Thursday, April 26, 2012
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Monday, April 23, 2012
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Now that the rains have stopped (I hope) and spring weather appears to be here in Northern California I have need of a light weight spring coat. What my British friends call as "topper". Here in Nor Cal, you pretty much need some sort of coat all year round, at least in the morning and late afternoons. I have my trench coat, my pea coat and my good wool one but a light spring coat. have eluded me. I adore this one at J Crew. They call it the Gondola Coat and as describe it as follows:
"A printed stripe makes an unexpected cameo in this cheery spin-off of the
classic peacoat. We started with a luxe wool crepe sourced from a Japanese mill,
then printed over it in our exclusive nautical stripe—a rare technique that
requires special craftsmanship to pull off. With cropped sleeves and a classic
nautical feel, it's the perfect piece to pull you out of a wardrobe rut.
Standing collar. Flap pockets. Functional buttons at cuffs. Lined. Hits at
midthigh. Part of J.Crew Collection. Import. Dry clean."
Ok, I love it but the price, $495, is out of my range right now. Anyone have any suggestions for a more wallet friendly option? Maybe I will just sale stalk this one. A girl can dream.
Posted by The Second Half at 7:33 AM
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I bought the beautiful J Crew doubl serge wool pencil skirt in neon azela during one of the recent promos. I love it. The color is bright and cheerful, like a pink highlighter. The trouble is when I put it on, I feel conspicuous. Like everyone out there is looking at my bright pink lower half. I'm not loving that feeling. So, I am trying to decide if it stays or goes. On one hand it's an amazing skirt. On the other, it's not getting out much because I feel super conspicuous wearing it. It's kind of like trying to decide if it's time to break up with that super popular high school boyfriend who you love because of what he represents but who really isn't right for you.
Posted by The Second Half at 4:10 PM
Monday, April 16, 2012
Some boys (and men) are just born to wear bow ties. I've always loved the look but sadly, neither hubby nor my eldest son are really bow tie wearers. Fortunately, my youngest son loves them and is slowly creating a collection. He has a blue and yellow silk striped one he likes for church, a blackwatch plaid one he wore during the holidays and proudly rocked this madras number at Easter. After all, who doesn't love a boy with a bow?
Posted by The Second Half at 7:25 AM
Thursday, April 12, 2012
It's no secret that one of the things J Crew does well is blazers. Pencil skirts and great colors too but that's another post. Anyway, I fell in love with the schoolboy blazer in the maraschino cherry color when it came out last fall but it was totally out of my price range at the time. Yesterday however, I found it marked down to $99 and there was a secret code I learned about over onf the J Crew Aficianado blog (Shopnow) that gave 30% off. And it was in my size!. I jumped on it faster than you can say OMG! It came to $75 dollars inlcuding tax and shipping. So thrilled and cant wait. Here in the SF Bay area, even a flannel blazer is a 3 season garment. Just about made my week!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I'm quite close to my sister. Really, like best friends. It wasn't always so. She is three years younger than me and we were fairly competitive growing up. I was studious and captain of the debate team. She was head cheerleader and student body president. But as we grew up and moved away, that seemed less important. Her son is my youngest son's best friend. Sometimes I am sad that my daughter does not have a sister. Not sad enough to have another baby, don't get me wrong there, but still. I would miss not having mine.
Monday, April 9, 2012
This is my great grandmothers wonderful china. I've always loved it and the last time my mother moved she decided she didn't have room to store it any longer so it came ot my house. Isn't it perfect for Easter. I also used yellow tulips on the table and my grandmother brought me the most wonderfully scented Easter Lilly too.
Here is CMB, doesn't she look grown up with her new hair cut?
Posted by The Second Half at 7:40 AM
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Today my little girl did a very brave thing. She's been growing her hair forever and refused to let me cut itfor almost 2 years. Our Brownie troop has been doing a unit on community and helping others and she had read about Locks of Love and how they make wigs for kids with cancer. All on her own she asked me if she could come with me when I got my hair cut this morning and donate her hair. She was able to donate 8 inches of thick, honey blond locks that will make someone very happy. I'm so proud of the person she is growing up to be!
This is the before shot! Look at that that pretty hair!
This is the before shot! Look at that that pretty hair!
Posted by The Second Half at 4:57 PM
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I love gingham shirts. The J Crew perfect shirt in gingham is one of my wardrobe staples althoug I understand Lands End Canvas makes a nice one too. I have several colors and they go with everything. I wear them tucked into a pencil skirt at the office, with jeans and a blazer, with shorts and the sleeves rolled up. They feel fun and happy and yet pulled together. How about you? Are you ga ga for gingham?
Posted by The Second Half at 7:35 AM
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
When your children are small the importance of reading aloud is totally obvious. One of the best baby shower presents I got from my mom was a collection of all the books she loved reading to me when I was small, some of which were out of print and she had tracked them down via a rare book dealer. But oce your kids learn to read themselves, somehow it feels less urgent. But my daughter's first grade teacher told me that it was even more important than ever. She and I try to read aloud together every night. So far we have read Black Beauty, The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little House in the Big Woods, Anne of Green Gables and right now are reading Little Women. It's my way of introudcing her to classics I loved as a child. Usually she then takes up interest and continues reading the series such as the rest of the Little House books as well as the Anne series. With the boys we have read all of the Chronicles of Narnia books, Where the Red Fern Grows and now are reading Johnny Tremain. Do you read to your kids still?
Posted by The Second Half at 7:47 AM
Monday, April 2, 2012
Does your "special someone" or son wear bow ties? Hubby and AGB don't care for them but my youngest, OPB adores them and is slowly building a wardrobe of bow ties. Well if you are in the market, all Social Primer Brooks Brothers Spring bow ties are 25% off this week just in time for Easter. http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatSectionView.process?IWAction=Load&Merchant_Id=1&Section_Id=1143§ion_size§ion_color&sortby=newArrivals
These are great cotton ties in fun patterns. I boght OPB one in a cute madras pattern to wear to Easter Brunch.
Posted by The Second Half at 7:38 AM