Kelsey Malie

Kelsey Malie

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ladies in Navy turned three years old this month. And somehow I missed that birthday. Which seems like fitting forgetfulness considering my recent laziness with the blog. There comes a time when every blogger writes a post like this: "I'm sorry for not posting" or "I'm sorry for being disengaged" or "This isn't who I am anymore" or "Something has to change." I made it three years without something this obnoxious going up on the blog, but I suppose one can only make it so far before that post becomes inevitable.

We grow and we change. And what we were in high school often isn't what we are now. And what we are now is not always what we will be in the future.

I suspect that launching my calligraphy business distracted me from this blog. It has been hard work. Client projects and expectations have sucked up all of my time and taking photos of my outfits on a daily basis has felt less important than many of the other things going on in my life: my (new) marriage, my home, my job, my small business, my hobbies, trying to create a full life. What I wear is still important to who I am, but I've been looking for a more minimalist approach to that identity (no capsule wardrobes coming your way, don't worry).

What I mean to say is that a style blog doesn't feel like it fits perfectly any more. And over time I've been transitioning from a style blog to a lifestyle blog - more wetlands, more breweries, more writing, more recipes. I just never made a public declaration and whether or not you needed one, I did. Ladies in Navy has long felt like a very inauthentic title (there's only one of me, now, and I like all shades of blue).

When crackers get stale, I toss them and get new crackers. If the air gets stale in a room, I open a window and turn on a fan. This time, the blog, the name, the domain, they all got stale and so I'm tossing them/opening a window/adding some (hopeful) freshness.

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Summer Linens

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

*Click on any of the above products to shop them! 
Retailers: Madewell; Banana Republic; Anthropologie; Gap; LOFT

I am currently obsessed with linen for summer. Yes, it wrinkles. Yes, it can make you look sloppy if you're dressed from head to toe in linen at work. Yes, it's a pain to maintain. But it also looks like the perfect, comfortable, natural artist's uniform. It reminds me of vacationers sipping white wine on a terrace somewhere abroad. People that wear linen always seem to be a bit more carefree than the cotton-wearing masses - "wrinkled pants? I don't care! I'm on vacation!"

I'm eyeing some of these pretty linen pieces, these mules and embellished sandals, and simple jewelry. I suspect that not making a statement is the new making a statement. If that makes any sense at all!

Emerald City

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dress: LOFT
Heels: Nine West (similar, similar)
Bracelet: c/o RocksBox *get 1 month free with code: ladiesinnavyxoxo

I have a million things I want to write about like getting back into working out and eating well, sharing my wedding photos, linking my new calligraphy blog with a how-to-get-started post, and complaining about various goings-on. I could also write about how my guilty pleasure is The Bachelorette (why? I have no idea) and the season started last night. Or what to buy this summer. Or how to survive the second year of medical school and insane boards study period as a significant other of a med student.

But lately, life has been moving at warp speed and it feels like I don't have enough space to breathe and disconnect at the end of the day, much less write a post full of interesting, smart and typo-free content. So I'm going to leave you all with this summertime wedding dress! I bought it for an organic farm wedding that we have this spring and love the floaty fabric, the shape, and that it is a statement all on its own! Also hope you enjoy this golden-hour hair frizz situation I clearly have going on!