Sunday, June 28, 2020

Independence Day theme

The Independence Day holiday is coming up next Monday 
for those who live in the United States-
How this unreal spring and summer is flying by!

This year the 4th of July will not be like any other for us, and for many others
We are still mostly sheltering indoors, with only a few exceptions
The irony of celebrating our country's freedom under these circumstances 

 I am very happy, however, for those of you who will be able to gather
with family and friends for this upcoming long holiday weekend
We still plan to enjoy the outdoors, in a masked and distanced kind of way

For this post, I decided to show a few outfits inspired by the holiday
First, my "Hello Sailor" navy blue and white striped top
paired with a denim skirt

This top is perfect for a summer holiday, even more so for me 
because I live on an island near Annapolis, Maryland
This area is a major sailing ⛵️ capitals on the eastern seaboard-
so just about everyone you see is indeed a sailor! 

The skirt is from Gap and I have had it for several years
It is a classic cut with details that I love
The skirt is an easy to wear A-line style with lace up waist and an inverted center front pleat
Plus, it has what all of my favorite clothes have-big pockets!

Carrying my bright red fabric ring handle bag
that can also be used as a fold over clutch

Wearing summery accessories and jewelry:
Red neck tie and silver knot bracelet with hoop earrings

Nothing screams summer like espadrilles!
This lace up pair is in navy blue and white stripes
to go with the holiday theme

Another red, white and blue outfit for this patriotic holiday
Red roll tab sleeve top worn with white denim straight leg jeans 

Carrying my sixties vintage white wicker and Lucite bag
I love that you can see through to the Psychedelic print fabric lining! 

Whimsical camera pendent and silver hoop earrings for jewelry

Some fun and casual accessories:
Red, white and blue striped ribbon belt, polka dot head scarf
and cherries earrings 

Tan leather low heel ankle strap sandals
to finish the look 

Here's a peek back at a previous 4th of July outfit, from 2017
The graphic tee shirt is Disney's character Tinker Bell spreading fairy dust 
over a heart shaped US flag motif
Hey Tink, the whole earth could really use some magic sprinkles now

Picnic food to enjoy on our porch

Some red, white and purple (well, almost blue)
flowers for you to enjoy!

That's for stopping by
and I wish everyone a good week and weekend!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Fluttering sleeves

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Wishing everyone and your families a Happy Father's Day
and for those in the northern hemisphere, a happy summer solstice!
Sleeve treatments have been a big trend focus for several years running now,
and one of this season's many interpretations is the flutter sleeve

I have seen a lot of variations of this feminine sleeve style
on the internet, though I have not seen much fashion at all in real life
  as outings have been few and far between during the past months

Here are a few outfits with flutter sleeves that I put together

This forest green floral midi dress buttons down the front
and has double flutter style sleeves
I love the sleeves, but the dress is not very versatile
It's difficult to layer anything over it, because of the voluminous sleeves
I might try wearing it open as a long duster or topper over trousers or jeans for variety 

Two trimmed layers of fluttering sleeves on a gathered sleeve cap
equals a lot of shoulder volume!

For jewelry, I chose a gold tone love knot bracelet and flower petal earrings

Accessorized with a tan clutch bag and matching color belt
with an oval gold tone buckle

 Wearing super comfortable wide cross strap cork wedge heel sandals
These shoes are not vintage but the style is retro
 and I think they complement the 70's feel of the dress

The next outfit features a violet color floral print flutter sleeve top
It's peplum style reminds me of 1940's fashion
There is a lot of referencing back to previous decades this season!
There is a big mix of details being re-interpreted now
  especially from the 40's and the 70's decades

Wearing a white lace trimmed camisole under this blouse
with a black knee length flared hem skirt

Short, puffy, flutter sleeves-so feminine!

Carrying one of my favorite bags:
A box handle style with a photo of two playful Bassett Hounds

For jewelry I picked out a delicate vintage 1940's violet flower and leaf
glass bead necklace doubled up and worn as a bracelet
Vintage silver tone angel wing clip earrings, I think these are from the 60's or 70's
I'm mixing my decades all over the place in these outfits!

Black d'Orsey pumps to complete the look

Flutter sleeves to wear at home, and for the big event of the week-
a trip to the supermarket

The ruffly sleeves and royal blue embroidery makes this boho style blouse special

Worn with a woven leather belt, silver tone celestial star necklace 
and royal blue glass ball stud earrings

Comfortable low block heel sandals for walking

So far, our late spring weather has been cooler and wetter than usual
The blooming flowers in the neighborhood have been welcome spots of color

Hope everyone has a good week and stay safe!

Linking up with Away From Blue, I do deClaire, Is This Mutton?, Elegance and Mommyhood, Mummabstylish

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Confectionary pastels

Hello everyone, and thanks for stopping by!

For today's post, I assembled some outfits using sweet pastel colors
These outfits are for wearing later-I'm not sure how much later  
Our state and county are slowly opening some businesses
very cautiously and with strict regulations, practicing social distancing
and lots of cleaning and disinfecting
Most people are still sheltering at home most of the time, at present

I'm taking some of this home time to go through my closets,
create some new combinations I haven't tried, and purge some seldom worn items
So, this is not what I'm wearing around the house!

For the first outfit, I'm combining two similar shades of dusty rose pink
A pale pink blazer style jacket paired with
 relaxed fit, pleated ankle crop trousers in a slightly darker shade
I wear these pinks separately, but have never combined them
together in one outfit-it's a lot of pink!
For a layer under the jacket, and an injection of a different color
 I chose an ivory and bronze zigzag design bow blouse

I has a crinkly texture and sparkly lame
Shine for daytime wear-why not?

For jewelry, I chose a silver tone open cuff bracelet and hoop earrings

Carrying an ivory lucite pearlized box bag
It has a chain shoulder strap, I tuck inside and usually carry it as a clutch

Snake print pumps to complete the outfit

The next outfit is a pastel yellow and white linen button front shirtwaist dress
It is covered in an over all giant palm leaf print
Wearing a lightweight white open cardigan tied at the waist layered over top

The big, bold tropical print is so summery!

For jewelry, I added a 50's vintage gold tone expandable cuff bracelet
and white painted metal flower shaped stud earrings 

Carrying a white fold over clutch with a vintage scarf 
looped and tied to fashion a new kind of handle

Gold metallic criss cross strap wedge sandals to finish the look

Lastly, a pastel mash up-pink and blue together
Pale pink tank style blouse under an ivory sweater
Paired with a shiny, satin like bias cut midi skirt

For me, this is a difficult style to wear and I struggle with making outfits with this skirt
  Although I love the color, it's next stop is the consignment box

All the pastels together

This blush pink structured handle bag is one of my favorites

Vintage 1980's silk paisley print scarf that was meant to be a neck bow tie 
I'm using it as a sash belt to unite the solid pink and blue colors together

To accessorize, I chose gold tone jewelry
A linked choker necklace, love knot bracelet and circle earrings

Snake print ankle strap heels to complete the outfit

Stay safe and well
It was fun playing in my closet and creating these outfits
I hope the summer season won't be over
before there will be occasions to wear them

Linking up with Away from Blue, I Do deClaire, Is This Mutton?