Saturday, July 26, 2014

Out and About

 My Day 2 outfit in Turkey. The inspiration was from pintrest I think a blogger that did all sorts of combos using key pieces and this was from the 'white denim' set…

 Again a very practical and easy combo. The scarf served as a shawl when it got a tiny smidgen bit chilly at night.

I took off the scarf when we went to downtown area as it was too hot so I had the necklace to add interest in its  place….

Above is in an antique church where we went to see our relative's photography exhibition. 
Below poses are all from my parents' unique backyard….

Scarf, Necklace - H&M
Top - Kika Paprika
Pants - Zara
Sandals - J Crew
Bracelets - Cookie Lee
Sunglasses - Ray Ban

We finally made it to the beach and became members of the closest beach club that is walking distance and has one of the most beautiful beaches. It is soft sand with no rocks and on a cove so no waves.
The whole club is geared around families with kids and very young kids. They play soft appropriate music and provide pretty good service.

I will take better photos but here is the club:

I would hope so as the beach club prices here are very steep and there are pretty much no free beaches.
This club is also full of tourists so the kids had no problem finding a few English speaking kids their age although they were acting soo annoyingly shy to get that friendship going.
We are trying pretty hard to get them to pick upTurkish but not much success so far. The last time we were here 4 years ago, my son was 4 years old and spoke Turkish without an accent.
If only it would come back…

Late afternoon we went downtown Cesme again to see my mom's cousin's photography exhibition that took place in the antique church…

I love these starfish decorations. I want to get one for sure...

My son is so proud of his Ronaldo uniform he bought with his own money… He begged to wear it twice and keeps asking now when I will wash it…

And the best thing Thursday night my cousin and her husband and their baby boy arrived from Istanbul. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Arrived Home

 Oh my goodness.  I can't believe I have internet access. For a very short time. So I am going to keep this very short….

WE ARE FINALLY in TURKEY! Took a few days to get settled and set-up in the summer house that  hadn't been lived in for 4 years.
I realize now my outfit packing was right on target. Very casual and comfortable with simple chic accessories makes dressing up a cinch in this very hot summer environment where the biggest activity might be sitting with family for dinner or going downtown etc…

For my first outfit I chose this Maxi dress that can be worn as a skirt from my old Kika collection and paired with another kika tank. Added the scarf which at times were too hot to carry….

You can also see I will be supporting this summer hair a lot during this month. It is a wasted effort to style a hair late afternoon only to have it get wet by mid morning the next day. So may be every five days or something I will do a style. In between it will be this half curly beach hair….

 Tank, Maxi Skirt - Kika Paprika
Scarf - Forever 21
Sandals - C Wonder

Here are some first day photos…
 My parent's summer house above…

Having dinner downtown the summer town below before running errands like looking for wifi modem which apparently they are all sold out. 
We will get one from the city by tomorrow but tonight I am using my cousin's husband's phone as a hot spot for this tiny window of opportunity…

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dinner Guest

Last night's outfit to go to dinner at my husband's co-worker's house:
This was inspired by the blog "All the Shiny Things" but she moved her blog to 'Pink Bows & Pearls':

 I have always liked the combination of turquoise and red and this had pop of animal print….

My husband kept asking 'what is up with the portfolio in your hand'? Men just don't get fashion. :)
I started laughing at this comment….

 Blouse, Pants, Necklace, bracelet - Forever 21
Clutch - Asos
Heels - Boden U.S.A.
Ring - C Wonder

My husband and an incredible day with the kids. I kicked them all out of the house so I could pack in peace. They started with 9 to 10 AM tennis classes, followed by laster tag, lunch then rock climbing!
Of course he doesn't take many photos but here are couple he did snap while holding the kids' ropes with one hand….

While they were having 'fun day with Daddy' I was in complete packing mode and getting the house ready doing laundry and cleaning up. I again restrained myself as I packed kids clothes not going overboard bringing too much stuff and keeping the clothes light for the hot climate. It still all adds up somehow though. Been moving around stuff a lot playing chess with the suitcases making sure they are  all under the weight limit…

Late afternoon I switched from packing to paying bills and calling credit card companies to let them know I am traveling and cell phone company to adjust my phone etc…
My sister and brother in law came over to spend time with the kids and babysit while we went out to dinner at my husband's old co worker's house…
They live super close to us so that was nice and it was kind of a nice break to get out of sweats and have wine and nice dinner after an all day of packing. I was of course by far the dressiest person as the host was wearing a black t-shirt dress and barefoot and everyone else was pretty casual but that is San Diego culture for you. I don't care. 
The food was amazing. They have no kids (2 big dogs and 2 cats) and we haven't been to a gourmet dinner party like that for a long time. Very nice...