During my recent visit to speak on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, I slipped away for a couple of hours on Monday to go shopping.
I love to explore Saks Off 5th while on Hilton Head. You never know what treasures you might find there! On this visit, I purchased a couple of pairs of shoes (no surprise there), a large square silk scarf and a long asymmetric hem dressy tank top.
An Instagram follower once mentioned that she can never put together a look when she shops there. I always search for unique pieces that fit my style and work with the elements I already own rather than looking for an outfit.
My closet is arranged in departments so that I rarely wear the same things together in the same way. If I have a few good looking pieces that all work interchangeably and a variety of accessories, I can go anywhere. I believe, it isn't what outfits you buy; rather how you wear the pieces you have that creates a great style. I know many women who purchase a lot of outfits but always tell me they have nothing to wear.
Whenever I travel, someone will always comment on how little I take for a three or four-night stay. For example, when I go to L.A. in a few weeks, I will take black, white and denim pants, four different tops, flat sandals, heeled sandals, some jewelry and scarves to change the look of the combinations.
My rule is that all the tops must go with all the pants. This formula gives me possibilities for creating several different looks even when I travel by plane with only a small carry-on bag.
Each time I have visited the Copper Penny store in Shelter Cove, I have found a pair of stylish black pants that will go with everything else in my closet. This store also has a great collection of shoes, jewelry, and handbags as well as clothing.
Shelter Cove Towne Centre in Hilton Head is a great new shopping area being built where the old mall once was. I love this concept! It is set up with tree lined streets so that you can park in front of the store you want to visit and there is a park overlooking the harbor for relaxing with the kids. There are several excellent shops including a French bakery, numerous restaurants, several types of clothing stores, gift shops and many more places to shop or take a break.
The new Birdie James boutique is also located in Shelter Cove. This shop offers a collection of classic staples. Sadly, I missed the grand opening by a few days on this visit, but you can be sure I will be going there as soon as I return to the Island.
I enjoy the sport of looking for a few well-chosen pieces to add to my collection. Most of my shopping is done online these days due to my busy schedule, but I do enjoy being able to visit stores when I travel to see all of the colors and textures in person. I also enjoy watching people and studying what makes their look a success. I have learned a lot simply by watching the women whose style I admire and borrowing tips from them.
I hope that's what you do when you visit my blog. Take the information that is helpful to you and make it your own. We can look fabulous at any age, any size or on any budget.
On this brief shopping trip, I wore pieces that are easy to slip off when trying on items. The sandals are from last year by DV Dolce Vita. The pants by Tribal were a gift from BodyLanguageByConnie.com. The Clara Sunwoo tunic was purchased from ShopMyFairLady.com. The BCBG bag is old from T.J.Maxx. The necklace is from S.M. Bradford located in Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island.
Thank you so much for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!