summer sales finds

the sales are long over, and after a lot of deliberation, these are the pieces that i decided that i absolutely couldn’t bear to part with.

{clockwise from top center:  white j.crew pleated skirt; destroyed j.crew cropped jeans, black proenza schouler dress, leopard print isabel marant sneakers, and printed silk dries van noten skirt}

sales finds this stunning dries skirt deserves a close up.dries van noten

the kensington hotel, london

last month, i spent a whirlwind 36 hours in london for a business trip.  since i was there for such a short period of time, i wanted to stay in a new neighborhood.  i chose the kensington hotel, and boy, i haven’t had such strong decor inspiration since i was at hotel thoumieux in paris.

the kensington is such a perfect mix of english eccentricity and modern glam.  i love the colorful but subdued lounges, and of course the marble in the bathroom was lovely.  every time i turned a corner, there was something new to see (or a chess board, inviting me to sit).  the location is also fantastic, and the guest service was exceptional.

1 lovely bike on the front steps, available to rent.2 3 4 room service lemon tart.6 the bar and cocktail lounge.7 stair case to the guest rooms.8 9 the library.10 11 the tea parlor.12 13 14 am obsessed with this china pattern.15 16have you ever seen such a chic business center?
17oh yea its raining.  because its london.

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cape cod packing list

i went up to cape cod for a long weekend last month, and i tried to pack as little as humanly possible.  here is what made the final cut:

cape cod packing{from top center, clockwise:  billy reid men’s button down (also works as a beach coverup), j.crew pleated skirt (purchased for $20!), j.crew matchstick jeans (also $20), nike yoga capris and running shorts, 3 target cotton t-shirts, eres bathing suit, green anthropologie dress, gray isabel marant cardigan, 4 pairs of underwear, 2 sports bras, and 2 regular bras).  in the center is a pink equipment silk shirt.}

the clothes were chosen for their versatility and ability to make several outfits.  i.e. pink shirt + white skirt, black tee + white skirt, pink shirt + jeans + gray cardigan, etc.  one cotton shirt and the nike shorts/capris were used for sleeping, but could also double as activewear for outdoor activities.
cape cod shoesi wore the superga flats on the way.  the beaded sandals were for any slightly dressier occasion, and the flip flops were restricted to the beach.

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wardrobe planning: eres cassis maillot

i happened upon the most perfect swimsuit during the summer sales.  i had my heart set on a one-piece, but that proved much harder to find than a bikini.

eres has been known for its swimwear (and exceptionally high prices), so i thought i would try a classic eres shape to see what all the fuss was about.  sadly for my wallet, i am hooked.  the fabric is nice and thick, sucking in anything you want to suck in.  plus the white is not see through, unlike the many white suits that i bought and returned.

i am very curious to see how this suit holds up.  if it truly last years, like people say, then the price will end up being worth it.

eres 1 eres 2

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jackson hole

i snuck away last month for a long weekend in jackson hole, wyoming.  between the animals and breathtaking scenery, it was the antidote i needed for crazy city life.

we also spent a day in yellowstone national park, which had some of the coolest hot springs i had ever seen.

IMG_4096 teton national parkIMG_4111 old faithfulIMG_4174 hot springs in yellowstone IMG_4180IMG_4219 buffalo in yellowstoneIMG_4229 yea we saw a bear.  it was awesome.IMG_4250 IMG_4274 horses just hanging out on the side of the road.IMG_4282mama moose and baby moose

wardrobe planning: navy shorts

for those of us without supermodel figures, shopping for shorts is about as stressful as shopping for bathing suits.  i don’t like shorts that are too short, and they need to have some room for my hips and butt (but not too much so that i look like i’m wearing a diaper).

i found my perfect navy shorts at everlane. they are ethically-sourced, perfectly tailored, and under $50.

everlane shorts

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