Happy (Long) Weekend!

The summer season’s officially underway this weekend, and I so, so wish I had somewhere to go.

I don’t, so I’ll stay put this weekend, but I’m on a beach in my mind and I’d definitely be packing a few of these items for a sunny getaway.

This tee would be perfect to wear during travel and to set the tone for the trip:

These espadrilles are completely adorable and would also make shoe removal at airport security a breeze:

Since my ideal destination includes sun and sand, a swimsuit is in order. This Mara Hoffman number is so unique:

For après beach, I love how J. Crew styled this fringe sweater with white jean shorts:

A colorful Rebecca Minkoff clutch would provide great contrast to the all white ensemble above:

I may be geographically restricted this weekend, but I’ve mentally packed my bags.

Hope your weekend is full of sunshine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Dress

Ok, this dress is totally worth adding to your summer wardrobe.

Full price at Tar-zhay is only $19.99, but through one of their many sales, I was able to score it for half price last weekend.

Trust me, even without a discount, this is a summer staple worth buying.

The fit is generous and overall forgiving, the fabric is soft, and the arm straps are perfectly suited to wearing an actual bra. 

After MGM (9) was born in 2007, I bought a similar version of this LBD during a bleary-eyed Target run where Size 1 diapers were my primary mission.

I don’t recall the price back then, but I got my money’s worth out of that dress.

I dressed it up and I dressed it down; it suited my post-baby bod until I was pregnant with Baby #2.

Eventually it was too faded to deem acceptable outside of my abode, and it was donated. Sniff.

Regrets followed, but setting it free was necessary.

And now I have this crisp, deeply dyed new version to start off my summer with style.

Check this out at your local Target. 

 

 

Follow Up to Spring Wardrobe Additions

Quick update on recent wardrobe additions:

These shoes got sent back to J. Crew.

The shoes were about half a size too big and the fabric seemed like it would stain easily.

Adios, berry print heels.

This necklace, however, was even better in person.

I wore it last week for a work photo along with a bright blue shirt, and I loved the color combo:

It’s definitely still available at J. Crew.

 

P.S. How fun are these earrings?

 

 

 

Weekend

A few scenes from the past couple of days:

Spouse and I had a fun night on Thursday, where we went to this show  in Minneapolis.

Dubbed “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives,” this show was a mix of comedy and music. The crowd skewed a bit older than we are, but then again, Steve Martin is 71 and Martin Short is 67, so that’s about the right demographic. We loved it.

I dressed casually but was happy with the outfit I wore, a faux suede jacket from Stitch Fix and a graphic tee with jeans:

We ate dinner before the show, which was unbelievably early for us (5:30 PM, yikes, that’s practically a late lunch), but it worked out well since it was a school night and the show didn’t let out until nearly 10 PM. We had sushi that was mostly forgettable, although it did not poison us.

Not exactly a four star review.

The weekend weather is not cooperating at all (temps in the 40s and a steady drizzle), but I was able to score the last treadmill at the gym and get in nearly 5 miles on Saturday morning.

I also picked up this book from the little free library in our neighborhood and hope to dig into it before the weekend’s over:

Hope you’re having a great weekend. 

 

 

 

Spring/Summer Wardrobe Additions

Given that I’ve recently moved from academic medicine to private practice, I have new freedom to dress the way I want.

The dress code at my old job was all suits, all the time, and after 8+ years, I’d grown pretty sick of it.

Most people who worked there also dressed in really boring, predictable ways that were aggressively unfashionable.

Shedding my exoskeleton from that chapter feels wonderful, but to some degree I’m back to where I was when I graduated from high school.

I’d been stuck in navy-and-white uniforms for four years and when I left for college at a famously liberal campus, I owned exactly one pair of jeans. I didn’t know how I wanted to dress, because up to that point, I hadn’t been able to give it much thought.

Finding my style took some time, and there were painful missteps, like these off-white J. Crew shoes that I owned circa 1993:

These did not look good with almost anything, especially the forest green denim pants I would occasionally pair with them. Typing this makes me wince.

Lately, too, I’ve had a style crisis where I want to move in a more modern direction. A lot of my suits are already donated, but if given the chance, I’d get a completely fresh start with my wardrobe.

Getting the house prepped for selling also forced me to cull and organize my possessions in ways I hadn’t done for years, and seeing the embarrassing amount of clothes I own (many with tags still attached) brought the point home that if I am bringing in something new, it’d better be worth it.

With that in mind, here’s what made the cut for Spring/Summer 2017:

These Lucky Brand peep-toe booties are a cool taupe-y color (“Dark Driftwood”) that seemed like they would look good with skirts, dresses or pants, and they seemed like a way to force myself to keep up with regular pedicures. Another blog I follow described them as insanely comfortable, which was enough to tip me into buying. This was the first thing I bought for spring and had to wait over a month for the weather to cooperate enough to avoid snow on my toes.

These were impulse purchases from a boutique:

I can’t really justify them other than “impulse.”

After that, I was on a dry spell for a few weeks, and then got the shopping itch again.

With one of their many sales and a $25 reward card, I was able to get this coat from the Gap for less than $35:

The fit is a bit more oversized than I’d like, especially since I’ve been wearing it more like a blazer (i.e. all day) and less like outerwear. The pale pink color felt fresh for spring.

Speaking of pale pink, I added this tee during my biggest spend of the season, an order from J. Crew:

This was only $9.99, but it’s a final sale item.

The rest of my J. Crew order:

This was too cute to pass up. It’s even better in person. I love this shirt.

Also on sale, this bell sleeve sweater: 

With a pair of slim black pants, fun shoes and either a scarf or a necklace, this feels like what I want to wear this summer. 

I debated this move, but I ultimately added these berry print shoes to my cart when the price dropped to under $100:

What was much easier to justify was the berry print bandana (no longer available; I got the last one in store when I was on a scouting mission to see how the bell sleeve sweater was sized), which I got for less than $10 ($8.50, to be exact). And no, I do not plan to wear this with the shoes.

The final item on my J. Crew spree (and the last thing to make it into my closet): this necklace.

Argh, I know. I know. I know I said no more statement necklaces. And yet here we are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Recap

I’ll cut to the chase: the end of Mother’s Day found me in my too familiar spot, alone in a hotel room, preparing for a painfully early (6:15 AM) meeting that is a must attend situation.

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I knew I had to go, but I procrastinated as much as possible to spend more time at home before packing up and hitting the road about 5 PM. An 11 mile stretch of road construction also padded my drive by an extra thirty minutes, which soured the experience even more.

The day leading up to that moment wasn’t too bad, though, despite MGM (9) waking me up at 5:45 AM to try and find a lost iPad.

With the crisis averted, I was able to successfully doze until about 8 AM.

Spouse made breakfast tacos while Trixie (8) and I read outside, coffee in hand (me).

Unfortunately, I tweaked a muscle in my left leg on Friday at Orangetheory Fitness, and running – normally a thing I love to do on Mother’s Day (see below) – was out of the question. After breakfast, the whole family went for a walk.

It was a beautiful day but both kids vociferously complained about being outside. The dog quit after about 10 minutes and had to be carried most of the way home. 

For the past three years, I’ve spent Mother’s Day running my favorite race, the RunDisney Tinkerbell Half Marathon, which is held in and around Disneyland. I’ve typically gone out to California on a Thursday, checked into my hotel and gone to the race expo, then spent Friday by myself at Disneyland, completing a 10K race Saturday and the half on Sunday, then flying home – renewed and refreshed, plus with new bling – Sunday evening.

With all of the changes this year, being gone even more from the family seemed rude, and frankly, I couldn’t justify the expense of a solo trip to Cali when we are sitting with an unsold house (nearly 50 days on the market and no bites, huge sigh), moving expenses, etc.

Back at the Ranch: Trixie and I read outside some more, I took a nap on the sofa (!!!), we went for another walk, made gluten free chocolate chip cookies, and then I really had to go.

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The kids made crafts at school for me, but Spouse also gifted me with this mantra band:

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Nevertheless, she persisted.

While an obvious nod to current-ish events and Elizabeth Warren, I think this is also appropriate given everything we’ve got going on in our lives right now.

Happy Belated Mother’s Day to those who mother – in the broad verb sense of the word – in every possible way.