During the Summer, I feel like dresses can get most of the attention. But that’s not fair – cute tops deserve some love too. A great blouse can be the perfect addition to a summer wardrobe! I especially love wearing off-the-shoulder or asymmetrical tops with blue or white denim for evenings out on the town. When I saw this stunner by Self-Portrait, I felt like it was a great update to one of my favorite tops from last year.
With a pretty print, asymmetrical cut and flirty ruffles – this top has an uber-feminine feel that makes it fresh for Summer. For my look, I paired the top with my Spanx cropped jeans, white summer sandals, and the Céline accessories.
Polka dots have never really been my thing. I’m more of a stripes gal. But I have to say….they are starting to grow on me. I saw this champagne skirt with an angled hem and thought it would go perfectly with some favorites I already have in my closet. Neutral sweaters, a black turtleneck, mock neck bodysuit…the list goes on and on.
For our recent trip to Savannah, I had to bring my new skirt along and add in some details to give it some Southern and girly flare. What did I pair my polka dots with? Pink pumps of course. I picked up these famous Manolo Blahnik Hangisi satin pumps that were waiting to be found at Saks Off Fifth. You may recognize these as Carrie’s Wedding Shoes (in blue) in the first Sex & The City movie! Well, While I’m no Carrie Bradshaw, I do absolutely love these pumps that are more versatile than you might initially think. I’ve worn them to work with jeans and a collared shirt and paired them with dresses of equally bright shades.
To finish my Savannah weekend look, I capped it all off with my favorite Eric Javits straw boater, my new Céline (swoon) and classic, cat-eye shades!
Well, I finally did it. I pulled the trigger on a bag that I’ve been lusting over for years. The Céline classic box bag is just that…classic. And it’s finally mine! With minimal branding (a logo only on the inside), and simple gold hardware, it’s a subtle showstopper. I originally wanted the bag in Camel (the color I purchased), then wanted grey, then taupe…needless to say I was being undecided. Well, this year fate stepped in. In 2018, Hedi Slimane took over for Phoebe Philo as the creative director of Céline. In my opinion, Phoebe Philo brought a feminine and minimalist aesthetic that defined the brand. On the other hand, Slimane has re-branded Céline to CELINE and once again, emulated his signature rock and roll style that he most recently brought to Saint Laurent (also rebranded from YSL).
Long story short…with the re-brand, bags with the old logo (and accent on the e) were being phased out as the new brand was being rolled out. Fans of the brand were flocking to purchase Phoebe Philo’s designs before they became obsolete. Suddenly there was a time restraint on my impulse to get a bag! I really wanted a Phoebe bag as a snapshot in time. To me she epitomizes the modern woman, combining luxury, simplicity and a sense of practicality. In this respect, the accent on the e is more than an old logo – it’s symbolic.
As 2019 rolled around and I started a new job, I decided to treat myself before all the old Céline items were gone. In a little bit of a poetic coincidence, Atlanta had one of the country’s last remaining camel bags, the most coveted color and the one I originally wanted years ago. It was meant to be! Thanks Phoebe!