the decade in review | favorite outfits 2018

it’s hard to believe that 2018 began almost two years ago. it’s still so fresh in my mind. in January of 2018 i decided to embark on a fitness journey with FASTer Way To Fat Loss. the big 6-0 loomed ahead of me.  i’d gained ten pounds since we moved from San Francisco to Athens. the blog kept us hopping so by the end of the day, i was eating anything and everything on my plate. nutritious choices had definitely been thrown out the window. it was time to take action. enter FASTer Way to Fat Loss that opened my eyes to just how important our diet truly is. it’s the key to better sleep, more energy, toned muscles (ladies, it’s so important to keep muscle mass as we age), and staving off auto-immune diseases that plague baby boomers. i just signed up for another session for a January reboot after the holidays. so many things have changed in two years. and they have an app where weekly meal plans are accessible and daily workouts to keep me on track. i’m even MORE impressed with FASTer Way to Fat Loss. it’s not too late to sign up for the December 30th round. you can thank me later.

2018 was the year mr. style and i decided to add travel back into our lives. after living overseas for a decade and being on the move internationally for years we shelved travel for a bit. but a family trip to Europe came together at the beginning of 2018 thanks to our kiddos. the trip included Paris, Tuscany, and Vienna. the entire trip was an absolute delight from start to finish. in October mr. style and i set sail for a Caribbean cruise. needless to say, we had a ball sailing under sunny skies and near perfect temps.

it would be an understatement to say how thankful i am for these precious memories with mr. style and my family. right before our trip to Europe mr. style was diagnosed with liver cancer and our world changed in a nano-second. doctor appointments, radiation, and finally the oncologist were introduced into our lives. but mr. style always had the right attitude – the quality of life over quantity. 

j.crew striped tee, madewell denim dress, ann taylor white denim, tory burch espadrilles

margaritaville stripes styles three wardrobe staples every classic woman should own – stripe tee, white denim, and a denim shirtdress. a pair of cap-to espadrilles are the icing on the classics cake. and, yes, it was national margarita day so we celebrated with a classic margarita.

j.crew striped tee, madewell denim dress, ann taylor white denim, tory burch espadrilles

similar denim | similar tee | similar shirtdress | similar necklace | shoes

j.crew striped tee, madewell denim dress, ann taylor white denim, tory burch espadrilles

paris in stripes

Paris in stripes was a big hit with y’all. but i have to confess travel photos can be tricky. especially on a family vacation when everyone wants to go, go, go instead of setting up a photoshoot. but mr. style did a fantastic job in spite of our challenges. and this ootd was perfect for a chilly day in May. key classic items are in play like a denim jacket and white skinny jeans.

paris in stripes

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paris in stripes

what i learned after 35 years of marriage

what i learned after 35 years of marriage was a reader favorite in 2018. mr. style graciously stepped from behind the camera and posed with yours truly to celebrate our wedding anniversary. 

what i learned after 35 years of marriage

what i learned after 35 years of marriage

Talbots cardigan, silk scarf, leopard shoes

fall of 2018 was an exciting time for the blog. for five weeks i partnered with Talbots as their fall classics guest editor, introducing ten of their iconic classics. it was so much fun! here’s one of the posts that made the top five outfits of 2018 how to wear a cardigan.

Talbots cardigan, silk scarf, leopard shoes

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Talbots cardigan, silk scarf, leopard shoes

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Talbots cardigan, silk scarf, leopard shoes

little black dress, leopard blazer, black booties

mr. style and i flew to NYC in early October to visit one of our kiddos. and i squeezed in a conference to boot. a leopard blazer is a must-have wardrobe staple. this one from J.Crew didn’t disappoint. i popped it over a simple black dress, added tights and a pair of booties. instant  NYC chic. don’t forget to read the streets of NYC.

little black dress, leopard blazer, black booties

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brown suede jacket, green cashmere sweater, leopard flats

of course, a stop at the flagship Bloomingdales is always on my to-do list when i’m roaming the streets of NYC.

brown suede jacket, green cashmere sweater, leopard flats

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cruise wear day and night

another travel post you loved was cruise wear day and night. this post shared a glimpse of our days at sea onboard the Norweigan. i am a big fan of jumpsuits and this green linen jumpsuit from J.Crew was the perfect weight for a day at sea. the inside temps on the ship and the outside temps were in stark comparison. 

cruise wear day and night

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cruise wear day and night

i love, love, love this evening dress from Ralph Lauren. it is as comfortable as it is chic. and, yes, you can go sleeveless in your sixties when weight training is part of your exercise routine.

cruise wear day and night

similar dress | similar shoes | similar earrings | similar bracelet

cruise wear day and night

that’s a wrap for 2018. there’s only one more year left to recap and this amazing decade will be in the history books. literally and figuratively. the countdown is on for 2020. looking for more style inspiration from 2018? we included a few more posts.

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4 Comments

  1. Robin wrote:

    I’ve been loving the Decades in review! I remember enjoying How to Wear a Cardigan and I’ve always thought you should do a “How to Wear a Scarf” complete with some tying instructions. Love your blog and your style!

    Posted 12.30.19 Reply
  2. Robyn France wrote:

    Beth, I have recently discovered you and your wonderful blog. I’ve always been a fashion gal–love the French style (lived in France) and look far younger than my years. Love your way of keeping fit–I’ve always been a daily exerciser–and now I’m sad to say my husband is in Hospice and I will soon be saying goodbye in my heart to the love of my life. So I’m finding lots to savor in your approach. Thank you and happy new year.

    Posted 12.30.19 Reply
  3. Suzanne Smith wrote:

    It’s fun to review all the different looks you’ve profiled. Many faves. I hope your new year is smooth sailing–you deserve a respite. Happy New Year!

    Posted 1.1.20 Reply
  4. Lillian wrote:

    Dear Beth,
    My husband passed away in June 2019 from pancreatic cancer, so I look forward to your daily blogs.
    We traveled all over Europe and I love fashion, so I enjoy your ‘reads’ about you and your late husband and enjoy your fashion shoots too (you should wear ‘red’ more often.
    Regards,
    LD

    Posted 1.12.20 Reply
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