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My Current Shoe Love

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I know many of you, including us here at May Meets June, took a little extra time off last week for the 4th of July holiday. We are into the middle of summer and here in the south, it is very steamy. I can’t walk outside without my sunglasses fogging up and it only takes minutes before beads of sweat begin to form on my body. I was warned and all I can say is thank goodness for air conditioning!!

My current wardrobe on these sultry days is usually a sundress and sandals. Comfy sandals. However, I also want my sandals to be stylish and transition from daytime to dinner out. When I first arrived in Charleston, I came across a great little shoe store called Charleston Shoe Company. There were so many styles and colors and although I tried on a few pairs, I wasn’t yet ready to make a purchase. After hearing more about the shoes I went back, and I’m now the proud owner of two pairs of sandals, and I have a feeling there may be more in my future.  

I had them on all day while traveling with no sore, tired feet plus I’ve walked all over downtown Charleston in them, even on the cobblestones! Oh, and you can machine wash many of the styles too. I also love that they come in wedges as well as a chunky heel. A little extra height on my 5’2″ frame is always a good thing. 

Neely Woodson Powell is the founder of The Charleston Shoe Company. I loved reading about her journey and want to share her success story with y’all. 

Charleston Shoe Company founder Neely Powell spent her childhood summers in a colonial town in central Mexico. In the summer of 1996, while at the College of Charleston, she met a cobbler whose simple sandals were a wardrobe staple among the villagers and visitors alike. It was Kismet.

With suitcases stuffed with the made-by-hand shoes, Neely and her mother boarded a plane home, plotting to sell sandals alongside her mother’s own burgeoning import business at furniture markets. The shoes were embraced by young and old, and before they knew it a wholesale business was created. In 2009 when dreams of her own brand began swirling in her head, she enrolled in an accessories design program at the Savannah College of Art & Design with her young daughter, Gigi, in tow. Neely drew upon her shoe and accessory design coursework and, in collaboration with a fourth generation cobbler in Mexico, launched her own line of hand-sewn footwear then called Savannah Shoe Co.

An entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in Neely’s family – her father developed a five star resort in the Florida Keys and her mother started the wholesale interior furnishings mecca, Worlds Away. An idyllic childhood on Little Palm Island, where swimming and snorkeling were the order of the day, gave her an appreciation for the relaxed ease of island living. Coupled with the fact that she had highly creative and artistic parents, it’s no surprise that her design influence errs towards laid back sophistication meets comfortably chic.

In 2010, Neely opened Savannah Shoe Co in Savannah and then a small storefront called Charleston Shoe Co. on a quiet and historic section of King Street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. This proved a pivotal moment for the brand as the community and tourists alike embraced the collection and the charismatic proprietor. With locations in Charleston, Savannah, & Del Mar, they still could not meet the demand for the “cobblestones to cocktails” shoe and the wholesale line launched in January 2011. The Charleston Shoe Co. line is now currently sold in over 150 boutiques nationally.

From Boca Grande to Nantucket & Del Mar to Carmel, women can’t get enough of the comfortable, versatile and stylish shoes. When she is not in the stores in Charleston & Savannah you’ll frequently find Neely traversing the East Coast selling her shoes to adoring fans of the Charleston Shoe Co line, with Gigi still in tow!

Her stores are popping up all over the country but if one is not near you, no worries. You can buy all her shoes online and if you sign up for emails, you’ll receive 10% off your first pair. 

Have a great week! ~May

Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.’ – Marilyn Monroe

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Summer Dresses For Everyday

Although summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21, school is out, temperatures are warming up, and we are all enjoying the longer days. For us, summer is here. WooHoo!! It’s the season for iced tea,  the pool and the beach, long evening walks, BBQ’s, and of course enjoying the lighter layers that come with a summer wardrobe.

May and June are all about sundresses this summer. Not only are they feminine and flirty, sundresses can easily transition from day to evening, they keep you cool, and there are so many styles to choose from. So, if you don’t like your legs or you want to camouflage your arms, or you want something a little looser around the middle which let’s face it, we all want when it’s 90 degrees outside, chances are you will find the perfect dress.

You can also find sundresses at every price point.  From the pricier at Anthropologie or Nordstrom to the more reasonable Target or Old Navy.

Here are a few we have seen online that we may need to go and try on:

 

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Women’s Knit Ruffle T-Shirt Dress

Floral Drawstring Henley Dress

V-Neck Jersey Maxi Dress

Bo & Nic sheath dress in Vera Cruz Daisy  May found this at a little downtown boutique and loves it. The print is so cute and the fabric doesn’t wrinkle in the South Carolina heat.

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Enjoy the heat and toss on a sundress wherever you are going.  Great for errands or a dinner out.  Have a good weekend. –May and June

“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” —Sophia Loren

 

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March Weather Essentials

Happy March!! Spring is just around the corner and it is time to replace our parkas, snow boots, and mittens with a few pieces that will work well with this season’s more mild temperatures, as well as the rain showers that often arrive with spring.

Here are a few items we like.

Hunter Boots from Nordstrom

 

Hunter boots have gotten quite popular over the years, and for good reason. They are so darn practical!! These boots are great for those rainy mornings splashing through puddles as you make the commute from the train to the office, as well as running the dogs out. They keep your feet nice and dry and come in some great styles and colors. They have all different heights for whichever size you prefer.  You can also purchase fleece liners for colder days. We both love ours!

London Fog Trench from Nordstrom

Since we are on the subject of spring showers, we feel every girl should have the classic trench coat. There are so many colors and styles out there right now, but here is an oldie but goody, the classic London Fog trench coat. This particular coat comes in regular as well as petite sizes and it has a removable liner, which makes this coat a great option for the somewhat volatile temperatures that occur this time of year, as well as later in the fall. This particular style has a hood which always comes in handy on particularly windy and rainy days.

We also liked this Via Spiga trench coat with a pleated bottom. You can purchase this coat in red, blue, sand, and black, it comes in petites, plus right now it’s on sale.

Of course our spring shower ensemble wouldn’t be complete without a great umbrella. How many times have you run to your local drug store to pick up an inexpensive umbrella, only to have it blow inside out the first time you use it? Do you remember the bubble umbrella? It enjoyed popularity back in the 70’s, and May remembers having the child’s version with little yellow ducks on it. And if you are a fan of the Crown and Queen Elizabeth II, it seems that this style is a favorite of hers as well.

They are great for keeping your head and shoulders protected from the rain, plus they don’t blow inside out. One downside is it isn’t portable enough to just throw in your bag, yet what good is your umbrella if it doesn’t provide protection when the wind picks up? The price tag is a little higher, but you’ll keep this one for a long time.  And if its good enough for the Queen, then it definitely is a must have.

What are some of your rainy day essentials?

Have a great weekend. ~May and June

Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.- Roger Miller

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Styling Different Outfits With the Same Pieces

One of the many fun things we like to do is shop together.  However, that often means that we go home with the exact same items in our respective shopping bags.  And while we are close, we by no means want to look like twins.  What we have found, though, is that we each take those pieces and style them a little differently.  May’s style tends to be more classic.  June’s style tends to be a bit boho and because she works in a professional environment, she likes pieces that can go from work to casual.

We had a recent shopping trip which included two of our favorite stores, Anthropologie and Target.  We went home with some identical pieces, then pulled things out of our own closets to put our own styling stamp on them.  And for a little added twist, June knows that for the next few months she is going to be in the tundra that is Chicago, while May enjoys the spring-like temperatures of Charleston.  So, these outfit choices also show how you can transition the same piece from winter to spring.

Long-Sleeve Twist Front Top

When we were at Anthropologie we found this long sleeve twist front top that is super flattering.  It comes in multiple colors but we both chose the basic white.

May styled hers with a pair of red pants she had purchased last year from Loft and it looks like they still sell them.  She then added a black and white lightweight scarf and a pair of Ugg driving moccasins.

June styled hers with with a little pink cashmere poncho, grey jeans and some comfortable neutral sneakers.

Short Sleeve Sweatshirt

Also at Anthropologie we both found a short sleeve sweatshirt in in the sale room.  On the hanger it doesn’t look like much, but the fit is super cute with a slight a-line.

May styled hers with white jeans and sandals.

June styled hers with a long sleeve white tshirt underneath, blue jeans and black booties.

Knit T-Shirt Dress

We found a great discovery at Target of all places.  We came across this adorable knit t-shirt dress.  Because sizes at Target can run a little small on less expensive items, we both decided to try it on to check the size.  The fitting room was like a meat locker, so when we both came out of our adjoining fitting rooms to show the other, we were both still wearing our jeans  under the dress and burst out laughing. Great minds…

May has styled her dress with a neutral necklace and black ballet flats.

June has styled hers with a black t-shirt underneath so it can be worn now, leggings, black booties and a colorful long necklace.

Striped Short Sleeved T-Shirt

Finally, our last look is a short sleeved black and white striped t-shirt.

May styled hers with army green tailored pants, brown moccasins and a long multi-metal arrow style necklace.

June styled hers with a black open cardigan, jeans and sneakers.

It is a fun expression of style to take a piece and put your own spin on it.  Hope these give you some ideas on how to style some outfits for yourself.  Have a good weekend.  –May and June

Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak. — Rachel Zoe

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The Sneaker Revolution

Have you noticed that athletic footwear has become insanely popular the past few years? They definitely aren’t just for working out anymore and with so many wonderful styles and colors, choosing the perfect pair can be a little challenging, especially if you love shoes as much as we do. We’ll take one of everything!! (Ha!) Women are wearing sneakers with leggings, skirts, dresses, capris- just about everything. And it is so much more stylish then the 1980s when only commuting women wore sneakers with nylons and their business suits.  We love this because it means we don’t have to walk around in uncomfortable shoes and suffer from sore feet just to look fashionable. Here are some cute styles we found.

Of course you can never go wrong with a classic like Converse. We remember the popularity of these shoes when we were kids, and here they are again. They look great with jeans, leggings, or even a fun skirt. As cute as these are, they don’t have a ton of arch support so be aware if you plan to do a lot of walking in them.

Black Nike’s are all the rage right now, in fact both of May’s girls wear theirs often. They are a great travel shoe with a comfy pair of leggings if you are going to be flying to destinations near or far.

Superga is a shoe brand that May heard about from a travel blog she follows called Travel Fashion Girl. These shoes were high on her list of recommended footwear for traveling, and May is seriously considering purchasing a pair in white for an upcoming trip to Italy. They come in several colors and you can get them on Amazon.

And if you want to go a little more athletic and colorful, June found these while browsing and they may have just jumped in her cart and on their way to her.  They have that classic retro look which was so popular when she was in junior high and her parents would only buy her cheap gym shoes from Sears.  So uncool.

Now, some of you may be wondering how you can pair your newly purchased kicks with a cute skirt or pair of jeans. We did a little internet search and found some great ideas!  You can find these ideas on Pinterest under June’s board “My Style.” , or May’s board “Sneaker Style”.

What’s great about all of these looks is that they are all pretty much made up of basics we all have in our closet.  A striped tshirt, a grey sweater, dress pants,or a scarf worn with a pair of athletic shoes gives you a cool vibe.  And even if you are not a 20-something you can still totally pull it off.

As a little side note, we are still mad about our booties, heels, and little ballerina flats, however it’s nice to know that there is a cute, comfy, and versatile sneaker out there when we want to be a little more casual, or don’t have a ton of room in our carry on.  Have a good weekend. –May and June

Fries Before Guys 

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Sneakers Before Stilettos.

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Cardigan and Hoodie Season

If you don’t like the weather when you live in Chicago, wait five minutes and it’s bound to change.  This is especially true in the fall.  You may leave the house and need a sweater and coat, and by the time you leave the office, it feels like tank top weather.  The solution to this is layers, and cardigans especially fit the bill.  June is a huge cardigan fan and rarely wears any sweater other than a cardigan.  And if it has pockets, thumbholes or a hood, then it usually comes home with her (especially if it is the color gray but that is a whole other issue to discuss).

We looked at some of our favorite shopping sites and found some trends this year.  Oversized slouchy cardigans are a big trend.  We thought this one was cute

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The boyfriend sweater is always a classic and can be worn casually or to the office.

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Cardigans with a pattern seem to be a big trend this fall and are a nice change from solid cardigans and can be fun if you want to play with pattern.

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Pretty pastel colors are a nice change from grey and black.

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And when you take yoga you always need an extra layer for savasana so check out stores that carry athelesiure wear

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Now,  this is not a cardigan but looks like a comfy sweater that can be worn with leggings because of its length and it has thumbholes and a hood (and it comes in grey for June).

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In addition to cardigans, May also enjoys a long pullover that can be worn over leggings, or skinny jeans. She recently found this BP Ribbed Mock Neck Pullover at Nordstrom. She bought it in grey pebble heather, but there are several colors to choose from.

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It looks like fall weather is definitely in our future, so check out some of these finds, or share a favorite sweater that you love this time of year.

Have a great weekend!

~May and June

“Who needs a boyfriend when you can have a big cozy sweater?”

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Boutique Shopping

Do you ever get tired of wearing the same style all the time? We all have our favorite stores for clothing and accessories which for us include Nordstrom, Anthropologie, and Ann Taylor Loft. Sometimes though, it is fun to step out of the box a bit, and try something new. May and June discovered a little gem of a store and the best part- it is right in our neighborhood!

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A La Mode is an elegant little boutique in the heart of downtown Arlington Heights, IL. It has been there for years, but we didn’t really take a close look at it until this summer. Our pilates studio is just down the street, and since we are already right there, we always enjoy looking at all the pretty clothes and accessories after our workout. In the past, boutiques in general always seemed to be more prevalent in the city, but now they are finding their way into most suburbs, which makes us very happy. In addition to having beautiful accessories and jewelry, you can also find good quality footwear and beautifully made clothing.

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We have both made several purchases over the summer, and received a lot of compliments. Prices are reasonable too.  If you absolutely fall in love with an item, make sure you buy it, because a lot of times when an item sells out, it is gone forever. Nothing sits for a long period of time and whenever we visit, there is always something new to see (and try on).

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Boutiques are great stores for purchasing gifts as well. We have both found some lovely scarves, bags, and jewelry and the store gift wraps everything so beautifully.

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If you don’t have a boutique in your area, you can check out Francesca’s. Even though it is a chain, every store is different and unique. They have many locations and you can shop online too. A La Mode recently opened a sister store two doors down called Charisma. It is also lovely, with a slightly different style.

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So, if you are looking for something for yourself, or want to find a gift for a special girl, check out some of the boutiques in your area and if you live near Arlington Heights, we invite you to check out A La Mode.

Have a wonderful weekend. ~ May and June

“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn

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Some August Favorites

Can you believe we are already moving into the middle of August? Where has the summer gone? Kids are going back to school over the next few weeks, the community pools will be closing soon, and before you know it, we will be back to the more structured life that often comes with fall. However, it is not here yet and while we still have summer with us, May and June would love to share some things we are loving in August.

What May is Loving

Every May, my husband Bob and I wipe off the dust that has settled on our bikes over the long winter, fill our tires with air, and hit the trails in our area. We both are early risers, and love to get out every weekend and enjoy the quiet of the morning. Fortunately for us, we can always find a Starbucks close by where we can partake in our morning beverage of choice, before continuing on our way.

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After a busy week, it is a great time for us to connect and enjoy each other’s company, plus we are getting a great workout too! We have both noticed the subtle changes in the season, especially in the last week or two. The sun is rising a little later, the mornings are a little quieter, and the once active baseball fields have been abandoned until spring. That is ok though, for now it is still summer and I will drink in every moment. My senses come alive as I breathe in the freshly mowed grass, hear the sounds of children playing, feel the warm wind on my face, and see the bright sun against the bluest sky. So far, our journey this year has taken us over three hundred miles, and we look forward to biking well into the fall.

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What June is Loving

June is loving the hydrangeas blooming right now. Depending on your variety, they may have actually bloomed a month or so ago but some are just now starting to bloom.  A lot of my hydrangea bushes bloomed in July but they still have their blooms and have now turned a little lovely light green color.  Next year, I am going to replace a couple of my plants that have not bloomed in a couple of years with a variety similar to this Vanilla Strawberry plant that starts white changes to light pink and then to a strawberry red.  Hydrangea

And my mom has a lovely bush that just bloomed so she brought me this beautiful bouquet today that I am enjoying in my kitchen.

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Hydrangeas are also my favorite because they were the centerpiece to the flowers for my wedding which was also in August.  So I am loving my husband this month and celebrating 9 years of marriage on the 18th.  We have been through some challenges that we never planned or expected on that day, but our relationship has grown so much in that time and I love him even more today.  We still have a lot of fun together and enjoy each other’s company. Although that may be tested when we spend our anniversary in the car for 10 hours on a road trip, but we will be happy to see our family when we get there.

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What We Both Love

Something that we are both loving right now is our summer sandals. Are you surprised? We both love shoes (especially June!) and want our toes to enjoy their freedom before they must be tucked away in cozy socks and boots. May came across these fun little red flats a few years ago, at Nordstrom Rack and although they aren’t great for long walks, they are perfect with a cute sundress or denim shorts.

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June found these fun mint green Minnetonka sandals, which are adding a nice little subtle color to summer outfits.  And they are a wedge so she gets a little extra desperately needed height too.

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Our local farmers market is a wonderful place for fresh produce, especially this time of year. The tomatoes and corn on the cob are at their peak as well as summer fruits, and the fall harvest is just around the corner.

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When we think of August, we are always reminded of the intense heat that goes along with the month, and this August has been sizzling. We have officially entered the dog days of summer, so, who better to talk about the summer heat then Sawyer and Gatsby! Now, you would think that Sawyer would love cooling off and paddling his heart out in the backyard pool, but he doesn’t like the water. We’ve done everything possible to entice him, but he doesn’t like getting wet. He would rather lay by the pool on his towel, looking pretty as he worships the sun.

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However, we are happy to report that last week, when it was so, so hot, Sawyer allowed us to bring him in the water, but not to swim. Bob carried him around the pool while Sawyer rested his head on Bob’s shoulder, eyes closed, enjoying the ride. He is quite the dog.

Unfortunately for poor Gatsby he does not have a pool because otherwise he would be out there all the time. He loves to swim.  When we had a lake house he would spend the whole time in the water fetching tennis balls, which was fine until we happened to be there in November.  He didn’t realize that the water could be so cold.  So during the dog days of summer, Gatsby goes and lays out in the grass or the driveway and cooks himself soaking up the rays.  And then if it is not cool enough in the house he begs for the air conditioning to be turned up, and who can resist that face.

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Hope you are finding some things to love this month!  Have a great weekend. –May and June

 There shall be eternal summer in a grateful heart. – Celia Thaxter

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Some Things We Are Loving In July

Something we both love to do is pass along recommendations of things we love.  This may be a great product, food, item of clothing, or just a seasonal present moment that we are enjoying. So, we thought it might be fun to share some things we are loving in July.

What June Is Loving Right Now

Both May and I love Tarte makeup.  It claims that it is made with high performance naturals and is cruelty-free.  But honestly, it is just plain pretty.  They have some gorgeous colors and their products feel good and don’t irritate my eyes.  Tarte just came out with a limited edition palette Swamp Queen eye and cheek palette.  I found mine at Ulta, but I am not finding it online right now.  I also picked up the lip paint as well, it’s not sticky and adds beautiful color to my lips.  I am not sure who the YouTube star, Grav3yardgirl, is that came up with this collection, but check it out.

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I am also loving big statement rings right now.  They are a fun accessory to add some bling to any outfit, and you can find them pretty inexpensively.

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Sometimes I get bored with my workout routine and my yoga practice.  However, lately I am really feeling my yoga.  Through some good in person classes, I am noticing my practice changing and growing.  I have also been taking an online class called Yoga For Creativity with Mary Beth Larue that I really enjoy at home.  I am not very dedicated to practicing on my own, so this has been a great resource. Plus, Mary Beth Larue is a wonderful teacher.  Maybe someday I can attend an in-person class.

What May Is Loving Right Now

We are at the height of the summer season and I am all about being outside as often as possible. I love to sit on my patio to read and write, and found these great reading shades by A.J. Morgan. Good Morning America often does a segment on Thursday mornings called Deals n’ Steals where you can purchase some really great items at a huge discount. The deal only runs for the day, but don’t worry, if you aren’t able to tune in, you can simply go to gma.yahoo.com and check them all out. These glasses come in many styles for men, women, and children, they are a great price, and for those of you who are a little visually impaired, they offer readers too.

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This is also the time of year that I crave tomatoes fresh off the vine. As much as I love them, I generally don’t eat tomatoes other than my own because I personally feel that store bought tomatoes have absolutely no taste. Along with tomatoes, I also plant basil and cilantro which I love to add to salads and light summer sauces. Even if you don’t have space for a traditional garden, tomatoes grow great in pots as well.

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Years ago, a friend of mine gave me a book of daily meditations called The Language of Letting Go, by Melody Beattie.

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It’s a book that I always have at my desk, even though I don’t always read it. Lately, however, I find myself reading it almost every day. I have to say, the last few years life has been pretty uneventful not only for me, but my family as well. We were comfortable in the rhythm of our lives without a lot of change or drama. After my dad passed away in January, it seems our lives have quickly started down a new road, not only for our family as a whole, but individually as well. For me, a lot of change at one time can be a little overwhelming and I can sometimes get caught up in the minutiae of life, instead of sitting back and enjoying the ride. This is a wonderful little book that reminds me to focus on what is important.

What May And June Are Both Loving Right Now

We are both loving the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  For people not indoctrinated into the world of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, it is an annual event in July with all new fall merchandise.  This is not the leftovers at the end of the season, but the items  you are going to want in a few months. We admit that it is hard to think about fall clothes when it is 100 degrees outside, but the prices are too great to pass up. The sale opened to Nordstrom credit and debit cards last week and opens to everyone today.  We are fortunate because we live close to several Nordstrom stores, but if you do not live near one they offer free shipping all of the time, including returns. So take a chance on something you love.  Things to consider buying are jeans, purses and boots.  We also found some great items that we both bought because we loved them, and they are so functional. We will just have to make sure we consult when we are going to be together, so we don’t look like twins.

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This is the Barefoot Dreams Circle Cardigan.  We both have another version of this cardigan and we can tell you it is the coziest thing ever.  While it’s sold as loungewear, we are sure that it can be worn out on the town.

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June bought this faux leather jacket and when May saw it, she decided she needed it too.  In the early fall it can be worn as an outdoor jacket, but it is light enough to be worn as a blazer as well.  Plus, it makes us feel like we look tough.  And it looks much richer than the price suggests.

Zella Crop

These Zella crop leggings are a steal at $24.90 (normally $48.00).  We know the website says they run small but we found they run true to your regular legging size.

Zella Live In These are the Zella live in legging.  Neither of us had tried the Zella leggings before this sale and we are both now fans.  They are super soft and on the sale are a great price (the full length ones are $37.90, normally $58.00).  They are thick enough that you do not have to worry about them being see through and showing things off that you would rather remain private when you bend over in wide legged forward fold.  And, you would think this striped pattern would not be flattering, but it flatters every figure!  Somehow it makes your legs look skinny!  And if you are short like us these still work because they are super tight at the ankle, so you can just bunch them a bit.

On these hot days, one of our favorite drinks is the Mango Black Tea Lemonade from Starbucks.  If you do not like your drink super sweet, we recommend getting half of the mango flavoring.  So on the grande size request 2 pumps of the mango.  It also cuts back on the calories.

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We are loving that it is still sunny when we get out of our evening yoga class.  We know that this won’t last, so we are enjoying the long summer days while we have them.

Finally, we are loving girl’s road trip weekends.  We are going out of town this weekend to a creativity and writing workshop with the University of Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival.  Since we are leaving this morning and the workshop does not start until Saturday morning, we are going to goof off for the day. We think some great vintage shopping, yummy food, a little yoga,  and a glass of prosecco may be in our future for the day.

We love the things we love, for what they are. Robert Frost

Have a great weekend. –May and June

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Cute and Casual Summer Dresses

We love summer! It’s the season for baseball games, picnics, swimming, and alfresco dining. Of course every girl needs a few great summer pieces to hang in her closet and it appears that this year, we are seeing a lot of cute and casual summer dresses and pretty skirts being displayed in store windows.

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Recently, after an unusually grueling pilates session, May and June decided to head over to Loft, to forget about their sore tired bodies and look at their wonderful selection of lovely skirts and dresses.  We both love that stores are offering more options in summer clothing, especially for women who want to wear something that’s cool, comfortable, and feminine. These are great options if you don’t feel comfortable wearing shorts.  Loft is a great store for clothing that you can wear to the office, or out for lunch with friends. There are so many options and the best part is, there are always great sales. In fact, it just so happens that there was a store wide sale the day we stopped in. We fell in love with the dresses, and thought you’d like to see some of our favorites.

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Maxi dresses have been around for a few summers now, and are always a great option with a cute strappy gladiator sandal. We love that Loft offers petite styles too, especially for these longer styles.

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Wrap dresses are also popular this summer and very figure flattering.

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We are also loving these tunic style dresses. May loved this little red one.

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There was a great selection of skirts and June purchased an adorable little black one, while May bought that cute chambray dress in the picture above. We went into the store just to look, but you know how that goes.

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If you haven’t updated your wardrobe for summer yet, definitely check out a Loft store near you. The summer sales are starting.

We hope you enjoy your weekend. Soak up the sun and walk barefoot in the grass. ~May and June

I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.
— L. M. Montgomery

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Derby Hats

My husband and I live minutes away from a thoroughbred horse racing track, Arlington Park Racetrack.  This year my youngest brother’s birthday fell on the Kentucky Derby, so we celebrated with him by spending the day at the racetrack.  Interestingly, I found out the night before that if you attend the horse races on Derby Day, you simply must wear a Derby hat. Apparently, it is quite the fashion faux pax not to wear a hat, but even if that wasn’t the case, it is still a fun thing to do.

I read up a bit on the tradition of wearing hats to the horse races, especially  since we do not see men or women wearing them in this day and age, unless of course they are the ball cap variety, or the winter hat type.  The tradition of wearing hats to the Kentucky Derby started in 1875, when the founder of the race, Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., modeled the race after high class European racing events.  At the time, these events were seen as places of vice and ill repute.  So, he and his wife went on a campaign throughout Louisville, Kentucky to convince his target clientele, that the new race track was a place for the upper class. They promoted that a race such as the Kentucky Derby, was going to be a see-and-be-seen affair so that more women would attend.  The tradition of the huge hats did not really begin until the 1960s, when television made women want to stand out more.  In the 1970s and 1980s, the devotion to hats dropped a bit, but picked back up in the 1990s and has really experienced a resurgence in the last decade, thanks to the royal wedding in 2011.

I saw some very interesting hats while at the race track.  The pictures are not super great because I was being a stealthy picture taker.

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Some chose the English fascinator look ala Princess Beatrice.

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Some went with the understated country garden look.  And yes, that is a camel in the background. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you.

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Others just went big and red, matching their clothes to their hat.

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This was a sea of straw hats with many bows, feathers, and flowers as far as the eye could see.

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This personally was one of my favorites.  It is a little hard to see,  however there is a whole row of My Little Ponies attached to the brim of her hat.

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This was my hat.  I borrowed the hat from my mom and had this huge flower from Target that I use for something else.  I attached the flower to the ribbon that was already around the hat, and voila.

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Here are me, my mom and my brother’s girlfriend in our lovely Derby  Hats.

We had fun wearing our Derby Hats for the day.  We did not go all out on our dress since it was cold that day and we had to dress for warmth, but our hats gave us a little Derby spirit.  –June

 

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Summer Weddings? Check out Rent the Runway.

The month of May is here, and we are officially into wedding season. Some of us will be attending several weddings between now and September, and attire for us girls can be a little challenging, especially if we’re going to be seeing a lot of the same people at different events. In that case, one dress isn’t going to cut it. However, we also don’t want to spend a lot of cash on dresses that may be worn just a few times (or even just once), for a special occasion. Let’s face it – today we can rent anything from tuxedos to cars to yard equipment and even furniture. So, why not rent a designer dress from Rent the Runway for your next wedding?

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A few months ago, one of my yoga students, Allison, told me about this great company called Rent the Runway, a fashion rental service started by Harvard MBAs Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss. Rent the Runway is for women who don’t want to spend $1,000.00 on a designer dress that will be worn once and then sit in the closet for eternity, because ladies, we all know we don’t want to be seen in the same formal dress more than one time.

In addition to signature gowns, Rent the Runway also has leather jackets, sweaters, sunglasses, and even handbags that you can rent for just about any occasion. Rentals are for four or eight days, very reasonably priced, and you get a free backup size and choose your delivery date. Along with your dresses, you are given a bag that you simply place the dress in when done wearing, zip it up, and you’re good to go. There’s no dry cleaning and you return everything for free.

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Oh, and if that’s not enough to entice you, your first rental is 20% off.  Sometimes availability can be an issue, so make sure you plan ahead. For Allison’s event, she picked out a beautiful dress by designer Monique Lhullier, and because she had a promo code, the dress was only $50.00.

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It arrived on Friday, and she mailed it back Monday morning. She suggests that before making a commitment to a particular dress, you read the reviews to see if it runs big or small. Chicago has an actual bricks and mortar store so if you’re not satisfied with your dress, you can go to the store and trade it for something you like.

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I think this is a brilliant idea for women, and will definitely consider Rent the Runway before attending my next formal event.

Have a great week. ~May

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We Love Target! (Part 1)

May and June are both regular shoppers of Target. It’s one of those great one stop shopping stores where you can get great buys on just about everything, including groceries. We recently took a little afternoon field trip to Target, and wanted to share with you some great fashion finds, at great prices.

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Today we are all about fun fashion accessories. We are on the brink of summer and as we roamed the aisles, we both got lost in a sea of light summery scarves, cute and colorful tasseled totes, great hats to block the sun, and more! We loved putting together some great looks with just a plain white t-shirt and a few accessories. We also loved the great prices. We don’t know about you, but both May and June find that most of their wardrobe investment leans toward the heavier fabrics associated with winter clothing. In summer, our clothes tend to have brighter colors and lighter fabrics which don’t quite wear as well, and are washed more often. Keeping costs down for a lot of basics makes good sense, whether you’re on a budget, or not. What we love about Target is that there are so many great styles! Here are some items we loved.

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Straw hats

Whether you’re sitting poolside, walking the beach, or working in the garden, a cute little straw hat is a must to keep the sun out of your eyes. These hats were 12.99-19.99.

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T-shirt and Necklace

A plain white t-shirt (sometimes several) is a fashion staple during the summer months. You can pair it with a fun necklace or colorful scarf. These white t-shirts were $9.00, the necklaces were $16.99, and the scarves $14.99.

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T-Shirt paired with scarf and straw bag

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Of course a cute bag is a must for every occasion in the summer whether you’re going to a great summer concert, or the beach. Target has loads of great bags, and as you can see, it’s all about the tassels this summer. The summer clutches and totes were priced from $14.99-$34.99. Now we’ve come to one of our favorites……sandals!!

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Cork Wedges

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Black Fringed Sandal

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Strappy Leather Slide

Needless to say, we spent a lot of time in the shoe department. We were thrilled to see so many cute styles for every occasion. The prices were great too. Most of the sandals ran from $16.99-$34.99.

Now, our outfit isn’t complete without a great pair of shades. We’re talking the sunglass variety of course! There was practically a whole wall devoted to sunglasses of all kinds and the prices ran from $14.99-$19.99 which is a great price, especially if you tend to leave yours places.

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Doesn’t June look like a movie star?

So there you have it! Our fun Target fashion accessories.  We can’t wait to share our Target home and garden accessories with all of you next week! Have a wonderful weekend. ~May and June

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More Spring Shoes – That Won’t Freeze Your Toes

We are having a shoe week here at May Meets June.  There are certain things I love to recommend to other people.  Books are the top of the list but I also like to pick out shoes for people.  My mom will often tell me that she needs a new pair of a certain kind of shoe and she will get an email from me with several links to Zappos with various choices.  And I love all of the pairs May picked out for comfy sandals for walking and travel on Monday (although I did tell her the yoga sandals were a little weird).  However, it is not quite sandal weather yet but lately every time I put on my favorite pair of booties I have a visceral reaction to them and want to throw up (I also have this reaction to my winter coat, my cozy grey cardigan and any other wardrobe piece I have been wearing for the last 5 months).  So since my body is obviously screaming for spring but it does not especially appreciate frostbitten toes I decided to show you some of my favorite pairs for that in between time of booties and sandals.

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OTBT Shoes

May and I hit up this little shoe store in downtown Arlington Heights on Friday afternoon when we were supposed to be working called Tootsies Shoes.  They were having a great sale and I picked up this pair of shoes that I had admired a couple of times when I had been in there.  My pair are a little lighter colored brown so I think they will make a great spring shoe and will even work well into summer.  I like to keep my toes covered even in the summer when I am commuting downtown or I am going to be in a large crowd of people.  I have a weird thing about germs and also have a thing about having my toes stepped on.

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I have these shoes in a gold metallic (which sadly I could not find) and I wear them all of the time.  They seem to have them in silver this year instead.  They are very comfortable.  And the best part for me is that they are Mary Janes.  I love Mary Jane shoes.

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UGG Driving Moc

Driving moccasins are always a great option this time of year.  The outer sole has enough toughness to it that it will hold you up in case you hit a patch of that tricky black ice.  I have a similar pair that I have worn for years and they are always the first pair of shoes that I reach for when the weather changes enough for my to wear shoes with no socks.

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Dansko Thea

Dansko Thea

I love a good clog and these are great because they are sandal like but they cover up your toes.  I have them from a couple of seasons ago in a fun spring green color which gives my outfits a pop of color even when I’m stuck wearing that cozy grey cardigan.  IMG_3743

I ended up wearing them to the bridal brunch May hosted in the April blizzard-like conditions and my feet did not turn to ice cubes.

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I love my Skechers Go Walk shoes.  They are a little cuter on then they appear on any website and they have some fun patterns and colors too if you want a little more pop.  I like them because they feel like athletic shoes but are not so clunky and you do not have to wear socks.  I will also tell you they were the only shoes that got me through a severely sprained ankle two summers ago and a broken toe last summer.  I finally replaced my beloved pair since they practically walked themselves to the garbage can.

I think this weekend I may put those winter shoes and booties to rest in the closet and break out some of these in between shoes until we finally hit sandal weather.  Of course it being Chicago that could be next week or it could be the 4th of July, you never know.  –June

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Great Sandals for Travel and Walking

As summer approaches (even though our recent temps have been more like winter!),we continue to shed the layers of the last several months, storing the parkas, heavy sweaters, and of course we can’t forget about our cold weather shoes and boots.  I’m such a warm weather girl and love to be barefoot as often as possible. However, when shoes are required, I want to wear a sandal that feels as if I’m not wearing anything at all.

I love pretty shoes and have always admired Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City) as she gracefully leaps over puddles on the streets of New York City in her Manolo Blahnik stilettos. She made it look so effortless, so easy. As for me, I’m more like Monica from Friends, who had to be carried piggyback by Chandler because her very fashionable boots were killing her feet. Honestly, I don’t know how women do it. My spirit is always willing, but my feet just can’t handle the torture of being enclosed in very beautiful, yet very impractical footwear. I always have plenty of Band-Aids in my purse for the inevitable blisters that always appear after a few hours.

We recently spent several days in a warm climate, and I knew there would be a lot of walking involved so before we left, I decided to do a little research on the best walking/traveling sandal.  This can be a little tricky because let’s face it, there isn’t one perfect sandal for every body. We come in all shapes and sizes, and this includes our feet, and for me, it goes beyond function and comfort. It has to be stylish too.

So here are a few options that got high marks.

Naot Sabrina:

These sandals got a very good customer review, and shortly before my trip, I ordered them from Nordstrom. I have another pair of Naot sandals that I love, so I knew the brand would work with my high arch and narrow foot. It did not disappoint, and in fact, I love them. I didn’t have a chance to break them in before my trip which made me a little apprehensive. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought “comfortable shoes,” only to end up with painful blisters. I put these on and ended up walking several miles the first time wearing them, and my feet felt wonderful. They’re cute and look great with just about anything. I bought the black and brown, however they also come in other color combinations. Again, I LOVED these!!

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Naot Dorith:

Here is another sandal by Naot, which I want to share with you because they are also oh so comfy if you’re going to be on your feet a long time. I have them in silver, but they also are available in other color combinations and look great with skirts, shorts, and those cute little ankle pants.

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Teva Flip Flops:

If you’re looking for a flip flop with a little extra support, Teva has a nice selection. I’ve been wearing them for years. They are perfect for the beach or running errands. I bought them in a wedge which is nice if you’re a little vertically challenged.

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Birkenstock Arizona:

It has been many years since I’ve owned a pair of Birkenstocks. I have to be honest with you, I just don’t think they’re very cute. The pair I had were comfortable, but I didn’t wear them very often because I always felt like I had shoe boxes on my feet. Recently, the brand has enjoyed a surge in popularity, and I have to admit, I’ve been tempted. I’ve seen many Pinterest boards showing them with dresses, pants, shorts, and leggings and I have to say, they always look great. I don’t know, maybe I’m paying more attention to the outfit rather then the shoes, but truthfully,  I’m thinking about giving them a second chance.

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Yoga Sandals:

June and I have been taking a pilates class together, and our instructor always has these on and raves about them. I’ve known about them for years, but just didn’t think having all my toes separated would be very comfortable. Yoga sandals are known to provide proper heel support, and the gentle spreading of the toes provides alignment, stability, and balance.  I found these on Amazon. I may try them out this summer, and I think they would be a great flip flop for pedicures also.

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So there you have it. My comfy walking sandal recommendations. I know there is cheaper footwear out there, believe me, I’ve tried them all. However, for me it is worth the money to take care of my feet. Let’s face it, our feet do a lot carrying us around all day and they deserve to be cared for properly. Now, with that said, I do still own some very pretty, very impractical footwear. I can’t help it, I love pretty shoes. I just save them for those occasions when I know I won’t be on my feet for long periods of time. Coming soon, I’ll share some of my comfort summer wedges and heels.

Enjoy your week. ~May

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Classic Wardrobe Accessories

Last weekend, I took a little time to clean out and organize some of my wardrobe accessories. Although there were a few things that I was ready to donate, I have a couple classic staples that will always be part of my wardrobe collection. I think we all have either a celebrity or prominent figure who’s sense of style pulls us in, whether it’s classic, trendy, or even a little bohemian. For me, it’s always been Audrey Hepburn. I love her. Her beauty and elegance are classic and timeless and I’ve always been drawn to her sense of style. Her book Audrey Style graces my coffee table and she also has her own board on my Pinterest. I’m all about keeping it simple, and don’t like to be overwhelmed by my closet, so I thought it would be fun to show you some of my classic accessory must haves, that will always be part of my wardrobe collection.

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Red Lipstick

I love a bold lip with an elegant black evening dress, or even a black turtleneck and jeans. There’s so much power in red, however I think a lot of women shy away from it because they aren’t choosing the right shade for their skin tone. This is where a little help from a professional at a cosmetic counter comes in handy. There is also a trick to applying red lipstick. (I bet you didn’t know that ;)) Start with the bottom lip and apply straight from the lipstick tube. Press your lips together to get the color on the top lip. To finish, apply a little gloss to the top lip, then press your lips together again. Voila! Remember, when you do a bolder lip, you want your eye makeup to be a little more subtle. My current red lipstick of choice is by MAC.

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A Strand of Pearls

My mother gave me a beautiful strand of pearls for my high school graduation that I love and regularly wear. They add a touch of elegance when I’m a little more dressed up, but also look great with a simple t-shirt and jeans.

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Diamond Studs

These are pretty much my go to earrings. I wear them almost everyday and they look great with any outfit. No worries if you don’t want to invest in the real thing. You can find some great affordable fakes, and no one will know but you!

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Classic Hoop Earring

Hoop earrings have been around forever. I have them in many different sizes in both gold and silver. I like the smaller version with a more classic style, and larger hoops with a fun bohemian look, or even with that great black bathing suit and straw hat by the pool.

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Your Signature Scent

I love a light, fresh fragrance. For everyday, I spritz myself with  fragrances by Jo Malone. However, my signature scent for evening is Lovely, by Sarah Jessica Parker.

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Sunglasses

A look inspired by Jackie O., sunglasses are still a huge part of the fashion world. I have several pairs that I love, but right now I’m enjoying these tortoise shell aviators, by Juicy Couture.

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Umbrella

This one may seem a little strange, but have you ever been caught in the rain without one? Umbrellas have come a long way from basic black and you can get one in a size that best suits your needs. Choose something fun with a pattern or pop of color. I bought this red one on what turned into a very rainy weekend trip to New York City, with a friend.

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Classic Black Tote

This is an everywhere bag for me. It’s great for work or play and roomy enough to use for an overnight bag. I love to travel with mine too. My husband bought me this great Coach tote several years ago, and it’s pretty much my go to bag. I love it! (and him for buying it for me!)

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So that’s it. I hope you enjoyed peeking into my accessory closet. What are some of your wardrobe essentials?

~May

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Life is Too Long to Wear Bad Yoga Pants

Unless you have been living at an ashram in India the last few years, I am sure that you have figured out that wearing yoga pants is a trend that seems to be here to stay.  There is a whole segment of the fashion industry called “atheleisure” which is basically just a fancy way of saying you wear fashionable gym clothes out in public whether your idea of a workout is a 60 minute cardio class, or walking to the end of the driveway to pick up the newspaper.  But whether you wear yoga pants to wear to yoga class, or lounging around the house or as a part of an outfit, it is imperative that you wear yoga pants that fit you well.  No matter what your size you can find yoga pants that are flattering and do not show all your business to the world.

There are many stores that sell yoga pants.  A high price does not necessarily indicate good quality (as devotees of one well-known high-priced yoga manufacturer have discovered when unfortunately their downward dog, was showing a bit more “dog” then they had planned), I find that spending a bit more on yoga pants generally results in a more substantial fabric.  For example, I have a pair of leggings that were inexpensive and while you could possibly wear them as yoga pants because they are stretchy, no one needs to see all of that so I wear them under tunics and dresses.

I love Lucy for yoga pants, but I am also curious to try out Zella brand which is sold at Nordstrom, and a more bargain brand called Reflex sold on Amazon.  I am not being compensated for any of the following but they are just things I have found that I love.  I am sticking to long pants right now since it is January.  In the warm weather, I do switch over to cropped pants but a run from the car to a warm studio risks frostbitten ankles at the moment.

If you are not familiar with Lucy, it is a specialty store that only carries athletic wear.  Many of their styles can be worn outside of the house as your outfit. I regularly wear coats, jackets and wraps from them as every day wear.  The thing I love about Lucy is that their clothes fit real women (unlike the store mentioned earlier that shall not be named, who cater only to the size 00s of the world). Their size chart shows that the pants range in size from an XS which is a 0 to an XL which is up to a size 18.  The Lucy basic pants come in lengths too, so for us shrimpies they have short lengths, and for those of you that were blessed with long legs and height, they have tall lengths (as well as average lengths).  I have heard that you can shorten yoga pants, but really who has time for that?  I am fortunate because I have a brick and mortar store close to my house where I can try things on, but they do offer free shipping if you want to order online.  Finally, you may think after checking out the pants below that they are really expensive, but Lucy runs some great sales and they have a rewards program.  A couple times a year, Lucy will run specials on just their pants, in November or December they usually celebrate Lucy’s birthday with a percentage off the entire store/website, and as they rotate through the seasons they put the prior season’s stock on sale and if you hold on long enough, the sale usually goes on sale.  I also will tell you that my pants last and last.  No pilling.  I just wash in cold and hang to dry.

So here are some of my favorite pants from Lucy:

 

Vital Pant

Vital Pant

These are a nice basic boot cut yoga pant.  If you ever watched Stacy London and Clinton Kelly on TLC’s What Not To Wear, they emphasized that if you have hips your pants should be a straight line with a little flare at the bottom to even out your hips.  These will do that.  The weight of the pants is good.  They provide some support but don’t squeeze you so that you cannot breathe (which you need to be able to do).

Lotus Pant

Lotus Pant

The Lotus Pant is a really straight legged pant.  I have a pair which I do not wear for yoga or to work out (it is just my personal preference), but I do wear them as pants under tunics or dresses.  However, my mom just discovered these and she loves to wear them for yoga.  She bought one pair and wanted to wear them to yoga class every time (which is 3-4 times a week) and also just as pants, so she went back for a second pair.

Studio Hatha Legging

 

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I recently decided to give yoga leggings a try and have found that I really, really like them.  I feel like my muscles are more compressed in the pant which feels good during long yoga classes or a high intensity class.  And as any one who knows me knows, I can be a bit of a klutz (in the last year and a half I have sprained an ankle which required 12 weeks of physical therapy and then 6 months later broke my toe, both happened while I was just walking, and tripped).  So while the boot cut pant is flattering, I tend to trip on the bottom of the pant.  I also found that with the extra material my tree pose would slide down my leg unless I pulled my pant leg up.  To avoid looking like an upside down ice cream cone, I pair my leggings with a blousy yoga top or a looser, longer tshirt.  These leggings do come in lengths for some of the colors.  However, I found the rise in the short length a bit uncomfortable, so I just wear the regular length and the bottoms are a little bunchy around my ankle.

Patterned Pants

Patterned Yoga Pant

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A trend lately are patterned yoga pants.  I was hesitant to try these on me because I do not like to accentuate my lower half.  I have a pair similar to the top pair and I get complimented every time I wear them (I think I may have to get the top pair so I don’t wear the same patterned ones every time).  These are the same Studio Hatha Leggings as above but just in a pattern.  I recommend that you try them on to see how you like the pattern.  You may be surprised how flattering they look.  And I can guarantee you will feel like you look very hip.

Zella Brand

I personally have not tried these Zella brand pants but they look super cute and they have great reviews online.  And if you do not have a Nordstrom by you (or it is a super huge mall and sometimes the thought of going there exhausts you), Nordstrom offers free delivery and free returns.  Also, I noticed that this brand has plus size so if you need a little more room in your pants while you work hard to stay healthy, you can still be super cute.

Zella Live-In Legging

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These are the Zella Live-In Legging.  I think I may have to try these on the next time I am at Nordstrom just for a little variety.  The reviews do say that the material is thick so there are no revelations going on, but some complain that they are long (although I expect that on me).

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Sexy Black Leggings

I think these are kind of sexy black yoga pant leggings.  I don’t know if I would try them but they do put an interesting spin on the plain black pant.

Reflex Brand

So I cannot get the images of these pants to be bigger than microscopic, but check on the link to check these out.  A woman in my yoga class had the Burgundy Snowflake Space Dye the other day and they were adorable.  And they are only $25 on Amazon but they didn’t look it.  Because they were new for her, time will tell how well they wear but if you want to try the patterned trend or you are just looking for some inexpensive yoga pants these may be ones to try.

Whether you are planning to take a 3 hour yoga class like I did this past weekend (my body is still talking to me today), hitting a strength class, walking the dog, going to the grocery store or just sitting on the couch binge-watching TV, remember you can look cute and feel good.  No one feels good when they are self-conscious about lumpy bumpy pants.  So treat yourself to some stunning and fun yoga pants.  –June

 

 

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Fashionable Winter Boots

Winter has hit Chicago with a fury.  We were fortunate that December was unusually mild, but once the holidays were over the cold came causing me to pull out all of my winter gear.  And this morning I have woken up to temperatures of -6 degrees with windchills too cold to even mention.  I hate being cold so it is important for me to find outerwear that does its job, but most of the winter gear is you start feeling like a stuffed turkey, all puffy and unable to move.  One thing that is hard to find that is functional yet fashionable are winter boots.

I have at least two pairs of boots that are workhorses that can be worn when we have a ton of snow, it is particularly sloppy and cold.  I have a pair of Bogs that I like but they weigh what feels like 10 pounds.  They do a great job of keeping my feet warm and dry and I can tuck my pants in so I don’t get that nasty salt splatter and I also get a great leg workout while I walk in them.  However, they are ugly and as soon as I get inside they need to come off which means that I have to carry another pair of shoes with me to change into.

Fortunately we do not have that kind of weather every winter day in Chicago, so I went on a search for winter boots that would keep my feet warm and look fashionable enough that I could wear inside with an outfit.  I scoured Zappos so that you don’t have to and I found a few choices.  I avoided looking at all of the workhorse boots like Sorels and I did not pick an Uggs (let’s face it they are a little ugly and they are worthless if it is wet out) I ordered one of these and kept them because they are super cute and comfortable.  Here are some of the choices I considered.

Cole Haan Oak Waterproof Shearling BootieCole Haan Boots

I thought these were a little cute.  Fairly nondescript black booties with a small heel and they are lined with shearling so they’ll keep your tootsies warm and they are waterproof.

Cole Haan Callie Slip On Shearling Waterproof

Slip On

Sometimes, especially when I go to yoga, I just like to be able to slip on a pair of winter boots.  We spend a lot of time in the winter getting dressed so it is nice when a pair of boots is easy.  I thought these could be cute for just a pair of shoes to slip on.

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Tall Boots

These boots are expensive, but I had a pair of booties from this company a few years ago that I wore to death.  The boots were warm and waterproof.  So if you are looking for a tall pair of boots that fit that bill and look good, this looks like a good pair to check out.

The North Face Bridgeton Wedge Bootie

 

The North Face

This is the pair I ordered and kept.  I can say that they are pretty comfortable.  The leather is nice and soft.  They have a wedge heel so I get some height but still feel stable if I walk on some ice.  So far they have kept my feet warm and I like that the color is something different than the usual black.

So I hope I have given you some ideas about fashionable boots that you can wear during the winter.  Because winter is too long to have to wear ugly boots every day.  –June

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A Closet Collaboration

We all have those special occasions, when we gather with people we haven’t seen for a while, and want to put our best foot forward in how we look and feel.

A few weeks ago, June’s mom Sharyn, requested our assistance in helping her prepare for a very special high school reunion.  She made us swear that we would not tell you how many years, but it was a BIG milestone reunion.  Personally, we think we should be allowed to tell you because she looks great.  This reunion was a two day event that required three different outfits.  Friday night was a casual pizza party, Saturday was a mass and and school tour during the day, with a dressier dinner in the evening. Sharyn was feeling a little nervous about what to wear and about attending the reunion.  Although her basic outfits were picked out, Sharyn was looking for a little advice on some chic accessories.  She does not typically wear a lot of jewelry, just basic earrings, a necklace, watch and her wedding ring on a day-to-day basis.  May and June could definitely help with that.  We arrived at Sharyn’s armed with some great pieces, and had a wonderful time pulling it all together.  It’s always so much fun playing in someone else’s closet.  All of these outfits were put together with items in Sharyn’s closet or something that May or June brought over.  We bought nothing new.

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Pizza Party:  Black jeans and a print top.  We added a linen blazer to give it a more polished look (along with providing a little warmth).  We finished it off with cork wedge sandals and a Lapis stone necklace.

 

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Mass and School Tour: Linen printed pants with a coral t-shirt that gives it a pop of color along with a denim jacket.  Sandals and a statement necklace.

 

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Dinner Outfit:  Maxi dress (she was so excited to wear it because it was comfortable) and sandals.  We added a long gold chain and dangle earrings to make it a little dressier for a dinner party.

It’s great collaborating with a trusted friend or daughter when preparing for a special event.  We all tend to make the same safe choices with our wardrobe, when sometimes all we need is someone to give us that extra push to try something a little different. Sharyn felt more confident after she tried on some trendier choices.   She said she had a great time at her reunion, reconnecting with old friends and received lots of compliments on her necklaces.

It just took a fresh pair of eyes to find some great options from Sharyn’s closet, along with a few borrowed accessories.  It was a a fun afternoon and a successful weekend.

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Have a great weekend!

~May and June

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A Little Luxury on a Budget

Let’s face it, we all love nice things.  Maybe it’s that great designer handbag you’ve had your eye on, or the beautiful pair of shoes, or that perfect little black dress for a special occasion.  Unfortunately, we don’t always love the designer prices.  May and June heard about a resale shop called Clothes Mentor, and decided to check it out.

 

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Clothes Mentor currently has 131 stores nationwide with several in the Chicago suburbs (and for our Buffalo, NY readers they have two stores, one in Amherst and one in West Seneca), with more opening soon.  They are individually franchised so your local store may differ but they all buy and sell “gently used” high quality designer clothing, jewelry, shoes, belts, and other accessories.  Women’s sizes run from 0-26 and include petites and maternity fashions.  There is also a rewards program that earns you points when you shop, resulting in a 20% off certificate.  We visited the store in Arlington Heights, Illinois which is celebrating one year in business this week. It was bustling with shoppers and women dropping off items to be sold.  Here is a peek at some of the items in the store.

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A Coach tote for $130.00

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A statement necklace for $8.00

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Tory Burch flats and Hunter Boots for well below retail price

Unfortunately these great shoes weren’t our size, but of course we did find a few other treats for ourselves.

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A few fun cocktail rings for $4.00 a piece

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A small Kate Spade purse for $16.25, a Coach wristlet for $25.00 and a cute leopard sequined clutch for $8.00

So ladies, if you want to get paid for cleaning out your closet, or you just want to treat yourself for fun, you may want to check out Clothes Mentor or another resale store near you.

~May and June

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