I spotted a  white kimono duster during a summer shopping trip at Uniqlo. I was attracted to it for two reasons. One: It was on sale for $19.99. Two: I had swimwear on my mind because my girls weekend was just a few weeks away and it seemed like a great swimsuit cover-up. I've seen the kimono duster look online usually styled with casual jeans, pants, or shorts (on younger gals), and it intrigued me. It was a bit out of my comfort zone, but it's fun to push our own fashion envelopes now and then. So I took it home. The kimono duster has now been hanging in my… View Post

This blue gingham jacket was an impulse purchase. I wasn't looking for a blue gingham jacket. Truthfully, I bought it to use in a photo for my post about what to wear with summer dresses when evenings cool down, and then I was going to return it. But there was something about it . . . and I decided to keep it. You've seen it before. As I mentioned, I used it in the summer dress photo. I think it was a fun pairing with the gingham print jacket and fine striping on the dress. Now that the gingham jacket is hanging in my closet, I've been wondering how I… View Post

I've been searching for the perfect no-show socks for flats and slip-ons. I think I found it! Most of the shoes we wear during the summer - slip-ons, flats, sneakers - are not meant to wear with socks. (Unless you don't mind your socks showing.) Even in cold weather months, it’s become trendy to wear all kinds of shoes and booties sans socks. But . . . without socks, your feet get sweaty and can feel uncomfortable. Making no-show socks work for flats and slip-ons is a problem. And I know I'm not the only one who's noticed. I have tried a variety of "no-show" socks with my slip-ons and… View Post

I've been searching for a cold shoulder top since early spring. And whining a little bit because I couldn't find one that I liked (well, maybe not to you, but to everyone else). Suddenly, as summer begins to wind down (ughh - I can't believe I'm actually saying that), I feel like I'm seeing more cold shoulder and off-the-shoulder top styles in stores, which seems a bit odd actually. Aren't the cold shoulder look, and certainly the off-the-shoulder style, more suited to spring and summer? It could be that it's just one of those situations where I'm hyper aware and noticing the cold shoulder/off-the-shoulder looks as opposed to there actually… View Post

What to pack for a girls weekend getaway? I’ve just returned home from an annual girls weekend and it’s fresh on my mind. What to pack, of course, is guided by the activities that are planned. My packing list was simple. This girls weekend, hosted by one of my close friends at her home, was focused on staying put! This was the 9th annual gathering of a group of friends that I’ve known for over 45 years. Through junior high and high school and all the life that 45+ years represent we have remained friends. Some of these beautiful friends I see regularly and others once or twice a year.… View Post

The long summer dress - a perfect way to be stylishly cool on high temperature days. And when evening chill moves in, add a coordinating topper to keep you and your look warm. Dresses are a summer wardrobe staple. They are feminine, they help keep us cool in the heat, and there are SO MANY styles and variations. As I've moved through the years, the summer dress styles I've chosen have changed. The style I'm most comfortable wearing at this time of my life are long summer dresses - at or below the knee lengths to full-length maxi styles. Simple and Versatile T-Shirt Dress This simple black t-shirt style maxi… View Post

I love jeans, and I'd wear them every day if I could. Your jeans style can take you from super casual to dressed up for a night on the town. It's all in how you create your look with complementary pieces of clothing and accessories. It's easy and it's fun! Here are some things to keep in mind if you want to build your jeans style to be versatile and classy. Think of every jeans purchase as an investment. This might sound strange and you might need a minute to wrap your head around this idea. But there really is a difference between $100+ jeans and jeans that are priced… View Post

I love white jeans in the summer. Actually, white jeans are seasonless. But they are especially perfect in summer. As we count down the last days of June and think about the July 4th holiday, it feels like we are in the ideal white jeans season. Think of white jeans and pants as the foundation of your outfit – the piece that grounds your look. There’s almost nothing that you can’t wear with white jeans. The look can go from casual and fun to dressy and elegant, depending on your top, shoes, jacket, jewelry, bag, and other accessories. But . . . white jeans or pants can be a little… View Post

So it’s here. Swimsuit season. Summer has officially begun, and whether you love being poolside or prefer the sand and surf, chances are you’ll be donning a swimsuit sometime this summer. A swimsuit cover up is a must to complete your “swim ensemble.” What's Your Swimsuit Cover Style? If your idea of a swimsuit cover up is wrapping a beach towel around you, then we need to talk! Swimsuit cover ups serve a purpose in a utilitarian sense, sure, but they can also be a great style accessory to add to your swimsuit. In my younger days I usually opted for a pair of cutoff jeans as a “cover up”… View Post

I love makeup. It’s playtime, art, and fashion all at the same time. I feel undressed if I am not wearing makeup. Even when I am dressed down, I like to use a little mascara. A bit of mascara helps create a finished look and lets my eyes stand out with a frame of standout lashes. Because I've been wondering how much of a difference there really is between some of my favorite brands, I decided to do a mascara review. I’ve been experimenting over the past eight weeks with a few different mascara brands – using a different one each day to make comparisons and be able to articulate… View Post