Hello friends. It’s time for our weekend guide to cool things with Elizabeth and Juliet. So glad to have you all here and to those who have subscribed, thank you so much! It’s been a busy week for me with a link up post on Spring Refresh with five others. I shared our new peel and stick wallpaper in our guest room/office for it and if you missed it, the post is here.
Do you need a new entry rug? I’ve been struggling to find an entry rug that’s the right size, not too small or big and flat enough that my door can open over it. I finally found one that checked all those boxes and I liked the look. The Lauren Rug is at World Market, ( I still call it Cost Plus), and looks very nice for the cost. I bought the 3’6 x 5’6 size and it’s $79.
Tennis is Back in a Big Way
Are any of you tennis people? Have you been thinking about playing again? Have you never, but are curious? This article on a study over 25 years gave people who played tennis almost 10 extra years of life, so if you’re thinking of trying it, do!
I’ve been a tennis nut since I was a kid. My athletic mom thought tennis could be a good sport for the unsporty me to try and lured me with the promise of cute tennis dresses like Chris Evert and pom pom socks. That worked and I had lessons starting at age 7 and I played in high school too. I didn’t play again until a neighbor asked me to join lesson about 11 years ago.
I started back with a clinic at a local tennis club and they are also at most park and recreation centers. I’ve made many friends and I get out there at least 2-3 times a week. It’s the one time I don’t think about anything else at all, except playing and I think that is good for you. I also see so many older folks still at it and that gets me happy that this could help me age well. I know it’s great for balance and overall flexibility. When I didn’t play tennis for months during the pandemic I was the stiffest person in the world, so I know it helps.
According to USA TODAY Sports, tennis has boomed during the pandemic with an estimated 21.64 million Americans picking up a racquet in 2020! Apparently being outdoors and not within 6 feet of others made it the thing to do the last two years and people have kept at it.
I noticed that tennis themed clothes are cropping up everywhere! Right now so many cute styles even if you are just a fan. Kule has darling sweatshirts, socks, totes, a vintage looking Hingis jacket (named after the Swiss player),and even a silk scarf I love.. Some of the best I linked on just click on pictures below..
Also entering the tennis club, so to speak, is Athleta now with dresses and retro 70’s striped sweatshirts with matching shorts and skirts.
I really like this tennis dress that has a genius back pocket for the bal. It comes in three colors and a decent size range to 3X. I just ordered this!
I also adore this quilted sweatshirt, this tournament dress ( in white too) paired with these floral bike shorts.
I might brave the bike short look someday with a sweatshirt if I had these. This look was copied off of Princess Diana. Vogue did a spread riffing off the Diana look a while back with Hailey Bieber.
Want to start running?
Are any of you runners or wish you were? I’ve been trying to get out and move more now that it’s spring and there is a great article about tricking yourself into liking running on the NYTimes. Some super advice to begin with the walk alternating short run method and go SLOW. Great advice from so many in the comments too. If you can start slow and go for a very short distance, you will be more likely to keep at it. Other advice is don’t wash your clothes all the time, keep them in a pile during the week, throw them on and just go. The less work it is, the more people just get it done!
Apparently 2022 will have 2.1 million weddings in the U.S. and is the biggest year for wedding since the 1984! So many people have held off celebrating with their loved ones due to the pandemic. There is a LOT of people looking for guest dresses I imagine.
Juliet has a the first of many weddings this weekend and on her post last week she did a great go-to look for a rehearsal lunch and shared some pretty formal too. This week is her part two with more helpful ideas, especially if you’re mother of the groom like her. Vogue just had this article for mother of the groom looks. Some are quite pricey, but it gives you an idea of what styles are in and what styles might work at you might find similar at other price points. Nordstrom has a special wedding guest link where you can choose Casual, Cocktail or Formal, with some great frocks, shoes and bags.
Neimans also has a wedding guest edit with some the most beautiful dresses, lovely bags and all the finishing touches you might need..
Bloomingdales has a curated online area with looks for mother of the bride, guests, and by beach or cocktail or formal options. I really wish I had a wedding to attend!
Vogue is a great resource as its wedding stories archive has something for everyone. I like the stories of small weddings on a dime as well as destination nuptials and big fancy bashes. So much inspiration here like this bride, below, who found her Balenciaga dress at Goodwill ten years before she married, and these two who transformed their backyard into a beautiful jazz age themed wedding.. Oh so many stories. I love wedding stuff.
A smart option for unique wedding looks is to check out local resale shops as dresses are one of the items they carry the most of and so many have been worn just once. As I have mentioned before, I love Crossroads Trading (the one in Almaden in San Jose) and Filmore & Fifth in Palo Alto for great resale items. (Next month’s Signature Style will also be about wedding guest dresses.)
Dara has been someone whose home style I have always loved. I followed her since she was a style director at Domino and through her stint at Veranda. Her two books, The Authentics, and S is for Style, are hands down, my most favorite design books I own.
Charish interviewed Dara and showed more of her home which is totally my kind of eclectic style. It’s chic, unique and collected – and bright! I think you’ll enjoy seeing more of it and reading the Q & A here on their blog. Dara’s Instagram here.
Ukraine & Sting
Have you seen this video Sting released this week? It’s an acoustic version of his cold war song, The Russians, in this video . It’s very moving and I hope we share this all over the world. He is raising money for the Help Ukraine Center, which gives humanitarian aid. He said he never thought this song would be relevant again, and yet here we are.
Let’s keep sharing our love for Ukraine and its people and donate in all the places we can. How great is it that everyone is sharing all the stories of this war on social media channels? Imagine WWII if we had the internet? The atrocities that were happening were not on everyone’s phones as they are now for us all to see. That has greatly helped the world get behind Ukraine and see first hand the incredible strength of these people. We can see ourselves in their shoes.
I hope you had a good week. I’ll be back Tuesday with our monthly Signature Style and this time we’ll be talking glasses- sunglasses and readers, so come back if you’re in the market for new ones.
Please pop over and see what ideas my friends Elizabeth and Juliet have for you this week..
Wishing you all a beautiful weekend, and thank you for being here!
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