Music to My Ears

If you had been there, you would have pulled the one you love close and reminisced about the day you met.  If you had been there, you would have felt relaxed, fine and on cloud nine…if only you had been there.  I’m talking about jazz in the park at LaEncantada.  The awesome husband and wife duo, Mark and Arlette Willis, brought the house down with oldies such as Route 66, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Summertime, and many more classics.  Feet were tapping and people were singing along during the entire show.  The band was awesome!  I “tweeted” about it, I commented on Facebook about it, and I attempted to sing about it.  I didn’t sound quite like Arlette Willis, but hey, a girl can dream.

One thing was for sure — I had to be comfy for my jazz set.  This flower headband from JCrew is my favorite.  JCrew, JCrew, I so love you!

Shirt (Banana Republic), minnie skinny pants and flower headband (JCrew), shoes (Nine West), wristlet and boyfriend watch (Coach).

I absolutely love these shoes, which I purchased during the spring of 2007.  The wedge heel is actually fine straw, which makes them a great addition for summer.  The wristlet is also great because it converts from a wristlet to a shoulder bag.

Arlette’s rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow brought tears to my eyes.  Her voice was heavenly.

What can’t this man do?  He plays the piano, sings phenomenally, and plays the harmonica!  His show-stopping harmonica skills received a standing ovation from many in the crowd.

After the concert, I grabbed some gelato.  What is a stop at LaEncantada without gelato from Frost?  I am addicted!  This was a great way to end the night.  I got three different flavors — chocolate with hazelnut, coconut, and mint-chocolate chip.  Umm, umm good.

I did not want the night to end, but I’ll be okay.  I had some of the best gelato ever, and I know some really cool people who can make beautiful music.  Have a Happy Thursday!

Shayla Jay

Shayla Jay


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  1. Haute Pink

    Love those wedges and the wristlet that converts from a wristlet to a handbag. By the way, I love Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It reminds me of when I was a kid watching Wizard of Oz. I wish I could have been there. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Couture Girl

    I love the fit of those pants. Those wedges are awesome, and you can never go wrong with the wristlet. The flower on the headband just makes your ensemble so pretty and girly.

  3. Claire

    Love the blog! I want those shoes and the wristlet. Most shoes with the straw or espadrille look have a peep toe or the upper part of the shoe is made of a summery, light colored fabric. These are great because they are leather (which is different), but they have the straw wedge. Love it!

    • shaylajay

      Claire, that is why I love these shoes. They are not like your usual summer espadrilles with the peep toe and the thick straw platform heel. I haven’t purchased anything from Nine West since I purchased those shoes, and I just went to their website and I could not find any shoes like the ones in my post. The current styles on their website and on other designers’ websites are actually the thick straw espadrilles. I love the traditional espadrilles, and I own a pair, but I chose these because they were not like ordinary espadrilles.

  4. DJ

    Shayla Jay,

    You really look chic in that outfit.

    • Arlette Lanae'

      Oh My Shayla Jay!!!
      Let me just start by again saying you looked so cute that night! The flower….,well you’ll rarely see me without a flower or something in my hair, lol, love it, so girly! Thank you & your hubby for attending our concert, & capturing the moments! I am overwhelmed that you thought enough of it all to share on your blog, we are honored! Looking forward to more classy, swinging times with your presence!
      ~Arlette Lanae’

  5. colleen

    LOVE those shoes girl!

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  7. Dawn Frazier

    I absolutely love your blog!!!
    Great tips on the white suit and accessories