I’m writing this post from our beach house rental, where it’s a breezy but very sunny 88 degrees. Call it end-of-summer denial, but I’m finding it hard to believe that in another month or so most of us will be unpacking our cashmere sweaters, booties and more. Not to mention wearing them! So I thought this might be a good time to share some of my personal “get prepped” wardrobe tips and tricks.
There’s no denying the pulled-together ease a stylish two-piece set brings to your wardrobe. Of course the matching set is not a new fashion concept. Think Coco Chanel’s timelessly aspirational coordinated jackets and skirts. How about Cher’s head-to-toe matching outfits in “Clueless.” But…what happens when you go beyond “matchy” to “not matchy?” Let’s find out!
If you’ve been following the blog for awhile and seen pics of our cabin and Adirondack activities, you already know I’m a big fan of the great outdoors. In truth, I haven’t been camping since my early 20s. Like lots of lucky kids (especially city ones), I spent many happy weeks away at summer camp. And this coming Fall, I will be “glamping” with a group of girlfriends in airstream campers at Joshua Tree. But in the meantime, I’ve got the perfect getaway right in my Jersey City neighborhood!
When I feel like indulging in a pastel palette, I look for sophisticated hues that are far from sweet, just bordering on neutral. That way they aren’t too saccharine in a head-to-toe look. And each piece can bring a soft touch when paired with other wardrobe staples — from white jeans to dark denim.
When it comes to fashion, Boho is a free-spirited, eclectic style inspired by different cultures and artistic expressions with an emphasis on organic elements and nature. It’s often characterized by long, flowy dresses or skirts that are embellished with embroidery and intricate designs. I love the look, especially in the summer!
This look is a great example of how pieces that don’t go together in an obvious way come together perfectly. From newest to oldest, I shopped my closet for everything. Despite it being a spontaneous splurge, my bag is truly a beloved collectible at this point. In fact, I just packed it for our recent trip to the UK and got so many positive comments about it. I also packed this jacket, dress, belt and sneakers, too. And they all helped bring a versatile style spark to my limited travel wardrobe.
While it’s always fun to revisit favorite places, it’s pretty special to experience someplace new. And when that place is Charleston, you are one lucky traveler. A South Carolina port city founded in 1670, Charleston is defined by its cobblestone streets, (somewhat controversial) horse-drawn carriages, and pastel antebellum houses — particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. It’s a city made for walking…and walking.
The calendar may say April 18th, but the weather gods say we have to wait a little longer for the warm, sunny days we’re all craving. In the meantime, in Jersey City and environs, we’re facing a Nor’easter, plunging temperatures, and possible flooding. Up at our Adirondack cabin, the skiers are celebrating the 6-8 inches of snow that are expected. So until balmier days settle in FOR REAL, I’ll be layering on as many versatile options as I can find in my closet.
Well, Puxsutawney Phil has declared another six weeks of winter, so those of us in colder climes will not be putting our puffers away any time soon. That being said, when we get a sunny day with temps in the 40s, it almost feels like Spring. So a puffer vest is the perfect option.
Between family and friends, everyone I know and care about is coming down with Covid or recovering from it. While it’s scary, this wave is nowhere near as terrifying as our world was a year ago — before we all could get vaccinated. Spoiler alert: if you’re Anti-Vax, stop reading now. And I guess, if you want to take it further, stop following me. Because while I’m concerned about becoming infected this time around, I trust the science that’s given us all a weapon against this killer Pandemic. If you’ve hesitated, please, please, please get vaccinated. And if you are vaxed, don’t skip that booster! And if you’re vaxed, boosted and bored, think about a closet cleanout.