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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Style Perspectives: Nautical Looks

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Welcome to another edition of  TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured! 

Today we're talking about nautical looks, which to me means red, white and blue.  

July 4th is the unofficial first day of summer in Seattle.  I've lived here for forty years, and you never know what you're going to get, weather wise.  Sometimes it's cool and showery, and sometimes it's warm and sunny.  Bet ya can't guess which one I prefer? 

Thusly, it's wise to have two outfits ready to go.  For the sunny option...



And the not so sunny...



I've noticed that I have a serious lack of red in my closet...hmmm...might need to head over to the newly launched Loft Outlet.com and see what they have.  There is a Loft Outlet about fifteen minutes from my house, and here's my experience with them:  Loft makes clothes specifically for the outlet, so there's no crossover with the regular store.  Sizing is the same, but so are the prices.  To be honest, I don't know what makes it an "outlet", and I'm interested to see what the new website looks like.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Style Perspectives: Paris In Shorts

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Welcome to another edition of  TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!  

Today it's all about the shorts, but honestly, they're still missing in action at my house.  We get an occasional warm day here and there, but for the most part it's too cold for bare legs.

In about a month, this is what you'll find me in most days:  a graphic tee, denim shorts, and sandals.  I'm in love with this Paris t shirt from JCrew Factory.  The fabric is a little thicker and holds its shape really well.  



But can we talk about shorts?  I need some help today from my fashionista friends.  We've previously established that I'm tall, and my legs are fairly long.  WHY do the cute shorts, with all the pretty patterns and colors, only come in short lengths?  On a really good day I can get away with 5", but honestly, 6" or even 7" is better for me.  I'm loving all the patterned shorts, but they're so SHORT.  And when you get to longer lengths, they look like something my grandma would have worn.  Has anybody seen longer patterned shorts?

While I'm asking for advice, how about leg/body makeup?   Varicose veins run in my family, and I've noticed that mine have gotten worse.  I already use self tanner, but a friend suggested leg makeup to cover the worst ones.   Any suggestions for a good brand?  And how do you apply it?  All over or just on the necessary areas?

Help, friends!

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Summers Of The Past: Fireflies


Today I'm at The Blended Blog where we're talking about Summer memories.  I hope you'll hop over and link up with us.

One of my most cherished memories from my childhood in North Carolina was catching fireflies on warm summer nights.  Living in Seattle, my boys have never had this experience, which makes me kind of sad.  I wrote about it a few years ago, and thought I'd share it again today...

Today I saw a fascinating story on CBS News about fireflies.  Every summer, in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, there is a two week period where thousands of synchronous fireflies gather in swarms for their yearly mating ritual.  The beautiful spectacle draws people from all around to see the forest lit up with lightning bugs.  

I was immediately transported back to my childhood in North Carolina.  On random nights during summer, mom would give us an early bath, and then,wearing our pajamas and carrying a glass jar, we would spend an hour or so in the backyard catching fireflies.  It was magical, and one of the most vivid memories of my youth.  Capturing them wasn't an easy task - they lit up for a brief moment, and then disappeared again into the inky night. I remember being so thrilled when I actually managed to catch one.

Once our jars were full, mom would let us watch them blinking for a while.  But then it was time to open the lid and set them free - so that we could catch them another night.

When I was in the fifth grade, my father was transferred to Seattle.  Fireflies prefer warm, humid regions, and they aren't found on the west coast.  I haven't seen the magic of a firefly since I was eleven.

Looking back, I think we've given our boys a pretty good childhood, and there aren't many things they've missed out on.

Except fireflies.  I wish they had memories of fireflies.




Link up with us below and share your summer memories.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Style Perspectives: Summer Skirts

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Welcome to another edition of  TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!  

Today we're talking about summer skirts.  I love wearing dresses and skirts as soon as the weather warms up and I can actually get out my sandals.  I was even thinking about doing a "30 days of summer dresses" hashtag on IG, but maybe that's too many.  15 days?  A week?  Thoughts?

Back to the skirts.  A good maxi skirt is perfect for summer events or a date night out.  I bought this Chelsea and Theodore maxi with every intention of keeping it.  I loved the colors and the twirl factor.  The only problem?  It weighed approximately 50 pounds and had so much volume I was pretty sure I'd trip and kill myself.  Had to be returned, but not before a picture.



Apparently I'm into color this summer, and I can't wait to wear this J Crew skirt.  I will tell you that it's a little shorter than it looks online (or maybe that's just me, being the jolly green giant), but the colors are brighter.



For a dressier occasion, pencil skirts are perfect.  I call this the "Deena Aritzia Special", and oh is it comfy!  Like wearing sweatpants, but even better.



What are your go to skirts this summer?

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Monday, June 4, 2018

TBB Asks: Summer Lovin'

Is anybody else in a blogging slump?  Not sure what it is, but I cannot seem to get my act together.  Some days I think I should probably give it up - but then I miss you all too much, so here I am.

Thank goodness for my friends at The Blended Blog who keep me motivated.  It's time for another TBB Asks, and I hope you're planning to link up with us!



1/ While I love to ride bikes, I'm a disaster on anything with wheels (don't even ask about mopeds - yikes).  A nice walk is probably safer for me.

2/ Hot dogs.  I don't eat them the rest of the year, but give me a grilled hot dog at a picnic or BBQ.  Yum!

3/ Pool.  Lakes are scary because I can't see the bottom.

4/ Please don't stop reading - but I'm not a huge fan of ice cream.  I guess chocolate chip mint is my favorite though.

5/ Definitely a cone - that's the best part!


6/ Flip Flops.  How do you keep slides on your feet?



7/ Jean shorts.

8/ Watermelon.  Have you tried yellow watermelon?  So good!

9/ On the cob, with my hot dog.

10/ "Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.  Takes me back to those relaxing summer days before kids and responsibilities.

11/ Anything outside.  After months and months of cold and rain, I can't wait to be out of the house.

12/ Strawberries.  And strawberry shortcake, with my hot dog and corn on the cob!



13/ Tankini.  One pieces are never long enough, and my days in a bikini are long gone.  I like to shop at Bare Necessities because their tops come in bra sizes.

14/ I can't pick!  I love to wear dresses and skirts as soon as the weather warms up enough for sandals.

15/ Warm.  It's the only time of the year where I'm not freezing all the time.

Be sure to link up below, and come back next week to share your summers of the past.





Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Style Perspectives: Fave Spring Dress

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Welcome to another edition of  TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!  

Today we're talking about favorite spring dresses, which is a tough one for me.  It's not warm enough for bare legs and sandals, but the days of leggings are past for now.  However, I've got a few things coming up that require me to get out of my jeans and put on a dress, and I've been loving the hi/lo trend, so I ordered a few from Nordstrom Rack to try.

I decided on a floral print hi/lo wrap dress from West Kei, and wore it to a Kendra Scott event with my Ageless Style Blogger friends last month.  See how cute it is, reflected in that mirror?  Nah, you can't really see it.


Photo credit @dit_elle

Or how about in this group shot?  Nope, can't see anything because tall people always stand in the back.


Photo credit @dit_elle

I'll just share the link to a similar one from Nordstrom Rack so you can get the general idea.  My print is sold out, but the dress is the same.



It's a great length and fabric, which makes it really comfortable, and it's slimming and twirly.  If your girls are on the larger side, it does require a little strategic pinning up top to make it look like the picture.  Clearly the models at Nordstrom have no boobs.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Spring Kimono

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Welcome to another edition of  TBB Style.    We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!  

Today I'm at The Blended Blog talking about spring sweaters - shocking, I know.  Hop over to see my favorites this time of year.

A few years ago I bought a kimono...and didn't wear it even once.  I never could figure out how to style it, and I think it was too short.  So during my early spring closet purge, it got donated.  BUT then I started seeing all these cute kimono looks, and decided I needed one again.  Trust me, I even annoy myself sometimes with the indecision.  

Apparently the clothing goddesses agreed with my assessment, and this adorable kimono appeared in my next Stitch Fix box.



I love the print and the length, and as soon as the weather permits, I can't wait to wear it with shorts, or over a sleeveless swing dress.

My Seattle friends Julie and Krista of Last Seen Wearing recently wrote a post about 5 Ways To Style A Kimono.  This look is one of my favorites!



What are your thoughts on kimonos?  Yay or nay?  

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