tropical storm Fred not only chased our photoshoot inside a parking garage but worse flooded my basement. ugh! thankfully, i had ripped out the carpet several years ago and replaced it with polished concrete floors. not only are the floors gorgeous but resilient. a clean-up crew is on their way today to make my life easier. there are only so many hours in a day. right?! but i will share that times like these are when it’s the hardest to be a widow. days like these remind me of my loss. of not being on a team of two. of not having mr. style by my side to share life’s problems, big or small. or sharing the good times too. many women ask when the grief of a loved one subsides. to which i reply, “never.” of course, grief lessens over time. most days, when i think of mr. style it’s with a smile on my face, not tears in my eyes. but life is easier when you have a cheerleader by your side. when that disappears, and you’re left to do everything on your own, it can be overwhelming. i mean, who wants to call a plumber, have a sprinkler head repaired, or deal with a flooded basement?! in the past few months, i had to tackle all of those situations on my own. plus, run a business… the second year after losing your spouse can be challenging in new and unexpected ways. the pain diminishes but the reality of living a single life sets in. it’s important to continue to give myself grace and space. it’s important to acknowledge that life has its ups and downs. it’s important to be patient with myself and know i’m doing the best i can under difficult circumstances. and it’s important to remind myself that life is meant to be lived, not curled up in a ball on the couch. so be patient and kind to yourself no matter what circumstance you find yourself in. and let’s remember to be kind to others because we never know what someone is going through. onward!
but back to business. i’ve had fun creating this wear now, wear later satin pants post. whenever we transition from one season to the next, it’s important to have your wardrobe come along for the ride. many of you know i’m a big fan of “party” pants. silk or satin pants that can be worn for day or evening. they’re just plain fun!
during the dog days of summer, when the temps are hot, i love pants with an elastic waistband. these satin pants from Banana Republic don’t disappoint! if you’re looking for comfortable yet chic pants, this fits the bill. today, i chose a leopard blouse (old, similar here, here, and here) and added metallic sandals (similar here and here). if the nights are cooling off in your neck of the woods, a tried and true jean jacket adds a stylish third layer.
wear it now, wear it later satin pants are perfect for a holiday gathering or small soireé. an oversized sweater (similar here and here) looks fantastic with party pants. notice i added metallic ballet flats (similar here and here) to keep the ootd simple yet chic. black velvet smoking slippers are another option that ties back to the black sweater.
it’s Thursday, ladies, time to put a smile on someone’s face, including yours.