Smiles & Stripes

01-P2780975 How about that pic of the Charles River at sundown last night, hm? Pretty, pretty.

Happy 4th of July! We've had a very productive morning and are just about ready to settle in for some much-needed pooltime before our sunset sail to see the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular this evening. The feels-like temp is nearing 100°F and it's the only way a person can get some relief around here. Hope the weather's a little more merciful wherever y'all are, and that skies are clear as a bell tonight!

This time last year we were hauling ass from Chicago, IL to Erie, PA. Two days from closing on the house. I remember how deliriously happy I was that we made it just in time to check in and race down to the Bayfront just as the fireworks show on Lake Erie began!

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It's the second day of my R29 31 Outfits in July Challenge. Without further ado...

Day 2: "Want to bust out your major mini but are concerned about appearing too "club-ready" for the daytime? Cover up with a long-sleeved blouse in a complementary color. And don't forget the fun flats (don't worry, you can change into heels once the sun sets!)."

Well, I ended up in heels prior to sunset, but that's OK since I threw on a brightly striped pair of J. Crew shorts in lieu of a miniskirt I don't own (but am now kind of thinking I need in my life). I put two separate clients in these shorts last month and had to have them myself. They're just so cheery and wonderfully textured in person. Pairing them with a soft chambray shirt from The Gap gave it a sharp contrast, and tall suede sandals in nude keep legs looking long. I would have loved to do a dressier silk in a nice coral or rose shade, but honestly it wasn't that much cooler yesterday and I wasn't going to wreck a silk blouse by sweating all over it.

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I kept pops of coral in the Kiel James Patrick knotted rope bracelet and these Jewelmint statement earrings, and what I'm referring to as a fresh "rah-rah-regatta" red mani/pedi. Disclaimer: I reserve the right to ponytail when it's above 90 degrees. (At least I wrapped it!)

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And that's about it! Gimme your embellished miniskirt suggestions - I wish there was a version of this sweater or this one in mini form, so if you've seen anything similar, let me know. Most of my minidresses have 3/4-length sleeves, and I tried pulling on and knotting a long-sleeved blouse over before settling on this, but lord have mercy it was just far too hot for all that.

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It was so lovely at sunset last night. Look at the sweet geese floating on the river!

The next challenge is a DIY romper, so come back tomorrow for a doozy.

XOXO,

FFAF