I tore out the picture below because I love this look and because I own a tan safari jacket and a full, brown, pattered skirt. I never think of wearing them together, though. So I have this picture to remind me.
|June Issue of Vogue|
I also collect the free corporate magazines and “look books” which you can pick up in stores, showcasing the brands they carry. The picture below is from the Max Mara Spring/Summer 2014 magazine. I love the relaxed feel of the model’s outfit as well as the combination of navy blue and khaki. The sweater is slouchy but the pants look quite tailored to me. I love this combination. I don’t do slouchy terribly well. But a slouchy top with a neatly tailored pant is a look I can love.
The layout below is from a tiny look book showing the Brunello Cucinelli line for this season. My friend Liz gave me this booklet. Liz is the personal shopper at Holt Renfrew. I love this outfit. The slim, rolled, pants and flowing top. I’d wear this in a minute if I could find a top like that.
But none of these usually helpful sources inspired me on Monday this week. First of all, most of the looks on my inspiration board are for spring, outfits with jackets or long sleeves. Summer is okay. But, you know, I’m much more of a spring and fall girl… more at home in jackets or sweaters and jeans with boots, than in shorts and beach wear.
And the forecast said Monday would be hot. So jackets were definitely out. Totally wished I owned that black top above. But I don’t. Sigh.
And besides I was feeling inspired by something completely different. Coral toes. Yep. Last Friday when I was NOT playing golf, I went for a pedicure. You can read my post about why I love golf here. Wink, wink, knowing look, knowing look ….. to quote Monty Python.
|Not playing golf last Friday. And my inspirational toes.|
Anyhoo… I absolutely love the colour of the OPI nail polish I chose. A beautiful, bright, clear, coral-y red called “Red Lights Ahead.” And I wanted to match my outfit to that colour if I could.
So…what did I own that might fill the bill? The outfit would need to have some red in it and yet be nice enough to wear to my book club luncheon and cool enough to sit outside comfortably on my friend’s deck.
#1 My red, liberty print blouse, very light cotton with a lovely red cherry pattern and my white, cropped Hudson jeans.
#2 My short sleeved Burberry blouse with the heart pattern and my black Theory capris.
#3 My coral Elie Tahari jeans from two years ago and a loose sleeveless blouse from Judith and Charles.
Hmmmm. The Burberry blouse and Theory capris didn’t even make the first cut. The top makes me look washed out with my hair this colour and the pants are too much like work wear. This outfit bored me.
Hmmmm. I love this Liberty print blouse. The pattern changes inside the collar and cuffs to dark red poppies. So cute. I also like this shirt with my white jeans. Spiffy enough for book club, casual enough for lunch on the deck.
This outfit would give me the chance to wear my new Kate Spade bracelet (outlet shopping in Florida!) and the Kate Spade earrings I got for free with my promotional gift card from Holt Renfrew. I timed the purchase of a coat I wanted so as to take advantage of their 25% promotion and voila…free earrings.
Nah. Not feeling the love.
On the other hand, I felt drawn to my coral jeans. I rolled them up, the better to showcase my new sandals and newly painted toes. The Judith and Charles blouse would be cool on a hot day. I never actually thought of pairing it with these pants before, but I like them together. And I added my cheapie gold hoops with the red bobbles that I bought at Pier One Imports (while shopping for furniture…)