Friday, November 29, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
While not officially entering into the Christmas spirit until the day after Thanksgiving, I do admit that if you are going to be prepared with the perfect "frock" for holiday fun, a bit of planning is in order. I like the word "frock" as opposed to "dress" don't you? It sounds like so much more fun! I don't have as much call for holiday "frocks" as I used to. Most of my holiday fun involves girl scout caroling, gingerbread house decorating and other more casual events. Still a girl can dream, can't she?
This perfect LBD is from Banana Republic. This is truly one that could pretty much go anywhere and could possibly even transition from desk to night out with a change of shoes, hose and jewelry.
This silk and cashmere beige/gold dress is from Brooks Brothers and looks both comfortable and elegant.
I adore this dress from Anthropologie and if I had any place to wear it, it would already be in my closet!
This dress from J Crew is similar to the one above. Looks slightly high waisted to me but I have that problem with a lot of dresses from J Crew. Sill looks fun though.
So what are you wearing for your holiday fun?
Posted by The Second Half at 10:46 AM
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Classy Girls Wear Pearls. I know I do. I always think she looks just perfect and like she is having so much fun. I also love the Vickers bow bracelets and think there are lots of cute things I haven't tried yet on the Kiel James Patrick web site. They posted this delicious sounding seasonal cocktail, the cranberry culprit, on their lifestyle section of their web site last night. I think I'm going to have to try this. It sounds perfect!
Posted by The Second Half at 9:23 AM
Friday, November 15, 2013
I've long loved Lands End for kids clothes. They hold up forever, are reasonably priced and I find them perfect for my daughter. She is very tall for her age and they are fun and appropriate with out the "hoochy" factor that creeps in about size 12. I never really brought clothes for me there though. I have really been impressed by their recent looks though. I think it's the same thread I keep coming back to. I don't know exactly who J Crew's target customer is these days but it's not me. Nothing in the most recent J Crew roll out spoke to me and don't get me started on the increasing prices and decreasing quality. I love all the looks below and could totally see myself in them. What do you think?
Posted by The Second Half at 1:12 PM
Thursday, November 14, 2013
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The first weekend of November was our opening meet. We had 2 days of riding and family fun. My parents are joint masters and both my sister and I were whips before we had kids but now we ride with the girls.
CMB (10) with her cousin, MKO (5) in their work wear getting ready for the first day trail ride.
CMB with Dancer
Gloves? Check, helmet? check, Stirrup cap? check!
A "cup of courage" we ride off
My sister and niece (on the big black horse and pony) and CMB and I on the bay gelding and red mare.
Posted by The Second Half at 11:39 AM
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Now we all have an idea of what style is and it's slightly different from person to person. But I have been thinking a lot about what style really means and what it means to me. I came across this quote in a book about Jackie Kennedy, a true style icon.
"Style is not a function of how rich you are, or even who you are. Style is a habit of mind that put quality before quantity, noble struggle before pure achievement, honor before opulence. It's what you are. It's your essential self"
That idea really reached me. The idea that style is more than how you dress or what you look like. It is a part of self and a way of life. So I have been thinking about style differently. For me it encompasses my job, my family, my volunteer activities. It's what makes you strive to do more, do better. Your clothes are but a reflection of this. Does that make sense? What do you think?
Posted by The Second Half at 7:34 AM
Monday, November 11, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I think I posted a while back about the "Signature Tartan" they have now at Brooks Brothers. I really love it. It's a very nice camel, green, navy and burgundy tartan that does not scream "Christmas" as some tartan prints do so it could be worn more fall/winter long as opposed to just in December. My family isn't crazy about matching clothes but I am thinking about sneaking these touches in for our family picture on the Christmas card.
The boys bow tie for OPB!
Vickers Bow Bracelets for CMB and I!
Regular ties for Hubby and AGB.
Picture that with white shirts for everyone, khaki pants and navy blazers on the boys and khaki skirts on CMB and myself, her with white knee socks and loafers, me in tights and pumps. Or would that be overkill?
Posted by The Second Half at 3:40 PM
Friday, November 1, 2013
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