(ABOVE) Denim and British-khaki cotton separates work well for transitioning into fall/winter in warmer climates.

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November 25, 2018 / Video Post Notes


Welcome Back Snow Birds and Now The Holidays–and Season–Begin!

It’s Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S., which is basically the beginning of season here in Naples, Florida. What exactly is season? Generally, it’s when the temperature finally drops from the hot and humid 90s Fahrenheit into the upper 70s and low 80s, and the air is much less damp.

For that reason, many Naples residents who spent summer at their second (or third or fourth) homes have been arriving back in town during the last month or so. We call them snowbirds. Typically, they stay for the winter and all its social activities, then leave around mid-May. (High season, which is our busiest time of year, begins in January).

I love this time of year, because the town is absolutely buzzing and the shopping centers are busy putting up (or completing) their holiday decorations. There is nothing quite like twinkling white lights on swaying palm trees.

Behind The Scenes of Building a Christmas Tree

Rain was forecast the day my friend *CSG and I met for lunch at M Waterfront Grille–come to think of it, it was forecast the last time we met, too–but luckily it held off until later that evening, and we were gifted with a pretty, although slightly overcast, day in the lower 80s (Fahrenheit).

The restaurant is located in the Parkshore area of Naples at The Village on Venetian Bay, overlooking the bay to the north and south and, to the west, the beach road and its condominiums.

Several men were putting up the shopping center’s Christmas tree when I arrived, and it was so fun to see what the tree looked like mid-construction. It was lovely from the front–and with all its pretty metallic-gold and red bows appeared finished–but on the backside, it was still completely bare of its tree limbs. (For a peek, see my screenshots below from the video.)

The tree had its official lighting yesterday, so if you would like to see some pretty holiday lights, that’s one good place to visit.

Lunch at M Waterfront Grille and Health Food-Choice Compromises

I usually order a salad when out for lunch, and at the Grille I chose their Tuna Nicoise Salad. I would have preferred an organic meat, chicken or wild-caught shrimp, salmon or sardines on my salad, which is how I eat when at home. (Wild-caught salmon and sardines are lowest in toxicity of all fish.) However, these weren’t available, so I went with the tuna. If I tried to be as strict with my diet at restaurants as I am when I’m at home, I’d seldom be able to go out for meals with friends. (For more on why I avoid certain foods, see my post, Healing Chronic Health Issues: What I Eat and Why.)

I asked our server what she recommended for someone who doesn’t like her fish raw or too cooked and therefore dry. She suggested to go with medium, and I’m glad I took her advice. It was moist, but not raw.  Meanwhile, CSG ordered the Grilled Cheese, which comes with a side salad.  (See their lunch menu here.)

About This Pencil Skirt

Now, getting to my outfit, and in particular this chino pencil skirt. What makes it extra fun is that it’s embellished on the front with black bugle beads. It’s adorable! Although the on-line photograph of the (tall) model makes it look short, it isn’t at all. It’s actually 23.5″ in length and is knee-length on me. (I’m 5’8.5″, and I ordered the misses size 2.)

Although I’ve styled it to be casual, if you switched out my denim shirt for one in white and added a black blazer or black cardigan and black pumps, it would work well for an office environment, too.

For dressy holiday occasions, I also love this Sequin Plaid Pencil Skirt(27″ Length), Sequin Black Pencil Skirt (27.5″ Length), and Sequin Striped Pencil Skirt (approx. 27″ Length).

Have a great week!

~Janis Lyn Johnson

*CSG (Camera-Shy Girlfriend)


Scenes From The Video


(ABOVE & BELOW) The Village on Venetian Bay, which views the bay to the south and north, and the Gulf beach road to the west.


(ABOVE) Googlemaps screenshot showing The Village on Venetian Bay and M Waterfront Grille.


(ABOVE) From afar, the Christmas tree appeared to be completed .


(BELOW) On the back of the tree, men were still inserting tree limbs. The construction of the tree was fascinating.



(ABOVE & BELOW) Although it was an overcast day, the view from our table at M Waterfront Grille was still very pretty.



(ABOVE) One reason why I love this hat and this style of tote is because both can be draped on the back of a chair when I’m at a restaurant. It makes things so much easier! The bag also comes in a slightly smaller size that looks identical to this one and also has the shoulder straps.


(ABOVE & BELOW) Mid-meal, I realized I’d forgotten to film what CSG and I had ordered. She chose the Grilled-Cheese Sandwich and I the Tuna Nicoise salad, and I brought my own dressing.



(ABOVE) I take my homemade salad dressing with me in a four-ounce glass bottle. For my recipe, see my post here.



(ABOVE) This mini tripod and phone tripod mount is so handy, both for holding your phone or camera firmly in your hand, and for setting on a surface and filming hands-free. I filmed my outfit handsfree in the above location. Unfortunately, it was just a bit too overcast, so my friend CSG used my phone to re-film me on the restaurant patio after lunch in much better lighting. See the screenshots from the video below.

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phone tripod mount


mini tripod


What I Wore








(ABOVE & BELOW) Gabriel Lipstick, Sheer Rose.

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(ABOVE)  Gabriel Lipstick, Sheer Rose. This is an orange pink/cool creme color that is very moisturizing.



SHIRT: Talbots (Similar Talbots, Ralph Lauren) / SKIRT: J. Crew, 23.5″ Length (also love these for dressier occasions: Sequin Plaid Pencil SkirtSequin Black Pencil Skirt, Sequin Striped Pencil Skirt).


BAG: Cole Haan (similar black leather tote Cole Haan, J. Crew, Kate Spade, Longchamp, Mulberry, and Prada here, here; pre-loved Prada here / SHOES: Trotters (similar Bella Vita) / HAT: Slogger’s (I also often wear this Sun & Fun Lifeguard Hat).


BRACELET #1: : David Yurman / BRACELET #2: Lagos / BRACELET #3: David Yurman / WATCH: Cartier 18k Gold Small Tank Watch (similar Small Cartier Tank WatchMedium Cartier Tank WatchLarge Cartier Tank Watch; pre-loved Barney’s New York, The RealReal; classic alternative Timex, Tory Burch).

MY MOISTURIZERS/MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)

FACE SCRUB: Coconut Oil Mixed with Himalayan Salt (alternative 100% Pure Organic Acai Pulp Facial Scrub) / FACE MOISTURIZER: Nourish Organic Face Cream, Argan & Pomegranate / LIPS-EYE AREA MOISTURIZER: Nourish Organic Shea Butter / FACE MAKEUP: Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation, in Bamboo and Medium Beige, applied with BareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush (also available here) and Sigma Flat Angled Kabuki F88 Brush / LIPS: Gabriel Lipstick, Sheer Rose / CHEEKS: Gabriel Powder Blush, Willow, applied with EcoTools cruelty-free Stippling Brush / EYELIDS:  Gabriel Matte Eye Shadow, Chococlate Brown (applied with  brushes from EcoTools Cruelty-Free Six-Piece Eye SetLASHES: 100% Pure Ultra-Lengthening Mascara, Black Tea, combed out with this Folding Eyelash Comb With Metal Teeth.

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Denim Shirt


Denim Shirt (Shown With Collar Unbuttoned))


Embellished Pencil Skirt (23.5″ Knee Length. On-line Photo Makes it Look Shorter Than Actually Is)


Wide-Brim Straw Hat (Other Colors Available)


Kate Spade Sunglasses


Black Woven Leather 2″-Heel Slingback Pump (N, M, W Widths)


Black Leather 2″-Heel-Slingback Pump (N, M, W, WW Widths)


Black Leather 2.5″-Heel Slingback Pump


Black Leather 3.5″-Heel Slingback Pump


Cole Haan Black Small Leather Tote (More Colors Available)


Cole Haan Dove Large Leather Tote


J. Crew Black Leather Tote with Detachable Shoulder Strap (Also in Cabernet)


Kate Spade Black Leather Shoulder Tote


Longchamp Black Leather Shoulder Tote


Mulberry Black Leather Tote with Detachable Shoulder Strap


Prada Black Leather Daino Tote with Detachable Shoulder Strap


Prada Black Leather Daino Tote (New, Pre-Loved)


Lagos Black Caviar & Gold-Bead Bracelet


David Yurman 18k Gold Bracelet


David Yurman Buckle Bracelet

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Cartier Small 18k Gold Tank Watch, Alligator Strap (For Pre-Loved, See Fashionphile, The RealReal)


Tory Burch Tank Watch, Leather Strap

Timex Classic Watch, Leather Strap


Circa-1970s Cartier Small Tank Watch





Sequin Plaid Pencil Skirt (27″ Length)


Sequin Black Pencil Skirt (27.5″ Length)


Sequin Striped Pencil Skirt