Monday Musings : What’s on my Mind

I’ve been thinking about you lately. My readers. I assume you’re here for reasons other than you like my smile 🙂 I started this blog to help women get dressed with confidence. I love to read your comments and I’d love you to tell me:

  • What do you want to see more of on AWSL?
  • Would it help for me to show you outfits that fit your lifestyle? If so, please share what your lifestyle is these days.
  • Would you like to see more DRD type posts that show what’s new and how I would style it?
  • What are your favorite retailers?


In other news, here’s what caught my eye this week.

Faux Fur

When I was visiting my daughter in Vancouver, we did a little boutique hopping, and both fell in love with this little jacket. Then we discovered this longer version and but not in the color she wanted. She finally located it online and it’s due for delivery tomorrow. I really wanted this coat but she found it first. I love faux fur! Yes, I do know it’s supposed to have a larger carbon footprint than real fur, but since I won’t wear beauty products that are tested on animals, I certainly won’t wear their skins! I can’t be the only one loving faux fur coats because they’re everywhere at all price points.


Last week I asked the ladies on my Facebook Page, “what’s the most expensive skincare product you splurge on because it’s just that good?” The answers were fascinating. Some of the products were familiar to me, but most were new. They ranged from very affordable to astronomical. Of course, me being me; I googled most of them. Dropping down internet rabbit hole after rabbit hole wiped out an hour in my day but I had a blast because I love beauty and skincare products.

These were some of the ones mentioned:

Warm fuzzy throws

Under the category of too much information, I had a nasty bout of food poisoning on Saturday which left me feeling chilled and wanting to cuddle up on the couch. I ended up on my bed and wanted something fuzzy and substantial to cuddle under. My thoughts went to faux fur (again) and I realized I need a fuzzy throw in my life. I can’t believe I’ve never gotten one. Here are a few I found online. I can’t decide on the size.


How could this not be on my mind? My daughter is flying home, my son and his fiancé will be here and it’s our first in the new house. I bought our organic Turkey and cranberries yesterday which got me planning what else to make with it. I’ll make sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie but would love some fresh inspiration. Do you have something special you always make at Thanksgiving? Which veggies do you include?

Have a great day ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.



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  1. Robin
    November 10, 2020 / 4:51 am

    I make Winter Fruit Salad every year to take to my best friend from second grade’s house for Thanksgiving. We’ve been celebrating with her and her family for ten years.
    Here’s the recipe, it’s so easy.

    I don’t eat meat so I also take another side dish I can enjoy like mac and cheese made with vegan cheese and almond milk or sweet potato casserole.

    • Jennifer
      November 10, 2020 / 7:38 pm

      That looks yummy. I don’t eat meat either so I always keep a protein bar in my bag in case someone is serving steak:)

  2. Pat
    December 29, 2019 / 7:57 pm

    I enjoy your daily styled looks that illustrate a concept like column dressing, posts about shoe choices, and your travel wardrobe posts bests. I am a few years away from retirement, so I am evaluating purchases based on that. I ask one question – will I potentially wear in retirement or to travel? If the answer is no, then I pass. I am no longer buying work clothes or shoes as I have plenty of classic pieces that will work for the remainder of my working time. I am also weeding my closet of items I don’t wear and are phasing out high heels in favor of lower block heels, flats, and sneakers. I have only purchased sneakers and flats of late. I would be interested in content about transitioning to retirement- what pieces in your wardrobe continue to be workhorses and useful in retirement and for travel, what are your go-to classics in retirement and for travel, etc. I am also evaluating my accessories — jewelry, handbags, etc. So content on what pieces will serve you well without having too much would be great. I love anything about travel wardrobes which are helpful when planning a trip. DRD posts are not my favorite, but are helpful at times. I shop at Nordstrom’s, Macy’s, Chico’s, Talbots, J.Jill, and Soft Surroundings. Online favorites are Amour Vert, Everlane, and Uniqlo.

  3. Betsy
    December 4, 2019 / 1:00 pm

    Love everything you do; don’t change a thing. Especially love that you have some cost conscious options, advocate cruelty free, and are upscale without being snobby. Thank you for not promoting real fur, a disgusting industry.

  4. Kay
    November 29, 2019 / 7:48 pm

    Good hair.

  5. Lou Murphy
    November 26, 2019 / 7:36 am

    I always love learning what DRD pieces you decide to buy. I am also interested in what you are removing from your wardrobe. Not things that are too worn or the wrong size, but things that may be no longer current, not flattering, or just bore you to tears. Sometimes I put something on and think “Why did I ever want to wear this?”

    • November 26, 2019 / 8:07 am

      That’s a great idea! “What Jennifer’s donating this week and why?”

  6. November 26, 2019 / 5:07 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years and it’s one of my favorites. You offer helpful, practical advice and give examples of outfits I would actually wear – not crazy stuff that screams “look at me!” I’d love to see more DRD. And I’d love to see a few posts on wardrobe planning during the transition from the corporate world to retirement. What am I going to do with all those suits and jackets?? I’m 65, 5’2″, petite, 105 lbs.

    • November 26, 2019 / 7:57 am

      Thanks, Ann. I would definitely hold on to your favorite suits and jackets to break up and wear with more casual things. I’m working on a post for transitioning your wardrobe for retirement.

  7. Janet
    November 25, 2019 / 8:31 pm

    Hello Jennifer, I have followed you for a few years and I have found your style tips to be very useful. I shop at Macy’s, Nordstrom, Loft, Target & Uniqlo. I am still working so like to see clothes that can be worn to work. I enjoy DRD and also “Would you wear it.” It’s fun to see what is currently in fashion although I prefer to buy classic items that will last longer than one season.

  8. Kathy
    November 25, 2019 / 5:49 pm

    I am 62, 5’4″ and 110 pounds with a small frame – but pear shaped. I am a early childhood teacher, and can dress casually. I live 100 miles away from shopping, so free shipping it important. I tend to shop at Loft a lot, because they have affordable clothes that go on sale frequently. Affordability and comfort are important. My least favorite posts are the Would You Wear It? ones. I appreciate your blog, because even though you look like a million bucks and seem so sophisticated – you seem so friendly and approachable. My biggest fashion issues always come when the weather heats up, living here in dry Arizona. With my skin tone not what it used to be, it is hard to dress comfortably and appropriately. I wish companies would make more short sleeve summer clothes rather than sleeveless. When you find good short sleeve choices, please share on your blog! Anyway – THANKS for what you do…we appreciate you!!

  9. Angie
    November 25, 2019 / 4:04 pm

    I shop at Dillard’s and Kohls, sometimes Sam’s has cute coats and sweaters that are on trend. I dress very casual but like to look in style. Our Thanksgiving dinner will be Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and sweet potato casserole. Mac and Cheese, broccoli salad, homemade cranberry orange relish, green beans/bacon, rolls. Dessert is apple pecan pie, pumpkin and peanut butter pie.

    • Angie
      November 25, 2019 / 4:09 pm

      Forgot to say Sam’s has beautiful fake fur throws for $30.00. I have two in the bedroom and one in the living room. It gets cold in Arkansas in the winter!! Lol

  10. Karen
    November 25, 2019 / 3:38 pm

    I have seen (and petted) the faux fur throws in Pottery Barn. Scrumptious and a comparative bargain. I love everything you do. Thank you!

  11. Karen
    November 25, 2019 / 3:11 pm

    I’m retired and live in norther Alberta. I enjoy your blog very much. It helps me with styling tips and how to be on trend in a way that is appropriate for my age. I really like the styling tips you have of how to wear different items that most of us already have in our closet.

  12. Sandy
    November 25, 2019 / 2:53 pm

    I like when you show us your mistakes and then tell us why it doesn’t work.

  13. Janey
    November 25, 2019 / 2:41 pm

    I love your blog and everything you cover, even though I live in the southern hemisphere so the seasons are out of sync. You show such a variety of fashion, and always inspire me to thing of other options for myself. I am still working part time, soon to retire but separated with little cash. I’d be interested in your retirement life, and I think you have moved into a retirement complex, how is that working out?

    • Janey
      November 25, 2019 / 2:46 pm

      And shoes. the older I get the more comfortable my shoes have to be. So I am always on the watch out for stylish flat shoes

  14. JoAnne
    November 25, 2019 / 2:25 pm

    What do you want to see more of on AWSL? I would love to see your suggestions for people with different body types.
    Would it help for me to show you outfits that fit your lifestyle? If so, please share what your lifestyle is these days. Yes. I am newly retired and want to look nice while I am doing errands, going to appointments and church, etc. But I am still wearing my work wardrobe. Not quite sure where to go from here. And I do like to walk every day so something that I could put on in the morning and then do errands and my walk would be great.
    Would you like to see more DRD type posts that show what’s new and how I would style it? I would love that and enjoy DRD but how about bringing in a guest with a different body type? I learn a lot from your DRD posts but it would be even better if you showed some of the clothes on a curvy, 5’1″ 67 year old!
    What are your favorite retailers? Nordstrom, Loft, L.L. Bean.

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