Retro Love

There’s a very strong part of me that truly believes I was born in the wrong era. I have an unwavering love for the styles of the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s, and the re-emergence of clothing that reflects these periods makes me very happy, indeed.

A classic example of this trend is the Turner Dress, designed by Anna Sui and available at Anthropologie.

I’d pair it with a chunky silver necklace that sits right in the “V” of the neckline, a silver bangle or two, and a pair of peep-toe, platform, black patent leather pumps. Oh, and a fabulous red lipstick.

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Oh, Toms…thank you at last!

While I’ve always loved the Toms philosophy of giving shoes to children in need, I’ve never been a big fan of the company’s styles. Comfortable? I don’t doubt it. Stylish? Um…I think not. Although I’m not willing to sacrifice comfort for style, I won’t sacrifice style for comfort, either. The upshot: I’ve been admiring and respecting that noble philosophy from afar. And buying nary a pair. But then the Toms ballet flat happened.

Solids! Patterns! Textures! Colors! These adorable shoes conjure up images of sunny summer days spent in entirely unproductive pursuits. I see them with rolled-up boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans, cropped pants, walking shorts, skirts. They’re breezy and fun, and I want some. I want lots. And it all makes good sense.

Hurry Up, Summer!

Here in Northern California, it’s been raining relentlessly for weeks. I know I’ll be grateful for these constant downpours once fire season is here, but for now it’s rather dreary. To help combat the winter’s-never-gonna-end blues, I’ve been looking at warm-weather clothes, and the East Winds Dress from Anthropologie looks like a true winner.

From the vibrant color to the easy fit to the playful asymmetrical hemline, this looks like the sort of go-to dress that will be the perfect solution for warm summer days.