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I really didn’t take outfit photos while I was on vacation in Florida. I meant to. And I did put together nice mix and match things. Of course they were mostly summery. It was blazing hot on the Gulf coast of Florida. But I guess I was just enjoying being unplugged. I know you understand.
So I do think this one outfit was from the week before we left for Florida. In fact, I wore these white pants and black polo shirt on a day when James and I spent a couple of hours in a nearby bookstore on a rainy day.
I purchased this black polo shirt for the travel capsule that I put together for a YouTube video this summer, but it has really turned into a favorite. It’s really soft, slightly cropped and doesn’t fit especially close to the body, more flowy. It’s been a good top for transitioning into fall.
Next up is a combo I know I have worn multiple times during these weeks of transitioning from summer to fall. I’m just crazy about light grey and beige. This pairing feels so simple, uncomplicated and chic to me.
In fact, I think those grey jeans are the only ones I took to Florida with me. The Mother jeans feel and fit just so great. But the Wit & Wisdom jeans I linked you to are a really nice more economical option.
The photo above is pre-vacation. In fact, I think that’s the day we left for vacation. Yeah, now that I think about it, that’s what I wore to Bible study that morning before we headed out. I’m pretty sure I changed into something more comfortable for the actual ride down.
But the next photo I’m wearing those Mother jeans again, so I just wanted you to know this is over a week later. It’s the day I went to get my hair cut right after we returned from vacation. The photos were taken post-haircut. I can tell because my earrings are missing. Ha!
I actually wore the outfit above with the tee on the right to my hair appointment and lunch. When I got home and saw my tank on my clothes rack I thought I should have worn that instead. I like how the tank creates a little neater look. Anyhow, this is another surefire favorite combination. In fact, this outfit was the spring board for this recent popular blog post.
Somehow I missed taking a photo of what I wore to church Sunday. It’s okay. I think it was just another rendition of the outfit above. Ha! I wore the outfit below to go to my fitting for the Dress for Success Cincinnati fashion show on Monday evening.
This navy print shirt is so soft and fits really nicely, softly draping the body. It’s slightly cropped, just enough to work nicely untucked. And I love how this navy and navy combo works under the camel jacket. It really creates a column of navy under the jacket even though the top is a print.
The next morning I left early for the fashion show. I was supposed to arrive with my face and hair clean and unstyled. I felt like a man because I just had to take a shower and throw on clothes and go. Ha!
The photos above, however, were taken after I got home. I didn’t really care for the way the girl did my makeup at all. But I didn’t care too much. I just had such a fun time taking on this personal challenge. In case you’re not familiar, I was a volunteer in a fashion show fundraiser on Tuesday. It was a fast-paced walk down a long runway and back…three times…with very fast, no modesty allowed quick changes right off stage. I LOVED it. But it definitely stretched me. I was glad I had worn my black J.McLaughlin Rylie pants (more economical option) and my Frank & Eileen button up shirt (more economical option). I felt cool and comfortable and relaxed, but still polished. Of course, I couldn’t wear any jewelry either.
I got to model three ensembles by couture designer Daniel Wingate. He was a lovely person, and I absolutely love his designs. I kept hoping he’d just say, “Oh, take that home with you dahling! You look fabulous in it!” But he didn’t. Oh well.
One of the volunteers was blind and walked the runway with her assist dog. I stood backstage in my 3 inch, size-too-small pumps, listening to the music vibrate and the audience applauding, and I thought if Jennifer (the blind volunteer) can do this, I can, too. More importantly, I thought, I can do hard things. I can do this. And I did. It was scary, electrifying and extremely gratifying. I’m so glad I did this hard thing.
Anyhoo! On to the next outfit! Wednesday I had a nail appointment and then ran a few errands. I was in a fall frame of mind, but the temperatures were in the 90s. So I paired my Frame ankle jeans with this elbow sleeve deep brown cardigan, also by Frame. I purchased the sweater in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
It’s a simple outfit, but I think that’s what works best at this time of year. And I think one of the biggest keys to this outfit is keeping the contrast in intensity minimal. That works best for me.
I also wanted to point out my bracelet. It’s part of my friend and fellow blogger Jo-Lynne Shane’s new collection with Victoria Emerson. She had the opportunity to help design each piece and she curated a lovely 11-piece jewelry collection which includes earrings, necklaces and bracelets. And my favorite part? They all feature mixed metals. The key to wearing silver jewelry, gold jewelry and even rose gold jewelry pieces together in one outfit is to have at least one piece that includes the different metal colors. So adding a piece (or more!) of this great collection to your wardrobe is so smart. Plus, Victoria Emerson jewelry makes great birthday and Christmas gifts. Right now all of Jo-Lynne’s collection is Buy One Get One Free. Amazing! And you’ll get free shipping on orders over $75.
And then Thursday I went to Bible study and wore this little combo. It was the first day of fall, of course, and we had a cool front blow in. Perfect timing! It was a glorious day, and I felt like this paisley floral v-neck top looked so appropriate. I didn’t wear it without the utility jacket at Bible study, but I did shed the jacket once I was home. Ooh! And I’m wearing that beautiful Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose lipstick I love. Isn’t it amazing??? It’s 25% off today at Nordstrom.
Thanks so much for dropping in today. Don’t forget to check out Jo-Lynne’s jewelry collection at Victoria Emerson. I’m so excited for her, and it’s a great collection.
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Blessed for My Day
In my Bible study group we’re studying about the life and ministry of Elijah. In our first week’s lesson we were reminded that God is at work producing and doing good things in our lives, even through the hardest things we go through. In fact, it’s through enduring and growing in the hard things that we become more like Christ and our character is shaped with holiness. This Christlike character makes us useful in God’s kingdom for His divine purposes.
No one enjoys suffering hardship. But when we put our hard days in perspective and realize that there is treasure to be found in these difficult journeys, we can persevere, not just with gritted teeth and determination. But with joy and hope. Press on, dear friend. God is doing good things in you and around you. And your hardship will ultimately bring Him glory and you great reward if you submit to His work.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope… ~ Romans 5:3-4