(ABOVE) On the front patio of The Hotel Escalante, left, and vlogging the grounds of the hotel, right.

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T-SHIRT: Ann Taylor, From Late ’90s (Similar Talbots)  / SKIRT: J. Crew, From Late-90s (Alternative Talbots)  / SWEATER: Adrienne Vittadini, Vintage (Alternative Cotton Nordstrom; Cashmere J. Crew) / BAG: Talbots (Several Colors; Currently On Sale) / NECKLACE: Lilly Pulitzer (Similar On Sale Kate Spade) / EARRINGS: (Similar Genuine Kohl’s or Amazon; Lab Created Amazon)  / SHOES: Vaneli (Similar Amazon, Zappos).

MY MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)

FACE: 100% Pure, Both Crème and White Peach / CHEEKS: Gabriel, Vibrant Pink / LIPS: Nourish Organic, Shea Butter / LIPS: Hemp Organics/Colorganics, Ruby / EYELASHES: 100% Pure, Black Tea. (Some links are affiliates. More information here.)


The Hotel Escalante, Naples, Florida

Friday, June 24, 2016 / Vlog Post Notes

Introducing Color To My Beige Wardrobe

The bright striped Adrienne Vittadini sweater you see in this post I bought with a coordinating floral top and skirt at Saks Fifth Avenue in the mid- to late-90s. I really loved that outfit, but for years afterward I never wore the items with anything else, because my wardrobe consisted mostly of beige and, well, more beige and khaki and pastels. Brights just didn’t seem to love my beige.

It wasn’t that I didn’t like bright colors–I loved that Adrinne Vittadini outfit, for example. I just did not know how to put them together. Then, in my mid-40s, I joined a weekly lunch group where I met a woman who dressed in pink and magenta and orange and emerald green and paired them with navy and crisp white and black. Seeing her combinations each week, I learned how to put bright colors together, so I began feeling more confident in buying them. One of her favorite combinations was to pair a white bottom with a bright top or vice versa. It was so simple, but I’d never thought of it. (If we had it back then, I didn’t know about Instagram or Pinterest for fashion inspiration.)

This J. Crew skirt and Ann Taylor t-shirt are among the first bright items that I bought back then. I also like wearing them together with a white sweater (usually around my neck), woven-leather gold tote, gold thong sandals, gold hoop earrings, no necklace, my wedding rings, my grandmother’s pearl ring, two gold bracelets, and I’m out the door.

Believe me, I still love and wear beige and khaki and pastels often. My hair is beige, after all! But I’m thrilled I discovered brights.

~Janis Lyn Johnson



(ABOVE AND BELOW) My friend, Katie Kensington, in front of the hotel. I love how she combined tiny-stripe wide-leg pants with a bold-stripe top. Then, how cute–more bright stripes inside her pink bag–which also coordinates with her phone case! The shot below was not staged, by the way. I caught her putting away her phone after her husband texted her while we were shooting, and that’s when I noticed her pink phone case and purse stripes.













(ABOVE) On my lips: A light swipe of Hemp Organics/Colorganics lipstick in the color Ruby. It’s actually quite dark, but here I used very little, and over a base of Nourish Organic Shea Butter. (BELOW) Get a look similar to the one I’m wearing. On a smart phone? Click side arrow to see all items. (More color choices than shown are available.)

Colorganics - Hemp Organics Lipstick Ruby

Hemp Organics, Ruby.

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