Last time I wore this thrifted romper, it was layered, over a turtleneck and tights, and paired with boots to a party. This time, I wore it with a light jacket and heels to an audition. (I ended up wearing a lace, high-necked bralette under the romper for more coverage. I’m glad I did, because the snap at the neckline came loose sometime during the audition and I would have been showing much more than just my legs!)
Jacket, B. Young. Romper, Charlie Jade (thrifted). Shoes, Seychelles. Earrings, self-made. Bag, Aldo.
February’s styling vs June’s:
I’m home this week, because I wouldn’t want to miss a string of 100°+ days. As soon as it dips below 90°, I’m outta here. (Heading for Las Vegas.)
Joking aside, the back patio is a very pleasant place to be in the mornings. In the afternoon, just a few minutes makes me appreciate the house’s air-conditioning anew. I’m always looking on the bright (and hot) side.
Tank, Mossimo. Pants, Calvin Klein Jeans. Shoes, Viscata. Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs. Earrings, Francesca’s Closet. Necklace, gift. Belt, thrifted. Bag, Colini Handbags (thrifted).
I have a pet theory about the benefits of ballet. I believe that my ballet workouts have protected me from developing any serious injuries from 20+ years of running. I didn’t start dancing until I was 18, but I’ve kept it up, more or less, since then. In the meantime, I watched half my boot camp platoon dropped due to stress fractures from running in combat boots. Despite low bone density, I escaped that fate. I’ve also seen fellow, long-time runners develop plantar fasciitis and knee injuries. I’ve suffered nothing more severe than a strained achilles tendon when I took a few weeks off and then jumped back into my running routine.
My cursory internet research reveals that strong calf muscles protect the feet from injury (acting as shock absorbers). I think that the foot strength developed in ballet is also protective. The foot exercises I see prescribed for plantar fasciitis are very much like the motions used in a ballet class.
Professional dancers suffer all sorts of horrific repetitive motion and impact injuries, so there’s a limit to how much of the activity is beneficial. I’m not going pro anytime soon, and I stay far away from pointe shoes. A weekly ballet class, in soft slippers, is an important part of my cross training routine.
Another ballet benefit: the balance to pose in 4-inch heels on river rocks.
Vest, Forever 21 (cut from a consignment jacket). Dress, Roundy Bay (thrifted). Shoes, Seychelles. Sunglasses, Earthbound Trading Co. Earrings, vintage. Bag, SheBoBo.
It was a little warm this weekend (109 when I took these photos). Ideally, I’d be in the water, but I avoid the river on the weekend because it’s full of drunk floaters. Instead, I wore my swimsuit both days and repeatedly soaked myself (and Jackson) with the garden hose.
Swimsuit, J Crew. Skirt, Flying Tomato (consignment). Shoes, Seychelles (thrifted). Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs. Earrings, Jack E Oh NYC. Bag, thrifted.
Relax. I have shorts on under this dress. It was a 100 degree day, but breezy. This dress is a few inches longer when not belted, but I sacrificed some length, today, for shape. Thanks to the shorts, I didn’t sacrifice my modesty!
Dress, Jovovich Hawke for Target. Belt, thrifted. Shoes, Vieta. Sunglasses, Coco Sunglasses. Earrings, Stardust Remembered. Bag, SheBoBo.
The first wearing of this dress (it was still short back in 2011):
This skirt is cheetah print and the top is some sort of bird . . . maybe guinea fowl? I’m surprised that I hadn’t thought to wear these two together, before. I like the neutral animal spot mash-up.
Blouse, BCBG Max Azria. Skirt, Body by Victoria. Shoes, Linea Paolo. Sunglasses, Coco Sunglasses. Bag, Aldo.
Past pattern mixes with this skirt:
The sprawling Crowne Plaza in Concord has an indoor jungle, complete with palms, a koi pond, and a swimming pool. I didn’t plan my outfit to coordinate, but I think I blend right into the scenery.
Dress, Mossimo. Jeans, Old Navy. Boots, Vince Camuto (consignment). Earrings, self-made. Bag, Aldo.
I planned this outfit with the next day’s travel in mind. I will wear this dress as a slip under my wrap dress for the day’s seminar and then repeat this outfit for an evening flight to Santa Barbara. All I’ll need to do is remove the outer dress, pull on jeans underneath, and change my shoes. (And add a hoodie for the cold plane!)