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

Blooms, Baby, a Blouse and Buckled Shoes

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This shoot was probably my favorite that I’ve posted so far for several reasons. It’s no secret that I’m an advocate for never getting rid of things that are in good condition; the blouse is a perfect example. My mom gave this to me probably seven years ago after she wore it and I have never put it on. Every time I tried to purge, I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of it. I love the feminine details of the ruffles and lace; while you can’t see them, the button closure is so unique that it was one more detail that kept me from tossing the shirt. I found the neck line bit revealing for everyday wear, so on the day I planned to wear it to meet Minh for lunch, I sewed an extra button on and what always felt a little over-exposed for everyday became a functional flowing top that was perfect for a warm spring day.

The shoes are another example. I honestly have no clue what decade they are from, based on the Gap label and knowing when they re-branded, they are probably from the early 90’s, but I’m obsessed. They are another item that I snatched from my mom, and boy am I glad.

The last reason I loved this shoot so much is my daughter. As she’s getting older, seeing her discover the world has been so incredible. It’s truly a reminder of appreciating the simple blessings in life, like breeze on your face. Seeing the wonder in her face makes me appreciate the things that so often I take for granted. I think Minh did an incredible job of capturing her amusement as well as the beautiful day that we got to share together.

Here’s to a happy Tuesday, and taking a minute to feel the warm sun on your face.