Skirting In Stripes

Swapping out the denim lately for skirts and dresses. Adding more color and prints. Wearing my closet! A spring purchase and turns out to be my best purchase from Tory Sport. A tech knit skirt that does not wrinkle, holds its shape, and is the most flattering skirt I own! Hands down my favorite skirt! It feels sporty, feminine, and comfortable. It is one of those pieces that will go the distance. Colors are fab. A piece that I can work for many different occasions. I kept it simple with the basic tee but adding another stripe on top would make it more playful and interesting. Paired with a basic tee from Everlane, old Céline bag with the old logo that remains to be a favorite for all occasions, classic Vaurnet sunglasses, and my everyday Suicoke’s slide sandals that I found in the men’s section. Old sailor knot braided bracelets found at an outdoor market in Florida. I think I paid two for $20 and wear them all summer long!

Surf Clinic With Gal Pals

A day at the beach with a group of women that all said yes to joining a surf clinic. Experiences are gifts. Bad or good, they shape you, challenge you, and teach you something about yourself. I am an over thinker (totally reaffirmed during the surf clinic). Sometimes we create reasons and obstacles that prevent us from participating in something that may test ourselves. When you have the support of friends, all those reasons tend to fade away.

This surf clinic was a first for all us. We laughed, used our bodies, and survived to talk about it. Yeah, we are all over 40 but does that really matter?! Age shouldn’t prevent you from having fun. Perhaps a little soar the next day. Which I think is a positive side effect.

Love these women for jumping on board. We finished the clinic feeling stronger and more confident although tired. We are no worse for the wear. New friendships have been formed while some have reconnected. Check out all the beautiful smiles!

Living Water Surf is located in Little Compton, Rhode Island. They offer private lessons, clinics, and camps for kids. Lessons are taught on South Shore Beach. Arrive before 8am to park for free.

Good friendships motivate and encourage you to try something new. Happy Summer!

Simona Halep

Simona Halep, the Romanian tennis star made history for herself and her country at Wimbledon today! She played in the zone. An absolute powerhouse. A performance that dominated the game with her grit, stamina, strength, speed, aggressiveness, and determination. The true definition of athleticism. A body that all young athletes can look up to and be inspired by. She trained hard and respected her body and mind. Simona’s journey is inspirational. Her speech was so sweet. Never stop moving is my favorite saying!

(images from CNN)

Holiday Weekend Is Here

A long summer weekend so make the most it! Keep it simple, keep easy, and pack light. Hit your local farmers market early for fresh summer produce and spend all your time outside. Nothing says summer like celebrating with a BBQ, a slice of Flag Cake, and a scoop of homemade Italian Ice perhaps with a side of beach. Enjoy!

Happy Fourth Of July!

Links to all the above: Smitten Kitchen, Food 52, Net-A-Porter (for the apparel), L.L.Bean (for the tote)

lululemon Gets It With The Align Collection

The Align Collection from lululemon is so perfect you can ditch all your other leggings. I now own three pairs. They are the only legging I wear to the gym. They pass the test for TRX, stretch class, and old school workouts. No fuss and all glory. I have no interest in sportswear that feels restricting.

This high rise style is minimal in design with no distractions except for the hidden inside pocket tucked into the waistband. The fabric makes this legging a winner. The ultra soft, light weight fabric is sweat wicking, unbelievably comfortable, and moves with your body. There is no pinching or digging into your skin. It truly feels like you are wearing a second skin. Let’s hope they expand upon the line with tops and sports bras.

If you hang dry your sportswear, they will last longer! Check out the Align Collection (image from lululemon)

Summer Whites

Ahhh that feeling of summer. Time to welcome the season with a brighter and lighter wardrobe. Personally I love swapping out my black denim for my white denim. White tees so easy. I am also not afraid of getting them dirty! Don’t think precious and perfect. A sandy bottom, rolled wet cuffs or a little chain grease means you are not holding back on your summer fun. Take care of your clothes so they last. Stains just add character. Happy Summer!

image: Peter Lindbergh for Harper’s Bazaar off Pinterest

Just Add Fresh Cut Flowers

A stunning simple piece of art for your fresh cut flowers. Hand-made perfect but imperfect ceramic vases function as a vessel and a piece of art for your home. Artist, Cym Warkov is creating beautiful timeless pieces that are sculptural, simple, raw, and just perfect from her studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. What a wonderful gift to give or receive! Cym Warkov Ceramics