(ABOVE) Back to basics again with straight-leg jeans, a button up oxford shirt and a cotton cable knit cardigan. On the left, I’m not wearing makeup; on the right, I’m wearing clean makeup.
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January 24, 2023 / Video Post Notes
LUNCH WITH CSG; A CHANGE OF SHOES
A Grain de Cafe Lunch
My friend CSG* and I had tried to meet for lunch at Grain de Cafe in North Naples once before, but picked a day it was closed (Tuesdays), so we decided to try again (on a Wednesday) and had a wonderful get together. They even had live, French cafe-style music.
She ordered a Cafe Mocha and a Quiche (which comes with a side salad), and I chose the Shrimp Salad, to which I added my homemade salad dressing (scroll down the page to see the recipe under the photograph of my lunch). My salad was quite good, however it wasn’t as much protein as I like, so I had four organic rice crackers with half a can of mashed organic chickpeas when I returned home. As much as I love a shrimp salad at restaurants, I find I usually am still hungry afterwards.
My Casual OOTD and The Shoes I Wish I’d Worn
The outfit I wore that day features a pair of Talbots Jeans that are new to me. They are a straight-leg style (27″ inseam, Misses, Size 2, Mercury Wash), and I find them very comfortable, as they have a more relaxed silhouette than skinny jeans or jeggings. I love them. Because my legs are short for my 5’8″ height, they are ankle length on me. One of the models on line makes them look cropped, so I’m guessing she is about 5’10” in height, two inches taller than me.
The temperature that day was around 75 degrees Farenheit, so we ate outside and I never needed to wear my sweater. It was perfect just tied around my shoulders.
The shoes I wore…oh my gosh, I was so disappointed when I saw the video I filmed. I have perfectly nice leather loafers that match the handbag I carried that day. It’s a redish-brown Ralph Lauren calf leather Boston bag I purchased at the Ralph Lauren store in Waterside Shops about 20 years ago. But for some reason, that morning I put on my chocolate brown suede flats. They look ok, but I think they make the outfit look busier than it already is. There are several textures and prints and colors already, so adding another color of shoe that is also another texture (suede) makes the outfit less unified.
So, four days later when I repeated the outfit, which I often do, I wore the shoes I wish I’d worn the first time, and I like the outfit much better. It’s a small detail, but I think it makes a big difference. The temperature also plummetted down to 42 degrees Farenheit, so I not only wore the cardigan, but also a quilted barn coat on top of it, and they both kept me snuggly warm. Scroll down the page and you’ll see photographs of both versions of the outfit. Plus, the video is down below, and it shows much more.
I’d love to know what you think. What color of bag and shoes would you wear with this outfit?
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Janis Lyn Johnson
Classic-Style Lover. Happily Married. Born in 1960. Fan of Understated, Timeless Fashion and Healthy Living.
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Scenes From The Video
Lunch With CSG at Grain de Cafe
(ABOVE) My friend CSG’s Cafe Mocha looked yummy!
(ABOVE) CSG ordered a Quiche, which came with a side salad and (BELOW) I ordered the Shrimp Salad, but left off the mandarin oranges, tomatoes, lemon, and dressing. ( I make and bring my own salad dressing: 2 Tablesppons organic extra virgin olive oil, 1 Tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar and pink Himalayan salt to taste; and carry it in a 4- ounce glass leak-proof bottle.)
What I Wore The Day of Our Lunch (75 Degrees Farenheit)
What I Wore Four Days Later (42 Degrees Farenheit)
Inside My Bag
(ABOVE) I bought this Ralph Lauren RL Boston Bag about 20 years ago at our local Ralph Lauren store in Waterside Shops in Naples, Florida. It is heavy, because the leather is quite thick, but it has served me well over the years for casual outfits. I love the look of it.
(ABOVE) Cole Haan Sunglasses (similar here, here); Louis Vuitton Recto Verso Card Holder (preloved Fashionphile); Louis Vuitton Toiletry Pouch 15 (preloved Fashionphile); Louis Vuitton Mini Pochette (preloved Fashionphile); Louis Vuitton Monogram Key Pouch (pre-loved Fashionphile); Chanel Miroir Double Facettes/Mirror Duo; Pink and White Marble Case with Credit Card Slot for iPhone 11Pro. (BELOW) Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense Mini Twist Spray ( 3 x .2 FL OZ or .7 FL OZ).
(ABOVE) The perfume I carried and had on the second time I wore this outfit: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense Mini Twist Spray ( 3 x .2 FL OZ or .7 FL OZ). There are three vials in the box, so it makes a wonderful gift, and the size I bought (.2 fluid ounces) is perfect for a handbag. To keep it away from my face and skin, I spray the perfume once into the air at chest level and then walk into the mist–through it and back again. I love this scent!
(ABOVE) The real me, no makeup, just a goofy expression–and ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss (Caliente) mixed with Triple Purified Petroleum Jelly (Amazon, Target). This was four days later, when I went out with my hubby and it was 42 degrees Farenheit outside. That’s chilly for us. I chose the same outfit I’d worn with CSG four days earlier, but changed my shoes, put on the cardigan–and also a quilted jacket over it.
(ABOVE) Here, I’m wearing clean makeup products, which are all shown below.
Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation, Medium Beige
Gabriel Powder Blush, Willow
Sigma E21 Smudge Brush, to smudge liner on lid and under lower eyelashes (Neiman Marcus)
Set of Four Portable Eyelash Combs, Pink, to comb out mascara
ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss, Caliente
Nourish Organic Shea Butter, I rotate this with petroleum jelly (Amazon)
1-Ounce Glass Jars (Set of 6), for storing Petroleum Jelly, Shea Butter, Etc. (Amazon)
JACKET: Brooks Brothers, 3 years old (alternative similar-color quilted vest and matching Striped Ruffle-Neck Top) / TOP: Gap, 10-years old (similar here), here; alternative Striped Ruffle-Neck Top, pink / SWEATER: Ralph Lauren, last season; exact red color no longer available (current red here; aqua here) / JEANS: here
MY MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)
FACE: Gabriel Dual Powder Foundation (Medium Beige) / CHEEKS: Gabriel Powder Blush, Willow / EYES: Mineral Fusion Eye Pencil in the color Touch (at Target, Amazon); smudged the line on eyelid and under lower lashes with the Sigma E21 Smudge Brush (at Neiman Marcus); set with RMS Beauty Un-Powder Powder (Nordstrom, Amazon) / LASHES: Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer in One (At Ulta, Amazon)/ LIPS: ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss (Caliente) mixed with Triple Purified Petroleum Jelly (Amazon, Target) / CHEEKBONES HIGHLIGHTER: Triple Purified 100% Petroleum Jelly (Amazon, Target)
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4-Ounce Glass Leak-Proof Bottle, for carrying salad dressing, pack of 12
Cotton Cable-Knit Cardigan, Fairway Green