A Retired Professor

Rain, Life and Fashion

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast last night and I feel for those residents!  It’s been many years since southwest Florida has taken a direct hit but I remember the experience well.  Boarding up the house, deciding to leave or stay, listening to the howling wind, days without electricity and living with hot humid weather!  It was a joy to go to work just to cool off!

We have had days and days of non-stop rain around here.  A nasty system has been hanging over our area dumping rain and sogginess around.  It’s not a chilling rain in Florida but it makes one want to stay inside and read and cook!

We were to leave for Key West on Thursday and all reservations and adventures were booked!  Then on Wednesday the Colonel got a call that meant we had to cancel our plans!  I was bummed since it was all planned about 2 months ago but flexibility prevailed and all reservations were moved to the end of September.  I’ve got something to look forward to as the days go by.

It seemed so odd to have nothing planned and a blank calendar for 4 days.  Add the rain into the mix and you would think I would have accomplished much on the home front.  Not so but a few other things filled the past two days including sharing some cute outfits with you below.

Some dear friends invited the Colonel and me to their club for happy hour followed by dinner to celebrate the Colonel’s birthday last night.  The man shies away from all celebrations but he went and had a fine time.  I had gotten the blue dress below for Key West so I was glad to have an excuse to wear it last night.  The dress was a steal at White House Black Market during their summer sale.  The navy lace jacket came from my favorite local boutique, Jennifer’s.  The store has been in Fort Myers for over 30 years and caters to women ages 35+.  The staff is wonderful and the pieces in the store are unique and practical.

White House Dress

The girls in the store suggested that I also wear the navy lace with dark jeans and a black tee.  It worked!  I’m also wearing Vaneli kitten heels I had purchased at Jennifer’s last spring.  They dress up many outfits.


This casual “athleisure” outfit is from Jennifer’s too.  It’s light weight for our Florida weather and perfect for this rainy day.  She has similar outfits in the store now too.

Maybe the sun will shine tomorrow.  Hopefully there’s a good Hallmark movie on tonight!  Wishing all of you sunshine…and happy shopping!

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