Day 27 of Winter Outfits + Coffee Talk

I know that today is the 28th, but I’m still in my jammies so I’ll post my outfit from yesterday along with some “coffee talk,” and tomorrow I’ll post day 28. How’s that? Nothing like milking this for all it’s worth, yes?

I have to admit, it is going to be nice not to be stressed out about getting my outfit up each day, even though I totally intend to keep putting myself together. Just putting on makeup along with my yoga pants or an outfit I wore the day before makes me feel better.

This week. Wow. If you missed it, my foot flaked out on me again, and I ended up back at the doctor’s office. Fortunately he thinks it is just due to “reconditioning” and not further injury to my tendon or the bones in my feet. He thinks I have some sinus tarsitis going on — which is basically inflammation in the subtalar joint of the foot. It’s usually caused by instability in that region due to an ankle sprain, flat feet, or, as in my case, recovering from wearing that medical brace for so many weeks. I think I was trying to do too much too soon. I blame the Fitbit. I really wanted to start moving more, but I am going to have to take it verrrry slowly, I guess.

In other news, I’ve finally gotten hooked on Gilmore Girls. I know, I’m about 10 years late, but I tend to be a late adopter. I like it, but I also realize now that I’m well into Season One, that it glorifies a lifestyle that I really don’t condone. Unfortunately, I allowed my daughters to get hooked on it too, and I’m not sure I want them watching it anymore. I don’t mind discussing some of the issues it brings up, but I also don’t know how far it’s going to go. Moms of girls, how do you handle this?? Inquiring minds wanna know.

So yesterday, this is what I wore. I wanted to wear the grey cashmere hoodie, but I was trying to change it up a bit. I still like it best with the lavender tank and lighter jeans, but I decided to try it with the orange tank and darker jeans.

Fashion for Women Over 40: Casual Winter Outfit

I’m really struggling with a few extra winter pounds right now. I really don’t want to do that sugar detox again, so I’m trying to do it the old fashioned way by cutting back on calories, especially those delectable carbs. I keep track in MyFitnessPal. I like how it syncs with my Fitbit, but that’s also what got me doing too much too soon, so I have to be careful not to become obsessive. Who, me??? Ha!

My point is, I was tempted to wear the sweater zipped up because it gives me more coverage around my middle, but look at the difference. It’s fine this way, and I admit, I wore it that way most of the day because I found it more comfortable.

Fashion for Women Over 40: Casual Winter Outfit

But see how much better it looks unzipped. I remember Stacy and Clinton talking about how creating that vertical column is slimming. This is why those boyfriend cardigans are so popular.

Fashion for Women Over 40: Casual Winter Outfit

So here’s the whole outfit again. I really like this combo. I think it’s a keeper!

Fashion for Women Over 40: Casual Winter Outfit

Shop the look: grey cashmere hoodie (sold out) // J.Crew Perfect Fit Tank // DL1961 Florence Skinnies (Topeka wash) // Tara M. Tiffany Ankle Boot (similar) // R Minknoff MAC Mini (current colors) // Stella & Dot Bianca Lariat & Engravables bar necklace

Hope y’all have a lovely Saturday!

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16 Responses

  1. My girls and I are huge fans of Gilmore Girls. We watched the whole series together — several times. Although I understand what you mean about not wanting to condone the lifestyle (and more of that will be coming up in future seasons), I found it provided us with wonderful opportunities for discussions. Also, the show in general was so clever and the dialogue absolutely wonderful, that I thought it was worth it. And now, my daughters and I (even a couple of years after watching it), still make many references to the show and the lessons we learned from it. I found that it is our favorite all-time show and it has given us a special bond and drawn us closer together.

  2. I was all set to sit in my kitchen, relax, drink my coffee, check blogs and see if you had your coffee talk up…then the whole family woke up and joined me! Lol! At any rate, good to know about the Gilmore Girls. I was looking for a show for my daughter and I and was thinking about GG, per your recommendation. Perhaps I will hold out a bit! Hope that foot heals quickly!!

  3. I hear you about the extra that sneaks on us in winter. I’m definitely zipping my cardi ‘s up! But if I’m wearing my fair isle it doesn’t button/zip. So I’ve done the half tuck with the under layer into the belt which gathers the shirt material and camouflages the extra tire. 🙂 But not sure what that does to the column look. May make it look cut off :/ Have to do a selfie examination !

  4. Loved reading your blog, Jo-Lynne!
    Here’s some more food for thought about Gilmore Girls and other shows that will come up as your girls grow…
    At our children’s Baptisms, the priest asked us to protect our children from sin and bad influences that they will encounter in
    society, just like we protect their physical bodies by putting harmful household cleaners up high where they can’t
    reach them, scissors waaay up on a top shelf, and other things that could harm them out of harm’s way. In the same way,
    I feel it is up to you and your husband to protect your girls’ developing sense of morals and values by shielding them from
    television and movies that are not healthy for their growing characters. “Everyone else gets to watch that” has been a common phrase in our home, but in our family, we do things this way has been my answer for many situations. Gilmore Girls is great, but for much older teens, in my opinion. Many of the situations this show will bring up are too mature, in my opinion, for younger girls. You can easily tell your daughters that you have changed your mind, and this show is not something to watch now, but in a few years, you can revisit it. Watching it with your daughters tells them, without you saying a word, that you condone the show/situations in the show, and it is ok for them to be watching. Of course, this is up to you and your husband, but I have kept the thought that God has entrusted these children to us, and we are to protect them, body and soul.

  5. Discovered you a few days ago, and so glad I did! I am a 46 year old stay-at-home mom of four, and a recovering yoga pant addict. You are my inspiration!

  6. I love Gilmore Girls. I watched it when it aired, and I have it on DVD now. I love the relationship between Lorelai and Rory! I would warn you that it gets into topics you may not be ready to explain to your girls in a few seasons. (I’d have to go back and check, but maybe season 4?) You could always check out wikipedia for an episode guide and figure out if you’re comfortable with your daughters watching certain episodes.

    And I hateee that your foot is causing so many problems for you. I keep hoping that it’ll heal quickly and you’ll be back to full-on running soon! Take it easy, and I’ll still think positive thoughts for you.

  7. I’ve never seen Gilmore Girls, and now I’m really curious. What is the lifestyle it shows? Is it like a Sex in the City type of idea?

    1. No, it’s a single mom and her teenage daughter living in a small town in CT. The mom has a strained relationship with her own parents, but they adore her daughter. So it’s all about that tug of war, growing up angst, trying to find love, or what to do when love finds you…. there’s no shortage of sleeping around. The dialogue is really clever, and it definitely sucks you in.

  8. I watched Gilmore Girls while it was on TV and wished I had the same relationship with my mom. What I love about Gilmore Girls is the mother/daugther bond they both shared. I pray as my girls gets older our bond continue to grow and that they will feel comfortable talking to me about anything. I also want them to know, no matter what I will always have their back.

  9. I spent one summer rewatching every episode of 7th Heaven with my girls (same age as yours now). There were some episodes I was sweating through. But I will say this – they touch on every subject and handle it so well that I felt empowered. Now that we are into the teen years – I am so glad we watched TOGETHER.

    While 7th tied up every episode with a bow at the end – and our real life is not like that – it made ME feel better.
    If you all enjoy it – go for it! Nothing wrong with a pause button here and there 😉

  10. I asked my sister, and she said the youngest she’d consider Gilmore Girls for is 13. Probably worth waiting a couple years before they watch.

  11. And if you do decide to do that suger detox, let me know, and I’ll do it with you. For now, I am cutting caloroes, too.

  12. as a mom of adult “girls” I will say that watching tv or movies together is a wonderful way to approach difficult subjects. You will be given many chances to discuss each subject and build upon your beliefs and feelings with each opportunity. Heavy subjects require many, many times of sharing. I don’t think you are neglecting your parental duties by allowing your girls to watch GG, or anything that YOU choose. Mothering is as multilayered and individual as anything you will ever do…unique and beautiful. Just follow your heart and Cherish each moment. I miss those days.

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