It’s almost three in the afternoon and the weekend is still going strong. We’ve been very productive these two days.
The weather, as muggy and cloudy as it is today, was actually a great thing because had it been beautiful outside, I would have never even made an attempt to transition from the winter wardrobe into the summer.
The storm before the calm. Transitioning the clothing is such a messy chore!
It’s a chore. I’m not gonna lie. And seemingly, with no downtime anymore due to working full-time, it’s even more of a chore but the deed had to be done! I felt like I was saying goodbye to my plaids and woolens—–I was. But, when the late fall arrives, they will be back out and happily hanging in my closet.
It’s very difficult for me to say goodbye–even for a season!
And it’s more painful to bid a seasonal farewell to my plaids!!!!
There’s something airy and not fussy about summer clothing. I enjoy wearing dresses more in the summer months because it’s one-stop dressing. Slip it over your head and you’re done and good to go!
Dresses in front and skirts in the back…the closet is summer-ready..
and lighter, summery shirts on the opposite side!
My summer wardrobe is even more basic than my winter one. Plain white tees. Simple skirts. Tee-shirt dresses. Solid color-maxi’s. I’m not into prints and not into many accessories during the summer. Due to the mugginess and humidity here in the Northeastern States, it’s better to go with less.
One of my favorite summer dresses from last year. So glad I made this purchase–and it will be worn in the same fashion this year. With those great low-top sneaker!
I know some will disagree with me and that’s fine. We all have our own preferences!
A simple dress with a pair of flat sandals, ballet flats or low-top sneakers works fine for casual times.
On Friday, it was this hot and I was able to wear summer clothing to the office. See what I mean about a simple dress and sandals? No fuss!
Take a pair of heels and strand of pearls and that same dress can be office attire.
And I did add a few items to the wardrobe for this summer. Yesterday was our most productive day!
I woke up early to an appointment for a mani-pedi. I leave Friday to fly to Cincinnati to visit Oona and wanted the nails to be perfectly painted in a new coat of Red!
Opi’s Big Apple Red is a year-round great red. I love my red nails!
J.Crew Factory had a huge sale this weekend and Bonaparte and I headed to the outlets. We both got lucky. He with pants and a couple of shirts and socks. Me with a great white denim skirt (that he can’t stand but I love), a navy Teddie Sweater with a pink flamingo embroidered onto it. And more white tee shirts. I had a $75 gift card from my step-daughter Claire–it was a birthday gift. Bonaparte had a $75 gift card that he forgot about. We ended up paying a couple of dollars for the clothing we purchased!
Fun in the fitting room! This skirt. I loved it the moment I tried it on..
And loved it even more paired with this lightweight summer sweater. BTW, I sized down to a Small in the sweater because it’s more fitted!
The skirt. I love a denim skirt and am a fan of the white denim in the summer. It’s got a frayed hem making it super-casual. It’s 98 percent cotton and two percent Elastane, giving the skirt just a hint of stretch where needed. It falls about three or four inches above the knee, making it very comfortable. I know this skirt will be worn a lot during this season.
The skirt. Not incredibly short–I can bend over in it and not worry about my origin of the world being on display!
I picked up a couple of Tee shirts to add to my collection of the many Old Navy tees. These are a bit looser than my fitted ones–perfect for the half-tuck!!
Bonaparte can’t stand the skirt. It’s the Parisien in him. He still thinks shorts on women is vulgar and thinks the same about denim miniskirts. I just give him the French shrug and will wear the skirt anyway!
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from being married to a Frenchman, I’ve perfected the art of the French shrug! I use it all the time!
And in summarizing, we headed to Home Depot to get some potted plants for the deck. In my head, I envisioned bright red geraniums. They are my favorite potted florals. But a funny thing happened when we arrived. The selection of geraniums was atrocious.
Bonaparte picked out the one decent plant and it was left to find what would work. I picked up red begonias and white ones. When I spotted white New Guinea Impatiens, I went with them too. When I lived in New Jersey, I had them in front of the house and they grew beautifully. We’ll see how long they last on the deck.
Geraniums on top. Bottom left, New Guinea Impatiens–to the right Begonias. My money is on only the Impatiens lasting through the summer. We’ll see!
But the thing is, I love hanging out on the deck during the warm months. And since we’re not going to France this summer (I’m really upset—but my new job….) we’ll be spending more time at home!
This guy lives for hanging out on the deck. Chippy is a regular concierge!
So, after everything was in place, flowers planted, dinner prep started, we sat down outside to enjoy the aperitifs before dinner. And in the middle of our second apero, the raindrops started falling on our heads!
Dinner was had indoors. Was it dietesque? No. I made the last batch of escargots that I had in the freezer as a sort of fare-thee-well to the winter food. And we dined on steak with béarnaise sauce. I don’t know what it is, but that man o’ mine loves my béarnaise sauce!
The last of the escargot!! Click for Chef Ludo’s Recipe–it’s the best!
I dread the weigh-in tomorrow. But let me tell you…
When I arrived home from the office on Friday, I weighed myself. The scale’s needle fell between 145 and 146—which is a great thing but no two scales are alike. Tonight, is chicken and salad!
That’s the struggle. On Friday I weigh a lot less than on Mondays. I’m a moron to go to Monday night meetings!
Friday was the same thing. We started to have dinner outside and it rained. Hopefully the same won’t happen when we go out to enjoy dinner tonight!
Hopefully tonight, we’ll be able to enjoy a full dinner outside!!
Oh!!!!!!! I have to tell you something!!! It’s about cosmetic multi-tasking!
So, a few months back, I picked up an illuminating palette by e.l.f (not an older-woman-friendly company). It was six bucks and I thought the product was a cream. It wasn’t. The four-shade palette was powder. I knew I wouldn’t be able to use it on my face due to the fact my skin is really dry. It’s an aging thing.
I bought this palette. It didn’t work as an illuminator for me though.
Anyway, I was thinking the other day that I just wanted a simple, lighter eye look. I ended up using this palette as eyeshadow. Boy—did it look great! It’s one of those “make it work” things. That product you have that you don’t use—maybe it can be put to task in another way! And with a fake tan, the eyes will glow even more!
But see how glowy and natural it makes my eyes look as an eyeshadow palette? I’m also wearing Ardell’s magnetic Accent lashes!
I know I’ve been falling behind in my posts, but I’m still getting used to the time management with the job so I’m asking you to be patient with me for a bit. I’ll be back to posting on a more regular basis once I get the timing down!
In the meantime, have a look at this video I made on my phone. It’s a look into my summer closet and I hope that you enjoy it. I tried organizing the best way I could.
Have you transitioned your winter wardrobe to summer yet? What are your organizational secrets??? Let’s share!!