It was a simple but lovely weekend around the home front. A highlight was dinner with dear friends, a couple that I've known through several chapters of life, and who embrace my husband as if they have known him just as long. We laughed all night and left with that warm, happy feeling of shared life and shared history.
Roses are blooming,
and my gentleman farmer (husband) looks happy
and the fresh cherries are juicy.
(My Stylemindchic gift basket for a recent fundraiser~ so much fun to put together for a worthy cause)
Last Thursday evening I held my Stylemindchic Spring Style Session for several friends and colleagues here in Chico. It was a lively afternoon starting with shopping and style consultations at TJMaxx and ending with dinner at Cocodine Thai restaurant across the way. The evening was delicious in every way.
As we were racing around searching for just the right looks, I found myself asking my fashionista friends if they owned a maxi dress and decided to be quite emphatic that if they didn't they should try it.
My favorite reasons to maxi:
*Maxi dresses are total comfort dressing and chicer than yoga pants
*You don't need to have a tan or even shave your legs
*It's the perfect flowy number for entertaining at home
*You can sit or lounge comfortably (and not worry about keeping your knees together-yep!)
*It's not a trend-it is absolutely here to stay in my book.
*You are always ready for a poolside cocktail party if one should arise.
I pulled a few of my favorites out of my closet and realized I'm a little maxi crazy but I'm not apologizing. The tangerine in the middle is my latest score, from TJMaxx, at the Style Session the other night. This one has a high low hem which is quite on trend. I see some fun summer soiree's poolside in this little number. I have a range from the more dressy Michael Kor's to a couple of high style but well priced maxis from Target (the electric blue and the black & white floral).
Do you take it to the maxi like I do?
What's your favorite way to wear it?
In other trivial news, I finally resolved my nude sandal dilemma following an
exhaustive online search.
I ordered these dream platforms from DVF from Zappos (my go to for clothes and shoes). I've had a shoe crush on DVF for a long time and finally made the move. They are uber stylish and sky, sky high. I love a high heel but reason finally prevailed and I returned them. I envisioned a twisted ankle in my future (and that's a first for me). For the price I knew I needed something I could wear comfortably (but I still wanted some shine) so my search on Zappos continued.
I exchanged the DVF for these little shiners from Sam Edleman. They have loads of style and an on trend vibe with the bold ankle strap. The wedge is only 3" high so they are a breeze as far as comfort and the gold tone detailing (strap and a touch on the heel) make them shine.
Nude and gold~my new favorite combination.
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Looking at these colorful maxis above, I am reminded that at the style session we were looking at various shades of color, to see which were complimentary for which skin tones. I recalled a tip that I recently read in this book, 'The Power of Style', by Bobbie Thomas of the Today Show. She advises turning your wrist over and examining the color of your veins on your inner wrist. If they are greenish you will tend to go towards warmer, more golden tones of color and jewelry. If your veins show a bluer cast silvers and cooler shades will tend to work best for you. Both Bobbie and I have backgrounds in psychology so I appreciate her exploration of developing confidence and a personal brand for your individual style. Her chapters on body shape and the 'x' factor is a unique approach to choosing the best shapes for your shape (and I finally realized why certain cuts make me feel boxy).
This is definitely worth a read as we define our individual styles.
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For a glimpse of my fall Styleminchic Style Session here.
If you haven't registered for the Stylemindchic Giveaway~
$50 Zappos gift card giveaway and Greek Key train case~ do so before the drawing on May 10th. It's easy breezy!