Monday, June 19, 2017

White jackets for summer

A white jacket is indispensable for spring and summer for me.
It's a great choice if you need a layer for transitioning in and out of air conditioning.
White plays well with so many colors, too.  
  Here are three white jackets I have worn this season.  I also have one with a shawl collar
 I have worn several times, already.
  It will probably show up later in a "three ways" post!

First, a cutaway collarless style that is a staple,
 and has been in my wardrobe for a number of years.
Worn over a sleeveless brightly colored geometric print shift dress.

Accessorized with my 1960's orange clutch,
gold tone and enamel buckle bracelet and square stud earrings.

Tan lace up block heel sandals to finish the look.

The next outfit consists of a white lace bomber jacket, (not added for warmth on this day),
but to dress up a tie waist chambray jumpsuit.

Flower embellished straw clutch, mixed metal butterfly necklace
and wide silver tone cuff bracelet.

Strappy straw block heel sandals.

The last white jacket, I thrifted last summer.  I like the unusual neckline,
but the boxy shape is challenging.  I would not usually chose this at retail price,
but at the thrift shop, I decided to see if I could make it work for me.
Worn here over a bold striped 3/4 sleeve shift dress, for a nautical look.

Accessorized with a navy and white striped box clutch,
chain motif bracelet and front to back stone earrings.
Shoes are the same as the first look.

I first wore this jacket in this post I love a geometric print,
and I think it was a little more successful back then.

I'll keep experimenting!

Thought for the Day:
Shopping second hand can turn up some gems, and
at the very least nudge you to step outside your comfort zone.

Linking up with  Visible Monday

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ongoing closet editing project

It's been a while, since I did a closet edit.
 I looked back to see that my last attempt was in April. I tackled a little bit more this week.
 It's a slow but gratifying process to let things go.
This is the most luxurious silk, and a gorgeous color,
 but the boxy, oversized shape is not my friend.  Time to go.

Every body seems to look great in this style but me :(

So tired of grey, these days.

 I like the paisley print and colors on this top, and the tie waist.
It's just a little to small.

Just a bad color for me.

I like this, but it's just too big.
I thought I would wear it styled oversize, but it swallows me up.

Umm, need to try this on, again.

Too big and bulky for the way I wanted to wear it.

Snug on me and too high waisted.
  I bought this at a consignment store, tempted by the color.

It's that grey that I'm tired of, again.

Too big for me, but cute, shirt dresses are trending, now.

Time to let go

these, too.

I also, started to go through some misc. things,
and realized I have two similar studded belts. One can go.

This is a vintage chain belt, better on a smaller waist.

Blingy shoe clips

Some jewelry that I always pass over and don't wear anymore.
Time to let it circulate.

Flower earrings that are too heavy for my ears.

Plum colored faux freshwater pearls.

Minty plastic.  Reminds me of something edible and confectionary.

Three rows of Chiclets.

Two tones of Chiclets.

Mixed metal coat of arms look necklace.

Lastly, gun metal long chain necklace.

If anyone is interested in trying their creative touch with any of these things,
I would be happy to send them to you,
just let me know!

Good luck with your own editing!

Monday, June 12, 2017

High/low hemline

High/low hems have been popular for several years now,
and this spring has seen them morph into some really pretty versions
incorporating details from the current season.

This first dress is from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" collection.
It's so fantastically feminine, and definitely has a princess feeling.  In blush pink chiffon,
  with floral sprays, ruffly off the shoulder sleeves, and a cascading two layer high/low skirt.
Perfect to wear as a summer wedding guest. 

Worn with silver ankle strap sandals, pearl earrings, 
and silver tone cuff bracelet and heart necklace.

Another wear of this tiered peach and coral dress I wore for Easter,
with a less dramatic high/low hem.
I toned it down a bit with an ivory elbow sleeve wrap top over it.

Worn with neutral pinkish beige bag,
leather and stone bracelet and gold tone necklace.

Beige low heel sling back pumps to finish the outfit.

This last pale blue floral high/low dress is a closet trade I did with a friend for an event.
I like the dress, but it's a little small on me. It didn't wrap very far over in the front,
so I had to pin  the skirt closed.

Worn with a white and straw clutch, pink leather choker,
and filigree gold and silver bracelet.

Straw ankle strap sandals to finish.

Thought for the Day:

A closet trade is a great way for two friends to try something different,
if you are about the same size.

Also, clothing swaps are a lot of fun if you find one in your area,
 or you may be inspired to organize one!
 I love to hear about, and see how others would style my clothes on themselves.

Linking up with  Visible Monday  

Friday, June 9, 2017

Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack has an ever changing selection of
 classic and on trend inventory in their stores.
On a recent visit, I found these great pieces to contemplate.

 This blush pink jacket has surprising rows of ruffles in the back.

So cute!

These three tops have trending details:

A twisted knot blue and white striped shirting top,

 a white off the shoulder top with pretty floral embroidery

and a peach tie waist wrap. 
It's not easy to find the right lightweight, easy piece
 to put on in over air conditioned buildings. This fits the bill!

In the skirt department,  I found
this cute casual floral print with a feminine ruffled hem,

and this white flouncy tiered skirt with a row of fringe. Plus tassels! 

In the dresses, I found this great floral printed classic sheath, 

and a spectacular geometric print on this little shift dress!

A flattering floral fit and flare, always a favorite,

and a wrap style, this time on a blush pink dress.

I love the faux wrap and tie belt on this chambray dress, with a raw edge hem.

I also found these two dresses in a gorgeous fine quality jersey,
great for summer, with outstanding use of prints.

My favorite, though, is this beautiful blush tulle
with delicate embroidery.  So ethereal.

I've really been into jumpsuits this season, and here's a cute one,
 all printed up with cold shoulder sleeves.

Their are some great summer shoes, too.

Love these! The orange adds a pop of vibrant color
 and is more versatile than you would think.

These braided, quilted wedge platforms are so comfortable on,

and I like the cork strap on this wood wedge heel pair.

Pale pink lace up wedges,

and these sparkling eye embroidered slip ons take the cake!  So adorable!

So much inspiration, and so many wonderful choices to ponder!