Baby got Back (Ruffles)

Today it was 77 degrees, and probably one of the last days I can get away with wearing this black fall dress, a staple transition piece in my closet. I love an unexpected “back”, and the ruffle racer-back strap on this dress is a fun feminine surprise. I paired this dress with some new Vince Camuto taupe strappy sandals- also great for early fall. I pinned my hair up, and I also put on one of my favorite pairs of skull earrings (I have always had a bit of an obsession with skull patterns and jewelry- more to come later!)

Hope everyone is enjoying one of the last few Indian Summer days!

 

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Sunglasses (similar here)
Skull Feather Earrings- street vendor (similar here)
New York Necklace- street vendor (similar here)
Dress- Nordstrom (similar here)
Sandals- Vince Camuto

Handkerchief Hem

Greece is one of the most wonderful and beautiful countries I have ever visited. I spent a magical vacation there with one of my best friends, Alex, that will make my future honeymoon hard to top! In preparation for the trip I bought this fun hankerchief hem dress, perfect for exploring the medieval villages we stayed in. I love the deep V-neck front and back, and the patterned print is so fun. I don’t own many pieces that are like this dress, and there is something that is so beachy and resort-y about it which I was attracted to. This is probably my longest post to date, mainly due to the travel pictures I took. Every corner was more picturesque and charming than the next. Each door provided an amazing backdrop for a shot.

My Guide to Santorini:
– Explore the medieval town of Fira (so quaint and charming), and less touristy than Oia and the coastal towns
– Visit a vineyard. Drink delicious sweet Santorini white wine (every day!)
– Visit a Greek bakery and eat a doughy olive roll or chocolate bread ring for breakfast
– Marvel at the thousands of cats throughout Greece
– Oia! Sooo gorgeous. Go to the Perivolas rooftop to watch the Santorini sunset
– Charter a boat and go see the black, white and red beaches. Swim in the volcanic hot springs! (Bring a dark colored bathing suit so the sulfur doesn’t ruin it). Watch the sunset and eat fish right from the sea
– Visit the Atlantis bookshop, rated one of the top 10 bookshops in the world. When you visit, you will see why
–  Hike Ammoudi Bay! Enjoy the beauty. Look out for donkey poop
– Once at Ammoudi Bay, eat dinner on the sea. Maybe take a dip. Glimpse the fresh octopus drying. Eat octopus salad and calamari!
– Hike back up to watch the sunset. Clap with all of the tourists as the last sliver of sun slides into the sea
– Cap off the night with fig gelato! (To die for)

I miss Santorini already! I am already dreaming of returning…

 

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Handkerchief hem dress (similar here)

Easy Cotton Dress

The photos below are from my first few days of vacation on Santorini in the town of Fira and the medieval village of Megalochori. The town was so quaint- depicted by a maze of white stucco walls, blue colored doors, and bright flowers peeking over every corner . There was one main church at the center of the village, complete with blue dome roof. The town felt so sleepy and truly is the epitome of charming. My friend Alex and I spent our two days walking around the labyrinth of ancient streets and admiring the simplicity and charm of the village. We also took photos at nearly every corner. As you can see, it was nearly impossible not to!

Our hotel, The Vedema, felt like a rustic countryside villa, complete with surrounding vineyards for miles on end. Brad and Angelina stayed here! Alex and I enjoyed exploring the property. There were various hidden pools, a dungeon-feeling 400 year old wine cellar (for a port tasting!), and romantic candle-lit private dinning areas. Our room also came with a closet that is larger than my Manhattan bedroom…we unpacked even though we were only there for two nights. On our second night we enjoyed a fabulous Greek salad and fish dinner, complete with two older men serenading us with their acoustic string instruments under the moonlight and the glowing church clock-tower.

To get back to fashion though, I wore this soft pink and white patterned dress on my first day, and I have worn it many times since. I bought it from a street vendor a few years ago when I lived in Thailand after falling in love with the interesting pattern and the waterfall cut. I find that the lightweight nature of this dress makes it super easy to pack for trips and to throw in my suitcase. Due to the fact that it is strapless, it is great to wear in hot locations and not worry about leaving pesky tan-lines. The pattern easily hides stains, and it is easy to wash. An “easy” cotton dress is a closet staple! I paired the dress with a few pieces of delicate gold jewelry.

Enjoy the magical pictures of Fira, Santorini, Greece…and the friendly stray dog and cat that wanted to be in a few pictures!

 

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Easy cotton dress (similar here)
Sachin & Babi necklace
Gold butterfly ring (similar here)
Sunglasses- street vendor in NYC (similar here)

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