santorini // intentionally wandering

it was another 5am wake-up call for our second morning in santorini and it was this day that i thought andrea was going to throw the alarm against the wall...but it was a good thing she didn't! one of the reasons that this morning was my favorite in santorini wasn't because i was wearing this ahhmazing skirt but because i felt like we had our bearings of the city. our first day we were simply exploring oia and getting lost in the many streets. but come day two, we were "experts." we were able to pinpoint the exact places we wanted to venture to first and that was a monumental stress-reliever.

catching the sunset

in a sea of blue and white, i knew i needed to shake things up and gave this city a classic pop of red. i decided to wear this dress on our first real night in santorini (i don't count the first one as we went to bed as soon as we arrived) and it paired so well with the sunset that night! it was perfectly flowy enough to keep me cool and it still allowed me to eat all the food at black rock. and the flowy dress was necessary because andrea and i ate all of the calamari they had in stock.

yellow gingham road

gingham is back baby, and i couldn't be more excited! it has been too long since i've worn my favorite spring and summer print and am so relieved that it is becoming a staple in my wardrobe. but what isn't a staple in my wardrobe is the color yellow...i know. i honestly can't tell you the last time i owned something in that color! i just have never thought it looked good with my skin tone so i would continue to bypass yellow when shopping. however, in the spirit of spring, i figured i had to give this pastel-perfect dress a shot! needless to say i was not disappointed.

lace into spring

in my opinion, lace is one of the most elegant materials in all of fashion and it can be appropriate for any and all seasons! when this dress caught my eye, it was right before easter and i instantly ordered it in my size. unfortunately, it never arrived in time before i went out east for the holiday and was left to find another occasion to wear it. although i would like to say i wore this dress to a fabulous luncheon, i really paired it with a pair of ballet flats and a denim jacket and wore it to brunch! but that truly speaks to how versatile lace is and it will always be timeless!

neutral territory

i love getting opinions from my friends and family when i am contemplating a purchase. but sometimes, they're wrong. over easter weekend, i went out to the hamptons and my family and i walked down main street for a little post-brunch shopping. of course we needed to stop in one of my favorite shops: zimmermann. i was instantly drawn to this comfy and casual knitted dress that i thought would be the epitome of a perfect transitional dress. what i thought was going to result in oos and ahhs, ended in jokes about me looking like a shepherd. my dad had even asked, "did you loose your sheep?" i think it goes without saying that i was completely disappointed! but i didn't let their "negative nancy" attitudes bring me down as i was already formulating the outfit in my head.

tailor made

working in the fashion and retail industry, i know firsthand that it is incredibly rare to get a perfect fit. there is always some tweaking that could be done to get the piece to fit just right. and for me that tweaking sometimes requires a little more manual labor than i would probably like to admit. in a world of sizes small, medium and large (or 1, 2, and 3...i'm giving you major side eye maje), those not included in those categories get pushed to the sidelines and i start getting creative.

pearly whites

"lizzie mcguire, you are an outfit repeater!!" does anyone else flash back to this scene from the lizzie mcguire movie every time they re-wear an outfit?? ...or is that just me. and i'm not going to lie, that after thinking of this quote, i started watching the full movie. thank god for netflix! but before i get too distracted, the main reason i'm re-wearing this temperly london dress (that i wore in charleston last summer) was because it was the perfect pair with this year's latest trend: pearls! after seeing these earrings on jenny from margo & me, i stalked the website for months before they were finally released and i was able to snag myself a pair. and it was then that i realized this would be the start of an extensive pearl collection.

stress-free hair

i can say now that i truly love my hair...but i haven't always felt this way about it. when i was younger, i was constantly teased for being a redhead and many people would unwelcomely touch my hair. i considered my hair a burden and hated sticking out in the crowd. but my hair shaped who i am today - fun fact: i wrote my college essay about being a redhead - and i'm so thankful for it.

give it a twirl

spring and dresses have become synonymous and when i am able to twirl in one of those spring dresses, they get immediate brownie points! this dress was just what i needed to truly get into the spring spirit and the "twirl" effect did not disappoint. although, i instantly fell in love with this dress, i seemed to struggle with how to accessorize it...more specifically, what shoes to wear! probably because i'm a little particular with the shoes worn with maxi dresses. when the hem is longer, there is no question that i wear a heel or wedge, but when the hem is just the right length for me, i freeze up.

red ruffles

i think we can all agree how excited i am for spring to finally be here! but a part of me couldn't quite let go of the winter. so i found a hybrid between a winter and a spring floral to create the comfiest of all dresses! and needless to say, the ruffles give me a little bit of that sass i look for in an outfit.

slide by

one of my favorite shoe trends of the fall season was the slide: simple and easy, yet stylish and chic. so i was incredibly happy to see slides were not going anywhere in 2017. the takeover of the gucci slide (and shoutout to those who got them with the fur!) was overwhelming and it seemed like everyone and their mother had a pair...or at least the steve madden lookalikes. this was probably why i was never able to bring myself to purchase a pair. but these "gala" slides from kate spade certainly got my attention. they were everything i wanted and more in a pair of shoes yet somehow i struggled to commit.

stripe a pose

say hello to trench coat weather! although i have officially broken out my lighter-weighted jackets, they still need some layering for those chilly spring morning and evenings. this striped turtleneck is the perfect pairing for almost all of my spring coats and i feel like i'm wearing a sweatshirt all day! ...without looking like i'm wearing one...because apparently sweatshirts aren't "office appropriate"

april flowers

april is here already!! that means we are one month closer to fall (hope you didn't think i was going to say summer). but until then, i be transitioning into spring with the best way i know how: layering! when i found this completely sheer dress with slits up to the waist, i knew i had to work a little bit of magic. i loved adding the all black ensemble underneath to make the stunning embellishments truly pop!

monumental fail

the purpose of my quick trip back to washington, dc was to revisit one of my favorite sights: the cherry blossoms! as i mentioned here, the weather was not optimal for the cherry blossoms to bloom but that didn't mean that was going to stop me from waking up before the crack of dawn and heading down to the tidal basin. throughout the years, i've always admired the jefferson memorial simply due to how stunning it looks peeking through the cherry blossoms. so with the blossoms still frozen solid, i was sure to spend some time at the jefferson memorial too in an effort to make it not a total monumental fail.

jailbird

we had quite the blizzard a few weeks ago on the east coast, which put a little damper on my plans to visit the cherry blossoms in washington, dc. the blossoms were covered in a layer of ice causing a significant delay the peak days. but my train was booked and my friends were awaiting my arrival so there was no way i was about to reschedule! i went to plan b and simply visited some of my favorite locations in dc working with the incredibly talented laura metzler!