(ABOVE) Venturing into fall with light-weight separates and dark-chocolate brown.
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September 5, 2020 / Video Post Notes
CHOCOLATE BROWN WITH PASTEL PINK, COVID-19, & MY FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Coping With My Covid-19 Fears
I met *CSG for lunch recently, at True Food Kitchen. It’s been two months since I’ve seen her–or have been out socially with anyone, actually–and it was just so nice. The food was great, the restaurant staff all wore masks (over mouth and nose) and everyone was genuinely cheery. Oh my goodness, how much I needed that.
Restaurants and stores have been open for a while here–and I’ve ventured into a few non-essential stores–but I find it difficult to know what I should do. I want to stay safe, but I also don’t want to be inside for the rest of 2020 and 2021. Even I, a homebody, am becoming so tired of staying mostly at home.
So, for now, I’m trying to stay focused on the day at hand, and maybe the next few, and am not letting myself think about what will happen in the future. If I feel like venturing out to somewhere non-essential, I will. And, maybe in a few weeks, I’ll feel comfortable trying another lunch with a friend. We shall see.
How are you all…aarrgghh…handling this? I’d love to know. Please share, if you feel like it. I’m sure others would love to know, too.
My Pastel Pink and Chocolate-Brown OOTD
My outfit in this post is a color combination that I absolutely love. In fact, it’s why I asked my husband for this Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Neverfull MM last Christmas. The interior fabric is Ballerina Pink!
I typically bring out my chocolate-brown clothing, handbags, and shoes in the fall, because even though our weather is 96-Fahrenheit-hot-and-humid, I still want to celebrate the new season. I also love sweater sets now (and all year long, actually!), because I can wear the cardigan over my shoulders while I’m outside in the heat (or tie it around my waist), and then put it on in the restaurant or store.
As lovely as the color is, chocolate brown sometimes can be challenging to find in clothes and accessories. However, I did manage to locate some pretty tops, sweaters, bottoms, shoes and a bag, wallet and agenda in this color, and I show them all at the bottom of this post. I also show pastel-pink cardigans, pullovers, shirts, and shells as well. I hope you like them!
Five Years Blogging and I Feel Like I’ve Only Just Started
Lastly, I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to subscribe to this JLJ Back To Classic blog or my JLJ Back To Classic YouTube channel, Instagram feed, or Facebook page. It means so much to me, and I just don’t have the words to describe the depth of my appreciation. Thank you. Thank you.
It absolutely amazes me that I reached my five-year blog/YouTube anniversary in August. (Here is my first fashion blog post and my first fashion post and video.) How is that possible? I still feel like such a beginner. During these last five years, there has been so much to learn, both behind the scenes (putting a website together, for one!), as well in front of the camera. In fact, I’m still attempting to grasp the art of posing for these photographs, “modeling” in my videos, talking on camera, and vlogging in public without appearing as awkward and nervous as I always feel.
When I look back at some of my videos (and blog posts), I can’t help but cringe at my obvious mistakes (in outfits, makeup, modeling, and more). And, even though I don’t post very often or even consistently, you all still have found something of value at JLJ Back To Classic and keep coming back to support me. I am so very grateful.
I’m sure I will continue to be imperfect at blogging and vlogging–especially since I want to continue to do it all myself–but knowing you are so kind about what I present helps me have the courage to keep on going. Thank you for that.
Wishing all of you strength, safety, and health to get through this challenge around the globe.
~Janis Lyn Johnson
*CSG (Camera-Shy Girlfriend)
(ABOVE) My cuff is a David Yurman Cable Spira Bracelet, with hampton blue topaz and diamonds. It also is available with black onyx, red garnet, or plain gold, all also with diamonds. My hammered 14k-gold bangle is an heirloom, circa 1982, given to me by my mother in the 1990s. (See a similar David Yurman 18K Yellow Gold Precious Cable Petite Bracelet or faux-gold cuff at Saks Fifth Avenue). The chocolate-brown leather bracelet is about five years old. (See similar ones at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom).
(ABOVE & BELOW) Felt handbag inserts serve the dual purpose of keeping me organized and giving and/or maintaining the structure of my totes and handbags. (This one is by Mewe .)
Blush Small Leather Tassel-Zipper Pouch (16 Colors, 2 Sizes Available; Can Be Monogrammed)
Speck Presidio Glitter Impact-Resistant Case for iPhone 11 Pro (More Clear Speck Presidio Glitter Impact-Resistant Cases Here; My iPhone Is Rose Gold)
(ABOVE) Once I discovered that the Filofax Zip Closure Envelope, in the Pocket size, fits my Louis Vuitton Small Ring Agenda, I ordered the Pocket-size Filofax 2021 Floral Illustrated Diary Refill Pack, Rose-Gold Erasable Pen, and additional Notepaper.
(ABOVE) The Filofax 2021 Floral Illustrated Diary Refill Pack, Pocket Size, which I recently ordered for my Louis Vuitton Small Ring Agenda.
(ABOVE & BELOW) I love the rectangular shape and tortoise color of these Kate Spade 56mm Polarized Sunglasses.
(ABOVE) On my eyes: Gabriel Chocolate Brown Eyeshadow (brown/neutral matte). Also wearing 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Powder Foundation, Creme and White Peach, and 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Plum Powder Blush. On my lips: Zuzu Luxe Lip Pencil, Innocence (nude pink/neutral) with ZuZu Luxe Sheer Gloss, Dolce Vita-Seashell (pink/warm shimmer). On my lashes: 100% Pure Ultra Lengthening Mascara, Black Tea. For details on where, how, and what tools I used to apply these makeup products, scroll down the page to MY MAKEUP BRUSHES & MAKEUP.
(ABOVE) Zuzu Luxe Lip Pencil, Innocence (nude pink/neutral). (BELOW) On my arm, a swatch of ZuZu Luxe Sheer Gloss, Dolce Vita-Seashell (pink/warm shimmer). Zuzu Luxe makeup is made from 100% natural ingredients and is vegan, lead-free, cruelty free, and certified gluten free.
CARDIGAN: Talbots Charming Cardigan, Seashell, limited sizes available (similar color Talbots Charming Cardigan, Scallop Pink; also Banana Republic Extra Soft Merino Wool Cardigan, Blush Pink or Banana Republic Cashmere Crewneck Pullover, Blush Pink) TEE: Talbots 3/4-Sleeve Bateau Neck Tee, Seashell (more Seashell color clothing Talbots; similar color Talbots Charming Shell, Scallop Pink or Talbots Solid Perfect Shirt, Scallop Pink; also Banana Republic Merino Wool Shell, Blush Pink or Banana Republic Utility Shirt, Blush Pink) / SKIRT: Talbots, old (alternative Talbots A-Line Equestrian-Print Skirt, Burgundy; Joe’s Coated Ankle Skinny Jeans, Chocolate Brown; Kut From The Kloth Stretch Corduroy Skinny Pants, Chocolate Brown; more brown jeans Nordstrom).
TOTE: Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Neverfull MM, Rose Ballerina (pre-loved Fashionphile) / TOTE INSERT: Mewe Felt Organizer Insert For Louis Vuitton Speedy and Neverfull (also similar Hookeeper Felt Organizer Insert For Louis Vuitton Speedy and Neverfull) / WALLET: Louis Vuitton Clemence Wallet (pre-loved Fashionphile) /RING AGENDA: Louis Vuitton Small Ring Agenda Cover (pre-loved Fashionphile) / FACE BLOTTING SHEETS: DHC Oil Blotting Papers For Face / COSMETIC POUCH: Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Pouch (pre-loved Fashionphile) / TASSLE POUCH: Blush Small Leather Tassel-Zipper Pouch (16 colors, 2 sizes available; can be monogrammed) / EYEWEAR: Kate Spade (more tortoise-frame sunglasses Nordstrom) / SMALL POUCH WITH CHAIN: Louis Vuitton Monogram Mini Pochette Accessoires (pre-loved Fashionphile) / Speck Presidio Glitter Impact-Resistant Case for iPhone 11 Pro (more Clear Speck Presidio Glitter Impact-Resistant Cases Here; my iPhone is Rose Gold) / KEY POUCH: Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Key Pouch (pre-loved Fashionphile) / SHOES: Stuart Weitzman, quite old (alternative chocolate-brown Tory Burch Ballet Flats, Neous Leather Mule, J. Renee Bow Pump, CC Corso Como Pump).
WATCH: Michele Mother of Pearl Diamond Chronograph Watch (similar Michele Mother of Pearl Diamond Chronograph Watch; more Michele Watches Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom) / CUFF: David Yurman Cable Spira Bracelet / BANGLE: 14K Hammered Gold Bangle, circa 1982, heirloom (similar David Yurman 18K Yellow Gold Precious Cable Petite Bracelet, faux-gold cuff Saks Fifth Avenue) / LEATHER BRACELET: Quite old (similar Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom).
MY SKINCARE/MOISTURIZERS (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)
MY MAKEUP BRUSHES & MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)
FACE FOUNDATION: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Powder Foundation, Creme and White Peach, applied with Sigma F82 Round Kabuki Brush (as foundation all over face), and also with Sigma E62 Cut Crease Brush (as primer on eyelids, and as concealer on nose/chin discoloration), and with Sigma 3DHD Precision Brush (as primer under eyelashes and as concealer for darkness on inner corners of eyes), and with BareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush (for light dusting on front of neck–brush also available here) / EYES: Gabriel Chocolate Brown Eyeshadow (brown/neutral matte), applied to the lid and crease with Sigma E62 Cut Crease Brush, and under lower eyelashes with Sigma E21 Smudge Brush. Then, blended eyeshadow under lower lashes and in my crease with the Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush. Next, to keep the shadow from smudging/transferring, I applied RMS Beauty Un-Powder (also available here) onto lids and under lower lashes with the Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush, which I had cleaned off using an Always Off Reuseable Microfiber Makeup Cloth. (NOTE: I didn’t use it this time, but you can use a Makeup Guard Card as a guide to keep eyeshadow line straight and clean and to create a slight wing effect) / CHEEKS: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Plum Powder Blush, stippled onto cheeks and top of forehead with Sigma F80 Air Flat Kabuki Brush (also here). Then, I lightly blended the color on my cheeks and forehead with a Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour Brush (also available Nordstrom) / LIPS: Zuzu Luxe Lip Pencil, Innocence (nude pink/neutral) with ZuZu Luxe Sheer Gloss, Dolce Vita-Seashell (pink/warm shimmer) / LASHES: 100% Pure Ultra Lengthening Mascara, Black Tea, combed out with Folding Eyelash Comb With Metal Teeth / FINISHING-SETTING SPRAY: Purified Water, spritzed from glass, fine-mist spray bottle (2-ounce or 4-ounce size).
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Pocket-Size Croc-Embossed Italian-Leather Ring Agenda Cover, Chestnut (More Colors Available)