Summer is finally here. So we're not really singing the blues... except to revel in the fact that there's been so much blue sky. We've been biking and walking and gardening. Okay, to be honest, Hubby has been gardening and I've been offering encouraging words, and eating the fresh produce, of course. I don't garden. I hate gardening...weeding... or picking of any kind. It all started with a bad experience with beans when I was a teenager. But I'll save that story for another post.
The official start of our summer is Canada Day on July 1. And even though it rained hard off and on all day, I hear the festivities at Parliament Hill were well attended. We sat on our sofa and watched our neighbour's backyard fireworks across the river. Not too bad despite the rain, and the wind, which was quite strong at times. Apparently, the fall-out from fireworks can be bad news if they land on your roof. We wondered if the neighbour downwind had the fire department on speed dial.
A week or so ago, I was able to partake in what will no doubt for me become just as much a harbinger of summer as Canada Day... Nordstrom's Summer Sale. I went. I saw. I spent. And now you might say that I'm really singing the blues.... or more to the point... singing the praises of blue.
The Nordstrom store in Ottawa has only been open a few months, and I'm a fan. Not only because several of my favourite sales people from Holt Renfrew were wisely (in my opinion) hired by Nordstrom, when Holts closed. But also because I really like their merchandise. I loved Holts and shopped there for years. But Nordstrom has fewer high end designers than Holts did, brands like Armani and Prada, which I love, but can not afford. And more of the middle of the road ones, like Theory and Vince, which I can.
The day I visited was almost the last day of the sale and I didn't have much hope that I would find anything. My friend Liz opened a dressing room for me, and I toured the sales racks. I was being strict with myself; I was looking for long, loose tops or casual summer dresses. That's it. No being tempted by something I didn't need just because it was on sale.
I tried on at least ten tops. Maybe more. And I found this light, almost sheer, denim blue and white Tory Burch tunic. It's so light you can see the red of our deck and the green of the trees right through it. And, what's more, I tried it on in April when I was shopping for our Paris trip, and didn't buy it. And now it was on sale. Yah. And while I didn't need it for spring in France, it sure is exactly what I was hoping to find for summer in Ottawa.
I've worn it lots already. With a white cami underneath, my rolled up Citizens of Humanity jeans, and my black Michael Kors flat sandals... for running errands... or coffee with a friend.
Or with my white cropped NYDJ jeans, a denim blue cami underneath and my black sandals. I'm off to my book club luncheon here.
Or even with an old pair of Hudson white, boot cut jeans. I might start wearing these jeans again. I like them with this top. And these metallic sandals from several years ago.
Or if it's a bit cooler. Like in August. I could swap out the denim blue cami for this navy one, and wear my blue Smythe blazer and my Stan Smith Adidas. This Smythe blazer has been a real "workhorse" in my wardrobe for years.
And speaking of resurrecting items from years past. I've been looking for a new way to wear this Burberry denim pencil skirt. I love, love this skirt. It never bags or loses its shape and has four beautiful pewter buttons along the slit in the back. I featured this skirt in a post I wrote last summer on "Investment Dressing"... you can read it here if you're interested. You know an investment piece has paid off when, even after several seasons, you can pair it with something new, say, a new top, and go, "Ahhh. I still love this."
This is what I wore to run errands yesterday. So comfortable. And my first foray into the sneakers with a skirt trend. And while I was waltzing down memory lane with my skirt and white boot-cut jeans, I thought I would dig out this old straw Michael Kors bag. I have had this for many moons... and never been able to get rid of it, even when I bought my gold leather tote from MK a couple of years ago. I'm thinking that the metallic clasp and handle trim make it very on trend? Or not. I just love it anyway. And it looks great with this "run-around" outfit.
So in my last fashion post I was all about pink. Now... I'm blue all over. Blue on blue, and blue on white. Not singing the blues, but definitely singing the praises of blue.
And I'm hoping that my team does well in the Tour de France. This year I'm harking back to the past and cheering again for the Astana team... and of course it has nothing to do with those fetching turquoise blue uniforms. Nothing at all.
Hubby and I will be camping next week... off in the wilderness. So I won't be posting for a week or so. Enjoy the beginning of summer folks. That is unless you live in the southern hemisphere.... then happy beginning of winter.