Monday, May 16, 2016

A Black and White Outfit with Polka Dots

My husband and I went to North Chicago this past weekend to see my kid's perform in a concert.  They flew in from Orlando for the gig, and because we only live about five hours from where the concert was, we were able to go.  It was not only fun to see them again, but it was a special treat to see them perform together.  Their musical styles are so different (one is a classically trained opera singer, and the other is a rock band drummer), that they have never performed together before.   It was pure joy for me to see both of my kids up on stage together and to be able to spend some time with them as well.

 This is what the proud momma wore to their concert.  I wore a white seersucker skirt (JCP old), a black polka dotted top (Target, old), a black moto jacket (Forever 21, old), black sandals (old, JCP), a new neck tie that I picked up at a gift shop in Stillwater, Minnesota, and a NEW PURSE!!!!  My daughter just gave me two new purses for my birthday and Christmas, and for Mother's Day she bought me another two purses.  This pretty hot pink one and a minty blue cross body bag that I will show in a future post.

I originally planned on carrying a black and white purse with this outfit, but when Ashley gave me this one, I quickly changed my mind.  I love the color that it brings to this outfit.

 I told Ashley that I love it when she gives me purses as gifts, because that is something I rarely buy for myself.  I love handbags and I especially love to coordinate my bag with my outfit, so I already have so many that I can't justify buying a new one.  But I sure love to receive handbags as gifts!

For jewelry, I wore a zebra print bracelet (Express) and black and silver long earrings.

I really love the idea of tying a handkerchief around your neck.  They still provide a little extra warmth, without the bulk, and they add such a nice extra touch to your outfit.

If your wondering how to tie it, all I did was fold it once into a triangle shape,  Then I double tied it on one side around my neck and pulled it to the side.

The skirt has several pleats in it, so it is nice and full.

My shoes are super high, but because they are wedges, I can still walk in them comfortably.  However,  I wouldn't wear them if I was shopping all day!

I'm taller than my husband when I wear these shoes, but he doesn't mind.  At one point during our weekend, I grabbed his arm and  jokingly said to him "Let's go shorty" and he just laughed.

I know this post is pretty photo heavy, but we found the cutest garden spot ever to take fashion posts. I ended up doing two photo shoots in this garden, the other outfit you'll see on Friday's fashion post.  I will also show more pictures of just the garden in Sunday's Gardening post.

Chicago is one garden zone warmer than where I live, so everything blooms a tad earlier there, and they can also grow a few things there that I can't in my zone.

I just love this peaceful little garden.  It's all stone paths and pretty trees and shrubs, with a few flowers here and there.  I'm slowly re-working my own garden, and this is the look I hope to someday have.

I just loved this little spot with the white crab apple blooming in front of this old brick church.  Talk about the perfect spot to take a photograph!

Have a Great Day!  Amy

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  1. Love your outfit! Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  2. I love your purse. I carry the same purse all the time. You are inspiring me to switch it up!

  3. That bright pink bag looks adorable with your black and white look! Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend!

  4. Love your skirt and bag!! Very cute!

  5. That sounds like fun, how cool to see them perform together! I love what you wore--the pink purse is the perfect color to top the black and white look!
    Shea |

  6. Ohhhh I love this outfit on you! So flattering and fun with your pop of pink.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  7. love the bright bag with the moto jacket!

    cute & little

  8. I'm definitely a fan of the pink purse with this outfit!! I'm also a sucker for a white skirt (or white pants, or white jeans, or white shorts!!) so this outfit definitely caught my eye!!

  9. I love this black and white look, and how you added the pop of pink! What a pretty bag!

  10. A very nice outfit and love how you added color with the purse! Wish I could manage to wear higher heels, I am so short compared to my husband and even my son has outgrown me :-) I need to go shoe shopping!!

  11. I love this outfit! And I agree, the pop of color from your bag is perfect. I also am a big fan of neckerchiefs. They are so retro and sophisticated and can add that little extra something an outfit may be missing. Your scarf is so delicate and beautiful. Great post!


  12. Great outfit! The purse looks fabulous with it! How fun to have a fashion-conscious daughter! (My older son gives generous gifts, but they are all very practical...).

    How fabulous that you got to see your children perform together!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  13. Beautiful look! I absolutely adore the styling its chic with a little retro twist! you look fabulous xx

  14. Love everything about this look, Amy! The polka dot top is so flattering and looks great with your feminine skirt and edgy moto jacket. Your little neckerchief really does add a wonderful element to this entire look - love ti!

  15. I always love a fit and flare retro look! Adorable. Thanks so much for joining in the fun for Fun Fashion Friday!

    Dawn Lucy

  16. Love the color combo and those wedges are fab!

  17. I love this look with the moto jacket! I love the pop of color with the bag!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  18. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Your zebra bangle is so cool

  19. Very pretty. I am getting some parisian vibes with the polka dots & scarf!


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