Late Summer: What to Wear

I know in my last mini post I promised to do a more detailed post on my sister’s recent wedding…which I will! But not quite yet…still getting photos ready to go. ;) In the meantime, I will post a ‘beginning of fall’ blogfit…

August is always such a tricky month to dress for. I mean, 2 weeks ago it was 70 some degrees, and this past week it’s been well above 90 almost daily. So, what do you wear when you want to stay cool, but then also not get numb while sitting in air conditioning??

My solution is this: a pencil skirt and tee, and a blazer for chillier temperatures. It’s work wear-able. This ensemble also keeps things a *bit* more on the casual side, but not tooo casual.

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Pencil skirt and jacket from H&M (I’m telling you, I have not found a pencil skirt anywhere else that has fit as well as the ones I own from H&M). Basic tee; jewelry is either very old, or my mom’s. :) Shoes from Target, Belt from Anthropologie (no longer available). Brahmin bag.

Summer Days

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Perry’s Monument, Put-in-Bay.

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Kimberly’s Carousel, Put-in-Bay…a pretty cool, historic carousel.

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White Riesling from Heineman’s Winery. Yum!

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Our great lake.

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Brandywine Falls, Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Here are some random pictures from this summer. :) Some are from our very own Put-in-Bay… And some are from a day in our National Park-Cuyahoga Valley.

To me, summer always includes nature. We should all ‘be one with nature’, as my Grandpa would always say… And I say that’s the most fun, (and easiest) in the summer.

Summer to Fall Transition

Summer to Fall Transition

I must admit, it’s hard not to think about Fall clothes when the weather this summer has been soo cool. When the temperature barely reaches 70 on a late July day, it’s difficult not to crave cozy sweaters, boots and scarves, bonfires, and pumpkin spice lattes. But we must resist! It’s not fall yet!! And after this past winter, I am not eagerly waiting for this cooler weather to stay a while. Needless to say, I hope we have a more normal August, but unfortunately it’s not looking very promising. So, I put together this Polyvore set of what I’ll probably be wearing in the next month to transition from summer to fall weather (and probably with a little bit of resistance).

C’est La Vie!

It’s amazing what all you can do with a t-shirt. They basically have never-ending versatility. I normally don’t go for graphic tees, but I will if they’re not too cheesy or cutesy. I knew instantly that I wanted this C’est La Vie graphic tee from Anthropologie as soon as I saw it. It doesn’t have a cheesy saying, it has a great little mantra-‘C’est La Vie’, That’s Life! And as an added bonus, it’s made in the good old US of A. Of course when I saw it, I also instantly thought of the 90’s song C’est La Vie by B*Witched–the music video is so classically 90’s girl band. I love it. Anyway, I digress. I love what you can do with a simple tee. Graphic tees are especially fun because you really can dress them up or down. Casual with a pair of jeans, or dressed up a little bit with a skirt and jacket like how I chose to wear it.

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Denim jacket-$5! score at Dillard’s a few years back, Tee-here, Skirt-The Limited (forever ago!!), Shoes-Target, Belt-Anthropologie, Purse-Mom’s (vintage).

Catching Fireflies

I cannot believe it’s already mid July.  I feel like I still haven’t done many summery things… So tonight I revisited a favorite childhood pastime and caught some lightning bugs… because it’s OK to hold on to a little bit of our inner child… It helps brings out the whimsy in life. ;)

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Chambray and Linen

If there is one shirt that I had to pick as a wardrobe staple of all time, it would be a chambray. I’m convinced that their versatility is close to endless.

Today, when I put on this outfit, (even though she’s not actually wearing a chambray shirt in the movie) I instantly felt like I had been subconsciously inspired by Audrey Hepburn from Roman Holiday. From the scenes when she’s running around Rome having the experience of her life. I think that ensemble is one of my favorites in costume design history. It is just so perfectly Audrey. It’s so stylish, yet so easy and effortless. Not to mention, the pixie haircut tops the whole thing off wonderfully…and I don’t think anyone could pull off a pixie better than Audrey Hepburn (and maybe Halle Berry).

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Chambray from Target a few years ago; Linen skirt made by me; Shoes from Target, Belt from Anthropologie; Mom’s tooled leather purse and silver bracelets.

Happy 4th!

The 4th of July always means sparklers for us. This year we got some pretty rad pictures with them too.

It was a rather cool Fourth this year, which actually, I found a little disappointing. I was all for the 85 and humid weather we usually find ourselves complaining about. ;p It is July after all.

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Hope everyone had a safe and Happy Fourth! :)

Casual in Khakis

It’s funny…I look back at my last few style/blogfit posts and then look at this one and realize that there’s not much rhyme or reason to my style, is there? But hey, I wear what I like and am in the mood for. So, from a sequin jacket (last post) to khaki pants…I bring you some (slightly) dressed up summer apparel, to some casual summer apparel.

I usually have always avoided khakis/chinos (whichever name you prefer) and I’m not totally sure why. I actually had this pair in my give-away pile and pulled them back out to give them another shot. I see many khaki related style experiments in my future. ;)

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Chinos from Anthropologie last year, no longer available. Similar here. Stripe tee and shoes from Target. ‘Duo Necklace’ from Anthropologie. Dooney and Bourke purse from about 2 or 3 years ago. Belt is Kenneth Cole, thrifted. Red shades were a freebie from one of Ohio’s greatest restaurants-Winking Lizard. ;)

Sequin Jacket: Summerfied

This sequin jacket was a Christmas present this past holiday. Here it is in the winter. Today, I decided to see if I could summer-fy it in order to get a little more use out of it. I must admit, this was an outfit I would’ve kept on all day had the temperature not kept crawling upward. The weight of those sequins add a little too much warmth for a nearly 90 degree day at the end of June. Perhaps I’ll bring it back out on a 70-ish degree day. ;)

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Sequin jacket-vintage from Etsy; Cut off shorts; Converse; ‘Duo Necklace’-Anthropologie; Bracelet-Thrifted.