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Sunday, July 27, 2014

More Closet Classics

Fashiony people will always have a list of items that they claim are must haves or classics and basics that every gal should have in her closet-a trench, the LBD, the ubiquitous white button down etc.

This look epitomizes closet classics for me...


A Breton style top and leather skirt-is there anything more classic than the 2 of these?  And black and white never goes out of style does it?


My skirt is actually half leather, half fabric, which is great because it is slightly more breathable in the hot Texas weather than all leather would be.


And I can't tell you how much I love these Reiss platforms!  I will wear them until they fall off my feet!  They are so very comfortable!  (I will probably wear them far into autumn when it's really not acceptable to be wearing open toe shoes!)

What are you're closet classics?
J.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Taking Care of Business

Hooray!  I have the day off!
I have many things planned, and in between getting a pedicure and going out to lunch, I have many unglamorous items on my list that really need to get checked off, like unclogging the downstairs toilet and washing the bugs off my car.  Both gross, both necessary.  Of course the sense of accomplishment is hard to beat but spending a day at the pool would be hard to beat too.

In other news, I bought a pair of shorts.


Not something that has happened in a very long time!  I have a few pairs that were pants that I have altered and they never make it to the blog.  I just prefer dresses and skirts, I think they are much more flattering on me than shorts.

On my first day of testing my new shorts out, it was pointed out by a loved one how disturbingly white my legs happen to be, which I had previously pointed out, (tanorexic I am not,) and they lovingly suggested that I try Loreal's Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Towelettes...


I had given up on self tanners more than a few years ago.  I find the lotions to much of a hassle- too streaky if you're not careful, and don't get too much on the knees, elbows, ankles, etc.  Most look orange instead of a golden glow and don't even get me started on the smell!  But yes, my legs looked sickly and I decided to give the towelettes a try.

The picture above shows my legs about 2 hours after application, they have started to get a little bit of color, more golden than orange, which I like.  By the end of the day, I really had a nice glow going on and I liked it even more.  The application of the towelette is so much easier than lotion.  That being said, I came out a little streaky, missed some spots, but to be perfectly honest, I am one of those people who tend to rush through something like this-Yes, user error.  I will be using it again and this time will be more careful and be sure I color in the spot that I missed.

The downside for me was (and it always is,) the smell.  Perhaps I am more sensitive, but it ends up being all I can smell for the rest of the day.
I bought mine at Walgreen's for about $13.50 USD, but I'm seeing them for less when I google them.

Ok, gonna get down to this list now...toilet, here I come.
What are you doing today?
J.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer is Escaping and I Don't Even Have a Little Tan

I can't believe we've hit mid July-Summer is 1/2 over!!!
I feel like I haven't done enough summer stuff...I actually have a list of things I would love to do this summer, like zip lining, and I've been thinking about taking a hot air balloon ride for a while now.  I guess I'll have to start making some plans.  At the very least, I must get to the pool, I've only been once so far!  My legs are so pasty white!



But when I hide them under the maxi skirt, who would know?

Has summer been sneaking by you too?  What's on your summer to do list?

J.





Monday, July 7, 2014

Out And About in Austin - South 1st St.

This post isn't really very specific, just a few random pictures of South 1st St. that I took on the morning of the 4th.


Random graffiti...Austin has a lot of it.


Make a wish!  Or 3...


Dolce Neve gelato shop...super tiny, but incredible!  It has a great old timey magical feel to it and the gelato was amazing!  (I had amaretto with candied orange peel.)


And then there's this.  Because you never really know what your gonna find behind other people's fences...

What's hiding in your city?
J.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Black Pants Might Be The Death Of Me

Black pants.
The one "thing" I seem to collect and have a hard time giving up.  I have at least 6 pairs, and I don't even wear them all that often!  I guess I sort of see them as the ultimate basic and I'll never know when I'm gonna need them.
Anyway, I've been doing a closet clean out and some things just have to be worn one more time before deciding if something will stay or go and these black cropped pants are the perfect example of that...


I figured going to the movies would be a good test drive for them.  They were comfortable, they kept me warm enough, (I always freeze at the movies,) but looking at them on me...well, maybe not so good.
And yet I still find it crazy hard to pull them out of my closet permanently!  I wonder what the psychology behind that is...maybe one day they'll find my body buried under my hoard of black pants and declare that the pants were my demise...hmmm...that does not paint a pretty picture, does it?

What do you find hard to kick out of your closet?

J.



Sunday, June 1, 2014

Snippet



Just a small snippet from life.  My form isn't perfect, and I never intended to post this but well, here it is anyway.
I was trying to set up my iPad to video one of my classes' recital dance - easier said than done.  Because the studio is so big and I was the only one in it, the music quality is not so great, but I am wearing what has come to be my summer uniform, a swingy tank from Sunday in Brooklyn and AG denim leggings.  
I have seemed to collect a lot of tanks in this style this spring while waiting for the summer heat to hit.  And it finally has. 
Recital time has come and gone and now I'm looking forward to teaching summer classes, which I love because it becomes experiment time for me and is less "formal" than regular classes, 

What plans do you have for summer?
J.
 


Thursday, May 1, 2014

I Dressed As The Weather-Yellow Dress


It's finally been lovely here, not near as warm as I prefer it, but it's sunny and it does wonders for one's spirit...


My legs need a tan and less bruises.  (I tend to cut my corners close.)

Anywho, here's yellow according to Color Wheel Pro:

Yellow Color  Yellow

Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Yellow is often associated with food. Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter, which is the reason taxicabs are painted this color. When overused, yellow may have a disturbing effect; it is known that babies cry more in yellow rooms. Yellow is seen before other colors when placed against black; this combination is often used to issue a warning. In heraldry, yellow indicates honor and loyalty. Later the meaning of yellow was connected with cowardice.
Use yellow to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings. You can choose yellow to promote children's products and items related to leisure. Yellow is very effective for attracting attention, so use it to highlight the most important elements of your design. Men usually perceive yellow as a very lighthearted, 'childish' color, so it is not recommended to use yellow when selling prestigious, expensive products to men – nobody will buy a yellow business suit or a yellow Mercedes. Yellow is an unstable and spontaneous color, so avoid using yellow if you want to suggest stability and safety. Light yellow tends to disappear into white, so it usually needs a dark color to highlight it. Shades of yellow are visually unappealing because they loose cheerfulness and become dingy.
Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy.
Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.


Interesting....

What color is your day?

J.