Last Friday I introduced my curated fall capsule wardrobe. I’m getting very intentional about moving toward a slow fashion closet. That means I’ll be making fewer purchases in the future, so I’m building my wardrobe with classic pieces that I can wear for at least several years. I’ll still enjoy a few trends, but not to the extent that they derail my efforts to have a curated wardrobe that I can enjoy long term. Today I’m styling a beautiful blouse from my fall wardrobe, and I’m showing how I can wear it now and wear it later. And of course you can duplicate these looks with a pretty blouse from your own closet.
Yes, this is a pricey blouse. But, as with 99% of the purchases I make, I purchased this Paige Arianna blouse when it was on sale. Unfortunately it has returned to full price at Evereve and Nordstrom, as well as everywhere else I found it. The good news is that if you are by chance interested in the gorgeous 100% silk floral blouse it is available in every size from XXS to XL somewhere. As I typed this blog post on Tuesday, it was fully in stock at Paige.com. But you’ll find this hand drawn Pimpernel print silk georgette v-neck blouse at…
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This is a sheer blouse, so you’ll probably want to wear a pretty camisole underneath. I’ve ordered this one. In the photos here I’m wearing one, but I decided I wanted something just a little nicer than my usual undershirt style tanks that I generally wear under sweaters.
The beauty is in the details of this silk floral blouse. The v-neck is trimmed with a gentle ruffle that lays flat so nicely, and the same ruffle is featured on the cuffed sleeves. And I adore the beautiful mauve pink, taupe and deep brown in the hand drawn print.
For this first look I paired the blouse with my Paige Cindy high waist straight leg jeans. These ankle length jeans (28″ inseam) feature a slightly chewed raw hem. They were 40% off in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but have returned to full price now. They run true to size.
I love the way my sand suede Steve Madden mules work with this wear now outfit. I carried a light taupe hand bag, but it is no longer available. In fact, I’ve had this Michael Kors satchel for almost five years. A structured handbag like this one adds a little polish to any outfit, so I frequently use it to elevate a jeans outfit like this.
I chose to keep my jewelry very simple, allowing the floral print silk floral blouse to take center stage. I just wore my Kendra Scott drop earrings in dark brown. But looking at these photos now, I think I’d add my simple gold herringbone chain necklace.
For my wear later rendition of this outfit, I switched out my Paige ankle length straight leg jeans and wore my Talbots straight leg jeans, which are full length. I purchased a similar pair of these last year, but I had to cut them off because they were so long. I left the hemline raw on those, so I decided to order another pair and keep the hem. These way I have options. The Talbots straight leg jeans run true to size in my usual Talbots size. Mine are in the Vista wash.
Of course I also swapped out my sand suede mules for sand suede booties. And I added my brown faux leather button front tie jacket. I like the way the deep brown jacket pulls out the dark accents in the blouse.
The shoulder bag I carried here is no longer available either. But any taupe or brown bag would work nicely.
Obviously this gorgeous silk floral blouse will work nicely with dress slacks or a skirt, as well. But my goal for today was simply to show two different options for jeans outfits now and later. Thanks so much for dropping in!
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Blessed for My Day
Have you been hurt, marginalized, or left out by someone? It can be difficult to process the feelings we go through when someone we once valued, loved or at least lived peaceably with shuns or wounds us in some way. We may swing from feeling sad to mad, hurt to frustrated, misunderstood to misrepresented. And as those emotions come and go like tidal waves, we can wonder if we’ll ever move past the depth of anguish. But God calls us to forgive. Why? Well for one thing, forgiveness is Christlike. But also as we forgive we will find renewed freedom and release from the hurt.
If you need to forgive someone today I urge you to begin with this one biblical step: pray for that person daily. It is hard. And you will struggle at first. But as you begin to pray daily for this person – for God to bless them, for them to experience His love and grace abundantly, for them to grow in Christlikeness daily – your heart will begin to soften toward them. And God will do a supernatural work in your life.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” ~ Matthew 5:43-44