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June 30, 2016

EMBROIDERED T-SHIRT - fashion at 50

If you follow me on instagram (which I invite you do) I shared how much I am loving the embroidery trend this season.  I think it adds such a fun playfulness to an ordinary t-shirt or anything else for that matter.  And this one from Loft that I'm wearing (same) has the added bonus of fringe ties in the front which is another favorite trend of mine.

navy chinos and embroidered t-shirt


I am always looking for ways to bump up my usual uniform of jeans and a t-shirt and details like

June 29, 2016

MASTER BEDROOM INSPIRATION - Style Wednesday

I've been talking about redoing our master bedroom for the longest time and finally dove in head first over the weekend.  It wasn't hard once I found the perfect drapery fabric.  The rest of the room just seemed to come together seamlessly after that.

master bedroom collage
I found my inspiration in of all places a gorgeous nursery makeover over at The White Buffalo Styling Company.  What got to me specifically was the gorgeous material she used on the draperies

June 28, 2016

THE PERFECT WHITE COTTON BLOUSE - fashion at 50

At least it's dry heat...That's what we usually say around here when the weather hits near triple digits. But not yesterday, we had a whopping 35% humidity and trust me, that's a lot for us Southern California desert dwellers.

white linen top and coral ankle jeans

Thank goodness for 100% cotton tops on days like that.  I am especially fond of this cuffed dolman

June 27, 2016

GOING SLEEVELESS - fashion at 50

It is hot, hot, hot here in Southern California and higher temperatures mean sleeveless tops are in full play.  I know, I know, sleeveless is not always the best look for those of us over 50 but I have been stepping out of my comfort zone and trying on a few different styles to find ones that are a bit more forgiving of my...ahem..mature arms.

skinny jeans and sleeveless top

I found this pretty blue floral paisley blouse (similar) at Loft.  Even though the top is relatively

June 25, 2016

Saturday morning attitude check - let's chat

Good morning.  I'm sitting here in my favorite place to ponder, our annual garden.  This sweet spot is tucked in the rear of our backyard where there are a couple of new shade trees offering a respite from the afternoon heat.  It's the perfect place for planning and reflection.

pots filled with annuals

Our vacation was less than a week but it seems like I've been away for a long time (both from here

June 23, 2016

BBQ ready outfit - fashion at 50

Early Summer Wardrobe Challenge -Ten Items/Ten Outfits
Bonus Day 11 - Skinny Jeans and Patterned Short Sleeve Top


And you thought we were done with this series.  I know I said today would be the recap day but I noticed that I had one more outfit that I styled but didn't share so we are calling it Bonus Day 11.

peach top and blue cardigan

This time I paired my curvy skinny blue jeans (same) with the peach peplum top (similar) and blue

June 21, 2016

Adding a jean vest to shorts - fashion at 50

Early Summer Wardrobe Challenge -Ten Items/Ten Outfits
Day 10 - Skinny Jeans and Patterned Short Sleeve Top


We made it to day ten.  Thanks for sticking with me.  About half way through I started to realize that this is kind of like styling a capsule wardrobe which is something I didn't think I could ever do. The thought of being limited to so few things was not something I wanted to commit to, but I did it. 

Today I'm styling the shorts (same and on sale), the patterned short sleeve top (similar) (similar) and my denim vest (similar) (similar in plus).  I really like the way the vest adds a little something extra to the shorts.  

shorts, floral top and jean vest

This is not a combination I would normally put together because I normally think of shorts as super

June 20, 2016

Date night ready - Fashion at 50

Early Summer Wardrobe Challenge -Ten Items/Ten Outfits
Day 9 - Skinny Jeans and Patterned Short Sleeve Top


After 33 years of marriage dates night tend to happen on the spur of the moment and there isn't a lot of time for planning outfits so it's always good to have a couple of go to essentials that you know look cute together.


Of course my white straight jeans are at the top of my list because they dress up and down so easily.

June 18, 2016

Get Away Saturday - Let's chat

Good morning. Just a quick post to say hello from the airport headed North to the beautiful Oregon coast for a mini family reunion of sorts.  I'm leaving behind our first heatwave of the summer and arriving to rain with the promise of sun in the next couple of days. Trust me I'm not complaining.


It was a little sad packing without my furry companion stressing at the sight of my suitcase. I'm

June 17, 2016

keeping it simple - shorts and a t-shirt

Early Summer Wardrobe Challenge -Ten Items/Ten Outfits
Day 8 - Shorts and Solid T-shirt


Let's be honest, there are some days when throwing on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt is as good as it's going to get.  But that doesn't necessarily mean sloppy.


A pretty colored shirt and stylish shorts are just as easy to slip into as your old grubbies and if you find the right ones, they can be just as comfortable.

June 16, 2016

Adding layers in summer - Fashion at 50

Early Summer Wardrobe Challenge -Ten Items/Ten Outfits
Day 7 - Skinny Jeans and Patterned Short Sleeve Top


We made it to Thursday in one piece and that feels like quite an accomplishment.  One more day and we have the whole weekend to look forward to and I for one am going to savor every minute of it.


Can you believe we are on day seven of this Early Summer Wardrobe Series?  I wasn't sure about today's outfit but as it turns out it is one of my favorites.  It has been a little cool in the mornings and

June 15, 2016

My top 5 craft posts - Whatever Wednesday

It's Wednesday and that means it's time to post on whatever non fashion related subject I choose.

Today I want to talk about craft posts.  Specifically my five most popular craft posts.  I know this is primarily a fashion blog now but I have been crafting in one way or another my whole life and deep down I will always be a crafter at heart.  As much as I love fashion, (and I do love fashion) I will always love to make pretty things.

5 most popular craft posts

So here's a peek at the top 5 posts I have written on crafting...

June 14, 2016

My favorite patterned t-shirt - Fashion at 50

Early Summer Wardrobe Challenge -Ten Items/Ten Outfits
Day 6 - White Jeans and Patterned T-shirt


We are still experiencing June gloom here in Southern California with the highs only in the 70's and it's getting a little old.  I miss the sunshine but noticed that in one week...seven days...we will be at 106 degrees.  Yikes!  Not that much sun.

We are officially on the back side of this ten day challenge and honestly I could have probably stretched one or two more outfits out of these same ten basic items.


I am styling the white jeans (or capris, if that's what you chose) again today.  This time I've paired

June 13, 2016

styling skinny jeans and a floral blouse - fashion at 50

Early Summer Wardrobe Challenge -Ten Items/Ten Outfits
Day 5 - Blue Jeans and floral 3/4 sleeve blouse


Today I am styling skinny blue jeans and a pretty floral blouse with 3/4 sleeves (similar).  I've had this blouse for a couple of years now and it's still one of my favorites.  It is flowing and sheer and perfect for a summer day when you want a little more than an ordinary t-shirt or sleeveless top.


I like the high low hemline and the extra coverage it gives in the back.

June 11, 2016

This morning - let's chat

Grab a cup of something warm and let's chat...

I woke up this morning tired but loving life...not just life in general, but my life.  Nothing is so different from yesterday, my struggles and stresses are still the same but something in my soul is feeling grateful for what I have...right now.

patriotic bowls

My daughter and two grandson's will be moving out in a couple of weeks into a shared place with my

June 10, 2016

Adding a denim vest to a summer outfit - fashion at 50

Early Summer Wardrobe Challenge -Ten Items/Ten Outfits
Day 4 - White Jeans and Peplum Top with Denim Vest


Just in case you hadn't realized it, it's Friday!  Can I get a woot, woot?  It has been an eventful week around here, one that I'll share a little about tomorrow over coffee, but today is all about fashion.  If you're following along we are on Day 4 of our ten items = ten outfits, Early Summer Wardrobe Challenge.

white jeans, peplum top

Today I will be styling the white jeans (same), peplum top (similar) and denim vest (similar).  I

June 9, 2016

bermuda shorts and a patterned tee - fashion at 50

Early Summer Wardrobe Challenge -Ten Items/Ten Outfits
Day 3 - Shorts and Pattern T-shirt


I am really trying to embrace wearing shorts this year but I have to admit I am still not there yet. Don't get me wrong, I love how cool it feels when I have them on but the whole self confidence thing is still not happening.  But I listed shorts and a patterned t-shirt as our combination for Day 3 of the Early Summer Wardrobe Challenge and I'm going for it.


Today I'm styling a pair of grey/green bermuda shorts (same) and my favorite patterned linen t-shirt

June 8, 2016

Whatever Wednesday - time in the garden

I managed to spend a little bit of time in the garden over the weekend.   Just a bit of weeding and dead heading and a little bit of head planning to fill in the holes that the fading springtime blooms will leave behind.   I see a flat of zinnias in my very near future.  These last few days of warm temperatures has the garden looking a bit parched already and those sun loving colorful petals are just what's needed to bring the flower beds back to life.

impatiens in the garden

I don't know about you but a couple of days outside with the sun shining in my face and on my

June 7, 2016

how to style blue jeans and plain t-shirt - fashion at 50

Early Summer Wardrobe Challenge -Ten Items/Ten Outfits
Day 2 - Blue Jeans and Solid T-shirt


If you are a subscriber I sent out a (hopefully) clarifying newsletter and the first week of Early Summer Fashion outfits.  If you are not a subscriber, it's not to late to join the fun just sign up at the end of this post.  Okay, on to day two...blue jeans and plain t-shirt.


This outfit is really pretty much my uniform for the summer (spring, fall and winter) and I love the

June 6, 2016

White jeans and breezy top - fashion at 50

Early Summer Wardrobe Challenge -Ten Items/Ten Outfits
Day 1 - White Jeans and Pattern Short Sleeve Top


Are you ready for this?  It is day one of our early summer wardrobe challenge and wouldn't you know my internet took today to decide not to work.  Unfortunately they weren't able to fix it remotely so I have to wait for a service man to come out...on Friday.  That's six whole days with no internet service. Yikes!  I hadn't realized how much we depend on it until it stopped working.

I am actually typing this from my mom's after a day of swimming and sunning by the pool.  I am hoping to get in all five days this week but if I disappear at least you'll know why.  Now on to our challenge.


I thought I'd start things off with white Loft skinny jeans (same) and the patterned short sleeve

June 4, 2016

Saturday morning musings of a momma's heart - let's chat

I woke up this morning to the sound of the neighbors lawn sprinklers and felt the promise of the afternoon heat in the morning air, so I guess it is officially summer here in Southern California.  I don't know why but time seems to be a bit of a blur these last few months with one week chasing the other as we reach the midpoint of 2016.  How is that even possible?  It seems like just yesterday that I was clearing away the Christmas clutter and welcoming in the New Year.


I am feeling a bit reflective this morning as I think about the changes that will be coming to our

June 3, 2016

Summer shorts styled six ways - fashion at 50

Hello and welcome to Lemon Lane Style.  Today I'm joining six fashion bloggers to show you six different ways to style shorts this summer at any age.

jean shorts and a striped tee

I am excited to be representing the over 50 crowd especially since it hasn't been that long ago that I

June 2, 2016

Peplum top and jeans for summer - fashion at 50

It looks like summer is here according to the outdoor thermometer, whether we're ready for it or not. The temperatures around here have jumped by ten degrees in the last couple of days and the real heat won't be here until this weekend.  I have a feeling this is where the rubber meets the road as far as looking stylish and fashionable as the mercury rises.

charcoal peplum and blue jeans

Today I'm styling a charcoal peplum t-shirt from Loft (same).  I've shared the same top in white

June 1, 2016

How to make hand made hearts - Whatever Wednesday

If you are stopping by expecting to see a fashion post, you have actually stumbled on to Whatever Wednesday, the one day of the week that I use to post whatever it is that I'm working on other than fashion.

Today I'm sharing how to make these sweet fabric hearts to give away or keep for yourself.

hand made hearts

I wanted to make the ladies at my bible study table something to remind them of our time together so