Bright Tights, Big City

Bright light, big city, gone to my baby’s head
Whoa, bright light, an’big city, gone to my baby’s head
I tried to tell the woman, but she don’t believe a word I said (Jimmy Reed, 1961)


My LOOK!

Brooks Brothers Camel Hair Jacket          Ankle length slacks – H&M

 Calvin Klein Sandals                                  A New Day turtleneck – Target

STYLEGAGA Tights – Amazon               Tory Burch Perry Bag – similar here

J.Crew Necklace – similar here


It’s no surprise that I’m a shopper… and I thought I was totally “in the know” on most shopping sites and niches until I recently discovered Amazon Fashion.  Specifically, The Drop, on Amazon.com.  It debuted in June 2019 – I think before I started blogging again so somehow I must have missed it during my hiatus!

I stumbled upon it (despite being on Amazon constantly to order boring things like refrigerator filter refills) when Blair Eadie of Atlantic Pacific linked a pair of her fantastically colorful tights to Amazon.  Check out her post here on her fave tights!

As you can tell from the pictures…I bought the tights!  It’s actually a 6-pack of different colors – yellow, orange, pink, red, blue and green – all very, very bright.  Buy them here – STYLEGAGA Tights !!  There is also a multi-pack of pastel colors which I’m most likely going to purchase….how can I not!?

I LOVE the look of layering bright colors – and I think this look in particular is very clever.  Color blocking or a two-toned look is a popular trend that is a little edgy but so, so fun!  People are surprised when I wear tights with sandals in the winter, or “off-season”.  In my mind – as I explain to them – the tights convert the sandals into boots, basically?  That might sound strange but it actually functions very similarly.

There are also the other *perks* – I am one of those “cold all of the time, even in summer” people so having an extra layer under jeans/slacks or a skirt helps a lot.  And these are just sheer enough to not be too thick or heavy so they’re perfect for layering.

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Another hot look this season is actually quite a classic.  Different twists on the revered Burberry tartan plaid are very popular and you’ll see this pattern everywhere.  These H&M slacks are a perfect example…I love the broad orange stripe!  Also, the fit is spot on with these…they run true to size and actually fit me perfectly (I usually find the waist gaps on a lot of brands).

Lastly, if you buy anything this season, buy something that will last you for years and never go out of style!  I bought this Brooks Brothers camel hair blazer on eBay a few years ago.  It’s a circa late 80’s or early 90’s blazer – I purposefully bought it because of the over-sized cut and shoulder pads but Brooks Brothers has a beautiful similar blazer on their site now.  It’s certainly an investment piece but it looks good with everything…every year…every time.

Have a great week!  And give something bright a try!  A lot of people think they can’t wear bright colors for some strange reason…but I bet you’ll get lots of compliments and envious looks if you do!  xoxo…

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Travels with Tory B & Cortneybre -Solvang, CA

This past weekend we visited the beautiful city of Solvang, California in the Santa Ynez Valley! Solvang is Danish for “sunny field” and the city is just that. The day was warm and sunny with a wonderful cool breeze and bright skies. The town itself is sophisticated yet whimsical.

Solvang, CA
One of the many charming windmills in Solvang…

It’s a wonderful little city that displays facades and buildings reflecting traditional Danish style. I was enamored with the traditional Scandinavian aesthetic imbued in almost every aspect of the town.

Solvang History
Solvang, CA was founded in 1911 on almost 9,000 acres of the Rancho San Carlos de Jonata Mexican land grant, by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish community far from the midwestern winters. The city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many of the façades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style. There is a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen, as well as one featuring the bust of famed Danish fable writer Hans Christian Andersen. A replica of Copenhagen’s Round Tower or Rundetårn in the scale 1:3 was finished in 1991 and can be seen in the town center. (credit: Wikipedia)

I wanted to be comfortable as I knew we’d be doing quite a bit of walking but also classy enough to hang out at the local winery so I decided to wear this beautiful Tory Burch dress I bought recently. I paired this with a strappy pair of Franco Sarto sandals.

I must have picked the last one in this style but Tory has two other beautiful dresses in this print and on sale! Check the print out here! And here!

Solvang Vibes!
Dress & Bag: Tory Burch. Shoes: Franco Sarto
A closeup of the Tory Burch print!
Per Tory Burch… DETAILS- Printed in a toile of safari scenes and exotic animals, this Shift Dress nods to the season’s theme: adventurous summer getaways taken by Tory’s parents, Buddy and Reva Robinson.

The bag is also Tory Burch and was a splurge but it is a great summer to winter bag!

Tory Burch Miller Bucket Bag

Annnd…of course, it must be really, really popular because its also sold out (sorry!!) but a very similar bag is available here and in solid colors!

I especially love the Port and Malachite versions of his bag!

Tory Burch Miller Leather Chainmail Bucket Bag

Tory Burch Miller Leather Chainmail Bucket Bag

These are part of the Tory Burch Fall Event Sale going on now through 9/29/2019…use code FALL upon checkout!

After lunch in Solvang, CA...

Dressed for wine, walking & windmills!
Dressed for wine, walking & windmills!
Dressed for wine, walking & windmills!
Relaxing after the wine, walking and windmills!

Click below for more pictures of our trip to Solvang! There was so much more to see there and in the surrounding areas…we’re already planning another trip!

Thanks for coming along with me on this trip!

Solvang is such a wonderful city and we had a fantastic time exploring.

I actually even got stopped and asked if I was modeling for Tory Burch, lol! I guess my bag and my “testing the light” poses in one of the hotels made an impression and I was very flattered!

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A Crowd Pleaser…in Kate Spade Saturday

Dress: Kate Spade Saturday Bag: Kate Spade New York Heels: Mossimo Sunnies: Franco Sarto
Dress: Kate Spade Saturday  Bag: Kate Spade New York  Heels: Mossimo  Sunnies: Franco Sarto

Fall has descended upon my little town like a wet, soggy blanket of gloom.  It’s hard to be upbeat with day after day of cloudy, rainy skies and dreary winds.  Plus, it makes taking a good outfit post almost impossible.

It was on one of these gloomy days last week that I shot this look.  I’m in LOVE with the dress btw…although it was a love/hate relationship at first.  It’s Kate Spade Saturday and I found it heavily discounted at Marshall’s.  (I’ve basically bought all of their KS Saturday wear that I could squeeze into).

So.  This dress…oh this dress!  I will be honest that I put it on…took it off…put it on again….found my Spanx…took it off.  Thought about it for a couple of hours.  Put on my tights …put it back on….and finally decided, “what the hell”, I’m wearing it tomorrow.

Why the hesitation, you may ask?  Well…it’s short…and shorter than I’d typically wear to work which, for me, is where I am most of the time.  So…if it won’t “work” for work, then it won’t work at all.  Aside from the fact that it’s short…it’s also very fitted and getting past the shortness of the skirt was further complicated by the fitted look of the dress.

Obviously…after all of my indecisiveness, I chose to wear the dress anyway. The result:  happily, the dress was a success and I’m happy I kept it!  (I won’t be indulging in any sweets anytime soon if I wish to continue wearing it but that’s a battle best fought later).

Back to my gloomy, no good, very bad day.  (This all ties together I promise).

Picture me…standing on a busy corner, my photographer snapping away and me trying to look posh, long and lean while internally praying it doesn’t rain and/or we don’t get accosted by homeless people.  As I’m switching up my pose, I hear whoops and hollers in the distance and as the noise gets closer…guess who it is??

That’s right.  A bus load (and I mean…every seat is filled) of convicts.  (I’m sure that was your first guess…).  

I’d like to think they weren’t violent criminals…perhaps just day traders caught for embezzling or something but I’m sure a mixture of the general prison population was contained in this little capsule of delight.

So..they cat called and yelled although I didn’t hear anything profane or inappropriate.  After one of them started to yell “werk it, girl” (remember…that’s the same thing the drag queen told me the other night..coincidence..perhaps)..I just lost it.  

Hence the picture below.  

When they finally pulled away from the red light, I waved and they all cheered and thankfully drove on their merry way…back to jail, I’m sure.  

So…I guess this dress was a hit?  With the incarcerated crowd at least! 

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Dress: Kate Spade Saturday – go to Marshall’s and buy it before it’s too late!  

Bag: Kate Spade NY…while you’re at Marshall’s looking for the dress search for this bag also!  I found it at half its original price!  Love this one too!

Heels: Mossimo for Target but similar here by Tory Burch!

Earrings:  Tahari but love these at Tory Burch also!

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Hope you’re having a great week!  xx…