Now that I’m in my 30’s, there is a whole new set of designers that have captured my attention. I’m willing to spend a little bit more on more classic pieces that will stand the test of time. One such brand is The Row. The high-end designs of Mary Kate and Ashley have an effortless and uber-minimal style that resonates with cool girls all over the world. Fair warning that it’s very pricey, but if you can catch it on sale, I think it’s worth it. I was fortunate enough to get two pieces recently – both cream maxi dresses. One was a very minimal crepe t-shirt style dress, the other along-sleeved wool dress with a sexy slit down the front.
I love the t-shirt dress for casual evenings, and the wool for a more bold outing. I paired my look with oversized sunglasses and layered chunky jewels. You’ll find me wearing these looks for family photos, date nights, and even client dinners (the short-sleeved option of course). Now I just have to keep my eyes open for more sales!
Polka dots aren’t usually my go-to print, but when done right – they can be so whimsical and gorgeous. I instantly fell in love with this Monique Lhuillier number when I saw it online. Doesn’t it feel like this is what Minnie Mouse would wear if she went to a sophisticated cocktail party?
I love the flocked polka dots, the girly tulle skirt, and the pretty velvet ribbon that drapes from the waist. I’d love to wear this to a Spring event, or rehearsal dinner! To finish my look and add a pop of color, I paired the dress with my pink satin Manolos and cat-eye Dior sunglasses. What about you, dolls? Are you a fan of polka dots?
Don’t you love the feeling when you find an absolute gem? Maybe it’s a cashmere sweater on sale, a new fabulous restaurant, or in my case a European getaway that’s only a couple of hours away. Luxury travel has always been one of my passions, and Jason and I love to explore new locations and properties every chance we get. We recently stumbled upon Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, right outside of Greenville. It brings the splendor of a charming European villa a little closer to home. Tucked at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ve got beautiful scenery, luxurious amenities, a world-class farm-to-table restaurant (more on that later), and easy access to the nearby towns of Asheville and Greenville.
Jason, Elle, and I recently visited, and it’s definitely on our “must return” list when we’re in the area. We were greeted by the most lovely and accommodating staff who had glasses of champagne at the ready (yes, please)! Our room was rustic, yet refined featuring sweeping views of the property, a personal fireplace, and a bottle of wine for mom and dad to enjoy after bedtime. We loved taking walks on the property, sipping coffees (and more wine) in the charming common areas, and dining at Restaurant 17. Again, it felt like we were enjoying dinner at our favorite spot in Italy, but with some Southern flavors and fresh local ingredients incorporated.
While the service and dining experience was enough for us to plan our next trip, the overall aesthetic of the property still takes my breathe away. With such a beautiful location, I had to bring outfits to match. Think furs, rich wool, and airy dresses. You can find select pieces I wore below! And if you happen to find yourself in the mood for a European getaway down South, you have to add Hotel Domestique to the top of your list. We’re already planning our next trip back!
White Midi Dress: Merlette. Grey Wool Trousers: Lafayette 148. Blush Fox Fur: Brunello Cucinelli (sold out).