Too Pure To Be Pink

Ah summer, I am hopelessly devoted to you. From those summer days to (Oh!) those summer nights, I just cannot get enough. And the moment that the warm weather arrives, I throw aside my black denim, my jewel-toned tops, my plaid button ups and I say to my sundresses, my white knit tops and my sandals “you are the ones that I want”.

But, as fun as it is to dress for the season you have, its worth bringing a few of those not-so-summer items out to play every so often. You know, let your sunshine-y dress and your ankle booties go together like ramma-lamma-lamma!

That idea, and perhaps a favorite movie of mine, is what inspired this little ensemble. Because, if I do say so myself, I think I may resemble everybody’s favorite Aussie, Sandy from Grease! (Which, as much as I adore this movie, I have to say as a feminist, the end is a bit insufferable. Anytime a woman has to change to get a man, my eyes roll back so far in my head I worry they just may get stuck. And don’t even get me started on the flying car thing….). I just paired my new favorite off the shoulder top with my thrown in the back of the closet til Fall black jeans, and BOOM, I was all ready to have you tell me about it, stud.

So as much as I enjoy my strappy sundresses and my easy breezy summer tops, I will have to remember to mix it up every so often. Because when I do it right…why, it’s greased lightning!

Top: LOFT

Jeans: Gap

Earrings: Paperdolls Boutique (Similar)

Heels: Carlos (Similar 1Similar 2)

Beyond the Pale

Well, it officially hit 90 degrees here this weekend and that means that summer is *just* around the corner. It’s that time of year where people are stocking up on bronzer, hitting up tanning salons, and practicing crazy, voodoo witchcraft, all in the pursuit of that “healthy summer glow”. Me? I’ve never been one of those girls for a multitude of reasons: 1) I’m way, WAY too afraid of cancer to ever lay in a tanning bed or sprawl out in the sun without SPF 100, 2) No matter how hard I try, I always miss a spot whether I’m shaving or applying lotion, so I’m pretty sure self-tanner would be a disaster and 3) I don’t tan, I just burn BAD. Now, do I sometimes wish I was one of those perfectly bronzed goddesses? Hell yeah! The chance to lounge poolside and look like a person who belongs there rather than a lobster who escaped the dinner plate? Who wouldn’t want that?! When I was younger, I was super self conscious about my pale pallor, but as I’ve grown older I’ve become more comfortable in my own skin (both figuratively and literally), That isn’t to say there aren’t still days (usually when I discover yet another mystery bruise I probably got from running my shin into something) where I wish that I didn’t glow in the shade. But on those days, I try my hardest to remember to love the skin I’m in and make sure I celebrate it (usually by putting my ghostly gams on display).

Shift dress: Old Navy (this season’s floral)

Lace-up flats: Old Navy

Loop belt: Target

Earrings: Sugarfix by Baublebar for Target (similar)