Basketweave Jacket

When I spied this basketweave jacket from Argent I knew I had to have it!  Teal is one of my favorite colors and I love the basketweave.  It is just the pop of pattern and color that I can wear with all the neutrals in my closet.  I love that is has a handy zip pocket for a cell phone and credit card and a place to store my lipstick, how genius is that?!  Argent is a really cool new brand that has created chic, work styles for the modern woman.  They have gorgeous fabrics, beautiful tailoring, handy pockets for your running out for a coffee with out your whole bag and a little loop on their pants for a corporate Id. I have my eye on this sleeveless turtleneck,  striped pocket tee and this structured vest.

I am wearing the jacket with my new purchases from Ann Taylor, this mixed media tank that is the best under pining for jackets (I bought it in black, navy and the cream!) and it is machine washable!  Love that!  My shoes are the Gigi block heel sandal in suede.  They are so comfortable that I think I might have to get them in another color.

Ridgely Brode wears a teal basket weave jacket, white jeans and new suede block heels on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode wears a teal basket weave jacket, white jeans and new suede block heels on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode wears a teal basket weave jacket, white jeans and new suede block heels on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode wears a teal basket weave jacket, white jeans and new suede block heels on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode wears a teal basket weave jacket, white jeans and new suede block heels on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode wears a teal basket weave jacket, white jeans and new suede block heels on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode wears a teal basket weave jacket, white jeans and new suede block heels on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

to buy: Argent Basketweave Jacket (it comes in purple too)  /  Mixed Media Shell  /  Skinny Crop White Jean  / Julie Vos Siena Hoop Earrings  / Prada Sunglasses  /  Gigi Suede Block Heel Sandal

Sneak Peak at The Decorated Home

I am so excited to get my hands on a copy of The Decorated Home by Meg Braff!  I have know Meg for as long I as I can remember and been in awe of her amazing talents.  She is a wonderful mother, friend, hostess, and, obviously, designer. It is so much fun to follow her and be inspired by her cheerful, colorful and livable spaces. I was given a sneak peak at some of the gorgeous rooms featured in her book and am so excited to be able to share them with you. It makes me want to redecorate my whole house!  After seeing these spaces, I can’t wait to see what other treats await for us in The Decorated Home.  Click through and grab a copy!

Ridgely Brode shares a sneak peak of The Decorated Home by Meg Braff on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode shares a sneak peak of The Decorated Home by Meg Braff on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode shares a sneak peak of The Decorated Home by Meg Braff on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode shares a sneak peak of The Decorated Home by Meg Braff on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode shares a sneak peak of The Decorated Home by Meg Braff on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode shares a sneak peak of The Decorated Home by Meg Braff on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode shares a sneak peak of The Decorated Home by Meg Braff on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

to buy: The Decorated Home

 

New Towels

I saw this picture in the bath section of SerenaAndLily.com and it made me want to have an outdoor shower and new towels, not to mention sunny, warm, swimming weather! If you need new towels it is a good time to stock up, they are having a promotion for 15% off bath towels, see below for the code. Summer is coming and it feels good to start thinking about it now!

to buy: Sonoma Stripe Beach Towel /  Cabana Stripe Beach Towel  /  Sydney Beach Towels

Enjoy 15% Off Bath Towels at Serena and Lily use code SHOWER15. 4/1-4/15.

It’s Raining Pompoms and Tassels

As the saying goes, at least where I live, April has been showering us since it showed up. I am feeling soggy and wanted a bright, happy post of lots of colors, and thought what better than pompoms and tassels?!?  They are everywhere I look and a huge trend right now, even shoes are covered in them (as you can see here and here).   I have a few tasseled accessories already, namely this tote (featured here) and this one (featured here).  Now I want to get a bright pair of earrings and maybe some sandals.  What do you think, is this a trend you will be embracing or will you just dabble in a small way?

It might be raining outside but on Ridgely's Radar it is raining pompoms and tassels, from shoes, hats to jewelry. What is your favorite?

to by:  Eric Javits Bahia Sun Hat (another fun one here)  /  Indy Set of tassel bracelets (another option here)  /Melina Pompom Earrings  /Dahlia Clutch (and Ibiza Woven Tote with Tassel)  /Rebecca Minkoff Estelle Sandal   /  Loeffler Randell embellished sandal (check out these bright pink tassel sandals)  / Abby Sandal  /  kate spade new york pompom necklace  /  Jadetribe Tote (more styles here)

Taking a New Beach Dress out for a Walk

Spring break seems a distant memory now and looking at these pictures is making me want to plan another trip as soon as possible.  I bought this lightweight, breezy dress  (I also like this one, this bright ochre one, and this one)  to wear as a cover up at the beach and one really warm evening put it on to run out to the store to get last minute provisions. We stopped by to look at the boats coming in for the boat show and took these pictures.  It was such a glorious sunset, we ended up staying to enjoy the view!

While I have you, don’t miss the Bobbi Brown Sale20% off sitewide and free shipping on all orders! Plus, customers who spend $85 or more are able to choose a free beauty bag with their order. This offer is valid until Saturday, April 8th – no code needed at checkout!  It is perfect timing for me because I am out of my favorite mascara and my brightening brick!

Ridgely Brode wears a lightweight, breezy dress, flip flops and a classic straw tote to watch the sunset on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode wears a lightweight, breezy dress, flip flops and a classic straw tote to watch the sunset on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode wears a lightweight, breezy dress, flip flops and a classic straw tote to watch the sunset on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode wears a lightweight, breezy dress, flip flops and a classic straw tote to watch the sunset on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode wears a lightweight, breezy dress, flip flops and a classic straw tote to watch the sunset on her blog, Ridgely's Radar.

to buy: Tiare Hawaii Short Dress  / Straw Hat old (similar here & here)  /  J. Crew Sunglasses  /  Straw tote old (similar here,  here & here)  /  TKees Flip Flops

Book Review: Kitchens of the Great Midwest

I just finished reading, Kitchens of the Great Midwest, for the second time.  Not because it is “my most favorite book in the world” and wanted to read it again, but because I found a draft of my review in here and wanted to jog my memory so I could publish my review.  Has that ever happened to you?  You can’t remember the story of a book you read awhile ago?

I really, really liked the Kitchens of the Great Midwest (yes, both times I read it) and I had the same problem the first time I read it as I did this time, I had to keep close attention to the characters names and who they were because they pop back into the story later on.  It is a really thoughtful and interesting book about Eva, from her birth, through her teens and then finally ending in her twenties, from the point of view and voice of all the other characters in her life.  In some chapters, she is the main character and, in others, she is in the background.  That is the confusing part and where you need to stay focused because, while it seems like the story line took a random path, it all comes back around and makes sense in the end. Lots of twists and turns! It is about family, friends, hardship, living in the midwest and, as the title suggests, lots of food. Have you read it, or if you do read it , I would be curious to hear your thoughts.

Ridgely Brode Reviews Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Click below for a Preview of Kitchens of the Great Midwest and to buy the book:

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