(Video) Favorites, October-December 2016: Classic Clothing, Accessory, Beauty, Home-Office, and Organic Snack Items


(ABOVE)  Burgundy and blush are the reigning colors in my December 2016 fashion and accessory favorites roundup.

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January 7, 2017/Video Post Notes

Who Knew I’d Love Blush With Burgundy!

Hi, everyone, and happy, happy 2017! To start off the new year (and close out the last), I’ve corralled some of my favorite fashions, accessories, home decor, makeup, and health foods discovered during the last three months of 2016. With the exception of my watch, none of these items have been featured in a favorites post before, so I hope I’m introducing you to some new, fun and /or healthy items, too!

If it looks like you all enjoy it, I plan to do a Favorites post every month this year.

Please let me know what you think about it.


~Janis Lyn Johnso


(ABOVE) Franklin Covey Classic Planner (Additional gold planners Filofax and Here; also Kate Spade.)

After realizing how much I liked the metallic gold color, I decided to style my home office decor around metallic gold, too.


(ABOVE) Filofax Limited Edition A-5 Rose Gold Binder (also at Amazon), which is the same size as the Franklin Covey Classic Planner binder above. (Update: Actually, I should say they are “similar” in size, because they aren’t exact; but they are in the same size family, so to speak. Also, the ring configuration is different, so you can’t use inserts from Franklin Covey in this binder or vice versa. I get more into all of this and much more in my video review of the Franklin Covey planner and the inserts I bought to go with it.)


(ABOVE) Fringe Studio “Love Is All You Need” 12.5″ x 8.5″ Lacquered Wooden Tray.

I thought this would be a great catch-all on my desk for miscellaneous papers and mail that need to be taken care of or filed.


(ABOVE & BELOW) Kate Spade Gold Foil Dot and Gold Foil Stripe File Folders, set of six each. (Both also at Nordstrom.)

I am determined to get myself organized this year, so I’m starting with a set of pretty file folders. To corral paperwork, I plan to keep a few of these in a holder on my desk. I’m still looking for the perfect holder. 🙂


ABOVE: Kate Spade Gold Foil Dot File Folders, Set of Six. (Also at Nordstrom.)


(ABOVE) Kate Spade Gold Foil Stripe File Folders, Set of Six.  (Also at Nordstrom.)


(ABOVE) Kate Spade Acrylic Loose Note Holder, Gold.


(ABOVE & BELOW) Kate Spade Acrylic Tape Dispenser.  

I bought this tape dispenser, and the note holder and stapler to coordinate with several antique brass items I have in my office, too.


(ABOVE) Kate Spade Acrylic Tape Dispenser and Stapler . By the way, I tried out the stapler and it works well.


(ABOVE & BELOW) Satya 18″ Thrive Necklace (Also at  Amazon. Similar necklace at Bloomingdale’s.)

The necklace I’m wearing is onyx, but it also comes in turquoise, pearl, or peridot. I didn’t talk about this necklace on my video, because I’ve had it for about a year, but I’m mentioning it here because various versions of it are still available, and I’ve never featured it in a Favorites list before. I love that it’s so delicate and, therefore, feminine.



(ABOVE & BELOW) Men’s Large Lexington Chronograph Watch.

I didn’t mention this watch in my video, because I featured it in a Favorites video some time ago. It’s about two years old, and is 44 mm. The one available today, above, is 45 mm.


(ABOVE) Talbots Sutton Plaid Tailored Ankle Pant and Michael Kors Lexington Chronograph Watch.


(ABOVE & BELOW) Talbots Sutton Plaid Tailored Ankle Pant.

I am 5’8.5″ tall, but I bought the Petite, because I wanted a 26.5″ inseam. The Misses inseam is 29″. These pants are a side-zip pant with no pockets. They’re so comfortable and can be styled to look cute and casual or dressy.

I talked my sweet  husband into taking a quick video of me with my iPhone 6s on Christmas day. (These are two screen shots.) We went to my mother’s, and did a lot of walking–these shots were taken at her retirement community–so I dressed more casually and for comfort (thus the flat sandals). These pants also would look lovely dressed up with a black mid- or high-heel sandal or t-strap pump.



(ABOVE & BELOW) Ann Taylor Ann Cardigan in Tawny Port and Devin Fit Jacquard Pant


(ABOVE) Ann Taylor Devin Fit Jacquard PantAnn Cardigan in Tawny Port, Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Leather Crossbody in Sweet Melon, Tory Burch Logo Faux Pearl Bag Charm/Key Fob, and Trotter’s Pointy Toe Pump in Burgundy.

I’ve bought several Ann cardigans over the years. I get them in XS for a slim fit. I am so happy this burgundy one matches my pants, shoes, and a burgundy bag I show later on in this post. The Devin Fit Jacquard pant is a staple at Ann Taylor. It’s probably my favorite fitting refined pant. I especially love the jacquard fabric, which is two colors and textured, so it hides any lumps and bumps!

I wore this outfit to lunch last week at Nordstrom in Waterside Shops–they have a really great cafe. After lunch, and with wind-blown hair and no lipstick (I forgot to reapply!), I took these selfies with my iPhone 6s.

(BELOW) The Devin Fit Jacquard Pant I bought last spring. (See that outfit post here.)



(ABOVE & BELOW) Talbots Edison Scalloped Metallic-Leather Flats in Gunmetal.

This shoe comes in narrow, medium, and wide widths. I can wear it with jeans or cropped pants (to show off the scallop detail). It also would look cute with the refined Talbots Sutton Plaid Pant that I showed earlier in this post–and with pencil skirts, too.


(ABOVE) Talbots Edison Scalloped Metallic-Leather Flats in Gunmetal.


(ABOVE & BELOW) Trotter’s Pointy Toe Pump in Burgundy. Also above: Michael Kors Lexington Chronograph Watch.

This shoe comes in narrow, medium, and wide widths. 




(ABOVE) Trotter’s Pointy Toe Pump in Burgundy.



(ABOVE) Kate Spade Palina Leopard-Print Calf Hair Slingback.

The heels of this shoe are burgundy, which matches my burgundy Kate Spade Emerson Place Mini Shoulder Bag . (Both the shoe and bag are currently on sale!) The blush trim on this shoe matches the Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Leather Crossbody. To see both bags, keep scrolling down. (This shoe also comes in black leather and blush trim.)


(ABOVE) Kate Spade Lydia Leopard-Print Calf Hair T-Strap. The trim matches my Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Leather Crossbody.

I didn’t buy this shoe, but I’m contemplating getting one of the other colors in it. (It also comes in black leather, blush leather, and red chestnut leather–all with blush trim.)


(ABOVE & BELOW) Kate Spade Emerson Place Mini Shoulder Bag in Mahogany. (Mahogany is Kate Spade’s name for burgundy.)

The on-line photograph, below, makes this bag look like it pouches out on the sides. Unless you pack it to overflowing, though, the bag is quite structured. I think they just overstuffed it for the photo.



(ABOVE & BELOW) Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Leather Crossbody in Sweet Melon.

As you can see, below, the Sweet Melon color is a pinkish peach. It looks that way in natural daylight, too (see the selfies of me wearing the bag earlier in this post). The color looks more pink in my video screenshots, above, because I’m using white photography lights. (Another reason why I prefer filming in natural daylight.)



(ABOVE) The Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Leather Crossbody in Sweet Melon.

This Tory Burch bag goes beautifully with Kate Spade’s Palina Leopard-Print Calf Hair Slingback. I ordered both on line, hoping they’d go together. I’m thrilled the two actually match!

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(ABOVE & BELOW) Tory Burch Logo Faux Pearl Bag Charm/Key Fob. I love it on the Tory Burch Robinson Pebbled Leather Crossbody.




(ABOVE) Go Raw Organic Sprouted Raisin Crunch Bar and Banana Bread Sprouted Bar contain only organic sprouted seeds and whole fruit.

Update, 1/11/17: When I published this post I had only tried the Sprouted Raisin Crunch Bar, and as I said in the video, loved it. I now know it’s my favorite. It has a more substantial texture and a milder, less sweet taste. The Banana Bread Bar tastes very sweet and has a strong banana flavor. I’d rather eat a banana!


(ABOVE) Suja Elements Organic Supergreens Power Greens drink. (There are six grams of sugar in a 12-ounce bottle.)

This is my splurge, because it has a little bit of grapefruit juice for tangy sweetness. The rest of the ingredients are vegetables.


(ABOVE) Evolution Organic Greens and Kale. (There are eight grams of sugar in a 15.2-ounce bottle.)

This one is my favorite, because the only fruit in it is lemon. The rest is green veggies. My husband found the Evolution drink for me at our local Whole Foods. When I want something cold and refreshing (besides spring water), the Evolution and Suja green drinks are what I turn to. I just wish they came in glass bottles.


(ABOVE & BELOW) Lips: 100% Pure Gemmed Lip Gloss in Peacock Ore. Cheeks: 100% Pure Lip & Cheek Tint in Cranberry. (Also, Satya 18″ Thrive Necklace.)

Oh my gosh these two products are fabulous. This Lip & Cheek Tint color, cranberry, is new to me, and it’s so fresh and clean looking on the skin. I used it only on my cheeks, and it gives a just-flushed, healthy look. I applied it with my Eco Tools Stippling Brush so that it goes on lightly and I can build it as I wish. (If you also want to see what the Lip & Cheek Tint in the color Sugar Plum looks like on me, click here.)

I’ve never tried the Gemmed line of lip glosses but I am now a true fan. The formula is thick and sticky, which I love. That gives it staying power and keeps my lips moisturized for a long, long time. The shimmer comes from teeny semi-precious stones. Both the Lip & Cheek Tint and the Gemmed Lip Glos are fruit-pigmented and have all natural ingredients. 



(ABOVE) 100% Pure Gemmed Lip Gloss in Peacock Ore. (BELOW) 100% Pure Lip & Cheek Tint in Cranberry.


MY MOISTURIZERS/MAKEUP (Natural/Organic Ingredients)

MOISTURIZER/FACE: MiEssence Rejuvenating Moisturizer / MOISTURIZER/LIP-EYE AREA: Nourish Organic Shea Butter / FACE: 100% Pure Healthy Flawless Skin Foundation Powder, in Both Crème  and White Peach /  LIPS: 100% Pure Gemmed Lip Gloss in Peacock Ore / CHEEKS: 100% Pure Lip & Cheek Tint in Cranberry / EYE LASHES: 100% Pure Black Tea Ultra Lengthening Mascara

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About the Author:

Janis Lyn Johnson is a happily married SW Floridian and Texas-born (1960) fan of timeless style and healthy living.


  1. Missy January 8, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    This is your best blog- mixing fashion- beauty& nutrition ! Love your fashion sense for warmer winter climates( FL!) Trying your organic beauty products this year – ESP the ?. Look forward to your posts showing a classic elegant lifestyle!

    • JLJ January 8, 2017 at 10:59 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Missy! I’m so happy you liked this blog post. There was a lot going on in it; I was afraid people might find it confusing! Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit and leave your kind comment. Cheers to you! ~ Janis

  2. Claudia Volkman January 9, 2017 at 6:09 am - Reply

    Love this blog and video, Janis! Those desk accessories are calling my name! I wanted to point out one thing: the hole configuration on classic Franklin Planners is different than Filofax, so the inserts are not interchangeable. (In the compact size/personal size, they’re the same, but Franklin inserts are wider.) I ordered the white Planner Love binder in compact — we’ll see how that goes this year! Keep up the beautiful work!

    • JLJ January 11, 2017 at 12:32 pm - Reply

      Hi, Claudia! Thank you so much for visiting my blog again, and thank you for your comment! Yes, I was so disappointed to see that you can’t interchange all inserts and all binders from different companies. I suppose some do it on purpose, in the hopes that we’ll buy all the products in one place? I don’t know, but it’s a shame, I think. But thank goodness several companies make cute inserts and cute binders, so one way or the other we can all find what we personally like. I hope you’re having a happy new year so far. Cheers ~ Janis

  3. Laura January 9, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

    Thoroughly enjoyed your video review of all your favorites. We are snowed in here in our area of NC so it was a very welcome post. Pretty lip & cheek color on you…and a nice reminder to stop by Talbots for a look once things thaw out here Best wishes for a great 2017!

    • JLJ January 11, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      Laura, oh my gosh I’m thinking of you buried under all that snow up in NC. I hope at least it’s clear and sunny today. Thank you for visiting my blog, and I’m so happy you enjoyed the video. Best wishes for a great 2017 to you, too! Cheers ~ Janis

  4. Lesa January 9, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

    HI Janis – Love the post … I think it’s a great reflection of life in general, showing the multi facets that we all juggle. It gave me all my little pleasures (house, makeup, clothes, food) in one post! Will definitely have to check out the cafe at Nordstroms … I had been wondering how it compared.

    I’m wondering about the Trotters .. Are they available locally or do you order them online, or from a catalogue? Would love to find a local source for extended (wide) size shoes …
    Thanks !

    • JLJ January 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm - Reply

      Hi, Lesa! I had never thought about it, but you are so right about these items reflecting life. How fun to think of it that way. Regarding the Trotters: I bought the burgundy Trotters I show in this video at Nordstrom on line, but maybe they carry other Trotters in their stores, just not this particular shoe/size? I know that Belk department store also carries Trotters on line. Since you have a Nordstrom store near you, you might call and ask them if they also have the shoe in their stores. Same goes for Belk. Otherwise, I’m not familiar with another store that carries them. I know what you mean about how nice it is to actually see a try on shoes in person. But the nice thing about Nordstrom, at least, is the free shipping and no-hassle return to our nearby store. I hope you’re having a nice new year. Thank you for watching my video! ~ Janis

  5. Cynthia Daugherty January 9, 2017 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Nice post! I was very much interested in the food items today. The sprouted crunch bar sounds interesting. It reminded me of today’s
    email from King Arthur Flour; now selling sprouted whole wheat flour.

    • JLJ January 11, 2017 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Cynthia! That’s so interesting that King Arthur Flour is now getting into sprouting flour. That’s great! Hopefully more and more companies will begin offering sprouted versions of all nuts and seeds and flours. I tried the banana bread bar, and I definitely prefer the raisin crunch bar, hands down. The banana bread bar is good, but it’s not as substantial in texture, in my opinion, and I personally prefer the flavor of the raisin/date crunch bar. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your comment! ~ Janis

  6. Anne Robinson February 9, 2017 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I just happened upon your blog. As I am beginning my day, after watching the video, I feel so energized. You have a upbeat and elegant presentation. Your selection of items are unique. I’m so pleased.
    Thank you!

    • JLJ February 14, 2017 at 10:34 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Anne, for your sweet comment! I appreciate you taking the time to stop here and tell me you liked my video!! I hope you’re having a sweet week so far. Cheers ~ Janis

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