rinse & repeat

this late into the summer, my weekend bag seems to be perpetually getting packed and unpacked. the easiest way i’ve found to skip some steps? keeping a bunch of easy neutrals and dual purpose items in my suitcase so i’m prepped no matter the occasion…

i’ve worn my linen wrap dress as a bathing suit cover up and evening cocktail outfit, my tennis polo on and off the court, and jazzed up a couple solid t-shirts with high waisted cut offs and a giant pair of embellished hoops. the other packing essential thing not shown below? my trusty beach weight sweater –to fend off the pervasive chill of AC. happy humpday, almost time to hit the road again! xx

1– rebecca de ravenel iman hoops

2–tory sport striped polo

3–raye sierra sandals

4–rag & bone lou jean shorts  (40% off!)

5– veronica beard wrap dress

6–tretorn platform espadrilles

7–rye swim zesty bikini set

shop willow

With rapidly rising temps, I’ve been busy planning a season of beach vacations, pool side afternoons and three day weekends to escape the heat. However, I have yet to adequately prepare my vacation wardrobe to match these sunny locales. As is usually the case, I realize I’m in need of a cover up or straw hat the night before I leave (or worse- at the actual destination!) The remedy to this problem? Stocking up at Willow.

Willow is the recently launched brain child of a close friend, Catherine Anne Lowden. Willow sources the best caftans, OTS tops, beach bags, swimsuits and easy breezy resort wear from different artisans around the world and curates an easily shopable selection online. as an added perk, her limited quantity items ensure no one will ever have the same items as you.

As the girl in our Hampton’s house of twelve with the most enviable summer wardrobe, on and off the beach, we can all attest she knows her stuff. Last week I got the chance to visit her adorable office in Greenwich and snap a few behind the scenes pics…

a sampling of colorful clutches (i needed them all!)

what I would like my summer closet to look like ^^^

bangles and bright accessories for daysssszz

a little summer outfit inspo with a few of my Willow favorites (the entire collection can be shopped here)…

cutout swimsuit    sunglasses    gingham dress    sunscreen    tassel clutch   horn earrings

turkish towel    espadrilles    straw hat    overalls   gemtye hair tie


i am so proud of this enterprising chic pea and can’t wait to see what treasures she will feature next! you can follow along with CAL and the boutique by signing up for emails at the bottom of the page or on facebook and instagram here.

spot on

while i typically save cheetah and leopard as patterns for a fall/winter wardrobe,  these summer goodies have got me rethinking animal prints for summer. TGIF chic peas!

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1. bikini

2. tory burch mckenzie espadrille (obsessed!)

3. zara tortoise clutch

4. rene leopard shorts 

5. leopard links necklace

6. DITA sunglasses



diy tassel necklace

welcome to the Chic Pea’s first ever DIY post. here’s a step by step to create one of my favorite tassel necklaces! you can use the instructions for the tassel to make all sorts of tassels of different shapes and styles (including using RIT dye to make an amazing ombre tassel like this one)

approximate time commitment: 30-45 minutes

what you will need: All of these supplies should be available at Michael’s, AC moore and/or a specialty bead store near you

  • 8 cm wooden beads (or whatever beads you choose)
  • a few accent beads (i used some crystal faceted onyx beads)
  • 16″ of gold chain
  • accu-flex stringing wire
  • gold bead cap (check your local bead store)
  • needle nose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • scissors or wire cutters
  • strong craft glue (i use Beacon gem-tac)
  • leather or coated cording in a color of your choice
  • gold crimps
  • a safety pin


to make the tassel: 

1. cut a piece of card board to the height of the tassel you want – i make mine around 2 1/2 inches

2. starting with the cording at the ‘bottom’ of the cardboard, wrap the cording around the cardboard over and over until its about 1/2 inch thick


3. pin the safety pin around the cording to keep everything neat and slide it off the cardboard.


4. cut a 6 inch piece of cording and tie it around the top of the tassel right below the safety pin. knot it once and then flip the tassel over and knot again on the other side. cut off the extra cording.


5. use your wire cutters or scissors to cut the bottom loops of the tassel. don’t worry if the bottom isn’t perfectly even- you can even it out and determine the right length once the necklace is all assembled.



6. take your tassel off the safety pin and fill your bead cap with gem-tac glue. slide the bead cap onto the top of the tassel, using your needle nose pliers to push the tassel into the cap. (it should fit snuggly before the glue)



voila! your tassel is ready to rock (just give it some drying time)

to assemble: 

1. while your tassel is drying, i like to lay out the rest of my necklace and decide the order of the beads



2. cut a piece of the accu-flex wire (approximately 12″ long.) using these full instructions for crimping, use a gold crimp and crimp the wire onto one end of the gold chain

3. slide on half of your beads, then the tassel, then the rest of the beads. crimp the 2nd end of the wire to the other end of the gold chain. cut off extra wire and tuck it back into the last bead on the strand.


*you could attach a clasp to this necklace, but because it ends up being so long- ie slips over your head easily, i think a clasp is sort of a waste


ta-da! you now have the perfect boho chic accessory to wear all spring and summer long. wearit solo or layer it with other simple strands like I did.

wear it with:

tassel necklace outfit