(ABOVE) A simple white dress is a perfect backdrop for this colorful cardigan from Talbots.

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WHAT I WORE…CARDIGAN: Talbots (Currently On Sale)/ DRESS: Ralph Lauren (Similar Here, Here, and Here) / BAG: Ann Taylor (Similar) / SHOES: BC Footwear (Alternative Here and  Here) / WATCH: Michele (Similar Here and Here) / FEATHER EARRINGS: Similar / MY MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)…FACE: 100% Pure, Both Crème and White Peach / CHEEKS: Gabriel Color, Vibrant Pink / LIPS: 100% Pure, Calendula / EYELASHES: 100% Pure, Black Tea. (Some links are affiliates. More information here.)


As much as I loved it–and it was on sale–I hesitated buying this Ralph Lauren polo dress.  My thighs are no longer as smooth (or tight) as they were in my mid-40s.  I first noticed this six or so years ago, and it bothered me so much that I donated dresses, shorts, and skirts that were any shorter than a few inches above my knees.

My beautiful husband kept telling me my legs were great, but every time I looked in the mirror I remembered what they used to look like, so I kept covering them up.  Then, on June 1, 2012, because of several chronic health issues (see more here), I gave up all sugar/sweeteners, eventually dairy (although I dabble in butter occasionally), all grains except organic sprouted rice no more than twice a week, and soy. I’d also read that this diet could help lessen cellulite; that was a plus, too.

Four years later, I am grateful to be able to say my health has improved.  As to whether my thighs look better?  They still are not like they were in my 40s.  I think the front of them is a little smoother.  Or maybe I’m just being hopeful.

My friend Suzanne recommended massaging them; she’s got gorgeous legs.  So I’ve started that, too.  And I continue to walk two-plus miles three days a week.  I’ve also decided to listen to my husband and wear what I really want to wear.  My thighs aren’t the same, but this cute, shorter dress makes me happy; that’s what matters.

Happy dressing to you, too. ~Janis Lyn Johnson








(ABOVE AND BELOW) On my lips I’m wearing 100 Percent Pure Lipstick in the color Calendula.  For other makeup I’m wearing in this post, see WHAT I WORE above.


(BELOW) Shop my look. (Note: On a smart phone? Click side arrow to see all eight items.)