We’re going on vacation in Colorado next month and I’m trying to beef up my play clothes options, because my cutie patootie skirts aren’t going to work for a week of rafting and rock climbing and zip lining. And also because two years ago, when we went to Florida, I wound up doing laundry every single day we were there, which kind of killed the whole “vacation” vibe.
This weekend I spent some time assessing what I have and what we’ll be doing and what I need. I am short on versatile basics, like tank tops, and I am also in need of one more casual long-sleeved shirt, something I can layer or wear on its own. I’d been eyeing this J. Crew tunic for a while; it would look great with shorts or skinny pants, and could be layered over a tank or tee or another blouse or belted over a skirt. In other words, it’s super versatile.
This is also the type of shirt that magazines always swear works perfectly over a swimsuit, but I have to caution you that sunscreen can stain, and if you’re looking at a tunic like this is a light color or white, you’ll need to be super cautious about not getting sunscreen on it. Good luck with that.
“Well, I’m not so good if I plan because then I think about it too much and I over think it.”
On Monday night, I met some of my favorite girls at Flint for drinks and dinner. It was the perfect evening, the kind where my stomach hurt from all the laughing. I love those nights.
It also came at the end of a totally crazy day, which meant that I was scrambling to get dressed, or at least to get dressed in something that was girls’ night out appropriate. Because this? Wasn’t going to cut it.
Not GNO ready. At all.
I’m going to tell you a secret, Internet: I hate to shop. Haaaaate it. I like clothes, and I like to have nice things to wear, but the actual going to the store and shopping for the clothes makes me crazy. Craaaaazy. Ugh.
I’m not kidding.
In order to make the actual shopping less painful, I do a lot of online browsing; that way, I know what’s out there before I commit myself to driving to the mall or paying for shipping. And before I’ll buy anything, I have to be 100% sure I will wear it. Otherwise, forget it.
(That’s the secret to the tightly-edited closet, you all: Don’t buy anything that, as my friend Rachel says, you cannot wait to wear. Ambivalent about that dress? Put it back! In fact, I like to give myself a little time to think before I pull the trigger and buy. You’d be surprised how often I decide that I don’t really need whatever it is I thought I couldn’t live without. Truly.)
Recently, in my online wanderings, I saw this dress — at J. Crew, of course — and I totally fell in love.