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Cool As A Cucumber in Celery

A Quick & Effortless Maxi Styling Solution

20160617_121147-001I can’t stand cucumbers and I hate celery. Okay well that’s not totally true, I like celery if it’s mixed in certain foods but to eat it in its native form um, yeah, hating it is about right. And cucumbers? I dunno, I used to like them and then blah.

Thankfully I’m not going to be talking about cucumbers or celery with the exception of being cool, like a cucumber, in a celery colored maxi dress. My favorite item of clothing next to a pencil skirt is a maxi because they’re comfortable, versatile and hide my banged up legs.

The maxi slip dress in the photo was given to me by my aunt last year—thanks Aunt Bevy!! Before I forget, when living on a fixed income accepting pre-owned clothing from stylish friends and family members can be a blessing that simply cannot be declined.

Lightweight polyester fabric and spaghetti straps on the dress pairs nicely with an old denim jacket. And since I must have bling in some form, gold embellished sandals, a multi-strand rhinestone enhanced necklace & small drop earrings give me that sparkle I cannot live without. Topping off the look with a navy & natural striped straw clutch and shades presents an easy breezy chic appearance.

Today is the first day of summer and one of the longest days of the year—YAY!! Live it up!!

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The Maxi

Me in a seated position posing for the camera.In the past I’ve struggled with casual looks because it was ingrained in me, from my early 20s, to dress for where I envisioned myself in the future. The picture in my head of what success looked like was a classy tailored suit.

A stickler for rules and a rigid code of ethics, looking back now I can see I took myself way too seriously. Being so goal oriented it’s unfathomable why I didn’t have a solid game plan other than getting married a couple of years after graduating high school. I was so ridiculously in love, I turned down a scholarship to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to further my Graphic Arts training – BIG MISTAKE!!

After my divorce I took charge of my life and couldn’t wait to get my first power suit to begin the job interviewing process. So it was back to business school for communications courses, computer training, resume writing and mock interviews. It was so gratifying when I excelled to the point of making Dean’s List.

Me looking out over the balcony

Twenty some years later I worked for two great companies, received several promotions, bought a house, couple of cars, got married, and yet felt jaded. If this was success it was disappointing and time for re-evaluation.

So here it is one year since my retirement and I’ve come to the conclusion I need to relax. I realize now my struggle with casual wear had to do more with tying my femininity to my clothing.

Standing at the balcony

The maxi dress is a favorite of mine because it is so effortless and versatile. You can get all gussied up with heels, clutch, moto jacket and jewelry for a night on the town or throw on a pair of flip-flops, straw handbag, and floppy straw hat to run errands.

Today I experimented with my camera out on the balcony and while the pictures could use some improving it’s a beginning. I’ll have to test out a number of different shooting locations in an attempt to get better lighting.

Picture of the sandlas with my blue painted toe nailsPicture of the 2 bracelets.

Picture of the ringThe black maxi in the photos I bought online from Zulily. The material is a soft rayon blend with a scooped tank top neckline. I wanted to add a pop of color with a delicate turquoise chain necklace, earrings, 2 black macramé bracelets and 1 ring. Today I wore my nude sandals to compliment the outfit.

  • Zenana Maxi Dress | Zulily
  • Two 7 Small Crystal Bead Shamballa Bracelets in silver and aqua | | Adjustable one size and the crystal beads (intertwined in black macramé) sparkle when they catch the light.
  • Ring Fantasy World Jewelry | Zulily silver ring with shimmering rhinestones.
  • Faux Turquoise Chain Necklace | | 36 inches long with a lobster clasp is lightweight silver plated featuring interspersed faux turquoise accents.
  • Tribal-Inspired Drop Earrings | | 2 inch long fishhook earrings are 1.5 inches wide with a faux turquoise stone in the center of the tribal design.
  • Kasie Sandals | | Flat, ankle strap faux leather sandals easy turn lock closure at the ankle strap.

“I am not a has-been. I am a will be.” ~Lauren Bacall