When I was in high school, from what I remember, blue was my favorite color…for those who know me now you would never believe it. I fully admit 80% (at least) of my closet is black. It has been that way for a long time and I find it makes pulling together an outfit really easy! This year, I’ve added a touch of my old favorite back into the mix. When you mix black and blue together you can get navy so it only makes sense that navy pairs perfectly with black. I think adding black to navy gives it more of an edge and less of a corporate feel.
Here I added a long black duster…I can not get enough of this style of sweater. It’s so dramatic because it goes to the floor. And, it flows with you as you walk. Or, in my case, every now and then it trips me. Yes, true story. It makes me laugh every time thinking of how I look walking down the street and tripping myself! These blue suede OTK boots kept the overall look a little brighter than black boots would have. I am in air conditioning all day so no, they are not too warm in the summer! A neutral choker and simple, round silver earrings finish off the look.
Part of any good outfit is your skin. I’ve always been pretty good about taking care of mine, but I’m finding as I get older I have to change my skincare routine more often. And, even in summer I need a good moisturizer. Thankfully I have a friend who blends lotions for me! This body cream is amazing..it is rich without being messy. The good news is you can get blends she makes for Festoon. They are wonderful. I’ve also been using essential oils from time to time to relieve stress or make a room smell good. I recently was introduced to wild orange as a “wake up” in the morning…rub a little in your palms and take a nice deep breath. You will be ready to face your day minus the caffeine!
Steamy hot Fridays call for effortless dressing. Don’t get me wrong, I love this hot weather we’re having. Yes, I know I am in the minority. But, seriously, what’s not to love? The sun has been shining, we’ve had beautiful sunrises and sunsets and the warmth simply feels good.
Generally, on really hot days I grab a dress but today I went for a pair of draped wide leg culottes that look like a skirt. They have a front panel which lays nicely over the pants and belts at the side. The fabric is light weight and easy to move in. I picked these up at a major discount on my last trip to LA and I love them. Dress them up or down and they can take you day to night. I find a good pair of black pants or jeans are worth the money every time…they will get you out of a dressing pinch any day. I’m pairing these with a t-shirt I’ve had forever…fitted, super soft and muted colors. Plus, I love the words: Peace; Love. A good reminder for all the haters out there. A great pair of block heels and this fab fringe bag finish the look.
Fridays are my favorite breakfast as well…I add some local honey to my oatmeal and cacao to my latte. I finish that off with mixed berries including goji berries. Antioxidant packed breakfast that sustains me until lunch and tastes so good. For me, breakfast is my most important meal and it’s one I pay particular attention to inner beauty and how I’m fueling myself for the day. Having these ingredients on hand make that an effortless start to the day as well.
Grateful. It’s a simple word but carries so much meaning and is difficult sometimes to “see.” I passed the one year mark of my first injection in my back; I’m coming up on the one year mark of my second injection (and hopefully my last). When I started that journey I said to myself I would be really pleased if I hit one year and still had no pain return. It’s here and no pain. I did not do that alone…Rob was a huge supporter and didn’t let me quit; Dawn Cox at Prana Functional Manual Therapy didn’t let me quit; and Stacey Little at Pilates Synergy didn’t let me quit. They believed in me. I believed in me. That support and ownership to get better motivated me.
In the year since then so much has happened. I’ve passed the one year mark in a new job which challenges and pushes me to be better every day. I’ve traveled to beautiful places building memories. Saw an endangered whale. Tried vermouth…not as a mixer, but as a drink. Who knew that could be so good! And, discovered I can still rock a pair of heels.
I didn’t think I would like the lower block heel style which is popular right now but give them a try…they are really comfortable as well as stylish. I’ve put them with distressed boyfriend jeans today but they work equally as well with a flow dress or skirt or wide leg culottes. I’m also really loving the return of choker..today I paired two vintage ones from different eras but I think the contrast works really well. There’s something about a choker that gives a regular outfit an edgy spark.
Long vests are a versatile piece to add to your wardrobe this Summer. You can dress it up or keep it more casual. A vest also isn’t as heavy as a jacket but it will still give you a little bit of a cover up.
I’m heading out to LA for the holiday weekend so I grabbed my white vest for the plane. Distressed jeans are a great contrast to the formality of this tailored style. Of course I added a graphic t-shirt and a scarf. The red in this scarf brightens up the entire outfit adding a really nice punch. I can swap out the jeans for a dress over the weekend and have a completely different look with this vest. A favorite pair of ankle boots finish the look.