ADDING SOME BLACK (to my summer white)

The only thing better and easier than mixing white with white is adding black (at least in my style book), so before my white vintage summer skirt made it to the dry cleaners I did just that.

Added a basic black summer tee . . .
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A statement necklace . . .
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And a straw hat.
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Talk about easy styling.
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What about you . . . Do you have any easy styling tips?

I’m heading over to Patti’s for visible Monday to see about some.

SUMMER WHITE’S (share-in-style)

When you want to mix summer + style + a little bit of elegance + keeping cool, you dress head to toe in white.

For my latest date night, I did just that . . .
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by wearing a long linen white skirt . . .
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an embroidere tee . . .
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and a linen scarf worn as a shawl.

I chose to throw on easy going flip flops to keep the look on the casual side.
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How are you wearing your summer whites?

Join me as I head over to Mrs. Papelicos for share-in-style to see how others are sporting their summer whites.

COOL BY THE POOL

It’s full on summer here . . .
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The day begins to heat up when the sun peaks over our Eastern Mountains . . .
and
Doesn’t cool off until it sets behind the Western Horizon . . .
therefore,
We spend a lot of time staying “Cool” by and in the “Pool”.
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Part of my daily routine consists of setting up umbrella’s for shade . . .
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Placing towels on each lounge chair . . .
(yes, I enjoy having them match. I normally purchase my beach towels at Home Goods, they have the best prices and great quality).
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Then I take out plenty of oversize drinking glasses and a pitcher which I will fill with Ice-water and simply throw in some limes or cucumbers and mint from the garden. I find this is the most refreshing drink.
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On the days when friends are joining us, I will place magazines around the tables for added entertainment.
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And then whip up a fun pasta salad for all to enjoy.
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This one is my favorite of the week:
1 cup cherry tomatoes cut into fourths
1 cup cucumbers seeded and chopped
1/2 cup kalamata olives (or more if you prefer)
1/2 feta cheese
1/4 cup fresh mint
3/4 box elbow pasta (or whatever kind you have on hand)
mix greens.
Balsamic vinegar
olive or avocado oil

I just pour everything into a bowl and then mix just a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar and put it the fridge for about an hour to let all the flavors blend together, then right before serving I will add a bit more vinegar and some oil and if you prefer salt and pepper.

One of my favorite things about summer is staying “cool in the pool” but most of all when we can enjoy it with friends makes it even better.
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TRYING TO BE (not so) GROWN UP

I believe I’ve figured out the magical solution for keeping young. Did you notice I didn’t say, looking young, I’m still trying to figure that solution out, I simply mean acting and feeling young at heart.
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Here’s my solution . . .
Just hang out with an infant or a child for a day, even an hour will bring about some of this magic potion. You will find yourself immersed in their way of thinking and acting and loving life.
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The last few days I’ve been spending time with Miss Molly (my granddaughter), and I’ve found myself rediscovering some of the simple pleasures and treats of summer-time.
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I was overjoyed yesterday while playing at a near by park when I heard the old familiar song coming from an old fashion popsicle truck (I didn’t even realize they were still around). I quickly flagged it down and purchased one for each of us. I don’t know who enjoyed it the most, this 51 year old grandma or Miss Molly.
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Either way, I sure felt young while eating it.

Little note on fashion, this is my version of grandma shorts.
What is your version of grandma shorts? And, have you found any magical solutions to feeling young?
I’m heading over to Patti’s for Visible Monday in hopes of seeing some youthful faces.

SHARE IN STYLE-HOW ARE YOU WEARING DENIM THIS SUMMER?

The ever so fun and talented Sacramento of MIS PAPELICOS has her Share-In-Style link up today and its all about wearing denim in summer.
So how am I wearing denim this summer?
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One way is by wearing my wide leg or (aka) Palazzo trousers. These are super duper light weight and quite an easy way to dress up a denim look.
For day time wear, I normally pair them with a simple tee, fun wedged sandals, a big sun hat, a simple lightweight necklace, and my oversized straw bag.
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And then for evening I just layer on a lightweight tunic, making it just a bit dressier, exchange the wedges for gold heeled sandals, a clutch in place of a big bag, and a more elegant hat.
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I love wearing denim, but during the heat of the summer months, it must be something easy breezy.
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What about you? How are you wearing your denim this summer. Head on over to MIS PAPELICOS for some fun ideas.

RAISING OUR FLAG

As I wake up in the morning my street will be lined with our American Flags . . .

Because today is a celebration . . .

It’s our Country’s Birthday
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A few days ago at our church service I had the privilege to once again stand and sing our National Athem. As we were half way through the song, my son looked up to see tears rolling down my cheeks. He quietly asked if I were ok. I whispered back that I was just overwhelmed with gratitude for what this song represents, a land of the brave, a land of the free.

I truly love everything this broad stripes and bright stars banner (Flag) represents for and to me and I’m waving and raising it proudly today.

On my front porch . . .
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With my homemade flag, hanging on my door . . .
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Flags placed in pots . . .
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A wooden flag placed on the chair . . .
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Red, white, and blue flowers planted in pots . . .
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Even ‘Betty’ is dressed for the celebration.
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And what will I be wearing?
Well most likely this star spangled t-shirt . . .
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Paired with some denim capri’s and a vest
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or
maybe with a summer skirt and fun flats
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or
I just might borrow my hat from ‘Betty’ and stick with all cream and a denim vest.
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What I do know is that I will be proudly waving a flag . . .
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And being ever so grateful for all it represents.

GOING ON A PICNIC . . .

I’m going on a picnic . . .

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Why?

Because it’s summer time . . .

and

it’s just a fun way to spend a lunch date . . .

or dinner.

When I think of picnic attire, I think old fashion all white with a wicker basket

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or

a big straw hat, maxi and scarf to keep me warm when the evening cools down or to use as a nice blanket for sitting on.

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How do you dress for a picnic?

Today Adrienne (at rich life on a budget) and Jill at (every thing just so) are having their monthly HWIM and its all about picnic attire, head on over and get some fun ideas.

Also join me over at Judith’s for her monthly hat attack as we celebrate one year.