Yay, we’ve officially entered the Christmas season!! I love it all…the carols, the festive decorations and the endless supply of awesome holiday recipes. The only thing I’m not crazy about is cold weather…nope, I just can’t take it! Once the needle dips below 70 degrees, I’m a goner. Yes, I know some of my northern friends must be rolling their eyes by now. I guess I’ll blame my “cream puff” intolerance to cold on living in the tropics for the past 25 years.
So, how do I cope with colder temps when most of my wardrobe is geared for a warmer climate? I layer!
I’ve learned to look at clothing items with multiple functions in mind. One of my favorite tricks is wearing layered blouses. I’m not a major fan of short-sleeved tops, but they often look awesome layered over another blouse.
I came across this sleeveless peplum top on the clearance rack and I knew just what to wear it with. This white blouse fits perfectly underneath because of its plain construction. But then, the fluted sleeves add just the right amount of visual interest.
Since these layered blouses are on the dressy side, I chose to pair them with jeans and suede loafers to keep the look casual. I wore a long pendant necklace to add a vertical line. This is always a good trick when you feel like the neckline of a top is too closed up causing it to look bulky.
There are four weeks left in 2020. I know most of us are ready to say, “good riddance” to this trying year. Still, perspective allows me the space to find beauty and purpose in even the most difficult circumstances and age teaches me that I can’t afford to waste valuable moments. So, I’m taking a moment to consider how to spend the remaining 28 days of this year.
My mind goes to a verse in Psalms 90:12. Most versions say, “Teach us to number our days…” But then, I really like how The Message version puts it, “Oh, Teach us to live well!”
Oh! Teach us to live well!
Teach us to live wisely and well!
Come back, God—how long do we have to wait?—
and treat your servants with kindness for a change.
Surprise us with love at daybreak;
then we’ll skip and dance all the day long.
Make up for the bad times with some good times;
we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime.
Let your servants see what you’re best at—
the ways you rule and bless your children.
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us,
confirming the work that we do.
Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!
I think that’s what I’ll be doing for the last month of 2020. I’m planning to live well and take stock of the lessons I’ve learned over the past year. In fact, I think I see a New Year’s post coming together…the lessons I learned in 2020 that I never want to forget!
Yes, I am trusting God for some good times and I hope you are too.