Spring is here!
On Monday, we had sun and clouds, and thunder, and hail, and lightening.
On Tuesday, it was lovely - sunny, about 60 F.
On Wednesday, it was glorious - 63 F which felt more like 73 F, with sun and very high blue sky all day long.
Lucky me, Justin took a day off, and our daughter had a short day at school, so we were able to go to our very first picnic this year. Now, that must be some sort of record. In the previous years, we started having picnics in April. Very, very unusual. Spring is very mild, very slow here, with average temperatures in 50s. It actually felt like Summer to me in the past two days!
This fantastic pair of Keds is the only new thing in my outfit. I would never guess that I'd say it about Keds - I actually never was a fan. I mean, in my school years we used to wear something we called keds (кеды) for our physical education class. I don't think I have worn them ever since. But I was thinking to get a pair of either white, or red, or maybe even blue Keds, so they would compliment this particular dress. When I saw this pair at Nordstrom Rack at a reasonable price, I decided that this design is an absolute delight! But I have to admit that I love them even more now! Fun, feminine, comfortable (important for me!), colorful and whimsical. Sounds just like me!
This dress, on the other hand, is not really like me. Another confession. When I had a body for a bodycon dress, I would never even consider wearing one! I would think it too immodest. These days, when I really don't have a perfect body for a bodycon dress, I've decided to give it a try! Logical? Hardly. But here it is.
I've decided for myself that the way to wear it for me is to have a jacket over it - not too long to cover all the curves (otherwise, what's the point in wearing a body-conscious dress), but just enough to give me the confidence and comfort to move around. I picked up this denim jacket at Chico's at a clearance sale last Fall. I rather like its feminine design and faded color, and soft, stretchy fabric. You will probably not believe it, but just like a bodycon dress, it is the very first denim jacket I've had in my whole 40 years. I know. I am a dinosaur! :)
Did you know that Keds was founded in 1916? They are almost 100 years old! I had no idea!
We had a lovely, warm, sunny, I want to say s-u-m-m-e-r-y day at the beach. Picnic, blue sky, people around, someone tried to fly a kite, but not enough wind (no wind at all, to tell the truth). And I actually felt sexy and attractive. And one more thing. I realized that day that I finally started dressing for myself, for my life! Not because it is convenient/comfortable/brainless. Not because "I'm learning". Not because of the blog. Because of me - this person named Natasha Lialina who just wanted to be dressed up to go on a picnic and a walk on the beach. It might not seem like much to someone. To me, wow, it is huge.
Dress - ASOS. Denim jacket - Chico's. Shoes - Keds. Purse - B Makowsky. Jewelry - gifts, boutique finds. Happiness - from the sun.
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