Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic: Gingham Embroidered-Eyelet Off-the-Shoulder Dress

All of last week I checked the forecast for Saturday– the day of the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, and it was rain rain rain. Then Saturday rolled around and there was no rain! It was just one of the hottest days I can remember…85 degrees with a beating sun! This was my first time at the event, and it was held on Liberty Island, just off of Manhattan. I met some girlfriends in Soho and we headed down! It was so hot, that when we were standing in the champagne line the guy standing behind us offered us paper towels to blot off our sweaty skin and dripping hair (eww).

For the event, I knew I wanted to wear a cute sundress that I wouldn’t mind getting a little dirty. I opted for this gingham (trend alert!) off-the-shoulder (trend alert!) and embroidered eyelet (trend alert!) number. I completed the look with a preppy boat hat, mirrored sunnies, comfy block-heeled sandals, and a springy coral lip!

Heading to another horse event tomorrow…The Belmont!

 

Straw Boat Hat
Mirrored Sunnies
Gingham Off-the-Shoulder Eyelet Dress
Block-Heeled Sandals

Mint Fringe Cover-Up

I wish it was still this weekend! My friend Jeni graciously hosted us on her amazing sailboat in Long Island, and it was a blast, per usual. We have had an absolutely gorgeous September and it was 85 degrees on Saturday! I opted for a simple, elegant, chic look: black string bikini, mint fringe cover-up from LulaRoe, Panama hat, clear mirrored sunnies, and a low messy bun. I love the mint color of the cover-up, and that it is a sheer robe. Also, the soft pink fringe at the bottom is such a nice detail! I love this effortless, easy breezy look!

Panama hat
LulaRoe mint fringe cover-up
Black string bikini- American Apparel, RIP! (similar here)
Clear mirrored sunnies

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)

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)

Barbados: Bare feet, Braids, & Bougainvilleas

This weekend’s girls getaway in sunny Barbados was the perfect setting to wear some of my favorite beach pieces. Also, there was a real boardwalk! All white is one of my favorite looks for the beach, it is crisp and clean and feels very luxe! This Rebecca Taylor white tiles embroidery coverup tunic is lightweight and very comfortable. I love the detail of the eyelet lace and mirrored embroidery, the winged arms, and cinched waist. A go-to tunic is a closet staple in my opinion, as they are very versatile and easy to wear and pack. I paired this look with a white fedora, my new black bikini from American Apparel, and cat-eye sunglasses I bought from a street vendor in New York City. I completed the look with a red mani pedi, a side French braid, and bare feet. Enjoy the bougainvilleas, possibly my favorite flower…they remind me of Thailand.

 



White fedora
Cat-eye sunglasses- street vendor (similar here)
Black string bikini
White tiles embroidered tunic

Tropical Destination Wedding Look: Part 2

For the second part of the tropical destination wedding series here, I wanted to focus on beach wear! I love this gorgeous, beaded, and sheer cover up that I lounged around in all day at the beach the day of the wedding. It is just the right amount of skin for a beach tunic, and the beading and mirror beads feel so exotic. I paired this intricate cover up with a straw brimmed Panama hat and a favorite pair of gold rimmed sunglasses. No shoes needed! I think that every woman should have at least one go to beach tunic or cover up for the beach or the pool…it’s a closet staple. As an added bonus, on the day I wore this tunic I saw baby sea turtles hatching on the beach! It was absolutely amazing. This tunic is good luck.

 

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Embroidered beach tunic cover-up
Straw Panama hat
Laundry gold brim sunglasses (similar here)

 

 

 

Fall Wish List

The ONLY reason I can tolerate summer coming to an end is the start of fall fashion. Fall, especially the start of fall, is super fun to dress for. Below are some of my favorite fall wish list items, including a gray felt hat, a Maje leather motorcycle jacket (I actually splurged on this one and I think a leather jacket is a closet staple!), a warm cape (my favorite to spice up any outfit), lace up flats (arguably fall’s hottest trend), and a pair of classic riding boots with an exposed red zipper at the back that I bought online last night (I have been crushing on this style of boot since I was a senior in college)!

All links to shop my picks are at the bottom of this post. Happy almost fall!

 

 

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Rag & Bone Dunaway Felt Hat
Maje leather jacket
Leon Max Camel Cape
Topshop Ghillie Lace Up Flats
Steve Madden Rex Riding Boots

 

 

 

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