Santa Fe Stroll

While I would have loved to have been strolling the streets of NYC for Fashion Week (next year?!?), I was in Santa Fe for a “Girls Getaway.” Did we eat too much? Yes! Shop too much? Some of us! Drink too much? I’ll never tell! Laugh too much? Not possible! I only packed one dress, this one, because most of the restaurants are on the casual side. But I was super excited to wear it for the first time. And now that I’m back home I plan to wear this lovely lacy dress at least a few more times in the weeks ahead, layering a leather jacket or bomber or cardigan over it as needed. So you may be seeing this dress again!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Yesterday Life’s a Spritz officially turned 1 year old. When friends and strangers find out I’m (cough, for real) a Blogger, often the first question they ask is “How are you monetizing it?” The answer for now is…I’m not. I’m blogging because I want to. It’s creative. Fun. Time-consuming. Challenging. Gratifying. Good for my brain. And my soul. My 91-year-old Dad died last August. He spent his working years first in Advertising Sales, then as a Lawyer. But he also spent those years as a frustrated writer, who dreamed of penning the next great American novel. But never did. When I lost him, my inner voice asked me “What are you waiting for?” It was time to take that leap. And to quote Nike, just do it!

I’ve been an Advertising Copywriter for almost 30 years and a Creative Director for over 14 of those. I’ve worked on campaigns for some of the biggest and best beauty/fashion/luxury brands. I think the fact that I’m still doing it in a tough, male-dominated, ageist business attests to the fact that I can do it. And do it well. But that’s sleuthing out and shaping someone else’s voice. While I don’t have my Dad’s lofty expectations, I do believe that as a soon-to-be-60-year-old woman (and wife, mom, sister, friend, professional) I definitely have a few things to say. And share. On fashion, design, health, travel, and yes, life. And thankfully you all seem to agree! That is the icing on this creative cupcake for sure!!

The Art of Black and White

IMG_3775There’s no other combination that’s cleaner, chicer, more graphic than black and white. However you put it together, it just works. You can dress it up, dress it down. You could probably wear black and white every day of the week and never wear it the same way twice. (Hmmm…possible future blog post?)

As for Art? Black and white makes a powerful statement there too. Yes, the messaging in this streetwise piece is pretty heavy, but I’m glad its creator found his voice.

Hippie Chic

IMG_3489It’s true. You can take the Girl out of Greenwich Village, but you can’t take Greenwich Village out of the Girl. While I don’t think growing up across the street from Washington Square Park in the 60s makes my childhood more meaningful than others, it might just make it a bit more unique. As in home movies of my sisters and me scampering around hippies at a Be-In. Or protesting girls not having sports teams in elementary school. Babysitting money went far in those days, as we wandered the neighborhood in search of posters, beads, candles and pizza. We even learned how to order and tip like grown-ups at the crepe shops and coffee bars. And yes, the perfect OOTD was a must, starting with your jeans. So this a long lead-up to saying this look brought back a lot of memories, while feeling very fun and now. And very me.

Bright Stripes, Big City

IMG_3210Yes…that’s my photographer’s shadow. Not a perfect fashion moment, but hey, that’s life. This bright-striped duo has been hanging in my closet since June, and I couldn’t put its blog debut off any longer. Especially since stripes and Summer are made for each other. The cutaway crochet tank and pleated knit skirt are my first Worth New York purchases. It was really fun to work with Lisa, my friend and Worth Stylist, in their airy, elegant New York City showroom. I tried on quite a few things, but in the end loved how these two separates paired up. I think I even surprised Lisa with the look.

Hello Yellow!

IMG_2565As a blonde, I’ve always avoided wearing the color yellow. I really can’t tell you why. A fashion rule? Or my own rule?? Well, rules were meant to be broken. The color yellow stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism and joy. Boy was I missing out! Yellow in all its hues from sunny to mustard has been heating up the summer scene and promises to keep going strong into fall. So when I spied this eyelet dress, I had to say yes to yellow. And guess what? It brightens my mood whenever I put it on. So my new fashion rule is wear what makes you feel good. Whatever your hair color, whatever your age.

Summer Shoe-athon!

img_3153.jpgI know the magazines, blogs and stores are already full of cashmere sweaters and suede boots, but I love shopping the last-of-summer sales for bargains I can have fun with now and be thrilled to see next year. Since my tootsies will be bundled up before you know it, I savor these last weeks of wearing sandals and enjoying the pedicures that go with them. All of my picks are still available and all are on sale. I was able to make two of my shoe-athon purchases with an added code, bringing each of them to under $65 a pair!

IMG_3172IMG_3174It was lust at first sight for these Madewell gladiator sandals with colorful raffia pom-poms on the laces. With a nod to traditional shoemaking, they were designed to leave the nailheads visible on the soles. Oh…and did i say the natural colored leather looks and feels truly lux.

IMG_3177If you don’t know Soludos, you should! They are known for their fun and fashion-y embroidered espadrilles. You may remember this pair. While not embroidered, the blue- hued patchwork of this classic lace-up sandal is a nod to the groovy chic of 70s muses like Jane Birkin and Ali McGraw. Music to my ears! And another must-have.

Madewell’s slide with artful raffia fringe and a stylish yet comfy block heel equal the perfect summer party shoe. And because they’re black, they’ll also make a perfect transition into those first few weeks of fall.

IMG_3163I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect navy sandal. And I found it! This timeless banded flat from Soludos in midnight suede with handcrafted embroidery, appliqué and grommets is the perfect boho go-to for beach boardwalks…or city streets. Their back zipper makes them easy on, easy off. And did I say SUPER comfy!

Madewell Sale (true to size for me, but I order a half size up for anything with a heel) & Soludos Sale (for me their shoes usually run small, so for closed toe espadrilles I order a size up)

So many cute and colorful options! Let me know if you choose any of these for yourself. Or find something else you’d like to share. Happy shopping!

Photos by MP Allegaert

 

 

Pom Poms for Peace!

IMG_2401What do you do when you’ve made the bed, thrown in a load of laundry, worked out and are still waiting on the Hubs to get home? How about a little DIY! Since our afternoon plan centered around a local Studio Tour, I guess I felt inspired to do a little something “artistic” with a recent consignment find. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, this Summer straw/sea grass/rattan/basket bags are all the rage. And Pom Poms! And while I love the looks other Bloggers are rocking, I couldn’t help wanting to put my own spin on a top 2017 trend. And yes, it literally took me minutes. IMG_2385Cute bag I bought at Adirondack Attic for just $12.

IMG_2388Bring on the Pom Poms! I bought 3 boxes of 3 color ways at Kids Made Modern at Target months ago and haven’t stopped playing with them since. This Pom Pom Party box is the perfect way for you to bring your inner DIYer out! And don’t fear the glue gun. Get one. Stat.

IMG_2402Hard to see, but this is my peace sign template. I used an art pencil and dessert bowl to create the circle, then filled in the lines.

IMG_2408And there you go! Your very own custom-designed summer straw bag. I think a heart or multiple little flowers would be cute too. Next DIY?

IMG_2425Our local Ausable River Valley Studio Tour was the perfect venue to show off my latest creation. (And yes, compliments were heard.) My outfit is “shop my closet”: J. Crew C’EST PARFAIT tee, Current/Elliot distressed jeans and silver Birkies.

Apologies for not posting “similar” links, but my Verizon mo-fi is not cooperating. If you’d like to check out some fun options J. Crew has tons of cute tees on super sale now, the Nordstrom Sale has awesome denim options, and Zappos has more Birkies than you could ever want. (I have my eye on navy and white patent.)

And let me know if you have some more pom pom DIY ideas or requests!

All photos by Chris & MP Allegaert

Simpler Life, Simpler Style

IMG_2270Not sure about you, but we were lucky enough to extend this summer’s midweek 4th of July from one weekend to another weekend. And wow, was it hard to come back! I’m a born and raised “NYC girl” (literally Greenwich Village), but I so love my simpler life up in the North Country. I’ve done quite a bit of traveling all over the world and have visited some beautiful and historical places, but The Adirondacks are truly an amazing destination, let alone a National treasure. You have got to put this special place on your bucket list!

Red, White & True Blue

IMG_2055Hope 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.

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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

IMG_2133IMG_2111IMG_2169IMG_2229For 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?”

DAY

Shorts: (old, J. Crew) but loving this season’s stretch version in multiple inseams: 5″, 7″ (my preference) and 9″  (Hurry as they are selling out fast!)

Tee: (old, Peter Pilotto for Target) similar here and here

Espadrilles: (Soludos, sold out) but love these and these (so many to choose from and lots on sale!)

Bag: (old, Kate Spade) but how cute is this and this

NIGHT

Sweatshirt: Pam & Gela

Jeans: Citizens of Humanity (currently out of stock) similar here and here (super sale! 22.99!!)

All photos by Chris & MP Allegaert