Can it be that August is here already? That means . . . the year is over! And I still have so much to do.
Things like . . .
- sharing all of the wisdom in my head regarding dressing for hot weather;
- setting goals for 2016;
- achieving goals for 2016.
This has long been my motto. Facing a daunting task? Why not have a cup of cocoa first? It’s not like it’s going to make the difference between getting the job done and not getting the job done. And it might put you in a better frame of mind.
NB: Cocoa is for the cold weather months. In the summer, replace “cocoa” with “ice cream.”
Here I am relaxing.
Tap, tap, tap.
Now we spring into action.
Several weeks ago, I had an idea: to layer a colorful slip-dress under a white shirtdress. To test my idea, I ordered a couple of slip-dresses, which I wound up liking as much as, if not more than, the shirtdress that provoked the idea.
A slip-dress can’t be worn on its own to work, so I’ve combined this one with an ultra-light cashmere shell.
This slip-dress is made from a printed, ink-colored silk. Such a compelling blue. The printing is interesting — it combines two different patterns. On the front, the left half is a foulard and the right half is small dots. The back of the dress is similarly bifurcated: half checks, half paisley. You may have to click on the photo to enlarge the image so that you can appreciate the details I am describing.
The cut of this dress is very full, so the cashmere shell is actually constraining the dress, cinching the waist, and giving it a pretty dirndl shape. The sides of the dress are slit (to mid-thigh), which gives the skirt lovely movement.
Here, a hint of side slits is visible.
Notwithstanding the volume of the skirt, this dress is weightless and floaty, which are two excellent qualities in the heat.
I thought some tough (slightly tough) sandals would be nice. These gladiator style sandals have height (a platform!) and shine (patent leather!). I have a hunch that these sandals will be useful in years to come.
In case you are wondering where these photos were taken: we are at the beach.
In his continuing efforts to make this the most truthful blog on the Internet, The Photographer made me come down to the beach for pictures.
Unfortunately, even at 5:00 p.m., it was still boiling hot and the angle of the sun felt punitive rather than gentle. So, only a few quick snaps on the sand before returning to the cool sanctuary of the garden.
Dress: Helmut Lang Scarf-Print Silk Slip Dress; Sweater: JCrew Featherweight Cashmere Shell; Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs; Shoes: Donald J. Pliner Fritz Sandal; Necklace: Samira 13