July 4, 2015

Outfit // 4th of July

Happy 4th of July! I shot this look a few days ago in my neighborhood and pretty much fell in love with the scenery around us. Sometimes it's fun to get lost in your own town, since you end up discovering the most lovely photo-ops like we did. We were only able to get these four shots of my festive look, as my camera battery didn't last. Nonetheless, I'm glad we got something.

For the 4th, I decided to put together a sporty-smart look. I've had this royal blue ruffle skirt in my wardrobe for a few months now, and I needed something other than a dressy blouse to pair it with. I snagged this crop top recently and I've been hooked, so I thought it would be perfect for the look I was aiming for! I wanted to throw in another bold color alongside the blue, and opted for a red knit cardigan tied around my waist. Finally, I finished off the look with black and white slip-ons and a straw hat to match. This is definitely a new style for me but I'm really loving the ease of it!

Hat // similar here, here, and here
Top // snag mine here, similar here, here, and here
Skirt // similar here, here, and here

Hope you all have a lovely and safe 4th of July. Can't wait to see what everyone is wearing and doing!

July 3, 2015

Valentino + Red Valentino Resort 2016

After we saw a grungy Red Valentino collection last season, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were enthusiastic about going back to Red Valentino's cheery roots. As Valentino Garavani founded his label in Rome in 1959, it was natural for Chiuri and Piccioli's new Resort collection to be filled with mod-inspired looks, from A-line mini-dresses to boyish touches on feminine dresses. Rainbows, strawberries, cherries, musical notes, and even little bumblebees adorned the looks. The collection is truly made for the sweetest and most cheerful of girls.

For the Valentino collection, impeccable embroidery and beadwork were showcased throughout. Detailing was more in a folk manner rather than being vivacious, but this isn't to say Chiuri and Piccioli held back on any single facet of the designs. Shown was a long black net dress stitched all over in the tiniest of beads, while flower embellishments adorned the most delicate of lace. The workmanship is that of couture, but the pieces are definitely meant to be worn every day.

July 2, 2015

Shopping // 4th of July

With 4th of July weekend upon us, it's natural to be drawn to to all-American styles, red, white, blue, and all. When it comes to dressing for this star-spangled occasion, however, it's important to not replicate the patriotic flag (unless that's what you're going for... judgement-free zone here). If you're trying to avoid that, no worries, as that's where I come in!

Below are a variety of options for incorporating the Americana look for this weekend's festivities. Whether you'll be pool-side, beach-bound, or livin' it up rooftop style, I've got you covered with these stylish finds. Keep an eye out for Saturday's post featuring my 4th of July 'sporty-smart' look!