Because for me sometimes, MORE IS MORE. And more, and more, and more.
I LOVE shoes. Like I can’t state how much I absolutely love shoes. Shoes are awesome. They are the rainbow in the sky to an outfit and to gals like me, they are our jumping off point to an outfit much like a fabric is to a room. On this wonderful Tuesday, we are talking the pretty. We are talking big jeweled heels of gorgeousness and for you girls that like the comfy flats, a couple of those thrown in for good measure, because although I live in flats now (excluding Sunday’s) I don’t like them.
Now, get your cup of tea and a scone and search out these lovelies, from my personal favorite – the paisley with the gorgeous buckle – to those fabulous turquoise halter pumps … I have no words.
ONE / TWO / THREE / FOUR / FIVE / SIX / SEVEN / EIGHT / NINE / TEN / ELEVEN / TWELVE / THIRTEEN
Ok, so I skipped Wednesday and Thursday and now it’s Friday and I’m back on fashion. oomph.
That’s because clothes and jewels make me happy. It’s my happy place…where I can forget about all that candy hiding in the world’s biggest bowl and the fact that on top of the copious amounts of candy I’m sure my kids sneaked, I fed them Cinnamon Chex for breakfast.
So let’s talk pretty. GREEN! Green is my absolute, bar none, I-love-it-sooooo-much favorite color. And I love blazers. Clearly. Since the invention of Fashion Fridays (i.e….last Friday morning when desperately trying to think of anything to post after three hours of sleep) I have featured blazers as the primary top in both outfits (and news! many more to come!) I love them; they’re like hugs from my boys. They are shapely and feminine without being revealing, easily layered or discarded, and can lend an outfit a casual outfit or a feeling of formality.
Emeralds are my favorite jewel. I adore textured purses. I used to prefer silver; now gold is quickly becoming my favorite. A flower necklace – perfect and feminine with an additional emerald necklace. A gold and green watch. Perfection. And while I don’t get to rock the heels that much anymore – they don’t work while playing football with a four-year old – GREEN pumps with green and gold adornment fabulous-ness? Done. I’m yours. You’re mine.
Have a lovely Friday, November 1 and floss, brush, repeat!
Normally around this time all the summer clothes would be packed up. I would be airing out our coats, getting rid of the storage smell and wrinkles. Our spring and summer accoutrements of sunscreen, hundreds of baseball caps and flip flops would be traded for cozy hats and scarves, fur-lined gloves and boots of all shapes and sizes. Wellies, snow boots, leather boots…I adore boots. Boots just make an outfit. And if the boot has a lovely long line and a tall skinny heel, well then … It just wants to come home with me!
Michael Kors Knee Boot
Smythe Tweed Blazer
Since we live in the land of perpetual 80-something degrees, I can only dream of coats and cable knit sweaters, fair-isle socks and my boots. Our closets stay the same and I haven’t changed my daily around-the-house-matchbox-car-protecting sandals (my trusty Adidas) in what feels like forever. That suits me just fine because while I love clothes of all seasons, I don’t love all seasons. I like those few and far between fall days when it’s chilly in the mornings and evenings but daytime warms up to the low 70’s. I love the rainy cool days when it’s gray and chilly, but only if I can stay inside in a cozy sweater and cuddle up with a good book in front of the fire. But I have kids and those of you with kids know those cozy days in front of the fire are just a faint memory. They don’t exist anymore.
Smythe 2013 Mohair Pea Coat in Lake
And I really hate winter. Like really despise winter; I abhor winter. I really, really, really don’t like being cold. I don’t like cold sheets. I don’t like snow and the perpetual gray skies are depressing. The redeeming features of most of fall and all of Christmas is opportunity to change the house around and to pretend-shop by pulling our winter clothes out.
J Crew Plaid Scarf
So I relish my warm weather because we can be outside at all times of the day. I don’t have to find the extra storage for a four seasons worth of clothes and all our sandals can fit in one large basket.
So this is my street style if I could have that kind of street style. I would melt into nothing. But I love a good blazer. You can layer and if you have little boy hands and that get into everything, a blazer with a good pattern is most forgiving. Also I love gold; it’s warm and glowing. And the boots!
Monday’s are for dreaming and endless cups of coffee and tea and cinnamon rolls and cuddles with our babies. Let’s forget we have to get up for work, or make breakfast for three million hungry little boys, or that Monday is cleaning day or that your husband absolutely refuses to put his laundry IN the basket. Just NEXT to the basket. Let’s pretend it’s still the weekend and that sleeping-in is really a thing. And that by next Monday, you will have won the lottery.
Let’s Talk Plaid. I LOVE plaid. Not kitschy plaid; not farmer’s plaid, and not 80’s plaid-couches plaid. I love plaid interpreted in new way – generally in cool tones, overscaled and as an accent. I don’t mind a more traditional plaid in as a small accent; I think it evokes mugs of coffee, crackling fires, thick books and cuddling. I am the quintessential girl that loves to cuddle…for like five minutes, until I get irritated that I have to share a blanket and space and then cuddling is no more.
Anyhoo, feast your eyes on plaid. Get a cup of coffee, your tasty treat and shop plaid.
(1) Bergdorf Goodman / (2) Fairbault Woolen Mill, Co / (3) Casa.com / (4) Amara (5) Crate and Barrel / (6) Target Threshold Brand – no longer available / (7) West Elm (8) Lamps Plus / (9) Crate and Barrel
Yes to fashion. And shoes. And gold jewelry. And shoes. And blazers with an amazing pattern and shape. And a leather skirt giving just a hint of …fun? Yep. Fun. In a fun sort of sense. And a clutch easily tucked under the arm while moving about and holding a glass of wine. White or red, your pick. (Pick red!) A lovely Pinot Noir…I see this with a soft French twist and what I love about this blazer? It’s got pattern so when mama’s that are craving their babies love can snuggle to their heart’s content and not worry too much about their clothes being ruined. So, ladies, be a threat and love on those amazing shoes.
Happy Friday, all! Cheers to you!