Memorial Day Outfit & Coffee Talk

Well, the rain is back. I seem to recall many rainy Memorial Days, for some reason. I’m not sure why it always seems to rain on this day. It is warm, though, so there’s that. And we have had several gorgeous sunny days, so I can’t complain.

What are y’all up to today? We used to go back to the town where my husband grew up for their annual Memorial Day parade. We would meet his parents there, and it was such good old-fashioned family fun. Afterwards, we would go back to his house for a cookout. His parents have since moved into a retirement community, so we don’t go back to the parade anymore, and I miss it.

Speaking of Memorial Day parades, my grandfather will be marching in his hometown Memorial Day parade today. He is 99 years old, and he was stationed in the South Pacific in WWII. Sometimes when we visit, he will bring out his old army uniform and talk about his experience there. He can still fit in his jacket, and he’s pretty proud of that. He marches in his Memorial Day Parade every year, but he’s riding in a military jeep today. It will be the first year he hasn’t been able to walk, but he’s still excited and honored to participate. He will be the oldest veteran in the parade. I wish I could be there.

I read a lot of historical fiction, and lately I’ve read a couple of books that take place in occupied France during WWII. It wasn’t pretty. I often wonder how I would fare under such conditions, and I think about how easy it is to assume we will always have the freedoms we enjoy right now. I hope it is the case, but who knows?

Yesterday we spent the day at the pool with a family friend who is a reservist and has served three tours in the Middle East. I’ve seen firsthand the sacrifices our military families make to preserve our freedom, and I’m forever grateful to those who are serving and have served.

As I sat by the pool yesterday, chatting with friends, soaking up the sun, I would look up occasionally and see our American flag flying over the panorama of kids frolicking in the water. I would pause for a minute to take in the sounds of laughter, splashing, squealing, chatting, and I felt so humbled and grateful for all who have fought and died so we can enjoy these simple pleasures and the promise of another carefree summer. I don’t take it for granted for a second, and I’m sure you don’t either.

Paul and I talked about finding a local parade to attend here today, but since it’s raining, I guess we’ll stay put. Plus, two of my three kids will be returning home from a sleepover at some point, and I’m guessing they’re not going to feel like going anywhere.

We spent the last two days at the pool, so today we’re going to regroup, get the house in order, and prepare for the week ahead. I think I’ve talked my husband into taking tomorrow morning off from work to do some outfit pictures. We were hoping to do some of those today, but it’s raining. Why do my conversations always come back to the weather? Ha!

I wanted to have a Memorial Day outfit to share with you, so my husband and I went out on Saturday morning to find a location with an American flag. We spent quite a while out and about, and when I got back and uploaded my pictures, I wasn’t happy with how the outfit turned out. You know how sometimes you put something on, and it seems to work, and then you see a picture of yourself, and you’re like, YIKES! That’s not what I saw in the mirror this morning!

Well, that’s what happened here.

Still, we spent two hours driving around and taking pictures, so I am posting them. If you’re one of those who thinks that I make it look easy, you can take comfort in the fact that none of us get it right 100% of the time.

Maybe you can help me figure out what went wrong, or maybe you’ll tell me I’m too hard on myself and it’s not that bad. I am sure I will hear a little of both. And of course, I’m only posting the pictures that flatter me somewhat. There are a ton that we ditched because I thought I looked like a frump-a-lump. Here goes.

jean jacket with red tank over stripe crop pants with flag

J.Crew Perfect Fit Tank (similar in red) // NYDJ Nichelle Stripe Stretch Slim Roll Cuff Ankle Jeans
similar crop denim jacket // Sam Edelman Georgette Sandals // Geo Tile Crosby Hobo (ON SALE!)
Stella & Dot Tiburon Necklace // bracelets c/o Alex and Ani // Fitbit Bracelet

So I was clearly going for red, white & blue. The pants came in my last Trunk Club, and I’m thinking they might be a size too big. They are an 8, but as I wore them, they stretched out quite a bit. I think they’d be more flattering if I went down a size.

NYDJ Nichelle Stripe Stretch Slim Roll Cuff Ankle Jeans

I love the classic blue ticking stripes for a change, and they have a nice shape to them. Because they’re NYDJ (that stands for Not Your Daughter’s Jeans) they have a higher rise than most of my jeans, and they have NYDJ’s exclusive lift-tuck technology that are supposed to help flatten the tummy and lift the rear. Again, mine are not tight enough to flatten or lift anything, so my advice is to size down in these.

On top, I wore a red tank and then topped it off with my jean jacket.

jean jacket with red tank and striped pants top

I thought the handbag was a fun addition, but as I look at these pictures, I can see that it is distracting, and it makes the pants look not so blue. My husband thought they were green. So… yeah, I think the outfit would have worked much better with my ivory saddlebag.

denim jacket with red tank and stripe crop pants

This picture shows the outfit without the bag. Isn’t it funny how one accessory can throw off an entire outfit? I don’t mind it so much like this, but I do wish the pants fit better. These sandals are super duper comfortable, by the way.

jean jacket with red tank and stripe crop pants

I have a funny look on my face because I was losing my balance. That pose is hard to maintain! LOL!!

Here’s a closeup so you can see the jewelry. I love this Tiburon necklace, but it might be too dressy for this outfit. The bracelets are from Alex and Ani, and the garnet ring is an old David Yurman piece my husband bought me for Christmas many moons ago.

jean jacket with red tank over striped pants top

So here’s one more full length with the flag flying high. I guess this outfit isn’t a total miss. It’s just not one of my favorites.

jean jacket with red tank and stripe crop pants with flag

However you choose to spend your Memorial Day, I hope you enjoy it. Soak in the sun if you have some, enjoy your family cookout or your last day at the beach. Whether we’re visiting the gravesite of a loved one or attending a patriotic parade or cleaning house or shopping the latest mattress sale, let’s all take a few minutes to honor those who lost their lives to preserve our freedom.