Hello, Friends! Would you believe, today is my 10th “Blogiversary”??? I cannot BELIEVE I’ve been writing in this space for 10 years.
I started this blog on a whim, and I honestly thought I would write here for a few months, and it would soon fizzle out and become forgotten like so many of my diaries over the years. What is truly surreal is how my little hobby has turned into a full time job that I love.
The opportunities that have come from this space would have defied my imagination 10 years ago — an advertorial for Olay in Cosmopolitan Magazine; meeting executives from brands like Target, Chick-Fil-A, CVS and Disney World; attending swanky celebrity events; appearing on a national TV show; traveling to places like Costa Rica, Turks & Caicos and Laguna Beach; creating my own gluten-free cookbook . . . I will stop there, or this will be an entire post of its own.
I feel like I should have some sort of grand fanfare, a new blog design, a huge giveaway, something to share by way of celebration, but I’ve got nuttin’. It’s just another ordinary day with me in my pajamas behind this computer screen. But I’m here, 10 years, 4,388 posts, and 81,946 comments later.
Maybe it’s appropriate that there’s not much fanfare since the bulk of what I do is sit here at my desk in my pajamas, waxing eloquent about ordinary things.
And truly, all of those incredible experiences dull in comparison to the community of friends I’ve cultivated here on the World Wide Web.
Every time I get a comment from someone across the globe, I am in awe of how small the world has become in the last 10 years. Without your comments and participation, this blog would have fizzled and died many years ago. I thrive on the comments, the interactions, the emails, and the conversations that develop from my posts. Thank you all for being here.
So onto the important things!
27 Days of Spring Fashion: Day 20
Every spring, I order a bunch of tops from Old Navy. I usually end up returning a lot of them, but I always find a few gems. I love Old Navy’s summer tops because they have cute styles and they’re inexpensive. They’re great for hanging out at home, summer vacations, and going to the pool with the kids. I don’t need to dress up much in the summertime, but I like to look cute.
I placed an Old Navy order last week, and when my box came, I eagerly went through it and tried everything on. I ended up keeping two of the tops I ordered, and this Relaxed Split Hem Printed Top is one of them.
It’s only $14, and I love the fit and feel. I love sleeveless tops, but they’re not always modest. This one fits that bill, although I wish the armholes weren’t QUITE so low. The fabric feels more expensive than it is, and it drapes nicely. I like how it’s relaxed but not voluminous. It seemed like the obvious choice to pair it with white jeans.
These are Joe’s Jeans The Icon Skinny Ankle Jeans in Marlie. Joe’s used to be my favorite brand of premium denim. They were the first ones I ever tried, but over the years, I have found myself gravitating to DL1961, Paige, and AG.
I ordered these during the Bloomingdale’s Denim Days Event because I’ve been on the lookout for something in an ankle-length skinny style that is thick enough to hide everything we want to hide (ahem) and not distressed, because I know that many of you are looking for that exact thing. I wanted to try these to see if they’re a pair I could recommend. I think many of you would like them, although personally, I’m not loving how wide they are at the ankle.
These are thicker than my other white jeans and a bit stiffer as well. I do prefer the softer feel of the AG and the DL1961 Emma (the DL1961 Florence is stiffer, for some reason) but the thicker, stiffer jeans aren’t as see-through so it’s a trade-off.
Here’s a back view. They are tight, but they’re supposed to be, and the pocket placement is perfect. They did loosen up some as I wore them. I recall that Joe’s stretch out quite a bit as you wear them, whereas DL1961 do not.
Back to the tank top. This is a rayon material, so you have to wash it on cold and lay it flat to dry. I’m wearing a medium.
They show it with a front-tuck on the Old Navy website, but I prefer to let it hang naturally becasue it’s the perfect length.
The shoes are my Tory Burch Miller Sandals. I have them in white, and I love them so much that I decided to add the Sand Patent color this year. They don’t have any support, obviously, but otherwise they’re very comfortable, and they go with about everything.
I carried my tan bucket bag. I love how it goes with the sandals.
I kept the accessories simple — my diamond earrings, the Silpada Duomo Necklace, and a few Alex and Ani bangles.
I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this outfit this spring and summer.
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