Simply Vera Faux Wrap Sweater

I like the word simple.  I like when things are simple, uncomplicated, manageable and effortless. That’s how I feel about my style – simple – like this easy to wear faux wrap sweater from Kohl’s.

This sweater is probably meant for an after yoga class cover-up, but I decided to create a carefree dinner outfit with a white cami, white jeans and black cage booties.  A simple outfit for a gal who has finally realized that intricate, embellished outfits are no longer the focus of her wardrobe.

Simply Vera Faux Wrap Sweater | Kohl's

Simply Vera Faux Wrap Sweater, Size M, Color, Sky Captain | Kohl’s

This soft faux wrap sweater has a nice long drape and hits mid hip. Although not shown, the sleeves also have thumb holes, which is a nice cozy detail.  This sweater is now on clearance for $21.60 (reg $54).

Simple outfit

Simple gal, simple outfit

Cheers, Monica

Link up with: Alice (Happiness at Mid Life), Nicole (High Latitude Style), Dawn (Fashion Should be Fun), Allison (Sydney Fashion Hunter)

Haul – Ulta, TJMaxx, Big Lots, Burlington

Happy Plant in new ceramic pot | Big Lots

Happy Plant in new ceramic pot | Big Lots

After a few too many days of overcast weather, I went on a shopping spree when the sun was able to poke through the clouds. I sometimes think I have a touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  This is normally a winter disorder where the lack of sunshine makes people feel depressed.  Well, I feel a bit depressed after only 5 days of no sunlight.  This probably makes me sound like a hypochondriac, but overcast weather basically paralyzes me and turns me into a lazy sloth.  While I’m a functioning adult and can take care of things, I’m not motivated to do anything extra like blogging or create videos.  Overcast weather sucks the life right out of me.

So when the sun was out on Friday, I sort of got that motivational ‘high’ and off I went to do a little retail therapy which you can view here:



Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs. Neutrals
Emily’s Video: Sweet Peach Alternatives
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
L’Oreal GelLacquer Liner, Slate
CoverGirl Prof Remarkable Washable Waterproof Mascara

T.J. Maxx:
Empire Australia Coconut Oil & Fruity Blueberry Shower Wash
SunFood Cacao Powder
Cute Dog Toy
Columbia Tee Shirt

Maple Syrup – If the bottle says ‘real’ maple syrup, check the label to make sure it’s 100% maple syrup and not a percentage of syrup to corn syrup.
On the Border Cantina Salsa – Yum!
Sky Bar, candy bar
Ceramic Flower Pot

LA Gear Active Top

Cheers, Monica.

The Sateen Jacket

Yes, this is another long lost jacket that was hanging in my closet.  It was layered on one hanger with the white top and necklace.  I think I do this because I like to see the complete outfit, but it simply disappears in the depths of the closet and never sees the light of day.  In fact, I think this outfit combo is 3 yrs old – never worn.

Purple Sateen Jacket (old) | Chicos

Purple Sateen Jacket (no longer available) | Chicos – **Here’s a cute option: Faux-Leather Champagne Jacket

Once in a while, I’ll browse Chico’s clothing.  Most of the time, the clothing is over embellished, but sometimes I’ll find a nice item like this purple sateen jacket.  The jacket adds a nice pop of color to my fairly neutral closet.

White Top (old) | Chicos

White Top (no longer available) | Chicos

The top is also from Chico’s and I really like the gathered material at the neck line of the top and also purchased the long necklace with purple beads to complement the jacket.

Casual Outfit SoCal Style

Casual Outfit SoCal Style | Sandals by Kelly & Katie (DSW) no longer available

I’m all for a light weight jacket that I can take off once the sun burns through the over cast sky. The weather is its usual May gray (can hardly wait for June gloom) and I’m pretty much going to take off to the desert very soon.

Hope your weekend was sunny 🙂

Cheers, Monica

Linking up with Patti, Not Dead Yet Style

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The Long Cardigan and One Closet Rule

Today’s outfit is one of those hidden gems recently un-covered by my closet clean out.  It was hidden because I have a bad habit of layering my clothing on one hanger to save space.  Of course, then I can “see” what I have and these items just get lost.  Now that I have space, all clothing items are hanging on a single hanger – no more hanger layering for me.


As a closet rule, try not to hang more than one item on a hanger.

Now onto the outfit of the day:

Daisy Fuentes Top | Kohls

Top (Kohls) | Delicate Pave Leaf Necklace (Express)

I have on a simple cap sleeve fuchsia top from Kohls.  I thought the gathered material at the waist made a plain top look more interesting.  My jeans are the jeggings from Democracy and my wedge sandals are from Target purchased last summer.

SimplyVera Long Sweater (Kohls)

SimplyVera Long Silver and Black Sweater (Kohls)

The long cardigan is a very light weight topper that is great for those cooler spring mornings and evenings.  When the day heats up, it’s easy to take off and not too heavy to carry around.

Hope you are all having a wonderful spring – can’t believe summer is just right around the corner.

Cheers, Monica

Link up with: Alice (Happiness at Mid Life), Nicole (High Latitude Style), Dawn (Fashion Should be Fun), Allison (Sydney Fashion Hunter)

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A Keeper – A Classic Little Black Dress

While I’ve known that this classic black dress was in the back of my closet, I don’t think I’ve laid eyes on it for many years.  This dress is easily 20 yrs old, but due to its simplicity, is still stylish in 2016.

I recall purchasing this dress for an office Christmas party and instead of purchasing a party type dress, I wanted something that I would be able to wear again.  I found this simple dress with a silver clasp detail at Nordstrom.  I don’t remember the price, but I do remember that I had to have the dress altered.  The seamstress wasn’t amused because the dress basically needed to be re-built.  The dress was a straight sheath type of cut and of course wasn’t working with my hips.  So I had to buy a size large and the seamstress had to take the dress in at the top and re-cut the waist.  She did a great job as the dress fits like it was made for me.

Classic Black Dress (vintage) | Nordstrom

Classic Black Dress (vintage) | Nordstrom

So while cleaning out my closet, I tried on this dress and was surprised that it fit as I’ve dropped a few pounds due to eating better and working out.  However, I don’t really need this type of dress and put it into the donation pile.

Silver Clasp Detail

Silver Clasp Detail

I took a break from the closet clean out and had time to think about that dress sitting in the donation pile and decided to hang it back up in the closet.  It occurred to me that I’ll probably never find a classic, little black dress like this again and since it was truly cut for my shape – well, I better keep it.

Classic Black Dress (vintage) | Nordstrom

Classic Black Dress (vintage) | Nordstrom

One of the lessons that I learned while cleaning out my closet is that while a capsule wardrobe is all fine and dandy, you don’t need to get rid of EVERYTHING.  Certain clothing items are memorable pieces in our lives and there is always room in the closet for these small treasures.

Shop the Classic Black Dress here:

Cheers, Monica

Link up with: Alice (Happiness at Mid Life), Nicole (High Latitude Style), Dawn (Fashion Should be Fun), Allison (Sydney Fashion Hunter)

April 2016 Vitacost Haul

April 2016 Vitacost Haul

April 2016 Vitacost Haul

I recently ordered five items from Vitacost and also created a fun video to chat about each item. Below you’ll find a few short descriptions of the items that I purchased if you don’t have time to watch the video.

In order of the video:

1.Metagenics PhytoMulti with Iron – My naturopathic doctor recommended that I pick up a multi vitamin with iron and so I did.  No noticeable change in health, but when I track my macro’s on My Fitness Pal for a couple of days, one of the reports that I ran shows that I don’t get enough iron in my daily nutrition.

2. Mount Hagen Organic Fair Trade Coffee –  I wanted to pick up an organic freeze dried coffee for my Mocha Banana Smoothie – here’s the recipe:

1 cup milk of your choice (cow, almond, coconut, etc)
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp Hersey’s Syrup
1/4 – 1/2 tsp of freeze dried coffee (regular or decaf)
Optional: sprinkle of cinnamon and a few cube of ice.
Blend and enjoy!

3. Desert Essence Organics Green Apple & Ginger Body Wash – Love this shower gel, I’ve purchased it before and it smells wonderful !

4. Seventh Generation Disinfecting Wipes in Lemongrass Citrus – I purchased these wipes to clean the kitchen counter quickly and the wipes do work well, BUT … OMG, this product smells so bad!  Ugh, the scent reminds me of herbal insecticide.  Well, I’ll use them, but won’t purchase again.

5. Lesser Evil Buddah Bowl Organic Popcorn – Delish!  I love the popcorn!  The popcorn is cooked in organic coconut oil and sprinkled with Himalaya pink salt.  So good – can’t wait to buy another bag.  Don’t miss the “live demo” on the video.



Cheers, Monica

The White Suit

While cleaning out my closet, I came across this white suit that I’ve never worn.  I purchased it for a job interview and for some reason didn’t wear it.  My idea was to be the candidate in the “white suit” .. an eye catching reminder that I was a memorable front runner for a particular job.  Not sure why I never wore this suit, but it’s over 10 years old, although still looks quite modern.  I’ve decided to donate the suit.  I hope the woman who buys this suit will be the memorable candidate who is hired for that open position.

Jones Wear White Suit Size 8 | JC Penny

Jones Wear White Suit Size 8 | JC Penny

Jones Wear Suit Size 8 | JC Penny

Jones Wear Suit Size 8 | JC Penny

Jones Wear Top | JC Penny

Jones Wear Top | JC Penny


Link up with: Alice (Happiness at Mid Life), Nicole (High Latitude Style), Dawn (Fashion Should be Fun)

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2016 Goals 1st Quarter Update

Well hello there.  You may have noticed that I’ve been absent from my blog.  I’m in one of those blogging ruts.  It seems that what I wrote about these past three years isn’t relative to my life now, so I’m re-thinking my blog content.  It’s a slow process, but I will find direction eventually.

For today’s post I shot an update video of my 2016 goals and how I’m doing.  If you don’t have time to watch the video, no worries, I’ve written a summary below.

2016 Goals and how I’m doing at the end of the first quarter:

1. Build strength, don’t worry about weight loss.

I took January and February off from Crossfit to focus on recovery from muscle pain.  I’m now working with a Crossfit coach to build a foundation of strength so I can return to the regular workouts of the day (WODs).  I’m only on my third training session, but I am quite happy with the results so far.  Sure, I’m sore after training, but the workouts are light enough so that my muscles are able to adapt and recover.

I would also like to drop 6 – 7 lbs even though that isn’t my original focus.  Everyone in the fitness industry starts a ‘cut’ in spring to look beach ready for summer.  I’m thinking of following along with this fitness trend.

2. Incorporate active rest days.

Although I’m not doing anything special in this area, I am moving more and sitting less. I will say that the dog is enjoying more than one walk per day.

3. Start personal training classes (for Personal Training Certificate):

This is on hold as I found out that my husband and I are invited to a friends wedding in the south of France in September.  I don’t really want to worry about logging into class or have issues with internet connection while traveling.  I just want to go and have a good time.  The spouse and I plan to tour around and perhaps route our flight through Switzerland and site see there too. I’ll re-visit the PT classes in October.

4. Limit spending (buy on sale, only):

I’ve successfully followed this goal during January and February and purchased clothing items on sale.  I haven’t shopped for clothing in March as I’ve realized that I do not need anything.  In fact, I’m working on a capsule wardrobe for spring.  More information to follow.

5. Limit sweets, especially chocolate.

I’ve really done well with this goal.  I haven’t purchased any chocolate bars for the house and although I still eat sweets (just check out my instagram @pearshapedgal), I’m better with the amount of treats that I consume.

If you haven’t re-visited the goals that you made at the beginning of the year – now is the time! Get out that list that you made and see if you’re sticking to your goals. If you are GREAT!  If not, ask yourself why.  Perhaps you simply need to modify your goals or eliminate goals that you can’t complete or are no longer important.  Either way, it’s a great time to do a self check up to make sure you are on track to accomplishing those goals by the end of the year.


Springtime Athleisure

I was feeling a little sporty the other day and the warm weather inspired me to put on this cute, fluttery Everyday skort by Athleta.

Every Day Skort | Athleta

Everyday Skort (Athleta) | Gray Sweat Shirt old (Gap) | Scarf, purchased when I was in Montana (Macy’s)

I was also in the mood to express my inner athlete as I am working with a CrossFit Coach to help me gain strength.  I have been in recovery mode since January and eager to get back to the gym. Problem is, I can’t seem to complete a Crossfit Work Out of the Day (WOD) without suffering greatly for several days with severe muscle pain.  I don’t seem to recover from muscle soreness like I use to, so I need to build a foundation of strength first, then I should be able to have fun at the regular workouts.  My first workout was Monday and while I’m sore, I’m not dying and will be able to workout again this week.

Anyway, back to my skirt, technically a ‘skort’, as there are a cute little pair of built in shorts underneath. We have a fair amount of spring wind at the coast and I’m never worried about flashing my undies.  The shorts have me covered.

Built-In Shorts Eliminates any flash factor (Athleta)

“Built-In Shorts Eliminates any flash factor” (Athleta)


Let’s Shop!

Cheers, Monica

Link up with: Alice (Happiness at Mid Life), Nicole (High Latitude Style), Dawn (Fashion Should be Fun)

My Five Top Picks for the VIB Rouge Sale Event

Top Picks, April 2016 VIB Rouge Sale Event
  1. Buxom Mauve Mavens Lip Polish Duo – $18.00: I purchased this duo back in December 2015 and I love the volumized pout that I get from these lip glosses.  The lip glosses have a bit of a ‘stinging’ sensation to get those lips plump.  The glosses are not sticky and have a vanilla scent.
  2. GlamGlow Poutmud Fizzy Lip Exfollating Treatment – $24.00.  I received a sample of this lip treatment while checking out at Sephora and I really liked how the salty, sweet scrub left my lips soft and exfoliated, so I will be picking up the full size.
  3. The Original Beauty Blender – $20.00.  I’ve never owned a beauty blender!  So thought I’d finally give this one a try.
  4. Lancome Energie de Vie the Melt-In Sleeping Mask – $65.00. I’ve been having a little trouble with dry, itchy skin along my jaw line and wanted a sleeping mask that would deeply hydrate my skin without making my face greasy.  I tried this product out on my hands and it’s like the fountain of youth!  The tops of my hands were instantly hydrated and smooth. This product is definitely on my ‘buy it’ list.
  5. Peter Thomas Roth Lashes to Die For Turbo Nighttime Eyelash Treatment – $85.00. I own this product and it DOES lengthen my lashes, but I haven’t noticed any thickening.  This may be because I have a hard time remembering to apply the product before bed (oye!). The lash serum does not irritate my eyes or discolor the skin around my eyes.  I think this is a great product – now if I could only remember to USE IT !!

What is on your list for the upcoming VIB Sale Event?