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Play Dress Up: I want to be Laverne

22 Sep

Is it wrong that I have a strong desire (urge, wish?) to stitch a cursive “J” on EVERYTHING I own?  EVERYTHING.

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Play Dress Up: Vegas Getaway

3 Jun

On Sunday the Hubs and I celebrate ONE YEAR of Blissful Marriage!  To celebrate we’re off to Vegas for the weekend.  Unfortunately there are no plans to renew our vows with Elvis – maybe in 24 more years.

Las Vegas means a number of different things to people.  For me I love the glitz and glamour of what it was – the nostalgia of an era before my time.

Our plan is to dabble a little in some gambling, lay by the pool, enjoy some people watching, dine fabulously and catch a show.  I’m not one to get all decked out in club gear, but I’d like to find a few items that are special with a little added spice.

Perfect for our anniversary dinner at Craftsteak – close enough to ivory like my wedding dress.

Your Breezy Charms Dress – Modcloth

Let’s see a show with this light and flirty number.

Hy & Dot Open Back Dress – South Moon Under

I have an adorable white eyelet tank that would go perfectly with these cutesy shorts.

Judith March Pique Bird Shorts – South Moon Under

Let’s talk pool and cocktails – can you picture this with a straw floppy hat?  I love the high-waisted bottoms.

Retro Dot – J. Crew

I’m intrigued by the romper – it looks so comfy and chic.

Pin-up Romper – J. Crew

It gets chilly in those casinos, so sleeves are necessary.

Saint James Meridien II Tee – Madewell

Play Dress Up: My Post-Apocalyptic Wish List

25 May

Thoughts of the Rapture on Saturday had me think of what I would need to survive – of course this is all rather superficial because I would certainly need electricity and some other creature comforts.  Please….I always need to blow dry my hair…always.  Now that we have until October I’m feeling a bit better about procuring items on my list.

First off I need a satchel to carry my loot with me.  Since I have a passion for pockets, this Fossil Bag is a must, must have.  If zombies or other predators were to attack or be on the prowl, I chose gray for urban camouflage (plus it goes with everything!).

My favorite leggings are Simply Vera from Kohls – for the low, low price of $20 you get full coverage leggings — not the see-through and expose your gotchies type.  They are breathable and comfy in the event you’re on your feet a lot.

To stay speedy and cute, everyone should own my favorite pair of Keds.

During these times of uncertainty we may need to pack light so here we can combine two of my faves…chunky necklaces and scarves.

If you need to make a quick getaway I recommend my fab beach cruiser — be sure to get a basket to hold your treasures though!

Don’t forget to write down all your thoughts for when the world is repopulated and they find your journal.

Come on, if we’re gonna go, we might as well go in style.

…I also recommend chapstick and sunblock…

1. Fossil Vintage Reissue Tote 2. Simply Vera Wang Solid Leggings 3. Keds Champion Canvas Originals 4. Anthropologie Voluminous Scarf Necklace 5. Six Three Zero Classic Edition Women’s 3-Speed 6. Paper Source Bicycle Spiral Notebook

Play Dress Up: Outdoor Festival Season

17 May

This past weekend the Jollys went to the 15th Annual Legendary Boonville Beer Fest at the Mendocino Country Fairgrounds.

We celebrated this day of Hops, Hippies and Hipsters with Ben, Pedro and Leigh-Ann.  The temperature was not warm and sunny like you would expect for this time of year in Northern California.  It was essential to layer and layer and layer. To keep some style while staying toasty…here’s what I came up with.

Ok granted you can’t see just how cute my outfit was, but….it was essential to stay warm and dry, but comfy.  There was a lot of walking and spilled beer!

I wore my favorite pair of black leggings with a navy tunic and orange cardigan (unseen!).  Of course I had to throw on a fleece with my favorite pashmina and Fossil sling bag I use when I’m out and about.  The boots I have on are from Kohls — I love them so much I’ve tried to buy another pair just in case with no luck!

Here’s the Hubs and I loving beer.  This is when I was savoring a secret pour from North Coast of Le Merle.  Run don’t walk to find this effervescent gem of a brew.

Leigh-Ann visited from Washington, DC and I miss her oh-so-much!  What I love about my Plus One is that she will do anything…like taking a picture in a bear’s legs….

See that gorgeous headband she’s wearing?  I picked that up for her birthday at a car wash boutique in Campbell, CA of all places! Yes a car wash boutique — the Delta Queen — seriously check this joint out.

I’m looking forward to the summer full of outdoor of activities!

I also want to give a shout-out to my beautiful Kindred Sister – Mo – who ran the 12K Bay to Breakers on Sunday!  Way to go – I’m SO, SO proud of you!

Play Dress Up – To Maxi or Not to Maxi

3 May

Frankly I do not believe I was meant for a maxi dress and it disappoints me so.  I have friends that look gorgeous in them and I look like I’m wearing a grandma’s housecoat or mumu.

I own one long dress that I picked up in Portland last summer that I’m trying to wear more to embrace the trend.  Plus wearing pants STINKS.

Here are some dresses that have piqued my interest lately.


1. Crocheted back Farrah maxi dress on Fred Flare – $64

2. Dress that Launched 1,000 Ships in Dusk from ModCloth – $149.99

3. Spellbound Maxi Dress from Anthropologie – $358.00

Play Dress Up: Royal Wedding

28 Apr

It’s a fact – I am on the Royal Wedding Bandwagon.  Even tomboys had a dream of being a princess at one point in their lives.

My Momma keeps reminding me how cutting edge she was with her besties at my wedding last June.  Momma’s amazing British friend, Jan, brought fascinators from England for the two of them and their other bestie Marcia.

Here’s a peek of my pretty Momma and awesome cousin Kathy.

It’s a tough photo to see the real effect, but I’ve asked Marcia for some other shots to include in a later post!  Stay tuned….

Fancy making yourself your own fascinator?  Check out this tutorial from P.S. I Made This.

Here are some of my faves from around the interwebs:

Sources: 1. 2. – 3. 

Play Dress Up – Holiday Party Time

9 Nov

Holiday Party time is right around the corner.  You deserve a new dress after all that turkey basting and Christmas shopping.  There are many cute options this season that fulfill the oh-so-cute requirement, but the must-have feature has to be THE POCKET.  Where else will you keep your saucy red lipstick?

The first option I swooned over is the Flutterby Dress from ModCloth, reasonably priced at $69.99.  It would be amazing with sparkle tights or a pair of killer glitter pumps for added flair.

The second is a bit more sassy and casual – the Dappled and Darling Dress from ModCloth for $49.99.  A pair of opaque tights and a bejeweled (or bedazzled) sweater would jazz this cutie up.

Lastly we have the Polina dress from Kirribilla for the low, low price of $440.  Maybe a little out of range for some of us this season, but ADORABLE.  I also love the idea of jewel tones for a holiday pallet.

These options definitely give the tacky Christmas sweater a run for its money.

Remember ‘tis the season to be JOLLY!

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