Color Co-ordinated

15 May


I used to be a big shopper of clothes when I was younger. Nowadays I rarely visit the mall. It is not as much fun dressing an older body. It is work to find outfits that enhance the assets and hide the imperfections. I have a big trip coming up and I need outfits for the days I will not be hiking, but will be touristing in cities. Yesterday I went to one of my favorite stores for women…Coldwater Creek. (Now I know I have become my mother, because she always used to buy clothing from them). I felt very successful to find tops and slacks that fit, were comfortable, and had colors that could be mixed and matched. I bought one blouse in three different colors: vibrant pink, royal blue, and white. Ankle length pants in white and green. A pair of long silky pants with an intricate purple design, and a black knit top which is so soft and malleable. Now I have something more stylish to wear wandering through Zurich, Luzern, Konstanz, Salzburg, and Munich. Coldwater Creek has supplied my city duds, and REI has outfitted my hiking gear.  I’ll be ready.



23 Responses to “Color Co-ordinated”

  1. peakpro May 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    I like everything. Good choices. BTW, just had a bird bang into the window here. What does that mean?

    • Rosemarie May 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      The reflection in the glass deceived him.

  2. magdalena36 May 15, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    We are never perfectly satisfied with our figure 😉
    don´t worry, be happy 😆

    • Rosemarie May 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      I passed the middle age spread a while ago.

  3. hitandrun1964 May 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    LOL… older body… where your mother used to shop. Loved the entire essay. I hope you are comfortable and beautiful during your entire trip and I have no doubt that you will be. The countdown has begun.

    • Rosemarie May 15, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      Thank you. I just speak truth. 🙂

  4. Indira May 15, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    I think in our age comfort comes first. Have a nice journey.

  5. Angeline M May 16, 2013 at 2:18 am #

    It’s so important to be comfortable when you’re out touring cities. Looks like you’re ready.

  6. Suzanne May 16, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    Looks like a good choice of clothes for travelling round Europe in. I did that last year and one thing I found incredibly important is decent shoes. I wore thin soled canvas boots most of the time (easy to pack) but I found that prolonged walking on the cobblestone streets of old European cities really hurt my feet. My advice – get some good trainers with thick soles that cushion your feet.
    Another must have is a good reliable collapsible umbrella. Last year over there was very, very wet. It was very unpredictable. Sunny, hot days could turn wet and dreary very quickly.
    Clothes that don’t need ironing are great to have too.
    Have a great trip.

    • Rosemarie May 16, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      I’m ready with the shoes. I bought my Lowa hiking boots back in January and I’ve been breaking them in. My last trip to REI I bought a great looking pair of Teva sport sandals. They are so comfortable that they have required no breaking in. It’s been liking walking on clouds from the start.

  7. Judy Smith May 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    Great job! Like you, I don’t enjoy shopping anymore, so I’m always wildly gratified to come home with workable wardrobe pieces. I’ve refused to genuinely shop “until I lose these extra 30 pounds,” so I’m down to approximately two things I can wear outside the house. Something’s gotta give! I love everything you bought, and now you can relax and concentrate on trip plans.

    • Rosemarie May 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

      Yep. That describes my wardrobe and my dilemma exactly.

  8. Heyjude May 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    Hi Rosemarie, I’ve nominated you for The Super Sweet Blogging Award. If you choose to accept, please go here:

    • Rosemarie May 17, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      Thank you so much for nominating me for this award. I truly appreciate the compliment it implies. I have decided, however, to maintain an award free blog. Your visits and comments are my rewards. Again I heartily thank you for your vote of confidence.

      • Heyjude May 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

        No worries. I quite understand.
        Jude xx

  9. sustainabilitea May 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    Rosemarie, I enjoyed this bit of musing because I’ve been through the same thing, trying to decide what to wear to cover the most possibilities with the least amount of clothes and, as mentioned above, shoes, which are are so important but also take up so much space even with underwear packed inside them. Sounds as though you did well. That will make traveling even more pleasurable. Enjoy!


    • Rosemarie May 18, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      Thank you, Janet. I have not made a trip of this length and scope since I was footloose and fancy free in my twenties. It’s a big deal…traveling on my own (basically) for three weeks, though I will be visiting friends and family and hiking with a group.

  10. lagottocattleya May 18, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    i think you made good choices for the tour. It’s so important to feel good and comfortable with yourself when travelling. I giggled a bit when you wrote about becoming like your mother…I think about that at times too. When I was young I was very slim and couldn’t gain weight – today all that is gone. From being able to eat everything tasty and good and still being able to wear my favourite trousers – to the reverse…Oh, I’m not complaining. Things happen to your body when you reach my age…but I do miss that fun shopping when everything fitted as soon as I tried it on.

    You are in for a beautiful trip, I’m sure!

    • Rosemarie May 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

      I plan to make this special. I have to make up for 38 years that I did not travel to Europe. I just ordered my Eurail pass. I can’t tell you how excited that makes me feel.

      • lagottocattleya May 18, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

        Oh, I think I can feel a bit of it! It will be great for you, I’m sure!

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