Greetings! How do you guys deal with seasons changing and closet space? I know many ladies who put away their fun summer clothes and prints upon fall or winter. For me and my specific circumstances, that doesn't make a ton of sense. For one, the way my home is laid out, it makes more sense to "store things" in the open. Also, Colorado has totally crazy weather with 70 degree days in January after or preceding a cold snap. It can also be chilly and windy in the fall and spring, and depending on how quickly we go into a heatwave, early summer can have moderate temperatures and is even chillier at night. My first year living in Colorado I tried seasonal storage tactics...and very quickly I was digging through the tupperware bins the next week during a heat wave looking for pieces I packed away because the weather shifted and everything in my closet wasn't appropriate for the weather!
Whether you have solid seasons, storage space, or whatnot, I thought I'd take some time out of a few posts talking about "winterizing" your summer clothes, starting with this post. This flamingo print dress by Hell Bunny is probably what most people would consider a summer or tropical vacation outfit. Black, brown, or white shades are always a safe bet for bringing some autumn or winter feels to a typically summer outfit, but sometimes if you look at the print you'll find they have a corresponding darker shade somewhere in there. Upon inspecting this dress, I found hues of burgundy scattered throughout the pinks and teals. Bingo! I have a burgandy/merlot colored cardigan AND shoes (from Old Navy and Nine West, respectively) so I paired them with my flamingo dress. Since we're in December but we're still a few weeks out from the official start of winter, this is actually a great shade to illustrate my point as it's both potentially a fall and a winter look.
Rounding out this outfit is my flamingo Erstwilder brooch (from Pinup Girl Clothing) and Kate Spade bag. It seemed appropriate to add another Flamingo to the ensemble via brooch and my Kate Spade bag matches the teals in the dress quite nicely. I know so many people put away their summer outfits out of necessity, but I hope for those who can't or simply don't want to that this served as a means of brainstorming how to winterize your summer prints and dresses!
Like yesterday with the goofiness of the my dogs, I want to share more silliness. It seems appropriate to laugh nowadays with so much depressing news everywhere, right? I usually stray away from being too political on this blog (though I may oh-so subtly not hide some general thoughts in the coming months), but I feel like this is a safe soft ball I'm about to throw at you. Can we all agree Donald Trump is cuckoo for cocoa puffs?? It's not even a left versus right thing as much as he's an egomaniac who isn't even a politician. Plus, considering his tactic for "putting people in their place" is bullying them and name calling, I don't exactly want this man in charge of the nuclear football, ya know? Rosie O'Donnell pointed out once that he had filed bankruptcy in the past and he went OFF on her stopping nowhere short of calling her "ugly." Can you imagine another leader or country in general criticizing the US or him if he is afforded the kind of power that comes with the presidency?? That idea scares me to no end. Say what you will about Carter, Reagan, both Bushes, Clinton, or Obama...none of them were school yard bullies on an ego trip. I'm not even sure that's me being political when I say that as much as it's being logical...but whatever. One of my all-time favorite funny people, John Mulaney, was recently talking about Donald Trump and it's pretty hysterical. Mulaney's take on the world and ability to reduce it into comedic thoughts never ceases to impress me. Plus, can we take two seconds to talk how adorable he is? He's my type to a tee (dark hair, skinny, and awkwardly handsome) and I've had steadfast googly eyes for him since around 2006. But I'm getting on a tangent now, so without further ado, here's him likening Trump to a cartoon character and being a contestant on Family Feud:
Beck has a song called, "Tropicalia" so I figured why not name a post about a flamingo dress after that song? It's a super fun and island-y sounding song, which isn't necessarily what you would expect out of Beck, but then again since he's a musical genius and changes genres with practically every album, maybe you would expect that! I had another post named after a Beck song, which you can read about HERE.