Some patterns and weaves are classics. They have history. Sometimes they can be the trend of the moment, but when they aren’t, they are still in the cultural radar being woven, sewn and worn by some one. Patterns that come to mind are gingham, plaid, tweed (although more of a texture than pattern), herringbone, houndstooth, and stripes.
I’ve worn many stripped patterns in my day, as I’m sure we all have. Since early last year, I’ve hankered for a great stripped shirt and if it was navy and white, even better. This combination looks so crisp and may be paired with nearly any color for a truly classic look.
I found one that I love, although it’s really more than a tunic than a shirt. The fiber is polyester so I wouldn’t want to wear it on a really hot day. But we were lucky last week with some cool weather, perfect for a wine bar grand opening. I just rolled up my pants legs, rolled up my sleeves and off we went!
All Those Important Extras
The Lucy Colorblock Crossbody
My bag is bittersweet. I snagged the last “Lucy Colorblock Crossbody” bag at a spring sale in March on the Francis Valentine site. “Francis Valentine” is Kate and Andy Spade’s new company that they launched spring of 2016 (the launch party was in Kansas City, her home town), ten years after selling off her first company “Kate Spade”.
The “Lucy” is the perfect little spring/summer leather bag and is, as all things Kate touched, spot on. The blue, white and yellow combination stands out and it goes with three-fourths of my summer wardrobe and does get compliments.
Since Kate’s sad, sad death, the “Francis Valentine” website was swamped and for a while completely out of stock. It is slowly getting back with merchandise. The fall line, when it is released will be the last line that she designed. “Francis Valentine” always always reflected Kate Spade’s spirit but with a new voice which I found appealing. Regarding her designs, Kate Valentine Spade said: “I didn’t want to do anything too basic or conservative, and I’m not interested in fleeting trends,” she continues. “I was looking for something modern, architectural, and sophisticated, but with a personality to it without bordering on silly.”
I hope the line lives on with her spirit. Only time will tell.
Kiko Milano 487-a Rose Metallic Color
I blogged about nail polish for almost four years and I still love it. I never wore polish while I was teaching. Being an art teacher, my hands were always into something and keeping nail polish looking good was impossible. However, when I retired, I went crazy for the stuff. If you don’t believe me, check out HERE, which is my Blogger blog about nails. I used to do some pretty wild and crazy nail art!
I’ve had Kiko 487 for at least three years and finally took the time to put it on. It’s a rose color with a metallic finish. Unfortunately, it is a retired color. The closest I could find in this color is OPI’s My Address Is Hollywood.
However, the OPI is a cream finish so the effect is going to be quite different.
What are metallic and cream finishes? Here’s a great article on the different types of finishes nail polishes come in.
Franco Sarto’s Nataly Wedge Sandal
About this time every year, I seem to order a pair of shoes from DSW. Could it be because they give me $5 off for my birthday? The suede lace-up wedges I’m wearing in the pic were last years’ purchase.
I have given them a workout over the past year. “Franco Sarto” doesn’t have anything similar for this season–but take a gander at these:
Unfortunately, they have received fairly poor reviews. Does anyone else read reviews before ordering online? I find them super helpful, especially when buying shoes.
The Gemsporium Ring
I’ve always wanted a pearl ring but one with some personality. A pearl that is cushioned on what could be an octopus tentacle does it for me. (Daughter: “Mom, it looks like what Ursula wore from Little Mermaid!”) I found it at my favorite international jewelry maker on eBay: Gemsporium out of Thailand.
Pics From the Wine Bar Opening
The brand new Somerset Wine Bar just happens to be located in our favorite garden and nursery center, Rosehill Gardens in Martin City, Missouri. While I was sipping wine with my friends, Michael was also “testing” the wine and found much in the nursery he loved.
It’s even more fun when you are there with friends. Randi (another retired art teacher and jewelry designer) and Lynn (a business guru) are both also members of Fashion Group International. It’s nice to be a member of an organization that likes to work and play together.
A Few Strips Now & Then
Navy and white stripes are so popular, just google those four words in the shopping tab and up pops a wonderland of stripes in different styles, pieces and prices!
Probably because of my fashion history project on Instagram, I was very interested in finding stripes from different decades.
Do you wear stripes and if so, what color?
Sometimes I wish I could have my blog set up like a newsletter with columns so I could discuss totally different subjects. I found a great game app that makes learning how colors effect each other when mixed.
It’s Blendoku and is available on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play. I’ve been playing it’s and it fun! Just go to the link above and they have links to take you to whatever platform you need.
I link up with some great blogs every week. To see who they are go HERE.
Michael gets credit for the photos of me (except one) and does a bit of editing from time to time.
Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..