What I Wore…

…for dinner with a girlfriend:
London Times Dress
London Times dress from Marshalls
Orange beaded gold necklace from Deborah Kent’s (long, but wrapped)
Black crochet & leather belt borrowed from another dress
Tried and true gold braided leather sandals from Bandolino

…for a lunch meeting with a fellow volunteer:
BR Top & Summer Skirt
Tribal silk top and cotton skirt from Banana Republic
Military belt from Salvation Army
Necklace by local jewelry designer Pour Toi
Bronze cork wedges by Mia

How To Step-Up Your Style at the Pool

Lounging poolside with a cocktail, thoroughly reading my favorite fashion rags… this is my vision of heaven.  There’s something  so luxurious and relaxing about the act of just absorbing the environment on a beautiful summer day.  Sometimes I like to blend into the scene and go unnoticed.  Other times I picture myself as the mysterious lady of leisure (yes, despite the husband and two kids in tow!) who does this sort of thing on a daily basis.  I like to be the gal at the hotel pool who looks like she actually put a little thought into her effortlessly chic poolside ensemble… or did she?

Let’s start with the swimsuit.  Right now I am rockin’ a pre-kid string bikini that somehow still fits nicely (Amen), but I am on the hunt for the perfect black single-shoulder one-piece.  Um, okay, so let’s move on to the cover-up, a crucial piece in my summer repertoire.  I prefer a classic black, but it almost doesn’t matter what the cover-up looks like.  Just the act of wearing one trumps the shorts and tank top norm!
Cover-up
During the writing of this post I am wearing my black and white floral 3/4-sleeve tunic.  It has a hint of gold thread woven throughout.  It’s perfect!

Now on to the shoes.  You could go the functional route and opt for a pair of flip-flops.  I’d recommend a gold or silver pair… they go with everything!  But if you really want to step it up, slip into a nicely detailed pair of flat sandals with just the right amount of bling… not too adorned.
Gold Braided Sandals
I love my gold braided leather Bandolino T-straps.  I ordered them online last year during the gladiator sandal craze, but I’d definitely put them in the “classic” category.

Now let’s up the glamor factor with a great pair of shades.  I know the Aviator style is what it’s all about right now, but I am totally faithful to my Bolle sunglasses!
Bolle Sunglasses
These simple wrap arounds are not only tight looking, they actually do a great job of protecting my eyes!  That’s a two-fer!

Hat or no hat?  If I’m fully committed to the poolside Diva look, I’ll go for a big, round, black sunhat.  Otherwise, I’ll go without, which is daring considering my hair, when pool-wet and air-dried looks like a poofy auburn Q-tip!!

Finish the look off with a great beach bag.  Two words: Go Big!
Beach Bag
Even if you only have a magazine and sunscreen to transport, carry a nice big bag in the crook of your arm and your Fashionista ensemble will be complete!

So remember:

Poolside Chic = Cover-up + Fashion Sandal + Great Shades + Sunhat + Big Bag

Easy Breezy!