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Blouse: Free People; Blazer: Forever 21; Jeans: H&M; Sunglasses: Coach; Shoes: Shoe Dazzle; Earrings, Bracelets & Ring: Unknown; Necklace: Forever 21; Hair: Aveda Smooth Infusion 

Are you ready for a challenge?  I know I am.  It seems like every May magazine I've picked up so far has highlighted royal blue especially in accessories and with gold accents.  I was all ready to hit the shops to find the perfect new things when I realized that I probably already had lots of things in my closet just waiting to be pulled out.  I had completely forgotten about these shoes until I went closet shopping, and I wondered how many of you are the same way?  So here's the challenge: go through your closets, drawers and wardrobes and find things you already have that are royal blue.  Just because it's a current trend doesn't mean you have to run out and snap something up.  Let's show everyone how we can be on-trend at our ages.  I'll post a linky on the blog on Thursday, and we'll make it Trend-day. Post pictures of your items preferably with you in them.  It doesn't have to be only accessories - anything royal blue will do. Sylvia is already wearing her royal blue on 40+ Style, so check out what she's done for inspiration.   I pulled out my blue for Visible Monday, but I'm sure I can put up a new twist for Thursday too.  Won't you join me?



Blouse: H&M; Pants: Burberry; Bag: Zara; Shoes: Shoe Dazzle; Earrings & Ring: Unknown; Necklace: Joan Rivers; Bracelet: Ann Taylor (similar); Eyeshadow: Bare Minerals Faux Minx; Eyeliner: Buxom Smokin' Pistol

The hub and I did a day trip to Palm Springs over the weekend to do some shopping and some eating.  You know the biggest thing I took away from the trip?  I do not like the heat and never will.  We won't be retiring to the desert any time soon.



We recently took the kids to the Getty for the day, and I think we ended up spending more time outside than in any of the buildings.  The day starting typically for this time of the year with lots of haze in the morning, but by afternoon it burned off to beautiful blue skies which let us have a clear view of all the houses in the neighborhood.  Hmmmm, which would you choose?



Top: Zara; Jeans: H&M; Bag: Chanel; Shoes: Ralph Lauren; Sunglasses: Coach; Necklaces: Forever 21; Earrings & Bracelet: Unknown; Ring: Bespoke

We went down to Orange County for brunch with the kids last weekend, and when we left the house it was bright and sunny.  By the time we got to Laguna, it was cold and drizzly.  I should have worn a jacket, but I love the detail on this Zara blouse, so I hated to cover it up.



Shirt: Threads 4 Thought; Jeans: Current Elliott; Bag: See by Chloe; Boots: Givenchy (Rocker sandals here); Earrings: Unknown; Necklace & Ring: Forever 21; Bracelets: Vintage & Gifted; Nail Polish: Lippmann Bitches Brew

I wore this out on the hottest Saturday of the year so far on a quick trip to Old Town to buy cupcakes from Violet's Cakes.  We waited until almost closing to go out, and they were almost sold out!  We managed to gather enough to make the children happy for dessert, but it was a close call.  I had no idea how rocker chick this outfit was until I started looking at these pictures.  Way to participate in Visible Monday if I do say so myself.

Linked with: Monday Mingle also



Dress: J Crew (similar sweater); Shirt: Vintage; Belt: Marni; Shoes: Sole Society; Sunglasses: Coach; Earrings & Bracelet: Unknown; Necklace: Juicy Couture; Ring: Gifted

Remember how when you were in high school everyone fit into a certain group?  I went to high school in the 80's, so there were the jocks, the cheerleaders, the stoners, the nerds, the drama geeks, the punks.  I never worried about what group I fit into; I played tennis, so I could be a jock; I got good grades, so I could be a nerd; I was in drama, so I could be a geek, but I like every other teenager often wondered what other people thought of me.  I"ll never forget sitting in English class one day, and one of the punk girls who I was working on a project with leaned over and said under her breath, "You know for a sosh, you're pretty cool."  I was floored.  Of all the classifications, I would never have thought of myself as a sosh.  At that time, I thought that was the coolest and best category to fall into, but I never would have dreamed that that's where others placed me.  In my school at least, to be a sosh meant you were social (duh sosh is short for social) and preppy; later that day, I realized that she could mean that she thought I was a stuck-up snob, but let's dwell on the positive aspects.  It was my dream come true to be recognized as preppy.  The Preppy Handbook was indeed my guide to life.  Everyone else on the tennis team hated our uniforms; I loved the fact that they were plaid.  All I wanted was a madras belt.  I lived for at least four years accumulating every color of polo shirt I could get my hands on.  I still feel most comfortable when I'm wearing something preppy; hence my addiction to anything Ralph Lauren.  It just feels like me.  I still like eclectic.  I'm still going to have my Donna Karan and Prada moments, but when I want to relax and just be me, I will always turn to my inner prep.



The only photos that are proof of a week in Vegas.  I was intrigued by the mirror in our room and kept trying to figure out the best way to get a picture of it.  Me with a huge camera in my face was probably not the best way.  If you follow me on Instagram (bespokegina), you've seen most of the rest before including my ultimate favorite drink, the Dark and Stormy at Nob Hill Tavern in the MGM.  The chili fries were the last thing we ate before we left.  We had to really send the vacation overindulging off with a bang.



 Dress: Brooks Brothers; Tee: Express; Bag: Cambridge Satchel; Shoes: Louis Vuitton; Sunglasses: Coach; Earrings & Necklace: Unknown; Bracelets: Joan Rivers, Gifted & Unknown; Ring: Gifted; Fragrance: Lavanila Vanilla Blackberry

I woke up yesterday very pumped up and full of myself.  I thought for sure, truly this would be the day.  What day you ask?  Well, let me tell you.  I've been working out religiously; I've been obsessive about my eating.  I've been doing all of the oh so right things that I'm supposed to be doing for weeks now, and I have seen movement on the scale.  So it had to be time for me to make the attempt to try on something in a small.  But a generous small; you know, not all smalls are created equally.  I spied an Original Penguin green scarf print dress that seemed to be more than generous in the hips and carefully pulled it on only to immediately pull it off, curse myself and feel the overwhelming desire to spit in disgust.  I'm just not there.  It's true what everyone says: it's really hard work to lose weight over 40.  And so the saga continues.