One of the most noteworthy numbers sent down this Fall ’13’s runways was the plaid Peter Pan collared frock from Saint Laurent. Encapsulating just enough of the 90’s grunge while maintaining the sweetness of a babydoll silhouette, this dress becomes a classic contradiction. Valentino and Louis Vuitton also sent very similar styles down the catwalk. A perfect day to night dress that will transition effortlessly from cubicle to club by trading in flat boots for spiky Mary-Janes or strappy pumps, letting your hair loose and cranking up the smokey eye. A perfect perfect mixture of sugar and spice- ain’t that nice?
1. Alice + Olivia Courtnee Combo Cuff Dress, 2. RED Valentino Polka Dot Peter Pan Collar Dress, 3. Sea Combo Silk Dress, 4. Victoria Beckham Peter Pan Collar Ottoman Mini Dress, 5. Cooperative Contrast Collar Babydoll Dress, 6.Motel Narla Cross-Back Dress, 7. Maje Eponyme Chiffon Paneled Stretch Jersey Mini Dress, 8. Charles Henry Collared Colorblock Dress, 9. One & Only x Urban Renewal Collared Babydoll Dress, 10. Elkin Noon Dress
The worst part about traveling to me is the process (followed in close second by packing). Getting through the airport is a simple form of hell. Having to stand barefoot in security is bad enough, but the mere thought of my skin touching the seat freaks me out (FYI- I have the same problem with movie theaters). The short answer to this problem would be to layer on as much protective layers as possible, but in case you missed the memo, it’s hot out. So what does one wear when it’s 95 degrees and about 1000% humidity? Here’s a hint: It’s absolutely NOT a Juicy tracksuit.
1. Forever 21 Metallic Trapeze Tank, $15.80, 2. Urban Renewal Gauze Bell Bottom Pant, $39.00, 3. Sam Edelman Gigi T Strap Sandals, $70, 4. alice + olivia Phoebe Mid Length Slim Dress, $176, 5. Cooperative Applique Ballet Flat, $34, 6. KAIN Label Pocket Tank, $80, 7. Forever 21 Sheer Abstract Maxi Skirt, $13.50, 8. Ecote Soleil Thong Sandal, $29, 9. Gucci Round Frame Metal Sunglasses, $325, 10. Dorothy Perkins Black Flyaway Cardigan, $29, 11. See by Chloe Ambre Big Tote, $550
Please remember that you can be comfortable without wearing printed pajama pants to the airport. Pull yourself together, sister… you never who might be in the next seat.
Along with the official kick off of summer, Memorial Day is also the day that white dresses get the “go ahead” green light (according to some). While white dresses are most often associated with weddings, christenings, and clam bakes, in my book, a Tuesday is as good a day as any to wear a stark white dress. There is just something so fresh, so innocent and dare I say virginal about slipping into a snow toned frock? We’ve already worked up the courage with off white and now it’s go time, ladies. Get out your Tide To Go pens, self tanner, and biggest and brightest smile. Summer’s here and the living is easy.
1. Forever 21 Matelasse Cap Sleeve Dress, $10.50, 2. Nightcap Clothing Sunset Strapless Dress, $143, 3. T by Alexander Wang Cutout Crepe and Jersey Dress, $115, 4. Urban Renewal Fringe Tee Dress, $64, 5. For Love & Lemons Camilla Maxi, $255, 6. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Cascade Tank Dress, $150, 7. Forever 21 Eyelet Swing Dress, $28.90, 8. A.L.C. Lena Stretch Knit Dress, $345, 9. David Lerner Draped Asymmetrical Dress, $176, 10. Cooperative Scalloped Peplum Dress, $69
Yeah, that’s white.
Everyday around the same time, a flock of birds shows up at this little bird bath. I’m not talking like one or two. I am talking about ten to twenty at a time. It’s like birds gone wild at spring beak (too many fowl puns?). Something about this little bird bath seemed very French to me. I’m not sure why. Do they even have birds (les oiseaux) in France? Doesn’t matter. It seemed like a perfect place to put on one of my favorite knit dresses with wedge booties and beret and channel my inner French girl. While it’s been abnormally warm, the air does start to chill when the sun goes down. That’s why it’s imperative to always have a jacket and scarf on hand. Cherry nails and lips are the perfect accents for an all black and white ensemble.
dress: Zara, jacket: Andrew Marc, cashmere scarf: Nordstrom, hat: Urban Outfitters, shoes: Franco Sarto, bag: Kwigy Bo, nail polish: Essie Lacquered Up
1. Dolce Vita Bayley Dress, $176, 2. Bark n Bag Monaco Pet Tote, $48, 3. Cooperative Woven Wedge, $109, 4. Members Only Sylvia Leather Jacket, $140, 5. Wyatt Black Wool Cashmere Knit Hat, $85, 6. John W. Nordstrom Cashmere Scarf, $56.90
And I never leave home without my best accessory… Smitty.