sunshine state (of mind)

after a cold, and somewhat uneventful, January (sorry there’s been little to write about in the fashion department; i’ve been wearing the same leggings, stretchy jeans, cashmere sweaters and giant black coat for the last six weeks), the weather gods smiled upon me with four days of sunny and 65 on a trip to san francisco. the exceptionally good weather, even by california standards, was exactly the thing i needed to pull me out of my gloom and back onto the sunny side of the street.

as i gear up for my next pilgrimage to a warmer climate, this time down to the sunshine state for one of my bestie’s birthdays next week, i’ve decided i need to incorporate some sartorial sunshine into my suitcase. whatever your locale, a healthy dose of yellow is guaranteed to brighten your day. check out my top packing picks below…

 

1- faithfull the brand striped jumpsuit

2- rimless sunglasses by my fave brand illesteva

3- topshop ruffle detail top

4- the best water proof mascara

5- high waisted denim by madewell

6- intermix peasant tunic dress

7- half moon raffia clutch

8- forever 21 flower slides

9- sea ny rosalie maxi dress

10- rye polka dot bikini

11- wear with everything suede micro heels

12- pool side essentials– the best weightless sunscreen & a margarita (or three)

13- h&m leather strap sandals

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.