Texas Ranch BBQ: Paisley Dress & Cowboy Boots

Last weekend was one for the BOOKS! Saturday was spent at my friend Jeni’s family ranch BBQ party in the sleepy town of Dime Box, Texas (population 201) and Sunday was spent at a castle wedding in Long Island, New York.

To start with the ranch party! This “BBQ” included a concert by legendary Americana singer, Robert Earl Keen. There also were four Texas Trick Riders, who did wild stunts (hanging off of the side of a horse while it galloped, etc.) The town’s mayor, sheriff, and Senator John Cornyn were in attendance. For the event, I knew I wanted to be appropriately dressed for the occasion. I chose a favorite Calypso paisley silk dress, and paired it with my trusty cowboy boots. I have had them since high school– I got them at a rummage sale! I actually had to wear these cowboy boots at the airport because they wouldn’t fit in my luggage! I love that the paisley print is in keeping with the country theme, and the orange, black, and pink hues are so interesting! The tassel keyhole tie at the front is a nice detail, too. I completed the look with delicate gold jewelry, and bright red lips (hey, it’s Texas!)

End of Summer Weekend Look: Embroidered Eyelet Dress, Espadrilles, & Wicker Bag

Summer don’t leave us! This weekend was absolutely perfect weather- sunshine and in the low 70s! It was my niece’s 4th birthday, which meant I (obviously) would wear a pretty dress for her. I have always been into eyelet lace, but over the past few summers (starting in 2017) I have been really into embroidered eyelet lace. Parker makes a gorgeous variety of dresses, and that little bit of extra detail is so fun! I also like the tiered flutter sleeves on this one- so feminine! With Labor Day just around the corner, I only have a few more days to wear this white dress with navy embroidery. I paired it with my favorite trusty espadrilles (love that the two navies match), and a circular wicker bag from this season (trend alert!) I kept my accessories gold and simple: Ray Ban aviators and my everyday gold watch. Is there a more summery look than this?!

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!


Miguelina Liselle Dragonfly Embroidered Off-The-Shoulder Lace Maxi Dress

I have been living in this Miguelina maxi dress all summer! I love the blue and white colors, the polka dot pattern, the intricate lace, and the subtle (and whimsical) dragonfly embroidery. It’s cotton which makes it very comfortable, and it is easy to dress up or down with the accessories. I recently packed this dress for a trip to Montana, and it was perfect for Saturday night. It is sold out at Net-A-Porter but is still available at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman!

Wedding Guest Edition: Colorblock Pleated Maxi Dress

My cousin Sarah got married last Saturday in the most beautiful vineyard wedding in Traverse City, Michigan! For the occasion, I knew that I would need to be careful about my footwear choice as there was grass. I decided to go with one of my favorite seven year old (!) pleated maxi dresses that I bought in Thailand. I don’t wear maxi dresses too often, but I do enjoy them. I like the summery bright colorblock on this one! Also, it allowed me to wear flat gold sandals…perfect for grass and allowed me to happily dance the night away! I accessorized with gold earrings, my gold watch, my quilted Chanel bag with gold hardware, and my trusty heart sunglasses. I am wishing it was last weekend!

Spring Wedding Guest Attire: Polka Dot Dress and Purple Bow Sandals

Exactly one week ago I was wearing this silk off-the-shoulder (trend alert!) blue and white polka dot DVF “Camila” dress and dancing at my best friend Gracie’s wedding in Harrisburg, PA! I am guilty of owning this DVF dress in two colors: blue and white polka dots and fuchsia! I just love the waterfall hem on this dress, it moves so beautifully when you walk. I also love mixing unexpected colors, so I paired the dress with purple satin bow heels. They have a little rhinestone glittery clasp on the side. I accessorized the dress with a sleek headband to accentuate off my collarbones, and a red lip to glam up the look!

I can’t believe that Gracie is married!

Bahamas: Calypso Embroidered Cover-Up & Metallic Star Sandals

Today I am testing out a new format! I just returned from a wonderful vacation in the Bahamas with my friend Jeni. For the trip, I packed some of my favorite resort wear pieces! When I saw this gorgeous Calypso colorful embroidered and beaded tassel tie-front cover-up (that was a lot!) I had to have it. Calypso is one of my favorite resort wear brands, there stuff is so beautiful. I paired the look with my classic Panama hat, gold star lace up sandals (a Forever21 knockoff of Loeffler Randall), and cat eye sunglasses. A few girls even complemented me on the sandals when I was in line for wrist bands. I felt very glamorous and pool ready!

Halloween House West Village Stroll: Oversized Coat and Edgy Buckle Boots to Explore the Decorations

Happy Halloween!!! This is my favorite season in the West Village, because all of the big fancy brownstones compete with each other over who has the most ostentatious, over-the-top decorations! I went for a lovely weekend stroll with my friend Gracie and her visiting friend Angela. Below are a few of my favorite houses!

For our downtown walking tour, I wore my new favorite edgy buckle boots and a new oversized Rebecca Minkoff double breasted peacoat.

Which decorated house is your favorite? I think I like the one with all of the white pumpkins and cats! This house does the same decoration every year, it’s their thing!

 

Rebecca Minkoff “Santo” double-breasted coat
Black Maje sweatshirt dress
Forever21 edgy buckle boots
Longchamp “Large Le Pliage” tote

Fall Transition Look: Feminine Floral Pleats & Edgy Leather Accessories

Is there anything better than an October Saturday morning stroll in Soho? Not in my book! One of my best friends, Nicky, and I went for a walk this morning and the fall festive decorations were in full swing. There were so many gorgeous pumpkins everywhere! It is still warm enough to get away without wearing a jacket, so I opted for this beautiful drop-waist floral pleated dress. I love that this dress has a navy base color, which makes it very transitional and perfect for fall. I also am a pleat-lover, so was immediately attracted to it! I love to keep a look edgy by mixing feminine pieces with tougher masculine pieces– such as these leather studded combat boots. It’s unexpected and “toughens” the look up, making it perfect for downtown Manhattan. I completed the look with my favorite cat-eye sunglasses, and my trusty silver embossed leather Rochas bucket bag!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Kim’s Boutique Drop-Waist Floral Pleated Dress
Forever21 Studded Faux Leather Booties  (Similar Givenchy Prue Buckle Bootie here)
Rochas Snake Embossed Drawstring Bag
Cat-eye sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)

Indian Summer: Printed Maxi Skirt, Tank, and Shell Statement Earrings

This weekend was GORGEOUS in NYC. Sunny and breezy, with very little humidity. It was one of the nicest days we have had all summer. Maxi skirts will always have a special place in my heart after living in conservative Norhteastern Thailand, as I wore a lot of them to the school I taught at. My friend Nicky and I saw this button-up one at Anthropologie the other week and I fell in love with it. I love the Provence-style yellow and blue print—and the whimsical yellow tulips! I kept the look simple and late-summery with a black cloth button-front tank (thanks to my sister Dara for gifting this to me! I also got it in crème 😊) and gold and pearl big shell earrings. Between the tulips and shells, this look was a fun mixture of sophisticated and whimsical.

If you fasted today for Yom Kippur, hope you will be enjoying the break fast soon! Also happy birthday to my dear friend, Helene!

Gold shell earrings
Printed “Buttoned Cornelia” maxi skirt
Black tank

NYC Downtown Weekend: Fringe Jeans, Slides, and Crossbody Bag

It’s finally fall in NYC. Cooler temps and lots of rain this weekend! I wore this outfit pretty much all weekend: my favorite hippie ombre fringe jeans (trend alert!), a simple knot-front dove gray sweater, Rebecca Minkoff studded crossbody bag, and embellished slides. I finished the look with my little cat-eye sunglasses (trend alert!) This look was easy and so perfect for bopping around downtown with my gal Nicky!

 

Ombre fringe jeans, Forever21 sold out (similar here)
Knot-front sweater (similar here)
Studded crossbody bag
Embellished slides, Topshop sold out (similar here)
Cat-eye sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)

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