Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Don CeSar

Oh to be able to live like kings all the time. Wouldn't that be delightful? A couple months ago I was trying to decide what to do for hubby's birthday. He loves being on the beach and just relaxing. I proposed the Keys, but it was going to cost us over $1k for 2 nights and the express boat down there from Ft Myers. So then we started talking about historic hotels in the area. I so wished the Belleview Biltmore was not being demolished. It had so much historic character. We got to thinking and the next logical historic choice was the Don CeSar. I told hubby I would book a very nice room and we could just spend a lovely weekend being beach bums. And that's exactly what we did.

We got there around 3pm Saturday and hung out at the outdoor bar for quite some time before enjoying a nice meal at their casual reataurant (we decided not to go for the fancy pants place).

We were going to rent a lounge bed on the beach on Sunday but the skies had other plans. So we lounged by the pool and had drinks and food brought to us before the rains forced us to head out.  We had already checked out and it was dinner time so we headed to Middle Grounds Grill for dinner. The steaks and scallops are phenomenal and it was a nice way to end a near perfect weekend. We concluded that we need to have these little weekend trips a lot more often. Not on such a grand scale but just a little getaway to focus on us.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Weekend Outfit

Hubby and I got away for a weekend to celebrate his birthday. I'll write about it in a separate post cause the hotel is awesome. 

I normally don't post pics of me in shorts. I have cottage cheese thighs and feel self conscious in anything above my knees. But it's still very much summer here and this is our mini vaca, so what the hell. And I know I'm gonna get crucified for this, but yes, these are Michael Kors shoes. They were on clearance for $35 at Dillard's. I didn't buy them for the name. They are so cute with the white stripe and gold hardware and are a perfect match to this outfit. 

Stay tuned for our weekend getaway pics.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Girls Night Out

I think I'm starting to get the hang of taking pics indoors. The key is being next to natural light (this is my office upstairs and there's a large window to my right), holding the selfie stick a little closer (and horizontally) and just capturing snippets instead of trying to get the entire outfit in the shot, and a mixture of apps, such as Photoshop Express and some skin correctors. My favorite Photoshop "look" setting is "Spring." It softens everything in the image and adjusts the exposure and brightness all in one setting.

This is the outfit I put together for our annual girls night out with my two childhood friends and my sister. Just like last year, I picked the restaurant (last year was tapas), which was received with mixed reviews. I realize a 1920s Speakeasy isn't for everyone but since we typically only do this once a year, I want it to be special and different. Something we will remember and talk about as we enter different phases in our lives. The food was cheap (the drinks weren't) and tasty: deviled eggs, truffle oil popcorn, duck fat fries, cheese platter, and fondue. Delicious! My sister even dressed the part.

{Skirt: Ann Klein (old) | Top: J Crew | Shoes: Zara | Clutch: Marshall's | Necklace: (old - I think eBay)}

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Get Carried Away

As I'm writing this post, I'm sitting here pigging out on a food truck hamburger, no, make that a cheeseburger, and fries. It's beyond delicious and I feel my arteries hardening already. Hang on... Had to stuff a perfectly seasoned fry into my mouth. And I will be having shrimp and broccoli for dinner tonight. 

So glad these Worthington pants are a little big to make room for my... Stop staring at me French fry! We are through!

Anyway... When I was in NYC in February during a blizzard, I picked up this Kate Spade tee (I've seen them on eBay, too). I mean with me being a huge Sex and the City fan, how could I not buy this tee?

And I'm so over the whole Lilly Pulitzer thing. I had no idea when I was buying the Target pieces what a sorority cult following this brand has. And I live in Florida where the brand was founded!  It's just downright ridiculous the way these women act over this brand. And with the exception of the shift dresses that don't even accommodate busty, hippy women like me, their Elsa blouses are so unattractive and matronly looking. But don't say that on Facebook. The inaudible gasps were heard by the whole community. I then kissed  my Facebook Lilly groups goodbye.

{Tee: Kate Spade | Pants: JC Penney | Waistcoat: Zara | Shoes: Lilly Pulitzer for Target}

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The World According to Michael

Macy's just needs to change their name to "Kors." What is it with the domination of this fashion line? I've never been a big fan. Always thought his stuff was the cheaper chicken to Coach. But after visiting my local Macy's this weekend, that is clearly not the case. The mammoth display has pushed lill' 'ol Coach to the sidelines. 

And it didn't stop there. He's at the front entrance as well. Felt like I was walking through a sea of mainstream followers. 

So what is the appeal? Price point? The ability to dress like clones? Is it a regional thing? And when will it pass? 

I'll admit that the muted fall handbag colors are pleasing as is the basic structure, but give me a Kate Spade any day over Kors. Or something funky like this Betsy Johnson milk carton bag.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Berry Good

Fashion blogging is so narcissistic. Flo does a great parody in the Geico commercial with the fashion blog sister and the grandpa with the meat sweats. It's silly, really - this posing in outfits and taking pics. But on the flip side, if you love clothes and aren't a fashion model, it's kind of nice to see how real clothes drape on real bodies that eat pizza, burgers, etc. I'm not saying I eat those things. Unless those things are right in front of me. 

So this is my first go at using the selfie stick. I know the clarity isn't as great as the DSLR camera but to get back into this thing, I need it to be easy and quick, which means the photos will be compromised but hopefully not too much.

While this J Crew skirt is cute (feels kinda like scuba material), it's a bit too short for my taste. Felt very drafty walking from the parking garage into work and I kept tugging on it throughout the day. Was very self conscious sitting down as it bunched up. Nothing a work sweater draped over my legs couldn't fix. 

And although Joe Fresh just doesn't have the same appeal that it once did when I was able to shop at the stores in NY, I found this little gem in JC Penney this weekend hanging with its smaller sisters on a rack in the back of the Joe Fresh section. Love the burgundy color. Just wish it tapered a bit more.

And Fender cat was fascinated with my new selfie stick. 

{Top: Joe Fresh | Skirt: J Crew | Shoes: Alice and Olivia | Lipstick: Mac Labradorable}

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Tea and Sushi

Had a fun and relaxing weekend. How about y'all? 

Started the weekend with a tea and scone class (well first I had to get my oil changed). I didn't realize when I got to the class that they did assigned seating based on when you signed up for the class. Looked through their policy when I got back home and nothing about that was listed (an email to the company has now yeilded a new policy). So I switched seats so I could be right in the thick of things. Hey, I paid the same amount of $$ as everyone else, I'm sitting where I want. The class was pretty good; moved along at a good pace. It was a demo, rather than hands on so we watched, learned, and ate. Scones, egg flower sandwich, curry chicken sandwich, roasted red pepper canapé, and blueberry crumble, which didn't set up like the chef wanted. Best part was the hot tea - Harney & Sons Paris - my absolute favorite. I must have drank 5 cups. And they kept pouring so I kept drinking. The odd thing is that on the way out, the woman at the register was the same woman that owned a local tea room but has been working at the store for the last 7 years. She should have been the one teaching the class as she makes the most phenomenal scones and long ago shared her recipe with me. I made a promise to her that I would never share her recipe. And I never have.

When I got home, the cable guy came to swap out a couple of defective boxes. Hubby and I then had a date night at a sushi restaurant that is also a billiards. Kind of funky and cool. Hubby likes to order new types of sushi so that I can try it and hopefully take a liking to different fish. After all, I didn't like any fish until I was 40. And man, I'm now a grouper hand roll fan. And I know it's cooked but it's still quite yummy!

And I broke down and bought a selfie stick this weekend to take outfit pics so I wouldn't have to keep my bathroom sparkling.  Here are my first attempts. Hair was looking a bit dull so I added some highlights Friday night.

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