Never Alone in Barcelona, Part I


My husband (still getting used to calling him that) surprised me with a honeymoon in Spain. I did not find out where we were going until we arrived at the airport and the check in agent handed us our boarding passes.

Even though it was changing seasons, the weather in Barcelona was comparable to the Gulf Coast, albeit dryer. The highs were in the 80s and the lows were in 50s, but it only dipped during the night. Although I did not know where we were going, my then-fiance was very helpful in guiding me in what to pack.

I will say the people of Spain also get autumn-happy when the leaves show the slightest hint of changing color. I was sporting brights and pastels the entire honeymoon, while locals were in full-length denim and in some cases, jackets. Layering was definitely in full force.

On this day my husband (!) wore pants and a thermal long sleeve shirt, and I actually felt bad for him for not dressing more appropriate to the weather. When the sun is out and it is so warm that one breaks into a ladylike glow and must topknot her hair, I think we can agree that embracing the resort365 life is necessary.


blouse (alternate colorway) // blouse (alternate colorway) // blouse (alternate colorway) // blouse (alternate colorway) // blouse (alternate colorway) // tank // shorts // sunglasses // sandals // tote (similar) // pearl earrings // rose gold cuff // bow cuff (℅ Mignon Faget) // mascara // eyebrow product // 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

Fall for J.Crew

Who has seen the deliciousness of J.Crew’s New Arrivals? I immediately added nearly everything to my online shopping card. I do not know that I have seen so many items that were made in tall in one New Arrivals release. There are even some items that only come in standard sizes that I am considering ordering just to try on and pray that they work on my 6′-2″ frame.

Shall we just get down to the highlights?

 

 

 

loafer // flat // bootie


 

 

 

velvet wrap dress (standard sizes only) // faille dress (tall option) // bow neck dress (tall option)


 

 

 

dual button coat (tall option) // trench field coat (tall option) // tri button coat (tall option) // belted coat (tall option)


 

 

 

long sleeve blouse (tall option) // camisole (tall option) // rugby (standard sizes only)


 

 

 

leather skirt (standard sizes only) // paper bag skirt (standard sizes only) // sequin skirt (tall option available)


 

 

 

jacket // skirt


Print + Stripes

 

The weekend before our wedding, the fiance and I had to run a few errands. One of them was exchanging a few bowls gifted from our registry that were crushed in the mail. Dang USPS! Trips to Scarlett Alley, where we registered for dishes, are always a treat even under unfortunate circumstances. The owner always recognizes and warmly greets the now-husband and I, and she was beyond helpful in assisting our wedding guests in ordering from the registry.

I am obsessed with the style of this top. I wore the yellow oxford cloth version out and about in NYC about a month ago. That fabric was stiff enough to sculpt the perfect bow. The silk fabric of the sister shirt that I wore on Saturday was not as easy to manipulate. After getting frustrated with my fiance’s execution of the bow and then my own, I left the tie undone. I planned to wear my hair down anyway; this style allowed me to do so and show off my favorite part of the shirt.

Can we discuss the jewelry? I have been a fan of Mignon Faget forever, as I grew up on the Gulf Coast. Mignon Faget is a native New Orleanean and an amazing artist. My first set of her designs consisted of the fleur de lis drop earrings, pendant and chain, and ring. Upon college graduation, I was gifted the tulip and freshwater pearl necklace and ring (last seen here and here) I used to have the spiral shell ring, until an unfortunate break-in to my DC apartment. When replacing it, I decided to go with the banner ring instead (last seen here). I love the designs so much, that I insisted on Mignon Faget wedding cake pulls; I was amped to share the designs with my wedding party and my new sisters-in-laws. The cake pulls were not the only Mignon Faget pieces at the wedding; my husband wore the fleur de lis cufflinks.

I was thrilled when Mignon Faget released their new wire bracelet collection. While it is not a secret that I am a sucker for the tulip collection, I opted for the bow wire bracelet. I knew it and the banner ring would coordinate nicely together without being too matchy-matchy. Lucky for you, right now, the banner ring is available at a markdown price in limited quantities.


top // shorts // sandals // bucket bag (similar) // sunglasses // earrings // bow cuff (℅ Mignon Faget) // banner ring // tulip ring // tinted moisturizer // mascara // eyeshadow pallette // lip pencil

Gulf Coast State of Mind

 

 


Growing up on the Gulf Coast, there were certain staple items that were crucial to one’s wardrobe. Since I left the coast in 2008, I have not noticed these items in the communities along the east coast seaboard, where I have since lived: Maryland, Washington DC, Philadelphia. The fiance and I tend to return to the coast for July Fourth and Labor Day weekends, and we always pack these key items. We always look like extras from Netflix’s Bloodline (highly recommend!) and I am perfectly okay with that.

We decided only to visit the Gulf Coast for July Fourth this year. Naturally, even though we stayed in Philadelphia for the long weekend, I dressed for a weekend in the south. These are my go-to items:

  • A Columbia long sleeved shirt is ideal for going out on the boat and catching a ton of fish. It stays cool in humid temperatures, it has epalettes for rolling the sleeves, and you can flip the collar to keep the back of your neck from getting too much sun. This shirt is also made in men’s sizes. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t purchase it in two colors for me and two colors for the fiance. Admittedly this shirt is a total mom-shirt, but mom is always right everything…right?
  • I love the scallop hem shorts. The inseam is more modest at 5 inches, which is what I have been into lately. The family and I were on a winter vacation in Key West, where I made the mistake of wearing a swimsuit and coverup to Duval Street on a day less warm than I anticipated. The fiance took me to Lilly Pulitzer where he insisted on me picking out a pair of shorts and long sleeve top (#twistmyarm) and these were the pair I selected.
  • I stand by Rainbow flip flops. Yes, they are the definitive throwback from college, but I loved them (still love them) for making the inevitable dash from the house / store / work to the car during the daily summer 1 pm rain shower. The puddles and rain did not ruin them and on top of that, they never tore up my feet.
  • Mignon Faget pieces are total Gulf Coast staples. Women from Pensacola to New Orleans sport this designer’s pieces and I am no exception. I own most of the tulip collection, save for the tulip-in-the-round earrings and tulip bracelet, both of which I have had my eye on for YEARS. Wearing the tulip ring has inspired two (DC-based) friends to order it as well.
  • The Gulf Coast humidity is the culprit of many a bad hair day. For those with fine hair like mine, hot rollers are an essential. While my objective is not to have curly hair, the rollers along with a good dose of hairspray, gives my hair more body and movement.

shirt // scallop hem shorts // sunglasses // flip flop // bucket bag (similar) // black diamond cuff // pearl cuff // prasiolite cuff // tulip ring // eyelash curler // tinted moisturizer with suncscreen //  lip pencil // lip liner // eyebrow product // mascara // eyeshadow pallette // nail lacquer // hair rollers

Sequins in the Daylight


I recently came to the realization that I passed the age threshold of which three inch inseam shorts are deemed appropriate. Now that I am reflecting on this, I am not sure that three inch inseam shorts were ever appropriate given my height. On the other hand, after I graduated from high school and broke free from the dress code, I decided to wear whatever I felt like wearing.

A few summers ago I found a pair of four inch inseam shorts online on markdown and decided to pull the trigger. I did not see it coming but the inch difference of modesty made me feel considerably more comfortable. I had several other pairs with a four inch inseam – madras, printed, seersucker – but none were as much as a staple that I wore them consistently and was cognizant of the difference. Earlier this summer I purchased several pairs of four inch inseam shorts, all pairs of which have stretch in them (last seen here and here, in pink and blue).

The tank top is an economical find. I do not even remember how I found it, but I know I found the sister slipdress first. I said it before and I will say it again, sign me up for paillettes any day! Fixed tank top straps do not tend to work on taller gals, unless the torso of the tank is longer. The tank top has adjustable straps, which was crucial because the body is shorter than I tend to wear.

I always get compliments on my Lauren Merkin clutches. Unfortunately they ceased operations in 2015. Fortunately I stocked up on them before they were no longer available via retail and not the second-hand market.

Jack Rogers signature sandals are my go-to summer shoe. Work, weekend, holiday, I am wearing a pair eighty percent of the time. I broke in my first pair nearly ten years ago when I wore them to the spring Foxfield Races. I did not notice until I returned to my host’s house that evening, but I had never seen my feet beat up and blistered to that extent before. Granted this has not deterred me from purchasing at least one pair per summer every year since then. I worked on breaking in my wedding pair last week; as always it was brutal and I deferred to wearing a pair of dreamy sheepskin lined UGGs the following day. If anyone has any hacks for breaking in Jack Rogers, please sound off below. My wedding look depends on it.


tank top // shorts // sandals // sunglasses // quatrefoil ring // black diamond cuff //   prasiolite cuff // pearl cuff // eyebrow product // mascara // tinted moisturizer// lip color //  eyeshadow pallette // nail color

Let Your Style Speak for You


I have written about my dislike for the ‘Kardashian’ look in the past, and that preference certainly will not change my mind for my wedding day. I prefer a more classic, traditional look on me. When one is 6′-2″ tall and wearing super dramatic makeup, complete with smokey eye and heavy contour, one risks being confused for a transsexual. That just is not the type of look of which I feel comfortable wearing.

To underscore what I planned to ask my makeup artist and Drybar artist for, I kept my outfit super classic. A very wise woman once said that style is a way to say who you are without having to speak. I channeled this philosophy when choosing the outfit to wear to my bridal makeup and hair trials.

Cut to selecting the preppiest dang oxford in my closet (last seen here)! The shirt is available in tall and the pastel colors can not be beat. The shirt married perfectly with a pair of 4″ inseam chino shorts (last seen here, in pink). Recently I realized that I surpassed the age threshold for wearing 3″ inseam chino shorts, so I stocked up on the longer shorts in several colors.

The makeup artist completely understood the look I wanted. The few times I felt uncomfortable with the intensity of the makeup, she removed the makeup and adjusted it accordingly. Unfortunately, I was not as lucky with Drybar. My experience there is a lot of information to unpack, but I will leave it at this: if I am asking for a blowout and schedule a trial, I absolutely expect to have my hair washed first.


shirt // shorts // bag (similar) // shoes // sunglasses // pearl necklace // pearl bracelet // pearl earrings // quatrefoil ring // black diamond cuff // prasiolite cuff // pearl cuff // nail color

Brights in the City


The fiance took me to New York City for the weekend. While he made the train, hotel, museum, and show tickets, I was in charge of picking out restaurants and making meal reservations. Based on where we were staying (Hilton Fashion District), where we were eating (Empellon, Ardesia, Upland, Milkbar), what we were seeing (Museum of Modern Art), and who we were visiting (a great friend doing standup, and who happened to open for Melissa Villasenor of SNL), we knew our itinerary was going to require us to either Lyft or walk extensively. Our health goals inspired us to walk so we packed and dressed accordingly.

I was thrilled when I saw that the yellow bow top came in tall. I was even more thrilled when it was marked down with an additional 50% off. Put it in the online shopping basket. Done. I am approaching the age of needing to retire my 3″ inseam chino shorts. This year I purchased several pairs of 4″ inseam shorts. There were some great colors released this spring, all with a bit of stretch in them; I definitely prefer them to the static 100% cotton pairs that I have a stack of in my closet. This trip to New York was the azalea pink maiden voyage out of the dressers and into the real world.

The hologram tote (last seen here, here, here, and here) is quite the conversation starter. It got it’s own seat at the comedy club and the hostess actually called it out and complemented me on it during one of her interludes. Any given time that I take it for a spin, it averages two-to-three compliments.

This was the only ensemble from the weekend of which I actually captured full-length photos and only because we arrived at our brunch reservation, which was for the first time slot, several minutes early. Other than happening to arrive early, this weekend was definitely one of those where we were enjoying ourselves too dang much to document an outfit.

Also, on the note of general documentation, can we cease photography at museums? iPhones are the worst thing to happen to MoMA. I observed many people simply taking a photo of the art, maybe a photo of the interpretation plackard, but not even glancing at the art if not through a smartphone camera lens. Let’s change that.


bow top // shorts // tote (similar) // sandals (similar) // black diamond cuff // green stone cuff // pearl and gold cuff // quatrefoil ring // earrings // chain pave bracelet // chain pave bracelet (budget) // sunglasses (alternate colorway) // sunglasses (alternate colorway) //  sunglasses (alternate colorway) // eyeshadow pallette // mascara // brow product  // tinted sunscreen // lip color // lip liner // nail color

Shirting Stripe Skirt

 


I went on a bit of a shopping binge this week. When you see things you like, go after it or risk obsessing about it until you can find it NWT on eBay, yes? I found several things on markdown, along with discount codes, thus I couldn’t resist.

The skirt was also on markdown with an extra percentage reduction. It is available in tall and has an elastic waist, both of which sold me on the skirt. I purchased three sizes and kept the smallest one. As much as I wish it was a result of weight loss, I do believe that this skirt simply runs large. I love that it is made of two types of shirting fabric, much like the cocktail shirt I purchased several months ago. I cannot wait to pair the two for an office ensemble.

The bucket bag was the bag of last summer, no? Perhaps the shape has passed it’s peak, but I do not care. The leather is so buttery soft and the color is so muted that it works as a neutral. As I wrote in a post last summer, I will unapologetically wear anything as long as it fits my aesthetic and I like it. And I not only like this bag, but I love this bag. It is here to stay.

I purchased the shoes on deep discount. I covet everything that Princess Kate wears and as I have written about before, I love her navy blue cork wedges. Yes, I have a similar pair with a lower wedge, but those are not the ones my friend Kate sports. Financially less responsible than I typically am? Perhaps. However, I will not kick myself for weeks to come when I realize that they are no longer available. Unfortunately for you, they are only available on consignment sites; fortunately for you, there are several similar options available.


v-neck tee // tank // skirt // bucket bag (splurge) // bucket bag (budget) // sunglasses //  quatrefoil ring // black diamond cuff // pearl and gold cuff // earrings //  wedges // wedges (similar) // wedges (similar) // wedges (similar) // eyeshadow pallette //  mascara // eye liner // eyelash curler // eyebrow product // lip color // lip liner // tinted sunscreen // make up setting spray // nail color

WHAS in Philadelphia


While my graphic tee preference undoubtedly goes to genuine vintage, few brand-new vintage-inspired graphic tees will inevitably catch my interest. After Christmas and before New Years, I spied this particular one at a boutique in Center City. A few weeks ago, I was discussing shopping with my grandma and she mentioned that if she remains obsessed with an item (likely a gardening gadget, knowing that sweet lady) for a week after first spying it, she will buy it. I take after my grandma in that way because by the time 2017 rolled around, that graphic tee found a home in my dresser, just waiting for summer!

No doubt that I get outfit inspiration from past decades. I hope you all get a good laugh at what I got this outfit inspiration from:

Yes, it is Victor from Wet Hot American freakin’ Summer. I just re-watched the First Day of Camp edition two Fridays ago, in anticipation of the new series this August. (Sidebar: the original movie is no longer on Netflix. Pour one out.) Once you stop laughing, please do chime in on who wore the muscle tee and cut-off denim look the best.

I traded in the sweatbands for stacked bracelets and the Birkenstocks for metallic gold sandals and added a pair of bomb sunglasses. The line between cult movie character and myself is definitely defined by the accessories, y’all.


graphic muscle tee // graphic muscle tee (similar)  // cut-off denim short (similar) // sunglasses (alternate colorway) // sunglasses (alternate colorway) // sunglasses (alternate colorway) // hologram tote (similar) // hologram tote (similar) // black diamond cuff // pearl and gold cuff // rose gold cuff // quatrefoil ring // earrings // sandals (similar) // sandals (similar) // eye shadow pallette // lip color // nail lacquer // tinted sunscreen // sunscreen