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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Maxi Style for Maxi Temps

by Heather

When the temperatures go over 105 degrees F, it's easiest to put on a maxi dress for total comfort. Sleeveless is best but sometimes a little bolero or cropped cardigan helps hide jiggly arms and offers a little warmth when the air conditioning is blasting.

We're attending five-year-old granddaughter Peighton's dance recital in the afternoon and this is what I'm wearing. After the recital, we're heading to our nephew's house to catch up with another nephew and his family from Lexington, KY. The nephews and their lovely wives have three boys under the age of six so it's going to be a weekend filled with little people! The maxi dress is comfy, easy to clean, and stretches to allow getting down on the floor to play with the great-nephews and the train set if that's where the action is.
Chico's black and white maxi dress; J Crew Panama hat; Banana Republic cropped sweater; WHBM black, white and silver earrings
New 3-ring set sterling starfish from oceandreamshawaii on Etsy; Michael Kors watch; Roberto Manatelassi eelskin and sterling bracelet; assorted WHBM bangles
Chanel sunglasses
Silver necklace (old) from Scottsdale Quarter; cleavage (also old) from Mom
Kate Sade black patent wedges; Michael Kors black and white Hamilton bag
A large purse is the ideal container for a water bottle (also a necessity in this warm weather) and my camera.

And now, on to the show...

I felt like I was watching an episode of Dance Moms sans the crazy moms and leaving just the great dancers. The youngest dancers were hilarious to watch with the littlest ones showing their style in a dance to the old song "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini." 
Peighton is in one of the youngest groups and she performed two delightful dances remembering her steps and her smile.
Little P with her dance buddies graciously posing for their fans
Great-nephew Rowan with his dad/my nephew Benjamin
Things were just as crazy with the nephews and great nephews later in the evening. Three little boys have a lot of energy! Benjamin made a pot of the best pulled pork I've ever had (his recipe: pork loin, root beer to cover, and seven hours in a slow cooker - mix with barbeque sauce when done) and with a little Skinny Girl White Peach Margarita (strong fresh peach flavor, fewer calories), it was time to chill with the out-of-towners until the sun went down.

Nothing quite like family to make for a wonderful weekend!

Love,
Heather

37 comments:

  1. What fun pictures! Looks like fun family time! New follower from the blog hop! I would love if you would follow me also!
    XO
    dani
    Love Me, Dani Marie

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    1. Thanks, Dani, for becoming our newest follower! We appreciate that. I'll hop over and check out your blog.
      Heather

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    1. Always good to hear from you, Marla! Thank you.
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  3. The little girls are adorable, and your accessories go very nicely with your dress!

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    1. Thank you, Rachel. The little girls were just darling and you should have seen the older girls dance -- amazing!
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  4. Stopping by via the #FundayMonday linkup. Absolutely love your black and white striped maxi and that bag from MK, swoon! Would love if you stopped by my blog as well and let me know what you think of my coverup for flabby arms solution! Have a great day!

    http://thethreadaffect.com/2013/06/17/welcome-to-the-jungle/

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    1. Thank you. Will definitely swing by your blog. Always interested in seeing ways to cover up!
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  5. Great accessories! You look super cute.

    Have a great week!

    -Jenny
    http://www.babblingsofamommy.com/2013/06/a-look-ahead-my-fffweek-wardrobe.html

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    1. Thank you, Jenny. Love the name of your blog!
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  6. Adorable outfit, but I do NOT understand how you wear that many clothes in that heat! (Only now approaching the 90's here ... it's coming though.) I know the theory ... desert dwellers have been doing it for years, but not peoples in the tropics!
    If there's a secret, let me know. Beyond sprinting from AC in house to AC in car to AC in restaurant, etc.
    Really fabulous combinations, kiddo. Digging that hat a lot ... that I understand!

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    1. Thanks, Jan. We like to say "it's a dry heat" here in AZ, which means that even though it's incredibly hot, it doesn't quite feel the way it would if there was humidity. Our humidity is somewhere around 5-7% at the beginning of the summer. That will change shortly as we're just beginning the monsoon season. I always look forward to the storms that the season brings. Perhaps you've seen some of the incredible dust storms that precede the rain sometimes? And you're right, we do get used to the heat :)
      Heather

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  7. Love love love that gorgeous striped maxi!! You look beautiful. Thank you so much for linking up! I hope to see. You linkup next week for denim. ; )
    walkinginmemphisinhighheels.com

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    1. Thank you, Laura. Will definitely link up again next week. I was happy to find your link party!
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  8. A black and white maxi is perfect for the season and you wear it extremely well, the girls are adorable. Hope Retirement is going well, you certainly look like you are keeping busy!!!

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    1. Thanks. Retirement is keeping me busy -- I was told that would happen but didn't believe it. Ann and I were speakers at a fashion conference yesterday here in the Valley which I'll write about next week. I have two tea parties planned for this week as well as a pool party (I'll definitely write about those, too, and will include pictures) and I'm keeping up with my goal of exercising every day. Life is good!
      Heather

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  9. Heather,

    I love the look as always, that large silver necklace speaks to me!! And did you darken your hair? did I miss a post on that?! I love it, regardless.

    xo,
    Alyssa

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    1. Hi Alyssa! Thank you for the nice coments. My hair hasn't changed. Some day I'll share the story of my hair adventures. With a hat, you never know what you might get with my hair. I'm thinking about heading to the Anthem shops someday soon and I'll see if I can meet up with you at your store.
      Heather

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    1. Thank you. I'm liking it, too. They're made to order so it takes a couple of weeks to get but worth the wait, I think.
      Heather

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  11. Love the dress, the purse, the accessories, the entire look! You look beautiful :)

    Thanks for linking up with Style Sessions!

    Lauren xx
    www.stylelixir.com

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. Love your blog and your link party!
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  12. Black and white are on my buzz this week. I need to add your link to my post (if that's ok). That maxi looks fabulous on you and once again, my dear, you left nothing and I mean NOTHING undone. Wow, how do you manage to put together all these accessories including the bag every week? Oh, and I loved the cleavage bit.

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    1. Hi Trina - Just went over to your post. Wow, you look good, girlfriend! Please add my link to your post; I'm honored.
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    2. It was added. Thank you Heather.

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  13. loving your outfit! you have such a nice blog!

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    1. Thank you. Glad you're enjoying our blog!
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  14. I like that maxi dress! You look great in the hat too. Thank you for linking up last week.

    Come link up with me at Watcha Wearing Wednesday! www.themummychronicles.com

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    1. Hi Victoria,
      Now that I've found your blog and your link party, I'll be putting in an appearance every Wednesday. I got off to a late start today, but I think you'll find me at your party! Thanks for stopping by.
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  15. Hey, I'm a new follower from the Wednesday hop. Love the tangerine nail polish, it gives oomph to the muted colors of your outfit!

    I'd love it if you can follow me back :)

    xoxo
    ochibernadas.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Ochi,
      I had to look up the town you referenced in your post. It's just too cool that we can connect from all over the world doing these blogs!
      I always like to think of my orange nails and my orange lipstick as my pops of color when I'm wearing muted tones. Glad you noticed, and glad you're a new follower!
      Heather

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  16. This maxi is stunning. Your styling takes it to even greater style heights.

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    1. Thank you. I just checked out your blog - love your black and white outfit today!
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  17. Wow! you did an amazing job with this black and white look. LOVE IT!! I just purchased the anchor top you wore last month I think. So inspired by your nautical look. :) Have a great weekend!

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    1. Hi Sherry,
      Thanks for the delightful comments! Hope you enjoy your anchor top. It's a fun look for the summer. Hope your weekend is wonderful!
      Heather

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  18. Gorgeous, gorgeous!! What a perfect pick for the occasions! You are always stylish inspiration my dear!!

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  19. Thank you, Tamera. Always good to hear from you.
    Heather

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