Monday, August 29, 2016

Embroidered

Embroidery has been a big influence in fashion this summer.  I've seen it on all types of clothing, from blouses and shirts, to jeans and skirts, and even bags and shoes.  I have noticed embroidered looks for fall appearing in the retail stores, so it looks like this trend is going to be around for a while.     


Blue  top with white embroidery, worn with a white linen pencil skirt

with an orange 60's vintage clutch, and orange enamel and gold tone buckle bracelet

 Tan lace up sandals and a woven belt finish the look

Below, is the most boho inspired look of the three
Tone on tone ivory embroidered gauze blouse with tan cropped jeans

with the same lace up sandals, and a faux woven frame clutch

For jewelry, I choose a butterfly cuff and angel wing earrings. 

Blue and white is a favorite combination for me
 I am repeating the color combination of the first photo, but with a very different outcome
  I am very happy to see two shades of blue chosen by Pantone for fall!

Blue shell with overlay of embroidered white circles, with a blue full midi skirt 

 3D flower clutch with natural leather and cork platform sandals

Linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style Visible Monday 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fall shoes and short boots

I stopped by DSW and the mall this week, to see what is new in shoes and boots, 
and to try some on for comfort and fit.

First stop was DSW, and they had a great selection of short boots, in an impressive variety of styles finishes, colors and chunky heel heights.

Welcome to bootie land!


I liked this one for right now, but I usually like a closed toe come late September

The blue suede wedge is great

Love the plum suede, and slightly cow girl feel of this pair

This would be nice for later in the season

This, too

With all of the low boots, there were not a lot of choices for regular shoes, with chunky heels

I did love these mules by Dolce Vita, and feel they must be mine!

These had a chunky heel, but are not really what I am looking for, and not very comfortable, either

Some pretty, feminine shoes with narrow heels



And a few cute pairs of kitten heels



At the Mall:  Macy's, Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor

Lots of great styles to drool over!


 Light neutral color and cutouts, make these special

Super glitz!

You know I love platforms, and I think I will be adopting some of the 70's influences this fall


Really loving these

and these

and these!

Time to make some tough choices-
 must be somewhat practical!




Monday, August 22, 2016

Culottes

Culottes.  What a funny word.  I've also heard them called Gauchos, which is equally funny.
  Urban Gauchos?

All sorts of ankle baring crops are being experimented with in fashion, now.  There are so many  looks to choose from! Wide leg culottes and split skirts, narrow above the ankle cropped pants and kick flares.  There are a lot of shapes and silhouettes, currently.  I decided to give culottes a try.

A navy pair, with a lace peplum top

and red accents, with navy platform wedges.

I chose summery silver tone jewelry.  The earrings are 50's vintage.

A variation on the theme-a jumpsuit with wide cropped legs

with a neutral bag and sandals, and starfish bracelet.

Lastly,  dark wash denim culottes with a violet blouse, tucked in. 

with silver tone jewelry.

I like the ease of culottes, but they are a bit of a challenge to style.

Linking up with Patti at Not Dead Yet Style Yeah, I’m Sparkly: Visible Monday

       





Saturday, August 20, 2016

Osprey watch!



A little about Osprey

Osprey are fascinating birds. They are large birds of prey, similar to Hawks.  The adult birds are about two feet long, and their wing span can reach over six feet!  They begin to appear on the Mid Atlantic coast in the middle of March, to mate and raise their young.  They fly all the way from South America, and stay in our coastal region for about five months.  In August, they will fly back to South America, with there young fledglings.  What an amazing trek!  These birds mate for life, and return to the same nesting spot, many times the very same nest, year after year.  Since their diet is 99% fish that they catch, they nest very near the water.  They tend to choose utility polls near the shore, and channel markers in shallow water for their nest location.  Manmade platforms scatter the shore in our area, to encourage them to build their very large, stick and twig nests on them.  This is because they can reek havoc by choosing very inconvenient and dangerous perches for their nests.  Left to their own devices, they like the tops of boats and electricity polls.  Both the male and female birds repair, or rebuild their nest, and add to it, as their hatchlings grow.  The female lays two to four eggs in April, that hatch in May.  Now, in August, the chicks are becoming very large, nearly full grown.  They don't have too many predators, except larger birds, in this area, but raised quite a ruckus, if they fear their offspring are in danger.  Mostly, they live peacefully with smaller birds.  They only seem threatened by a boat or jet skier if it gets within a close radius of their nest.    

Man made Osprey platform with the beginning of a new nest


This Osprey has chosen the flying bridge on a boat.  It will be discouraged from building here!


This pair has chosen the end of a dock



This pair has likely arrived at last year's platform, and is rebuilding this nest


The Osprey looks magnificent in flight


Egg sitting


Very prepared couple in a large nest


Coexisting with other bird life


Squawk!


Squawk!
 They are very vocal and protective if they think their nest is in danger. 


Soaring down to the nest 



Landing spectacularly on a branch


Ever watchful, over their nest


 Majestically watching the nest from a close by perch

 With a fish in it's talons-got to feed the family

 Watchful, but not threatened by the kayaker


or the sailboat


 The Osprey in flight is not a threat to this nest,  it is just fishing in the area



Two hatchlings in this nest

One parent and one visible quickly growing chic!
 

Crowned house!
  These two parent birds are very fortunate to have three fledglings live to near adulthood 
 

Learning to fly
This is so much fun to watch!

They swoop around the nest, becoming a little more daring and going a little further from the nest, under the tutelage and watchful eyes of the parents
 
The young are nearly as big as the parents, and they have all the skills they need to make the long flight back to the warmth of South America.
Any day now, they will all fly off together.

Bon Voyage, and hope to see you all back next year!