(ABOVE) I love how this white polo shirt makes my outfit sporty.

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TOP: Nautica / SKIRT: Ann Taylor, Past Season (Alternative Tan Skirt Nordstrom, Preppy Tan Stripe Macy’s) /   BAG: Kate Spade, No Longer in Navy (Also in Mint Green) / SHOES: Trotters / WATCH: Michael Kors, Past Season, Similar (Also Alternatives on Sale in Michael Kors and Coach) / EARRINGS: Similar Ross-Simons / BROWN LEATHER BRACELET: Pandora /  CHARMS: Bloomingdale’s  / BLACK LEATHER PEARL BRACELET: Honora (Similar Saks Off Fifth).

MY MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)

FACE: 100% Pure, Both Crème and White Peach / CHEEKS: Gabriel, Vibrant Pink / LIPS/EYE AREA: Nourish Organic, Shea Butter / LIPS: Gabriel, Venus / EYELIDS: Gabriel Color, Eye Shadow, Chocolate Brown / EYELASHES: 100% Pure, Black Tea (Some links are affiliates. More information here.)

Thursday, August 25, 2016 / Video Post Notes

Making a Refined Outfit Preppy

One thing I like about the preppy style is how it can take an otherwise refined outfit and make it light and sporty. This Ann Taylor skirt, for example, when paired with the patent-leather Trotters wedges (so comfy, by the way) and structured crocodile-embossed Kate Spade bag, make a great business outfit, if topped with a silk blouse. But pull on a cotton mesh polo shirt and it’s a completely different look.

It’s the same idea with structured top-handle bags that also come with shoulder/crossbody straps. When I wear this bag on my shoulder, it looks more casual. Cross body, and it’s even more casual. Tuck the strap into the bag and loop the top handle over my arm and it’s ladylike prim and proper. I love being able to get several looks out of one single bag.

If you’re interested in the bag, although the navy is sold out, there are some still available in a range of other colors here.

~Janis Lyn Johnson




(ABOVE) Pandora brown leather wrap bracelet. See charms  here. Black leather Honora bracelet with pearl charm. See a similar one at Saks Off Fifth. Michael Kors watch. See a similar one here.





(ABOVE & BELOW) When I want to create a casual, easy feeling with this Kate Spade bag, I carry the shoulder strap willy nilly in my hand. When I want a more refined feeling, I just tuck it inside the bag. Shoes by Trotters.




(ABOVE & BELOW) I’ve had these gold and pearl drop earrings for nearly 25 years. They’re such a classic in my jewelry wardrobe. See similar ones here. On my lips: Gabriel Lip Gloss in the color Venus. On My eyes: Gabriel Eyeshadow in the color Chocolate Brown.


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(ABOVE) Kate Spade top-handle bag in, left to right, Dusty Mint, Cliff Grey. (BELOW) Rose WaterLucky Green.

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(BELOW) Get a look similar to the one I’m wearing–click on the photographs. On a smart phone? Click side arrow to see all items. (More color choices than shown are available.)