Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer Days

Some new developments have taken place in my neck of the woods (ahem, concrete):  It appears as though  a civilized person has moved into the neighborhood.  A piano player with legitimate skills.  Can you imagine??  Just last night I turned down the volume on the television to take in a half hour of wonderful music.  My mother was right:  I do regret quitting after all those years of lessons.  Sigh.

Let me tell ya:  summer is in full swing over here.  Last year was such a letdown in the warm weather department it's tough not to want to be outside all day every day.  I don't know about you, but the days seem to be going by so fast I wish I could put it on pause.  Bright sunny mornings, light streaming in the windows in late afternoon, the sound of the ice cream truck, an endless supply of fruit--it's the simple things keeping me happy these days--including a relatively light workload that I'm pretty sure I should be freaking out about.  But then I smell someone bbq'ing...

With the Chef's change in schedule it appears as though 2013 will be the first time an evening date may re-occur.  Instead we're making time in the mornings once or twice a week to spend a few hours together.  One thing's certain--there's something delicious about being footloose and fancy free while everyone else is at work.  The other day we just grabbed tea and sat on the beach digging our toes in the warm sand.  It was wonderful.  More summer please.


This has pretty much become my uniform of choice this summer.  
3x this week so far and don't even care.
Fringe + leather + lace + weathered shorts + piled jewelry and a cup of tea 
Minimal makeup? Yep, sounds good to me.
~Outfit details:  H&M vest, James Perse tank, Current/Elliott Shorts, Thrifted Belt, 
Brandy&Melville Bag, Rainbow flip flops, Anthro sunnies~

For the record that's not my piece of trash at the bottom of the stairs. 
The earth is not a garbage can for pete's sake!  Off to read a book and delete all fall fashion emails.  Have a great Wednesday!

67 comments:

agnes said...

de très jolies photos

Hillary said...

Those shorts have the perfect amount of bagginess, and I love that bag. Thanks for posting!

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Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Ah, I see you are embracing summer!
It's raining here, but I love the rain as much as I adore the warm days of summer. Life seems to be bright and vibrant in your world;-)

Roberta said...

great blog! ;)

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Megan said...

im a tad bit envious of your weather...not gonna lie. what is summer to norwegians is winter to me. and what i wouldnt give to see SAND on a beach right now...(and thai food with you LOL)

annelise said...

'Cup' of tea? Looks more like a pail of tea!

So jealous of your good weather. Enjoy it!

Judy C said...

Envy. The green kind. I feel it. Here there are beautiful mountains and wonderful lakes. And it's so hot you can cook on a car hood. Humid. Feels like 107 degrees. I just can't take enough clothes off to handle that. Envy.

Polly said...

Im dying for some warm sun, its so cold here. In other news I love your summery outfit, espeically your vest. I nearly died when I was in USA and discovered H&M why don't we have it here? Super super.

RosaLovesDC said...

Oh I love that you got a pianist around, I love to have classical music around.
I gotta tell you, this outfit is just perfect, it's summery, it says Carrie all over it, and looks comfortable.

Lori said...

Summer finally arrived here to Carrie and it has been beautiful! Spending mornings with your man sounds perfect to me ~ then you can do all kinds of girlie things in the evening. Bravo for deleting those fall fashion emails. xo

Diana Mieczan said...

What a fantastic summer outfit, darling. The shorts look so good on you:) Glad you are having a wonderful weather. Kisses and hugs

TheMadTwins said...

love your outfit! And I wish I could go to the beach too :)

xxx

Debby said...

I love your lace vest... so cute. I gave up piano too... still kicking myself for that one. How is your neighbor doing that has breast cancer? Hope she's o.k. xo

LyddieGal said...

I'm totally loving this look! I may have to dig out a pair of demin shorts and do it myself.
I love your beach, it looks so expansive. Mine is tiny!

I want to soalk in every moment of summer as well - who wants to hear about fall fashion when it's 85 and sunny?

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Your morning dates sound great. What a nice way to start the day!

Dancing Branflake said...

Haha! I know! All these fashion people are busting out with Fall things and it makes me so sad. Go away, I say!

Jamie said...

You look adorable! I need to take a page out of your book and go to the beach! Mel and I are actually thinking of heading south Sunday in honor of the 405 shut down. Let me know if you're around and wanna meet up!!
xoxo

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Fashion Meets Food said...

You are the absolute cutest! Pictures look like you should be in a magazine!!!

xo

Daisy said...

you looks so pretty. jealous of your beach days!!

Courtney Erin said...

I'm glad to hear that you finally have a civilized neighbor...it's been a long time coming. And I love these shots of you sitting on the beach - I'm so envious!

xoxo ~ Courtney
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kimbirdy said...

sigh... i love that vest. it turns every outfit into a beautiful, feminine, bohemian piece. love it!

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

Love the look and glad that you are enjoying your summer, even if Chef is working every night! Glad you have a new, civilized neighbor! We have a professional piano player that lives across from us, and I love listening to him play!

Summer Athena said...

i want to wear shorts with confidence.
i am working on it.
i love your legs.
;)

fshnonmymind said...

I'm so jealous of your mornings!! Tea on the beach definitely beats tea at the desk sitting in front of a computer!!

Although I do wish to pause summer for a little bit, I look forward to the fall. Strictly for the fashion and jacket weather.

Lily said...

Summer really is flying by ! Its needs to slow down. Loving the lace vest with the black and denim !

xxLily
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Marjorie Rose said...

Love the vintage-inspired lace vest..I'd wear that over everything!

Weirdly enough, it's been overcast here in the bay. I keep on thinking it may end up raining but it doesn't. Just a little chilly for July.

This reminds me, I'm needing a restful weekend away that involves coffee (instead of tea :) and morning walks on the beach.. soon!

love jenny xoxo said...

gorgeous photos!! I love summer too, but it always goes so fast and I'm always worried about it going by too fast... but looks like you are enjoying it!

XOXO

Leah said...

Looks like the perfect day! Enjoy it while it's here!

xo L.

Johanna said...

I dig the uniform. I am on a mission to deconstruct a pair of old jeans to achieve the same effect...once I can fit into them dammit!

Lisa said...

i'm dying over your lace vest!! somehow you even make shorts and a tee look so chic!

thank you for asking about my poor chanels!! they are "recovering" i've smooshed tons of clothes in them so i'm hoping they'll slowly rebound!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i love you C - ur the best! - and trust me i'm ALL about being at the beach when everyone else is working - i'm taking Monday and Friday's off this summer - to make it 4 day weekends at the shore for me! -- my bestie lives ON the beach - so it's awesome to be there and wake up with a dive in the water and coffee on the beach watching the surfers! ... KEEP it going girl! .. but i do gotta say POOPERS on u and the Chef not having a date night till 2013 - but i KNOW will be SO worth it = i wanna eat at his place BAD! ... OR u guys can come here and can cook for me?!?!

Torrie said...

You've captured my thoughts on summer to a t. Just want to press "pause."

But today, wth?? ...dreary & cold!

Marie a la Mode said...

Cute outfit, Carrie! You look so CALIFORNIAN ; ) Can you please send some summer up here? Because we don't have one! Thanks.

Katie said...

I so wish we would finish the bonus room and I could get a piano. One day, one day - probably years away but whatever. Love that you're wearing Rainbow flip flops. I live in mine in the summer.

la petite coquine said...

I'm totally envious of your day dates-they sound amazing, and you get to wear the same thing to all of them. It's genius.

So glad you got a real person in the neighborhood, and even more so that you enjoy the music! Whenever John or I practice at home, I worry that I'm pissing everyone off...now I won't stress quite so much!


xox, Lena

drollgirl said...

love the outfit! and you are enjoying an enviable summer! yay!!!!

hip hip gin gin said...

That looks like one gorgeous morning!!! And I'm loving your sunglasses. Mine just bit the dust so I am squinting while I try to find a pair I like. I know I should just buy any old cheapie pair just for the moment but I'm nuts like that. I'd rather squint than wear something I'm not jazzed about.

ruthy ann said...

I'm still wondering when summer will actually hit the PNW...we get a few days of it, then rain and cold. :( I don't think i've been able to wear shorts all day just yet...

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

A pianist is just what you needed to calm the hood down! What a nice treat for you. And I am loving your casual chic outfit. Picked up a vest like that the other day at a store in my hood...Love it! xo

whoorl said...

Want. That. Belt.

allergic to vanilla said...

ugh I want sun!! we never get a summer up North :(

xo Carlina

heather said...

i'm so happy for you and the fact that you have summer! carrie, i often think about your summer last year, because i was reading it during crazy cold patagonian winter. and now i feel like i am living your last year's summer. it's cold. my skin hardly ever touches the sun. i don't know if it's where exactly we moved (lots of microclimates here), but this will be two years without a proper summer for me. say what?

enjoy your morning dates!!! you just look so healthy and peaceful!

TheChambrayCountess said...

These pictures and your outfit make me want to go to the beach SO badly!!!

Kristin said...

What a perfect summer look. I feel like I tell you your looks are perfect a lot. HA! Oh, and I covet that bag!

Josie said...

You look gorgeous, Carrie! I love those shorts... And it's a perfect summer uniform! Hope things are going well with the Chef's new place!
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Val said...

Summer, LOVE at it's finest!

cryskay said...

your outfit is so boho chic - i love it! i regret quitting piano as well because now i see all these artists playing and i wish i still remembered how!

Fit With Flash said...

get it girl and enjoy it while it's here! can't wait to get out to the beaches in SD and LA in 3 weeks... ready to soak it up before fall hits!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I want your vest!!! I'm glad you and chef are still finding time to spend together even if it's in the morning. Also that close up picture of you - very fancy!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Pop Champagne said...

you look so chill and chic in these pictures! Love them!

Jess said...

Now that is an outfit I could live in! Love the vest. And yes, I still wear my Rainbow sandals religiously in the summer...

PriscilaPetersDecor said...

Piano player, cool.

I love your uniform and your photos!

Krystal said...

ok, it is straight up cold here so these pics made me so jealous. in our old apt the guy above us would play the piano in the evenings, it was heavenly!

Taj Acosta said...

Girl that sounds like a fabulous way to spend the morning! Toes in the sand, minimal (no makeup!) and a coffee! and a free piano concerto at night! The life! xo

LORENA said...

oh how i wish i were there right now!.. so beautiful and u look lovely also :-)

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Catita said...

you look great Carrie!! I love that H&M vest, your sunnies and all those rings and bracelets! Great bohemian look!
xoxo
Catita

Bad Joan said...

Love your outfit! Great crochet vest!

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Indie.Tea said...

That sounds lovely. We - up North - aren't having too much summer - the highs are mid-50's today. I'm envying your weather and ability to wear shorts, and am shivering a little in my cardigan.
Your lace top is so pretty, by the way. The outfit looks great.

My Heart Blogged said...

I completely understand the whole lunch date thing. It's pretty fun, and relaxed though. I love feeling like a lush and drinking during the day.

Amy said...

The beach looks lovely! Wish I could do it more often. :)

Corey Thompson said...

I am coming to vist I can not take all the sun you have...

Mrs. Julius said...

i like the casual and relaxed look. i'm so jealous...wish i could live by the beach too. :(

Allison K said...

Hot damn lady!

The Blonde @ Stylish3 said...

Great look! Very casual and relaxed, yet chic.

Julie and Lauren said...

Gorgeous. I need to move out to Cali, ASAP. And yes-- I regret quitting piano too! Sigh.

Kara said...

Pinned the 3rd pic.. so gorgeous!!

Jessica said...

Is that the pier in Seal Beach? If so, ooooooh happy memories!

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