new york city can be a jungle...just minus any of the actual greenery. so i often resort to adding some green to the concrete with a fabulous print! this "jardin" print from kate spade's may collection jumped out at me as soon as i saw it - and i'm not going to lie, i basically wear this dress every day to work! the fun pops of color (can you see the little humming birds on the print too?) paired with the lace detail create the perfect spring dress to help me conquer the wilderness!
is it too early in the season to wave my white flag? summer is here and mother nature is not being shy about it! the heat and humidity are in full swing and the only thing i can manage to put on in the morning are little (preferably white) dresses. when the humidity percentage is higher than my rent, i reach for dresses, like this one, that are easy, lightweight, and breathable! the open sleeve allows me to still be modest all while keeping me cool. the only thing this dress can't do is make the temperature go back down!
with summer's heat creeping upon us - okay it is already here because this week in nyc was hot - i keep finding myself reaching for one of my old favorite combos: the crop top paired with a high-waisted skirt. and bonus points if they match! crop tops are an amazing way to show off your waist and the entire skirt or bottom all while staying comfortable with the climbing temperatures. what are some of your favorite ways to stay cool and comfy during the summer?
have you ever scrolled through a website and immediately stoped everything because you found the most perfect dress in the whole wide world? well that happened to me and this dress. the colors were perfection and the jeweled details had my name written all over it! but, of course, the reason i truly love this dress is because it is the epitome of a perfect garden party dress. it was at this moment that i wished i lived in a home with a spacious backyard so i could host pinterest-worthy parties with my own signature cocktail! ...i really wish this all the time to be honest.
i don't think it comes as a surprise that the veuve clicquot polo classic is my favorite event of the year! this is the third time i have attended the event and not without my favorite champagne partner in crime, dana - read about our first and second years too! at this point, dana and i have become experts at mastering the polo classic and, in my opinion, we completely nailed it this year. we hopped on the first ferry to liberty state park, where the match is held, and stood right by the door so we could be the first ones off...can you tell we were excited? although this is our third year, it was only our second year in the rosé garden. being one of the first to arrive, we were able to park ourselves at some prime real estate right up front to watch* the match.
*drink closer to
our time in greece was quickly coming to an end and we couldn't believe we were on our last full day! not only did we not spend enough time in mykonos, i felt like i wanted to explore even more of the islands...i was just getting started!! but we came to terms with our the end of the trip and checked off the last few things on our to-do list! one of those things was riding an atv. i'm sorry...how cool are they! i definitely didn't feel cool enough driving one but andrea and i rocked our newest accessory with ease: and by ease, i mean practicing for roughly 5 hours before really being comfortable. this seemed to be the mode of transportation everyone resorted to and we obviously needed to do so to blend in.
when originally planning our trip, we initially just planned to visit santorini and weren't even going to consider going to another island. but after a little bit of research, we concluded that we needed to visit mykonos as well. andrea and i didn't think anything could top santorini and we, truthfully, we had very low expectations for mykonos. once we hopped off the ferry from santorini and checked into our hotel, we knew we were in for a fun couple of days! we immediately dropped our bags off in our (stunning) room and headed right into town for an afternoon of exploration.
our time in santorini was almost up, but one thing that was still on our bucket list was to take a cruise around the island to watch the sunset. we were so lucky to work with spiridakos and joined one of their semi-private cruises complete with food and drinks. earlier that day, the waters were so rocky that they had to cancel their afternoon excursion but thankfully it was safe enough for us by sunset! we had a scheduled pickup at 3:30pm from our hotel to head down to the marina so andrea and i decided to have a leisurely lunch by the pool. what started out as relaxing, quickly turned into a frantic race to get ready because the car had arrived at 2:30!
just a piece of advice: it may not be the best idea to wear the flowiest dress you own on top of the windiest cliff. just saying. but if you're going to do it, do it in santorini!
as a fun fact about this location, andrea and i spotted it when we were shooting the night before at this location. you could even see this spot when standing from the steps! the reason it caught our eye was because there was a gorgeous wedding shooting taking place and i could only imagine how those photos turned out! we clearly got a little jealous and decided to head there the next morning.
hellooo embroidery! this is one of the spring and summer trends that i am fully on board for and kate spade is clearly all for it as well! there are countless pieces in the spring and summer kate collections that feature the trend and this dress was just one of the many! when i was able to look at the collection preview last year, i instantly took a screenshot of this dress and have been counting down the days until i could place it in my closet. a few weeks ago i was finally able to try it on and it did not disappoint! i also ended up getting this top from the collection with similar detailing and i wear it to work all the time!
each morning during our explorations in santorini, we built up quite the appetite. and because we were out the door before the sun, we were able to make it back to the hotel before the end of breakfast...and the kirini had quite the setup! thankfully breakfast was included with our room but this wasn't just your classic continental breakfast; it was truly a feast! our second morning at the hotel, we decided to ditch the restaurant seating and sit up on one of the hotel's many landings overlooking oia. so we grabbed all of the food we could carry (and then some) and headed up the steps to have our breakfast with a side of oia.
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.
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.
after a two-week blogging break and a little trip to greece (nbd), i'm back baby! i am so excited to fully share with you all about my trip to greece with andrea. after so much time planning and pinteresting, our departure date definitely snuck up on us and somehow i still felt like we had nothing planned.
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.
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!
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.
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.