Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Recipe for an unusually warm spring day

It has been unseasonably warm in Philadelphia for the last couple of days, so I have been soaking in the glow with my little roadster.  The 3.0si has been my warm weather daily driver for a few years now and I wouldn't trade it for anything.  It is possibly the most torquey, tossable car I've ever owned and that's saying something.  This particular model shares the 3 liter motor from the E90 330i and I have to say that it works even better in this chassis.  It is light and quick and does everything right with no cowl shake whatsoever.  The model that replaced the E85 (chassis designation for those of you who do not speak blau mit weiss), has a retractable hard top, which is a great idea until you try to put something in the trunk, which you can't because it is now full of roof.  It is also NOT a driver's car like this one, but more luxury oriented.  Meh...I'll keep mine, thanks.  Six speed manual only, of course. 

In addition to the roadster, our recipe for sunny day fun includes one great super-easy jersey dress.  This one is from Laundry by Shelli Segal and also available on sale from Zappos, but only in certain sizes.  It's comfy and brainless, goes from day to night, looks equally good as a simple beach coverup or at a cocktail party.  Can you tell I love dresses like this?  In spite of what it looks like in the picture, the pattern is actually navy blue and dark pink.  I would never wear black shoes with this dress.  Ever.  Here's what I wore:

These were a Paloma Barcelo Nordstrom find last year.  They go with almost everything in my closet.

If you are scary pasty and pale like me (at least on my legs), then self tanner is a must.  I think I have tried every product on the market, but I really like St. Tropez.  The color is more natural than a lot of others I have used and the smell is less hideous.  Some day, someone is going to figure out a way to make a self-tanner that doesn't smell awful, but until that day, we have to deal with it.  If it doesn't smell bad, it won't work.

The last piece of the puzzle is a truly great pair of shades.  I have a tiny face, which causes all the big, glamorous sunglasses to look completely ridiculous on me.  The Maui Jim Sandy Beach is the most perfect pair I have ever found.  I like things that multi-task (particularly when they are pricey) and these are just great.  I can wear them running, driving, inside my helmet at the track (this is actually a stretch because of the shape of the sides, but I make it work) and they will sit nicely on my head without falling off or messing up my hair and work well as a headband when I don't need them on my face.  They are polarized, which will make reading digital displays in a modern car or checking your iphone nearly impossible, but it's worth it.  Plus, LAM (who has the same pair--they are unisex) says that they make everything look rosey.  Who could argue with that?


I hate that I have to say this, but I'm not compensated by any of these companies for any of this commentary.  Any time BMW would like me to start hawking their products for payment would be a-o-k with me.  Kind of like the mother ship calling me home ;)


  1. Like your ride and your walk, well your car and your shoes. Dress too, Love any dress that can take me from the beach to dinner.
    I am in the market for a new car.....tempting. My son who is a gear head said, I have to get the BMW.

    1. If I had three kids, the roadster probably wouldn't live in my garage, but I think what I would have would be a Certified Pre Owned X5 diesel. Your son would think you were the coolest mom alive (not that he doesn't already--this would just seal the deal). Oh, it would be black--of course.

  2. Love your picks, Elizabeth! I am a St. Tropez self-tanner fan, too.
    Please come enter my TG Hatfield give-away and have a great weekend!