Transitional Dressing: The Best of Both Worlds

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The Fall Equinox. The Summer Solstice. On paper, these terms have a well-defined and clear-cut meaning. On a specific date, the seasons change. From summer to fall. From spring to summer. But in real life, we know this is rarely the way the seasons work – from one extreme to the other, one day to the next. The transition can last several weeks, even a month or more, from the heat and humidity of summer to the cool crispness of fall. These transition periods–summer to fall (sall? fummer?), winter to spring (wring? sprinter?)–are when you get to wear some of your favorite pieces from two seasons at the same time.

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You can head outdoors again, after escaping to air conditioning for the last part of the summer. You can still wear your favorite summer dresses, just now add a lightweight topper to your outfit.

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You’ve seen this dress a million times over the past two years, I know. Last year I put it away as soon as I felt the air start to change. “It’s a summer dress.” But this year I have the perfect thin duster length cardigan to wear over it as we head into cooler weather. So it can stay in my wardrobe and continue to be enjoyed until it’s too cold for bare legs.

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This particular day was one of those days that started out cool in the morning and ended up quite warm in the afternoon. I was glad for two (two!) outfits in one.

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I prefer easing into a new season this way. Taking the best of one season and just adding it to favorites from another. Booties with a sundress. A lightweight scarf with a tee shirt. A cardigan in an autumn color over a summer pastel.

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Thinking this way you may find that many items can stay in your wardrobe from one season to the next. I find I have a core “all year round capsule” of clothing pieces that are always in my closet, no matter the season. Maybe you just need to “round out” your seasonal wardrobe with a few new key pieces.

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I remember when I was young and my mother would take (or, later, send me with her credit card!) me clothes shopping at the start of each new season (well, hot season and cold season) and I pretty much got an entire new wardrobe. Out with the old, in with the new. Like getting new notebooks and pencils in September, those habits die hard. But we don’t need to replace everything every year.

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Transitional dressing is just one way of extending the wardrobe. Of keeping favorite pieces around longer. And of easing into the new season and weather. Both literally and sartorially.

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What is your favorite fummer (that is so never gonna stick, is it?) outfit?

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What I wore:

  • Junarose feather print dress. No longer available. But these have sort of the same vibe – plus size, straight size.
  • Palomino (their color name, not mine) Old Navy duster cardigan, size 2x. This color no longer available, but it still comes in olive, light heather grey, camel and black (I have the black one and wear it All. The. Time.)
  • Bracelet, reproduction vintage. Comparable here and here.

Photographs by Robert Mitchell Photography and She Who Shall Remain Nameless.

 

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Week in Review: Week 133

Whoosh! That week flew by!

Started Monday after work, going back to a garden I shot in awhile back, to get some additional shots for a blog post. This is a teaching garden at a local college and it is one of my favorite gardens on the Island.

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OOTD Tuesday

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H&M polkadot tee, Charlotte Russe olive green shacket, Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda jeans, Adidas Cloudfoam sneakers

Work days have been chaotically busy, getting ready for our big golf outing tomorrow (Sep 24), but I was fortunate to have Wednesday off, and I got the heck out of Dodge to really take a head break.

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I just realized there are pictures from that day I haven’t edited yet. OH WELL.

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It’s been cool enough all week to have the windows open instead of the air conditioner on.

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I treated myself to flowers.

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Yesterday I did the ALS Walk with my bestie in memory of her brother, Bill Hill. Well, I did most of the walk. ALRIGHT. I did some of the walk. I did walk. Honestly.

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Today we headed back out east to a public land trust garden I’ve never been to – Bridge Garden in Bridgehampton.

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And to a nice outdoor lunch (my favorite!) and walk around the town.

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We found a great antique store that was merchandised SO WELL for Halloween! AND they had GREAT vintage and antique jewelry. And I bought a scarf.

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And that’s it! Now I’m racing against time to get the blog and my laundry done so I can go to bed! Tomorrow (golf outing) is a LONG day and I want to get a good night’s sleep, so no chit chat from me tonight – goodnight!

 

 

My Favorite Summer Looks

Sigh. It’s really time to start seeing what’s in the “fall/winter” tub…but first I want to take a look back at my five favorite outfits of this summer.

#5 – Starting at the bottom, is the outfit I wore on the first day of summer, the bright pink rayon embroidered top from Andree by Unit over skinny jeans. It was easy easy and I like easy.

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#4 – My 4th favorite look from this past summer is the olive green Bobeau tunic with black leggings and black duster cardi. This is it’s second year and doubles as a fall outfit, so I’ve really gotten a lot of wear out of this easy outfit.

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#3 – In the #3 spot is the London Times black floral wrap dress with the denim jacket. It’s a little more “dressed up” than I usually get, which made it a little special for me.

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#2 – My new favorite summer jeans outfit, this Johnny Was birthday-cake-frosting-blue top over white jeans. I got it so late in the season I’ve only gotten to wear it twice, but I look forward to taking it back out next summer for a whole season of floaty blue goodness.

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#1 – And, shocker (NOT), my #1 favorite outfit for the second summer in a row…the Junarose dress. It’s just too good. Easy, breezy, floaty, light. I love the colors and the print. I always feel good in it.

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And what can I learn from this review? Well, 4 of the 5 looks were loose-fitting dresses/tops. Just the wrap dress was a snugger fit, and that was a rental. I know to not buy that style for dress, as while I might like the way it looks, I don’t like the way it feels and it would surely hang in my closet, untouched. It’s certainly a reminder to revisit past purchases and steer clear of the things we know our not our favorite things to wear – even if it’s a new trend or a pretty color or whatever. Usually if we look just a little harder or longer, we can find that leopard print we love so much on an item that will feel good to wear!

Did you learn anything about your wardrobe this summer?

 

Last Day of Summer – Really!

The past two weeks we’ve been bombarded with pictures of pumpkin lattes and cozy sweaters and all the spicy brown tones…but really, that was jumping the gun just a bit! Tomorrow is the last day of summer, for real, so today I am showing my last summer outfit of the season (sadface).

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It was my one big splurge slash birthday present to myself – this Johnny Was top in a lovely summer blue. Like my favorite Junarose dress, I feel so free and floaty in it, and apparently free and floaty is my favorite way to feel. Unrestricted. Like flowers swaying in the breeze.

 

I wish I could be more like those flowers, gently swaying, bending softly to the wind…

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At least in this top, I sort of feel that way.

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It’s important to have clothing that feels good to you. That feels good on you.

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The end of a season is a good time to assess your summer wardrobe, whether it worked for you…whether it felt good for you. I’ll be going through my closet soon and reviewing my summer wardrobe – what worked and what didn’t. I’ll share that review with you. I hope it will help you with your own wardrobe.

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I feel a little like the top of a beautiful birthday cake with tiny blue ruffles and roses.

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The End.

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What I Wore:

  • Johnny Was tunic top, size 3x. No longer available, similar here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size.
  • Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda jeans, size 22W short. Plus here and straight size here.
  • New Balance sneakers

I’m linking up with Emma and her Style with a Smile Link-up.

Thank you to Robert Mitchell Photography.

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Week in Review: Week 132

Another week down. They’re ticking off faster and faster. At this point in my life I just hope I get to enjoy a little bit of retirement before I die.

Had a 4-day weekend. Rained a lot so didn’t do too much.

Pre-bra-fitting carb (and sugar)-loading. You’ll read more about this in a future post.

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Just a touch of leopard!

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Halloween ahead.

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Wednesday was #NationalChocolateMilkshakeDay. Did you observe??

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The adult clients at work are making and selling chakra bracelets. And I have chicken skin.

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This smoothie. Neither good nor bad.

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Saturday: headed to Brooklyn for the day.

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We went to an art center thing that turned out to be more kid-friendly than adult-friendly. We did make woodblock cards that we colored. For my birthday 🙂

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Parked in front of this house in Bed-Stuy for lunch. I love all their tropical plants.

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We went to a park in Bushwick for birthday cake and a little photo shoot and saw this other shoot going on. Theirs looks more interesting.

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Hunting for new street art.

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The only reality is now.

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Here’s a sad little story. We saw this wall mural in Bushwick. Later that night, when I dropped my friend off at her car, I was getting her things out of the hatch in the back in of the car…and there was a beautiful yellow and black butterfly…dead. I don’t know when it got in, or really why it would have died, it was not really hot in the car or anything. But…sad.

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I have mixed feelings about the week ahead. It’s the week before a big work event and things can get stressful. But I also have Wednesday off so that’s nice. I’ll try and take a big breath each morning…and just let it out slowly all day long.

The end.

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Month in Review: August 2018

I have felt very disorganized ever since vacation, I can’t quite get my ducks together, so, yes, I realize it’s the middle of September and I’m just now posting my August in Review, but…LIFE.

Top 3 Blog Posts

#1 I Was Ghosted Ooh, that’s a little sad. There’s not even a picture. I will say now, just about a month later…of course I am surviving. But I am sad. And what I just have to keep repeating to myself is “my feelings don’t matter…what I want doesn’t matter.” I mean, sure, they MATTER, but not in this situation. Am I sad? Sure. But it doesn’t matter. Are there things I wish I could tell him? Sure, but why? They don’t matter. Are there still things I wish I could do with him/talk to him about, etc? Yes, but it doesn’t matter. That’s the sucky part about break ups. One person says “it no longer matters what you feel or what you say or what you want…because *I* no longer feel that or want it.” The End.

#2 Some Thoughts on Accessorizing Oh my gosh, this feels like a year ago!

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Old Navy striped dress, old, similar here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size  /  Old Navy beige duster length cardigan, old, similar here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size  /  Kate Spade heart tote, old, comparable here and here  /  Keds Champions sneakers with Vionic arch support inserts / Hat was a gift

#3 Time Flies, But Does it Have To?

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Sleeveless top by Andree by Unit, old, similar here and here in plus size and here and here in straight size  /  Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda jeans, size 22W Short.

Favorite Blogger Outfits

August was an odd month. Vacation, break-up, I wasn’t online as much as usual and very little was interesting me. So there is only one favorite blogger outfit and it really interested me! I saw it right at the start of the month and it set the bar for everything I saw after it, and just nothing lived up to it. So for August, only one Favorite Blogger Outfit.

Melanie from Bag and a Beret in this inexplicably amazing outfit. I want to wear this tomorrow. And the day after that. And the day after that. I want to wear it every day. That question I always ask myself when I’m on the fence about an outfit or buying a new item – “Is this the person I want to be??” THIS is the person I want to be. Bold. Not precious. A rule breaker. Easy. As in “with ease,” not like “simple.” Thank you, Melanie, for setting the bar high. I hope I can live up to your role model-ness someday. Even just ONE day!

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Favorite Product

I got this teeny tiny little hair straightener…for my teeny tiny hair. It’s finally just long enough that I can get a straightener through the top part and make a smoother look. Cuz while I’m enjoying the ease of super short hair, I am not a fan of the tight waves I get at this length. So at least I have another option now. I like it cuz it heats up super fast and does what it’s supposed it. Two thumbs up.

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Favorite Movie

Remember my sadface when I cancelled my MoviePass app? No movies for me this month.

Favorite Book

Wow, August – not such a great month for “favorites”! I only read one book and it was…okay. I liked his other book better, The House on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and maybe in comparison this one just didn’t…you know. Knock my socks off. But it was definitely an interesting story, a page turner, he tells a story well. I just didn’t LOVE it. But we can’t love everything. That doesn’t mean they’re worthless. Did you read anything you liked in August??

Favorite Video

Totally random and unrelated to the blog, but so so lovely.

3 Biggest Accomplishments

  • Only drinking TWO McDonalds Sweet Teas all month. And surviving.
  • Getting every last box out of my kitchen.
  • Survived a break-up.

Things I Learned this Month

  • That Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri are the same place! 

I can’t say I was sorry to see August go. I think of it fondly, cuz vacation. But there was just a cloud over everything for me. Now we’re flying through September and I feel like I’m just finally getting myself straightened out and settled in after vacay.

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NYFW Street Style Trends

I LOVE Fashion Week…and almost more than the runway shows themselves, I love the shows happening out on the streets – the street style looks from guests attending the shows. The “real” fashion is, of course, amazing, but generally unattainable by us common-folk. I love to see what’s being worn out on the streets by the real life fashionistas, and to think about how it could be incorporated into the average wardrobe. So, in looking through hundreds (and hundreds!) of pictures from the past week-ish, I pulled out some that make some points or that I just thought were really lovely. Hope you enjoy my review (I’m feeling a bit like Joan Rivers…but nice!!!).

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1) via Refinery29  /  2) via Refinery29  /  via Vogue
P8 clashing colors
via Man Repeller
page 2 leopard
1) via Popsugar / 2) via The Cut  /  via Vogue
P9 brights
via The Cut
page 3 white shirts
1) via Vogue  /  2) via Refinery29  /  3) via Popsugar
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via InStyle
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1) via Man Repeller  /  2) via Man Repeller  /  3) via Pop Sugar  /  4) via Pop Sugar                               /  5) via Man Repeller
page 12 sequins
1) via Pop Sugar  /  2) via Man Repeller
page 13 bathrobe
I know, I know, I said I was going to be nice. But come on!
page 4 pattern mixing
1) via Refinery29  /  2) via Style du Monde
page 5 no explanation
1) via Popsugar  /  2) via Man Repeller  /  3) via Vogue
page 6 sneakers
1) via Popsugar  /  2) via Vogue  /  3) via Popsugar  /  4) via Popsugar  /  5) via Popsugar  /                6) via Popsugar
P7 timeless classics
1) via Popsugar  /  2) via Popsugar  /  3) via Popsugar  /  4) via The Cut
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via In Style  /  Jaime JeTaime blog

There was so much more I could have shared, I could do this Every Darn Day, but there’s just So Much! PS – GREAT BIG GRATEFULNESS KUDOS to all the street photographers being more inclusive this year than I’ve ever seen – plus size gals, transgender, physically disabled, little people, different races and colors – it was pretty awesome. There’s a LOT further to go, but at least we’re moving in a better direction of inclusivity.

Anyway, this was just a little peek into some real life trends appearing during New York Fashion Week. I hope you enjoyed my rundown. What was your favorite? Might you try something new? I hope so! I definitely will!

Come Along With Me: Escher Exhibit, Industry City, Brooklyn

This past weekend some friends and I finally got to do something we’ve been wanting to do all summer, but were never all available on a Saturday – and this was a visit to Brooklyn’s new(ish) Industry City in Sunset Park…and the MC Escher exhibit.

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Industry City used to be just dilapidated, mostly unused warehouse space along the waterfront of Sunset Park in south Brooklyn. Back in the day, ships would carry product/materials to Brooklyn’s waterfront area so it was mostly covered piers and warehouses for offloading and storage. Over time, this part of commerce has diminished, and with it, the need for so much storage space. Piers, so exposed to the elements and water, eventually crumbled or were disassembled…and giant warehouses were abandoned. There’s little to no residential space in these areas, so destruction and crime were rampant. But now, with space in the “cool” parts of Brooklyn becoming so so expensive, developers are looking for new frontiers…and they found it in South Brooklyn.

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Someone had the genius to buy up like 5 blocks of these old warehouses, renovate them, and turn them into trendy retail and community space. The buildings house shops, studios, galleries, food courts – all with magnificent high ceilings and giant windows creating incredible light-filled spaces. The outdoor spaces between the buildings have cafes, walkways, green spaces, a concert stage, art and seating. We browsed The Brooklyn Flea, had lunch, and partook of some photo opps in the many scenic spots.

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But wait! There’s…

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While just browsing the different sights and sounds (and snacks) of Industry City was fun for the day, the main attraction for us was the MC Escher exhibit. As I shared in my last post, a lot of people know the works of Escher from wall calendar pictures of never-ending staircases and other optical illusion type drawings. But there was so much more to his work and life.

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He lived from 1898 to 1972. That is an amazing period of time to have experienced! Many say his work was more mathematical than artistic because of his frequent use of geometric shapes and exploring the concept of infinity in one dimension. The exhibit was so interesting because I never knew of his other kinds of work.

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He frequently used tessellation in his work – which means repeating shapes without any overlaps or empty gaps. In the center of the image below you see the repeating shapes of white geese…and the space between them is repeating images of black geese.

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And red bulldogs…and the opposing white bulldogs. I can’t draw ONE bulldog, ha!

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Do you see Evil Black Bats? Or White Angels??

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Tessellated flooring!

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I love this one, almost like a botanical print, but see how everything fits in together almost like puzzle pieces?

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I wonder if something like this….

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…inspired someone like Keith Haring?

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He created woodblocks, painstakingly carving out detailed images….and lithographs from the woodblocks.

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And the most fun were the interactive features of the exhibition.

From this…

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to this!

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In this drawing he showed a keen control of perspective…

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Then we got to play with real life forced perspective.

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No perspective here, I was just pooped. We walked almost 3 miles that day. That’s a lot for fat old me!

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Some final words from Mr. Escher.

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One of the buildings in Industry City painted in a pop art comic book style.

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After Escher and some lunch, we headed to Red Hook – another waterfront area in Brooklyn. We found a nice view of lower Manhattan – The Financial District – from a park.

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And we ended up at Steve’s Key Lime Pie where I had one last treat before heading home.

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It was a good day. I love exploring different neighborhoods and finding new things to see and do. Brooklyn is just an endless bounty of goodness for me. I hope you enjoyed “going along with me” and seeing some new places yourself.

I’ve been struggling for fashion-related content again with the very hot humid weather and so many rainy days. I like doing posts like this…as I like seeing where you live and what you do! I’m thinking about doing a feature like this a couple times a month-ish. Since I’m not doing Sentence-a-Day anymore, this might be a nice replacement. Thoughts??

What I Wore:

Thanks to my friend Linda and That Other Friend Who Shall Remain Nameless for the pictures of me.

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Week in Review: Week 131

Which is actually Week 132 cuz I noticed going back through some old posts that I’d named the WIR post the same thing two weeks in a row. Whatever. So, here we are in Week 132 posting Week 131. Not confusing at all.

Back to work this week. I don’t know if the week was truly easier, or if I’m just still in Time Off Zen mode, either way, it was not too bad. And here it is, a 4-day weekend!

Last week was:

A clothing challenge I saw mentioned on Thriftshop Fashionista’s Instagram – I thought, ooh, that’d be fun to do…and immediately forgot about it til I just scrolled back and found this picture. Guh. Maybe next month 🙂

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Pretty shadows on the wall…complete with Janey silhouette.

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Why. Why. Why.

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Windowboxes.

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Office desk birthday party.

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Beach sunset birthday party.

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Flower birthday cake from my daughter.

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My boss brought her new puppy in to meet us. I have a weird face on.

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Trying to do “outfit of the day” again. That’ll last 5 minutes.

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Dress: Rachel Roy Tencel, size 2x

Dinner out birthday party.

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Office mate’s desk birthday party. But she was home sick and missed it 😦

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Wow, look, two “outfit of the day” days in a row!

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Dress: Sheragano rust Tencel swing dress, size 3x; Old Navy Palomino cardigan, 2x

We were supposed to go to Asbury Park, NJ on Saturday (which would have been my Bucket List Leaving the State item) but then the rain came…so we opted for another outing we’ve been trying to do, seeing the Escher exhibit at Industry City in Brooklyn. It was a perfect day for that, cool on and off light drizzle, no traffic or crowds (has everyone left NY??). The exhibit was EXCELLENT, but you will hear more about that this week.

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While many people think of Escher as the guy who drew those never-ending staircases, there is so much more to his work. This was one of my favorites, “Three Worlds,” representing the three “worlds” – 1) the surface of the water with the leaves floating on it; 2) the forest, shown in the water’s reflection; and 3) the world below the surface, shown in the large fish swimming just below the water’s surface. The depth of the drawing, when you’re looking at it in person, was just amazing.

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We finished up our day at Steve’s Key Lime Pie in Red Hook. I had a magical treat on a stick, which was a mini key lime tartlet w graham cracker crust, a layer of raspberry puree, all covered in dark Belgiany chocolatey goodness. Oh.

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Today the rain cancelled my plans again, a multi-outfit photo shoot that I so desperately need…and the forecast is showing rain for days. So today I will be straightening up the apartment and doing laundry, watching movies and other at-home quiet things…and hoping for another peaceful week ahead.

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