Winter Essential

I’m just going to say it.  Fleece lined leggings may be one of the best known inventions of man.  Winter is my least favorite season; in fashion and in general.  I love Autumn fashion but that’s another blog post.  Back to Winter, it can be pretty yes but I can do without it.  I would be happy to hibernate until Spring.  I believe I have a touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  It is still Autumn but the weather is beginning to transition into the next season.  The temperature is warmest first thing in the morning.  It drops throughout the day.

I woke up early this morning and saw that exact forecast on the 5am news.  Temperatures will be dropping throughout the day.  On top of that there will be wind gusts increasing in speed.  I could already hear it.  The wind was whipping past my windows and creating funnels with fallen leaves.  The huge trees surrounding my home were swaying as were the power lines, a disaster waiting to happen.  Who wants to be out in that? Not me.

Something changed though.  I was looking at my recent online purchases which included fleece lined leggings.  I hadn’t worn them out yet.  I had tried them on and was so impressed with the comfort that I ordered more.  Looking at those leggings and listening to that wind prompted me to go outside into the wind gusts.  It seemed silly.  It was still dark but I did it.  Let me tell you…the freedom I felt was indescribable.  It was like a was standing with my arms fully extended with the biggest grin as a camera panned around me, you know that scene in the movies lol.  That was me.  suddenly I wanted to play catch me if you can with the wind.  But really what wind? I couldn’t feel it, at least my legs couldn’t.  All they felt was joy, overwhelming joy!

Now by the time I went back in, my face felt like it had taken a beaten by the wind.  My legs felt like perfection.  Maybe I should look into a fleece lined ski mask.

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Bandage Hostage

Don’t worry. I’m safe. To be clear; I am safe, at home, waiting for a package. A few days ago I ordered dresses I had been watching for weeks. It all came together. It was my favorite designer. The limited stock included my size. Pricing was below retail and I received free shipping. Now today is the day, D day, delivery day.

It’s 7a.m. I’m up and I can think of a few errands that need to be run but I cannot leave my post, not until I get that package.  Days like this I briefly (very briefly) miss having a “real job.”  In those days I never had to be present for my deliveries.  All of my packages were signed for and safely kept until I arrived.

I know what your thinking.  What about surveillance? Well surveillance doesn’t protect my packages it just allows me to see them being swiped.  I don’t want the hassle of trying to track down a person that may or may not have my things when found.  Then filing a claim, ugh…I’d rather be held hostage and wait.  It’s a day of torture but the reward is more than worth it.

I predict my delivery will come at 8 p.m. and I will have stayed in the house for nothing.  It usually goes this way.  If I leave it will come the moment I leave the neighborhood but if I wait it won’t come until the very end of the day.

Well my package finally arrived at 8:15 pm.  I was boiling at 8 when it wasn’t her but I got over it when I saw my dresses.  Pics coming soon.

Victoria Beckham for Target

Online shopping is generally my preference but there are times when I prefer the in store experience.  The debut of Victoria Beckham for Target was one of those times.  It was not a frenzied shopping event.  I arrived just minutes after the store opened.  Maybe five other women shared the section with me.  It was a calm, relaxed, stress free environment.  The collection greeted me with vibrant colors, playful shapes, and the simple sophistication we have come to expect from Victoria Beckham.

There were dresses with a classic vintage feel which I loved as well as bold floral prints.  There really wasn’t anything I didn’t love.   Well there was one thing…I was not a huge fan of the identical children’s line.  Initially I thought it was adorable.  Then I considered that I could run into a five year old wearing the same exact dress as me, not a similar dress, the exact same dress.  That didn’t prevent me from shopping.  I ultimately chose the bomber and short sets for myself.  As with most sets I purchase, I will be wearing these as separates.

If you shopped the line on launch day, let me know how you fared.

Countdown to Carefree Spring Fashion

It is March and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s time to rearrange my closet and get ready for rising temperatures. This year my focus is nudes and earthy tones. As we get closer to Summer I will slip in brights but for now my focus is on toned down muted looks.  I know what you’re thinking but these colors are far from boring.  I started to add colors like peach, pale pink,  and even beige to my collection.  As far as fit and fabric, I am loving light, loose, and airy.  There is always room for a form fitting piece on occasion.  However, those pieces will likely be layered with something light and airy.

Here are some of the staples I can build with;

1) Classic pencil skirt

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2) Sheer blouse

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3) Wide Leg Pant

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4) Blazer

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I love to mix and match different shades of the same color and layer.  It is hard to go wrong with that technique.  Oh, I almost forgot footwear.  Here are a few I am looking forward to sliding into this Spring.

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Summer is nearly over but the heat will remain a while longer. While I am anticipating Autumn and all the joys that come along with it, my current focus is Summer Clearances. Yes, seasonal clearances fall into my box of favorite things. Though of all the seasons Summer clearance is the most wonderful time of the year. Why? Well sandals are timeless.  They never go out of style.  It doesn’t matter whether your preference is flats, stilettos, or chunk heels because all of them are on a constant rotation.  This time of year you can find your favorite summer styles for as much as 70% off.  With the current weather forecast, there is still plenty of time to wear whatever you buy now this year.  Even if you don’t it is perfectly fine to save them for next summer.

Since the prices are so low this time of year, you may want to try what I did.  I stepped out of my comfort zone and bought some chunky heels and wedges.  Typically, my feet are adorned with strappy stilettos and island platforms in the summer.  On casual days, I love a FitFlop.  With the summer clearance I could get my usuals and some new additions for about the same or less than I would have paid for just my usuals.  It’s a win win.

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Happy Shopping!

Splitsville

I cut my romper in two. I had too. If you have been following me over the years, you know my position on rompers and jumpsuits has gone back and forth. Well now it’s back again.

My original position was, though stylish, the look was not for me.  It was not a body type issue.  It was a functionality issue.  I had no desire to ever get naked in a public bathroom.  That meant where ever I was, I wouldn’t be able to stay long.  The idea just did not seem feasible.  After a few years I gave in.  I bought a romper.  Then I bought a jumpsuit.  Then I bought another.  I still had my same concern though.

Maybe I am a bit of a germaphobe.  I would practice getting in and out of these one piece outfits.  The goal was to move quickly in a confined space without ever letting any part of my outfit touch the floor or anything else for that matter.  The first time I went to a public bathroom in a romper, I was in Vegas.  I was nervous. I even asked for accompaniment just in case I ran into trouble.  Fortunately all my practice paid off and I was just fine on my own.

Even though I am now skilled in tight space romper removal, today I decided I would be happier in a stress free two piece.  Today was splitsville for that MK romper I fell in love with just over a year ago.  I made the first cut quickly.  After that there was no turning back.  I have to say I am happy with the outcome.  Check out the before and after pics.

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