Sunday, January 6, 2019

When You Find Your Style



When you find your style, live in it and believe in it.  It will take you anywhere.
~Ingrid Carozzi

Have you found your style?

I think I have had a variety of styles throughout the years.




When I was growing up, I had the hand-me-down style. My mother was very frugal and I would wear my sister's hand-me-downs 95% of the time.  I remember my mom cutting down and resewing a pair of my dad's tweed pants for me.  I didn't wear them often.

When I was a newly married young woman, my style was short and cheap. Not like ✄ hooker cheap but inexpensive.  We were poor as church mice.

When I was a mother of four children, my style was messy mom.  Especially when the children were very young.  When you start off with twins, you feel blessed just to comb your hair and brush your teeth each day.  I can't remember buying new clothes during this season.  I saved my money to buy the children (especially the girls) new clothes because I remember not having them as a child.

As the children grew up, went to college, and moved away, I think I finally came into my own style. I had time to discover what I loved to wear. Gone are any type of pants. I have no religious objections to wearing pants.  I don't find them as comfortable as skirts or dresses. I will wear leggings on occasion under a skirt or dress if it is freezing outside!

If I had to put a label on my style, I would say Bohemian/Romantic. I absolutely love April Cornell clothing.   They are quite pricey but I wait until they have a big sale usually 2 or 3 times a year.  I tend to buy clothes that are post seasonal - for instance, I will buy spring/summer outfits in the autumn and either wear them if the weather permits or save them for next year.

Here is a link to April's clothing.  I'll list a few dresses that I bought when they were 1/2 off.

 April Cornell Dresses

*Patience Dress

*Tulip Dress

*Nasturtium Pinafore Dress

*Holly Pinafore Dress

*Harvest Cousin Dress

I also love their leggings.  They come in basic colors, florals, and pastel colors.  Usually there is a flower on the outside ankle of the leggings.

I do love their tunics and blouses too.  And their aprons!

I save up my allowance $ and birthday/Christmas $ and that's what I buy - ♥ April Cornell.

**This is not a sponsored post. I just love AC clothes and they best suit my style.

Have you found your style?

12 comments:

  1. I think I have always known my style. I love quirky and different, and like you, Gina, bohemian and romantic. Oh, and of course anything with a bit of quirky lace somewhere always makes me smile. On following the link you shared I too think April Cornell's designs are pretty. Love those shifts with leggings and boots. I never had any sisters so my mum always bought me new clothes, with my approval of course. =) Me and she never did have the same thoughts on what best suited my 'fashion' sensibilities. You have twins.....how lovely. Did you dress them in similar outfits or did they wear different clothes? Four little children....you would have been a very busy mum.

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    1. Kim, I love ankle boots. I have a pair of brown ones that I bought on sale after Thanksgiving last year and I wear them with my dresses or with leggings. ♥

      My twin daughters are identical. I never dressed them exactly the same but often the same outfits in different colors. One would wear pink and the other lavender. Same outfit/different colors. My third daughter was born when the twins were 3 1/2. Then my son was born when my third daughter was 2 1/2. Busy but lovely days!

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  2. I tend to be more of a tailored gal...LL Bean is my favorite catalog along with some Coldwater Creek thrown in. we have a great consignment store here and I have picked up some lovely barely worn brand name things there.

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    1. Arlene, oh I need a second hand shop like that. Maybe there will be more to chose from in New Jersey.

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  3. Gina, after looking at the Attic Sale, I picked up a cute pair or green and white gingham capris for the summer. They were adorable. I might be checking back in at the attic as the prices were reasonable I felt. Like you I like a dress for church and in the summer they are just cooler. It is hard to find dresses these days. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Arlene, I do like the attic sale! Sometimes everything on the website is 1/2 price and even the attic is discounted further. I will try to give you a heads up when I get an email update. I did see those capris and they are cute!

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  4. One more thing...you asked about the frog in cross stitch. It stands for the sound you make when you have to rip out errors...rip it rip it rip it.:)

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    1. Oh that is SO funny! I would never have guessed that. I wondered if it was a special thimble or something...

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  5. I've gone through a few styles over the years too but I suppose I've always been pretty basic and plain. Now in my late forties I love the loose boho look too for the everyday comfort. I've never heard of the April Cornell brand. I love her style. Yes it is an investment but you can have them for years and getting them on sale is so smart. I think I'll bookmark her website. Thanks for the link.
    xx Beca

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    1. Beca, I will try to announce on my blog when April Cornell has a big sale. They just had one at the end of last year so it will be a while, I think. Her clothing is pricey but made very well. I wash them on the gentle cycle and then hang them on a rack to dry instead of putting them in the dryer. xo

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  6. Those are some nice dresses. I would say my style is very casual, and comfortable. I haven't worn a dress in years, not sure how many. For one thing I have problems with my feet and I have to wear new balance shoes with arch inserts, so I don't have shoes that really go with dresses, so thankful our church is very casual and don't expect the women to wear dresses.

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    1. Connie, I am a big comfortable fan! I'm sorry that you have problems with your feet. Sometimes I wear tennis shoes with a dress (I probably look dweebie)! The church we go to is pretty laid back about fashion. xo

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