During the past couple of years, I’ve found it increasingly difficult for me to summon up the energy to wear and show off new fashion and jewelry pieces–though, it’s not because of a lack of desire. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we have been under lockdowns, mask mandates, remote work mandates, social distancing, and a whole host of other things that eviscerated my very full pre-COVID “fashionista” existence. I now rarely leave my house and, when I do, I’m required to wear a mask for the majority, if not the entire, time I’m around other people, while also maintaining social distancing. The shift to remote work where video meetings are the norm has caused me to focus more on makeup looks, rather than adornments, which can be distracting when people only see you in a tiny box from the shoulders up, and (in person) are annoying to untangle from mask loops. Similarly, I’ve found myself gravitating towards simple and comfortable fashion pieces, most of which I have owned for some time. As such, since my jewelry and fashion collection has grown at the same rate this past year as in previous years, I’ve been terrible about cracking open the packaging and modeling the pieces. By the time I finally do muster up the energy to wear new things, it’s not unusual to learn that they have already come and gone in the brochure. Regardless, I am not going to let that stop me from posting photos and reviews of whatever new pieces I do find the inspiration to don. This intro is an explanation as to why you will see many items with “no longer available” after them, rather than linked to my eStore, but also to explain why my selfies have been “missing in action” a lot more the past couple of years. Here’s to hoping that 2022 will bring about some improvements!
Lace it up in Avon’s Lace-Up Detail Top and Natural Wonder Agate Earring Pack! The top is cut in a snugger fit than I usually gravitate to, but the variegated coloring and the medium-weight of the material made it lay flatteringly, causing my problem areas to disappear. The color is perfect for autumn, as is the weight–not too heavy for the warmer days, and not too light for the cooler evenings, plus you can easily layer it. In addition, the super cute lacing on the shoulders adds a fun focal point!
Virtual #AvonConvention 2021 be like…fmg Glimmer Eyeshadow Quad in Idol! Y’all know I’m a sucker for quads–collections of shades that are curated to all work with each other to deliver a complete eye look. In other words, they take the hard work out of makeup looks so those of us who are not as gifted at staring down a mega collection and picking out a few shades that will look great together–I like it when things are made easier for me. This specific quad comes with both matte and shimmer shades in hues that are more subdued for an everyday look. Don’t get me wrong–these shades can be built up to be much more dramatic in intensity, but they can also be applied lightly for more casual and professional looks. The shimmer shades aren’t overly shimmery to bring attention to fine lines and wrinkles, but offer enough of a glimmer to bring dimension to your look. While this wasn’t my most “fun” eye look, it still ticked all the boxes for the look I was trying to achieve. For those keeping score, that means these quads are still batting a thousand.
All tied up…in Avon’s Tie Front V-Neck Dress! First things first: the fucshia color of this is a vibrant breath of fresh air that would flatter anyone! While not quite a jewel tone, it’s pretty darned close, and jewel tones look great on all skin tones. The material is soft, comfy, and stretchy–similar to t-shirt material. The sleeveless v-neck top is terrific, and the belt/tie is adorable. However, there are a couple of things I wish were different. First, the empire-ish waist is just wrong, It’s kind of a hybrid of an (almost) empire waist in front, and more of a traditional waist in the back. The design probably works great on someone who isn’t curvy, but it gave me a strange shape, not really emphasizing the right lines and making both my waist and my bust look weird…and I wasn’t in love with it. The other thing that I wasn’t crazy about was the skirt. It’s so fitted on top, then gathered in the middle, which leaves lots of extra material in the skirt…and since the waistline is strangely designed, it ends up looking shapeless and unstructured. I also think the length of the skirt is too long, which is totally fixable, but that I won’t spend the time or money correcting since I’m not crazy about the bust/waistline, which can’t be corrected. The very top portion of this dress is a huge win…until you get to the top of the waist line, then you lose me–check it out for yourself and scroll/cover the bottom portion of the dress just below my bust line, and I look great until that point! Then, look at the entire length of the dress on me and see what I see. It’s a bummer.
Settle in for a longer than usual read–there are a ton of selfies in this post!!
Vegas vacay vibes…in Avon’s Goldtone Filigree Pendant Necklace and Earring Set and High-Low Printed Top (no longer available). A few weeks ago, I finally took a vacation with the hubs to Vegas…and kicked it off in style!