Thursday, July 10, 2014

Les Soldes and Thinking like Vivienne


I am enjoying grey and pastels right now.

Yesterday, on my way to my conversation with M (sounds like a French movie), I wandered through the Hudson Bay store which has been renovated at least 3 times in the last few years. The store was a mass of sale racks. There was very little organization but since I am thinking like Vivienne (or Janice Riggs), I knew that there was very little for me. My palette has gone from autumn to cool winter which means the grey/navy wardrobe.

I did however find 3 pieces that will provide me with a few more wardrobe choices and which will be suitable for Vancouver autumn, cruises and perhaps a road trip with Monsieur. As I started Weight Watchers on Tuesday morning, I will hopefully drop a size in about 2 months. These pieces are roomy but will be suitable for the next 15 pounds.

This morning, as is my habit, I read my daily blogs. Lo and behold, Janice has presented some leisure choices.  Yesterday's purchases will clearly fit into my new wardrobe. I am filling bags with clothing for a local children's charity. I feel a little sad as most of them were good choices for my formerly auburn locks but just wrong for my new salt and pepper look. Some of the choices that we make suit us for a while and then we must make new choices. I think that is part of 7th decade thinking.

Leisure wardrobe purchased on sale yesterday.

I enjoyed a brisk walk with a friend after the WW meeting and we have arranged to walk together every Tuesday morning. This week, I am working on thinking about the difference between a healthy snack and an indulgence. As I was meeting old friends for a visit at a bakery/coffee shop, I had to ignore the almond butter croissant that was calling to me and to enjoy a nonfat latte over their talks about a recent musical tour of Germany. This will become a habit in a while, I'm sure. It really is the indulgences not the meals that have caused my post-menopausal weight gain.

Right now, it seems that sorting through my life and making changes that will produce (hopefully) a healthier, happier me takes a lot of energy. Today, Maman and I will be driving to Fort Langley to meet my brother and sister-in-law for lunch. It is sunny and warm and we hope to wander a bit through the shops. I hope to pick up some fresh produce as I am including as many vegetables and fruits as possible in my diet right now.


11 comments:

  1. Just want to say that in the photo today, your face is glowing - you must have beautiful skin, and the soft influence of the grey hair and the makeup you are using works very well.

    Good luck with your health program and weight loss. I'm trying to do the same thing and it definitely is more pleasant in the summer time, with all the wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables. At least in my experience, as soon as you see those first few pounds melt off, it will be a lot easier!

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    1. Thank you. I'm hoping that fresh fruit and vegetables and fewer indulgences will starts those pounds melting away.

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  2. Madame - you look radiant! You new look is a reflection of your journey and suits you so well. Blessings on the path ahead.

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  3. You are so beautiful - radiant is indeed the perfect word to describe you. I'm so happy that you're finding some clarity and guidance in my work - thanks so much!
    big hugs,
    Janice

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    1. Thank you. The "wardrobe from scratch" posts are perfectly timed for me. I never thought that I could love the grey/navy wardrobe but I do. A little bit of floral print is creeping in but it seems to work with the solid grey. I'll wait until fall now to buy any more pieces but I know what I will be looking for!

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  4. Madame as I've said before you're skin is beautiful!

    At 59 I am finding I must exercise twice as much as I used to simply to maintain my weight.

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    1. Thank you. I will be walking an hour today.

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  5. I agree you look absolutely lovely, Madame. Your complexion, your hair colour, and choice of clothing all add up to a radiant look. With my weight, I find it is the indulgences too. When on WW, my meals were only tweaked slightly but it was the extras I cut out that made the difference like you are finding. And just like you, I found it hard to adjust to a latte without a treat. I read that French women never eat in cafes though, so I channel them when I am having a latte by itself!

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  6. I love your outfit! So pretty & chic. You really do have a beautiful complexion and your new color choices in clothing really make you glow!

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  7. I just ran across your work. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  8. Your glowing skin is beautiful and the pastel colors so flattering. I'm enjoying Vivienne's series on building a wardrobe as well.

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