It’s the Summer of Love here in my closet. You could say I was playing matchmaker but really, I had nothing to do with it. Well, almost nothing. When love shows up like this you can’t take the credit. You just sit back, watch it happen and say what Mother would say, “Oh for cute.” (Pronounced oh-fer-cute and from now on will be spelled “oh fer cute” in Mom’s honor.)
All I can say is that I was there when it went down. It was awfully sweet. I’ll do my best to “show” you what happened.
It’s happened before. I brought something home that was outside my comfort zone. Although I worry and fret, love often shows up right under my nose.
I didn’t see this one coming and I don’t think you would have either.
I was tagging along with my friend Sandi from Fargo who was doing some shopping on San Anselmo Avenue. I was basking in her company. She went into the dressing room with a dress and I wandered around. I spotted a demure silk floral print scarf-white, orange, gray, and a yellowish green. It looked like a scarf Mom would have liked. I didn’t have anything like it and I couldn’t really see it in my wardrobe. I petted it and then went back to check on Sandi and the dress.
I could hear something calling out to me on my way to the dressing room. It was the scarf. It said, “Brenda! Brenda! Don’t walk away. I want to go home with you. Please, please.”
I heard its cry, but focused on Sandi. The dress was a miss. While she was putting her own clothes back on again, I found myself drawn to the the feminine, printed silk square scarf. I picked it up again. It was precious like a little kitty cat. Within five minutes I found myself saying, “Okay, Darling, let’s go home together.”
Regret set in but was soon replaced with lightheartedness
I got it home and realized I had a scarf that didn’t go with anything. I preach “shop with purpose” and was feeling sheepish.
I knew I had to dive deeper and work at styling it. I hate owning things that I have no use for so I buckled down.
I’d start with earrings. I had little hope of finding the right one. I opened up my earring tray and scanned the contents. There in the middle of my stash was an earring with the same qualities as the scarf–sweet and feminine.
These earrings hadn’t come out to plan in over 12 months. I put them next to the scarf. They were a match made in heaven.
Suddenly my heart lifted and I knew this was going to have a happy ending.
I followed the lead of the love birds and thought, What else would feel light and sweet in the summertime?
How about a column of white? White is fresh and hopeful and reliable, a good base for the scarf and earrings.
I pulled on my great-fitting Chico’s So Slimming white jeans and a white t-shirt from Jigsaw on Fillmore Street.
I added the had-to-have scarf and the pearl and sparkly-with-green Banana Republic earring that was now going through a renaissance.
To keep with the feminine vibe, I decided to add a white vintage handbag. Actually, it was Mother’s handbag. You know what she’d say if she saw this budding Beauty Bundle, don’t you? “Oh fer cute.”
Why do I call this a beauty bundle? Well, you know that a beauty bundle is made up of three things or more that go together or relate to one another. These accessories are so darling together. The next time I come up with a combo of clothes and think of one of these items, I’ll remember all three of them and I’ll be able to polish the outfit in 30 seconds with this beauty bundle. I could wear this oh fer cute beauty bundle with my white cotton dress or my white linen pants and green linen shirt or jeans, the white tee, and a jean jacket. Lots of possibilities exist.
This outfit needed a little more action because I’m wearing just the two pieces. Not that I wouldn’t adorn the wrist anyway, but I grabbed my lightweight summer bracelet group and my Victor Sanz gold ring. I love the light feel of these thin bangles together.
All that’s needed now are light colored shoes. I go for the platform Gabor dove gray suede slingbacks. Oh, it’s so nice to be wearing these again! They’ve been on hiatus. See all the things that happened when this scarf walked through my front door and met those earrings? It’s a love fest!
Dear friends, has there been some hanky panky going on in your wardrobe between accessory pieces or clothing items that are making summer love right under your nose? Have you brought something home and had “what was I thinking moments” only to score big with a great outfit?
Let’s talk about some lovin’ here today! Please share!