10 Long Cardigans for Fall 2019

Image result for long cardigan photos pinterest The cicadas are humming loudly and sunsets are earlier… a sure sign that fall isn’t far away.  While it is hard to say goodbye to summer, fall is actually my favorite season.  I love the crisp cool days with no humidity and gorgeous fall colors. With the cooler weather comes a clothing transition from tees and linen tops to sweaters and jackets.  Long cardigans and long sweater jackets are a staple in my wardrobe now. They offer an updated look to the classic cardigan. I throw one on as an easy layer that also gives a long, lean look.

Today, I am sharing some of my favorite long cardigans available this fall. I am purposely showing them in autumn colors, but many of them have multiple color options.

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A long sweater blazer also acts as a great jacket over just about anything in your fall wardrobe.  This beautiful heather khaki color looks equally stunning with navy, black, grey, and oh yes – animal print.

 

BP. Longline Open Cardigan, Main, color, BROWN CATTAIL

Offered in an on trend color for fall, this cozy cardigan just oozes warmth and casual comfort.

HALOGEN<SUP>®</SUP> Wool & Cashmere Long Cardigan, Main, color, RUST SEQUOIA

 

A chic wool/cashmere sweater in a gorgeous rust shade warms any fall day. Also pair this with all black for a sophisticated look.

MADEWELL Ryder Cardigan, Main, color, HEATHER MALBEC Who can resist a sweater with the color name of Heather Malbec. Doesn’t the color look exactly like that of Malbec wine?

EILEEN FISHER Merino Straight Long Cardigan, Main, color, NUTMEG This versatile merino wool sweater is a bit lighter in weight and not quite as long as some.

EILEEN FISHER Long Wool Cardigan, Main, color, PEWTER A perfect solution for when we want a few buttons on our cardigan, is this lovely sweater in a soft pewter.

Neiman Marcus Cashmere Collection Ombre Leopard-Print Cashmere Duster Cardigan

 

This elegant, cashmere cardigan has a sophisticated flare with its ombre animal print.

LEOPARD CARDIGAN A fun and colorful leopard print cardigan is extra cozy on those chilly days.

 The rich olive green shade sets this cardigan apart from others.

 

 A perfect compliment to black, this grey/black tipped cardigan jacket elevates any look.

I am still deciding which long cardigans to add to my wardrobe this fall. Which ones strike your fancy for protection against the coming autumn chill?

XO,

Linda

 

 

 

 

 

 

Head to Toe Linen

img_5997.jpg August brings the “dog days of summer”. I translate that to mean lots of heat! When the daily temperatures head above 90 degrees I reach for the linen in my closet. As I have shared in the past, it is one of my favorite fabrics. It is lightweight, comfortable and chic. I don’t care if it wrinkles. I consider a few wrinkles part of it’s charm. I was heading out on a particulary warm day recently and decided to snap this picture in my hallway mirror. Please forgive the phone in my face! Lol! I am dressed in linen from head to toe. Well, the shoes aren’t technically linen – but have that look with a great espadrille style and wedge.

Today, I am sharing the items (or similar ones) I am wearing in the photo above. You too can stay cool and comfy when temperatures rise!

PANTS

 These pants are a beautiful soft color. I’d call it flax. It features wide legs for a non cling fit and an elastic waist for comfort. Back pockets add extra style.

T-SHIRT

 The v-neck linen tee I am wearing is sold out, but try a scoop neck top for an equally attractive look.

SWEATER

Eileen Fisher Simple Long Cardigan  The cardigan I am wearing is a couple years old. Similar in style is this beautiful white linen long cardigan. The white compliments any linen pants. I find it a good idea to always have a sweater handy to combat overzealous air conditioning.

SANDALS

 I wear my favorite summer wedges everywhere. They aren’t made of linen, but the color is appropriately called “Linen”.

Ahh! The comfort and ease of linen helps me beat the heat. I hope I have inspired you to adopt the casual look of linen into your wardrobe as we endure the “dog days of summer”!

XO,

Linda

My Summer Face

 

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Summer is here in Chicago with all its glorious heat and humidity.  The weather forecast shows highs hitting 100 degrees on Friday and Saturday.  Yikes! Those temperatures don’t even factor in the humidity.  What’s a girl to do to stay cool and still look good? I wear the coolest fabrics possible and stay inside or position myself near a body of water.  I believe summer should be a time of less! Fewer commitments, less and lighter clothing, low fuss hair, and especially less makeup.

Less doesn’t mean unpresentable. I still want to look my best in the midst of a heat wave, but an overdone look in the summer just doesn’t work. Think of natural hair and simple, lighter makeup.

Today, I am sharing my “summer face”. I use a few basic products for a natural look suitable for a hot summer day.

 Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Main, color, LIGHT I love this Clinique Color Corrector CC Cream. It pulls triple duty – oil free moisturizer, spf 30 suncreen, and color to even out uneven skin tone. Choose from five different color tones. I use the light/medium shade.

 Line Smoothing Concealer, Main, color, MODERATELY FAIR I smooth a little Clinique line smoothing concealer on my lids and under my eyes to hide any undereye shadows and even out lid imperfections.

 MAC Bronzing Powder, Main, color, REFINED GOLDEN Brushing on a bit of MAC Bronzing Powder on my cheekbones gives me natural looking summery color. I apply the powder to parts of my face that the sun would naturally hit.

 Brow Definer, Main, color, EBONY I define my brows with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer  in taupe. I love this product as I have shared before. Without it my brows are basically non existent.

Urban Decay - 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Whiskey 0.04 oz/ 1.2 g

 Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil lines my top and bottom lids. It’s a fabulous award winning waterproof liner available in 38 colors. I prefer a natural brown shade. It glides on easily and sets quickly for a long lasting look.

 INIMITABLE WATERPROOF MASCARA Volume - Length - Curl - Separation, Main, color, 10 NOIR Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara finishes off my eyes. It’s formula adds volume, length and curl in addition to being waterproof.

 

Lastly, I smooth some Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in pink over my lips. A stain that naturally adjusts to my individual chemistry and moisturizers provides just the right balance for a soft summer lip.

With seven wonderful beauty products I have completed my “summer face”. I feel I am putting my best face forward and at the same time attaining a lighter, glowing, summery look. The entire process is easily under 5 minutes. No wilting and runny makeup here! I’m ready for a day spent reveling in summer.

I hope you embrace the idea of a light, natural look for summer. Why waste precious time on a tedious and heavy makeup routine. These beautiful, hot, humid days will be over before we know it. Get out and enjoy them!

XO,

Linda

Top Tips for Hooded Eyes

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Our eyes are often called the window to our soul. Naturally, we look into someone’s eyes when they are speaking. With that said, it would stand to reason that we want our eyes to look their best at all times. Some women are predisposed to hooded eyelids. Others experience the gravitional pull of the upper eyelids downward as they age. Over time eyes seem to disappear beneath the hooded skin that hangs over them. Are we destined to eyes seemingly sinking further and further in? Aside from plastic surgery, what can be done? Fortunately, we have makeup and lots of tips and tricks to help our eyes take center stage on our face.

Today, I plan to share a few of those tips and tricks. I certainly didn’t invent these tips, but I’ve selected the ones that have worked best for me.

 

USE AN EYELID PRIMER

 Eye Basics, Main, color, FLAX One of my favorite primers is the Laura Mercier Eye Basics. Select from a variety of colors to suit your particular skin coloring. Apply the primer from lid to browbone, essentially your whole upper eyelid.  The primer hides imperfections, brightens the eye and provides a creaseproof canvas for eyeshadow. Wear it also without eyeshadow on “no makeup” days!

USE A WHITE PENCIL

Image result for eye white pencil pictures Lining the waterline with white pencil allows your eyes to stand out, preventing them from receding. A little white pencil in the inner corners will also draw your eyes outward.

 Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil, Main, color, PEARL The Estee Lauder pearl color pencil  is more subdued and natural looking than a pure white pencil.

 

APPLY A MEDIUM COLOR EYESHADOW IN A STRAIGHT LINE ACROSS LID

Image result for eyeshadow in straight line photos Sweep a medium/darker matte (not frost or shimmer) eyeshadow in your crease and slightly above. Draw the shadow out toward the corner of your eye. Using a good brush blend well and sweep toward the outer edge of the brow.

 MAC Beige/Brown Eyeshadow, Main, color, CHARCOAL BROWN (M) MAC offers a beautiful array of eyeshadows that I happen to love.

 

LINE YOUR LIDS

Image result for applying eyeliner pictures Line your upper lid and be careful not to pull the pencil downward. Consider stopping just short of the outside corner. Line only the outer third of the lower lid to avoid closing your eyes in.

 Quickliner for Eyes Eyeliner Pencil, Main, color, SMOKEY BROWN I like the glide on ease that this Clinique pencil offers.

 

CURL YOUR LASHES

 

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Lancome Eyelash Curler

Curling eyelashes only takes a minute and truly makes a difference in opening up the eyes. The Lancome LeCurler is only one of many styles and brands of eyelash curlers available.

 INIMITABLE WATERPROOF MASCARA Volume - Length - Curl - Separation, Main, color, 10 NOIR

Don’t forget to finish off your lashes with your favorite waterproof mascara. Chanel makes a fabulous mascara.

 

DEFINE YOUR BROWS

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Nothing frames our eyes better than a well done eyebrow.  Select a pencil or powder, your choice, in a color a shade or two darker than your hair color. Fill in your sparce brows with hairlike strokes.  Be sure to extend the brow out the entire width. As we age, the tails of our brows become sparse or nonexistant. Carefully draw those tails on if you have to. Fill in from the top of the brow, rather than the bottom, to open the eyes up even more.

 Brow Definer, Main, color, EBONY I am a devoted user of the Anastasia Brow Definer. I love the triangular tip for drawing/filling in.

 

Voila!! Your hooded eyes are now beautifully open! While this is certainly not an exhaustive list of makeup tips for hooded eyes, I hope you find them useful in showing off the window to your soul!

XO,

Linda

 

My Love Of Linen

Image result for linen outfit pictures AHHH… Linen! It just shouts summertime! I have an obession with all things linen. I especially love linen camp shirts and breezy wide leg linen pants. (as shown above by blogger Songofstyle.com). The beauty of linen is the lightness of the fabric. Linen keeps its cool even on the hottest of days. The fabric is truly a classic. Yes, it wrinkles. But, I believe that adds to its casual appeal for summer. It looks chic, yet not overdone. I find it genuinely  helpful as I become more mature in age. Linen pants are certainly more flattering than shorts, and the lightweight fabric covers my arms and keeps me cool.

Wear linen in multiple ways. Pair a beautiful linen blouse with a skirt or a pair of jeans on a cooler day. Try a white tee with linen pants. Look for linen in a variety of colors as well as prints. Wear it wrinkled or freshly pressed – you be the judge.

Today, I am sharing some of my favorite linen items to help you keep your cool this summer.

BLOUSE

 Slim Fit Perfect Piece-Dyed Irish Linen Shirt, Main, color, WHITE

A white linen shirt is a classic and a must in every summer wardrobe.

 

 A rich blue popover linen camp shirt with roll tab cuffs looks equally beautiful with white or black.

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Add a little twist to the white linen shirt with this fringed tunic. Choose from navy or white.

 A linen split neck top is lovely in lavender.

 The beauty of black and white is undeniable. Pair your white jeans with this linen black notched collar shirt.

 

 

VINCE CAMUTO - Sleeveless Tie-Front Linen Shirt A tie front linen blouse says cool and casual.

 

 Organic Linen Top, Main, color, CHAMBRAY A body skimming top in linen chambray stands up to any heatwave.

DRESS

 

 

Linen Shirtdress A flax linen sleeveless shirt dress is a wardrobe basic. Add accessories of your choosing.

Linen Fringe-Hem A-Line Dress A white fringe hem A line dress takes you out for many occasions. I also like it in black for a more dressed up feel.

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Great for errands or lunch with friends, a simple linen dress is offered in four colors.

 Racer Stripe Beauchamps Linen Short Sleeve Popover, Main, color, RACER STRIPE NAVY IVORY Ideal for a hot summer day, pair this linen top with its coordinating skirt.

 Sparkle linen and floaty sleeves make this dress a standout.

Linen Tank Maxi Dress Linen, pockets and a modern stripe – say yes to this maxi dress.

 Ruffle Wrap Dress, Main, color, IVORY DOVE SKETCH FLORAL This dress has some lyocell blended with the linen, but is such a lovely summer dress  I had to include it.

PANTS

 

 Linen Trousers, Main, color, STRAW This classic linen trouser (with a bit of viscose and elastine added) elevates any summer look. The straw color is perfect paired with a white linen blouse. The NYDJ pants also have the added bonus of the lift/tuck technology.

 A lined white linen palazzo pant is a great summer alternative to a dress for a special evening out.

 

St Ives Paperbag Pants - Classic Khaki

A paperbag waist and ankle length define these fabulous linen pants.

 Linen Jogger Pants, Main, color, GREY EBONY Ooze casual appeal with a linen jogger pant.

 

 Wide Leg Linen Pants, Main, color, NATURAL

A comfortable elasticized back, tie waist and wide leg are found in these great linen pants in a natural color.

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A full leg crop pant in linen is right on trend. Black offers more dressed up appeal.

Summer is upon us! Stay cool by introducing some linen into your wardrobe. Classic and chic, linen carries you from a day at the beach to an evening out on the town!

XO,

Linda

A Day Trip to Lake Geneva

IMG_5753 On a recent Saturday, Bill and I decided to jump in the car and head up to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the day.  The beautiful resort area is a mere 90 minutes from our house, making it a delightful destination on a spectacular summer day.

Those of you who live in Chicago know Lake Geneva well. For others, I’ll provide a a bit of background information. Geneva Lake (the actual lake’s name) is located just over the border of Illinois in the southeastern part of Wisconsin. There are approximately 22 miles of shoreline and a surface area of 5,263 acres. It is the second deepest spring fed lake in Wisconsin. Three towns reside on Geneva Lake; Lake Geneva, Williams Bay and Fontana. Each town offers a little different feel. The area first became known as a getaway for the rich and famous, as evidenced by the many mansions gracing its shores. The abundance of actitivites continue to make it a popular destination for permanent residents, summer residents and visitors alike. Swimming, boating, sailing, fishing, golfing and shopping are among the most popular activities. But don’t stop there, as ziplining, water parks, hot air balloons, and horseback riding are also offered. Culture lovers appreciate the theater and music.  Festivals and farmers markets add to the fun. Restaurants and drinking establishments abound, offering something for everyone’s tastebuds and wallets. I think I could write for the local convention bureau! Lol!

Needless to say, there is something for everyone in the Lake Geneva resort area. Today, I will share a few of my favorite choices.

WALKING THE SHORE PATH

 Walking the shore path around the lake provides an intimate look at both the water and beautiful residences that line its frontage. I’m not sure if it is a law or a local ordinance that specifies all property owners must provide a path along the lakeshore. This means that anyone can walk the entire way around. I have not walked the 22 miles at one time, but have hiked different sections of it on many occasions. The walk is exhilarating and allows me to be a just a few feet from the water while gazing at magnificent homes along the way.

We started our hike at the darling Lake Geneva library. Large windows face the lake. What a view while reading!

IMG_5763 Boats glistened in one of the harbors as we began our walk.

It was hard to know which way to look, the sparkling lake or the spectacular homes.

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Image result for lake geneva shore path photos All docks are wood and painted brightly white. The crisp color of the docks against the blue water provides a gorgeous picture.

BOATING

IMG_5772 We did not go boating on this trip, but have enjoyed countless hours doing so on other occasions. Bill still needed to check out a few new boats for sale at Gage Marine.

Image result for sailboats on geneva lake photos Lake Geneva offers lots of opportunities to sail also.

 If racing around on a speedboat, or sailing is not your thing, try a tour. A large variety of tours are offered. One of the most fun tours is the mailboat tour. All residents who live on the shores of Geneva Lake receive their mail by boat. Teens, hired each summer after tryouts, jump off the boats at each dock to deliver mail ….quite a sight to see!

GOLFING

Image result for geneva national golf pictures Golf is a passion for both of us! Geneva National offers 54 holes of golf. The three courses were designed by Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Lee Trevino.  Having played here, I can say they all offer a unique challenge, reflecting the players who designed them.

Image result for abbey springs golf course photos The Abbey Springs golf course offers stunning vistas of Geneva Lake. Be prepared to walk up and down a lot of hills here.

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The Grand Geneva Resort has two spectacular golf courses also, The Brute and The Highlands. I have only played The Highlands because who wants to play a course called The Brute? From what I have heard, it stands up to its name.

SWIMMING/SUNBATHING

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Riviera Beach in Lake Geneva was not too crowded on the day we were there.

Image result for fontana beach photos The Fontana Beach is my favorite!  This photo was taken before the beach opened for the day.

Williams Bay also has a lovely public beach.  Homeowners and Homeowner Associations have their own private beaches.

DINING (LUNCH)

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After we completed our 13,000 steps, (That’s what my phone said! Lol!) we decided a little nourishment was in order. Wanting something light, we decided to check out this darling restaurant, Great Eggs, we had walked by in Lake Geneva earlier. Specializing in custom wrap sandwiches, It was hard to decide. I finally decided on a chicken ceasar wrap in a garlic tortilla. And to accompany it, a Spotted Cow beer. When in Wisconsin…..  And no, I didn’t splurge on any cheese curds.

 

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Gordy’s Boathouse Restaurant in Fontana is always a favorite spot to dine, and great if you are looking for some nightime fun!

Dining spots are way too numerous to cover in just one post, so I’ll leave that for another time.

SHOPPING

IMG_5771 Energized after a bite to eat, we set out for some shopping. Ok, I set out for some shopping. Bill loathes it! He was a good sport though and joined in. The town of Lake Geneva is home to countless, eclectic stores and art galleries.

IMG_5770 Tilly, the dog, was sleeping amidst wetsuits and snowsuits in one store.

COCKTAILS

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We chose to finish off our day with toes in the sand and a cocktail at Pier 290 in Williams Bay, my very favorite restaurant/bar in the area! The food is upscale and excellent, the scene is fun, and need I say more?! Weekends have live music, as is common in many dining and bar options in the area.

 

Image result for pier 290 Pier 290 is a blast during the day for people and boat watching, but it also hops at night! Also above I’ve included a picture of the restaurant entrance filled with antique photos of the area and hanging boat props. And oh yeah – that’s a pic of my toes in the sand.

Have I wet your appetite for a visit to the Lake Geneva area? With so many spectacular offerings, how can you resist? A day is not nearly enough to experience everything, but it’s a good start!

XO,

Linda

 

 

The Timeless Appeal of an English Rolled Arm Sofa

 

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Ask just about any designer their favorite sofa and their reply will often be  “the English rolled arm sofa”! The style just oozes sophistication! I especially love it in eclectic and vintage settings, like the room pictured above. The style has been around since the 1800s, so it’s safe to say it is timeless. Think comfy and chic!

The English rolled arm sofa is characterized by its tight back, recessed and rolled arms, deep, comfortable seat and low set, turned legs (often with casters). Lots of interpretations exist, such as two cushions vs. one, or additional back cushions.

It is time for me to purchase a new sofa. Guess what style it is going to be? Yep… the English rolled arm sofa. I’ve already made my decision, but I am planning to share some fabulous choices with you at various price points!

 

LOW END PRICE POINT

IKEA gets in the game with their Stocksund sofa. They have widened the seat angle to get a deeper seat and added turned legs for extra appeal.

 

MID RANGE PRICE POINT

Frame 1 of "Rose Sofa"  The Rose by the Everygirl sofa is offered by Interior Define. They have 6 showrooms throughout the country, including one here in Chicago. It’s gorgeous and they completely nailed the look. Select sofa size, fabric, and leg finish.

 

Carlisle Upholstered Sofa

The Carlisle by Pottery Barn offers an impressive array of choices on their English rolled arm sofa. Back cushions are standard on this sofa. They also offer buyers a choice of  two different sizes, an array of fabrics, the option of two cushions or one, and either memory foam or down wrapped cushions.

 

HIGH END PRICE POINT

English Roll Arm Sofa

Leave it to Restoration Hardware to up the ante on this classic sofa. Like Pottery Barn, they have added back cushions for a comfy feel. It is offered in five lengths, two depths, a large selection of fabrics, and a choice of classic or down filled cushions.

 

CUSTOM PRICE POINT

 

 Most custom furniture companies offer their version of an English rolled arm sofa. However, George Smith offers it as their Signature sofa.

Wow! What an impressive choice of English rolled arm sofas. Can you guess which one I selected? I chose the Carlise from Pottery Barn. I like the idea of back cushions for additional comfort. The price point is also in line with what I want to spend. I decided on the Grand Sofa, 90″ in length and 45″ deep ….so comfy!  I also selected the single cushion (no sinking between cushions if someone sits in the middle). I opted for the down wrapped cushion for a luxurious feel. Lastly, I’m still undecided on the fabric. I want a fabulous ivory linen look that has a performance quality to it. Once I make a final decision on the fabric, I’m good to go! Here is a picture of the single cushion look I’m going for. Love it!!

Carlisle Upholstered Sofa

I hope I have enlightened you on the beauty and versatility of a timeless classic …. the English rolled arm sofa. Check it out for a chic option in your home!

XO,

Linda