The Long Road Home

The Long Road Home

We’re home after a very long road trip and trying to get back in the groove. Five weeks feels like a long time to be away so everything feels very rusty to me.

random mannequins along the road

seen along the road

Traveling through small towns is entertaining but entended our drive by several days. Rather than take the coast road south, we went inland to see some of Washington’s wine country.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing Eileen Fisher linen tunic over white crepe pants

This is what a linen tunic looks like after driving for 6 hours in temps nearing 100.

We take our chances with out of the way eateries which can be hit or miss. I would consider “Linda’s” a miss but it was the only restaurant for many, many miles and we were starving.

Jennifer Connolly in white top and striped linen pants from Anthropologie

We never know how far we’ll drive each day so don’t make campground reservations in advance. We just head out each morning and when my backside feels like it’s gone flat from sitting, Mr. AWSL calls ahead to see who has space available. Sometimes we get lucky and find a nice spot, other times we end up just glad to park for the night and lay our head down on our own pillows.Vintage map of the cascades on A Well Styled Life

The temperatures were brutally hot until we hit Crater Lake which is as breathtaking as we’ve heard. How can I have been so close all these years and never stopped to see it?

This is two exhausted but determined people at the end of a 10-hour drive. We were going to see Crater Lake that day, even if it killed us. We were too tired to take great pictures of the lake but we did know to snap a selfie:)

The first thing I did when we got home was to see my grandson, which was amazing! I swear he’s grown two inches since I saw him last.boy wearing red t shirt in convertable

I picked him up from his second day of kindergarten and we spent the afternoon with him.

I haven’t been into a clothing store for over 5 weeks. That’s no big deal for most women, but for a fashion blogger, it’s bizarre. I’m hoping to head out tomorrow to get up to date with what’s new and hopefully do a dressing room diaries for you.

I’m curious, how often do you go shopping?

Either to purchase or just look?

Thanks for reading and have a great day.


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  1. Lori
    August 14, 2019 / 9:02 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful trip!!!

    I only shop online and I do that more than I should. I return items my husband doesn’t think are my best look. I trust his judgment.

  2. Eve
    August 13, 2019 / 12:14 pm

    I’m shopping more online these days. I have certain shops I trust for good fit so stick mainly to them. I do love different accessories from anywhere though. They are the icing on my basic cake.?

  3. Cheryl
    August 13, 2019 / 10:37 am

    Since we live in ” the boonies”, I do most of my clothes shopping on-line. The anniversary sale at Nordstrom is when I do Christmas shopping for kids and grandkids.

  4. Pam
    August 13, 2019 / 9:27 am

    Jennifer, your grandson is adorable. Mine starts kindergarten next Monday and I’m having a hard time with it!

    I shop and buy in spurts, usually in preparation for the next season, or for an event. However, now that I have discovered this blog, I have increased both my online and in-store shopping and buying. Your sale alerts, sale picks, and photos of your own outfits (with info on where to buy the individual pieces) make it easier for me to know what to buy and where to buy it. I do most of my online shopping at Nordstrom (partly because of their very accommodating return policy), or at websites of stores that have a location in my hometown (Talbots, Loft, Dillards), which makes returns much easier. Thanks for this blog – it’s the best!

    P.S. – I also like the photos of you modeling clothing currently in different stores – it’s so helpful to it on a real person.

  5. August 13, 2019 / 8:16 am

    I always start my shopping online. The truth is, I hate clothes shopping. Really hate it. I consider it a win when I order something online and it fits and is flattering.

  6. August 13, 2019 / 7:32 am

    My shopping for clothing is sporadic. I can go weeks without any shopping and then I decide I need to see what’s new at the stores. So, I may go to 2 or 3 different stores or malls within a week. I sometimes just look online to pass the time. In the extreme summer heat I like to go to two different enclosed malls just to walk around and get in some extra steps. Plus looking at clothes at multiple stores does not seem like exercise but I can easily walk 3-4 miles in no time at all. Online shopping is so easy, but I still love shopping at stores so I can touch and feel the clothes.

    • August 13, 2019 / 7:42 am

      I agree about touching and feeling clothes, Norma. There’s no substitute for seeing the quality and exact color. I often then need to shop online because the selections are getting so limited in our brick and mortar stores.

  7. mrsben
    August 13, 2019 / 7:26 am

    So happy you had a safe trip home JENNIFER (☺) and your Grandson is adorable. Re shopping, I have never been much of a browser as my excursions were more of a mission however there was time I knew my way around the Malls but as of late I find myself doing more shopping on line , when the need arises. Reason being; I live in Canada and though located in a Metropolitan City the selection is limited compared to that of the U.S. not to mention the prices are much – much – much cheaper. -Brenda-
    P.S.: I’m fortunate, as live close to the border so do have a U.S. broker address so shipping is often free plus I can process items through Customs myself and even save more.

    • August 13, 2019 / 7:44 am

      You are fortunate to live by the border. The US selections are vast compared to Canada. If I moved back to Canada I’d need to keep that in mind;)

  8. Linda M
    August 13, 2019 / 7:24 am

    I went to the regional mall yesterday. Stopped in Nordstrom, J.Jill, Ann Taylor, Talbots, and Macys. Came away disappointed., but it was fun walking around. Some sale racks and nothing new for fall. I guess it is too early? Today I plan to go to the outlet mall.

    • August 13, 2019 / 7:45 am

      It is always fun to look. I’m hoping I see lots today. I’m really in the mood to see what’s new.

  9. Rose
    August 13, 2019 / 6:52 am

    Sounds like you had a great trip but is always good to get home. I live close to Target so like to look around there but never find much. Nordstrom and Macy’s and the Nordstrom Rack are some of my favorites. I used to shop more until my friend died suddenly 4 years ago. We loved to walk the whole mall and look at everything. I really miss her.

    • August 13, 2019 / 7:47 am

      I’m so sorry about your friend Rose. That’s very sad. Nordstrom is my favorite store because if it’s variety and customer care.

  10. Sherrye
    August 13, 2019 / 6:39 am

    I was in Retail mgt. for many years, so purchased clothing quite often. These days I dress very casual & comfy on a daily basis, so have less need for “dressy” clothing. I usally add a peice or 2 to my wardrobe when the seasons change or if I happen to be out and see something I can’t live without. I do shop a few times a year on outings with my sisters, but that may entail more browsing than buying. I often shop my closet these days. I do love to browse for home decor, antique stores, garden art and outdoor festivals! A recent beach trip had me out searching for new swimsuits. The only “new” items I packed were 2 swimsuits and a cute blouse I’d found earlier this season and had actually worn a couple of times. Everything else came from my closet. Oh, and a pair of tie dye Capri pj’s with a top I’d found really cheap to lounge in the condo ?

    • August 13, 2019 / 7:50 am

      I love browsing those places too. I often come home with real treasures from the antique fairs.

  11. August 13, 2019 / 6:08 am

    Yes, linen does wrinkle, but still love the look of it-nothing else compares to it!

  12. August 13, 2019 / 5:06 am

    Oh forgot to mention that your trip north looked really great. Glad you had a good time, and I know how great it is to get back home and sleep in your own bed. Got back from Paris two weeks ago, and we had a great time. We were very lucky to fit the trip in between Paris’ two heat waves! and secondly, the sales are really great now. I just bought a few things from Macys. I live in a warm climate so I always need summer clothes. And I love love linen. Even when it wrinkles!

    • August 13, 2019 / 7:55 am

      Paris is so wonderful! They have been getting slammed with heat so you are very fortunate Linda

  13. August 13, 2019 / 5:03 am

    I like to shop once a week or every 10 days. Doesn’t mean that I purchase anything, but I like to look. I read a lot of fashion blogs for women my age and I find that very interesting. Your blog is one of my favorites. I feel it realistically addresses issues that women of our age face. I look at a lot of clothes online which I find very relaxing.

    • August 13, 2019 / 7:57 am

      Thanks Linda. I love to “window” shop too. Mostly at the beginning of seasons. Fall is my favorite so I’m looking forward to it.

  14. Deborah
    August 13, 2019 / 4:45 am

    Welcome home! I have enjoyed your adventures. I would shop everyday if I didn’t work full time ?. My shopping is different from most – I read your blog, find out what’s “hot” and head to my local thrift stores to add to my wardrobe! That’s my ideal shopping scenario.

    • August 13, 2019 / 8:03 am

      Awesome Deborah! I’m happy I can inspire you.

  15. Linda
    August 13, 2019 / 4:27 am

    I don’t shop often. Being a teacher with a disabled husband leaves little time, energy, money to shop. I had a lucky break and went to some higher end stores during some very good sales to bulk up. My wardrobe. It was fun! I have a long range plan to go to Nordstrom’s as soon as my husband can make the trip. I’m going to hunt down just the right sweater!

    • August 13, 2019 / 8:04 am

      I suggest you start your hunt online so you have an idea of what’s available. Then when you get to the store, you can zero in on shapes and colors you like.

  16. Glenda
    August 13, 2019 / 4:18 am

    My shopping pattern has changed drastically in the past year. Helping to take care of my mom and working too has pushed me to do more online shopping. And because of that change I seem to buy more frequently but fewer pieces per purchase. I’ve settled into a few favorite stores, including some newer boutique options, and I’m usually happy with what I buy. ?

  17. August 13, 2019 / 3:49 am

    Welcome home! I’ll bet it feels perfectly wonderful! Your grandson is adorable, and hope you can get to some of his fall sports games/matches, really soon!

    On shopping….that’s a tough one. I go when I am inspired to see what’s new and different, and usually begin with Anthropologie. That store is wonderful!
    I love Chicos, Talbots, Loft (sometimes), and if looking for a more dressy look…Ann Taylor. If I feel make up inspired, I head to Macy’s! Love MAC lipsticks, love Bobbie Brown eye brow and liner, and then on and on….

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