A little white dress is one of my favorite looks for summer and so easy to wear. You know what goes perfectly with a little white dress? July fourth picnics. You know what doesn’t? Stains. Yep, I won’t be drinking any red wine sangria in this dress. If you’re looking for your own quintessential summer dress, I’ve collected a few favorites below. As long as you stay away from stain inducing foods you’re safe.
Monday marked the first official day of summer and we kicked off the season last weekend with a summer solstice celebration at a local vineyard. Since the few months of heat and slower schedules always seem to go so quickly, I decided to create a little list of things I’d like to check off before Labor Day…
1. Go to the farmers market once a week for fresh produce and flowers
2. Host an Olympics Opening Ceremony party
3. Plan three weekend road trips
4. Take advantage of as many outdoor yoga festivals as possible
5. Eat oysters and champagne on a patio
6. Master five new recipes
7. Make backyard s’mores
8. Go tech free for a full weekend
9. Enjoy a bike ride and pack a picnic for the park
10. Make homemade popsicles
I scooped up this dress on a whim a few weeks back and have already worn it countless times. I packed it last week for a work trip to New York and paired it with espadrilles and a denim jacket. Because there are two thinks I like to pack when I travel: Dresses and far too many pairs of shoes. Dresses are easy, but deciding on the right shoe always feels like a game time decision. Anyway, back to the dress, for under $50 I may just have to add a few more colors to my closet.
Each year, dresses seem to embody my summer style. We’ve already had a week of 90 degree days and pants are just not happening. I found this flouncy paisley number during some sale rack digging and the light, airy fabric has been perfect for humid afternoons. (FYI – The dress seems to run large, I sized down to a 2). This little poppy crossbody bag is my summer staple. I love the pop of color it adds to any outfit and is the ideal size for a night out or just exploring the farmer’s market.
True to form, I’ve been favoring summer dresses lately and this one is at the top of my list. I love the beautiful, breezy drape of the fabric and the little pop of stripes along the side. The overall effect is sophisticated, yet playful.
When I first purchased my home, I initially struggled with how to style the front entrance. There is a somewhat awkward ledge I wasn’t sure what to do with and two staircases that lead both up and down. Over the years I’ve swapped out different artwork and tried different configurations, but this spring I was drawn towards more neutral, simplistic décor. I picked up some accent and detail pieces at Home Goods, but the main focal point when you walk in is this graphic print from Minted. I love the modern, fresh style that works as such a strong statement piece. Minted is always my go-to for unique prints in classic frames that add any extra punch to any space in my home.
This week started with some early travel to San Antonio, but I was able to plow through my to-do list, get in some Barre classes and clean the house in order to take full advantage of a sunny weekend ahead. I’m hoping to stop by the farmer’s market and get some fresh berries to make some blueberry French toast. Hope your weekend is amazing.
A few favorites from around the web…
I recently snagged this dress (under $50!) and LOVE it. So cute with sandals and a jean jacket. (For size reference, I went with a small). Also adore this striped dress for under $60.
After two 7am flights this week, this concealer is my new best friend. (It really works covering up those dark circles!)
I recently scooped up these earrings and though simple, I love the interesting detail they bring to any outfit. Delicate yet edgy. (Honestly I was trying to figure out a way to take a photo of my ear for Instagram, but a close up of my ear lobe just looked creepy…)
How is it already June?! I’m just a little late with my May recap post, but last month flew by. Here are a few highlights and favorites. Zak and I enjoyed some mint juleps for the Kentucky Derby and my horse won (yay!), which meant a week of dish duties for him. Sweet victory.
My Mom and I shared some laughs and went home with some new baking skills after taking a French Baking course at Sur la Table. Macarons can be a little temperamental when you’re making them from scratch, but they are sooo delicious.
I traveled to Toronto for work and quickly became obsessed with the most darling little coffee shop and patio next to my hotel.
We found the cutest new Speakeasy bar near our house and it’s become a new favorite spot. It took us a few minutes to figure out how to get in at first (sneaky sneaky) but the drinks are well worth the hunt for the door.
Memorial Day weekend always feels like the unofficial start of summer and I’ve really been looking forward an extra day to relax, unwind and enjoy some time with friends. Plus, it’s summer sale season. Another reason to celebrate. My favorite picks from the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale are below. Hope your long weekend is wonderful!
My office recently switched to casual attire five days a week and I’m currently trying to navigate this new relaxed dress code. Although my dresses are still in heavy rotation, some work days I just want to throw on a pair of jeans. These Madewell skinnies and a Tippi sweater get the job done. (See what I did there?)