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Casual Style for Everyday

Casual Style for Everyday

We went to vote in the California primary yesterday. I don’t discuss politics, religion, or sex on my blog…or anywhere on social media. It’s just not my thing. I’ll be so glad when this election is over and I don’t have to dodge my friend’s political comments on Facebook 🙂 It’s not that I don’t have an opinion, it’s that I don’t choose to share it. What I will share are earth shaking things like what I wore and the RV we put a deposit on.
Casual jeans and a sweater for everyday

Our weather has turned typical for June in Northern California…which means nothing is typical. Last week the temps were hovering in low 100’s. This week we’re waking up to cool, foggy weather and reaching the 70’s, by mid afternoon. I’m constantly adding or peeling off sleeves.

When it hit 103 last week we decided to put a deposit on a 28 ft trailer. We’ve been tossing this idea around for years so our excitement is palpable.

My wardrobe will be very casual as we travel…but still maintain what I need.. to feel well put together. That means accessories and the polish they bring to my look.

I almost always wear a hat these days. My thinning hair demands it…and I like the squint protection they offer:).

A hat adds polish to everyday casual style.

Hats add attitude to any outfit. If you haven’t embraced, them I encourage you to try one!

A cardigan is perfect this time of year and I wear one most days.

Classic separates combine for casual style

We pick up our trailer in 2 weeks and plan to head north for a short trip. Its closet pole is only 10″ long. Eek! I have some planning to do. I won’t have room for many clothes so accessories will be more important than ever!

My husband’s retirement is proving to be unpredictable. I actually talked him into taking my blog pictures…this should be fun 🙂

 

Do you wear hats?

If not, what’s stopping you?

Have a great day!

xo Jennifer

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70 Comments

  1. Dale Duckworth
    June 20, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    Hi Jen,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a few days now, hope I haven’t missed the timing on this comment.
    I too love hats and need to wear them all the time as I am very fair, Irish and also I lost my mom to
    melanoma. My biggest issue with hats is that I get tremendously bad hat hair, I always fell hot and my hair is soaked with ladylike “sweat” after wearing one. My hair is exactly like yours, fine, thinning and fragile. What do you use for products that keep it so polished looking. I am almost 63, little gray yet and no color yet in my hair. Thanks, Dale

    • Jennifer
      June 20, 2016 / 5:22 pm

      Hat hair is inevitable Dale, but a necessary evil. If it’s scorching hot, I use a sun umbrella, rather than a hat. It’s a much cooler alternative if walking around. I use dry shampoo to add volume to my hair most mornings and find this helps absorb perspiration. At the end of a long hot day, I will brush my hair up into a dreaded banana clip and call it a day! I hope this helps!

      • Dale Duckworth
        June 21, 2016 / 7:33 pm

        Hi Jen,
        Thanks for answering. I just ordered a pretty upf parasol. Now one more question. Do you use the dry shampoo everyday as part of your styling routine? It doesn’t dry your hair?

        • Jennifer
          June 21, 2016 / 9:07 pm

          I do. What a really like is a product called Doo Over by Kevin Murphy. It’s a dry shampoo type product that’s meant to add volumn and does!! It doesn’t seem to dry out my hair! Let me know how it goes!

  2. June 11, 2016 / 8:50 am

    This is SO exciting!

  3. Janice
    June 10, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    While my husband and I were traveling in our trailer, I used those adhesive tape hooks that you can remove, to hang my hats along the wall in the bedroom area so that they would not be crushed in the small closets. They were like pictures on the walls. For the hats that needed extra help to hang I just attached a small loop of twill tape to the inside sweat band of the hat.
    Have a wonderful time in your trailer!!!

    • Jennifer
      June 11, 2016 / 7:37 am

      That’s a terrific tip, Janice! I’ll do it. I love to look at my hats so using them as the artwork is a great idea!

  4. Jessica Conick
    June 10, 2016 / 9:46 am

    I LOVE hats! If I could wear them to work I would probably wear one multiple times a week. They are the best for traveling too. I just feel so much more put together in one and in an airport/airplane they offer a little privacy when sleeping on the plane and just give me a feeling of having my own little space. They’re also great for protecting my face from the sun!

    • Jennifer
      June 10, 2016 / 1:45 pm

      Very good points about privacy on a plane! I hadn’t thought of that benefit. I love the polish it gives my look and of course, the sun protection is key for me too.

    • June 10, 2016 / 7:28 pm

      Berets are perfect hats for wearing inside — easy for not-so-good hair days, with no brim to make indoor wear awkward. Consider wearing one to work!

  5. Jeann
    June 10, 2016 / 8:48 am

    It will be very interesting following your rving lifestyle. We just purchased a 28′ airstream but it will be several months before we travel full time.

    • Jennifer
      June 10, 2016 / 1:41 pm

      That sounds very exciting! Airstreams are beautiful!!

  6. Wendy
    June 10, 2016 / 4:04 am

    Hi Jennifer, I have been following your blog for a few months and like your style advice. I too need to wear hats to avoid sun damage and prevent a fresh crop of freckles eveytime I go out in the sun. Can you say which lip colour or brand of lipstick you use? I like yours, it is flattering and not too strong. Thanks for the tips on casual dressing while travelling, very useful.

    • Jennifer
      June 10, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      Hi, Wendy! I’m wearing Jane Iredale Lip Fixation in “Fascination”. It’s a long wearing lip stain that doesn’t dry out my lips. I love her whole line.

  7. janet majors
    June 9, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    AS an image consultant, do you recommend any specific hat style for short hair? Or just try different styles that fit my personality?

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 9:45 pm

      Hats are all about your personality. It’s important to choose one that matches the formality of your life and activities. Your hat needs to feel effortless. If you haven’t found that feeling in a hat…you haven’t found the right hat!

  8. Suzanne Sanders
    June 9, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    I am pushing myself to wear some of the many hats I have purchased over the years, but have stopped short of wearing…..I wore one to church 2 weeks ago and received many compliments! I think if I have some distinctive and smashing jewelry (earrings and a great necklace), I feel better about how I look in a hat……Hats cover a a myriad of ills, in hot, humid weather, and summer is the perfect time to get comfortable with them…

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 9:40 pm

      So true Suzanne! I’ve had to be honest with myself lately and get rid of hats that are too dressy for my lifestyle. Hats make such a loud statement, we need to be sure they’re projecting the message we want to send.

  9. Tracey Y
    June 9, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    I love hats but never know what to do with my bangs. Push them up under the hat or leave them be?

    Can’t wait to see your photos from your new adventures!

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      I usually push my bangs to the side. My goal is for the hat to take center stage. It’s line and shape is more important than my hairline.

  10. June 9, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Congratulations on the purchase of your new trailer! We have entertained the possibility of acquiring one when we retire in a little less than two years.

    You my friend, encouraged me to purchase my first hat in over thirty years (other than a baseball cap) !

    Happy Glamping!
    w/L

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      I’m so happy you branched out from a baseball cap! They add such attitude to everything we wear.
      I expect it will be my form of glamping 🙂

  11. Karen Stacey
    June 9, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    I love your IG account (I’m @agelessstyle, by the way) and your blog not just for your style and panache but because you discuss things, like sun damage and thinning hair, that most bloggers don’t. I really appreciate both your candor and advice. I’m a big believer in hats and sunscreen, and never go outside without both.
    By the way, I found a YouTube video that addresses “the dreaded back part” that so many older women develop as their hair thins, and it really works. The blog is called The Small Things Blog and the video is Hair Fix: Back Part. Just throwin’ it out there. Thanks again.

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 9:22 pm

      I’m so happy to connect with you, Karen! Isn’t the internet fabulous? I try to keep it real on my blog because I love how we all learn from each other. Sharing a “white washed” life has never appealed to me.

  12. I’m so looking forward to seeing you rv-ing. Im glad you took the plunge. Well you introduced me to hats so I’m with you on those. I love that neat little one you are wearing here.

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      Thanks, Annemarie…hats are so fun! My favorites (on me) are clean lined and simple.

  13. June 9, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    We have my father’s RV and are planning a trip this month as well…maybe we can meet up if we’re in the same region.
    Love the hat on you. I am on the hunt for a white or off white floppy straw hat. Might be time to head over the Napa Valley hat shop again.
    Hope all is well!
    xo, Adrienne

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      That would be so fun!
      I adore the Napa Valley hat shop. Several of my favorites are from there. Let’s make a date to meet, shop for hats and have lunch. xoxo

  14. June 9, 2016 / 11:52 am

    Maybe I haven’t found the right hat. I haven’t liked them on me at all.

    I also currently live in Northern CA. We’re in Paradise with plans to move to Astoria, OR in July. Yes! Out of the heat and back to the water!

    Your RV sounds like a great time for you both! Good for you! We just sold our little trailer and I cried. We had some great fun with it. Looking forward to another trailer when we get settled. We’re eager to explore our new area!

    Thanks for your site! I found you on Pinterest and am a subscriber. I’ve been encouraged at 56 to “up my game” and dressing up more for the day. People have noticed!

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 9:06 pm

      Welcome, Robin! I’m so glad you’re here. Lucky you…Oregon is stunning. Part of why we’re looking forward to traveling in an RV is to discover where we might want to live in retirement.

  15. Diana
    June 9, 2016 / 11:37 am

    I love hats on other people! They make me look squatty.

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 9:01 pm

      Squatty doesn’t sound like a look you’re aiming for Diana! Perhaps it’s the styles you’re trying on?

  16. June 9, 2016 / 10:17 am

    I love wearing hats and have a very large collection.

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 8:59 pm

      I love your hats, Jo!

  17. Brenda
    June 9, 2016 / 9:54 am

    Congrats on the RV. I glad you keep your blog politics-free….makes for more enjoyable reading. I love the earrings you are wearing. Can you tell me where they are from? Thanks!

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 8:58 pm

      Thanks, Brenda! My earrings are priceless. They belonged to my Mom, who bought them on a trip we shared to Ireland, many years ago.

  18. Sharon H.
    June 9, 2016 / 9:31 am

    Definitely a hat girl, myself. I have a rustic weave Ann Taylor straw hat that I love. It tells people I wish I lived on a rolling country estate where I grow flowers and walk around in wispy cotton dresses.

    Until the country estate comes through, I wear it with casual looks to keep the sun off my face.

    I have a collection of tightly woven straws that are more appropriate for the city. I need to develop a lifestyle of spectator pumps, navy-with-touches-of-white dresses, and pearls so I can be one of the Ladies Who Lunch and wear my good hats.

    Hats inspire me.

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      I adore your comment, Sharon! Hats inspire me too. They tell stories, just as all our clothes do. I agree about those “fancy” hats. I own them and don’t live the life for them. A challenge for sure.

  19. Deborah Montgomery
    June 9, 2016 / 8:38 am

    I try to limit my blog posts to the Important Stuff, too! Too much noise out there; I try to keep it peaceful in my corner.
    I love your hat; I don’t feel very confident about choosing one, though.
    Enjoy your new RV! Sounds wonderful.

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 8:49 pm

      I’m hearing many women struggling with how to choose their best hat. I think I need to write a post with suggestions. Thanks, we are very excited!

  20. Lesley A
    June 9, 2016 / 7:59 am

    You hit a high note when you said HATS. I love them and wear one when ever I can. So classy, fun, & stylish. Of course they can save old skin from more damage done to ourselves when we were young. Think of Colorado for your RV ramblin. It’s beautiful this time of year! Cheers

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      You’re so right Lesley! Hats are classy and fun :))

  21. Jan Brown
    June 9, 2016 / 7:44 am

    Hi Jennifer, Congratulations on the rv. You have some fun adventures in your future. I enjoyed your post on adding accessories to casual outfits. Personally, I’m not a hat girl only because I don’t like wearing hats indoors. Hat hair doesn’t suit me! 🙂 When you’re out and about do you remove your hat when you go into stores or a restaurant? I do think it’s something you need to experiment with. Living in the desert southwest and already having tackled bcc’s and a melanoma, I try to limit sun exposure. Maybe it’s time to give hats another try. (You and your husband are about two years ahead of us on the retirement road, so I’m really enjoying your blog. Thanks so much.)

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 8:38 pm

      Thanks, Jan! If it’s very hot and my hair has smashed down, I keep my hat on indoors… no matter the size of my hat. Let’s be honest…hat hair suits no one 🙂 Melanoma and sun damage is serious business. I’m so glad you’re protecting yourself!

  22. Canuck
    June 9, 2016 / 7:41 am

    Adventures to come, and minimal wardrobe. How will you do it? I’m waiting to see it all unfold (couldn’t resist that pun). Congratulations on your new well-styled life!

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 8:33 pm

      I am so excited for our new adventure! I love living with a minimal wardrobe …I will be sharing the fun.

  23. Annette
    June 9, 2016 / 7:22 am

    Thank you so much for not discussing politics, religion or sex on your blog. I wish more people followed your smart decision making. I have friends who have left FB because of it and I think people today can be so rude. I guess us baby boomers grew up in a time where if we had nothing nice to say we didn’t say anything at all. You look great!

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      It is my pleasure Annette 🙂 Graciousness never goes out of style and it’s how I prefer to live and blog!

  24. Kathy
    June 9, 2016 / 7:21 am

    Hi, Jennifer,

    Yes, I do wear hats! I love them! Like you, I have thinning hair that tends to wig out in hot, humid or windy weather, so a hat is a great way to pump up your look and cover the hair. I recently convinced a friend who thought she didn’t look good in hats to purchase one at a swap meet. She looked great in that hat, and she enjoyed it so much she wore it all day! Anyone can look great in a hat if you choose the right one. By the way, I always get compliments and my cute hats, and no one thinks I’m trying to cover up anything–it’s just become a part of my style.

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 8:26 pm

      That’s the trick Kathy, wearing your hat all day!! Wearing hats is such a confidence builder.

  25. Laurel
    June 9, 2016 / 5:58 am

    Your blog has inspired me to try a few hats! They’re really fun and much better than a baseball cap on bad hair days. The only downside to me is taking them off and being left with hat hair. But overall, they’re a fun accessory!

    Looking forward to seeing your traveling blog posts!

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      I’m so glad I have inspired you. Thanks for letting me know Kathy! The secret? Shhh…leave your hat on all day.

  26. June 9, 2016 / 5:54 am

    I love that hat, Jennifer. Concur about politics on Facebook…I had to temporarily “unfollow” some friends during our election last fall. I didn’t want to read anymore diatribes. I can’t wait to hear about your RV adventures. You will have a blast!

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 8:05 pm

      Thanks, Sue…we are so excited:)

  27. Adele
    June 9, 2016 / 4:36 am

    What stops me from wearing hats — except out on the beach of by a pool — is that I have yet to find one that looks smashing with very short, pixie style, hair. Any suggestions?

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 8:05 pm

      I struggled to wear hats when my hair was pixie short too. The sideburns poked out and my bangs looked choppy. My solution was to tuck my hair away so it barely showed.

  28. Debbie Carr
    June 9, 2016 / 3:29 am

    We just bought an RV and started travelling too. In fact, we went to Hilton Head and I met Susan from Fifty Not Frumpy a few weeks ago. I’m so looking forward to what you will be wearing! This is perfect timing for me. Thanks.

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 7:59 pm

      Wow, that’s fun Debbie! We’ll discover together, how to look our best while living in an RV:)

  29. susan
    June 9, 2016 / 3:23 am

    my hair is even thinner than yours and i live in a very humid climate (south louisiana). i’ve never liked the way i look in hats but you are inspiring me to give them more of a try. i buy them but then don’t wear them but i think maybe you’ve convinced me to take the plunge.

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Take the plunge Susan! It’s just a matter of trying on hats until you find your most flattering shape. I am happy to help you decide..send me some snaps and I’ll tell you yay or nay and why.

  30. Jo
    June 9, 2016 / 3:13 am

    Lucky for you–you look great in hats! I look forward to hearing about you rv adventures!

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 7:52 pm

      Thanks, Jo. I do believe every woman can wear hats well.

  31. June 9, 2016 / 3:12 am

    You know I want a hat…wish you could bring that trailer down here and shop with me. You look so good in all of yours!

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 7:50 pm

      I do know…send me pictures and I’ll help you choose your perfect hat!

  32. Carol Bates
    June 9, 2016 / 3:07 am

    Hi Jennifer,
    These are the best photos of you I have ever seen, your husband has found his new career!!!
    Congratulations on the purchase of your trailer, you will have a ball despite a 10″ pole in your closet! I have learnt to hang hangers on the cross bar of hangers in our RV which is also 28ft.its surprising how much you can fit in.
    Can’t wait to hear of your adventures.
    Warm wishes,
    Carol from Australia

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 7:48 pm

      You’re so kind Carol! I love the idea of hanging from the hanger crossbars!! Thanks for the tip. Please pass along any wisdom you have.

  33. Rose
    June 9, 2016 / 3:00 am

    Love the cardigan. Is it still available?

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 7:36 pm

      It’s from Stella Carakasi…here is a link and it’s on sale!!

  34. June 9, 2016 / 2:16 am

    Have fun in the trailer – I am sure you will. The outfit looks great and you suit a hat for sure.

    • Jennifer
      June 9, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      Thanks, we are pretty excited 🙂

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