14.44

I really like the contrasting stitching with the dark wash denim.  The pocket design is simple but decorative.

Faded Glory Curvy Boot Jeans, Walmart

Faded Glory Curvy Boot Jeans, Walmart

The long sleeve shirt from JCP is made of a silk/cotton blend which makes the shirt soft and breathable. I am starting to like JC Penny a lot more as they are really trying to lure customers back with good deals.  This shirt retails for $48, but I got it on sale for $27.99.

The Coach suede loafers are from T.J. Maxx and I just happed to be in the right place at the right time and scooped these up.  T.J. Maxx now has online purchasing available so it’s worth a look as they do have those comfy shoe brand names like:  Clarks (Lockney Ice flate – leather!), and Born (Ashlen Loafer – leather!).

Coach, Suede Loafers, TJ Maxx

Coach, Suede Loafers, TJ Maxx

I recently wore these jeans to the office and a female colleague stopped me in the hall to say that she liked my jeans and asked me to turn around so she could see the back pockets .. lol. She was really surprised when I revealed that the jeans were from Walmart.

Inexpensive outfit: Top (JCP), Jeans (Walmart), Shoes (TJMaxx)

Inexpensive outfit: Top (JCP), Jeans (Walmart), Shoes (TJMaxx)

What are your favorite items to buy at Walmart?

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Alice over at Happiness at Mid-Life!

Skinny jeans for a pear shape

This weekend I was determined to find skinny jeans or leggings instead of my normal boot cut jeans uniform.  Jeans that are marketed to the “slim through hip and thigh” club are normally not available for the curvy gal.

So why do the gals that are slim through hip and thigh get all the good clothing options? Well, I’m not having it, so I headed to Nordstrom.  I went straight to the Not Your Daughters Jeans and pulled all the jeans in size 8 that had a slim leg.  I found three pairs that I thought would (hopefully) fit and off to the dressing room I went.  I was surprised to find that these jeans fit really well.  I found skinny jeans for the pear shaped gal jack pot!

Now, I know that NYDJ are rather expensive, but I did start my search at discount stores such as Kolh’s, then Macy’s and found nothing.  NYDJ are constructed to really pull in those trouble spots, especially in the hip and thigh area.  Sadly, I don’t have those nice long and lean legs, but you can see from the photo below, that NYDJ makes me look like I do.

The floral peasant top that I’m wearing is from Kohls.  This particular top is no longer available, but the Jennifer Lopez line has a bright pink and purple peasant top that would look great with these dark gray skinnies.

Peasant top, Vera Wang, Kohls

Peasant top, Vera Wang, Kohls

I purchased three pairs of NYDJ skinny jeans so more outfits to come featuring these fabulously fitting skinny jeans!

Cheers,
Monica

Linking up with Patti, over at Not Dead Yet Style