This Costume Is Kicking My @ss !

THIS COSTUME IS KICKING MY ASS !!!
GET MIFFED ? I DON'T THINK SO ;)
THROW MY HANDS IN THE AIR.....
SAY A PRAYER TO THE HALLOWEEN GODS.....
AHH, MUCH BETTER.
Back to Work ;)

PREPPY VINTAGE COWGIRL ?

OK, This may not have been the best idea, but it seemed like one at the time ;)  I wanted to wear this vintage jumper before I have to cover myself completely with sweaters and heavy coats. I could have worn different shoes, but I kinda felt like letting the little girl out in me today :)
You know the one who wore her tu-tu with her snow boots in the summer ?  Just like her :)
AND, I swear, I thought Halloween is Saturday. Duh ! I have another full day to prepare . Yipee !!!
What are you guys going to dress up like ?  Send me some photos or links so I can post them. It'll be fun :)
  Did I mention how much I love Halloween ? ............................
HAPPY WEEKEND !!!!
Dress: thrifted 
Flannel striped top: Gap, thrifted
Beret: K-mart, clx.
Scarf: the W-place
Boots: Dan Post, thrifted.

The Shout Heard Round the Globe !

OUT THE DOOR TO RUN ERRANDS AND I MUST SAY, BURRRRRR........
The local mid-west weather report is 50's and dreary after a week of 70's. Shocking to say the least!  This outfit is an example that women over 40 CAN wear short skirts, darn it.  If I read another article telling us over 40's to stop it, I will scream so loud it will be heard around the globe. I bet Kelly Ripa (40) or SJP (45) or Demi Moore (46) would agree. Though I bet they have a slew of surgeons with botox-filled lipo-suction thingys on their payroll ;) 
AND  LEG WARMERS !  I also found another use for them today. A mini-scarf :) The perfect fit .
The beret was a necessity for my bad-hair day . It's time to do my roots .........
I may do an all-over as the color is really faded .  Kind of a washed-out orange hue ;) Halloween anyone ?
I can't wait to show you my Halloween outfit on Saturday ;)
Mwa, Ha, Ha !!!
Skirt: Old Navy, thrifted  ~ Tee: Sears,clx ( so out, it's in ;)  ~ Beret: F21  ~ Harley Davidson boots: thrifted
Leggings: Targei'  ~  Leg Warmers: thrifted  ~ Various necklaces: All over.  ~  Cardi: Targei', clx.

HAVE A SPOOKY, CANDY FILLED WEEKEND, EVERYBODY!
* Reva *

Indie or Eclectic ? And What's The Diff ?

Though I am not much for labeling my style, as it changes greatly from day to day ~ mood to mood, I was recently asked to describe my style in three words. It was easy til it came to Eclectic or Indie. Which am I ? I know the difference when I see it, but was hard pressed to choose one over the other.
So, as a good little fashion geek would do, I looked it up ;)
It seems there isn't huge differences, but more subtle ones.  For instance, I love my graphic Tees (indie) but also love shiny baubles as well (eclectic). Still confused? Me too :) So here's what I came up with.

INDIE :
It's more of an alternative style, which has become mainstream, thus making indie a tough trend to nail down.  Live underground concerts, authentic concert Tees, acoustic music ~ These are all common life-styles of an Indie fashion lover............
  • THINK  "JUNO" OR WILLOW FROM BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER :)
  • RINGER T'S, PLAID SHIRTS, CARDIGANS, SKINNY JEANS
  • SHOES: VANS, FLATS, KEDS, though many of these trends are now mainstream, making them no longer true indie.
  • "COSBY" SWEATERS, OVER-SIZED CARDI'S AND TEES.
  •  THE OCCASIONAL CHUNKY SANDAL OR FLIP-FLOPS.
  • VINYL OVER iPOD'S
  • A TRUE "INDIE" WOULD NEVER SHOP AT "CHAIN STORES", except for basics.
ECLECTIC :
There's not much difference, though the definition of eclectic is "a mixed style" in the fine arts. An Indie style can easily be tweaked into Eclectic with more colorful , mix and match pieces, with vintage thrown into the mix as well.
  • THINK :  SARAH JESSICA PARKER :)
  • PLAID SHIRTS WITH FLORAL SKIRTS
  • A VINTAGE BROOCH WITH A BASIC TEE.
  • PUMPS AND HEELS
  • TIGHTS WITH SOCKS
  • BOLDER COLORS AND PATTERNS
  • FUR COLLARS
  • STUDDED BOOTS

STILL CONFUSED ?
ME TOO, HONESTLY .................

ECLECTIC SEEMS TO BE MERELY A BLEND OF BOTH WORLDS. Liking to mix different styles all in one.  I WOULD BE CONSIDERED A "POSER" IN TRUE INDIE CIRCLES ;)

I LOVE VINTAGE ACCESSORIES PAIRED WITH A DIY EMBELLISHED TEE PAIRED WITH COLORFUL FLORALS ...........................

This is my best attempt at Indie Style, though it turned Eclectic as soon as I added the shiny brooch and trendy sunnies. Now the boots and skirt are screaming Boho !

Maybe I should stick to taking pretty pictures ;)
( Plus, a true Indie girl would be way too cool to twirl :)
.....................
THE DEETS:

OH, WHAT THE HELL ?

Shades of Textured Grays

Ya know how outfits seem to have a mind of their own ? This one started off completely different. I've been admiring the super-long scarves dragging the ground on the "Peeper" Diva's as of late. They usually pair them up with a maxi, but I hoped to mix it up with a shorter dress instead. After a few changes, this is how it turned out :) I like wearing lighter colored shoes with dark legs and this hat was all matchy. I admit, it's not one of my favorites, but hey, tomorrow's another day ;) I haven't seen many short sleeved dresses over long sleeves ( like th 90's ). Maybe I'll start a trend !
When in doubt, I load up on the accessories ;)
All these necklaces are DIY'd from "parts".
( Newport News killer shoes, thrifted, of course )
My Mom swears I'll go bald if I keep wearing hats. I give it a year ........
Thanks for all the well-wishes for my brother :)
He will be having surgery soon. I spoke with him today. He's a tough nut !

Just Being Me .........

OK, SO I MAY HAVE BACK-SLIDDEN ALREADY ;)  BUT THIS OUTFIT IS ME. SO ME, IN FACT I NEEDED TO TWIRL AND GRIN SIDEWAYS. MAYBE POP OFF A FEW ROUNDS WITH MY WINCHESTER. KNAW A PLUG OF TOBACCO AND HIT A BARN DANCE LATER THIS EVENING.
BUT SERIOUSLY FOLKS, THIS LOOK ACTUALLY CAME FROM ALL THE ADS OF LONG FLORAL HIGH-WAISTED FROCKS WITH CHUNKY SWEATERS. 
Thanks again Goodwill :)
THE HAT IS ALL MINE ;)
THE DRESS EVEN HAS AUTUMN LEAVES ON IT FOR GOODNESS SAKES .......
However, a hint of bluish grey in there as well.
AS THE SUN SETS, I WONDER WHAT MY FAMILY IS DOING OUT WEST .....
My Brother fell off the roof where he works a couple days ago and broke both legs.
I am so grateful he is alive. In a lot of pain, but doing OK.
See Ya Tomorrow :)

Creating A Better Blog : Part One

Hi everybody !!!
I hope Monday is being good to ya :)
OK, so you know I am on a mission to improve my "baby blog". I have been style blogging for almost a year. It's time. To put my big girl panties on and clean my house........

This idea has been long coming and I honestly was gonna stop all together, but I love what I'm doing here.........
I've made great new friends ~ Learned a lot ~ and found my true style , inwards as well as outwards. So without further ado, I am gonna share what I've learned about making my blog better :)

These are OPINIONS, IDEAS, and TIPS that I have gathered lately. I am not judging anyone else's blog, nor am I trying to go "Pro" ;)  ~  I am hoping these subtle changes will make this place a nicer, happier, user-friendly experience for everyone...........

Let's face it, first impressions are important. It's much harder to erase a negative experience than re-create a pleasant one !  My blog has said to many readers, " Welcome to Reva's Circus " or " Here I AM, LOOK AT ME, AND LISTEN ".


FIRST, I HAD TO CONSIDER , "WHAT IS THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF MY BLOG?"
To share my fashion passion with other's and show them that over 40 isn't a negative thing.  ~  To improve my photography skills.  ~  To gather a network of like-minded fashionista's who enjoy a great thrift find :)

THEN, I HAD TO LISTEN. TO MY READERS. LET'S FACE IT, I WANT YOU TO KEEP COMING BACK !  SO I STARTED TAKING SUGGESTIONS TO HEART, NOT GETTING DEFENSIVE WHEN OTHER'S WERE ONLY TRYING TO HELP ME OUT. ( THANKS, GUYS )

HERE'S WHAT I'VE CAME UP WITH SO FAR :
1. MOST READERS DO NOT LIKE MUSIC TRACKS ON A STYLE BLOG. FACT........
2. IMAGE QUALITY IS VERY IMPORTANT. BUT OVER-LOAD IS OVER-KILL ;)
3. A CLEAN BLOG ALLOWS PEOPLE TO READ WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY WITHOUT DISTRACTIONS ;)  SO I AM SIMPLING THINGS UP.
( Being a widget nut myself, this is the hardest one of all ;)
4. COMMENTS ARE TO BE VALUED. IF SOMEONE IS TAKING THE TIME TO LEAVE A COMMENT, THEN IT IS ONLY A COURTESY TO SAY THANKS :)
5. HEADER SIZE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE HUGE AND FLASHY, IT TAKES AWAY FROM YOUR POSTS. 
6. ORIGINAL CONTENT! ORIGINAL CONTENT! ORIGINAL CONTENT!  ~ AND PLEASE DON'T USE OTHER BLOGGER'S STUFF WITHOUT PERMISSION.
( When I was a newbie, I didn't know this one :)
7. SPELL-CHECK YOUR COMMENTARY, AND TRY TO STAY ON TOPIC. ( This is a toughie ;)
I do tend to ramble on .........

SO, WITH THAT, I WILL BID MY FAREWELLS FOR TODAY ..............
I HAVE DECIDED TO STOP FEARING CHANGE. IT'S WHAT KEEPS ME ON MY TOES AND ADDS THE ZEST I DESIRE FROM THIS LITTLE OLD BLOG :)
There's nothing I can't un-do or change back ...........
(THESE ARE ONLY SUGGESTIONS AND WHAT  I  AM UP TO, SO PLEASE TAKE WHAT YOU NEED AND LEAVE THE REST !)

THERE'S MUCH MORE, BUT I AM SPENT, AND I BET YOU ARE TOO :)
How'd I do Ma ?
And a big "Thanks" to The CitzenRosebud :)
P.S. Any tips and comments are welcomed with open mind ;)

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