I guess because I’m not a huge dress wearer in general, I tend to think of summer as more “dress oriented” than other seasons. And I definitely think of white as the summery-est of colors. So those two put together? The definition of summer! Is there anything more indicative of summer than a great white dress?! I don’t think so! Whether it’s a casual shift dress worn with flats or sneakers, or a sexy white dress worn to dinner or a summer party, there is simply nothing more reminiscent of summer than a great white dress.
I wait all year for summer, as if I am still whiling away the days in a classroom. I still think the term “beginning of the year” means the month of September. My summer memories of my childhood are so clear and deep, it is as if they were yesterday. Remember how every year there was that “Song of the Summer”? The one you knew all the words to and was over played all summer long, but for the rest of your life, it reminds you of summertime all over again? Summer. My mind thinks of the smell of Coppertone, smoke from a neighbor’s BBQ, walking around barefoot, swimming in my best friend’s pool until our fingers were wrinkled, or running in the sprinklers on the grass (this was my family’s “pool”), and the feeling of freedom that accompanied those short three months. That’s what today feels like. Bright sunny skies, “summer” music playing, a slight breeze in the air…..
Dressy shorts. A contradiction in terms, right? However, I have seen them more and more in the last few years, and I must say, I’m a convert. Previously I always thought of shorts as casual, and really only wore them with flip flops or Converse. However, dressy shorts worn out at night with heels can be such a cute look. I admit, I am not a skirt wearing person for the most part, so I guess they speak to me. They are short (like a skirt) but way, way more comfortable. And sexy! They look great with a blouse, a blazer or a loose tank top. Heels are the way to go if it’s an evening out, but for a dressy lunch or day event, they are really cute with flats as well. I think they are a great option when you are not sure how dressy an event will be and you are torn between a dress and pants. Obviously, they are not appropriate for some events (a wedding is one that comes to mind) but for dinners out, or drinks with friends, or a summer party, I think they are a great choice. I’m even seeing them on the red carpet!
Have a wonderful and safe holiday!
French Demijohns. I’m sure you’ve seen them. In the last couple of years, they have grown in popularity, to the point where even Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware have sold them. Ballard Designs even had a reproduction version. The word “demijohn” is a corruption of the word “damejeanne”, a term used for a large, globular bottle, usually covered in wicker. It is thought that perhaps its shape suggested a stout woman in the costume of the period. Wherever the term came from, they are large, narrow necked antique or vintage bottles, usually from France, that were used to store wine. They come in clear or different shades of green, sometimes covered in wicker, sometimes not. Often times the wine name was painted on the outside, or written on small paper labels (love that!) I first saw them in the magazine Country French a few years ago, and I fell in love. They are charming. And for me, they have a special connection since my husband and I love wine so much. I especially love filling them with corks.