High End Hippie

 


The moment I saw the tie dye collection from Tory Burch, I was all in. Sign me up. I wrote about the tunic being on my wish list several months ago, as well as other items in the collection. While the tunic does not have any stretch in it, there is a hidden zipper beneath an arm, which allows one to get in and out of the tunic with ease, no matter how much you have unintentionally bulked up your shoulders. Speaking on behalf of a friend.

The sunglasses are perfection. Blue lenses and gold arms? That is slam dunk in the form of shades. I am as excited to wear them these days, as I was when they first came in the mail. I wrote about how I had passer’s remorse on them once they disappeared from the online store. Cue me implementing all FBI-level search tactics in order to find a pair. Finally, I just called the store, they had a pair in stock, and several days later they were in my sunglass storage box.

The last time I wore the shorts was two weeks ago, and then last Indian summer. I can tell you that I have worn these at least once a week, and all 4th of July weekend. I love that they have a longer inseam as far as denim cutoffs go. Especially since these days, brands tend to release denim cutoffs that rival the length of boycut short underwear, I am thankful that I can find a pair with inseam lengths that provide more coverage.


tunic // tunic (alternate colorway) // tunic (alternate colorway) // shorts (similar) // shorts (similar) // sandals // sunglasses (similar) // sunglasses (similar) // sunglasses (similar) // quatrefoil ring // pearl and gold cuff // black diamond cuff // pearl bracelet // pearl necklace // pearl earrings  // eyebrow product // eye color pallette // tinted sunscreen

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

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

Summer Tweed

Last week I discussed my stance on wearing last year’s  / past year’s clothes this season. My conditions were that the garment must fit my aesthetic and / or must feel like it is relevant this season. This dress is a perfect example of the latter.

J.Crew essentially recycled one of its black and white tweed fabrics from last summer’s dual tweed black and white dress for this year’s navy and white tweed dress. I love either version, especially when one finds herself in a summertime destination that offers a cooler climate, allowing for a heavier fabric.

I love outfits that allow the wearer to pile on copious accessories. In this case, the freshwater pearl necklace with a black ribbon tie (can be worn as a single strand or doubled up), RayBan Wayfarers, and orange-red Nars lip crayon. The dress shape reminds me of a tennis dress so rather than wear a headband and look country club costume-y, I went for a headscarf and tied it around my head, Rambo-style.


sunglasses // lip pencil // sandal // necklace // dress (similar)

Last Year’s Cut-out Dress

Let it be known that I will wear something not from “this season” in a second in the case that it fits my style and I love it. This is rooted in that my aesthetic is very traditional. I do not want my future children to look at old photographs and critique what their mom is wearing; more so, I don’t want to look at old photographs and wonder what I was thinking. Some of my favorite clothing items are those presently hanging up in my closet that I had the foresight to purchase during high school or even from a thrift store.

J.Crew is great for achieving a classic look that I can feel confident will likely not look dated in one year or five years or ten years. I favor the J.Crew chambray dress in the post because not only does it have an A-line cut, but it has a back cut-out which remains on-trend, sets it apart, and allows for any standard bra. While last year’s version was available in a tall length, J.Crew Factory re-released a version; unfortunately like all J.Crew Factory, it is only available in their standard length. (J.Crew Factory also caught on to how popular the full size leather bucket bag was, and re-released it. J.Crew still has the mini-version in print and solids.)

Going forward with this blog, I will shamelessly wear items from any time between last year or twenty years ago, save for they are either part of my classic aesthetic and / or relevant to today’s trends. In the age of fast and disposable fashion, there is something to be said about being about to incorporate an item into your wardrobe for the long term, which speaks to the quality of the garment and the ability of the brand to release a design that stands up against the test of time. Despite how much I splurged on a Banana Republic lightweight wool dress – which at the time seemed excessive for a seventeen year old – the price per wear fourteen years later is minimal and makes the purchase a steal.


sunglasses // sandals // cable cuff with gold and pearls // bucket bag