A Fab Collab: Kenneth Jay Lane for Tory Burch

I was obsessed with nearly all of the pieces in the Kenneth Jay Lane for Tory Burch the minute that I saw the collection. This collaboration has not gotten the attention it deserves. I expected a Lilly Pulitzer x Target-level stampede when the collection became available, but perhaps the price point was just too high to warrant that type of attention. Regardless, it is getting all of my attention. The cuff and the gray pearl crystal cluster earrings and the green leaf earrings and maybe the pink ones too? I NEED.

clockwise from top left: cuff // light dragonfly pin // dark dragonfly pin // light pearl earrings // green earrings // pink earrings // crystal cluster earrings // gray pearl earrings

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

Date Night Done Right

The fiance and I went for dinner Saturday night to mark one week until our wedding. After realizing that I actually made Talulah’s Garden reservations for Sunday night, we went to Ela, as it was one of the only places we could get into with minutes notice. We ordered from the four course prix fixe menu, highly recommended. Plates of octopus (octopi?), gnocchi, figs, lamb, trout, and the most decadent cookie dough in which I have ever indulged. When I could not finish my dessert, the fiance was more than happy to take over and clean the bowl.

When we walked out of the building earlier in the day, we were both shocked at how hot and humid the weather was. If it is after Labor Day, but still over 85 degrees outside, I will insist on wearing white, especially if it is my wedding week. For those not into wearing white after Labor Day, this dress also comes in a pale blue-ish gray.

My favorite part of the dress is that, although it is not offered in a long or a tall option, it fits my six foot two inch stature perfectly. Those in the six foot club understand how rarely that happens. (Spoiler alert: nearly never.) Can I get an amen?

Are you sitting down? Because this dress is marked down under twenty dollars. Did I buy both colors? Yes. Did I buy the sister tank top in the three shades it was offered? Again, guilty, but not sorry!


dress // sandals (similar) // necklace (similar) // earrings // prasiolite cuff // black diamond cuff // bow cuff (℅ Mignon Faget) // ribbon ring // eyeshadow pallette // eyebrow product // eyelash curler // mascara // lip 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

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

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

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

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.

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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