Never Alone in Barcelona, Part II


The husband and I spent most of our time in Spain wandering through wine country and taking out mass amounts of Rioja. While it was a wonderful time, I am not sure I would call it relaxing.

We spent the last day of the Barcelona portion of our trip at the hotel pool area. I am a little ashamed to say that this was one of my favorite days of the honeymoon. It was a nearly-eight hour marathon of poolside relaxation and I do not take it back!

The cover up is from the Calypso Soleil collection. (I wrote about the release here.) While I packed many a Calypso item for the honeymoon, this was the only one that I did not lose my mind about when the husband put it in the dirty clothes travel bag. (“Please get the rest of my caftans out of there!”) I love this cover up because, as promised in the Soleil marketing, easy to pack and easy on the wallet!


cover up // swimsuit (old, Victoria’s Secret) // sunglasses // scarf (old, Christian LaCroix) // sandals // tote (similar) // tote (similar) // tinted moisturizer

The Sunday Prior

 


The fiance and I spent the Sunday before the wedding running errands. Yoga, sweetgreen salads, returning my would-be bridal party day-of outfits (heads up: Chubbies run small), getting my ring cleaned, procuring a new suitcase (with my then-soon-to-be monogram) for the honeymoon, getting a silverware organizer from the Container Store, grocery shopping for the week, and meal prep. It was a busy day to say the least.

The fiance and I came across Linwood Park while we were in Ardmore. The park provides a beautiful respite from the urban, and even suburban rush. There is even a reflexology path, where one can tread with or without shoes. We only had time for a quick break, but have plans to return next time we go grocery shopping.

A day with so many errands calls for comfort. This means a cotton tank, silk kimono, and my go-to jorts (seen here and here). Everywhere I went, I received compliments on the kimono and that made my to-do list all the more manageable!


kimono // tank top (similar) // shorts (similar) // bucket bag // sandals // sandals (tall version) //  prasiolite cuff // rose gold cuff // bow cuff // ring // sunglasses // tinted sunscreen //  eyelash curler // mascara //  eyebrow product // eyeshadow // lip liner // lip pencil // cheek stain

Zest for Calypso St. Barts

It is not a secret that I love Calypso St. Barts. It is pricey, yes. I get over it because they have pretty steep markdowns and nobody makes pieces like they do. What’s more to love? They just released a very packable and very economical collection.

After obsessing and buying a few pieces from Calypso St. Barths, I was thrilled to find their diffusion line. I say diffusion because even though it is offered on their website under their brand, it is at a significantly lesser price point. I immediately purchased a caftan (and at 25% off no less!) to wear during my bachelorette weekend at the beach (!) and subsequent honeymoon. (Not that I know where the latter is; fiance planned it and is keeping it a total and complete secret from me. I only know that I should be brushing up on my espanol. I only took six semesters of it between high school and undergrad.) The fiance told me that the caftan would be perfect for the setting.

Y’all, the line is selling out. I purchase this caftan in pink, but there was only medium and large left. The dark gray counterpart was only available in extra-small and small. There are other items, including matching sarongs and sweet little peoples’ styles available. Shop now and shop hard. This collection is not going to last.

 

 

 

tunic // border print dress // medallion print dress // pant // scarf

 

 

 

A Hot Hippie Summer

 

 


The temperatures in Philadelphia have been in the 90s this week. As I was walking around Center City running errands, I had beads of sweat running down my face and was starting to develop swamp ass.

Reflecting on the day, I realize that I should have worn something from the hippie side of my closet: a tunic, caftan, or midi dress would have provided ample ventilation. I think the hippies are on to something in their summer style choices; my mind goes to early 2000s Bonnaroo, before festival fashion became what it is today. Manchester, Tennessee even in early June is intense, and most of the festival attendees set up camp for the entire three days. If the hippies at Bonnaroo can handle three days in a wardrobe of breezy dresses, caftans, and tunics, I can stand the Philadelphia heat in the same pieces.


baja hoodie // distressed denim shorts // tie dye swimsuit top // tie dye swimsuit bottom // silk kimono // pearlized Birkenstock // rainbow caftan // tunic

Have a Caftan


Caftans are the most comfortable article of clothing and they are quickly becoming my favorite, even surpassing leggings. I last wrote about my obsession with an embellished dazzler several weeks ago, and again I found myself spending another lazy Sunday in one.

I love that they are so versatile. There is a caftan for every occasion, whether you are in sipping a Manhattan in a dark fancy-pants bar or sipping margaritas by the pool. I have worn them for both occasions, whether I find myself in Center City Philadelphia or Hilton Head.

This lightweight orange number over a bikini was perfect for a 95 degree day. The fuschia Jack Rogers and the clear printed tote brought out the pink sequin detail on the caftan. My favorite accessory was the jalepeno margarita in the floral tumbler.

 towel // tumbler // sandals


I have my eye on a few more caftans that I plan to add to my collection:

clockwise from top left:

bright printed caftan // blue and white printed caftan // blue and white engineered striped caftan // pink and red open back caftan // blue printed short caftan

Chicest Caftan Ever


I had my eye on this caftan for nearly a year now. When I met it, it was over $800, and admittedly too steep for my budget. I watched it go on sale, picked up other similar caftans that reached my markdown threshold, and noticed that it suddenly disappeared from the site.

This happens all too frequently to me, waiting too long to buy an item, and consequently having passer’s remorse. When I miss out on an item, I repeatedly check back on the site, hoping that there has been a return in my size. (I shop online 90 percent of the time. What can I say? The online stores have the tall sizes.) Nine times out of ten, this strategy is successful and I end up purchasing the item at a very competitive price. However this time, when the caftan turned up on the site, it was marked up since the last time I saw it. Rather than buy it on the site, I bought it NWT through an eBay vendor at half of the original store’s current markdown price.

I was thrilled when it was finally delivered. The beaded and sequined silk is beyond beautiful. I received compliments galore when I wore it this past weekend. Also, tall ladies, take note that this is the perfect length. The size small fit perfectly; I cannot imagine anyone shorter than 5’11” not needing to hem it. I look forward to wearing it over a swimsuit this summer, but for now, I will be wearing over a black slip and accessorizing with a glass of rose.


caftan // slip // quatrefoil ring // black diamond cuff // pearl and gold cuff // sandals // bucket bag (similar) // sunglasses // lip color

A Sunny State of Mind

 

It is always around this time of year, past the holidays but before St. Patrick’s Day, that I start dreaming about going on a warm-weather vacation. Whenever I start to plan my vacation in my head, I also pack my make-believe suitcase.

Other than last year when I went to Key West, my track record for taking time off from work and going somewhere warm is zero. This does not stop me from ordering some of the items that I picked out for my metaphorical vacation suitcase. These are the picks for my resort suitcase 2017.


wedge heel // sandals // swimsuit  //  scallop-hem shorts //  fringed tunic // split tunic // crochet tunic

My Hilton Head Suitcase

I was so disappointed to have to cancel our Hilton Head vacation. My fiance’s mom’s side annually reunites every fall. This was the first year that I managed to talk him into taking the time off to unplug and unwind. Unfortunately Hurricane Matthew had other plans.

Last week my fiancé and I were both out of town for business. Since we would have less than a 24 layover at home between the work return flights and vacation departure flights, we packed for Hilton Head well in advance. While I try to stay restrained when it comes to packing for vacation (I have been known to keep it to a backpack), the fiance has preferred status with our preferred airline, granting him a free checked bag. Trust me when I say that this does not excite him to the same extent that it excites me. I convinced him that checking a shared large suitcase with each of us carrying a backpack with one day/night of clothes and toiletries would be ideal.

These are my favorite items from the Hilton Head suitcase:

  • Calypso Henrika Caftan: I wore this multiple times over the July Fourth weekend and many times since then. While it is beautiful in photos, it is gorgeous in person. It has delicate pink beading along the neckline and the wrists. It is just sheer enough to show your swimsuit underneath. Although I am 6’2″, I can get away with the length of a medium. I purchased the caftan at the beginning of the summer and it is still available and on deep discount now.
  • La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF: Sunscreen is a necessity even on the cloudiest of days. My dermatologist recommended that I switch from standard foundation to the La Roche Posay Tinted Moisturizer and SPF years ago and I have never looked back. The last time I was in CVS picking up the Tinted Moisturizer, I picked up a tube of the Anthelios SPF 60 as well. It is perfection.
  • 7 for All Mankind White Denim Rolled Hem Shorts: This summer I have become obsessed with 7 for All Mankind denim shorts. The first pair I purchased were cutoffs and the length was the major selling point. (I think the inseam is longer than cited on the product information.) As a tall woman, the sad truth is that shorts can border on inappropriate, but the cutoffs and the white rolled hem shorts were the perfect inseam. These shorts run true to size.
  • Calypso Prudence Kimono: I coveted this kimono since earlier this summer when I almost purchased it along with the Calypso Henrika Caftan. I wish I had ordered it earlier as I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived two weeks ago. It is even more fantastic in person. The kimono is light silk, and so delicate and so detailed. While it is marked down with an additional percentage reduction, you can tell it is an expensive piece. This item runs large; I wear a small.
  • Lilly Pulitzer Elsa Blouse: The Elsa Blouse is a Lilly Pulitzer mainstay. When I saw the pink chevron in the window of a Georgetown boutique back in the spring of 2014, I became a woman obsessed. It has been in regular rotation ever since. The Elsa Blouse runs large; the length of the small is ideal.

I think it is time to start planning our next warm-weather resort trip.


cuff short // released hem short // distressed denim short // silk kimono // printed caftan // whipstitch sandal // tank // best sunscreen ever // split tie tunic // floral shell // tunic top // folio case // folio case // swim bottom // swim top // sunglasses // beach tote // tote // gold sandals