It was one of those semi-relaxing weekends along with errands and blog work. We visited our favorite wine bar, The Cottage, where the pups are more than welcome – and the “fur”-niture is equally dog friendly. We began going to The Cottage years ago, as it is beside one of our favorite restaurants on the Lake, North Harbour Club. We popped in on a whim one afternoon, looking for a cute place to sit and have just a glass of wine and enjoy the view of the harbour and various boats.
The staff is so welcoming, we now tell the pups we are going to Grandma Trudys or to see Aunt Theresa. What? You don’t talk to your dogs? 🙂 Regardless, it was a beautiful, cool night, with temps in the 70s and low humidity, and I would wear a very casual striped midi dress I bought from Target about 3 years ago.
This dress is light, its comfortable, and I loved the angeled grey and olive stripes making it a more flattering style. I don’t own many stripes in my closet, but the striped garments I do have are designed differently instead of the traditional horizontal striped pattern. My Ann Taylor striped skirt is another example of a different use of stripes.
As retailers are now showing Fall selections and colors. it is still Summer in the South. It may be throughout September. Regardless, I will later be showing you Fall clothing, but now I added just a touch of Fall to this outfit. I used my necktie scarf with oranges, rust, olive and deep purple to bring a bit of the “Fall Season” to you and create another interesting element in this look. Sure, I could have worn a long silver necklace, but I decided to incorporate “Pattern Mixing 101” with florals and stripes mixing in this look.
What is fun about fashion is experimenting and trying different things. Before blogging, I may have just grabbed the closet matching necklace to wear with this look. Try scarves, fabric belts as thin neck scarves, adding a brooch to your scarf, like I did HERE.
One of my favorite pair of summer sandals that have been getting a lot of wear, is the Andre Assous black leather pair, called The Cadence. These sandals with the platform base are so comfortable, perfect for wearing with summer dresses.
Adding a Jacket/Layer
As we head into Fall, a leather moto jacket and booties would work well to transition. I also wear my trusty denim jacket! The denim jacket is one of those “must have” items in your closet to wear throughout different seasons. A long cardigan or duster would add visual interest to this look. I would choose another Fall shade, perhaps taking color from the scarf. I have a rust orange long cardigan I would add as we transition to Fall for more color.
The Cottage etc.
We had a lovely time, with Gibby and Truffles acting as “the greeters” at the entrance of the wine bar. Smiles, always accompany them wherever they go! My hubby and I enjoyed a medium bodied Tempranillo we had sampled a month or so before.
What made the weekend only semi- relaxing? Well, the photoshoot I had to do for Soft Surroundings, had to be done a second time. When we got home from taking the pictures, the camera card was corrupted! It was bound to happen at almost 5 years of blogging! But it meant I would want to go back there and take the photos again. Good thing I have a strong work ethic! 🙂 and everything did work out in the end.
Do you mix florals and stripes? How would you transition this look to Fall?
Apparently, I have had a love for scarves lately. If you missed these posts, have a look at how I added a scarf for a more interesting summer look.
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