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?
I know that hardly a week goes by without me posting something having to do with stripes, but what can I say – I’m an addict. I got this top as a birthday gift and while my first inclination was to wear it untucked with denim cutoffs and flowy maxi skirts, I decided to mix it up a bit and pair it with a high-waisted mini. I have to say, though – the whole loose-vented-sleeves thing is way more effective in keeping cool when not tucked in, so I may be reverting soon.
Prepping for a river swim (L*Space Audrey bikini)
The heat drove me in search of water to swim in (without heading east for the coast) this weekend, and I was successful. We headed south of town to the nearby Haw River, which was moving pretty nicely given the crazy thunderstorms we’ve had lately. Traipsing through tall grass to get there was a little nerve-wracking, though, given that I’d just edited a piece on copperhead snakes for my day job – luckily, we emerged un-snakebitten. Other weekend highlights included not-quite mai tais, a burnt blueberry cobbler (baking is not my strong suit) and dinner by candlelight at a local restaurant when storms knocked out the power.
A mai tai disguised as a mint julep
A cool vintage surf poster at a new local bar
So if you’ve been reading this blog for longer than say, five minutes, you know that I am pretty into the beach. But what you may not know is that the best time of the day on the shore, by far, is that hour after showers and before dinner (and not just cause of the cocktails – well maybe a little because of the cocktails) when everything turns all golden and blue and most everyone’s gone inside. The other night I found myself subconsciously channeling the colors of that hour at the ocean before a little walk down there, and I had a thought on a new style theme: Dress like your favorite time of day. Weird? Yes. But imagine the fun we’ll have!
There comes a shift at some point in June around here where the thought of anything remotely long-sleeved – at any time, on any day – becomes repulsive. The air is so sticky that the only items I find myself able to wear are those with enough flow to at least somewhat stay away from the skin, and this season’s sheer trend fits that bill nicely. My sister recently gave me this skirt for my birthday, and it couldn’t have come at a better time, considering the humidity that’s set in at this point for the next few months or so. Plus, something about it reminds me of strolling through some European isle, and that’s certainly a nice thought right about now.