Fashion Beauty Friend Friday: City Girl At The Beach

I’m honored to be mentioned today in the Lovely Links of Sally at Already Pretty. If you haven’t already bookmarked her site, please do. It’s a treasure.

Katy from Modly Chic has some interesting questions this week for FBFF. How does our environment interact with our style? For me, it’s strongly climate-related because central Florida is HOT (no kidding?) about half the year. Our state is also lovingly called God’s Waiting Room, for the high percentage of seniors who live here. I love ’em, but I try to dress with a youthful vibe.

Katy wants to know:

1. What part of the world do you blog from? 

I’m in central Florida, in a little beach town. It’s a slice of Paradise, visually, and the perfect place to retire or raise kids. So: I’m itching to move back to the Big City (sorry, Husband! I can be such a nagger.)

2. If you had to describe the overall mode of dress for where you live
what would you say?

Super casual, beachy, not very interested in fashion trends. Lots of shorts and tee shirts. Hawaiian shirts galore. Flip-flops are permitted in almost every restaurant.

3. Do you fit in with the status quo around you or do you break the

I dress up more than my co-workers and neighbors. Not ’cause I’m so special, but wardrobe/fashion is one of my hobbies and I get a lot of enjoyment from it.

4. If you have lived or traveled to another part of the country/world
did your clothing choices evolve?

Until my early 30’s I lived in or just outside of big cities: Boston, New York and Washington DC. I dressed much more conservatively and expensively then. Suits, hose and pumps. I didn’t have as much fun, though, as I do now. There were no fashion blogs!

My former style. Image via

5. If you had to describe your style by naming a specific city, what
would you be?

I am probably Boston-suburb-in-the-summer. Would like to be New York-in-the-spring!

How about you? Do you mostly “fit in” to the general dress code of your environment or do you dance to a different drummer? 


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  1. So many people would love to trade locations with you! ha ha. Not me, though. I'm like you, I like being able to dress up a bit. Glad you don't have to go all out corporate anymore. And congrats on the link!

  2. I actually think I get a Florida vibe from your outfits. Not super casual and flip-floppy, but a more ladylike and refined (yet still creative) version.

    Having said that, though, I currently sit about 50 minutes outside Boston, in summer, and you would fit in here, too. (But you would be more stylish than most! My suburb is pretty low-key/rural).

  3. It was a nice set of questions and one that made me think about local influences. I agree that the heat is a big influencer in the way one dresses!

  4. Up until this point I've definitely blended in to my small town/country dressing crowd! I'm stepping outside of my box a bit though and embracing fashion more. Trust me, I'm getting a LOT of looks 🙂

  5. I think you can tell from my blog that I dance to my own colorful drummer. A coworker once told me that I did not dress old, which was a compliment. However, most of the people I see that dress nicely are older than me. The only exceptions are the sales associates in the stores and I think they are required to dress nicely.

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