Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Le Jardin de Paris

I think it's safe to say I need a little Jardin de Paris to brighten up these winter days.  These colors are traditionally for spring and summer, but when winter's at its worst, I think it's ok remind myself of brighter days on the way.

 Shopping Info: Jardin De Paris Pink and Ivory Belted Floral Print Dress from: Lily Boutique, Ring, purse, and cardi are all old.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Silver and Gold

I know the season of Silver and Gold has passed us by already, but when inspiration strikes, I go where it leads no matter what time of year it happens to be.  Plus, I think it's a good idea to have a few ideas on hand for when the holidays roll around next year.  This is a little outfit I put together which I think would be great for a Christmas or New Year's Party.  It has the silver and gold of Christmas and the satin and sparkle of New Year's Eve.  Individually these pieces have so much in the way of outfit potential that I'll have no trouble putting together other great looks with them, but I couldn't a whole year to showcase this outfit.

Shopping Info:  HaoDuoYi Womens Sparkly Sequin Crop Backless Pullover Shirt,

Vero Viva Women's Double Layered Tulle Elastic High Waist A-Line Pleated Skirt

Monday, January 21, 2019

Winter's Warmth

A warm pot of stew bubbling in the kitchen, the crackling of wood on the hearth, steamy cup of tea in my hands as I look out the window and the frozen world.  Some days I hide in my little cabin and some days I wrap up in something warm and I just have to venture out.  Today I've left my stew to bubble on a while and the hearth to crackle without me so I can enjoy a few brief hours of sunshine and the warmth in winter before the clouds close in again.
Shopping Info:  Button Front Plaid Dress from SheIn, Red Heels from Modcloth

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Why So Serious?

If you have an office job like me, you may have noticed can I put this nicely...serious (?) office wear can be.  And if, like me, you're a fan of creative clothing, bright colors, and novelty prints, most suits and business sets just don't get your motor running.  If I only had to wear a suit for a day or two, I wouldn't complain, but when it's a part of everyday, it can be easy to fall into a rut.  But, who's to say we can't look nice at the office and completely appropriate while still being creative?  Behold my escape from boring suits, totally office appropriate outfit of the day!  Basic tee and blazer with a printed vinyl mini skirt and criss-cross flats.  Comfortable, suitable for the office, and far from serious.
 Shopping Info:

Vero Viva Women's PU Faux Leather Floral Print A-Line Bodycon Mini Skirt ZipperVero Viva Women Summer Solid Round Neck Short Sleeve Casual T-Shirt Stretch TopHaoDuoYi Women Seperate Blazer Pants Suits for Bussiness

Friday, January 18, 2019

Squirrel Away Summer

Today's post features the last of my whimsical woodland prints from Princess Highway.  It's summer in Australia, where PH is located, so of course these fabrics are a bit light for the weather here, but I do think that the rich colors and whimsical prints are perfect for any season.  As much as I love the cat top I bought from them, these squirrel prints have really stolen my heart.  And since our squirrels are still very active, gathering nuts and frisking from tree to tree, with the occasional pause to squeak out a complaint against one of our cowardly curious dogs who immediately turn and run, it's only appropriate that I wear a little something that celebrates them from time to time.
Shopping Info:  Squirrel Away Skirt in Red from Princess Highway, With Haute a Doubt Heels and Charter School Cardigan in Sage from ModCloth, Forever 21 Blouse from ThredUp.  Use my link to sign up and save $10 off your first order,  Ring is handmade by me and available for purchase for $12 (includes shipping).  Just use the contact me link for more info.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Cutie Knits from LindyBop

'Destiny' Navy Butterfly Sweater

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Best Cure for the Winter Blues

Imagine waking up in the most beautiful place in the world.  Yesterday you covered in heavy layers, shivering, and everything was gray.  Today there's a warm breeze blowing in the window and calling your name to come out and see the richest colors, the most beautiful beaches, and the bluest ocean blue.  It sounds too good to be true, but it's just another winter day in Curacao.  
It's been a while since I've done a travel post, but I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a week on this beautiful island and I had to share a few pics with you.  My time on this island was all too brief and I would like nothing better than to go back again one day, although I'm afraid if I did, I'd never want to come home.
The hotel is right on the beach and has an open air reception area, not to mention friendly and helpful staff.
It's always been funny to me how these little creatures are such tough guys, ready to pinch your fingers at the slightest provocation, but the bigger ones hide in their shells and hope you go away.
This Iguana was showing off for his girlfriend by being bold enough to grab pieces of our fallen lunch for her.

 I truly could stand here and watch the ocean all day.  The changing sky, the soothing sounds of the waves, it was all too much to take in in a single visit.
I loved this little cabana bar and grill located on the beach so we could just stay there all day without having to pack a lunch or wander off to find some.

Curacao was originally colonized by the dutch and the island housing has a European style but with its own so colorful flare.  We made time to explore the old walled fort and I loved how the walls were made with coral.
 I don't remember the history behind this particular chapel, but I do know that the oldest Jewish temple in the new world is found on this very island.
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