Monday Musings- Color Of The Year And Neutral Territory

Happy Monday ladies! Since most of my days meld together of late, I always like to focus on the fresh feeling of a new week. Our weekend was sort of crazy so I loved that our Sunday afternoon drive was extremely uneventful. We got out of the car exactly once, in a deserted town that was, well, deserted. over 50 fashion blogger jennifer connolly of a well styled life wear black fedora, ivory cable sweater and boot cut jeans in Old GeorgetownWe’ve driven through Old Georgetown before but never stopped for pictures so this seemed like a great opportunity.

Here are a few things I’m musing about this week:


Since my climate is pretty mild, I can usually get away with layering several thin layers to stay warm enough. Yesterday was just such a day.

It was too cool for just this cotton/wool cable sweater so I layered it over my trusty denim shirt (similar). I wasn’t in the mood to tuck my shirt so I wore it out and let the slightly cropped sweater define my waist which helps my legs look longer. My barely boot cut jeans are, no surprise, perfect over my boots:) I love the touch of pattern these boots add in the same tones as my sweater. I wore very simple silver hoop earrings and my favorite new lip color recipe…see below.

Lip Color Recipe

Do you combine products to create your own unique blend that’s the perfect color you like to wear? I do and this season it takes three items.kosa lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury Lip pencil and Jane Iredale Lip Fixation

I start with Jane Iredale Lip Fixation Lip Stain in “Fascination” It’s a long-wearing lip stain I’ve used as a base for years under ALL my lipsticks. When everything else has worn off my mouth, a touch of this remains and it never dries out my lips. After that sets, I line my lips with this Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in “Supersize Me”. It goes on very smoothly and stays put! No creeping into lines. I top all this with the Kosas Weightless Lip Color In “Rosewater” which is creamy but stays where I put it. I’d love you to share your color recipe in the comments.

2021 Pantone Colors Of The Year

Pantone has chosen Ultimate Gray and Illuminating as their colors of the year for 2021. The intent is to be a color combination that gives us resilience and hope.pantone color of the year for 2021

“Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.” ~ Pantone

After the year we’ve had, color is a welcome addition to my wardrobe, but I’m unlikely to be sporting the yellow. The gray may feel too dreary on its own this time of year but I still find myself still reaching for neutrals, more times than not. I’m simply more comfortable wearing neutrals and find them a better option for investment dressing.


What would you like to see more of here in 2021?

  • Friendships have developed within this AWSL community so I would like to foster that and facilitate even more connections. Does a private page for more personal sharing appeal to you? Would you be willing to pay a small monthly fee for this group and have more access to me in this group?
  • What would you like to learn from/about me? Are you more curious about my life? What I wear?
  • Would you be interested in what I eat and how I care for my physical and mental health?
  • Do you like to see me style things that may not be my style, but are your style?

I am so very grateful for your wisdom and engagement here so I want to be sure this space serves you as well as me.

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.


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  1. Elaine
    January 3, 2021 / 7:28 pm

    I enjoy your blog, especially articles on how adding just a few new pieces for a specific season can make the rest of your wardrobe sparkle. As a senior citizen who works via video conferencing, I would love tips on looking good on the computer. I have wrinkles, lines, and eye bags. Even with quality skincare products and makeup, the camera adds a good 20 years to my image on the screen. I also have dark circles under my eyes, however, I found that the Mary Kay Eye Correction Stick covers the dark circles. I tried the special computer lamp to enhance one’s appearance, but I didn’t see any difference. Since many people are now working from home, perhaps there are other women who have the same concern. Thanks for asking for suggestions. Happy New Year!

  2. Lori
    January 3, 2021 / 4:57 am

    I really liked your recent “Anatomy of an Outfit” post. It made me realize why I like certain things and don’t like others and how small changes can make a big difference. I’d love to see more posts like this.

  3. Holly
    December 29, 2020 / 5:57 pm

    I have enjoyed your well-written and timely blog for a couple years. I would appreciate seeing you restyle an item in different ways. I always appreciate your dressing room diaries because you often tell us the size you are wearing and that helps me if I order one of the items. Keep on doing what you’re doing!

  4. Janet
    December 29, 2020 / 12:13 pm

    I don’t comment much but have been following your blog for a few years. You are the most relatable of your peers and I like your friendly approach and your awareness that we all have different styles and needs. Since I have been working from home this year, I have less interest in new clothes or make up except for the essentials. I do find your skin and hair care tips useful, also enjoy your recipes and travel news.
    I’m not on Facebook or Instagram, but would certainly consider joining a subscription service. A while ago you offered a service to help with styling an outfit. I may need that if I ever get back to the office!
    Have a wonderful and healthy New Year!

    • Jennifer
      December 29, 2020 / 6:23 pm

      Happy New year, Janet!!

  5. Pat Englund
    December 29, 2020 / 8:09 am

    Happy New Year Jennifer to you and your family!
    Personally I’m interested in being classically stylish and current with skincare. Emotional, spiritual and physical well-being rank high as well. However I’m also quite interested in lifestyle, food and travel. I enjoy when you share in these areas. Yes, I would much prefer to pay a small fee rather than have all the ads and intrusive pop ups on your pages.
    I really enjoy your blog and look forward to reading and connecting with you and the community.

    • Jennifer
      December 29, 2020 / 6:23 pm

      Thank you, Pat. Happy New Year!!

  6. Paulette Levy
    December 29, 2020 / 4:38 am

    Happy New Year, Jennifer! Keep on doing what you’re doing. Love the material and guidance exactly as its done. It’s relevant and modern. Thank you!
    The colors for 2021? Not sure if the yellow works for me! I have a few grey pieces and they’re pretty adaptable……I wear the newer green (almost teal) or navy blue with my grey. Pink works with grey in my humble opinion too. I’m certain no expert but know what garners compliments.

  7. Marian
    December 28, 2020 / 3:39 pm

    As a very long time follower, I am still amazed at how much new and relevant content you are able to come up with. I love DRD, Would You Wear It, Monday Musings and everything as it is. I’ve learned a ton from you. My suggestions:

    More of the budget lines (maybe a quarterly update on Walmart, Old Navy, Target. You know how to suss out the quality pieces!)

    Any organizing or home products you purchased after settling into your new home.

    Cool stuff you come across or things you enjoy (I love Monday musings)

    Snow boots and waterproof boots – That’s sort of a challenge for you! You wont find many of those where you live! We just moved from Santa Rosa to New Jersey to be near my 88 year old mother and my clothing needs and style are changing.

    Happy New Year and thank you for all that you share about your life.

    • Jennifer
      December 28, 2020 / 6:01 pm

      You will need warm snow boots there!! We lived in Chester, NJ for several years and loved the snow. Thanks for the suggestions Marian.

  8. Elizabeth
    December 28, 2020 / 3:34 pm

    I love your pieces about skincare, and non toxic sunscreen! Also, your mental health and physical health experiences and perspectives are inspiring and helpful. I think we don’t talk about those things, it would be so more more healthy as a culture if we did. All the “perfect” facing instagram and blogs don’t hold an interest for me. Real people who have been thru life are so much more interesting.

    Thank you.

    • Jennifer
      December 28, 2020 / 5:59 pm

      The whitewashing on Instagram really bothers me too.

  9. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    December 28, 2020 / 2:24 pm

    I enjoy your blog the way it is. You come across as an honest, down to earth, real woman that I can relate to. I like the fact that while you focus mainly on fashion, you also share other aspects of your life. As a Canadian reader, I don’t have access to many of the retailers that you write about which is perhaps why I don’t enjoy drd as much as many of your readers do, but I can still learn from the things you share about why certain pieces work or don’t work for you. As one who loves to travel, I thoroughly enjoy your travel and RV posts. I’m not interested in paying a fee to be part of a more exclusive group.

  10. Eve
    December 28, 2020 / 1:57 pm

    Honestly, I like your blog just the way it is. The fun part for me is when you add just the right touch like a scarf or add just the right pop of something different like the shoes matching the sweater today. I would never think to do those things so I love that. I consider this more than a blog about fashion. It’s like saying hello to a friend every morning. Love the photos at the top of the post too. I keep the fireplace one as my wallpaper for right now. Have a blessed year!

    • Jennifer
      December 28, 2020 / 5:55 pm

      Happy New Year, Eve!

  11. Lauren
    December 28, 2020 / 11:48 am

    Oh No! Those colours look fabulous on someone else but look horrible on me. I hope other colours are also popular this year…..
    I also vote for places that are either in Canada or ship to Canada

    • Susan Gowan
      December 28, 2020 / 5:33 pm

      I thoroughly enjoy your style blog and after more than two years, I think of you as a friend. Living in Canada my focus on style is weather and four season dependent. I enjoy all your categories and agree with another follower that the Target and Walmart and Old Navy fashions are interesting to me as a Canadian. I don’t as a rule buy outside our country. I will not be interested in an exclusive plan for styling. I do appreciate you sharing your take on personal health and skin care as it is very important at our age above 50. Wishing you a very bright New Year

      • Jennifer
        December 28, 2020 / 6:02 pm

        Thank you, Susan! Happy New Year!

  12. Connie
    December 28, 2020 / 11:48 am

    I love DRD! It gives me destinations to shop when you highlight something that appeals to me. Even though I am a couple of years older and several inches taller at 5’8″, most of your styling tips can be translated to my size and style. I would enjoy seeing your “work” on some women of different sizes. I’ve enjoyed your travels, especially your trip to Japan, as I was planning mine at that time. The RV adventures have made me consider renting one and trying it myself, if I could trust my husband’s driving! We take two cruises a year and two trips within the states each year, one of those might soon be in an RV. I appreciate seeing your travel wardrobes and items you use. I started following you when you lived in the bay area, then you moved to an adjacent city and shop at the same mall I do. I’m enjoying the familiar backgrounds and chuckling at your initial response to our summer weather. One of these days we might just bump into each other and I’ll be sure to introduce myself…

    • Jennifer
      December 28, 2020 / 5:54 pm

      I never trust my husbands driving so I do it myself:) Please do introduce yourself!!

  13. Kate
    December 28, 2020 / 10:31 am

    I would love to see you and Pam Lutrell style similar looks (they don’t need to be the identical pieces) to show how an outfit can be adapted to different shapes and coloring (warm vs cool). For example, I’d enjoy seeing what she would do to adapt the outfit you are wearing in this post.

    • Jennifer
      December 28, 2020 / 5:53 pm

      That would be fun! Let’s see what Pam and I can come up with

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