Monday Musings- Keeping Cool

Monday Musings- Keeping Cool

Happy Monday ladies. We had another scorcher yesterday so my daughter and I took a quick road trip to Donner Lake. There’s nothing quite like cool mountain breezes the sound of water splashing ashore. We twinned in our matching Madewell Whisper T-shirts. She in shorts, me in loose linen pants.

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Here are a few things on my mind this week-

No-Slip Required

Do you wear slips? I’ve become a convert to skirts and dresses this summer because there’s nothing cooler in blistering temperatures. I’m pretty old school, yes I am dating myself here… but I was taught to always wear a slip. I have an entire collection in varying shapes that perform different functions. Some suck everything in, which I seldom bother with. Some smooth things out and some are just to preserve my modesty. The problem is, when it’s hot, I don’t want to add another layer so I love skirts and dresses with the slip sewn in.

This asymmetrical button linen dress would be totally see-through, except it’s lined! I was going to share this dress later this week, but the online sale ends today and if you like it, I want you to be able to pay as little as possible for it. I am wearing a regular length size 10, but it is also available in petite here.

The Jet Settersthe jet setters novel

I love to travel but very few of us are getting to be jet setters this year. This week I’m reading another book chosen for Reese’s book club called The Jet Setters. Its characters are so distinctive I find myself trying to decide which Enneagram number they are! I wonder if I have read too many books on the Enneagram:)  This book has been called one of the best beach reads of 2020. It’s a humorous read and has me itching to book a cruise.

Lip Color To Wear Under A Mask

I hesitate to even write the word mask because every time I do, someone gets incensed about it and gets political (usually on Facebook). The fact remains, I’m wearing a mask whenever I’m outside and but that doesn’t negate my need to add some color to my mouth. Lately, I’ve just been using my lip pencil which stays put but doesn’t make a mess on the inside of my mask. What are you using?

Thanks for reading and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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  1. Barbara
    July 14, 2020 / 1:43 pm

    A little slip story: my first day as a freshman in an all girls Catholic school, wearing the summer uniform consisting of a beige (yuck) shirtwaist dress, when our homeroom nun told us in no uncertain terms that we must wear a full slip under the uniform. That afternoon, talking to my mom, starting the conversation with the words she would come to dread “Sister says…” Off she went to Alexander’s where she got my full slip for about $3. (Dating myself!) Next morning, in homeroom, we compared slips — most of us had the same one! Our moms had all gone to Alexander’s! Thanks for bringing back that memory. BTW, the slip lasted all four years.

    • Jennifer
      July 14, 2020 / 2:53 pm

      I think we all have funny slip stories. I’ll never forget my sister in laws wedding. We drove 8 hours to get there. My daughter(13) was the flower girl. She forgot her slip so I went to the dollar store and bought a package of men’s white hankies which I stapled together to make a “slip” so people could not see through her white linen skirt.

  2. Gladys Feliciano
    July 13, 2020 / 4:14 pm

    I, too, am modest but have given up slips for a light Lycra short under dresses and skirts. This also takes care of the thigh rubbing and allows me to walk confidently, comfortably and pain free. No worry about half slips riding up either.

  3. Eve
    July 13, 2020 / 1:01 pm

    Nothing beats a really pretty white dress for the summer. I like the button detail too. I wear a half slip because I usually wear a skirt and top because of different proportions on top and bottom.. We wear masks. My husband shops for us but always with a mask and alcohol wipes for visiting stores.

  4. Anon
    July 13, 2020 / 11:45 am

    I am grocery shopping in person again, but only at a store that hands out free masks at the door. I have my own masks, but I feel safer where other shoppers and staff wear masks. I am ready to go back to online grocery shopping if infection numbers rise. People are disregarding public safety, so it seems likely we’re on the verge of full lockdown again. Sad to say that we live in a “me, me, me” world.

    • Jennifer
      July 13, 2020 / 11:23 pm

      We are having an uptick too! Too many careless people!

  5. Kay
    July 13, 2020 / 11:38 am

    A slip was not negotiable when I was young. Just make sure it doesn’t “show” below the hem. (I can still hear my mother’s disapproving voice, “Her slip is showing.”) I have tried some silk culottes (like underwear) before. Seemed to work.

    I love Donner Lake. I can’t help myself from thinking about the Donner Party and their “dinner” when I’m up in that part of the state, though.

    • Jennifer
      July 13, 2020 / 11:26 pm

      I’d forgotten about that party:-o

  6. Cathy
    July 13, 2020 / 11:15 am

    I don’t wear slips and rarely wear a dress or skirt. I do like to wear a cotton bike short panty.

  7. Elaine @ Following Augustine
    July 13, 2020 / 10:41 am

    I don’t wear skirts or dresses often and when I do, I only wear a slip if the fabric would otherwise let too much be seen. Like you, I’m appalled at some of the responses I’ve seen on Facebook to wearing a mask! It’s just not that big of a thing and certainly not worth getting all worked up about. I don’t bother wearing lip colour under mine.

  8. Susan
    July 13, 2020 / 9:58 am

    Love the knee kindness dress

  9. Pauline
    July 13, 2020 / 9:55 am

    I, too, would prefer to wear a slip under a dress but, nylon and polyester slips are hot and static-y. It would be really great if the slip manufacturers would make slips in cotton rather than synthetics.

  10. debbie
    July 13, 2020 / 9:23 am

    I got rid of all my slips years ago. If a dress is not lined and see-through, I won’t buy it.

    I’m sure I’m in the minority but most days I am not wearing any make-up at all. I use a moisturizer around my eyes and on my face and put on a bit of eyebrow gel and that’s it. Anytime I leave the house I have my mask on. The mask covers almost my entire face. I actually think my skin looks better now that I am not putting make-up on it every day.

  11. Linda Henderson
    July 13, 2020 / 8:46 am

    I am glad you had an outing with your daughter. Nice. Thanks for the book recommendation.

  12. MP
    July 13, 2020 / 8:22 am

    I have slips of varying lengths + colors. I still wear them occasionally but not often in the summer heat.

  13. - Vicki Mikola Dack
    July 13, 2020 / 8:20 am

    When wearing dresses and/or skirts…still wear a full slip and/or half slip! I was taught by my Mum that it makes the fabrics glide over your figure and a LADY’s skirt or dress was never to “cup” under her fanny and show her “assets” to the world. Its strange what you remember from childhood. As for linen garments…oh, heck NO! They are a pain in the toosch to iron and wrinkles aren’t my thing.

    • Mimi
      July 16, 2020 / 7:50 pm

      I was given the exact explanation as well!! And I agree whole-heartedly about wearing linen.

  14. Joanna
    July 13, 2020 / 8:16 am

    Why can’t people understand that wearing masks keep us all safe? That we might get on top of this virus if we only suffer through masks temporarily?

    You are so fortunate to have your daughter spending time with you. Did she drive down? I miss my daughters who live in Ontario but feel airports and planes a high risk area.

  15. Anne Shannon
    July 13, 2020 / 8:03 am

    Manufacturers who line linen garments with polyester deserve a place in hell. Just when you think you have located a suitable linen dress, your expectations are dashed! I ended up seeing a lined linen dress! First attempt in decades.

    • Kelly
      July 13, 2020 / 5:06 pm

      That’s the way I feel — a polyester lining completely defeats the purpose of wearing linen!

      But I wonder what this dress is lined with. The website doesn’t mention that.

  16. Nin
    July 13, 2020 / 7:50 am

    I, too, love to wear loose dresses in the summer. My favorite slips are the cotton split leg, culotte style. They protect from see thru and thigh rub (😚). On a side note, when I graduated from high school my grandmother gave me the most beautiful, butterfly delicate, lace trimmed slip. It was styled to wear with mini skirts which gives some idea of it’s age! I treasure it and the thought that she wanted me to have something so lovely. The things that grab your heart are sometimes surprising.

  17. Mary
    July 13, 2020 / 7:39 am

    Where do you stay at Donner Lake? I was at Squaw Valley over the 4th. Yes, much cooler.

  18. Barbara K.
    July 13, 2020 / 7:24 am

    I was taught to wear a slip too! I still have several slips, but don’t know why since I don’t wear dresses at all anymore. It is just habit with me to refresh my lipstick before I leave the house. I have been trying to retrain myself to stop this because of the mask situation – without any luck so far!

    Be proud that you’re wearing a mask! Here in your previous hometown, I haven’t seen anyone without a mask in my outings to the P.O., Nob Hill Foods or Target. Of course, those places all are enforcing Contra Costa County’s mandatory mask policy!

    • Jennifer
      July 13, 2020 / 7:56 am

      I’m so glad to see more people wearing them here. It protects everyone.

  19. Deanne
    July 13, 2020 / 7:15 am

    Thanks for your post Jennifer, I ordered a cute skirt on Madewell’s site. That dress looks great on you!

    • Jennifer
      July 13, 2020 / 7:57 am

      I’m really happy with their quality. I hope you are too.

  20. Denny
    July 13, 2020 / 6:46 am

    Love your style.

  21. Lynne Lendo
    July 13, 2020 / 6:43 am

    I wear a lot of dresses as I live in Florida and it’s always hot. I have a half-slip for those times that the dress is a bit sheer. See through is not a flattering look as far as dresses go.

    • Jennifer
      July 13, 2020 / 7:58 am

      I agree. See through isn’t my favorite.

  22. Robyn
    July 13, 2020 / 6:19 am

    I’m new to your post. I have enjoyed reading your fashion ideas. I am in my 60s and fashion is important to me also, but I do not want to dress like my daughters. So thank you for what you post for women our age.

      • Sandy
        July 14, 2020 / 7:14 am

        You’ll be delighted with Jennifer’s posts, Robyn. She’s realistic but very upbeat and encouraging. I’m very grateful.

    • Linda
      July 13, 2020 / 8:57 am

      Hi from San Antonio. I wear Jockeys cooling shorts instead of a slip. Smooths everything out and the really are cooler to wear in our 106 degree weather. Everyone, please wear a mask. I want this all to end.

  23. Linda
    July 13, 2020 / 6:15 am

    I am sorry that people get so nasty online. You may discuss any topic you wish and I won’t ever yell at you.

    I love that dress!

    • Jennifer
      July 13, 2020 / 8:00 am

      XX Linda. Have a great day

  24. Terri
    July 13, 2020 / 6:10 am

    I’ve seen straight through other women’s dresses while out in public, and that’s not a look I want, so I wear a half slip if my dress is thin. If that makes me “old school” or “old-fashioned,” then so be it. I haven’t worn any lipstick since early March because I always wear a mask in public.

  25. Mary Lou
    July 13, 2020 / 6:05 am

    I gave up slips a long time ago, I do have a few pair of Jockey slipshorts which are great (and cool) under summer dresses. Yes, I do wear lipstick, guess I wouldn’t need to but is still do.

  26. Judy miller
    July 13, 2020 / 5:54 am

    No slips! I used to hav a collection of slips but they hav “disappeared “😜
    I wear lip liner and a soft beige shade! Blot lips extra times! I HAVE to put on my lips! Oh and earrings!

    • Jennifer
      July 13, 2020 / 8:02 am

      I have to add color to my lips too. My own lips have lost all their color:)

      • Gaynor Reid
        July 13, 2020 / 8:11 pm

        Max Factor make a lipstick called Lipfinity which doesn’t come off on anything, including masks. It has a clear gloss to put over it. I’ve been using it for at least 20 years.

        • Jennifer
          July 13, 2020 / 11:20 pm

          Thanks for sharing. Does it dry your lips out?

  27. Gloria
    July 13, 2020 / 5:43 am

    I really don’t wear slips anymore. Have a half slip tucked in my drawer but never use it.
    On the topic of lipstick, I still wear it under my mask! No one sees it , but when I am out and about “i” know I have it on and feel better about myself. A little self-love I guess!

    • Jennifer
      July 13, 2020 / 8:03 am

      Absolutely! It is self love xx

  28. Linda
    July 13, 2020 / 5:43 am

    No I don’t wear slips have yet for years, don’t even own any. As for lipstick I’ve just been using lip gloss or lip balm. My lips are not pale so I can get away without lipstick that never stayed on anyway…lol

    • Jennifer
      July 13, 2020 / 8:04 am

      You’re lucky they have some color.

      • retro-roost
        July 13, 2020 / 9:26 am

        Your dress is really attractive.
        I would wear a slip if my dress or skirt were see-through. No matter what age, one should strive to be lady-like, I believe.
        So sorry about your content being high jacked. You work very hard without having to also manage this extra headache. Sending positive thoughts that it will be resolved soon.
        Cruising can be a comfortable means of traveling particularly without having to pack and repack luggage, and I was disheartened to learn that cruise ships have permission to dump their trash in our increasing delicate oceans. It’s a matter I will have to consider for future travel.

        • Jennifer
          July 13, 2020 / 11:29 pm

          I’m not happy about their dumping either. It’s so irresponsible.

  29. Ann M
    July 13, 2020 / 5:38 am

    I’m a longtime fan of Maybelline SuperStay 24 and CoverGirl Outlast as both stay put until I take them off with a swipe of coconut oil. They are totally weightless and never feel sticky.

  30. Shari
    July 13, 2020 / 5:31 am

    Has anyone heard of the wonderful company ThistleFarms from Nashville?
    They employee women who are transitioning from life in prison to a productive new career for making wonderful natural products for body and bath.
    Anyway, their lip chap type products are WONDERFUL under a mask. I use the lavender one! It stays hydrating for a long time!

    • Jennifer
      July 13, 2020 / 8:06 am

      I haven’t heard of them! What an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing. I’ll check them out.

      • Susan
        July 13, 2020 / 10:55 am

        I also use their natural bug repellent. Great company with a great mission!

        • Jennifer
          July 13, 2020 / 11:27 pm

          I’m so happy to discover them. Thank you!!!

  31. Michele
    July 13, 2020 / 5:29 am

    I, too, am old school and believe in wearing slips. Like you said, though, they add an unwelcome layer when it is hot. Love the linen dress, except for the deep v-neck. Again, modesty is a factor for me when it comes to necklines (and I have absolutely nothing to show). I am going to be on the lookout for dresses with sewn in linings and necklines I can feel comfortable wearing. I also want my upper arms covered (I don’t want much, do I?) The search begins. Thanks for the book suggestion…I love a light summer read.

  32. Ann
    July 13, 2020 / 5:21 am

    Thanks for the lip pencil idea….I miss wearing lipstick !

  33. Paulette Levy
    July 13, 2020 / 5:19 am

    Love you tees and your shoes and your dress too! You really do maintain your fashion know how even in extreme heat!
    As far as lipstick hues I’m wearing nudes, one just a quick grab from CVS rack called Nearly There and the other from MAC my favorite lipsticks! It’s called Angel. It looks pink online but it’s nude. Love the feel when not in my mask . Stay healthy and stay cool!

  34. Debbie Rosenthal
    July 13, 2020 / 5:12 am

    I have been wearing LipSense by SeneGence for approximately 20 years. It is one of those ”better than sliced bread” products as it stays on all day, doesn’t “bleed” into those vertical lines, and comes in dozens of colors. As it turns out, I have no stains on my face mask either! It is only sold by local distributors so one needs to go to the SeneGence site to find who is selling it in your locale.
    Jennifer, I love your blog!

  35. candice clement
    July 13, 2020 / 5:06 am

    I love photos of royalty in all their outfits and jewels, and most often I note they need a slip. There is nothing so unattractive as a skirt stuck in your legs. And showing quite a bit more than I want to see.

  36. Jan
    July 13, 2020 / 5:05 am

    It’s such a sweet moment when we realize that our relationship with our daughters has become more of a friendship. I am so fortunate to be in that place now!
    Once again, you’re showing us how to maintain our personal style during a heat wave. The linen dress looks perfect in style and color. The subtle structure that lining gives a garment is wonderful. Even on a breezy day the skirt on this dress will not hug or crease where we are not comfortable.
    I gave up lip liner many years ago. I try to avoid any hard lines on my face but…I may need to rethink. I can see where the color on the lip liner would stay in place better than my favorite lip stick. But seriously, do I really need any lip color under my face masks?! 😂
    Now, I must make the most of this beautiful Monday!

  37. Julie F.
    July 13, 2020 / 5:04 am

    I’m not bothering with lip color, just balm right now, since my [email protected] is on 9hrs at work. But if I did want color while wearing, I’d use a stain & cover with balm. Have slips but haven’t worn one in years. Have 3 “emergency” dresses (weddings, funerals), but usually wind up in pants. Stay cool & safe.

  38. Joyce Reardon
    July 13, 2020 / 4:58 am

    I have not been wearing lip color lately. I’ll use a chapstick. I just ordered those tshirts!! There is nothing like being near the water. It keeps me sane!

  39. Jean Lamarre
    July 13, 2020 / 4:46 am

    I appreciated your note about slips. I have a whole drawer of neatly folded half slips! I have one short one that I find I do wear occasionally.
    Oh why can’t I throw the rest away????

  40. suzanstew
    July 13, 2020 / 4:07 am

    Love your shoes!

  41. Janet
    July 13, 2020 / 3:35 am

    So glad you have time with your daughter!

    I really need lip colour and wear a matte stain type of lip gloss usually which doesn’t stain my mask.. The only staining issue I have is from wearing tinted sunscreen in the summer. That will rub off on white lined masks. I do have a collection of dark lined masks to address that.

    I don’t think I’ve worn slips for at least 25 years. I buy skirts and dresses that don”t require them. I do have slip shorts by Thigh Society that I wear for thigh chafing/modesty if needed.

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