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!

Fall Transition Look: Quilted Leather Skirt (Part 2)

The second part of this quilted faux leather skirt look is live! This time I made it more “school girl” by pairing it with a silk DVF blouse with a big black detachable pussy bow (trend alert!) and ankle length black lace up booties. I love a dramatic black and white look! I went with a low sleek ponytail, a dark berry lip by Stila, and dark nail polish (“Wicked” by Essie). It felt like a very fall shoot, in a few of my favorite West Village spots! I love looking at all of the West Village homes that have been decorated for Halloween.

Another Halloween inspired post to come! It will be a fun one…

DVF “Whitnie”Curved Yoke Shirt
Banana Republic Black Quilted Faux Leather Skirt
Dolve Vita “Pace” Suede Lace-Up Wedge Booties

Wedding Guest Edition: Seafoam Green Lace Dress

I am missing last Sunday’s wedding in Lancaster, Pennsylvania! This is the “dusty sage” (seafoam green) lace dress I wore as a wedding guest. I think that an understated colored lace dress is always a safe bet for a wedding. I love the sexy low back on this one, the spaghetti straps, and the mock halter front. I paired the look with neutral (blush) block-heel sandals with pearl embellishment (trend alert!). I love how these colors blended together. I completed the look with a bright red lip and dangly classic pearl drop earrings.

Only 4 more weddings to go this year!

 

Romeo & Juliet Woven Open Back Floral Lace Midi Dress 
Blush Pearl Embellished Block-Heels Sandals
Pearl Dangly Drop Earrings- my own from Taj Jewelers

Wedding Guest Edition: Silk Yellow Ruffled Dress

This weekend I had the pleasure of being the Plus 1 wedding date for one of my best friends, Gracie! One of her best friends, Valerie, got married in a beautiful intimate wedding in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I am so honored that I got to attend! I remember meeting Val in Thailand when she visited Gracie almost 7 years ago (wow). For the wedding, I decided to wear one of my favorite summery colors: yellow! I love wearing yellow because it is so cheerful and warm. This is a silk BGBC dress that has delicate pleated ruffle layers. I love pretty much anything that is feminine and girly, so naturally I was drawn to this simple dress.

The most fun part of the outfit for me, however, were the party shoes! You can just call me Carrie Bradshaw. These ones are beige satin with a bejeweled crystal heel by Nicholas Kirkwood. Changing the shoe pairing with this dress can transform the formality of it. Pairing it with a leather jacket and booties could transition the dress into fall- and dress the whole look down.

I hope that the beautiful bride Val and her husband Will are having a blast in Portugal now!

BCBG silk yellow dress
Nicholas Kirkwood Faye Strass Bow Satin Sandal

France Part 5, St. Tropez: Pom Pom Embroidered Turquoise Dress

Writing this post is bittersweet, as it was exactly one month ago to the day that Gwen and I were in St. Tropez living our best lives! I visited St. Tropez for the first time when I was 17 with one of my best friends from high school (Katalin!) so this trip brought back a lot of good memories for me. We loved exploring the cute shops in town, eating Tropezienne dessert overlooking the yachts in the harbor, and of course– the pool parties at the day clubs! We had a blast at a club that I remembered from 12 years ago, called Nikki Beach. They had the most fun pool party! We started our day at the Dior Cafe (who knew there was such a thing). It was pretty extra though- garden dining with umbrellas that spritzed fine mist as you as you ate. All of the food was Dior branded, which was pretty amazing, too!

For the day, I needed an outfit that could take me from breakfast in the town, to the beach, to the pool parties. I bought this Calypso St. Barth turquoise embroidered pom pom beach cover up a few years ago, and had been waiting for the most special occasion to wear it. I love the gorgeous beading and the big silky tassels. The pom poms are so fun and beachy, too! I wore the dress over a classic black string bikini, and completed the look with my big sunglasses and Panama hat. Next time I will need to find cuter shoes than my favorite Reef flip flops!

 

Calypso St. Barth Villy Embroidered Strapless Dress
Black String Bikini- American Apparel, out of business (similar here)
Cateye Sunglasses

France Part 3, Antibes: Off-the-Shoulder Silk Waterfall Hem Dress & Classic Slingbacks

This post captures one of my absolute favorite memories from my trip to France. It’s always been a dream of mine to visit the world famous Hotel du Cap Eden Roc. Gwen and I pulled up to the perfectly manicured gates in our little black Cleo, where we were greeted by 4 valet men. After ensuring us that we knew that they did not cause the scratches on our vehicle (haha!) we stepped out and enjoyed the spectacular views from the hotel. My friend Gwen (in marigold Maje!) and I each enjoyed a glass of Whispering Angel rose as we looked out on the incredible infinity pool and the calm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. I will remember it forever!

For our fancy day out, I wore a new DVF silk off-the-shoulder (trend alert!) waterfall-hem printed dress. I love how the silk is so delicate and billowed in the wind. I kept the look simple, and chic, with a delicate gold necklace, oversized cat-eye sunglasses, and white and nude slingbacks. I love these white shoes- they are the perfect height and are comfortable, and the cut brings back major 80s vibes!

I miss the glamour and tranquility of this place…sigh! The last two photographs in this post are from Hotel Belles Rives…an also spectacular hotel on the drive to Hotel du Cap Eden Roc!

Sunglasses
Delicate Gold Evil Eye Necklace
DVF Camila Off the Shoulder Dress
White & Nude Midheel Slingbacks

France Part 2, Cannes: Striped Maxi Dress, Panama Hat & Aviators

After Aix-en-Provence, we made a quick pit stop for the night in Marseilles, and then continued to Cannes. I have always been curious to see and explore Cannes, as it sounds so glamorous with the Cannes Film Festival! I remember looking at all of the movie stars in their billowing silk gowns on the French Riviera’s red carpet. While we ate some amazing meals in Cannes (a few pics below) and Gwen did some serious shopping damage, I think that I would be okay to skip it when I go back to the south of France. There were a lot of tourists, and a lot of cruise ships! I did love this summery striped maxi dress though- it felt very nautical to me. I paired the dress with my trusty Panama hat, and gold rim aviator sunglasses.

I love the mock-halter of this dress, as well as the easy tie at the front. This dress will be great to transition into fall with a leather jacket. It’s a perfect look for Los Angeles…or Cannes!

 

Panama hat
Zara red and white striped mock-halter dress
Gold rim aviators

France Part 1, Provence: One-Shoulder Bow Detailed Striped Cotton Dress

Last Sunday I returned from an incredible nearly 2 week vacation in France! I met one of my best friends, Gwen, in Aix-en-Provence, and we road-tripped through the south. She was the photographer for all of these pics (thanks Gwen!) When I saw this one-shoulder swingy cotton dress, it screamed “Provence” to me! I love the striped pattern and the subtle bow detail on the shoulder. I am very into tea length dresses (trend alert!) this season. I completed the look with my favorite lace up espadrilles (they are 12 years old, from Banana Republic!), a red lip, dainty gold rings, and cat-eye sunglasses.

Aix-en-Provence was so charming, and one of my favorite places we visited. The lavendar fields also had me feeling like I was in The Sound of Music!

 

Do + Be one-shoulder bow detail striped cotton dress (exact replica here)
Banana Republic open-toe lace-up espadrilles (similar here)
Cat-eye sunglasses, $10 NYC street vendor (similar here)
Dainty gold rings

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

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