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Wearing white on date night is just right

White can be so glamorous in a head to toe outfit on Brenda Kinsel website

Feeling glamorous in head to toe white


It was date night last Friday night. Kind of a special date night as Russ was taking me out for my birthday. We love Central Market in Petaluma. It’s a favorite. What made it even more special was that my son, Trevor, was playing jazz that evening at Corkscrew Wine Bar which is right next door. Dinner, jazz, family…I mean that’s just the best!


Petaluma date night on Brenda Kinsel website

Date night in Petaluma


The night before, Thursday night, I had celebrated with two girlfriends who brought presents. (Fun!). One of them gifted me a beautiful new bangle. The other girlfriend nearly gasped when I pulled it out of the gift bag. “You dare to buy accessories for Brenda?” she said. That might seem daunting but my friend got it right! I was in love at first sight.

When it came time to get dressed for our Friday night date night, I had to create an outfit to go with it.


Making a bracelet grouping to wear with white on Brenda Kinsel website

Combining the new bracelet with the older ones


I love the soft blush color of the chunky bangle. It’s not quite white and it’s not quite bone. It’s a mystery color. I love the inlay of the blond wood. It reads so light and fresh. So how would I put clothes around it? The answer was white, all white. I put on my white linen trousers and layered two tops on top. The first top layer is a Vince long-sleeved easy piece, kind of a fancy t-shirt. The front of it is silk, the back is rayon and linen.

Over the top of that one I layered a knit piece by Sarah Pacini which is slit on the sides all the way to the armpit. These two pieces are meant for each other as they’re unwearable on their own. The Vince top is too sheer in front and the Sarah Pacini one is not only slit to the armpits but also very sheer. They are both loose, as is the pant, and the combo felt luxurious.


Feeling glamorous in head to toe white on Brenda Kinsel website

Floating all night in my all white outfit


I decided to mix the new bangle with a cluster of gold ones by Patti Crandall (purchased at Studio Collections Jewelry in Sonoma) plus a lucite Alexis Bitter bangle that also has a light feeling. I added my “B” necklace (a gift from Patti Crandall). I went with a tan clutch bag.


Flashback to Thursday

Now here’s the bonus. Back up with me to the hour before meeting my friends for dinner on Thursday night. I was in Nordstrom. Erin was there with a friend Teresa who I adore and haven’t seen for a long time. They were going to be in the makeup department so Erin and I planned my surprise visit. After the hugs and kisses and the “Oh, I’ve missed you!” parts, I eavesdropped on Teresa’s makeup lesson until I had to leave. I decided it would be prudent to use the restroom first.

I walked down the aisle that has hats and scarves and this gorgeous white scarf leaped out at me. It had texture galore including metallic threads running through it. It was long, full of body, and so luxurious. Well, I had to have it. Right. Then. I wasn’t sure when I’d wear it but I knew it was a perfect ingredient for me. It looks like a million bucks but it only cost me $48 bucks. A deal.

It was perfect for my Friday night outfit.


“Can I wear it tomorrow?”

Earlier this week I blogged about my “Can I wear it tomorrow” shopping mantra. My new bracelet and scarf, both acquired on Thursday, were in the rotation by Friday. I LOVE that!

One last detail. At dinner someone came over to our table as she was leaving. “Are you Brenda Kinsel?” she said. “I follow you on Instagram!” She told me she loved my outfit and in my head I told me, “I love your outfit too!”

When Russ and I were leaving the jazz club, I was in heaven. I was in love with Russ, my son, the gorgeous summer evening, being outside, jazz, friends, Instagram, my whole beautiful life.

I think an outfit can set you up for a wonderful evening. Do you? Please share!



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  • Reply
    Bess Nathan Rice
    June 29, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    You look so chic Brenda! I think this is one of my favorite outfits on you. You look comfortable, and super glamorous! xxoo

    • Reply
      June 30, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks, Bess! I need to try to dress up more often!

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    Gay Rich
    June 30, 2016 at 5:47 am

    Love your layering with different fabrics / texture and all one colour! Summer perfection!
    Also love that you built outfit around a bracelet !!!! I do that too – could be earrings or shoes – such fun!
    Thank you

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      June 30, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Glad you enjoyed that. Yes, anything can be a point of entry into making an outfit. It’s fun to hear that you do that too!

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    Lisa White
    June 30, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Very chic! It appears that you have a cloud draped across your shoulders…so soft and airy. Love this look on you! Your new birthday bangle is gorgeous and the white/blonde wood combination has a fresh California look about it. These pieces now have a story with them and the people who participated in your birthday celebration and surprises will be permanently attached in a soft cloud of warm memories

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      June 30, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      You have such a way with words and your comments do cement in my those fresh, new memories. I love how we can create memories through “what we wore.” Thanks, Lisa, for your generous spirit!

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    Penelope Chandra- Shekar
    June 30, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Not to mention, the fabulous color of nail polish, summery and just a little offbeat! Love it from head to toe and nail tip.

    • Reply
      June 30, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks, Penelope. The nail polish was a lucky break. I decided I was in the mood to do something different. I have always loved that color. So when I saw myself in pictures I realized the nail polish was echoed in my glasses frames which delighted me even more! Thanks for writing!

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    July 1, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Oh, Brenda, you look beautiful!! Yes, it’s the little things in life that create lasting memories. Your generous heart and lively spirit has created a lasting memory with me. Happy Birthday from a faithful fan,

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      July 2, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Your words make me feel so good! Thank you for your birthday wishes and your own generous heart, faithful fan, Pat.
      Hugs to you!

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    Nancy Madlin
    July 1, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Happy Birthday! and thanks for sharing your fun experience this year. The whole outfit is gorgeous– love the bag and shoes, too! And how it gently echoes the wood in the bangle.

    • Reply
      July 2, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      Oh Nancy, you picked up on that connection between the wood in the bracelet and the bag! Yes, indeed it does do that echoing thing. I’m all about making connections! So happy you and I have connected, by the way. Cheers!

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    July 2, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    How big is the scarf/shawl?

    • Reply
      July 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Just a minute, Phyllis, let me measure it.

      Okay, I’m back. It’s 34 inches wide and 130 inches long. It’s big!

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    yvette summers
    February 2, 2020 at 2:25 am

    Fabulous Brenda. love your blog I just found it yesterday and will be visiting regularly. I thought I was the only nerd that hung outfits with their accessories ready to wear or photographed them ready for the coming weeks, I am 68 and still love fashion so excited to find your posts, I can’t imagine ever being an age where I am
    not checking out what is in for the current season. There is not enough out there for older fashionistas so thank you

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