Racerblack: The finale

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There are a lot of different versions of the re-emerged culotte. This is a more modified leg, but it’s a great change from the skin-tight skinny jean. It’s also a nice alternative to those of you that don’t love shorts but find a skinny jean or denim too hot for the summer. They range in fabrics and the wide leg gives a relaxed feel, while being easily dressed up and accomplishes a put together feel that can go to church, brunch or a business meeting.

For this look, I literally changed one item (the skirt for the pant) and accomplished a completely different look. Don’t be afraid to go with monochromatic in the summer, whether it’s all white, all black or maybe all a bright poppy! It’s a chic look that can be very flattering when done right!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the “travel light” series featuring the same racerback black tank! Use it as a reminder that, one item styled differently can accomplish different needs and you don’t have to buy three different black shirts in order for you to have three different looks. Another point that this makes is that if you buy one, good quality item and wear it to death,  you will ultimately spend more money than re-buying poor quality every season! Also ALWAYS follow laundering instructions. They are there for a reason, and if you throw a silk shirt in the dryer, you’re screwed.

XX

Catherine

Racerblack: Part Deux

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Here’s a simple day to night equation: subtract two pieces (jeans and hat) add one (skirt) and it equals a sophisticated, but playful look. I like the ease of this look and the effortless ability to freshen up and be ready to spend the night on the town is so great!

I’ve highlighted my necklaces, also. As you may have noticed I like mixing metals. And unconventional colors (black and brown, black and navy, reds on reds). All three necklaces have significant meaning to me. The silver, an imprint of my home state, was given to me by a best friend that I grew up with. The bronze was my first mothers day gift from my sweet husband: a necklace and charm with my daughter’s name on it. The gold, a unique coin that my dad gave me. To me, the best jewelry are the pieces that tell a story and have meaning. Why not put them all on together? Alone, they are simple pendents that may be lost, but together they make a statement and may cause a stranger to inquire about you a little more.

I hope this not only encourages you in the traveling light department, but in the dig deeper into your jewelry box and layer items that might be less visually “bold” for a completely new spin on an old piece!

Tomorrow: whether you’re hitting Sunday brunch or Sunday church service in a new town, I’m embracing (and loving) one of this seasons trends!

Racerblack Tank: Part 1

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about this weeks collection of posts. With summer, comes travel and wearing white (though I am an advocate of year round white). I try not to forget my trust friend black because it can be utilized in so many different ways. For travel, you can make bringing just your carry-on possible if you stick to one color pallet. Each look that I’ll be showing you this week vary’s in occasion and essentially only changes one item. Weekend getaway with a date night and one travel bag? Yes please!

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For this outfit, I’ve paired my essential (the black, racerback tank) with a high waisted skinny jean and a cognac peep toe booty. I wore this out to lunch and walking around town. The sun was shining and I’m all about skin protection! Take advantage of hats being so on trend and prevent future skin damage!

The racerback tank is now on sale at JCrew factory for under $25!!  Stay tuned tomorrow for the Saturday date night transition with this same tank AND shoes!