Sunday, June 28, 2015

Style Feature: Scala Collezione

Recently, I was sent a road test sample of the adorable hat I'm sporting in these pics.  It's the Scala Collezione in casual chic style, LC484.

Aside from the obvious fact that I love the look of this Scala Collezione hat, other plusses include the fact that it:
  • is versatile (it's brim can be worn down (which is also super-cute) or rolled up as I've featured here);
  • has a UPF 50+ rating (a HUGE health and beauty (and anti-aging) bonus);
  • boasts fabulous packability capability (can be packed, folded, crushed, tossed in a tote or suitcase and easily rebounds to its original shape); 
  • comes in an array of flattering shades to include black, white, natural, taupe, olive, periwinkle, rose, coral, lime, aqua and banana; and
  • is complete with an adjustable, inner drawstring (to ensure the perfect fit).

I've already decided I'm donning this sweet hat on a planned Independence Day outing this weekend and packing it for an upcoming weekend getaway in the latter part of July.  Click here to buy this fab Scala Collezione hat (and enjoy free shipping, too!).

Joy & grace, T.

This post will be linked (on Tuesday) to Style SessionsGaray Treasures and Confident Twosday.  On Wednesday, I'll link to The Pleated Poppy and Whatcha Wearing Wednesday

Linked on Friday to: Fashion Should Be Fun

Thursday, June 25, 2015

In Celebration of Small Successes...

Ever celebrate a small success?  I try to; although, I am not as adept at it as I'd like to be.  Well... Today, I'm putting my celebratory skills to work a bit...

May seem like a trivial thing, but I gifted myself a beautiful walk outdoors a few evenings ago.  You see, the weather here has been gorgeous--not too cold or warm, and sunny, too (Yes, finally!).

That morning, journal in hand (and a cup of java close by), I mused over what special gift I could give to myself on that gorgeous day.  The first thought in my head was, "Treat yourself to a mindful walk outdoors after work, tonight."

At the conclusion of my busy work day, there were plenty of other "to do's" that awaited me at home.  Nevertheless, I kept my promise to myself; enjoying an enchanting evening walk outdoors.  Guess what? I was so very glad I did!

Dress: Vintage (Etsy)
Jean Vest: J.Crew
Boots: Michael Kors
Handbag: Vera Bradley
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Brooch: Vintage (Antique Shop)
Bracelet: MNG by Mango
Watch: Coach (Gifted)

Share with me a recent small success you are celebrating. Would love hearing about it!

Joy & peace, T.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Style: Feel-good Style

Hello, Friends!  Thank you for the sweet, thoughtful support so many of you rendered to me through comments made on my last blog post. I was truly wiped out by the close of last week; following the ending of a sizable home remodel, busy work week and the emergence of a slight summertime cold. Post a relaxing weekend, I carved out added time to rest Sunday evening.  Hence, there was no post on Sunday this week.

These pics feature what a I wore to work last Friday.  Comfort is key to feeling good, but feeling "pulled together" plays a major role as well.

This outfit features pieces that are not only comfy; they are some of my faves.  That's the key to "feel-good" style.

When I feel good about what I'm wearing, I simply feel better in every respect.  Don't you?

 Dark Chambray: J.Crew
Skirt: Ann Taylor (thrifted)
Shoes: Ralph Lauren
Belt: Vintage Betsey Johnson
Handbag: Kate Spade
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Watch: Michael Kors (gifted)
Rose Gold Link Bracelet: Vintage

Joy & grace, T.

This post will be linked (on Tuesday) to Style SessionsGaray Treasures and Confident Twosday.  On Wednesday, I'll link to The Pleated Poppy and Whatcha Wearing Wednesday

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Busy Woman...

This post is a quick one!  Our sizable remodeling project has finally come to an end.

This week, my "plate" was so full; I didn't even publish a post on Tuesday.  I'm a bit slow in visiting my fave blogs, too, but I'm getting there!

This busy woman is in real need of some R and R.  Good thing the weekend is right around the corner (smile).

 Camisole: Chico's
Skirt: No Brand (and older)
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Handbag: Coach
Shoes: Charming Charlie
Watch: Coach (gifted)
Bracelet: Fossil
Lips: Clinique Tender Heart
Nails: Essie Bikini So Teeny
Hat: Cappelli Straworld Pack A Hat (see my recent feature of it here)

Here's a sneak peak at the family room.  It's been a lot of hard work; totally worth it, though!

Joy & peace! T.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Style Feature: Cappelli Straworld Pack A Hat

Representatives from Hartford York asked if I'd like to test a sample of the new Cappelli Straworld, Inc. Pack A Hat on the blog.  Lover of hats that I am, their offer was accepted...

The Cappelli Straworld, Inc. Pack A Hat is a sun hat (rated UPF 50+) that's tucked inside a coordinating, miniature wristlet tote bag.  What's amazing is that this sweet hat unfolds ready to wear.

The Cappelli Straworld, Inc. Pack A Hat would be perfect for the beach, walks outdoors, picnics, sipping libations on a winery patio, etc., etc., etc.  I "christened" mine by wearing it to a local pub for a weekday dinner out with Mark (post a long day at home overseeing our hardwood flooring installation).

A floppy hat is a summertime classic. Having one so readily accessible is such a great concept. The tote is cute enough to sport alone, or it could be tucked inside a larger bag.

I plan on packing mine for many a summertime excursion (both locally and out-of-town). In fact, it's going to be perfect for our trip to New England this summer.

The Cappelli Straworld, Inc. Pack A Hat retails at  $25 and is available in five different color options. Readers of this blog can enjoy free shipping on the Cappelli Straworld, Inc. Pack A Hat here.

Yes, that's me before heading off to a much-needed dinner out!  A full outfit post is forthcoming!

Joy & peace, T.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Every Cloud's Silver Lining...

This past Friday, the forecast warned there was an 80 percent chance of rain...

The silver lining to that is... I got to sport my new rain boots that day.

Did it rain that day?  Yes, it did.  The silver lining being... The raindrops fell while I was indoors--in my office--working.  The sun came out just in time for my evening dinner date with Mark, downtown.

Hat: Kohl's (older style; love this one, too)
Top: Loft (sold out; similar)
Skirt: Target (older style; adorable + affordable option)
Boots: Michael Kors
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Handbag: Vera Bradley
Men's Watch: Pulsar (gifted)
Necklace: Vintage Sarah Coventry (bought at a non-profit gift shop)

Don't you love finding silver linings? I sure do!

Joy & grace, T.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

On Going Against the Grain...

This ensemble is what I wore last Friday to work, an early-evening retirement party (for a fellow executive staff member) and to dinner with Mark afterwards. Sure, Fridays are generally a bit more casual, but sometimes it's nice to go against the grain where style is concerned...

You see, when it comes to fashion, it's all about donning what feels right and good to me--versus sporting what's expected...

Did I "stand out" a bit that day?  Sure, but in a good way as elegance is always en vogue, yes?

Lace Dress: Vintage (Etsy; lovely modern option)
Jacket: Talbot's (similar)
Heels: Michael Kors
Sunnies: Ray Ban
Handbag: Coach (adore this one, too)
Men's Diamond Watch: Elgin (yard sale snag!)
Bakelite Bracelet: Vintage (Etsy)
Brooch: Vintage (antique shop)

As in style, so in life... In those instances, where something "expected" doesn't seem right, I also "go against the grain."  I challenge by asking questions and/or stating my opinion.  Does that always make me "popular?"  Nope, but it makes me feel I'm living in sync with my own values.  Ever feel that way, yourself?

Wishing you a beautiful weekend!  Joy & grace, T.

Linked on Thursday to:   Thursday Fashion Files * Spotlight Weekly Over 50 Feeling 40 * Let Your Light Shine Thursday * Happiness at Mid Life and on Friday to:  Style Elixir *Rachel the Hat * Favorite Fashion Friday and Fashion Should Be Fun

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Finding Bliss Amidst Changes...

Well... It's that time of the year at the Bradley household.  We are in the midst of a sizable home renovation. This one involves the entry way, family room and upstairs hallway. It includes painting, redecorating and even the installation of wood flooring (Finally, the last of the carpeting will be gone from our home's lower level. Yay!!!).

This is roughly a two-week project.  The painters were here last week and will be for the early part of this week. The flooring installation begins next week.

During the remodel, we've moved everything out of our family room and entry way (which means all these items got crammed into other rooms).  Rather than enjoying our evenings in the family room, we are now watching movies and doing some series binge watching (right now, it's True Blood) in Mark's den, upstairs. The "chaos" will continue until mid-week next week.

As you can imagine, it's a bit messy at our place right now.  And, I must admit... I like having all in "order."  My home is my haven; so, this one's been a challenge (even though I know we will emerge with lovely, refreshed results afterwards).

Maxi Dress: Kohl's
Chambray Shirt: Fossil (updated version)
Wedge Sandals: Ralph Lauren
Sunnies: Betsey Johnson
Men's Watch: Pulsar (gifted)

I need to take a "page" from my lovely pet tabby cat's (Tabitha) book.  She, too, was initially not too fond about the present state of affairs.  As you can see from the photo below, though, she quickly decided to find bliss amidst the changes.

I have always said that Tabitha knows how to live well.  Indeed, it's true!

Tell me how you find bliss amidst changes.  Would love hearing about it!

Joy & grace, T.

This post will be linked (on Tuesday) to Style SessionsGaray Treasures and Confident Twosday.  On Wednesday, I'll link to The Pleated Poppy and Whatcha Wearing Wednesday