Last week, in the midst of more important life moments, I realized that Life’s a Spritz has officially made it through year two. Which makes Fall 2018 my second Blog-iversary (baby steps!). Not earth-shattering but still something I’m proud of. What have I learned? A lot. However you make it your own, blogging is hard (but fun) work, a potential source of income (don’t quit your day job…yet), a way to discover and learn from and even meet lots of cool, unique and inspiring people. What have I accomplished? The balloons are a calorie-free celebration of hitting over 2000 Instagram followers…and counting. And I’m about to receive my first affiliate program payment. (Yay!) I’m ready, set, go for year three. Hope you are too. Most of all, thank you for following and for your support and enthusiasm on this journey.
Even though it’s not yet August, NYC will be awash in head-to-toe black before we know it. So for as long as I can, I’m going to embrace as much color as I can. I’ll make my looks more transitional with long sleeves instead of short or sleeveless and pants instead of shorts. And because there will be still some scorching days ahead, I’m definitely going to keep the pedicures up. And break out every pair of my toe-baring shoes and sandals, before they’re packed away until Summer comes again. Or a tropical Winter vacay!
Everyone needs a go-to LBD…or two! What’s fun about this look is that it’s actually two separate pieces that create the effect of a versatile summer dress, BUT each piece can go it alone. Imagine this one shoulder ruffle top with your favorite pair of white or blue jeans. And this eyelet skirt with a white or even neon (!) tank now and a chunky cotton sweater come Fall. Think you get where I’m going. When I shop I’m always on the hunt for something new and different, but also something that will be an “ADD” to other pieces that I already own.
From tops to jeans to bags and shoes, anything embroidered is everywhere this spring. I especially love the colorful, bohemian touch it brings to this fantastic and fantastically affordable blouse. I’ve added it to my Adirondack wardrobe, but it would be equally at home and on trend in the big city.
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.
Confession. I think some of the sparkly sunshine we’ve been enjoying (until today!) got to me. This look, my mood. So it was easy to go for the gold in planning this post. All together, this gilded outfit makes quite the statement. If it’s too much for you (aw, c’mon), why not try adding one pop of glitter to a more toned down look? I promise it will make you smile. And it works wonders on others, too.
Can I just say that this jacket is EVERYTHING? I can’t claim dibs on spotting it first though. Karima Hunter, the uber stylish voice behind A Note on Style, did in this post. Of course, I clicked right through and pretty much had to have it. You may remember that I recently went on a 40-day NO SHOPPING hiatus but am now back in wardrobe refresh mode, albeit with a stricter focus. So anything I’m buying from here on out has to really earn its place in my closet, and this reversible, 2-in-1 jacket sits atop the list.
Well, it was 80 degrees here in JC on Saturday, and then (surprise! not!!) temps plunged on Sunday. High (ha ha) 30s, rainy, blustery, and basically whaaaaat? The calendar is saying Spring, but our climate is not. I don’t know about you, but it’s wreaking havoc on my Spring wardrobe plans. I have not even gotten my 1st pedicure of the season! This week!! And hopefully that’s not wishful thinking. But in the meantime, we managed to squeeze in a shoot that features some of my favorite Spring things.
It may be Spring, but we just had another snowstorm and kids are playing in the park in snowsuits! Oh April, why so cruel? We want to pack away those turtlenecks and down jackets and get pedicures and wear florals, but you are killing our fashion agenda! So if I can’t beat you, I will join you. In the best coat, possibly ever. I LOVEV LOVEV LOVE this coat and wish it were mine. See more below! Seriously, it’s a compliment magnet, from fashion-wise women, which is the most fun.
Well, the sun is finally shining here and most of the last Nor’easter’s snow is melted. The temperature has even moved into the 40s! Woot woot!! But there’s still a chill in the air. I was just in NYC this morning for a voiceover recording, and everyone is still bundled up in down jackets, hats and gloves. So…I’m slowly pushing my wardrobe into lighter layers, brighter colors, and just a fresher feel overall. This look started with these fabulous floral sock booties I scored a while ago at Nordstrom Rack (under $40!). Until I get that first pedicure of the season, they are the perfect way to put a spring in my step and some Spring in my look.