Let me start by saying, summer in Florida is no joke. The heat is a killer! So on my recent visit home to Jacksonville, I was sure to pack breezy dresses and shorts for during the day. Honestly, I have a love/hate relationship with shorts – because I feel like my body type doesn’t naturally lend itself to feeling flattered in them. However, on a recent Zara trip, I uncovered this high-waisted and not-too-type pair of navy lace shorts.
Because of the fit, I thought they would look cute with an oversized breezy white shirt which I picked up from H&M. I finished my look with my favorite espadrilles, gifted from Patricia Green! Seriously…I have them in cream, orange and the navy. They’re so comfortable and cute! Lastly, I added a touch of glam to my outfit with a gorgeous pair of earrings from Lele Sadoughi. I’m obsessed with her fun and whimsical designs that can easily elevate an outfit. The great thing about her styles is that they can be paired with casual looks like this, or add color to a more dressed-up style. You’ll see me rocking them all Summer!
By now you may have noticed I have a little obsession with bags. Big handbags, small clutches, name brands and vintage… the list goes on and on. Every once in a while a bag speaks to me and I just have to have it! The best way to describe it is like in Harry Potter when the wand-maker says “The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter.” It’s the same feeling for me!
Over the holidays I treated myself to my Proenza Schouler, and I made it halfway through 2018 before spotting the latest addition to my collection.
For quite some time, I’ve been teasing Jason about my need to find the perfect white Chanel bag. I mean… I have a black one, so I was just missing the ying to my yang! I’ve always loved white bags (despite the obvious care needed to keep them pristine), and my move down south has just intensified this love. Well I spotted this bag while out shopping in my neighborhood, and it instantly spoke to me. The Kelly shape is iconic, classic, yet unexpected for a Chanel. Because of its shape I felt it was too unique to pass up – and the size is just perfection! I can throw in sunglasses, my wallet, and a little bit more than my usual small bag. Sold!
So what do I do to care for my new beauty and keep it looking it’s best? Here are a couple of tips:
1) Be Mindful of weather. I never wear my bag on days I feel there will be rain or any sort of element touching and potentially damaging my bag.
2) No Blue Jeans. I keep the easily affected white leather away from dyes that can be transferred from jeans or other dyed fabrics.
3) Be cautious of my surroundings and my plans! I never wear really expensive bags to places or situations that could be problematic. Ie – you won’t see me at a concert, crowded place where the leather could be inadvertently scratched, or overall messy locale. I save my nice bags for calm occasions where I can set it down safe and sound. Ie – dinner, brunch plans, shopping, etc. While I’m not overly cautious and afraid to wear my bag out (I bought it, so I want to enjoy it), there’s definitely something to be said about making smart decisions and improving the longevity of your purchase!
Hope you like my new love and the tips I shared. With the proper care, a white bag can be a chic new addition to your closet! xo
There are some colors and patterns that naturally lend themselves to certain seasons. As Miranda Priestly said, “Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” ha
But you know what I mean – holiday reds during the winter months, pastels for Spring. Well, there’s one color that I feel works remarkably well for ALL seasons!
The color I’m refering to? Mustard Yellow! It’s amazing in the Fall/Winter with rust, grey, navy, etc…and can look fresh for warm weather in the Spring/Summer!
I love to wear this color year-round and have gotten quite the collection of sweaters, and dresses alike. This year, I opted for a new mellow yellow dress with flirty details to kick off the Spring months. Yes, it’s floral – but I think more sophisticated than an expected pastel.
I paired my dress with the same shade of yellow velvet heels (my favorite purchase last year!) and a pop or turquoise in my earrings.
…And in addition to my dress and shoes. I’ve included links to some of my other favorite mustard pieces!