We are just beginning to feel a bit of nip in the air in the morning and evenings around here, which means this is the perfect time to pull out my vests. I prefer quilted vests as they offer the right amount of insulation without the extra bulk of puffer vests. I have been wanting a cute polka dot vest for the past couple of years and was happy when I unexpectedly spotted one at a local shop. I may have also picked it up in a burgundy shade…
I stuck with a black and white palette this time around and did a little pattern play. My gingham button up shirt is a favorite because it is so versatile and is one item I do wear year round. Most people think of gingham as a warm weather print, but I wear this black and white shirt under vests, sweaters, cardigans, blazers, jackets, and dresses in cold seasons seamlessly. A bit of leopard and pearls are always a nice touch and great way to complete a look.
Vest – Fresh| Similar
Pants-Gap “Slim City”
Bag – Guess
Finally, you may have already read this on my Instagram or Facebook, but as I talked about Mina often here on the blog, I felt the need to share here, as well, especially as many of you may not follow me on social media. Last Tuesday I held my baby girl one last time as we said our final goodbyes. Her last day was not a good one, which made the decision easier, but still a very difficult and heartbreaking one. The following day would have been her 16th birthday. She was so loved and spoiled every day of her long life. I miss her so very much and keep expecting her to be waiting on me as I walk in the door or underfoot while I am cooking. It always surprises me when I look down and she is not there. I know I will be grieving for a while, but when the time is right I will be ready to open my heart again to another sweet puppy. My little 5-pound ball of fluff left some mighty big shoes to fill. Meanwhile, I am grateful to have Bear, my grand-dog, around for doggy hugs, kisses, and unconditional love.
Thank you to everyone who has extended sweet words of kindness in my time of grief. Each and every one of them is truly appreciated.