(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 available 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, Amazon.)

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/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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