Years ago on vacation in one of my favorite spots in Puerto Rico, I stumbled across this glass necklace in the gift shop of our hotel. I loved it but hesitated (as Caribbean gift shops can be quite confusing), and when I went back the next day to snag it, it was gone, destined to become one of those pieces that would plague me as the one that got away for years to come. Little did I know, my very sweet boyfriend (now husband) had picked it up for me while I wasn’t looking – even scooping up a not-as-cute pair of matching earrings out of love – and now I can reach for it anytime I want to be instantly transported to that little beach town. January is an excellent time to channel the tropics, right?
As I’ve previously mentioned, cotton dresses are a standard go-to for me pretty much year round, and this long-sleeved dress proved perfect for a fall Saturday afternoon stroll. When it gets a little chillier, I’ll layer a chunky sweater overtop and throw on some taller boots, but for now, its pajama-like softness is making it pretty appealing on its own.
On another note, I’m officially addicted to my new hat. Pluses: sun protection, cute accessorizing; Minuses: major hat head.
As much as I whine about it, there is an upside to going to work on days when the rest of the country is on vacation, like I did on Monday. I usually walk to work, and it’s nice to start my day with a stroll through a peaceful, sleepy, on-vacation town; it really sets a nice vibe for the day ahead. Moreover, as someone who gets a crap-ton of phone calls and emails, it’s nice to have a day of relative reprieve from that.
But more importantly, I can wear pretty much whatever I want (a huge plus in steamy summer months) – enter short skirts and midriff-baring tops. My grandmother would be horrified. But if her ghost had happened to pop into the office on Monday, I could’ve quickly untied the shirt, tucked it in, and maintained some semblance of office formality. Split-second versatility=bonus!