On My Feet…
So, sneakers. I’ve gone on record as saying that “I’m not a sneaker gal,” and that’s true in that they’re not a shoe style that makes my heart beat faster. And they often don’t have the support I need. But sometimes, they’re a great footwear choice, either for a sporty look or practicality. I tend to prefer classic, sleek styles. And I have tried on a bunch of them in recent months. Most of the “iconic” styles were either uncomfortable, made my feet look like barges, or both.
The style I’m wearing above was recently recommended to me (more on this soon) and they’re a game-changer. They have a classic look, a reasonable amount of cushioning and support in the sole, and soft leather (the tongue doesn’t dig into the front of my ankle like so many other styles). And they’re incredibly lightweight! They don’t feel clunky. Cole Haan GrandPro. (If white isn’t your thing, they’re available in a lot of other colors too.)
On My Head…
A few of you have enquired about my hair care routine, and I have to tell you, it’s really minimal. It starts with a great colorist and stylist who always gets the color right. I do have very fine, thin hair, and as much as I’d love to wear it long, it just doesn’t work with my texture. My current cut requires very little styling beyond a splash of water and a 1 minute once-over with a blow dryer. I don’t use any tools to style it, just my fingers, though I do run a comb through before drying.
As mentioned in Monday’s post, I use Pureology Shampoo 2-3 times per week. (Conditioner maybe once a week.) After shampooing, I rub in and comb through a small amount of Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment. If we’re going out or my hair’s feeling a little flat, I might rub in a tiny bit of Got 2B Glued for a little lift and texture. (And I stress, a really TINY amount.) C’est tout.
On My Mind…
I’m sometimes asked why I don’t feature more color / dresses / resort wear / new items, etc. in my outfit posts. Or if I can include some “wedding guest” or other Special Occasion outfits. I just wanted to take a minute to address those requests.
While I try to branch out a bit in some of my broader Style posts, when it comes to posting my own outfits, the pieces are almost always items I’ve purchased for myself. (And I’ll always disclose if any were gifted.) I don’t have access to an Editorial Closet, or a special relationship with any brands or retailers to borrow clothing to feature on the blog.
Our lives are mostly casual these days. We don’t attend galas or formal social events. And our friends and family are a relaxed lot. (Recently, le Monsieur and I attended a 25th Anniversary celebration for some close friends. Guests were wearing everything from velvet dresses to jeans and tees.) While some may bemoan the demise of events that call for dressy attire, the reality is that they’re almost non-existent for us. Smart Casual tends to cover whatever we have on our calendar. So I rarely shop for or maintain a wardrobe of Special Occasion clothing.
And even if I wanted borrow or buy/return clothing, at 5’1″ there’s a limited selection of clothing that fits me off the rack. Unless an item is offered in a Petite size (or “cropped” length) I often need to have it altered, which precludes borrowing for the sake of styling and shooting outfits.
Finally, I try to be mindful of the environmental and human cost of fashion, and to “buy less, choose wisely.” We all crave a little novelty and variety at times, and I get that. I’m trying to strike a balance between simplicity and having a little fun with style.
So while I can’t accommodate every request, I hope I can at least keep my posts relevant and interesting. I truly appreciate all of your support and feedback.
How about you? Is your lifestyle mostly casual, or do you regularly have events you need to dress up for?