An Outfit Comes Together


Some days I look in my closets
and
no matter how full they are
I still feel like I literally have nothing to wear.

Which really means
I don't see anything I Want to Wear.

Nothing that really speaks to the mood I'm in …
Because I choose what to wear on how it makes me feel.


So last weekend I decided to just pull together pieces I felt like wearing …
and 
I couldn't be happier 
how they all pulled together!

I started with my white western hat
tipped back to sport
 freshly colored  and done hair.

New sunglasses
huge pearls and bracelets
white jeans
a tunic
wrapped knit top
a short cashmere sweater
white jeans
and 
cream suede ankle boots.

Finishing the ensemble
a white gold clutch
and 
my much loved  new faux fur wrap!


I had composed an outfit I couldn't wait
to wear out for cocktails
just by pulling together 
some of my favorite pieces
in my beloved color palette.



So Monday when I was traveling by train down to 
San Diego
to  spend the afternoon 
with my darling daughter
for her 24th birthday
I knew just the type of pieces I would be pulling!

The first piece I added was a large French market basket and scarf!
I had to fill my basket very deliberately
since  
after debarking from the train
I would be spending the day walking all over downtown San Diego.


I so enjoy taking the train down.
I always upgrade to business class
which makes for such a lovely trip.


The views down are often spectacular.


The hour and a half trip
and 
a usually empty morning car
makes it a perfect time for leisurely make up time.


My best tip for enjoying walking the city
and 
still feeling put together for shopping and lunch
a second pair of shoes.

I have in the past
just picked a pair of flats
that were comfortable enough …
only to find myself blistered and pained by the end of the day.

This time I wore my favorite ankle boots
but switched into my leather Vans 
for the several mile walk to Ellis's office.


This is something I will definitely repeat!
I can't believe what a huge difference it made!
When it was time for lunch and shopping I easily changed back!


My market shopper
was big enough to carry everything I needed for the day
including  a birthday present!
The long straps meant I could carry it easily on my shoulder all day!


Ellis and I had a marvelous celebratory birthday lunch
at one of my favorite Downtown spots
The Water Grill!


Where the food was every bit as good as the gorgeous interior!


Downtown San Diego
has so much to see
especially  on foot.

With the turn of a corner
you can be somewhere completely different
like the Harbor Boardwalk
always one of my very favorite city walks.


But my favorite thing about visiting this beautiful city
is always visiting my
wonderful daughter.

My husband and I had so many memorable trips
to central California
while Ellis attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
and
these days we are missing our trips up there …

But now there is a whole other area
to get to know and discover.

And right there
in that mental space of
 holding on to old  cherished memories
while going out full force
to new places, experiences and discoveries ...

Learning to cherish toady
and
all it has to offer in it's newness
without continually looking back in comparison
to days gone by ...

Is as far as I can see
one of the best ways
to
navigate an Empty Nest.

Here's to learning to navigate
for the very best view.


As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life










6 comments:

  1. Glad you got to spend the afternoon with your daughter on her birthday! You look fabulous and very YOU!

    "And right there in that mental space of holding on to old cherished memories while going out full force to new places, experiences and discoveries ...
    Learning to cherish toady and all it has to offer in it's newness without continually looking back in comparison to days gone by ...
    Is as far as I can see one of the best ways to navigate an Empty Nest."

    I love reading your thoughts on an empty nest and how to navigate it. In a way, it was "easy" when our oldest went off to college 5.5 years ago because we still had the "baby." I know it'll be a whole different story when he leaves...

    Oh, BTW, San Luis Obispo and San Diego - we are working really hard on brainwashing the kid to choose one of these locations for college... ;-)

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  2. Happy Belated birthday! You look lovely and what a wonderful day!

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  3. love this post!!! what a gorgeous sunset, love your hair and the garden looks fabxxx

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  4. Tamara, so sorry I've been MIA for so long. Love the post. Happy Birthday !!! My kids are both married with children but I remember well how I felt when they left for school. One of life's passages. All will be well. xx's

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  5. Tamara, I have a real problem with my comments which never arrived to you from Europe.
    I love your blog and comment each time but they dont appear. I am wondering why?
    King regards

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