· Do good deeds ·
I’ve resumed my nightly habit of reading buddhist texts. Last night, I began the essay, Karma and Its Fruit, by Nyanaponika Thera (from Entering the Stream). As I do not believe in reincarnation, I take the karma doctrine as secularly as possible. I do not worry about my karmic debt from a past life or the potential for enlightenment in the next. Instead, I consider how my actions will influence another person, in this life, and how we might set up a chain of good deeds.
Today, I began a volunteer project that I believe will help others (details to come), and wore khaki to do so.
Blazer, J Crew (consignment). Sweater, Monterey Bay (thrifted). Skirt, Ann Taylor (thrifted). Tights, Me Moi. Boots, Audrey Brooke (consignment). Scarf, Olia Moda.
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· Business casual in Southern California ·
On three of the five evenings I spent in Southern California, I visited the beach. Each time, it was tough to drag myself away from the dynamic seaside to another sterile hotel ballroom. I think I’d rather speak on the beach.
I packed a capsule of six business casual outfits to lead seminars in San Diego, Anaheim, Ontario, Santa Monica, and Burbank.
The capsule palette was black, white, navy, gray, and leopard. I would usually only bring one jacket for a week-long swing, but I brought two, this time, for variety.
These are the capsule items:
Moto Jacket (XOXO)
Blazer (James Jeans)
Dress (Banana Republic)
Sweater (Outback Red)
Long-sleeved tee (Gap)
Turtleneck (A New Day)
Tank (Old Navy)
Skirts – 2 (Merona and Victoria’s Secret)
Flats (Isaac Mizrahi)
Necklaces – 2 (Serket Jewelry and Banana Republic)
Earrings – 2 (vintage and Francesca’s)
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Pros: The silhouettes and colors worked well, together. I loved the pairing of black and navy. Both of the jackets are very flattering. The stripes and band sweater added just the right nautical elements for my seaside venues.
Cons: The sweater was almost too thick to wear under the blazer. I’m not sure if this is a con . . . I had to throw a poncho into my suitcase just to add more bulk, because my capsule took up so little space.
Overall: Two thumbs up!
· Striped hair, striped jacket ·
Because I’m a total dork, I enjoy matching my hair to my clothing (and my accessories). I liked wearing pink with pink hair and red with red hair. (I wasn’t so keen on yellow with blonde hair, but I tried it.)
Jacket, XOXO (thrifted). Tank, Old Navy. Skirt, Mossimo. Tights, Spanx. Shoes, ASOS. Earrings, Francesca’s.
Previous hair-outfit coordination:
· Walking the beach in a pencil skirt ·
Did I feel a bit ridiculous dodging the surf in my business casual ensemble? At first, yes. Then, took off my boots, pretended a was a 1950’s French film star, and enjoyed the sunset.
Jacket, XOXO (thrifted). Turtleneck, A New Day. Skirt, Victoria’s Secret. Boots, Vionic. Necklace, Banana Republic (gift).
· Verticals and horizontals ·
· Keeping 80+ people happy ·
I was worried about projecting loudly enough for eighty people, but the hotel was lovely enough to provide a microphone and a speaker. I resisted the urge to take advantage of the amplification to do a little song and dance. Well, that isn’t exactly true. I did “sing” Pomp and Circumstance at the conclusion of the day. As usual, my singing brought down the house.
Blazer, James Jeans. Tank, Old Navy. Skirt, Victoria’s Secret. Shoes, Isaac Mizrahi. Necklace, Serket Jewelry.
· A nautical look for a nautical town ·
The little I saw of San Diego was lovely. I can’t complain about eating fine Italian, outdoors, in December, at a balmy 72°. I only wish the December days were longer so that I could have seen more of the coast. (I did finish the day with a visit to the nighttime beach and pier in San Clemente.)
Sweater, Outback Red. Tee, Gap (thrifted). Skirt, Mossimo. Shoes, ASOS.
· Room with a view ·
Because I had to wait a whole five minutes while the flight crew ahead of me checked into the hotel, the clerk said he’d give me a “good room.” I wasn’t sure what was so good about it, other than the view from the 20th floor balcony, until sunset. Then, I truly saw what a good room it was.
Dress, Banana Republic (consignment). Turtleneck, A New Day. Jacket, XOXO (thrifted). Boots, Vionic. Sunglasses, Marc Jacobs. Earrings, Francesca’s.
That “good room” sunset view:
· Winterizing a flimsy, silk dress ·
I winterized this very light, silk dress with a turtleneck, tights, and velvet blazer. The dress is still, perhaps, a bit flimsy for December, but our seminar room was extremely warm.
Blazer, DKNY Jeans (thrifted). Dress, Banana Republic (consignment). Turtleneck, A New Day. Tights, Spanx. Boots, Steve Madden. Earrings, flea market.
I try to thrift as much as possible, but I couldn’t find a decent, second-hand turtleneck. I ended up ordering a couple from Target and really like them. (This one has elbow-length sleeves.)
The dress in summer: