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Sunday, April 24, 2011

An afternoon at the park

Yesterday was beautiful! It was the first sunny day that actually felt warm. Ben and I decided that we needed to get out and take advantage of the bright sun, warm temps, and blue sky. We packed up our picnic gear, stopped by the grocery store, then headed to a nearby park for the afternoon. It was glorious. We ate lots of tasty food (red peppers, tomato, salami, creamy french cheese, strawberries), did some reading, and also snuck in a nap:)

I recently picked up this maxi skirt at Anthro. This is my very first maxi skirt/dress (ever)! I have been wanting to give the maxi trend a try and when I saw the seamingly maxi, I knew it was the one:) I love the purple stripes and "swingy godets" (anthro's description) at the bottom of the skirt. The purple motif is no longer available online, but there are still some floating around stores.

I'm reading Stolen Lives by Malika Oufkir right now. I'm only about 80 pages into it, but so far, so good. I love memoirs and I'm really enjoying this one.

Top: Anthropologie
Skirt: Anthropologie Seaminly Maxi
Shoes: Dansko

Throwing on this cute little top was perfect for a picnic, but I really have no idea how to style this skirt. Like I mentioned, this is my first ever maxi skirt and I really don't own a lot of stripes. Help! Please share some tips/ideas with me on how to style this lovely skirt. Should I go with a long top and then belt my waist? Maybe tuck in a simple tank top and throw a cardi on top? Would a more structured top in a solid color work?

Hope your weekend was fabulous!


  1. What a perfect day! I love love picnics. And it is gorgeously green there! I think you got it right on the skirt, i think balance is the trick with maxi anything. you don't want to look like a pioneer so it is smart to balance it with a tank.

  2. Hey Kristin, I love that skirt, it looks gr8 on u, I love how bloggers photos r gettin greener, Spring's here...=D xx

  3. It was definitely a gorgeous day in the PNW yday. I'm glad you had some time to enjoy it. Now it's back to the rain!!!!!

    The maxi looks great on you. I'm thinking about getting into it too but we'll see. Hehehe.

  4. I got this skirt on my NYC trip earlier this month, and the PS recommended the first hints blouse with it, which I bought and love. My skirt is at the tailor's right now, but ohhhhh, seeing it on you makes me want it NOW!

  5. Picnics in parks are a treat, especially when the weather is so bright and sunny. These are such glorious pictures.
    I've don't own any maxi skirts out of fear that they might swamp me. I like how you wore yours. I'd love to see you try pairing it with a plain coloured tank tucked it and maybe a brown belt? I'm sure you could come up with fab ways to wear it!

  6. I love this skirt. And it looks fabulous on you. No help on styling but it looks to me like you did a fine job.

  7. I'm so glad you guys got out in that lovely weather. I spend nearly the whole day in the yard where I weeded, planted and yes, snuck in a nap. Great styling of the maxi skirt - they can be difficult and you did fabulously.

  8. What a lovely way to enjoy a sunny day! The grass hasn't turned green here yet and it's raining cats and dogs!

    I have never owned anything maxi either, and I just recently bought a maxi tank dress from H&M. I'm thinking I might like a skirt as well. This one looks fantastic on you and I think you did a find job styling it. You'll come up with more combinations as the spring goes on :)

  9. I'm still too scared to try a maxi anything - but I love your skirt!

  10. Sounds nice. I wish our parks were that beautiful. I think your lucky living in such a beautiful green State. But aside from that you look great. I really like that skirt. I just don't seem to ever find one that looks good on my 5'2 frame. Love the pictures and you look really good. Glad you gave it a go :) Great choice!

  11. Excellent picnic ensemble! I love that skirt and you wear it well.

  12. love the way the stripes move with the gored detail at the bottom. I'd say all of your suggestions should work! I like the lace detail in the t-shirt and how that works with the stripes.

  13. I love this skirt on you, Kristin! I never tried it on and am kicking myself now. I like the idea of a billowy top with some fun embellishment and a low-slung belt. Just have fun playing...what a great little skirt to do it with! I love the happy, relaxed feel you have in these pics.

  14. Beth - I love picnics too:) Yes, it is green all around (thank you rain)! Thanks for the advice, balance is definitely something to consider.

    Mary - Thanks:) YES, spring is here!

    Cindi - Tell me about it! Wasn't it a bit depressing when the cold rain came back on Sunday? I look forward to your take on the maxi trend if you decide to give it a try:)

    13 - How exciting! I will check out the First Hints blouse. Thanks for the recommendation. I can't wait to see you rock the skirt!

    Vintageglammz - I agree! Picnics are great. Thanks so much for the suggestion. I can totally see that working.

    Katrina - Thank you!

    Gracey - Thanks! Saturday was a great day to work on the garden. That sounds fabulous. Are you planting vegetables or flowers (or both)?

    Sweet Laundry - Thank you:) I look forward to seeing your maxi dress (and maybe a skirt too)!

    Lisa - Thanks!

    Gabby - I feel lucky! We have so many beautiful parks all over the city (quite a few within walking distance). I'm glad I gave this maxi skirt a try - I really like it! Thanks so much:)

    Jess - Thank you!

    Sarah - Thanks! The bottom of the skirt really is the best part. It moves so beautifully when you walk.

    Molly - Thank you! That sounds like a great idea. Thanks for the suggestion.

  15. I love the maxi skirt on you, Kristin! I made a polyvore for you to give you a few more ideas. Enjoy!


  16. Loraine - I commented on your post, but I want to say thank you again. I love the polyvore. I have so many great ideas to try now!

  17. Oh wow!!!!! Look at you! I dont know what I am more in love with, the amazing shots of your picnic or how great you look!

  18. Love the skirt and thanks for the book rec, love to see what others are reading!

  19. Sounds like a fabulous day! It's finally nice enough here that I could have a picnic soon, too! Yay! You look great; that skirt is all kinds of awesomeness. I can't wait to catch up on your blog now that I'm back!

  20. I've been shying away from the whole maxi skirt/dress. You make that skirt look so fabulous that I may have to give this silhouette a try!

  21. Midory - Thank you:)

    Alana - Thanks! Same here. I'm always looking for good books.

    Carly - Thank you! I'm glad you are back!

    Overcaffeinated - Thanks! You should try it! I wasn't really on board with the whole maxi thing until recently, but I'm so glad I decided to give it a shot.

  22. looks like a lovely time! beautiful outfit, i love that skirt! <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com