An excess of an arm neck party, an oversized plaid shirt, distressed denim and statement booties… now that is all I want to wear every single day for the rest of my life. Well maybe not every day, but you get the picture. Like the perfect white sweater dress why is it so impossible to find the perfect plaid?! Seriously though, every store carries some variation of the print you would think you could find it within 30 seconds of entering the mall, or if you are all about online shopping like me within 30 seconds of browsing a site. Yet, every time I find “the one” there is something so incredibly off about the fit and I ship off the return feeling discouraged. Okay, yes, discouraged about a shirt is a bit over dramatic but if you are a girl you know the feeling of that perfect piece being a complete and utter fail. Now that we all know where I am going with this I will just go ahead and announce it I finally found it, thank you Sophia!
My heart skipped a beat when I first laid eyes upon this robe wrap coat! Yes, I am fully aware it somewhat mimics our after shower, relaxation, coffee on the couch during a rainy day attire. Yet, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest, I was completely sold. I mean oversized, soft, and the perfect shade of pink pink, how could I not be head over heels?! I will fully admit it is a bit hard to pair as you have to be careful to not fully lose your silhouette in this baby. I was determined to make it work and couldn’t wait to wear it with a fitted sweater dress and my new favorite fall boots (I mean truly these slouchy booties go with everything).
Side note: why is the perfect, chic, white sweater dress so hard to find?! Here’s to hoping I never spill coffee… or wine… on this rare find!
“I love your shoes, are you actually going anywhere or you just wear those because you feel like it?”
I can’t tell you how many times I get stopped about these shoes when I wear them out. I also can’t tell you how many times it is followed up with where it is I am going. This particular time I was sitting in the salon chair getting a cut and color. I can’t help it I love shoes (maybe a bit too much – ha, wait, that’s not possible). I am also a firm believer that you do not need a specific occasion to wear a really great pair, they are part of my everyday mix. After all I am definitely not a model and the streets are my only runway, hashtag: get it girl;).
This is me pretending to be a “sk8ter boi”, but not really though. My husband and I actually had a bet (that hasn’t been acted on yet) that I could (my thought process) do an ollie. I mean it can’t be that hard to get a board a few inches off the ground right?! Not to play it down for any of you that do possess that skill, I do realize an ollie is much more difficult than it looks. He bet I could not, my daughter actually sided with him for once and also bet that I would end up in the ER in a body cast. Knowing my klutziness from this post, not to mention my falling down our split level stairs and tripping over a lamp cord twice just last week alone, it’s probably a good idea I never acted on the aforementioned bet. I like to think my optimism is from an amazing mother who always told me I could do anything I set my mind to. I guess I will have to settle for playing in the bowl (that’s what it’s called right?!) in midi dresses and amazing oxblood booties!
“She, she ain’t real,
She ain’t gonna be able to love you like I will,
She is a stranger,
You and I have history,
Or don’t you remember?
Sure, she’s got it all,
But, baby, is that really what you want?
Bless your soul, you’ve got your head in the clouds,
You made a fool out of you,
And, boy, she’s bringing you down,
She made your heart melt,
But you’re cold to the core,
Now rumour has it she ain’t got your love anymore,”
There is nothing I love more than simple, timeless, pieces on a morning where I can’t seem to pull myself together fast enough. It makes it easy to grab and go. Add a statement shoe, because let’s be real I have a serious shoe problem…ummm thing for shoes, and you are out the door.
“Shoes are just a pedestal. What interests me is the power of the woman who wears them.”
I have never been one to wear my heart on my sleeve…
HA, yeah right, who am I kidding?!? You can tell whatever emotion I am feeling just by looking glancing at me for .5 seconds.
If I am lying, I laugh hysterically and can not keep a straight face (hence why I am the worst at poker). If I am sad, I look straight down as my eyes tend to well up a bit. If I am happy, I get quite giddy and do a full on happy dance. If I am angry, I don’t say a single word. If I’m surprised, well revert back to angry because I hate surprises!
…but what better way than to be completely obvious about it and literally wear my heart on my sleeve (how very Burberry’esque;))
Trench: Compania Fantastica (limited sizes still available) identical and even more affordable here. Top: Stone Cold Fox (old) Love this one and similar option here. Skirt: BCBGMaxazria (stupidly old) identical here. Heels: Zara (identical here). Purse: Chanel.
… and out of the trunk of my car. There is nothing worse when transitioning an outfit than having to change in your car. The awkward shirt half off/half on while putting on the new one and pants under the skirt while trying to pull them up under the door window line. It sounds like I’ve done this once or twice, maybe ten times, before doesn’t it? While I hate to admit to being that girl, yes I most definitely have. That is until I got over it entirely and decided to make my day outfits work with just a few quick accessory swaps. Oh, and the only “skills” required: balancing on one foot to change your heels, adding a lipppy in a rear view mirror and not so carefully placing a few bobby pins for a messy updo;).
Sweater: Zara (similar here). Pants: Zara (love these). Heels: Manolo Blahnik (old print) this seasons options here (side note: these shoes are RIDICULOUSLY comfortable, it’s actually kind of unbelievable). Purse: Chanel. Jewelry: Lia Sophia, J. Crew, Smartcouture. Sunglasses: KW.
With all the events I can have going on in any one day outfit versatility is key. As many of you know this blog is not my day job and there are so many days where I run from work to one of Emma’s many activites after which I often shoot for the blog then on to some sort of function (whether it be family, blog or work related). I am not one who likes to carry an entire outfit in my car for those days. Which is why I am careful when selecting pieces for my wardrobe, as much as I think the word versatility is annoying and incredibly overused, versatility is key. Tomorrow I will show you how I transitioned this look to night.
“Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun
I’ll be sittin’ when the evenin’ come
Watching the ships roll in
And then I watch ‘em roll away again, yeah
I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Watching the tide roll away
Ooo, I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Sittin’ here resting my bones
And this loneliness won’t leave me alone
It’s two thousand miles I roamed
Just to make this dock my home”