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

Perfect Dress for an 85 Degree Day

A few weeks ago, for Easter, the fiance and I shared brunch at La Peg and spent the day walking around the city. Little did we know that the temperatures would rise rather unexpectedly to the upper 80s.

Lucky for me, I selected a swingy dress style that morning. The outer layer of the dress fell away from the body while the slip layer clung a bit closer, which allowed me to remain ventilated without risking inappropriate exposure. After walking a few miles through Society Hill, the fiance and I had to take a pit stop at Ela for some air conditioning, drinks, and ice waters.


Let’s talk about these amazing sunglasses, shall we? Krewe du Optic is a New Orleans-based sunglasses and eyeglasses line. Each pair is handmade and feature materials such as yellow gold and rose gold. I grew up on the Gulf Coast, and as such, I love to support local artists. Truth be told, however, I would be as obsessed with these sunglasses if I were from Anchorage, Minneapolis, Baltimore, or Madrid.

dress // clutch // sandals (similar) // sandals (similar) // sandals (similar) // sunglasses // pearl and gold cuff // rose gold cuff

Five Miles in Flats

The weather this past weekend was so beautiful. The fiance and I spent Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and then wandered through Center City and stopped at Miel Patisserie for iced tea and macarons.

The flats I wore allowed me to walk the five miles around Philadelphia. It was such a gorgeous day that I knew I needed to wear shoes that I would be able to wear for the long run, so I built my outfit around them. The shirt I picked is the one that inspired me to start this blog. The skirt is one I spotted last fall, but it wasn’t until I was thinking of bottoms that would pair well with said shirt, that I moved forward on purchasing the skirt post-holiday on a deep markdown.

I am obsessed with these sunglasses. It is the combination of the blue lenses and tortoise frames with the gold plated arms that gets me. I became obsessed, didn’t make a move, experienced dire remorse when they disappeared from all online stores they previously had presence in, obsessed even further, and finally, called the designer to ask if they had a pair in their brick and mortar store. They did and I got them as a Valentine’s Day gift.

tall blazer (similar) // shirt (similar) // skirt // sunglasses (similar) // flats (similar) //

cuff with pearl and gold // earrings // eyeshadow // lip crayon // lip pencil

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

Spring into 2017

I remarked how much I was looking forward to warmer weather as the fiance and I were walking home from brunch last week. The cold weather has me longing for the Spring 2017 lines. As soon as we returned to the apartment, I browsed my favorite online stores to get a jump start on seasonal wardrobe updates.

If we are being honest, I got a jump on shopping the day after Christmas when this pink and white stripe top caught my eye. It is just as dreamy as person. Rather than a poplin fabric, which it was I was expecting, I was pleasantly surprised that it is made of a cotton oxford fabric. The best part is that this top comes in tall.

Lately, I have gravitated toward bohemian-style pieces. (Cut to all of the tunics and caftans I accumulated last summer.) The blue tie-dye tunic is exactly what I have been craving for the past few months, as it combines my current favorite print with my current favorite silhouette. I cannot wait to wear it this spring for casual Fridays. This brand has not yet expanded into tall sizing, but in my experience tops in this line already run long.

I have been on the lookout for a pair of ankle length skinny white destroyed denim. These are exactly what I was hoping to find. I think they will look great with either the blue tie-dye tunic or the pink and white stripe top.

I am obsessed with this blue and white dress. The blue and white stripes remind me of the classiness of a bankers stripe button up. Once we hit spring and past opaque tights weather, this 100% cotton style is going to feel like heaven. This dress comes in tall – praise the Lord!

Top three selling points about the khaki short trench – 1) It would be perfect over every other piece from this post. 2) It comes in tall. 3) It is water resistant with a hood; perfect for being prepared for spring showers! Do you need anything else? No, I don’t think so.

The accessories are arguably my favorite pieces in this post. The statement necklace and statement earrings go together without being too matchy-matchy. The clutch is rose gold and spring is the perfect season to break the shade out after a cold winter. I love rose gold so much that I bought it in the same style as the yellow gold cuff and I cannot wait to stack them. Lastly, I feel like we should discuss the headband, and headbands in general. A polarizing topic, I was planning on polling this topic soon on my Twitter, but I am just going to put it out there that I love this accessory especially in unconventional and upscale materials and fabrics. Thoughts on the Blair Waldorf essential?

tie-dye tunic // pink and white stripe flutter sleeve top // khaki hooded short trench //

rose gold clutch // statement necklace // statement earrings // gold cuff //

feather headband // white destroyed jeans // blue and white striped dress

Wear What You Know

After yoga class last Sunday morning, the fiance and I decided to have brunch at North 3rd. Along the way there, we found a beautiful ivy-lined fence. While I do not condone ivy growing on the exterior of any building, ivy growing on fencing is acceptable, as it is considerably less expensive to replace a cedar fence once the moisture destroys it.

I stuck with an outfit formula that I have used in past (last seen in this post). When the yoga class was over, I changed out of yoga leggings to shower and change into – tada! – a (clean) pair of yoga leggings. With an army green waxed jacket, skater sneakers, and a concert tee shirt older than I am, I was ready for brunch.

The concert tee shirt is by far my favorite part of the outfit; possibly my favorite item in my closet. While my parents were dating, they and a group of their friends went to one of the Hampton Roads dates. As my dad tells it, it was a general admission show and there was actual sprinting of their entire posse when the gates opened to get a plum standing spot in the venue. Rocking out to the Rolling Stones…they were much cooler than I was at that age, but do not tell them I said that.

jacket // tank // wunder under legging // sunglasses // sneakers (similar) //

clutch (similar) // ring // pearl cuff // bracelet with black diamonds //

eyeshadow pallette // lip pencil

Gap and Pendleton Had a Baby!

I don’t shop for jeans often, but when I do, Gap is my first stop. I really appreciate that they design full length jeans that have consistently long inseams. Not naming names, but when other brands started cutting their skinny and straight cut jeans / pants / cords with shorter inseams, eventually their bootcut and wide leg options adopted those lengths too; tall length pants in those cuts were stopping short at 34″ inseam. I have a strict Say No to Floods policy, which is how I found myself shopping Gap for my denim needs.

Gap killed it when they partnered with Pendleton. Gap hit it out of the park by including tall lengths in the denim jacket, boyfriend shirt, shirtdress, and the jeans. While I don’t typically love a skinny cut, I purchased the jean immediately. (Sizing note: I had to return my original pair and go up a size.) Something about the plaid patched denim feels so right in the fall. The best part is that they are marked down now, reduced by an additional percentage.

I paired the Pendleton x Gap denim with a cashmere sweater, purchased last fall, again from Gap. This brings me to something else in which Gap excels: providing sweaters in tall sizes. Not only cotton or wool or blends, but 100% cashmere! Last year I managed to score three cashmere crewneck sweaters on promotion; however I missed out on the boyfriend hoodie in navy. Let it be known that once Gap posts a cashmere item, it sells out nearly immediately. As for quality, I bought a Gap cashmere hoodie back in 2006. I wore it until the elbows thinned last winter. Ten years is a good run right?

jeans // tank // ballet flats // gloves // sunglasses // pearl cuff //

Gap + Pendleton boyfriend shirt // Gap + Pendleton long sleeve shirtdress //

Gap + Pendleton 1969 icon denim jacket // earrings // necklace

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