I had the opportunity for an end of summer beach trip this past weekend and it was divine!
I was a little worried because there was a good chance of rain all weekend due to a hurricane in Mexico, but lucky for me, sunny all day long!
The only downside was that the gulf beach was really full of seaweed and I was having weird issues with it floating around and touching me. Yeah, I'm that person. But since it was post Labor Day, we had a pool to ourselves, so no complaints and nothing to do but lay in the sun. (Ignore the ghetto toe nails-I had no time to get a pedi before we left!)
Tiny shark tooth ring, my weekend souvenir.
And now I'm having a hard time getting back to life.
Not so glamorous truth: It's my vacation and I've been sick since my first day off. Summer cold, sinus infection, allergies, I've been hit by it all and I'm down for the count. My poor nose is so sore and red! It wasn't like I had anything planned, but I did have a few ideas for my time off and I've ended up spending a good portion of it in bed.
But on the other hand, I did get to dream about these...
And they came in today! They are the Braeburn Ankle Boot from Free People. I can't wait to wear them, but I need a nap first...
I rarely go without a well padded bra, but if I had known that a lack of chest could equal rocking the plunging deep V, I would have done it much much sooner!
I have had a love hate relationship with this thrifted ABS dress.
After altering the heck out of it, I've tried to wear it to work, layering a camisole underneath to make the V more appropriate, but it was just somehow off.
Then during a closet clean out, I tried it on once again, without a cami, without a bra, and realized that this was the look I envisioned when I first bought it! (Which makes it not a work dress!) I wore it to lunch with the hubby.
Yup, sort of inappropriate. There maybe few, but there has to be some perks to having a small chest....
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!)
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?
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?