Friday, August 7, 2015

Summer Skirts

When I first started the Auto-Immune Protocol (AIP) diet last March a friend encouraged me to reward myself in some way for every ten pounds lost... I loved the idea! In addition to the benefits that come from feeling better and reaching new goals, rewarding yourself for your healthy efforts can also help reinforce those new habits and inspire you to continue working towards your longterm health goals.

After losing that first ten pounds, which didn't take long with my 100% AIP diet, I had a hard time deciding what to do as a little treat for all the hard work. I didn't want my reward to be food related. I wasn't due for a hair cut and I also didn't want to buy any new clothing yet, since I still had a very long way to go. I ended up splurging on a darling pair of gold summer sandals (pictured below) during a special sale over at Garnet Hill telling myself I'd eventually purchase a new skirt to go with them once I had lost at least another ten or twenty pounds.

By the beginning of summer, after losing quite a bit more weight and weighing less than I had weighed in many years, I was in need of much more than just one new skirt and ended up going on a little shopping spree in preparation for our summer road trip. I've continued to lose weight, averaging about 1 pound per week and am getting really close to hitting the next big milestone!

I am planning to share some more details on how I've survived on this strict diet for so long (lots of you have been asking!) sometime soon, perhaps starting with a list of snacks that helped me survive nearly a month on the road without gaining any weight!!! In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite summer skirts from this year in seven quick takes.

— 1 —

Skirt: Classic Knit Maxi Skirt in Black/White Mariner (Garnet Hill) 

This black and white skirt has a heavier fabric than some of my other maxi skirts which drapes nicely and comfortably. I love wearing this skirt with my black three-quarter sleeve top, or with the Cropped Boxy Knit Top (pictured below), or my white Slub Tank and Hoodie (from Eddie Bauer).  Lots of options for different occasions.  Sometimes I wear the gold sandals, but my black flip flops and black Joanie pumps are perfect too depending on what top I decide to wear and whether I want to dress it up or down. 

— 2 —

Skirt: Favorite Maxi Knit Skirt in Light Mushroom and Castlerock (Garnet Hill) 
Top: Cropped Boxy Knit Top (Garnet Hill) 
Shoes: same as #1 - Crown by Børn Trentin Gladiator Demi Wedge Shoes

This skirt is sooooooo comfortable I ended up ordering it in two colors! I love the thick waist band, the deep pockets, the unique seam on the sides at the bottom of the skirt, and that it's fully lined. 

— 3 —

Skirt: Striped Maxi Skirt Merona, Heather Grey/Black Diagonal
Top: Short-Sleeve, Long-Sleeve, or 3/4-Boatneck Black Tees and Jean Jacket
Shoes: Flip Flops, Danskos, or my Black Flats

This was one of my first clothing purchases in early summer and it is still one of my favorites. Last year I purchased a couple Merona skirts in a size large, this year I'm wearing a small!!! I've been paring this skirt with short or long sleeve black tees, and my jean jacket for cooler days at the coast

— 4 —

I picked up this maxi skirt at our local Costco for only $15.99! It's extra long, comfortable, and the diagonal stripes make it very flattering. 

I've been wearing the skirt with the black prAna Jess top, made with lightweight organic cotton and linen blend. I love that it has long sleeves that can be rolled up and buttoned at the elbows. It's been great for summer and will transition nicely into the fall and winter months as well. 

For shoes? I've been loving my Joanie dress pumps and wear them all the time. They are cute and comfy! I could spend the whole day walking around National Parks wearing these shoes without my feet hurting at all. 

— 5 —

I almost love this skirt that I picked up at REI just before our trip... The fabric is lightweight, super comfortable and perfect for summer camping trips (I lived in this skirt and my jean skirt while we were visiting the National Parks), I just wish it was a couple inches longer. It seems to run really big and the size I purchased sits low on my hips rather than at my waist which gives its some extra length.

I love the top though! It has a pretty cowl neck and adjustable sleeves, you can button them up, leave them down, or even halfway (pictured) which is how I wore them most of the time. 

Have you tried the Sanuk shoes before? Ohhh! I love them! I've had a pair of dark brown yoga mat wedge flip flops (like these) for a couple years now and they've been my favorite pair of summer shoes. This summer I ordered the Zen Wedge in black for our trip. 

— 6 —

I have the skirt from #5 above in black as well, and I've been wearing it almost daily this past week, but I'm planning on ordering this skirt in Jet Black since it looks like it is a little longer. If it does fit better I'll probably want to order it in Charcoal as well. 

I usually avoid v-necks and striped shirts, but this prAna top was too cute to pass up in two of my favorite clothing colors (black/grey... I know! I'm so boring!) when I saw it at REI. The cloud wash and contrasting stripe patterns look even cuter in person.

— 7 —

Skirt: Style J Country Chic Denim Skirt (mine is an older version of this skirt) 
Top: prAna Lucy Top, White (or my Kuhl Vega Henley in Morning Glory) 

I love my Style J Denim Skirt! However, last summer it was way too small (couldn't even get it over my hips) and now it's too big! I've been wearing it anyway. I plan to order another one once I stop losing weight, either the one pictured here or maybe the Fabulous 'N Pockets version!  I wore mine with the prAna Lucy top and my Joanie pumps for the 4th of July at Grand Teton and Jackson Hole, WY!

On My Wish List for Fall? I've been watching for a sale on this Pleated Midi Skirt and hoping it drops in price sometime soon. What do you think? Cute? Which color? Of course I am leaning towards the Steeple Gray, but the Orchid Pink is so pretty too! 

How about you? Do you have any favorite skirts? 
I'd love to hear about them!