K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple, Sweetheart)

Denim Shirt • Target | Jeans • Ann Taylor (also tall sizes here) | Earrings • Kate Spade | Bag • Rebecca Minkoff, similar here and here | Shoes • Steve Madden | Watch • The Horse

When everything around you is feeling a bit hectic, it’s nice to have something simple as a touchstone.  What I mean is, sometimes it’s almost a relief to go to the basics.  It seemed as though this weekend was the first I’d spent at home in a while.  We had planned to attend a fun event Saturday night but it was outdoors, the winds were really whipping and Andy has allergies so we opted to skip.  It was actually so nice to hang out at home with a good bottle of wine and just relax.

We did spend a lot of time building ( the neverending story) so I didn’t get out to stores to see what’s new.  The result?  Shopping my closet and finding that on weekends like these K.I.S.S. works best.  Keep it Simple Sweetheart. What’s more simple than white jeans and a denim shirt?

I’ve also added an item from my first foray in into the block heel jungle: these simple yet versatile beige suede sandals.  I wasn’t sure about suede vs. smooth leather but the price was right (under $50) so I thought I’d give it a go.  I found mine on Amazon and then discovered a really pretty blush color here which I like even better.  Live and learn.

Our current building project is still the front courtyard.  Almost everything is finished.  In fact, we’ve been doing a little entertaining out there.  We get the fountains going and it’s the most peaceful place to sit and chat.  Or just be. We are still working on a built-in bench we’re incorporating into a large pergola (aka “The Gazebo”).  Andy is engineering the bench (he’s actually designed the entire structure) and it’s taking quite a bit of thought.  I told him what I envisioned  (I want it to appear to be floating) but it also needs to support about 1,000 pounds and it’s all made of redwood.  Oh, and we don’t want any hardware to show.  Simple?  Yeah, not so much.  But the weekend was productive and I’m starting the week feeling as though we’re making progress.  That always makes me happy.

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Casual and Comfortable

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Shirt • Target | Leggings • Zella | Boot • Vince Camuto (also here)|Beanie • Nordstrom | Bag • Michael Kors (more options below) | Earrings • Kate Spade | Sunglasses • Nordstrom | Lip Pencil • M·A·C Burgundy  | Lipstick • M·A·C Dark Side

Sometimes I feel like I’d leave my head behind if it weren’t attached to my body.  Last week I was loading the things I was taking to Ashley’s house to be with her, Chad and little Blake for the birth of baby Indiana.  I packed my computer, my suitcase, my camera . . . and left my hang up clothes.  If only it were the first time that had happened!  I packed a small collection of mix and match items that would be casual and comfortable in case I found myself sleeping in a chair in the hospital room (and I did).  That meant yoga pants paired with tunics and long shirts.  Unfortunately, the long shirts were part of the hang ups left behind.  Cue a quick trip to Target to grab this denim shirt.  Not bad for $23!

I’ve wanted a pair of burgundy OTK boots for some time.  I don’t know why I waited so long to buy a pair; they’ve become the foundation for my casual outfits for the last three weeks.  I decided to go with flats this time, so I find myself reaching for them again and again.  If you buy a few sets of boots, be sure to purchase at least one flat-heeled pair.  You’ll have the benefit of style as well as comfort – a definite win-win.

Today’s look also features my first try at the slouchy beanie.  It’s fun but I had a hard time keeping it on my head, especially on a particularly windy day.  I finally tried securing it with a bobby pin hidden under the “slouch.”  It wasn’t a perfect solution but it worked fairly well.  I kept thinking of the hat pins we used to wear to keep our hats secured for Catholic mass when I was little, and how they suddenly made so much sense.  The bobby pin was a reasonable substitute.  On the plus side, it’s very warm in chilly weather

All in all, this turned out to be a very comfortable and stylish casual look, perfect for running errands and sleeping in hospital chairs.  For the record, I prefer the former to the latter, but I wouldn’t trade the time with Ashley for anything, even if it meant a couple of nights without a comfortable bed.

Helen

 

 

Casual Stripes

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Dress • Kohl’s (on sale and under $30!!) | Denim Shirt • Topshop | ‘Original Aviator’ 58mm Sunglasses • Ray-Ban (on sale!) | Bag • Rebecca Minkoff
Mini-Size Blair Watch • Michael Kors | Earrings • Silpada
Sandal • Rebecca Minkoff | Nails • Harmony Gelish Passion
Lip Liner • M·A·C Subculture | Lipstick • M·A·C Fleshpot | Lip Gloss • Cover Girl Berrylicious | Toes • Essie Pinks

“Synchronicity”, the “concept of multiple discovery” and “simultaneous thought” are different terms for the phenomenon of many people having the same idea at the same time.  Usually the terms are used for something relatively ground-breaking.  In this case it’s simply today’s look.  I found this striped dress and liked it for its loose, casual fit.  It was a little too loose though, so I added a little shape to it by tying on a shirt.  I thought blue denim would look good with the red and white stripes.  I may even have seen the look and subconsciously replicated it, but after we took these pictures I started seeing it all over Instagram.

I wore this in San Diego last week because this time of year the weather can be really chilly in along the coast while it’s really warm just a few miles inland.  I can easily untie the shirt and wear it if the temps cool down – sort of a variation on the layered dressing theme.

The hotter it gets in Arizona the happier I am with this dress.  My next task is finding a way to dress it up a bit for the office.  We’ll see. . .

Have a happy Monday and thanks for visiting!

Helen

White and Denim

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Jeans • Ann Taylor | Denim shirt • Similar here or here | Tank Top • J.Crew Factory | Bag • Rebecca Minkoff  | Necklace • Similar here or here | Bracelet • Kate Spade | Booties • Similar Vince Camuto |Sunglasses • Ray-Ban Aviator | Nails • Gelish Passion

There are so many ways to style white pants, aren’t there?  They are so easy to dress up or down, and of course they go with every color.  For a casual barbecue or an afternoon of running errands I wanted something that didn’t look like I tried too hard – because I didn’t.  Just basic white and denim with a couple little shots of gold for interest.

I like these Ann Taylor jeans because they’re pretty light-weight without being sheer.  There’s a fine line there and these jeans have found it.  I’m sure I’ll get plenty of use out of them this spring and summer.  Have you picked up a pair of white jeans yet?

Thanks for stopping by.

Helen

 

Black & Blue

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Jeans: Paige Denim | Shirt: H & M, similar here | Hat: Anthropologie | Booties, old.  Similar here | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Ring: Silpada

How many times have any of us thrown on a black tee or sweater over a pair of blue jeans?  I thought it would be fun to reverse that basic “go to” look.  I like the black & blue, and it was a great chance to wear the fedora, a fun little find at Anthropologie.

My daughter talked me into these great Paige Denim Skyline Skinnies. They’re so comfortable!  I’ll admit I resisted a bit but I’m happy she convinced me.

Back at the office, tax season is in full swing.  I’m trying to get as much done as I can this week.  Tax returns for our farmer clients are due Monday and I’m heading out of town Friday morning for a family wedding in Tucson.  Clearly I won’t be getting a lot finished during that time!

Speaking of, how are your taxes coming?  Just as the cobbler’s children have no shoes, this CPA hasn’t filed her own taxes yet. There’s still plenty of time, right?

Helen