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Black & Gray on a Sunny Day

Feasting With Family & Friends

Front facing pose in gray top & skirt, black moto jacket and taupe heelsHello All, I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter. Mine was fabulous albeit a bit tiring. I spent the past several days with Orion, my two-year old grandson, and had a wonderful Easter dinner with friends and family.

Since I couldn’t let Easter pass without putting in an appearance at my mother’s, Arian, my youngest son, Orion, and I stopped by to spend a little time with her before going to dinner. No, my mother did not go to dinner with us and hasn’t done so for years as she’s a bit asocial.

I’ve admitted on a number of occasions that I have ‘mommy issues’ but the one thing I can say that has always impressed me about my mother is her ability to be at her best all the time. Living with dystonia (a painful, disfiguring, neurological disorder) is not easy but my mother, at 78 years of age, still puts on her makeup everyday and makes a valiant attempt to look her very best. She puts forth such great effort in her appearance yet she seldom leaves home.  For my brother, her sister, and I it’s unfortunate but after continually encouraging her to attend social events we’ve relented and respect her wishes to remain in solitude.

Anyhoo, we couldn’t have asked for a better day on Easter Sunday; it was just beautiful and with temperatures reaching into the mid 60s it was a most welcome reprieve from the bitter cold we experienced this past winter. It was so nice in fact the plan was to take the baby to the park but we were having so much fun at dinner we ended up staying several hours.

3 quarter seated pose in gray top & skirt, black moto jacket and taupe heels

Doesn’t it it feel great to be around engaging, fun-loving people? I feel so energized when I can enjoy deep belly laughs that are so intense my ribs hurt and my voice gets hoarse. I’ll tell ya, it is so refreshing catching up with friends we don’t get to see as often as we’d like but when we do it’s as if time hasn’t passed and before you know it we’re laughing it up as we swap stories about the goings on in our lives.

Oh and the food, how could I forget the food? Um, mmm, the spread was scrumptious. We had turkey breast, stuffing, gravy, ham, macaroni and cheese, green beans, a spinach dish, and dinner rolls that we washed down with sparkling cider. For me the crème de la crème were the cupcakes made from scratch. I took two and could have eaten the entire platter they were so good.

Standing rear pose in gray top & skirt, black moto jacket and taupe heels

It’s All In the Details

Though the weather was decent and relatively warm I still feel a little chilled in temperatures under 70 degrees so knowing this I knew I couldn’t wear any of my lighter clothes so I opted for skirt, sleeveless sweater and moto jacket. The gray body hugging pencil skirt is one of my favorites because it’s ultra comfy with its stretch jersey material, hidden zippers (one is a closure at the back; the other one at the hem in the back can be closed or opened as a slit) and tipped detail (black contrast edge stitching) at sides, center front and back darts.

  • Tipped Jersey Pencil Skirt | Ann Taylor (described above)
  • Sleeveless Top (Old) | Similar Kohl’s Dana Buchman Knot-Front Top
    The light gray top I’m wearing in the pictures I’ve had for years and I think I got it from JC Penney. It’s a lightweight knit mock-neck style top that features a knot keyhole opening in the front with a center seam from the keyhole to the hem. I chose the Dana Buchman Knot-Front Top from Kohl’s since it has the detail at the front of the neckline with an abstract black, blue and white pattern.
  • Moto Jacket (Old) | Similar Nordstrom  Faux Leather Motor Jacket
    My black moto jacket is an old one that I got from Kohl’s but I found a similar on Nordstrom’s website. This one has the asymmetrical zip/snap closure and zip and snap closures on the cuffs.
  • LifeStride Sonya Pump | DSW
    I’ve been looking for pumps like the ones I’m wearing for a couple of months and I was pleased to find this pair as the heel height is more reasonable for me. The others I’ve seen are typically three and one half inches and higher. This taupe pair came with an elastic strap (slingback) that goes around the heel but I cut it off and they work just fine.  I would classify these shoes as mules (especially without the slingback) as they consists of two-part (the pointed toe and a wide band across the ridge of the foot).
  • Accessories Earrings (Kohl’s), Bracelet & Rings (Old)
    Simply Vera Vera Wang Bead Cluster Drop Earrings – if you’ve been following me for a while you know that I adore just about any kind of sparkle especially when it involves jewelry. The Vera Wang wire closure earrings are no exception with the cluster of simulated crystals and faceted beads. They are approximately two and a half inches in length and when the light hits them – wow they shimmer and shine. My bracelet is an old Premier Design piece, I can’t remember the name of it but since it’s been a while it’s probably been retired but I get a lot of wear out of my Premier jewelry. I’ve had the rings for several years and can’t recall where I got them.

“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.” Mahatma Gandhi


3 thoughts on “Black & Gray on a Sunny Day

  1. […] LifeStride Sonya Pump | DSW – Previously seen HERE. […]

  2. Wow, in that middle photo, I swear you look like a cover girl model. The only thing is I cannot decide if it’s for barstools, shoes or leather jackets but OMG, it’s picture perfect!!

    1. Hahaha, thanks Steph!! I think it had more to do with me figuring out additional camera features on my phone.

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