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May 28, 2014


ok, lets get to it and talk about shorts.  like or loathe?

people are passionate about the non-pants pants.  did any of you used to watch what not to wear?  the british version, and best version, that is?  with trinny and susannah.  those ladies were serisouly against shorts and i think it there style tips may have sorted my stance on shorts several years ago.

but, what about you?  if you loathe do you still wear them?  i know some people have totally given up on shorts, all together.  compeltely against them.  done and finished.  i’m feeling like one of those people (at least this year). i have shorts, and i wear them around the house or by the pool, but other than that i kind of avoid them like the plague.  i’m sure if my legs were longer, leaner and could catch a tan, than i might have a different opinion on the matter of shorts.

then there is fit.  i used to wear those bermuda length shorts because they covered up a bit more, but then found that with my shorter build that wasn’t doing me any favors.  so, i tossed out all my old navy long lady shorts and stocked up on the shorter j. crew kind (the 5″ chinos are my fave + a great length).  this year, i’d really like to find a loose fitting distressed denim (not too short).

click through for my fave picks which just assure me that we are living in 1990 2.0


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April 23, 2014


this outfit is really speaking to me.  perhaps, because it is simple and traditional.  or, probably, because it reminds me of my mom.  i’m 10, freckle faced and full of life.  i’ve just jumped off my bike and run in the house right before the sun sets, and there is my mom.  graceful and gorgeous, standing in the kitchen wearing something like this.  tiny waist included.  brown locks, twisty sky skirt, leather belt, effortless green button up, great sunglasses and a welcome dose of femininity.  i’m feeling it.  almost as much as i’m feeling the wind in my hair as i cruise on my 10 speed, and the warm summer vaction sun kissing my face with polka dot like freckles all across my button nose and chipmunk cheeks.

what about you, lovelies, would you wear this outfit?  

do you ever see images that have nothing to do with you, that somehow have everything to do with you?

shop this look:


image / elle

April 2, 2014


i’m still wearing sweaters and wishing that it was warmer.  my red polished, summer-time ready, toes are hiding out in depths of blue and aqua fuzzy socks that look look like the sea and remind me that i’m far from it.  i’m housebound in the middle of the country.  although, truth be told, i’m concerned about warming my soul more than my winter white arms.  souls can get cold, you know.  they don’t always send a shiver or create prickly bumps to let you know they are getting cold, chilly, or, almost even, frozen.  it happens, usually, when you are not paying attention.  or when something is taking all of your attention.  so much so that one day, while your at your kitchen sink, just washing crusty and dinner caked dishes, you all of sudden realize you suddenly don’t feel much at all.  numb is the temperature of soul cold.  i’m no expert.  i’m only a student myself, and this past year has been a schooling in subjects i didn’t know i’d be subjected to.  learning lessons i didn’t even know needed learning.  and, un-learning things i wasn’t even aware that i had learned, a long the way.  this week it’s clear that i’ve stumbled into the class where the cirriculum calling is gratitude.

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March 12, 2014


i’m trying to usher in spring any way that i can.  it started with flowers in my home, floral wallpaper wishes, seeds in ice cream cones, and now i’m on to the idea of flowers in my wardrobe.   have you noticed that floral prints and patterns are on trend?  at least they are in my world.

a few weeks back, i was 90’s dreaming and wished i was wearing a floral dress with birkenstocks.  i’m still waiting to wear some great floral dresses, but at the moment pants are a great alternative.   i’m loving the idea of floral pants (or leggings) until the air is warm enough to bare those legs.

i’m adoring the floral jeans pictures above.  i love how the black breaks up the floral print.  i find that the pattern is not too over powering, yet the look is still bold, in all of the right kind of ways.  i’m especially loving the jeans paired with a fun and carefree t-shirt (i’m always up for new york), a cotton candy colored leather backpack (perfect for new york, yes?!) and comfortable stylish shoes (hey these work great for new york too!).

lets face it, the days of florals only being appropriate for spring and summer seasons are long gone.  today, you can wear floral pants (or any floral prints) in a variety of seasons and in a vareity of ways.

how about wearing florals like this?


you can dress up pretty florals with colorful pumps (coral is so gorgeous) for a full on sweet spring look.  when wearing florals in the warmer weather, a flowy tank top or blouse completes the look.   think light and airy and, surely, you will be good to go!

on the contrary . . .


if the weather is still frosty and there is a chill in the air, then opt to layer shirts, chunky sweaters and even your favorite pair of boots for a cozier look.  this style is a great way to carry you over between the winter and spring seasons!  and, if you are thinking of layering with your florals, think about including a chambray shirts.   chambray shirts look simply divine paired with floral patterns (and are so comfy, to boot).

patterns can sometimes be a little frightening and/or overpowering.  if you fall into that way of thinking and find floral pants to be a little too much for your taste, have you considered floral accessories?  options range from handbags, scarves, jewelry and my favorite . . . floral shoes to pack a punch.

have you incorporated florals into your wardrobe?  i would love to hear how you have incoporated florals into your wardrobe or how you’d like to.




image / the electric / brunette blogging

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