Traditionally, white jeans (well, white anything, actually) were only worn in summer. “No white after Labor Day” was a rule that women followed religiously. As you may know, these rules no longer apply. White jeans, white shoes, white bags, can all be worn all year. It’s just a matter of what you pair them with. And though I will always love white jeans in summer, I have become a convert to wearing them all year. They have the ability to brighten up grays, look amazing with browns and tans, and of course, always work with classic black. Plus, you get more use out of them that way!
Say it. Say it again. And show it. You can never love too much. No one ever lies on their death bed saying that they loved too much, or said it too often. But people do regret not having said it enough.
I love white dishes. I love the simplicity, the cleanliness, and the versatility. When I first got married, I had a floral, patterned set of dishes but when I started getting really into cooking and went to culinary school, I found out that food looks much better on white plates (this is why almost all restaurants serve their food on white dishes). Soon after that is when I started collecting white ironstone, so it just made sense to have everyday dishes that were white as well. I coordinate the vintage collectibles with the new purchases all the time, and what’s great is, everything works together! I even love the different whites. The vintage ironstone is everything from white all the way to antique cream but the different shades add texture and interest, I think. And I’m particularly fond of white dishes and ironstone in a white kitchen.
Let’s talk about the Midi. This skirt length has happened before (several times, in fact) and though it was hinted at as far back as last summer, the trend actually seems to be taking hold now. At first I was not at all sure about it, but I must say, it’s growing on me. There is something very elegant about it, and more importantly, it is flattering on almost everyone. I’m not sure why, but it seems to be more common in a full, circle skirt as opposed to a pencil skirt. This look is such a chic statement, and I love how feminine it is. And if the length seems a little scary after so many years of near or above the knee, start with just a couple of inches below the knee (again, universally flattering) rather than halfway between the knee and the calf.
I am still working on re-doing the fabrics in my family room, switching out the accent color of the room from red to blue (you can read about it in this post here). But since I am not done yet, and really want to be, I’m feeling such a craving for blue and white, I can hardly stand it. I’ve been seeing it everywhere, from Pottery Barn, to Pinterest, to photos on Instagram. It is such a refreshing color scheme, like a palate cleanser after a heavy meal. And it feels especially appropriate right now during the summer months. I almost feel cooler just looking at it! (almost…)