Cargo pants may not be everybody's cup of tea, but relaxed wear clothes are becoming the norm and from a style perspective they're a step up from yoga pants... in many ways! This utilitarian, wardrobe workaholic can camouflage a myriad of midlife misfortunes! Even if a cargo or jogger pant isn't your style, there are a zillion twists on the classic version that likely will convert even the most steadfast objector not to mention there being oodles of ways to style them!
It's all good news for those who live in the desert or anywhere with summer soaring temperatures! Already pining for jeans, the prospect of pulling on what closely resembles a heavy-duty canvas tarp and lugging oneself around in 110 degrees Fahrenheit isn't going to cut the "cool cat" image no matter how cute those jeans are! So, whilst fall still seems like eons away, chill, and get yo'self some baggy, lightweight, airy cargo pants, and re-ignite the cool chic you. Fall will be here before you know it and look at you... already street styled to perfection with this season's transitional pantaloon!
I chose to go big with these cargo pants from Zara - linked HERE. Whilst I'm a stickler for the perfect fit, I prefer the vibe of the baggier style cargo pant - more urban and grittier. The olive or military green keeps the look classic.
Styled up for a date night, heels instantly elevate the look. White heels, linked HERE, add an element of surprise as well as keep it summery and feminine! The cropped poufy top sits perfectly at the pants higher waistline cautiously sparing the faint of heart by providing only a hint of midriff peek-a-boo! Finished with some girly accessories - a glam GG pearl buckle belt and asymmetrical porcelain flower earrings linked HERE.
Here's almost the same outfit dressed down for daytime shopping and errands, but still chic enough to indulge in a happy hour cocktail should the need arise. Switch out the heels for strappy flats with just a hint of bling and the orange tone macramé tote replaces the chic leather clutch. Aviator sunnies add to the youthful sporty vibe.
For the street style chic or weekend warrior - camo sneaks kick it into action and a vinyl cropped water-resistant baggy jacket offers a cool but useful layer. A fanny pack worn cross body or as it was intended keeps the hands free for on-the-go activities. Add to the sporty vibe with graduated lens aviators.
For other ways to style cargo jogger pants for the summer, consider a slinky camisole or slim fitting body suit... take it into fall by adding a blazer and heels. A flowy shirt tucked in with elegant pumps makes for another season-transitional look. And as the cooler temps set in, don't forget a chunky oversized sweater with the obligatory half tuck to display a cool belt buckle, a look that would work with either a biker boot, Doc Martins or a heeled ankle boot.
There are plenty of cargo pants to choose from as they're a popular choice moving forward into fall. They can be found with or without the elasticated ankle cuff, a variety of fabric choices, cuts, as well as varying degrees of utility pockets and gadgetry. I've linked several other cute styles I found below.
Here are some of the other pieces that make up the looks in this post:
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Many of us in our late 40's and 50's have thought about facelift surgery as a way to keep looking as young as we feel. But surgery is a big decision, and it can come with lots of questions about the procedure, the recovery process, and whether it’s all worth it.
For those curious about going the surgical route, I spoke with Dr. Jerold Olson, a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery in Tucson AZ, about what it’s really like to undergo a facelift. Check out what he had to share.
Q: How long does the procedure take, and how long will a patient be under anesthesia?
A: The time required for a facelift varies depending on several factors, including the addition of any
other procedures. On average, the surgery lasts around 4 hours, but that can fluctuate by an hour or two. You’ll be under general anesthesia during this time.
Q: What is recovery like?
A: I typically recommend patients take 7 to 10 days to rest. Any discomfort over the first few days is
managed with medication. During the first couple of weeks, you may notice bruising and swelling. By the time you feel ready to return to daily activities like work, you’ll likely be able to cover any remaining bruising with makeup. Your incisions will fade to pale, flat scars that will become even less visible over time.
Q: Are there any limitations following surgery such as sun, beauty product use, or exercise?
A: You should avoid exercise for a few weeks and follow the guidelines I give you at your follow-up
appointments when it comes to easing back in. I typically recommend avoiding sun exposure for a few
weeks after surgery, since UV damage can worsen symptoms like swelling and slow down the healing
process. You can resume putting on makeup and washing your hair after 3 weeks.
Q: Can you just do a partial facelift? If so, what are the different options?
A: Each facelift is customized to meet that patient’s needs, but there are a few categories they fall into. A partial facelift is commonly called a mini facelift, and it’s essentially another name for a short scar lift. Younger men and women with less severe sagging often opt for this method, which requires only a small incision near the ear rather than a longer one that extends up into the hairline. The best way to determine the right approach for you is to meet with your surgeon for a one-on-one consultation. During this appointment, they’ll be able to make personalized recommendations based on your specific features and concerns. If you would like to see real examples of each approach, please take a look at the before-and-after facelift photos of my Tucson patients.
Q: Are there nonsurgical alternatives?
A: Nonsurgical anti-aging treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers are highly popular since they require no anesthesia and essentially no downtime. While they can have great effects, they only provide short-term solutions. BOTOX lasts about 3 to 5 months and certain fillers can last for up to two years, but facelift results last around a decade. Many patients try nonsurgical options initially and then opt for a facelift to achieve longer-lasting results.
Q: Does it leave the face feeling tight or strange?
A: While there will be an initial adjustment period during recovery, a properly done facelift shouldn’t
leave your skin feeling tight. Any lingering numbness should continue to resolve over a few months.
Q: Will the neck look different?
A: With a short scar facelift, your neck is unlikely to look different. A deep plane facelift allows the
surgeon to adjust neck skin and tissues to create a younger appearance.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The cost of a facelift varies greatly, depending on the approach, whether any procedures are added and your geographic region. The average cost tends to be around $12,000. However, meeting with your surgeon for a personal consultation is the best way to get precise, personalized pricing information. Credit organizations that specifically cater to medical expenses are often helpful for patients looking to feel more confident through cosmetic surgery.
Would you ever consider a facelift? Leave your thoughts in the comments! For more health-related
content, check out my previous post on my hormone replacement therapy experience.
Thank you to Dr, Olson for sponsoring this post and providing such great information. To learn more about Dr. Olson's services, you can visit his website HERE!
This season sees a revival of longer length shorts. Fashioned after the classic Bermuda shorts, they're more refined (with the exception of their denim counterparts) made with more modish fabrics and cut with a slimmer fit throughout. As such they're known as tailored or city shorts.
Zara can be an overwhelming store. It's big and bright (except for the changing rooms) and there's a lot to take in from clothes and accessories at eye level to shoes and bags at ground level and tables of flat lay clothes in between!
Tennis players and golfers are bound to own a skort or two, that ingenious invention of a miniskirt with a built-in pair of shorts underneath. Undoubtedly, ruffled miniskirts minus the risk of over exposure was a tempting draw to the game of tennis for me!
The skort is equally as practical off the court or the fairway! When it comes to bending over, a gust of wind, getting in and out of cars, the color of your panties will remain your secret!
Sedona is a scenic two-hour drive from North Scottsdale. One of the prettiest towns in Northern Arizona and home to the famous red rock mountains, some named according to the image they conjure up such as Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock.
Visitors to Sedona are sure to leave better than when they arrived, if not on account of it's healing powers from the Vortex it is said to be - a swirling center of energy conducive to healing, meditation and inspiration. If the Vortex doesn't uplift or recharge your spirit, the sheer beauty, clean fresh air, good food and hospitality of the locals will not disappoint.
Here's how Sedona provided everything two shopaholic, hiking diva, food junkie midlife women could possibly want in 24 hours... minus anything Gucci!
A life of interesting stories leads to a face of interesting wrinkles!
I wasn’t overly concerned until my early-fifties, that is when the ravages of age laid it’s claim to my face. I’ve been afraid to try anything invasive including Botox… the needle, injecting something into my face, what if I don’t like the results? I’m probably beyond fixing anyway… if my face was Earth, some of the wrinkles would be relative to the Grand Canyon!
Thank you to two of my blogging friends Hilda Smith and Robin Lamonte who both nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Hilda and Robin are loyal insta-friends who I very much look forward to meeting one day. We've followed each other on social media for a while as women of a certain age with something to say… which we do via our blogs! I’m greatly chuffed that fellow bloggers like my work, the nomination is a lovely surprise.
In the never-ending struggle of wardrobe maintenance, ensuring a perfect outfit for every occasion from walking the dog in monsoon rains, attending a fashion show on a balmy spring evening and battling the furnace that is Arizona in the middle of an August day… let’s just say I have my work cut out.
Not only can this be a costly endeavor but an overcrowded one, and with neither a pile of money or a spacious closet, strategic measures must be taken.
While the fad for easy-care clothing continues, I was recently intrigued by a new offering from a well-known retailer, Chico’s – a white cotton shirt that repels stains, specifically red wine. The brands marketing targets midlife women, which might suggest we are clumsier than our younger counterparts, or perhaps we drink too much resulting in a few tipsy spills?
When style and functionality come together in the form of a trench coat, it's a modern-day fashion fairy-tale! Inevitably such pieces have been around for donkeys’ years and for good reason - everybody loves a fairy-tale! In the ever-fast-moving fashion industry, when something is here for the long haul it's generally worth the investment.
Say hello to my "little" friend... the mini trench coat. In short (pun intended), the fresh and updated version of the classic trench coat, this year's spring must-have, and undoubtedly many more springs to come! And, if you’re old enough to remember the trench coat’s predecessor, you’re welcome to call it a mini mac!
They say when little girls grow up they marry their daddy. I was one of those little girls. I had the best daddy in the world, and now I'm all grown up I have the best husband. I am truly blessed to have experienced only good men in my life, I know there are many women who are not as fortunate.
Kimonos are a blessing to the fashion world. Their ability to add the finishing touch to an otherwise plain outfit is like the icing on the cake! They bring color, drama, texture, movement, an utterly feminine statement and the ultimate top layer of forgiveness to whatever may be going on underneath... like food babies!
Just because you don't get to wear white trousers everyday doesn't mean you don't need a pair. In fact, white pants score high when it comes to evening functions and special occasions giving your look more panache than the common alternative, black pants! They also make the perfect dressy look for day or evening, just tweak how you style them, and you've got versatility nailed.
Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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