So, my friends, I’ve been thinking that it’s time for us to have another get together. And since it’s summer, and the grass is green, and the flowers blooming, I thought we might have a garden party this time. A fantasy garden party, in my backyard. Not a tea and finger sandwiches, high-class, best dress and high heels garden party. No, a much more casual backyard book club party. With chilled wine and beer, lots of good food, some of it whipped up by Hubby on the barbeque, and lots and lots of talk about books.
And, of course, you are all invited. No masks or physical distancing required once you pass through our garden gate, our pretend garden gate, that is. Because for two whole days we have been declared a Covid-free zone by the World Health Organization. And duly sanctioned as safe by lots of other really important smart science-y people.
So to that end, yesterday when the weather was hot as heck, humid, and hair-frizzing, I took advantage of Hubby being out of the house for hours to try to find an outfit to wear to our book club party. Whatever I wear needs to be cool, and casual, and comfortable. So I thought maybe my new Everlane “air blouse,” which is so light and breezy, with my Theory cropped linen pants from last year. This might suit. Or if it’s a wee bit too tailored looking, I may swap the yellow pants for my Frame cropped white jeans.
Or I may go super casual with my new Everlane box-cut pocket tee shirt, below, with these light cotton draw-string pants from Studio d, made right here in Ottawa, and my old Michael Kors sandals (similar.)
These old cotton pants are so comfy with big pockets and a loose fit through the leg. I usually roll them up. I bought them many years ago at my favourite locally owned store, Green Tree Eco Fashion, now closed, sadly. Studio d doesn’t seem to carry the pants amymore. But I did find a few options for loose cotton pants on-line here and here.
Or I may opt for my A.L.C. front-buttoned, striped, midi-skirt and this white linen, cropped top from Nordstrom Collection. I can tuck the top into the skirt or leave it out to hang loose. And later in the day change up the skirt for my cotton pants, if I want.
I seem to be gravitating to cropped, boxy tops this year. A top that falls loosely over my middle-age middle is best for me, and if it’s light-weight and not too long, it won’t look bulky. I really like the two tees I ordered from Everlane, as well as my soft, black cotton, air blouse. And I’ve been pondering ordering this Everlane cropped, boxy linen shirt. I like the notched collar, the wide hem at the bottom, and, well, just the overall look. I love a short-sleeved blouse for summer, especially with jeans and sandals. And I haven’t had one in a few years.
As for cool, casual skirts, A.L.C. doesn’t seem to offer my skirt anymore, but if I were still looking for an easy summer skirt I’d try any of these below.
But enough about my outfits, let’s talk about the party. The date is Saturday, July 11. The dress code is casual, cool, and comfortable for the afternoon. Chic or not, we don’t care. Be prepared for hot temperatures and sun. No high heels unless you want to help aerate our lawn. Ha. Bring a hat. And something really casual and covered up to change into when the sun goes down. Also pack your jammies. Overnight accommodation will be provided. Not in a tent; I promise. If you can’t stay the night, you may still want a nap in between the afternoon and evening festivities. The party starts at noon. Just tell the taxi driver you’re in town for the High Heels in the Wilderness party. They will know where to go.
Now, about the books. Bring a book that has had a profound effect on you, for whatever reason. It doesn’t have to be a recent book. And if possible it should be one that you are able to pass on to someone else. Our favourite books say something about us, don’t you think? They can provide insight into our lives, our history, our character, or our culture. Or they may say something about a particular time in our lives. I think some of my favourite books have had an effect on me because they taught me a lesson I needed to learn at a particular time in my life, or they provided solace when I needed it.
We won’t be having a formal book discussion. But I’m hoping that our books will spark conversation, and that we’ll end up sharing some of our own stories with each other. As well as swapping our books.
The afternoon will be the more civilized part of our party. Book talk is always so interesting. But be prepared to kick back and relax in the evening. We’ll be lighting the bonfire and having a good old Martitime kitchen party. But outdoors because our kitchen is way too small.
Now. In order to RSVP, please send me an e-mail here. And because I’d like to include shots of you in the post, dear readers, if you can, include a picture of you in your afternoon or evening attire, and with your book if possible. And please write a bit of an explanation as to why you’ve chosen that book. Maybe a brief explanation of the book and how it affected you. One or two sentences will suffice. The post will be published on Saturday, July 11, so I will need to hear from you by Tuesday, July 7. Now, start planning your outfits, people, and thinking of the book you will bring.
I know I’m getting excited already. I may change up what I want to wear. Probably will, in fact. By the time you see me on July 11 I will have had a hair cut. Yah. Hubby and I are off camping next week, but I’ll be back in time to get my hair cut and make the final preparations for the big party.
Who knew that planning these fantasy parties could be so much fun? And no work at all. Plus I don’t have to clean the house before you come. Ha. Win, win, win.
I so enjoyed our fictional tea party in April. And I am really looking forward to seeing everyone again. This is going to be the imaginary event of the summer. Please say you’ll come. 🙂
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