Do you ever just fall in love with a look or a specific garment in your wardrobe and just want to wear it on repeat? I usually have a few looks each season that I completely love and wear all the time. I am fickle though, so after a few months, I am looking for something new, thank God for seasonal changes requiring different clothing!
I fell in love with a Bardot style dress I bought last year. I wore it to last year’s magical July 4th celebration—Roger took me to the Safety Harbor Spa where we had a lovely dinner and front row seats to the fireworks celebration on the back deck of the spa. Although the pool area and deck were full, and the seating was first come first served, there were two empty chairs sitting right in front as if they had been reserved just for us. The fireworks were spectacular, the night was magical, all in all a night to remember forever, a dress to enjoy the whole summer, and I am still loving it.
Next was my birthday and the beautiful dress I wore to the Black Pearl in Dunedin, (such a completely special restaurant) where we celebrate my birthday and most of our special occasions each year. I love this blue floral maxi, so feminine, with a pleated skirt that does the floaty thing when you twirl. I’ve only had a few floaty dresses like this in my life, so when I wear it, I feel like a princess.
I am also loving my Covered Perfect Mandy top, loving the boho vibe on summer days I know I am going to be in doors a lot. The coral color is one of my favorites, especially pared with navy, kind of a more contemporary color combo—when I thought of how I’d style it for the blog, white and coral tend to came to mind, but I wanted to do something a little different, and love the look with dark wash flair jeans—another love of mine. One thing about this top is the soft fabric, you’ve heard of comfort food, well there’s nothing better than comfort clothes that look spectacular, cause most of the time, comfort clothes equal p.j.s. (If you’d like your own Mandy top, look for the Mandy button at the very bottom of the page–I get a small commission if you buy it and love it as much as I do).
This season, I am enjoying my white bell sleeved peasant blouse, again, loving the floaty light fabric, especially on hot days, it’s one of those simple statement pieces that take a top and shorts or jeans to the next level.
On the more business/tailored side of things, Roger talked me into buying this white jacket, which I thought was cute, but he loved it. Because my life is much more casual, and half of the year it’s a bit too hot for a jacket, I haven’t worn it much, but tried it with a pencil skirt and had a look I completely loved for Brooke’s graduation, and now, I am looking for more opportunities to wear the jacket.
From Who What Wear at Target, I found this dramatic ruffle skirt which is completely me. It’s a statement skirt worn with a simple top—the skirt does all the talking so this introvert doesn’t have to. I’ve seen skirts like this styled with simple camis, but because we were in air conditioning all day, I wanted something that covered more, and a simple short sleeved turtle neck fit the bill perfectly.
I love things that can be styled several different ways, so I have fallen in love with light weight button up tunic tops. We did a whole spread featuring this classic navy tunic in January. When I had an opportunity to style a second top from J.Jill, I jumped at the chance, so now I have two, both of which make excellent travel companions since they can be styled in so many different ways.
One of the ways I keep things fresh is with accessories, and this season I have my favorites. Hats are a huge in my life, I’ve always loved them, and have several that go back to the late ‘70’s. Over the summer I wear hats anytime I am going to be out of doors. My two favorites this season are the fedora, which has been on trend for a while now, and you can never go wrong, and the straw boater with a broader brim—I thought the traditional French boater might be a little too “Madeline” for me. So when I found this variation, I was thrilled.
When It comes to jewelry in the summer, the lighter, the better. I love my two inch gold hoops, a pair of light weight gold medallion earrings I bought from a teen shop in the mall while shopping with Brooke one day. They were a little jazzy for me at the time, but I figured that since they were only $7, I couldn’t really go wrong. They’ve become a staple for my summer wardrobe. I don’t like any thing that is too heavy at the neck, so the big statement necklaces are packed up until winter.
Revived on the accessory front are neck scarves. I received three stunning silk scarves from our Chinese exchange student, Shirley, and though they are a little warm during the summer, they look so cute I am willing to brave minor discomfort for the sake of a look I love. The last time I wore scarves tied this way was just after graduating high school. You may remember the elaborate scarves we wore back then. I’ve been glad I’ve kept the accessories I have loved through the years and every once in a while, I add them back into rotation with a new spin. There is nothing like adding an unusual touch to an outfit that makes it completely and totally you.
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