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

oui oui ouiiii

move over chanel granny pumps, there’s a new it girl in town…

meet the dior slingback, 2017’s latest street style darling. true life, i had to physically pull myself away from these at Selfridge’s a few weeks ago. it’s no wonder this shoe is taking over– a twist on the ever classic pointy toe black flat– made insta ready with graphic j’adore printed elastic. it was a tragic separation, i loved these shoes and i’m pretty sure they loved me back (and wanted to come live their best life in new york). they look good with everything from skinny jeans for a gals lunch date, to a pleated skirt and button down for the office, and i can even see some uber chic girl style them with a frilly tulle maxi dress, the perfect ballerina chic kind of look. in my dream scenario (where there’s a pair in my closet), I’d go for a date night look, paired with….

1- dior j’adore flats

2- cashmere trench coat

3- structural bucket bag

4- lip pigment

5- dark skinny jeans

6- lace top (on sale!)

7- pearl choker

8- chance perfume

feeling shady

while it may be monday, which means my next pool day is 5 (!!!) whole days away, these chic peas are making a serious case for investing in a pair of white sunnies to accompany me next weekend. white is glam, retro, guaranteed to show off a tan and the perfect way to take your summer look up a notch….

my favorite options for nailing this look? a retro Raen pair (identical to picture 2 and 4), a tortoise shell version by my girl OP, a bargain priced club master pair, this mod round pair by my favorite new orleans brand Krewe, top shop’s cateye style and this white and gold pair by Dior.

 

white hot

following up on last week’s jet set files, i saw Ivanka Trump‘s white lace sightseeing outfit on instagram this weekend and had to find the source. all politics aside, the girl not only looks super cute on vacation, but as a working mom of 3, she qualifies for total #girlboss status in my mind (+ wendi’s outfit isn’t bad either). the easy, breezy top and short set is by English Factory and you can get them on shopbop here.  my other favorite summer picks from the brand include this ruffled denim romper, a chic mock neck dress and this sheer zigzag tank (on sale!)

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