Nicaragua: Blue Stripes

This past week, one of my best friends and I decided to book last minute tickets to Nicaragua for the long Memorial Day weekend. It was so spontaneous, and a huge adventure. We ended up meeting two other San Francisco girls at a hostel we stayed at on our first night, and they ended up joining us for the rest of our trip. The four of us had a fabulous time- between horseback riding on the beach, surfing, exploring pastel-colored old town Granada, and playing with lots of stray animals (ha!) Below are a few highlights from our vacation. This post’s feature is simple- a white and blue striped strapless dress that I wore for dinner one night at the ranch we stayed at (the fact that it matches the Nicaraguan flag is a coincidence!) I don’t like to wear shoes on warm vacations, so there are no shoes in this post. Just the dress, my gold-plated delicate lotus necklace, and hair that could not be tamed.

I am back home in New York for the first time after three weeks of travel, although I am missing our trip a lot!

 

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Blue and white striped dress- Rosie Pope, sold out (similar beach vibes here!)
Gold plated necklace- my own (similar here)

Weekend Drinks

I recently wore the below outfit to drinks downtown. I paired one of my favorite dove gray and silver beaded flowy tops with black cutoff slacks, a hot pink bag, and sky high peep toe heels. When I first saw this top, I fell in love with the intricate beading. It sort of reminded me of a beautiful spider web (in a non-creepy way!) I kept my jewelry minimal, as the beading on the top already has a lot going on. I wear the slacks to work all of the time in the spring and fall, with a work-appropriate blouse or blazer, of course! These Stuart Weitzman peep toe platform heels are so versatile. I have worn them with dresses and skirts, and they can also be dressed down with slacks or even skinny jeans. These classic aviators go everywhere with me, and they also go with every outfit (pretty much!) However, the real star of this look is the lambskin cross-body bag. I love the pop of color, and the deep hot pink shade is so unique. A bright, fun bag is a closet staple, in my book. Despite constantly thinking that bright bags will be hard to match, they go with so many outfits.

 

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Beaded flowy top- Nordstrom (similar here)
Black capri slacks- Express (similar here)
Stuart Weitzman patent leather peep toes
Bag- Balenciaga
Necklace- my own (similar here)
Sunglasses- Ray Ban

Structured Dress & Quilted Cap Toe Pumps

A structured, clean line, no-print dress is a closet staple, in my opinion. I recently picked up this paneled pastel blue dress from Topshop and it is extremely versatile. It is the perfect backdrop for many different statement necklaces and fun shoes. Plus, the pastel blue on this dress screams “spring”! It is easy to dress up from work to going out, especially by switching the shoes and accessories. Due to the fact that I wore this dress to the office, I paired it with one of my favorite pairs of classic quilted cap toe pumps. In the past few months I discovered the shoe brand Corso Como, and their shoes are very comfortable and well made. Plus. who doesn’t love a beautiful leather sole with a signature crystal embedded in it for a little glam! I paired this dress with a strand of pearls that I tripled for a more dramatic look, and I wore my hair in a bun.

 

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Topshop Flared Crepe Dress
Corso Como Quilted Cap Toe Pumps
Gray Pearl Necklace- My Own (Similar Here)


When at the MoMa

Wear glitter booties. Tonight I went to a spectacular private event at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa). When I think of museum parties, tonight’s decor, catering and ambiance is exactly what comes to mind. Also, it doesn’t hurt that there is beautiful cool spring weather in New York now, the days are getting longer, and MoMa has a perfect courtyard for cocktailing (Yes I made that a verb, whatever!) The flower arrangements were absolutely breathtaking. I took many photos simply because the arrangements were so stunning and elegant! Who knew that black calla lilies were so chic? There were different food stations throughout the museum, and everything I tried was to-die-for delicious. Many of the galleries upstairs were open, too. I focused my photos tonight on my new Brian Atwood glitter ankle strap booties. Brian Atwood is one of my favorite shoe designers. His shoes are gorgeous and have beautiful detailing. My booties were a big fan of Jackson Pollock. They also cared for Picasso.

Glitter booties. Why not?

 

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Brian Atwood Liese Booties

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