Looking for a Skirt? I Really Like These

I rarely if, never wear a skirt (see this post with all my quirks), but I really like these two.  I wonder if I would ever wear them and then the big question is… what do I wear on top?  I am hoping Alison Bruhn, Style consultant, can show me the way when she visits my closet next week.  Another true and fun story is that Lizzie Fortunato worked for us years ago and I have always been a big fan of her jewelry.  She creates beautiful, bold and special pieces like this bold cuff and these tassel earrings (also in black).  I have loved seeing her grow here business and be successful.  If you are unfamiliar with Need Supply Co. you should take a serious look around their site.  I particularly like the accessories and beauty sections.

Are you Looking for a skirt?  How about one of these that Ridgely Brode shares on her Blog, Ridgely's Radar.

from top:  Pleated Midi Skirt  /  Kathleen Whitaker Rock Ring  /  Lizzie Fortunato Double Take Necklace  /  Ivory Pencil Skirt  /  Mix Check Dress  /  Leather Gloves

 

25 Things That Make Up My Clothing Personality

I have been on a roll!  Besides cleaning and organizing my desk, I got a little extra energy and went through my whole bureau (after my initial PURGE HERE) and it still looks pretty much like those pictures – LESS a ton of things I never wore and my husband (Yes – he helped!  He was watching a movie and would look up whenever I had a question of fit, style, etc.)  and I agreed were not really me.. Lots of bad stripes that didn’t work with my chest!
I have a little confession to make, I am getting ready to have Alison Bruhn, an amazing Style Consultant, come to my house to help me with my closet!  EEEK!  It is so exciting to have someone I trust help me look objectively at everything I have and see what needs to go and what I am missing.  I am hoping she can narrow down what looks well on my figure and for my lifestyle.  I feel I have a good sense of style and know what I like, but I think we can all use a little edit and tweaking from time to time. No?  I can’t wait to share her visit with you and give you a peak into my closet.. the good, the bad, and hopefully, not too much ugly.  I decided to make a list of 25 things that make up my clothing personality to help her get to really know my likes and dislikes.  It is a really fun exercise and you might like to do it too.. if you do, please share it in the comments.  I would love to get to know you better too!  Well here goes.. I hope this doesn’t scare you Alison!
Ridgely Brode makes a list of 25 things that make up her clothing personality and shares them on her blog Ridgely's Radar

25 things and what they say about my clothing personality

1.  I hate red – ok that is extreme – I do not gravitate to it and only have one red top for July 4th – with one exception, red shoes are a must (see No. 6) and I keep trying on red dresses to then put them back on the rack.. Maybe you can change my mimd??

2. I love all things blue, but am seeing some pink start to trickle into my wardrobe.

3. I have a ton of black pants from Theory that I bought probably 10 -20 years ago and can’t seem to get rid of..but probably should.

4. I have, maybe, 2-3 skirts – I really have a problem matching a top to a skirt and got rid of every skirt I wasn’t wearing. The ones I have are just so I can say I own a skirt.  I am not wearing any of them.

5. I have a lot of dresses – and not necessarily are they all right for me – but they are the only way for me to get out the door and feel put together.

6. I try to keep all my dresses to go with black shoes or a fun colored or metallic shoe ( I love so many here)

7. I do not buy Brown – Camel Yes – Brown No

8. I have a bohemian side..

9. I wear classic, simple lines..No frills, No ruffles (like this and this)

10. I wear white ribbed Old Navy Tanks under my jackets

11. I only have White, Navy, Grey T-shirts (these short sleeve and these long sleeve)- only 3 have words on them

12. I wear flats because I walk to and from the office (and have a ton of heels underneath my desk but only change into them for meetings)

13. I LOVE colored and embellished high heeled shoes – I wear these at night and to parties. (See No. 6 and below for some of my favorites)

14. I wear mainly solid but love a good print (especially in the Summer)

15. I will buy a party dress to “save” for the next big invitation. Nothing is worse than trying to find a dress for an event and you can’t!

16.  Blazers take up a big portion of my closet.  My favorite are these from Veronica Beard

17. I have very few sweater.. Hence this post on sweaters..

18. I also have a lot of coats, but in the Winter seem to wear the same one very single day (I have one similar to this one) and still want to buy one of these

19. No turtlenecks… I do not like how they feel on my neck

20. I have a lot of scarves / wraps (the best is this one!) and I never leave home without one because I don’t like being cold around my neck and shoulders (see No.19)

21. I like big chunky necklaces

22. I wear al kinds of earrings, but I stick to mainly small earrings, or large gold hoops for the office.

23. I do not wear bracelets during the day because I am at a computer all day long and do not like the clink/clang of the noise.

24. I have a thing for stripes

25. I like finding vintage dresses.. I gravitate to the  ladylike classic and bright fun loving mod styles.

Ridgely Brode makes a list of 25 things that make up her clothing personality and shares them on her blog Ridgely's Radar

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Where Did All The Snow Go?

After spending the whole of Saturday cleaning and organizing (as I mentioned in this post), we needed some fresh air and outside exercise. So this afternoon we got out of the house and were all prepared for snow, but when we got up North there was not a speck of snow!  Isn’t that crazy?!  I was layered up and then I had to walk around in snow boots for the afternoon with no snow!  Oh well, my feet were warm and we had a good walk. I love that we have Monday off and we really got to enjoy the day and not feel rushed or harried to get ready for Monday.  Hope you are enjoying your weekend and the extra time off!

We went for a walk in the snow but when we arrived, there wasn't any snow! So Ridgely Brode wore snow boots all afternoon without any snow!

We went for a walk in the snow but when we arrived, there wasn't any snow! So Ridgely Brode wore snow boots all afternoon without any snow!

We went for a walk in the snow but when we arrived, there wasn't any snow! So Ridgely Brode wore snow boots all afternoon without any snow!

We went for a walk in the snow but when we arrived, there wasn't any snow! So Ridgely Brode wore snow boots all afternoon without any snow!

We went for a walk in the snow but when we arrived, there wasn't any snow! So Ridgely Brode wore snow boots all afternoon without any snow!

to buy: Pink Toggle Coat Old ( Similar coats here, here)  / Plaid Scarf Old (similar here, here)  /  Sunglasses Old (Similar here, here)  /  J Crew Vest  / Cashmere Sweater (similar here) /  AG Skinny Jeans/  Sorel Boots

Snow Day

What a difference a week makes!  One week ago, we were in sunny, warm Florida and fast forward to now when it is snowing and freezing!  UGH!  It was so nice to have a snow day on Saturday and I took full advantage.  I did not get out of my pajamas until about 5pm and only then it was just to put on jeans to wear under my Parka (love this longer version).  I had a little cabin fever from packing up Christmas and cleaning up the house from the Holidays, so I put on a parka to run around in the snow with the dogs.  It was fun to play in the snow, get some fresh air and then go back inside to warm up!  This is me…no makeup, housebound and happy!  Looking for items to keep you warm in these frigid temps?  Then check out this post for some favorites and so many options on sale here.

There's nothing better than spending a Snow day! Ridgely Brode spent the entire day in her pajamas and came out late in the day to play in the Snow.

There's nothing better than spending a Snow day! Ridgely Brode spent the entire day in her pajamas and came out late in the day to play in the Snow.

There's nothing better than spending a Snow day! Ridgely Brode spent the entire day in her pajamas and came out late in the day to play in the Snow.

There's nothing better than spending a Snow day! Ridgely Brode spent the entire day in her pajamas and came out late in the day to play in the Snow.

There's nothing better than spending a Snow day! Ridgely Brode spent the entire day in her pajamas and came out late in the day to play in the Snow.

to buy: Woolrich Parka  /  Plaid Scarf  / White Pom Pom Hat Old (Similar ones here and here )/ Black Leather Gloves

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I am Looking for Blouses On Sale

I realized when I was packing for our recent trip to Florida (did you see these great Resort pieces?)  that I don’t have any blouses I really love and want to wear.  I thought I would take a peak at the sales and see what I can find that might fit my budget and my style.  I tend to gravitate to neutrals that are season-less so I can wear them all year long and most of what I selected below are basics. and they are all under $150.  I also couldn’t help my self and found a few other things on sale.. these  Waterproof Snowboots, these Cropped Jeans, this Bandeau Bikini (Great Deal!) and these Suede Lace Up Sandals.  Now I am way over budget ..even with everything on sale. Seems to be the story of my life!

Blouses are one thing Ridgely Brode is looking for on her blog, Ridgely's Radar, and what is better than finding them on sale?

to buy: 1. Tibi One Shoulder Crepe Blouse  /  2. Diane von Furstenberg Saylor Silk Georgette Blouse  /  3. 3. Michael Michael Kors Pleated Georgette Top  /  4. Solance London Strapless belted top  /  5. Needle & Thread Embellished Chiffon Top  /  6. Etoile Isabel Marant Blouse  /  7. Splendid Tank  /  8. Frame Pintuck Top  /  9. Equipment Ian Silk Blouse

 

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Beach Waves for New Years Eve

I spent the last evening of 2016 enjoying the sunset on the beach watching the waves roll in.  For me, there is nothing better than being on the beach, soaking up the sun, sea air and the sounds of the ocean. I like to walk up and down the beach looking for shells and splashing in the water.  I am wearing a gorgeous blue gauze poncho from Cynthia Cazort Collins.  Cynthia and I went to college together and have stayed in touch ever since.  She has an infectious enthusiastic personality and has been creating beautiful things for years.  I first bought her jewelry and now am excited to be trying out her elegant clothes. The ponchos and kaftans are the softest lightest voile that pack like a charm and can be worn as cover ups over a swim suit or, with a full slip, as a dress. They are effortless, weightless and perfect from beach to table.  I wore the black one to dinner with a large chunky necklace and flat sandals.

Ridgely Brode enjoys the last evening of 2016 at the beach wearing a beautiful blue gauze poncho on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode enjoys the last evening of 2016 at the beach wearing a beautiful blue gauze poncho on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode enjoys the last evening of 2016 at the beach wearing a beautiful blue gauze poncho on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode enjoys the last evening of 2016 at the beach wearing a beautiful blue gauze poncho on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Ridgely Brode enjoys the last evening of 2016 at the beach wearing a beautiful blue gauze poncho on her blog Ridgely's Radar

to buy: Cynthia Cazort Collins  Kaftans and Ponchos