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

Striped Culottes & Crop Top

It’s mid September and we have had an 80 degree weather streak…and I will take it! More days for me to wear my favorite crop top (trend alert) and bold striped pants (trend alert) ! I love these wide leg pants / culottes. They are so comfy, closing at my waist, and they “swish” when I walk! At first glance, it looks like I am wearing a pleated skirt. I also love the cut of this crop top…the high neck is so flattering and I like that it is not too short either (I wish I had bought a few pairs). I paired this outfit with my trusty gold aviators, Rebecca Minkoff black bag, and block heeled strappy sandals.

I was wearing this outfit when I met the ultimate fashion blogger, Chiara Ferragni…thank goodness I had something cute on! These pictures are taken in my hood, in one of my favorite parks, Washington Square Park. This look is very edgy and “downtown”, while also being sophisticated.

Black crop top
Gold aviators
Striped culottes
Block heel sandals
Black envelope cross-body

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)

Seersucker Off-the-Shoulder Balloon-Sleeve Bow-Back Blouse

This might be the longest named post I have ever written! I am a sucker for surprising backs, and especially if they are seerSUCKER (get it?!) I don’t think that anything quite says “summer” like seersucker. I ordered this fun blouse online a few months ago. I thought that it was so cute and perfect for summer. I also love that it combined a few of my favorite trends: off-the-shoulder and balloon-sleeves! What sold me on it though, was the surprising, fun, and feminine bow back! Everything is better with a bow on it 🙂 I paired this look with white skinny jeans, wedge sandals (a gift from my sister) and a sun-kissed glow from lying out at my cousin’s pool earlier in the day. I am in Chicago for the holiday with my family, and my sister, cousin, and I found an amazing outdoor champagne bar last night in the West Loop. Rose prosecco forever!

Let the 4th of July summery red, white, and blue looks continue!

 


Seersucker bow-back blouse- Few Moda (similar here)
White denim
Sam Edelman “Turner” Espadrille Wedge Sandal

Nautical Vertical Stripes

Yesterday was my close friend Jeni’s birthday party, and we celebrated by going out on her boat in Oyster Bay! (It’s a tough life, I know). It was the most beautiful day yesterday, perfect for a little sail. I wore one of my favorite new dresses that I plan to wear all summer- an off-the-shoulder (trend alert) and ruffled top (trend alert) vertical striped dress. I love stripes, and they are intrinsically nautical, but I have recently been very into vertical stripes. I paired the dress with my favorite Panama hat and classic gold aviator sunglasses, a black string bikini, and my favorite new gold star lace-up sandals. I love this entire outfit- feminine and on-trend, but minimalist. Hope everyone had an awesome weekend! I might be re-wearing this dress…it’s 4th of July acceptable!


Panama Hat
Gold Aviators
Black String Bikini- American Apparel (similar here)
Nautical Vertical Striped Ruffle Dress- DizzyLissy (similar here)
Gold Star Lace-Up Sandals  (designer version here)

Yellow Stripes

It was 82 degrees in NYC today, and it officially feels like summer! I spent the whole day outside, and it was the perfect occasion to wear my new boxy ruffle striped blouse. I love stripes (and polka dots!), and the ruffle adds a feminine touch. Last week in Spain I got these awesome denim leggings (jeggings). They are so comfortable because they have an elastic waist! I completed this classic look with glamorous shades, my trusty Panama hat, and old Tory Burch flats. This pair is probably 8 years old! I love the gold touches throughout tying this look together- from the gold rim on the sunglass frames, to the gold bar bracelet, to the gold plates on the ballerina flats.

Hope everyone is enjoying this gorgeous day!



Panama Hat
Glamorous Sunglasses
Yellow Striped Boxy Blouse
Jeggings
Gold Bar Bracelet
Tory Burch Flats

Fall Uniform

This weekend I went up to Sleepy Hollow for a very spooky weekend! Highlights included staying at the castle-like Tarrytown House and exploring the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery- which came complete with a headless horseman riding around! I packed my “fall uniform”: a nautical-inspired skinny striped black and white long sleeve shirt, a new burgundy quilted vest (burgundy is my favorite color this fall), black denim, and my favorite red zipper-back riding boots. A light vest like this one is great for transitional fall weather like we have been having in New York. This outfit is classic, cozy, and comfortable! Thanks to Daniel for the pics 🙂

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Skinny striped long sleeve shirt- Forever21 (similar here)
Burgundy quilted vest
Black denim
Red zipper riding boots

Nautical: Stripes & Ropes

I have had some amazing beach days this summer. Starting in the Hamptons, followed by St. Croix, and now Delaware! A few weeks ago I traveled to Bethany Beach with my friend, Jill. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Homme It was my first time in Delaware, and I am a big fan. We literally spent three days at the beach, sitting under umbrellas and relaxing. I knew that I wanted to wear something easy and comfortable…and beachy. Nothing says the beach quite like nautical stripes! I picked this brown and white striped jersey dress up a few years ago in Hong Kong at an outdoor market, and I have gotten so much wear out of it! To complete my nautical, summery look, I paired my dress with my favorite gold rope sandals. Adidas Ultra Boost France I bought these at Target a few years ago, as well, and I have gotten so much use out of them. Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Pas Cher Dolce Vita and J. Crew make very similar versions. Chaussures Adidas Ultra Boost I love the gold tip on the top of the shoe, which was trendy a few years ago but is still a nice touch. I polished off the look with a new favorite pair of bubblegum pink sunglasses. Brown and pink go surprisingly well together, and what I loved about these sunglasses is the subtle gold rim on the inside, which nicely picks up the gold in the sandal.

Beach Coverup

A cute, lightweight coverup is critical for beach days. I stumbled upon this one and it caught my eye because (one) I love anything striped and (two) the neon green tassels were so fun! I wore it to a beach day in the Hamptons a few weeks ago with my friend Helene. I paired the coverup with a straw Panama hat, gold-detailed sunglasses, and a new bubblegum pink bikini. Beach ready!

I think this coverup is nautical, fun, and easy to throw on- plus it’s a bit of additional sun protection! My friend Ari said that it looked like a talis…a joke that was somewhat appreciated (Coachella talis).

 

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Panama hat
Laundry gold top cat-eye sunglasses (similar here)
Coverup- JC Swim by Just Class (similar here)

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