Sunday, May 9, 2021

Pretty pastels for Mother's Day

Hello friends-Happy Mother's Day to you
 and thanks for stopping by my blog!

Mother's Day seems like a perfect time to feature some pretty pastels
I love all of the pastel colors 
 that are especially prevalent in spring and summer clothing

For my first outfit this week, I chose a light mint green dress 
 with an all over print of dainty white flowers
This dress is a true wrap style
 with feminine short puffed sleeves and a deep ruffle at the hem
For warm weather a dress with nice details is the perfect one and done solution for me

Easy fitting and cool
I'm patiently waiting for the warm weather to catch up with the season
we have barely hit 70 degrees all spring!

I decided to go full on saccharine sweet with this girly outfit,
and am carrying my blush pink heart shaped handle bag
This little bag has a detachable cross body strap that is not shown 
for times when you need to have both hands free

To accessorize this look, I picked delicate silver tone jewelry
A rhinestone studded headband, open X's cuff bracelet, 
hoop earrings and a heart shaped pendent necklace

Nude wedge ankle strap sandals to complete the look

Next is a two piece outfit that I have had in my wardrobe for several years
I have gotten a lot of wear from the soft blush color pieces
wearing them separately, together and layered
This time, they are alone together, creating a simple two piece outfit

Wearing a neck tie/scarf as a belt to add a little contrasting color
The tie is borrowed from another blouse
The metallic silver wallet clutch has been in my wardrobe for a long time, and I use it a lot
 It's gratifying to have old faithful items you can count on,
 and that you can say were well worth the money spent!

Silver tone jewelry to accessorize this outfit, also
 I wear my silver jewelry a lot during the spring and summer months
Open circle choker, squiggly hinged bracelet
and curly ribbon shaped earrings-all the curvy shapes!

Distressed silver low heel sling backs to finish the outfit

The two piece set pictured above, with a floral cardigan layered over it 
two years ago, in the spring/summer of 2019

Pastels in the garden

Hope you all enjoy your week!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Royal Blue for Spring

Hello friends, and thank you for stopping by my blog!

This week I am styling two outfits featuring the wonderfully saturated hue of royal blue
I love this bright shade of blue, and have quite a bit of it in my wardrobe
 I wear the color year round, as it works great for all seasons
The April weather has been cooler than usual this year,
and I have been slow to bring my spring and summer clothes from storage

The dress in my first outfit for today's post, is always at the ready for me,
It stays in my closet winter, spring, summer and fall!    
It is a royal blue sleeveless dress with a flared skirt
that has been a staple in my wardrobe for years 
Today I'm wearing it styled for spring, with a bright yellow sweater
with ruffles running down the sleeves 
All shades of yellow are trending this spring and summer
since Pantone named a shade of yellow 
called "Illuminating" as one of the colors of the year for 2021

I'm tying (lol a pun!) the two bright primary colors together with a multicolored 
floral print scarf in a blue, yellow, orange and green 

 I picked up the royal blue of the dress with my jewelry for this wear, too
The bead and faux pearl wrap bracelet is vintage, from the 1940's
Also wearing a royal blue enamel and gold tone bow bracelet 
and gold tone circle shaped earrings

Carrying a tan mini handle bag with ring detail

Wearing tan heeled tassel loafers to finish the outfit

Here is another outfit featuring royal blue, this time paired with white
Blue and white is such a crisp color combination for spring
A soft, royal blue open front jacket worn layered 
over a blue and white floral embroidered peasant blouse
I realized how much I missed these white denim jeans
 when I got them out of storage last week
This year I think I will be adding them to the pieces
I leave out for year round wear

For jewelry, I choose gold tone hoop earrings and a 
large bracelet of starfish 

At last the sandal and straw bags have been unpacked!
Carrying a multicolored striped straw bag
with a chain cross body strap that is not shown 

Low block heeled ankle strap sandals to finish the look

Here is the favorite dress from the first outfit, worn very simply, 
back in the summer of 2017

 Flowers currently blooming in the garden
No blue right now, but blue-violet and purple are close!

Hope everyone has a good week!

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Fit and flare, my tried and true


Thank you for stopping by my blog!

Today I am styling two dresses in my all time favorite style:  Fit and flare
Many styles come and go-and come back again,
but fit and flare dresses have been a constant in my wardrobe over the years
This is a classic style that can be adapted to many occasions, 
but both of these dresses have been languishing in my closet
 Blame it on the beginning of the pandemic!
I am very thankful to say that the Covid vaccine has recently become available
 to the general population in the US, and I have my appointment to receive it
 I have never been so happy at the prospect of getting jabbed in the arm!

Anyway, for this post I am getting two of my much loved
fit and flare dresses out of the closet for a style
My first dress has a sleeveless faux wrap bodice 
and is in a print of oversized red cabbage roses
I layered a white short sleeve blouse with a Peter Pan collar under it 

Wish I could grow a rose this big! 🌹

Carrying my red 50's vintage frame handle bag

For jewelry, a black enameled fan motif cuff bracelet,
red cushion dot post earrings and a vintage rhinestone
embellished turtle figure choker necklace 

Black toggle detail block heel ankle strap sandals 
to finish the outfit

Next, is an orange and ivory geometric print dress
with an orange grosgrain belt and stitched down inverted pleats at the waist
Worn over an ivory sheer long sleeve tie neck blouse 

A timeless cut comes in handy sometimes

Accessorizing with a 50's vintage beaded clutch 
 gold tone post earrings, and a hinged choker necklace

Two tone tan and black sling back spectator pumps
to complete the look 

Fit and flare from 2017
My love of bright pink and the fit and flare cut are long-standing! 

What's blooming in the garden?
The same flower as on the first dress-roses!

And this gorgeous Japanese Cherry Tree

Hope everyone has a great week!

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Cheerful Coral

Hello, and thank you for stopping by my blog!

Today I am featuring two outfits incorporating the gorgeous coral color
I love wearing this bright and happy hue
Coral works for all seasons, especially spring and summer
It plays well with so many other colors
 plus coral is universally flattering-perfect!

Also, coral is a great color choice for bridge months like April
Everyone is more than ready for the colors and fabrics of spring
but in many parts of the northern hemisphere the weather is still chilly
This year especially, the warm spring weather has been very slow to start!

For the first outfit, I am wearing a bright coral blouse
with 3/4 length sleeves and a feminine, wide scoop neckline
My skirt photographs strangely-like an optical illusion 
The background color is black, with a raised grid pattern in ultra bright white
the camera doesn't really do it justice

This little neckerchief scarf ties in all of the colors in the outfit 

Accessorizing with a coral belt that magically matches the blouse perfectly
and a white leather fold-over clutch bag

For jewelry, I chose a black leather strap bracelet
 with the word love spelled out in silver tone letters ❤️
and square vintage faux mother of pearl clip on earrings

I've been experimenting with these white low
western style shoe booties for spring
They really add special character to an outfit

For my second outfit this week, I styled a coral color open cropped cardigan
over a navy blue knit top, paired with a knee length multi color striped pencil skirt
This skirt is great for the bridge months, I keep it in my closet for all seasons
because it works with lots of colors in spring as well as fall

The skirt looks like it has a black background in the photo,
but in fact it is navy blue

Carrying a navy quilted chain strap bag

For jewelry I chose gold tone to match the bag strap
Chain link choker necklace, knot hinged bracelet and small hoop earrings

Navy reptile embossed block heel sling backs to finish the look

Here is the blouse in the first photo layered under a
 coral, ivory and black tweed jacket back in fall 2018

I'll finish with a bunch of carnations in cheerful, optimistic coral!

Hope everyone has a good week!