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

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