Mountain Chic

Reflections and observations on culture, food, style and travel

Up here in the mountains, it’s pretty casual: in general, people are more concerned with function than fashion, and sometimes, rightfully so. Most residents in our neighborhood at the seat of the mountains moved here because they like doing things outside: hiking, skiing, biking, camping. When in the midst of these sports, you don’t want to be worrying about your gear. This attitude tends to spill over into everyday attire: polypro shirts, wraparound polarized sunglasses, fleece vests, wicking shorts – out to dinner or while grabbing coffee – you get the idea. One of my challenges is figuring out how to fit with the environment while still looking chic.  My solution this summer?  A romper, of course!

Even at an altitude of 8,000 feet, the 4th of July morning was hot, and this Splendid romper was the perfect choice to stay cool yet polished.  I love these Birkenstock platforms (now on sale!)!  All the comfort of Birkenstocks with some height and fun, funky color.  The Eric Javits hat is one of my favorite accessories – though I love the look of hats on other women, I have trouble finding flattering headwear for me.  This bucket hat combines timeless style with effective sun protection – it’s not so large that it overwhelms my small frame, and it covers not only my face but also my neck and chest.

Karen Walker sunglasses; Jennifer Meyer necklaces; Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Pink

Karen Walker sunglasses; Jennifer Meyer Pendant Necklace and Turquoise Bar Necklace ; Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Pink (note my stray and windblown hairs – learning Photoshop is on my to-do list!)

Karen Walker sunglasses and Jennifer Meyer necklaces add glamour to the most casual ensembles.  I purchased these sunglasses on Ditto, where they let you custom-order polarized lenses for fashion frames!

This was the perfect outfit to take me through a wonderfully traditional American holiday.  Our family participated in the annual 4th of July Parade hosted by our neighborhood fire department.  Adults and kids (and their dogs!) walk or ride bikes, following fire engines down one of our main streets.  This was the first year our Finn could participate on his Strider bike!

Parade ready - game face on!

Parade ready – game face on!


After the parade, we enjoyed mingling with neighbors and playing games at the pool.  Hope you enjoyed a relaxing weekend!

2 thoughts on “Independence Day Romp

  1. Meredith Buchholz says:

    Love this blog you are writing! I have started using the Rodan and fields tanner and love it! I am the same where I worshiped the sun and now need pump the breaks and just go the fake route 😉


    1. lissa says:

      Thanks, Meredith! Good to know about the Rodan & Fields. What were we fair girls thinking?!


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