We just spent a great weekend walking around Portland, Oregon.
It was a nice weekend getaway, we tried some interesting donuts…checked out a few shops…and even bumped into Keifer Sutherland…….
Keifer: “Is she stalking me?”
Well, we bumped into his purple lasered tour bus, at least.
Did you know he was in a band?
I’m not even playing, I lightweight like this look, it’s very “I’m manly in my eyeliner ;)”
It was a wonderfully rare sunny day with plenty of young families, cooly-attached couples, older people and kids, all walking around, biking, skate boarding, or playing the bag pipes; just enjoying the sunshine and the neighborly camaraderie.
It was a pretty awesome day, actually.
Portland…is kind of awesome, actually.
When I came home, I felt inspired to pull together a look for myself that was easy, breezy and elegant.
For our day out I looked “sultry and cute” (a weird pairing that is actually me at style homeostasis)… but I felt a little restricted in my bandage skirt and sort of…formal-esque peplum top.
It made wish for something that’s more West Coast and relaxed.
Plus…While I love bodycon dresses…I wanted something less body conscious.
(Not because I haven’t been hitting the gym at least 3x per week, because I totally have!)
It’s just that…I don’t know about you, but during the summer I really feel like I’m being PRESSURED.
Pressured to show more skin, to wear higher heels (4inches isn’t enough, now 5 is popular?!), to wear things that are tighter, shorter & more daring…and not “daring” in terms of being haute couture/ fashion forward… daring in terms of: “How long until I spill out of this top?”
That’s not the type of daring I like…
And I’ve never liked hot weather! Never in my life! Not even as a child! Never looked forward to the hot dogged days of summer. Give me a cold snowy day over a hot one!
So for me, summer has always been “tighter, shorter, tinier” which just means: chafing, sweating, and my bra cup runneth over… literally.
And while I’m down for shorter and tighter sometimes…I’m tired of being pressured by email campaigns, girl of the moment “celebrities,” billboards, ads, and magazines…to show more…more…more…now, now, NOW!!!!!
They need to chill.
Because you know what…you do you Boo, but for me:
Sexy does not have to equal less clothing, less material, less inhibitions, less thought, less monogamy, less faithfulness….
Sexy can equal more…
More…something…it’s hard to describe…
It’s like when a woman’s cup really does runneth over, an internal cup of beauty and confidence and it spills out of her making her look alluring when she’s covered from head to toe.
I guess that’s why we have the phrase “She has a certain…je ne sais quoi”…when there’s just something about a woman…a mystery, a knowing, almost like a hypnotic scent, emanating from her, and you can just feel she’s the sexiest person in the room.
Actress/Model/Wife/Mom: Jun Ji-hyun
And in defense of my “more is more campaign” wasn’t there a study done…that demonstrated how women are most attractive when they show 40% or less of bare skin? That basically scientifically proves that wearing more is sexier…
So here’s what I came up with:
A sexy, elegant, family-friendly outfit.
A look that can take me from work-at-home-mom errands to relaxing night on the town.
The total price of this outfit is around $60…$80 if you don’t use any coupons!
So what do you think: Would you wear this on a casual day out?
Do you ever feel summer pressure?
Happy Shopping~*~*~ 😉
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