Happy Monday, dear gal. We are now officially into summer and I’m gravitating to the oh-so-cool lightweight pieces in my wardrobe these days. What about you? That’s why I thought you might like this navy & white embroidered top. Psst! I have it in all white, too! But I love the classic appeal of navy and white for a soft but sophisticated summer look.
You do not need to worry one bit about this pretty feminine top wrinkling…because it absolutely will! But that’s part of the charm of this easy breezy blouse. I’m wearing a size Medium for a generous, easy fit.
As of Sunday evening when I’m typing this post, this pretty navy and white embroidered top is not marked down. Bummer. But it’s still fully stocked, so there’s that! You can “favorite” it in the shopping widget below if you’d like to receive a notification when it goes on sale.
Meanwhile, definitely check out these 56% Cotton, 40% Rayon, and 4% Spandex white ankle pants because they are seriously marked down. These Hampshire ankle pants actually also come in navy and a delightful buttercream yellow. After wearing my white Chatham ankle pants for over four years, I decided it was time for some fresh white trousers. And I love the creamy smooth texture of the slightly thicker fabric from which these Hampshire ankle pants are constructed.
Since we’re approaching Independence Day, I decided to have a little fun and just wear my new Vera Bradley Red, White & Blossoms flip flops. When I got them they were buy one get one free, but that doesn’t seem to be the case right now. They run true to size; I’m wearing a large for my 9.5 size foot. These flip flops are very comfortable…for flip flops. They’re not highly cushioned or anything, but the strap feels very comfortable.
I did tuck the shirt in gently in the front, but let it hang loose the rest of the way around my waist. I didn’t bother with a belt, but you absolutely could add one here if you prefer. I know I’m going to be asked if this shirt is thin and see-through. Yes and yes. But not to the point that I feel I need to wear a camisole. You absolutely could if you wanted to. But I don’t think it’s necessary as long as you wear a flesh colored bra.
Also, I think I would ask if the elastic in the sleeves is comfortable or if it pinches. It is indeed very comfortable, just lightly clinging to my arm, not pinching me at all.
Finally, let’s talk jewelry real quick. I kept it classic and understated, but I also didn’t skimp on it. My necklace, earrings and beaded bracelet are no longer available, but I’ve included alternatives int he shopping widget. My enamel bangle, however, is available in white, blue and green.
My sweet straw clutch is also still available. It’s such a nice summery option, and holds all my necessities nicely: lipstick, keys, reading glasses, sunnies, card case and, alas, a face mask. Speaking of face masks, I picked up a few from Vera Bradley the same day I got my flip flops. They’re so comfortable and pretty, too.
By the way, if you like this navy and white embroidered top, you may also like this navy and white embroidered gauze a-line dress. Oh so lovely!
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Blessed for My Day
Sometimes when I sit on my back deck and the sun feels too warm I seek the shade. I have to inch my chair a little closer to the house, which is protecting me from the harsh rays of the sun. In the same way, some days it feels like my circumstances “heat up.” Misunderstandings abound, people’s emotions surge around me, information comes flying at me in an overwhelming rush or difficulties intensify. Can you relate?
That’s when I need to scoot a little closer to my God. The Bible tells me that I can abide (stay put and get comfortable) in His shadow. And unlike the shade I seek on my back deck, God’s shadow does not shrink or disappear. Instead, I can dwell in the shelter He provides if I will simply draw close to Him. That means I need to read His Word, share my thoughts and emotions with Him in prayer, call out to Him when I need direction or hope, cling to His promises and character and meditate on His Truth. Let’s seek the Lord today so that we can take refuge in the shadow of the Almighty.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. ~ Psalm 91:1