What a Day at the Beach!

Wow! It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day!  With temperatures in the 60’s we went down to our local beach and enjoyed the sunshine.  It was just what we needed, the sun warming us as we enjoyed the view.  I would love if it could be like this every day!  I broke out my white jeans and threw on this long topper to keep me warm.  It is so soft and cozy, perfect in the shade and was just the right weight for today.  I didn’t want the day to end!  I hope you are enjoying your long weekend!

Taking advantage of the warm temperatures Ridgely Brode goes to the beach to enjoy the day on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Taking advantage of the warm temperatures Ridgely Brode goes to the beach to enjoy the day on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Taking advantage of the warm temperatures Ridgely Brode goes to the beach to enjoy the day on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Taking advantage of the warm temperatures Ridgely Brode goes to the beach to enjoy the day on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Taking advantage of the warm temperatures Ridgely Brode goes to the beach to enjoy the day on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Taking advantage of the warm temperatures Ridgely Brode goes to the beach to enjoy the day on her blog Ridgely's Radar

Taking advantage of the warm temperatures Ridgely Brode goes to the beach to enjoy the day on her blog Ridgely's Radar

to buy: Telluride Topper in Black   /  Stretch Perfect Striped Shirt  /  Flawless Five Pocket White jeans  /  Prada Sunglasses  /  Sam Edelman Suede shoes  / Sony Mirrorless Camera

Chic and Minimalist Pieces

I always love taking a look at the latest collections from Maje, they are chic, minimalist, but with an edge. I am pretty sure I have said this before, but it bears repeating, you won’t see these clothes coming and going at your next event and that makes it a really good secret between us.  Take a look around and buy it if you see something you like, it sells out quickly and then you will be bummed you missed out.  Take it from me.. I have learned the hard way.

Check out these chic, minimalist pieces from Maje that Ridgely Brode found and shares on her blog Ridgely's Radar

top to bottom: Sleeveless Top   /   Striped Knit Midi Skirt   /   Sleeveless Top   /   Open Work Knit Sweater  / Black Dress with Flounces  /   Long Lace Dress   /   Poplin Shirt with Eyelets

Weekend Casual on a Bright Day

Last weekend the light was gorgeous and the sun was streaming into my bedroom.  I wanted to capture my new look, but no one was home to take my pictures.. So I took out my remote and tried to do it myself. EEEK.  It is not easy trying to take your own picture with a manual setting on the camera and trying to run back and forth to see how it looks.  I am actually happy they turned out a little blown out – better on my fine lines and circles!  🙂 . Maybe I should make that my new style!

I am loving my new cozy sweater and yes, it is brown!  I usually wear an oversized, mens basic crew sweater, so it is nice to have a figure flattering and more stylish alternative.  It give me a waist and is long enough to cover the hips.  I just bought these J Brand skinny cargos in a size, wait for it.. 28!, and I love them! Best pair of pants ever!  I am so glad the gals in my office told me I had to go give J Brand a try, they really are worth the price!

Nothing is better than being comfortable and stylish on a casual weekend! Ridgely Brode shows how she does it on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

 

Nothing is better than being comfortable and stylish on a casual weekend! Ridgely Brode shows how she does it on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Nothing is better than being comfortable and stylish on a casual weekend! Ridgely Brode shows how she does it on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

to buy: Weekend Sweater (I like this one too) /  White tank   / J Brand Cargo Pants

How About a New Look to Wear on the Weekend

I am looking for a little weekend inspiration and I have grey jeans on my mind. I have been on a hunt for a pair with a little opening at the ankle, not a huge flare but a gap for sure. I don’t want them ripped or shredded throughout the legs, a little fraying is perfect so that I can go from a casual run around look to a more dressier look at night.  Speaking of which, if you want to change it up, layer the sweater with this pleated cuff blouse or for a night out add this lace pleated tee or throw on a blouse like this bell sleeve blouse in a fun color or a classic black and lose your boots for a high heel pump.

 

Looking for a new look for the weekend, Ridgely Brode picks a grey palate with black and blue accents on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

to buy: Herno Waterproof Jacket  / Le Specs Black Sunglasses   /  Burberry Giant Check Scarf  /  J Brand 811 Mid-Rise Jeans  / kate spade new york square stud earrings   /   Frederique Constant Watch  /  Joseph twill-panel cashmere sweater  / Rebecca Minkoff  Crossbody  /  Sam Edelman Reesa Boot

Neutrals for Resort

Everywhere I look, I am seeing gorgeous raffia totes, beach coverups, swim suits and sandals.  I am looking forward to Spring Break and can’t help but start looking for pieces to add into my beach wardrobe.  I am loving there neutrals for Resort and know they would work well with other items I already own..

Ridgely Brode finds neutrals for Resort and shares some favorites on her Blog Ridgely's Radar for her next beach vacation.

to buy: Athena Procopiou Kimono   /   Eric Javits Packable Hat   /  Le Specs Sunglasses   /   Kayu Straw Clutch  /  Marysia Halter Swimsuit  / Sensi Studio Woven Tote  /  Tory Burch Patos Sandals

This is My Wish, What is on Your Wishlist?

On my 49th birthday, I made a wish to myself that I would do everything I could to get in shape and be the healthiest I could be for my 50th birthday. I have a wonderful loving family, an amazing career, and this blog that has been a way to be creative, work on my photography and share my passions.  What I was not doing was taking care of myself and I was not happy in my body.  I have been a yo-yo dieter my whole adult life and exercise, the one thing that should be a priority, was the easiest thing to blow off.  One month after my birthday, 12 weeks ago, I started a new healthy lifestyle program and have stuck to it.  I have finally found a way that works with my crazy schedule to take off the weight, keep it off and I am exercising everyday.  It is not easy and I have not figured it all out, but it is working for me and I plan on sticking with it past that big birthday and beyond.  I started to feel so good, that I am now coaching other women (and a few men) and that feels even better. I never knew how much I would enjoy helping others change their lives and get healthy.

If you want to be coached by ME (Yes, you heard that right.. by ME!) and find out what I am doing that has made such a big impact on my life, leave me a comment (or send me an email via the contact page) and I will help you be the best you can be!  We can do this together!

And can I let you in on a little secret?  I am wearing a size 6 dress (I have NEVER worn a size 6.. except maybe when I got married) and that feels pretty awesome… #happydance

Ridgely Brode, lifestyle Blogger behind Ridgely's Radar, shares her wish to be lose weight, exercise and be healthy for her big upcoming birthday.

Ridgely Brode, lifestyle Blogger behind Ridgely's Radar, shares her wish to be lose weight, exercise and be healthy for her big upcoming birthday.

 

Ridgely Brode, lifestyle Blogger behind Ridgely's Radar, shares her wish to be lose weight, exercise and be healthy for her big upcoming birthday.

 

Ridgely Brode, lifestyle Blogger behind Ridgely's Radar, shares her wish to be lose weight, exercise and be healthy for her big upcoming birthday.

Ridgely Brode, lifestyle Blogger behind Ridgely's Radar, shares her wish to be lose weight, exercise and be healthy for her big upcoming birthday.

to buy: Trench old (similar here)  / kate spade new york dress unavailable (similar here and here)  /  Hunter Boots  /  Sunglasses old (similar here)