Date night with Aqua and White Soft Pants

I’ve been wanting to try wide leg soft pants for a while and thought they would be the perfect comfortable addition to my summer wardrobe, so I ordered these from Boden.  The first pair came with the pattern unmatched so I returned for another pair after talking with customer service. The second pair matches better but not perfectly, but it’s good enough for me and much better than the first one. 

My fear with them is that they would look shapeless, but after wearing them a few times I love how they feel.  Adding a Bardot neckline seemed to help balance the wideness of the pants and was nice and cool for a date night. 

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Z and V turquoise blouse

Excuse the glare, I took this at a bad time of the day.  This is the Zadig and Voltaire blouse that a few of us bought from the sale.  It feels wonderful, soft and light.  The deep V is nice for showing a cami underneath.  I’m a little on the fence because I normally am happier with solids but this pattern is so unusual and despite the volume in the torso it doesn’t look overly big to me. Love the design and bits of white in the pattern — it reminds me a little of the artist Peter Max.  

As is my usual routine, I buy something and think about it for a while so I don’t make mistakes, try it on around the house with other clothes and build some outfits to try in Stylebook. Sometimes they work IRL and sometimes they don’t. I wore outfit #1 with white jeans and teal sandals to meet my mom for lunch Sunday, and today I’m wearing #8 with jeans. I could see it going with a lot of things in my closet for all seasons. Any other ideas?

1. With white jeans for summer
2.  Casual with light wash jeans
3.  With navy linen trousers
4. With jacket and boots for winter
5. Spring or Fall with a scarf
6. With teal jeans Spring or Fall 
7.  With teal skirt
8. With jeans for summer 

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Theory Wool Blend trousers

Here are the Theory Ignera wool blend trousers from the Sale:  They run small so am very glad my size was not available and I had to size up! 


The color is described as grey and burgundy but to me it is a grey background with chocolate brown in part of the plaid which I love because they will go great with my grey and brown snakeskin Chelsea boots. They will also look nice with burgundy and various pinks. The fabric is not heavy, crisp but not uncomfortable, and should hold its shape well. 

I wore them today with sneakers, a teal tank and grey hoodie. 

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Jade green and Emerald

I am obsessed with versions of green this summer: jade, emerald, teal, aqua so had to share what I wore yesterday: white flares with emerald tank and jade green silky duster which reverses to leopard. The leopard is a bit too much for me but I like the flash of it as a surprise lining.

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More green

I’ve been obsessed with green/teal/aqua lately will be wearing it on repeat for the rest summer. You may get sick of it!

Utility pants with floral embroidery, emerald green tank, white hightops, blue leather cuff bracelet and bag to tie in with the blue embroidery, bronze earrings with blue and green enameled flowers. Knit white bomber for the air conditioning.

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Ruched tank and a white linen skirt

Wearing Angie’s casual skirt Outfit formula #1 to a 4th of July party tonight with a teal green ruched tank and white linen skirt with a raw uneven hem. I originally had the top longer and felt like it was cutting my body in half visually so I raised it a bit. I think with a longer skirt, the top could be longer and still have nice proportions. Aqua glass earrings with embedded silver leaf made by me Murano style. Nude sandals, straw bag and a teal bracelet add some finishing touches.

Edited to add a pic with the right purse!  ;)

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Team Grey: Midaxi Dress

I’ve been enjoying wearing this lightweight grey tshirt knit dress to throw on over my swimsuit for my swimming during the week. I ended up getting three different colors (grey, light navy and turquoise) because they:

1. Were cheap,
2. Are cool for the Summer,
3. Have nice vertical lines and waist definition,
4. the grey one has a value value close to my skin draws less attention to my arms. 

I doubt they will last more than a season with all the chlorine, sunscreen and washing but that’s fine.  It’s nice to have something to throw on and it’s done. I think I prefer this midaxi length dress to skirts because of my short waist. 

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Outfit for the Pool

I’m trying to swim 3 days a week so here’s a real life outfit for going to the pool with friends. These are new linen blend trousers from Nic & Zoe and I’m scared to take them to the pool because they were expensive and I don’t want to ruin them.  But isn’t that kind of ridiculous? I’m going to take them off to get in the pool obviously and fold them up in my bag so why do I feel this way?  Probably because they are new!  Need to get over it. They are easy going and comfortable, nice and cool.  


Grit: hiking tee, snakeskin sandals
Glamour: dandy fedora style hat, linen sarong for the pool

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June Challenge: Week 1 (Patterned Tops)

Week One - Patterned Tops:

(Thanks Anchie for the Challenge; I may add more as the week goes on but this is what I’ve worn so far)

I tend to prefer solid clothes and add contrast and pattern in small amounts with shoes, accessories and bags, but I want to try some of my patterned tops to see how I could be comfortable wearing them. I often feel like it’s too much and want to put something solid over them which doesn’t work well in hot weather  

1&2 - blue and white floral cotton top with interesting sleeves.  This is not the best shape for me, but it’s cropped enough that it works.  I may see if I can get the side seams curved a little to show some waist definition. I like it best with the white jeans, but for practical reasons wore it with blue jeans at home.

3&4 - WHBM reversible silky shell with jeans and light gray duster, platform Sorel sandals. I feel really comfortable i this and like the watercolor feel of the top. 

5&6 - another silky shell in pale lavender with ruched gray mermaid tail hem skirt. I think there is too much going on here for me and would prefer the top with plain bottoms.  In the end I switched to a plain solid smartwool hiking tee and light bag and shoes. 

7&8 - sheer black, white and gray blouse with silver waxed jeans, snakeskin sandals and magenta bag, bracelet and lips.  I think I could use almost any color bag with this outfit. Silver orchid earrings and necklace.

Conclusion:  I need to stick with tops that skim my waist and show some curve, I prefer misty watercolor patterns or more subtle florals, only one pattered or textured item per outfit with everything else fairly simple is my comfort zone. I much prefer the soft patterns in the two shells than the more precise ones in 1&2 & 7&8.

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Summer Style Goals and a Sleeveless Top

Summer is a difficult time style-wise for me because I am picky about patterns, and I can’t always rely on that third piece or accessories to get my contrast levels when it gets hot. I’m being brave an posting a pic without anything covering my arms just to get used to the idea. 

I like the watercolor neutral floral fabric of this top mixed with jeans and taupe cage sandals with white soles to connect with my hair. The silky shell and duster front of this “Origami Wrap” add some glamour.  Jeans and cage platforms add the Grit. 

My summer goals include getting more comfortable with sleeveless tops, wearing more dresses and skirts, and finding some light and breezy third pieces, I want to swim 3 days a week which I hope might help with feeling more comfortable about my arms. 

(Edited to add Finds)

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