Navy

Finally…

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Apologies for the 2-week delay!

Scarf:  Ricki’s
Sweater:  Philosophy Cashmere Open Front Long Cardigan {similar: 1,  2,  3,  4}
Blouse:  Banana Republic “Seamed Inset Tank” {Cdn link here}
Pants:  Banana Republic “Sloan”  {Cdn link here}
Bracelet:  c/o Ricki’s
Purse:  Le Chateau {old}

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Coming Soon…

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After a relaxing week in the sun, I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things.  Here’s a quick look at what’s coming up later this week…

Scarf:  Ricki’s
Sweater:  Philosophy Cashmere Open Front Long Cardigan {similar: 1,  2,  3,  4}
Blouse:  Banana Republic “Seamed Inset Tank” {Cdn link here}
Pants:  Banana Republic “Sloan”  {Cdn link here}
Bracelet:  c/o Ricki’s
Purse:  Le Chateau {old}

Anomaly

A Closet Full of Clothes... J.Crew Puffer down vest winter style

 A Closet Full of Clothes...

 A Closet Full of Clothes... Lululemon Studio Pant and Hunter Original Tall Boots in Matte Navy

Today we awoke to this…
The dogs were stoked… I wasn’t so sure.  Fortunately, it will melt before the end of the day 🙂

Vest:  J.Crew Factory (a few years old…similar here and here)
Sweater:  Gap (nearly identical 2014 version)
Scarf:  Zara (recent)
Sunglasses:  Aldo
Pants:  Lululemon Studio Pant (love love love!)
Boots:  Hunter Original Tall Boots (also here and here)

 

Yellow and Navy

 A CLoset Full of Clothes...Navy Wool J.Crew Pants and a Yellow Kenneth Cole Sleeveless Blouse
 A Closet Full of Clothes
 A Closet Full of Clothes - Navy and Yellow Work Wear

Blouse: Kenneth Cole Estelle {also here}
Pants:  J.Crew Collection Wool Trouser {similar here and here}
Shoes:  Rachel Roy Ronney {also here and here}
Clutch:  Banana Republic
Necklace:  J.Crew Factory |{similar here and here}
Sunglasses:  Aldo

For some reason, I look especially sour in these photos.  Not sure why…I really liked this outfit.  The back of the blouse has some neat layering detail, although unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a decently in-focus shot.

 

 

Ruffled

Laura Wears ... ruffled silk blouse and slouchy dress pants

Laura Wears ... draped cardigan sweater

Laura Wears...

Laura Wears...

Laura Wears ... drapey dress pants and a silk ruffle blouse

Blouse:  Banana Republic {a few years old – last seen here – similar styles: 1, 2, 3 and 4}
Sweater:  Mexx {recent in-store purchase – can’t find it online}
Pants:  Club Monaco {purchased last fall – it’s hard to tell from these photos, but they have a really small print – similar here, here and here}
Necklace:  Gorjana
Purse:  Pour la Victoire
Sandals:  J.Crew back zip sandals

We are having an unseasonably cool August.  As a result, I have been bundling up more than normal.  While I am not impressed at what appears to be an early fall, I know the dogs are loving the cooler temperatures…  I suppose that can be the silver lining…

Unfortunately, since is has also rained on-and-off every day this week, I was unable to watch the Perseid meteor showers (clouds blocking the view).  This is normally one of my favorite summer rituals –  I can spend hours watching the night sky.  It really grounds me – makes me realize how we are part of something so much larger. 

Silk bermudas

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Shirt:  Club Monaco Frieda Cotton and Mesh top
Shorts:  Club Monaco {sold out, but they have other similar styles still available – here and here.  As does J.Crew}
Bracelets:  Gorjana leather wrap; thrifted bangles; c/o INPINK infinity bracelet
Sunglasses:  Aldo {Cdn link here}
Purse:  Pour la Victoire Haven
Shoes:  SoftMoc {similar}

These silk bermuda shorts have quickly become my summer favorite.  I really like the flowy silk and the longer length.  Maybe I am getting old or maybe I am just too picky (or looking in the wrong place), but I’m really unimpressed with the shorts offerings this summer.  Everything seems too short.  And too tight.  Anything that doesn’t fit into the above category seems to be made of cotton.  Which inevitably wrinkles…quickly.  I think that’s why this Club Monaco pair is in such high rotation.  They are the polar opposite of everything I mentioned above.  And perhaps, in a way,  they are my own personal protest against the summer parade of daisy dukes and hot shorts.

Weekend dress

Laura Wears... casual weekend style featuring J.Crew Draped Keyhole Dress and back-zip sandals

Laura Wears... white straw fedora, navy dress, beige sandals

Laura Wears ... J.Crew Draped Keyhole Dress and back-zip sandals

Laura Wears ... white straw fedora

Laura Wears... J.Crew navy dress and beige sandals

Laura Wears... J.Crew Draped Keyhole Dress and back-zip sandals

Happy Saturday!
I stalked this J.Crew dress online for quite awhile. When it finally came on sale, I quickly snatched it up.  Not only has it been in heavy rotation as part of my work wardrobe, but it can easily be worn for more casual pursuits.  It’s one of those great flexible pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down.  Definitely a worthwhile purchase. 
In an effort to simply my wardrobe, I have recently been on the lookout for items that can pull double-duty.  I would love to hear about your favorite high-rotation purchases 🙂

Dress:  J.Crew Collection Draped Keyhole Dress {take 40% off the sale price with code SHOPMORE – ends July 13}
Hat:  Pamoa
Sunglasses:  Aldo {Cdn link here}
Bracelets:  Jacob
Purse:  Banana Republic {an oldie but a goodie!}
Sandals:  J.Crew Back-Zip Sandals {take 40% off the sale price with code SHOPMORE – ends July 13}