Friday, September 12, 2014

Greetings from Vacationland

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Life in Maine is pretty good these days. Busy (really busy), but also really good. I think it's fair to say that our family squeezed every ounce of awesome out of this summer that we could possibly muster. I'm pretty sad to see the sun officially set on the season in just a few short weeks, but at least I'll have my Instagram account to remind me that it wasn't always so darn cold here. And of course, this blog post will be a nice little reminder of why Maine's state motto is, "The Way Life Should Be". Indeed it is.

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Summer in Maine // The Salty Hanger

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Endless Summer

Mint + Pink Tweed // The Salty Hanger

J.Crew Factory Shirt (full-sleeve version here) // Banana Republic Tweed Mini Skirt // Tory Burch Reva Ballet Flats // Silver Stud Earrings (similar here) // Tiffany & Co. Letter "M" Pendant // Tiffany & Co. Bead Bracelet // Coach Watch (similar here)

What is with everyone talking about fall already!? And by "everyone" - I mean mostly bloggers, the new J.Crew catalog and Pinterest (mmm - not quite ready for Halloween ideas yet). I get that it's already August and another Maine winter is right around the corner, but COME ON people! Can we all pretend that summer will never end? Or at least hold out until I'm forced to turn on the heat???

As part of my season-changing protest, I refuse to wear anything "fallish" until I absolutely cannot hold out any longer. Except for this pink tweed mini skirt. I let this one slide because I've deemed it as an appropriate "summery" impostor.  And let's be real - even with tights I'm not wearing this sucker once the Bean boots come out of hibernation.

Mint + Pink Tweed // The Salty Hanger

Mint + Pink Tweed // The Salty Hanger

Mint + Pink Tweed // The Salty Hanger

Linking Up With: Tara and Lilly

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Neutral Territory

Paisley Pencil Skirt + Neutral Sweater // The Salty Hanger

J.Crew Factory Charley Sweater // Brooks Brothers Skirt (similar prints here and here) // Cole Haan Sandals (similar here and here) // J.Crew Factory Flower Stud Earrings // Target Necklace (similar here) // J.Crew Classic Bangle (similar here) // Michael Kors Watch // Gucci Sunglasses (similar here)

Please allow me to introduce you to MY version of a "risky" outfit. At first glance, it seems pretty innocent (no daring hemlines, no bold colors, etc.). However, I have an amazing knack for dropping food on myself at some point in the day. Every. Darn. Day.

This past Monday was an especially fitting example of my talent in action. I had cruised through the Starbucks drive-thru and emerged with my usual drink. But something was different. It appeared the barista had accidentally splattered some red syrup on the cup, so he just layered a second cup over the first to cover the sticky bits. I kind of shrugged to myself, then jammed it into my car's cup holder and went about my merry way. 

Upon pulling into the parking lot at work, I retrieved the cup and popped out of the car. I was about to shut the door when I realized my keys were still sitting in another cup holder (come to think of it, I should really blame keyless entry on this whole fiasco). As I reached back in to grab my keys, the cup menagerie (minus the lid) slipped out of my hand, hit the ground upright, then proceeded to spout a fountain of vanilla latte all over my car, clothes, and face. I stood there staring at the resulting puddle while stuffing profanities back into my mouth as I tried to refrain from having a verbal outburst. I had only taken one sip of the $4 (and change) beverage before its demise. JUST ONE SIP!!! 

My memory is a little fuzzy, but I'm pretty sure I grabbed the underside of the lid instead of the body of the cup because of the whole double-layered thing. Clearly that was a poor choice. In order to maximize the number of spot free hours for today's outfit, I skipped the Starbucks this morning. But no promises on making it through lunch.

Olive Bangle + Coral Stud Earrings // The Salty Hanger

Paisley Pencil Skirt + Neutral Sweater // The Salty Hanger

Tan Sandals + Paisley Skirt // The Salty Hanger

Linking Up With: Summer Style

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shady Lady

Navy Peplum Top + Navy Striped Shorts // The Salty Hanger


If you scroll through previous posts, you'll notice that I'm wearing sunglasses in about 95% of my outfit pics. This omnipresent accessory is an essential wardrobe element for a quite a few practical reasons. Of course, the most important reason is that sunnies mask the ginormous puffy bags under my eyes that are caused by keeping a tiny human alive and happy.

On to this week's post...I was without my sunglasses security blanket in these photos because *GASP* I was well-rested. We were in Florida last weekend for my mother-in-law's 60th Birthday Bash. During our visit, my son took full advantage of having a pool in the backyard and was consequently wiped out by the end of each day. It was our first trip with this kid that we did not want to stab our eyes out after enduring multiple sleepless nights. It was glorious to have 4 consecutive nights of real sleep AND Grammy coverage for early morning wake-ups.

If you're missing the sunglasses, don't worry. They should be back for the next post. We're home now which means the under-eye bags have returned in all their glory. Perhaps I should consider them a badge of honor that should be worn with pride, marking me among the ranks of sleep-deprived parents everywhere. But probably not.

Navy Peplum Top + Navy Striped Shorts // The Salty Hanger

Navy Peplum Top + Navy Striped Shorts // The Salty Hanger

 Navy Peplum Top + Navy Striped Shorts // The Salty Hanger

Navy Peplum Top + Navy Striped Shorts // The Salty Hanger

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Great Lengths

 LOFT Striped Maxi Dress + Pink Scarf // The Salty Hanger

LOFT Keyhole Maxi Dress // Scarf (old - similar here) // Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly Sandals // MARC BY MARC JACOBS Miss Marc Enamel Bangle Bracelet (old - similar here) // Pearl Stud Earrings // Gucci Sunglasses (old - similar here)

I own a grand total of 4 maxi dresses:
  1. A maternity dress that is currently balled up inside a plastic bin, banished to a far corner of our basement. 
  2. A faded, soon-to-be purged number that I bought at Hollister over 5 years ago. I was still in my twenties and thought I could get away with wearing something from a decidedly "juniors" focused retailer. Now the little seagull emblem on the dress stares back like it's saying, "Just, no." 
  3. A strapless dress printed with a gorgeous collection of bright colors. I loved it until a previous co-worker asked me if Mrs. Roper was my fashion inspiration. I still haven't mustered up the courage to work that one back into rotation.
The fourth and final dress is also my newest. After a long and arduous hunt (because we all know that shopping is more work than say, climbing Mt. Everest), I finally found my perfect maxi. For a while, I kind of felt like Goldilocks. "This one's too clingy. This one's too short. This one is see-though." And then finally - "This one is juuust right!" It's super soft, the empire waist allows the bottom half to skim over any jiggly bits AND it has stripes (#ForTheWin).

I also love that this dress is perfect for looking pulled together during any of life's unplanned moments. Like chasing your toddler up your neighbor's driveway. While he's only wearing a diaper. And waving the American flag he pulled out of a planter. And screaming "Nooooo!!!!!" at the top of his little lungs. But because of this dress, I looked pretty classy while in hot pursuit.

LOFT Striped Maxi Dress + Pink Scarf // The Salty Hanger

LOFT Striped Maxi Dress + Pink Scarf // The Salty Hanger

LOFT Striped Maxi Dress + Jack Rogers Georgica // The Salty Hanger

Linking Up With: Summer Style

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Business Casual

Seersucker Skirt + J.Crew Windowpane Scarf // The Salty Hanger

J.Crew Factory Gathered Top // Brooks Brothers Seersucker Skirt (similar here) // J.Crew Windowpane Floral Scarf // J.Crew Seville Chambray Espadrilles // Tory Burch Large T Logo Stud Earring (similar here) // J.Crew Classic Wide Bangle // Michael Kors Watch // Gucci Sunglasses (similar here)

It's been a looong time since I've had an official office dress code. My previous positions required occasional face-to-face client meetings, so those kept me honest (and out of sweatpants). Nowadays, I AM the client. I conduct vendor meetings almost exclusively via conference call so it's just the people in the office who have to see me every day. It's a pretty laid-back environment and I could roll into work wearing a full track suit with nary an eyebrow raise.

Sometimes it's really convenient to not have any wardrobe restrictions - especially in the middle of winter when it's just snowed two feet. This also makes it really easy to fall into a style rut. Over the past year, many of my older, more business-friendly pieces (like the skirt in this post) have been relegated to the back of the closet in favor of jeans. In my world, there is such a thing as overdressed. You know you're guilty of being too fancy when you walk into the office and you're asked multiple times where you'll be interviewing that day.

Since my closet is close to needing a "No Vacancy" sign, I've recently been resurrecting these long lost loves. Some pieces are more challenging than others to make work for my career now (without looking like I'm job hunting, that is). But pairing business and casual clothing together has breathed new life into my wardrobe. It also sounds like I'm wearing an outfit mullet.

Seersucker Skirt + J.Crew Windowpane Scarf // The Salty Hanger

Seersucker Skirt + J.Crew Windowpane Scarf // The Salty Hanger

Seersucker Skirt + J.Crew Windowpane Scarf // The Salty Hanger

Linking Up With: Summer Style

Friday, July 4, 2014

Red, White and Blue Crab

J.Crew Crab Top + Jack Rogers // The Salty Hanger


Summer's in full swing here and the seafood shacks dotting our coastline are busily serving up lobster by the boatload. Though my body (and income tax payments) currently reside in Maine, my taste buds remain loyal to the Jersey Shore's favorite cantankerous crustacean - the blue crab.  

As a kid, summertime in South Jersey marked our family's annual trip to Margo's Marina to rent a 16' skiff, minus the sunshade. My parents grossly underestimated my ability to sunburn (painfully) and usually had to put up with my whining for the rest of the week as a result. 

We'd spend the day out on Barnegat Bay dropping an assortment of metal, net and line traps over the side of our tiny vessel, collecting clawed critters that would be our meal for that evening. Our most successful haul came one day when we bagged 47 blue crabs, 23 blowfish and 1 pissed off eel. There was a small fiasco involving the eel being accidentally set free in the bottom of our boat, but it was eventually corralled back into a bucket and properly returned to its ocean home. 

The blowfish were adorable and I begged to set them free, too. But my parents ignored my pleas and the cute little fish were cooked up with the rest of the day's catch. That night, we sidled up to a newspaper-covered picnic table in the backyard, armed with a canister of Old Bay. I flat out refused to eat any of my blowfish buddies. So of course, my parents did what any other authority figure would do when trying to negotiate with a particularly hostile party. They lied. The blowfish meat was served as "chicken" and my super refined 9-year-old palate was none the wiser.

Crab Top + Chambray Shorts // The Salty Hanger

Crab Top + Chambray Shorts // The Salty Hanger