Sparkle & Fade neon mini skirt, Theory top, Dolce Vita sandals, vintage lockets
I first tracked down this skirt in electric blue a few weeks ago when I was compiling an ever-growing list of wanted neon items, and eventually I headed to the nearest Urban Outfitters to pick it up. But in person, the electric blue just wasn’t neon enough – and I’m a firm believer that if you’re gonna go neon, you’ve gotta go spot-me-across-an-enormous-field-at-midnight neon. Go big or go home, right? Anyway, this neon yellow version – exactly the color of a tennis ball – was just the ticket, and I scooped it up without hesitation.
I paired it with some neon pink nails for a seaside birthday party this weekend, and while it certainly fit the party-attire bill, it came with the added bonus that if I’d happened to fall off the dock and begun to float away, my fellow revelers could’ve easily tracked me down.
Topshop Stripe Bow Back top, Bop Basics shorts, Dolce Vita wedges, Zambos and Siega clutch, necklace was my grandmother’s
If you’ve been reading this blog for more than a day or two, you likely are well aware of how into stripes I am. You may also be aware that I dig whites in a major way, so I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that this combo is in pretty regular rotation in my summer style repertoire. I got this top (last seen here) a couple months ago and I hadn’t yet paired it with white, so I figured it’d make a good look for this weekend’s seaside excursion. Little did I know, one of my friends that I spent the weekend with was planning her take on stripes and whites too (must be that call of the ocean) – but I love how two similar looks can still be totally different. I’ll take it as an indication that there’s always room for more stripes in the closet.
Stripes and whites two ways! Friend Misty in Banana Republic pants, Tory Burch wedges and Valley Girl top
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!