(ABOVE) I wear this sort of outfit combination–classic puffer vest, crewneck tee, crewneck sweater, jeans–all the way through spring here in Southwest Florida.
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January 9, 2019 / Video Post Notes
ANOTHER POWERFUL LESSON LEARNED & MY PUFFER VEST OOTD
Holding Onto How Beautiful We Are, Naturally
This post and video were completely unplanned. My intention that morning had been just to run several errands at Waterside Shops and then pick up a few things at Whole Foods. While I was at it, I’d test out the new vlogging camera my husband had given me, which I’d turned on for the first time only the day before.
I wasn’t really sure I knew how to operate the thing. For example, countless indicators loomed on the flip-down view finder, and I was worried they probably shouldn’t be there. But, since I was going to be filming anyway, I thought, why not treat it like a real vlog, and just…ignore all those indicators and hope they didn’t mean anything too important. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as they say. Besides, if the video was awful (or blank), I just wouldn’t publish it, and at least I’d have (hopefully) learned what not to do with the camera ever again (like ignore all those intimidating strange words on the flip-down viewfinder).
As I typically do when just running errands, I was’t wearing any makeup, except for a little lip color. I wasn’t sure the camera was even filming, as I began my introduction, but it occurred to me that this might be a good time to broach a subject I’d been wanting to discuss for some time but hadn’t yet: not wearing makeup in public.
You’ve seen me on camera without makeup before, so you might not realize just how amazing a thing that really is for me–to be seen so totally bare. I talk about why I think it’s amazing in the video, and what happened 15 years ago that caused me to change what I thought about showing the natural me to anyone but my husband.
I’m not sure if it’s something in the air at Waterside Shops or what, but just like in my Never Complain, Never Explain video, in which I talked about something in the beginning of the video that ended up coincidentally dovetailing with something else that happened later in the day, well, that exact kind of coincidence happened again–and also once again at Waterside Shops. I still am completely dumbstruck by it.
I started out the video discussing my feelings about not wearing makeup and worrying about what other people think, only to later have a sales person say something to me about my feet that looped everything together into one amazing and powerful lesson for me.
The gist of it is that as a child, we see ourselves so differently than we do later on in life. It’s heartbreaking what we do to ourselves!
I hope you have a chance to watch my video to see what I shared, because if you have any issues about your own body–or parts of your body or not wearing makeup–believe me, I know how you feel!
A Classic Puffer Vest Outfit
This outfit combination of puffer vest, crewneck tee, crewneck cable-knit sweater, jeans, flat sandals, and a tote is one I wear fall, winter, and spring here in Naples when the temperature dips below the mid-60s Fahrenheit. It’s a perfect casual outfit, because if the weather warms up later in the day, I can always roll up the vest and stuff it in my tote and tie my sweater over my shoulders or around my waist. These are timeless, ageless layering pieces that look just as flattering on a teenager as they do a centenarian. They truly are multigenerational.
I wore this outfit on a day when it was 63 degrees Fahrenheit, but today it’s supposed to get up to 75. If you are planning a trip this way, you’ll want to keep in mind that even within a week’s time you can have temperatures that range from the 50s to 70s, so make sure you bring layers that can be added or removed when needed. For more about my outfit items, scroll to the bottom of the page.
Oh, and by the way, I recently somehow touched something on my new vlogging camera that got rid of all those indicators on the flip-down view finder. The good news is, everything still works fine anyway.
Wishing all of you a happy, healthy 2019.
~Janis Lyn Johnson
Scenes From The Video
(ABOVE & BELOW) I love the look and sound of this water feature at Waterside Shops in Naples. It’s so pretty and soothing.
(ABOVE & BELOW) I know it’s after New Year’s, but I just had to show you the Christmas tree at Waterside Shops. It featured silver pinecones and balls with ribbons shaped like flying doves, all mixed with white tree branches and dried eucalyptus leaves. So gorgeous!
(ABOVE) I was so inspired by the way this tree was decorated, I’m thinking about doing something similar on our own tree next year, although on a smaller scale, of course. This pinecone was huge! (BELOW) Look at these pretty Silver Handblown Glass Ornaments I found on line.
(ABOVE) At our Whole Foods Market, I always have to hold myself back from buying another pretty orchid!
(ABOVE) I now buy and season with either Selina Naturally Light Grey Celtic Sea Salt or Natierra Himalania Himalayan Fine Pink Salt, so that we get the minerals from both. We don’t season with table salt, because it lacks the 82 other minerals present in Himalayan and Celtic sea salts. (Table salt only has the minerals sodium and chloride, plus usually a substance to keep the salt from clumping.) For a fascinating video on why both natural salt and water are important for the health of our bodies, watch this video by nutritionist Barbara O’Neill.
(ABOVE) I buy 365 Alaskan Wild Pink Salmon for lunch salads I make for my husband and me at home (see recipe here). So delicious and healthy. For why I only buy wild-caught salmon, see this Mercola.com article.
(ABOVE) Panorama Organic Grass Fed and Grass Finished Ground Beef is my favorite ground beef. I like to buy two pounds at a time, then break them up into eight meat patties and freeze them for easy, don’t-have-to-think-about-it meals. If you want to know why it’s important to eat beef that has been both grass fed and grass finished, read this article.
(ABOVE) Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet and Perfect Health Diet were the two books that started me on my health journey, June 1, 2012. Both books go into great detail about how the digestive system influences the health of the rest of the body, as well as how to heal your body by healing the gut. Another good book that came out later, Grain Brain, explains the connection between the brain and the gut, and how an unhealthy digestive system can lead to dementia and more. (BELOW) I often get asked how I carry my salad dressing when dining out. This is the four-ounce, leak-proof bottle I use. (For more on my health journey, see my post Healing Chronic Health Issues: What I Eat and Why.)
What I Wore
(ABOVE & BELOW) On my lips: I first moisturized with Organic 100% Cocoa Butter. Once absorbed, I applied Gabriel Multi Pot, Florentina. This is a lip, cheek, and eyeshadow cream that has all-natural ingredients. I’m not wearing any other makeup. Cocoa Butter is naturally hard, so I scrape a little out with the back of my nail, place it on the back of my hand to warm it up, then apply it all over my face and lips. It’s a wonderful, all-natural skin/lip conditioner and softener.
PUFFER VEST: Lilly Pulitzer (similar Patagonia, The North Face; alternative White Rainbow Stripe Packable Puffer Vest, Silver Down Puffer Vest, Silver Packable Hooded Puffer Vest) / SWEATER: Talbots, sugar plum (same color Cotton Basketweave Sweater and Cashmere Crewneck Sweater; similar color Cardigan, Long-Sleeve Tee; alternative Pink Cashmere Crewneck Sweater) / TEE: Isaac Mizrahi (similar Talbots, which I also have; alternative short-sleeve white crewneck tee Talbots / JEANS: Treasure and Bond (similar 9″ High-Waist Skinny Jeans, 9 3/4″ High-Waist Skinny Jeans; more white jeans Nordstrom).
HAT: Sloggers / EYEWEAR: Kate Spade Prescription Glasses (I had these made into prescription sunglasses) / BAG: Longchamp (also Longchamp Rose Gold Leather Shoulder Tote ; alternative Nordstrom Rose Gold Leather Tote / SHOES: Stuart Weitzman (I also wear these Rose Gold Leather Thong Sandals with my bag; alternative Blush Leather Thong Sandals).
MY MOISTURIZERS/MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)
FACE SCRUB: Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil Mixed with Himalayan Salt (alternative 100% Pure Organic Acai Pulp Facial Scrub) / FACE, EYE AREA & LIP MOISTURIZER: Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil and Organic 100% Cocoa Butter / LIPS: Gabriel Multi Pot, Florentina.
SUNSCREEN: Sport Badger, Broad Spectrum Spf 35 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen, (98% organic; leaves a white physical film; I only use it when on beach or gardening 45 or more minutes) CAMERA: Sony / CAMERA CASE: Sony / BATTERY: Sony (I carry extras) / MINI TRIPOD/GRIP: Manfrotto / SMARTPHONE TRIPOD MOUNT: Square Jellyfish / MY RADIATION-REDUCING PHONE CASE: Pong / MY SALAD DRESSING BOTTLE: Glass, Leak-Proof, 4 oz.
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Kate Spade Prescription Glasses (I Had These Made Into Prescription Sunglasses)
(98% Organic; Leaves a White Physical Film; I Use When on Beach/Gardening 45+ Minutes)
Cotton Basketweave Sweater (Same Color as My Sweater)
Cashmere Crewneck Sweater (Same Color as My Sweater)
Cotton-Blend Cardigan (More Colors Available)
Cotton Crewneck Tee (More Colors Available)
Cotton-Blend Cable-Knit Crewneck Sweater (More Colors Available)
Cashmere Cable-Knit Crewneck Sweater (More Colors Available)
Pima Cotton Short-Sleeve Crewneck Tee (More Colors Available)
Pima Cotton Long-Sleeve Crewneck Tee (More Colors Available)
Cotton-Blend Cable-Crewneck Sweater (More Colors Available)
White Insulated Puffer Vest (More Colors Available)
White Down Puffer Vest (More Colors Available)
Blush Leather Thong Sandal (More Colors Available)
(I just bought these sandals and love them with my Tote; More Colors Available)
Nordstrom Rose Gold Leather Tote (More Colors Available)
Sony Camera (My Vlogging Camera Takes Photos/Videos)
Sony Battery (I Carry Extra Batteries)
Sony Compact Carrying Case (My Camera Bag)
Mini Tripod/Handgrip For Cameras and Smart Phones (I Hold My Camera With This)
NATURAL & ORGANIC MAKEUP
BOOKS, ORGANIC FOODS/CLEANING SUPPLIES & MORE
DEPARTMENT STORES (ACCESSORIES, CLOTHING, JEWELRY & HOME DECOR)
DISCOUNT DESIGNER ACCESSORIES, CLOTHING, JEWELRY & HOME DECOR
HANDBAGS & LEATHER AGENDAS, CALENDARS, ACCESSORIES
HANDBAGS, WALLETS & SHOES
HOME & PATIO DECOR, TABLEWARE, FURNISHINGS
HOME OFFICE ORGANIZATION (AGENDAS, BINDERS, CALENDARS, PLANNERS & MORE)
JEWELRY (COSTUME & FINE)