In case I haven't mentioned it before, spring is my favorite season. I love the awakening nature, the sunny, warm days, the blooms and the freshness all around. Spring always makes me think of new beginnings and I always crave changes during this season. The change is coming as I have written before, and I am getting more excited and scared by the day. Yet I am fully embracing this next chapter in our lives, as it's time to leave our comfort zone and truly start living.
How does one dress for constant rainy and chilly weather? You pull out a trench coat of course!
Between us moving into a hotel and the cold, dressing up, or putting effort into my outfits has been a struggle. I have been living in a sweater, jeans, a scarf and booties lately. Of course this is also due to the limited closet space and clothes we have now.
I obviously did not plan my packing too well, since I ended up at the hotel with the clothes I wear for work, sweaters, and a few other random blouses, dresses, jeans and some basics.
The holidays are about traditions. And, like it or not, nothing is more traditional than wearing the classic red on Christmas. While I was planning on steering clear of this color this year, I ended up embracing it fully, as you see, to get in the holiday spirit. It might be looking like this in SoCal but Christmas is finally here!
I'm wishing you a magical day, surrounded by the people you love the most. May you receive all the presents and love you've been dreaming about.
From my family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas!
I have to admit that the cold weather is kicking my butt when it comes to style. You know I prefer to wear dresses; the majority of my dresses are summer-ready or, those cold-weather appropriate being too short for my liking to wear bare-legged. For that reason, lately I've been reaching out for jeans over and over, and I have to admit I have been feeling a bit uninspired. It's the cold weather, it's the end of another year, that, while it flew by, also seemed too long for us, and it's the impatience for 2019 - I can't be the only one having these feelings.
It's not that I'm not excited for the holidays or I'm not looking forward to them; it's just that my mind has been all over the place lately.
I have been immersed in books - fiction AND personal growth - and I seriously can't stop #bookworm.
Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, all eyes and thoughts are on Christmas. While I won't be decorating this year like I normally do (I won't be putting up a Christmas tree, read here why), I'm still getting in the holiday spirit through little changes and decorations throughout our home, and, my outfit choices, of course.
It's undeniable that red and glittery things scream Christmas, and I have been incorporating more red in my looks and/or something "sparkly" here and there. The holidays are the perfect excuse to dress up and add a little bit of extra to the typical outfit, without feeling "out-of-place". However, when thinking Christmas outfits, ugly sweaters and pjs are not what I have in mind...
Fall is finally making its way to San Diego and last weekend I had to pull my sweaters and jeans out (never mind that this weekend, summer seems to have come back, and yes, I'm loving it).
You already know that I don't like the cold weather - reason why we live in San Diego - but even around here, it gets cold. Sweaters are the best way to beat the cold, when you can't stay at home, under the blanket and with a cup of tea in your hand. It might surprise you, but I love cozy sweaters, even if I don't have that many - we live in SoCal after all.
Shop my look: sweater here, jeans (similar here, here and here), exact loafers here , similar here and here, scarf similar here and here.
This past week fall has suddenly arrived in San Diego and it took me by surprise, especially when it comes my wardrobe. This year, more than ever, I just want the warm weather to last forever - I don't like the cold and I don't like layers and layers of clothes.
It's no secret that I love wearing dresses, not only because of how feminine they are, but also because of how easy an outfit they make. I got used to throwing a dress on and going about my day. I feel my best and most comfortable when I wear a dress.
But, when it got cool this week and I had to cover up,
In spite of the official fall season, it's still warm in SoCal, so I can't think of wearing jeans during the day (I explained why in this post). So yes, my go-to outfit, on pretty much any given day is a dress. But not all dresses are made the same. Sometimes, I want to wear a dress that covers everything up without being or feeling constricting - you know, something I can throw on and run, if I need to. Shirt dresses are perfect for that.
I also talked about how I find and where I shop for affordable clothing here. It was in one of those stores once again that I found this shirt dress I'm wearing here, for which I have received many compliments. I have worn it so many time already, just because it's that comfortable.
Yes, here I am shamelessly wearing white after Labor Day.
It's bewildering to me that in this day and age, people are still following the "no-white after Labor Day" rule.
I read somewhere that this so-called fashion rule comes from the 1900s, when women were wearing dresses so long that they touched the ground. Labor Day marked the beginning of the rainy season, therefore, wearing white was a no-no, since they would get extremely dirty in the muddy streets. During those times, it made perfect sense to switch to darker colors and forget about white until after the warm season would come back.
I follow rules that make sense and I would like to understand, why, out of all the ones in this country, this is one that some people follow as if it was a religion. I am not trying to shame anyone for doing so, I only want to understand one's position, so I stop feeling like I'm committing a fashion-crime every time I decide to wear this color this time of the year.
To me, there really is something about wearing white ANY time of the year, that makes me feel more sophisticated, light and lady-like; after all, I do have to be more careful about keeping white - white.
While everyone is thinking about fall, and rushing into it, I can't help but linger in the summer. Truth be told, I hate cold weather and I hate layering. Layers make me feel heavy and not that comfortable. And no matter how many layers I had on while we lived in colder climates, I was still always cold.
As we're heading into the Labor Day long weekend, I'm still wearing my whites and summer-fit clothes.
I know there are debates over wearing white after Labor Day, and I simply don't get the "no-white" rule, especially in SoCal. As we head into fall, we usually have a lot of warm, sunny days, so not wearing white here is outrageous in my book - call me a rule-breaker.
We have finally had some perfect low-80s days here in SoCal and we couldn't have been happier. I was able to put on something other than a dress and, truth be told, I was looking forward to that.
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