Stripes + Red Embroidery

July 20, 2017

Quick! It's 100+ degrees out, what do you wear? Answer: a dress. And for me that means a dress that isn't body hugging, let's me wear a normal bra, has a long enough hemline that I can bend over and not be exposed, and can go from day to night depending on the accessories. Even better if it's sleeveless for oven-like temperatures. Sounds like a tall order but with all the brand and retailer sites I bounce around on for the weekly sales + steals post I've managed to find several dresses that fit my wish list criteria. One such dress that continued to catch my eye week after week was this stripe embroidered midi dress from kate spade. I don't usually gravitate towards red but the vivid embroidery was in all the right places and made the neutral white and grey stripe background come alive.

 

ksny always has a great mix of dresses – from fancy party frocks and classic sheaths to easy sundresses and more casual pieces – and the variety means that I can almost always find more than one dress I need/want each season. The stripe + embroidery combo even comes in a sleeved version with a tie waist! I went with the sleeveless style because I loved the embroidered straps, length, tiered patio silhouette, and smocked back panel. Super comfortable and so easy breezy. And though I’m “all dresses all the time” right now, the stripe + embroidery goodness also extends to this top!

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GoWeave Slip Dress

July 18, 2017

I'd like the file the summertime cold under "things I don't understand." Congested sinuses, machine gun sneezes, and a sore throat - all things that encompass a traditional cold - all make the most sense when it's actually cold outside. Feeling this way when it feels like 105 degrees is just...weird. And annoying. If you can't tell, I'm suffering from a summer cold. Not ideal. Hoping that it clears up soon so I can stop complaining and stop blowing my nose.

Stupid cold aside, I'm really excited to share this slip dress! From all the slip style dresses I've posted in the past couple months it might be obvious that I have a thing for the silhouette...

 

I love slip dresses. I could go on and on about why but the simple fact is that for me, they’re really easy to throw on and feel good. This one from Everlane is a little different than the others I’ve shared in that it’s made with Japanese GoWeave. What’s that you ask? It’s a crease-resistant and cooling textile that has a subtle texture (almost like a grosgrain) and a nice silky drape. While it’s not something you can roll up in a suitcase and throw on immediately (I did this for a wedding a month ago and it does require a little pressing after being folded in a bag) the GoWeave makes it a lot more forgiving than silk in the wrinkle-resistant department.

I really like the “rose” hue I have on (it’s the color of Piglet’s face from Winnie the Pooh, right?) but the dress comes in three other colors…I’m on the waitlist for the black version in my size. The one draw back I’ve found is that it can’t be worn with a traditional strapless bra. I wear it with a sticky bra and it looks totally fine but given that it’s summer and I sweat like I’m running a marathon even when I’m standing still (a super feminine trait that I LOVE) sticky bras are not my friend this time of year. Poor me, I know.

Did I mention that this dress is a hand wash piece? No dry-cleaning = WIN. I’m wearing a zero if that helps!

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Seeking Shade + Wearing A Pleat

July 12, 2017

Is everyone getting so sick of hearing Texans complain about the heat? Admittedly, it's fairly hard not to talk about anything else. But I'll try...

First things on my mind (besides how hot it will be today): 1) Molly and I have been watching The Handmaid's Tale and have two episodes left. I don't even know what to say other than that we're equal parts shocked, creeped out, angry, and intrigued each time we watch. It's definitely a "make you think" kind of show and we're addicted. 2) I really want to see The Big Sick (which comes out this weekend). Maybe I've craving some sweet comedic relief after the aforementioned series binging? 3) This Cuyana tee dress had been worn aggressively. Keep reading to find out why I'm loving it.

 

I already shared my love for Cuyana’s Drape-Back Dress in this post. It’s a fantastic midi and has gotten a lot of wear in the few weeks I’ve had it. But alas, the heat has led me to favor shorter hem lines and the Pleat-Back Tee Dress had been my go-to when I want to be comfortable but look put together. Unlike some of my other t-shirt dresses, this one has the elevated details Cuyana is so known for…the back pleat gives the super soft pima cotton an architectural element that makes it really special. And I love the baby pocket in the front – it’s the perfect little size and that little something extra. The black has limited sizes but the grey version has been fully restocked! Highly recommend getting on the waitlist (just click your size and a box appears to enter your email) if your size is gone…Cuyana has been re-stocking their fast-selling pieces all summer!

Also: my bright and incredibly comfortable sandals are on sale! 50% off! Get ’em before they’re gone!!!

Pieces From The Post
Cuyana Pleat-Back Tee Dress // LOEFFLER RANDALL SAL SLIDE SANDAL (on Sale for 50% off!) (ALSO HERE AND ON AMAZON!) // CLARE V FOLDOVER CLUTCH BLUSH HAIR ON (Flat version here) // RAY-BAN AVIATORS (ALSO HERE, AND ON AMAZON!) // Zoë Chicco Pave Necklace // KAREN LAZAR BRACELETS

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Stripes (No Stars)

July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July! It's a party in the U.S.A.! I don't have stars for you today but I do have stripes. Fantastic stripes, actually. I'm a BIG fan of everything Everlane has come out with this summer (prepare yourself to see more of their dresses in the coming weeks) and this linen racerback style has become a fast favorite. Not just because the indigo & ivory is Fourth of July appropriate (throw on a red bandana and you've got the complete RW&B combo!) but because it's so light and easy and everyday appropriate. Did I mention that it's under $60? I've worn it so much that I'll probably be scooping up the heather grey version, too.

 

In substitute of stars (which I am a fan of, BTW), I have embroidered flowers. How precious is this little embellished mini dome pouch from Loeffler Randall?! You might recognize the blooms as the same on the heeled sandals I wore here – and the detailing is one in the same. The embroidered flowers can be found on other woven indigo-dyed pieces in LR’s summer ’17 collection – see and shop all of the denim-hued goodness here!

Hope everyone enjoys celebrating America’s independence (not America’s birthday) today!! And of course…don’t forget that there are TONS of sales and steals that continue through today…see all the discounts (and some of our personal favorites) here.

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Seersucker Skirt + Crop

June 29, 2017

I have this friend who is the queen of crop-tops and skirts. When I think crop-tops my mind usually goes to "hot girls looking hot" on Instagram, a very tight crop and a lot of midriff showing. But my friend, Hannah, doesn't do crops this way...the ones she favors are feminine, structured, lose in the right places and she pairs them with high waisted skirts, jeans, and shorts for just the right amount of skin revealed. Every time I see her in one of these signature looks I think, "I wanna do that." And here you have my attempt. A matching skirt and crop seemed like the easiest way to dip my toe into the pool that is crop-tops.

 

I’ve got a torso that’s on the longer side – which means that crop-tops aren’t always going to work on me. But they totally work with high-waisted skirts! Even better if said skirt and top are matching (making them a styling no brainer). I love how summery the pale lilac and white seersucker fabric is in this duo…seersucker (especially in this color combo) is more girly and preppy than I usually go for but it’s perfect for this season and a nice way to make the little bit of skin shown more sweet than sultry.

Incase you’re feeling the look of my skirt and crop set, here are some more paired pieces to love:

  • Not your average stripes on this set
  • Couldn’t believe that this set is Forever21…the detail is awesome and it’s not too young or aggressively risqué
  • This set is dressy (and modest) enough to wear for a wedding
  • Obsessed with the slightly retro vibe of this black and white mini dot set
  • This is a great casual set – adore the smocking and heathered grey (good price, too!)
  • More black and white but in stripes and more structure here
  • This set has the most incredible gingham color combo happening
  • If you’re wanting the perfect summer print, this skirt and top are ideal!
  • Loving the cut-out pattern on this set and the maxi skirt length
  • This has a tighter top but I love it with the maxi skirt and abstract gingham print
  • Ok, its short and not a skirt on this set, but the ruffles are too cute and I love the white
  • This Zara set is on sale and super adorable
  • Love how this set has a lace overlay (looks like Self Portrait!) that totally keeps the midriff covered
  • This skirt and top are sold separately (but they’re both on sale!) and I love the linen
  • This set is another Self Portrait look-alike

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