Summer Neutrals

We had a lovely Fathers Day in Hayward celebrating the high school graduation of my husband's Goddaughter, Karen. It was perfect weather, the park was just beautiful, and yes, we had a nice drive in the new car! The kiddos love the ride - it's pretty stiff for the passengers, but so far, we get nothing but smiles from the backseats.

It's no secret that when it comes to clothing, I am rather pattern-phobic. Some of the phobia is rooted in being a shy person for the better part of my life (not so much since I hit 30, but very much so in the earlier years). Patterns = attention! The second reason I have avoided patterns for the most part is because, well, I'm already covered enough in ink that I don't want too look to clash-y. I can't count the number of times I have heard the quip "once you get a tattoo, you won't be able to wear X anymore!" Mostly, that's just not true.  However, I see my tattoos as a fashion in and of themselves, and I like to keep my clothes pretty neutral to keep the overall effect balanced.

I'm still shopping the closet as best I can (a few transgressions here and there...cough, cough...purple Manolos) so here I am in a sundress I bought a few summers ago at Banana Republic, just after I ended my years-long boycott of GAP and its subsidiaries when owner Donald Fisher diversified his investment portfolio to include a logging interest in Mendocino County. 

Since I knew I would be chasing my three wonderfully active young kids around the park, I paired the dress with my super comfy Birkenstocks, purchased last summer at REI, a company with comparably excellent sustainability credentials.

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This little guy keeps me on my toes!

This little guy keeps me on my toes!

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I wear the same earrings (crystal drop-style earrings from Nordstrom) about 360 days a year. I know what I like! But I do like to change it up once in a while, and for this party, I wore a pretty silver and turquoise pair my dad got me from a local jeweler in Santa Cruz.

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I hope everyone enjoyed Fathers Day!


Hat - J.Crew * Dress (old) - Banana Republic * Shoes - Birkenstock * Sunglasses - Oakley