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!)

Bahamas: Calypso Embroidered Cover-Up & Metallic Star Sandals

Today I am testing out a new format! I just returned from a wonderful vacation in the Bahamas with my friend Jeni. For the trip, I packed some of my favorite resort wear pieces! When I saw this gorgeous Calypso colorful embroidered and beaded tassel tie-front cover-up (that was a lot!) I had to have it. Calypso is one of my favorite resort wear brands, there stuff is so beautiful. I paired the look with my classic Panama hat, gold star lace up sandals (a Forever21 knockoff of Loeffler Randall), and cat eye sunglasses. A few girls even complemented me on the sandals when I was in line for wrist bands. I felt very glamorous and pool ready!

Trench Coat Season, with Bettye’s “Carly” Pump

I loved this photoshoot with photographer Alex Van and Abbey Liebman’s Bettye “Carly” shoe desigs. Due to the fact that this was a shoe collaboration, I started the styling process with the red ankle strap shoe and built it “up”. I love navy and red together. This dress has an amazing open back too- I love anything with interesting back details! The dress can go from work to play by pairing it with a sweater for the office. I completed this look with a trench coat with black piping details, and feminine touches such as flared and ruffled bell sleeves. I love how polished, sophisticated, and classy this look is, and the red shoes really make the outfit pop (and I love the little tassel detail). This fall, I have been very into wearing jackets draped over my shoulders. It instantly makes an outfit look more chic!

Bell sleeve trench coat with black piping
Backless navy dress- ZARA (similar here)
Bettye “Carly” Ankle Strap Pumps

Bohemian Black & Gold with Bettye Studded Mules

I loved styling this bohemian look with gold studded mules by Bettye. My style is usually a little more preppy than bohemian, so it was really fun to switch things up. I love the tiny stud details that shoe designer Abbey Liebman added to these mules. The black and gold goes well with so many different looks, and paired perfectly with this matching black, gold, and white dress! I like the shiny gold pailette detailing, the long black tassels, the balloon sleeves (trend alert) and the subtle star embroidery. All photography in this post is taken by the talented Alex Van!

Happy fall, which mean happy booties!


Bohemian embroidered dress- Native Rose (similar here)
Bettye “Stately” studded mules

Bettye Collaboration with Shoe Designer Abbey Liebman

Hi guys! I am super, super excited to post the first of a 4 part collaboration series with shoe designer, Abbey Liebman for Bettye’s Fall ’17 Collection! Bettye shoes come in a variety of styles (as you will soon see!) I loved the process of this collaboration…from visiting her design studio, to looking at samples, to seeing the vintage and inspirational shoes she uses. In this first post, I am wearing rose-gold tassel loafer mules (slides…trend alert!) and Abbey is wearing black platform peep toe booties. I opted for an all black look, pairing my new favorite raw hem jeans (trend alert) with a black Marc Jacobs jacket I have had for 10 years (classics never go out)! These mules also come in black and burgundy- I am a big fan of burgundy for fall. Abbey opted for a downtown edgy look. It was a hot, sunny day shooting throughout the West Village and Greenwich Village. HUGE props to our photographer extraordinaire,  Alex Van, for capturing so many amazing pictures and for having an eye for locations!

Also, Abbey was just named the shoe designer for Bettye Muller shoes, so I have a feeling there might be more collaborations in the future 😉

To see more of their work, follow Abbey Liebman @abbsinshoes and Alex Van @van_fiction

 









On Emily: Marc Jacobs jacket- 10 years old! (similar here)
Distressed raw hem jeans
Rose gold “Brea” loafers- Bettye
On Abbey: Bettye peep toe booties that are not in
stores yet, but will be soon! Shop here for more Bettye shoes

Nantucket Part 2: Blue & White

I spent the past 4 days in Nantucket with my Mom, and it has been pretty dream like. Nantucket is one of my favorite places- it feels very idyllic, almost utopian. Every corner is filled with beautiful flower plantings and charming shingled homes. The style is definitely P R E P P Y. I have been saving these fun turquoise tassel earrings (trend alert) to wear on the island. It also was a perfect place for me to wear my new faux-halter ruffle and lace top. I love the details on this top! I kept the look casual and low-key by wearing my favorite ankle-zipper skinny jeans and white velcro sneakers (trend alert)! Thanks to my wonderful Mom for taking my pics on this trip!

Tan, please don’t fade now…

Turquoise tassel earrings- NYC street vendor (Lisi Lerch similar)
White ruffle lace top- Blu Pepper (super similar here by 7ForAllMankind)
Ankle zipper jeans (similar here)
White velcro sneakers- Calvin Klein

Kate Spade Spring / Summer ’17 Must Haves

Below are some of my favorite must-haves from Kate Spade’s Spring / Summer ’17 line! I must say I am embarrassed that this post has been sitting in my “Drafts” folder since May! Enjoy the eye candy. I love her whimsical designs!

Happy almost Labor Day holiday!











Kate Spade New York

LulaRoe Classic Tee

There aren’t many more days left this summer where I can wear white jeans! This classic tee goes perfectly with the white denim, and it’s such an easy look. The tee is from LulaRoe and is so cozy and comfy! It’s also great for layering. I paired the pretty teal color with my favorite orange fringe necklace (trend alert…last summer ha!) I love the “yoga” vibes from the necklace. I completed the look with my favorite espadrille wedges.

LulaRoe tee shirt
Tassel fringe necklace- purchased in Greece! (similar here)
White jeans
Espadrilles

 

Tropical Destination Wedding Look: Part 1

Two weekends ago I traveled to beautiful St. Croix for my friends Natalia and Tom’s wedding. I have a lot of good memories in St. Croix, and I brought my travel buddy Alex as my plus 1. (Last year she brought me to Santorini…we travel well together ha). For the wedding, I knew I would want to wear something tropical and resort wear style. I had my eye on this dress all last summer at ZARA (I know…) and in August I scooped it up. I love the bright yellow hue, the winged, cape sleeves, and most of all the open back. A lady’s back is one of my favorite areas to show off, especially when you’re tan! You don’t need cleavage to be sexy- focus on the other side! I paired this dress with my favorite black fringe statement earrings, from H&M. Tropical destination ready! Thanks to Alex for taking my pics this weekend. More to come.

 

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Yellow open back cape dress- Zara
Black fringe statement earrings- H&M, sold out (similar here)

The LWD

The LWD (Little White Dress) is just as classic as the LBD. I actually prefer it! There is something so chic and summery about a sexy Little White Dress. Similar to its black twin, white dresses can be paired with amazing shoes and accessories. I recently picked up this simple white dress during ZARA’s sale (it was under $20!). I can easily dress it up for a cocktail party, as I did here by pairing it with occasion Jimmy Choos, or dress it down with a Panama hat and gladiator sandals. I love the V-strap feature and the layered top on this dress. A LWD is a closet staple, not to be overshadowed by the LBD.

Now let’s talk about these Jimmy Choos. They were a recent splurge and when I showed them to my friend she asked me “Where are you going to wear these though?” Exhibit A: My Dad’s surprise 60th birthday party in Chicago. I love the rope ankle tie and the gold fringe tassel details. These shoes would pair nicely with many different LWDs!

Off to the Middle East this evening. Have a great weekend! Xx

 

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LWD- ZARA
Rope sandals- Jimmy Choo (similar here)

 

 

 

 

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