Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What Month Are We In?

Today, I am actually wearing a sweater. I can't believe it. Usually, September in Atlanta just feels like an extension of August with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Today, the high is only about 70! I just about froze my butt off yesterday morning walking George in shorts and a t-shirt, but I learned my lesson today and had a warm sweater on hand. Back in high school, I distinctly remember my friend, Crissy, and I talking about how we wanted the weather to cool off so we could wear all our new back to school clothes. I think we were in 10th grade and had recently been shopping at Express, GAP and The Limited. I'm sure we would have loved this crisp weather so early on in the school year. (I still shop occasionally at these stores for more casual items, and Express surprisingly has some great suits for working women.)

Although Chapin yelled at me, I did buy a few new dresses last month. As a consequence, he has decided to completely redo our bedroom/ closet area, creating what he has deemed "Michele's Fashion Nook." I love it so far. There are even shelves for my shoes and one for all my purses. Is he a good husband or what?

One new dress I actually wore last week: this Jay Godfrey Erica Color Block Dress, which is no longer available online.

I love the cut of this dress; as I get older, I have found myself embracing my body and wanting to show it off. I am not stick thin and never will be, so the body conscious dress has become one of my favorite silhouettes.  I am also a huge fan of the simplicity of color blocking, especially when you are dealing with such bold, beautiful colors. The turquoise at the waistline really helps bring the whole look together, don't you think?

Today I'm wearing another body conscious dress: the Trina Turk Concetta Dress in Orchid. It is still available online, but hurray, because it's on sale for a great price. I actually got mine for under $50. Score!

Someone once told me that this color looked great on me, and that I should wear it more often, and I've always remembered that. Orchid is a great color, and this dress has undertones of blue and purple that work great with it. I wore blue shoes to help highlight those undertones a little more, although it's hard to tell in the picture.

The dress also comes in other colors, like sunshine yellow and turquoise.

You may also notice a new frame in the background of today's photo. We are doing some rearranging with our wall art as Chapin builds my fashion nook, so we are trying this picture out in our main hallway. The frame contains three photos: George, me and Chapin, and our beloved Izzie, who passed away over a year and half ago. She will be gone two years in January. I can't believe that.

And please excuse my hair in this photo. With the drizzly rain and lower temperatures, it was hard to do much with it today. I also ran out of my finishing serum and had to use some from another brand, which doesn't work as well. My hair is also getting longer, and I can't decide if I want to keep it this length or take another few inches off. I guess I will have to decide soon: I have a hair appointment at my salon in a few weeks!