Summertime is in the air

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I'm a summer baby. My birthday is August 19 and August is usually hot and humid where I am. The irony of that is I HATE THE SUMMER. Ugh.

I dread the summer because I don't like to be hot, red-faced and sweaty. It is not a good look AT ALL.

But in the last year since my brother died, I have been undergoing a major transformation of self. I'm grieving but also reevaluating my life and how I live it. Time is precious and I want to enjoy every second of it. Life is not perfect but it can be an adventure, if you want it to be.

I live in a beach town so summer is an exciting time when tourists descend on our little place in the world, fighting for the perfect beach spot. Sure, it can be annoying with all the crowded buses/trains and not being able to eat a slice of pizza in peace with so many people there. I can't even visit my favorite coffee spot in peace. But I will admit, the energy is incredible. People look so happy and free. And I decided that this year, I will grin and bear it because the positives outweigh the negatives. Why not feed on that energy and use it to my advantage?

So I am challenging myself this summer to accomplish some things and enjoy the summer, even though I'm sure I will be suffering in silence, lol.

One thing I want to do this summer is wear more white. I have not worn white pants since high school and that was about 25 years ago. White has always been my fashion enemy. I have it burned in my brain that white will make me look fatter and I don't want to look like a marshmellow on the street.

The weather has been wonky this year. Last week, it was in the 50s and today, it's 85 degrees. I decided to conquer this fear of white in baby steps. Enter the "white jacket"....

Y'all know I love me some moto jackets and so of course, I had to have this white moto jacket from Lane Bryant. I was iffy on it at first but once I put it on, I realized I was really digging it. I didn't melt or burst into flames so that's a good sign. And I did not look like a marshmellow. Hmmm...

I probably won't get to wear this jacket much right now as summer appears to be well on its way quickly. And this jacket is a ponte knit so it's a little heavier than I'd like for any temps above 60 degs. But this is a jacket that can be worn season to season and never go out of style. Those are the true investment pieces.  

As we speak, I am looking for a nice pair of white cropped denim jeans and shorts. And I am determined to wear them this summer. I'm deprogramming myself about white by subtly adding white pieces to my wardrobe that have hints of color (like the Lela Rose watercolor dress and top from Lane Bryant that I blogged about here) and once I am comfortable, I will do all white.

It's all about baby steps and challenging yourself to go outside your fashion box while staying true to your style. My dad used to always say that if you try to do something, it doesn't matter if you fail or not because at least, you tried. And you can always keep trying until you get it right.

Summertime is definitely in the air and I don't mind it at all, for a change.

You can buy this moto jacket at Lane Bryant here

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