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!

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!

Jersey Dress & White Sneakers

It’s 81 degrees right now in NYC! It’s the perfect opportunity for me to wear one of my favorite easy jersey dresses, a closet staple. I love the navy blue color, the high neckline, and peekaboo back on this one. It’s so cute and simple with fresh white sneakers (trend alert!). I completed the look by pairing it with a suede crossbody bag and cat-eye sunglasses. I love the jeweled fringe detail on this bag. It’s just the right amount of detail and sparkle to spice up an otherwise simple outfit.

360 Sweater Jersey Dress- sold out (similar-ish here)
Calvin Klein Double-Strap White Sneakers
Zara Suede Fringe Bag- sold out (similar here)
Cat-Eye Sunglasses

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

Yellow Floral Halter Dress and Tri-Strap Heels

I love a classic summer sundress, and between the halter strings, tie at the bust, midi length, and floral print on this one it had me swooning! Sundresses are easy to transition into fall by layering with a jean jacket or leather jacket (coming soon!) This dress will pair nicely with many different shoe options depending on the season or occasion: a block heeled sandal for a wedding guest attire look, low booties for a fall casual look, or these faux patent leather heels with three straps for a glam look!

Thanks to my friend Nicky for taking these pictures around the West Village. It almost looks like I live in the brownstone, right?!

BB Dakota Joss Dress
Cateye Sunglasses, NYC street vendor (similar here)
Strappy Patent Leather Heels- Nordstrom Rack (similar here)

Paillette Embroidered Feminine Top

The last weekend of summer has officially passed, but it is still in the 90s in NYC, so I will continue to wear my summer pieces for as long as I can get away with! This Rebecca Taylor top is a few years old, and I love the feminine ruffles and paillette and beading embroidery. I paired it with skinny jeans and my favorite 80’s inspired slingback white and beige kitten heels (trend alert!)

I am en route back from a wedding in Vail, Colorado. Hope everyone had a great holiday!

 Rebecca Taylor Rose Garden Beaded Cami
Stretchy skinny jeans
White slingback kitten heels

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