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!

Memorial Day Weekend in NYC: Polka Dots & Chanel

I have had the best Memorial Day Weekend being back in NYC and catching up with my core group of friends there. Additionally, I had a Danish and German friend who both were in town, which is what prompted my trip. I recently purchased these Ann Taylor Loft polka dot culottes, and I was ecstatic when I found them because I had been looking for a pair just like this… I am a polka dot lover! I also like the length of these pants and the elastic waist (super comfortable and flattering). I paired them with a cloth-button cold-shoulder blouse (trend alert!), Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals (trend alert!), my trusty heart sunglasses (trend alert!), and a dream item I took out for the first time…my classic Chanel jumbo black caviar-leather gold-hardware flapbag! A classic look to kick off summer in the city 🙂

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!

Belmont Stakes: Black & White Polka Dots

Last Saturday I attended the Belmont Stakes with my good friend Jeni. There was quite the spectrum of fashion at the racetrack- from belly shirts and strapless dresses to much more conservative and sophisticated looks. For the race, I wanted to channel my inner Julia Roberts circa “Pretty Woman”, so I opted for a summery polka dot dress. I love the big bold black and white dots on it. Polka dots are so classic and fun! I paired the look with a feather and netted black fascinator, and accessorized with red Valentino bow heels and a matching red lip.

I was so glad that I went with these Valentino shoes because that morning I had been on the fence about wearing a much cheaper pair of strappy black patent leather pumps (not by any notable designer). At the racetrack, Jeni and I were approached by Stuart Weitzman! This was an unbelievable dream come true for me, as I have been wearing and loved his shoes since I was a teenager. Actually, the first designer pair of shoes I purchased were black and white Stuart Weitzman spectator pumps! It felt good to be able to tell THE Stuart Weitzman this special story. He told me that he recognized my red Valentino heels (mistake to not wear Stuart Weitzman haha) and matching red lip immediately– and then he noticed that my friend Jeni was wearing Stuart Weitzman! He told me it didn’t look like I dressed for comfort ha! He also said that he wants his tombstone to read “Stuart Weitzman: inventor of the thigh high”. It was awesome to meet him and to speak all things shoes with him. Thank god I didn’t wear the no-name black pumps!


 

J. Crew Polka Dot Dress, sold out (similar here)
Black Feather & Netted Fascinator (similar here)
Valentino Bow Heels

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)

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

Polished, Prim, & Proper: Masculine Pieces with Feminine Details

Bell sleeves, polka dots, and pearls. These are a few of my favorite things! I must have brought back a little “prim and proper” inspiration with me back from London. This post includes a few trends of the moment (bell sleeves, mules), as well as several recent purchases.

Bell sleeves are still very in these days, and I have enjoyed seeing the different variations on bell sleeves- some are longer than others, some have more flare than others, etc. I was drawn to this jacket about a month ago (exactly to the day) at ZARA in London, as I loved the sleek unfussy lines, but the feminine yet structured bell sleeves. They reminded me of little flowers. (A few friends said this jacket reminded them of Melania Trump or Kate Middleton). This jacket effortlessly makes my entire outfit more sophisticated and polished. I paired this look with my favorite black skimmer pants, classic big black sunglasses, and a Rebecca Taylor silk polka dot blouse. I love how the polka dot bows peek through the front of the jacket. I completed this look with another trend of the moment…mules! I originally wasn’t crazy about Gucci’s horsebit slides, but I love anything with pearls on it, and these ones from Steve Madden are just so comfortable and easy to wear. The pearl detail on the shoes adds a feminine touch, just as the bell sleeves soften the sharp edges of the jacket. This outfit is work ready, and perfect for a chilly spring day like today!


Laundry Gold-Rimmed Glamorous Sunglasses (similar here)
ZARA London Bell Sleeve Jacket (similar here)
DVF Bangle
Rebecca Taylor Silk Polka Dot Blouse (similar here)
WHBM Skimmer Pants
Steve Madden “Kandi” Pearl Detailed Mules

Kate Spade Bleecker Street Opening

Last night I attended the Bleecker Street opening party of Kate Spade New York. The cute boutique carries Kate’s famous purses, wallets, and various accessories. It’s about time Kate Spade opened a store on the iconic West Village shopping street! I think that it is going to be very successful in this location. This particular boutique collaborated with the (also New York-famous) Magnolia Bakery, which is conveniently across the street. I especially enjoyed her whimsical cupcake and cake themed accessories. Adidas Yeezy Boost 330 Pas Cher However, on my wish list for this winter are the below ear muffs with a black satin bow on top. (How Blair Waldorf are these? / Who knew that ear muffs could look so good!) The whole boutique is filled with pink, glitter, bows, and all things feminine- one of the many reasons why I love Kate Spade’s designs. Adidas Ultra Boost France She also makes some killer shoes, and hopefully these will be sold in the boutique soon.

Wide Leg Trousers

Wide leg trousers, or culottes, are a big trend this spring. I picked up this pair last September and was able to get away with wearing them through the month until it became too cold! I am really excited that I can bring them out again. Wide leg trousers are a fun alternative to slacks and pencil skirts for work. Pair them with a pretty blouse and your favorite heels. (They are practically begging you to show off your favorite shoes!) I find that wearing them with flats is usually not very flattering, so I stick with heels when I wear them.

I recently wore the look below to work and received a ton of complements. I love the silk menswear-inspired blouse, too! The square oxblood print is such a fun take on traditional polka dots.

Spring is in the air!

 

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Blouse- Kate Spade (similar here)
Wide leg trousers- My own (similar here)
Bracelet- C. Wonder (similar here)
Earrings- Kate Spade
Necklace- Dogeared
Shoes- Kate Spade
Bag- Balenciaga


Work Ready Back-Detailed Blouses

While I love beautiful detailing on the front of a blouse, I feel that the back of the blouse is very often neglected. Dressing up a plain pair of black or neutral slacks with a pretty blouse is one of my go-to looks for the office. However, if the blouse has some unexpected and interesting detailing on the back I find it even more special (not to mention that it makes the piece look more expensive!) Whether it’s buttons, pleating, or an interesting seam line, a little detail on the back of your blouse goes a long way. Below are three of my favorite back-detailed blouses, at three different price points.

Why should blouse “fronts” always have all of the fun?

 

 

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Layered Split-Front Blouse- Forever21
Pleated Back Top- LuLu’s
Band of Outsider’s Scattered Silk Dot Blouse- ShopBop

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