Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A New Fashion Path

ready to attend Monsieur's country show
This summer, I have been following a new direction in my wardrobe. Because of my new hair colour,
the oranges and browns that I was once so fond of no longer suit me. I have determined that the grey/navy neutral palette with softer tones (dare I say pastel?) are my new favourites. However, I am not ready to ban all signs of brightness from my wardrobe. Monsieur and the ladies performed at our country theme neighbourhood party and I wore my first and only Hermès scarf with my navy and white polka dot blouse. I'm not a country sort of gal but I figured that Hermès is equestrian and Ralph Lauren is country casual. Okay, I'm REALLY not a country gal and would feel totally ridiculous with a boots and a cowboy hat!


Since I began reading blogs 2 years ago, I have marvelled at the magical combinations of clothing compiled by Janice Riggs of  The Vivienne Files. I typically have made good choices of clothing but have "way too many" pieces. Since I am starting again on a different path, I have been using Janice's "Starting from Scratch" blogs as my map. I paid $1.99 to download her worksheet and I am planning my purchases for the next few months.

This grey skirt will take me to theatre or dinner during the summer.
I do not want to purchase too much clothing as I have just started Weight Watchers and my clothes may  (WILL) be too big next year. Most of the clothing that I have purchased will be appropriate for the early fall and I am leaving in November for a Caribbean cruise and some time in Arizona. This wardrobe should be suitable for the next 6 months.
French Dressing denim capris, Calvin Klein hoody and floral tops are perfect for casual wear.
It is really odd for me after having worn warm colours for the last few years to be selecting greys and blues. Navy is my other neutral and  I will probably make some more purchases in the fall. I am hoping to be able to use some of my orange accessories with navy although they are no longer my first choice. I have a fair investment in handbags, shoes and scarves so I hope that I can work it out.

the most delicious warm seafood salad
This morning, I had my second weigh-in since I joined Weight Watchers. I was away to Whidbey Island last week with Maman so I really did not know what to expect. To my delight, I have lost four pounds! 

While we were away, I ate a lot of seafood and really watched the wine. Christopher's on Whidbey is one of my favourite West Coast restaurants. I have never seen so much fresh seafood in a salad! This week's lecture was on planning non-eating social activities. I am going to a matinée performance of Red Rock Diner tomorrow (lunch with friends) and a 65th birthday at a restaurant. Walking and wine-watching will be my watchwords for the next week.

Goals and planning are very important to me. I am also somewhat extrinsically-motivated so a gold star for a 5 pound weight-loss will keep me on track for the next week. It seems to me that setting and attaining short-term goals can sometimes provide the strength to undertake more long-term projects. How do you feel about goals and motivation? Intrinsic or extrinsic motivation?




9 comments:

  1. Madame - Your hair looks amazing and I really love the scarf and blouse you chose. As a former redhead transitioning to silver I understand exactly about changing from warmer tones to cooler ones. The new palette you have chosen is lovely. I wish you continued success on your journey of healthy living. I am strongly considering WW in the near future. I truly enjoy your writing as it urges me to examine my own habits. All the best (Liz from Ont)

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    1. Thank you. The transitioning to silver is a lengthy process. It takes patience and flexibility. I hope that I can have the same patience with WW.

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  2. Good for you! You sound so positive here, and now wonder. Those four pounds show that you've really committed to the self-care that Weight Watchers is. good for you! (and yes, I am repeating myself, 'cause I mean it. . . ;-)

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    1. The commitment to WW is important to health and well-being. As you know from your marathon training, there will always be glitches, setbacks and disappointments in any project. What is important is taking the first step. The WW meetings are important for maintaining the motivation.

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  3. The warm red of the scarf is lovely on you Madame. I think these greys and lighter colours complement your hair and eyes nicely.

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    1. Thank you. I don't think that I can eliminate all sunny bright colours from my wardrobe.

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  4. That's a lovely photograph of you, showing your beautiful eyes and hair. The bright scarf is a perfect accessory.

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  5. I think your new wardrobe palatte is very flattering...love the punch of colour of your Hermes scarf!
    Congratulations on your success at WW...the walking and wine watching are working for you.

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