It feels like Spring. At least in the stores and definitely this weekend in Los Angeles, actually make that Summer. Nothing screams Spring like flowers. The Michael De Feo for J. Crew collection of t-shirts give J. Crew‘s new roll a freshness that is irresistible. I featured all three t-shirts (the Painted Daisy Vase, Striped with Painted Flowers, and Painted Tulips) last week in Blooming in Blue. The collection inspired this week’s mani.
The color is “Mariniere” by Chanel. The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June.
The book pictured above is”A Passion for Blue & White“, by Carolyne Roehm
My Fitbit Flex 2 in navy is pictured above and is so easy to wear.
I am having a New York moment with “New York Through a Fashion Eye” by Megan Hess while wearing mostly black. This Edie top is one of my favorite silhouettes after discovering it in plaid here. This one in black and white is so versatile. I styled it with my J. Crew black toothpick jeans, J. Crew black cashmere sweater, J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses and Tod’s Driving Shoes.
J. Crew Top
J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses (on sale!)
J. Crew Toothpick Black Denim
J. Crew Cardigan
Tod’s Driving Moccasins (similar here)
Click the image above for information on this beautiful book.
I am tickled pink about several of the new arrivals from J. Crew. I went for this black and white geometric top, but had to add three shades of pink and my favorite new pink lip color by Chanel. I don’t tend to wear lipstick. I can still hear my mom saying ” You need lipstick” as I was leaving the house in High School. I guess it is still a way of rebelling. The truth is, it just doesn’t stay on and gets on my water bottle.
At a gift exchange over the holidays, a Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color was the hot gift that kept being stolen. I mentioned it to friend and she got me one for Christmas. You apply the lip stain, wait a few minutes and then add a gloss. It stays on all day without being drying. I am wearing Darling Pink.
J. Crew Top
J. Crew Jane Sunglasses (on sale!)
J. Crew Cashmere Cardigan (on sale!)
J. Crew Pouch
J. Crew Toothpick Black Demin
Prada Shoes similar here and here
Chanel Rouge Double Intensite Ultra Wear Lip Color in Darling Pink
I love my rain boots. They are comfortable, stylish and naturally, a leopard print. They make me look forward to the rain. I love to slosh through puddles and not worry about my shoes. I feel a little invincible like I can tread through anything. I am more playful; the idea of jumping through puddles makes me smile.
1983. Winter sports at Stevenson School include Boys Soccer, Boys Lacrosse and Girls Field Hockey. Field Hockey has the worst field; on rainy days it is more like a swamp. We play in knee-high mud. We practice rain or shine — or we would never have practice during El El Niño. I love Field Hockey. All the stresses, troubles, and academic pressures of the day melt away with the mud. Mud flies everywhere. Sticks and balls and mud do battle. I stand in my cleats. Mud swishes through my socks between my toes and my toes wiggle in the mud. I am not the most skilled player, but I love this sport. Actually, I love the uniform. The kilt hits me just right and Field Hockey girls – we – give off a, ‘ready for anything’, tough-girl vibe, which I can’t muster off the field/so unlike the real me. I am covered in mud, my perfectly coiffed bob is destroyed. I feel liberated from the controlled and striving for perfection self I am off the field.
My father picks me up from practice. The front seat of his Audi is covered in towels. I strip down in the laundry room off of the garage lest I drag the field into the the perfectly clean main part of the house and dump my clothes into the washer. After a hot shower, I devour a whole box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and ask for more. I have earned this, I am a serious athlete and I am starving. It is time to buckle down for 4-5 hours of homework. As I write essays, solve geometry proofs and conjugate verbs in French, I stop and smile as I remember the feeling of freedom in the mud. Tomorrow is another practice, I hope it rains.
The manicure and nail art are by Olive & June. The color is “Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around” by OPI.
A lot can happen in eight years. Eight years ago I was a newlywed in a job that was not a good fit. My beloved and I were struggling to conceive and were given a discouraging outlook on our fertility. A neighbor had arranged a meeting with the woman who would become my future boss in a new career in Education, but we rescheduled so everyone could watch the Inauguration of Barack Obama. We met the next week. She had hundreds of candidates for a Director position and only agreed to meet with me as a courtesy to our mutual friend. Luckily, we hit is off and I started on a three month, ten-person committee interview process. During the long interview process and wait we ran over a rock in a rain storm and caused substantial damage to our car. I managed to burn my leg after a spin class with a heating pad (Don’t ask.). One day I said enough is enough. I burned some sage to clear out all of the negativity energy and as the flame was going out, the phone rang. It was my job offer. Things started to change. Miraculously – our odds were just five percent – I was pregnant by June.
Eight years later. Our son is about to turn seven. We built a house. I reinvented my career. Again. We have traveled. We lost my father-in-law and Grandmother. A lot has happened. A lot has changed. I felt hopeful eight years ago, despite all the obstacles we faced as a family of two. I remain hopeful now, even though it is more challenging. In another eight years, I will have a teenager who will likely be taller than me. We will be using technology that is only someone’s great idea currently. The world will change, I hope for the better. In the meantime, I am grateful for all the opportunities my family and I have. I am wearing red, white and blue because patriotism is not determined by our country’s leadership. It is in the system that enables a peaceful transition of power for the 44th time.
J. Crew Shirt (on sale plus 60% off)
Hermes Scarf (similar here and here)
J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses (on sale!)
J. Crew Shoes (similar here and here and both on sale!)
AG Prima Jeans
Here’s to being hopeful.
Collection Calf Hair pumps at 50%?!!! J. Crew is on day two of a forty-eight hour 50 % off sale on select items (see them all here). My new favorite leopard heels and leopard flats are on the list (along with a few other items below). I wear the flats with everything and they are so comfortable. I just received the heels for Christmas and they are already in heavy rotation.
You can click on any of the photos below to get link to the original blog post. The code GOSHOP is good until 11:59 pm eastern on January 18, 2017.
Resolutions and Intentions
J. Crew Colette d’Orsay Pump in Leopard Calf Hair
J. Crew Silk Blouse (also 50% off)
Stripes and Polka Dots in La Jolla
J. Crew Leopard Gemma Flats
J. Crew Oversized Combo Stripe Shirt (also 50% off)
J. Crew Field Mechanic Jacket (also 50% off)
Bright and focused in La Jolla
Doggie Stripes at Georgie
Fall Colors in Santa Barbara
Wild Flamingo In Montecito
An Afternoon at The Getty
The code is GOSHOP for 50% off of select items. It is good until 11:59 pm eastern on January 18, 2017.
Greenery is nature’s neutral according to Pantone. It is also a life-affirming shade that is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality. I feel the same way about my favorite neutral, leopard print.
I styled Maddie pants in misty forest, Colette d’Orsay pumps in leopard calf hair, silk pocket blouse, Ryan sunglasses in blush, and an oval lucite link necklace – all by J. Crew.
J. Crew Blouse (50% off with code GOSHOP)
J. Crew Necklace
J. Crew Shoes (50% off with code GOSHOP)
J. Crew Maddie Pants (on sale!)
J. Crew Ryan Sunglasses in Blush (on sale!)
Only two shades of gray here. The blog is suitable for all audiences.
The colors are “Asphalt” by CND Vinylux and “Hyde Park Place ” by NailsInc. The nail art and manicure are by Olive & June.