Yellow Ruffled Swiss Dot Midi-Dress

I picked up this yellow ruffled swiss-dot midi dress (midi dresses- trend alert!) at H&M in June, and I brought it to Europe with me. I love the length of it, the soft dots, the baby yellow, and the feminine ruffles. It was perfect for exploring town, and the beautiful lookout points in Lagos. I remember it was so HOT this day! I paired the look with my favorite boater hat (trend alert) and clear-framed mirrored sunnies. I purchased the straw woven beach bag in town.

Take me back!

H&M Swiss Dot Ruffled Midi-Dress (similar here)
Straw Boater Hat 
Clear-framed Mirrored Sunnies
Straw Tote (similar here)

Crochet & Pom Pom Beach Coverup

I am missing Lagos today! It was two weeks ago that I was there, and it was a dream place. The sun was HOT though. For the gorgeous rocky beaches, I paired this black crochet and pom pom beach coverup with a Panama hat, and a new straw tote that I bought in the local town. Eye protection is important too, and my clear framed mirrored sunnies completed the look. I think that a cute beach coverup is a staple in any woman’s closet. They come in handy more than you might think!

In terms of the beach, the seashells were on point! Had so much fun looking for shells and even made a friend doing so.

Panama hat
Black crochet and pom pom beach coverup- Raviya (similar here)
Straw tote (similar here)
Clear-framed mirrored sunnies

French Bridesmaid Duty in Strapless Tulle

It was such an honor (and so much FUN) to be a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s weddings in France. She was the most relaxed bride ever! She let all of her bridesmaid pick whatever dress they wanted to wear. She said “Wear your favorite dress!” (how cool). I opted for this strapless soft dove gray tulle dress by Jenny Yoo, because I love tulle and this was a good excuse to wear it. All of the bridesmaids got our hair done at a charming local hair salon. There were two women doing hair, who spoke very little English, and an older lady in the salon who was very amused by all of the bridesmaids. One of my favorite memories is when the photographer (one of the other bridesmaid’s brothers) had to translate “bigger curls” to the hair dresser for another bridesmaid. I picked these wildflowers for my hair, and was pretty pleased with the turnout. You instantly feel more special when you have flowers in your hair! I paired my dress with my black strappy block sandals. They are the perfect height to walk easily (or dance!) and I wore them the entire night. The block heel also came in handy for an outdoor wedding.

The final picture is of the bride and her father in a carriage on their way to the chapel. I miss this fairytale French wedding!

 


Jenny Yoo convertible “Annabelle” dress
Black strappy block-heel sandals

French Lemons

Is there anything more French-countryside than a lemon print? I didn’t think so. I bought this lemon print (trend alert!) peplum (trend alert!) top in the spring, and I have enjoyed wearing it all summer. It’s cotton and light, and goes nicely with jeans, white denim, or cut-off shorts. I paired this “fresh” look with white denim and my favorite espadrilles (which, by the way, I have had for 5 years!) They are by Steve Madden but Stuart Weitzman also makes a similar pair. I topped off the look with my favorite clear-framed mirror sunnies and gold bar bracelet.

Peplum Lemon Print Blouse (similar here)
White Denim
Clear-Framed Mirrored Sunnies
Gold bar bracelet (similar here)
Steve Madden “Fantasik” Espadrille

Polka Dots for a French Countryside Rehearsal Dinner

I have always been a polka dot lover. When one of my best friend’s, Helene, got married in Normandy last weekend, and the rehearsal dinner and wedding were at a French countryside estate with a theme of “garden festive”, I had the perfect excuse to wear my favorite new dress! I love that this dress is sleeveless with an elegant high-neckline and sash. I specifically knotted the sash instead of tying it in a bow, because I liked that this was a little more sophisticated. I also was drawn to this dress because of the size of the polka dots. I love that they are bigger and not small dots. I knew that the rehearsal dinner would be outside, so I packed my trusty block heel sandals, easy and practical for walking on gravel and in the yard. This black and white dress called for minimal jewelry, but a dash of color, so I wore a red lip. Is there anything more summery than polka dots on a warm summer night?

This dress can also be worn to the office with a black blazer (to take a page out of Kate Middleton’s past fashion looks!)

This was the start of a fairytale wedding weekend! More to come.


Ann Taylor Belted Dot Dress
H&M Block Heeled Sandals

Elena Kriegner Fine Jewelry Campaign

I am so excited to share with you some photos I did for a campaign with renowned jewlery designer, Elena Kriegner! Elena is an artist, and you know this immediately by looking at any of her gorgeous and unique pieces. Her distinct style involves changing pieces that can be worn in multiple ways. The jewelry is hand crafted from the finest and highest quality materials, with each gemstone being individually selected by Elena herself. Elena started jewelry designing in her Austrian village when she was a child, and she is living her dream. After our photo shoot along the Hudson River, I loved visiting her Chelsea studio and seeing where she creates her jewelry (pictures below). My favorite pieces are the ones inspired by her travels and nature: seashells and the ocean.

Please use the discount code “W4STREET” to enjoy 30% off of your next purchase by visiting her website here. Plus, you can also check out all of the pictures we did together for the shoot, which are now live on her site!

Elena Kriegner (all pieces)

Printed Romper

It’s officially romper season! I started warming up to this trend about two summers ago, but now I am a huge fan! I love that rompers can come in all different kinds of fabrics and styles, I think that the one I am wearing below could even be described as “sophisticated”. I love the interesting V-shaped neckline, ruffle detail, and the fun mix-and-match prints (the tiny star-print top matches the stars on the sandals). It was a sunny and beautiful 75 degree day in NYC this weekend, so I paired this romper with my trusty gold aviators and gold star lace-up sandals. It was the perfect, easy outfit for bopping about the Upper East Side with my cousin, Nancy!

In my opinion, a jumpsuit is a romper with pant legs, while a romper has short bottoms.

Gold aviators
Printed romper
Gold star lace-up sandals- Forever21 (similar here)

4th of July Summer Stripes

The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. I spent mine at home in Chicago for the long weekend. I wore quite a bit of red, white, and blue all weekend! I was very proud of this red and white striped cotton jumpsuit for the family BBQ…it’s practically an American flag! A lightweight, easy summer jumpsuit is a closet staple, in my opinion. Plus, unlike skirts or dresses, I didn’t need to worry about the wind on the balcony. I paired this casual jumpsuit (which I plan to wear all summer) with gold strappy sandals and my new favorite accessory…a boater hat! I have enjoyed watching the “hat evolution” over the past few years. The fedora gave way to the Panama hat, which gave way to the boater hat (trend alert)!

Hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday and is enjoying their post-holiday weekend.

Straw boater hat
Red and white striped jumpsuit- Forever21 (similar here)
Gold strappy sandals- BCBG (similar here)

Seersucker Off-the-Shoulder Balloon-Sleeve Bow-Back Blouse

This might be the longest named post I have ever written! I am a sucker for surprising backs, and especially if they are seerSUCKER (get it?!) I don’t think that anything quite says “summer” like seersucker. I ordered this fun blouse online a few months ago. I thought that it was so cute and perfect for summer. I also love that it combined a few of my favorite trends: off-the-shoulder and balloon-sleeves! What sold me on it though, was the surprising, fun, and feminine bow back! Everything is better with a bow on it 🙂 I paired this look with white skinny jeans, wedge sandals (a gift from my sister) and a sun-kissed glow from lying out at my cousin’s pool earlier in the day. I am in Chicago for the holiday with my family, and my sister, cousin, and I found an amazing outdoor champagne bar last night in the West Loop. Rose prosecco forever!

Let the 4th of July summery red, white, and blue looks continue!

 


Seersucker bow-back blouse- Few Moda (similar here)
White denim
Sam Edelman “Turner” Espadrille Wedge Sandal

Flutter Sleeve Cold-Shoulder Dress

The 4th of July is right around the corner, which means it’s time to wear your favorite red / white / blue! I picked up this cold shoulder dress in 2014 (I know, I was three years ahead of the trend ;)) from a boutique on Bleecker Street near my apartment. I love the feminine and flirty flutter sleeves, and the royal blue hue. I paired this dress with my block-heeled sandals, trusty gold bar bracelet, and dainty chevron necklace. We found these gorgeous white blooms overflowing the red brick wall, so there is red, white, and blue after all!

 

Flutter sleeve cold-shoulder dress- Jean Claude Pierlot (similar here)
Rose gold chevron necklace
Gold bar bracelet (similar here)
Block-heeled strappy sandals

 

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