Things You’ll Miss When Summer Ends

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In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re in the throes of summer. The temperature, hemlines and number of mosquitoes whispering sweet nothings into my ears at night are on the rise. Oh and if you also weren’t aware, and pay very little attention to your iCalendar, summer’s almost over. That’s tough beans for us Northerners who waited for what seemed like 3 years to feel the sun on our faces and practice our right to bare arms in sleeveless shift dresses again when Polar Vortex happened. Knowing that summer’s end is imminent has my frown right-side up! Sun-kissed moments are fleeting and I, as well as you, won’t take them for granted. Here’s a list of things that will be missed once that apple-crisp Autumn air sends a shiver up your backside.

  1. Driving with the windows down & hair fox-trotting in the wind
  2. Al fresco dining…or drinking…or drinking while dining al fresco
  3. Shirtless joggers…or dudes who believe it’s too hot to wear their shirts
  4. Wandering aimlessly around your ‘hood just because it’s a nice day to be outside
  5. Simply saying the words, “Holy sh*t, it’s a nice day to be outside”
  6. Wearing less because feeling cool means more
  7. SHORTS (see above)

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Land A Role in The Jeffersons

DSC_0001Denim Button-Up—Zara / Dress—See by Chloé

Denim and paisley— a shoe-in for a supporting character on That 70’s Show…or the Jeffersons. Forced to choose a decade to live-in, I’d pick the 70s: Audience’s Jackdaw, platform boots, Foxy Brown. I could dig it. Which decade would you live in?

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How to Match Plaids & Stripes

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Sweater—Joe Fresh / Button Up—The Gap / Jeans—Old Navy

We’ve learned this winter that layering is important. Just because it’s important, doesn’t mean it has to be boring. The only rule—not that there are any—to mixing patterns is to keep one semi-neutral. In this instance, the navy and white stripes. The neutral balance will maintain order and fend off chaos; forcing those that cross your path to correctly acknowledge you as The Wearer and not the ‘wearee’ of your ensemble. Further, a balancing neutral would establish the difference between pattern clashing like a listless, albeit, homeless wanderer with zero outfit choices and you; the fearless pioneer who consciously clashed their patterns. Clash on my friend, clash on.

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4 Reasons To Not Not Choose A Cross Body Bag

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Who can deny the practicality of a cross body bag. And yes, I meant that as a statement. They’re like satchels that foragers and huntresses took to the daily scour—carrying all the tools needed to conquer the day.

While the younger set have fully embraced the cross body bag—even men with the messenger variety—more older women need to jump on the proverbial band wagon. Trying to lasso 2 unruly, snotty-faced mini-humans is a feat in itself; trying to lasso mini-humans whilst on your cellphone, fumbling with a diaper bag and struggling to keep the entire contents of your purse from emptying all over the pavement is the very equivalent of attempting to walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls.

If you need more convincing, here’s 4 reasons to embrace the freeing power of the cross body bag…