I had hoped to have a fashion post for you today but with the continuous and rather heavy rains (hooray!), all I’ve been wearing lately are jeans, long-sleeved tees, my wellies and a raincoat. Not very interesting! Sunnier weather is in the forecast starting today so it won’t be long before I’ve got some spring fashion posts for you.
Until then, I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you what’s been happening around here lately.
You may or may not have noticed that the blog is undergoing a little remodel. Most of the changes are small and are meant to make the site easier for you to navigate.
I added a drop down menu on the How I Wear My page called “Archives” with all the How I Wear My posts that have appeared on my blog since 2011. And, because some of you who want to participate in How I Wear My occasionally miss the deadline, Jill and I created an email subscription dedicated to How I Wear My.
You may sign up in the box below or on the sidebar of my blog or Jill’s. We promise not to inundate you emails. It’s meant primarily for reminders and anything newsworthy having to do with HIWM.
Since we’re on the topic of How I Wear My, the theme for April is Boho and the deadline for submission is April 2nd. Email your photo and a description of your Boho look to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other noticeable change on my blog is the absence of my Favorite Blogs page. I added an RSS feed to the sidebar last week so that my favorite blogs were listed by latest post. Unfortunately I deleted the Favorite Blogs page in the process.
Once I discovered the RSS feed was slowing down my site down to a crawl, I had to get rid of it. I am weighing other options and am wondering if you utilize the blog roll when you visit. Since there is no way for me to tell how often it’s used, maybe you can tell me in the comments if you want me to keep one on the blog or not. Would you miss it if I didn’t bring it back?
Other things happening around here lately are a couple of exciting features. I was so thrilled to be included in this article on Bustle.com over the weekend. It’s all about tall women who wear heels – which I am and which I do.
I love the title and agree that being “too tall” is not a thing! Be sure to see all 21 tall women and find out what they have to say about wearing high heels.
I was also mentioned in a post by Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen. Alison wrote about her favorite over 40 fashion blogs in the US. Many of my fellow bloggers and friends were also included on this list, and surely a few of your favorite bloggers too.
I am so grateful to live in an era when being a woman over 40 is celebrated. Growing older no longer means you fade away into the background at 35, like generations of women before us were often expected to do. I am excited – rather than petrified – about turning 50 next year and part of me can’t wait to be a member of the 50 and over crowd!
I have a somewhat new hobby that is taking up my free time and occupying lots of space in my head lately. Calling it my passion is probably a more accurate way to describe my love for taking photos. I recently decided this passion for photography was worth investing in and bought myself a new camera.
Allow me introduce you to my newest treasure: an Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with a silver body. It’s a mirrorless camera. What is a mirrorless camera, you ask? I had no idea myself. In a sentence, it’s a lightweight, small camera that uses interchangeable lenses and has no optical mirrors.
I bought an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm F3.5-6.3 EZ Lens and an Olympus MSC ED-M 75 to 300mm II f4.8-6.7 Zoom Lens to go with it.
This camera is small enough to carry in my handbag so I rarely leave the house without it. If you have a yard, don’t invite me over unless you don’t mind me creeping around taking photos of your leaves and flowers.
Allow me to indulge in sharing some of my favorite photos taken with my new camera with you.
This one was taken at my father-in-law’s yesterday. He has lots of lovely flowers in his yard right now like this purple freesia.
This bucolic scene is not far from my house.
I often wake up before dawn and head to one of many vineyards and fields in our town to take morning photos to post on my Instagram feed.
My new camera has artistic settings that are fun to play with. This photo was taken in a nearby mustard field using the Dramatic setting.
There is something so exhilarating being outside in nature, getting wet and muddy just to get that one shot.
This morning it wasn’t raining for the first time in a few days so I took my camera to a nearby winery at sunrise and grabbed this shot. It might be my favorite of the bunch.
Discovering this passion for photography has enriched my life in so many ways. Learning to use this new camera is good for my brain and I love getting creative and experimenting with its features.
I also find myself focusing much more on beauty, color, textures, art and nature which is certainly a wonderful – and rich – way to live!
Thank you for allowing me to share my hobby with you and fill you in with what’s been happening around here lately.
What’s been happening with you?
What are your favorite hobbies?
Make it a rich day!