A Fruitful Purchase

Clothes do many things: they give us a sense of power when we are making a presentation or need to take control of a situation; they give us calm when we are in need of relaxation and peace; they provide comfort at the darkest times in our lives. And when we are feeling a little low, clothes can provide the whimsy we need to lighten our mood. That is what this strawberry cross-body bag and flea market fashion find does for me. Not only does it transport me instantly into the warm summer months, but the colors make me happy. The bag makes me happy. If you have a chance to dress with whimsy, I say yes! Do it, and lighten your load, too!

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How are you spending your Labor Day?

Optimized-P1050731I took myself out today as the sun was high in the sky and the humidity was low with a soft breeze filling the air; favorite book in hand, I prepared to read  – on this last unofficial day of summer. The feeling was relaxing and warming. I thought to myself, ‘does it get better than this?

How are you spending your Labor Day? Like me, are you squeezing in the last bit of summer sun – wearing a favorite outfit?

I hope you, too, are celebrating in your own way. Happy Labor Day!

Dress, belt – Talbots; shoes – Prabal Gurung for Target

 

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How do I feel today? Splendid, thank you!

P1040961P1040974I found this dress while on vacation. Which is funny, because when I wear this simple, chic dress by Splendid, it feels summery, yes, but also “un-beachy,” and as sophisticated as any other little black dress I own. How do I feel today? Splendid, thank you!

My pops-of-color accessories? Prabal Gurung-for-Target sandals, and Cole Haan blue handbag (not to mention a NY yellow taxi!).

Photos by Kim Naci

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Life’s a beach

Life's a Beach: wearing my favorite cut-off shorts and D&G banana camo-tee

Life’s a beach: wearing my favorite cut-off shorts and D&G banana camo-tee

Passing the time in Duck, North Carolina on a warm, sunny day. Thinking pink and green and Lilly Pullitzer who passed away a few months ago.

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Women in white

My summer ensemble: white jeans/Citizens of Humanity paired with  blue halter top/Old Navy

My summer ensemble: white jeans/Citizens of Humanity paired with blue halter top/Old Navy

We were three women in white. My cousin Michelle, my mother and me. We had met this week for a mini-family reunion and little did we know that all three of us had chosen to wear white pants with colorful tops. When we showed up for lunch we smiled, through our dark sunglasses of course. Summer arrives and the white pants come out. But it makes sense: it’s fun to go lighter after a season of black and brown and gray. And white pants go with everything and can be dressed up or down. Michelle lives in Florida: like many of us, she saves her white pants for the summer months. But Michelle can always tell a non-native because she can be found wearing white pants in the non-summer months as well. That gives her away!

Bring out your white pants! They say you can now wear white all-year round, but really … there’s nothing like wearing crisp white pants in the summer.

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Opening Day

Memorial Day 2013

Memorial Day 2013

Happy Memorial Day and the unofficial opening day of summer. What does the approaching three months mean to me? It means days of fewer layers of clothing and walking out my door without a coat and hat. It means wearing my beloved t-shirts. It means pulling out my sandals and walking around without socks and boots. It also means sleeping a little more, watching more movies, catching more daylight hours, taking more walks, spending more time with my boys (though now that they are teenagers – maybe not) and enjoying more of the good things.

This is a day to remember our nation’s heroes of the armed forces who gave their lives serving our country. And as a New Jersey resident, today is a day we thought might never come: a return to the beach after Super Storm Sandy.

Happy Memorial Day. With love to you!

Memorial Day 2013

Memorial Day 2013

 

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Holding on tight …

Fun at the beach

… to summer! It isn’t just my boys who are saddened by the approaching end of summer. I, too, am melancholy as I think about the joys of this time of year, not to mention the simplicity of summer dressing: things like sleeveless shirts without coats, sandals without socks, and a glowing face without much makeup – just a simple lip gloss. There is a freedom with summer that we don’t experience any other season. I am not ready to let it go.

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Beach chic

Melissa

I’m too old for words across my boobs or my butt! Melissa

I met a fellow Melissa today. She is the owner of A Greener Shade of You, a lovely boutique tucked away in the back roads and historic homes of Corolla, North Carolina. Her fashion mantra is simple: “I use only fabrics that are all-organic (cotton, bamboo and hemp) and made in the USA.” Melissa believes in sustainability – not to mention that cotton is the most durable and breathable fabric to stand up against southern heat. Her boutique stands apart from all the other surf shops that cater to the very young. She wants her clothing and accessories to reflect a no-nonsense simplicity. Melissa is less interested in being on the cutting edge of fashion and more drawn to classic pieces that can be pulled out again and again. Her loyal customers agree and return year in, year out. I like her timeless attitude.

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