Sunday, August 25, 2013

Beach Baubles & Bubble Skirts

The clothing we wear has the power to evoke all sorts of memories and emotions.  Sometimes particular items remind us of places we've been and experiences we've been blessed to have.  In my effort to hold onto summer just a little longer, today I'm channeling coastal vacations past.  Like a wearable collection of seashells, each element is a beach town treasure. The embroidered hat was my prize purchase from an artists' festival during a post-bar exam getaway to Galveston Island, Texas in 1999.  The puka shell embellished straps on my Lindsay Phillips SwitchFlops were the very first pair I purchased.  Discovered in a little boutique at Mission Beach in San Diego in 2008, these straps remain one of my favorites.  I haggled over the chunky turquoise necklace at an open air market in Cabo San Lucas in 2010 (while wearing this very skirt, blouse, hat and shoes).  The sand dollar pendant on the necklace is actually a broach. Both it and the turquoise shantung sash came from the strand at Folly Beach during a trip to South Carolina in 2011 for my brother's graduation from basic training. I was also wearing the rest of this outfit on that day.  

Likewise, it went with me to Mumbai, India in 2011; to St. Simon's Island, Georgia in 2012; and to Florida earlier this year.  The skirt itself, by XCVI, is perfect for travel, which is probably why it's found its way to so many destinations with me - it's wrinkle resistant and the top of it is a super-comfortable fold-over stretchy cotton, much like yoga pants.  It's a bit difficult to see in the photo, but the bubble hem makes it unique, and I can't recall a single time I've worn it when it hasn't drawn compliments. Each time I put it on, I take a little stroll down "memory beach."  Hmmm, wonder where I'll get to wear it next....

Do you have favorite travel clothes or beloved items you've collected during your travels?  I'd love to hear about them!

Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!

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