Racerblack: Part Deux

View More: http://instantdeviephotography.pass.us/may-shoot

View More: http://instantdeviephotography.pass.us/may-shoot

View More: http://instantdeviephotography.pass.us/may-shoot

View More: http://instantdeviephotography.pass.us/may-shoot

 

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!

The Long and Short

View More: http://instantdeviephotography.pass.us/april-shoot

View More: http://instantdeviephotography.pass.us/april-shoot

It’s simple, but one of my favorite looks. A long-sleeved shirt with shorts. I don’t know why, but it’s long been a summer go-to. While I realize the heat of Virginia doesn’t make much sense with a long-sleeved shirt, the ridiculous temperatures at which air conditioning is kept keeps me comfortable inside. I am also always about balance; Sometimes I feel like shorts with a tank top can be just plain too much skin. At the beach, it’s one thing, but I feel a little exposed walking around the grocery store like that. This is one of my favorite sweaters. I got it to wear at our business during Valentines day week, but it quickly became one that I grabbed year round. Even though it’s a sweater, the bright colors make it less seasonally specific.

Next week I’ve got one black silk cami styled 3 different ways. I’m super excited to show you how versatile you can make items in your closet. I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, I know I’m so grateful for those that have served and continue to protect simple freedoms that I take for granted every day!

XX

Catherine

 

 

Mixed Metals and Pops of Pastel

 

View More: http://instantdeviephotography.pass.us/handbags

View More: http://instantdeviephotography.pass.us/handbags

View More: http://instantdeviephotography.pass.us/handbags

 

For a long time I had an issue with mixed metals. I still don’t love it when it’s unintentional, but silver and gold got married creating the ever popular “gilver” and now I’m a believer. I also never paired warm colors with cooler ones, but rosy pink and grey have become one of my absolute favorite combinations. As I mentioned a few posts earlier, pink is my new nude. It also happens to be EVERYWHERE this season. I mean, from home decor to socks, you can’t escape it and I’m thrilled.

The clutch is one of the most versatile pieces that you can have in your wardrobe. Obviously, they are great for weddings and formal occasions, but the use of them for date nights and during the day is wonderful! I schlep around a giant diaper bag most of the time, so lately I’ve been keeping my items in a clutch or small cross body.

I’m loving that small handbags and cross body’s are so on trend right now; they eliminate back pain (the first thing my doctor told me to drop when I was pregnant was my ten pound purse) and really, we only need our identification, some form of payment, a great lip color and phone. Those things easily fit in a tiny bag.

Take Easter and all of the pastel colors as a moment to embrace it and if you love it, keep on using it! Opt for a small bag in a go with everything metallic or pastel! You won’t regret it, I promise.

White wristlet (JCrew, similar here), Necklace (JCrew, similar here), Button Clutch (Aldo), Platinum Clutch (Nordstrom).

Photo Credit: Instant de Vie Photography