I love a good denim shirt. It doesn’t matter if it’s thicker denim a la J. Crew with an authentic snap front or a thinner chambray style, they are an all-round, crowd-pleasin’, wear-with-anything staple. I’ve especially loved the trend of the last couple of years of “denim on denim”. Mind you, had you told me a few years before that I would wear mixed denim, I would have thought that there was no way. But I love the look. Personally, I like it more when the denims are not the exact same wash, so that there is some separation between the top and the bottom. But denim shirts are good for more than just the denim-on-denim trend. They are great with white or black. You can dress them up with a great skirt or heels. Or, you can use them with something really dressy to take down the “dressiness” of the other item. And they go really well under a blazer (and we know how much I love those:)) They are just so versatile. And they have an innate ability to look cool and relaxed while still looking pulled together. And who doesn’t like that?
I love to bake, however, I don’t do it nearly often enough. Somehow days get away from me, or I don’t have any butter at room temp, or am missing an ingredient, or simply because I can’t always seem to fit it in.
However, the first few days of this week I did quite a bit of baking. Probably because I was about to start what would be 11 straight days of work and when I’m gone, I like my kids to have a little something warm, and cozy, and homemade to remind them of me. So this week, I baked.
Well, it’s been ages since I’ve talked fashion here on the blog, and I’ve missed it! And since fall is probably my favorite season – especially when it comes to fashion – I thought I’d touch on one of the biggest fashion trends coming this fall!
I don’t know about any of you, but I certainly never saw white pumpkins when I was growing up! I think one of the reasons I was not big on decorating for fall and/or Halloween for the longest time was the whole orange pumpkin thing.
It just didn’t mesh with my colors or my decor and so, although fall is my absolute favorite season, I really didn’t put out that much or buy very many pumpkins. The orange was just a disaster with all the blues and greens in my house, and really bad with the reds in my family room!
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!
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.