Look of the Week: Whining and Dining

Look of the Week: Whining and Dining

It must be Murphy’s Law that last weekend was chock full of social events…all involving eating. I shared my dental disaster with you Saturday and learned many of you have been down this nasty repair and restore road I am traveling. Thanks for sharing, it helped me feel better. Upping my accessory game also gave me a boost.

I’m lucky I don’t have to suffer the embarrassment of having a hole in the front of my smile…but I can admit, my confidence is rattled.

upping my accessories to boost my confidence

I’m also finding that lisping and eating in an awkward way (to avoid snapping my stay plate) is affecting my confidence. The last time I struggled to make words sound correct was back in second grade when I was taken out of class each week to work with the speech therapist! Trust me, this isn’t making me feel younger:)

feather top shoes and bell sleeve top

So what to do when my confidence takes a hit? I up my accessories game.

feather top shoes and bell tops sleevesI took more time on my makeup, wore paler lipstick and darker eye shadow. I wanted the focus to be on anything but my mouth:) I’ve never liked how I look in dark lipstick, but right now, even bright lipstick feels wrong.

I’ve been waiting for warm weather to wear these new sandals and Sunday was a beauty. Their low block heel keeps them from looking too over the top frou-frou for me. They remind me of those old fashion marabou slippers the glamor girls wore in the 1950’s.

upping my accessory game

I rolled the sleeves up on my sweater to let the bell sleeves show. White jeans, pom-pom earrings, and a vintage wicker handbag made for a happy feeling outfit.

Our friends didn’t see me struggling to talk or eat properly because I was so self-conscious I told them about it within 10 minutes of getting together! I’m going to have to work on that because no one would have noticed a thing.

What do you do when your confidence needs a boost?

Have a great day and thanks for reading!

Wearing- blouse | jeans | earrings | shoes | handbag similar

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  1. Katrina Dean
    April 3, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Love this post! When my confidence needs a boost I wear something that made me feel confident BEFORE. I might tweak it a bit for the weather or the occasion, but I’m sure that if it made me feel confident once, it can do it again!

    • Jennifer
      April 3, 2017 / 10:52 am

      Brilliant, Katrina!! You’re exactly right.

  2. April 3, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Love the look and the setting! But above all…the shoes are awesome!

    • Jennifer
      April 3, 2017 / 10:53 am

      They are fun 🙂 xo

  3. Atonia Walpole
    April 3, 2017 / 10:10 am

    I had a crown break off on Christmas Morning many years ago. It was a front tooth. I made a frantic call to my dentist who told me to use a denture adhesive until I could get into her office. Trying to find a store open on Christmas morning took half a day. I had the whole family (Large) coming for dinner. Needless to say, I was so afraid of it falling out I barely ate a thing. When my confidence needs a boost, I put on something that makes me feel pretty and feminine, pay particular attention to my makeup.

    • Jennifer
      April 3, 2017 / 10:55 am

      That’s such bad timing, Atonia! I carry dental adhesive everywhere I go but it didn’t work this time. I chose this outfit because it made me feel pretty:)

  4. Janet
    April 3, 2017 / 10:12 am

    You look amazing and very fashionable! These things do rock your confidence don’t they? I just came back from a dental appointment because I noticed a vertical crack in my front tooth and thought of you! Apparently it is normal crazing so no issue, but it always seems something crops up here and there at this age. I also lost part of my vision this past year and have digestive issues that have surfaced. I allow myself a 10-minute funk each time and keep moving. A few new duds, time with loved ones, some meaningful work, a stab a making the house a little prettier and I’m off and running again. I’m also thinking of retiring earlier even if it means less money. Stay positive.
    This too shall pass, and show us your shiny new tooth when you have it! I want to know how the implant went!

    • Jennifer
      April 3, 2017 / 11:01 am

      Thanks, Janet, you’re a doll! That’s smart of you. Moving on and surrounding ourselves with as much joy as possible definitely helps. I will definitely share when the new tooth is in. be careful with those cracks! xo

  5. Linda
    April 3, 2017 / 10:32 am

    To up my confidence, I usually try to up my exercise routine. I always feel better when I get my exercise in daily. Also shopping helps a lot! I know you feel self conscious right now, but try to think about all the people who have physical disabilities that cannot be solved in a month or so. how do they feel about having a permanent disability that everyone sees. After I had to use a wheelchair for two months I realized how difficult it is to have a disability.

    • Jennifer
      April 3, 2017 / 11:04 am

      Funny you say that I got on my treadmill this morning for the first time in months! I do know how blessed I am. People who struggle with permanent disability are heroes in my book. The ones who handle it with grace and dignity are examples for all of us.

  6. Elizabeth
    April 3, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Jennifer you look beautiful I am on my second temporary tooth this one feels better but I am like you think everyone will notice. I am feeling a little better about myself and I agree clothes do help. Wearing something that makes you feel good in or you know looks good on you. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jennifer
      April 3, 2017 / 11:08 am

      I’m getting a bit more used to this every day, but it’s a tough one and I’m grateful clothes and makeup work to prop me up.Clothes are an amazing tonic to help us feel better.

  7. Catherine Apthorp
    April 3, 2017 / 10:41 am

    Jennifer, I too have been through the same dental nightmare 2 days before a major interview and presentation. I thought everyone was aware that I was lisping but apparently no one noticed except myself and close family members. I had to wear the temporary plate for 1 tooth for 6 months and eventually became very used to it. A relief when the implant was done though.
    Hang in there girl. You show us your authentic self. Very refreshing and your blog is inspiring to all of us who want to be the best we can be as we age.

    • Jennifer
      April 3, 2017 / 11:12 am

      Your comment made me tear up, Catherine. Thank you so much. I have 3 important trips coming up that I will be wearing this plate during so I’m glad to have some practice time to get used to it.xoxo

  8. Joann Trickett
    April 3, 2017 / 11:19 am

    I have just started to follow you on Facebook, and I can say, for a fact, that you always look lovely and stylish. I am the worst person for feeling self conscious and I agree that the right accessories can help make one feel wonderful. The outfit that you are wearing is so fresh, the purse adorable (I need to find one), and the shoes, well, they are to die for! Love the whole look!

    • Jennifer
      April 3, 2017 / 11:30 am

      Thank you, Joann, and welcome! I linked at the bottom of the post to a few very similar purses I found at resale shops.

  9. Suz
    April 3, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing your dental story. I too was unaware that could happen below a crown. And thanks for the tip about the dental adhesive, I am going to get some to have on hand, hopefully never to use it……
    You look great and I am sure that helps (a little anyway) when feeling self conscious. Those colours are wonderful on you!
    Suz from Vancouver

    • Jennifer
      April 3, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      Thanks Suz. It comes in a tiny container and fits in my makeup bag. Mine is called Dentemp.

  10. Kathy
    April 3, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    Hi, Jennifer,

    Your outfit is stunning; I always find fashion inspiration when I read your posts. I am no stranger to dental implants–I’ve gone through several, and it is a pain! The funny thing is I’m always meticulous about brushing and flossing, but still have dental problems from time to time. When I feel a lack of confidence, I go out of my way to dress better and wear a little more makeup. Lately, I’ve been feeling a little self conscious about turning sixty-five in a few months; I’ve been bombarded with Medicare stuff so it’s hard not to think about it – lol! So, shopping therapy is my answer. I’ve bought some cute spring outfits, accessories and such, and have ramped up my skincare. I’ll get to the exercise. I spent the weekend out of town and got many compliments on my appearance. That’s a real mood booster!

    • Jennifer
      April 3, 2017 / 2:51 pm

      Yay, Kathy! Good for you, that’s the best mood lifter. My husband just went through that whole Medicare routine and kept saying, wow, How did I get this old? I have been updating my skincare routines too! It does help.

  11. April 3, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    Your darker eye make up looks fabulous!
    I would probably stay home and feel sorry for myself if I had that dental mishap…you have my applause and admiration from getting out there and enjoying yourself!
    Fun shoes too!!!

    • Jennifer
      April 3, 2017 / 4:47 pm

      Thanks, Leslie. I did want to stay home and hide out but couldn’t let this get the best of me:)

  12. April 4, 2017 / 9:56 am

    This is such a lovely, Spring-y look, and those sandals are the bomb!

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2017 / 10:39 am

      They are fun!

  13. Joan
    April 4, 2017 / 11:04 am

    Well, once again you have challenged my fashion “rules”! LOL
    Specifically, I would never wear a long-sleeve blouse under a 3/4 length or shorter sleeve jacket or sweater. But you rocked the look! Was it the blouse’s bell sleeves that made the difference?

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2017 / 11:52 am

      The sweater is long sleeved too. I folded the sweater sleeve to give it the illusion of a cuff at the top of the bell on the blouse sleeve. Yes, I think it was the bell that made it work:)

  14. Julie J
    April 4, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Love the fact that you’re still going out and getting on with life.When my confidence takes a knock my first tendency is to retreat,but then I think about it a bit more and do some exercise to get my endorphins going.
    This is my first post and I love “A Well Styled Life”.By the way,do those sleeves get in the way when you’re eating?I love the look of bell-shaped sleeves,but I’m klutzy when it comes to finding ways for food to “visit” my clothes!
    Greetings from Melbourne,Australia.

    • Jennifer
      April 4, 2017 / 3:00 pm

      Welcome, Julie and thanks so much! I don’t cook wearing them but it’s pretty easy to eat in them. That said, I probably wouldn’t find it easy to serve myself at a buffet where I had to reach over things 🙂

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