Maxis for Everyone

Nothing says summer like a maxi skirt. Brightly printed or a basic neutral, maxis have an easy elegance that can be dressed up or down. Here are my picks for the season’s best, plus a few tips on how to get maximum versatility from this summer staple.

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Warm colors like these fit the summer vibe perfectly, and look just as great at a daytime picnic as on the patio under twinkle lights. Continue reading

Pack with me: Nantucket

Next week we’re going on a three day runaway to Nantucket! This is our one vacation of the summer, so I really want to maximize our fun and relaxation while we’re there. That means just a few outfits that will mix and match with each other, that won’t take a lot of thought in the mornings and will let me explore comfortably all day.

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Splurgy caftan, extra long necklace, sandals, kimono, black maxi dress, white top, denim skirt, perforated sneakers, canvas tote bag, distressed cap, bracelet

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Why not?

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Fill a notebook with sketches or photos of all your favorite neighborhood spots?

Gather all the craft supplies that you’re never going to use and make a fun care package for a niece or nephew? Type up a short children’s story and send it to them to illustrate?

Go to Sephora with a friend and pick out a few perfume samples for the other to bring home to try?

Change out all your plain manila folders for pretty patterned ones?

Pick a favorite movie as beauty inspiration for the week? Pride and Prejudice? 16 Candles? An Education?

Pick up an extra package of your favorite snack and send them to a friend? Doodle all over the box like we did in high school?

Finally replace the worn heel caps on all the gorgeous shoes that you haven’t been able to wear lately?

Stash a lovely rose lip balm in every jacket pocket?

Rearrange your furniture for a fresh look and a new perspective?

Throw open all the windows and fold down your sheets and blankets to air?

Write your current favorite quote on a canvas and prop it on your nightstand?

Leave work early and go for a pale pink pedicure?

Frame all your black and white photos with bright floral mats?

What are your “why nots” this week?

 

 

 

Why Not?

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Why not…

Sit in a patch of sun with a book or a fancy magazine?

Buy a big bouquet at Trader Joe’s and scatter tiny vases all over the house? By your bed? On the ledge of the bath? Above the stove?

Wear something light and fluttery? A silk scarf? A swishy skirt?

Buy a new loofah and scrub your way to fresh spring skin?

Make three kinds of pancakes for dinner- chocolate chip? Strawberry banana? Nutella?

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Playing with Color: Spring 2016

Now that it’s March, once or twice a week the sun will bashfully peek out to warm up our shoulders and remind us that spring isn’t too far away. We won’t be enveloped in down coats forever. We’ll be able to wear fluffy skirts, or lace up heels, and our makeup won’t be smudged by rain and snow.

Today I thought I’d share four fresh color combinations for spring so that you can shop your closet now and be ready for that first warm day.

Blush and Cognac

This combo is fun because it mixes hard and soft textures and hues for a feminine but down-to-earth look. Try a rustic braided belt or bag with a soft blush sweater or billowy maxi skirt. Bring these flattering colors up to your face with browny pink lipsticks, deep blushes, or rose gold shadow. Rich medium-tone denim adds great contrast and fits the “girl next door, I woke up like this” vibe.

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