When I became pregnant for the first time, the first person (aside from my husband Chris!) I shared the news with was my Mother. Having made it through the teen and college years, we were solidly BFFs. I so looked forward to all the years we would share as Mommy and Nana. But that was not to be. Shortly after my first son Pierre was born, my Mother was given a diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer. I’ll never know if it was life going and life growing, but I became pregnant with my second son Spencer while Mom was in remission. His birth and her decline were inevitably intertwined. I was 7 months pregnant with Chanler, my third and last son, when she died. She had suffered so much, for so many months, that we knew she was going to a better place. Still, the huge gaping hole of being Mother-less as a new Mom loomed before me. I mentally and physically struggled to read the 23rd Psalm at her her Memorial Service. And to picture my life, and my children’s lives, without her. I was so used to talking to her every day. Really. But now I had lost my best friend. Not a day, a week, a month, a year goes by without me wishing she could have seen (and supported and hopefully approved of) me as a Mom. And more importantly truly known and enjoyed my three amazing sons. Every year I so wish I could wish her “Happy Mother’s Day” just one more time.
This simple yet sophisticated off-the-shoulder dress is the only new piece in this look, making it a stunning example of how one fashion find can bring new life to the wardrobe you already have. And when it came to shooting this post, I knew the perfect Jersey City mural to be our backdrop. It was almost as if this spot had been waiting for us.
Hope everyone had a fabulous 4th of July. We celebrated the day with lots of Adirondack activities. It goes without saying that my outfit of the day (and night) had to be true to this holiday’s color scheme of red, white and blue. While red is not really a color I typically gravitate to, blue and white are. They always feel classic yet fresh to me. And whether it was the flags, the fireworks or even the ketchup at the cookout, I thoroughly enjoyed the pops of red.
DAY: Lunch with friends at Camp Canaras on Upper Saranac Lake.
Yesterday started off warm and sunny, so white Bermuda shorts were the perfect basic to build my look on. I added a fun, red-white-and-blue floral tee with contrasting long sleeves. (Warm up here is not that warm!) I adore these “Oui/Non” navy espadrilles and wear them as often as I can. (And they were heaven for the plantar fasciitis I’m just getting over in my right foot.) They will be perfect for Bastille Day, too! And how cute is this basket bag? I love the polish the crisp white leather flap and handles add.
We had such a fun afternoon with old friends who invited us to lunch at the lakeside camp they were staying at for the holiday: spectacular Saranac Lake scenery, a classic BBQ with burgers and hot dogs, and ice cream afterwards at Donnelly’s (not to be missed if you are up in North Country!)
NIGHT: Fireworks in Lake Placid
For night, I went with this fun striped-and-destroyed sweatshirt. It ties on the sides, so is a little skin-baring for this 50-something. I just layered a white tank underneath and problem solved. Even though Chris asked if the “holes” came with it (ha ha, honey), this top is cozy and chic all at once. And these jeans? How fun are they! I was inspired to try (and buy) them by The Middle Page. The high waist is super comfy and holds in my middle-aged middle just right. And the flounced hem? Cha cha cha! They are going to see a lot of action this summer, that’s for sure. Keeping the same espadrilles and bag in the mix made finishing off this look simple and simply perfect.
It’s sometimes hard to leave our secret cabin in the woods, but it was lots of fun to see everyone out in Lake Placid enjoying the beautiful night and fantastic fireworks. We ended up at Delta Blue for some live music. Another North Country must!
How about you? How did you wear your “red, white and true blue?”
Sweatshirt: Pam & Gela
All photos by Chris & MP Allegaert